August-some call this “the dog days of summer”, other critters apparently agree….
News: Bouldin Bulletin Following local health guidelines, personal conflicts, heat, summer time blues and ennui, this issue (August-September) of the Bouldin Bulletin will not be published. October-November issue will have latest news and information on upcoming BCNA elections to be held in December.
General Association Meeting BCNA’s virtual General Association Meeting will be held Tuesday August 11th. Notice, agenda and virtual meeting information coming soon.
Other news: Memorabilia from Armadillo Head Quarters, plus. Threadgill’s Old No.1 Auction Saturday August 8th 10:00AM 6416 N. Lamar 78752 Burley Auction Gallery https://www.burleyauction.com/
Upcoming: The Preservation Austin Tour, “Downtown Doorsteps”, is going virtual this year. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. We just finished previewing the video and it is fantastic! Grab a ticket and your favorite beverage and settle in for a great experience. No trying to find parking and no walking. How can you go wrong. There will be a Q & A on Zoom following the tour. AND guess what ,you can now attend the tour even if you don’t live in Austin. I hope y’all will join us!!! Information HERE Sneak Peak at the Preservation Austin Homes tour 2020!!! HERE Preservation Austin.org https://www.preservationaustin.org/ FYI an older tour Preservation Austin-BouldinHERE
SUFFRAGE NOW- August 6-January 31 SUFFRAGE NOW: A 19th Amendment Centennial Exhibition at the Elisabet Ney Museum Centennial of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment. Ratified August 18, 1920 The passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 guaranteed women the right to vote. Presented at Elisabet Ney Museum HERE From slavery to women’s rights! 13th Amendment 1865 “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” 14th Amendment 1868 approved by Congress in 1866 and ratified in 1868, granted citizenship to all persons “born or naturalized in the United States,” including former slaves, and guaranteed “equal protection of the laws” to all citizens. 15th Amendment 1870 granted Black men the right to vote which stated that voting rights could not be “denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” 19th Amendment 1920 guaranteed women the right to vote. (Only took another 50 years!)
Also noted this week in the Austin Chronicle, another event celebrating and discussing the 19th Amendment. Article here: https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2020-08-07/for-its-first-big-event-the-19th-gets-big-names/
Next week’s “The 19th Represents”, an all-women summit, gathers political heavy hitters in one (virtual) room. Info at https://summit.19thnews.org/
Aug. 10-14, the nascent enterprise is bringing together some more big names of American politics and culture in a “virtual summit,” the 19th Represents”. Speakers including Stacey Abrams, Alicia Garza, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, and Meryl Streep will headline discussions on the intersection of race and gender issues, voting rights, and electability. Each of the five days’ events focuses on different ways the rights afforded by the 19th Amendment have not been completely secured.
News of the somber kind: Algae along Lady Bird Lake– keep your dogs safe! w/link HERE West Nile virus Austin, Texas – The year’s first positive pool of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus has been identified in the 78756-zipcode of Travis County. w/link HERE Walk your property and empty any standing water! Covid-19 It’s up to us! Follow the city’s guidelines as it is still alive and spreading! http://www.austintexas.gov/covid19 And stay sane! Thanks to Kate Morter for “Quarantines No Joke” and “Virtual Meeting Etiquette”.
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 and of which to be aware: LONG CENTER http://thelongcenter.org/events/ PALMER AUDITORIUM https://www.palmereventscenter.com/events/
BCNA Meeting Schedules: Note: all meetings subject to change during current health regulations. Currently meetings are arranged via virtual Zoom meetings. BCNA General Association Meeting: 2ndTuesday, every other month BCNA Steering Committee Meeting: 1st Monday, each month BCNA Zoning Committee Meeting: 3rd Monday each month Meetings at 6:45pm The High Road, 700 Dawson Road
BCNA General Association Meeting Tuesday 08-11-2020 Please join the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association for a virtual General Association meeting this Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 6:45 PM Central Time. Zoom instructions below.
