Monona police encourage residents to remain vigilant following thefts

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

Monona Police Chief Jo Amsden spoke at the Monona City Council’s July 21 meeting, urging residents to continue locking up and remaining aware of their surroundings following a recent string of thefts in the community.

 

Amsden said she and deputy Brian Berger have worked hard following up on leads. She asks anyone with information, or who may have had items stolen, to contact them.

 

“We’re calling on the help of the community,” she said. “We can’t find the property if we don’t know it’s missing.”

 

She also cautioned residents not to let their guard down during the day.

 

“You don’t have to be nosy,” she said, “but keep an eye on things and look around and be more observant.”

 

City park

The city park was a topic of conversation at the meeting, as well. Amsden said she’s had some trouble lately with kids fighting at the park, riding their bikes on the new playground equipment and leaving trash on the premises. She said she’s spoken with some of the kids’ parents and guardians, who have grounded the kids from the park for a while.

 

Aquatic center

Kyle Pedretti, with the Monona Family Aquatic Center, updated the council on the pool’s operations this summer. So far, he said, the pool has had 3,810 attendees (an average of 74.7 each day), not including Monday, July 21—one of the first really hot days of the summer.

 

“There were definitely a lot of people there today,” he said of Monday. “Hopefully it’s good weather the rest of the summer.”

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