Minutes of SOSO Meeting, November 12, 2014
The meeting was held at Bosler Free Library, 7pm
Carlisle Police Officer Andrew Van Volkenburg
Michael Heyser, Borough Codes
Whitney Amato, President
Connie Bires, Co-President
Ann Sheehan, Co-President
Antonia Hyde, Treasurer
Janet Spahr, Recording Secretary
Minutes from the October SOSO meeting were approved.
Our treasurer reported $705.00 in our account.
Police Department News:
There have been two “Distraction Style” burglaries in Carlisle in the past few months. One occurred near Home Depot a couple of weeks ago, where a person posing as a tree trimmer distracted the homeowner outside while a second and possibly third person went into the house to rob valuables. Central PA has been getting hit regularly in this way. Please beware of anyone claiming to be a tree trimmer or utility worker (suggesting there is a water leak or something to get you out of the house.) White SUV’s, fake badges and bright vests are typically part of the ploy.
Theft of items in cars is way down in the borough.
There has been a squatting issue in vacant houses in the Mooreland area. One on Belvedere, one near Mooreland school. No malicious damage has been done.
carlislepd.com is the new website for the police press release system. Photos of most wanted, arrests, etc. are featured.
The borough police dept. is still getting used to the call system and new record management system.
When making a call to borough Police, you may still use the 243-5252 number.
If you want to talk to a dispatcher but do not need an officer, press 3.
If you are reporting an active crime that needs an officer respond to the scene, press 1 or 2.
Codes Department News:
A new public works director for the borough started his new position this morning. He worked previously with a private engineering firm, and has civil and environmental engineering experience. The former director was let go 4 or 5 months ago.
The house at 139 W Pomfret St. was condemned last January when pipes burst and the interior was flooded. Last month a plumber replaced pipes. There is now electricity, heat and plumbing and the owner may be able to move back in soon.
The building along the alley behind borough hall which the owners had wanted to tear down is now much improved under new ownership.
Since there have been no urgent issues facing our neighborhood, and attendance at SOSO meetings is low, we voted to switch to meeting quarterly.
If an issue comes up which requires extra attention, a special meeting will be called.
A motion was made by Ann to postpone SOSO Officer nominations until the next meeting, Wednesday, April 8th. All were in favor, motion passed.
The current SOSO President, Co-Presidents and Treasurer are willing to maintain their positions for another year. The Recording Secretary position is open. Stephen Hughes needs to be asked if he is interested in continuing as Membership Secretary. Anyone wishing to nominate or be nominated for ANY of the positions is welcome to submit such names at the April 8th meeting.
The Home Rule Charter will be signed next Tuesday. It will be on the ballot in May 2015 primary election.
The April 8th meeting will include discussion on the Home Rule issue. There will be a representative from the Government Study Commission present.
There was a request to SoSo members to leave their porch lights on overnight if possible. People walking after dark can easily trip and fall on narrow and uneven sidewalks. Our neighborhood engineer says that running a 7-watt bulb around the clock for an entire year would cost about $5, so leaving one extra light on is not a big expense. Also, lighting helps to deter crimes.
There was discussion about the expenses for the Block Party, which exceeded the previously approved $200.00. A motion was made by the treasurer to maintain the prior authorization for a total of $200.00 towards the block party expenses. Motion was approved.
It was suggested that we invite a HARB member to speak at a future SOSO meeting. Mike Heyser will pass along an invitation to the HARB