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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SoSo Agenda for Meeting on Monday April 2015

SoSo Agenda for Meeting on Monday April 2015 at 7 PM in                                         Meeting Room A at the Bosler Memorial Library
-Approve previous meeting minutes
-Community police officer report
-Officer nomination (treasurer can’t continue in her position, so we are in need of a new treasurer)
-Home Rule Presentation
-Discuss proposal to allow business membership (time permitting)

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November SOSO Meeting Minutes

Minutes of SOSO Meeting, November 12, 2014

The meeting was held at Bosler Free Library, 7pm

Attending were:

Carlisle Police Officer Andrew Van Volkenburg

Michael Heyser, Borough Codes

Whitney Amato, President

Connie Bires, Co-President

Ann Sheehan, Co-President

Antonia Hyde, Treasurer

Janet Spahr, Recording Secretary

Dave Sheridan

Minutes from the October SOSO meeting were approved.

Our treasurer reported $705.00 in our account.

Police Department News:

There have been two “Distraction Style” burglaries in Carlisle in the past few months. One occurred near Home Depot a couple of weeks ago, where a person posing as a tree trimmer distracted the homeowner outside while a second and possibly third person went into the house to rob valuables. Central PA has been getting hit regularly in this way. Please beware of anyone claiming to be a tree trimmer or utility worker (suggesting there is a water leak or something to get you out of the house.)  White SUV’s, fake badges and bright vests are typically part of the ploy.

Theft of items in cars is way down in the borough.

There has been a squatting issue in vacant houses in the Mooreland area. One on Belvedere, one near Mooreland school. No malicious damage has been done.

carlislepd.com is the new website for the police press release system. Photos of most wanted, arrests, etc. are featured.

The borough police dept. is still getting used to the call system and new record management system.

When making a call to borough Police, you may still use the 243-5252 number.

If you want to talk to a dispatcher but do not need an officer, press 3.

If you are reporting an active crime that needs an officer respond to the scene, press 1 or 2.

Codes Department News:

A new public works director for the borough started his new position this morning. He worked previously with a private engineering firm, and has civil and environmental engineering experience. The former director was let go 4 or 5 months ago.

The house at 139 W Pomfret St. was condemned last January when pipes burst and the interior was flooded. Last month a plumber replaced pipes. There is now electricity, heat and plumbing and the owner may be able to move back in soon.

The building along the alley behind borough hall which the owners had wanted to tear down is now much improved under new ownership.

Other business:

Since there have been no urgent issues facing our neighborhood, and attendance at SOSO meetings is low, we voted to switch to meeting quarterly.

If an issue comes up which requires extra attention, a special meeting will be called.

A motion was made by Ann to postpone SOSO Officer nominations until the next meeting, Wednesday, April 8th. All were in favor, motion passed.

Officer Nominations:

The current SOSO President, Co-Presidents and Treasurer are willing to maintain their positions for another year. The Recording Secretary position is open. Stephen Hughes needs to be asked if he is interested in continuing as Membership Secretary. Anyone wishing to nominate or be nominated for ANY of the positions is welcome to submit such names at the April 8th meeting.

The Home Rule Charter will be signed next Tuesday.   It will be on the ballot in May 2015 primary election.

The April 8th meeting will include discussion on the Home Rule issue. There will be a representative from the Government Study Commission present.

There was a request to SoSo members to leave their porch lights on overnight if possible. People walking after dark can easily trip and fall on narrow and uneven sidewalks. Our neighborhood engineer says that running a 7-watt bulb around the clock for an entire year would cost about $5, so leaving one extra light on is not a big expense. Also, lighting helps to deter crimes.

There was discussion about the expenses for the Block Party, which exceeded the previously approved $200.00.  A motion was made by the treasurer to maintain the prior authorization for a total of $200.00 towards the block party expenses. Motion was approved.

It was suggested that we invite a HARB member to speak at a future SOSO meeting. Mike Heyser will pass along an invitation to the HARB

Meeting adjourned.

