Berwyn District Civic Association (BDCA)
1. Welcome, Introductions, Roll Call - BDCA President Timothy Triplett called the meeting to order at The following officers were present: Jerry Anzulovic, Bob Baca, Chuck Ireton, Necole Lindsay, Janeen Miller, Debbie Mims, Harry Pitt, Gina Tomko, Tim Triplett.
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Major Kevin Davis, Commander District 1
Tony Avendorph, Gang Enforcement Task Force
Corporal Kevin Carter, District 1 Police Officer
Davis presented the 2006 3rd quarter District 1 statistics
demonstrating declines in homicides, citizen and commercial robberies, stolen
vehicles, and residential and commercial burglaries compared to the 2005
numbers for the equivalent time period.
In addition, police productivity in District 1 has increased in a number
of areas including arrests, recovered firearms, warrant service arrests, and
traffic citations. Captain Davis also
Avendorph, an officer with the County’s gang unit, introduced himself and
described the activities of the county’s gang task force. He spoke about the “skip party” that occurred
was a discussion about how to handle neighborhood graffiti. The police would prefer that we leave the
graffiti up, and call them to come out and inspect it, so they can determine if
its gang related. Then, they would remove it. This process would take about a
month. When asked whether
The officers reiterated the importance of reporting suspicious activity, maintaining an active neighborhood watch, and playing an active role in community anti-crime efforts.
- Always call non-emergency number and report suspicious persons.
- Be prepared to provide specific information: what is the suspicious person wearing, what is he/she doing to seem suspicious.
- Sound confident, be specific about what you want the police to do, and ask to speak with the responding officer (which guarantees a response).
- Call schools when school-age juveniles are seen during school hours. Kim Lugo passed out a flyer with descriptions of the local public school uniforms and school contact information. Residents are encouraged to contact the police non-emergency number and schools when juveniles are seen during school hours. Report their location, what they are wearing. This flyer will be posed on the website.
Detective Tony Avendorph, Gang Unit:
Cpl. Kevin Carter, Community Specialist:
Major Kevin Davis, District 1 Commander
Bob Ryan, (Title…) of College Park noted that code enforcement is strong in College Park, code enforcement has received more police support, and code enforcement officers often have police back-up.
3. Tim Triplett thanked people for coming, adjourned the neighborhood watch portion of the meeting, and announced the beginning of the formal Berwyn District Civic Association meeting.
§ Welcoming Committee. The Welcoming Committee needs a coordinator. The coordinator will be responsible for the getting the committee together a few times a year to assemble welcome packages. The committee welcomes volunteers.
§ Annual Bonfire. We have received permission to hold our bonfire in the park. A forester will come out to stake out an appropriate location for the fire. We also need to put greater effort into cleaning up after the bonfire, especially to remove the ashes and throw down grass seed.
§ Agenda for next meeting. Bob Ryan will discuss code enforcement at the next meeting. Tim Triplett agreed to contact the Director of Public Works to request that they also come to report on trash pick-up, including changes in special pick-up and inconsistencies in what is picked-up.
§ December holiday party. The December holiday party will be held in lieu of the BDCA meeting. The tentative date for the party is December 16.
§ Halloween. Trick or treating will take place on October 31. Residents should turn on lights if they are receiving kids and turn them off if they are not.
§ Update on pawn shop. There is no scheduled data for the next Best Pawn hearing.
public safety: Jack Perry reported
that the city council is meeting regularly with police agencies to address
crime and safety in
§ Development activity: Bob Caitlin reported that there is a lot of development activity. The developers for the location of the former Stardust Hotel want to start again on building an upscale hotel.
Elections. Bob Caitlin noted that there are many