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Mountain Meadows Community Watch Update

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

An update from Westwood’s Mountain Meadows Community Watch:

Mountain Meadows Community Watch has continued to progress toward its goal of making the communities of Clear Creek, Pine Town and Westwood safe havens. The Covid pandemic was a challenge for all of us, but the MMCW Board continued to meet via Zoom.

Some members participated from the road, while others carved time out from an already full schedule of activities, such as offering support for evacuees from the wildfires in our area during the past couple of years.

Block Captain meetings were discontinued during the pandemic but will resume soon. Block Captains are an integral part of the recently implemented MMCW Patrol. Patrol activities focus on areas defined by information provided by Block Captains.

MMCW patrol is also exploring direct contact and information exchange between sheriff deputies and Block Captains.

Board member Thomas Wright was appointed as Patrol Captain and worked diligently to establish basic policy and develop a Patrol Handbook. He also generously donated a trail camera which the Patrol will use to monitor areas of chronically malicious or socially aversive activity.

MMCW has maintained a presence at the Westwood’s Friday Night Farmers Market, with Larry and Seren Bradshaw hosting a space there week after week to spread the good word about MMCW. Membership applications are available and the Bradshaws can provide information on current activities. They will happily accept donations for more Neighborhood Watch signs, trail cams, etc.

MMCW has sponsored community Town Halls in the past and is considering this again to help Mountain Meadows residents with up-to-date information about public services, such as: What are departmental responsibilities and how do we know they are working? What can we do if they don’t work?

Many residents question why infractions are not prosecuted; District Attorney Melyssah Rios has said she would welcome an opportunity to attend a community meeting to answer those questions.

Other areas of concern are code enforcement, law enforcement, deteriorating roads and buildings, and, of course, wildfire risk. This is another area where Block Captains can advise on the topics most important to their residents.

If you want more information or would like to fill out a membership application to join MMCW, please contact President Larry Bradshaw at sureink@gmail.com. Or come to the Friday Night Farmers Market, located at the Walker Mansion in Westwood, and meet him and Seren in person.

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