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District 5 will be site for next Building Strong Neighborhoods Initiative
By: Kevin Christopher
01/31/13 9:31 AM

Public Information & Communications
For Release: Jan. 31, 2012
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Public Information & Communications Specialist
480-644-4699 Tel 
The next Building Strong Neighborhoods Initiative in the City of Mesa is taking place in Council District 5.  The neighborhood boundaries for the initiative are Recker Road to 64th Street and from Inglewood Street to Princess Drive.  The program will begin with an orientation or “kickoff” meeting Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Mendoza Elementary School, 5831 E. McLellan Road.  District 5 Councilwoman Dina Higgins is scheduled to speak. 
“The Building Strong Neighborhoods Initiative is a great way for the residents to learn more about the City and all of the services and programs we offer,” District 5 Councilwoman Dina Higgins said.  “This program has proven how neighbors make a difference in their community,”
During the orientation meeting, residents will hear results of a survey the City of Mesa Neighborhood Outreach Office has been conducting in the neighborhood.  Action teams will be formed so that residents may work together to address concerns they may have and plan community activities.  Residents attending the orientation meeting will have the opportunity to meet staff from various City departments such as Code Compliance, Police, Transportation and Animal Control.  Several nonprofit organizations will also have displays and information including A New Leaf, United Food Bank and Benedictine University.
“Our goal is to address concerns raised about graffiti, lack of yard maintenance and speeding, while helping residents enhance community camaraderie with neighborhood activities and programs such as Neighborhood Watch,” District 5 Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator Lindsey Balinkie said.
During the program, residents and volunteers will be painting curb addresses.  Clean Sweep dumpsters will also be provided.  Other projects may be designed with the assistance of neighborhood leaders.
The City of Mesa Building Strong Neighborhoods Initiative was introduced in the fall of 2006 to provide education and resources to one selected neighborhood in each Council District once per year.  For more information, contact District 5 Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator Lindsey Balinkie at (480) 644-5434 or  


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