• Minutes approved from last meeting.
• Neighborhood cleanup feedback: This year’s cleanup saw residents putting our new trash grabbers to good use – 8-10 borough bags of trash was collected from our streets! A big thank you to the 10 residents who dedicated their time to this worthwhile cause!
• SoSo’s 2018 proposed budget was presented and approved.
SoSo window decals were discussed again. The option of handing them out with paid dues vs giving them to all SoSo members. It would be used to advertise SoSo and to promote neighborhood unity. Discussed putting them with door decals and distributing them around the neighborhood in the warner weather.
• Codes update with Carlisle Borough Codes Officer Mike Heyser:
-If it snows, residents are required by code to remove snow and
ice (shovel and throw down ice melt or sand) within 24hrs. Warning notices are issued once per season prior to citations.
-In general renters in a single family home as responsible for clearing their own walks while landlords are responsible for snow removal in properties with more than one unit. Check your lease agreement and contact your landlord if you have any questions.
-Where the old Town Tavern used to be on S. Hanover Street, a new 2 story, single family home is being built. Mike believes that it will be owner occupied.
-It was reported that a couch has been sitting out in all weather at a property behind the car wash on W. Baltimore. There are also boarded up windows.
-Mike also notes that residents are still putting old TVs out on the curb. They will bot be picked up by the garbage or recycling trucks. It costs $20 to dispose of a TV at the recycling center.
-Private residents have had problems with pipes bursting in the cold, but there have not been any problems with the main sewer lines this year.
-A max of 5 unrelated people total are permitted n a single family home
-Sex offenders are supposed to register there addresses but some don’t comply
• Crime/Police update with Carlisle Police Officer Hanner:
-Packages continue to be stolen, with the latest location being
South Pitt. Best practice is to have items delivered to your back
-With cold weather, lock your cars up when warming them up.
Cars have been stolen.
-Last summer a new leash law came out that prohibits dogs (animals) from being left
outside for more than 30 minutes when temperatures are 32°F and
below. Doing so constitutes negligence and animal cruelty. If you are concerned about the welfare of an animal, please do not hesitate to call the police.
-A month ago 2 drug related arrests were made on S. Liberty Avenue, it was posted on Crime Watch
-Kids skipping school: please call the police if you see kids within our area skipping school. Police don’t usually pick up the kids, but instead they notify parents. The schools keep track of truancy. Parents will be cited and fined after a certain number of unexcused absences.
-The juvenile process is incredibly slow compared to the adult criminal system. The definition of a juvenile is anyone under the age of 18. When juveniles are charged with a crime, a court date is set, but they are not removed from the streets in the meantime. Offenders under the age of 15 are not taken to booking at the station; police are permitted to take them home. The goal of youth arrests is rehabilitation. There is a youth aid panel that can administer punishments such as community service, counseling, apology letters, and fines to youth offenders. It is unclear how well these penalties are enforced. Charges against youth offenders can be stacked, for example, they can be charged with 3 different offenses at once, which combines to increase the weight of the offense. More serious charges, such as arson are taken more seriously. There are youths in Carlisle who have committed enough/serious enough crimes to be moved to another town. So it is best to keep reporting all offenses, no matter how minor because they do add up and eventually can make a difference.
-Keep curfews and park regulations in mind in an effort to curb the juvenile crime within SoSo. It is unlawful for any child under the age of 16 to be out after 10pm. For those aged 16-17, curfew is 11pm. It is important to note that the age range for the majority of the problematic juveniles within
SoSo fall within the 10pm curfew. Park regulations state that it is unlawful to be in a park after dusk.
-DO YOUR PART TO DETER CRIME: turning on your front and back porch lights is the easiest and most effective way to deter crime. Install LED lightbulbs to minimize energy costs. Dusk to dawn adapters that fit within the lightbulb socket are affordable and easy to install (just screw in to the
light bulb socket).
– WHY TURN ON YOUR PORCH LIGHTS? Help your fellow residents out by shining some light at night so they can feel safe walking our sidewalks. Lighting helps residents maneuver cracked and lopsided sidewalks as well as spotting patches of ice that could spell disaster for children, the elderly and those who cannot afford sprains or broken bones! A number of your fellow residents walk their dogs or return home from work in the evening – turn on your lights to make them feel
safer. Porch lights also shed light on our parked cars, deterring crime. Can’t remember to turn on your light every evening when it gets dark? Install an LED bulb and just keep your light on at all times. Or simply add an affordable dusk to dawn adapter to your porch light and boom! No need to worry about turning your light on or off!
