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This evening (Thursday, April 27, 2017), a majority of your Chantilly Neighborhood Association board members met to discuss how the neighborhood might best address the recent CMS Superintendent proposals for Mecklenburg County. The School Board plans to hold a public hearing on May 9 and vote May 24. A link to the CMS website with those proposals can be found here: http://bit.ly/2oRqJjm

As has happened in recent Chantilly history, these proposals have caused concern, fear and even anger for some residents. As a result, an informed, reasoned discussion – online and sometimes in-person – can be challenging. However, it is the goal of your CNA to provide a venue for a calm discussion with your neighbors about this issue.

In addition to hosting a forum for neighbors, it is also your CNA’s goal to determine what the majority of our neighbors believe is the best course of advocacy. Regardless how an individual neighbor may choose to advocate, a voice through your CNA would be helpful for the position that prevails.

Recognizing the requirements of our bylaws as well as the demanding timetable of these events, your board announces a special neighborhood meeting seven (7) days from today at Chantilly Hall – Thursday May 4, 2017 – 7 pm.

Neighbors will be asked to hear volunteer speakers, make comments, then vote by secret ballot as to what position the CNA should adopt in the school zoning debate. The meeting will be limited to one hour, with voting complete with enough time to tally and announce results before 8 pm. As discussed below, neighbors will be asked to volunteer in advance of that meeting to help frame the discussion and present materials (in advance – as well as at the meeting) for neighbors to consider.

The board asks any neighbor who is interested in shaping this debate to meet to form a committee tomorrow, Friday April 28, 2017 at 7 pm at Chantilly Hall. Any interested neighbor who is interested in joining the committee is encouraged to attend.

The mission of the committee will be to determine what proposals the neighborhood will vote on at the special meeting next Thursday. The committee will be asked to present those proposals to the board – then they will be published to the neighborhood at the end of this weekend (NLT Monday evening) so neighbors have enough time to consider their views in advance of the special meeting.

Hopefully, neighbors of goodwill with different opinions on this issue will volunteer to work with the committee. The committee’s task will be short-lived, but important to frame the issues for the neighborhood – even though that same committee may be firmly divided on the issues.

The first task of this committee will be to select one or more chairpersons. At least one member of your CNA board will also be present, but the chairperson(s) will be selected by the neighbors present at tomorrow’s meeting. That committee would be free to meet on whatever schedule over the weekend to develop the language for the neighborhood’s vote. Neighbors who cannot attend tomorrow, but wish to still participate with committee members over the weekend are asked to email schools@iChantilly.org. Those names of interested volunteers will be provided to the committee chairperson(s).

If you have not done so, please renew your membership at www.iChantilly.org/membership. Regardless, all verified Chantilly neighbors are welcome to vote at the special neighborhood meeting next Thursday, one vote per household, with no proxies.

This meeting will be in lieu of the second quarter meeting previously scheduled for June 2017.

Again, while perhaps not meeting the needs of every neighbor, the goal of this process is to provide a forum for neighbors to respectfully engage with each other and for your CNA to know the consensus of the neighborhood. We hope every neighbor, with children in your home or not, will attend next Thursday, May 4 at 7 pm to listen to all positions and cast a ballot.

Rick Winiker
CNA Board President 2016-17

Ps. Jonathan Story and I plan to resign and not seek re-appointment of our positions (Treasurer and President) by the September 2017 anniversary date. While we hope to continue to serve the neighborhood as board members, we ask for neighbors interested in joining the CNA board to email secretary@iChantilly.org

Thank you for the wonderful turnout of neighbors at the March 14th CNA meeting!  Please find materials from the meeting:

  • PowerPoint slides from the March meeting here

  • CDOT Presentation to CNA at the March meeting here

Our next CNA meeting will be held on June 13th. Until then, we hope to see everyone at the Spring Fling on May 20th!

The annual Chantilly Spring Fling will be held on Saturday, May 20th at 4:00PM in Chantilly Park. This is the perfect opportunity to meet your neighbors.

Updates from June meeting

Please join us for the next meeting, Tuesday, September 13, 2016 7:00 pm at Chantilly Hall

Please find powerpoint slides from the June meeting here

 

Please see StormWater Services presentation about the Briar Creek Restoration Project at Chantilly here

2016 Chantilly Ecological Sanctuary at Briar Creek

 

 

Make plans to run or volunteer at the Hilly Chantilly 5k, Sunday, October 2, 2016 1:00 pm

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Come one – come all to the June meeting

We will make it short so you can enjoy your summer, but packed with information, plans and discussion:

2016 meeting June flyer

Neighbors, please note the next neighborhood meeting will be TUESDAY, December 15, 2015 at Chantilly Hall (2101 Shenandoah Ave) at 7 pm.  As always, neighborhood meetings are guaranteed to be one hour or less!

Our program will include:

  • County Stormwater Services will discuss the Briar Creek restoration project – construction will begin 2016

  • City Arborist Tim Porter will be there to discuss tree canopy health and new trees to be planted in 2016 in city right-of-way spots

  • Dave Cable, director of TreesCharlotte, will discuss an event February 27, 2016 – for Grier Heights, Chantilly, and Elizabeth Neighborwoods – 150 free trees to neighbors who volunteer.  Click here for more information

  • Look for an email this weekend to all verified neighborhood association neighbors with a survey question:  Do you believe the Chantilly Neighborhood Association should explore the possibility of establishing a Train Horn Quiet Zone at the Pecan Avenue and Bascom Street crossings?    Survey results will be announced at the neighborhood meeting (Go to iChantilly.org to confirm your membership – CNA is now a section 501(c)(3) organization)

  • Also a brief appearance from the director of Catawba Riverkeepers to discuss steps we can take to help protect our creeks and streams

Don’t forget – Oakhurst STEAM Academy open house is Monday, December 14th from 10am – 11:30am

Next cleanup day: Saturday, December 19th – 9:30 AM at the Corner of Bascom & Shenandoah

Register now for discounted race fees for the 30th annual Elizabeth 8k race – elizabeth8k.com

Click here to see the Chantilly Winter 2015 Newsletter

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See you Tuesday!

