Friday, August 08, 2008

Recap of the WCO's August Membership Meeting

The Warrendale Community Organization held its general membership meeting for August this past Monday at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. This is one of those meetings where much was discussed and accomplished. I wanted to give everyone a quick recap of it.

The WCO agreed to move its September meeting to Monday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the school building at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Their meetings are normally on the first Monday of each month. However, that schedule would fall on Labor Day in September. Since they only have a meeting room available on Monday evenings, the group decided to move the meeting back one week.

Representatives from City Council President Kenneth V. Cockrel, Jr. as well as Council Members Brenda Jones and Alberta Tinsley-Talabi briefed the membership on recent happenings at the City Council. They also answered questions and concerns from residents.

Council Member Tinsley-Talabi's representative told the group that she has been working on a plan to address the issue of vacant homes throughout Detroit. She will be at the WCO's September meeting to present her proposal and answer questions about it.

The WCO voted to donate $150 to the Friends of Rouge Park, in recognition of their efforts to maintain and improve one of Warrendale's crown jewels - Rouge Park. $50 of that amount is allocated for the WCO to become organizational members of the FoRP. The remaining $100 is a sponsorship of their upcoming 5K Fun Run to raise money for park improvements.

The group also discussed the general concept of imposing a neighborhood association fee in order to support a supplemental security patrol. This would add an additional cost to every household in the neighborhood. However, it would mean a much more reliable and responsive security for the area.

Several neighborhoods in Detroit already use a system like this. Residents in those neighborhoods are generally pleased with the results.

The WCO will continue to research this idea. It will be discussed in more detail during the September meeting.

Finally, the WCO discussed some of the derelict homes that are an eyesore in our neighborhood. All members are compiling a list of homes in the area that could be cleaned up in an afternoon. During our September meeting we will randomly select one of those properties. The group will clean it up later that month.

Once again, the next meeting of the Warrendale Community Organization will be on Monday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the school building of St. Thomas Aquinas. Everyone is invited to attend.
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