Current Agenda: 6:45–Meeting convenes 6:50–Vote by Brown sector to confirm Stephanie Scholten as sector rep for remainder of 2020 –Vote by Blue sector to elect Rebecca Rothfus Harrell as new sector rep for remainder of 2020 6:55–Zoning matters, including: –Update on potential Copeland rezoning request –Discussion and vote on recommendation re: Schlotzsky’s PUD 7:15–Discussion and vote on donations for Covid-19 relief 7:20–Anti-racism and anti-discrimination by-law amendment discussion and vote, and update on ad hoc committee regarding Bouldin history & nomenclature 7:35–Traffic, Safety and Parking Committee update, including brief update on ongoing South Congress parking re-evaluation 7:40–Adjourn Meeting Agenda HERE as approved and received
Mimi, BCNA Comms Director: This meeting will be hosted using Zoom, an online videoconferencing system, which you can join by selecting one of the following links: • Join via the Zoom app • Join via your phone (no video) If new to Zoom, you may wish to join early to allow a little extra time to handle any technical issues which might occur. We will open the meeting room at 6:30 PM and will be providing guidance to those with technical issues until our meeting start time at 6:45 PM. In the meantime, you may wish to review a few guidelines for the meeting: • All participants will be initially muted when joining. Please remain muted unless you are given the floor by one of the hosts and you are actively speaking. If you have a question during the meeting, please ask one of the hosts via Zoom’s “Chat” button. • Please only join with one device per household. If more than one device in close proximity joins a Zoom meeting and has an active microphone, loud feedback can result. • If you will be joining with video, consider putting your main light source in front of you, as this will greatly improve your video quality. If you do not wish to use the links above to join the meeting, you can also join manually with the following details: Meeting ID: 830 6733 7962 Dial-in: +1 346 248 7799
Note: all meetings subject to change during current health regulations. Currently meetings are arranged via Zoom meetings. BCNA Meeting Schedules: BCNA General Association Meeting: 2ndTuesday, every other month BCNA Steering Committee Meeting: 1st Monday, each month BCNA Zoning Committee Meeting: 3rd Monday each month Meetings at 6:45pm The High Road, 700 Dawson Road
Be sure to include your full name and address of residence in Bouldin
Hello neighbors–The Steering Committee Meeting of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association will be Monday, August 3rd, beginning at 6:45 pm This will be a virtual meeting hosted on Zoom.
Here is the currently envisioned agenda:
6:45—Call to Order:
Administrative Business, approve prior minutes for July SC meetings
6:50—Communications Update, including listserv roll-out
–Discussion and potential vote on recommendation re: listserv guidelines
7:05—Zoning Comm. update, including:
–Discussion and potential vote on recommendation re: Schlotzsky’s PUD
–Discussion of Copeland rezoning request
7:20—Discussion and potential vote on recommendation re: Butler Shores overnight trail lighting for segment between Daugherty Arts & Riverside Dr.
7:25–Discussion of pros & cons of 501(c)(3) conversion (I propose deferring this decision to a later date)
7:30–Discussion and potential vote on peacocks-welcome-related expenditures
7:35–By-law amendment discussion and potential vote
–Discussion of area names & history
7:40–Park Committee update, including discussion of Art in Public Places South Lamar project
7:45–Traffic Safety & Parking update
–discussion of Dawson lane striping (it is possible that lane striping decreases safety and encourages speeding by defining a lane for motorists to decide they own: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2016/10/31/ask-r-moses-does-center-line-striping-make-streets-safer)
–discussion of South Congress parking study
7:50–Other committee & Sector updates & August GA meeting planning
Note: all meetings subject to change during current health regulations.
Currently meetings are arranged via Zoom meetings.
BCNA Meeting Schedules:
BCNA General Association Meeting:
2ndTuesday, every other month
BCNA Steering Committee Meeting:
1st Monday, each month
BCNA Zoning Committee Meeting:
3rd Monday each month
Meetings at 6:45pm
The High Road, 700 Dawson Road
I remember a farmer’s lament appropriate for these times-
“It’s always something, if it’s not one damn thing it’s another, but it’s always something!”
