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Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods meets to discuss sewer impact fees

Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods meets 10 am, Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the Willie Hinton Resource Center (at the corner of 12th and Pine Streets).

Topic:  Sewer Impact Fees

Coalition will discuss sewer impact fees for new sewers in westward development, easing burden on our bills across the city.  Little Rock Board of Directors will vote soon on a proposed Impact Fee of $299 per lot in new subdivisions west of I-430.  The Coalition has endorsed the fees as applied in Conway, Bentonville and a number of other cities.

For more information contact CGLRN President Kathy Wells at katwells@earthlink.net and come to the meeting which is held on the second Saturday of every month.

 

 

Truancy Summit, Saturday, June 8th (9am – 12:30 pm) – Hinton Resource Center

Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods

An Advocate of Quality City Neighborhoods

                                      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LRNeighborhoods                                    

www.lrneighborhoods.org

Truancy Summit, Sat. Jun. 8 – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Auditorium, Hinton Resource Center, 12th & Pine St.

Sponsored by Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods

 

9 a.m. Welcome and Introductions: Pres. Kathy Wells

 

9:30 a.m. Background/History – Dr. Dennis Burrow, chairman, Community Truancy Board, Little Rock School District & Vice President, Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods

9:35 a.m. LRSD speaker -Dr. Frederick Fields – State Law & truancy process, forthcoming Resource Directory

9:50 a.m. Director, Truancy Ctr., LRSD

 

9:55 a.m. Prosecutor – Ellen McLemore, City of Little Rock – process

10:05 a.m. Juvenile Judges – handling of truants, process, time line, forthcoming Resource Directory

 

10:20 a.m. Agencies serving truants – Judge Mark Leverett, curfew violators & possible truancy cases

Ark. Dispute Resolution Centers – Angelia Tolbert
Pulaski Co. Juvenile Crime Prevention Coalition – Ast. Police Chief Eric Higgins
New Futures
Prevention, Intervention & Treatment programs, City of Little Rock

11 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. New Truancy Remedies – Ark. Advocates for Children & Families – “Keeping Kids in Class”

11:25 a.m. Whole Child, Whole Community, Act. 1326 of 2013

11:35 a.m. Next Steps – discussion on creation of a single website conveying all resources together

Future Monitoring

12:30 p.m. Adjourn

The Coalition Thanks the City of Little Rock, office of City Mgr. Bruce Moore, which provided our refreshments today

Chief Stuart Thomas speaks to the Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods

From Kathy Wells, President of the Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods

 

To CGLRN from Pres. Kathy Wells:

 

Chief Stuart Thomas of the LR Police Dept. discussed new patterns of crime with members of the Coalition of Greater LR Neighborhoods yesterday morning, and pointed to more officers, cars and cameras coming soon. Mayor Mark Stodola dropped by to contribute to the discussion, and urged pressure on legislators to keep thieves in state prison longer. Both lamented the lack of probation and parole officers, and criticized state officials for not making good on the promises two years ago to expand these workforces. The mayor urged citizens to press prosecutors to be more aggressive in cases of a felon in possession of a firearm. Dir. Ken Richardson of Ward 2 also spoke.  Both agreed the city was arresting those with prior records, in most cases.

Richardson urged resources be devoted to assuring there is a job for those who want one, and food to eat. He reported young women were now committing crimes and getting arrested for robberies the same as young males 20 years ago, so officials should create policies the fit that reality. He called, again, for a systemic policy that provided various types of help for a family at risk, in need of the basics. Teens growing into adulthood need continued attention, he said.

Thomas noted crime crept westward as the city grew in that direction, and the mobility of cars means they move all around, even to nearby cities and back. Some are holding up nearby pizza parlors, he added, which was not previously the case – robbers once were careful not to commit crimes close to home. Everybody is up all night nowadays, so robbers follow the population into all the hours of the day, he said. Another fresh pattern is the rise in the secondary crime – passing a stolen credit card onto to another thief, which defrauds a shop using this.

Asked about declining population in the Capitol View-Stifft Station neighborhood, where unrelenting burglaries have resulted in owners fleeing elsewhere, leaving behind vacant houses that soon attract transients, fires on cold nights, and burned-out structures that spiral downward into a decline, Thomas said his new resources in manpower and equipment would be applied there. He’s hiring away certified officers from other departments, putting them on the streets faster than new recruits, Thomas said. He promised visible patrols in the area.

An Arkansas Democrat Gazette reporter attended, and her story in today’s paper began:

LR crime patterns shifting, 15 told

By Chelsea Boozer

LITTLE ROCK — With more staff members and increased video surveillance, police hope to target the unpredictable crime patterns that have developed in Little Rock, Police Chief Stuart Thomas told a group of concerned residents Saturday.

“Traditionally, a lot of robberies — particularly at convenience stores and fast-food [restaurants] — were late at night. Now those seem to attract [robbers] just about any time of the day,” Thomas said at the January meeting of the Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods.

The rest of the story is on 1 B of the Democrat Sunday.

Thomas said the  general perception of more violence than ever does not hold up in the records. In fact, he said, violent crime is down for 10 months of 2012, compared to the same time in 2011. Property crimes are up, and officers cannot keep up with that chase, Thomas said frankly. He noted detectives are arresting more workers robbing bosses using insider knowledge, and called for more rigorous background checks on job applicants.

