SoSo Meeting Minutes from 1-10-2018

• Minutes approved from last meeting.
• Neighborhood cleanup feedback: This year’s cleanup saw residents putting our new trash grabbers to good use – 8-10 borough bags of trash was collected from our streets! A big thank you to the 10 residents who dedicated their time to this worthwhile cause!
• SoSo’s 2018 proposed budget was presented and approved.
SoSo window decals were discussed again. The option of handing them out with paid dues vs giving them to all SoSo members. It would be used to advertise SoSo and to promote neighborhood unity. Discussed putting them with door decals and distributing them around the neighborhood in the warner weather.

Codes update with Carlisle Borough Codes Officer Mike Heyser:
-If it snows, residents are required by code to remove snow and
ice (shovel and throw down ice melt or sand) within 24hrs. Warning notices are issued once per season prior to citations.
-In general renters in a single family home as responsible for clearing their own walks while landlords are responsible for snow removal in properties with more than one unit. Check your lease agreement and contact your landlord if you have any questions.
-Where the old Town Tavern used to be on S. Hanover Street, a new 2 story, single family home is being built. Mike believes that it will be owner occupied.
-It was reported that a couch has been sitting out in all weather at a property behind the car wash on W. Baltimore. There are also boarded up windows.
-Mike also notes that residents are still putting old TVs out on the curb. They will bot be picked up by the garbage or recycling trucks. It costs $20 to dispose of a TV at the recycling center.
-Private residents have had problems with pipes bursting in the cold, but there have not been any problems with the main sewer lines this year.
-A max of 5 unrelated people total are permitted n a single family home
-Sex offenders are supposed to register there addresses but some don’t comply

Crime/Police update with Carlisle Police Officer Hanner:
-Packages continue to be stolen, with the latest location being
South Pitt. Best practice is to have items delivered to your back
-With cold weather, lock your cars up when warming them up.
Cars have been stolen.
-Last summer a new leash law came out that prohibits dogs (animals) from being left
outside for more than 30 minutes when temperatures are 32°F and
below. Doing so constitutes negligence and animal cruelty. If you are concerned about the welfare of an animal, please do not hesitate to call the police.
-A month ago 2 drug related arrests were made on S. Liberty Avenue, it was posted on Crime Watch
-Kids skipping school: please call the police if you see kids within our area skipping school. Police don’t usually pick up the kids, but instead they notify parents. The schools keep track of truancy. Parents will be cited and fined after a certain number of unexcused absences.
-The juvenile process is incredibly slow compared to the adult criminal system. The definition of a juvenile is anyone under the age of 18. When juveniles are charged with a crime, a court date is set, but they are not removed from the streets in the meantime. Offenders under the age of 15 are not taken to booking at the station; police are permitted to take them home. The goal of youth arrests is rehabilitation. There is a youth aid panel that can administer punishments such as community service, counseling, apology letters, and fines to youth offenders. It is unclear how well these penalties are enforced. Charges against youth offenders can be stacked, for example, they can be charged with 3 different offenses at once, which combines to increase the weight of the offense. More serious charges, such as arson are taken more seriously. There are youths in Carlisle who have committed enough/serious enough crimes to be moved to another town. So it is best to keep reporting all offenses, no matter how minor because they do add up and eventually can make a difference.
-Keep curfews and park regulations in mind in an effort to curb the juvenile crime within SoSo. It is unlawful for any child under the age of 16 to be out after 10pm. For those aged 16-17, curfew is 11pm. It is important to note that the age range for the majority of the problematic juveniles within
SoSo fall within the 10pm curfew. Park regulations state that it is unlawful to be in a park after dusk.
-DO YOUR PART TO DETER CRIME: turning on your front and back porch lights is the easiest and most effective way to deter crime. Install LED lightbulbs to minimize energy costs. Dusk to dawn adapters that fit within the lightbulb socket are affordable and easy to install (just screw in to the
light bulb socket).
– WHY TURN ON YOUR PORCH LIGHTS? Help your fellow residents out by shining some light at night so they can feel safe walking our sidewalks. Lighting helps residents maneuver cracked and lopsided sidewalks as well as spotting patches of ice that could spell disaster for children, the elderly and those who cannot afford sprains or broken bones! A number of your fellow residents walk their dogs or return home from work in the evening – turn on your lights to make them feel
safer. Porch lights also shed light on our parked cars, deterring crime. Can’t remember to turn on your light every evening when it gets dark? Install an LED bulb and just keep your light on at all times. Or simply add an affordable dusk to dawn adapter to your porch light and boom! No need to worry about turning your light on or off!
-See a street light out? Contact PPL at 1-800-342-5775. They need the number on the silver plate
attached to the pole. If you have a problem locating the pole number, contact the Borough at 1-717-242-4422 to report the outage. Street lights play an important role in keeping our streets safe!
-See a spot within SoSo that needs more street lighting?
WE NEED YOUR INPUT! Call Rick Frieben in the Public Works Department to make a new lighting request.
-Fed up with crime? Install a security camera facing your front/back stoop and street to allow criminal activities to be recorded – evidence is critical for prosecuting those involved in package thefts, etc. In fact, home security footage was successful in identifying and charging juvenile suspects involved in package theft within SoSo. There are a number of affordable home security cameras that can be purchased on Amazon. Some running as low as 40$ (yihome) with the additional purchase of a SIM card for 13$. These cameras operate off of your WiFi and enable you to “check in” on your home (or pet!) through your smart phone.
-Be the eyes and ears of SoSo! On your walks and while driving around, keep your eyes out for suspicious activity. If you see something, call the police.
o AREAS OF CONCERN: Highlander Laundromat (corner of Walnut and South Pitt) and the Tot Lot. The group of problematic juveniles involved in package theft and vandalism and repeated fist fights at the Tot Lot have been loitering at the Highlander Laundromat. It is suspected that they were involved in causing significant damage to the property around the end of December 2017, the most concerning of which are fist fights, breaking a fire extinguisher, and starting fires inside (fire crackers and pages torn out of books), similar to those that have occurred at the Tot Lot. A juvenile girl was also found inside a dryer. The police have trouble charging these offenses without proof such as video footage or an eyewitness who is willing to testify. When approached, these juveniles will commonly say they are “waiting for someone”. This is a small business that serves our local community. Therefore, SoSo residents should adopt a zero-tolerance policy by keeping an eye out for juveniles loitering inside or around the property, telling the kids to get out or simply call the police. No loitering signs are posted within the business. The owners have been afraid of retaliation and some residents have not called the police because they don’t believe it will help. The owners of the laundrymat have stopped cleaning at night because they are afraid of the drug dealers. However, the police note that unless someone is willing to be a victim and press charges, there is not much that the police can do.
-Police staffing: 2 new officers were brought on in the fall. One graduated from the academy in September the other is already working. There have been some officers out with injuries and the police are still a little short staffed. Officers like to have enough staffing to have a presence patrolling the city to act as a deterrent. They like to have time to shoot hoops with the local youth like they did some last summer.
-The police are trying to improve communications. Felony offenses are reported on Crime Watch with the offenders name and the location where the crime took place. The Police Department also has a Facebook page and is in the planning phase of other avenues to keep the public informed.

