All the News that Fits-May 2018

2018                                                                                                           Primary Run off Elections:                                                      Early voting runs May 14-18 Elections May 22

 http://www.traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk/Content.do?code=E.2018.22.05                

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"One of the penalties for refusing to 
participate in politics is that you end
up being governed by your inferiors."
 - Plato

20th Annual Real World Music Showcase:                                                             Anthropos Arts a great organization that connects at-risk youth with professional musicians, educators, and  performance opportunities. They’re having their 20th anniversary bash – “a world tour of music from Iran, Nigeria, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, and the U.S.”  this Sunday, May 20, 5-7pm at Antone’s, 305 E. Fifth.

More info at www.anthroposarts.org.                                                             (Thanks to Austin Chronicle for notice.)

Big Medium’s West Austin Studio Tour (WEST) is a free, annual, self-guided art event spanning two weekends in May. WEST provides opportunities for the public to meet the artists and artisans of Austin in their creative spaces.

Dates & Times
Free and open on May 12-13 & 19-20, 2018 from 11am-6pm.

Boundaries: West of I-35, East of Mopac/Loop 1,
South of HWY 183,North of William Cannon http://west.bigmedium.org

Cap Tex Lifetime Tri – Monday May 28th (Memorial Day Weekend)

Sunday May 27th – Expect heavy traffic in and around the Hyatt Hotel for packet pickup  10:00 am to 6:30 pm

Monday May 28th – Expect road closures (Riverside Drive) and heavy traffic on Barton Springs 5:00 am to Noon

No barricades for Bouldin Neighborhood for this event
Palmer Heavy Traffic-May 2018

PalmerHeavyTraffic_May2018.pdf

EVENTS DOWN THE HILL                                                                         Whether you’re interested in avoiding traffic, parking issues, or strolling to a good time, here are the websites to discover the goings-on of which to be aware:                                                                               LONG CENTER  http://thelongcenter.org/events/

PALMER AUDITORIUM                                                                                         https://www.palmereventscenter.com/calendar

CoA information:

For new residents, the City of Austin makes available information on trash, recycle and compost collection here:

http://www.austintexas.gov/department/residential-curbside-collection-schedule

Also will link to June schedule for bulk trash and large brush collection and a calendar for all the above to use-a handy tool for busy folks.

Street Sweeping 6/11/18 – 6/15/18

Residential streets are swept six times a year, while major streets are swept once a month. This schedule allows for the regular sweeping of many of the City’s prized bicycle facilities, located both on residential and major streets.

Keep your trees trimmed so that there is a least 14 feet of clearance above your curb. Trim your bushes so they do not block the curb line.

Do not rake or blow leaves, grass or other trash into the streets. This is prohibited by City ordinance. Street sweeping equipment is not able to handle limbs, branches or large quantities of grass and leaves. You should dispose of these materials through your weekly yard trimmings collection.

On your scheduled street cleaning week, avoid parking on streets, remove empty trash and recycling carts, and remove other obstacles such as basketball hoops. Doing so will help avoid debris being left behind on your street.

Sweepers operate Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m..http://austintexas.gov/department/street-sweeping

http://austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Resource_Recovery/sweepingmap_050218-070618.pdf

Steering Committee Meeting May 07, 2018

Steering Committee Meeting May 07, 2018

6:45pm  at The High Road, 700 Dawson Road

 Agenda:

6:45—review prior minutes

6:50—Parks Committee Update (Ingrid?)

6:55—Traffic Safety & Parking. update (if any?)

7:00—Communications. Update (Gary)

7:05—ANC & CodeNext update (Jesse)

7:10—Zoning Committee update (Paul)

7:15—Warren Wildlife Gallery

7:30—Waterfront (Statesman, any developments with Hooter’s                         PUD?)

7:40—Green Pastures

7:50—Oak Creek/Lucero

 

 

Parks Committee Minutes 5/02/2018

Parks Committee Minutes 5/02/2018

1) Roundabout maintenance – see photos at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmjZPfvP

The guiding principal for each roundabout/median strip is to increase visibility of the device while maintaining a clear sigh line for oncoming vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

A single trunk trees surrounded by some type of low bushes and flowers or ground cover works well for most of them. Whenever possible, use native plants to reduce the need for maintenance, i.e. watering.

