HIGHLAND HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION meeting notes from June 11 2009

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
MEETING NOTES FROM JUNE 11, 2009 (14 people present at the Toledo Heights Library)

1. Members of the Arlington Neighborhood Watch announced that on the second Tuesday of the month, neighbors can attend a meeting at the Bethesda Christian Center on Lodge and Grafton. (The contact at this church is Bishop Holt 419-320-8571). Several volunteers are walking the neighborhood after midnight. These volunteers did catch some curfew breakers who were attempting to steal. The Toledo police were contacted and took care of these teens.
- It was announced that everyone be sure to lock gates and garages to prevent future break-ins.
- If you are interested in walking the neighborhood after midnight, contact Jimmy Lewis (419)410-7526. Marcia Heidt is keeping statistics of criminal activity in the neighborhood, so be sure to contact her if your property is vandalized, or if theft takes place or is you observe curfew being broken.
- Covering up graffiti continues. Volunteers are needed to be captains of their block and the hope is to build a telephone and e-mail tree to keep all neighbors informed.
2. There is a concern that the alleys are not being cleaned.
3. Jason Gorr updated the group on the garden at the Triangle (South and Airport). The meeting with the vets and City council was not amicable and at the end of the meeting it was announced that the eyesore sign is in fact going to be removed.
4. It was suggested by Councilman Mike Craig that the group provide address of the top 12 nuisance/unoccupied properties in the Arlington area that need to be sent to the City for possible demolition. The criteria includes homes that are abandoned, have decay and are eyesores, a safety issue and have fire damage.
Volunteers were asked to drive around and provide addresses of homes that meet the above criteria and then meet on June 23rd to come up with a prioritized list to provide to the City. We hope to have a City representative attend our next meeting (Thursday, August 13th at 6:30) to explain this process and the timeline once houses/buildings have been identified.
5. Safety and health concerns for the water left in the pool at Highland park was addressed.
- Sherrie Shipman with the City of Toledo Parks and Recreation dept. said that the water will be treated soon to prevent mosquitoes and the City is working to remediate the problem of unused City pools. (The long range plan is to someday fill in the pool and make it a green space).
6. Cooper announced that a working canoe trip down Toledo’s Swan Creek will take place July 13th. The clean up efforts of the creek (that runs through Highland park) have made a difference in the flow of water in this creek. An update on this canoe trip will take place at the next meeting (Thursday, August 13th at 6:30).
PLEASE ATTEND OUR NEXT MEETING ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 13TH AT 6:30 AT THE TOLEDO HEIGHTS BRANCH LIBRARY.
Respectfully Submitted by Mary Chwialkowski

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now from troublemakers. Just got in , it's after 1 30 am , the patrol was quiet tonight so far. We have truly taken this neighborhood back, it is safe and greatly changed from just a c ouple of months ago.

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