November 2014

Toonerville Trolley Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

November 20th 2014

Welcome of neighbors and a big thank you to Smokey’s Bean for hosting this month’s meeting once again.

Dan opened the night by calling for approval of the Oct abbreviated minutes.  Doug Humble put forth the motion, Mari Lively 2nd, the motion passed unanimously.

Dan Introduced Major Kim Kraeszig 4th Division Metro Police Commander.

Kim Kraeszing:

-          4th division is the busiest of all the regions in Metro PD.  Over the past 5 years overall crime has decreased by 21% with violent crime falling in higher proportion.

-           12th,13th, & 14th blocks of 1st, Brook street have reported a much higher increase in petty theft and car break ins.  Crimes of opportunity are on the rise. 

-          Rise in this type of crime is a suspected result of increased heroin use in the district.  Tougher enforcement other drug related offences has pushed heroin use to levels on par with the 1970s.

-          Street robberies (personal robberies) have also shown an uptick in the UofL areas.  Many students do not pay attention to their surroundings and are easy targets for many criminals.

o   Keep your eyes out.  Do not walk looking down, make eye contact with individuals you pass on the street. 

-          New task force has been established to reduce public street prostitution, especially along areas of Floyd/Preston.

o   It has been brought to the attention of Metro PD that marked police cars are not helping alleviate this pervasive and obvious problem.

-          Many neighbors have expressed concern regarding speeding along 1st street and many one way streets. 

-          Several neighbors identified areas of obvious drug use in our neighborhood and were encouraged to contact Kim with other known locations.

-          Be smart during the holidays.  There is always increased break-ins and vandalism.  Keep lights on and doors locked.  Report any suspicious activity.  Do not keep your Christmas tree in a location that can be seen from the street.

-          Contact Kim via e mail with any personal concerns: http://louisvilleky.gov/government/police/major-kim-kraeszig

Doug

-          OLNC Meeting Recap:  C2 business establishment is in flux.  The proposal was to change the zoning of Old Louisville from TNZD to C2, essentially relaxing some of the business requirements to open shops/restaurants in OL.  Work is currently being done to narrow the definition of the C2 proposal to be taken up for a vote in early 2015.  Contact Doug with specific questions.

-          501c3- Almost complete.  A few final signatures and requirements are needed.  The hard work is complete.

-          Doug asked for a motion to have him represent TTNA on the 501c3 Application with the IRS.

o   Ray Robinson 2nd, the motion passes

Dan

-          Toonerville Park.  Phase 1 set to be complete by year end.  The St James Art fair fundraising allowed for several new benches to be installed ($1400 apiece).  3 benches are currently set to be installed.

-          Springtime – fundraising effort to complete the playground.  Currently $4,600 has been funded with several grants pending 501c3 approval.  Over $80k needs to be in place before playground equipment can be built.

-          Toonerville now owns Spring Fest.  100-130 vendors take over several blocks of 1st street for a weekend in May.  All profits go to Toonerville.  Last year 7k people attended.  Look for more information with how you can help.

-          LG&E have added power to Ft George.  Lights for the flag pole should be up this spring.

-          Flag for Toonerville set to be flown over the capital in DC on Dec 29th.

-          Contact Dan if you are interested in helping with the Holiday Home Tour.

 

Doug Humble closes the meeting 8:01 PM.