Monday, January 5, 2015

Dear Members,

On behalf of the Monticello Neighborhood Association, I would like to wish all of our members an enjoyable holiday season. We are excited about the prospects for our community in the coming year, and we are hopeful you are supportive and enthusiastic as well. We would like to welcome our newest Board member, Scott Johnson, who is taking over the secretarial position in place of Hasmik Belich, who has been a wonderful volunteer for MNA and who will continue to serve as our website and technical coordinator.

I would first like to invite the entire membership to an “All Neighborhood Meeting” which will be held at North Hi Mount School on January 22, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. It will be followed by a social event to be held at Michael’s Restaurant. Previously, the Board has tried to establish a tradition of a “Winter Event” that involved lighting a Christmas tree in the Monticello Park. Unfortunately, we no longer have a viable tree to light, so we decided to combine our “Winter Event” with our all neighborhood meeting and let our neighbors have the chance to communicate and socialize in an indoor setting with predictable weather. We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to attend the meeting and hear about the exciting things that the association has undertaken and has planned for next year and for years in the future.

We as a Board have decided to change our fiscal year and annual dues drive to correspond to the calendar year. We feel that it will be a lot less confusing for members to know that they are “paid up” for their dues for a particular year. Some of you who have recently renewed your membership will find that you are being asked to renew again for 2015, and we apologize for this inconvenience.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the functions of the Monticello Neighborhood Association and its volunteer board, let me tell you what we do. This year we have adopted medians at Bristol/Monticello Drive, Virginia Place/Monticello Drive, and Potomac Avenue/Dorothy Lane. All of these medians are being developed to beautify the community. We have worked with Total Environment, Inc. to beautify and maintain Monticello Park, and we are developing a master plan to improve the Park over the next several years. We have taken steps to maintain and improve the tennis courts at the Park. The “Gates of Monticello” have been repaired by Rick Wegman’s group, HGC, and the beds are being cleaned up and developed by Blooms Landcare. We have worked with the City of Fort Worth to have their departments be responsible for their part in maintaining the Park and other issues within our community.

In addition, we have dealt with zoning issues both within our community and in other neighborhoods in close proximity. Much of this is done in conjunction with the Westside Alliance which includes our neighborhood association as well as four other nearby neighborhood associations. We have done traffic and safety studies with the cooperation of the City and have added stop signs where appropriate. We have worked with the Neighborhood Education Office of Fort Worth to collaborate on educational and safety projects. We have also addressed issues of security as well as drainage problems within our neighborhood.

I know many of you have enjoyed the events sponsored by the Monticello Neighborhood Association. In 2014 we had a chili cook­off in the Park, a very grand 4th of July parade fun, and a wonderful Halloween function that was safe. These are events that will be planned for 2015 as well.

We welcome your insight and suggestions at the “All Neighborhood Meeting” on January 22


James Atteberry

President, Monticello Neighborhood Association