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Quarterly All-Neighbor Meeting
January 25 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Minutes from January neighborhood meeting:
New board president is David Hale. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
New vice president is Karen Van Sickler. Reach her at email@example.com
Of the more than 2,200 households in Plaza Midwood, we’re at fewer than 100 so far in 2018 as dues-paying members. Our goal for the year is to get to 25%, which would be about 550. Dues are just $25 and go toward funding the great neighborhood events, projects and improvements throughout the year (see list here of what we did last year: http://plazamidwood.org/event/renew-your-pmna-membership/ ). If you haven’t paid your 2018 dues yet, we’d greatly appreciate your support. You can do so here: http://plazamidwood.org/neighborhood-association/membership/
Greenways For Mecklenburg, a non-profit aimed at pushing the county for improved, expanded and accessible greenway construction, met this week with a great crowd of more than 200. You can find a full outline of the meeting and their goals here: http://greenwaysformeck.com/
They’re encouraging anyone interested in better, faster greenway expansion to please contact your county commissioners now.
Currently Charlotte lags woefully behind Raleigh in greenways, and despite Charlotte being the 16th largest metro area in the nation, we’re 31st in greenway miles. (Also see attached documents for more details.)
BEST OF PLAZA MIDWOOD
We’re continuing our Yard of the Month winners, and encourage you to send suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, we’re launching a new “best of” the quarter, with write ups in the Spirit newsletter each quarter on a neighbor, merchant and educator of the quarter. Our goal is to shed some light on all the great work being done by folks around Plaza Midwood. So, if you have a neighbor who’s made a big difference in the community, a merchant who’s gone above and beyond or a teacher who’s helped your family… let us know! Send any suggestions to email@example.com.
CRIME AND SAFETY
The biggest topic was, as always, auto break-ins. So, here’s your regular reminder to lock your cars. The vast majority of thefts occur close to the Central Ave. business district and involve people simply checking to see if doors are unlocked. In addition, don’t leave your car running to warm up in the morning and don’t leave valuable where they can be seen in your vehicle.
An arrest has been made in the case of several assaults on women around Plaza Midwood. Officer Finis assured us these were not violent assault, but rather purse snatching and robberies.
We’re looking for volunteers for court watch, a program aimed at making sure local judges are sentencing offenders who are causing crimes in our area and getting them off the streets. We’re also looking for volunteers to help with this year’s National Night Out. If you’re interested in either, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, if you’ve had any issues with the massive number of dock-less bike shares around, please let Officer Finis know. She’s personally working on this issue. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Lastly, our next Cops, Coffee & Cake meeting is Thursday, Feb. 8. Details HERE.
This year’s Fling is a Luau at Resident Culture. We’ll have a catered dinner from Roots, live music from New Local, coffee, treats from Toasting Company, raffles, silent auction, games, photo booths and lots more.
We did a survey of Winter Fling attendees last year, and the overwhelming response was that they wanted to see Fling be more of a Plaza Midwood exclusive event. We love that idea, too, but we also have a budget to meet. Fling is our only neighborhood fundraiser of the year. Two years ago, the money we raised helped kick off our movies in the park series. Last year, it paid for the new dog waste stations that went in around Plaza Midwood. But to raise the money for these projects AND keep it a truly neighborhood event, we need neighbors to buy tickets (and ideally, get them in advance). So, if you haven’t gotten yours already, they’re on sale now. And if you have gotten yours, please invite your friends and neighbors, too.
You can get tickets HERE.
And please click going/interested on our Facebook page for regular updates on the event, or share and invite directly from Facebook.
PLAZA MIDWOOD MERCHANTS
Clifton Castelloe is the new president of the merchants association and is looking to connect more with the neighborhood itself. One way they’re doing that is planning a Plaza Midwood night out at the Charlotte Checkers on March 18. More details to come soon, but keep an eye out on our Web site and Facebook pages for details.
Principle Webb provided an update on Eastway’s new partial magnet program and the awesome courses Eastway is offering. They’ll be hosting an open house on March 1, and we’d highly encourage you to come by. Even if you don’t have kids at Eastway, ensuring a successful middle school in our neighborhood is critical to keeping folks in the neighborhood longer and increasing property values. Community support is critical in making our schools great.
SEN. JEFF JACKSON
Jeff Jackson provided some key updates on things happening in Raleigh, including a push to eliminate voting on judges (allowing the state legislature to appoint all judges), the multiple gerrymandering court cases going on, and budget issues surrounding new regulations on class sizes for elementary schools. For more details, feel free to reach out to Jeff directly.
BIKE LANES ON THE PLAZA
C-DOT has officially announced a project to bring permanent bike lanes to The Plaza. This is not a bond project, so funding is already in place to get the ball rolling. The specific plans are still in their infancy, but C-DOT hopes to have some renderings for the public by late March or April. This is Step 1 in the project, and C-DOT wants community feedback. They’ve also heard your concerns regarding problems at various intersections, particularly Plaza/Central, and plan to address those in their new design.
MIDWOOD INTERNATIONAL CENTER
The Charlotte International House is owned by the school district. Their lease is coming due in June, and they’re pushing the school board to extend the lease by 10 years. This is critical to keep the great neighborhood resource here and avoid further apartment construction. The tenants at MIC are unlikely to remain if the lease ins’t extended significantly, so a 10-year plan is essential. If you are interested in info, willing to help, or looking for ways to offer support, reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Our next Adopt-A-Street cleanup will be held Saturday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church. Event details HERE.
* The mural project on the Nook is still happening, but weather delays have likely pushed the start date back to March.
* Our next quarterly meeting will be Thursday, April 26 at 6:30.