CORKTOWN COMMUNITY MEETING May 6, 2013 Meeting Notes The meeting started with updates of the following –
•The Corktown Crime GroupMe text alert phone app is working and seems effective. There was some abuse by users who did not understand it is specifically for crime alerts, but they were informed of their improper use. It is currently being used appropriately.
•The Corktown Crier is now being handled by Debra Walker. The Crier will be used to consolidate and disseminate important Corktown information. Any ideas, events and articles should be sent directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
•The upcoming City Council elections. Corktown is in District 6. There were individuals in attendance with petitions to get on the ballot to represent the District. There are currently two City Council members who reside in District 6 – Ken Crockel and Joann Watson. Crockel has announced he will not be running again. Watson has not decided.
•A four-way stop sign will be installed at Porter and Sixth, within two weeks. The Quicken employees, using the parking lots on Sixth and being shuttled to their offices, have caused increased traffic and also speed south from Michigan Ave. These stop signs will be a great help, especially to the school and the students.
•The Corktown volunteer patrol has just been advised that a base has been secured – the Mobile Gas Station on Michigan Ave across from the Tiger Stadium lot. There is still a need for additional volunteers. Information about how this base will be used will be provided to the patrollers. The new Corktown Police Officers have requested the vehicle information about each patroller’s car. This will avoid the Officers from stopping the volunteers when they are patrolling and seemingly ‘cruising’ the neighborhood. The Detroit Police Department Officers assigned to Corktown are Justin Theut and Emanuel Roberson.
•Officer Roberson was not able to attend this meeting. Officer Theut spoke about being a part of the neighborhood. He and his partner are trying to meet as many residents and business owners as possible, while being visible throughout the community during their shift. Theut and Lt. Szilagy asked the residents to be vigilant and contact them Monday through Friday, at their CompuWare Base number / 313-628-2811 with non-911 issues. This has been effective. They are trying to procure a cell phone and email specifically for Corktown contact.
•The officers were provided the list of names and numbers of the Volunteer Patrol, and their current schedule.
•It is important to let the Chief of Police and Mayor know how much we appreciate their presence, and to encourage the administration to add an evening shift. (Contact information and sample letter later included). They are currently working only during the day.
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•Since their deployment, the car window smash and grabs on Michigan Ave have decreased dramatically. They have also started issuing Warning Tickets. They are considering providing the volunteer patrollers the ability to also issue Warning Tickets. These helpful warning tickets communicate to the driver when they have left valuable items visible through their car windows.
•The officers will also look out for the speeders down Sixth St. from Michigan Ave. This hopefully will help also obtain a four-way stop sign at LaBrosse and Sixth, where the students cross the street. The officers have stopped by Most Holy Trinity School and have been very responsive to their calls.
• The feedback from the community, about their presence, has been nothing but positive. Chief Washington and Daralene Nero of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office talked about the Sheriff’s Community Organized Urban Team (S.C.O.U.T.) program. This initiative provides support to the volunteer patrol, by providing a scout car. They are available Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Training is required for the volunteer patrollers. Corktown patrollers are interested in taking advantage of this program, and D. Walker will follow-up. Corktown Citizens’ District Council’s (CDC) -- Ron Cooley identified the current CDC members and officers and newly elected member. The meetings are open to the public and are held the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. (see attached). Jewel Ware introduced herself as Wayne County Commissioner, and mentioned she brought handouts about the roles and objectives of her office. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The meeting was adjourned to allow opportunity for attendees to meet and mingle, and enjoy the “Welcome to Corktown” cake provided in honor of the Officers. Respectfully submitted, Debra Debra Walker =======================================================================
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Detroit Police Officers – Base number / – 313-628-2811
Justin Theut (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Emanuel Roberson
Lt. Dean Szilagy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Mayor Dave Bing
2 Woodward Ave / Suite 1126
Detroit 48226
Chief of Police, Chester Logan
1300 Beaubien
Detroit 48226
Central District
7310 Woodward
Honorable Mayor Dave Bing:
Good news should not be the exception, especially in a city as special as Detroit. Our beautiful
Corktown neighborhood is proud to be a part of great news. We appreciate the two Detroit Police Officers – Justin Theut and Emanual Roberson – recently assigned to patrol our neighborhood. They are friendly, accessible and, most importantly, effective.
We recognize the challenges the city faces, and know we all have to do our part. Corktown is a ‘hands-on’ community with avid volunteers supporting the district in various capacities, including our own volunteer patrol. We enjoy helping ourselves create a safe, fun and vibrant area. So, partnering with the DPD is a natural fit.
While these officers are effective during their day shift, an additional night shift would help curtail the night-time crime in the neighborhood, as well as around the various establishments that are open in the evenings. Corktown residents make every effort to represent Detroit in the most positive manner, by providing and supporting the best quality of life. This can only happen if the residents, businesses and visitors feel confident of their safety. Officers Theut and Roberson are the beginning of that confidence. We appreciate them and their presence and your support. We look forward to a continued and expanded relationship with the DPD. Thank you so much for these compassionate and strong Officers.
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Most Holy Trinity School
Pre-K and Kindergarten Round-Up
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
5:30 p.m.
1229 LaBrosse
Citizens' District Council Meetings
3rd Mondays, 6:30 p.m.
Back room of Nemo's*
Contact Mark Crowley -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Corktown Business Association Meetings
Last Monday of the month, 6:00 p.m
Back room of Nemo's*
Contact Ron Cooley -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
*Location may change if there is an event, e.g., Hockey, baseball, football game.
Please check with contact person.
Central District Community Meetings
3rd Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
7310 Woodward
Corktown Historical Home and Garden Tour
Sunday, June 2, 2013
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tickets available only on day of the tour starting at 9:00 a.m.
At The Gaelic League / 2068 Michigan Ave / Detroit, 48216
Dear Community Members and Leaders! On behalf of our community I would like to ask that you join us in our Tax Foreclosure Prevention Project in the Detroit area beginning Friday, May 17th. Over the last four years, Representative Tlaib has had a huge success in helping educate and prevent residents from losing their homes to tax foreclosure. The project is comprised of two phases. The first phase has already been completed. In early March our office mailed district residents, who are in danger of tax foreclosure, a warning flyer that listed community resources and steps to take in order to save their homes. We need you to help us complete the final and most important phase of the tax foreclosure prevention project! Our office, in conjunction with community activists, will be walking door-to-door following-up with residents on the tax foreclosure letter sent in March. You would alert residents to available resources, listed in the mailed letter, to help them save their homes. We will be meeting at Rep. Tlaib's Detroit Office located at: 2101 W. Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48216 at 9AM. The project will be every Friday from May 17th to May 31st. You are welcome to participate in one or all of the walks! At our office you will receive background information, be provided a walking sheet and map, talking points, flyers, and snacks. Groups of volunteers will carpool and walk together with community members. If interested or if you know of anyone that may be interested please fill out the following doodle link with times of availability. If you have any questions please contact myself at (313) 841-2240 or Eve at (517) 373-0823 Thanks again! Larissa Carr Office of State Representative Rashida Tlaib District 6, Detroit, River Rouge, Ecorse O: (313) 841-2240 | C: (313) 614-4910
-- OPPORTUNITY -- Walk door-to-door to help your neighbors!!
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