Monday, May 05, 2014

General Meeting Held April 22, 2014

The General meeting was held 4/22/14. I apologize for not giving an update sooner, but the board called a follow-up meeting, which we on Wed, April 30th & I wanted to include what was discussed at that time. ----------------
The principals of both McClure, and Marshall spoke about some initiatives they are working on to hire new teachers who are committed to staying at these schools for longer periods. The ultimate goal for both principals is that their students succeed.
The Heller Park Neighbors board President; Sylvia Spilman introduced a project we have been working on, which is to add additional playground equipment to the park that is designed for 2 – 5 year olds. The City replaced the playground equipment that was in the park, but what they put in is for children 5 yrs and older. A flyer was handed out with a picture of the equipment that has been approved by the city for us to have installed if we raise the funds to make the purchase. There is a goal of $32,000 for the equipment cost alone, with an additional $36,000 for installation. We have been given a $12,000 matching grant by an anonymous donor where they will donate $1 for every $2 donated, UP TO $12,000. We have also been given a flat donation of $12,000. We have been in touch with Kathy Keating, who will be donating an amount between $5,000 - $8,000.
We need participation from the community to reach the ultimate goal and want everyone to remember that this donation is tax deductible. A flyer was handed out to everyone at the meeting with a pledge slip along the bottom. That flyer will be scanned and posted in a separate post here on the Facebook page. The address and payment information will be on that document. An important thing to remember, is that a good clean park that draws families and children, increases property values for the properties in that neighborhood. This is a first step we want to see happen as an overall improvement to our park and our neighborhood.
[Back to the General Meeting]
An invitation was presented to help plant Crepe Myrtles by the chain link fence on Saturday, April 26. [That project is completed with 8 new Crepe Myrtle bushes planted on the Southwest corner of the park].
Lanny Endicott presented information regarding the South Peoria Neighborhood Connection. Specifically, he discussed the improvements on 61st St, a proposal to buy the Planned Parenthood Building on Peoria, and he introduced Geri Inman, the Director of the South Tulsa Community House, who would like to see that 58th & Peoria becomes the community service hub for the area.
Nikhil Kawlra, from Building Excellent Schools, spoke about a possible charter school, with hopes to purchase the old Evangelistic Temple School building to the new charter school.
Nathan Harvill from Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program, discussed that he is in the process of applying for a $100,000 grant for the area from 56th & Utica to Riverside & 65th St,
Ken Meinhart from Southern Hills View neighborhood, and Rich Novak from Riverwood neighborhood each spoke about their neighborhoods and projects they are working on.
The Heller park Neighbors board is in the process of setting up a meeting to be held on May 13th at Southern Hills Baptist church for everyone who would like to volunteer for the Playground equipment fundraising efforts. More information to come.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Heller Park Rally June 9, 7:00 PM to Address Park Shootings

Between May 4 and May 17, 2011 there have been reports of at least three shootings in and around Heller Park. The May 8th, 2011, Mother’s Day, shooting resulted in a homicide.

Whether you just live in the area, own a business or a home, we are ALL affected by these crimes. Bullets know no names! Once a shot is fired, the bullet has to go somewhere whether that is hitting a passing car, student waiting for the school bus, a person such as yourself, a family member or your personal property it is a THREAT to ALL of us.

PLEASE JOIN THE RALLY AT HELLER PARK, between Wheeling and Utica – 53rd to 56th streets, ON JUNE 9TH, 2011 AT 7:00 pm to show your concerns.

The Heller Park Neighbors’ association has asked the Crime Commissioner, Carol Bush, to speak and give advice on what we need to do as concerned citizens and residences to take back our neighborhood!!! In addition, Police Captain Randy Hughes from the Riverside Division will be there to answer questions. Plus we have asked some of our elected officials to be in attendance.

If you have never attended a neighborhood meeting before this is the time YOU NEED ATTEND. The more concerned citizens we have at the rally the more influence we have on the police force, elected officials and criminals. SO PLEASE COMMIT TO ATTEND THIS RALLY. We need EVERYONE’S support.

