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SafeWise: Lawrenceburg is Top 10 in safety in Kentucky

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City had the largest population in the upper echelon, Atkins says

By Chris Hamilton

Kentucky is one of the best state’s to visit and Lawrenceburg is one of the safest cities in which to live, according to a study by SafeWise, an online resource for home security and security news.

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Lawrenceburg Police Chief Chris Atkins told Lawrenceburg City Council during its regular monthly meeting Monday night that SafeWise rated Lawrenceburg 9th in the state in its report.

“We were the largest population in the Top 10,” he said.

According to www.safewise.com, the company analyzed FBI crime report data from 2012 and used a minimum population requirement of 3,000 people. It broke out crimes into two categories - violent crimes (murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and property crimes (burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson) and analyzed these numbers. To level the playing field, it calculated the numbers to be occurrences out of 1,000 people to account for cities of different populations.

According to SafeWise, Lawrenceburg violent crimes numbered a mere .38 per 1,000 citizens and property crimes were 9.02 per 1,000.

In 2012, the year of the study, Lawrenceburg had no murders or arsons.

Prospect topped the list with .21 violent crimes per 1,000 and 2.32 property crimes per 1,000.

In other action:

•Public Works Director Larry Hazlett said the equalization basin work was moving along steadily and on time.

Hazlett reported that a water line had been extended to the site and a 350-foot sewer line had been re-located. He said a great deal of dirt had been moved.

• Emergency Management Deputy Director John Shuttleworth told the Council that the new tornado warning siren was on track and that the Department of Homeland Security grant process is open and Emergency Management would be applying for funds.

Shuttleworth, reporting on behalf of Director of Public Safety Bart Powell who was at state fire school teaching large animal rescue, said Emergency Management hoped to secure funds for mass casualty response equipment, such as cots, triage color-coded tarps and vests identifying triage officers.

Shuttleworth also reported that local EMS received an A+ in its Department of Homeland Security audit.

•The Council approved a resolution that would declare 1.3 acres owned by the City of Lawrenceburg on Spaulding Lane surplus and gave Mayor Edwinna Baker the ability to sell or dispose of the property by any means allowed by law.

According to City Attorney Robert Myles, the land was purchased for the sewer department but has been vacant for several years with no plans for further use.

•Council member Ken Evans recommended staggering attendance at detention center progress meetings between Finance Committee Chair Sandy Goodlett and Public Works Committee Chair Bobby Durr.

•Baker assigned new Council member Steve Rucker to the Public Works Committee. Rucker was recently appointed to the Council to complete the term of Robert Paul “Bob” Mefford, who died in May while in office.

Rucker served on the Council for 2 terms in the past. He is currently assistant principal at Spencer County High School.

•Baker asked for concurrence with Economic Development Executive Director George Leamon’s recommendation to re-appoint Anderson County School’s Superintendent Sheila Mitchell and Gerald Howell, a retired HR director for Florida Tile, to the Economic Development board of directors. Their terms are about to expire.

The Council approved the re-appointments.

•Baker announced that Lawrenceburg Cemetery Sexton Buddy Sparrow had died.