Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green is scheduled to present his report during Wednesday evening’s meeting of the City Council. The meeting begins 5:30-p.m., in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall.
During his presentation, it’s expected Green will preview his future budget proposals, which may include body cameras for his officers. City Administrator John Lund says the Chief has done a great deal of research into the subject, the topic of which has been in the spotlight since the August 2014 shooting of a black suspect in Ferguson, MO., and other such recent, incidents.
A November 2014 survey of police departments serving the 100 most populated cities, found nearly 30-percent use some type of body cam, about one-quarter of the departments or agencies have plans to implement body cams, while slightly more than one-third of the cities did not use or planned to use the systems.
In Iowa, the police force in Iowa City began using the devices in July, 2015. In other cities, like Ft. Madison, community groups are banding together to raise funds destined to help pay for their officers’ body cameras. But the price isn’t cheap. They average around $800 a piece, not counting the required associated equipment, and other related expenses.
In other business, the Atlantic City Council will review the bids and award a contract for, the Nishna Hills Storm Water Project, which is intended to help deal with drainage and storm water run-off issues affecting East 14th Street.The Council will also act on approving the Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Urban Renewal Report, which is required by the State, and accounts for outstanding debt, revenue and expenditures pertaining to the City’s Urban Renewal District.
And, City Administrator John Lund will present the Hotel-Motel Tax report. The four-percent tax was adopted following a vote on a public measure in Nov., 2010. According to his report, the City has raised $314, 706 from the Hotel-Motel Tax, since it began in Jan., 2011. The City uses those funds for a variety of parks and recreation improvements.