Franklin Avenue Public Meeting on June 26

Want to weigh in on ways to improve Franklin Avenue? You’ll have a chance when the City of Des Moines hosts a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, at the Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave.

The City’s Engineering Department is currently at work on plans for the Closes Creek storm sewer project, which will include work along Franklin Avenue. Since the street is in poor condition and will be torn up for the sewer project, we have an opportunity to examine Franklin Avenue’s design and how to make it work better for our neighborhoods. Franklin Avenue is a vital route in northwest Des Moines, running through the Merle Hay, Beaverdale, and Waveland Park neighborhoods.

What do you think about the possible addition of bike lanes? How ‘bout an off-street, shared-use path? What other ideas and questions do you have? There are a lot of options, and it is important to participate and make your voice heard.

Please mark your calendar and spread the word!

SCRUB set for April 20

The Merle Hay Neighborhood Association will once again partner with Des Moines Public Works to host the annual Spring Clean Up to Reduce Urban Blight (SCRUB) from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 at Hoover High School on Aurora Avenue. SCRUB allows Des Moines residents to discard unwanted items including furniture, televisions, appliances, tires, hazardous waste, and other materials for free. Yard debris will be collected on April 20th at the MWA Compost Center at 1601 Harriett Street. For complete SCRUB program details, visit the Des Moines Public Works webpage or call 283-4950.

Quarterly Meeting on April 18

Learn about the 2-1-1 information and referral service, and get an update on how the Merle Hay Tax Increment Finance (TIF) district is performing, when the Merle Hay Neighborhood Association meets at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, at the Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave. We expect to have a guest speaker from 2-1-1, followed by staff from the City of Des Moines (City).

The 2-1-1 helpline provides callers with information on tax preparation assistance, rent payment assistance, utility payment assistance, elderly care, child care programs, legal services, food pantries, and more. Questions will follow a short presentation by a 2-1-1 staff member.

MHNA has also invited staff from the City’s Office of Economic Development to provide an overview of the TIF district, how it’s performing, and how it’s being used to aid redevelopment at Merle Hay Mall and other nearby commercial properties. Moving forward, MHNA has asked the City Council and City staff to make sure the TIF is also used to fund streetscape improvements, consistent with the 2008 Merle Hay neighborhood improvement plan. A list of public improvement priorities was formally submitted to the City Council in January 2017.

We’ll have plenty of other neighborhood updates, public safety information, and more. Refreshments will be provided. Come meet your neighbors and find out how you can help improve OUR neighborhood. We look forward to a great turnout on April 18. Please invite your neighbors!

2019 MHNA Meeting Dates

MHNA meets on the third Thursday in January, April, July, and October. Unless otherwise noted, the meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and are held at the Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave. The 2019 meetings will be held on January 17, April 18, July 18, and October 17. Please mark your calendars!

2019 Membership Dues

Please join or renew your MHNA membership for 2019!

By becoming a member of the Merle Hay Neighborhood Association, you help make a difference in our community. Membership dollars help support the events and activities of our all-volunteer association. Membership is open to anyone who lives, rents or owns property, and to businesses within the neighborhood boundaries. Non-residents may also join as non-voting members. As a 501(c)(3) organization, all dues and donations are tax-deductible. Membership dues are as follows:

• Individual: $15
• Couple: $30
• Business: $30
• Church, School, or other Non-profit: $10

Dues for 2019 can be paid in person at association meetings, or mailed to:

Merle Hay Neighborhood Association
PO Box 31036
Des Moines, IA 50310

Thank you for supporting MHNA in the upcoming year!