HEUNA Meeting Minutes – 10/19/2017

Safety Update

Thank you to Amy Anderson, a representative from the Urbana Police Department, for coming to our meeting to share crime updates and safety tips, and to answer our questions. Some highlights include:

• HEUNA is generally a quieter neighborhood compared to other areas in Urbana.

• Car break-ins are up in Urbana, as a whole. Over 90% of car burglaries happened to those that were left unlocked.

• Main takeaway: Lock everything. Don’t leave windows ajar or cars unlocked. If you have sliding doors, put a rod or 2×4 in the slot at the bottom.

• We are a large part of the police department’s eyes and ears; so if we see something suspicious, call the police.

• Maintain your connections with your neighbors; don’t stop communicating.

Handouts with home and car safety tips were distributed. We have extras that we can share at future meetings.

If you have further questions, feel free to email Amy at andersal@urbanaillinois.us or Lieutenant Fitzgerald at fitzgerj@urbanaillinois.us.

Want to see the Urbana Police Department operates up close? You’re welcome to participate in the police ride-along program. Learn more: http://www.urbanaillinois.us/updjobs/ridealong.

Shout Outs

We’re digging up the old HEUNA website to mine the historical information and photos. Those will eventually be posted on this website. Thank you to Scott Wyatt for digging up the old site’s files.

Congratulations to Chris Stohr, who is a new Champaign County board member. Read more: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-10-17/champaign-county-democratic-party-officer-chosen-fill-board-seat.html.

Thank you to Urbana Environmental Control Officer Jason Arrasmith. He’s the one to call if you see bushes that are a nuisance, cars parked in backyards, etc. His contact info: http://www.urbanaillinois.us/directory/profiles/jason-arrasmith.

Thank you to Danielle Chynoweth, Cunningham Township Supervisor, who let us know about financial assistance and other resources that are available to low-income neighbors. See more in our Resources section.

HEUNA Holiday Party

Marianne Downey and Tyler Fitch have graciously offered to host a holiday party at their home on Thursday, Dec. 28, at 503 E. California, Urbana. The potluck will begin at 6 p.m.; bring a dish, dessert, or drink to share!

Next Meeting

Our next HEUNA meeting will be on Thursday, Nov. 16, 7-8 p.m., at First Wesleyan Church (408 E. Illinois). We will revisit HEUNA’s mission and goals. We can also start revisiting the old strategic plan for HEUNA, which the members from that time have accomplished.

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