RHNA Meeting Minutes
Sunday, November 19, 2017, Ridglea Hills Elementary
Chris Holbert called the meeting to order at 3:01 pm and welcomed everyone. Motion was put forth, seconded and approved to approve the minutes from the last meeting. Chris thanked everyone for attending Halloween in the Hills. Lidl has backed out of their commitment to take over the old Kroger on Camp Bowie due to them not going forward with their North American plan. The property owner lives in Ridglea Hills and is very much invested in our neighborhood and will make sure that whatever moves in is good for the neighborhood. Race Track is scheduled to break ground within the next month. We are in the process of taking bids to revamp the website.
Matt Allan, VP Report: Reiterated how wonderful Halloween in the Hills was this year. Matt wants to focus on increasing membership and is planning to focus on spreading the word. He asked that everyone talks to their neighbors and let them know that we have an association.
Julie Miers, Treasurer: Treasurer’s report was available on the table as everyone walked in. We currently have $22, 277 in checking and $17,030 in savings. Total available funds are $39,307.
Amanda Wear, Secretary: You can subscribe to our email list on the home page of the website.
Anne Hufstetler, Events: National Night Out was a success even with the rain. We had well over 600 people in attendance at HITH and was a huge success. Progressive Dinner will possibly be in the spring depending on the newly elected officers.
RHNA Executive Officer Elections – bylaws call for an election in January.
Nominating Committee – will form a slate of officers to put forth for election in January. Anne Hufstetler and Amanda Wear will represent the EC on the nominating committee.
Anne Hufstetler nominated Allen Pennington
Julie Miers nominated Michael Zeigler
Lauren Klipfel nominated herself
Lance Buky nominated himself
Chris Holbert closed nominations.
Lance Buky withdrew his name so that we would not have to have a vote.
Alan Pennington, Michael Zeigler, and Lauren Klipfel will be on the nominating committee. Motion seconded and approved.
If you or anyone you know is interested in serving on the Executive Committee, please reach out and let us know!
Councilman Brian Byrd:
– Weatherford Traffic Circle – TXDot did a traffic study and there are not that many accidents.The city has applied for a grant to beautify the traffic circle.
- From Risky’s West, has been excised from The Camp Bowie improvement district.
- City of Fort Worth pension fund is in real trouble unless $40 million more per year is added. Either taxes are going to have to be raised or cuts will have to come from city budget. If we don’t maintain 6-7% on pension, even with adding $40 million more per year, it cannot be saved. That will be put to vote in the spring. Over the last ten years, the pension fund had a 3.8% rate of return. A task force has been formed and are currently waiting recommendations.
- Brought James Shiderly, traffic officer and Rick Irving with Code Blue.
- Stop sign on Risky’s – people stopped at the stop sign have the lowest priority for right of way.
- Julie Miers asked about traffic on Angus for the school – due to traffic back up, people drive in oncoming traffic to get around the school traffic. It may be changed to one way during school traffic.
- Rick Irving – member of Code Blue. They are the eyes and ears of police and they patrol regularly. It is a four hour class and they patrol 4-5 hours per month on average. Talk to Rick or Alan about volunteering for Code Blue – they always need more volunteers!
Tabitha Butler, Community Engagement Coordinator
- They help connect the neighborhood association with city services.
- Goodie bags are available for pickup at the conclusion of the meeting.
- New trash drop off location just opened.
- Neighborhood Awards are coming up and are free. There are several workshops available.
Wade Chappell, President of Camp Bowie District
- Irene St to the west is no longer in the assessment and will not be having taxes assessed.
- Officer Pennington is putting in off duty patrols for panhandling on Camp Bowie and made 9 arrests
- Retained a marketing firm and are starting to work with businesses on Camp Bowie
- Electrical work is being completed on the Bricks. Once that is completed, they will start working on Horne between Bryant Irvin.
- Now under Financial Management at the city and they are much more strict with how they budget the dollars. They do not know what the budget is due to the pension issues, but will be somewhere around $500,000.
Mandy Wright, RHE PTA President:
- Traffic Concerns – they are working with the principal and city to alleviate traffic concerns
- Added 170 children to the school this year and are now at capacity, music class is now on the stage and has 800 students in attendance.
- Lost Title I funding – lost $70,000 in funding. Currently at 38% and needed to be at 40%. That funding pays for tutoring, so if there are retired educators that would be interested in volunteering for tutoring, please contact the school.
Jason Charbonnet and Chris Garcia are both candidates for Justice of Peace and were in attendance today. They both briefly introduced themselves and encourage anyone to reach out with questions.