Public records request made regarding safety app

EAST LIVERPOOL — During this week’s city council meeting, Councilman Brian Kerr presented a written public records request aimed at determining who opened a Neighbors app account and how much money has been raised by sharing the app.

Kerr said in his request the app was requested under the city police department’s web page and the police department, including with his request a copy of the ELPD’s page on which a comment was posted stating, “For real-time crime and safety alerts in your area, download the Neighbors app. Here’s the link:”

Signing up for this link allows a person to use their phone to share activity in their neighborhood, including any suspicious or criminal behavior.

If someone posts the website, each time a friend shares it, a $10 credit is given to both toward the purchase of equipment, such as surveillance cameras.

Kerr said he estimates there have been at least 200 shares from the police department site which he said would equate to $2,000 in credits, and he wants to know how the money has been spent, saying he would like to see it used to put cameras in city playgrounds.

Service-Safety Director Brian Allen said after the meeting he had shared the link to the app on both the police department’s and city’s pages, saying he wasn’t interested in the credits but just in getting the app out for the public’s use as a safety measure.

“It was going around Facebook, and I shared it. I’ll call Ring (the originator of the app) and ask, but the city does not have a Ring account. We can’t make anyone sign up. It’s per residents. He’s making a big deal out of nothing,” Allen said.

In another matter, Ohio Avenue resident Linda Ziegler addressed council regarding a new recently adopted by the city health board regarding processing rental licenses, saying landlords such as herself have not been apprised of its content.

She was assured by housing inspector Kayla Crowl nothing involving landlords has changed, and the policy is just a checklist for employees.

Ziegler also voiced her concerns about a proposed land contract proposal being reviewed by the law director at Crowl’s request, saying it is actually geared at a couple of landlords, not all of them, and it will hurt those people who cannot otherwise secure a bank loan for a home.

Crowl, however, said, “No matter where you are, you should have certain standards about where you’re expecting to live,” and said the land contract legislation, if enacted, will address situations such as those where homes are sold at sheriff’s sale for $1,000 with no water pipes intact or other amenities, and someone sells it on land contract for $35,000.

Sprucevale Road resident Jim Salvatore offered his thanks to Allen for quickly responding to his recent request for repairs to Stevens Alley, where a special needs bus must travel.