BCNA Election Results from General Association Meeting, December 13, 2011

BCNA Officers for the next 12 months were elected during the General Association Meeting, held on Deember 13th at the Elks Lodge.  Before the election several neighbors questioned the By-Law requirements.  Ingrid Weigand, BCNA Parliamentarian and Election Committee, explained that our By-Laws require candidates to be registered BCNA members by the last day of the month previous to an election.   Two neighbors were interested in two officer positions but were not eligible because they did not register  by the date required.  They were encouraged to volunteer in other capacities for the next year as you don’t have to be an elected officer to volunteer for BCNA in an important capacity.

Congratulations to our new slate of Officers !

President Cassidy Neal
VP, Neighborhood Issues Cyndi Collen
VP, External Affairs Cory Walton
Communication Director Gary Hyatt
Treasurer Ronnie Dittmar
Secretary Open
Zone Reps
Brown Stuart Hampton
Blue Vandy Henriksen
Green Vicki Knipp
Lavender Laura Raun
Orange Bookie Read-Orr
Pink Kevin Lewis
Yellow Bill Ley




New South First Restaurant to Open in December

Restaurateur Larry McGuire (Lamberts, Perla’s) is launching his newest project, Elizabeth St. Cafe, a “French cafe serving Vietnamese food” on South First.  The spot is set to open in mid-December and is located on South First near Elizabeth St.  Breakfast will be served starting at 7am and dinner will be served until midnight.  Elizabeth St. Cafe dinner entrees will feature banh mi, pho, and noodle dishes and alcohol options will include beer, wine, and sake.  Read more about the menu and concept at Eater Austin –

October 2011 Invasives Removal — a lot of Work!

The BCNA Parks Committee  held another successful invasive species removal day on Saturday, Oct 15.
The event brought in 40+ volunteers – including students form the Liberal Arts and Science Academy LASA) high school and from ACC’s  Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society –  who helped remove ligustrum and chinaberries from the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt.
We received a last minute advisory from the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) that we can no longer build windrows with the cut-down brush, due to the fire hazard these rows might cause.  As a result of this, we diverted a good third of our work crew to hauling the brush from our two work areas to the entrance at South 6th Street, where the Forestry department can collect it. It was a quarter of a mile trip each way and included  crossing the creek. Many volunteers commented that they did not need to go to the gym that week-end – they had had already had their work out.
Despite the aerobic benefits, because of this change in procedure, it is clear that this amount of effort is unsustainable and we will work with PARD to find a better solution.
At this point, we have made one complete sweep from the South 6th Street entrance to the most southern point of the greenbelt; we have about 3-4 work days left at the northern end, once the brush question has been resolved.
Now that the weather is moderating, please take some time to walk along the greenbelt trail and notice some of the new native vegetation that is popping up in the cleared areas.
Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Parks Committee Chair
(with some editorializing by Rob Clayton)

Judge sides with South Congress Cafe on illegal deck

SoCo Cafe DeckThe Statesman has published this article on the latest decision regarding the least-used deck in the city, but we’re leaving the comments section open.

“Trudy’s argued that the city sometimes allows landowners who have built improvements without the required approvals and permits to obtain them retroactively, and that it entered into what amounted to a legal obligation allowing Trudy’s to do so. Cafe owners contended that the city illegally reversed itself after hearing from angry neighborhood residents.”

Neighbors, tell us how you really feel.