Lewton-Rich Neighborhood Association
April 19, 2007
- Welcome—meeting started at 7:05 p.m.
- Introductions—20 people present
- Minutes were read and approved
- Treasurer’s report: Balance of $239.60. Everyone is
invited to donate. We don’t spend a lot of money!
- Lansing Police Department’s Report: Sgt. Frank
Koenigsknecht ( 28 yrs with city) passed out a crime map, and things have
been pretty calm, but he stated that larcenies on unlocked cars have
occurred. He stressed again that we need to LOCK OUR CARS, even in our
driveways! He also talked about the service through South Precinct, where,
if you are leaving on vacation, the officers will look at your home
throughout the time you are away. This is a FREE service! Call Denise
Packer at South Precinct and she can set up this service for you. Also,
make sure that you leave lights on, and have someone get your mail, so that
your house looks “lived in” even while you are away. We were also reminded
to keep our garage doors closed, and to be aware of where our garage door
opener is—if it’s in the car, make sure the car windows are up!
- City Dept – Joe McDonald was here, representing the
Mayor’s office. May 12th is the annual letter-carrier’s food
drive. He passed information with phone numbers around, and mentioned
specifically the pot-hole number (483-4161). Their goal is to fill
pot-holes within 24 hours of notification. He also brought pamphlets with
the 211 phone number, where you can call to get services, such as utilities,
shelter, food pantries and other information. The second annual “Celebrate
diversity” day is on May 19th from 1-4:30 p.m. at Eastern High
School. The event is free, with entertainment and food available. Police
will be there with fingerprinting available for kids.
- Micki Fuhrman – Guest Speaker about Ingham Substance
- ISAP coalition: The Ingham Substance Abuse
Prevention Coalition is a coalition dedicated to the prevention of
substance abuse by adults, and the prevention of underage use. It is a
formal, multi-sector, county-wide coalition, with the vision of reducing
use and misuse of alcohol and other drugs, and to plan, coordinate, and
evaluate substance abuse prevention and treatment services available in
our county. Participants include over 20 active members from health,
human services, prevention and treatment providers, schools, law
enforcement and city and county governments. The vision of the
coalition is to reduce use and misuse of alcohol, tobacco and other
drugs, make prevention and treatment services available, accessible and
affordable for everyone within the county, shift cultural and social
norms so that alcohol misuse, drug and tobacco use by adults and alcohol
tobacco, and drug use by youth in the county is perceived as negative
behavior by all community members, and that all county residents are
engaged in healthy lifestyles. Youth use in Ingham county shows that of
12th grade students, approximately 50% use alcohol within the
last 30 days. Over 75% have used during their lifetime. The
consequences of substance abuse include ER costs, hospital costs, and
liver disease. One chronic user, with conservative estimates, has cost
the county about $250,000 over the past 20 years. To be involved in the
coalition, call Micki Fuhrman, at 484-2929, ext. 1159, or look at
- Alcohol Awareness Month—event is at Lansing Mall
on April 20th. Presentations of prizes to the winners are at
4:00 p.m. Prevention and treatment providers will have displays, along
with the Ingham County Sheriff’s dept and a “crash car”.
- The brochure “Drink less, live more” is available
at 887-4475. This brochure is a tool to help evaluate use to see if it
is excessive, and also lists treatment providers.
- Safe Prom, initiative; target all hotels, and
liquor suppliers in area to prevent abuse.
- To join, please call 484-2929x1159, 1st
thru of Month 11:30 at South Side Precinct.
- Be active in neighborhood. Know the youth
- Advocate for policy change;
- Request beer keg registration legislation.
- Call push against Spike’s and other
products targeting youth.
- Teen Court for High School students get to
jury the punishment of other students.
- Inquire into your family parties with keg’s.
- Tyrone Ingran – passed out LSJ article “Robert Drake:
Solutions for juveniles” a judge discussing alcohol is a gateway drug.
- Next LRNA meeting will be at Lewton Elementary Room
30A during the PTA Carnival.
- City Council report: No one available due to budget
town hall meetings, elsewhere.
- Code Compliance Officer’s report: (Gregg Scrimger).
- 561 tags in Lansing and only two in LRNA as
previous, hopeful to begin fixing.
- Followed through with prior meeting, except zoning
issue on Pleasant Grove.
- Generated some Exterior Letters on Pleasant Grove.
- Broken Parked cars on Victor.
- House on Victor has trailer, which is within code.
This house has had previous owner problems.
- Home Builders Association starting pilot
assistance program to assist home owners having compliance issues in
another pilot neighborhood. LRNA will accept donations for this gift.
- South Side; Farmer Markets 1st week of
- Please see last months minutes to see larger list
- New Business:
- Nothing not already mentioned.
- Good and Welfare
- Garage Sale, Saturday, June 23rd
- Picnic; Thursday, August 16th 5:30pm to
9pm @ Frances Park’s Entire Pavilion.
- Lansing City Council FY 2007/08 Budget Meeting;
Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 @ 6pm; Dwight Rich Middle School,
- Caroline – River View Estates/LRNA proposing a
possible joint gift to Randy for his City Council efforts. Such as
shrubbery or a seedling pine tree or gift certificate to a landscape
- Adjourned: Meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.