Wednesday, October 14, 2015 SoSo Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 SoSo Meeting Minutes

SoSo and Nextdoor Business Memberships:

There was a discussion on whether or not to allow SoSo business memberships and whether or not to allow businesses to post advertisements on Nextdoor.  The debate was whether it was important to help businesses feel like they’re part of the community by involving them versus having businesses vote against the interests of the group.  The general consensus on next-door was then members prefer not to have a lot of advertisements cluttering up the space.  Officer Andy states that there is a special law enforcement membership on Nextdoor, and it was speculated that there may be an option already built in for businesses. It was decided that more information was needed. The consensus was also to have guidelines for businesses. The preference was to allow postings about political events in Carlisle, but not to allow political discussions. There were not enough voting members present for a forum, so a vote was not taken.


Officer Andy’s community police report:

He discussed the Dickinson forum on off-campus housing.  He states that attendance was low, but he attributes it to sending the invite at the last minute.  He states that Dickinson has been making this an annual meeting, but there is concern that this year it should have been held earlier in the school year.  Some residents at the meeting expressed concern that the meeting was just sugar coating and that the college was no enforcing any real penalties on students living off campus who are destructive or disruptive. If they are available, Dickinson Public Safety will respond to police calls on off campus parties to help identify students, many who try to pass off fake IDs to the police, and to report back to Resident Life. This year on Homecoming weekend 2 of the large flower pots on S. Pitt St were smashed and there have been noise complaints and littering of Solo cups on North College Street. Many private landlords make a lot of money renting houses to large groups of students. The houses tend to be in poor condition and the landlords issue high security deposits knowing that the students are going to be destructive. The landlords do not play a role in controlling student behavior in their properties.

Officer Andy also announced that are now security cameras in the parking garage and the police also have drop cameras that they are able to move to different locations as needed.  There is consideration of putting one on the first block of W. Chapel Avenue. Cameras have to have a line of sight, be out of easy reach, and if they aim at a second story home window then that portion of the image is blacked out. The police have the options to hide the cameras or to draw attention to them as a deterrent. There was a question as to whether there is consideration for placing a camera in the Butcher Family Tot Lot due to the recent assault and robbery in the park, however Officer Andy stated that the victims and the perpetrators knew each other, that it was not a random act. Discussion on where to place the drop cameras will be discussed at the 10/27/15 Carlisle Neighborhood Alliance (CNA) meeting.

The police grant to purchase body cameras was approved 2 weeks ago. The Carlisle police have to decide what company to purchase the cameras from and whether they are going to have a local server or outsource the data storage. Use of the cameras will be based on existing case law and good practice policy guidelines. The district attorney has stated that in certain circumstances the police can enter a home and record secretly. Video can also be recorded without audio.  Recent national events, such as in Ferguson, have caused a political and public push for body cameras.  Police officers are in favor of body cameras as they help save the officer 98% of the time and they also provide evidence.


Upcoming National Elections

There was also a request to post a reminder on Nextdoor for the November 3rd election and to also direct members to sources for information on candidates on the ballot.

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October SoSo Meeting Agenda

The next SoSo meeting will be on Wednesday, October 14th at 7 PM at the Bosler Memorial Library.

The Agenda is as follows:

-Approve Minutes from July’s meeting
-Community Police Report
-Discuss whether to allow business membership/SoSo Membership Criteria
-Rules for Nextdoor
-Fall Clean-up and any other matters we would like brought up at the Carlisle -Neighborhood Alliance meeting at the end of the month
-Open for any additional business

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2015 SoSo Neighborhood Party!

2015 SoSo Neighborhood Party!
When: Saturday, September 12, 2015
Where: Butcher Family Tot Lot
Time 4-7 PM
What to Bring: a dish to share, a chair or blanket to sit on, and your own dinnerware if you want to be green
This is a fun, causal event to bring people out to socialize with their neighbors. All are welcome!
We will be providing subs and wraps and non-alcoholic beverages.
You are encouraged, but not required to RSVP on Nextdoor to help us get a headcount so we know how much food to order
Thanks and hope to see everyone there!

