Suburban Acres Civic League
Minutes for General Meeting Held on: February 11, 2019
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
-Continued issues at the liquor store in the Harris Teeter shopping center. Most cleared by arrest.
-Recent hit and run accident on Thole St involved 2 vehicles. 4 individuals from one vehicle fled the scene. 2 were apprehended, 2 were not apprehended at the time of the meeting.
-Burglary on Fife St. happend in the middle of the day. TV, shotgun and revolver taken.
-Concerns raised by members/neighbors:Incident at Granby Park and Midfield. Stop sign enforcement along Suburban Parkway and Virginian Drive.
New Neighbors: None
Guest Speaker - Larry Boone - Chief, Norfolk Police Department
Police Chief Boone spoke to neighbors about the city’s progress in fighting and reducing crime.
Chief Boone was promoted through the Norfolk PD system and became chief in 2016. The city’s progress includes record low crime rates in both 2017 and 2018.
Chief Boone’s discussion covered the following topics:
Neighborhood Watch: Reminder about keyless entry vehicles. Recently had a stolen vehicle in the area where the key was in the car and allowed the car to be opened easily and stolen.
Bike Lanes: A public outreach meeting was held by the City Wednesday January 16 at Royster Presbyterian Church to address biking along Newport Avenue.
As a result of this meeting, it was agreed the City would seek resources to provide markings for biking and crosswalks to improve awareness and safety for cyclists and pedestrians.
Councilman Thomas, in attendance asked that discussion for biking along Granby Street from Wards Corner to Granby Street Bridge be deferred given funding nor plans were not scheduled in the immediate future.
Tonight's meeting for Granby Street biking improvements between Bayview Boulevard and Ocean View Boulevard was postponed to allow additional educational outreach on the City's Strategic Bike Plan.
Once meetings are established dates will be immediately posted by the Civic League.
WCTF: Meets Thursday. Karen Mayne is attending
-Vice President Janette Woodruff introduced the membership to the new efforts with the Wards Corner Business Association. Topics to be addressed by the WCBA include Kroger developments, Crime and Education, business owner surveys. Wards Corner revitalization has good support from the city and other neighboring areas like Riverview are inquiring about coordination.
-Need volunteers for committees. Committees include: Holiday Party, Chili cook-off, Parade.
-Members are encouraged to join nextdoor.com for all the updates from the community
-Thanks for Dave Moeller for providing the refreshments. The Civic League is looking for volunteers to provide food. SACL will reimburse up to $40 for expenses.
-Norfolk Collegiate is hosting a day of service on Wednesday April 10 from 9-12 AM.
-Thanks to Gabriel Sanchez-Perales for volunteering to head the community clean up committee.
-SACL board members continue to work with the city on plans/brainstorming for a picnic shelter at Caton Park.
Old Business: None
New Business None
MEETING ADJOURNED, 7:45 pm