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General Association meeting 12-10-2019


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Missing something, let us know. Thanks

General Association meeting 12-10-2019

 Agenda 

Hello neighbors–  The next general membership meeting of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association will be Tuesday, December 10, beginning at 6:45 pm at the High Road on Dawson, 700 Dawson.

Hope to see you there. Here is the current agenda:

Agenda for December GA meeting:

6:45–Introductions
6:55–BCNA election
7:20–LDC rewrite discussion & resolution vote (see proposal below)
7:35–West Monroe RPP vote
7:40–Committee updates
7:45–Adjourn

Proposed Resolution:

1. BCNA supports the proposal to moderate the impact and resulting displacement in existing single-family areas targeted as “transition zones” proposed on November 18th by Mayor Adler and Council member Alter.

2. BCNA supports serious consideration of all approaches that will achieve the policy goals of the LDC rewrite — promoting affordability and walkability everywhere — without placing an unequal and unfair burden upon single-family areas targeted as “transition zones.”

3. BCNA asks for more time to review and perfect the LDC rewrite. This rewrite is very important and mostly not reversible, and good new ideas are still being proposed.  BCNA opposes passing the LDC rewrite in December.

4. BCNA opposes a two-step process that separates the mapping process from the rest of the LDC rewrite process because the real effect of the rewrite on actual people needs to be made clear to the public at the time of the rewrite.

Happy Holidays–Jesse, BCNA Prez.

BCNA Officer Elections – December 10, 2019

The Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association will hold its annual officer’s election at the next General Association Meeting on Tuesday, December 10.

We are a volunteer organization and depend on those neighbors who are willing to donate time and energy to make sure our interests are represented at City boards and commissions, at the Austin Neighborhood Council and with Austin City Council. Our officers and committees deal with zoning issues, traffic problems and neighborhood parks; manage our funds, maintain the web site and publish newsletters. 

As always, we will take nominations from the floor at the meeting. You have to be a registered member of BCNA as of November 30, in order to be a candidate or to vote.

Below is a slate of candidates that have announced their intention to run for office at this time.  We are also looking for volunteers to serve on Committees for Parks, Traffic, and Zoning issues.  We asked each candidate to provide us with a short statement. In the spirit of the League of Women Voters, these statements are unedited.

Note that we still need 3 volunteer candidates-Secretary, Lavender and Blue Sector Representatives.

The President is theprimary spokesperson of the BCNA. S/he presides at all meetings of BCNA general membership and the Executive Committee, makes appointments with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee, and cosigns all checks drawn on the account of BCNA.

Candidate: Jesse Moore, Incumbent

I am terminally ambivalent and therefore tend to be more process-oriented than results-oriented.  My main goal as President is to foster an environment that encourages people to both listen to each other and speak up.  I find this to be a very challenging job and I know my fellow committee and officer volunteers do as well.  I cannot express my gratitude to them and to all BCNA members who participate in their own way year after year, decade after decade.

The Vice President – Neighborhood Issues shall assist and support committees related to zoning, development, parks and traffic. S/he will preside at BCNA meetings when necessary due to the absence of the president.

Candidate: Kate Francis, Curent Lavender Sector Rep

In the 2 short years I’ve been involved with BCNA, my favorite part has been meeting new neighbors and getting to know all of the stories and histories of Bouldin Creek. I’d like to have more community get-togethers in the coming year so that the neighborhood association continues to grow with both old and new faces – events like happy hours, park pot lucks, movie and theatre outings and the like. I’m hoping to organize another monthly social meeting in addition to last-Friday-of-the-month Happy Hour at El Mercado. If you are a local business owner and want to host an event, please get in touch!

The Vice President – External Affairs shall assist and support activities related to community ambassadors, neighborhood-wide social events, creek clean ups, neighborhood outreach, resource persons and serves as the Austin Neighborhood Council Representative.

