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					              Platteville Neighborhood Partner Meetings
                           November 17, 2009
       Sponsored by Grant County Social Service’s Community and Neighborhood
              Development Program and S.A.F.E Grant County Coalition

I. Progress of Neighborhood Watches/Associations:
   Heather Ringberg, Social Services and Tonia Wagner, S.A.F.E Coalition provided
    updates about the neighborhood association meetings that were held in the spring
    which yielded low turn out but good input, insight, and some direction.

II. Law Enforcement Updates:
A. Platteville Police Department: Jeff Haas provided the group with information about
the “Knock and Talk” program. They do home visits during the day or early evening,
handing out brochures that focus on how to be good neighbors, parking rules, and
underage drinking laws. The police department is trying to be more proactive instead of
reactive. The police department is assisting the Sheriff’s Department in the Underage
Drinking Taskforce by issuing citations instead of warnings. Jeff reminds all citizens, the
best time to call on a neighborhood issue is right when it’s happening because then they
can respond.

B. UW-Platteville Campus Update: Scott Marquardt is the new Chief and he comes
from the Platteville Police Department. He reminisced how 10 years ago the first
neighborhood was meeting on Hickory St. They provide mutual aid to the City police
officers and are in constant conversation with the City police. As far as campus
coverage, there is only one officer on at a time so it makes it difficult for them to respond
to neighborhood issues because they need to be patrolling the campus.

C. Sheriff’s Department: Through the STOP grant (Sober Truth on Preventing Underage
Drinking) which is provided by the S.A.F.E Grant County Coalition, an underage
drinking taskforce has been created. They have been breaking up large underage
drinking parties and issuing citations to all participants, they have been assisting with
compliance checks and random walk-through in bars.

III. Rich Egley, Dean of Students, UW-P; Chapter 17 Revision:
   Rich shared that he has worked for the University for 30 1/2 years with only the last 8
    years not living in Platteville so he is quite familiar with the neighborhood dynamics.
    He provided a handout that outlined Chapter 17 and is attached. Chapter 17 holds the
    same weight as State Law.

IV. Other Updates:
A. Tricia Reuter: Rental Issues Coordinator: shared how she held a Housing Fair which
was to connect landlords with perspective tenants and to answer questions.
B. United Greek Council: There are some fraternities and sororities that will be affected
by the new law that mandates all housing units to have sprinklers. To put in new systems
in the old homes, it would cost $100,000 dollars which most organizations don’t have.
C. GAMMA – December 8th they will be hosting an event to raise awareness about
drunk driving. It will be 10-3 pm.
D. City Personnel: Dave Berner, city manager, shared that the city is focusing on the
overcrowding issues. He also stressed enforcing rules is ok but building relationships in
the neighborhoods is more important and will have the most impact.
E. City council: Ken Kilian shared that the Rental Sanctions Ordinance is still being
looked at and revisions to Chapter 33, Rental Code.

V. Oscar Perez: UW-Milwaukee, Neighborhood Relations Coordinator
Oscar shared that they have about 6,000 students living in a 100 block radius. Their
problems were/are similar to ours though they do have more serious crimes. Here’s a list
of the items they are doing to address the neighborhood problems:
A. First they assess the situation:
  Met with law enforcement and residents to determine problem areas
  Utilize Problem Oriented Policing (pops website) and the SARA assessment tool and
    then they map and color code the houses. Later they review the map and if houses
    have changed then they cross them off to show this change. They reassess in the
    early spring, March to Easter.
  Every week there are roundtable meetings held with law enforcement and Oscar to
    discuss weekend problems and actions taken. They make sure no stone is left
    unturned. Everyone needs to know what is going on because perhaps one person at
    the table has a piece of information that might help to resolve the problem or add to
    the story.
B. Prevention Work
  On weekends, they have a van that drives through the neighborhoods reminding
    houses of the rules and laws. If there is a problem spotted, Oscar approaches the
    house, and if they are reasonable, he suggests corrective plans right then. If needed,
    police are called.
  Then the following week during the day when people are sober, he goes back to the
    house and meets with the tenants to create safety plans. These safety plans consist of
    sober host, not letting strangers in, reminding people to walk quietly when they leave
    the party. These are created with houses even if there has not been a problem at the
    house.
  He also tells students that they are creating a legacy – which will affect reference
    checks, job potential, and their reputation. You don’t know if the neighbor next to
    you is the banker that you want to get your first serious job from.
C. Landlord Work
  They have a committee of landlords that has created a 30 point best model lease that
    most landlords use. Consistency helps create an environment that says good conduct
    is the only conduct accepted.
  He strongly encourages landlords to connect the leases to the parents of the renters.
  He talks to the landlords on a regular basis. Landlords are called for everything
  Keeping houses fixed up has really made a difference and keeping them up. Students
    become a product of their environment.
  Tougher application process
D. Neighborhood Involvement
  They have neighborhood associations and the key is to have a clear purpose for them.
   These are used for communication of problems, monitoring and holding neighbors
   accountable. There are paid student and resident block captains and weekly
   newsletters go out to all.
  They use upper classmen who go out and talk peer to peers
E. Other notes:
  In Milwaukee, student affairs, tuition fees pay for the Neighborhood Relations
   Coordinator position.
  Police report through them

VI. Next Steps
Then group asked questions and discussed as a whole what could be done:
  Strict leases
  Communications and connections need to be made between landlords, neighbors
    (renters and homeowners) and police.
  Brainstorm the problems
  Identify the neighborhoods, and those people in there that would do something. UW
    has a map of all the rental properties in Platteville.

VII. Tonia and Heather’s Discussion after the meeting and follow up work:
A. Communication between police and landlords – yes this is happening. Landlords
receive a postcard every time their tenants are involved with the law.