 

Action Item:

Almost all roundabouts show signs of damage from vehicles that came too close or plain ran over them. Individual tickets for each one will be submitted to 311 with a request to repair the curb and paint it with reflective paint.

 

It also helps to add large boulders or have reflective signs installed. Plants and a small tree on the median strip on Bouldin/Retama got decimated by someone moving a house. Since that most likely will happen again, we decided not to plant anything large in there – just low bushes and flowers, with the possible addition of some boulders.  The metal flowers at Mary and 2nd seem to be well received by neighbors; we might try to get other art work installed in other places.

Ronnie Dittmar reported that a neighbor adjacent to the Dawson/Retama Chicane requested it be removed and he thinks the City will do so.

 

2) N Dawson Maintenance

Cheryl will call for a workday in May – weeding and mulching. We can request mulch from PARD and can also make it available for roundabouts.

3) Grant for Mary Dawson Park

In order to apply for a grant that redevelops Mary Dawson – a border to the apartment complex, a bike/hike path leading from the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt (WBCGB) entrance to Dawson Road, maybe a pick nick table – we need design plans and quotes.  I did not hear back from the Austin Parks Foundation about a request for their new landscaping/design services until yesterday; they will make a decision by June 1st. If APF does not come through, we’ll need to find another source for those services. Both Thom Parker and Nancy Crow offered help with that.

 

4) Adopt-A-Creek, Adopt-A-Park

Nicholas Dawson and Mary Dawson also caused a discussion about Adopt-A-Park and Adopt-A-Creek programs. Adopt-A-Park is run by PARD, Adopt-A-Creek by Keep Ausitn Beautiful (KAB). KAB recently offered an outside group a chance to adopt East Bouldin Creek in Nicholas Dawson Park. I contested that, since we have been taking care of the park and the creek for decades. The reason this is important is because it makes BCNA a stakeholder when City or development issues come up. We currently have Adopt-A-Park agreements for N. Dawson, the WBCGB and Ricky Guerrero. We also now have adopt-A-Creek agreements for N. Dawson and the WBCGB.

 

Action Item:

We need to seek an Adopt-A-park agreement for Mary Dawson  and the landlocked, undeveloped park by the PSW development; Melanie McNearney will get together with immediate neighbors and apply for an Adopt-A-Creek agreement for the East Bouldin Creek portion across from PSW.

 

5) West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt Trail Maintenance

After discussion, we decided against any mulching of trails; instead, we will continue widening them twice a year by removing encroaching plants. Per Matt Coldwell’s suggestion, we might have a “stomp” party to help in that effort, with refreshments to be served afterwards.

 

6) West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt Signage

A neighborhood teenager had selected installing signage at the WBCG  as his Eagle Project. The effort started almost two years ago and has not progressed, in spite of Matt stepping in and actively helping. The teenager will graduate this month, ending his engagement. If we have not seen any results by then, Matt will take the project over. It consists of: trail maps at both entrances; some directional posts where trails intersect; display with information about greenbelt features: native plants/wildlife plus the ephemeral spring.

Action Item: work on signage this year, with or without Eagle input

 

7) Ricky Guerrero Improvement Updates

Eric Radjef has followed up with City staff, asking for a progress report.

Austin Energy Regional Science Festival 2018

Austin Science Festival Theme

Hello neighbors,
This past February I had the opportunity to volunteer for the first
time at the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival. I worked the
floor and in the process met a number  of students and was able to check out the displays. From the simple to the complex, a cool display of creativity, hard work and intelligence!
I remember two young ladies in particular, both Junior Level/middle school.
One had her project board of documentation of objectives, and results a nd a display of plants. Her project was to grow plants upside down withvarious nutrients and water. Fairly simple project but her goal was to use this as her first step to testing in zero gravity……desiring to become an astronaut!

The second was just a project board of documentation of objectives and results. Objective was to develop better algorithms for checksums.
Hmmmm, I understand the basics but definitely above my pay grade!

What a great bunch of kids and I definitely got out of the Festival as
much as they did.

