NET program focuses on neighborhood projects |

The Town of Kerrville’s new ‘Neighborhood Improvement Team’ is gearing up for its first Neighborhood Improvement Team event on Saturday, April 18; and is looking for calls for volunteers by Monday, March 9 to work on projects that will take approximately 4 hours.

The first area of ​​the city to be beautified and rejuvenated will be the Doyle neighborhood bordering Town Creek, Holdsworth Drive and downtown.

City code enforcement officer Donna Bowyer said she needs – by Monday, March 9 – both volunteers to register for work and residents of this area to identify repair work for which they need help.

“This office designates one area at a time, to do this work; and everyone in that field is qualified to apply,” she said. “Someone may need to mow grass, trim trees, build handrails on stairs, or build a handicap ramp.”

Bowyer said on February 24 that she walked with a group of community residents through the streets of George Court, Miller, Pearl, West Davis, Upper, Webster, West Barnett and McFarland, to begin compiling a list of building sites. possible.

“This is the area designated for the first program. A second project is planned for 2020, but the area for this one is not yet designated,” she said. “But we will designate another area to solve problems and help people. Residents can call and suggest a location.

She said they have team registration forms, but individuals can also call to volunteer.

Don’t forget, for this first project, she needs volunteers and project requests by Monday.

Residents can call Bowyer at his office at 258-1172, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; or email her at [email protected]

Bowyer said that when the first group walked these streets near the Doyle School Community Center, they left an information packet on each door, which included a welcome letter, a registration form with spaces for a “wish list” for items to do or areas to address and/or team members to list.

“My goal is to find out what I can do to fix these issues,” she said. “We have neighborhood representatives working with us for this first project. They include Clifton Fifer, Pastor Allen Noah, Sylvia Lewis, Katy Givens and Judy Johnston. Clifton and Pastor Noah walked with us last week.

This was part of the first stage of this program.

Bowyer said his department has already arranged with Republic Services to provide bulk pickup the week of April 15.

Thus, residents of this area can put unwanted objects at the curb to pick them up and dispose of them before the Saturday when the other projects are discussed.

The city has already pruned trees away from roads and power lines.

The Kerrville Utilities Board checked all street lighting and replaced bulbs as needed.

All hydrants in this area have been checked by the Kerrville Fire Department and repaired as necessary.

Barriers to dead-end streets above Town Creek were inspected and repaired where necessary.

“The city has also replaced the old fence at the west end of the city’s maintenance yard on Paschal Street after removing part of the old fence left over from the Martin Pool that was there. previously.”

The brochure states that each NET event begins with a concentrated three- to four-week effort by the city to provide enhanced and coordinated services.

In addition to the items she listed (above), other possible services could be street repairs; enhanced police patrol; voluntary assessments of residential property code enforcement; cleaning and mowing vacant lots; sealing or demolishing vacant or unsanitary structures; cleaning of the rainwater inlet; and the replacement or improvement of traffic signs and traffic signs.

This is the second stage of a NET event.

She said the city’s parks and recreation department is responsible for work at Carver Park and has its own schedule and plans for the space.

“Our goal is to have two of these NET projects a year, with one in the spring when the grass starts to grow, and we can see where the tall grass and weeds need to be cut; and perhaps the second in early fall.

She said her March 9 deadline for the list of projects gives her about a month to gather supplies and get a final list of volunteers counted.

Skills required

The NET team registration form asks, in addition to the number and age groups of team members, to mark the list of skills or experience of these volunteers, such as painting, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, power tool use, roofing, yard work and/or housekeeping.

Teams can also mark their project preferences as first and second choice. Options listed include home repairs (requiring skilled trades), painting, yard work, cleaning highways or rivers, or a blank to fill out another request.

There are rules for registering a team, including appointing a captain and signing a legal guardian for each volunteer under 18 years old.

Team captains can also work with Bowyer’s department “project assessors” on materials and tools needed.

Next steps

The third stage will be a neighborhood improvement celebration at the end of the three to four weeks of work for a NET event, including a neighborhood “progress report and celebration” meeting to ask residents for feedback on how which this city/resident partnership began to address the unique needs of each neighborhood.

The brochure says the fourth step is for the city and residents to develop a “sustainability plan” for ongoing efforts to maintain the improvements made and initiate new activities and efforts for continued improvement and beautification.

These possible activities could include a possible “neighborhood watch program”, clean-ups, beautification, pollution control awareness, housing issues awareness, animal control awareness, and demolition projects.

The overall goal is that following a one-year program, each designated neighborhood will be encouraged and empowered to manage ongoing efforts and activities.

These NET events are designed in the same way as the former local “Community Service Infusion” events, formerly coordinated by Partners in Ministry and later by Christian Men’s Job Corps. The concept is now part of the city’s Kerrville 2050 plan.

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