Minutes: Morehead Hill Neighborhood Association
Sunday, September 13,
Greystone Inn & Conference Center
& agenda review
Bruce Mitchell, MHNA President, briefly introduced the board
members and guests present and reviewed the agenda for the meeting.
2. Morehead Hill History Grove update
Sandy Ogburn provided an update on volunteer efforts to
design and install a Morehead Hill History Grove in Orchard Park to honor
George & Mary Pyne, in cooperation with the MHNA and the Durham Museum of
History. See attached report (MH History
Grove update Sept 13 2015.PDF). For more information about History Groves,
refer to http://www.museumofdurhamhistory.org/history-groves.html.
In addition to Sandy’s report, there was a brief group
discussion about the role George Pyne played in the establishment of Orchard
Park (formerly part of the Hill estate) and in the founding of the Morehead
Hill Neighborhood Association.
3. Durham Co-op
Laura Pyatt, Marketing Manager for the Durham Co-op Market
(DCM) provided an update on the Market, which has been open for over six months
now and is thriving. DCM is seeking input from Morehead Hill residents (and
others) on product selection and related matters. The DCM conference room is
available for use by non-profit organizations during store hours; contact Laura
for details and scheduling. DCM is also recruiting candidates for their Board
of Directors (see http://durham.coop/become-a-member/).
Saturday, Sept. 19th is “Neighbor Day” at DCM, with live music, face
painting, $3 local hot dogs, and more; for details see https://www.facebook.com/durhamcoopmarket.
4. MHNA overview
Bruce gave a brief overview of MHNA, its relationship to the
neighborhood, its structure, and how it operates under the by-laws (which are
available in the Files section of our moreheadhill Yahoo Group). The roles of
various Board of Director members were also covered, and how MHNA interacts
with other organizations, such as Inter-Neighborhood Council (INC), and Partners
Against Crime District 3 (PAC3). See attached summary (Morehead Hill Partner Organizations.PDF). We also discussed briefly
the MHNA’s role in Kent Corner and other developments in and around the
5. Improving the
Board Member & INC Delegate, Rochelle Araujo, led this
interactive session, in which attending members engaged in an exercise that
involved affixing ‘dots’ and Post-It notes to several flipcharts that Rochelle
prepared in advance, indicating preferences and priorities on various topics of
interest to the neighborhood and the MHNA, followed by brief group discussion
of those topics. Rochelle will develop an online survey reflecting what was on
the flipcharts so that those who could not attend this meeting can participate
that way. Links to the online survey will be posted on the www.moreheadhill.org web site, on our
Facebook page, and will be sent out on the listserv. The survey will be
available for 10 days. Rochelle will develop a report based on the results from
the meeting and online survey in time for our MHNA Potluck & BoD election
meeting in October.
6. Event planning: MHNA Fall Potluck
& election + nominations
The Fall Potluck & BoD election meeting is scheduled for
Sunday, October 18, 2015. We have not yet finalized the time or location (we
usually hold it in Orchard Park at 4-7pm). We’ll be posting the info the
listserv, website, and Facebook page, and distributing printed flyers to the
neighborhood. The floor was opened for nominations for all ten Board of
Directors seats. To date, none have been submitted via e-mail, and none were
offered by the assembled members at the meeting. Bruce nominated several of the
current BoD members who are willing to serve again, and he was nominated for
President again. We will post further appeals for nominations on the listserv,
website, and Facebook page, and will post information about nominees there as
that information becomes available, prior to the Potluck/election meeting.
7. Have your say
Rochelle Araujo spoke about traffic issues in the
neighborhood, focusing in particular on the dangerous speeding and frequent
accidents near the intersection of Vickers & Lakewood. Some members have
signed up to participate in focused efforts to address that and related traffic
issues. More info to come via the usual communications channels.
Gary Ander is organizing a clean-up effort to coincide with
the city-wide Big Sweep Day on Saturday October 3rd. Efforts this
time will focus on the area behind Henderson Towers, the headwaters of Third
Fork Creek, which is a mess. We won’t go into the creek itself because there is
poison ivy, critters, etc., but we will tackle that in the Spring. Neighbors
are encouraged to join in and bring the family. Many hands make light work, so
come on out in the morning on Saturday October 3rd to help make
Morehead Hill a cleaner, better neighborhood.
More info to come via the usual communications channels.
Milo Pyne kindly offered free persimmons to anyone who wants
some when you see burlap laid out under the persimmon trees in his front yard.
He also encouraged everyone to participate in the upcoming municipal elections.
A primary will take place on Tuesday, October 6th. The mayoral and
city council elections occur on Tuesday, November 3rd. For more
Alice Hershberger spoke briefly about her renovated home and
recent move to the neighborhood.