Minutes Of Carlisle SOSO Meeting
July 7, 2015
The meeting was held at Bosler Free Library, 7pm
Whitney Amato, President
Connie Bires, Co-Vice President
Ann Sheehan, Co-Vice President
Antonia Hyde, Treasurer
Stephen Hughes, Membership
Janet Spahr, Recording Secretary
Carlisle Police Officer Andrew Van Volkenburg
Chris Varner, Elm Street Manager for Carlisle
Minutes of last meeting, April 2015, were approved.
Treasurer’s Report: account balance is $828.13
Officer Andy gave police update.
Fatal accident on Walnut Bottom Rd. on Saturday, July 4. 29yr old female was killed. Cause of this one car accident is unknown. Driver survived.
Shooting on N. East St. & East North St. One arrest was made. Police were within 2 blocks when the shooting occurred. The people involved knew each other. A rifle and handgun were on the person arrested. No one was hurt or injured.
A dispatch mtg. was held on Wednesday, July 1st. A lot of bad publicity due to officer concerns and public complaints. The new system has been in place nearly a year now. The police dept. biggest complaint is that there are times that they are in danger more than with the former dispatch system. Call takers send to dispatchers, and some info is lost due to the “middle man”. For instance: A federal agent who was in Carlisle for a mock trial was at the G Man when a fight began. Shots were fired outside the bar. The dispatcher neglected to report that shots were fired and that there was on off-duty officer on the scene, which added a huge amount of danger to the situation. Better training is necessary. 1,500 calls per month from Carlisle have been added to the system, and no new employees have been added (and none planned to be hired in the future.)
2 dispatchers are handling 19 municipal police departments plus sheriffs, etc. Address the county commissioners with concerns about the situation.
7am-11pm is when calls are taken at the Carlisle Police Dept. (Some calls are still dispatched from the station, in fact.)
Chapel Ave. vandalism issues in the block between Hanover and Pitt Sts. were discussed. Temporary cameras may be installed. Suggestions were made for a speed bump or one way traffic.
Loud car on 100 block of S. Pitt St. was discussed.
Grant application for $250.00 from the borough to SOSO for the year was delivered.
Chris Varner, Elm St. manager, spoke. The Elm St. area (College to East, High St. to A St.) is not within the SOSO boundaries. Elm street project examples: street lights & park planning. 60% of Chris’ time is in Elm St. area, but other neighborhoods can apply for help. DCA acts as the financial sponsor. 105 bird houses to be placed this Saturday. In future, they will be put up in the spring, taken down in December. CALC partnered with them to paint them. Next year they would like to expand into other neighborhoods with larger bird houses. 20 volunteers needed at Biddle Mission Park at 8am this Saturday.
Little Free Libraries. (Holds 25 books, sponsored by Bosler Library.) Take a book, leave a book. Five are planned for so far, decorated by CALC. Cost is approx. $85.00 each. It was suggested that one be placed in the Butcher Family Tot Lot.
Dickinson Clean Up Day: planning session to plan projects for them is July 15th.Dickinson College freshman students will do clean up projects on Friday, August 28th, 1:30-4pm.
Carlisle Urban Redevelopment projects take up the other 40% of Chris’ time. They will be doing carpentry skills training, and making raised beds for Heberlig Park. Purpose is to help secure employment for “young people of color”.
Chris is coordinating My Brother’s Keeper.
Next Carlisle Neighborhood Alliance mtg. is Wednesday, July 29th, at 6:30pm at John’s Hideaway on N. College St. SOSO members are welcome to attend.
SOSO decals for windows available for 40 cents each if our group would like to order some. Chris said that the DCA has been talking about doing neighborhood “branding” also.
Saturday September 12th is possible date for SOSO neighborhood party at the Butcher Family Tot Lot. Need trash containers and someone with a grill. Stephen and Whitney have 3 tables total. 4-7pm. Bring chairs and a dish to share along with your own place settings. Ann Sheehan will talk to someone about music from the Farmers Market. Need volunteers to set up and tear down. Stephen may have a canopy to loan. Face painting and organized children’s activities are optional if someone will organize them. SOSO money can buy drinks. Drink coolers are needed (Stephen & Janet each have one.)
Election of Officers
Dave Sheridan made the motion to reelect the current slate of officers, minus the recording secretary who wishes not to be reelected. Motion seconded and passed unanimously.
Annie’s husband is willing to pull up the dead shrubs at the tot lot. The message from the group to him was, “that would be much appreciated!”
Next mtg. is Wednesday, Oct 14th, 7pm, at Bosler Library.
Meeting adjourned at 8:50pm.
Respectfully submitted, Janet Spahr