October 2017 – PAC 2 Meeting Notes

Partners Against Crime – District 2 – October 2017 Meeting Notes


The October 2017 PAC 2 meeting was held Monday, October 9th, from 6-8pm in the Room MI in the main building at the DPS Training Facility, 2107 Hillandale Rd (corner of Hillandale & Carver).  The facilitators were Ginger Blubaugh and Zion Tankard.

The meeting started with Meet & Greet and was called to order at 6:15 pm. Zion gave a short history of PAC. It was announced that the 25th anniversary of PAC is this year and a call for volunteers to help plan an event around this anniversary.

Department Updates/

  1. Parks & Recreation:

Parks & Rec presents a host of programs and events. As Halloween approaches, a number of special events have been designed including: Fright Night at Forest Hills Park on Friday October 13th (this is also a canned food drive); Pumpkin Splash; Hallow on the Eno; and the Senior Holiday Party on November 1st. Applications are now being accepted for the Holiday Parade which takes place in downtown Durham on December 2nd from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed for this parade.

All events and classes can be found in 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.

Rhonda Parker, Director, Durham Parks and Recreation and Jason Jones, Aquatics Director, gave an update on Aquatic Facilities Master Plan which has identified 7 areas in Durham that will be considered for getting a pool and/or aquatic playgrounds or pool replacement as the current pools age out. For more information, go to Durhamsplash.com. The HVAC system in the Campus Hills Pool has been replaced; it will re-open October 17th.

PAC2 presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Durham Parks and Rec for their expansion of programs over the summer and ongoing during the school year for youth. These programs have benefited children, teens, and families.

  1. Durham Police Dept:  Captain Brown reported on crime from past month. In general, burglaries are down and other crime categories are stable. These crimes, statistics and notable arrests are available for viewing at  http://durhamnc.gov/719/Crime-Statistics, District 2 Commanders Update.

Captain Browne reminded everyone to not leave vehicles running, even briefly, and to keep valuables inside out of sight. Upcoming holiday events sponsored or presentd by the Durham Police Department can be accessed on City of Durham website.

  1. Neighborhood Improvement Services: No citizens concerns or announcements.

To see the October PAC Newsletter click http://pac2durham.org/wpcontent/uploads/2017/02/PAC-Newsletter-October 2017NIS.pdf or copy/paste into browser.

Durham County Department of Public Health: Joyce Page gave a short presentation about the free public services offered including managing chronic conditions like diabetes, balance issues to prevent falls, workshops on Alzheimers and smoking cessation, to name a few. A workshop can be scheduled if at least 12 people register for it.

Fire Department not in attendance.

Sheriff Department not in attendance.

Neither Zoning nor DOT in attendance.

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!

Scheduled presenter: Shirrell Thomas of Durham Crisis Center presented some information about problems in Durham that the Crisis Center can help with directly and/or can direct to other agencies. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Do not hesitate ever to call the Crisis Center or 911 if you know of or suspect domestic violence. One-third of murders in Durham arise from domestic violence issues. Four days a week there is one judge dedicated to domestic violence issues/complaints. In the past year there were 159 days that shelters were full. 90 people did not receive shelter this past year. Human trafficking occurs in Durham. If you suspect trafficking call 911. There will be a series of talks and discussions around Domestic Violence including Domestic Violence from Faith-based Perspective, Power of the Purse, Violence from the LGBTQ Perspective, and other programs.
Other Announcements included:

Porch-Durham donation pick-up scheduled for Monday, October 16th.

Next PAC 2 meeting is Monday November 13th from 6-8 pm.

Meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:00 pm.

(minutes prepared 9/18/17 by Ginger Blubaugh – co-facilitator. If you have corrections or comments, feel free to e-mail me directly at  snaps494@yahoo.com)