Saturday, October 12, 2013

Meeting Minutes of the Martin Drive Neighborhood Association


The mission of the Martin Drive Neighborhood Association, through its programs and projects, is to embrace and foster a sense of belonging and common purpose, in order to create a neighborhood that is beautiful, diverse, secure, and fun for everyone!


Sharon started the meeting at 10:16 a.m.

1. Sharon introduced the members of the Projects and Planning Committee, Business and Finance Committee, and Block Representatives.


2. Sharon said that a lot of people preferred a Saturday meeting. We talked about tips and project priorities. Neighbors took 10 minutes to vote and rank priorities that were first thought of during the September Martin Drive Neighborhood Association Meeting.


3. Milwaukee Police Officer Iverson talked about the latest update on crime and safety in the neighborhood. The major incident on September 11, 2013 lead to events he talked about. An investigation occurred. An incident took place in the area near Birdie's Cafe with an individual who is a medical doctor and avid runner. He got away and called the police. It led to 18 subjects that have been identified and several arrests. There have been 12 arrests responsible for several incidents in the West Side. Age range from 11 years old to 19 years old with most around 14 years old. Some are from Martin Drive neighborhood, others from the Washington Park neighborhood. The attacks are called "highlights" and may have been recorded on a cell phone. The Milwaukee Police Department is looking for the videos Online. PO Kong said that each case is being reviewed.

Neighbors should email their impact statement These statements will encourage the judge to give the harshest sentence. Answer the question, "When you heard of these incidents, how did you feel?"

Even though the problem feels solved, you should still follow best practices for the neighborhood to keep crime down:

Parking Enforcement – Chronic Parking Problems 414-286-8350
Be prepared to have license plate number, address, description and problem

Report at any nonworking streetlights to Milwaukee City Electrical (414) 286-3481 24/7. Be prepared to give a address and location along with the light behavior (I.e. out / on and off / blinking). 

If you believed any trees need to be trimmed to improve lighting around a streetlight feel free to contact Alderman Murphy's Office.414-286-3763

1. Get a phone number from a neighbor if you are coming home and want an extra set of eyes to welcome you home.
2. You control the traffic in the neighborhood. Take your foot off the pedal and take a look as you go home.
3. Call 911 for crimes in progress.
4. Use your porch light – We can’t get a good description if we can’t see.
5. Report suspicious activity immediately. Call the police at 414-933-4444, then press 9. This is good for quality of life crimes. The suspect is typically not cited or arrested when there is no victim (calling anonymously does not help). There are examples of it working where neighbors accept no excuse when a problem is bothersome.


More tips on what is suspicious can be found here:


4. Alderman Murphy talked about the Milwaukee Police Department's commitment to the neighborhood. The Westside Guide was Pat's work and encourages residents to shop at local business in the neighborhood. The mayor's proposal for the new budget is that you will bring your garbage cart to the curb all year. The change will result in less injuries to an aging sanitation workforce.


5. Milwaukee Supervisor Stamper III, stated that he wants to have someone from the Sheriff Department to attend neighborhood meetings. Raymond said he did not have a direct contact. A neighbor said that when he rides his bike through the park, he said he saw an increased presence in the Sheriff Department compared to years department. Supervisor Stamper III, stated the move in funding away from the Milwaukee Sheriff Department will result in lay offs for Deputies. Neighbors voted to direct Supervisor Stamper III, to shift 1.1 million to the Milwaukee Police Department to patrol Milwaukee County Parks. Neighbors talked about seeing the Milwaukee Police Department patrol the Washington Park more than the Milwaukee Sheriff Department.


6. Pat stated that this year is the twentieth year for night time trick and treating for Friday October 25th 7:30 to about 8:30 or when all the candy given out. Pat needs help with volunteers to pass out candy and registration of homes. You can also donate money or candy to 4303 West Vliet Street (door is on 43rd Street). Pat said the TIN application was turned in and we met 100% of the criteria. Pat said that 15 neighborhoods are applying for three spots in this three year program that will help neighbors repair loans through a low interest rate and grants. LISC is an organization that is offering a workshop on Saturday October 26th 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Marcus Lutheran School, 2215 North Palmer in Milwaukee.


7. Neighbors by a one vote margin voted for keeping meetings monthly on a Saturday, 10 a.m. Attendance will help determine future scheduled meetings.


8. Adekola explained the vote result in neighbors voting on the activities to improve the neighborhood and work on activities to help with crime and safety. Neighbors voted to work with youth, reporting problem areas, reporting problems with Advanced Waste, using and repairing porch lights, and connecting neighbors.

Neighbors started work on several new committees and exchanged contact information for future meetings.

Neighbors that worked for volunteer can use the form on the Martin Drive Neighborhood website We will work with them by find a way to use talents to meet the needs of the neighborhood.


The meeting ended at 11:50 a.m.

The last day for the Vliet Street Community Green Market is Sunday. There will also be a flea market.