Limited seating will be provided so to ensure you have a seat please bring a lawn chair.

In case of inclement weather, the rally will be held at Southern Hills Baptist Church on 56th and Lewis.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Minutes from Board Meeting on May 12, 2011

A Heller Park Neighbors board meeting convened on May 12, 2011 at approximately 7:30 p.m in offices located at 1719 E. 71st Street Tulsa, OK.

The agenda was election of officers, discussion of Heller park neighborhood goals and improvements, as well as discussion of recent events occurring in Heller Park.

Tulsa Police officer Captain Hughes was the guest speaker who answered questions from the board concerning crime in the neighborhood, and specifically increasing patrols of the park. Captain Hughes assured the board that patrols would increase.

Attendees to the meeting were: Sylvia Spilman, John Kidd, Lanny Endicott, Julie Reinke, Jamie Belger, Lynne Leapline, Alice Costas, John Lee, Cathy Hill, Cappy Robinson, Wendi Ward, Tracy Jones and Police Officer Captain Hughes.

Motions were carried for newly elected officers; John Kidd as Vice President and Tracy Jones as Secretary. Returning officers are: Sylvia Spilman as President and Julie Reinke as Treasurer. The following individuals remain as Quadrant Captains: Jamie Belger Quadrant I, Lynne Leapline Quadrant II, Alice Costas Quadrant III, and John Lee Quadrant IV.

The members at large are: Lanny Endicott representing South Peoria Neighborhood Connection Foundation, Cathy Hill, Volunteer Coordinator for McClure Elementary School, Wendi Ward as webmaster and Cappy Robinson as Block Captain for Quadrant III.

Goals to improve communication and connection with the community were discussed.
There will be a continued effort to communicate and involve via emails and one on one interactions, introduced by Mr. Endicott and President Spilman.

Discussion was held regarding the use of Facebook as a means of more exposure to the neighborhood.

Initiated and developed by Treasurer Reinke, a "park happening" is tentatively set for June 9, 2011. The goal of the meeting is to inform and unite our neighbors to become involved in the Alert Neighbors program spearheaded by Vice President John Kidd, who will also initiate Alert Neighbors training sessions.

Captain Hughes will continue to promote efforts to increase patrols in our area and introduce preventative measures to protect and promote safety of the neighborhood.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

Submitted by Tracy Jones, Secretary

Board Meeting, Monday, May 23, 5:45 PM

A board meeting for Heller Park Neighbors has been called for Monday, May 23, 2011 at 5:45 PM at the house of Sylvia Spilman, 5615 S. Trenton. The purpose of the meeting is to review projects.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Board Meeting, Thursday, May 12, 7:00 PM

A Board Meeting of the Heller Park Neighbors will be held Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 7:00 P.M. at 1719 East 71st Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma. The purpose of the Board meeting is to elect officers and to discuss projects for the coming year. All board meetings are open meetings.

Minutes from Annual Meeting on May 5, 2011

The May 2010 minutes were discussed by Sylvia Spilman and a motion to approve the minutes was passed

A treasury report was presented by Julie Reinke and a motion to approve the treasury report was passed

Neighbors seeking election to the board were introduced and a motion to approve all neighbors as presented passed unanimously. The following members were elected to the board:

Lanny Endicott, Sylvia Spilman, Alice Costas, John Lee, John Kidd, Cappy Robinson, Tracy Jones, Julie Reinke, Jamie Belger, Lynne Leapline, Wendi Ward and Cathy Hill

Jamie Belger presented a sound wall update explaining the wall will be in three sections. The three sections are St. Louis/Utica/Wheeling. Jamie gave a special thanks to G.T. Bynum and Paul Zachery for all their assistance with the sound wall.

Alice Costa gave an update of the improvements made at Heller Park. Improvements consist of 51 trees from Up with Trees being planted and three benches being added. The odor at the creek was discussed but appears to have corrected itself.

