Monday, October 29, 2012

HVN Youth Halloween Party


Thanks to the Darden's for hosting and Debbie and Michelle for being chaperones.
















Tuesday, October 23, 2012

UPDATE on meeting tonight

In the current proposed plan, there are NO projects to be funded in Hope Valley North. Given our neighborhoods flooding and erosion issues, we need to get out tonight and make our voice heard.


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Our community, which is part of the Third Fork Creek watershed, is plagued with storm water run-off issues. These issues not only contribute to the water quality problems of Jordan Lake that we’ve read about in the newspaper, they affect all of our property values either directly or indirectly.

This past year a dozen of our neighbors voluntarily participated in incentive base city and county programs designed to address neighborhood storm water run-off and improve water quality. Unfortunately, their efforts barely addressed the erosion and degradation of the stream that runs through our neighborhood creating man-made wetlands where mosquitoes and snakes breed.

On Tuesday October 23rd at 7pm in the City Hall Committee Room at 101 City Hall Plaza a public information session will be held for the purpose of presenting the results of a Watershed Improvement plan to improve the health of Third Fork Creek and two other watersheds. They will be gathering input from residence and we need to be there. Our stream needs its natural function restored to prevent even further erosion and flooding.

Please plan to attend, especially if you are a home owner who is directly affected by storm water run-off. If you would like to carpool or have any questions call Debbie Lidowski @ 919-210-1450.

Chili cook-off


We have enough cooks, now we just need people. This Sunday is our second annual chili cook off from 3pm to 5pm on the Shropshire Place cul-de-sac. Come sample chili and remember to bring a beverage, chili topping or side dish. There will be beef, chicken and vegetarian chili.

 

For more information call Debbie at 919-210-1450 or email Martha  at m_wilaby@yahoo.com

Saturday, October 20, 2012

IMPORTANT meeting on Tuesday


Our community, which is part of the Third Fork Creek watershed, is plagued with storm water run-off issues. These issues not only contribute to the water quality problems of Jordan Lake that we’ve read about in the newspaper, they affect all of our property values either directly or indirectly.

This past year a dozen of our neighbors voluntarily participated in incentive base city and county programs designed to address neighborhood storm water run-off and improve water quality. Unfortunately, their efforts barely addressed the erosion and degradation of the stream that runs through our neighborhood creating man-made wetlands where mosquitoes and snakes breed.

On Tuesday October 23rd at 7pm in the City Hall Committee Room at 101 City Hall Plaza a public information session will be held for the purpose of presenting the results of a Watershed Improvement plan to improve the health of Third Fork Creek and two other watersheds. They will be gathering input from residence and we need to be there. Our stream needs its natural function restored to prevent even further erosion and flooding.

Please plan to attend, especially if you are a home owner who is directly affected by storm water run-off. If you would like to carpool or have any questions call Debbie Lidowski @ 919-210-1450.
                                      

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Chili cook off....or not

We still need a few more cooks for the chili cook off to happen. Call Debbie if you can make chili, otherwise we may need to cancel.

Debbie: (919)210-1450 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Watershed Improvement Plans Information Session

 

This could have implication for our neighborhood as we are in the Third Fork Creek watershed. It would be great to have as many neighbors as possible attend this.



From the City Website
 
Thursday, October 4, 2012

Durham Hosts Watershed Improvement Plans Information Session

October 23 Meeting to Present Final Results of Plans to Improve Health of Three Watersheds
​DURHAM, N.C. — Durham residents interested in the future health of Third Fork Creek, Northeast Creek, and Crooked Creek will soon get a chance to learn more about how the City of Durham plans to improve the health of these three watersheds using prioritized projects and customized strategies.

The public information session will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Committee Room, 101 City Hall Plaza.

The purpose of the meeting is to present the results from the draft watershed improvement plans that were developed for each creek’s watershed and gather input from residents. According to Sandi Wilbur, project manager with the Stormwater Services Division of the City’s Public Works Department, the plans were developed by studying field conditions and analyzing opportunities with watershed modeling tools. “Resident input is an important component in finalizing the improvement plans, which sets a course for improving water quality in each of the creeks and complying with state regulations,” Wilbur said.

For additional information about this meeting or the Watershed Improvement Plans for Third Fork Creek, Northeast Creek, and Crooked Creek, visit http://www.DurhamNC.gov/Stormwater or contact Wilbur at (919) 560-4326 or by email at Sandra.Wilbur@DurhamNC.gov.

About the Public Works Department’s Stormwater Services Division
The Stormwater Services Division with the City of Durham’s Public Works Department is guided by the City’s strategic plan goals of stewardship of the City’s physical assets and promoting thriving, livable neighborhoods. It has the major responsibility for enforcing all existing stormwater ordinances and regulations. Activities include storm drainage design and plans review; inspecting and maintaining City-owned drainage systems; education and outreach; and stream monitoring, restoration, and watershed master planning. To learn more, visit http://www.DurhamNC.gov/Stormwater or “like” on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/DurhamNCStormwater.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Chili update


Fall is here and it’s time to welcome the cooler weather with our second annual HVN chili cook off. It is tentatively scheduled for Sunday afternoon, October 28 from 3 to 5pm. We need at least 6-8 contestants to make chili for the event to happen.

Do you have a chili recipe that can dethrone the reigning champ? If so, contact Debbie Lidowski by cell (919)210-1450 or email dlilowski@nc.rr.com before 10/14.

Contestants will make a pot of chili for sampling. Other will need to sign up to bring chips, cornbread, beverages or toppings (cheese, jalapeƱos, etc). Contact Debbie to sign up to make chili or to bring a side or topping. There will be games from the kids.

If we cannot get enough cooks by 10/14, this event will be cancelled. Don’t let that happen, sign up today!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Save the date! - second annual chili cook

We are planning our second annual chili cook off for October 27th from 3pm to 5pm on the Shropshire Place cul-de-sac.  We will be seeking 10-12 people to cook chili for the completion. Everyone else who comes should bring a beverage, chili topping or side dish. There will be more details to come in the next newsletter (coming out soon). But save the date!!
If you would like to volunteer to be one of the chili cookers, please call Debbie at 919-210-1450 or email me at m_wilaby@yahoo.com

We won!!

We applied for a grant from Keep Durham Beautiful to renovate our front entrance. Well, we won!! We will be reimbursed $400 of our renovation costs. Most of this will likely go to new signs and paint. But we will also work on landscaping too. In fact, you may have noticed changes have already. It started with two large Holly bushes being removed. There will be more information to come and we will be organizing some neighborhood work days so please come out and help us improve the looks of our neighborhood.

By next summer the picture below should look very different!