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2013 Annual Meeting Info

The 2013 Annual meeting notice documents including 2014 budget are now available.

Click here to download

We look forward to seeing everyone on November 21, 2013

Leacroft Community Survey

In the next few days you will find in your newspaper tube (or at your front door) a copy of the Villages of Leacroft Community Survey.  We are asking for your input on a wide range of topics concerning us as homeowners and HOA members so that we act on your behalf in the future in a manner that reflects the views of the community as a whole.  So please take a few minutes to go through the survey and respond fully and openly to each item as you and your family believes it should.  All answers will be kept in strict confidence; we will only be reporting back to the community the summarized, collective views that all of you provide.

The survey contains instructions on how to return your survey.  If for some reason you don’t find a copy of the survey in your newspaper tube (or at your front door), you can download it from our community website, http://leacroft.org.  Or you can send an email to hoa@hendersonproperties.com and we will work with you to get a copy.

We look forward to serving the community in a meaningful way this year and beyond.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

Joseph Mercier
President

Promoting Safety and Security in Our Community

On Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 PM in the second floor conference room of the Bass Pro Shop at Concord Mills, we will be dedicating a part of our monthly Board of Directors meeting to a presentation from Officer Amy Stukey, Community Coordinator for CMPD University City Division’s Response Area 1, which includes the Villages of Leacroft.  Officer Stukey will be briefing us on the current status of safety and security for our response area and providing us with some tips and cautions, and she will be providing an overview of the Neighborhood Watch program.

As a brief preview, let me provide a synopsis of some information from CMPD’s website (http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/CMPD/safety/NeighborhoodWatch/Pages/default.aspx).

The Neighborhood Watch program is:

  1. Residents in the community working with the police department to reduce crime and to improve the quality of life.
  2. Residents in the community taking on a leadership role and accepting responsibility for their community.
  3. Residents coming together to discuss their concerns which lead to developing a plan of action that addresses those concerns.

The Neighborhood Watch program is NOT:

  1. A vigilante force working outside the normal procedures of law enforcement.
  2. A program designed for participants to take personal risks to prevent crime.
  3. A 100% guarantee that crime will not occur in your neighborhood.

Successful Neighborhood Watch programs:

  1. Have strong leadership.
  2. Have strong community involvement.
  3. Have clear and concise goals which are not always crime prevention.

Responsibilities of Neighborhood Watch members:

  1. Chairperson – Liaison between the community and the police department.
  2. Street Captains – Facilitates the flow of information between their neighbors and the Chairperson.
  3. Residents – Actively observe their surroundings and notify their neighbors and Street Captain or CMPD directly (911) when they notice something suspicious.

So as you can see, it’s not very involved and in doesn’t take a lot of your time. Neighborhood Watch is about ”observing and reporting”, to CMPD and the community, so we can all help each other and prevent crime.

Here is the link to an article about how one community truly benefited … http://l.wbx.me/l/?p=1&instId=02324da9-dd1c-4978-bf89-bc80df3ff9db&token=46510150c9a660b438c5f605fca24e155cfdd1c60000012dec70e271&u=http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2Fi0NUQG.

And here are the latest statistics for January to March our community from CMPD:

As you can see, the frequency of incidents has been low and much of what has occurred in our community has been minor (non-violent, non-life threatening). For that we may be grateful. But increased vigilance on our part can further improve this.

Please join us at our meeting on Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 PM in the second floor conference room of the Bass Pro Shop at Concord Mills.  I think you’ll find in very informative and you’ll see how easy it is to participate.

Joe Mercier
Board President
Villages of Leacroft HOA

 

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

Click Here to View the Petition
Click Here to Download the Proxy

All Members of the Villages of Leacroft Homeowners Association, Inc. are notified that a Special Meeting of the Association will be held at Crossway Community Church, located at 6400 Prosperity Church Road in Charlotte, NC, on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 7:00pm.  Registration will begin at 6:30pm. The purpose of this meeting will be to address unresolved issues and concerns that were raised during the annual meeting ( via petition, see above), and to vote on items brought before the ownership, where applicable.

All homeowners will be invited to speak at the meeting.  Any homeowner who wishes to speak will be required to sign in prior to the meeting.  Due to the limited meeting time available, homeowner remarks will be limited to  two minutes per homeowner per item, time permitting.  Items that were identified via petition will be addressed first, and other items will be secondary.

You are invited to attend in person or by proxy (see above).  The proxy form allows you to designate someone to attend the meeting and vote on your behalf if you are not able to attend yourself.  It is encouraged that you mail your proxy back to Henderson Properties, but please do so by Wednesday, February 2, 2011.

Please contact Henderson Properties via email at HOA@HendersonProperties.com or via phone at (704) 970-4155 if you have any questions.

Five Speed Humps on Highcroft Lane

*** UPDATE ***

Beth will not be pursuing the petition due to emergency medical concerns of a neighbor near the back of our neighborhood.  She has also received little support for the speed humps which contributed to her decision.  However, the city may choose to continue with the project on their own.  We have not contacted them yet to inquire.  Beth would like to ask neighbors to be respectful and encourage their guests to be respectful by not speeding through the neighborhood.  Children are often coming and going from the common area, and speeding causes our streets to be a dangerous environment.  Thank you!

*****

The city recently marked five asterisks on Highcroft Lane  as possible locations for new speed humps.  We contacted the city to find out more about their process for installing speed humps, and this was the reply we received from Chip Gallup (rgallup@ci.charlotte.nc.us, (704) 336-3922) at the CDOT:

“Highcroft Lane was evaluated and qualified for road humps in 2008 at the request of Beth DeGrassi, a neighborhood resident. The street was placed on our waiting list at that time and ranked high enough to receive funding in late 2009. A petition was released in early January 2010 and postcards mailed to alert property owners on the street of the effort.”

Who decides if the speed humps will be installed?

“The impact area is defined as the property owners touching the street. This is usually frontage and some side properties. The petition will decide if the abutting property owners want road humps installed on Highcroft Lane. This is not opened up to all that travel the street, only those impacted by the speeding traffic. This is purposefully designed to allow property owners living directly with the traffic to decide what happens on that street. The property owners via the petition make the final decision.”

What is the timeline for deciding this project?

“The petition has an April 7th, 2010 deadline. If it is returned on or before that date it will be considered adequate ( if sixty percent plus are in favor) and we will move forward with the rest of the process. There is a second postcard mailed to the same impact area advertising the successful petition and allowing for an appeal period. At that point, the process can be appealed.”

Residents in the impact area are to contact Beth DeGrassi, the petition leader, of 10310 Suffield Ct  to sign the petition (in favor OR opposition) or voice any concerns.  The petition must be returned by April 7th, 2010.

Of residents polled during the Billingham speed hump installation, 84% of Highcroft residents were against the speed hump while 16% were in favor of it.  If you are undecided about the installation of speed humps, here are some important factors to consider:

Pros

  • Reduces speed.
  • Residents usually report that they are effective and generally support them.
  • Have advantage of being largely self-enforcing and of creating a visual impression, real or imagined, that a street is not intended for speeding or “through” traffic.
  • Potential to reduce accident rates.
  • Increased safety.
  • Potential noise reduction due to reduced volumes.

Cons

  • Buses and emergency vehicles must pass over the humps at a low speed or risk possible loss of control. Longer emergency vehicle response times possible.
  • Noise levels increase at the hump due to the noise of a vehicle going over the humps.
  • Gutter running (swerving off road into gutter or sidewalk to avoid hump with some tires.)
  • More potential for neighborhood conflicts since there may not be 100 percent support for the speed hump installation.
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