Friday, September 16, 2011

ODNA Meeting Minutes - Sept. 14, 2011

ODNA Meeting Minutes
September 14, 2011
Dundalk Community Center – 7pm

1. Thanks
to those who volunteered and attended both the Heritage Fair and the National Night Out.
a. Next year for NNO, we need to start out planning in May, especially if we are going to solicit donations for the event.
2. Update on membership: Over the summer we sent out membership renewal letters and have had a fairly good response, receiving 11 renewals and 2 new lifetime memberships! Currently we have 53 members which include 14 lifetime members.
3. Welcome Bags: If anyone has a new neighbor and would like to have a Welcome Bag, please contact Becky. Also, the Welcome Bag program needs a new leader! If you would be interested in preparing bags and getting them out to new neighbors, please contact Becky.
4. Crime:
a. Office Wilking was unable to attend our meeting, but she did provide crime statistics for the area from May 12th to September 6th. During this period there were 10 total burglaries, 6 destruction of property, 3 narcotics violations, 3 thefts from motor vehicles and 1 theft of a motor vehicle.
b. A reminder, as many of the burglaries involved items being taken from yards or open garages, to lock your doors, cars, and garages even when you are home and working outside. Bring in or lock up things like bikes, ladders, lawn mowers etc.
c. We also had an email from Irene about a number of attempted break-ins on Flagship and a concern about the lack of lights our some of our streets and alleys. We will follow up with the county about how to petition for more lights.
5. Liberty Parkway: The parking on Liberty Parkway has changed from people just pulling two wheels up on the curb to people pulling up on their front lawns like they have a driveway. The curbs along Liberty Parkway are slated to be re-done in the 2012-2013 budget year. We have contacted the county about possible solutions to this problem which could tie into the repair of the curbs, such as widening the road, doing cut outs for parking, or creating a paved area adjacent to the curb that people could pull two wheels up on to. The group though that widening Liberty Parkway might be the best solution.
a. We will purse setting up a meeting with Bryan Sheppard and Ed Adams with Baltimore County to address the issue.
6. Adopt a Road: We’ve set our first clean up date for Saturday, October 15th. We will meet at the Dundalk McDonalds at 8am! (Rain date: November 12th)
7. Neighbors Helping Neighbors:
Thanks to Chris Ames we did receive a couple of gift card donations (Sam’s Club and Target) for the National Night Out Event. Unfortunately the donations came at the last minute and we were not able to use them at the NNO event. The exec board thought that we could start our Neighbors Helping Neighbors program by adopting a family at Christmas and using the gift card in the baskets we create.
a. The group was in agreement about adopting a family.
b. Becky will contact the Social Worker at Dundalk Elementary about finding a family in our area to support.
c. We will collect canned goods/non perishables at the Family Fall Festival on October 29th.
8. The Family Fall Festival is October 29th in Veteran’s Park. We will again have a craft table set up with the paper plate make your own pumpkins. There will be a sign up sheet at our next meeting.

Next Meeting – Saturday, October 8th at 10 am in the Dundalk Community Center.