A quick update from our workshop on Monday and other goings-on:
-The workshop started off with a presentation from Chief Hawkins on Belmont PD’s standards and training. We got a good overview of the work that the department has made to implement the recommendations that came out of the 2014 President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing as well as their efforts to bring their policies and procedures into alignment with the standards required for the national CALEA accreditation. The amount of ongoing training on everything from de-esclation techniques to emotional intelligence for the CALEA accredidation is substantial, and I think that we as a community can see the benefits of that in a Belmont PD that becomes a better “guardian” (per the Presidential task force) of our city every day.
-We had a good conversation about the site plan for the new Belmont Rowing Center. We approved the new alignment of the docks/boathouse, and I anticipate that we will continue to have productive conversations about the operational details of the new park as we move forward.
-Our Community Branding consultant also gave us a preview of the new logo and brand for the city. We will continue to use the existing seal for official purposes and also on things like police and fire department uniforms. The new logo is intended to be used in the city’s marketing efforts – so you would see it on things like the banners hung around town and the external advertising done for things like Friday Night Live. The City is planning a public roll-out of the new brand soon – so keep an eye out for that.
-Council also formally adopted the Vision and Goals that we put together at our retreat earlier this year. We also set some priorities for future workshops and will be taking a look at our Major Development Process (which is used for new neighborhoods, etc.) at our July workshop.
Also – The City’s annual Juneteenth celebration will be this weekend. There will be a parade down Main Street Saturday at 2pm, and a virtual concert (on Facebook Live) at 7pm (also on Saturday). You can find more information on the event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/606605806576491/