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Trees, growth, movie pirating fill council’s agenda

The Gig Harbor City Council spent a majority of Monday night’s meeting honoring and thanking people who help Gig Harbor, including first responders and a state representative. The meeting closed in time for a special worksession that covered the past and the future of the city’s police department.

Getting serious about motion picture pirating

After incidents in town were brought to light of theater attendees illegally recording motion pictures on personal devices, the city’s prosecutor requested that the city draft and approve an ordinance that cracks down on motion picture recording. Police Chief Kelly Busey presented the ordinance to council for its first reading Monday night.

Unlawful recording has occurred twice, Busey said. One incident happened recently, according the police reports gathered by The Gateway.

Currently, those recording motion pictures are charged with Theft in the Third Degree.

The ordinance will come back the council as part of the consent agenda later this month.

Gig Harbor Police: then, now and the future

Immediately following the council meeting, Busey presented to the council and overview of the Gig Harbor Police Department as part of a continuing series of worksessions covering growth in the city.

Update on trees in the city

City Administrator Ron Williams updated the council on a treefall that occurred last weekend.

Williams gave an update on the situation at Grandview Forest Park, where diseased trees are being removed. In their place, contractors replant trees.

“They plant carefully trees that are expected to last in a reasonable, responsible manner,” Williams told the council.

American Indian Heritage Month

Nationwide, the month of November is set aside to honor Native Americans.

Claudia Marston, with the Daughters of the American Revolution, accepted the plaque from the city.

Marston spoke about the importance of Native Americans in the United States. In a month that includes Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, it’s important to recognize the efforts and contributions of Native Americans, she said.

“A good way to celebrate America is to celebrate its first people,” Marston said.