Membership update:
-We now have the largest number of voting members in the history of SoSo! We appreciate your support!
-Paying membership dues is now easy as a click of a button thanks to our new setup through PayPal, which was set up by Salim, our new treasurer:
-A new SoSo logo was proposed. The possibility of having a contest to allow residents to submit design ideas was proposed.
-A SoSo membership drive was discussed, with static cling “SoSo Neighborhood Watch” window decals and welcome letters distributed door-to-door. SoSo window decals were discussed again. The option of handing them out with paid dues vs giving them to all SoSo members. It would be used to advertise SoSo and to promote neighborhood unity. Discussed putting them with door decals and distributing them around the neighborhood in the warner weather.

SoSo Goals:
– Set-up a meeting to meet the new police chief
-Research and purchase a security camera that can be moved around the neighborhood to deter and to help prosecute crime.
-Plan events for the spring/summer such as a part work/planting day.
-Put the SoSo budget online for a vote of approval.
-Follow-up on membership drive/decal plans.

We voted to have an extra meeting in February or March before the regularly scheduled April meeting.

Next SoSo meetings:

Wednesday, March 14th at 7 PM at 229 S. Pitt St.
Wednesday, April 25th at 7 PM at the Bosler Memorial Library

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March 2018 SoSo Meeting Agenda

Hi SoSo members!
We went over a lot at our January meeting (minutes will hopefully be up soon, sorry for my delay) and didn’t have time to get to everything, so we voted to add an extra meeting before the regularly scheduled Wednesday, April 25th meeting at the Bosler Library. I was unable to find an opening in February or March at the library, so I will be hosting the next meeting at our house. The meeting will be on Wednesday, March 14th at 7 PM at 229 S. Pitt St. Please use the side door on Chestnut Avenue. The agenda will include following up on our plans to purchase a security camera, scheduling a spring clean-up/planting session for the Butcher Family Tot Lot, arranging a meeting with the police chief, and planning any other spring/summer SoSo events. Hope to see everyone there!

