July 7, 2008

RUN Meeting Minutes - June 12, 2008

Attended by Blaine Ray, Angela Bryan, David Wascher, Scott Gillihan, Ron Burch, Brenda Hix, Cynthia Black, Lamar and Mamie Thronebery, Billy Walls, William and James Bradford, Norma Hand, BG Wadholm, Audrey and Buddy Baker and Sgt. Connie Tripp.

Billy called the meeting to order and introduced Sgt. Tripp - Community Coordinator for the Metro Police Department's West Precinct. Sgt. Tripp talked about a recent heroin bust on White Bridge Road, and expressed satisfaction for the individuals who called to report drug-related activity on Couch Drive and Kentucky Ave. An arrest was recently made in that area. He talked about the rash of recent auto break-ins, with GPS systems being the main targets of the crooks. Sgt. Tripp mentioned that home break-ins have declined; he then addressed questions about the use of deadly force.

May's minutes were submitted and approved by the group.

BG asked about the new warehouse on Cockrill Bend where she works. Scott again voiced his opposition to any bridge from that prison area over to Bell’s Bend.

Cynthia announced that a dumpster would be available at St. Luke’s Saturday June 21 thanks to Public Works (Update: We filled it up!). Scott reminded everyone that the next 51st Ave cleanup will take place on Saturday, July 12.

Billy reminded everyone that the planning for the Night Out Against Crime would take place Thurs. June 26th at St. Luke’s and invited everyone to attend.

Buddy was asked for a council update and he said he was disappointed with Metro's budget and that it is a down year for our city. He was asked about the convention center expansion, and the deal to keep the Predators hockey team in Nashville.

Norma spoke about concerns she has regarding Metro Water Services.

The meeting adjourned at 8:00.

Minutes submitted respectfully by Scott Gillihan.

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