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Hello SoSo Members!

Just wanted to send around a quick update of some of the highlights of the November 12, 2014 SoSo meeting.

A motion was passed to delay officer nominations until the SoSo April 8, 2015 meeting, which will be the next time that SoSo meets. There will be no meeting in December, January, February or March. The April 2015 meeting will be a special one because in addition our usual neighborhood police update and to accepting nominations for officers, we will also have a representative from the Government Study Commission there to discuss the Home Rule Charter, which will be on the primary ballot in May 2015. We are hoping for a good turn out, so everyone please mark your calenders now.

Also, we wanted to put out a request to SoSo members to leave their porch lights on overnight if possible. Especially now that it is getting dark earlier and earlier, there are more and more people walking around after dark and the extra light helps prevent tripping and falling over the often narrow and uneven sidewalks. Our neighborhood engineer says that running a 7-watt bulb around the clock for an entire year would only cost about $5, so leaving one extra light on is not a big expense. Also, lighting helps deter crimes. Officer Andy reported that there have been a couple of break-ins with people squatting in vacant for sale homes. So please keep an eye on any empty properties nearby and report any suspicious activity to the police.

Thanks to everyone who helped with SoSo events and meetings this year and please start thinking of what we would like to do as an organization going forward.


Whitney Amato, SoSo President

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October 2014 SOSO meeting minutes

Minutes of SOSO Meeting, October 8, 2014

The meeting was held at Bosler Free Library, 7pm

Attending were:

Officer Chris Darhower, Carlisle Police Dept.

Whitney Amato, President

Ann Sheehan, Co-President

Connie Bires, Co-President

Janet Spahr, Recording Secretary

Gay Walker

Julie Vastine, ALLARM Director at Dickinson College

Carmen Mann, Storm Water Coordinator with ALLARM (Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring, at The Center For Sustainability Education at Dickinson College)

Police Dept. news:

Officer Darhower said that a new police officer (with prior experience) is joining the Carlisle Police Dept. next week, which will make a full compliment. There are currently 4 officers on restricted duty due to injuries, so the department has been very busy.

Carlisle Police Dept. has a Facebook page: Carlisle Borough Police Department.  Current warrants, arrests and public announcements are listed. Crime Watch: cumberland.crimewatch.com/carlislepd also posts warrants and crime activity in our area.

Re: the Carlisle Borough emergency voice messaging system:

The joint autodialing system has two objectives:

•to be compliant with the “Revised Public Notification Rule for Water Treatment Systems” that requires municipalities to notify residents of “boil”, “do not drink” or “do not use” water notifications within 24 hours; and,

•to meet the needs of the Carlisle Police Department for emergency messaging via telephone.

Borough residents and those consumers of the Borough’s public water system will receive automatic notifications via land line. For those individuals wishing to receive notifications via cell phone, please complete and submit the “Emergency Notification System Opt-In Form” located at the link below:


There is also a notification call system for Cumberland County. To be instantly notified of alerts and emergencies subscribe at


Police are currently looking for a white male with a stocky build who rides a bike. Has broken into the Tree of Life Church on K Street and was seen at Midas on E. High St. trying to break into vehicles.

As a reminder, when calling the police for non-emergency incidents, call 243-4121. For emergencies, call 911.

An issue causing problems with the police radios has been identified so that radio communication between officers and dispatch should be much improved.

14 college students were cited recently for underage drinking at 146 W. High St. Hopefully the citations will deter future similar behavior.

All police officers email addresses are on the borough website at http://www.carlislepa.org/departments/police/staff/    Officer Darhower’s email address is  cdarhower@carlislepa.org

Special Speaker:

Carmen Mann, Storm Water Coordinator with ALLARM, gave a powerpoint presentation re: the Adopt a Storm Drain Campaign.

(Please see the information sheet at the end of these minutes.)

