The newly elected Board of Directors met for the first time on Wednesday 18 May 2022 at the Haw Creek Commons.
Since the April election, four committees have met to initiate a range of projects throughout the community. Work has begun on the Masters Park parking area; Clean and Green are hosting their first official litter pick-up on Sunday 5 June (details below); and the Community Outreach Committee is planning a community yard sale for Saturday 4 June (details also below).
At the meeting, a proposed single-use plastics ban was discussed. If you’re interested in learning more, check out the Letter to the Editor in from Anna Alsobrook in the Mountain Xpress, as well as this article about plastics in our local environment.
Community Yard Sale
Saturday 4 June 2022 from 8am – 1pm at the Groce United Methodist Church. Spaces are $15. All proceeds support the Haw Creek Community Association. Please contact Leslie Morris at Lesliermorris@gmail.com for more information.
Don gloves and boots to meet Marti and the team on Sunday 5 June at 10am in front of Creekside for a litter clean-up. Grabbers and bags will be supplied.
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.
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 meet 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 sale 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.
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.
Given the uptick in human-bear interaction in our community, neighbor Sarah Oram has these top tips from BearWise to to keep everyone safe!
BearWise Haw Creek participants agree to:
Not put out their garbage until collection day morning, and to secure it (in a garage, shed, or locked area) throughout the week
Not feel bears directly
Secure or remove unintended bear food sources around the house (birdseed, dirty grills, pet food, garbage, etc)
Contact State Assistant Biologist, Ashley Hobbs (Ashley.Hobbs@ncwildlife.org) to report escalated bear behavior and to secure/remove any bear attractants for at least two weeks after the reported incident
Notify NC Wildlife’s Justin McVey on 828 273 7980 about any bear encounters that feel unusually aggressive to humans or pets
Educate Haw Creek neighbors and friends about BearWise recommendations for the safety of both humans and bears
Sarah would like to organize neighborhoods in Haw Creek for BearWise certification. If you are interested in learning more, please contact her on 828 298 4893 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The HCCA Annual Meeting and Board Elections will take place on Monday, March 2 at 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall at St. John’s Episcopal Church (290 Old Haw Creek Road.) Please visit our calendar page for all the information on this meeting.