You can view the 2018 video at http://www.sciencefest.org (click through the banners on the home page) and this fall, if interested, you can get information on general volunteering and judging by contacting Ingrid Weigand at ingrid.weigand@austinscience.org.
Stay posted for future information for the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival  February 20-23, 2019.

Cheers, Gary Hyatt

P.S. more information below
News coverage
http://www.kxan.com/news/education/girls-rule-at-austin-energy-science-fair/1049706102

Austin Energy Regional Science Festival
The Austin Energy Regional Science Festival is one of Texas’ largest
regional science fairs with almost 3,000 students from 3rd through 12th grade. It encourages and rewards innovative student research and provides scientists, engineers and other professionals a chance to volunteer in the community.
The 2018 video has been posted. You can view it at www.sciencefest.org
(click through the banners on the home page)

Austin Science Education Foundation
https://austinscience.org/
Purpose
The Austin Science Education Foundation (ASEF) was established in 2013 to support the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival (AERSF).
AERSF serves 3rd – 12th grade students from 11 Central Texas counties and 23 school districts, as well as private, home and charter schools.
Mission
ASEF will promote student’s knowledge of and involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math by enabling participation in the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival and supporting students selected to advance to the Texas Science and Engineering Fair and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.



All the News that Fits-April 2018

Texas School for the Deaf
Performing Arts Program Presents:
“Noises Off” – A High School Production
April 12, 13, 14, 2018 [link]

Trail maintenance in the West Bouldin Creek          Greenbelt

Neighbors,                                                                                                                                       We will do trail maintenance in the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt, 1200 S 6th Street,  next Saturday April 14 from 9 am to  noon. The ground is still soft from the recent rains and this is a great time to pull out the encroaching ragweed.

Keep Austin Beautiful and the Austin Parks Foundation are providing tools and gloves – all we need now is about 30 people to get this done.                                                                                                                                Please join us, even if only for an hour; kids and friends welcome. The greenbelt is gorgeous at this time of the year and the weather promises to be warmer.                                                                                                         Thanks, Ingrid Weigand                                                                                                   BCNA Parks Committee                                                                                                512-663-4632

Becker Elementary Yard Sale Saturday April 21, 2018

Calling for Donations: Do some spring cleaning & help Becker                    Elementary.                                                                                                                 Start your Spring cleaning and help us make the Becker Yard Sale (Benefiting the 5th grade) a huge success this year.

We need valuable items to reach our goal for this year’s field trip and we’re close, but we’re counting on this sale to make it.

Please see this poster

Becker_Yard_Sale-2018-04-21.pdf

and help us pass the word with your neighbors or friends who would like to donate items. And please invite them to come shop on Saturday, April 21 from 9am – 1pm. Stop by and have a taco or coffee with us, too. Bring the whole family for a great day. Fingers crossed the weather cooperates.

Donations will be accepted starting next week at the White House during drop off and pickup: 913 W. Milton St. 7:15-7:45 am and 2:45-3:15.

Events affecting the n’hood plus events of interest

Austin Reggae Festival – Friday April 20 – Sunday April 22nd

Expect heavy traffic in and around Auditorium Shores all three days

Barricades at Dawson, Bouldin, Gibson, Christopher Streets –                 Resident Access Only                                                                                                           (see PDF road closure document)

http://austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/CityStage/Transportation/AustinReggaeFest_SCD_10172017.pdf

Barricades and APD Officers will be present for residential street closure.

More local events of interest:

Bike Night is a leisurely event for cyclists of all skill levels, from beginners to professionals.                                                                                               http://www.circuitoftheamericas.com/bike

Roberta Reed Crenshaw Overlook Dedication:       The Austin Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Austin Parks Foundation, is holding an Overlook Dedication and Sign Unveiling for Roberta Reed Crenshaw on the North side of Lady Bird Lake on Friday, April 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm. The location is on the Southwest corner of Cesar Chavez and Congress Avenue.  [link]

Palmer Heavy Traffic For April:

2018-04-(Apr)-Palmer-Heavy-Traffic.pdf

State calls on appeals court to take up Austin short-term rental case.  Story here: