A rain barrel workshop is being held this Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 5-6 p.m. at the Monte Sano State Park Lodge. The workshop will provide a lot of helpful information on how to help conserve water especially during a drought. Rain barrels are $40.00 each. Please contact Soos Weber to reserve one or two rain barrels at 256-539-3747. See attached flyer.
The Vector Control Division of the Madison County Health Department will begin operating mosquito fog trucks in Huntsville on May 18, 2016. Planned locations for fog trucks are posted on our web page at www.huntsvilleal.gov/vectorcontrol by 5:00 p.m. of each fogging day. Fog trucks run weekdays from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. Our web page also displays the last time an address was fogged and how many times it has been fogged during the mosquito season.
Please keep in mind that fog trucks cannot operate in unfavorable weather conditions. High wind, extreme heat, and rain can limit fogging capability. The fog trucks should not be your only method of protection from mosquito bites. Breeding mosquitoes on your property will limit the effectiveness of the fog truck.
Please practice the THREE D’s of mosquito bite prevention- Drain, Dress, and Defend:
- Drain: Empty and scrub out water containers at least twice a week;
- Dress: Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing if you are outdoors while mosquitoes are active;
- Defend: Properly apply an EPA-registered insect repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.
For additional information, please visit: www.huntsvilleal.gov/vectorcontrol.
To view the official news release, click Vector Control News Release.
If you are interested in working on a beautification project on the stone marker at the corner of Monte Sano Blvd. and Panorama, please contact Connie Burns at 256-536-3634 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City Council voted on the Viduta Village development and passed the zoning change 4-1. Our district representative, Mark Russell, voted against. If you would like to watch the city council meeting from April 28, 2016, please visit the Huntsville City’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zE7zD6C68go.
Earth Day and Famer’s Market is this Sunday, April 17, 2016 from Noon until 5 PM at the Monte Sano State Park Picnic Area. There’s plenty of events so bring the whole family! Check out the Agenda for Earth Day 46.
Check out the latest news in the March 2016 Newsletter.
Monte Sano State Park is our neighbor – practically in our backyard up here on our “Mountain of Health.” It is a great place to picnic, hike, have weddings, watch bird migra-tions, mountain bike, camp, enjoy wildflowers, see a great art show, and it is where the Monte Sano Civic Association has held (for little or no expense) many potlucks, parties and meetings in the beautiful lodge.
We have come to take the park for granted, thinking it will always be there; but in the past year, several other Alabama State Parks have closed or gone to limited service and have had staff reductions. Why? Because of a recent decision by the Alabama legislature, most of the Alabama State Park’s profit from entrance fees, rentals, and other income now goes to the state’s general fund instead of staying in the state parks or even in the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Monte Sano State Park has stayed open but you may have noticed the entrance fees have increased recently. Even with that, the staff has very little money or manpower to attend to all of the many needs of running a state park. For more funding info check out the Alabama State Park Website: www.alapark.com/alabama-state-parks-funding.
On a recent visit, several Monte Sano residents noticed the rock posts and rock wall behind the lodge in various states of disrepair and talked with the staff to see what could be done. The park rangers and staff are working diligently as time and money permit to keep the park going and get those repairs and other safety and maintenance projects completed. When asked, they said would welcome any help from the Monte Sano community.
The MSCA board has agreed to spearhead a drive to get help with some of the repairs this spring. They will be discussing priorities, proposals and cost estimates with Park Ranger Randy Stults and Assistant Park Ranger Brian Moore in the next few weeks.
Please take a look behind the lodge when you are there for the April MSCA potluck and consider helping out.
More details will be announced at the potluck and on the website: www.montesano.org.
As promised, your MSCA Board is working to keep the information flowing regarding the proposed development on Monte Sano. We have received a new map of the subdivision from the developer that more clearly defines the buildable area permitted for each lot based on the Planning Commission’s approved variances to setbacks. The attached drawing presents the variance changes in a more relevant and visual format.
The City Council will have a public hearing on the Viduta Village Rezoning request on April 28, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. during the regular city council meeting. The meeting will be held in the City Council Chambers of the Municipal Building located at 308 Fountain Circle. Our City Councilman, Mark Russell, has requested residents of Monte Sano to email him with their thoughts on the rezoning issue. He will be listening to both sides of the issue and would like to hear each of your inputs before the meeting. You may contact him at email@example.com.
Your MSCA Board encourages you to contact Councilman Mark Russell with your thoughts and comments. Please feel free to bring forward any questions to the MSCA Board you would like asked of the developer and we’ll post both questions and answers on the website, www.montesano.org/msca.
The Monte Sano Civic Association continues to work towards maintaining open communications with the developers of the new subdivision on Monte Sano. The Board actively pursued establishing communication with the Viduta Village developers on the Wednesday morning following the Planning Commission hearing on February 23rd where the rezoning and proposed plat was approved. John Blue, Jason Johnson, and the staff at 4SITE were all quick to respond to our request for further drawings and discussion. On March 7th, members of the MSCA board met with the developers and established a good dialog which should serve the community well as the project moves forward. We were able to confirm with them that the plat proposed in the rezoning is binding and cannot be changed unless brought back before the Planning Commission. The developers gave us more detailed drawings of the plat along with the list of setback variances that were approved and agreed to produce us a new map showing the buildable area on each lot. We will put this information on the website as soon as we receive the updated drawings. The MSCA was asked by the developer to provide a couple of individuals from the Association to work with them on the landscaping options for the development. We will be working with the membership to identify these individuals in the coming months. We discussed street lighting and the community’s desire to be as night-sky friendly as possible. We learned this is an issue we will need to take up with Huntsville Utilities as they are the ones that dictate the lighting options, therefore we will be trying to exercise other avenues of communication with Huntsville Utilities on behalf of the MSCA and developer. We also asked and were told that the City, in reviewing the plans provided by the developers, that there would be minimal to no impact to city sewer, water pressure, power, and traffic. John Blue and Jason Johnson are anxious to present and answer further questions for us at any time so please forward questions to the Board and we will post questions and answers on the website. They also would like to continue to provide us updates as the project proceeds and your Civic Association Board will facilitate this communication. The following steps (dates subject to change) to completion of development are 1) the approval of the Planning Commissions rezoning recommendation by the City Council in late April, 2) Presentation for approval of the detailed construction plan to the Planning Commission at their May meeting, and 3) Construction of subdivision infrastructure starting in June to be completed in 90-120 days.
We as a Board will keep the entire community up to date as information comes our way and look forward to getting answers to any questions you might have.
A hearty thank you to all who attended the Planning Commission Meeting on February 23, 2016. Of particular note, thanks to fellow mountain residents Woody Bethay, Buddy Little, Anna DiPlacido, Ursula Vann, Katrina Coupland, Bob Kirchner, Tim Burke, Jan Miller, Jay Bain, Mark Tygielski, Chuck Weber, John Burns, and David Worthy who all spoke at the meeting. We believe it was clear to the Planning Commission and to the developer that we take this new addition to the mountain seriously and will engage at every opportunity to assure our neighborhood character is protected and preserved. The full proceedings of the meeting can be viewed on the Huntsville City’s YouTube site at https://youtu.be/h-XAwlfcMhs.