January 17, 2013 Meeting Minutes

Rosewood Community Council
1/17/2013 Quarterly Meeting
Hamilton-Owens Airport conference room

Jenna called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm and introduced Lane Goodwin as a new board member and secretary.

District 5 County Council member Seth Rose provided an update on his initiative to improve the Rosewood Trail at Owens Field. An RFP has been issued for a design for the trail and storm water run-off issues have been discovered. Once these issues are addressed, the project can move forward. Richland County is providing $65,000 toward the project.

Mr. Rose has sponsored a motion through Richland County Council asking the city to work with County Council to approach Associated Asphalt about relocating the plant to a more appropriate location in the county. Jenna stated that Mr. Rose’s motion is the only recent activity concerning the asphalt plant. The Easy St. area has been cleaned by the EPA and deemed safe from lead and arsenic. RCC still retains counsel but no lawsuit has been initiated.

Corporal Scott Stover of the city’s Crime Prevention Unit spoke about home crime prevention. The unit provides free home security surveys. He encouraged residents to call (803) 545-3555 to set an appointment. He also spoke about the city’s new RAIDS online crime-mapping system.

Officer Broder of the Proactive Community Enforcement (PACE) unit gave an area crime update. Residents have expressed concern about people walking through the neighborhood knocking on doors. Officers have field interviewed these people and determined they have valid peddlers licenses from the city. However, any resident may post a “no soliciting” sign on their home in order to not be solicited and is encouraged to call CPD if he or she sees suspicious behavior.

Captain Navarro of the city’s Community Services Division introduced himself and spoke about the city’s Citizens Police Academy beginning March 5. The program is open to all residents but slots are limited to 30 citizens per course.

Corp. Stover stated that an assessment had been done and sent to the city’s Park and Recreation Department about installing a call box in Owens Field Park.

Jenna stated that RCC plans to raise money for bulletproof vests for CPD and will send an e-mail with more information soon. Also, a grant has been awarded to Rosewood Elementary School to install a sidewalk on Walker St. between Heyward St. and Harvard Ave.

Michelle Huggins announced that every Saturday from now until the end of February, from 2-5 PM, registration will take place for youth baseball. The league is looking for coaches and sponsors.

CPD Contacts:
Officer Broder (803) 315-9143; asbroder@columbiasc.net
Capt. Sharp (South Region Captain) (803) 737-5881
Corp. Stover (803) 545-3555 (office); (803) 240-8009 (cell); mstover@columbiasc.net
Capt. Navarro (803) 545-3391 (office); (803) 413-5760 (cell)
Sgt. Wesley, PACE (803) 730-7926; djwesley@columbiasc.net
Lt. Felder, Community Services Division: (803) 413-8451
Officer Carrizales, Community Services Division (803) 413-8318

Richland County Sheriff’s Department Contact:
Dep. Hall, Community Action Team, Richland County Sheriff: (803) 513-3396

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