The NKRA is grateful for the support provided in the 4th Street park by our park sponsors RUSSELL FISHER PROPERTIES and VISION TACTICAL SECURITY.
MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF THE 15th JANUARY 2014
MINUTES FOR THE MONTHLY PUBLIC MEETING OF THE
NEW KILLARNEY-RIVIERA ASSOCIATION
HELD AT THE MALL MANAGEMENT OFFICES (1ST FLOOR OFFICE TOWER)
ON WEDNESDAY 15 JANUARY 2014 AT 18H00
PRESENT: Wayne Ford (Chair); Deon Pelser; Harry Rutenberg; Laurence Sachs; Trish Terry; Preston Wheatley; Raphael Ndlovu; Paul Denham; Kayte Denham, Mike Kalk; Dean Dada; Bryce Reilly; Jill Bronner; Deleen Levy; Clive Moodley.
• The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Yogan Naidoo; Dalien Rutenberg; Rochelle Aaron; Clr M Ravid (Ward 73); Debbie de Beer; Steve Mendelsohn.
3. DISCUSSION OF TIME CONSTRAINT
• It was noted that the Mall has requested us to finish by 6pm. As we are guests here, we will strive to keep the discussions short and relevant, so as to finish on time.
4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
• The Minutes of the previous meeting were taken as read, and were approved.
5. SECURITY FEEDBACK / SECTOR CRIME FORUM
• Captain Moonsamy was not present to report on the crime statistics.
• However it was noted that a gang has been breaking into Killarney buildings recently by bending or breaking the palisade fences. Please all alert your guards and gardeners to watch for signs of such tampering.
• A gang of housebreakers has been active in Craighall Park and is moving through the suburbs in our direction. They have thusfar been very violent, and we need to all be extra careful about locking up, and when driving in and out of our buildings.
• It was noted that a vagrant likes to lie on pavements in 1st Street and in Rivera Road with his legs in the road. Apparently he is mentally disturbed. The police move him from time to time, but he keeps coming back. Please watch out for this guy, who sometimes puts his legs in front of cars at the last moment hoping to get injured.
• The street lights are unreliable again, especially in 3rd Street. It was again proposed that buildings install floodlights of their own to light up high-risk shadowy areas. LED floodlights are now quite cheap, use hardly any power and provide a huge amount of light. Kayte and Deon will investigate a bulk purchase, but all buildings are encouraged to obtain and install extra lighting.
• We have a contact who can trace recently-stolen cell-phones. Please only contact us if your phone was stolen recently, and in the general Killarney area. It is unlikely that you will get the phone back, but it helps the police to potentially identify patterns relating to the thieves and the sellers of stolen goods.
• It was suggested to hire a private-security consultant, who will establish a network of informers and try to identify the burglars and car thieves. They charge about R5500 for a two-week intervention, with no guarantee of success. Please let us know if you would be willing to contribute to this project.
• The manager of the Engen petrol station at the Killarney Mall is concerned about the loiterers who cluster around the door of the quick-shop and harass his customers. This will be reported to Clr Ravid and Captain Moonsamy.
• A smart-phone system will be established to help residents communicate crime and safety-related info in real-time. We will inform you all once we have it set up.
• Illegal cigarettes are a clear link to organised crime. If you notice any hawker selling non-South African brands, please contact Captain Moonsamy on 071 675 6000.
• The police patrol van number is 071 675 6001. If they don’t answer, please call 10111.
6. FEEDBACK FROM COUNCILLORS
• There were no councillors present.
7. TRAFFIC ISSUES
• There are some serious potholes developing again this season. Please report all potholes on 0860 562 874. You can use the same number to report blocked storm-water drains, manhole covers and malfunctioning traffic lights. These repairs are prioritised in part according to how many people complain, so please complain often and get all your neighbours to do so as well.
• Parts of 2nd Street, 2nd Ave and River Road are in need of resurfacing.
• The children are again playing soccer in the streets. Please call the JMPD every time this happens – 011 375 5911. Again, please complain often.
• The pavement outside Gleneagles in 2nd Ave is getting worse by the day.
8. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
• Daventry Court’s Blue Heritage Plaque will hopefully be unveiled in a month or two.
• The municipality has repainted all the street names in Killarney. We thank Clr Ravid for helping to make this happen for us.
• Our recycling project has collapsed again. We have been unable to find another service that will collect the material for free. We are now talking to Mondi, who will collect paper and cardboard only, but for free.
• It was noted that some manhole covers have been repaired and replaced. Please continue to report problem areas.
• There has been no news yet of progress re getting the Gautrain company to pay for cracks in buildings.
• Please could all buildings help to clear weeds from gutters, pavements and traffic islands, as things are starting to look very scruffy in places.
• It was agreed that 2nd Street between Killarney Road and 2nd Ave is very bleak and unattractive. Unfortunately we cannot plant any trees on that Dukes Court pavement because there are many pipes and utilities underneath that pavement. However we plan instead to remove some of the concrete from the Brenthurst Court pavement at the corner of 2nd Ave and 2nd Street, and to build a flowerbed and a shrubbery. This was going to be done last year as part of the centenary, but we ran out of capacity, so we will hopefully do it this year. We are currently seeking quotes to break up and remove that concrete. If you have suggestions for plants and shrubs, or if you are willing to donate plants or shrubs, please do let us know.
• The barbed wire on the park fence at the Sloane Square driveway is temporary, until the buildings concerned can agree on a better solution.
• There is a lot of rubbish building up again in the car park in 7th Street.
9. FINANCE AND MEMBERSHIP
• Money is tight. A fundraising sub-committee chaired by Kayte Denham, and including Trish and Preston, will develop a fundraising strategy by the next meeting.
• We will increase the requested subscriptions in 2014 by R10 per unit.
• Communication is an important part of what the NKRA does, and we get a lot of value from being able to communicate quickly and cheaply with trustees of various buildings by email. However trustees change from time to time, and they don’t always let us know when these changes happen. Please could you all let us have the names and email addresses of the trustees of your buildings?
The meeting was closed, with thanks to the Killarney Mall for the use of their boardroom.
Our next meeting will be held on
WEDNESDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2014 AT 5PM
PLEASE PASS ON THESE MINUTES TO OTHER RESIDENTS IN YOUR BUILDINGS