Lewisburg police tally 14,705 911 calls last year

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

With a fairly light agenda at Tuesday’s monthly meeting, the department reports to the Lewisburg City Council provided the most interesting numbers.

Lewisburg Police Chief David Henley and Lewisburg Fire Chief Larry Williams summarized the number of calls both departments received in 2016.

Using numbers from the 911 dispatch center, Henley said that his department had responded to 14,705 calls of one type or another for the year. The bulk of the calls were traffic stops, with 4,350 made. “Requests to speak with an officer” were the second most frequent, with 1,725 tallied.

Two numbers stood out for Henley. Officers responded to 412 domestic disturbance calls, which he described as the most dangerous type of call for officer safety nationwide. There were 655 911 calls received that were accidental or hang-ups.

Callers making accidental calls should stay on the line, Henley said, and confirm the accidental dial with the dispatcher. Otherwise officers must be dispatched to each call to make sure that there is not a situation that needs their attention.

Lewisburg detectives opened 76 felony investigations during the year with a clearance rate of 75 percent.

Williams told the council that the fire department had responded to 1,776 calls during 2016. The bulk, 976, were medical responses with 121 fire responses ranging from stove top grease fires to general house fires and 43 calls to work grass fire.

He said that this represented a fairly normal year for responses at the fire department.

The council approved a PILOT plan for Christian Brands at the I-65 Business Park. The payment in lieu of taxes agreement will offer the company a graduated property tax reduction over five years to offset costs from their planned $3 million capital expansion, expected to add roughly 40 additional jobs.

Councilmen also approved several contracts aimed at planning issues.

The design and engineering work needed at the city’s main fire hall will move forward, as well as the development of TIF standards for the city.

Tax Increment Financing will be offered to developers looking to expand the city’s inventory of larger, higher priced housing aimed at a management or professional level market.

TIF plans return the property taxes generated by new developments for a period of time to the developer in order to offset the costs of public infrastructure construction, like roads, sidewalks, and water and sewer lines, for which the developer is responsible.

Councilmen chose the West Commerce Street corridor as the next major thoroughfare to receive a zoning and planning overlay. The area effected will run from the square to just past the West Fire Hall on Mooresville Highway. Such overlays have already been developed for Nashville Highway, Fayetteville Highway, and most of the Ellington Bypass.

The council added New Year’s Eve as an official city holiday, starting this year, in order to match the county’s calender.