WARREN - A neighborhood organization made its letter to city administration an open letter at a City Council meeting last week.
Members of Take Back the Neighborhood held up signs, stating "bicycle patrols," "drug busts" and "no prostitutes" as TBTN member Frank Bodor, for the second time in a month, read the demands of 11 neighborhood organizations to council.
"We will have to do this until the mayor is willing to at least say yes or no with regards to whether he's going to provide these things to us," Bodor said Friday.
Bodor, a Porter Street attorney, said the city administration is not doing enough. Mayor Michael O'Brien said the city would work with the groups, up to a point.
Among the items in the letter is the appointing of a liaison between the police and neighborhood associations. O'Brien said he agrees with the idea.
"We will be assigning a liaison officer to work with all neighborhood groups. We've acknowledged that," he said.
The open letter from Take Back the Neighborhood to Warren calls for:
-Frequent sting operations targeting prostitutes and their "johns" and to expose johns in the local media;
-An increase in bicycle and foot police patrols to target prostitutes and drug dealing;
-Starting a city task force with ties to the county and federal law enforcement to target drug dealing and other criminal activities;
-Starting a camera surveillance plan with neighborhood associations to control crime;
-Appointing a police liaison to attend neighborhood association meetings.
Another proposal in the letter is the creation of a camera surveillance program.
Safety-Service Director Doug Franklin said previously that he supported a camera plan, but doubted the city could afford it this year. O'Brien said he did not support the sharing of police information with the neighborhood groups.
"Because some residents are not aware of that (police work) does not mean that it is not taking place, and for obvious reasons we cannot and will not share intelligence information with private citizens regarding police activity," the mayor said.
Bodor said his group is not asking to become involved in police investigations.
"We're not asking for that. We know what goes on in our neighborhood," Bodor said.
The August letter was signed by members of TBTN, North End Environmental Development, Historic Perkins Homestead Neighborhood Association, Northeast Warren Neighborhood Association, Northwest Neighborhood Association Inc., Kenmore Neighborhood Association, Kenilworth S.E. Block Watch, Fourth Ward Neighborhood Watch, Southeast Side Community Association and Southeast Economic Development.