Move Haw Creek Meeting

Move Haw Creek to Report Transportation Study Findings at  Feb. 28th Community Mtg

Plan to join your neighbors 7pm Wednesday, Feb.28th in the gym of Evergreen Community Charter School to hear the findings of the Move Haw Creek study for improving biking and walking options in the Haw Creek valley.

For the past several months Move Haw Creek members have been studying ideas to improve pedestrian and biking options. The five ideas evaluated for improving pedestrian and bike safety in the Haw Creek valley are:

  1. Widening New Haw Creek and Old Haw Creek Roads (to create a dedicated space for bike lanes and/or sidewalks)
  2. Greenway in the Haw Creek creek floodplain (to create a dedicated off road space for walking and biking)
  3. Make one-way portions of New Haw Creek and Old Haw Creek roads (to free up a lane as a dedicated safe space for walking and biking)
  4. Additional sidewalks (create additional dedicated safe space for walking)
  5. Increase traffic calming (to slow traffic thereby making walking and biking safer)

The purpose of the Feb. 28th meeting is to share our evaluation findings and hear citizen feedback and input.

With growth in Haw Creek and Asheville expected to continue, Move Haw Creek members seek a more holistic approach to the safety needs of our growing community. Our findings may surprise you–they did us–and we believe therefore warrant a broad-based community conversation.

We hope you can join us February 28th. Thank you,

Brendan Beers, Thomas Wolfe and Chris Pelly

HCCA Positions Available

If you like planning and participating in activities consider joining the Haw Creek Community Association Board of Directors. Our goal is to connect neighbors through activities that build community and create a great place to live.

Email us HERE.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE:

  • HCCA Board Members
  • HCCA Officers
  • Social Media Page Coordinator
  • Business Sponsor Coordinator
  • Welcome to the Community Coordinator
  • Article Content Coordinator
  • Event Coordinator
  • Newsletter Coordinator
  • National Night Out Coordinator 
  • Many Other Positions Available

If everyone pitches in a little, it will help the community a lot!

Treasury Report For 1/1/17-12/31/17

          INCOME:                                                                         EXPENSES:

Dues 2,221.00 Supplies 208.00
Advertising 975.00 Coalition of AVL Neighborhoods 50.00
Bake Sale  69.00 Ice Cream Social 122.00
Sticker Sales 181.00 I Love Haw Creek Stickers 221.00
Yard Sale Proceeds 98.00 Yard Sale Proceeds 97.00
Picnic Proceeds 556.00 St. John’s Church Donation 250.00
National Night Out Event 267.00
New Web Site 2,252.00
Postmaster Box Rental 76.00
Picnic BBQ Catering 596.00
TOTAL 4,100 TOTAL 4,139.00

Excess of Revenues over Expenses   (39.00)        BALANCE  12/31/17  $6,745.00

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A Letter From The President Of Our Community Association

It has been a privilege to serve on the Haw Creek Community Associations board for the past four years, three as your president. I have been involved with our community, not for any personal reason, because of my love of Haw Creek and our beautiful valley. As I step down, I have been reflecting back.

 Two main points that stick out, our stand on density development and Airbnb stays in Haw Creek. We have opposed both per surveys that have been done in our community, which show that the majority of respondents do not want density development in Haw Creek and they do not want short-term rentals (Airbnb). It is my hope that the new board will preserve the beauty of our valley by opposing these.

 Socially, we have had many community activities, which, over the years have increased in attendance with many residents commenting this is the best our Association has been in years. The entire board has worked hard to make this an inclusive neighborhood with a variety of activities.

 We now have a new website, ilovehawcreek.com, thanks to the guidance of our secretary, Paula Marzella, who not only guided us to a wonderful web designer, but who has also been instrumental in keeping the site up-to-date.

 Our Facebook page is more active than ever with more people following us on a weekly basis.   People are posting about missing pets, bear sightings, city sponsored activities, community activities and more. Yes, right now our posting are minimal, but it is winter and activities slow down.  Check out FACEBOOK

We have gone from a quarterly newsletter, one of which was print and three emailed, to a digital newsletter every two months. My Newsletter Builder has allowed us to see how many of our emails are opened and the links that are being clicked on, allowing us to better serve Haw Creek. It is the 21st century and the majority of people are doing everything electronically. We do have a mailing list with seven people on it and we also place copies of the newsletter at the library and Penny Cup Café. By not mailing a newsletter, this has saved the Association approximately $1500.00. With digital communication we keep our neighborhood more up-to-date on happenings.

