May 2016 PAC2 Meeting Notes

Partners Against Crime – District 2 – May 9th, 2016

The May 2016 PAC 2 meeting was held Monday, May 9th, from 6-8pm at the DPS Training Facility, 2107 Hillandale Rd (corner of Hillandale & Carver).  Facilitator was Ron Whitfield, assisted by Robin Dixon of NIS.

The meeting started with Meet & Greet and was called to order at 6:15 pm with opening comments, departmental updates combined with citizen concerns, announcements, and a presentation on bail bonds by Judge Jimmy Hill.

Thanks were given to David Lassiter of East Campus Family Fare for providing the snacks.

Department Updates/Citizen Concerns included:

1)   Parks & Rec Colleen Fear presented upcoming activities and highlighted the activities at Walltown and Edison Johnson. 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/753/Parks-Recreation.

2)  Police Lt. Bishop present the crimes and arrest over the past month.  No one had a question.

Crime stats are available for viewing at  http://durhamnc.gov/719/Crime-Statistics.

3)  Sheriff’s Office Alan Wright and Sgt. Pinner discussed Animal Control issues:

  • If you have wild cats you need to fill out a request for a trap and Animal Control will place a trip and if the cats are hungry they should catch the cats. Durham does not have a feral cat program.
  • There is no restriction on the number of dogs a person can have in Durham County as long as they are fed, taken care of, and have proper housing.
  • Barking Dogs falls under the City Noise Ordinance which is handled by the Police.
  • Dogs cannot be seized unless it is a case of Animal Cruelty.
  • Don’t forget, all dogs must be must be registered through the APS. You can check out animal services at:

http://www.dconc.gov/government/departments-f-z/sheriff-s-office/divisions-a-to-z/animal-services.

4)   Carol Shafot of Planning and Zoning informed the PAC that she will be attending the meeting once a quarter.

5)   Christle Penton of City Water Management talked about the new water line and the replacement of some of the sewer lines in the Downtown area and the effect on traffic. The streets will not be paved until the work is complete.

Other Announcements included:

1)   Porch Durham is always in need of food to help feed hungry children in Durham.  (https://durham.porchcommunities.org/)

2)  Nancy Kneepkens spoke about T.R.Y. (http://www.durhamtry.org/)

3)  Debbie Clayton will step down as co-facilitator after the June meeting. Citizens were asked to consider volunteering to be the next co-facilitator (term: July 2016-May 2018). Anyone interested should attend the June meeting to volunteer/be voted on. If you would like more information about this position, please contact Debbie at 919-382-0068 or e-mail to bottom.line@mindspring.com. Or you can e-mail Ron Whitfield at rwhitfield12@nc.rr.com.

Presentation:  Judge Jimmy Hill presented the guidelines on Bail Bonds and talked about the time lines that were required when a person was arrested.

Meeting was adjourned.

(minutes prepared 5/23/16 by Debbie Clayton – co-facilitator – compiled from notes taken by Ron Whitfield. If you have corrections or comments, feel free to e-mail me directly at   bottom.line@mindspring.com)