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BCNA Steering Committee Meeting September 10, 2018

BCNA Steering Committee Meeting September 10, 2018
at The High Road, 6:45pm 700 Dawson Road
Agenda:
6:45–review prior meeting minutes
6:50–communications update & outreach discussion
7:00–parks update
7:05–traffic safety parking update
7:10–zoning update
no voting, but items to discuss include inquiries to BCNA regarding Green Pastures, 304 W. Milton, and Timber Creek apts
7:25–October meeting planning
–potential council candidate forum & recommendation on Prop J
7:45–sector updates
8:00 or earlier: Adjourn

Minutes when available

 

WBCG cleanup 07-14-2018

Neighbors,

We did a second sweep of the greenbelt today, this time along the railroad tracks, collecting a out 30 bags of  trash, plus lots of cardboard a few larger items and a few bags of recyclables.

Many thanks to Clay, Dannie, Kate, Matt, Nancy, Ronnie (and children), Sophie and Thom who each spent about two hours collecting and hauling stuff. We were too tired to pick up trash in the creek bed, so on your next walk, please take a bag and collect some.     View attachments on the web for some before and after pictures HERE

Also a big Thank You  to Sally who did not participate in the party at N Dawson Park but knew Chico  (Mark McCollough) and volunteered to clean up and to Cheryl, from the Parks Committee, who beat her to it.                                                                                                                Good neighbors all around.                                                                                         Ingrid

 

WBCG cleanup 07-01-2018

Neighbors,

13 Bouldin residents met in the greenbelt this morning and collectively removed 6-8 large homeless camps: tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, clothing, styrofoam and plastic containers, toiletries, cans, card board – most of which had been there since our last creek cleaning at the beginning of March.  It was dirty, sweaty work and we had to haul everything well over half a mile to get it to one of the two entrances. PARD has been notified and will pick up the piles, hopefully by tomorrow.

After 2 hours in the heat, we ran out of steam. There are still some card board camps along the railroad tracks and we will most likely schedule another morning in about two weeks to get the rest. If you missed this one, come join us!

We are also discussing strategies to prevent the situation from getting as bad as it was today. Part of the problem is that Park Rangers hand out eviction notices, but the camp occupants will come back a few days later or others will move in. The only true deterrent seems to be to remove the camps immediately, and PARD lacks the resources to do that. I have asked them for referrals to community groups that can help out and will also reach out to Keep Austin Beautiful and the Austin Parks Foundation.

We want the greenbelt to be a safe place for residents to enjoy and we know that the more people do, the less camps we’ll have.

For now, please thank Ben, Danny, Gary, Matt, Michael/ Stacy/Cash, Ronnie, Thom, Kate,  and especially Scott & Liz who just bought a house in Bouldin and have not even finished moving in.

Ingrid Weigand, BCNA Parks Committee  512-663-4632

West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt Trail Opening Celebration

From Ingrid Weigand with the BCNA Parks Department:
We had a wonderful Trail Opening Celebration in the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt last Saturday. Attendees included Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, representatives from the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Watershed Protection as well as the Austin Parks Foundation and Bouldin and Zilker neighbors.
You can view photos using link below.
The trails will only stay open if they are used consistently, so please go explore! While you are out there, feel free to pull out ragweed at the edge of the paths.
Thanks to everyone who helped get the trails ready and those who attended.
Ours is truly a great neighborhood.

More photos here!