Annual Meeting March 27th, 2013
Jerri Allen chaired the meeting. The United Way Day of Caring deadline for
Neighborhood Clean Up was March 22nd. When asked who was participating, several
watch groups showed hands.
ErieAlerts participated in a first ever law enforcement Global Tweet-A-Thon. Over 250
agencies around the world participated within a 24 hr span with over 35,000 tweets
posted. Watch volunteers did a good job of posting to ErieAlerts.
Spring into Action, warm weather is approaching along with an increase in crime.
Remind your watch members to put into practice best crime prevention efforts.
Communities That Care, Mercyhurst Civic Institute has hard copies available of the Erie
Concerns survey for watch groups. Contact Andrea Brier for more info.
Jerri Allan presented the slate of nominees to the Board Wayne Howard, Strong Vincent
Watch and Fr Jerry Priscaro, East Ave/Hess Ave Watch with a motion to close by Ed
Dawson. Membership unanimously voted to accept the nominees.
East Bayfront Watch requested a copy of ENWC by-Laws. The Council agreed to send
a copy and also to the E Side Eagles. It was also suggested by Dave Brennan that the
by-laws be made available on Council’s website. The Bayfront Watch is celebrating its
20th Anniversary and once again, the Watch will hold its annual Beauty and the Bluff
West Side Squires says that they have a few issues in their neighborhood but nothing
of major concern. Their next project is refreshing the Irving School ball park in their
Dave Brennan, City Councilman said the SE Hills Watch met with City Council regarding
Mercyhurst students rentals in the neighborhood. Burton Diehl Watch is considering a
dog park in the McClelland Ave Park which consists of 58 acres.
Dave Deter, City of Erie said the city has applied for a Violence Reduction grant.
John Evans, City Councilman talked of a land bank program to alleviate the blight in
Erie City/County and to find a new funding source.
Ed Dawson informed membership that his property in the East Bayfront Watch has
been sold to Erie Insurance Exchange. Also noted was drug dealers are buying
properties in Erie.
Central City Alliance is disappointed in the Redevelopment Authority. No new
construction, promises of rehab and other activities have ceased in their area leaving
residents with a feeling of abandonment.
S E Neighborhood Watch gave info on suspicious activities to EPD present at the
Buffalo Rd Watch reported that they have a graffiti artist in their area and that the
graffiti is gang related. The Watch has plans to start a youth group with adult
Robbins Blass Watch is holding an Easter Egg Hunt in Pebble Park weather permitting.
Also for the Day of Caring they will clean up Pebble Park and the neighborhood in
general with several volunteers from Gannon. They are working on a donation of
playground equipment from Glenwood School to be set up in Pebble Park.
West Side Saints is partnering with Gannon Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity to clean up the
Erie Lakeside Association says they have a good neighborhood. They are sponsoring
an Easter Egg Hunt and have passed out Erie Concerns Survey.
SW Erie Watch reported that ground wires have been cut from Penelec poles, leaving
exposed wires. It is ongoing.
East Ave/Hess Ave Watch said the First Niagara Bank in their neighborhood is closing.
They have also extended their boundaries E to Gilson and to include two additional
coordinators. The group is recruiting new members, creating a newsletter and following
real estate transactions. It was suggested that all groups identify their goals for 2013
and present goals and accomplishments to the Watch Council.
Burton Diehl Watch will participate in the Day of Caring followed by a picnic for
There was also discussion about declaration of blighted properties with a remedy of
eminent domain and that green spaces can be available through property transfer by
Also, Erie County, through a grant from HUD, is presenting a program called
Destination Erie. This purpose is to develop a plan for Erie County over the next 20
years. There are public meetings scheduled for input. The planning grant goes
Submitted by Heidi Miles Wertz