Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Easements are not Thoroughfares

Some new information to us: an easement on your property is not a thoroughfare. If anyone drives a front-loader through your easement to get to their property behind your house, feel free to call the city and/or the police.

This happened to us a couple weeks ago - we still have the ruts in our yard and the patched up curb to prove it. Weird, very weird.

City of Raleigh Community Services

This information came to us by email from the City of Raleigh. Some of this is helpful, some we already knew:

Neighborhood Improvement Matching Grants 2005-2006
The Neighborhood Improvement Matching Grant Program awards grants up to $5,000 to neighborhood-serving or neighborhood-based organizations and individuals to initiate projects designed to benefit your particular neighborhood. Projects can be physical or social in nature, but must emphasize neighborhood input and involvement, and be able to prove how the project will benefit the neighborhood. Let’s do it! Call 831-6100 for details.

Raleigh Neighborhood College
The Neighborhood College is a program offered by the City of Raleigh in partnership with Wake County. The Spring 2006 session registration will start in January. It will last 13 weeks with classes that provide information on several different kinds of City services, as well as County services. Students in the Neighborhood College will have a chance to meet and interact with City staff, County staff, and other Raleigh residents to learn things about government you always wanted to know, but didn't know who to ask! Classes are either on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at different City locations. Only 25 students are accepted per session. For more details, including brochure or application, contact us at 831-6100.

Neighborhood Association Registry
This program enhances citizen involvement by providing communication and partnering between various neighborhood organizations in the City of Raleigh, its extraterritorial jurisdiction and City government. The City desires to identify and support existing neighborhood organizations, while encouraging and assisting new neighborhood groups. Our ultimate objective is empowerment of neighborhoods. If you are a member of a Raleigh neighborhood organization, (neighborhood association, garden club, homeowners association, community watch program, etc.) we encourage you to contact your neighborhood leaders and have them complete a Neighborhood Association Registry Application. For details call 831-6100.

Citizen Leadership Development
The Community Services Department has worked hard to design a leadership-training event for you and your neighbors. We are aligning a series of thought-provoking workshops geared to sharpen your skills in community building. Now is the time to organize your neighbors, colleagues, and friends to be a part of the Leadership Development Workshops. More information coming in January.

September: ‘Neighborhoods Month’. Every day, Every month.
Coming soon: 2006 events: 3rd Annual Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange! SEPT. 2006 Mark your calendars.