So here are some somethings/local updates: Bouldin Stroll on Thursdays Update Given the number of heat advisories we’ve had this week alone, it seems like poor judgement to encourage anyone to get out and walk in this weather. We are postponing the official Stroll until we can all be outside for longer than 5 minutes without looking like a glazed doughnut. Please take care of yourselves and look for an email in a few months to get the Stroll up and running (or walking) again. Thank you! Kate Francis VP of Neighborhood Issues, BCNA
W. Mary closure between Newton St. and East Bouldin Creek . West Mary Street Storm Drain Relief System West Mary St. Notice-CoA notice of repairs to W. Mary St. between Newton St. and East Bouldin Creek . The Mary Street Storm Drain Relief system will help reduce the risk of flooding for several homes within the project area. More Info HERE http://austintexas.gov/marystorm And HERE: http://austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Watershed/MaryStFAQfinal.pdf
Covid-19 Appears we ended June and will end July with a spike in cases and stage 4: Risk. It is hard to pin down all the causes: willful Ignorance, terminal stupidity or folks just having to get out, socialize and party. We have intelligent neighbors, up on rules, guidelines and responsibilities, so y’all know what to do….. stay safe, healthy and sane! It’s up to us! Follow the city’s guidelines-better information then from the Feds or the State. http://www.austintexas.gov/covid19
Bouldin Stroll on Thursdays
The steering committee of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association has been discussing ways that neighbors can stay connected during these isolated times. We’re proposing a Bouldin Stroll on Thursdays from 6-8pm. Get out and sit in your front yard or on your porch, go for a walk and wave and chat to neighbors, take the kids on their bikes around the hood. Many of you already do this, but sometimes having a reminder on the calendar is a nice way to make sure you are connecting with others, and it gives us all an opportunity to check on those who may not have a lot of social interactions in their life these days. This is very informal and there is no official starting time or location. Consider it a motivation to get out if you are finding yourself stuck in a rut and craving a wave from a kind (masked) face.
If you are setting up a table with something to offer people coming by, or want others to join you in your yard for a distanced drink, please reply all to any of my email reminders to let others know how to find you.
By now we all know the guidelines to follow. Please wear your masks to keep others safe. If you are feeling under the weather, or have been in a situation that would make you more likely to have been exposed, please do not risk the health of others, stay home, and join us another time.
I would love to hear feedback on this. Would you like to do it more often, add something to it, or does the idea of so many people out and about at the same time worry you? Comments are welcome.
VP of Neighborhood Issues, BCNA
Celebrate the Fourth of July, 2020 We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. An experiment worth celebrating and like all experiments always needing a tweak here, a nudge there and an occasional poke. But worthwhile, so let’s celebrate! Cheers, Gary Hyatt, web lackey More history HERE: https://www.bouldincreek.org/tag/events/page/2/
COVID-19 update: Appears we ended June and start July with a spike in cases and stage 4: Risk. It is hard to pin down all the causes: willful Ignorance, terminal stupidity or folks just having to get out, socialize and party. But we will pay-having lost our first engagement in our war against this virus. If we can’t act responsibly, not only do we put family, friends and others at risk and increase the financial burden of medical care but also may well force the closure of some of our small businesses. It’s up to us! http://www.austintexas.gov/covid19
A couple of items from our SOCO neighbors as they get standardized signage and get shown bogus “Face Mask Exempt” card….WOW! Linked HERE
Comic by Sam Hurt via Austin Chronicle
Get out and VOTE (Note from neighbor Melynda Nuss) June 29th is your first chance to VOTE EARLY for the JULY 14 RUNOFF! We have several important races on the ballot this time, including choosing a new District Attorney and County Attorney, picking Kirk Watson’s successor in the Texas State Senate, and choosing which candidate is going to beat John Cornyn in the fall. Early voting runs from June 29-July 10th, with polls closed July 3rd and 4th for Independence Day. Election Day is July 14th. Like everything else this year, voting is going to be a little different. There will be no more grocery store early voting locations — it’s too hard to social distance. And only a limited number of people are allowed indoors, so the County Clerk advises everyone to bring some water an umbrella to shield yourself from the sun in case you have to wait outside. There will be hand sanitizer and disposable ballot “pens” to use with your touch screens. Also, because of the 4th of July weekend, the only weekend voting day is Sunday, July 5th. The early voting period is longer than usual this election; I’d advise you to take advantage of it. You really do NOT want to be in a line on Election Day. The other big news: Gardner Betts (across from the HEB on South Congress) is NOT a polling place this time. Our closest early voting locations are Travis High School, 1211 East Oltorf, and City Hall. On Election Day there will also be polls open at 1511 South Congress and 1100 Cumberland Rd — in addition to City Hall and Travis High. Also see Attached for early voting locations.
If you think it seems odd to vote in July, you’re right. The runoff was originally scheduled for May, but it was moved on account of COVID.
Check votetravis.com and vote411.org for more information about your closest polling place and about what’s going to be on the ballot. You can find information on the candidates in the Austin Chronicle. And may the force be with you.
Bouldin Bulletin Hot off the press is the June-July Bouldin Bulletin. The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee —but in digital form. HERE: Following local health guidelines this issue of the Bouldin Bulletin is to be distributed ONLINE ONLY – in order to prevent unnecessary contact among neighbors and delivery volunteers. Thanks to John Shobe, our Publisher, Ronnie Dittmar, editor, and Rob Clayton our web admin. for bringing us into the world of digital publishing – a potentially more mobile-friendly, color, version of the Bouldin Bulletin. Also thanks to neighbors for articles and to our advertisers.
South Congress Parking Strategy This will have neighborhood wide impact but especially Yellow and Lavender Sectors. Information HERE: https://downtownaustin.com/what-we-do/socoparking/ And HERE: http://www.bouldincreek.org/wp-content/uploads/South-Congress-Parking-Strategy_draft-recommendations-and-survey.pdf
Healthy Streets Initiative In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Austin Transportation is working to create places that promote physical and mental health and also provide safe options to access jobs and services. With direction from Austin City Council (Resolution 20200507-062), Austin Transportation has initiated a Healthy Streets Initiative that will connect previously disconnected portions of the active transportation network and create more space for daily physical activity. More info HERE: http://www.austintexas.gov/HealthyStreets
West Mary Street Storm Drain Relief System West Mary St. Notice-CoA notice of repairs to W. Mary St. between Newton St. and East Bouldin Creek . The Mary Street Storm Drain Relief system will help reduce the risk of flooding for several homes within the project area. More Info HERE http://austintexas.gov/marystorm And HERE: This project includes installing a storm drain pipe and upgrading two inlets on Mary Street between Newton Street and East Bouldin Creek. This pipe will help collect rain water and reduce the chances of homes flooding in this area. The project will help relieve pressure on the existing, undersized storm drain system. Latest update mailed out to nearby residents state construction is expected to start Thursday June 11 and should be complete by October 2020. Work hours currently are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There may be occasional weekend work.. Stephanie Lott Outreach Coordinator Watershed Protection Stephanie.Lott@austintexas.gov 512-974-2799
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 and on of which to be aware: LONG CENTER http://thelongcenter.org/events/ PALMER AUDITORIUM https://www.palmereventscenter.com/events/
Note: all meetings subject to change during current health regulations. BCNA Meeting Schedules: BCNA General Association Meeting: 2ndTuesday, every other month BCNA Steering Committee Meeting: 1st Monday, each month BCNA Zoning Committee Meeting: 3rd Monday each month
7:25—August GA meeting planning, who wants to volunteer to lead?
Note: All meetings subject to change during current health regulations. Meetings will be scheduled for virtual meetings currently. BCNA Meeting Schedules: BCNA General Association Meeting: 2ndTuesday, every other month BCNA Steering Committee Meeting: 1st Monday, each month