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Doe Run forming neighborhood watch

Following a well-attended community meeting last week, the village of Doe Run has scheduled another meeting later this month to move forward with forming a neighborhood watch program.

“We had 62 people in attendance at the last meeting. Sheriff Dan Bullock was there and we discussed several concerns including recent burglaries and fires,” said Doe Run Fire Chief Kevin Pritchett.

The meeting in late February was simply to see if there was enough interest in forming a neighborhood watch group to make it possible. Several volunteers are required to develop a schedule which is suitable and doesn’t result in volunteers growing too weary of the effort.

Pritchett said the seven person committee formed to oversee the watch group was more than pleased with the turnout of residents. With that significant show of support, the committee has already moved forward with joining the National Neighborhood Watch Association, an organization which provides literature and other forms of support for neighborhood watch groups.

Deputy George Cobb, St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department, will be meeting with the watch group committee prior to the next public meeting set for March 22 at 7 p.m. at the community building in the city park.

Pritchett said some preliminary patrols of the community during the evening and night hours has already begun. He added that a more permanent schedule will be discussed and hopefully implemented during the March 22 meeting.

Anyone living in the community and wanting more information can contact Ray and Ida Hahn, Chris and Melody Burk, John Jennings, or Pritchett at 756-1490.

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