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January 2018 SoSo Meeting Agenda

Start your new year right with by attending the next SoSo meeting! The meeting will take place Wednesday, January 10th at 7 PM in one of the downstairs meeting rooms in the Bosler Memorial Library. We will be discussing the 2018 budget as well as mapping out what we would like to accomplish this year. As always, a member of our own Carlisle Borough Police Department will be present to update us on crime in Carlisle as well as to answer questions. Hope to see you there!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 SoSo Meeting Minutes

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 (

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 ( or officer Hanner ( 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 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 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.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 SoSo Meeting Agenda

The next SoSo meeting is on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 7 PM in a meeting room on the lower level of the Bosler Memorial Library.
-Approve minutes from July 2017 meeting
-Follow-up from neighborhood party
-Community Police Report
-Neighbor updates on crime/park lighting/camera
-Finalize planning for Saturday, October 21, 2017 Neighborhood clean-up at 9 AM
-Open discussion/comment/question period

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Everyone is invited to the 2017 Annual SoSo Neighborhood Party

Everyone is invited to the 2017 Annual SoSo Neighborhood Party
on Sunday, October 1st from 3:
30-6:30 PM at the Butcher Family Tot Lot between Chestnut Ave and School Ave. This is a great chance to put a face to the names you see posting on Nextdoor and a fun way to strengthen our sense of community. Wraps from the Southside Deli and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Please bring a dish to share. There will be fall themed games for kids and kids at heart. Come out and share a fun evening with your neighbors!
Hope to see everyone there!
Please RSVP by replying the post on RSVPs are requested, but not required, so please come if you forgot to RSVP!

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017 SoSo Meeting

SoSo Officer Nominations:
Motions to approve the nominations of the following officers for an election to take place via Nextdoor from 7/14-7/20, with terms starting 7/21/17, was approved:
President: Whitney Amato
Vice-President: Krisjand Rothweiler
Membership/Communication: Stephen Hughes
Secretary: Robin Craig
Treasurer: Salim Makhlouf

SoSo Status Update:
– There are currently 318 members, including 287 associate members and 41 voting members, an all time high!
– SoSo currently has $828.30 in out checking account

Police Report by Officer J. Hanner:
Juvenile Crime in the Park:
– Lt. Latshaw reported that the juveniles involved in the vandalism of the Butcher Family Tot Lot are being adjudicated. They are gathering information on restitution fees, including reimbursing volunteers for their time. Three arrests have been made and one youth was charged with disorderly conduct and the other two with retail theft for stealing the spray paint from Walmart.
– The two girls who fought by the Butcher Family Tot Lot were issued citations for disorderly conduct.
– The police encourage calls when the kids are smoking cigarettes or marijuana in the park. Most of the time the kids hide it when the police show up, but hopefully their presence will stop kids from smoking in the park. They have not been able to make any arrests.

– There has been drug activity on Baltimore Street near Arch Street and Walnut Street. The police are documenting all calls they get and are forwarding the information to the drug detective. The police advise residents to keep calling in when they see any suspicious activity. In particular, details about time and place and description of cars and people involved. Recently this kind of information allowed them to catch a drug dealer. The police want to encourage residents to not lose heart; there are drug detectives out there making buys and building cases even if we don’t see any signs of anything being done.
– Personal cameras can be a deterrent and, if they show hand to hand transactions, especially if zoomed in on a face, they can be helpful. Police warn citizens that if they decide to film criminal activity that they should be discrete and not confront the suspects.
– Neighbors report that there are signs of drug deals at all hours around Baltimore/S. Pitt St and that they see the same guy selling. Neighbors have been calling it in to the police.
– The last shooting in Carlisle was a month and a half ago, and they are not sure if it was drug related. Most of the drug dealing in town has been non-violent.
– It is mostly the same group of people involved in drug dealing, and the police know where most of the drugs around here are coming from. It takes time to build a case, and whenever someone is arrested there is always someone waiting in the wings to step in.
– In March there were big arrests, so now the dealers are making the runs. The police list where the arrests were made, but not necessarily where the dealers live or where they were dealing. A ‘Right to Know’ request can be made with the Borough Secretary to find that out. The Carlisle Police’s Facebook page links to arrest information.
– There is no “arrest to rehab” program in Carlisle. There are rehabilitation programs at Holy Spirit Hospital and Roxbury, but they require a 48 hour detox first. There are not enough detox facilities, and they don’t keep people long enough. Increased heroin use tends to be followed by Hepatitis C epidemics.
– Fentanyl use is increasing. Fentanyl is very toxic and can affect someone if it is inhaled or touched, so never touch it if you see it.
– It is thought that the forensics activity on Arch near Willow last week was possibly related to an overdose/fatality, but they are looking into whether to charge a homicide.
– The police are hoping to eventually have cameras in all the parks, but they are not sure if our park specifically is being considered for a camera now.
– There is no camera at the laundromat on S. Pitt St.

