Our April community meeting was certainly a busy one, and we had a great time! First, we had our annual elections for the Cooper-Young Community Association Executive Board. This year, we elected both a new president and a new treasurer. Each of the candidates introduced themselves and spoke about their qualifications. Voting took place by written ballot throughout the meeting and closed the following day at 6 p.m.
Next, we heard an update on the Neighborhood Watch from coordinator Aaron James. James gave a great history of the CYNW before discussing the recent Memphis Area Neighborhood Watch grants. Cooper-Young was recently awarded six small grants of $2,500 each ($15,000 in total) in order to purchase and install a communitywide system of cameras. Though the grants were recently delayed, James and company started working on the project in preparation for the funds. They purchased a pair of wireless Sentinel cameras from Defender, and James brought these to show off at the meeting.
While many are excited about the project, a few residents have raised concerns about having a camera system throughout the neighborhood. James spoke to these concerns and assured all present that the cameras would be pointed only towards public property. Additionally, the style of cameras purchased does not include a monitor, so the video cannot be actively watched as it is being taken. Instead, footage will only be viewed when a specific crime occurred and only for the purpose of finding footage to give to the MPD for investigation. James specifically discussed a formal agreement between the CYNW and any property owners who choose to host the ca
meras; this agreement includes requirements not to move or tamper with the cameras and not to view the footage.
After this presentation, James took questions and a few attendees stayed to speak with candidates and vote. We would like to thank everyone for coming out to this meeting. We had a fantastic turn out and we hope to see all of you again soon! — Kristen Schebler