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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 (

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 …

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



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 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 (, (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:


  • 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.


  • 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.

City Plans to Connect Polk and White

***Update 1/8/2010 –

After much discussion within the CDOT, it has been decided that we will remove the Polk & White location from our connection study.  While this effort was only a study to provide us with information on what it would take to build connections such as this one, we recognize the sensitivity to those residents in the area who have concerns. If I can answer additional questions, please let me know.

Doreen Szymanski,  Charlotte Department of Transportation

Public Service & Communications Div. Mgr


An article in today’s Charlotte Observer confirms some of our fears: the city has plans to possibly connect Polk and White to “improve traffic patterns” within the next two years.  This would negatively impact Leacroft by providing another entrance in and out of Leacroft as well as connecting our neighborhood to an area that is known for significantly higher crime rates.

Here is a link to the article: City studies streets it could link

Update: We all need to contact our District 4 City Councilman:

Michael Barnes
E-mail: or
Address: 1909 J.N. Pease Place, Suite 202, Charlotte, NC 28262
Phone: 704-509-6141
Fax: 704-548-1166

Also note, that Matt (contact Info below) is the Program Manager for the Street Connectivity Program.

Matt Magnasco, P.E.

Street Connectivity Program Manager

Planning & Design Division, Charlotte Department of Transportation


Phone: 704-336-3368
Fax: 704-336-4400

We need to take action.  Some of your neighbors have already begun to contact Charlotte Mecklenburg city official to find out how to prevent this from happening.  To get the latest information on this topic, join the Leacroft Mailing List (below). We will try to make sure any response we get is posted to the mailing list so that you can stay in the loop.

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Announcing Your 2010 HOA Board

The annual meeting was tonight, and there were 3 open board seats.  Please welcome your new 2010 Villages of Leacroft HOA Board Members:

William Blackburn lives on Dunfield Court with his wife, son, and daughter.  He has been a Leacroft resident for 5 years.  His family is his #1 priority and since Leacroft is where they call home, that means that Leacroft is also his #1 priority.  He wants Leacroft to be a safe place to live and for his children to play.

Jennifer DeMartino lives on Worsley Lane with family which includes 3 children.  She has been a Leacroft resident for 4 years.  She believes it is important to maintain our neighborhood and represent what the people in the neighborhood want for our community.

Tami Merry lives on Worsley Lane with her husband, son, and two dogs.  She thinks that Charlotte is a great place to be and that Leacroft is the perfect location with great schools.  She wants to make sure that the neighborhood is well-maintained and supports neighborhood improvements like the prospect of building the club house in the common area.
Frank Keenan and Pamela Wisniewski who were voted onto the HOA Board last year will remain on the Leacroft HOA Board.

Finally, we would also like to thank Vince Smith, Barbara Walbridge, and Monte Chisolm for their invaluable service the past 2 (or more) years.  We encourage all Leacroft residents to be involved in our neighborhood.  We all chose to live here because we believed Leacroft was a great place to call home.  Let’s keep it that way!

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