– The police have already had a busy summer. In the last 2 months, they have responded to 80 assaults and 280 disturbances ranging from noise disturbances to fights. There have been numerous overdoses and two overdose deaths.
– There have been multiple curfew violations, including one by Wendy’s last night
– There have not been any reports of stolen packages in the last 4 weeks, but there also have not been any new leads.
– The trail behind LeTort Park was lit on fire, police are investigating.
– The police have not started any bike patrols, but they are still understaffed. They hired one new officer who still has to go through the academy, which takes 7 months. The chief is hoping to hire a few more officers, but even if they don’t have to go through the academy, they still need 3 months of training. The chief has taken a list of officers interested in getting their bike patrol certification, and he is looking for bike certification courses.
– Dress uniforms are now being worn in the day and after 7 PM the older uniforms are being worn
– The police encourage citizens to be their eyes and ears, to keep calling, and to be patient. The number is (717) 243-5252 ext. 3 for non-emergencies. After hours that number will redirect you to the county dispatch.
– The Crime Watch website tends to be a couple weeks behind, and it only reports misdemeanors and felonies.

SoSo’s Crime Response:
– Andrea from Parks and Recreation has the numbers of the light poles for the lights in School Alley and “no name” Alley next to the Butcher Family Tot Lot that are dim or dying and the information about which trees are blocking the lighting and she will have public works fix the lighting.
– The other neighborhood associations paid for a portion of the cameras in the other parks, and the rest was paid for by the Borough. But we do not know the breakdown of how much of the $30,000 per camera was paid by each party
– Kids can be banned from the public parks if there is justification and a police report documenting the offense. However, these bans are difficult to enforce.
– There is no legal parking on “no name” Alley by the Butcher Family Tot Lot, but a sign to help enforce it would require the support of an ordinance.
– By the grassy area on Chestnut Avenue there is a ‘No Parking’ sign; there is no adjacent parking for the Butcher Family Tot Lot.
– The Borough’s Parking Enforcement Authority are the ones to contact about adding handicap parking for the Butcher Family Tot Lot. They would request the Borough Council create an ordinance for such a parking space.
– A motion was made and approved to purchase two “No Parking” signs at $20 each to put along the fence at the unnamed alley adjacent to the park pending approval from Parks and Recreation.
– Another motion was made to purchase signs indicating that the park is under surveillance, subject to approval from Parks and Recreation. Whitney will email Andrea about the signs.
– We should encourage all residents of SoSo to leave their porch lights on all night. It is a cost effective deterrent of crime. It also helps neighbors who get home late or who are out walking their dogs in the evening. We also encourage residents to call the police any time they see any suspicious activity. We will place the number for the Carlisle Police Department, (717) 243-5252 on SoSo’s website (
– It was discussed whether SoSo should send a letter to the owners of the laundromat on S. Pitt Street, but a neighbor who has a good repertoire with them offered to talk to the owner about whether they are willing to install a camera to help catch and deter drug dealers from using their parking lot. She reports that the owners have been working with the police on this issue.
– The neighbor with the white garage whose property backs onto the park along School Avenue has offered to leave the light on his garage on at night.

Annual SoSo Party:
– Plan on setting a date for a Sunday afternoon in late September. Bonnie and Robin have volunteered to help Whitney organize the event. They will meet separately to make the arrangements.

Neighborhood Clean-up:
– Stephen Hughes researched grabbers and found some for $18 that can be used for the neighborhood clean-up. The clean-up will be scheduled for a Saturday morning in early October. There will be an optional breakfast at Fay’s Country Kitchen (203 S. Hanover St.) from 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M., and the actual clean-up will be from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. Volunteers will meet at Stephen’s house on the 200 block of S. Pitt St. to pick-up supplies. Stephen believes he still has gloves and vests left over from prior clean-ups. He believes that they originally came from PennDot. If the motion to purchase the grabbers is approved via the vote on Nextdoor, then Stephen will purchase the grabbers.

Other SoSo events:
– Having an Easter Egg hunt was discussed, but it was decided that it may be more practical to have a spring flower planting event for children instead.
– Members were reminded that ALLARM has an adopt-a-storm-drain program to help minimize street flooding and pollution runoff into the LeTort creek by helping to keep storm drains clear of trash, leaves, and debris. For more information or to sign up visit their website at:

Borough Council Update from councilwoman Deb Fulham-Winston:
– The Borough is engaged in a long range project to repair and replace water mains and sewer lines over the next 40 years. Some have already started to fail. High problem areas that take in a lot of storm water are first in line to get fixed. In Carlisle, 90% of the water drains into LeTort. There is talk on installing water gardens to help manage runoff and of decreasing the amount of concrete. The old plant along Fairground Avenue will have flower beds and in the North East they are going to grow water absorbing plants. The city has also budgeted money to fix the wall around the Molly Pitcher cemetery over the next 8 to 9 years. They are replacing and reinforcing the wall as problems arise, such as the segment that recently collapsed, which has already been repaired.
– If there is an issue you wish the Borough Council to take up, call ahead and you can always be added to the agenda so you will be guaranteed a chance to speak.

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