Candidate: Paul Strange, Incumbent

When I was working there was a lot of travel involved in my job. Consequently, volunteer activities were not an option. Now that I’m retired I have an opportunity to get involved and there is no better place to do it than in the community in which we have chosen to live. I started out delivering Bulletins and then was elected as the Orange Sector Representative.   Now as VP External Affairs I get to represent BCNA and share our interests and concerns with the Austin Neighborhoods Council and other community groups. I’m running for reelection to continue in that important position.

Communications Director – shall assist with and support activities related to information dissemination, newsletter publication, web sites and other mass media.

Candidate: Mimi Martinez McKay

As a longtime Bouldin resident and property owner (1994), I’ve reaped the benefits of the terrific work of all those actively contributing to BCNA and am ready to give back by serving as the Communications Director. I trust my professional background in communications for several government entities (including federal, state and county) will be valuable should you select me for this position. The specific focus of my work over the past 20 years has been on implementing policies to improve services for those dealing with serious mental health issues which is certainly a critical issue for Bouldin and many other neighborhoods throughout our city. 

Treasurer – shall assist and support activities related to finance, including account record keeping, fund deposit and withdrawals, and other related business management with respect to fundraising. The Treasurer shall co-sign all checks drawn on the account of BCNA; s/he will give a full report of all accounts on a monthly basis to the Executive Committee and shall keep the General Association apprised of all transactions on BCNA accounts.

Candidate: Ronnie Dittmar

I’ve been Treasurer several times in recent years, subject to term limits. Since the current Treasurer is moving back to his former office of Yellow Sector rep, I hope to step back in to continue to keep the financial accounts updated, reconciled and reported to the Association. My qualifications include 23 years of Association membership, mostly in an officer capacity, including my current role as Bulletin (newsletter) Coordinator, and Parks Committee member. I’m also a CPA, which has its own requirements for competence and ethical standards. 

The Secretary shall record minutes of the General Association Meeting and the Executive Committee meetings, as well as assist and support activities related to records and agenda keeping, membership validation, and database managing. Candidate Needed:

Sector Representatives – must live in the sectors they represent.

The Green Sector:                                                N/S borders: Oltorf to Mary E/W borders: Railroad tracks to South First

Candidate: Nick Sargologos, Incumbent      Long time Austin resident, son of career Air Force officer who transferred to Austin in 1971. Graduate of Lanier high school, then the University of Texas, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1982. Earned commission as US Navy officer in 1983, and designation as a Naval Aviator upon completing pilot training in 1984. After leaving active duty in 1989, Nick chose to pursue a career in the high tech industry, where he has worked with several leading companies, including IBM, Dell and Motorola. Nick has been with NXP (formerly Freescale) in Austin since 2006, and holds patents in the area of high speed communication technology

If elected, Melynda Nuss, former VP of Neighborhood Issues, will serve as back-up representative.

The Lavender Sector:  Need Candidate    Oltorf to Johanna South First to S. Congress

The Blue Sector :  Need Candidate                               Mary to Monroe Railroad tracks to South First

The Yellow Sector  Johanna to South of the School for the Deaf South First to S. Congress

Candidate: Jeff Seiden/Jody Zemel I have volunteered with BCNA for 5 years as Sector Rep and Treasurer.  I participate on the Zoning Committee and have a particular focus on Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility, Traffic, Parking and Safety issues facing Yellow Sector residents.  As Sector rep, I will work to balance Bouldin’s historical neighborhood feel with the numerous changes to our area proposed by the CoA.  I’ve been an Austin resident for over 22 years and moved to Eva Street 9 years ago.  When I am traveling, I will be assisted in the Yellow Sector rep role by Jody Zemel, a long time Bouldin resident with deep experience in both BCNA and CoA neighborhood, development and planning issues.

