Also, Police counter burglaries with arrests
On Monday the City Council heard reports from three department directors who responded to the concerns of a resident about the potential impacts of stormwater runoff on Newcastle Beach Park. The park, located on Lake Washington in southwest Bellevue, is adjacent to the resident's home.
One of the main concerns is that recent and future projects by the state Department of Transportation to improve Interstate 405, between Bellevue and Renton, could adversely impact the quality and quantity of water that drains from the highway. Some of that runoff drains to streams that run through Newcastle Beach Park before emptying into Lake Washington.
Because the city's Transportation, Utilities and Parks directors dispute the conclusions reached by the resident about impacts, the council agreed with their recommendations to hire an independent consultant to review the data and collect additional information.
City officials plan to meet with the resident to select the consultant and determine exactly what work should be done. A report is expected to be completed within two to three months and cost no more than $10,000.
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Police respond to uptick in residential burglaries
The council learned Monday about efforts by the Police Department to address a recent spike in residential burglaries, particularly in the Lakemont and Lake Hills neighborhoods.
Citywide, burglaries have jumped from 65 during the first quarter of 2010, to 108 during the same period in 2011. The increase this year was noteworthy because overall property crimes dropped by 4.2 percent last year.
Police have responded with more patrols, outreach by its crime prevention unit, targeting of specific offenders by the city's special enforcement team, and a variety of other measures.
The efforts are paying off. Recently, police arrested four adults and 12 juveniles for burglary and have solved 27 burglaries. Ten other juveniles have been identified as suspects.
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