by Adam Gruenewald
While possibly impacted by low sample sizes, Carver County Sheriff’s Office reported that overall crime is down in NYA during the regular NYA City Council meeting on March 27.
Commander Paul Tschida, Sheriff Jim Olson and Corporal Deputy Dave Murphy presented the positive news during their annual report.
Sheriff Olson shared that there were 126 crimes reported in NYA in 2016.
“I’m happy to report that crime overall went down 20 percent for 2016 compared to 2015,” he said. “There’s not a lot of crime to begin with.”
Among the specifics, burglaries decreased from 13 to 7, property damage decreased from 29 to 15, thefts increased from 28 to 31 while traffic stops increased by 200 and citations were up 100.
Commander Tschida attributed the increase in stops and citations as a result of the focus on the Highway 212 area of concern.
“We tried to hit that a lot harder and I think that showed in the number of stops,” said Tschida. “A lot of it was from discussions a year ago.”
Olson also shared information regarding the March 25 vehicle chase that went through town.
“It started out with a revoked drive that drove away from establishment,” said Olson. “We tried to stop him and it went from there. Car was not completely in Hydes Lake. We are still looking for that gentleman as well.”
Council members also approved several measures, including setting a public hearing for vacating a portion of unimproved portion of Liberty Street, approved a conditional use permit for auto sales and display at 180 Industrial Boulevard, approved an interim use permit to allow outdoor storage for a metal racking system at 508 North Merger Street, decided to allow animal care in various commercial, downtown and business districts, reviewed a formal 2024-2025 plan surrounding the tax forfeited property in the Preserve third addition acquired by the city in September 2014, and approved a low cemeteries lawn mowing bid of $250 per time from Dave’s Season All.
In the consent agenda, council members also approved an animal inpound contract from Countryside Veterinary Clinic, approved an advertisement for a full-time public services technician, accepted a hay baling bid from Silseth Family Farm, OK’d a liquor sales license with Pour House Pub for the Pavilion, approved a liquor licenses for Midtown Family Restaurant and OK’d applications for a seasonal public service worker.
Council members also held a work session regarding the Wilkommen Park restrooms project with the Parks Commission and designer Pat Shanahan, informally agreeing to still pursue a 24-by-26-feet stand-alone building on the west end of the park and rejecting an attached project onto the east side of the building or attached to the Old Town buildings.
Bids for the project, with anticipated completion in July, will be sent out and will likely be approved by the April 24 meeting.
In addition to a special meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, for reviewing comprehensive plan bids, The NYA City Council will next meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 10.