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Minutes of SOSO July 7, 2015 Meeting (non-approved draft)

Minutes Of Carlisle SOSO Meeting

July 7, 2015

The meeting was held at Bosler Free Library, 7pm

Attending were:

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

Matt Yanos

Chris Varner, Elm Street Manager for Carlisle

Dave Sheridan

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.

Smaller projects:

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

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July SoSo Meeting

The Next SoSo Meeting will be on Tuesday (NOT Wednesday) July 7th at 7 PM at the Bosler Memorial Library in the downstairs meeting room. The agenda is as followed:

-Approve previous meeting’s minutes
-Community Police Report
-Presentation and Q+A on the Downtown Carlisle Association with Chris Varner, the new Elms Street Manager
-SoSo officer elections
-Discussion of the 2015 SoSo block party

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SoSo Meeting

The next SoSo Meeting will be on Tuesday July 7th at 7PM at the Bosler Memorial Library.

Agenda to follow . . .

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April 2015 SOSO Meeting Minutes

Minutes Of SOSO Meeting, April 27, 2015

The meeting was held at Bosler Free Library, 7pm

Attending were:

Carlisle Police Officer Andrew Van Volkenburg

Whitney Amato, President

Connie Bires, Co-Vice President

Antonia Hyde, Treasurer

Janet Spahr, Recording Secretary

Stephen Hughes, Membership Secretary

Dave Sheridan

Matthew Yanos

Minutes of the November 2014 meeting were approved.

Treasurer’s report: $813.13

Officer Andy gave police report.

Many things going on currently administration-wise in the police force.

2 new police cars in the fleet. (US built Ford Interceptors)

32 officers (one retiring in a few days.)

Officers are still getting used to the new radio system.

Body cameras are planned for the future, but car cameras are being upgraded first.

3 more street cameras are to be installed this year: Letort park, Heberlig park, and one more.

Jessica and Kenny Miller on W Chapel Ave have expressed issues in that alley. Mostly youth problems and drug paraphernalia.

The question was raised about how Home Rule, if passed, would effect the police force. “Issues re: checks and balances are a concern to the force at this point. The thought of police force decisions being made by the Borough Manager causes a bit of concern.” (Officer Andy, speaking from his own point of view.)

Ride Along program has just been offered this week. Little interest so far.

Email Andy or Officer Darhower with any concerns.

Home Rule presentation was given by Dave Sheridan. Flyers with Home Rule information were handed out, with more flyers available through Dave and Antonia. Voting on the proposed Home Rule Charter will be at the May Primary Election, May 19, 2015. Independent voters will have just this one issue to vote on. If passed, Home Rule will be enacted January 2016.

Members update:

SOSO Associate members:110     paid/voting members: 28

Should we have a business membership level for people who have a business here but do not live in our area, so that they could have perks of advertising on our website?

A new Elm Street Manager has been hired by the borough.

Shrubs by the gate of the Butcher Family Tot Lot have died. We still have funds for the Butcher Family Tot Lot available through the Elm Street fund.

Low meeting attendance was discussed:  are there issues in the SOSO area that we don’t know about? Non-attending members are encouraged to speak up through email if you’re not able to get to the meetings.

Next meeting will be held in July, as our meetings are now quarterly. (April, July, October, January.)

Events that need to be considered at next SOSO meeting:

A motion was made, seconded and passed to nominate all existing SOSO officers to serve another year except for the recording secretary, who wishes not to serve another year. This motion will be voted on at the July meeting.

Early fall picnic in the tot lot to be considered, independent of the Walnut Street Party.

Borough clean up days will be managed by Elm Street, and SOSO members will be encouraged to participate. SOSO will not have independent arrangements for the clean up event.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30pm.

Respectfully submitted by Janet Spahr, Recording Secretary

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