Two years ago, police calls to the Frisco Line Neighborhood, once known as the Shoe Factory Addition, numbered over 1,000.
Two years ago, a group of neighbors formed the Frisco Line Neighborhood Association and started working with the Rolla Police Department to root out the criminals.
Last year, police calls numbered 50.
“It’s working,” said Rhonda Sue Myers, who with Duane Nevels, serves as co-coordinator of the association.
Drug dealers have been sent to prison or sent packing. The neighborhood is starting to get back to the family friendly atmosphere it once had.
Tuesday night, the association celebrated with a cookout at Ber Juan Park.
Several association members attended the cookout of barbecued chicken, grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, salads and desserts.
Also present were local officials including Mayor Bill Jenks III and City Administrator John Butz. Vince Giacaloni, director of the Volunteers in Police Service for the Rolla Police Department, and the Rolla police officers who work closely with the organization also attended.
Meyers and Nevels were presented with Certificates of Appreciation for their voluntarism over the past two years.
No other program was planned.
“It’s meant to be just a time of visiting neighbors,” said Meyers, who encouraged those attending to fill up take-home trays with the cookout’s leftovers and take them to elderly neighbors unable to get out.
Members of the nearby Manor Neighborhood Watch group also attended.
That’s a new organization of a nearby neighborhood.
Meyers said there are about four neighborhoods impacted by criminals.
“We run them out of here and they go to other neighborhoods,” she said. “Our hope is to have a strong watch program in the four neighborhoods most affected.”