Ridgmar Neighborhood Association

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RNA Accomplishments

   What The RNA Has Done For You

What the RNA has done for you in 2012

 

1. The RNA represents all Ridgmar Residents. Ridgmar is divided into 4 Sectors. Each Sector has two Vice Presidents that coordinate issues in their Sectors. Each street has a Block Captain that coordinates between residents on their block and the Sector Vice Presidents.

 

2. RNA Volunteers contributed well over 4,000 hours to RNA projects and issues important to the neighborhood.

 

3. RNA National Night Out 2012, with over 650 attendees, was the largest, most successful National Night Out on the West side of Fort Worth—if not the entire city and had photos featured in the Star Telegram “Click” page.

 

4. Helped distributed flyers and email info throughout the neighborhood and in support of the Komen Race for the Cure (run in Ridgmar) that raised just over $1.5 million with 75% of funds staying in the local area and 25% of funds going directly to national research programs to find the cures for breast cancer.

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Repeatedly met with Chesapeake to determine and mitigate environmental impact on Ridgmar and updated the neighborhood on the latest gas well/drilling information.

 

6. Met with City Leaders to mitigate impact of pipeline route(s) through the neighborhood.

 

7. Represented Ridgmar in City Wide meetings concerning disposal of toxic waste water.


Carol L. Patterson

What the RNA has done for you in 2011

                    1.               RNA Volunteers contributed well over 4,000 hours to RNA projects and issues important to the neighborhood.

2.                  RNA National Night Out 2011, with over 650 attendees, was the largest, most successful National Night Out on the West side of Fort Worth—if not the entire city and had photos featured in the Star Telegram “Click” page.

 

3.                  Helped sponsor the Komen Race for the Cure (run in Ridgmar) that raised just over $1.5 million with 75% of funds staying in the local area and 25% of funds going directly to national research programs to find the cures for breast cancer.

 

4.                  By continually sharing information with Ridgmar residents and the FWPD, RNA volunteers were directly responsible for the apprehension of the “Ridgmar Burglar” that over a five-week period broke into more than 10 homes to steal prescription drugs and guns. See photo of the handcuffed Ridgmar Burgler being placed in a police car at http://www.ridgmar.net/Weekly_Crime_Report.html.

5.                  Repeatedly met with Chesapeake to determine and mitigate environmental impact on Ridgmar and updated the neighborhood on the latest gas well/drilling information.

6.                  Successfully coordinated with the City Council and CHK the upgrade from an unsightly chain link fence surrounding the Ridgmar Well Site to a brick and ornamental iron enclosure that will eventually be landscaped with trees and shrubs.

7.                  Successfully reunited numerous lost/found pets with their owners.

            8.                  Assisted residents adjacent to MirAvanti in resolving issues with MirAvanti.

9.                  Maintained and operated the irrigation system in Leonard Park.

10.              Persuaded the City to resume weed-eating and trimming Leonard Park, thereby relieving RNA volunteers of the task.

11.              Ridgmar.net website and email sent to over 670 residents by admin@ridgmar.net kept the neighborhood informed on Crime Watch, chronic mailbox thefts at Q-Mart parking lot, Gas Well info, Mayoral and City Council elections, lists of recommended “home repair” companies / individuals, current neighborhood information, and many other important issues.

12.              Several Sector VPs made it a point to check in on, and help elderly residents requiring assistance.

13.              Represented Ridgmar at the quarterly NAS Fort Worth, JRB Regional Coordination Committee (RCC) to insure Ridgmar property values are not adversely impacted by unwarranted changes to zoning and building codes resulting from the current NAS JRB Fort Worth Joint Land Use Study, which Ridgmar falls under.

14.              Continued to coordinate with the Trinity River Vision Planning Committee to add to the plan a trailhead in Ridgmar and trail connection to the Trinity Trail System.

15.              Represent Ridgmar at the Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods.

16.              Continued the ongoing (successful) effort to keep the Ridglea Branch Library open.

Carol L. Patterson

Treasurer

Ridgmar Neighborhood Association


In FY 2010

 

 

 

 The RNA placed “Ridgmar” signs atop all street signs on Ridgmar Boulevard.

 The RNA repeatedly met with Chesapeake to determine environmental impact on Ridgmar and updated neighborhood on latest gas well/drilling information.

