March 12, 2018 Suburban Acres Civic League Meeting Minutes

Prepared by: Peter Beznoska, Secretary

Meeting Date: March 12, 2018

Meeting Called to Order by Louie Gabriel, President, at 6:30 PM

Pledge of Allegiance

New Neighbor Report

Mr. Jacobs of Virginian Drive.  Found us through the Newsletter and has lived in the neighborhood for 25 years.  

Community Resource Officer Report (Officer William Old, Norfolk PD)

Some larcenies from the Harris Teeter and the ABC store recently.  They have identified a regular visitor of those stores as a suspect.

Larceny of auto parts from a motorcycle on Virginian Drive.

Member Questions:  Requested update on dog biting incident on Glen Echo Drive. Dogs were detained and will not be return until case is resolved.  Mace is not effective on dogs.  Another member expressed concern about house projection holiday lights being stolen out of yards in December 2017.  Officer Old had no information about those incidents.

Officer Old indicated that in light of the Parkland school shooting in Florida and the increase in threats on Norfolk schools, the Police Department is visiting local schools more often.  There have been at least 8 arrests in Norfolk for threats on schools.

ATR scenario training upcoming on the 24th at the Calvary Revival Baptist Church.  Citizens Police Academy has started already.  Officer Old is organizing a kids Bike Rodeo at the Titustown Rec Center to teach kids bike safety.  No date set as of yet.

Committee Reports

Membership: 1 new family

Treasurer:  $2,133.27 – Surge in memberships, likely due to Louie Gabriel’s efforts to increase circulation of the newsletter through increased copying and distribution.

Neighborhood Watch – Karen Mayne had nothing new to report, but did indicate that the board had decided that the civic league would not participate in the Environmental Awards for Recycling in Norfolk Neighborhoods this year.  Ran through reasons for not participating, including lack of an EARNN coordinator, whereby Pearl Drumwright volunteered to become the EARNN coordinator for the year.  Much appreciation to Pearl for volunteering.

Nearby neighborhood of Monticello Village is a part of a city grant program to help residents and businesses improve properties.

Other Business/Announcements

MOTION to approve meeting minutes from February 12, 2018 Meeting – MOTION PASSES  

Meeting minutes will no longer be included in the newsletter, but will be posted prominently on the Civic League website.

April 11th will be a community service event in coordination with Norfolk Collegiate.

Still need volunteers to bring refreshments each month. Thanks to Richard and Pearl Drumwright for the food and Karen Mayne for the drinks this meeting.

Reminder from Louie Gabriel about motor oil and electronics recycling at Honda of Norfolk.

Reminder to members and guests from Louie Gabriel about NextDoor.com and the advantages of joining this website.  The City of Norfolk and the civic league are both using NextDoor to post information for residents.

The April 9, 2018 civic league meeting will be a Candidates Forum for the Norfolk City Council and the School Board positions for Ward 2.

Health Fair participant introductions.  Attendees included representatives from Fit with Kim/Optavia Health, Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center, PrimePlus Senior Center, Wards Corner Chiropractic, and OneLife Fitness.

The Civic League is still looking for a Vice President.  Peter Beznoska to serve as Secretary.

Mr. Jacobs’ concerns about traffic on Virginian Drive will be addressed at the next meeting in April.

Meeting Adjourned.  Members break to Health Fair.