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Our next meeting is an important one for the neighborhood, as it’s the meeting in which we elect our leadership for the coming year.  Underwood Hills needs you!  We’re looking for fresh faces that want to take the next step in being more active in their community.  It’s an amazing way to meet neighbors, and learn more about what’s going on in our immediate area and how it affects Underwood Hills.  Every position will be up for election, but we specifically need people to fill the following roles:

Secretary Membership Communications (which includes Sponsorship, Webmaster, and Newsletter… these are best handled by individuals in each role) Elections

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!  To learn more about the positions available, see below.  Please contact Adam Karcz at javamugboy@gmail.com with questions or to express interest in a position.

Executive Committee 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-Committees Beautification – Schedules neighborhood cleanups of entrances and common areas, coordinates 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.

Sponsorship – Solicits sponsorship, keeps records of sponsors, maintains sponsorship rate sheet, follows up on all new sponsor requests, receives and reviews sponsorship and coordinates with newsletter Webmaster – Updates calendar on UHNA website, adds news and announcements submitted by board members, works with Treasurer to keep hosting and domain accounts up to date Newsletter – Collects newsletter items from committee members, edits content, publishes regular eNewsletters, publishes 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, encourages membership in the Association, coordinates an annual membership drive. Play Group – Coordinates Play Group activities such as Friday play dates at the park, Halloween Party, Easter Egg Hunt; collects Play Group dues and delivers to Treasurer; encourages payment of Play Group dues to fund activities. Social/Welcome – Organizes social activities for Underwood Hills residents (such as the annual Spring Social) and welcomes new residents to the neighborhood Traffic and Safety – Coordinates 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), works with Department of Public Works on traffic related issues. Elections – Identifies and/or recruit candidates to run for each elected position, educates residents on the positions available, encourages involvement in the Steering Committee.

Apr 26

Survey

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 uhadmin@underwoodhills.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.

Executive Committee

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-Committees

Beautification – 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

It’s official! Underwood Hills joins many other Atlanta neighborhoods with employing a private Security Patrol staffed by Atlanta Police Department officers to help ensure our safety and act as a deterrent to crime in our area. The Patrol is officially underway as of the week of August 1 and officers will be actively patrolling our neighborhood. The times and dates of shifts will not be published in advance. The intent is to staff shifts randomly and based upon current and historic crime trends. We don’t want the potential bad guys to know the schedule and work around it. We are starting with three shifts per week and may increase that as time goes on and we can continue to collect more contributions. Yard signs for Patrol members were made available this week and we encourage all to proudly and prominently display their sign. Det. Kevin Leonpacher from the Atlanta Police Department came to our July UHNA meeting and spoke about the Patrol and how it will work (www.underwoodhills.org/july-meeting-minutes). We are pleased to finally have the Patrol off the ground and want to encourage you to join if you have not already. Please consult the Security Patrol page (www.underwoodhills.org/security-patrol/) for details, FAQs, and contribution information.

It’s that time of year again… our annual Spring Social is right around the corner! Save the date of Saturday, May 21 at 4pm at Underwood Hills Park for an afternoon of food, fun, music, and time with your neighbors as we celebrate our great neighborhood! There will be Underwood Hills merchandise for sale, a raffle to raise funds for the neighborhood, games for the kids, and more. If you are not a current UHNA member, you can join or renew your membership here. If you have items to contribute to the raffle or would like to sponsor the social, please contact Chris LeCraw for information on sponsorship opportunities and recognition.

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.

Read the appeal Jim Martin’s (appellant) write-up for the BPNA Newsletter

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!?