In summary:

Water from the borough’s storm drains goes directly into local streams. Residents need to be better informed about the effects of litter and chemicals in the drains, as major consequences occur to fish, vegetation and the entire stream’s ecosystem. The LeTort is listed as an Exceptional Value Stream but that rating has been challenged. Cleaning around storm drains can help prevent pollutants from flowing into our streams.

Trash and leaves can block the storm drain, causing flooding and standing water. The adopt-a-drain program will provide gloves and compost bags to those who volunteer to keep one or two drains clean in their neighborhood. Here is the link to sign up online to adopt a storm drain:


ALLARM will be in touch with people who sign up through the online form about a lunch day where they will hand out supplies and assign storm drains based on address.

You can also email Carmen mannca@dickinson.edu  if you have additional questions.

Other topics of discussion:

Watering plantings at the tot lot is no longer needed due to the cooler temperatures.

Borough Cleanup Day plans:

Emails will be sent with details on the Breakfast and Trash Pickup on Saturday, Oct. 25th:

8am breakfast at Fay’s; at 9am we will meet the other neighborhood groups and all community volunteers at the square to get gloves, trash bags and other supplies. We will be assigned specific blocks to clean so that the widest possible area can be covered. We will finish by 11am.

Miscellaneous news:

The Elm Street manager job opening has been posted. See http://www.lovecarlisle.com/job-listings/listing/carlisle_elm_street_manager/

Next SOSO meeting:

At the next SOSO meeting on November 12th, 7 pm at the Bosler Library, nominations for SOSO officers for 2015 will be accepted. You may nominate yourself, and are encouraged to do so! There are several positions open, so please consider taking on a position or ask someone you know to consider volunteering. The recording secretary position is open, for instance!

Block Party update:

The Block Party is Sunday, October 12, at 3pm at the Butcher Family Tot Lot. Any help to set up at 2pm would be appreciated. There will be live music. Please bring a food dish to share, drinks, something for the grill for your family, tableware (think green to cut down on waste) and chairs…and tables if you have them!

Minutes from the September meeting were approved.

Meeting adjourned.

Minutes update:

-After the meeting, Stephen Hughes was contacted and he agreed to coordinate the breakfast for the October 25th cleanup. Emails will be sent to all carlisle-soso@googlegroups.com recipients.

Additional Minutes update:

-The Center For Sustainability Education at Dickinson College is a separate organization from ALLARM, and should not have been included in Carmen Mann’s attendance description.

-The initially listed link to sign up for ALLARM’s Adopt a Storm Drain Campaign was old and was changed to the correct, newer link.

Adopt a Storm Drain Information Sheet

The Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) is starting a campaign to keep the storm drains of Carlisle clean! By cleaning around storm drains in your neighborhood once a week, you can help prevent pollutants from flowing into our local LeTort Spring Run and help keep the streets from flooding.


What are storm drains?

Storm drains are found on urban and suburban streets at curbsides, often at corners or along the curb. They drain rainwater and snowmelt off the streets to help prevent flooding. Water entering a storm drain is usually sent into the nearest waterway, untreated.

Why do we need to adopt them?

Storm drains often get clogged with debris. This is an especially prevalent problem during the fall due to leaf debris. Storm drains need to be clear so that when rainfall occurs we aren’t left with flooded streets and excessive standing water. Cleaning the storm drain also helps keep some pollutants like trash and sediment from going into local streams.

The Campaign

ALLARM is launching the Adopt a Storm Drain Campaign in order to address some of these problems. Volunteers would be responsible for going out to whatever storm drain they decide to “adopt” once a week and making sure it is clean of any debris that might be blocking it. ALLARM would provide any supplies needed for storm drain cleaning, including gloves and borough bags. The Campaign has an online signup sheet for any volunteers interested! We will be in contact with volunteers as to when supply distribution will be.

The signup sheet can be found by clicking on this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18dreTjTHWUw9pdS25k0fKmwTMaLZR3VgGhMhGS_bO6U/edit?usp=sharing

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