WARREN - In order to strengthen their efforts and numbers, members of the Garfield Neighborhood Association and the Northeast Warren Neighborhood Association may become one group in 2014.
Three representatives from each group will begin meeting to see what options are available. The two cover the adjacent areas of north eastern Warren.
Rick Ritchie of the GNA said there have been talks by both associations that to become more effective merging may be the answer.
"We are right next to each other. By coming together, we can continue to help the city and have more people to the work," he said.
Both groups focus on neighborhood safety, cleanups and beautification.
Janet Hazlett of the NENA said their members have expressed support to ideas of joining forces.
"We want to get details worked out for both groups," she said.
Ritchie said representatives from both groups are to meet to discuss what is involved in dissolving the groups and forming a new group with a new name with members from both former groups.
He said representatives will take information from their meetings back to their groups since location of meetings, finances, name change and election of officers will need to be addressed.
Efforts are to be combined by early next year.
The GNA meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month at Knights of Columbus Hall on East Market Street and the NENA meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Clayton Lohry of the NENA said the group wants to join forces to better serve northeastern Warren which includes the areas east of Laird Avenue to Golf Drive.
John Homilitas of the GNA said the bigger the group, the more beneficial it will be.
Ritchie said the group has been the extra eyes for police as part of the neighborhood patrol covering the area east from Elm Road and north of East Market.
The Oct. 21 meeting of GNA will have speaker Paul Makosky, director of engineering, planning and building for Warren. The NENA changed their meeting to also meet that night with GNA.