West Side Neighbors Meeting Agenda 1/11- Important Tire & Wheel Site & HP Park Updates

Hello Neighbors!

We have a good agenda with lots of updates for our upcoming meeting next Monday 1/11 6:30pm at Friends Meetings House (252 A St).  Please email if you have any additional items you would like to add or just bring them up at the meeting as all ideas and conversations welcome.

Tire and Wheel Update

There is a contract for the Tire and Wheel site and we have some information to present about what we know so far.  The company who bought it is planning a public meeting in the near future but it would be good to discuss the preliminary plans with neighbors so we can be prepared with thoughtful questions.

Heberlig Palmer Park Bid/Construction Updates

The plans for the park upgrade were formally accepted by DCNR (Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) as they needed to approve everything since they provided us with a $67,500 matching grant. In the coming weeks the borough will start accepting bids for the construction of the park and bids should awarded early spring for a summer build.  More details about the plans will be discussed at the meeting and some adjustments that were made to the original plans to align with DCNRs specifications.

African American History Showcase Event

An African American History Showcase will happen on February 27th from 10am-3pm at Stuart Community Center and organized by Hope Station and community volunteers. During this time there will be speakers, performers, historical exhibits, and African American business owners. 

Nextdoor.com Neighborhood 1 year recap

We set up our Nextdoor.com neighborhood on February 5th 2015.  We have 140 neighbors signed up in our neighborhood and over 650 across Carlisle.  We have found it to be a great way for neighbors to connect with others in their area who they may not otherwise have the chance to meet.  Please consider signing up if you haven’t already.

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April 9th Community Day of Helping

In May 2015 volunteers from local churches, neighborhood organizations and Project SHARE came together for the first ever Day of Sharing.  We solicited projects where we could assist neighbors with minor repairs, landscaping, clean up and painting.  We helped multiple neighbors, did a neighborhood litter clean up, worked on projects in HP Park and at Project SHARE farm stand.  

We are coordinating the second annual Day of Helping on April 9th.  We are looking for both projects that we can tackle as well as recruiting many volunteers to assist.  There will be a lunch in HP Park following the morning work.  We will discuss more details at the meeting and have applications for projects available.  Please contact other neighbors whose homes could use some painting/minor external repairs/landscaping so they can get their application in early.

Grant funded for additional Carpentry Training for young adults (18-27)

This fall a great pilot program was introduced that provided free skills training to young folks in our community to support workforce development and to help them secure gainful employment.  5 men graduated from the program after building 3 new raised garden beds for Heberlig Palmer Park and recently additional funding has been secured so an open call for more trainees will be available soon.  This is available to both men and women and young people of color are encouraged to apply as this also part of the My Brother’s Keeper program. 

The Graduates- Layton Brooks, Abdul Nyero Scott Webber, Nafee Larrimore
The Graduates- Layton Brooks, Abdul Nyero Scott Webber, Nafee Larrimore

Public Meeting – EPA Workforce Development and Job Training Grant

Join us to talk about local training opportunities – 6pm @ Stuart Community Center Tuesday 1/5 6pm

The Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is applying for a training grant as part of the proposed Carlisle Works training program. In partnership with HACC, Employment Skills Center, the Elm Street Program, Careerlink and the Borough of Carlisle, CCHRA will apply for an EPA Workforce Development and Job Training Program to offer training locally in brownfield clean-up. 

On Tuesday, 5th January 2016 at 6pm there will be a public meeting at Stuart Community Center to discuss this grant application, and seek suggestions and thoughts from local residents on how to make this program successful. 

Carlisle Works will build upon the success of the Basic Carpentry Pilot Program to develop and implement workforce training programs that provide low-income community members with skills in highway construction, brownfield assessment and cleanup, stormwater infrastructure maintenance and construction, and renovation and construction of housing. In addition to skilled training, Carlisle Works will provide students with soft skills necessary for long-term employment.