Dispose of metal on Scrap Saturday
The Haggardstown and Dublin Road Community Community Alert Group are planning a number of events, including a Scrap Saturday (see below) to raise funds and a Digital Information Day for the elderly.
The AGM in Saint Fursey's NS also heard that the committee is to hold an information night prior to the launch of the planned Text Alert Scheme in the area.
The committee aim to have the scheme up and running by the summer. It is an initiative to help protect the community and combat crime which has worked successfully in other areas.
Sergeant Eugene Collins, who is in charge of Community Policing in the Dundalk Garda District, gave a talk on the Text Alert scheme. An official of Muintir na Tire previously spoke to the committee about the scheme, which entails the distributing of text alerts warning of suspicious activity and issues that the gardaí feel the community should know about.
This will involve the Community Alert Group drawing up a list for the receipt of alert messages, with the approval of the recipients, and selecting a service provider to transmit the text messages.
A telephone number to contact the gardaí will be circulated and also put on the Community Alert signs in the area.
Sergeant Collins also went through a check list that it is advisable for householders, particularly the elderly and those living alone follow adhere to protect themselves against criminals. He stressed the importance of taking basic precautions like making sure to put on their burglar alarm and to use door security chains.
Chairman Gerard D'Arcy thanked the committee for their efforts during the year. He expressed appreciation to Dundalk Golf club for the use of their clubhouse facilities and co-operation in running the annual Christmas dinner and also with fund raising.
He said the Committee were also grateful to the staff of Saint Fursey's School for their assistance in transporting the school choir to the Christmas dinner and for how they had assisted in other ways.
The election of officers resulted as follows: Chairman, Gerard Darcy; vice-chairman, Joe Murray; secretary, Emer McGuinness; assistant secretary, Noel Sharkey; treasurer, Martin Neacy; assistant treasurer, Alice Connolly; pro, Amy Galligan.
The Committee is to hold its Scrap Saturday on April 12 when a skip facility will be available at Hanlon's machinery yard on the Marlbog Road for the acceptance of metal household and farming items.
The skip will be there between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and can take items like metal saucepans, metal kettles, electric cookers, empty food can and bicycles.
Items which are not acceptable include televisions, fridges, gas cylinders, tyres and furniture. Further information can be obtained from Gerry on (086) 8061647 and Amy on (086) 2268606.
The meeting was told that while the group's financial situation was healthy, they would still to carry out fund raising to cover their costs. Lottery funding was allocated and it was proposed to use it to defray the cost of the Digital Information Day.