Minutes of March 20, 2012, Edgewood Park Neighborhood Association meeting
The meeting began shortly after 7 p.m. in the back room at Harby's.
Sgt. Lockmiller from Knoxville Police Department (KPD) reported the following items:
There was a home burglary in the 2800 block of Barton. No one was home at the time, and a door had been left unlocked. There were a few other break-ins just outside the boundaries of our neighborhood.
Copper downspouts are being stolen, as are HVAC units from homes and businesses.
KPD has received reports of people filing their taxes and then receiving notice from the IRS that someone else has already filed a return using their Social Security number. These are attempts to steal tax refunds. These cases should be reported to KPD.
Rails Online is a source for local crime data and maps. http://www.raidsonline.com/
In response to a neighbor’s question about drug dealing in Boright Park, Sgt. Lockmiller said that all suspected drug activity should be called in to KPD. They may not be able to put a stop to it right away, but every call helps them build a case. He noted that 911 calls can be made anonymously, but that callers who give a name may be taken a bit more seriously. He acknowledged that 911 calls are public, so that information may be available to others. Callers can decline to give their names, or can ask that their information be confidential to the officer only.
There was some discussion of the KPD pension issue coming before City Council.
EPNA President John Lane then raised the issue of neighborhood beautification awards, and whether they can be given to owners of rental properties. Ellen Zavisca made a motion to amend the neighborhood beautification award rules, if needed, to allow them to be awarded to owners of rental properties, with a second by Carol Zimmerman. The motion was approved unanimously.
John raised the issue of the next EPNA picnic, and whether we should seek out businesses to participate. Cindy Latham said she could help with this. We discussed a September timeframe for the picnic, and agreed to set a date at the next EPNA meeting.
John raised the issue of doing an e-newsletter instead of flyers. We noted that printed newsletters are the only way to hit everyone in the neighborhood, and agreed that we should do these at least once a year. It was noted that the City is providing copy services to neighborhoods. Cindy said she would research the cost of mailing options.
John mentioned the changes in blight rules coming up at tonight’s City Council meeting.
John provided an update on the urban forest project, and shared a list of possible trees. John’s going to check with the UT ag extension about the list. The newsletter can be used to recruit neighbors interested in planting trees. We discussed adding a few dollars to the cost of the tree to benefit EPNA. John is looking for grant funds, and Ellen said she would look around too.
Carol suggested we post signs in the neighborhood when meetings or other events are coming up.
John reported that construction work at the Larry Cox Center has finally begun. It may be completed in May or June. We agreed to return to meeting there when the work is done.
We discussed doing a neighborhood cleanup this spring, possibly in April. Ellen said she would send out an e-mail seeking consensus on the best date.