Stevens Square annual meeting is June 29

The Stevens Square Community Organization will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. at the Van Dusen Mansion, 1900 LaSalle Ave. S.

At the meeting, the entire nine-member board will be up for election. Members will also chose a new board chair since current Chair Gene Blackledge has served for three years and, according to SSCO rules, cannot run for reelection.

The neighborhood’s borders are Lyndale and Franklin avenues, I-35W and I-94. To run for election, individuals must live, work or own property in the neighborhood.

The SSCO will also discuss its survey of neighborhood residents; over 200 residents responded. The survey questioned residents about what behavior should be discouraged in the neighborhood — drug dealing, public drunkenness and prostitution — and what behavior should be encouraged, such as friendliness, community involvement and getting to know one’s neighbor.

Another topic will be fund-raising strategies for the coming year since SSCO can’t rely on Neighborhood Revitalization Project money exclusively. Leaders hope to raise all funds from within Stevens Square.

For more information, call Julie Filapek at 871-7307.