The Water Department’s Maura Jarvis discussed bump-outs as part of stormwater management at Monday’s Take Back Your Neighborhood meeting.
The water goes into the dirt and ultimately into the ground in the bump-outs rather than storm drains.
Some at the meeting wanted signs near the bump-outs so drivers don’t park next to them.
Others mentioned the Water Department’s proposed rate increase. There will be hearings before the rate board makes a decision.
Another question was about all of the illegal car washes, with the water going into storm drains.
In other news:
• Capt. Marc Metellus and Lt. John Higgins represented the 2nd Police District.
In response to questions, both said the Driving Equality Act prevents them from pulling over vehicles with expired registrations and inspections, missing headlights and taillights and hanging license plates. Higgins said he never sees such vehicles where he lives in Bucks County. Metellus said Rockledge Police Chief John Gallagher told him some drivers, apparently unaware they have entered the suburbs, are surprised when they are pulled over in Rockledge.
Metellus said he was recently off-duty when he saw three kids who looked to be 13 riding in a Kia on Castor Avenue. He followed them and called for a squad car to join him, and they pulled over the stolen car at Horrocks Street and Longshore Avenue.
Higgins said, due to staffing shortages, he recommends that anyone involved in a minor car accident should make a report at the closest police district, assuming their car is operational.
• State Rep. Jared Solomon has moved his office to 6434 Castor Ave. The phone number is 215-342-6340. The Northeast Services Hub building also includes Feast of Justice, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Mural Arts Philadelphia, Family Promise of Philadelphia and Nationalities Service Center.
• Several Democratic candidates visited the meeting for some last-second campaigning. Candidates on hand were Melissa Robbins, running for City Council at large; Caroline Turner, running for Common Pleas Court; and Yvette Young, running in the 9th Councilmanic District. Also, Mona Cohen spoke on behalf of her sister-in-law, Sherrie Cohen, running for Council at large. Turner won her race.
• Take Back Your Neighborhood will meet on Monday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Max Myers Recreation Center, 1601 Hellerman St. The group typically meets on the third Monday of the month, but Max Myers will be closed on June 19 due to “Juneteenth.” ••