 So I say goodbye, I thank you for your many compliments and continued support.

 Lisa Thomson

A Note From Your Secretary

It has been an eventful year serving as Secretary of the HCCA.

This past year the Board and I accomplished a great deal. We created an entirely new website and logo that everyone seems to be enjoying along with a re-design of the FACEBOOK page which is constantly growing in followers, and switched the newsletter to a digital format. We created stickers for sale to raise money (Bears Love Haw Creek) along with setting up a business sponsor page on the website. So far these two projects have raised over $1300 for the association in a very short time. With some help from members we should easily be able to grow that number. Thank you to al the participating Business Sponsors. We are excited to be working with you.

My goal has been to help improve the HCCA. I believe that I was successful and now it is time for me to step aside and allow someone else to take over with their ideas and passion. I will stay involved on a very limited basis to help keep the website up to date and send out the digital newsletters (if the new board decides to keep it going).

Along with spending many hours working with the HCCA I have my own Real Estate business called REALTY 828. I have lived in Haw Creek since 2005 and I love this community and its rural feel. I want to see it prosper and not turn into an overdeveloped area like what is happening over many places in Asheville. If you would like to talk about your concerns for the community or have any questions about Real Estate I would love to talk with you. Call anytime.

Paula Marzella – REALTY 828
828-551-7579
paula@realty828.com

Haw Creek Dog Show

Sat., April 18th 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Register by April 7th with Jeanie Martin mt.to.sea@gmail.com or call 828-505-1240

Field behind St. John’s Church – 290 Old Haw Creek Rd.

Dog entry fee only $5.00/family

Any well behaved dog welcome. Dog parade, discounted nail trims by Haw Creek Animal Care (need proof of rabies vaccination), behavior tips by Mindful Mutz Dog Training, Brother Wolf Adoptions. This is no Westminster, just good family fun. Join us. Your dog just may be “Haw Creek Top Dog”.

Spring Yard Sale

Doing a little spring-cleaning? Turn those old possessions into cash at the spring yard sale. The Haw Creek Community Association will be hosting our Spring Community Yard Sale on Saturday, May 9th at the field on Pressley Road behind the St. John’s Episcopal Church at 290 Old Haw Creek Road. The rain date is Saturday, May 16th. We’re limited to 20-30 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Seller sign-up and other details will be sent out in the next couple of weeks.

Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey the Association sent out in February. 152 residents responded and the information was very helpful to the HCCA Board. Here are a few highlights from the survey with the number of respondents noted and the percentages rounded up. Only on the top responses are reported.

How would you like to be made aware of activities?
140 respondents
84% – emailed quarterly newsletters
20% – Facebook
20 % Printed newsletters (note: this is the only form of communication that reaches all Haw Creek residents)
64% said that they would like to receive periodic emails for special events

Do you read our newsletter?
139 respondents
62% – read both e-newsletters and printed
51% – read e-newsletters

What HCCA activities have you been involved with in the past?
93 respondents
50% – Annual BBQ
34% – Holiday part
29% – East Asheville Sidewalk Initiative

What type of activities/events would you likely attend in Haw Creek? 115 respondents
66% – Social gatherings with food
63% – Nature educational programs
50% – Musical programs
44% – Wine/beer tastings
38% – Safety educational programs

What type of planning group would you be interested in serving on? 58 respondents
48% – Roadside cleanup
41% – Garden Club/plant swaps
31% – Events
26% – Education

How often would you like to receive email notices from HCCA? 123 respondents
71% – As needed for important information
19% – Once a month

What would make paying your $12/yr. annual dues easier for you? Can check more than one category. 114 respondents
68% – email a reminder (please note that we have been doing this and reminding you in newsletters)
43% – Pay with PayPal via the website (no PayPal acct. required)
24% – tear off membership form in printed newsletter to mail in with check

Tell us how you feel about HCCA.
87 respondents
The vast majority of the responses were very positive. Some comments heard more than once include: Great organization, appreciate leadership, $12/yr. membership very reasonable, I wish I could help but too busy, need to advocate for more sidewalks, used to be involved but became discouraged as others would not get involved or help, appreciate litter cleanup.