Sylvia Spilman gave a special recognition to Jamie Belger and Alice Costa for their tireless efforts with the neighborhood.

The annual meeting was adjourned

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Annual Meeting, May 5, 2011 7:30 PM

Heller Park Neighbors Annual Meeting
May 5, 2011 7:30P.M.
McClure Elementary School, 61st and Yorktown

  • PLANS FOR 2011-2012
  • PROGRAM: Tulsa Refuse Div. Field Customer Service Manager Eric Hill on Recycling, Sustainability Issues, Refuse Contract Renewal
  • ODOT REVIEW: Sound Barriers; Street Closings.
  • SOUTH PEORIA: Riverside To Peoria New Street & Beautification Plan.
  • HELLER PARK NEIGHBORS MISSION: A Volunteer, No-Dues Neighborhood Association Dedicated To The Enhancement Of And The Livability, Beautification And Safety of The Heller Park Neighborhood (51st To 61st – Peoria To Lewis)
  • SAFETY: Join our Alert Neighbors Group
  • BEAUTIFICATION: Join our Heller Park Neighbors Improvement Group
  • LIVABILITY: Join our effort for the erection of a sound wall bordering I-44



Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Citizen's Alert Patrol Training, Thurs., Sept. 30, 6-9:00, TPD CompStat Center

Citizen’s Alert Patrol training
Thursday, September 30, 2010
6:00 - 9:00 PM
@ TPD CompStat Center, Police Headquarters, 911 Civic Center Drive

*Important - Turn in your application ASAP

Observe. Record. Report.

These are the 3 phases of the Citizen Alert Patrol (CAP) program.

In essence this program is designed to encourage better collaboration between the police and the community in identifying and solving neighborhood issues. All residents need to play an active role in the effort to enhance the safety of their neighborhood. The CAP program is an effective tool in combating crime in neighborhoods as well as improving the quality of life in our community.

The Crime Commission introduced the CAP program to Tulsa in August of 1996. The objectives of this program are to:

* Assist the police in Observing, Reporting and Recording crime.
* Help reduce crime in neighborhoods.
* Educate citizens on crime prevention and increase crime awareness.

Citizens receive training and patrol their neighborhoods, business parks, public parks and parking lots to watch and protect each other more closely. This gives them more control over security in their neighborhoods.

Members of the Citizens Alert Patrol (CAP) are unique in that they are not police officers or security guards, but concerned citizens who want to do their part to make the neighborhoods as safe as possible.

Anyone interested in participating in this program must fill out a CAP application and mail it into the Crime Commission at 2121 S. Columbia, LL8, Tulsa OK 74114. A background check must be performed and if the applicant passes then he or she will be invited to attend a four-hour training on the program and participate in the ride-along program of TPD. Once an individual has passed the background check and has gone through the training, they may start patrolling their neighborhood. Logs must be filled out for every patrol and faxed or e-mailed to the Crime Commission for crime trend evaluation.

Together we will make our community a safe place to live, work and play!

Heller Park Neighbors Board Meeting, Tues., Sept. 14, 7:00, Southern Hills Baptist Church

The Heller Park Neighbors board will have a meeting on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at Southern Hills Baptist Church at 7:00 pm.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Minutes of Alert Neighbor Training, August 10, 2010

The meeting started at 7:00 PM at Southern Hills Baptist Church. We were very pleased that approximately 87 neighbors attended. Millard Burgess spoke for 15 minutes about making your home more difficult for burglars to get in and stressed that being an alert neighbor was the best way to avert burglaries. Knowing your neighbors, what cars they drive and who normally visits them (and being sure they know the same about you) is of great importance. Families should practice teaching each other how to identify cars and suspicious people. If there are any unusual events, call 911.

Our police representatives were Corporal Bob Shockey and Officer J. C. Comstock from the Riverside Division. They stressed the importance of being alert and answered many questions from the attendees. Officer Shockey is an experienced trainer and an excellent police officer to consider for any future training that we might need.