Rockingham residents revive neighborhood association

Monday, October 14, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Columbia City Council officially recognized the new Rockingham Neighborhood Association on Monday. The boundaries of the neighborhood will remain the same as they were under the previous association, which had been inactive for six years.

COLUMBIA — Rockingham Drive, located south of West Broadway, is one of Columbia's older streets.

Twenty-one houses line the street that is shaded by large trees sprinkled throughout the neighborhood. Most of the split-level ranch-style homes are made of red brick that alludes to their age. Most of the homes were built during the 1960s.

Mailboxes are absent from the end driveways. House numbers are painted on the curb with black paint that can be overlooked by those who do not know the neighborhood well.

On Monday, the Columbia City Council approved the Rockingham Neighborhood Association, which has been inactive for six years.

Bill Cantin, the city's neighborhood response coordinator, said this makes 81 recognized neighborhood associations within the city.

The original Rockingham Neighborhood Association was established in October 1976. In 2007, the association's status was changed to inactive.

In July, residents of the dormant neighborhood association approached the city with plans to revive it.

A formation meeting was held on Aug. 28 to present the bylaws and a map of the neighborhood boundaries. Officers were also elected at the meeting. They are: Chairwoman Kathi Jantz, Vice-Chairwoman Kerry Mullin and Secretary Katy Disinger.

During the meeting, residents voiced concerns with the sewer back-up issues that will be addressed in a November bond issue for the city sewerage system.

The purpose of the Rockingham Neighborhood Association is to facilitate communication between residents and city government and to identify, consider and take appropriate action on neighborhood issues, according to the group's bylaws.

Cantin said the new Rockingham Neighborhood Association will have the same boundaries as the original. These boundaries are West Broadway to the north; Rockingham Drive-Longfellow Lane to the east; Rollins Road to the south; and Stadium Boulevard to the west.

The inaugural meeting for the reactivated Rockingham Neighborhood Association is scheduled for May 5.

Supervising editor is John Schneller.

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