The Pink Sector         Candidate: Scottee Downing, Incumbent Monroe to Gibson between Railroad tracks to South First Gibson to Christopher between S. 5th & South First

It’s been said that the best protection for your home is to get to know your neighbors. When I moved to Austin, I was looking for community and a place to grow some roots. This past year was my first experience being involved with BCNA, and I have never felt more at home. While our neighborhood is rapidly changing, I am committed to staying educated on internal and external factors that will affect our homes and families. I have received more from my Bouldin neighbors than I could ever give back, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve in this role. 

The Orange Sector                                                                    Gibson to Christopher between RR tracks & S. 5th Christopher to Barton Springs Rd between RR track and Bouldin

Candidate: Sue Mercado, Incumbent

I have served as the Orange Sector representative for this past year. There has been a learning curve but I feel that this coming year if elected, I will be better equipped with a year under my belt.  I would like to encourage more input from my neighbors in this zone. I feel that I offer a fresh perspective and have some new ideas that I can bring to the table. I’m born and raised in Austin, and have the history, knowledge, and love for the city and this neighborhood. 

The Brown Sector                                                           Copeland to Barton Springs Rd S. 2nd to South First

Candidate: Stephanie Scholten, Incumbent

As representative for the past two years, I have done my best to keep Brown Sector residents informed and to encourage more diverse voices in the neighborhood association. It has been so rewarding to see many of you now regularly attending BCNA meetings and getting involved with issues that will affect your daily life (whether you’re currently aware of it or not!) I hope to see even more new faces next year so that we can all try to create a more inclusive, sustainable, and affordable community for everyone. 

All the News that Fits November 2019

Hello neighbors, a lot going on in Austin. We try to inform folks of events impacting the ‘hood. We also try and update events and happenings from our neighbors.
Missing something, let us know. Thanks

BCNA elections 2019
Neighbors,
Our annual Officers elections are coming up at the next General Association Meeting on Tuesday, December 10.
In order to vote , or to be considered for an office, you need to be a registered member of our association by November 30.

Registration is easy: just mail or e-mail our Treasurer:
Jeff Seiden-BCNA Treasurer
PO Box 3683
Austin TX 78764
Or treasurer@bouldincreek.org
Please state your name, phone, e-mail address and mailing address.
We do appreciate a $25 annual membership donation but it is not necessary to become a member.

If you have attended General Association meetings this past calendar year and have indicated on the sign-in
sheet that you wish to become a member, you are already registered. Not sure whether you are currently registered?
Please contact the Treasurer and he’ll let you know.
Thanks,
Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Election Committee

Election Information
Neighbors,
Each year, we elect members of our neighborhood to present our interest in front of City officials, Boards and Commissions
and the Austin City Council.. These are volunteer positions and we appreciate all of you who have donate your time and energy
to make sure our voices are heard.
Below is a list of officers and a description of their roles. Several current officers have expressed interest in running again,
but we are always looking for new neighbors to join.
A list of all known candidates will be published in the upcoming BCNA newsletter; in addition, we will take nominations from the floor at the General Association meeting on December 10.
If you have any questions about any of the roles below, please contact one of the current officers or the Election Committee.
Thanks,
Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Elections Committee

BCNA Bylaws HERE

The President is the primary spokesperson of the BCNA. S/he presides at all meetings of BCNA general membership and the Executive Committee, makes appointments with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee, and cosigns all checks drawn on the account of BCNA.

The Vice President – Neighborhood Issues shall assist and support committees related to zoning, development, parks and traffic.
S/he will preside at BCNA meetings when necessary due to the absence of the president.

The Vice President – External Affairs shall assist and support activities related to community ambassadors, neighborhood-wide social events, creek clean ups, neighborhood outreach, resource persons and serves as the Austin Neighborhood Council Representative.

Communications Director – shall assist with and support activities related to information dissemination, newsletter publication, web sites and other mass media.

Treasurer – shall assist and support activities related to finance, including account record keeping, fund deposit and withdrawals,
and other related business management with respect to fundraising. The Treasurer shall co-sign all checks drawn on the account of BCNA; s/he will give a full report of all accounts on a monthly basis to the Executive Committee and shall keep the General Association apprised of all transactions on BCNA accounts.

The Secretary shall record minutes of the General Association Meeting and the Executive Committee meetings,
as well as assist and support activities related to records and agenda keeping, membership validation, and database managing.

The Sector Representatives are the eyes and the ears of their specific part of the neighborhood. They must live in the sectors they represent.
The Green Sector:
N/S borders: Oltorf to Mary
E/W borders: Railroad tracks to South First

The Lavender Sector:
Oltorf to Johanna
South First to S. Congress

The Blue Sector
Mary to Monroe
Railroad tracks to South First

The Yellow Sector
Johanna to South of the School for the Deaf
South First to S. Congress

The Pink Sector
Monroe to Gibson between Railroad tracks to South First
Gibson to Christopher between S. 5th & South First

The Orange Sector
Gibson to Christopher between RR tracks & S. 5th
Christopher to Barton Springs Rd between RR track and Bouldin

The Brown Sector
Copeland to Barton Springs Rd
S. 2nd to South First

SoCo parking study
The Downtown Austin Alliance and mobility consultants, Nelson Nygaard held a workshop on November 5 at the High Road.
They presented findings and strategies for the SoCo parking study. We were joined by the SRCC.
What: South Congress Parking Study Resident Workshop. More info. HERE
SoCoParking_Fact-Book-2019-10-11

Trail of Lights Neighborhood Night
From: James Russell j.edwardrussell@gmail.com
Date: November 1, 2019 at 2:41:56 PM CDT
To: Thom Parker Thom.Parker@austinymca.org
Cc: Ingrid Weigand ingweig@gmail.com
Subject: Trail of Lights Neighborhood Night

 Thom,
Below is the information for Neighborhood Night at the Trail of Lights. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you, James Russell

On one of our private nights, we invite area residents to walk the Trail before it opens to the public for a special Neighborhood Night during an evening dedicated to our STARS at the Trail program. The Austin Trail of Lights will be open to Zilker Park’s neighbors from 7:00pm-9:00 pm on Wednesday, December 4th. We’re offering Zilker area neighborhood residents 4 free tickets to access the Trail on this special night with their families.

Tickets are required for everyone 12 years and older. Tickets not required for children ages 11 and under with a ticketing adult. 4 ticket limit per household please.

*Note: This is a private, special event and food vendors and bars will not be operating.
Trail of Lights 2019 Neighbor Night ~ Wed 12/4/19 – 7pm-9pm
LINK HERE

Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association
Passcode = BOULDINTOL19
225 tickets

In addition to the 12/4 Neighbor Night offer, we also have 100 discount Preview Party tix available for our neighbors at $42.50 + fees.
The same access codes can be used to unlock this special offer (while supplies last) on the Night Lights purchase


Park’s Day November 2
Neighbors,
Now that the weather is cooler (and we had that wonderful rain) it’s time to share some love with our green spaces. We’ll have a quick clean up of both Nicholas Dawson Park and the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt next Saturday, Nov 2, from 9 am to 11 am
Meeting place is the entrance to Nicholas Dawson at South First and Gibson, next to the El Mercado parking lot.

From there, we’ll spread out to several locations.
Please bring gloves and be prepared to get muddy; wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and sturdy shoes.
I’ll have coffee and some breakfast bars ready; we’ll also supply trash bags.
It’s fall – let’s celebrate and play outside!
Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Parks Committee
512-663-4632

Hot off the press is the Oct.-Nov, Bouldin Bulletin.
The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee —but in digital form. HERE:

Fall / Winter 2019 Events
Affecting Bouldin Creek Neighborhood HERE

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:


Palmer Heavy Traffic November 2019 HERE PalmerHeavyTraffic_Nov2019
LONG CENTER
http://thelongcenter.org/events

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

Meeting Schedules:
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 The High Road, 6:45pm 700 Dawson Road,
Unless otherwise noted.


