PROPOSED REDUCTION TO BUS SERVICE IN HAW CREEK

Hello Haw Creek Community, 

The City of Asheville recently released their Draft Routing Recommendations for city bus service as part of their Transit Master Plan.

These recommendations include reducing the bus service in Haw Creek to only four trips per weekday during peak hours.

If these recommendations are approved, the only bus service to Haw Creek would be one westbound trip and one eastbound trip in both the morning and afternoon. There would be no weekend bus service in Haw Creek. To learn more about the proposed changes, please visit the City of Asheville’s website on the Transit Master Plan.

These proposed recommendations would greatly affect many of our neighbors. The city is requesting public comment on these recommendations through Monday, April 9. Please contact Elias Mathes, transit planning manager, by phone at 828-232-4522 and email at EMathes@Ashevillenc.gov.

You may use this ART Questionnaire to guide your response.

 A Haw Creek Community Association board member attended the first public meeting on the draft routing recommendations on March 26, 2018 and we plan to have representation at the second public meeting for the final plan presentation on May 21. If you would like to reach the HCCA, please email us at info@ilovehawcreek.com

Please share your questions and concerns about the reduction of city bus service with Elias Mathes (EMathes@Ashevillenc.gov) by Monday, April 9.

Finally, we would like to share a letter we received from a neighbor concerned about how these proposed changes will affect him.

 

Dear Neighbor,

I am writing to inform you of proposed changes to the Asheville Transit services in Haw Creek, and ask you to take action on these proposed changes. 

On Monday, March 26th, the City of Asheville presented a draft of the city’s Master Transit Plan to expand and improve bus service throughout the city.  In order to expand city services, the plan includes reducing bus service in Haw Creek from fourteen runs per day (hourly daytime service) to four runs per day (two in the early morning and two in the late afternoon).  In other words, the City is expanding services by practically eliminating Haw Creek’s services.

Do you or a neighbor utilize the City bus service, even if not on a regular basis?  Do you take the bus downtown to avoid parking issues?  If you do, with the proposed changes, it won’t happen, unless you go downtown in the morning and stay all day.  Being blind, I personally use the bus service on a regular basis.  If the proposed changes go through, I will have no means of independent travel other than taxi services which can get quite costly.  That’s why I am asking you to take action to maintain bus service at it’s current level.

The City is currently taking comments on the proposed changes to the Transit System through May 21st, when a final public meeting will be held on the proposed changes.  Please consider doing either or both of the following actions:

  1.  Write to Elias Mathes, the Transit Planning Manager, and let him know that we in Haw Creek want bus service maintained at its current level.  His email address is emathes@ashevillenc.gov.
  2.  Attend the public meeting to be held on May 21, at the Asheville Public Works building at 161 South Charlotte Street from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  (I find it interesting that the public meetings are held at the time when Haw Creek buses don’t run.) 

For more information on the proposed Transit Master Plan, please visit the website https://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/transit/transit_master_plan.htm.

Thank you for your attention to this very important issue for Haw Creek.  Bus service is probably the highest level of service we receive from the City.  Let’s hope we can keep it. 

Respectfully, 

Steven Obremski

38C Morning Glory Drive

Happenings At Haw Creek Elementary

It’s been a busy winter at Haw Creek Elementary School. We just concluded a school wide penny drive to raise money towards getting new swings on our playground. Lots of students raided their piggybanks to contribute to this worthwhile cause. We still have a little more fundraising to do but we hope to get the swings in the ground this spring!

Our Destination Imagination team won first place in their division at the recent state championship. Destination Imagination is a challenge event where students work as a team to solve problems using logic and creativity. The Haw Creek team will be heading to the Global Finals in Knoxville in May. We are very proud of their hard work.

Coming up this spring at Haw Creek Elementary will be our annual plant sale. Always held on the Friday before Mother’s Day (this year the date is Friday, May 11th) we sell seedlings and sprouts great for your garden plus potted plants. The hours are 8-3 in the lower parking lot off of Bethesda road. Hope to see you there!

Finally, as the days start getting warmer, we wanted to remind everyone of the beautiful walking trails on the Haw Creek Elementary campus. Refurbished last year by the Blue Ridge Parkway foundation, they are fun and easy for everyone to walk. Kids love the science experiment stations that are located at intervals along the path. Keep your eyes peeled, it’s also a favorite place to hide painted rocks for others to find! We welcome the community to share this wonderful resource with us during the hours that school is not in session. The Trailhead is up the driveway from Trinity Chapel Road. Please bring bags to clean up after your dogs to keep the trails clean and healthy for all of us.

Article by Betsy Couzins, PTA President

A Letter From The New HCCA President

Dear Neighbors,

It was such an honor to be elected president of the Haw Creek Community Association at the annual meeting in early March. You elected twelve committed and passionate volunteers to advocate for our community and we look forward to hitting the ground running.

While walking to the library the other day, I was reminded once again of the beauty of our valley as I passed by blooming cherry trees, forsythia, and daffodils. Whether you’ve lived here for five days or 50 years, you know what a special place Haw Creek is.

For over 20 years, the Haw Creek Community Association has been committed to protecting and promoting the interests of the overall Haw Creek neighborhood. Through regular newsletters, social events, and volunteer opportunities, we work to bring the entire Haw Creek community together. We also maintain an open dialogue with city and county officials to advocate for our neighborhood’s interests.

We have a full calendar of events for the year, including our first community-wide yard sale on April 21. We need volunteers to help with events and on other priorities. If you’re interested in getting involved, please email us. If we all contribute a little of our time and talents, think of the impact we can have on our community.

As you drive home this evening, I encourage you to slow down and appreciate the beauty of the place we call home and think about how you can make a difference in our neighborhood this year.

Thank you again for this awesome privilege and I look forward to hearing from you. You can reach me by email at info@ilovehawcreek.com. Our next newsletter will go out in early April outlining the upcoming events and HCCA priorities.

See you around the neighborhood,

Caroline Noor

HCCA President

PS- Have you liked us on Facebook yet? It’s a great way to stay up-to-date with what’s happening around the neighborhood.A L

Haw Creek Community Garden

Haw Creek Commons Garden workdays are every Tuesday and Thursday morning to garden between 10:00am-11:30am (winter hours that will change when it warms.) We will begin next week and continue through till next winter.

No garden experience is necessary and volunteers gain access to as much produce as they will use (as it’s harvested.)

Excess is donated to Manna Food Bank, Haywood Street Congregation for their weekly meals for the homeless, and used for groups at Haw Creek Commons. For more information contact:

Katey Rudd at Katey.rudd@hawcreekcommons.com – 203-212-7985

Haw Creek Elementary Pennies For Playgrounds

The Haw Creek Elementary PTA is running a Penny Drive to raise money for new swings for the playgrounds.
Friday, March 16th is the last day to contribute pennies and other coins or even bills.
This is a great chance to get rid of that coffee can of change AND donate to a great cause!
Any change brought to the office at Haw Creek Elementary will be put towards the swing set fund.
Thank you!

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