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March 6, 2014

Get involved

Group aims to benefit neighborhoods around city

Neighborhoods with strong identity and pride can be a big boost for any city. So it is good to see a Cumberland group working to improve areas all throughout the city.

The Cumberland Neighborhood Advisory Commission recently held its first meeting since restructuring. Its goal is to renew efforts to recognize neighborhood associations and improve communication and cooperation between the various neighborhood groups and city officials.

The new membership, comprised of residents, city staff and council representatives, includes R. Allen Hedrick, Kathryn Gattens, Jennifer Jeudy, Michael Cassidy, Councilwoman Nicole Wagoner, Councilman David Kauffman, Cumberland Police Lt. Brian Lepley, Building and Zoning Officer David Cox and Community Development Specialist Lee Borror.

One of the first topics addressed by the commission is the 2013 Comprehensive Plan Neighborhood Element. The plan is based on neighborhood meetings held in 2010 throughout Cumberland. The idea was to have a historical and cultural overview of each neighborhood and their defining features and distinctions.

Eleven neighborhoods are included in the plan: Center City (downtown), Rolling Mill, Virginia Avenue/Chapel Hill, Decatur Heights, Wills (North End), West Side, Dingle/Haystack, Walsh/Humbird, East Side/ Willowbrook, Shriver/McNamee and Mapleside/Johnson Heights.

The first neighborhood commission meeting included reports from Cumberland Police. Attending were representatives from the North End Crime Watch, Decatur Heights Neighborhood Association, Chapel Hill West Neighborhood Association and South Cumberland Business and Civic Association.

The neighborhood commission’s next meeting will be March 24 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. If you are concerned about your neighborhood and Cumberland in general, then get involved. Call 301-759-6447 for more information — or simply show up at the March 24 meeting.

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