INC NEWS - DRAFT January Meeting Minutes
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Making Better Neighborhoods
Minutes of Meeting of January 25, 2005
Don Stauffacher Marquis-Pierre
Peg Lanier Duke Park
Donna Deal Nancy Rhodes Creek NA
Bobbe Deacon Morehead Hill
Marguerite Ward Rockwood
Michael Shiflett Northgate Park
Cheryl Sweeney Northgate Park
Helena Cragg Old North Durham
Sandra R. Alston Fisher Heights Neighborhood Org
Reyn Bowman DCVB
John McCann Herald Sun
John Compton HPSO
Mike Woodard Watts Hospital Hillandale NA
Paul Golich Hope Valley Farms
Dick Mentock Hope Valley Farms
David Harris Old Farm
Anne Guyton Colonial Village
Lugenia Mason RiverForest Ass
Phyllis Cotton Emorywood Orchards
Joan Miller Emorywood Orchards
Felisa Francis Durham Police Department
Bill Anderson Duke Park
Laura Drey Trinity Park
Barry Ragin Duke Park
Randy Pickle Forest Hills
Pat Carstensen Cross County
Administration and Announcements
President Bill Anderson opened the meeting. Members introduced themselves.
The Appearance Commission is doing awards. Laura Drey brought hand-outs on
safety tips and other useful information.
Crime and Perceived Crime in Durham Reyn Bowman presented the information
and analysis developed by DCVB and their 10 organizational collaborators.
Scientific polling shows that residents of Durham are proud of the
community, think it is a good place to visit, and can rattle off specific
places in Durham that people should see. Outsiders in general also have a
pretty high opinion, but Wake County is huge and has about a 40% negative
opinion and we often work with people from Wake. Among the people with
negative opinions, "crime" was by far the biggest factor, followed by "too
much inter-ethnic friction" and "too many people not like me." They also
looked at crime statistics in cities of similar size and demographics
(Savannah, Winston-Salem, New Haven, Salt Lake City, etc.) and found that
the only crimes where we are higher than average are robberies and
burglaries. The high property crimes may be partly due to our high poverty
rate, because poor people are more often the victims of such crimes.
Part of the problem is news coverage. Everyone is interested in homicide
stories. We are covered by 2 major dailies, and they act like Raleigh has
magically dodged the gang problem. Now we need to be 20% better before
anyone will notice. We can post good news about Durham around our
workplaces to change the impressions.
A solution is to follow the "broken window" theory clean up the little
stuff, set standards on what neighborhoods expect in clean yards and housing
quality, and dont be ambivalent about insisting standards be met. Do a
neighborhood CPTED audit (police will help). Support better technology for
the police, such as fingerprinting in cars, so they can effectively deal
with the little stuff. Report boarded up houses and garbage dumping, follow
up until it is fixed. If we make it feel like someone is watching and in
charge on streets, bad stuff goes down 80% and positive activities go up
Use of Occupancy Tax Revenues Tabled.
Court Funding The text of the letter to the legislative delegation was
approved. See Attachment A.
Yard Waste / Solid Waste As discussed at previous meetings and on list
serve, the yard waste policy is seriously not working, and in fact, making
more "broken windows" that promote crime. Total revenue has actually
fallen, and bags of leaves show up in all kinds of inappropriate places.
Duke Park and Forest Hills have drafted a resolution calling on City Council
to create a working group to advise it on a new yard waste policy, and for
Council to have some commitment to implementing the recommendations of the
committee. The resolution will be posted and voted on at the next meeting;
individual neighborhoods are urged to pass the resolution in the mean time.
See Attachment B.
It was also mentioned that the automated trash pick-up is knocking down
mailboxes and causing other problems.
Coffees with Council They are coming up. They will be a good time to
express support for doing "broken windows," for cleaning up parks and
dealing with the deferred maintenance problems that have been identified and
for putting fleet maintenance back in the budget (some vehicles are over 20
years old and finding parts is difficult).
New Hope Creek Park After some discussion of tabling the issue so
neighborhoods could discuss it further, a resolution supporting the park
passed (see Attachment C).
Information / Committee Reports
* Will send minutes out to list-serve and bring a few to next meeting for
* As of 1/11/05 we have $894.28 in checking, $224.10 in savings.
* Planning Commission passed UDO. Hearing on the final draft of the
Comprehensive Plan will be on January 31. UDO Committee is still working on
* Check out the new format of INC website. You can add or change your
listserve subscription there. Thanks to Al and Randy for work; we should
give Al special recognition as Neighborhood Hero.
* The executive committee should look into an appropriate 20th birthday
* Mike, Don, and Bill will work on a phone tree.
* We still have some open leadership positions.
* There are openings on the Planning Commission.
* Dues notices will be sent soon, or you can pay now.
* We need to update by-laws, but in the meantime, Marquis-Pierre and
Emorywood Orchards have an exception to the neighborhood size rule.
The meeting was adjourned.
Attachment A: Court Resources Resolution for INC Meeting- January 25,2005
The Durham courts are understaffed by standards set by the Administrator of
Only 2.7% of the annual appropriations of the Legislature are allocated to
the criminal justice system, making full staffing of the courts in North
The District Attorney has three grant-funded ADAs that will leave in June or
July of 2005. Without replacements, the average number of days to try a
Superior Court felony case will likely lengthen from the current 245 days.
The Clerk of Court is authorized to have 4.67 more clerks than can currently
be hired because of budget constraints.
One additional magistrate for Durham was in the House bill reported out
during the short session last year but removed in conference.
