CHCA Meeting Minutes: October 2007

The meeting of the Crow Hill Community Association, Inc. was held on October 16, 2007 at the Haitian/American Daycare, Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.

PRESIDENT’S OPENING:

The meeting was called to order at 7:35 p.m. by Eve Porter. The meeting was well attended and Ms. Porter thanked everyone for coming. For this meeting, the flyers were placed on the trees in the area and it worked. Ms. Porter introduced the Executive Members.

PROSPECTIVE GOALS FOR CROW HILL 2007-2008: 

Nina Meledandri stated that we are still waiting on a grant from the State in order to install lights and cameras on Franklin Avenue, replace tree guards, garbage containers and banners. The stores need awnings, glass replacement and garbage containers in order to continue to beautify and make the area safer.

If we do not receive the Grant, we will have to raise roughly $200,000.
Ms. Porter informed everyone that previously we were awarded a Grant by Dormitory Authority but were advised that in order to get the monies, we had to get the job done, pay for it and then submit an invoice in order to be reimbursed.

77TH POLICE PRECINCT MEETINGS:
Ms. Porter stated that the 77th Precinct is located at 127 Utica Avenue at Bergen Street. The Commanding Officer is John Cosgrove and the telephone number is (718) 735-0611. The Executive Inspector is Inspector Nelson. The Community Affairs is Detective Verna McLean and her number is (718) 735-0634.

The 77th Precinct Community Council meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. and urged everyone to attend.
The meetings are held at a different location each month. The next 77th Precinct Community Council meeting will be held at the 77th Precinct at 127 Utica Avenue at 7:30 p.m.

COMMUNITY BOARD 8:
Community Board 8 District Office is located at 1291 St. Marks Avenue between Rochester and Buffalo Avenues. The Manager is Ms. Doris Alexander.

FINANCIAL REPORT: Dues were collected in the amount of $310.00.

SURVEY OF FRANKLIN AVENUE MERCHANTS:
Nina mentioned that CHC needs to get an updated list of the businesses on Franklin Avenue and said that ten people are needed to this.

MARCH AGAINST VIOLENCE: We want to stop the shooting. A Stop the Shooting March was held on Saturday, October 13, 2007 from Buffalo Avenue to Kingston Avenue, stopping at every corner to pray for the youths who got killed. It was well attended by elected officials. Neighborhood Watch One of the attendees complained about an attempted rape and a slashing on the same day in her area. She spoke to Officer McLean who advised her that the system needs to be updated.

Nina distributed copies of a letter addressed to Commissioner Raymond Kelly, for each person to put their name and address and return them to her so that she can mail them to the Commissioner. Ms. Porter then stressed the need to attend the Precinct meetings.

Another one of the attendees complained about the lack of trees on Franklin Avenue and Sterling Place. Ms. Porter informed her that there were trees in that area but someone from the area cut the trees. It was reported to the Precinct but nothing was done about. Nina advised that a request was put in to get the trees back and suggested getting together with the people on the block about getting trees.

Someone suggested getting a Night Center where the youths could go at night and workout and stay away from getting in trouble. We were advised that the Crown Heights Coalition is working on that.

OTHER:
Daisy Davis thanked everyone for turning out and appealed to everyone to continue attending the meetings which are held on the third Tuesday of each month, except June, July and August.

Nicole Browne gave the website information as www.crowhillcommunity.org and the e-mail chca@crowhillcommunity.org .

ADJOURNMENT/PRAYER:
There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

The meetings for 2007 are scheduled for November 20, 2007 and December 18, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.

- minutes taken by Ms. Zelita Ross

Crow Hill Accomplishments: meeting handout

October Flyer: meeting handout

Here is some of the information discussed at the meeting:

77th Precinct: (718) 735-0611
Community Affairs: (718) 735-0634
Officer McLean and Officer Pierre-Louis

Community Board 8: (718) 467-5574
there is a wealth of community information on their site.

Kings County District Attorney’s Office: 718.250.2000
Community Specialist: Saadia Adossa: (718)-250-3370

You can always click on the Calendar page for community meeting locations and times, here are the November meetings:

Police Commissioner Kelly’s Community Forum:
Thursday, December 13 at SUNY HSCB – Downstate Medical Center
450 Clarkson Avenue at 6 PM (doors open 5 PM)

Community Board 8
Thursday, November 8 at the Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation
727 Classon Avenue (btwn Park & Prospect Pl.) – 7:00 PM

77th Precinct Council
Monday, November 12 at the 77th Precinct
127 Utica Avenue (at Bergen) – 7:30 PM

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