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Underwood Hills Community Survey Results
By: Heather Sheets, UHNA President
Last Spring, the UHNA conducted a Survey Monkey Neighborhood Community Research study to align on your needs, wants and opportunities for improvements. While these results were shared in one of our Quarterly UHNA General Meeting, we wanted to share the information and feedback we received from each of you in more detail.
We received 80 unique responses to the survey. Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond! The complete results are published here. Although the responses represent a relatively small sample size, and over 70% of the respondents have lived in the neighborhood 4+years.
While minimal feedback was received, the survey results confirmed the UHNA Steering Committee is indeed focused on the issues perceived as most important by the majority of the community; however, I believe the results also indicate:We need to continue our focus and efforts around traffic & safety, educate and inform the neighborhood with consistent updates from both our Security Patrol and our Police Force; Specifically, in terms of development in and around the area, we need to continue to collaborate with the surrounding businesses and apartment complexes to help address our traffic, safety and beautification needs; We need to do a better job educating you about the roles and responsibilities of the UHNA and continue to aggressively staff our council to ensure we can handle the neighborhood concerns that may arise as our area continues to grow and develop. Roughly 24% of you feel we do not have enough power to make our concerns heard by the City; Most people recognize that maintaining the character of the neighborhood (which is what attracts people/enhances property values to begin with) is important, but many voiced a desire for additional ways we can maintain the beauty of the entrances, formalize the entrances and uphold higher standards for overall cleanliness; You’ve also requested additional social events that expand beyond what we do to support families, and The majority of you feel that a combination of membership fees, sponsorships and fundraisers are all excellent ways that we can continue to source funding the UHNA and our efforts on behalf of the Neighborhood.
Thank you for your feedback, as this helps to influence and guide the needs of you the neighbors and what collectively we need to focus on as a neighborhood organization this year.
The Underwood Hills Park Teen Committee has received a matching grant from Park Pride for $2400 to install exercise equipment for all to enjoy in our park! In addition to the Park Pride grant, they’ve received a $500 grant from Disney and have raised an additional $500+ from neighborhood businesses and benefactors. These are very competitive grants and we are so proud of Mia and Nora Epstein for this! They had to present to the Park Design Committee at the City of Atlanta to have this project approved. Go girls!
Now, we need to raise the matching funds for the purchase and installation of the equipment. This equipment will be suitable for many ages and abilities and will help build balance, strengthen the core, and enhance flexibility. The equipment will be installed on the flat, mulched surface behind the tire swing and next to the tennis courts. Click these links for details on the equipment and manufacturer.
The Teen Committee is raising funds, in part, by selling commemorative bricks. Your donation to Park Pride is fully tax deductible. Park Pride is a 501c3 organization and you will receive a receipt to confirm your donation. All proceeds from the brick campaign will go toward purchasing this equipment.
Your engraved brick will become part of the park landscape near the pavilion. The 4″x8″ brick’s message may contain up to three lines of 12 characters each, and the cost is $150 or $250 for two bricks. The bricks will be ordered on February 1, 2017 and will be installed by mid-March. You may use this order form to secure your brick today! If you don’t want a brick, donations of any amount are accepted by visiting Park Pride’s website and selecting Underwood Hills Teen Committee from the drop-down menu.
If you have any questions or you have a teenager who’d like to join the Teen Committee, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you love your neighborhood? Do you wish that there was more you could do to take an active role in making Underwood Hills an even more amazing place to live?
Well you’re in luck, because the UHNA elections are right around the corner. The following positions are open to all who are interested. While one person is officially elected for each position, we encourage people to get involved in the committees, as many of the steering committee positions are best handled by a few people. With a little time from some great neighbors, we can continue to ensure Underwood Hills is a great place to live!
Please contact Adam Karcz with questions or to express interest in a position.
