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On December 1, 2005, a HNP neighborhood meeting was held to discuss the overall status of the HNP, ongoing issues, and funding options.  It was decided by the audience to only pursue funding by virtue of a nonprofit (501-3c) organization.  As of this time, we have not started the process of establishing a nonprofit status.  The presentation (click here) gives a good overview of the HNP and our ongoing issues. 

 

Below, is a Questions / Answers format that provides further insight into what the HNP is and what the overall goals are.  The HNP is not a political organization and will not take political stances.  It's only purpose is to inform the residents and to collectively make our group stronger by communication.

 

 

HNP Questions / Answers

What is the HNP?

The Heritage Neighborhood Partnership (HNP) was founded in late 2002 as a volunteer homeowners association that is generally located east of Matlock Road and north of Country Club.  The association is a non-fee participating group of home owners that has no legal standing and can not enforce covenants or deed restrictions.  The HNP does not take political stances or receive funds.


What streets and homes are covered by the HNP?

The HNP currently covers 35 streets and about 1000 homes.  Its’ borders generally include Ragland to the south, Mansfield City limits to the east, Laura Elizabeth / Laura Elizabeth Trail / Perry Drive / Kris Street to the north, Nugent Drive / Meera Lane to the east.  Adjacent neighborhoods include the Heather Estates HOA to the east, Enchanted Acres (voluntary association) to the south, and the Walnut Hills Addition HOA to the north.  (Click here for the HNP Vicinity Map.)


What is the purpose of the HNP?

The purpose of the HNP is to pull together home owners in a coordinated fashion to allow for information sharing and group representation.  The primary focus of the HNP is crimewatch, MISD issues, City issues, and neighborhood issues, etc. 


How does the HNP operate?

The HNP currently has 28 Block Captain volunteers that report to the Chair.  The Block Captain has complete responsibility for a given street.  The Block Captain keeps an e-mail group and contact registry for the street to pass along information.  E-mail is the preferred method of communication due to the absence of funding for the HNP to pay for copying costs.  The HNP Chair generally e-mails information down to the Block Captains for distribution to its residents.  This information may originate from another Block Captain or other sources.  The Chair facilitates 3 or 4 Block Captain meetings a year to discuss issues and gain feedback.  On average, one neighborhood-wide HNP meeting per year is held for the residents that may focus on certain topics or gain feedback.  Thankfully, the Walnut Ridge Baptist Church allows use of its facilities at no cost to the HNP.


How does the HNP keep volunteers participating, while HOA’s have troubles maintaining participants?

The structure and success of the HNP is completely dependent upon the Block Captains (click here for street / Block Captain registry).  The Block Captains are fully empowered to keep their residents informed.  The Block Captains are the “face-forward” to the residents.  We have noticed a sincere appreciation and gratitude of the residents towards the Block Captains.  On the other hand, HOA’s (mandatory homeowner associations) have the appearance that everything is taken care of because of the dues that are paid by its residents.  In most cases, a management company has to step in to do the work at a significant cost to the HOA due to lack of resident interest.


How does the HNP achieve successful crimewatch?

The HNP has established itself as a strong association to the Mansfield Police Department.  As a result, crimewatch signs were placed at the street entrances into the HNP by the City in July 2003.  The HNP Chair maintains direct contact with the Mansfield Community Police Officer.  Any police bulletins are received by the Chair and e-mailed to the Block Captains for distribution.  Happenings within the HNP are noted and distributed to the HNP residents for feedback.  Such resident feedback (observations, etc) is relayed back to the police.


How does the HNP interact with the City and the MISD?

Given the size of home owners represented, the HNP is very successful in drawing City staff, the police, and the MISD to the HNP neighborhood meetings for discussion of issues for its HNP residents.  The Chair and Block Captains have attended City Council meetings, Planning & Zoning meetings, and Mansfield Park Facilities Development Corporation (Park Board) meetings for information and to speak on behalf of the HNP on issues.  The HNP would like to have citizens specifically responsible to attending particular board or Council meetings on a regular basis, but that has not happened yet.


Has the HNP pursued funding capability for the organization?

The HNP neighborhood meeting that was held on December 1, 2005 (click here for presentation) was for the purpose of seeking direction from the residents on funding the HNP.  The residents did not support a Public Improvement District for the HNP, or voluntary dues that could be collected by the HNP Chair / Block Captains.  The residents did strongly support the establishment of a non-profit status (501-3c) that would give legitimacy and legal standing to the HNP for receiving funding and distribution of those funds for neighborhood projects.  At this time, the HNP leadership has not started the pursuit of establishing a non-profit status.