By CHRIS MORRIS
NEW ALBANY —
A house and two cars were broken into Saturday morning in Silver Hills, and the residents in the area are reviving a neighborhood watch group to respond to the problem. A meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, at the Silver Heights Camp, 501 Camp Ave., New Albany, to help organize and recruit members.
Silver Hills Neighborhood Association President Irv Stumler attended Tuesday’s Board of Works meeting to invite NAPD Chief Sherri Knight to the March 9 event, and to seek training for those involved in the neighborhood block watch.
“It’s pretty severe. You wouldn’t think at 7:15, 7:30 on a Saturday morning you would have criminals in the neighborhood,” Stumler said.
He also wants to replace the old neighborhood watch signs in the Silver Hills area.
Knight said her department would provide training for the neighborhood group.
• Stumler also asked for the city’s stormwater or tree boards to inspect the broken trees and limbs that line Cherry Street hill. He said the trees are in danger of falling in the road.
“They could fall at any time,” he said.
• Stumler asked the board for 42 new planters to be placed in the downtown area. The board will take the request under advisement.
Warren Nash, president of the board of works, said he has heard complaints about the appearance of some of the planters.
“We have had a lot of cold and ice,” Stumler told Nash. “Some survived, some haven’t.”
There will be an official groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, March 3, to begin the Main Street improvement project. The short ceremony will be held near VFW 3281 at the corner of Fifth and Main streets.
Laura Buckingham, owner of Bread and Breakfast at Main and Bank streets in downtown New Albany, wants to add outdoor seating and a bike rack in front of her facility. The board will take the request under advisement.
The board will also consider Jim Book’s request to host a bicycle race in downtown New Albany on July 27. The race was held last year. One lane of Spring Street will remain open during the race. Last year 188 bicyclists competed.