June 2017 – PAC2 Meeting Notes

Partners Against Crime – District 2 – June 2017 Meeting Notes

The June 2017 PAC 2 meeting was held Monday, June 12th, 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.
Department Updates/
  1. Parks & Recreation: not present, but remember Parks & Rec presents a host of programs. There are lots of 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 lots more information.
  2. Durham Police Dept:  Captain Brown reported on crime from past month with no significant change over prior 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 registration is still open for the Police Summer Camp. Go to http://durhamnc.gov website for more info.
Citizen Concerns:
UPS/Fed Ex packages being stolen from porches. Police recommended that if you’re not going to be home, ask for delivery to be a pick up at the UPS/FedEx facility or get a neighbor to watch for it.
Police were thanked for beefing up patrols on the trails for the summer, including the motorcycle team and trail watch volunteers.
  1. Neighborhood Improvement Services: Robin from NIS spoke in place of Constance Stancil. She relayed that NIS would like to have a visioning session regarding quality of life issues. Also brainstormed ideas for generating more participation at PAC meetings – some things discussed were “bring a friend to PAC”, video-taping meetings, do public service announcements, and blasting announcements on list-serves/block captain e-mails.
  2. Citizen raised concern over downtown parking. Robin said that the city is trying to work with businesses and mass transit to find a place where employees who work downtown could park (at a reasonable rate) and be transported in.
There was no newsletter for June, but normally you can view the PAC newsletter from NIS at http://pac2durham.org/wpcontent/uploads/2017/02/PAC-Newsletter-June2017NIS.pdf.
Fire Department not in attendance.
Sheriff’s Department not in attendance.
DOT not in attendance.
Crime Cabinet – no update.
Scheduled presenter was Mike Friedman speaking about Rebound, a safe and constructive place for high school students who are on suspension from school.
Other Announcements included:
Nancy Kneepkins spoke about upcoming TRY meetings.
PORCH-Durham drop-off is the third Monday of each month.
Invitation for someone to step forward and become the new co-facilitator for 2017-2019 term to replace Ron Whitfield.
Debbie Clayton asked that we be watchful of copperhead snakes when gardening. A friend over in Chapel Hill was bit recently and almost lost a finger. Anti-venom that costs $20,000 per dose plus time in ER and ICU can make a snake bite extremely costly!!! PS – when baby copperheads bite, they dispense all of their venom. An adult only dispenses enough to address the threat.
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 7:45 pm.
(minutes prepared 6/14/17 by Ginger Blubaugh – co-facilitator. If you have corrections or comments, feel free to e-mail me directly at  snaps494@yahoo.com)