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
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:
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.
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.
Charles Marohn, renowned civil engineer turned city planner, will be in town on June 14th, from 5-7 pm at the Museum of Art.
Gardeners appreciate rain, and Rain We Got on the 2nd Garden Gathering April 14, 2108. Still, people came out with freshly dug perennials, cuttings, and vegetable starts. The rain did not dampen our spirits. Neighbors made new connections and revived aquaintences.
Greg Parker and Brent Avery of city Parks and Recreation hosted the Pizza Garden station, and the city Landscape management division supplied the soil. Sabrina also set up stations for the kids to make “seed bombs” and decorate their own tin can to use for a planter.
We all took delight in the joy of lil’ Nicholas’ romp and the Garden Music Station that Emily Bodnar built. The Worm Hotel from Jerry King was a big hit…and Mrs. Mary Howe, Master Gardener, helped everyone identify unmarked contributions. Adornments from “Wood and Beam” were available for sale to show our affinity for nature.
Original artwork by @Brandy Baird was appreciated in the raffle as well as:
Cunningham’s Pot Yard gift certificate
Tea Basket and Olde English tea pot
Bonsai trimmed by Sabrina
Sabrina’s hand made Herb Garden Tower
Quilted mug rug by Heather Ross, @mrsdragon
Our vision for improvements in our area begins to take shape with the help of professional planners and engineering staff. Imagine if Andrew Jackson Way had stores and apartments above them as in this picture; a lot of people liked that configuration! This sort of preference can/may lead to new zoning policy to make it a bit easier for a developer with vision to accomplish the makeover.
Check out the results of the last two meetings here:
We live in the BEST city in the state because leaders and residents show up and communicate!
Please join our Association to help build bridges between ALL residents of NE Huntsville! Contributions support the ways we promote the area as a great place to live and improve the quality of life in NE Huntsville.
The riders came from all points of the compass and they discovered the businesses on Meridian Street- our western border of our service area. At the end of the ride, the staff at Mad Malts welcomed everyone with fire pits and smiles, the Josh Couts Jazz Band warmed spirits, and the two food trucks Beast Mode and Doctor BBQ were a great complement to one another. If the joy of bicycling is something you want to promote for our area and you will help out for the next ride, contact Brandy at
Brandy is intentional about building a group who will keep it going. In this, the inaugural event, the NE Hsv Civic Association contributed some money and provided the hot tea in the park along. This type of riding is an international phenomenon.
Incidentally, George Hamilton of Old Town hosts a casual bike ride held on the last Sunday of the month. Gather at Huntville Middle School and leave at 2 pm, for a short distance 6-8 miles. The pace is conversational, no spandex needed. Sorta like a mini tweed ride, w/out the old fashioned clothes.
The Homeowners Association of Saddletree needs an audit of its books by a Public Accountant. If you know an accountant who is a CPA or works at a CPA firm and will review the ‘books’ for this group either free or for a nominal fee, please contact the president of the HOA, Ms. Sherri Rhoads email@example.com
A great community of all of NE starts with your block!