Neighbor Spotlight Recipient
April 2017 Winners -
Our involvement initially started back in 1995, a few months after we moved into the community. We were approached by
Rob Corns and Steve McNulty
Under Steve’s HOA leadership, there was a more proactive stance towards violations of the Milan Woods Covenants and Architectural Guidelines, since run-down conditions in a neighborhood could lead to increased crime. We also worked with several City departments, including Neighborhood Improvement Services, Transportation, Planning/Zoning, and Storm Water, to address infrastructure problems and to address City code violations.
The HOA started sponsoring annual neighborhood events to bring the community together, which we planned and organized.
Development of our relationship with the Durham Police Department (DPD) has been our greatest success. A former PAC 1 Crime Prevention Officer, Reese Carson, and Captain, Winslow Forbes, created a more formal relationship between the Milan Woods neighborhood watch and the DPD. They worked with us to strengthen our neighborhood watch and to develop a better relationship with the Police. We have since taken the information they have provided and passed that along to our residents, to encourage them to actually call 911 when there are problems and to work with Police if they witness a crime. Using the City Manager’s report email that is provided each Friday, Rob sends out weekly emails to the residents to keep them informed of crime statistics for our area, plus anything notable from other parts of the City. We are also both Leads on our Nextdoor site, which was established in January 2016 and already has almost 70% of residents signed up.
On the HOA front, a lot of effort has been put into keeping our neighborhood looking nice and making it a place people want to live. Now that the housing market has recovered, we have seen any homes for sale move pretty quickly from listing to being under contract. The HOA finances have also been tightened up, such that we have kept our dues unchanged for years, better managing the money we have to be able to keep the neighborhood maintained without increasing dues. We also provide a Welcome Packet with
Rob has been working with the HOA management company for years on issues that cover both neighborhood watch and HOA issues. He recently was given
Based on the improved communication between our residents and Police, and our residents more readily participating