The Public Safety Committee heard an overview of the results of Galt’s Traffic Safety Month at its Nov. 28 meeting before getting updates on community-submitted safety concerns.

Taking place during October, the program involved educational posts on Galt Police Department’s social media along with boosted traffic enforcement. Galt Chief of Police Brian Kalinowski said the department made 480 enforcement stops during the month. It also issued 213 citations, as well as 114 parking citations.

Kalinowski said the most common citation was related to disobeying stop signs.

Next year, the agency plans to hold the initiative in August to align with National Traffic Safety Awareness Month.

The focus going into December, Kalinowski continued, is drunken driving. He noted that the Elk Grove Police Department is also concentrating on DUIs, in memory of officer Ty Lenehan. The Elk Grove motorcycle officer died in January in a collision with a suspected drunken driver; he had previously served with the Galt police.

Among the safety concerns submitted to Chair Tim Reed was speeding. Kalinowski said the city has recently received two new radar trailers and may be able to deploy them in the next few weeks. The trailers can take traffic counts and speed surveys, which the city’s current trailer cannot do.

Committee Member Teresa McCord asked about the possibility of blocking left turns into the parking lot at Marengo Ranch Elementary School to prevent cars from crossing into the drop-off lane. Kalinowski said he would ask the Public Works Department about that.

On homelessness, Kalinowski said problem-oriented policing officer Jeffrey Selvy has been in contact with homeless people in the city. He noted that many services in the area have long waiting lists, or they have rules, such as sobriety, that some people aren’t able to follow.

Most homeless people in Galt are local, with connections or family in the city, Kalinowski continued. He said there is a “balance” in how much service the city should provide.

As a general matter, Kalinowski said the best way to let the city know about nonemergency concerns, including safety and code enforcement, is through the city’s GaltConnect app. He said this helps get issues to the relevant officials and helps keep track of who has gotten a response.