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SNOHOMISH — The city’s public safety commission, an advisory group, intends to make a larger presence on city matters this year.
The commission also wants more public input for its conversations through its Facebook page called Public Safety Commission Snohomish, and asks people to comment with issues the commission could bring to the city.
The commission meets monthly to talk about crime trends and safety concerns in Snohomish. It also does groundwork on National
Night Out each August and helps the Police Department with its K9 Crimewatch program that educates dog walkers on how to watch for crime.
Last year, the commission wrote a letter recommending that the city amend the fireworks code to either the option of narrowing the use date down to July 4 or banning use altogether.
Neighborhood associations could give clues on how to get more public involvement.
“I’ve been looking at other cities, and Tacoma has neighborhood associations, not necessarily for safety, but neighborhood improve-ments that relate to safety,” said commission secretary Jan Lengenfelder.
Commission chair Ty Hammond and vice-chair Merle Kirkley plan to talk with city manager Larry Bauman to focus the commission’s efforts and discuss what the city expects as they go forward.
“It will snowball if we invite our friends and neighbors to our Facebook page,” said commissioner Sharon Snell.
The commission has a varied roster that includes people with backgrounds in law enforcement and long-time local residents.
The group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. at the Fire District 4 annex building at 1525 Ave. D.


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