Funds for the Youth Treatment court are set to sunset in 2005, closing the
We, the members of ____The InterNeighborhood Council of Durham____, do
strongly request the Durham Delegation to the North Carolina General
Assembly to do whatever is necessary to secure funding to add three
permanent assistant district attorney positions, one magistrate position,
two clerk positions, and funds to operate the Youth Treatment Court during
the 2005-2006 session.
We consider these resources to be among the most important resources that
can be made available to Durham during the 2005-2006 General Assembly
Attachment B: Yard Waste
Resolved: ______(organization)______ formally requests that the City of
Durham re-examine its policies on the collection of yard waste within the
city limits. This re-examination should include a review of the purpose of
collecting yard waste, the methods of collecting yard waste, and the
distribution of the costs of collecting yard waste. Thorough examination of
the practices of other municipalities, including cost structures and
collection practices, should also be included. A working committee comprised
of relevant city employees, department heads, and representatives of
community organizations should conduct this review, and be charged with
making specific recommendations to City Council as to how this policy should
The City of Durham has gradually, over the past few years, increased the out
of pocket costs to its citizens of participating in the yard waste
collection program by requiring the purchase of a specified yard waste cart,
instituting an annual fee to register the required cart, increasing that
annual fee by 20% in the current fiscal year, reducing the amount of yard
waste that will be picked up with the payment of these required fees, and
charging additional fees for the removal of normal amounts of yard waste.
The result of these policies has been a continued decline in participation
in the yard waste program among Durham citizens. According to figures
published in the Durham Herald-Sun on 20 December, 2004, approximately
13,000 Durham households are currently participating in the program, down
significantly from approximately 18,000 in the previous fiscal year, and
down dramatically from the period before annual fees were instituted. The
revenue generated by current levels of participation is lower than that
generated in recent years, despite the increase in fees.
A search of the internet for the published yard waste collection policies of
other North Carolina municipalities shows Durham is currently in the
minority in both the restrictions on yard waste and the fees charged for
picking such waste up. Although we applaud the city's efforts to encourage
citizens to reuse as much of this material as possible, we urge the city to
recognize that it's efforts are counterproductive. As fewer citizens
participate in the program, more yard waste is is either dumped illegally or
simply pushed out onto the city streets. The results are increased pollution
in our creeks and streams, unsightly streets, and blocked storm drains,
creating esthetic, health, and safety problems for all residents.
Attachment C: Resolution in support of the proposed
New Hope Creek Park
The New Hope Creek Corridor
* Was recognized as significant in the 1987 Inventory of Natural Areas and
Rare Species of Durham County
* Was defined and its value recognized in 1989 by Durham County, Orange
County, the town of Chapel Hill and the City of Durham, which together
created the New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee.
* Received Federal recognition in August 1990, when the US Fish and Wildlife
Service designed New Hope Creek as an "Important Regional Wetland."
The Duke Tract
* Is comprised of 44 acres of land owned by Duke University, bordered by
Erwin and Pickett Roads, straddling the Durham County/Orange County line.
* Is part of Duke Forest, and is designated as "Open Space" on the current
Comprehensive Plan and on the proposed 2030 Comprehensive Plan.
* Has been deemed "decommissioned" by Duke University and has been optioned
to Crosland Properties for development into 49 homes as the "Preserve at
Erwin Trace" without prior notice to public or nonprofit
preservation/conservation groups, with approximately 12 (of the total 44)
acres, located in Orange County, proposed to be donated by Crosland to
Orange County for open space.
* Has been formally recognized by a resolution of the New Hope Creek
Corridor Advisory Committee on October 21, 2004, as having vital importance
as part of the New Hope Creek Corridor.
New Hope Creek Park
* Is proposed to be created from the Duke Tract through the purchase of the
Duke Tract by Durham County. The money for the purchase would be raised
through a combination of private contributions and public and nonprofit
* Is being promoted by a group of residents of neighborhoods near Erwin Road
in Durham and Orange Counties who have come together to form the Erwin Area
Neighborhood Group (EANG).
* Is being investigated by The Durham County Board of Commissioners, which
has delayed any further action on the Crosland development proposal for the
Duke Tract until April 1, 2005.
* Could be created by the purchase of the Duke Tract from Duke University
and Crosland, who have made an offer to sell the Duke Tract to Durham County
for $1.5 million.
IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED that The InterNeighborhood Council of Durham, NC
* Supports a balance of urban, surburban and rural tiers of development as
conceived in the Comprehensive 2030 Plan and Unified Development Ordinance
under consideration by Durham County.
* Affirms that it is in the interest of all citizens of Durham County that
some rural areas of Durham County be preserved in their rural character.
* Acknowledges that the Erwin Road area of Durham County is one of the last
remaining rural areas in the southwest of Durham County and has great
historic and environmental value.
* Supports the preservation of open space in the Erwin Road area.
* Supports the proposed New Hope Creek Park as a valuable addition to the
New Hope Creek Corridor and open space in Durham County.
AND FUTHER RESOLVED THAT The InterNeighborhood Council of Durham, NC
ß Thanks the Durham County Commissioners for their investigation into the
purchase of the Duke Tract and the creation of the New Hope Creek Park.
ß Thanks Duke University for its role in preserving open space in Durham and
Orange Counties as part of Duke Forest, and
ß Urges Duke University to give public and nonprofit conservation and
preservation groups first refusal on any proposed sale of decommissioned
areas of Duke Forest for preservation/conservation as open space.
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