Thursday, March 13, 2008

Weed and Seed Meetings

I got this email, and thought I'd pass it along.

Stakeholder Input Sought for Needs Assessment

March 11, 2008

A group of community leaders, neighborhood representatives and organizations in Davenport has gathered together in an effort to prepare an application for a “Weed & Seed” grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Community Capacity Development Office. If selected as a Weed & Seed Community the funds will be used initially to address community issues in the area of central Davenport from Division Street to Farnam Street and from Locust Street to the Mississippi River.

The Community Input Committee for this effort will be holding two public meetings to gather information from stakeholders in the area. The first will be Saturday, March 15th, 10am-Noon and the second will be Tuesday, March 18th, 6:00-8:00pm. Both meetings will take place in the Cafeteria at Palmer Chiropractic College. The college is located at 1000 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803. The cafeteria is located in the lower level of the Campus Center building which connects to the skywalk on the east side of Brady St. Parking is available east of the building.

Attendees of these meetings will be asked to identify the needs of the area as well as what current programs are already working to improve the quality of life in Davenport which could be expanded. Although these meetings are open to the public, stakeholders located within the area of central Davenport outlined above are especially welcome. The quality of this needs assessment will be determined by the participation level of stakeholders.

The local Weed & Seed mission is “To improve the overall quality of life in targeted Davenport Weed & Seed neighborhoods by applying crime prevention and community development strategies in concert with law enforcement professionals, community residents, government and private organizations, educators, and other community stakeholders.” Additional information about the Weed & Seed program can be found at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ccdo/ws

Danielle L. Stone
Weed & Seed Community Input Committee Chair
(563) 508-4356
daniellelstone@gmail.com

Roy D. DeWitt
Neighborhood Services Specialist
Economic Development
(563)888-3440
rdewitt@ci.davenport.ia.us

Jennifer A. Nahra
Communications Director
(563) 326-6151

7 Comments:

At 3/13/2008 4:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm confused. Is this a marijuana legalization effort?

 
At 3/14/2008 10:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes it is! The City holds these meetings and thinks they actually solve problems. Its no different then taking a hit off a joint and imagining you have solved global warming.

 
At 3/14/2008 5:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We hope this Weed and Seed program takes off. It's targeted for people who live SoLo, and is trying to improve both the look of the area and the crimerate. With the Drug Enforcement arm of the Police Department taking a budget hit this program could help fill in the gaps. Anyone who lives in the SoLo area, and has concerns that aren't getting addressed should attend the meeting. This could be the shot in the arm that our area needs.
cruiser

 
At 3/15/2008 12:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree last poster, but your comment about anyone living solo with problems not being addressed made me laugh hard. Isn't that all of SOLO?

 
At 3/17/2008 12:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think the biggest positive in this City has been the presence of the Guardian Angels, which is documented on cruisers blog and the Dispatch Argus today. I want to personally thank Alderman Bill Lynn for all he has done to make that happen!!!

:)

Adrian

 
At 3/18/2008 11:15 AM, Blogger Pho3niX said...

A million dollars over 5 years is nothing to thumb your nose at... you should keep an open mind and see that this effort has a broad base of support and could really do some good.

 
At 3/19/2008 8:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe if they weed and seed cops a house in the designated area they will move from the suburbs to join us in the fight for our neighborhoods.Maybe not.Free College tuition first.

 

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