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Cory Burkarth 

Paper bag mandate

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 5, 2021) – The City of Charlotte on Wednesday announced a paper bag mandate requiring residents who receive city collection to use compostable paper bags or reusable personal containers no larger than 32-gallons for yard waste collection. Yard waste includes leaves, grass clippings, small limbs and brush. The mandate will begin on Monday, July 5, 2021.

Reasons for the change

Environmental impacts of plastic bags, as well as operational efficiency, were factors in this change.

Single-use plastic creates numerous, negative environmental impacts in both its manufacturing and disposal. Conversely, paper bags are extracted from unbleached, recycled brown kraft paper, which saves natural resources and energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Since fiscal year 2016, yard waste tonnage has increased by 30 percent. In addition, the yard waste disposal facility does not accept yard waste in plastic bags. This requires Solid Waste staff to debag leaves at the curb, which increases collection times and makes it difficult to complete routes on the scheduled day of collection.

Eliminating single-use, plastic yard waste bags will allow Solid Waste Services to decrease the amount of time required to provide service at each home.

What residents can expect beginning July 5

Beginning July 5, Solid Waste Services will no longer accept yard waste in plastic bags. If residents use plastic bags after this date, Solid Waste Services will leave a note reminding them of the change and provide a one-time courtesy collection. If residents continue to use plastic bags, they could be subject to a minimum $150 fine per the Charlotte City Code.

Residents also have the option of disposing of yard waste by taking the items, in paper bags or reusable containers, to one of the four Mecklenburg County full-service recycling centers. Fees may be charged when disposing at the full-service centers.

Where can paper bags and containers be purchased

Paper yard bags and reusable personal containers no larger than 32-gallons can be purchased at local discount, hardware and home improvement stores. Only compostable, paper yard waste bags will be accepted. Compostable plastic bags are not accepted as they are not accepted by the yard waste disposal site because they compromise the integrity of the compost product.

In addition to local stores, beginning July 5, there will be a limited supply of paper bags available for pick up, at no cost, at the City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services’ office (1105 Otts Street) and any of the Mecklenburg County full-service recycling centers.

For more information on the mandate, please visit

2021 Pool Season Information

The 2021 Leacroft Pool Season letter is being mailed to all community members.  If you do not receive this letter or are curious about the pool rules for 2021, you can view this information here:

2021 Leacroft Pool Season Letter

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 virus, pool rules, regulations and hours may vary, depending on operational mandates from local, county, state and federal authorities.  Visit for the latest information.

2021 Pool Schedule:

* NOTE: Pool will be closed to the public for Wellington swim team practices from 6pm-7pm on: 6/2, 6/9, 6/11, 6/14, 6/16, 6/21, and 6/23 .

Please note that access to the Leacroft community pool is only permitted for those Leacroft homeowners or family members with an active keyfob and whose common area privileges are intact (not suspended or revoked due to unacceptable pool behavior, delinquencies, fines or liens).  Guests of the homeowner or family member are permitted per stated pool rules and regulations.

Interested in renting the pool for a gathering?  Complete and submit the Leacroft Pool Rental Request Form.

Summer Swim Team Sign-Up 2021

Wellington Stingrays

Summer Swim Team
For Children 5 to 18 Years of Age
As of June 1, 2021

May 17 to June 26, 2021

* $55 First Child in Family (+ purchase of team swimsuit)
* $40 Second Child in Family (+ purchase of team swimsuit)
* $35 Each Additional Child in Family (+ purchase of team swimsuit)

Saturday, May 1: 2:00 – 4:00pm at the Pool House
Sunday, May 9: 1:00 – 3:00pm at the Pool House (Team Suit Fittings)
If you can’t make either of these times, contact Amy Weeks at 704-516-1313 or

Join the Swim Team and
♦ Make Friends
♦ Become a Better Swimmer
♦ Win Ribbons and Trophies
♦ Get Exercise
♦ Have Fun!
Practice Schedule:
May 17 – May 28
Monday – Friday
Ages 9-10 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Ages 5-6 4:30 – 5:00 pm
Ages 7-8 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Ages 11+ 5:30 – 6:30 pm

June 1 – June 25
Monday – Friday
Ages 11+ 9:00 – 10:00 am
Ages 7-8 9:30 – 10:30 am
Ages 9-10 10:00 – 11:00 am
Ages 5-6 10:30 – 11:00 am

Optional Evening Practices M/W evenings from 6-7pm 6/2-6/23 at Villages of Leacroft pool

No practice on Monday, May 31.
Swim Meet Schedule:
Thursday, June 3 – Intrasquad @ 6:00pm
Tuesday, June 8
– League Virtual @ 6:00pm
Thursday, June 10
– Home @ 6:00pm
Tuesday, June 15
– Away @ 6:00pm
Thursday, June 17
– Bye
Tuesday, June 22
– Home @ 6:00pm

Under 11: Skybrook Saturday 6/26 8:00am
Ages 11+: Skybrook Thursday 6/24 6:00pm
Team Events:
Parent Meeting, 5/28 at 5:30pm
Awards Banquet, 8/5, 6:00pm on grass area next to the Wellington pool and midnight swim at Wellington pool

Download Flyer Here
On-line Sign-Up
Visit the Wellington Stingrays Facebook Page Here

Changes to ARC Request Process

The Villages of Leacroft Architectural Review Committee (ARC) has been working to streamline the ARC request process over the past several months. Part of this streamlining requires some assistance on the administrative side to ensure all required paperwork has been properly submitted. This new administrative process costs us money.

Beginning 5/1/21, a $25 admin fee for each Architectural Review Committee (ARC) request will be required. This fee is non-refundable and must be paid through Henderson Properties before the ARC request will be reviewed by the committee. Please understand that this fee is needed to cover the admin costs associated with processing these requests, which is extremely time consuming. We hope our community understands this need and sees an improvement in the streamlining of the ARC process as well.

To file an ARC request, please download the ARC request documents and follow the steps described within the documents. Should you have any questions, please email:

Submit your completed request and a check for a $25 application fee, payable to Villages of Leacroft to: Henderson Association Management, 958 W. Main Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730. You may also email the application and attachments to:

Thank you for your understanding.

Spring is Home Improvement Time! Don’t Forget About ARC!

Spring is here! Looking to repaint your shutters a different color? Install a new fence around the yard? Build a shed to help organize your garage? Don’t forget to check the Leacroft community architectural guidelines first and submit your project to the Architectural Review Committee (ARC) if required before you get started. The ARC is here to help you with your project to ensure it will meet community guidelines. These guidelines are in place to ensure our community maintains its attractive characteristics, both in appearance and real estate value.

We’ve enhanced our ARC review process. To get started, follow these steps:

  1. Review the architectural guidelines to confirm if your project needs ARC approval.
  2. Complete an ARC Review Request Form and submit to
  3. Your request will be reviewed for completeness and necessary documentation.  Once reviewed, you will receive an email stating that all information is present and your request is being sent to the committee for further review or that initial information is missing and additional action must be taken before your request will move to the committee.
  4. Once the committee reviews your request, an email will be sent informing you of their decision or additional steps required.
  5. You can follow the status of your request at any time by logging-in to your resident portal.  Simply log-in using the credentials you received from Henderson Properties. Should you require additional assistance logging-in to your portal, please contact Henderson Properties at: 704-535-1122.

Please remember that our ARC is comprised of volunteer committee members who have full-time lives outside of the HOA.  Therefore, it can take up to 30 days to review ARC requests.  The committee will respond as soon as possible.  We appreciate your patience!

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