Wednesday, April 12, 2017 SoSo Meeting Agenda

Meeting at Bosler Memorial Library at 7PM

-Approve minutes from February meeting (available online at
-Carlisle police officer’s report
-Finalize plans for spring work day in the Tot Lot
-Review and approve 2017 SoSo Budget
-Prepare survey for proposals for possible Stage II of Butcher Family Tot Lot Improvement Project
-Open forum

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February 8, 2017 SoSo Meeting Minutes

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.
-Heroin Dealers
-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

SoSo News:
-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: 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.

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February 8, 2017 SoSo Meeting Agenda

The next SoSo meeting will be on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 7 PM at the Bosler Memorial Library upstairs in meeting room C. This is a make-up meeting to replace the missed January meeting.

-Update on winter membership drive
Create 2017 Budget
-Discuss survey of neighborhood concerns/issues and SoSo outreach
-Discuss improving the Butcher Family Tot Lot (ie, pavilion, bulletin board, sports wall, more benches, community garden, etc)
-Coordinate spring park work day/Dickinson Day of Service
– Brainstorm ideas of names to submit for the unnamed alley along the Butcher Family Tot Lot

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October 12, 2016 SoSo Meeting Minutes

October 12, 2016 SoSo Meeting Minutes
-Minutes from the July 2016 meeting were approved
Police report:
– A suspect from the Dairy Queen robbery was arrested, he is also accused of forgery
– The murder at the Legion is still under investigation, but the police are getting Crime Watch tips
-There have been reports in Carlisle of someone dressing up as a clown and jumping out to scare people, which is considered disorderly conduct. A victim fell over and was hurt. The clown is reported to be wearing a clown mask with orange hair. It may be part of the national social media trend involving individuals dressed as clowns threatening to kidnap children and teachers. It started on the West Coast and has moved east.
-Home break in on 400 block of Arch Street bt the YMCA: AC unit remove and suspect entered the home in daylight through the back and stole 2 laptops, a camera, and $200 cash. This type of crime is usually performed on unsecured window AC units which can provide easy entrance to a home. Suspects have been known to knock on the door to see if anyone is home. If someone answers, they will usually come up with a flimsy question for the home’s resident.
-Stolen items are sometimes sold at the local pawn shops, such as the ones on Hanover street. Fortunately, both of those shops take IDs and phone numbers from all sellers.
-In response to the episodes of book burning in the Butcher Family Tot Lot, the police have been running extra patrols in the area. Residents should call the police if they see anyone hanging in the park at night.
-There are still reports of criminals checking car doors and entering and robbing unlocked cars or cars with visible bags or laptops left in them.
-The police have been testing different brands of body cameras and are still deciding which vendor to use. They are also still working on finding a new police chief
Annual SoSo Neighborhood Party:
-Plan to order 26 piece wrap tray from Southside Deli for $64.99, get tablecloths, drinks, prizes, and supplies for games. The expenses need to be sent for an electronic vote for approval
-Different fall themed games were discussed and the group present at the meeting decided on three games. The first is a Harvest Dash relay race in which 2 teams of kids line up to take turns scooping up bird seed and running it down to dump in their teams bucket. First team to fill their bucket wins. The group also decided to have tic-tac-toe with a board drawn in chalk and mini pumpkins and gourds used as the pieces. The third game was a ring toss with 3 different size pumpkins worth different points as the targets.

-There were volunteers to help with set-up and clean-up
Borough Council news:
Connie Bires, our borough council woman, announced that the next Borough Council meeting would concern the budget season and there is also an upcoming employees relation and community participation meeting, and discussion on the ethics ordinance
Light up the Dark Nights:
There was a request to remind us all that keeping porch lights on at night costs next to nothing, but is vital for public safety. Many residents have difficulties navigating Carlisle’s uneven sidewalks in the dark and a friendly porch light could aid their safe trip home, especially as the days get shorter. There was some discussion about types of public street lighting used in other communities including gas and solar.
SoSo membership and outreach:
-Reminder that it is still $5 annually to be a voting member, which allows a voice in all matters decided on by SoSo. Sign-up now and the cost will include the remainder of 2016 and all of 2017.
-There was discussion of putting up door hangers in the spring of 2017 to help spread awareness of our organization as many neighbors are still not aware of SoSo
Unnamed Alley:
-The idea to have a SoSo contest to propose a name to the Borough Council for the unnamed alley along the Butcher Family Tot Lot was discussed. Carlisle allows names for unnamed streets to be proposed every March. It was decided to contemplate this proposal and to act on it further at the next SoSo meeting on January 11, 2017.
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2016 SoSo Neighborhood Party

Everyone is invited to the annual SoSo Neighborhood Party
on Saturday, Ocpumpkin-art-autumn-pumpkin-clip-art-1-yneidf-cliparttober 15th from 4-7 PM at the Butcher Family Tot Lot between Chestnut Ave and School Ave. Wraps from the Southside Deli and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Please bring a dish to share. There will be fall themed activities for kids. Come out and share a fun evening with your neighbors!
Hope to see everyone there!
Join us on

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October 2016 SoSo Meeting

Please join us at the Bosler Memorial Library meeting room at 7 PM on Wednesday October 12, 2016 for our quarterly SoSo meeting. We will be discussing the upcoming SoSo Neighborhood Party and naming of the alley near the Butcher Family Tot Lot, as well as having officer nominations.
Please contact me with any requests for the agenda.
Everyone is welcome!

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Wednesday July 13, 2016 SoSo Meeting Minutes

-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

Grant Money:
-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:
-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.

Neighborhood Party:
-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

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