Wednesday April 13, 2016 SoSo Meeting
-January 2016 meeting minutes were approved
-Butcher Family Tot Lot clean-up scheduled on 4/16 as well as the installation of our park’s Little Bosler Free Library, which is a read and return system. More information on the program can be found at: http://cumberlink.com/news/local/communities/carlisle/bosler-set-to-open-free-libraries/article_5ee1eabf-7a84-5359-a5eb-b6e137eec705.html
Chris Varner, the Elm Street Manager’s report:
-has gloves and supplies for neighbourhood clean-ups, prefer to have different neighbourhood groups on different days since he can’t be in more than one place at once
-Plans to relaunch the Three Minutes Thursday initiative for neighbours to spend a few minutes every Thursday picking up trash in front of their homes in order to keep our neighbourhoods looking clean. People can post pictures of themselves picking up trash on LoveCarlisle’s Facebook each week to enter a drawing for a $10 giftcard
-On Friday May 20th at Biddle Mission park they are teaming up with United Way for a Take to the Street night with games and an outdoor showing of “Inside Out”. There are tentative plans to do other movie nights depending on how this event goes. It is expensive ($570) to pay for licensing fees and it has been hard to find sponsors.
-Home Tweet Home has been sponsored by Howard Hanna Real Estate this year and they are planning on having second graders in the borough help paint the 1500 bird houses. There will also be a painting event at CALC.
-Carlisle won the Strongest Town competition. Hear Chris Varner and Brenda Landis on the podcast at: http://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2016/3/31/vote-for-the-strongest-town-championship-round
-The Elm Street program loses its state funding at the end of June 2016. Chris is looking into alternative funding
Officer Andy’s police report:
-Officer Andy VanVolkenburg and Officer Simon Jackson were promoted to Corporals, but Officer Andy plans to continue to act a as community liaison
-Issues such as privacy were discussed at the Public Safety Meeting on body worn cameras. Some preliminary guidelines include not filming inside a home without permission, unless it is park of an active chase
-A trial run of the Taser cameras is planned. The goal is to equip every officer by the end of the year. The Department of Justice grant pays for the cameras, but not for the cost of data storage and equipment upkeep
-Chris Varner pointed out that there are statistics stating that there is a 60% drop in the use of force when police wear body cameras and 90% of the time cameras support the police officer in a dispute. It was speculated that the cost of litigation may decrease with the use of cameras
-Officer Andy states that the Carlisle police has a good records of winning most of the cases against the department, except for one involving the use of a Taser against a diabetic having a seizure
-Three new police officers were hired, including 2 new graduates. Their training is expected to be complete by August, which means that the Carlisle Police force should have its full complement of 31 officers
-Alleys such as Conway and Mooreland have had episodes of someone checking cars to see if they are unlocked and then robbing the open vehicles. There are not been any recent home burglaries.
Connie Bires, SoSo co-VP and Borough Council member:
-The borough council is having Carlisle’s water and sewer lines checked and fixed, some are from 1917! Residents will be offered to have their lateral lines checked as well, but they will be required to pay for any fixes that are needed
-Connie offered to look into the process for naming the alley next to the Butcher Family Tot Lot that runs parallel to School Street and is between Chestnut Avenue and Walnut Street
-There is a Borough Council meetings scheduled for 4/14/16 at 7 PM
-Carlisle Borough receives an annual allocation from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Community Development Block Grant Program (http://cchra.com/program/individual/community-development-block-grants). Carlisle Borough is discussing having the unused money from prior year reallocated.
Butcher Family Tot Lot:
-Discussed work day. Connie will bring plastic bags and take leaves to the compost facility. Whitney will pick up donuts and coffee and will email Andrea to confirm when the mulch is being delivered.
-Whitney to email Andrea about installing an information bulletin in the park using SoSo’s grant money that we received from the Borough Council last year.
-Stephen Hughes is still interested in ordering window decals to help brand the neighbourhood and to promote community unity