|Statistics reveal town of Camp Verde’s activity|
|Written by Mark Lineberger|
|Wednesday, 07 July 2010 08:00|
Every month, the Town of Camp Verde issues a report that serves as a snapshot of sorts, providing insight into what local government does on a daily basis.
The Camp Verde Marshal’s Office was slightly busier in April, compared to the same month last year, according to numbers released last month as part of the Camp Verde’s monthly report.
Much of the office’s activity was a result of dealing with traffic offenses, with 314 recorded in April and 2,069 reported in the fiscal year, which started July 2009. Deputies also responded to 118 calls to assist other law enforcement and emergency response agencies in the area.
Both categories saw a significant increase over April 2009.
Deputies investigated 70 reports of suspicious activity in April, and 740 such reports for the fiscal year.
The end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010 also brought 174 reported thefts and 50 reported assaults, nine of which were felonies.
The marshal’s office also investigated 59 burglaries, 36 at residences and 23 at businesses. The marshal’s office recorded 176 alarm activations through April.
There were 132 reports of domestic violence, 97 reports of disorderly conduct, 179 traffic accidents, 34 weapons offenses and 94 noise complaints.
The fiscal year through April saw the marshal’s office respond to 11 reported suicides.
April brought six DUI reports, making 47 such incidents from July through April, and there were 54 incidences of abandoned vehicles. Animal control reported responding to 906 calls through April. Numbers for the month of May from the marshal’s office were not available.
The marshal’s office was far from the only busy department in the town.
The clerk’s office issued 12 new business licenses in May and issued 41 renewals.
The building and planning department fielded 634 phone calls and assisted 204 customers.
At the Camp Verde Municipal Court, there are 705 outstanding traffic warrants, including 112 DUIs. The court also has 553 outstanding misdemeanor criminal warrants. In May, the court handled 81 misdemeanor matters, issued four harassment injunctions and five protection orders.
The town’s public works department also stayed busy in May.
The streets division finished up the year’s crack seal program, but the project was smaller than in recent years because of budget cuts. The town also tried to replace street signs, but once again the budget crunch placed some constraints on what could be done. Several signs that have been stolen will have to wait to be replaced.
The Parks and Recreation Department opened the town’s swimming pool at the end of May, and prepared for the summer’s offering of recreation programs.
Crews replaced a generator on Squaw Peak used for the town’s 9-1-1 system, some culverts were repaired and seasonal property maintenance carried on.
Business was booming in May at the Camp Verde Library, where 5,926 items were in circulation. The library saw 2,180 people walk through the doors in town, and 439 visitors to the Beaver Creek location. The library hosted eight special programs and, thanks to donations, was able to put up three outdoor benches for people to use while they access the library’s new wireless Internet connection.
Numbers for June across all departments are expected to be released later this month.