-See a street light out? Contact PPL at 1-800-342-5775. They need the number on the silver plate
attached to the pole. If you have a problem locating the pole number, contact the Borough at 1-717-242-4422 to report the outage. Street lights play an important role in keeping our streets safe!
-See a spot within SoSo that needs more street lighting?
WE NEED YOUR INPUT! Call Rick Frieben in the Public Works Department to make a new lighting request.
-Fed up with crime? Install a security camera facing your front/back stoop and street to allow criminal activities to be recorded – evidence is critical for prosecuting those involved in package thefts, etc. In fact, home security footage was successful in identifying and charging juvenile suspects involved in package theft within SoSo. There are a number of affordable home security cameras that can be purchased on Amazon. Some running as low as 40$ (yihome) with the additional purchase of a SIM card for 13$. These cameras operate off of your WiFi and enable you to “check in” on your home (or pet!) through your smart phone.
-Be the eyes and ears of SoSo! On your walks and while driving around, keep your eyes out for suspicious activity. If you see something, call the police.
o AREAS OF CONCERN: Highlander Laundromat (corner of Walnut and South Pitt) and the Tot Lot. The group of problematic juveniles involved in package theft and vandalism and repeated fist fights at the Tot Lot have been loitering at the Highlander Laundromat. It is suspected that they were involved in causing significant damage to the property around the end of December 2017, the most concerning of which are fist fights, breaking a fire extinguisher, and starting fires inside (fire crackers and pages torn out of books), similar to those that have occurred at the Tot Lot. A juvenile girl was also found inside a dryer. The police have trouble charging these offenses without proof such as video footage or an eyewitness who is willing to testify. When approached, these juveniles will commonly say they are “waiting for someone”. This is a small business that serves our local community. Therefore, SoSo residents should adopt a zero-tolerance policy by keeping an eye out for juveniles loitering inside or around the property, telling the kids to get out or simply call the police. No loitering signs are posted within the business. The owners have been afraid of retaliation and some residents have not called the police because they don’t believe it will help. The owners of the laundrymat have stopped cleaning at night because they are afraid of the drug dealers. However, the police note that unless someone is willing to be a victim and press charges, there is not much that the police can do.
-Police staffing: 2 new officers were brought on in the fall. One graduated from the academy in September the other is already working. There have been some officers out with injuries and the police are still a little short staffed. Officers like to have enough staffing to have a presence patrolling the city to act as a deterrent. They like to have time to shoot hoops with the local youth like they did some last summer.
-The police are trying to improve communications. Felony offenses are reported on Crime Watch with the offenders name and the location where the crime took place. The Police Department also has a Facebook page and is in the planning phase of other avenues to keep the public informed.
• Membership update:
-We now have the largest number of voting members in the history of SoSo! We appreciate your support!
-Paying membership dues is now easy as a click of a button thanks to our new setup through PayPal, which was set up by Salim, our new treasurer: paypal.me/sosocarlisle
-A new SoSo logo was proposed. The possibility of having a contest to allow residents to submit design ideas was proposed.
-A SoSo membership drive was discussed, with static cling “SoSo Neighborhood Watch” window decals and welcome letters distributed door-to-door. SoSo window decals were discussed again. The option of handing them out with paid dues vs giving them to all SoSo members. It would be used to advertise SoSo and to promote neighborhood unity. Discussed putting them with door decals and distributing them around the neighborhood in the warner weather.
• SoSo Goals:
– Set-up a meeting to meet the new police chief
-Research and purchase a security camera that can be moved around the neighborhood to deter and to help prosecute crime.
-Plan events for the spring/summer such as a part work/planting day.
-Put the SoSo budget online for a vote of approval.
-Follow-up on membership drive/decal plans.
We voted to have an extra meeting in February or March before the regularly scheduled April meeting.
Next SoSo meetings:
Wednesday, March 14th at 7 PM at 229 S. Pitt St.
Wednesday, April 25th at 7 PM at the Bosler Memorial Library