Latest News and Public Meeting Follow-Up

Thanks to the 50+ residents who attended the April 19th annual meeting of the Haw Creek Community Association!

At the meeting, we elected a new Board of Directors and heard from the Mayor about a number of issues affecting the community. Since then, the new Board has hit the ground running: all four program committees have already met (or will meet tonight!); and we have some modest, but significant successes, to report.

Committee reports:

Haw Creek Park Committee: Had its first meeting 4:30pm Monday 5/2 at the picnic shelter in the park. Thanks to Jim Brunner for making this happen. We will update you on their progress in the coming weeks.

Clean & Green Committee: Met for the first time Tuesday, May 2nd at 7pm at Creekside. Owners Anthony & Kim have kindly allowed us to gather there. Christina and Renate co-chaired this first meeting. The committee’s first litter pick-up is scheduled for Sunday 5 June at 10am – meet in the Creekside parking lot and bring your gloves! The event can be found on Facebook.

Community Outreach Committee: Will meetĀ for the first time 6:30pm Thursday, May 5th at the library study room. Thanks to Christina and Pam for organizing this first meeting.

Upcoming Haw Creek events include the Haw Creek Elementary School PTA’s annual plant saleĀ this Saturday from 8am to 3pm at Stillpoint Wellness at the corner of Tunnel Rd. and Beverly Rd. See the PTA’s Facebook page or our post here.

The Association also sponsored the watercolor activity at the Haw Creek Common’s Spring Welcome.

Sidewalks, Greenways & Pedestrian Safety Committee: Had its first meeting at 8am Friday 27 April at Creekside. Full disclosure, this was a previously scheduled meeting with CoA Transportation Director Ken Putnam, and CoA Traffic Engineer (and Haw Creek resident) Chris Cairns. We had ten residents present including board members, Sarah, Meghan, Renate, and myself. Andrew Ross, the owner of The Whale, also joined us and had a most positive attitude.

The purpose of the meeting was to hear the results of a traffic study of Beverly Rd. The City recognizes Haw Creek’s downtown is getting busier with ever increasing interactions between pedestrians and vehicles. The proposal tabled was modest: reduction of speed limit from 30 to 25mph in the area below Avon Rd., and increased signage about pedestrians in the same area. Signage change can happen quickly. Speed reduction takes City Council approval–about two months.

All parties agreed this was only an initial action. We agreed to review again in six months as the area is expected to undergo more changes in the coming year with new sidewalks on New Haw Creek, the new pedestrian bridge, new businesses and a new greenway connecting Beverly and Arco Roads.

The next item for the Sidewalks, Greenways & Pedestrian Safety Committee is to prepare a report outlining options for expanding sidewalks on New Haw Creek and Old Haw Creek Rds., per the results of the community survey indicating strong support for this option.

Finally: since the 4/19 annual meeting, the concern expressed to the mayor about lack of action on the Arco Rd. greenway has resulted in action. The property owners who offered an easement over two years ago report receiving from the City paperwork related to formalizing the greenway easement: a small, but vital, step forward.

Other News

We have been forced to move Facebook page’s due to changes to Facebook policy. Please “like” and “follow” our new page at https://www.facebook.com/HCCABoard, and bear with us as we learn to navigate it!

In related news, the Board would like to establish a Communications Committee to manage this website, our Facebook page, the addition of new members to the contact list, and possibly create a communications strategy. If you’d like to get involved, contact Meghan – MeghanLQ@gmail.com or Chris – Chris@chrispelly.com.