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Happy Halloween!

Your Chantilly Neighborhood Association is happy to announce the 16th Annual Maddie Healy Halloween Parade,

Saturday October 31 – lineup begins at 4:30 pm at 2441 Shenandoah Ave.  Chantilly Halloween Parade 2014

It is a great time, featuring police and firetrucks –  neighbors handing out candy along the parade route – and a pizza party at Chantilly Hall

Who is Maddie Healy?  Come meet her! This is a wonderful neighborhood tradition along Shenandoah Ave that has organically grown since Maddie was a young girl – with an energetic mother, Ruth -that celebrates the great spirit of the neighborhood and is great fun for kids of all ages.

 

Please click on the attachment for instructions to make your reservations for pizza – please email Genevieve social@iChantilly.org if you are willing to help volunteer to setup or takedown.  See you Saturday, October 31!

 

If you have not yet joined your neighborhood association, it’s not too late – Click here for links to joining, as well as past newsletters
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Chantilly’s 3rd annual neighborhood yard sale will be held on Saturday, October 10th, 2015 from 8am – 12pm. Yard sale

If you are interested in participating, please email Julie you name, the address where your sale will be held, and your telephone number.  This information is required when she applies for the yard sale permits downtown.  She will pick the permits up and deliver them to you on the Friday before the sale.

We ask that each participating address contribute a total of $15.  This amount covers the cost of the permit ($5.00), the cost of the yard sale signs as well as the cost for maps that will  indicate the location of all the sales in the neighborhood.  Each house will receive these maps to hand out to their customers.  The remaining amount will be donated to the Chantilly Neighborhood Association.

In addition to the yard sale signs, which will be hung in the neighborhood and at nearby intersections, we will also advertise the yard sale on Craigslist, Nextdoor and yard sale websites.

You may drop off your cash or check to me at 2316 Shenandoah Avenue.  Please make your checks payable to Chantilly Neighborhood Association.

Thank you

Julie Brookhart

julie@ichantilly.org

Dear Neighbors, 2015 adopt city street chantilly

The Chantilly Neighborhood Association has officially “adopted” Shenandoah Avenue and Bascom Street through the “Keep Charlotte Beautiful Adopt-a-City Street Program” with the gracious help of Libby and Joe Meiners!

Our first clean up day in June was a success – please keep the ball rolling. We will meet Saturday, September 26 on the corner of Shenandoah and Bascom Streets at 9:00 am. Bags and ‘grabbers’ are provided.

Chantilly Adopt a street

   This is an opportunity for service hours for scout troops or students. Youths must have adults accompany them. Libby will have waivers for you to sign. The more helpers we have, the less time it will take to pick up these two streets.  It’s a great chance for the whole family to show a bit of community pride.

Later that morning, another group has agreed to rendezvous with us on Pecan and Shenandoah.  If you are feeling like extra credit, any volunteers are free to help us clean a bit more.  Our stretch of Pecan may become another street, along with the rest of our neighborhood streets, the Association may adopt in the future.

See you Saturday, September 26 at 9:00 am!

We will be coordinating a minimum of 4 clean-ups per year along our route and will report our progress back to the city each time. The city will provide us with trash bags, pickers and vests to make our lives a little easier.

Please direct any questions or comments to your CNA board at board@ichantilly.org.

Thank you!

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Chantilly Neighborhood Meeting Thursday, September 17 – 7 pm

Your Chantilly Neighborhood Association Board hopes you have  had a great summer.  The next meeting, as always, will be at Chantilly Hall 2101 Shenandoah Ave.  Meetings are 1 hour or less!

- Presentation by Charlotte CATS representatives on the proposed Silver light rail line

- Introduction and presentation by Sustain Charlotte

- Vote on new neighborhood bylaws (Click here) – as well as Directors for the Association’s Board

- Next Adopt-a-street cleanup will be Saturday, September 26, 9 am – meet at the corner of Bascom and Shenandoah – bags and ‘grabbers’ provided

Read the Fall 2015 Newsletter

2015 Fall Chantilly newsletter cover

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What did I miss at the June meeting?

Click here to see the meeting slides

June had a well-attended meeting featuring new neighborhood faces.  The keynote speakers were Gwen Cook, a planner with the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation to talk about plans for the Briar Creek Greenway project that will connect to Chantilly Park

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Also, Alan Goodwin, a Charlotte City planner, provided details on an overland connection from Chantilly Park to the Little Sugar Creek greenway to be completed in 2018

Click here to see Gwen’s slides on the Briar Creek Greenway project

Click here to see Alan’s slides on the overland connector through Elizabeth

Other topics included a report that CNA is once again a 501(c)(3) organization; report from the bylaws committee; request for neighbor assistance on the neighborhood tree replacement initiative with the City and TreesCharlotte; and a report on the research conducted for neighborhood signs.

Thanks again to Libby Meiners for organizing our first neighborhood adopt-a-city street cleanup

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Chantilly News!

If you missed it, please find the Summer newsletter here (click)

See you all September 17 – 7 pm

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