Minutes of SOSO Meeting, October 8, 2014
The meeting was held at Bosler Free Library, 7pm
Officer Chris Darhower, Carlisle Police Dept.
Whitney Amato, President
Ann Sheehan, Co-President
Connie Bires, Co-President
Janet Spahr, Recording Secretary
Julie Vastine, ALLARM Director at Dickinson College
Carmen Mann, Storm Water Coordinator with ALLARM (Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring, at The Center For Sustainability Education at Dickinson College)
Police Dept. news:
Officer Darhower said that a new police officer (with prior experience) is joining the Carlisle Police Dept. next week, which will make a full compliment. There are currently 4 officers on restricted duty due to injuries, so the department has been very busy.
Carlisle Police Dept. has a Facebook page: Carlisle Borough Police Department. Current warrants, arrests and public announcements are listed. Crime Watch: cumberland.crimewatch.com/carlislepd also posts warrants and crime activity in our area.
Re: the Carlisle Borough emergency voice messaging system:
The joint autodialing system has two objectives:
•to be compliant with the “Revised Public Notification Rule for Water Treatment Systems” that requires municipalities to notify residents of “boil”, “do not drink” or “do not use” water notifications within 24 hours; and,
•to meet the needs of the Carlisle Police Department for emergency messaging via telephone.
Borough residents and those consumers of the Borough’s public water system will receive automatic notifications via land line. For those individuals wishing to receive notifications via cell phone, please complete and submit the “Emergency Notification System Opt-In Form” located at the link below:
There is also a notification call system for Cumberland County. To be instantly notified of alerts and emergencies subscribe at
Police are currently looking for a white male with a stocky build who rides a bike. Has broken into the Tree of Life Church on K Street and was seen at Midas on E. High St. trying to break into vehicles.
As a reminder, when calling the police for non-emergency incidents, call 243-4121. For emergencies, call 911.
An issue causing problems with the police radios has been identified so that radio communication between officers and dispatch should be much improved.
14 college students were cited recently for underage drinking at 146 W. High St. Hopefully the citations will deter future similar behavior.
All police officers email addresses are on the borough website at http://www.carlislepa.org/departments/police/staff/ Officer Darhower’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Carmen Mann, Storm Water Coordinator with ALLARM, gave a powerpoint presentation re: the Adopt a Storm Drain Campaign.
(Please see the information sheet at the end of these minutes.)
Water from the borough’s storm drains goes directly into local streams. Residents need to be better informed about the effects of litter and chemicals in the drains, as major consequences occur to fish, vegetation and the entire stream’s ecosystem. The LeTort is listed as an Exceptional Value Stream but that rating has been challenged. Cleaning around storm drains can help prevent pollutants from flowing into our streams.
Trash and leaves can block the storm drain, causing flooding and standing water. The adopt-a-drain program will provide gloves and compost bags to those who volunteer to keep one or two drains clean in their neighborhood. Here is the link to sign up online to adopt a storm drain:
ALLARM will be in touch with people who sign up through the online form about a lunch day where they will hand out supplies and assign storm drains based on address.
You can also email Carmen email@example.com if you have additional questions.
Other topics of discussion:
Watering plantings at the tot lot is no longer needed due to the cooler temperatures.
Borough Cleanup Day plans:
Emails will be sent with details on the Breakfast and Trash Pickup on Saturday, Oct. 25th:
8am breakfast at Fay’s; at 9am we will meet the other neighborhood groups and all community volunteers at the square to get gloves, trash bags and other supplies. We will be assigned specific blocks to clean so that the widest possible area can be covered. We will finish by 11am.
The Elm Street manager job opening has been posted. See http://www.lovecarlisle.com/job-listings/listing/carlisle_elm_street_manager/
Next SOSO meeting:
At the next SOSO meeting on November 12th, 7 pm at the Bosler Library, nominations for SOSO officers for 2015 will be accepted. You may nominate yourself, and are encouraged to do so! There are several positions open, so please consider taking on a position or ask someone you know to consider volunteering. The recording secretary position is open, for instance!
Block Party update:
The Block Party is Sunday, October 12, at 3pm at the Butcher Family Tot Lot. Any help to set up at 2pm would be appreciated. There will be live music. Please bring a food dish to share, drinks, something for the grill for your family, tableware (think green to cut down on waste) and chairs…and tables if you have them!
Minutes from the September meeting were approved.
-After the meeting, Stephen Hughes was contacted and he agreed to coordinate the breakfast for the October 25th cleanup. Emails will be sent to all firstname.lastname@example.org recipients.
Additional Minutes update:
-The Center For Sustainability Education at Dickinson College is a separate organization from ALLARM, and should not have been included in Carmen Mann’s attendance description.
-The initially listed link to sign up for ALLARM’s Adopt a Storm Drain Campaign was old and was changed to the correct, newer link.
Adopt a Storm Drain Information Sheet
The Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) is starting a campaign to keep the storm drains of Carlisle clean! By cleaning around storm drains in your neighborhood once a week, you can help prevent pollutants from flowing into our local LeTort Spring Run and help keep the streets from flooding.
What are storm drains?
Storm drains are found on urban and suburban streets at curbsides, often at corners or along the curb. They drain rainwater and snowmelt off the streets to help prevent flooding. Water entering a storm drain is usually sent into the nearest waterway, untreated.
Why do we need to adopt them?
Storm drains often get clogged with debris. This is an especially prevalent problem during the fall due to leaf debris. Storm drains need to be clear so that when rainfall occurs we aren’t left with flooded streets and excessive standing water. Cleaning the storm drain also helps keep some pollutants like trash and sediment from going into local streams.
ALLARM is launching the Adopt a Storm Drain Campaign in order to address some of these problems. Volunteers would be responsible for going out to whatever storm drain they decide to “adopt” once a week and making sure it is clean of any debris that might be blocking it. ALLARM would provide any supplies needed for storm drain cleaning, including gloves and borough bags. The Campaign has an online signup sheet for any volunteers interested! We will be in contact with volunteers as to when supply distribution will be.
The signup sheet can be found by clicking on this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18dreTjTHWUw9pdS25k0fKmwTMaLZR3VgGhMhGS_bO6U/edit?usp=sharing