Police chief: Traffic cameras don't back anecdotal violation reports
Officer Jason Bickle took the sergeant's oath of office at the Aug. 7 Sandy City Council meeting.
Bickle brought with him his daughter Lexy — possibly an aspiring young officer — who practiced being sworn in alongside her father.
Police Chief Ernie Roberts also presented City Manager Kim Yamashita, the former police chief, with a retirement badge for her years of service.
In other news, the police department has been surveying traffic violations through partnership with the Redflex company. With permission from the Oregon Department of Transportation, police installed temporary traffic cameras at the intersections of Highway 26 and 362nd Drive, Pioneer Boulevard and Meinig Avenue, and Highway 26 and Ten Eyck Road. Through the cameras, officers are determining how many violations typically occur in those areas, as the number of reported traffic accidents led officers and community members to believe the frequency was higher near those intersections.
"It was less, and seeing the results there I didn't think the cameras were warranted," Roberts reported to the council.
The cameras were up for a 10-hour period from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a Friday, when violations are usually highest.
Mayor Bill King suggested the department continue the experiment, though agrees that from the results of the survey it would appear the cameras are not warranted.
In other business:
n The council unanimously approved an ordinance allowing mobile food vendors to do business in Sandy.
Sandlandia food cart pod owner Jerry Carlson thanked the councilors for their support before leaving the meeting.
n Finance Director Lisa Young requested that the council appoint Finance Administrative Assistant Karey Milne as the new city recorder — a position Young has held since 2014. With the new fiscal year budget, the hours of Milne's position increased from 25.5 hours per week, or 62.5 percent full-time equivalent (FTE), to 40 hours per week, or 100 percent FTE, so Young feels the responsibility of city recorder could be efficiently assigned to that position effective immediately.
n The council reappointed two members of the planning commission whose terms technically ended at the end of last year. Jeff Cary and John Logan will continue to serve on the commission until December of 2020, and 10-year planning commission veteran, Sandy Library clerk Susie Jenkins plans to retire from her position. The city will advertise Jenkins' position.
n Yamashita reported that the rebranding initiative has moved forward. The city has chosen the Portland company Opsis as the architecture firm on its aquatic and community center project. The next step, Yamashita said, is to have Opsis propose the scope of renovations to the former Cedar Ridge Middle School building and decide on a price for the work so the city can sign a contract .