In addition to expanding the Police Department’s downtown foot patrol for the summer, here are some other highlights from Tuesday’s Olympia City Council meeting:
• The Olympia Police Department recognized its volunteers during Tuesday’s meeting. The department has a volunteer force of about 80 people in three groups: Police Explorers, Harbor Patrol and Volunteers in Police Services.
In 2013, these volunteers of all ages contributed 9,400 hours of service, said Amy Stull, who runs the department’s community programs. Volunteer duties range from vessel inspections to security surveys for burglary victims. Last year, the volunteers’ labor was the equivalent of $211,970 or 4.5 full-time employees, Stull said.
The department reports that 25 new volunteers joined the ranks in 2013, while 11 volunteers logged more than 200 hours.
“This is a force multiplier for the Olympia Police Department,” Chief Robbie Roberts said Tuesday. “They make us better as an organization, and they make the city better.”
• The City Council approved a new project plan for the deteriorated F-Float dock at Percival Landing. The project will replace the moorage floats and add a pump-out station for waste, along with electricity and water hookups for docked boats at the adjacent E-Float. The floats have been without power since 2006, according to the city, and the F-Float has been closed since January 2013.
The project has suffered a series of delays due to funding. In December 2013, the council rejected four bids for construction that exceeded the project’s original estimate of $406,000. The revised plan calls for the project’s completion by May 2015, with an estimated cost of $686,000. To cover the extra cost, the city expects to receive a $225,000 grant this summer from the Washington State Parks Commission. The City Council also voted Tuesday to give an additional $47,000 from unallocated Community Park Impact Fees.
• The city earned a “certificate of achievement” for excellence in financial reporting. Government Finance Officers Association board member Dan Speigle presented the award at Tuesday’s council meeting. The association recognizes states and local governments for their Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Olympia is being recognized for its 2012 report, and has received the award 22 times since 1987, according to the city.Andy Hobbs: 360-704-6869 email@example.com