 The RNA arranged several meetings between MirAvanti and Ridgmar residents to minimize adverse impact on property adjacent to construction site, coordinate fencing, discuss maintenance of property line area, and selection of specific type of trees, bushes, and other plantings used to screen property lines.

 The RNA eliminated the heavy traffic congestion at Ridgmar and Green Oaks by arranging to have MirAvanti construction workers, trucks, and equipment park off the street and in the grass on the west side.

 The RNA stood up the improved ridgmar.net website updated daily with information pertinent to all Ridgmar residents.

 The RNA established ridgmarforum@ridgmar.net: an nteractive Ridgmar Bulletin Board.

 The RNA established a new Ridgmar email network that sends daily bulletins to 75% of Ridgmar residents (over 470 and growing daily), consisting of the Neighborhood Police Officer Chris Watts’ Weekly Crime Report, Crime Watch info, and a myriad of other current information important to Ridgmar residents.  

The RNA established a connection with Ridglea North Lost/Found Pet site and reunited countless lost/found pets with owners through Ridgmar email network.

The RNA represented Ridgmar at the quarterly NAS Fort Worth, JRB Regional Coordination Committee (RCC) to insure Ridgmar property values are not adversely impacted by unwarranted changes to zoning and building codes resulting from the current NAS JRB Fort Worth Joint Land Use Study, which Ridgmar falls under.

The RNA continually coordinated with Encor/TXU during the snowstorm in Feb to facilitate restoration of electric power to hundreds of Ridgmar residents who were without power for up to 3 days.

The RNA has maintained and operated the irrigation system in Marvin and Mary Leonard Park since 1983.

Since the City cut funds to weed-eat and trim the Leonard Park in 2009, ad hoc groups of RNA volunteers accomplished those tasks, insuring the park continues to be well maintained.

The RNA worked with the Trinity River Vision Planning Committee to add to the plan a trailhead in Ridgmar and trail connection to the Trinity Trail System.

The RNA coordinated noise complaints with the FWPD about loud bands playing in the parking lot of Spencer’s Corners late night (often 1-2 P.M.), resulting in them turning down the volume and shutting down outside music at 10 P.M. IAW city code.

The RNA joined the successful fight with other west side Neighborhood Organizations to keep the City Council from closing the Ridglea Branch Library.

 The RNA hosted First Annual Ridgmar National Night Out in Leonard Park on 5 Oct.

Larry Patterson


What the RNA has done for you in the past

 

Since the early Eighties, the RNA has operated on a very small annual budget, with minimal expenditures. Despite this, it continually manages to achieve a 99.9% successes rate on all important issues. This is possible due to the gracious donation of time and energy by many volunteers. Listed below are few examples of those successes.

1982: Fort Worth returned the property where Leonard Park is located back to the Leonard family, who planned to build 24 houses on the property. The RNA was successful in convincing the city to purchase the property back from the Leonards, generate funds from a bond, and improve the park to its current state.

 


Mid ‘80s:
RNA kept Fort Worth from extending Ridgmar Boulevard from where it then ended (where Newport now intersects it) NE across King’s Branch Creek to Highway 183.                  

 


2007:
Fort Worth planned to identify Ridgmar as a “Hazardous Noise Area,” where “…persons on the premises will be exposed to significant noise level and accident potentials as a result of military/airport operations." Sellers would have been required to notify prospective buyers of this fact, reducing property values by many ten’s of thousands of dollars. Fortunately, we had access to the BRAC-94 Environmental Impact Study that gave us a clean bill of health, and the JRB traffic pattern plan, which normally prohibits flyover of Ridgmar. Mr. Davis was able to use that information to keep Ridgmar from being so identified.

 


2007-8:
Over the past few years, several residents have planned to demolish older houses on large lots, divide the lots into two or more smaller lots, and then build smaller houses on them. If allowed, this would have adversely affected values of surrounding properties, and set a bad precedence. RNA kept this from happening.


2007-9:
In August 2009 the RNA finally succeeded in securing a Ridgmar connection to Trinity Trails System, which will eventually give Ridgmar residents access to the entire trail system, from Benbrook Lake, to Downtown, and all the way to Arlington.   

 


2007-8:
Of course, everyone should already be aware that the RNA—through hard work by Mr. Davis and Don Ray—managed to get residents one of the highest Gas Lease payments offered to any Fort Worth neighborhood.

 

These are but a few of the many issues RNA has successfully resolved over the past 28 years. With our support, this favorable trend will continue.


Larry Patterson

 


















































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