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Monday, May 07, 2007

Bessie’s COW report for May

Call the police! Call the police! Call the police! That was the emphatic message for residents from the two nice Norwood police officers who spoke at last Tuesday night’s COW meeting. They were there, of course, because Councilperson Brigid Kelly put resident Tom Brown’s April letter to council regarding South Norwood problems on the meeting agenda. Mr. Brown and his wife Casey attended, too, but I didn’t see Ms. Kelly.

So, here’s what the police officers want us all to do. If we see ANY suspicious behavior, see speeders, drag racing, crimes being committed, hear loud noise, including loud car stereo’s blaring, whatever it is, call the police immediately. If you don’t think it’s an emergency, call the police non-emergency # 458-4520. If you don’t have the non-emergency # handy, call 911; and, no, we won’t get in trouble for calling 911 with a non-emergency report. Even if the police don’t catch anybody from a call, they need us to call so they know where hot spots are popping up and can then devote more patrols to those areas, or they can bring in radar and lasers. The NPD chief and captain are in the process of developing a plan for problem areas, and they really do need citizen input to help identify them, so call the police!

Other agenda items that were discussed:

1. Financial Recovery Plan - The Auditor of State‘s preliminary forecast should be ready for presentation to the Administration any day now.

2. City newsletter - Nothing new, although Keith Moore suggested they get started by collecting information from department heads and putting it on the city’s website soon, then make copies of the information and place them in businesses around town.

3. Red light cameras - Nothing new except that Joe Sanker is going to distribution 13 pages of red light camera information he has to the rest of council.

4. Front porch deck issue - This was discussed at length at the April COW meeting attended by Dan Blye, Norwood’s code expert. Since there’s no consensus to write an ordinance restricting front porch decks, the topic will stay in COW rather than go to the Law and Ordinance Committee.

5. Norwood’s codified ordinances on the city’s website - This will be a good move for everybody in and out of government, cheaper, too, than the $3,800 spent last year for books. Some of the codified ordinance books purchased last summer didn’t include the first chapter. The Walter H. Drane Company has quoted a cost of $2,400 to scan the ordinances, plus $30 per month, for an annual charge of $2,700. Other quotes will be collected.

6. ID badge making machine - With a $3,000 grant from the Norwood Health Dept., the City would kick in an additional $3,500 to purchase the machine. COW will report out that there was consensus to proceed with the purchase.


  • For the Police on be their eyes and ears; on speeding this has zero impact. One cop, one random night, once a month, on one random corner sitting in wait would and could catch those who hit 50 or 70 mph on side streets. Why on earth does Norwood put radar up on 71 - who cares how fast someone goes on the interstates; there aren't kids crossing those "roads"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:25 PM  

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