Residents brought up issues related to illegal dumping, especially related to contractors making repairs on homes. They also mentioned that three of the public trashcans that ETC installed are not being picked up. Residents have tried to reach out to the city; Andy Carten agreed to help connect with the appropriate city person. Additionally, residents were concerned about the ongoing lack of light in Sonny Vereen Park and St. Joes Park. We agreed to hold a Phone Bank event on Wed 12/6 at 10 am, where residents would come to the center and we would jointly call PSE&G to request replacement/installation of lights.
We reviewed homeowner and rental properties available. Sherri Glass was present at the meeting and shared her contact information so that residents could reach her with questions or referrals.
We also gave an update on Hetzel Pool, per Randy Baum at BRS, Inc, that plans were completed and submitted to the City of Trenton Inspection Department and are waiting for a determination. The next step is for the project to be bid.
We had an update on the North Clinton Community Center, which will be operated by the City of Trenton Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Police Department, to offer programming beginning in the summer. We also gave an update on the East Trenton Library, particularly the architect's report on work needed and estimated costs.
In the interest of facilitating resident input on programming in the North Clinton Community Center and to continue researching cost options in the East Trenton Library, residents filled out index cards with their suggestions for equipment and activities to be housed in each building respectively. These were collected and shared with Andy Carten, who will compile the suggestions.
The final reports included a summary from the Trenton Prevention Policy Board round table held on 11/14, and the ongoing progress with the Porch Light Program. We also introduced Zenon Tech-Czarny, from Isles, who will be working with residents and ETC partners to plan for the redevelopment of brownfield and other key sites in neighborhood.
NEXT MEETING: After the holiday, we will be returning to our regular schedule of meeting the fourth Saturday of the month. The next meeting will be on Saturday, January 27 at 10 am.