August 2017 Monthly Meeting Minutes

From ONA

  • Fall Jazz Nights start next month – every Thursday in September, starting 9/7
    • If it’s raining, the event moves inside to the Solarium
    • Oakhurstjazznights.com
    • Oakhurst merchandise also for sale at Jazz Nights
    • Merchandise available on the Oakhurst website – wine bags, cozies, banners – new purple banners coming soon! – http://www.oakhurstga.org/
    • Oakhurst oliday party planning is underway : Thanksgiving potluck dinner and tree lighting in Harmony Park


From Brian Smith, City Commissioner

  • Upcoming Fall Events in & Oakhurst Decatur
    • 8/26 Sips & Small Plates at the Solarium
    • Labor Day Weekend: Decatur Book Festival
    • 9/2: Decatur Day at McKoy Park
    • September: Concerts on the Square – decaturdba.com/events/concerts-on-the-square/
    • 10/1 Young Emerging Artists at Harmony Park
    • 10/7 Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby
    • 10/14 Porchfest
    • 10/15 Decatur Beer Festival
    • Construction updates
      • New traffic lights with turn lights going on at several intersections in next month to two months
      • Reimagine West Howard
        • Goals: Slow down traffic, reducing lanes
        • 2 communities meetings so far
        • Should see a final plan/sketch in next month
  • Purchase of Methodist Children’s Home
    • 22 of 77 acres will be permanent greenspace
    • 1% interest loan secured by the City for the purchase
    • Other 55 acres: Community input and planning sessions will commence in early next year
    • See Click Fix app for problems/issues you see around the city that need fixing
    • Lot at Mead & College Ave: Church is still looking to sell property. No project at this time

Jennifer Ross, Police Update

  • Review of UCR Analysis
  • Implementing new technology to fight crime, but delay in implementation b/c crime is so low. Helps direct officers to hot spots.
  • Theft: Biggest problem is entering autos. About 1/3 of thefts – most are not secured cars. Biggest problem right now is at Feld/Cambridge/Mead
  • If you see a crime in progress – Call police immediately. Please don’t yell/draw attention to yourself.  Provide as much info as you can to police.
  • Citizens police academy – Thursday nights for 10 weeks
    • Learn how policing works
    • Meet the officers
    • Smart 911 – Register if you haven’t yet
    • Upcoming Jr Police Academy 11-14 yos, free camp during fall break
    • Reved up Kids: Free 1 Hour presentation about keeping kids safe
    • Kids Self Defense
    • Police Contact Info – FB, twitter, etc
    • Traffic enforcement issues – call or email PD; Traffic design issues (ex: East Lake) require more background – Courtney Frish is the one to contact to get your street on the list or email Brian
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