March 5, 2018 - Safety Committee Meeting

MINUTES
BREWSTER SAFETY COMMITTEE
MARCH 5, 2018
6:00 P.M.
 
6:00 P.M. – CALL TO ORDER – by Chairperson Tom Hilliard
 
MEMBERS PRESENT:
Mike Schwab, Mayor
Dale Fox, Council Member                           Dave Godwin, Council Member
Chuck Hawk, Council Member                    Andrew Hess, Council Member
Tom Hilliard, Council Member                    Sydney Radich, Council Member                              
 
VILLAGE OFFICIALS:
Kris King, Clerk-Treasurer
Michael L. Miller, Village Administrator 
 
Audience: Ray Heitger, Detective/Captain Nathan Taylor, and Police Chief Keith Creter.
 
The first part of the meeting was to discuss Chapter 76: Parking Regulations. 
  • The Chief would like to add an item #17 to Section 76:04 that states “Within any fire lane identified as such, whether on private or public property” which would give the Police Department the ability to address fire lane violations.
  • The other change requested is to modify the language in Section 76.04(C)) Penalties with language that provides an initial ticket of $20 for the listed parking violations, that adds an additional $5.00 to the fine on the eleventh day that the ticket is unpaid, and to provide the Police Department with the ability to tow the vehicle if the vehicle has accumulated three or more unpaid tickets.
 
The meeting was then turned over to Detective/Captain Taylor to discuss the Crime Watch meeting scheduled for March 12th at 7:00 pm in the Welcome Center at Brewster Park.  The goal of this meeting is to reach out to the public and explain what to look for and when to call the police.  Det./Capt. Taylor explained how phone calls are the department’s biggest asset.  The public needs to call immediately and not think that they are bothering the Police Department.  The meetings will be monthly and possibly have speakers.  The purpose is to inform everyone and keep the residents up-to-date on what is going on around town.   One of the current problems is phone calls that are scamming the elderly.  The department has created a TIP line.  The number is 330-767-6600.  People who call can remain anonymous if they choose.  This will give the residents an opportunity to get to know the officers that serve our community.
 
The conversation moved on to the additional police coverage at the schools.  The plan is to re-evaluate at the end of the school year.  Metal detectors were discussed.  Det./Capt. Taylor stated it is a challenge keeping up with all the changes and what the kids are up tp.  His advice to parents was to check your children’s belongings.  Look in drawers, backpacks, and phone.  Check computer usage and sites visited.  Lock up your guns.  Your children might understand gun safety but you don’t know about their friends.  The most important thing is to start being a parent and take responsibilities.
 
Meeting adjourned at 6:42 pm.
 
Kris King, Clerk-Treasurer