A car moves down a rain slickened Roanoke Avenue near the intersection of Tatem Lane in Elizabeth City, Tuesday. The Elizabeth City Police Department is hoping to obtain a $1 million neighborhood revitalization grant it plans to use reducing the incidence of crime in a neighborhood bounded by Roanoke Avenue and Peartree Road.
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A car moves down a rain slickened Roanoke Avenue near the intersection of Tatem Lane in Elizabeth City, Tuesday. The Elizabeth City Police Department is hoping to obtain a $1 million neighborhood revitalization grant it plans to use reducing the incidence of crime in a neighborhood bounded by Roanoke Avenue and Peartree Road.

Cooling off a 'Hot Spot’: Police to seek $1M crime grant

By JON HAWLEY

The Daily Advance

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The Elizabeth City Police Department is hoping to use a $1 million neighborhood revitalization grant to cool down a “hot spot” for crime in the city’s Third Ward.

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Why ?

Why does RCDCC need to be involved? Haven't they wasted enough taxpayer money already on huge salaries for themselves ?

sallie not tony

I would give a very close check on the RCDCC connection. These folks have already received a City grant, in addition to the state/federal grant every year, despite the FACT that they have a miserable record as to spending. Check it out. RCDCC, is in theory, a "non-profit" group. The Feds give a ton of money to this "non-profit." RCCCDC is a scam to get grant money. Check out their spending records. Most of the money they receive goes to salaries. The Director makes a tad under FOUR TIMES the prevailing wage. She, and her subordinates who are paid by the taxpayers, park their Mercedes in the back of the building while they presume to teach youngsters on the value of hard work...... Really???

This sounds very much ...

like the couple who just made the news when their saleries were discovered. Both husband and wife pulled hefty paychecks from goodwill or maybe salvation army? Organizations put in place to help others seem to be easy targets for greedy individuals with sticky fingers. Maybe they feel entitled to such a large cut because of the "charitable" work they do. Much like our overpaid politicians....wasteful spending is everywhere. I would be very curious to know if anyone has tried to raise red flags to whomever actually cuts the checks to the RCDCC. Sounds like that director is overpaid and her vehicle choice is one to raise an eyebrow at. So many people have learned those "ins" and "outs" to work the system to milk it like a fat, happy cow. It makes me sick

sallie not tony

I would give a very close check on the RCDCC connection. These folks have already received a City grant, in addition to the state/federal grant every year, despite the FACT that they have a miserable record as to spending. Check it out. RCDCC, is in theory, a "non-profit" group. The Feds give a ton of money to this "non-profit." RCCCDC is a scam to get grant money. Check out their spending records. Most of the money they receive goes to salaries. The Director makes a tad under FOUR TIMES the prevailing wage. She, and her subordinates who are paid by the taxpayers, park their Mercedes in the back of the building while they presume to teach youngsters on the value of hard work...... Really???

Wasteof Tax Dollars

Lets see now hummm home renovation,recreation,employement a get along with the police thingy.What a waste our tax money of which I feel I pay way too much. I agree with the post from 2muchtime and feel cops walking a beat is a great idea to foster trust and keeps the bad guys on their toes.

Boots On The Ground!

Why not put some beat policemen in the area, you know, like walking daily in the areas with this high crime rate. The police presence might even cause people to sit on their front porches again, or start to trust law enforcement. They might get to know the residents personally and vice versa. The recreation being considered, who is it for? Surely not for the criminals, or do we wnt to bring the children outside where there is likely to be shots fired. Is this grant the kind of government spending that conservatives are opposed to?

Let common sense prevail!

I really hope that someone from the law enforcement side sees your post 2much. Maybe, just maybe that lightbulb will go off above their heads and help them take a good idea to the table. They are concentrating on the wrong end. Why dump so much money into such a run-down area until they get a handle on the unwanted elements of society that will keep people either inside their homes or out of the area all together. I think having an active patrol on foot is a great idea. I also think the cops have to do their job even when it may open the department up to potential racial issues. If four men are standing on a dark corner at 0300, the cops have the right to stop and ask what business they have that would take them out so late at night. Granted you will have those who scream "racial profiling" but sometimes you have to do what is right over what will earn you popularity points.

$150,000 to make a plan?

Please.....This is how money gets siphoned off worthwhile efforts to get something done.....Certainly the police chief could develop a worthwhile plan without spending 15% of the funds to spread the wealth. I encourage the city staff, ECSU, and RCDC to spend no more than $25,000 to develop a plan and the city should demand an accounting of all hours spent by the three organizations in this cause.

Brooks turning a blind eye and deaf ear.....

to the problem. Denial doesn't cure the problem. But then, when one is in this constant state, they can't see clearly anyway. Chief Buffaloe is on the right path. Let him do what he was hired to do. Micro-management by the idiots on city council is the LAST thing needed. What is there to fear? Maybe Brooks and a few other CC members are afraid they might be caught in the dragnet. Wouldn't surprise me.

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