-A motion was made and approved to approve the minutes from the April meeting.
Officer Andy’s report:
-Andy was promoted to corporal and his schedule is no longer compatible with his community policing duties. Once the new officers have completed their training, it should free up their trainers to do more community outreach. Andy plans on training Officer Mulhollan or Officer Hanner to replace him so that they will understand what information they can share with the neighborhood groups.
-There is a new vacancy since our last meeting and they are hoping to fill it with an officer who is already certified versus someone that has to go through the academy
-The DOJ is reviewing Carlisle Police Department’s application for body cameras
-They are down to 10 candidates that are being interviewed for the position of police chef
-Police are still investigating last months’ homicide in the American Legion across from Memorial Park, but they believe that it was a targeted killing
– There is a known wanted suspect in the strong arm robbery near the high school
-One of the most prevalent types of thief in Carlisle is return fraud committed by heroin addicts, usually at Walmart. The scheme involves stealing merchandise and returning it in exchange for gift cards which are sold for cash.
-A suspect was never apprehended in our neighborhood’s vehicle break-in, but the robberies stopped when someone was arrested for another crime
-Recently a package was stolen from someone’s front step on S. Pitt Street, opened, and then dumped in another neighbor’s yard. Officer Andy encourages residents to have packages delivered to side doors to prevent crime of opportunity and to report all theft to the police to help them identify if there is a pattern, an area being targeted.
Mike Heyser, Codes Officer:
-Mike checked in to see if there are any code issues in SoSo. He states this time of year there is the annual battle with residents over sidewalk weeds
-It was noted that the junk on the street on South St between Pitt and West St has improved
-Mike reminded everyone that trash must be stored at least 10 feet away from the curb
-There was personal trash thrown in the Butcher Family Tot Lot trash cans just before the Fourth of July weekend. Public works removed it, but it is considered theft of services and should be reported to the police
-We discussed uses for last year’s $250 grant and proposals for this year’s grant application which is due at the end of July
-Last meeting the consensus was to use the money to buy a notice board for the park, but the cost of a board with a post exceeds that amount. Consideration was given to combining 2 years worth of grant money in order to make the purchase. There was no support for donating the money to support the next round of Little Bolser Libraries
-There was discussion on purchasing neighborhood banners similar to the vertical vinyl banner outside of CALC. There have been proposals in the past for each neighborhood to have banners marking neighborhood pride. There was more preference for banners than for individual window decals
-Noted that a Public Works employee was seen collecting shopping carts to return to Walmart and that Walmart does not seem to make any effort to prevent the carts from leaving their property. It was speculated as to whether a fine or penalty could be imposed on Walmart.
-Reminder that the 2016 Household Hazardous Waste Drop off is on August 20th. More information on time, location, and materials are allowed can be found online at: https://www.ccpa.net/3499/2016-HHW-Drop-Off-Event
-Dickinson’s Freshman Day of Service is looking for projects for their freshman volunteers. It was proposed to see if we can get Parks and Recreation to provide more mulch for the Butcher Family Tot Lot and have the student volunteers spread it. Whitney emailed Andrea at Parks and Recreation about a missing bolt on the equipment and the loose park benches, so Andrea added it to Public Work’s job list.
Connie Bires, Borough Council:
-Reminder of July 14, 2016 Borough Council meeting, the agenda is posted online
-A current issue of interest is an anti-discrimination ordinance that is going for a vote to ratify the initial review the solicitor provided to the draft ordinance at the July 14th Borough Council meeting
There will be a public meeting on it on July 28th
-The ordinance will add LGBT as a protected class in Carlisle, since they are not covered under the states anti-discrimination ordinance. It also proposes creating a committee of volunteers to mediate and issue punishments to employers who violate the ordinance.
-It was decided to hold another annual SoSo Neighborhood Party with a tentative date set for the first weekend in October. Information will come around for a vote on a budget after reviewing last year’s expenses