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All the News that Fits October 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 October 2020
August-some call this “the dog days of summer”, October getting somewhat better-
if the pumpkins don’t collapse on Halloween?
Other critters apparently agree…

NEWS:
BCNA Steering Committee Meeting will be held Monday October 5th
at 6:30 pm via Zoom
Agenda as available.
Join via app: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83067337962
Join via phone: +13462487799,,83067337962#

BCNA General Association Meeting will be held October 13th
at 6:45 pm via Zoom
Agenda as available.
Join via app: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83067337962
Join via phone: +13462487799,,83067337962#

Bouldin Bulletin
Hey neighbors,
here’s the latest Bouldin Bulletin, which most of you will be seeing in print, delivered to your door in the next week or so. This our first time to do the paper print version of the Bulletin since the February issue. Enjoy!
Hot off the press is the October-November Bouldin Bulletin.
The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee —but in digital form. Available HERE
. 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.
Thanks to all our stalwart delivery folks for walking the neighborhood safely!
Also thanks to neighbors for articles and to our advertisers.

New By-laws Amendment
An anti-racism & anti-discrimination amendment to the BCNA by-laws had its first reading at the August, 2020 General Association meeting. The new amendment adds more clarification and strength about our purpose and goals.The new amendment underscores our commitment to condemn racism and support changes that lead toward diversity, inclusion and ending racism against any person or group at large. The BCNA includes all residents within its boundaries and has since its inception over 40 years ago.
For a glimpse of the full text and its incorporation into the existing by-laws please go HERE:

Algae along Lady Bird Lake– keep your dogs safe!
w/link HERE
West Nile virus
Austin, Texas – The year’s first positive pool of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus has been identified in Travis County. w/link HERE
Walk your property and empty any standing water!
Covid-19
It’s up to us! Follow the city’s guidelines as it is still alive and spreading!
http://www.austintexas.gov/covid19
And stay sane!

Hello Bouldin,
It’s back! The Bouldin Stroll is coming back this Thursday, Oct 1st from 6-8pm! I’ll send an email out on Thursday (with a special treat), but wanted to send a quick note so anyone planning on setting up a table or offering some other enticement has a little bit of warning. More info coming Thursday. Looking forward to seeing everyone out and about again.
Kate Francis
VP Neighborhood Issues for the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association

CoA Recycle and Reuse Drop-off Center
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.

A letter from our SoCo Business neighbor Brandon Hodge, President, South Congress Merchants Association
Howdy, neighbors!
It’s no secret that during these unprecedented times that the small businesses that are the standard-bearers for our local economy are hurting like never before. The iconic local shops, clubs, and restaurants that make Austin Austin are under a threat unlike any we’ve ever faced. Your small business-owning neighbors are fighting to keep the landscape of local businesses and shopping districts from being irrevocably changed, and it is something that can only happen with the help and support of our community. As you face the challenges of your own day-to-say struggles during Covid-19, we hope you will consider how vitally important it is to choose local options to help see you through. Many South Congress businesses remain open to serve your needs, more often than not operating at a loss as we try to maintain employment for our staff and stay afloat to continue serving our loyal customers. We hope we can count you among them. Please consider your continued and ongoing support of South Congress shops and restaurants in the upcoming months, whether it be grabbing some curbside food, coffee, or cocktails to-go from local institutions like Enoteca, Vespiao, Homeslice, Farm to Market, or Guero’s, replacing those worn-out Covid comfort-clothes at Co-Star or By George, or grabbing gifts for those birthdays and events that are still happening from our local retailers like Parts & Labour, Maya*, Tesoros, or Monkey See, Monkey Do!
Lots of businesses are offering specials and incentives, and we encourage to not only follow your favorites on social media to keep in touch, but keep an eye out for the community SoCo social media that puts everything all in one place, which you can find on Instagram at: @southcongressatx and on Facebook at: m.facebook.com/SouthCongress
Austin is home to us all, and safely preserving what we’ve all built together is the only way out. We hope to see you ’round SoCo!
Brandon Hodge, President, South Congress Merchants Association

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
https://www.austintexas.gov/department/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!)

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.

