Suburban Acres Civic League
Minutes for General Meeting Held on: September 10, 2018
Prepared by: Peter Beznoska
Meeting called to order by Louis Gabriel, President, at 6:30 PM, followed by Pledge of Allegiance.
Community Resource Officer Report: Given by Officer William Old, Norfolk PD
Incidents to report/Discussion Items:
-Most of the crime in the area is happening at the Shopping Centers in Wards Corner. Mainly shoplifting. All recent cases cleared by arrest
-A purple women’s bicycle was stolen off of the back of a vehicle on Cromwell
-Larceny of $600 in the 7000 block of Suburban Arch. Perpetrator was likely someone staying with the residents.
-Multiple vehicle larcenies on Kenmore St. Officer Old encourages folks to lock up cars and remove or keep valuables out of sight.
-District 2 US Representative Scott Taylor spoke briefly to members about his accomplishments and priorities in Congress. Priorities for Mr. Taylor include Military spending, shoring up the VA system, and promoting a robust economy. Mr. Taylor ran the members through his role on the Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives. Other discussion points included the potential for a new VA facility on the Southside, cancellation of raises for Federal employees, Sea-level rise, sequestration and continuing resolutions, and the new Ashanti alert system for which Mr. Taylor advocated in Congress.
-Norfolk School Board Chairwoman Noelle Gabriel spoke to the members about the priorities of the Norfolk School Board in 2018 and 2019. Those priorties included overall student and teacher safety, high rigor academic excellence, and the overall focus on excellence across all school districts. Ms. Gabriel indicated that the three areas that the School Board can be most influential are in Policy, Budgeting, and Accountability. Ms. Gabriel expressed concern about Norfolk’s ability to retain high-performing teachers, as the city has been subject to many losses of teachers and administrators to surrounding towns and cities. Member discussions with Ms. Gabriel centered around teacher and student safety, disciplinary procedures, the International Baccalaurreate program, & teacher retention.
Membership: 2 new members
Neighborhood Watch: nothing to report.
Wards Corner Task Force: nothing to report
-Discussion of picnic shelter at Suburban Park Elementary put on hold until next meeting.
MOTION to approve minutes of August 13, 2018 meeting introduced by Louie Gabriel. Motion seconded and passed unanimously.
-Adopt-a-Spot scheduled for October 20 at Suburban Park Elementary
-Thank you to Richard Drumwright and Rachel Roberts for stepping up on the bike lane committee with surrounding civic leagues.
-Thole St. is still on the list of places the city will deploy speed display signs in the rotation.
-October 8 is the date of the next meeting at 6:30 PM at Suburban Park Elementary. It will be the Chili Cook-off and the guest speaker will be Elaine Luria, candidate for Congress in VA 2nd District opposite Scott Taylor.
-The members proceeded to discuss preparations in the area for Hurricane Florence. Members discussed what a mandatory evacuation means for our area and how to prepare the community. Members were urged to go to norfolk AIRS on the web to find out detailed information about each property specific flood risk.
Old Business: None
New Business None
MEETING ADJOURNED, 7:45 pm