A large turnout to the recent neighborhood association meeting was met with a big topic: neighborhood security. After a series of thefts within the Peninsula Neighborhood and in surrounding neighborhoods such as Manville Heights, Mackinaw Village, Elk Run, and Coralville area—the board has been asked to discuss improvements to neighborhood security. Though crime in the Peninsula Neighborhood is less than surrounding communities, having an association allows opportunities for the neighborhood to improve safety.
“Security and safety” are one of six areas indicated for future improvement by the association within The Book of Principles—the governing documents for the association. The following suggestions are included in the book, “emergency rescue, evacuation or safety equipment, fire protection and prevention, lighting of Common Roads with are not dedicated roads; restricted or guarded entrances, traffic and parking regulation and security patrols within The Peninsula Neighborhood.” The Book, which states it mission to provide residents the tools and flexibility they need to confront issues as they arise, outlines activities the Board can choose to engage.
Several security and safety projects currently underway include: ensuring street lights are functioning properly and providing proper lighting of roads and intersections; additional traffic signs to control traffic congestion in areas where visibility is limited; and the approval to add neighborhood security cameras to both deter and assist local law enforcement. Security cameras were a big topic that were discussed at length at the recent meeting with opponents concerned about their effectiveness while proponents encouraged at their least effectiveness they prevent criminal activity and were a recommended tool by the Iowa City Police Department. A close vote of 3-2 passed the cameras with Corey Wilson, Nathan Knause, and Sharon Lobb voting for their installation while Chad Diefenderfer and Lorie Schweer voting against the security cameras. “We were happy to have such a large turnout at the meeting and greatly value the communities input on issues such as this,” says Corey Wilson who led the motion for the Board to vote on the cameras at the association meeting. “The cameras are not the only effective security measure and the Board will continue to address other methods to ensure we keep the neighborhood a safe place, such as additional street lighting where needed.”
Above: Single lane parking restrictions reduces congestion from cars parking on both sides of the street
Top: A new sign is being installed at the entrance of the neighborhood to inform visitors of the new neighborhood surveillance
Article: October 2016
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