Due to increasing concerns for safety in the Westmorland Neighborhood expressed by neighbors, the WNA Board has been in contact with the City of Madison Police Department and some fantastic volunteers to improve safety. Here is an update on current initiatives and information:
Good Neighbor Project
The Good Neighbor Project (GNP), born and bred here in Madison, is a collaboration between self-selecting neighborhoods and the police who patrol, protect and serve folks in their assigned beat. GNP has been in existence for approximately 6 years. At least 2 other states and other WI cities have asked to adopt the Madison’s GNP model. In other Madison neighborhoods where GNP is actively underway, facts and tips about crime prevention are regularly provided and opportunities to foster interactions with other nearby Madisonians, so that community is experienced.
Similar to Neighborhood Watch, GNP can include several facets; one being safety and crime prevention. Different from Neighborhood Watch, the Good Neighbor Project also prioritizes relationship building in local, frequent, accessible ways chosen by neighbors for neighbors. The aim: strengthen community with those in close proximity to your property and to those in city agency who serve us. For Westmorland, envision our GNP as a me-you-us endeavor rather than us vs. them.
City of Madison Safety Initiatives
The Westside Community Council hosted a zoom meeting on 8/27/20 that discussed gun violence, weapons offenses, car thefts, and other serious crimes in Madison, particularly on the Westside. Key Madison Police Department staff made presentations and were available for questions. Recording.
Westmorland Good Neighbor Project
At their Sept 2020 meeting, the WNA board endorsed starting our own Good Neighbor Project (GNP).
Michelle Quinn has volunteered to coordinate Westmorland’s GNP. Our mission will be to Connect, Communicate and Come Together to build relationships here where we live and receive timely updates about safety tips and crime prevention. She welcomes other volunteers to help launch and sustain this initiative.
Volunteer to help launch and sustain this initiative. Indicate what skills and interests you bring by emailing Michelle Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org
First meeting Tuesday October 27th 7-8 pm.
- GNP’s co-founder Wendy Reichel (Midvale Heights)
- Police Officer Tyler Grigg Madison Police Department
- Kim Richman (Buckeye-Grove GNP)
- Joe Keyes (Hill Farms GNP)
A link to the zoom meeting will be sent out via email, Facebook, and on the WNA website closer to the event date.
Traffic Calming Measure Request
An application for participation in the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP) was submitted for Odana Rd, Tokay Blvd, and Glen Dr.
Next steps include:
- The City performs a traffic study.
- The City ranks the streets compared to all other streets in the city that are being considered for traffic calming
- Transportation Commission approves the ranking of traffic calming projects.
- Top ranking streets will have residents along that street surveyed via mail in March 2021.
- Streets that have at least a 60% approval of returned surveys will get traffic calming constructed in summer of 2021.