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Monday, September 20, 2010

West End Heights residents set town hall meeting on gunshot-spotting technology

Residents of Plainfield's West End Heights neighborhood gathered at the Jefferson School on Sunday afternoon to air their concerns about the Robinson-Briggs administration's proposed ShotSpotter® gunshot-detection system.

On the one hand, residents of this quiet neighborhood that ranges from Victorians and foursquares near the Compton Avenue end to cape cods, bungalows and colonials toward Jefferson Avenue, were concerned that being designated a 'gunshot zone' would affect perceptions of the neighborhood and, ultimately, property values.

The residents are acutely aware that keeping negative activity at bay and preserving the quality of their neighborhood demands constant vigilance.

At the same time, there were concerns about whether, if more should be done to fight gangs and crime, the gunshot-spotting technology was the best use of taxpayer monies.

Perhaps most of all, residents were annoyed that the Robinson-Briggs administration has not tried to reach out to areas that might be affected by the technology proposal to get input from taxpayers about the positives and negatives of such a program.

Councilors Adrian Mapp and Linda Carter were in attendance, as was Council candidate Rebecca Williams. (The organizer, Nan Anderson-Bennett, said she had emailed all members of the City Council, though the email to Councilor Bridget Rivers 'bounced'.)

The consensus was to convene a 'town hall' style meeting on Sunday, October 3. Ms. Anderson-Bennett and Councilors Mapp and Carter are working on the arrangements.

For more information, contact Nan Anderson-Bennett at

    -- Dan Damon [follow]

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    Anonymous said...

    Glad there will be another meeting. As a resident of another ward, this issue affects all of us, and I would like to be there to support / help my fellow neighbors.