I had some different notices come across my desk last week that I thought might be worth posting. I guess I’d call these updates on some smaller City projects and activities.
National Driver Safety Campaign
The City participated in a national/statewide drunk driving and seatbelt campaign, “Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest” that ended last Sunday.
During the two-week campaign which ran from August 17 to September 3, 67.5 City staff hours were dedicated to the program resulting in a total of 161 citations:
– 12 Operating a Vehicle while Impaired arrests
– 73 speed citations
– 8 Driving Under Suspension citations
– 32 other moving violation citations
– 18 seatbelt citations
– and 2 felony arrests
I know nobody likes to see red lights in the mirror, but as you can see from this 2 week campaign, there are people driving behind you or your daughter or mom in Kent, that have no business being behind the wheel. This City enforcement effort made City streets to be a bit safer during that period.
Kent Skatepark Update
John Idone reports that he will be working on the Admore Park area over the next month…installing the small 15 car parking lot to service the future skatepark…grading for the 120 car parking lot for the athletic fields and connection of the trail from the southeast corner to the trail to the trail near the small parking lot on the west side of the road….additional $ has been budgeted for 08 for the skatepark and hopefully he will begin the 1st phase of it in 08.
New Downtown Trash Cans Are In
I noticed that the new trash cans were installed downtown this weekend. Main Street Kent and the Burbick Foundation made this significant purchase possible, so when you see these folks please be sure to thank them. The cans were installed later than expected because the slope of the Main Street hill proved to be more of a challenge than anticipated. When the crews went to install the cans in August they discovered that the slope was too great to safely place the freestanding cans so they had to go back and drill anchors for the cans to be locked into — which took more time, but everyone agreed that the extra time was worth the safety issue.