General Association Meeting and Officer Elections Neighbors, Just to take your minds off the Presidential elections coming up, let’s talk about BCNA elections: As every year, we will hold Officer and Sector Rep elections at our December 8 meeting. Anyone who wants to run for a position or vote needs to be a registered member of our association by November 30. If you are not registered – or not sure whether you are — please contact the BCNA Treasurer, Ronnie Dittmar, at firstname.lastname@example.org. All he needs is your name and address. Below are all positions with a short job description. Please note that we voted to change some of the Sector boundaries at the last General Association meeting and created a new one – Aqua. New Sector boundaries descriptions are attached HERE along with map HERE. The purpose of these changes is to have clear, easy to remember borders that include all residences of Bouldin Creek. This does not address the populations of each zone. (A big thanks to Kate Francis, Stephanie Scholten and Matt Coldwell for working on this.) We do have a few candidates at this point, but we are not yet going to list them – competition is good! If you have are considering running for any of the positions or have questions about the roles, please contact a member of the Election Committee: Paul Strange – strange20@msn..com Ingrid Weigand – email@example.com Thank you, Paul and Ingrid BCNA Elections Committee
The President is the primary spokesperson of the BCNA. S/he presides at all meetings of BCNA general membership and the Steering Committee, makes appointments with the advice and consent of the Policy Board, 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.
The Communications Director – shall assist with and support activities related to information dissemination, newsletter publication, web sites and other mass media.
The 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 cosign all checks drawn on the account of BCNA; s/he will give a full report of all accounts on a monthly basis to the Steering Committee and shall keep the General Association apprised of all transactions to the BCNA accounts.
The Secretary shall record minutes of the General Association Meeting and the Steering Committee meetings, as well as assist and support activities related to record and agenda keeping, membership validation, and database managing.
Sector Representatives – must live in the sectors they represent. They are they eyes and ears of their area and will represent concerns and issues at the Steering Committee. They will also coordinate delivery of the BCNA newsletter in their Sector.
Bouldinforum@Yahoogroups, moving to BCNAForum@groups.io Neighbors, As you might know, Yahoo Groups will cease to exist by the end of this year. After some research, we have decided to move the BCNA listserve to Groups.io. In order to make the process as seamless as possible, one of the Group Moderators will download a list of all current active Yahoo Group members and upload it to groups.io You will receive an invitation to participate which you need to accept in order to activate your membership. When you click on the link, you can set your password to the group and make a choice of how to receive your e-mails: 1) Each individual one 2) Digest – you receive an e-mail once there are more 12 messages 3) Daily – you’ll receive a daily e-mail with all notifications 4) Special Notices only As a reminder, I am attaching a copy of BCNA’s Netiquette which was approved at last week’s General Association meeting HERE
Thank you, Jesse Moore President, BCNA
Pumpkin Carving Contest Hello Bouldin! Ready to carve some pumpkins? The BCNA is sponsoring a pumpkin carving contest with gift card prizes! 1st prize: a $25 gift card to Home Slice Pizza 2nd prize: a $15 gift card to Amy’s Ice Cream 3rd prize: a $10 gift card to Once Over Coffee What do you need to do? Carve your pumpkin and email a photo of it to me by October 30th. You can submit as many pumpkins as you want – no limit! But they do have to be carved by you or your family, and you must reside in Bouldin Creek. Winners will be announced on Halloween via the forum or website, and the winning designs will be posted or emailed for all to admire. I know we have a ton of creativity in this neighborhood, so really looking forward to what you come up with! Please email me with questions or submissions. Kate Francis firstname.lastname@example.org VP of Neighborhood Issues
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
UPCOMING Events for April affecting traffic in and around Bouldin Creek
Austin Reggae Festival-Auditorium ShoresFriday April 19 3:00 p.m. to 10:00p.m. Sunday April 21st10:00 p.m. No Street Closures at this time. Link: http://www.austinreggaefest.com/
Austin Food and Wine Festival – Dates: Friday April 27th – Sunday April 29th https://www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com/ Road Closures: none announced Location: Auditorium Shores – Tents and park land Impact: Expect heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic at Auditorium Shores, Barton Springs Riverside and S. 1st Street.
