-Minutes from the October 2015 meeting were approved
–Officer Andy’s Police Report:
-Arrests were made and 2-3 illegal guns were removed from the street after the police worked overtime following the gun play in the East Side in November
-There were several burglaries in our neighborhood recently, particularly on Conway, Parker, and along dark alleys. They were mostly break-ins in unlocked cars, but there were houses that were entered with the residents at home and purses were stolen off of kitchen counters. Officer Andy cautioned residents to keep their cars locked with all valuables out of sight and to keep their homes locked, especially at night when it is easy to see into them.
– Three new police officers were hired to replace 2 retiring officers and one who became a state trooper.
-In November, the police started using the drop cameras, typically placing them for 1-2 weeks in each location. They are monitoring the alley near the library for possible drug activities and on West Chapel to help the Millers. The Millers have suffered from trespassing on their property and noise disturbance. People speed down the alley behind their house, jump over their wall, and are smoking marijuana in the courtyard behind their home. The cameras will have censor bars recorded over the film that points into residents’ windows, but not over their yards. Local shop owners may be allowing the cameras to be placed in their store windows facing the street.
– The police chief is planning to host a public meeting for the neighborhood groups to get public feedback on the use of body cameras and the privacy issues associated with their use. Officer Andy will give notice for this meeting on Nextdoor.com. The money has been approved for body cameras for all Carlisle police officers to wear at all time and are expected to be in use by the end of the year. The police are planning on getting new car cameras as well; the cameras will be purchased from either Taser or WatchGuard. The cameras will record constant video, but audio only when activated by the officer. The audio will automatically pull in data from 1 minutes before and 1 minute after the record button is started/stopped.
– The temporary speed mats on West Penn Street did not have much effect. There was discussion about the possibility of adding stop signs by Memorial Park and the YMCA due to near misses of children darting into the streets. The process for adding a stop sign is arduous and often is not considered until after someone is hit, though it could potentially be streamlined once Home Rule goes into effect. Placing fencing around play areas is also an option.
–Michael Heyser’s from Zoning/Code Report:
-The new snow ordinance is in effect. A 4 foot wide walk-way on the sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours of a snowfall. He states that a good effort will be respected if the full 4 foot area is unable to be cleared and that warnings will probably be issued for 1st time violators. However, he states that it is usually rental properties from the same problem landlords that tend to be the repeat violators. Residents are advised to find someone to take care of their snow removal if they will be out of town in the winter.
-A preliminary plan is in effect for the old Tire and Wheel site. The plan is to place work force housing (housing in which the developer gets tax credits in exchange for building housing that is affordable to low to moderate income families for 15 years) and an office building and to connect B street through to Spring Road. The proposal is going before the borough council
A clarification from councilwoman Connie Bires:
A preliminary plan has been proposed by PIRHL, a developer from Ohio, to build “workforce housing” -only rental units – on the newly zoned mixed use 10-acre property. The developer needs to receive low income tax credits which are then sold to acquire funding to build the units which must be rented at below-market rates for at least 15 years. The zoning requires a certain amount of open space and commercial construction also. Carlisle Borough staff and council envision both B Street and C Street going through this property; PIRHL’s plan shows only B Street. Information about the proposal was shared and discussed at the January 2016 West Side Neighbors meeting. On January 28 at the 5:30 Planning Commission meeting in Borough Hall, the plan will be discussed.
-A discussion of what to use the $250 grant awarded from the Carlisle Borough last year occurred. The grant application proposed putting our grant money toward the little Bosler library in the Butcher Family Tot Lot, the neighborhood clean-up, and/or an information bulletin board in the park.
-Stephen Hughes proposed using the money to buy home window decals to help identity SoSo members and to improve the visibility and unity of SoSo members. The idea will be proposed and discussed on NextDoor.com and an electronic vote of voting members will occur. Stephen states the decal can be purchased for $0.40 each if enough are purchased. It is unclear whether this would qualify as a valid use of the grant money.
–Spring Butcher Family Tot Lot work day
-It was proposed to have a work day to clean up the park and to put in new plants. It was suggested to pick a weekend day in April after April 15th (tax day).
-Andrea from Parks and Recreation will be contacted regarding any request about what to and where to plant to prevent Public Works from mowing over our plants
–Goals for SoSo in 2016
-Plan to review and update the bylaws at the April 13, 2016 SoSo meeting
-Plan for the use of the $250 grant money
-Nextdoor has replaced Googlegroups and no further SoSo information will be distributed via Googlegroup
-A vote approved the discontinuation of paying for sosocarlisle.com, opting to keep the free sosocarlisle.wordpress.com.
– Whitney agreed to be placed as a lead for Nextdoor in order to have a back-up lead in case Stephen Hughes is unable to perform his duties