B. Communication needs to happen between City Police and the University in regards to
Chapter 17. Tonia followed up on this and this is going to be done. One time incidents
as well as chronic problems will be reported to Rich. The same goes for the Sheriff’s
department. In addition, The Platteville Police department are tracking alcohol related
cases.

C. Overtime pay has been offered to officers so that more Knock and Talks could occur
but no one is taking up on this opportunity because of the lack of available time and
officers as there are other ways to earn overtime. There is a possibility to see if
Community Service officers would be interested.

D. Jeff and Tonia talked about doing direct mailings to the residents in the water bill
with the message about being good neighbors.

E. Mini District Neighborhood Associations:
Tonia and I are in the process of approaching people in the various neighborhoods to see
if they would be willing to collect contact info so that an email list can be created for that
neighborhood. The idea came from a neighbor who couldn’t be at the meeting but
emailed me this: we need an easy simple way to gather group information: any problems
lately, what house, who is affected, police response. I like the idea of doing this by
monthly email, with an email coordinator sending out info requests and having a central
info place for that "mini district." Or maybe someone could just volunteer to accept these
 communications without the monthly email, just whenever issues arise. With the police
 urging us to call with problems, but the possibility of retaliation scaring people, I like the
 idea of the group email person because then it would be known that several households
 are experiencing the same problem. Then all the names could be listed on the complaint
 and it would feel less like we are sticking our neck out with lots of names on the
 complaint. Landlords will also be included in these contacts so we can get them involved
 and so they are informed. In some cases we are contacting landlords we’ve worked with
 to see if their tenants would be interested in being the lead.

 F. Another idea discussed was student led neighborhood associations with paid block
 captains. This would require a job description, interview, list of objectives and timelines
 for accountability purposes. If we can create the associations without a money incentive,
 then money may be available to neighborhoods for projects.

 G. Another idea discussed is having a meeting of the landlords and creating best
 practices for landlords. We also like to meet with the building inspector and the city
 manager to determine what other avenues could be explored such as a license program
 that would require the landlords to have a license, not just their properties.


Present:
1.    Oscar Perez, UW-Milwaukee                      14. Eileen Nickels, Landlord, City Council
2.    Jeff Glass, Silver Spigot, Cassville           15. Ken Kilian, City Council, Homeowner, Landlord
3.    Jeff Haas, Platteville Police Dept.            16. Marian Masbruch, Landlord
4.    Doug McKinley, Platteville Police Dept.        17. Joel Klinge, Landlord
5.    Mick Viney, UW-P, Assistant Chancellor         18. Bev Johansen, Landlord
6.    Artanya Wesley, UW-P, Student Services         19. Dick Bonin, Landlord
7.    Scott Marquardt, UW-P Police dept.             20. Mary Kelly, Landlord, Homeowner
8.    Sarah Schultz, United Greek Council            21. Frank Evans, Landlord, Homeowner
9.    Rich Egley, UW-P, Dean of Students             22. Jim Holler, Homeowner
10.   Tricia Reuter, UW-P, Rental Issues             23. Tonia Wagner, S.A.F.E Grant County Coalition
11.   Callie Clark, UW-P, Greek Life Office          24. Heather Ringberg, Grant County Social Services
12.   Ryan Schutte, UW-P Greek Life                  25. Derek Duoss, Alpha Gamma Rho
13.   Dave Berner, City Manager                      26. Evan Meyer, Alpha Gamma Rho
November 17, 2009

Presentation to Neighborhood Concerns Meeting by Richard Egley,
Dean of Students at UW-Platteville

Website for Chapter 17: http://www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/code/uws/uws017.pdf

This version of Chapter 17, Student Nonacademic Disciplinary Procedures became
effective on September 1, 2009.

Student Conduct officials at UW-Platteville:
   1. Mr. Richard Egley, Dean of Student, 1322 Pioneer Student Center
       342-1160, egley@uwplatte.du
   2. Ms. Artanya Wesley, Student Services Coordinator, Suite 1300, Student Affairs
       342-1854, butlera@uwplatt.edu
   3. Dr. Michael (Mick) Viney, Assistant Chancellor for Student Affairs
       Suite 1300, Student Affairs, Ullsvik Hall
       342-1854, viney@uwplatt.edu
Note: Numeric listing is intentional; please seek assistance in the order listed.

Chapter 17 provisions MAY apply to student conduct that occurs outside of university
lands, ONLY when, in the judgment of the investigating officer, (Rich, Artanya, or
Mick) the conduct adversely affects a substantial university interest.

When making a decision about conduct adversely affecting a substantial university
interest, the investigating officer (Rich, Artanya, or Mick) shall consider whether the
conduct meets one or more of the following conditions:

   a. The conduct would constitute a serious criminal offense, regardless of the
      existence of any criminal proceedings related to the conduct.
   b. The conduct indicates that the student may present a danger or threat to the safety
      of himself, herself or others.
   c. The conduct demonstrates a pattern of behavior that seriously impairs the
      university’s ability to fulfill its teaching, research, or public service missions.

If the investigating officer decides that the conduct meets one or more of the listed
criteria, that does not oblige the investigating officer to initiate disciplinary procedures.

There are 16 rules, or conduct standards, in Chapter 17 that define misconduct. A rule
added to this edition of Chapter 17 is (13) SERIOUS AND REPEATED VIOLATIONS
(OFF-CAMPUS) OF MUNICIPAL LAW.

A written, signed, and dated statement of compliant is the prerequisite for initiating UWP
student disciplinary procedures. The complaining party (parties) must be willing to
testify at a university hearing if the process reaches that point.

				
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