Specific steps a citizen may take today focused on continuing vigilance in daily routines. Thomas maintained citizens deter criminals when they are alert, aware of surroundings, and take those basic precautions we know – not going alone, keeping to lighted areas, keeping cars empty, locked, and purses and IPads off seats, keys out of car ignitions, and selling goods on auction websites like EBay, instead of Craig’s List, where a meeting occurs. Robbers are seeking victims with IPads and the like to sell and setting up meetings in unsafe places, he added.

Citizens can press for better security where they shop, the chief continued, and ask for cameras on parking lots, especially grocery stores, which attract purse snatchers, as well as keeping posters off front windows that may screen robbers from view, hindering police.

Neighborhood cameras provided by neighborhood groups are welcomed, Thomas said, and technology allows those images to be store online in the “cloud.”

Thomas and Stodola together discounted use of a Reverse911 system, a technology that enables authorities to call every phone in a territory with a recorded notice of a chemical spill, a prison break or other major safety threat. Bless their hearts, policemen cannot break the habits ingrained by the profession, and let much information out to citizens. Their solutions call for more resources for the department, so they deliver protection to citizens themselves. So uncomfortable did they become when pressed to take citizen information and transmit this back out to the community, Thomas dragged up mention of the 600 sex offenders his agency munities in the city. No one raised concerns about new offenses being committed by those registered offenders; their nuisance to the agency is moving and not telling police the new address, Thomas said.

It remains up to neighborhoods to operate their own alerts by the traditional Telephone Tree, or the newer email blasts, or Twitter. Forbidden Hillcrest is the most famous in operation today, and it has achieved a lot of timely alerts to its subscribers.

Thomas did outline plans to add 50 cameras overlooking public intersections and areas, and said he welcomed citizen suggestions on locations. Send an address for a camera to Thomas at:

SThomas@littlerock.org

The department is updating its website, and the upgrade will enable to visitor to contact the department by email, and submit a question or suggestion – like where to put a camera.

Stodola noted these will be mobile, and officials expect to move them around the city, to oversee problem areas, and deter criminals.

In other business, Treas. Karen Walls sent a report of a balance on hand totaling $355.87.

Dan Scott of NLR city government attended and complimented the Coalition for its citizen action over the decades. He said his bosses were interested in fostering closer citizen/city links, and would study what the Coalition does, to use its work as a model.

The group planned to take the next step at the Sat Feb. 9 session by inviting legislators to attend and discuss remedies from the state budget for parole officer positions, and the prison budget. The Coalition will also research felon in possession of a firearm cases and outcomes.

Police Chief Stuart Thomas discusses new neighborhood crime Saturday, January 12th at Hinton Resource Center

Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods presents Chief Stuart Thomas Saturday, January 12, 2013

From Pres. Kathy Wells:

Chief Stuart Thomas of the LR Police Dept. will speak at our Sat. Jan. 12 monthly meeting of the Coalition of Greater LR Neighborhoods. He will talk about fighting the new breed of criminals afflicting our community. The Coalition meets 10 a.m. to noon in Room 108 of the Hinton Resource Ctr., 12th & Pine St.

The public is invited to attend. See past concerns of the Coalition online at:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LRNeighborhoods

Coalition members asked Chief Thomas about how citizens could work with police to deal with the random crime today, where any store could become a robber’s target, and any robber could fire a gun on impulse, even when no one resisted, and the robber is leaving with the money in hand.

Thomas acknowledged previous patterns police had learned were not applying today – for example: an addict feeding a habit, stealing from known cash sources, operating in ways and places that police had discovered.

Police nowadays may encounter a robber at a cellphone store; a robber getting cash before a visitation to his children; or a robber holding up a cashier at 8 a.m., Thomas said.

Computer Power Day 2: October 6th 8:30 am – 1pm

COMPUTER power day 2

Pay $40

Pay $40 for a refurbished computer from LRSD and get $9.99 internet service from Comcast.

Step 1: Confirm your eligibility

• My child is a current LRSD student

• My child does not have access to computer technology in our home

• Request and receive prior approval from your child’s teacher and principal (see step 2)

Step 2: Parent Agreement

• Fill out the parent agreement form

(see back of flyer or p. 2 of PDF)

• Take it to your child’s school for required signatures (apply by Monday, Oct. 1)

• Pay $40 cash or money order at your child’s school

• Bring the form & receipt with you to pick up your computer on Sat. Oct. 6

Step 3: Come to COMPUTER power day 2: Oct. 6

• Bring parent agreement form and your receipt(if you paid at your child’s school) or $40 CASH OR MONEY ORDER

Step 4: Apply for Comcast low cost $9.99 Internet Essentials

• Your household must receive free or reduced-price meals at LRSD

• Call 855-846-8376

Step 5: Attend on-site workshops booths (optional)

• Visit all workshop booths for a chance to win door prizes

• Learn how to protect your child online

• Learn how to use LRSD digital resources to track student performance and attendance

• Learn how to use cals.org to check out books

**Sponsored by Little Rock School District, Comcast, City of Little Rock, Central Arkansas Library System and Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods

Saturday, October 6 8:30 am – 1 pm

Henderson Middle School Gym 401 John Barrow Rd.

REGISTRATION STARTS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

REGISTRATION ENDS MONDAY, OCTOBER 1

Computer Power Day

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