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 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 January 2020

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

Neighbors,
Now is a good time to remove Nandina and cats claw from the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt. Both are clearly visible and poison ivy is not abundant yet.
We’ll try a different method this time – instead of digging out invasives, we’ll cut them back to the ground, hoping that if we do this for a couple of years, they’ll give up 🙂
We’ll also take off the bright red berries from Nandina – a very good job for children – and dispose of them separately.
Please join us for an hour or two next Saturday, January 25, starting at 9 am. Meeting place will be the entrance at 1200 South 6th Street.
Bring scissors or clippers as well as work gloves. Remember to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts to protect against p.i.
We can make quite a difference with even10-15 people.
Thanks,
Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Parks Committee
512-663-4632

BCNA Officer Elections – December 10, 2019

The Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association held its annual officer’s election at the 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 Job descriptions in the BCNA Bylaws HERE /

So a big Thank You to our newest volunteers:

President:Jesse Moore

Vice PresidentNeighborhood Issues: Kate Francis

Vice President External Affairs: Paul Strange

Communications Director: Mimi Martinez McKay

Treasurer: Ronnie Dittmar

Secretary: Matt Coldwell

Sector Representatives

The Green Sector: Nick Sargologos, Back-up: Melynda Nuss

The Lavender Sector:  (Robert Cantu is current candidate)

The Blue Sector: Angelika Sauer

The Yellow Sector: Jeff Seiden, Back-up : Jody Zemel,

The Pink Sector: Scottee Downing

The Orange Sector : Sue Mercado Vincent

The Brown Sector: Stephanie Scholten

Hopefully a good year and perhaps decade for our small planet/nation, state, city and Bouldin Neighborhood!

EVENTS DOWN THE HILL

Palmer Heavy Traffic January 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/

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

All the News that Fits October 2019


Hello neighbors, a lot going on in Austin in the fall. 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

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

Hello neighbors, this the latest we have on the Land Development Code Draft, with a good discussion on the n’hood forum. Have anything to add here send it to us.

For you activists and other concerned neighbors:

PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING
This Saturday, Oct. 26, Planning Commission will hold the first public hearing on the draft. Sign-up for speakers will open at 8:30am and close at 1pm; testimony will commence at 10am, and each speaker will be given three minutes to make their case (with donated time allowed up to nine minutes).
Share your feedback with local land use commissioners on the proposed land development code rewrite.
City Hall, 301 W. Second. . www.austintexas.gov.

“RALLY AGAINST THE “NEXT CODENEXT” Community Not Commodity – the group largely responsible for CodeNEXT’s demise – hosts a counter-rally opposing the new LDC during the Planning Commission’s public hearing. 9am. City Hall, 301 W. Second.
The most important is the Planning Commission hearing on Saturday, October 26, from 9 – 11:30am at City Hall. CnC will hold a rally outside City Hall to help organize and prepare people to speak before the Planning Commission.
https://communitynotcommodity.com/

RALLY FOR MORE HOMES Local urbanists group AURA invites allies to come out and support the city’s Planning Commissioners during the LDC public hearing. 9am-3pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, www.aura-atx.org.

Austin’s Land Development Code Schedule Takes Shape
Council could take a first-reading vote in December.
From Austin Chronicle
https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2019-10-25/austins-land-development-code-schedule-takes-shape/

Mayor to Council 2019-10-17
Mayor-LDC-draft-statement-2019-10-17.pdf

Monday, November 18th for a Council work session on the draft land development code revision.
Dec. 03, 2019 – City Council Work Session
Dec. 04, 2019 – City Council Work Session
Dec. 07, 2019 – City Council Public Hearing
Dec. 09, 2019 – City Council Special Called Meeting

Maneuvering through the Land Development Code Revision
Here is some info that may hopefully help some of y’all.
Land Development Code Revision >link
http://www.austintexas.gov/ldc

Notice at right “Top Content “
To check out your property or those else where go to
Land Development Code Draft and Map LINK
http://www.austintexas.gov/department/land-development-code-drafts

Below to >
Land Development Code Revision Draft Zoning Maps
Proposed Zoning-View an interactive map showing a side-by-side comparison of Austin’s current and proposed zoning. You can explore the map at-will or use the search function to find a specific parcel. LINK
https://austin.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Compare/index.html?appid=32713bd8d31f4f858b5247e47d917c5b

