Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Wheaton small businesses will meet in the morning, and the Wheaton Public Safety Work Group will meet in the evening.
Representatives from Wheaton's small businesses will gather Thursday at 8 a.m. at the Mid-County Regional Services Center Director to meet with the center's director, Ana Lopez van Balen. The group will discuss the draft regulations for the Small Business Impact Assistance Fund, the activities of the Wheaton Public Safety Work Group and the work of the Wheaton Urban District. At its Thursday night meeting, the Wheaton Public Safety Work Group will review the results of a recent community survey and discuss the results of a pedestrian study and public safety audit. The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. at the Mid-County Regional Services Center at 2424 Reedie Drive.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The informal online survey received low participation from Wheaton's large Hispanic population.
Results from an informal public safety survey in Wheaton showed more concern with the appearance of the downtown area than with specific crime problems, Mid-County Regional Services Center Director Ana Lopez van Balen said. Van Balen presented the survey results Monday evening at the second meeting of the Wheaton Public Safety Work Group. Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro and Councilmember Hans Riemer organized the work group to "study and implement ways of improving public safety, quality of life, and perceptions of downtown Wheaton as it relates to revitalization efforts." [Read more on Wheaton Patch about the discussion at the work group's first meeting in November.] One survey question asked for specific ways to …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The survey asks how safe respondents feel in Wheaton.
The Wheaton Public Safety Work Group has created an online survey with questions that include "What is your overall impression of Downtown Wheaton?" and "Overall, do you feel safe in Wheaton?" The group, which is tasked with finding ways of “improving public safety, quality of life, and perceptions of downtown Wheaton as it relates to revitalization efforts," is hoping to tally the results by Dec. 14 and present them at its next meeting, according to an email sent out to community members. Anyone interested in taking the survey can find the English version at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LXB6JG and the Spanish version at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LPBMVWQ. The public safety work group is scheduled to meet on Dec. 17 at the Mid-County …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
At its first meeting, the new Wheaton Public Safety Work Group discussed how to counteract damaging perceptions about crime in Wheaton.
“Wheaton is not a dangerous place,” said Fourth District Police Commander John Damskey at the first meeting of the Wheaton Public Safety Work Group on Nov. 19. “But the perception is horrible," he added. The new Wheaton Public Safety Work Group is tasked with finding ways of “improving public safety, quality of life, and perceptions of downtown Wheaton as it relates to revitalization efforts." At the Nov. 19 meeting, attendees talked about the changes Wheaton has undergone. They also discussed improving appearance and safety in Wheaton with more street lights, cameras at pay stations and median landscaping. In an Aug. 8 memorandum, Montgomery County councilmembers Hans Riemer (D–At Large) and Nancy Navarro (D-District 4) outlined the work …