Wilemon receives crime prevention info from TPD

Summer is vastly approaching which means school is out and vacation time and outdoor activities have begun.

However, this means the undesirable criminal activity has begun also. This summer, the Wilemon Acres Neighborhood Association is taking a proactive approach to addressing this type of behavior in their neighborhood. Thursday, May 23 the association invited several divisions of the Tupelo Police Department to come and give some suggestions as well as explain about the department’s efforts in combating the usual increase of crime during the summer months.

Officer Jon Bramble a School Resource Officer explained the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) and Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) for fourth, fifth and sixth graders. The program is designed to teach kids how to stay away from drugs and gangs.

Lt. Michael Lewellen of the Street Crime Unit (SCU) introduced the bike patrol and Officer James King of the SCU. This summer the bike patrol will be fulltime. They are part of the SCU with the same responsibilities.

They will cover the entire city in two shifts. The bike patrol at times will work both shifts. They would appreciate any cooperation you may offer. If you would like to contact Lewellen, you may page him at 819-0304, and Officer James King at 871-7849.

Lt. Tony McCoy, coordinator for the Community Oriented Police unit provided information on starting a Neighborhood Watch in the association. McCoy stated the key element in starting a watch is participation. Report anything strange in your area. Watch your neighbors house if they are away.

These are simple things to protect your neighborhood. Remember, the crime you do not report, may come back to haunt you. If you would like to know more about a Neighborhood Watch in your area, contact McCoy at 840-2079.

Flood maps

Pat Falkner, Director of Planning and Community Development, gave the final result on the new flood maps related to the Wilemon area. Basically, there has been no change to the area. If a resident was designated to a flood zone, they remained in the zone and visa versa.

The Wilemon flood maps are available for viewing at the Planning and Community Development department at City Hall. You can view online through the Neighborhood Associations Council’s web site, www.LivingInTupelo.org. Click “Links and Info” and then find the “Flood Maps” link.

The WANA has been busy in April. The Neighbors Helping Neighbors volunteers assisted an elderly resident remedy some code enforcement issues at her residence she would have never resolved on her own. Other residents volunteered to clean up the landscaping displays in the community. The association’s Community Yard Sale was profitable. All proceeds will go to repairing the wall to the Winfield subdivision and funding their annual October block party. They have plans to make it bigger and better than ever.

Sam Holland and members of the Resident Leadership Committee met with other residents May 19, to promote the committee’s Back to School Giveaway, Christmas Tree Trimming and Celebration and the Tupelo Talent Show. This year’s Back to School event will be July 26 from 9-11 a.m. at the Veterans Park Pavilion.

Darren Fenton, a certified community developer, is the city of Tupelo’s neighborhood planner. Contact Darren at 840-2072 or at dfenton@ci.tupelo.ms .us.