Police Report, from Officer Mulhollan:
-A new police chief was hired and he will start March 1st. He seems like a qualified candidate, but officers don’t have any insider information on him.
-Carlisle police are in the middle of serving a bunch of drug search warrants. They have been making arrests of dealers in an attempt to combat the heroin epidemic in Carlisle, which is part of a nationwide epidemic. They warned residents not to be alarmed if they hear the flares from their early morning raids, but as always, to call the police if they are worried about any suspicious noises.
-Carlisle police have used Narcan 13 times to treat heroin overdoses since they started using it summer 2016
-Residents are urged to do their part to report any suspicious activity to help the police find drug houses. Signs to watch for that suggest a house could be a dealer house are a lot of traffic in/out of a house, especially with visitors only staying for a short time, or if someone from a house is continually running out to cars. The police would like to be given the address of the residence in question and a description of the people involved and of their cars, particularly with license plates. Tracking down buyers can help lead the police to their sources.
-The police want to make it more difficult for dealers to get a foothold in our town
-Registration sticker are no longer being issued for vehicles in this state, but police can access PENDOT’s database by running a plate in order to tell if a plate is expired
-Arrests were made in connection with the garage break-ins, the preliminary hearings in that care have already begun.
Michael Heyser, a Code Administration Officer, (717) 240-6640:
-Reminds residents that they have 24 hours from the stop of a snowstorm to clear their sidewalks. They are supposed to clear an area 4 feet wide, but good efforts will be accepted. After the last snowfall 100 letters were issued, so anyone who got one of those letters will automatically be fined if they do not clear their sidewalks again.
-Mike wanted to know if there had been problems or if neighbors are bothered by the messy yard that backs up to the playground at the Butcher Family Tot Lot from the house on Walnut Street. The owner has been warned that she needs to make plans to have someone take care of her yard this year as the property has been problematic for many years. Concerns were expressed about stagnate water being a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
-A home on Hanover Street that has been condemned is slowly being renovated, the new owner plans to put apartments in the warehouse building.
-As always, Mike invites residents to call to report any code violations or with any questions
-Voting membership at an all time high with 39 member, and there are 254 members in total
-As of 2/28/17 SoSo has $842.40 in the bank account
–SoSo is still in need of a secretary, but anyone interested in applying for any office is encouraged to make their interest known
-Proposed that SoSo name the alley next to the Butcher Family Tot Lot that runs between Chestnut Avenue and Walnut St and parallel to School Avenue. Propose opening up suggestions to all SoSo members, then allowing voting members to cast a ballot to decide which name to submit
*Update: Since the meeting, Whitney has been in contact with Bruce Koziar, from Codes, about the protocol for submitting a name change. The application must be submitted to the borough council between March 1-March 31st and the applicant is responsible for all costs associated with the name change. Bruce is currently looking into roughly how much that cost would be.
-Discussion of doing another park work day this spring and whether to try to coordinate it with Dickinson student’s service days. It was thought that it might be more useful for the students to volunteer alongside members of the community. The work day would need to be in March or April to include the students and would probably include cleaning up trash, clearing out the plant beds, and planting new flowers, and possibly spreading mulch again
-Discussion on whether to initiate another longer term (1-3 years) improvement project for the park. Process would include polling members for ideas, then voting on a project, and fundraising. Ideas included a pavilion on a concrete pad with 4 open sides, a fenced in community garden with raised beds, Bocce court, sports wall, Adirondack chairs or more benches, SoSo banners to mark the neighborhood, re-paving the basketball court, or installing Playworld shade canopies in order to provide shade for children while they are playing (may be able to apply for this grant: https://www.aad.org/members/volunteer/shade-structure-program). As part of the original Tot Lot Improvement Project, neighbors unanimously agreed that they want to keep the large grassy area open, so any new project should not impede on that space.
-Discussion on whether Carlisle would be able to coordinate a local version of the Boston Freedom Trail with audio tours available for anyone to acquire to guide them through Carlisle’s historic and local points of interest. Consider proposing to Carlisle’s robust Historical Society.
-Proposed that SoSo put out a 2017 budget as a rough outline of our plans for the year including spring park work days, fall neighborhood party, use of annual borough grant money at the end of the summer, etc
-Suggest setting a date and voting on one earlier this year for the neighborhood party at the end of summer/fall.
-Question whether there is anything that can be out up like speed bumps or signs about children playing to discourage speeding in the neighborhood. Suggestion of sign “Drive like your children live here”.
Next SoSo meeting will be on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the Bosler Memorial Library at 7PM.