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Meeting Minutes 11/5/19

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Meeting starts at 7:03 p.m. With the pledge of allegiance. 

Guest speaker April Patterson from Civic works starts. They are located in East Baltimore on brehm’s Lane its a non-profit company on a mission to provide community service, job placement, and job training.

1-energy conservation lowers bills

2-staying comfortable inside your home


For solar you are assigned an energy advisor to explain and walk through the process they measure air leaks with a blower door test. And give an energy assessment to determine what is needed for your home to be energy efficient. For solar it is a 4-week permit process two to three days to install and then a week to get permission to operate.

You’ll receive 14 LED bulbs, shower heads, kitchen aerator and power strips. To qualify for free it goes by income, and household size. 

1 member must make under $52,850

2 members must make under $60,400

3 members must make under $67,050

4 members must make under $75,500

5 members must make under $81,550

6 members must make under $87,600

7 members must make under $93,650

8 members must make under $99,700

Program is for renters and home owners. Renters would need a signed document from their landlord granting permission.

Free weatherization program they will ask you a bunch of questions, schedule an energy assessment which will be about 3 hours long, you’ll get a report of your home, and if you want to go through with the program then you’ll schedule an appointment it takes two days to finish this report.

Officer Wakefield reports the dates between September 30th and November 4th.

442 calls to service, 90 reportable offenses, 2 destruction of property, 1 overdose, 8 narcotics, 1 Grand theft Auto, 5 theft from Auto, 4 miscellaneous thefts, 2 first degree burglary, 3 second degree burglary, 2 fourth degree burglary, and one robbery.

Cars and sheds crime is up be sure to keep your areas well-lit to deter crime. 

71 traffic stops, 132 checks of location, 8 parking complaints, and 2 abandoned autos. 

Report it protect yourself and your neighbors the more you report the safer they can make our area if they don’t know what’s going on, then they cannot help.

Vice President Sheila was sick

Community safety officer Barry was sick

Treasurer Kathy reports $1924.94 in bank

Weis gas station had a meeting at the library in 2017 but started building without putting signs up stating that they would be building on the site. need to contact traffic and engineering at Holabird and Delvale about that light getting turn lights installed. Maybe we can contact Buzz Beeler at the post to shine a light on the danger of that intersection.

Insurance from State farm would be $325 a year which will cover everything we need for events.

Clean up… The dumpsters… The new gun shop on Holabird avenue volunteered to host our cleanup and said that we could place dumpsters and they would man them if we choose to do so.

Open floor there’s talk about rats a certain neighbor has a lot of rats going in and out of her yard. There’s a pilot program that was started with 10 communities it’s now up to 23 communities and it’s based on calls to the county. They won’t offer us the program until the number of residents calling meets their expectations.

Meeting ends at 8:05 p.m.

Meeting Minutes 10/1/19

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Meeting starts at 7 p.m. With a pledge of allegiance.

Officer Wakefield gives his report from September 4th through September 30th. There were 289 calls to service, 48 reportable offenses, 2 narcotics traffic stops both were marijuana. There was one Grand theft Auto, 4 theft from autos, 2 miscellaneous thefts, one 4th degree burglary, and one robbery. There were 33 traffic stops, 88 checks of location, 13 parking complaints, 3 abandoned autos and one DUI. Be sure to lock your car doors and make sure no valuables are laying out car break-ins have been on an upswing in our area.

Our vice president Sheila said everything is good she has nothing to report.

Kathy Sladics are treasurer reports that we have $1,745 in the bank.

Barry said everything is looking good mentions that residents have been remembering to call and report, the county was out for two days sweeping our area,  and left tags on all of the offender’s doors. We were reminded to take pictures when we send in code violations, that pictures go a long way. If the person has an offense, and you take a picture they are more likely to get a fine because code enforcement has actual proof. Rather than coming out and it being too late. You can contact code enforcement at 410-887-3351 or online.

Leslie road parking near Birch neighbor is parking on the grass in front of the house.

Are repaving in the Westfield area is complete all we need now is for the painted lines.

Harbor freight open today 10-1-19 they are still hiring.

Rod McMillion opposed the construction of The sparrows point country club estates  because of overcrowding. Our school district is already overcrowded there are already trailers on every school property here in Baltimore county and we don’t have the space for all the extra kids that they are planning for with this new construction.

The parking lot behind salvos on Westfield road has been paid and the taxes are in good standing.

There is a gas station being built on Holabird avenue and Delvale and no notice was given.

The crosswalk at Holabird and Delvale is a very dangerous spot in the morning, and there is no crossing guard for the middle schoolers.

There’s a new gun shop that opened up on Holabird avenue it’s been in the works for years no notices were given to the community. 

The neighborhood space Bill 37 – 19

In project development companies need a certain percentage of open space. They get around it by green roofs or pools in roof tops.  They’re closing the loophole making “real” Green space mandatory. 

Open floor . 

There was talk about homeless encampments in local areas. There was a question they needed to know what the law and code was regarding encampments. Police department can address it, and push them out if it becomes a problem or a nuisance. They do monthly sweeps.

Rita road got a bigger stop sign from traffic and engineering to try and curb people from running the stop sign. Leslie road and railway there’s a missing stop sign. Officer Wakefield informed us that any road shaped like a T does not need a stop sign.

There’s a disconnected trailer on Leslie and Birch officer Wakefield will look into it he said it has to be connected if it’s parked on the street. 

Meeting ends at 7:50 p.m.

Meeting Minutes 9/3/19

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Meeting starts at 7 p.m. With the pledge of allegiance

Officer Wakefield gives his report August 1st through September 3rd there are 316 calls to service, 60 reports, 5 destruction of property, 2 overdoses (one died) ,2 narcotics, 2 Grand theft Auto, 4 theft from Auto, 3 thefts, 1 first degree burglary, and one 4th degree burglary. There were 30 traffic stops, 115 checks of location, 9 parking complaints, and 3 abandon automobiles. There’s been a lot of car break-ins in West Inverness. Heroin use is currently on an upswing.

Sheila our vice president was praising the new traffic poles by Dunkin donuts and IHOP.

Our treasurer Kathy note that July we had $1,656 in the bank she had some checks to make a deposit. 

We were approved for a grant of $400! $150 is for office supplies, and $250 is for national night out.

Barry would like to see speed cameras on Merritt boulevard, and at Holabird and Searles, as well as Delvale and Holabird.  There’s unanimous support for speed cameras at del-vale and Holabird.

Rod McMillion had a school safety meeting with us in July. Baltimore county public schools needs to know that the applications are not working there are no consequences there’s no discipline and we need to change that.

Repaving continues all over Dundalk this fall hopefully it will be completed.

National night out was rained out. 

Sparrows point country club estates sent us maps of their construction plans anyone who would like to look at them can contact us and we will surely share them with you.

There was a discussion about the parking lot behind Westfield road Ava has tried collecting the money Tracy Pender called the tax info and Mary made the plan to go and pay the property taxes so that we can secure the parking lot.

Harbor freight next to Ollie’s is now hiring so spread the word for anybody looking for a job.

Mary Lambert read an article about rats saying that they multiply rapidly and reproduce about 15,000 babies in one year so we need to get a handle on cleaning up the dog mess, and make sure trash can lids are on tight. So we can reduce the rat population in our area.

Parking in our area has been a major issue for some time and it was brought up that people need to take consideration with the way that they Park.

Meeting ends at 8:03 p.m

Meeting Minutes 6/4/19

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Meeting starts at 7 p.m. with a pledge of allegiance.

Officer Wakefield gives his report. from May 8th to June 4th, there are 305 calls to service, 61 reports, 2 destruction of property, 0 overdoses, 1 narcotics, two Grand theft autos, one medical emergency, three theft from Auto, two miscellaneous theft, 3 fourth degree burglaries, one robbery, 1 arson, 29 traffic stops, 98 checks of location, 9 parking complaints, and one abandoned Auto. he also reminds us that it’s summer people are out and about, so be aware of your surroundings! don’t be distracted by your cell phones! there are 15 to 21 year old doing Street robberies, and deception thefts. If purchasing online you have the option to meet up at the police station! the lobby of the police station is open 24/7.

The donation box at Walford is overflowing again. our fundraiser at ledo’s Pizza did very well. Kathy reported we have $1,508.36 plus we made $98 at Ledo’s and we had a donation of $50 from John Melzer.

Kathy heard from the speed guy at traffic and engineering. he said they put up a two-day counter out, and the average speed was 23 miles an hour. (which is a lie) they claim it’s a Police issue not traffic and engineering issue. Dave will call traffic and engineering to apply pressure. they have to do the study again they said they would do Leslie road again but it met the numbers not the speed and we asked them to clarify what volume means.

There was a card skimmer found MECU on Holabird avenue. The Dundalk heritage fair starts Friday June 28th. we are trying to get together a school violence meeting but there is no tentative date yet. We took a vote to see if we are having a meeting in July. there were 11 people in favor of no meeting and nobody against not having a meeting. No meeting in July it is! we also voted unanimously that Sheila will host national night out again we set up a date to shop. National night out will be August 6th 2019 at 7 p.m.

Meeting ends at 8:03 p.m.

Meeting Minutes 5/7/19

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Meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the pledge of allegiance.

Officer Wakefield gives his report. from April 3rd to May 7th there were 317 calls to service, 63 reports, one Grand theft Auto, 6 theft from vehicles, 3 fourth degree burglaries, one stolen dog, two robberies, two armed at railway inn. One purse theft, 25 traffic stops, 72 checks of locations.

Sheila’s few things..the community cleanup Manor alley Jack tore down his shed, cleaned up yard, and fixing up his property! so yay!!! and then there was something reported about eight people living on a house on holabird avenue. County came out 2 times.

We would like to have traffic and engineering put a speed camera at holabird and Searles road. Barry said he would like to invite Bill galeazzo to a meeting coming up general vote was approved for the invite.

Speed bumps on Rita road: traffic and engineering responded with a letter denying speed bump process. Kathy called and left a message waiting for a call back. Leslie and Rita road have no sidewalks, and there are no sidewalks from Delvale to rita place making it dangerous for children to walk to school.

Ledo’s fundraiser is May 13th, will post it at local businesses. we had a successful clean up!! Thank you all for the help! And making our community clean and beautiful!

Meeting ends at 7:52 p.m.

Meeting Minutes 4/2/19

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Meeting starts at 7 p.m. with the pledge of allegiance.

Sheila has no report.

Barry reports that code enforcement is supposed to sweep our area in regards to rat holes.

Need fliers on how to tend to rats, for houses that have rat holes.

Last months minutes were approved.

Pat said she called the county about the mud and clumps that they left when they did the road re-pavement.

Kathy states that the state highway administration recommends that they raise the intersection at the three-way Rita road, and Rita place.

officer Wakefield gives his report from March 5th to April 3rd. there were 244 calls to service, 43 reports, 0 overdoses,3 narcotics. there was a call for Holabird with two eighth-graders who had pot in the bathroom a 7th grader had two bags of pot on his person. one Grand theft Auto, 2 theft from vehicle, one miscellaneous theft, 2 first-degree burglary, one homicide at 1700 Brookview, 26 traffic violations, 3 parking citations, 63 checks of property, and one DUI.

we’re trying to get the turn at IHOP to be a no left turn we have to call traffic and engineering. The empty lot next to giant there are rumors that it’s either going to be a storage facility or a Target. the clay hills trail there’s a lot of homeless people and they’re leaving a lot of trash behind.

COP signs still need to be hung they can only be hung on certain polls officer Wakefield told us which ones they can be hung on. we’d like to add no soliciting to those community signs.

The tire place on Delvale and Holabird they have a donation box in the parking lot it keeps spilling over and people keep leaving all of their stuff laying in the parking lot. Seems to be a trend wherever the donation boxes are.

Meeting ends at 8:05 p.m.

A No Soliciting Community

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Non-soliciting communities can be safer, cleaner and more self-aware communities.

There have been incidences of criminals pretending to be utility salesmen, incidences of real utility salesmen tricking people into giving away their information and there are always a ton of flyers to clean up.

With a no-soliciting neighborhood status, you can approve or deny any solicitors as a community, ensuring that if there’s anyone soliciting, you should know about it ahead of time. If not, call the police and they will be warned or fined. This is an excellent addition to any Citizens On Patrol program (C.O.P.).

Recommended steps:
• Bring the issue up for discussion with your community / H.O.A.
• Vote on it as a community
• Combine your C.O.P. signs with No-Soliciting signs

C.O.P. signs are the only private signs Baltimore County may allow you to post on a public sign – and with that it can only be a sign with the name of the street or a speed limit sign.

If you do not use C.O.P. signs, you may need to obtain permits for each individually placed sign, call MISS Utility, etc. It will be a monumental task for a few volunteers with limited time.

The exact Baltimore County Code and a letter note C.O.P. Grants Management regarding sign placement are included below for your reference:

§ 21-11-106. – PROHIBITED ACTS.

(a)Selling near a school. A person operating a mobile vendor vehicle, while hawking, selling, peddling, vending, or offering for sale any goods, wares, or merchandise from the vehicle, may not park or allow the vehicle to stand on a public street between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., except Saturdays and Sundays, within 200 feet of any public or private school property entrance or exit.

(b)County property. A person subject to this title may not trade, barter, or sell any goods, wares, or merchandise under this title when located in a county right-of-way or on county-owned property without prior approval of the County Administrative Officer.

(c)“No soliciting” signs; sunset.

(1) A person subject to this title may not offer any service or item of merchandise for sale to the occupant of a residential property in the county if the owner or occupant has visibly displayed on the property a “no soliciting” sign, or a sign containing similar words.

(2) The prohibition of paragraph (1) applies to all residences in a neighborhood or community if the neighborhood or community has displayed a “no soliciting” sign, or a sign containing similar words, at each vehicle entrance to the neighborhood or community.

(3) A person subject to this title may not offer any service or item of merchandise for sale to the occupant of a residential property in the county before 9:00 a.m. or after 7 p.m. or sunset on any day, whichever is earlier. “Sunset” means the time of day identified by the National Weather Service as the time for sunset on that day in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

(1988 Code, § 24-138) (Bill No. 72-00, § 2, 7-1-2004; Bill No. 84-10, § 2, 11-19-2010; Bill No. 38-15, § 1, 7-16-2015 )

Note from C.O.P. Grants Management

Below is a sample of our community sign. It is being retro-fitted with a No-Soliciting addition through a local sign shop.

This content is posted as a friendly guide only and is not intended to replace professional legal guidance. If you have any questions, please consult an attorney.

Consider being kind and considerate in your refusal to allow solicitors. Consider being reasonable and not blocking other non-profits, for example, girl scouts, people taking part in the necessary American political process, religious groups, etc.

Meeting Minutes 3/5/19

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Meeting starts at 7:01 p.m. with a pledge of allegiance.

Officer Wakefield gives his report says to lock cars spring is coming and with a lot of homeless and intoxicated and drug addicts they’re looking for a quick fix. from February 6th – March 5th there were 259 calls to service, 48 ended in reports. 6 theft from Auto, 1 miscellaneous theft, 2 robberies, 30 traffic stops, 90 checks of property, 1 DUI, 3 abandoned Auto. One death at Portship.

There was a SWAT team on Westfield road today looking into drugs at the apartments.

On Rita road officer Wakefield gave out citations at the stop sign.

We reported on the Balt. co.go. app at Merritt boulevard that the signs were down.

Kathy Sheila and Barry all have no reports.

We have foreign neighbors across the alley who have been blaring loud music and it’s making our walls thump and shake. They don’t speak English so it makes it hard to communicate.

Edgemere Bower’s farm and Sparrows Point Country Club puts us at around 408 additional homes Dundalk is the most populated in all of Baltimore county adding to overcrowded schools.

An email was sent to Baltimore county traffic and engineering about speed bumps on Rita road.

There’s a stop sign on Westfield and Searles that was moved to replace the gas line and we have to have it put back. It’s a hazard because people can’t see it so they run the stop sign.

Agreed that we should get a speed camera put at Holabird and Searles.

Back River restoration has a clean up scheduled for March 30th and a bull roast for March 10th.

Sexual assault hotline formed by Johnny O. 410-828-6390

Our fundraiser is going to be at ledo’s Pizza will receive 20% for an allotted time and date. date to be determined.

Thank you all for quality-of-life,💜

Meeting ends at 8 p.m.

Meeting Minutes 2/5/19

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Meeting starts at 7 p.m. with the pledge of allegiance

Officer Wakefield will be here he would just be a little late.

Sheila said trash is an issue still and reports codes over to Barry.

Treasury reports $1383.

Would like to see two time trash pickup and bulk trash come back + rat abatement.

Officer Wakefield likes his new uniform! January 1st – February 5th there were 568 calls to service, 84 reports, 1 overdose, 2 narcotics, 2 theft from Auto, one theft, 1 1st degree burglary, 94 traffic stops, 223 checks of location, 3 abandon autos, and eight parking complaints.

It’s reported that there were 15 auto accidents, one accident with personal injury, one involved an officer, and eight hit and runs.

There has been positive feedback from the new traffic pattern at Westfield Rd. & Merritt Blvd.

It’s reported that there were 15 auto accidents, one accident with personal injury, one involved an officer, and eight hit and runs.

North point government center in limbo it’s up to Johnny O. K9 and traffic management may be moving to Towson there is no final word yet.

Sparrows point country estates: schools are overcrowded 110% plus. there’s a law that blocks building because of schools overcrowding looking into that.

people are using Rita road as a cut through officer Wakefield going to check it out looking into getting a traffic study.

The new five guys should open this week.

There was a vote to pay a $100 membership fee for the 7th district Civic council of Baltimore county it was voted upon and in unanimous support it was approved.

talking about the government center it was said that it is the community hub and the heart of Dundalk there’s a huge need for it in our community kids need a place to go to and crime will rise without it.

We’re looking into doing a fundraiserTexas Roadhouse is a possibility maybe a paint night or Ledo’s Pizza.

John Melzer volunteered to pick up all the bags from our trash clean-up coming up the spring.

There’s a guy with a lot of bikes on Holabird Avenue officer Addair looked into it it seems legit, even though it’s zoned for residential which is questionable. There a lot of shopping carts on Holabird and Searles, and a lot of signs knocked over on Merritt and Holabird Avenue.

Meeting ends at 7:55 p.m..

A great American community organization for Dundalk and the Southeastern area of Baltimore County, Maryland.