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Morehead Hill
Durham, North Carolina

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Welcome to Morehead Hill, a historic residential neighborhood located just south of downtown Durham, North Carolina.

For those who were unable to join us on Sunday Sept. 13th at the Members' Meeting and/or the Sunday, September 18th Potluck/Election meeting (see Minutes, below), we'd still love to hear from you. We encourage you to share your views on Morehead Hill as a neighborhood and thoughts on the priorities for the Morehead Hill Neighborhood Association. Please send your comments and questions anytime to Thank you!

Click here for a .PDF file containing the meeting minutes (as reproduced below) along with both attachments. The layout of the second attachment (a summary report on the Members' Meeting and Online Survey results) was just too complex to reproduce here on the web site. The .PDF file is stored in the files section of our moreheadhill Yahoo Group, so you need to log in to Yahoo to access it.  

Minutes: Morehead Hill Neighborhood Association
Fall Potluck & Board Election Meeting 

Sunday, October 18, 2015, 4-7pm
909 S. Duke St.


1.    Introduction & agenda review


Bruce Mitchell, MHNA President, briefly reviewed the agenda for the meeting.  


2.    MHNA President’s report


Bruce provided a brief report on accomplishments and progress by the MHNA during the previous year, highlighting the ongoing efforts to encourage increased volunteerism and engagement among neighborhood residents, exemplified by the September Members' Meeting and subsequent online survey (see details, below).  


3.    Treasurer’s report


Susan Callaghan, MHNA Treasurer, provided an update on our finances and membership. We had 48 members as of October 18th (many of whom are due for renewal). Our neighborhood has approximately 440 households. MHNA currently has $1,303 cash on hand, a number that has remained more or less constant throughout the year. Lately, we take in about as much in donations as we spend overall. Voluntary membership donations constitute our sole source of income. Expenditures during the year included printing flyers for meetings; venue rent, supplies and food for potluck events; and website hosting fees. See “MHNA Treasurer’s Report” attached, below, for details.


A request was made by a MHNA member to have the Treasurer’s report posted on the MHNA website for review by the community, including membership stats and itemized accounting of income and expenditures. Input into spending by members was also requested. Another community member indicated an interest in the use of MHNA funds by community members. Note: These topics were discussed at the board meeting the following day; see the minutes for that meeting for details.


4.    PAC3 & NNO updates


Ken Macdonald, our PAC3 delegate, gave us an overview and a summary of activities at Partners Against Crime, District 3 (PAC3), highlighting the recent Candidate’s Forum featuring those who won in the September primary for the Mayoral race (two candidates) and City Council At Large seats (six candidates). Ken also filled us in on our successful National Night Out event in August, which he ably coordinates, attended by at least 35 neighbors, as well as representatives of the Durham Police Dept., Sheriff’s Dept., Parks & Rec, Neighborhood Improvement Services, and at least two City Councilors.


5.    QOL update


Our QOL Delegate, Gary Ander, with support from QOL Alternate, Hillary Honig, provided a brief overview of the Southwest Central Durham Quality of Life Project (QOL) and its activities this year. In recent meetings, QOL has undertaken a thorough re-evaluation of its mission and priorities. They have decided to focus on affordable housing and cultural preservation in the neighborhoods. The latter refers primarily to ongoing efforts to maintain and upgrade the Pauli Murray House.


6.    INC Update


Our INC Delegate, Rochelle Araujo, gave an overview of the Inter Neighborhood Council (INC) and its activities this year. She highlighted a number of resolutions INC passed that address key issues affecting Durham neighborhoods, such as local cell phone tower regulations, legislative actions affecting citizens’ rights to protest petitions on zoning actions, affordable housing, and the ongoing efforts of GoTriangle (formerly Triangle Transit Authority) to plan a major light rail project in Durham and Chapel Hill. Full details are available for review in the meeting minutes posted at MHNA members who are interested in INC are invited to attend the monthly INC meetings and/or subscribe to the INC listserv.


7.    MHNA Members’ Meeting & Online Survey follow-up  


At our September 13th Member’s Meeting, Rochelle Araujo, led an interactive session in which attending members affixed ‘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 also developed and fielded an online survey reflecting what was on the flipcharts so that those who could not attend this meeting could participate that way. Links to the online survey were posted on the web site, on our Facebook page, and sent out on the listserv. Rochelle developed a report based on the results from the meeting and online survey, which we discussed at the potluck. See attached report for details.


8.    Work Group updates 


The priorities identified in the exercise & online survey described above led to the establishment of work groups to address the most important areas of concern to the neighborhood. Most of these newly formed work groups have not yet had a chance to get together and establish their leadership, structure, and priorities. The Transportation/Traffic work group will build on work already started by a small group previously formed to address traffic safety issues plaguing Vickers Ave. and other locations. The Environment work group has not yet had a chance to meet, but as Gary Ander noted, we already have a “Big Sweep” clean-up event scheduled for Saturday, October 31st, starting at 9am behind Henderson Tower on Duke Street. All are encouraged to participate in this important effort. See our web site or our Facebook page for details.


We had a brief discussion about the formation of work groups and their relationship to the MHNA board, the details of which are to be worked out by the groups and the board in the near future. See the aforementioned follow-up report for more information about work groups.


9.    MHNA Board of Directors nominations & election


As publicized on our listserv and web site, we had one nominee for each of the positions on our board of directors by the time this potluck/election meeting was held. The floor was opened to additional nominations, but there were none. A motion was made to vote on the whole slate of nominees (rather than one by one), which was seconded and carried.


The assembled members of the Morehead Hill Neighborhood Association elected the following board members for a one year term:


·         President: Bruce Mitchell

·         Vice President: Rochelle Araujo

·         Treasurer: Susan Callaghan

·         Secretary: Melanie Eberhart 

·         PAC 3 (Partners Against Crime, District 3): Ken Macdonald 

·         QOL (Southwest Central Durham Quality of Life): Gary Ander  

·         INC (Inter-Neighborhood Council): Rochelle Araujo

·         At Large board members: 

o    Jeff Ensminger

o    Kelli Dugan

o    Hillary Honig (alternate QOL delegate)  


The next election will be held in October 2016.


To contact the MHNA board of directors, send e-mail to:

For the current by-laws and related information about the MHNA Board, refer to the moreheadhill Yahoo!® Group.


 10. Have your say


 Nobody signed up for “Have your say” at this meeting.

Attachment: Morehead Hill Neighborhood Association Treasurer’s Report, October 2015


FY 2014-2015

YTD FY 2015-2016



Opening Balance


  $ 1,268











Member Dues



























Orchard Park Rental







Hill House Rental







Event Food & Supplies














INC Membership














Total Expenses













Closing Balance


 $ 1,303




















Member Households



Renewed & New
























Effective Cost per Member























Number of Events








Member Dues










Net Gain/(Loss)

 $         9

 $    (31)











Minutes: Morehead Hill Neighborhood Association
Members’ Meeting 

 Sunday, September 13, 2015, 3-5pm
Greystone Inn & Conference Center


1.    Introduction & 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


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 Market update


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 Saturday, Sept. 19th is “Neighbor Day” at DCM, with live music, face painting, $3 local hot dogs, and more; for details see


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 neighborhood.


5.    Improving the MHNA


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 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 info:



Alice Hershberger spoke briefly about her renovated home and recent move to the neighborhood.

For upcoming events in and around the neighborhood, check our own Events page, and try NC Events or the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau's Things to See and Do page

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This web site is sponsored by the Morehead Hill Neighborhood Association (MHNA), a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to the betterment of the neighborhood and its quality of life for all residents.