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BCNA General Association meeting 10-08-2019

Hello neighbors–The next general membership meeting of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association will be next Tuesday, October 08, beginning at 6:45 pm at the High Road on Dawson, 700 Dawson.
Hope to see you there.

Agenda:
6:45–Introductions
6:55–Committee updates
7:00–SoCo parking study update
7:05–Unconventional Austin presentation on ballot items & audience Q&A
7:15–Review and discussion of Land Development Code draft
Draft released Friday 10-04-2019.
7:45–adjourn

SoCo parking study update posted in Bouldin Bulletin by Yellow Sector Rep. Elizabeth Howard

Land Development Code draft HERE http://www.austintexas.gov/ldc

Officer elections note
The Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association will hold its annual Officers election at the next General Association meeting on Tuesday, December 10.In order to vote in the election or to run for office, you have to be a registered member of the Neighborhood Association. The deadline for registering prior to the election is November 30. Please contact Treasurer, treasurer@bouldincreek.org to sign up or to check whether your registration is current. Attendance (with sign-in) at any meeting within the last 2 years automatically updates your registration.

All the News that Fits August 2019

Hello neighbors, a lot going on in Austin in the spring. We try to inform folks of events impacting the ‘hood. We also try and update events/happenings from our neighbors.
Missing something, let us know. Thanks

Another dog story with 2 thumbs up! Causing Trouble as We Smiled: A Dusty Story Playwright Timothy Braun remembers the canine companion who changed his life. Courtesy of Austin Chronicle https://www.austinchronicle.com/arts/2019-08-16/causing-trouble-as-we-smiled-a-dusty-story/

Austin Water Forward My name is Robert Mace. I live in Allandale and serve on the Austin Water Forward Task Force, a council-member appointed group that worked with Austin Water in developing Austin’s 100-year water plan.
Attached is an article I wrote that the Allandale Neighbor published.
Austin_Water_Forward-article-2019-05-08

City of Austin – Park Fire Restrictions Effective August 12
Due to dangerous fire conditions that currently exist in the Central Texas area, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is temporarily prohibiting the building of fires and grilling in all City of Austin parks, greenbelts and preserves—pursuant to Ordinance No. 20111102-025—effective immediately and until further notice. This includes the use of wood or charcoal BBQ pits/grills/smokers. Propane stoves are allowed in designated picnic areas only. As a general reminder, smoking is always prohibited in City of Austin parks.
The Austin Police Department’s Park Police and PARD’s Park Rangers will enforce the ban in the City’s parks and greenbelts. Violations may result in a fine between $300 and $500.
The temporary ban helps ensure the safety of park patrons and surrounding communities, while minimizing the wildfire risk in the City’s parks and greenbelts. The Department will continue to evaluate fire conditions and will lift the ban as soon as it is safe to do so; a media advisory will be distributed at that time.

Hot off the press is the August-September Bouldin Bulletin.
The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee-but in digital form. HERE:

Neighborhood Event Parking and Barricades note from Thom Parker
Available HERE and in the Bouldin Bulletin

EVENTS DOWN THE HILL
Palmer Heavy Traffic August 2019 HERE

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/events/

Other events around:

August 20
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR AUSTIN ISD’S FIRST DAY
Classes are back in session for students across the district. The full calendar for the 2019-20 school year is available on the district’s website. 512-414-1700. www.austinisd.org

August 25
PARTY WITH 1.5 MILLION BATS AT THE BRIDGE
In addition to the bats emerging from underneath the Congress Avenue bridge when the sun sets, the 2019 Bat Fest will feature live music from Everlast, Ying Yang Twins, Petey Pablo and more.
4 p.m.-mid-night. $15-$20.
Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. 512-441-9015. www.roadwayevents.com/events/bat-fes

August 28
THE LONGHORNS ARE BACK
Classes officially begin at The University of Texas. St. Edward’s University and Huston-Tillotson University. Students will be back in the classroom two days earlier on Aug. 26.
512-475-7575. www.registrar.utexas

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.