For individual Zoning information go up to
Chapter 3: Zoning Code
Residential Zones start at 23-3C-3800

Three more articles from Austin Chronicle-good discussions.
Latest is about city officials are admitting that the LDC Revision does not, will not, cannot, and was never intended or expected to create any significant amount of affordable housing, Council members are bending over backward to change the subject.
LDC revision notes and notices HERE
https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2019-10-18/public-notice-ldc-revision-notes-and-notices/

How could zoning change in your neighborhood HERE
https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2019-10-11/how-could-zoning-change-in-your-neighborhood/

Austins land use debate returns to the spotlight HERE
https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2019-10-11/austins-land-use-debate-returns-to-the-spotlight/

Information and comments on Floodplains and Atlas14
Floodplains-2019-10-11.pdf
Atlas14-AAS-article.pdf

Finally just a note from neighbor Carolyn-
“Just remember that the addition of an ADU in homestead effectively negates the homestead exemption for that percentage of the total lot. So, the whole idea that an ADU helps out those of us struggling to pay our over inflated property taxes due to the rising incidence of four half-million dollar homes being built by developers on what used to be a large single family lot is not really viable.
We all need to come to our senses about being taxed on unrealized capital gains in the form of “market value” of the dirt our homes sit on and do something about it. No other gain that I’m aware of is taxed until after it is realized. If the property tax appraised value was based on acquisition cost plus improvements and, then upon the sale of the home the gain was taxed, those of us who “own” our own homes could actually afford them again.
This land code revision is only going to make the problem worse”

SoCo parking study.
The Downtown Austin Alliance and mobility consultants, Nelson Nygaard are holding a workshop on November 5 at 7 pm at the High Road. They will present findings and strategies for the SoCo parking study. Please attend.. It’s your chance to provide feedback and be heard. We will be joined by the SRCC.
What: South Congress Parking Study Resident Workshop
Where: High Road on Dawson (700 Dawson Road, Austin, 78704)
When: 7:00—8:30PM

Nov. 5 local and state elections.
New voting system Information
link>https://www.traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk/Content.do?code=meet-your-new-voting-system

Polling-Locations https://countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/polling-locations.html
Nov. 5 local and state elections. Early voting starts Monday, Oct. 21, and runs through Friday, Nov. 1.
On the ballot will be 10 state constitutional amendments, and two citizen initiatives.
Early voting locations and voter ID-info HERE
link>https://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/news/2019-10-14/early-voting-locations-and-voter-id-info/

Current-election/what-s-on-the-ballot https://countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/elections/current-election/what-s-on-the-ballot.html

Note: There are no mobile voting locations anymore, thanks to the Texas Legislature.

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

EVENTS DOWN THE HILL
Check this month’s Bulletin for Neighborhood Event Parking and Barricades, the Austin City Limits plus more upcoming events and road closures
More ACL info HERE

Palmer Heavy Traffic October 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/

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

Spring is here! Know your Native Plants!

Spring quickly turns to summer in these parts – and summer can be brutal. Native and adapted plants can help you get through the heat with a minimum of watering and maintenance and help your neighbors ( anoles, armadillos, bats, bees, butterflies, geckos, etc ) by providing habitat and food for our local and migrating wildlife.

The City of Austin Watershed Protection Department developed this plant guide in collaboration with local nurseries and the Travis County Ag Extension:

https://austintexas.gov/department/grow-green/plant-guide

By purchasing native and adapted plants and being an educated consumer of these varieties you can help build a market for plants that are harder to propagate – but are more ecologically useful.

All the News that Fits March 2018

Upcoming events that will impact traffic and roads in the Bouldin Creek Neighborhoods:

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Hot off the press is the February Bouldin Bulletin

The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee —but in digital form, a potentially more mobile-friendly, color, version of the Bouldin Bulletin.

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Palmer Heavy Traffic March 2018

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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:

LONG CENTER  http://thelongcenter.org/events/

PALMER AUDITORIUM  https://www.palmereventscenter.com/calendar/2018/02/