Tony Piasecki[/caption] Des Moines City Manager Tony Piasecki says that in 2013 the city redesigned the city website, launched a new system for requesting city public records and added new equipment that permits the city to “live-stream” City Council meetings. “Because of these upgrades, our citizens can easily find information that is of interest to them and can be more involved in their Community,” Piasecki wrote in his December report to citizens. “You can search for resolutions, ordinances, current and future council packets and minutes of prior meetings. “You can apply for a building permit, request a public record or search our calendar and find out what special event is coming up.” Most crime rates down Burglaries were down from the 2012 (17 percent) as were vehicle accidents (down 13 percent). Also down were vehicle thefts (8 percent). Police say 51 percent fewer adults were arrested and service calls were down from 1,588 in 2012 compared with 1,481 for 2013. Marina report Piasecki said the Marina maintenance crew continued replacing the transformer and main distribution panel at the boatyard. He said the marina staff “organized a ‘tree lighting’ and a decorated boat contest for the holiday season. The event was on Dec. 6, the same evening as the tree lighting at Big Catch Plaza. Six boats participated in the decorated boat contest and the boat Tropical Dreams won a $100 gift certificate donated by West Marine.” Building Projects The new seven-story Artemis Hotel, 22406 Pacific Highway, was issued its “Phase II” of the building permit on Dec. 4. This phase of this part of the permit is for the foundation only portion of the building, which consists of the first two levels of the concrete structure, up to, and including the podium deck. He said there might be an additional parking structure with some hotel amenities added to the south of the currently designed structure but hasn’t been submitted for review and approval. Construction on the SeaMar medical office building and housing project (at 24215 Pacific Highway South) began in September. He said the in-ground water detention system, the in-ground plumbing, and the in-ground electrical work for the housing building is underway, with the perimeter footing and foundation system for the housing building being installed. The building will be a 16,340 square foot steel and concrete building and the family housing building will be a 43,064 square foot wood framed structure. The Mack Truck Service Center at 25619 Pacific Highway South has been granted a permit for a 9,700 square foot building expansion and is underway. The site and groundwork for this project is well underway and is nearing completion. Piasecki’s full report is available on the city’s website.]]>