President – Presides over the Association
VP – Fills in for President as needed, handles special projects
Secretary – Keeps official records for the Association
Treasurer – Manages the funds of the Association
Standing Sub-CommitteesBeautification – Schedule neighborhood cleanups of entrances and common areas, coordinate with Park Committee on park cleanups and events Communications – Maintains all communications and sponsorship for the Association including the website, eNewsletter, annual printed news flyer, and sponsorships. This is best served by a committee consisting of: Sponsorship – Solicit sponsorship, keep record of sponsors, maintain sponsorship rate sheet, follow up on all new sponsor requests, receive and review sponsorship and coordinate with newsletter Webmaster – Update calendar on UHNA website, add news and announcements submitted by board members, work with Treasurer to keep hosting and domain accounts up to date, and post meeting minutes Newsletter – Collect newsletter items from committee members, edit content, publish regular eNewsletters, publish at least one printed newsletter/flyer annually
Land Use and Planning – Leads the Planning Committee, represents the interests of Underwood Hills in zoning and development related issues facing the neighborhood, coordinates code enforcement issues
Membership – Responsible for maintaining the membership list in conjunction with the Treasurer and Secretary, encourage membership in the Association, coordinate an annual membership drive
Play Group – Coordinate Play Group activities such as Friday play dates at the park, Halloween Party, Easter Egg Hunt; collect Play Group dues and deliver to Treasurer; encourage payment of Play Group dues to fund activities
Social/Welcome – Organize social activities for Underwood Hills residents (such as the annual Spring Social) and welcome new residents to the neighborhood
Traffic and Safety – Coordinate with the City of Atlanta and Underwood Hills residents and businesses to develop and maintain a safe environment in Underwood Hills, including communicating with APD contacts, posting crime reports, organizing neighborhood watch or patrol (if applicable), working with Department of Public Works on traffic related issues
Elections – Identify and/or recruit candidates to run for each elected position, educate residents on the positions available, encourage involvement in the Steering Committee
There will be a hearing before the Board of Zoning Adjustment for the appeal of the administrative variances granted in the Special Administrative Permit (SAP) for QuikTrip’s proposed development on Howell Mill between Defoor and Chattahoochee. The hearing will be held on Thursday, April 7 at noon in City Council Chambers at City Hall (55 Trinity Avenue). If you are interested in this development, it is very important to attend this meeting! More information can be found in the links below.
We have a lot of fun events going on in March!
What: Spring Park Clean Up When: Saturday, March 12 9AM-12PM Where: Underwood Hills Park Why: Help us keep our neighborhood’s green center beautiful! We’ll be mulching, pruning, planting, weeding, and freshening it up for Spring! If you can’t make it but would like to make a financial contribution to our Beautification Fund, please email us.
What: UHNA General Meeting When: Monday, March 14 7-8PM Where: 1824 Defoor Clubhouse (1824 Defoor Ave) Why: We’ll have wine and appetizers and enjoy time to socialize as well as see the new 1824 Defoor Apartments. We’ll also be taking a vote on a Resolution in Support of the QT Appeal. Learn more in our March eNewsletter.
What: Play Group Easter Egg Hunt When: Saturday, March 19 at 4PM SHARP Where: Underwood Hills Park Why: It’s our annual egg hunt! You’ll need one dozen filled eggs per child. Please see our March eNewsletter for details.
Join us for the first UHNA meeting of 2016! The agenda will include a vote on our 2016 operating budget and a discussion with our Traffic & Safety Chair and an APD Officer on crime trends, security, and related matters. The meeting starts at 7:00 PM and will be done by 8:00 PM. The TVs will be on so you won’t miss the pre-game festivities of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Thanks to Red Brick Brewing Company for hosting us and providing the beer! Don’t forget to join or renew your membership for 2016.
Who: YOU! What: UHNA Meeting When: Monday, January 11, 2016 at 7:00PM Where: Red Brick Brewing Company, 2323 Defoor Hills Rd NW Why: Why not!?
Due to rain predicted for Saturday, the 2015 UHNA Spring Social has been moved to Sunday, April 26 from 4PM-7PM in Underwood Hills Park. Come get to know more of your neighbors in our beautiful park. There will be food and drinks, as well as a bounce house for the kids and a raffle. Raffle tickets are $2 each, or 3 for $5. Lots of local businesses and individuals have chipped in to make this a great event. Check out some of the prizes:Chick-fil-A party pack courtesy of Chick-fil-A Howell Mill Willy’s party pack courtesy of Willy’s Howell Mill Ormsby’s Gift Cards & Swag courtesy of Ormsby’s Flip Burger Gift Card courtesy of Flip Burger Howell Mill Verde Gift Cards courtesy of Verde Taqueria $100 Florist Atlanta Gift Card courtesy of Florist Atlanta 5 Seasons Happy Hour for 10 courtesy of 5 Seasons Westside Underwood Hills Flag Strongbox West Passes courtesy of Strongbox West Two $50 gift certificates for VHS to DVD conversion courtesy of Abracadabra Video CrossFit North Atlanta passes and BodPod assessment courtesy of CrossFit North Atlanta Monogrammed Item courtesy of Keeping You In Stitches 2 Weekday nights in the Rockhouse cottage in Dahlonega courtesty of Tawn Chi Platter of Sandwiches & Sides courtesy of Lunch Box Atlanta
Other Donations Provided By:Beer provided by Monday Night Brewing Pittypat’s Porch BBQ dinner made possible by a donation from Allen & Natalie Shpigel Beverages provided by Circle K Chattahoochee Avenue
In order to register Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association as a 501 (c)(4) social welfare organization, changes to the UHNA Bylaws have been proposed. The changes will be voted upon at the general meeting on March 9, 2015 at 7PM at the Defoor Centre. The redlined version of the proposed by-laws can be downloaded as a PDF.