Lindenwood Park Neighborhood Association President Janet Desnoyer began the evening promptly at 7:30pm by thanking Annette
Bridges, the Neighborhood Improvement Specialist for Ward 23 who will be
retiring this month after six years of service. Vaccaro (23rd Ward
Alderman) and Kratky (82nd Districted State Representative)
presented both city and state proclamations for her dedication and service.
Alderman Vaccaro spoke to the gathering about a December 16th
court date for a person of interest who has been charged with several
burglaries and drug volations over a significant period of time. He (and later
Officer Stehlin) said he would be asking for neighbors to write letters and/or
attend the date to show that the neighborhood is interested in seeing the law
Alderman Vaccaro also said that Chick-Fil-A will be moving
into what is currently For Your Entertainment (FYE) on Hampton. He then
answered questions and concerns from the audience including a concern on the
negative impact of potential tax breaks for developments related to Ballpark
Village, a new professional soccer team interested in moving to St. Louis, and the Scott Trade center. Another attendee asked
about speed bumps and traffic calming measures that were discussed several
months previous. Vaccaro said that research is still being conducted but
Lindenwood Park should start to see some of those traffic calming measures
implemented in the Summer of 2017.
Darlene Green, Comptroller for the City of St. Louis then
spoke briefly on the Green HELP home energy-efficiency loan program her
department is currently managing. For more information and/or to apply visit https://www.greenhelpstlouis.com/.
After a few LPNA committee reports, Public Safety Officer
Vince Stehlin spoke about a number of items.
First, the suspect for the armed robbery committed at the Circle Kat Jamieson and Fyler on Nov. 26th is still at large. SLMPD have a few leads and are perusing
them. Officer Stehlin sympathized with neighbors who were concerned that crime
reports aren’t always made public (such as the armed robbery of Sep 7th
which also took place at the Circle K at Jamieson and Fyler, but was never
publicly reported), but that sometimes his superiors make him withhold
information when releasing it may contaminate the investigation.
Officer Stehlin also announced that the trio who had been
shooting windows out of cars all over St. Louis city and county for a number of
months have finally been apprehended.
On Wed. Dec 7th from 8a to 10a, Chris’s Pancake
and Dining (5980 Southwest Ave, St. Louis, MO 63139) will
be hosting the next Coffee with a Cop event.
Next, he stressed that the most frequent crime in Ward 23 is
petty larceny. He cautioned people against leaving their cars and garages
unlocked, against leaving their vehicles unattended when they are warming them
up in the morning, and when expecting packages to take steps to be present when
deliveries occur or arranging for someone to pick up their packages. An
unattended package or an unattended running car is an invitation for theft.
Then, he pointed out a concern the SLMPD has been having
with the frequency of calls to commercial entities. These calls use valuable
time and resources, and potentially delay responses to resident emergencies. To
emphasis the point, he issued a handout that revealed 873 calls for service in
2016 to six Walgreens stores in and around our neighborhood. The Walgreens at
3920 Hampton carried the bulk of the calls with 352. Not all of these were
superfluous, but enough were that the Police Department is trying to leverage
Walgreens to provide their own security.
In opening questions from the floor, an attendee asked about the new gun laws that are due to go into effect January 1. Officer Stehlin replied that he was genuinely concerned about the new gun laws, but the state is still trying to finalize what they will be. Until then, we can only stay tuned.
Officer Stehlin thanked everyone for the words of support
and concern for Sergeant Lake who had been shot while on duty in the Lindenwood
Finally, he encouraged people to signup for his email alerts
(send your request to email@example.com)
and also encouraged people to reach out to Captain Deeba at firstname.lastname@example.org with police-related
questions or concerns.
Last, but not least --
Molly Pfeiffer, the manager of the SLPL Machacek Branch spoke briefly about two upcoming events:
On Thu. Dec 8th from 6p to 8p, the SLPL Machacek
Branch will have a telescope and members from the astronomers club on site
(clear weather permitting)
On Wed, Dec 14th from noon to 6pm, the SLPL
Machacek Branch will also be hosting a holiday open house with light
refreshments, and storytelling and crafts for kids.
Janet then closed the meeting at 15 minutes to 9pm.