Highlights from the HFNA annual meeting

Thanks to all who came to the Huntingtowne Farms Neighborhood Association meeting on April 30. In case you couldn’t make it, here are some highlights:

Greenway update. Gwen Cook, director of Greenway Planning and Development Services, announced that the grand opening of the Tyvola–HF Park greenway section will be Saturday, June 23rd, at 10 a.m. She also said that the greenway in HF park will be widened to 12 feet, and that our playground will be rebuilt (on the same spot as before) in late summer or early fall after construction vehicles no longer need access to that area. A small pavilion will be built next to the playground. The section of the greenway from HF Park to I-485 is expected to be complete by the summer of 2019.

Drainage improvement project. Brian Sikes, a project manager with Mecklenburg County,  said that the Lilly Mill Drainage Improvement Project will begin construction this September, and that the project will take up to two years to complete.

County commission. HF resident and Mecklenburg County Commissioner Matthew Ridenhour spoke about some current issues, including the 2019 property revaluation and the possibility of universal pre-k for all 4-year-olds. He reminded attendees that issues the county commission deals with include schools, parks, libraries, social services, and the health department. He encouraged residents to contact him with questions or concerns at matthew.ridenhour@mecklenburgcountync.gov or 704-880-4916.

Landscaping. Mark Thornberry has agreed to serve as vice president of HFNA and will take on planning and maintenance for our entrances. Repairs to the lighting and sprinkler system will be needed this year.

Neighborhood directory. Planned for this summer after HFNA’s main membership drive ends. Section leaders may call on new neighbors to welcome them, inform them about HFNA, and encourage them to join the association.

Finances. John Sechrist has agreed to serve as HFNA treasurer. The HFNA board voted to increase the annual dues to $55 because our expenses exceeded our income last year. The board would like to get 200 paid members (households) this year. (The neighborhood has about 400 homes.)

New president. Kim Riddle has agreed to serve as the next HFNA president! She will start in August.

Greenway at HF Park topic of July 26 information session

The county’s Greenway Advisory Council will host a community information session on Wednesday, July 26, to hear comments on the design and construction of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway near Starmount and Huntingtowne Farms Park.

The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at Starmount Academy of Excellence (in the multi-media center). The school is at 7300 Starbrook Drive.

For more information, call Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec at 980-314-1036.