The Wednesday, October 11, 2017 SoSo Meeting was held at the Bosler Memorial Library.
Minutes from July 2017 meeting were approved.
Follow-up from October 1, 2017 neighborhood party: The 2017 budget allocated for the SoSo Neighborhood social $225, we spent $152.37. Decent attendance, games for the kids, Janet Spahr donated her time to do musical activities with the little kids, good food. Will probably continue to have the party if SoSo members wish to.
Community Police Report, presented by Officer Mulhollan (firstname.lastname@example.org):
Tot Lot: Crime seems to have decreased now that school is in session. The police have been increasing their patrols in our neighborhood and around the park, especially at night. They have been stopping people around the park. They have getting a lot of calls about suspicious people located around Walnut/S. Pitt Street. They have been conducting filed interviews, stopping and talking to people, identifying people and getting to know people in the area. They are also trying to make a police presence known. They are starting to recognize more people in the neighborhood.
Pumpkin smashing: Crime happens this time of year, often drunk college kids wandering around destroying things. Last year they smashed 5 pumpkins in 30 minutes.
Robbery: Thursday, October 5, in the morning there was a robbery by the YMCA and someone’s wallet was stolen. The school was placed on lock-down that morning. Officer Mulhollan did not want to comment further as it is an ongoing investigation.
-The drug activity around S. Pitt and Baltimore Street seems to have slowed down, but there has been activity at the back of M+Z Carpets. Neighbors report seeing drug deals occurring in broad daylight. Neighbors report seeing a pick-up truck with Florida plates that only seems to be around on car show weekends. A black male, who used to live on Baltimore Street, will walk up the alley and exchange something with someone in the truck. Sometimes he will come on a bike. A resident reports seeing him go into a property on School Avenue.
-The officer responded that they have been getting a lot of calls and they have been stopping a lot of people. He encourages SoSo members to call and report any suspicious activity. The officer reports that they have arrested the same guy twice in the same house for selling drugs. He posted bail after his first arrest and was subsequently arrested again for selling. He did not make bail the second time.
-The officer encourages residents to make note of locations, times, or trends they notice with any drug activity. He states that many dealers will keep a schedule, so if anyone notice drug activity in the same place, at the same time let the police know because it helps them target their patrols. Officer Mulhollan encourages SoSo members to call the police station or to email him (email@example.com) or officer Hanner (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any tips.
-The Borough is making a push to cut down on drug activity. The number of heroin overdoses has fallen. The drug task force is getting higher level, which increases fear in mid-level dealers and acts as a deterrent. Police are doing more traffic stops to target buyers, which makes it harder to buy or sell drugs in Carlisle. The goal is to make dealers not feel safe working in Carlisle. They then tend to move to Harrisburg.
Seasonal crime prevention reminders:
-Police advise residents to remove AC units and be sure to lock windows and doors to stop break-ins. The fall traditionally sees an increase in car break-ins as it gets dark earlier, so be sure to lock your vehicles, and do not leave any valuables in them. However, overall crimes trend to decrease as the weather cools off and people spend more time indoors.
Neighbor updates on park lighting/camera:
-Parks and Recreation will install “no parking” signs along the no name alley. Andrea from Park and Recreation said putting a sign stating people are “Under Surveillance” in the park may actually cause a liability for the Borough because it would make people feel safer when in fact they are not any safer, so we should not put up those signs.
-The door to the Little Bosler Library box has been missing for months. It has not been replaced at this time.
-Robin had messaged to Mellens to get contact information for the owner of the garage that backs against the park in order to ask them to fix or turn on the lights that shin into the park in the corner under the big tree. However, it is believed that Mr. Tritt owns the garages, and it is believed that he is in a nursing home. They have seen a woman leaving the house, but they are not sure what her relation is or what the situation with him is. If anyone in SoSo knows the family, please ask them about the lighting on the garage or have them contact Robing (RA Craig on Nextdoor). The house now has a “for sale” sign in front of it.
Finalize planning for Neighborhood clean-up:
-Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9-10 AM, meet at Stephen Hughes house on S. Pitt St.
-Optional breakfast at 8 AM at Fay’s. Please RSVP to Stephen Hughes if you think you can attend so he can get a rough head count.
-Stephen has the new grabbers to help people pick up trash. He will also supply gloves and bags.
-Volunteers will be divided into teams and given an area of the neighborhood to work on.
-Stephen usually goes around and collects the borough bags at the end of pick-up, and he will arrange for the borough to collect the bags.
Report from Michael Heyser, Code Administration Officer/Assistant Zoning Officer (717-240-6640):
-Mike reads Nextdoor.com to try to follow any SoSo codes issues.
-This week through Friday is brush pick-up, but bundles can be no more than 6 inches in diameter.
-The Borough’s compost facility is open until December 16th.
-Leaf pick-up is the week before and the week after Thanksgiving. All leaves must be placed in paper bags. Bags can be placed out any days during those 2 weeks; it does not have to be on a resident’s usual trash pick-up day.
-Ms. Trump’s property that backs up to the park has been better maintained this year, though it is still a mess. Mike continues to give her notices. She never calls him back, but she will attempt to make some progress on her property. Robin and some of her friends worked on her yard and tried to help, but Ms. Trump yelled at them for removing things that she didn’t want removed. Her property is the house that used to be owned by the Butcher Family.
-Mike suspects that the owner of the condemned house on Pomfret Street has been living in the house for 2 years despite it being condemned 4 year ago after her pipes burst when she didn’t heat the property. Her neighbors have reported her, but Mike needs evidence, such as photos of her coming/going in order to act because she denies it, but won’t tell him where she is living when he questions her. Her neighbors have reported that her yard is full of glass, and that rats are on the property. There is also concern about the danger if the property were to ever catch on fire as it is a wooden structure and the house is full of clutter including the fliers she takes from the library and the borough building.
-A SoSo member also reported a leaning telephone pole on West Baltimore adjacent to 307 S. Pitt St. Mike will look into it and arrange to have it fixed.
-The alley behind M+Z Carpet is full of weeds and possibly rats. Mike will investigate.
Borough Council updates from Councilwoman Deborah Fulham-Winston:
-The next Borough Council meeting is Thursday, October 12. The meeting schedule can be found at https://www.carlislepa.org/calendar/meetings/2017/10/. An engineer will present a storm water assessment. There may end up being a storm water fee for everyone to cover the costs. It is cheaper to pay now and to start fixing the system than to wait until there is a crisis. The Borough is in a pretty good financial position. It is good on its pension obligations. Several years ago a library tax was instituted to protect funds for the library system despite statewide funding cuts. Cumberland County has the busiest library system in the state.
-Elections are November 7th. The ballot will include county offices and court positions, like borough council, school board, and Supreme Court and Commonwealth judges. People elected to these positions have potential to have an immediate impact on our day to day lives. There is no one source to get information on candidates, though many have webpages or Facebook pages and the local papers, such as the Sentinel and the Patriot, unusually runs a profile on candidates closer to the elections. The League of Women’s Voters is holding a candidate night on October 23rd. Tim Scott is running for reelection as Carlisle’s mayor against Scott Robinson, who is still in jail after allegedly assaulting Officer Andy. SoSo’s Deborah Fulham-Winston is running for reelection for Borough Council as is Brenda Landis, who spearheaded the Heberlig Palmer Park renovation.