District D Neighborhood Alliance (DDNA) meeting held on November 21, 2009 at Renaissance Park. Special guests included Captain Perry (Raleigh Police Department), Kristen Rosselli (Community Services Department Director), and
Tom Stafford (Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, at North Carolina State University).
The meeting opened with Captain Perry speaking about the PROP – he spoke of the delays in getting the system set-up, but now it is fully operational. The first citation was written on 8/17/09. To date, 147 tickets have been written: 121 for house parties and 16 for vehicles
Fines are $100 for the first offense, $300 for the second; these count toward strikes on the property (if it is a rental, toward PROP). Geographic breakdown is as follows:
- Downtown – 2
- North East – 10
- North West – 4
- South East – 15
- South West – 109
PROP charges also cover criminal activity such as prostitution, weapons, and liquor, but do not cover drugs offenses as it would conflict with NC Forfeture Laws.
- Donna Schaeffer is the Prop Coordinator – handling the administrative tasks
- Officer Draughn is the RPD officer in charge with coordinating the program
- Initial compliance with the Rental Registry is very good – currently over 80% of estimated rental stock is in the registry
- As a result of the Prop – 59 parties are currently in PROP, another 27 are in prop from associated criminal activity and more cases are pending
Captain Perry feels this has been successful so far and will continue to improve as time goes on.
Additional agencies are also assisting with PROP:
- Community Services holds landlord orientation sessions where landlords are educated with “how to” tips on writing leases, doing appropriate background and credit checks, and other matters. Favorable response from attendees top 75%.
- NCSU also includes “good neighbor” training for their students – designed to help ease the transition from dorms to traditional neighborhoods.
The next topic was Graffiti – it has been an increasing problem.
Rick Hoffman – RPD Sergeant is the contact for reporting graffiti – usually RPD will photograph it prior to removal. Community Services also removes graffiti and they employ former artists for identification and education.
Next Topic was NSCU Chancellor of Student Affairs – speaking about student involvement in the community – he is looking to see more student involvement in the CACs, their Outreach Program, and the Good Neighbor Orientation program. NCSU is committed to being a good neighbor by their support in the Hillsborough BID, their Outreach programs and their programs designed to increase and improve student activities, support and behavior in the community.
Next Topic was about SW Raleigh Branding – certain parts of the city and neighborhoods have great branding (North Hills, Cameron Village, Five Points, Univ Park, Wakefield, etc) and the greater SW Raleigh area would benefit from a similar brand. Currently Realtors are steering people away from this area for various reasons – branding and the cache’ attached would certainly help this, creating a diverse base, with programs for inclusionary zoning and graduated impact fees to ensure mixed income would also help.
The plan is to target a few Realtors and brainstorm a “Brand” that can be endorsed and accepted by the SW Raleigh leaders – for use in a plan to strengthen the cache of the area.
Last Topic was a presentation of Community Services – and their programs which are designed to help strengthen neighborhoods. They are as follows:
- Neighborhood Grants: either a 50/50 match grant or 25/75 (with sweat equity) for neighborhood projects
- Neighborhood College: a series of classes and seminars to assist neighborhood leaders in developing skills needed in creating strong neighborhood leadership
- Neighborhood Fairs: can supply apparatus in assisting neighborhood gatherings – (speakers, presentations, popcorn machine, cotton candy machine, bounce house, and other items)
Community services also liasons with the CACs in sending speakers out to the various meetings speak on specific municipal issues. (There is a slide show presentation which can be obtained for further info)
Meeting closed with a request for ideas for speakers during the 2010 meetings – and specific issues to address.
- Connie Crumpler – Caraleigh
- John Reeves – Caraleigh
- Leah Margulies – Renaissance Park
- Andy Margulies – Renaissance Park
- Leslie Young – Renaissance Park
- Pamela Gobel – Renaissance Park
- Patrica House – Raleigh Community Services
- Danielle Simorelli – Lineberry
- Phil Poe – Glenwood-Brooklyn
- Maurice Johnson – Renaissance Park
- Mary Belle Pate – SWCAC
- Don Procopio – WCAC
- Elizabeth Byrd – WCAC / Avent West
- Ana Duncan Pardo – Hillsborough CAC / West Morgan
- Thomas Crowder, District D
- JC Perry – Raleigh Police Department
- Kristen Rosselli – Community Services Department
- Tom Stafford – North Carolina State University, Student Affairs
This is the last meeting for 2009.