March 12, 2014 Meeting Agenda
The March SoSo meeting will be at the Bosler Library in Meeting Room B at 7 PM on Wednesday March 12, 2014. We will be debating and voting on whether to change to rules to allow additional on-line voting. Currently if SoSo members wish to spend any money the vote has to occur on-line, but all other voting occurs with members present at the meeting. There has been discussion on expanding the on-line voting in an attempt to include more members who are unable to attend SoSo meetings.
We will also be discussing the spring landscaping of the Tot Lot. If anyone would like to make an addition to the meeting agenda ahead of time please e-mail Whitney at email@example.com
Minutes of SOSO Meeting, February 12, 2014
Meeting was held at Bosler library at 7pm.
David Sheridan, Matt Yanos, Gay Walker, Blake Wilson, Lynn Helding, Annie Oiler, Carlisle Police Officer Darhower
The current SOSO officers attended: President: Whitney Amato
Co-Vice Presidents: Connie Bires and Ann Sheehan
Recording Secretary: Janet Spahr
Membership Secretary: Stephen Hughes
1st on the agenda was a police report from Officer Darhower. High-profile crimes & incidents in our neighborhood have been few in the past month.
The graffiti artist has been caught. The borough has not decided how to prosecute him.
PPL & UGI have had several road closures on the north side of town due to tearing up the street to replace utility infrastructure. Work will continue til March and possibly even til May, due to bad weather slowing progress. The goal is to reduce power outage problems.
The second “flasher” is still at large, with no reports of him to the police in the past month.
The recent drug raid on the 2nd block of W. South St. was asked about. The suspects were dealing drugs, not making drugs. The SRT team used “flash bangs” (which cause ringing in ears & temporary vision impairment) because weapons were a concern. A stolen weapon was recovered. The female suspect, Heidi, was paroled today, February 12th, while Mr. Grosko(?Sp) was paroled Feb. 5th. He was in prison at the time of the raid but had been orchestrating the activity from prison.
Pedro, the only K9 in use in a wide area, is Officer Darhower’s dog. He is 4 yrs. old and has about 5 more working years to go, if he stays healthy. He is very friendly and they use him in many public events as outreach to the community.
Update on the Butcher Family Tot Lot Improvement Project:
Annie discovered that the sign has not yet been paid for. SOSO’s portion of the playground equipment expense has not been paid for either. The DCA is in charge of that, as they been handling our funds for the project.
Annie is not sure what our balance is, but is fairly sure we have enough money to pay for part of the landscaping in the spring. A work date to do the landscaping will be chosen at the March SOSO mtg. The 4 benches which were donated by Giant have been installed, receiving good reviews by members.
SOSO Bank account:
Antonia Hyde, SOSO treasurer, would like to switch our account to Orrstown Bank so that it is within walking distance for her. Ann Sheehan moved we authorize our treasurer to set up a free checking account for SoSo at Orrstown Bank with the SoSo treasurer and president as authorized signators. Stephen Hughes seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Antonia was not present, but David Sheridan estimated our balance to be approximately $200.00.
SOSO Online Survery results discussed and a partial agenda set for 2014:
(22 people completed/ submitted the survey)
Service events to help neighbors in need were the most popular events “liked” on the survey.
-Community Yard Sale
Stephen Hughes agreed to coordinate a SOSO yard sale. Ann Sheehan will help. The date to hold the event was discussed (May 24th or June 28th) but will be decided upon at a later. Community Aid may possibly pick up any “leftover” items.
Stephen suggested that people who wish to have carolers come to their house near Christmas could sign up ahead of time. Donations for Project SHARE will be accepted. A date will be chosen closer to the time.
-A spring Easter egg hunt or scavenger hunt was considered, as people responded positively on the survey. No one volunteered to chair a committee for the event.
-It was suggested that we should contact the DCA to see if SOSO brochures could be added to their booth information at the Harvest Of The Arts Festival in the fall.
-SOSO will participate in the borough’s spring and fall clean-up events. Dates are not known yet.
-Matt Yanos, who is working on a new website for SOSO, bought a new domain for us: sosoCarlisle.org which will cost $11.00 per year. The site is not complete yet, but will be much easier to add special features to.
-Connie Byers agreed to be SOSO’s unofficial SOSO “delegate” to Borough Council monthly meetings. She will keep us up to date on issues relevant to our neighborhood.
On the agenda for the next SoSo mtg.: Proposed changes to SoSo’s by-laws regarding the voting protocol. We will advertise through emails one more month so that members are thoroughly informed.
If anyone speaks to someone who is not a member of SoSo but would like to be, you may collect their $5.00 dues “on the spot” and give it directly to Antonia. Please email Stephen: firstname.lastname@example.org knows their name and email.
Meeting minutes submitted by Janet Spahr, SoSo Secretary