Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Roseland Heights meeting police services

It was mentioned that the association had asked several times for the police commander (John Ball) at the Calumet District (5th) to come out and talk to the community and he had appeared to have showed little interest in that. The Alderman stressed that while the issues of panhandling is important to the community the district just had little time to address it as they had to deal with issues in Roseland.

Most of us who follow the issue recognizes that the police are understaffed or overworked. Thus they may not always be able to attend to the various issues that are of great concern to city residents.

As for the issue of panhandling Ald. Lyle mentioned that there is a no peddling ordinance in effect for all the major thoroughfares of the ward. Go across the Dan Ryan into Howard Brookins' 21st Ward there is no such animal. She also mentioned some young people who were begging for money to purchase costumes for their dance troupe. These young people were noted as dancing in the street in front of traffic. I witnessed such a display myself over the summer.

The Alderman said that she would make contact with the 5th District Commander and have him come to a  Roseland Heights Community Association meeting in the near future.

Oh yeah, just north of 95th is another police district, Gresham District (6th), under Commander Eddie Johnson. The issue she wants to refer him to is something I will refer to later, but it involves some houses on the north side of 95th between Michigan and Wabash where some issues have been noted at the meeting.

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