Monday, November 13, 2006

LONA Meeting Minutes of October 16th, 2006

Lyell-Otis Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes of October 16th, 2006

Meeting Began: 7:05pm
September’s meeting minutes were approved.
- the % increased too much; very unusual for our nice area!
NET’s CPO Steve Boily
- police are still shorthanded; it’s possible Steve might get a partner in February 2007
- no lieutenant at the NET office; our area supervised by Lt. Cree from the Lake Section
- no more noise details at this time
- prostitution details: 1- 2 times per week for 2 hour periods
- 6 weeks averaged 100 girls per week
- police have been shifted to attend to other duties, not available to do more details, as there must be a minimum of 10-12 officers per detail
- around mid-November, maybe, we’ll get more officers back to complete a large scale detail
- Aab St is #1 on police’s list, but officers must maintain constitutionality and procedures/policies to make solid arrests; officer’s hands are tied
* call the Mayor’s Office ~ 428-7045 ~ to request more action *
NET Inspector Chuck Stechna - working with the property owners whenever possible
NET Administrator Jose Cruz - contact your county legislator, senator, and city council
- surveillance was discussed: digital not useful, as it could be tampered with; must use film and videotape
NET REPORT - Administrator Jose Cruz
- approx. 450 volunteers helped in the Fall Clean Sweep!  
     “Thank You” to all who participated!
- the Certificate of Use (C of U) will be enacted again to help get rid of problem/bad businesses
- strapped for police; we only have Steve and Dave
Chuck added: re prostitution, LA 230's Jennifer Wolfly works with the CPOs
- looking at ways to tackle the problem; improve services to the women in and out of jail
- trying to get funding for billboards, asthe “johns” are just as much a part of the problem
- looking to get matching grants with local businesses
LONA’s President Mike Visconte
- in his past experience, Mary Magdalene house was not effective at helping the women
*PLEASE NOTE* - the current efforts by Jennifer W., in tandem with our CPOs, are wonderful, but more resources need to be made available to Mary Magdalene house, LONA, and our Lyell Avenue NET office to combat this ongoing problem.
- many people are dissatisfied with the actions of the NET and local government
- Sector 3's Candidate Night was on Thursday October 12th
- Sector 3's Citizen’s Assembly will be on October 23rd at Edgerton Community Recreation Center’s Stardust Ballroom at 6pm, catered by Petrillo’s
- LONA’s next meeting will be on prostitution - we will have many guest speakers

- ## Aab St is a BAD drug house, he knows and is working with police and residents to close it
- re: cameras - looking for donations to use around #30 school, and on Chase St as well
Mr. Stevenson described an incident last year at Charlotte High School
- there had been problems in the area by kids skipping classes and bothering residents and younger #43 school kids
     - he met with the RCSD and told them to take care of the kids
     - he also gave residents a number to call the school directly if they saw students out of class
- there are 4 floors in Charlotte HS, but they only had 3 security people, one of whom stayed at the front door
- there are now 5 total security people, one per floor and one for the front entrance
- there is a vice principle of security, whose phone number was given to area residents on a magnet if they needed to reach her, as well as 18 cameras mounted outside the building
- Councilman Stevenson and 10 volunteers helped patrol the area on the first day of school
- 12 students were caught skipping classes on that day
- after having their pictures taken, 9 went back to school, 3 ran and got on a bus
- not 1 truant since!!!
- W.A.V.E. (Warrants Arrests Violations Evictions) reinstated - ## Aab St still has bullet holes
- Councilman Stevenson will ask CPO Minnik to contact “resident X” from Aab St
- Matthew Finger reported his guns were stolen, and when police investigated, they found crack and pot in his possession! He’ll serve 7 years in jail and 5 on parole; FCC came in to help as well
- surprised this hadn’t been brought to her attention!
- looked into the Blue Bunny ice cream truck issue, there currently aren’t any listed hours of operation on the permit
- question of residency restrictions for sex offenders, currently none in Monroe County
LONA’s Security - Franklin Louk
- caught the pickup truck on Wolff St/Rogers Ave leaving big mess/rocks
- re: A+ Sunoco on corner of Sunset and Lyell has had 90 calls for police service and one arrest
- we would like to see it closed from at least 2 am to 6 am, not open 24 hours a day!
Meeting Adjourned: 8:40pm

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