FALLS CITY – Bob Witt and Stan Coupe of the newly-formed Take Back Our Community group addressed the Falls City City Council July 2.
Witt commended the police department for its National Night Out events planned Aug. 8 at Stanton Lake and asked the city council to help curb what he described as an epidemic of crime.
Witt: “We’re not just pointing to this city or this county even, everybody I talk to, it’s a nationwide, statewide – I talk to people out and around – everybody is having trouble. In our opinion, if we don’t do something about it, it’s just going to get worse.”
Witt also congratulated the city on its recent hiring a new officer to work code enforcement.
Witt: “We’re finding out where some of these people live that are causing a lot of problem. It looks to me like we need a little bit of code enforcement on some of those properties.”
City Councilman Don Ferguson said police officers rotate as code enforcement officers.
City Clerk Gary Jorn said issues involve both local and state policy makers.
Jorn: “So, I think that this organization, if it wants to keep moving forward, ought to come up with subcommittees and have committees that meet for the local purpose and some that meet for the state purposes and then come up with a list of issues that people are faced with and things they want to address.”
Witt said the group began with 28 people meeting with Sheriff Don Pounds and then a meeting attended by 180 people.
The next TBOC meeting is scheduled at the Falls City High School auditorium at 7p.m. on July 17.
Witt said he is expecting State Sens. Dan Watermeier and Laura Ebke to attend, as well as a representative of state probation.