Bouldin Bulletin for April-May2019
Hot off the press is the April-May Bouldin Bulletin. The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee —but in digital form. HERE:
Saturday, April 20 2019 Bouldin Creek Easter Egg Hunt in Nicholas Dawson Park It’s time once again for the Bouldin Creek Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Saturday! Neighbors will gather at Nicholas Dawson Park, at the corner of James St. and South 3rd, at 10 am for coffee and goodies. The egg hunt will start at 10:30am. Neighbors should bring a coffee mug for some french press Ruta Maya coffee, and brunch treats to add to the table. The Egg Hunt is coordinated by Dan and Ginny Barrett on West Live Oak and their kiddos Genevieve, Roman, Sabine and Vienne. They’d love to hear from volunteers who are interested in helping the Easter Bunny fill plastic eggs with trinkets a few days before the hunt. If you’re interested, please contact Ginny at 512.923.2628. — Melynda Nuss – VP Neighborhood
Saturday, April 27 Preservation Austin The Art of the Craftsman Style: 27th Annual Homes Tour Saturday, April 27 10am to 4pm Home base: Preservation Austin Office (Texas Society of Architects Building, 500 Chicon) Preservation Austin will announce addresses for this year’s featured homes on Monday, April 22. Tickets will be available at all tour locations, including our main ticket station at 500 Chicon. Those who pre-order tickets can check in at all tour locations as well. Website HERE:
April 27 – 28, 2019 2019 BP MS150 Don’t just ride, Bike MS April 27 – 28, 2019 An extraordinary experience marked by passion, inspiration, determination and fun. Feel the electricity at the starting line and the remarkable support throughout your journey as we unite in our mission to end MS. Fundraising Page for Kris Sorenson-Hyatt, Bouldin neighborhood resident and member MS 150 committee. Visit her personal page for more information on ride and to make donations HERE:
Paper shredding Austin ARMA’s 16th Annual Spring Shred Day Saturday, April 27th, 2019 | 8 am – 1:30 pm LINK: Austinarma.com/shred-day
Book Sale Book Sale at Twin Oaks Branch Library 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday April 27, 2019 LINK: http://library.austintexas.gov/event/book-sale-527421
EVENTS DOWN THE HILL Palmer Heavy Traffic April 2019 HERE http://www.bouldincreek.org/wp-content/uploads/PalmerHeavyTraffic_Apr2019.pdf 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/
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
Science Fair Update Austin Energy Regional Science Festival State Winners 2019 Texas Science & Engineering Fair – March 29-30, 2019 | Texas A&M University https://txsef.tamu.edu/ Congratulations to the 19 Central Texas students who placed at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair in College Station this past weekend. Texas A&M University was the host site for the first time. More than 1,300 students with over 1,100 projects attended. TXSEF awards 1st-3rd place in each one of 23 science categories in both the Junior (middle school) and the Senior (high school) Division.
Full list of State winners from our regional festival: HERE but here are the highlights: Senior Division (3) First place winners, out of whom one was chosen as a Grand Award Winner and another one selected as Best of Fair (this means that we now have a total of 7 projects advancing to the international fair!) (4) Second Place winners (4) Third Place winners (3) Special Awards – we are very proud that one of these went to one of our mentored students
Junior Division (1) First Place (3) Second Places (3) Third Places Thanks to all the Bouldin neighbors who judged or volunteered at the regional fair! Ingrid
It’s My Park Day celebration in the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt
Thank you to everyone who attended the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt Open House on Saturday, November 3. We had a very good turn out – about 40 people, including several Zilker residents, explored the trails, looked at the new signage and got updates on future plans to improve the Post Oak Street Trailhead.
A thanks to Matt Coldwell for our new WBCGB sign ! View HERE
Many thanks to those of you who helped clear the trails and pick up trash before the event and especially the BCNA Parks Committee members who created and installed our temporary signage.
The trails on the greenbelt will only stay open and weed-free if they are used – so take yourselves, your kids and your (leashed, please) pets for a walk, look for wildlife & native plants and enjoy this marvelous green space in the middle of our neighborhood