Two Events Next Week!

The first is the NEHCA Quarterly Meeting on Tuesday April 23rd at 6:30pm at the Optimist Park Community Center!

Screen Shot 2019-04-19 at 4.58.33 PM.pngThe second is the City Council Meeting for the Greenways and Bikes Lanes! Thursday April 25th – 6PM at 308 Fountain Circle SW!

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3rd Annual Garden Gathering

The 3rd Annual Garden Gathering will take place on April 13th from 9-12 at the Optimist Park Pavilion. Bring, trade and swap garden bulbs, plants, seeds, herbs, flowers, veggies, garden equipment and talk with local gardeners and experts! There will be activities for the kids, a raffle, composting and worm info, seed bombs, and much more. This is a free event for the Huntsville Community sponsored by the Northeast Huntsville Civic Association and all are welcome!

Have you heard our PSA on WLRH?

 

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Flood Plain Mitigation Dallas Branch

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At least 900 homes are in the FEMA designated flood plain or flood fringe in NE Huntsville.  After Hurricane Katrina, FEMA needed less risk and required people to purchase private insurance while making money available to cities to improve storm water management.  Last year, 15 Million was awarded.

Huntsville city engineers are currently updating the cost estimate too build the infrastructure that was designed in 2013 when the housing market was at its lowest. We know that the project cost now exceeds the grant award of 15 million.  New funding sources will be required to move this project forward, either with additional grant funds or city capital funds.  We will be discussing these options over the next few weeks with FEMA and the Administration to decide how to proceed. We recommend that anyone who pays flood insurance do two things, both things:

1.  Go the CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS to tell the Mayor that you want City money, Economic Development monies, to be dedicated now, not wait for FEMA and

2. Write to Kathy.martin@huntsvilleal.gov to let her know you want city funds, the money in Economic Development budget, to pay for the work. 

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Meet & Greet – January 22, 2019

Last nights meeting went well! A huge thanks to Jamie Miernik for speaking to the group about cycling in the city. And congratulations to the newly elected board for 2019!

Scott Akridge – President
Austin Jackson – Vice President
Sabrina Simon – Communications Chair
Steve Rowley – Treasurer
Brittain Prince – Secretary

 

Many Hands make Light Work

 Five Points Cleanup Day Sat. Oct 27

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10 Reasons to Meet up and Pick up

1. The offenders never stop littering.
2. We don’t want to be seen as a sloppy neighborhood.
3. Some types of litter are a health hazard.
4. Litter hurts your house’s “curb appeal.”
5. A littered environment can contribute to depression.
6. It’s easy to do as part of a team, and walking in brisk fresh air promotes health and wellness.
7. A litter cleanup event keeps us connected as neighbors and members of a community.
8. There’ll be popcorn and drinks.
9. It’s been six months since the last cleanup.
10. There’ll be door prizes! Drawing at 11:45
So … let’s do it!
When      Saturday, Oct. 27
Where     Meet at Lewter Family Park, corner of Wellman and Windham to get a safety vest, a bag, and your door prize ticket
Why        See above!
How        Just show up. All we need is volunteers; everything else is furnished, thanks to City of Huntsville’s Operation Green Team.

Please attend to meet Jerry Berg; he initiated this biannual event over 10 years ago! Please, talk to him about being the point person for this 2x year event AND / OR to start one for other parts of NE Huntsville, too.

Draft Master Plan

Lots of folks came out to see the draft plan and talk to city staff from offices of Traffic Engineering and Planning and GIS mapping.  We didn’t see anyone from Parks and Recreation, however.   Stay tuned for the next meeting to flush out more details.  Here is the summary:

 

http://bigpicturehuntsville.com/five-points-northeast/

Our Area Master Plan V.1

Join us at the Optimist Recreation Center (703 Oakwood Ave. NE) on June 12th from 6-8PM for a reveal Small Area Master Plan.

Over the past eight months, city planning staff in coordination with the Northeast Huntsville Civic Association and the Five Points Historic District Association gathered opinions and ideas from residents in a series of public meetings to identify Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. unnamed-13

This will be an open house-style event with no formal presentations or exercises, so you may come and go as you please. Staff from many departments will be represented.

The plan highlights several issues considered important by the residents of the study area, including:

Parks: Residents identified the neighborhood parks and Land Trust access as a strength of their community, but some improvements can be made. Come and tell staff how you want to use the parks: Bierne Park, Oak Park, Philpot Park, and Lewter Park.

Streetscape: Improving streets in accordance with the new city-wide Complete Streets policy. Come find out what that means and how you want to use the ribbons of asphalt and concrete in the area.

Pedestrian Connectivity: Highlighting new sidewalks and crosswalks to make access to amenities easier and safer. If you were in charge of spending limited $$, what are the priorities?

Zoning: Encouraging development that complements the surrounding architecture and land uses. What should houses and stores look like? Is there enough diversity?

This plan is still a draft, and comments will be gathered at the meeting.

BONUS:

Charles Marohn, renowned civil engineer turned city planner,  will be in town on June 14th, from 5-7 pm at the Museum of Art.

https://www.strongtowns.org/eventspage/2018/6/14/huntsville-al