The NKRA is grateful for the support provided in the 4th Street park by our park sponsors PAM GOLDING PROPERTIES and VISION TACTICAL SECURITY.
MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF THE 20th JUNE 2012
MINUTES FOR THE MONTHLY PUBLIC MEETING OF THE
NEW KILLARNEY-RIVIERA ASSOCIATION
HELD AT THE MALL MANAGEMENT OFFICES (1ST FLOOR OFFICE TOWER)
ON WEDNESDAY 20 JUNE 2012 AT 18H00
PRESENT: Wayne Ford (Chair); Charles Whyte; Jo Marais; Captain Moonsamy (SAPS); Kayte Denham; Paul Denham; David Spencer; Deleen Levy; Clr Marcelle Ravid; S Mabunda (ADT).
• The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.
• Margaret Constantaras; Lorna Cooper; Celeste Williams; Yogan Naidoo; Frank & Audrey Kobrin; Sue Prior; Vivian Darko; Steve Mendelsohn; Trish Terry.
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
• The Minutes of the previous meeting were taken as read, and were approved.
4. SECURITY FEEDBACK / SECTOR CRIME FORUM
• Captain Moonsamy presented a summary of the detailed crime statistics for the month. We have had 10 thefts of vehicles this month, so this crime is clearly getting worse. The incidents are spread throughout the area, and take place at any time of day or night. Everyone please warn your visitors to ensure their cars are locked properly, before they walk away. This is a particular concern in winter, when it gets dark earlier and the cold nights discourage the guards from patrolling diligently. Warning signs are being printed, to be put up in lobbies and in lifts. (see attached)
• Cars are also being stolen inside the mall. The mall is improving their exit security, but shoppers need to be careful to ensure their cars are properly locked.
• There were also 4 common assaults, 2 common robberies and a business burglary (in Oxford Road). 3 arrests were made for common robbery, and 2 more arrests were made for theft out of vehicles.
• We also had 2 robberies with firearms, which is thankfully a rare crime in Killarney-Riviera. Seemingly victims are identified at malls, and followed home. Please warn your residents not to flash jewellery or cash in malls. If you think you are being followed home, please call the SAPS patrol van, or your security guards, before you stop. The patrol van is on 071 675 6001. Please obtain the cell-phone numbers of your security guards, and put them on your speed-dial.
• 1st Street in particular is considered to be vulnerable to opportunistic crimes. It was suggested that the buildings that border 1st Street should focus on improving the street-lighting, and should instruct their security companies to maintain a more visible presence in that street. The SAPS patrol van will be requested to increase its time spent in that street, as will the ADT patrol vehicle.
• Clr Ravid will request the JRA to prune back the trees on the motorway embankment, as vagrants and loiterers use them for cover and to get over perimeter fences.
• The SAPS are participating in a City Parks Safety Forum at The Wilds. The SAPS will begin using quad-bikes soon to assist in these patrols.
• We have identified Sergeant Potsane of the JMPD as our JMPD Quadrant Traffic Manager. He has been very helpful so far. His number is 082 821 1007.
5. FEEDBACK FROM COUNCILLORS
• Clr Ravid praised the City Parks Safety Forum, which has already proved successful elsewhere.
• She was requested to follow up with the municipal environmental services department re complaints of rat infestations at Great Martinhall Manor.
6. TRAFFIC ISSUES
• At the last meeting it was agreed to fund a traffic study to identify what traffic calming measures might be permitted at the intersection of 3rd Street and 2nd Ave. Our engineer reports that JRA are happy to have a raised pedestrian crossing built there, in conjunction with a speed-hump, but no circle will be permitted. No quotes have yet been obtained, as the engineer and the JRA are still discussing the details. However the rough price is for R35,000, depending on the final technical specification. The meeting agreed unanimously to spend up to R35,000 on this project, provided we have enough money to also cover the cost of the street sweeping contract until the 2013 contributions start arriving.
• Buildings in the vicinity of the intersection will be requested to contribute to the cost of the project, if they have not already done so.
• There has been no further feedback on the proposal by the Gautrain company to route their GauBus service through Riviera and Killarney, and to stop at the Mall.
• It was however noted that large buses are driving along Main Road and 4th Avenue, illegally. We will need to identify the ID number of each bus, as well as the time of each offence, so that Clr Ravid can report the drivers.
• It was noted that the public bus service is poorly communicated to potential users, and that information on times and routes is not easily obtained. Clr Ravid was asked to pass on our concerns to the officials concerned.
• We are delighted to note that the water pipe repair at the corner of Riviera Road and 2nd Avenue has finally been completed. Sadly the leaks and related subsidence at the corner of Riviera Road and 4th Avenue persist.
7. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
• Once again, all buildings that have received new trees are requested to water them diligently through the winter months, so as to help them to get established.
• Our recycling contractor has received another batch of blue wheelie-bins, so if you need more bins, please contact them to arrange this – Teboho Fokane, on 083 413 8162.
• To improve our visibility, we have created a series of NKRA signs. (see attached) Special signs will be given to buildings which are paid up members, and to buildings which participate in the recycling projects. We ask that these be mounted in a visible position on the gate or doorway, so that residents can take pride in their efforts, and visitors can note that citizens are active in this area. These signs are being sponsored by Pam Golding Properties. We warmly thank Kayte Denham and her company for this generous support.
• Pam Golding Properties will also be placing outdoor adverts on the dustbins in the area, which will incorporate a “Join the NKRA” message.
• A poster has also been developed to warn people of the risk of vehicle theft. (see attached) It incorporates the patrol van cell-phone number. These will be delivered to all buildings, with the intention to put them up in lobbies and lifts.
• It appears that Dr Martin intends to allow a cell-phone company to build an 18m antennae on the roof of Great Martinhall Manor in Riviera Road, cnr Oxford Road. The neighbouring buildings will lodge a direct objection at the tribunal. The bases of the objection will be that – 1) high-powered antennae are apparently harmful to human health in the long term; 2) they are unsightly; 3) the building is a heritage building; and 4) the height of the antenna will extend above the municipal height limit for that area.
8. FINANCE AND MEMBERSHIP
• The treasurer was not present. No new members have joined since the last meeting.
• Charles and Kayte will approach the provincial heritage office on behalf of the NKRA to pursue obtaining a heritage status for the suburb. Mr Herbert Prins was thanked for his valuable assistance in this project.
• It was proposed to hold a Spring Day in the 4th Street Park, perhaps with a “Pets in Apartments” or similar theme. This will promote a community spirit, as well as raise awareness of the NKRA. Kayte will investigate the municipal authorisations required, and will canvass the opinions of the trustees of the buildings bordering on the Park.
• It was noted with concern that some estate agents are again putting out more sign-boards than the by-laws allow.
The meeting was closed, with thanks to the Killarney Mall for the use of their boardroom.
Our next meeting will be held on
WEDNESDAY 18 JULY 2012
PLEASE PASS ON THESE MINUTES TO OTHER RESIDENTS IN YOUR BUILDINGS