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All the News that Fits July 2020

Hello neighbors, a lot going on in Austin. 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

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

Algae along Lady Bird Lake– keep your dogs safe!
http://austintexas.gov/article/toxins-detected-algae-lady-bird-lake?mc_cid=17eb8830f7&mc_eid=07bee00faf

CoA services being cut back-Bulk collections are suspended until further notice. http://austintexas.gov/bulk

Residents need to help keep right of way clear.
http://austintexas.gov/news/austin-public-works-asking-residents-help-keep-right-way-clear?mc_cid=17eb8830f7&mc_eid=07bee00faf

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.
Please check your property for standing water and clear it-those little wigglers grow up fast.
http://austintexas.gov/news/pool-mosquitoes-positive-west-nile-virus-identified-travis-county

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

Hello neighbors,

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.
Thank you,
Kate Francis
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

Virtual General Association Meeting Tuesday 06-09-2020

Virtual General Association Meeting Tuesday 06-09-2020
Hello neighbors,
Please join the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association for a Virtual General Association meeting this Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 6:45 PM Central Time
This Association Meeting will be via ZOOM an online video conferencing system.
Bouldin Forum subscribers will receive notice and instructions via the forum.
Non-Subscribers can join by selecting one of the following links and then e-mailing treasurer@bouldincreek.com for the passcode”
More Technical information below.

Agenda:
–6:45–Welcome and discussion of virtual meeting.
–6:55–Discussion of electronic newsletter and upcoming changes to BCNA online forum.
–7:00–2020 BCNA budget discussion and vote.
–7:15–1612 Newton St zoning variance review by GA.
–7:20–Update on South Congress parking study.
–7:25–Update on other neighborhood developments and ongoing land development code rewrites.
–7:30–forum on Covid responses and issues.
–7:45–adjourn

Thanks for your cooperation as we try new ways in changing times

Minutes HERE:

Joining the General Association Meeting via Zoom:
This meeting will be hosted using Zoom, an online video conferencing system.
Bouldin Forum subscribers will receive notice and instructions via the forum.
Non-Subscribers can join by selecting one of the following links and then e-mailing treasurer@bouldincreek.com for the passcode

Join via the Zoom app: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83992956209
Join via Phone: Dial 346-248-7799, and then enter 839 9295 6209 when prompted.
Note that a passcode will be required when joining via the Zoom app or via phone.

All participants will be initially muted upon joining. 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 virtual 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.

General Association meeting 12-10-2019


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

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. 

BCNA General Association meeting 08-13-2019


BCNA General Association meeting 08-13-2019

Hello neighbors–The next general membership meeting of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association will be next Tuesday, August 13, beginning at 6:45 pm at the High Road on Dawson, 700 Dawson.
Hope to see you there.

Here is the current agenda:
6:45–Introductions;
6:55–Traffic Safety & Parking and Parks Committee updates;
7:00–Confirmation vote on BCNA support for crosswalk painting at South Congress & Gibson;
7:05–Discussion and vote on proposed resolution regarding CodeNext (aka land use code rewrite)
–proposed resolution below;
7:20–Statesman site redevelopment presentation by Endeavor Real Estate Group;
7:50–Adjourn

Proposed resolution: BCNA opposes unequal zoning changes targeted at only certain current residential areas
and instead supports equal treatment for all property currently zoned as “single family” throughout the City.

  1. Austin had a long history of discriminatory treatment of certain areas that needs to stop.
  2. Unequal policy will both exacerbate displacement of people in targeted areas and fail
    to maximize affordability and environment protection in the other areas of the City.
  3. Austin’s land use laws should promote affordability and walkability equally everywhere in all
  4. neighborhoods.

Thanks–Jesse, BCNA Prez.


BCNA General Association meeting 06-11-2019

 BCNA General Association meeting 06-11-2019

Hello neighbors–The next general membership meeting of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association will be next Tuesday, June 11, beginning at 6:45 pm at the High Road on Dawson, 700 Dawson. Hope to see you there. Here is the currently envisioned agenda:

6:45–introductions
6:55–Update on City Hall developments
7:00–South Central Waterfront presentation, discussion, & vote (see proposed resolution below)
7:30–South Congress parking study update
7:35–Parks Committee Update
7:40–adjourn

Proposed South Central Waterfront Resolution

Resolution:

  1. The City Council should not approve any new entitlements above existing base zoning or those entitlements outlined in existing PUD ordinances for the Statesman tract or any other properties in the South Central Waterfront plan area until the Council has implemented the regulatory and financial measures needed to ensure that the Austin community may realize the full public benefits outlined in the South Central Waterfront Vision Plan.

Background Facts:

  1. In June 2016 the Austin City Council adopted the South Central Waterfront Vision Plan, which envisions more affordable housing, connectivity, green spaces and great streets as the waterfront is developed.
  2. Three years later the Council has not implemented the development, financing, and regulation frameworks outlined in the vision plan and needed for the Waterfront Plan to become reality.
  3. Other developers working in the South Central Waterfront area are currently lobbying for similar PUDs and extraordinary entitlements above base zoning in the near future, and the framework for the Waterfront Plan is still not in place.

Thanks & have a good weekend–Jesse, BNCA Prez