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Central Roxborough Civic Association Meeting Minutes
October 4, 2018

5th Police District

Community Relations Officer Maurice Scott addressed those present about the continuing scourge of theft from autos. Please, tell your neighbors, lock your cars up!
  • Regarding the homicide that occurred in Roxborough a couple of months ago, an arrest has been made. It was described as an “isolated incident”, most likely “a deal gone wrong.”
  • As for loitering around businesses, call 911. The police are enjoined from doing much at the moment, but they can have a “mere encounter”. Often the presence of police will drive mischiefmakers away.
  • If you see drug deals going on, call 911 and provide as much information/description as possible regarding the individuals and vehicles involved. This information will be passed on to the narcotics unit, which can act once they receive a culmination of reports.

Presentation by City Commissioner Al Schmidt

City Commissioner Al Schmidt presented regarding how elections work in Philadelphia and reminded the audience of key upcoming dates. 11/6 is the general election where seats for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, State Senate, State House are up for election. 10/9 is the last day to register and be eligible to vote in the general election. Absentee ballots must be received by the Friday BEFORE the general election.
  • Check out for info about your elected officials, polling place, and data/results from previous elections.
  • Commissioner Schmidt also described how the voting machines used in Philadelphia work and the process behind the computation of election results.

PGW EnergySense

A representative from PGW’s EnergySense Program presented on rebates and grants available to both residential and commercial customers.
  • Residential customers who install furnaces or boilers rated at 94% AFUE or above are eligible for rebates ($500 for 1st furnace, $250 for 2nd, $1500 for first boiler, $800 for 2nd).
  • There are also Residential Construction Grants of up to $750 for homes built to conserve gas at 20% or more above the current energy code.
  • Commercial Equipment Grants are available for boilers, commercial hot water heaters, stream trap replacements and food service equipment.
  • There are also Energy-Efficient Commercial Construction Grants of up to $60,000 per property for new construction or “gut-rehabs”. The amount of funding is tiered based on the amount of energy savings above the code (a minimum of 15% above code is required).
  • Efficient Building Grants are being offered for upgrades to existing industrial and commercial buildings. These grants require pre-approval, and go up to $75,000 per property.

State Representative Pam DeLissio

Rep. Pam DeLissio highlighted some upcoming events
  • She is hosting a shred event on 10/27 from 9-11 AM at 517 Dupont Street.
  • Her next town hall is scheduled for 10/18 at 7 PM to discuss unfinished business in Harrisburg. The town hall will be held at the Belmont Hills Elementary School Library in Bala Cynwyd.

Ridge Avenue Historic District

On 10/12 at 9 AM the Philadelphia Historic Commission will hold a hearing regarding the proposed Ridge Avenue Historic District. Anyone present will have the opportunity to present their thoughts. 1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor.


10/6 is Roxtoborfest! CRCA members will be leading tours of Levering Cemetery at 1 PM and 4 PM.

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