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Sweetgum Tree removal program

The City is now accepting applications from residents willing to pay $250 apiece to have sweetgum trees removed from public rights-of-way adjacent to their property.  After removal, city crews will backfill holes.  The city will also replace the sweetgums with nicer species at places where they won’t block streetlights or threaten sewers or sidewalks. 

Removal will done as time allows, with a limit of one tree per resident.  Applications prioritized on which trees pose the worst problems.  You have until December 14 to contact public works at 789-2255

October 25, 2012 Meeting Update

Beginning January 2, 2013, our area will have two new neighborhood police officers, Jonathan Wingerter (cell 652-2255) and Jennifer Howard (cell 741-4782),  who will be replacing Joe Phillips and Jason Brands.  A special “thank you” to Joe and Jason for being great NPO’s for the past three years.  They were very instrumental in helping us rid our area of a particulary problematic housing situation., in addition to their regular duties.

On October 20, 2012, our area realized a long-time goal when we dedicated the very impressive looking “neighborhood designation sign” that was installed on Springfield Park District property on the east side of MacArthur Boulevard, between the two sections of Williams Boulevard.  The acquisition of the sign was made possible through the combined efforts of several neighborhood association fund-raisers in the past, along with the $1,000 grant that HWSNA received this past year from funds made available to the associations located within Ward 6.  The foresight of Alderman Cory Jobe and the Ward 6 Revitalization fund made those grant awards possible.  If you type in “photo” in the search box, you can see a picture from the dedication.  Thank you again to Alderman Jobe, the Ward 6 fund, our board grant writers, residents of our area, the Springfield Park District and Ace Sign Company.

Thank you also to Board member Mike Jackson who has served as our treasurer and membership chair for many years.  Board member Sharon Riffey has taken on the treasurer duties and Bill Becker, coordinator of the block captains, has taken on membership responsibilities.

Thanks for your interest.  Watch the website for our next newsletter/meeting notice.

Neibhborhood Signage

On April 20, 2012, HWSNA was informed that we were one of the grant applicants who would be receiving funds from the Ward 6 Revitalization and Rehabilitation Fund to help us finance a sign to be prominently displayed at a designated spot for our neighborhood association. Bids were sought from three companies and after much investigation and comparison by the board members, Ace Sign will be producing and installing our new sign soon. We very much appreciate the decision of the committee from Ward 6 that choose our group to be one of the recipients of funds this year. Combined with HWSNA resources from past home-tour fundraisers to finance the project, the sign is now in production and we hope to be announcing an installation date this Fall. Thank you to Cory Jobe and Ward 6 for their assistance.

Quarterly Meeting

In an effort to be considerate to all volunteers involved in the production and hand-delivery of our newsletters to residents, there will be no quarterly meeting in July due to the extreme heat we are experiencing. Our next quarterly meeting will be on October 25, 2012. HWSNA was the recipient of one of the Ward 6 grants and we are currently in the planning stages for a new “entrance” sign for our area . We look forward to being able to have it installed before the end of the year.