There are four areas that I wanted to include in my message this month. First a big thank you from the City to the many citizens that helped look for a lost 11 year old in September. The outpouring of support was truly amazing. Thankfully she was located unharmed and rejoined her family.
The next item was the scare that we had at Weber High School. This was originally called in as a possible carbon monoxide problem. The police and fire departments did an outstanding job of evacuating the school, setting up triage, and treating and transporting any individuals that needed further evaluations. Almost 60 people were screened with only two requiring further evaluations. The School District, Weber Health Department, and others went through the school to ensure that there were no lingering problems. Students and teachers have returned to business as usual.
I am happy to report that car thefts went way down in September to only one. There are several reasons for this. First, an increase in police presence. Second, there were several arrests which we believe involved suspects in these thefts. Lastly, and most importantly, you the citizens were much more aware of how to protect yourselves and your neighbors. Please keep an alert eye. If it looks suspicious, let the police know. If your neighbor leaves their garage door open at night give them a call. Lock up your vehicles and bring your keys inside your home. There are no guarantees that you won’t get hit, but currently these seem to be crimes of opportunity. Don’t give them the opportunity and most likely they will go looking for someone else that may provide them the easy mark.
Lastly, my wife’s favorite and my least favorite holiday is fast approaching. Halloween is a scary holiday. Scary for many because of the ghosts, ghouls, monsters and little imps. Scary to me because of the potential danger to our children. Please be proactive in their safety. Make sure that they are visible to vehicles and try to keep them off of the streets and on the sidewalks. If you must travel in your cars, please be extra safe and vigilant on this scary night.
As always, thanks for caring, thanks for all you do, and thanks for being good neighbors. I am committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure that we remain the best place to not only grow up, but the best place to grow old.
Mayor Leonard Call