HARVEY, La. -- Harvey's Woodmere Subdivision has seen a lot of crime in recent months, from murders to shootings to burglaries and even blight.
One parish official is hoping the creation of a proposed community liaison will help stem the tide.
"People hangin' out, that is bringing the property value of Woodmere on the otherside down," said resident Jumal Winchester. Blighted apartment complexes along Destrehan Avenue, including the people who hang out by them, are irritating to Winchester.
"I am glad that Mark Spears took the bigger initiative. But I'm sad that it took that young lady, that little girl to be a result of it," said Winchester.
Since 6-year-old Ahlittia North's murder, Jefferson Parish officials continue to hold demolition hearings on blighted properties in the area. On Wednesday, 2016 Destrehan Ave. will be discussed by parish officials along with a proposal to create a Woodmere community liaison position.
"This is going along the initiative from the council office of making sure that this subdivision, the largest subdivision in the state of Louisiana, doesn't go down the wrong track," said Jefferson Parish Councilman Mark Spears.
He is teaming up with the Greater New Orleans Foundation in the hopes of getting the Jefferson Parish Council to approve the new position. The plan down the road is to have the community liaison stationed at Woodmere Park, where a $1.6 million community center is slated to be built.
If approved, the liaison position will tackle issues like neighborhood watch, tutoring programs and job placement opportunities.
"So this person will work there and also go to bed there, so they have an interest in it because they want to make sure it's a safe place for them and their family in the future," said Councilman Spears.
Long-time resident Paul Johnson says having a point person dedicated to connecting the parish to the Woodmere subdivision is long overdue. Johnson adds especially in light of recent crime.
"We have not always had the type of representation that's needed and that the older community have. I think now more attention is being paid to Woodmere because of some of the things that are going on," said Johnson.
Spears said the community liaison will get paid $50,000, and a requirement for job applicants is being a resident of Woodmere.
If approved, the job opening will be posted on Jefferson Parish's employment website.