July 2017 – PAC 2 Meeting Notes

Partners Against Crime – District 2 – July 2017 Meeting Notes
The July 2017 PAC 2 meeting was held Monday, July 10th, from 6-8pm in the cafeteria at the DPS Training Facility, 2107 Hillandale Rd (corner of Hillandale & Carver).
The facilitator was Ginger Blubaugh.  The meeting started with Meet & Greet and was called to order at 6:15 pm.
Nancy Kneepkins reminded us of upcoming TRY (Together for Resilient Youth) meeting which is held the second Wednesday of every month at Golden Belt from 10:30 noon.  This month’s meeting will address Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.  A second 0 Tolerance meeting will be held July 18th from 5:30-7:30 at ReCity located at 112 Broadway Street.  The public is always invited to TRY meetings.
Self introductions were then taken from all present.
Zion Tankard volunteered to become co-facilitator for PAC 2 for the 2017-2019 term. She  spoke to us of her interests and her background and was then unanimously voted in by all present.
Department Updates/
  1. Parks & Recreation: Colleen Fear presented some of the scheduled events and activities coming up in July and August. There are many organized events and educational programs provided free or at minimal cost (and reduced fees, discounts, and waivers are available).   You can find the  Play More Magazine at http://durhamnc.gov/2786/Play-More or just log onto the Parks & Rec site at http://durhamnc.gov/753/Parks-Recreation and click “Play More” on the left – or browse through all the other tabs on that page for information.  All youth under 18 are allowed in  the pools for free this summer.  A public meeting will be held July 11 to solicit input on the development of the Snow HiIll Park Master Plan. All are invited to take a survey to assess interests and priorities.  This survey can be found on the Parks & Rec web site. Durham offers a free hot meal, both breakfast and lunch, every day at all Parks&Rec facilities until mid-August. These meals are available to anybody.
  2. Durham Police Dept:  Captain Brown reported on crime from past month. Crime stats and notable arrests are available for viewing at http://durhamnc.gov/719/Crime-Statistics, District 2 Commanders Update. Remember to call 911 and report anything suspicious. If you have information about a crime being investigated, please call Durham Crime Stoppers (919-683-1200) or Durham Police Investigations. It was also mentioned that the final summer session of G.R.E.A.T. Summer Camp (August 14-18) is still open and free. Go to http://durhamnc.gov website for more info.  Captain Brown reminded us to use a safe location if purchasing or selling something on Craigs List.
 
Citizen Concerns:
        1.  Question on Mayor Bill Bell’s efforts at addressing poverty in Durham
        2.  Police were thanked for their ongoing service to the community
        3.  Request for extra DPD patrol for Hebron
        4.  Request for speed monitors
The NIS newsletter for July can be viewed at http://pac2durham.org/wpcontent/uploads/2017/02/PAC-Newsletter-July2017NIS.pdf.
 
Fire Department not in attendance.
Sheriff’s Department not in attendance.
DOT not in attendance.
Crime Cabinet – no update.
 
Scheduled presenters from Neighborhood Improvement Services (NIS):
Constance Stancil, Director, speaking on ways to get community exposed to and excited about city programs.  She spoke of the success of City Hall on the Go which brings city services as well as WIFI directly to neighborhoods and/or events. This year City Hall on the Go went to schools to introduce all fifth-graders to the mechanics of civics.  She also spoke about the Neighborhood Spotlight Award and the Neighborhood Assistance Program.
Laura Beidinger, NIS, spoke about the Neighborhood Matching Grants Program, now in its second year, which has given $27,000 to 12 neighborhoods for projects/events that develop community.  More info on these programs and National Night Out (August 1st) are in the

NIS newsletter for July. View it at http://pac2durham.org/wpcontent/uploads/2017/02/PAC-Newsletter-July2017NIS.pdf.
 
Other Announcements included:
PORCH-Durham drop-off is the third Monday of each month.  This month’s appeal is requesting donations for Crayons2 Calculators as well as food donations.

 

 Remember that you can find LOTS of great information on the City (HTTP://durhamnc.gov/) and County (http://dconc.gov/) websites … be sure to check them out often!
 
Meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:30 pm.
(minutes prepared 7/16/17 by Ginger Blubaugh – co-facilitator. If you have corrections or comments, feel free to e-mail me directly at  snaps494@yahoo.com)