We did forget to start our meeting by having everyone introduce his/herself. But we did have an intense agenda for this meeting.
At 6:35, Alderman Michael Murphy addressed the group with
comments about the difficulty on
He had asked the Chief of Police Nan Hegarty
to possibly take more time to start the non-answer of burglar alarms in
residences. As of September 17, police will not respond to burglar alarms
unless they receive a verified response from someone connected to the
place. A majority of neighbors were in agreement that the taxpayers
should not be subsidizing the alarm business in the city of
Some neighbors questioned Alderman Murphy about the time the night street lights are turned on. He agreed to check on the problem. However, for every 5 minutes that the lights are turned on, we pay $200,000 a year, i.e. turning on the lights at 6:25 instead of 6:30. Having such information tends to give us better understanding of the answers to some of our challenges.
Officer Wayne Jensen, who became the shift commander of the Third District Police on July 18th, has 35 years on the job. (I apologize for not having his rank listed before his name.) Our liaison officer, Officer Thomas Kupsik, joined with the Shift Commander to give us important phone numbers and reassure us that we do have recourse within reason to get help with problems.
Vice - Control 935 - 7411 for drug issues
Officer Kupsik 935 - 7733 for community issues and support
Captain Oliva 935 - 7230 mostly available from 8 - 4 P.M.
Shift Commander 935 - 7231
933 - 4444 nuisance calls
After working with the police over a mishap, call the Third District if you were unsatisfied with services. The Shift Commander does a resolution check after 10 days. The Officers also do Knock and Talk visits which help the police get a better understanding of what might be happening in a household in between complaint calls. The Nuisance Ordinance requires that a property receive 3 calls in 30 days before it can be identified as a nuisance. There are 25 different categories for nuisances. After those 3 calls the owner is sent a letter stating the issues that have resulted in police calls. Ten days after the letter is sent, a bill is sent to the owner requesting payment for the inordinate use of police time.
Lois Nugent addressed the neighbors on behalf of the Urban League School of
Science and Math at the 46th and
Jacqueline Ward and Mike Shubert spoke to us about building a healthy neighborhood using four points: 1. Image - fašade money has been provided to some residents on 42nd and 43rd Streets; 2. Market, 3. Neighborhood Management, and 4. Physical Appearance. There are 20 loans available for people in the neighborhood under these points. The question asked by Mike was "How do we get houses for sale connected to buyers?" One suggestion was to use the realtors who live in our neighborhood.
Terri Bartlett and Sharon Williams collected 200 surveys from 24th
to 46th Streets for Making Connections. They will be asking
neighbors to help organize a neighborhood-wide event to make the results and
suggestions from the surveys come alive. This meeting will be Monday,
Oct. 11, at the
Halloween, Trick or Treat, is Oct. 29th from 7 - 8 P.M. Good
news of the night: