March 9, 2021
- Lawrence Sweeney; Ivy Sweeney; Rob Robinson; Johnny Garcia; Gail Crawford; Nick Colletti; Albert Sanchez; Rico Roberts; Shawn Hejke; Willard’s ipad
- Code compliance -Johnny Garcia –
- They’ve had no code issues in our area lately
- They are focusing on graffiti and working closely with the abatement team for swift action
- They are working with NPO officers Hejke and the downtown area team on security
- They are encouraging face masks and keeping with the laws – business owners enforce the masks rules for their patrons; code enforcement doesn’t have the ability to enforce that.
- For construction issues, major renovations, etc. – contact code enforcement for approval
- Crime stats -Officer Shawn Hejke –
- Offenses are down compared to last year; graffiti is up
- Lieutenant Connolly with the CBD taskforce handles the tagging around downtown
- Homeless issues/living conditions is a work in progress
- Solar powered camera trailers are being used for criminal mischief and speeders; you can pull video within 14 days, after 14 days it goes away; no citations are issued from the video footage, it’s for intelligence gathering (car type, color, plates, etc)
- Re the upcoming George Floyd trial, unrest related to the verdict, DPD is taking precautions, monitoring social media, response teams are in place, etc.
- Update on the DFM-Lisa Ferri-
- Mask mandate will remain in effect
- DFM met with DDI regarding safety -DDI safety will cover the DFM
- Wednesday, St. Patrick’s Day, is the Pearl Street Eats from 6-9pm
- Friday 19th is Market Artisan products
- June 1st Industrious ( office sharing) is opening in the Taylor Lofts building
- Former Mudhen/Hurdy Gurdy space is getting a new tenant, to be announced soon
- Former Cajun Tailgators space is getting a new sushi restaurant
- Website – Lawrence Sweeney –
- Several attempts have been made for someone to handle the website, we’re behind on it; it’s a WordPress/GoDaddy platform and we use the Square payment system; the storefront that was set up didn’t make sense. Nick Colletti may know a tech person and will get back to us.
- DDI Security and Clean Team update – Albert Sanchez –
- Their outreach professionals have had consistent successes, they assisted 6 people getting off the street this month
- Growing homeless encampments are a concern – Camp Rhonda chose Pioneer Park as a mini-zone, politically driven (Camp Rhonda is a vacant lot of homeless, and Pioneer Park is a city park which has now been put on DPD’s radar due to some
- 60-70 people being out there with uhauls, matching expensive tents, etc. = coordinated efforts); notices have been issued regarding litter and the clean team is working on enforcement of that; homeless tents have also been popping up around confederate monuments = coordinated efforts
- They are focusing on graffiti with DPD; they have 2 officers in an unmarked van identifying taggers, with 2 officers hired to be on standby; Lisa Ferri provided a map with areas of issue so clean team can help
- Security stats – Rico Roberts – the stats are down because of the winter storm shutting down things happening
- Meeting adjourned at 6:40 pm.