Category Archives: Newsworthy

Announcements: 10-23-2020

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

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 treasurer@bouldincreek.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 – ingweig@gmail.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 kmfrancis2@gmail.com
VP of Neighborhood Issues

BCNA Steering Committee Meeting will be held Monday October 5th

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

BCNA Steering Committee Meeting will be held Monday October 5th at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Information below.
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
7:55—Adjourn
Join via app: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83067337962
Join via phone: +13462487799,,83067337962

BCNA Meeting Schedules:
Note: All meetings subject to change during current health regulations.
Currently meetings are arranged via Zoom meetings.
More information as available.
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-when back to normal?

Bouldin Forum Listserve
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All the News that Fits September 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

All the News that Fits September 2020
August-some call this “the dog days of summer”, September not much better!
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.

Algae along Lady Bird Lake– keep your dogs safe! Link HERE

West Nile virus
Austin, Texas – The year’s first positive pool of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus has been identified in Travis County. 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!

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
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!)

City of Austin-Garbage, Recycle and and Reuse Drop-off Center
Sep 01, 2020 10:19 am
AUSTIN, TX – Austin Resource Recovery (ARR), a department of the City of Austin, will resume normal service for extra bags of trash placed outside of customer’s carts.
A recent vote from Council removed the fee waiver effective Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. Customers may purchase excess garbage stickers from local grocery stores for $4 each plus tax; otherwise, they will be charged $9.60 plus tax for each additional bag set out with their trash cart.
Extra recycling is always collected at no additional charge and can be placed in a cardboard box or other reusable containers next to their blue cart for collection.
ARR reminds curbside customers to continue to bag and tie their trash to keep the material contained. Recycling should be loose and dry in their blue carts, and please consider using a BPI-certified compostable bags or paper bags for composting collection.
Beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020 the Recycle and Reuse Drop-off Center (RRDOC) will reopen by appointment only, following a temporary closure in March 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. The RRDOC will resume its acceptance of hard to recycle items such as Styrofoam and plastic film, as well as household hazardous waste. Austin/ Travis County residents are asked to call (512) 974-4343 to schedule a drop-off time.

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 Zoom meetings.
More information as available.

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-when back to normal?

Zoom meetings-Thanks to Kate Morter “Virtual-Meeting-Etiquette”.

BCNA General Association Meeting Tuesday 08-11-2020

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

Bouldin Forum Listserv To Subscribe, please email:   bouldinforum-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.   Be sure to include your full name and address of residence in Bouldin Creek

All the News that Fits June 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

Updates 06-28-2020
COVID-19 update: Appears we end the month 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

Get out and VOTE (Note from neighbor Melynda Nuss)
Today 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.

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:
And HERE:

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 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.
Since mailing information about the project, there has been a change in start date. We’re now expecting construction to begin Mid –May 2020, weather permitting.
Work hours are currently 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. We expect the project to take five months to complete.
More Info HERE http://austintexas.gov/marystorm
And HERE
http://austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Watershed/MaryStFAQfinal.pdf

Note June Association meeting!
Note from BCNA Officers
Hi Neighbors,
The Association Officers are in discussion regarding having an informal Neighborhood Zoom meeting – one neighbor has an account that can host 100 people (doubt if we would have that many). This would likely be an unofficial meeting, as we’ve already cancelled the actual meeting.
Please stay tuned – hoping we can get something going.
Thanks, Ronnie D, Treasurer

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
Meetings at 6:45pm
The High Road, 700 Dawson Road