Neighborhood Newsletter – June/July 2018 Edition

Bouldin Bulletin for June 2018

The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee —but in digital form.  Thanks to John Shobe, our new Publisher and Rob Clayton our web admin.,for bringing us into a new world of digital publishing – a potentially more mobile-friendly, color, version of the Bouldin Bulletin is available: HERE:

Bouldin Bulletin is also archived locally-HERE

BCNA Steering Committee Meeting Monday 06-04-2018

BCNA Steering Committee Meeting Monday 06-04-2018

Agenda
6:45-6:50–quick update on RPP changes (looks like NA just                          needs  to be notified, CoA doesn’t want NA input on each one,               which is good for us)
6:50-7:00–update from Mark on Park Terrace & discussion on                    Dawson Road northbound right turn lane vote request
7:00-7:10–update from Cory on waterfront advisory board
7:10-7:15–brief update from Robert and me on wildlife gallery                  (they say they must have the CUP, Robert said that is not a               decision we want to reconsider but asked them for info on                    what they want exactly, no reply.
7:15-7:20–approve minutes
7:20-7:35–Committee Updates –
No zoning matters.
Parks- Discuss WBCGB signage proposal .
7:45-8:00–Other updates:
Oak Creek–Kate and Jesse has a meeting with their mgmt            scheduled on Tuesday after the SC, updates on police-stuff?)

1155 Barton Springs Road-Construction projected to                                          start  fall   2018.

Minutes HERE as Available

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.

Steering Committee Meeting May 07, 2018

Steering Committee Meeting May 07, 2018

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

 Agenda:

6:45—review prior minutes

6:50—Parks Committee Update (Ingrid?)

6:55—Traffic Safety & Parking. update (if any?)

7:00—Communications. Update (Gary)

7:05—ANC & CodeNext update (Jesse)

7:10—Zoning Committee update (Paul)

7:15—Warren Wildlife Gallery

7:30—Waterfront (Statesman, any developments with Hooter’s                         PUD?)

7:40—Green Pastures

7:50—Oak Creek/Lucero

Minutes Here:

 

Parks Committee Minutes 5/02/2018

Parks Committee Minutes 5/02/2018

1) Roundabout maintenance – see photos at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmjZPfvP

The guiding principal for each roundabout/median strip is to increase visibility of the device while maintaining a clear sigh line for oncoming vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

A single trunk trees surrounded by some type of low bushes and flowers or ground cover works well for most of them. Whenever possible, use native plants to reduce the need for maintenance, i.e. watering.

 

Action Item:

Almost all roundabouts show signs of damage from vehicles that came too close or plain ran over them. Individual tickets for each one will be submitted to 311 with a request to repair the curb and paint it with reflective paint.

 

It also helps to add large boulders or have reflective signs installed. Plants and a small tree on the median strip on Bouldin/Retama got decimated by someone moving a house. Since that most likely will happen again, we decided not to plant anything large in there – just low bushes and flowers, with the possible addition of some boulders.  The metal flowers at Mary and 2nd seem to be well received by neighbors; we might try to get other art work installed in other places.

Ronnie Dittmar reported that a neighbor adjacent to the Dawson/Retama Chicane requested it be removed and he thinks the City will do so.

 

2) N Dawson Maintenance

Cheryl will call for a workday in May – weeding and mulching. We can request mulch from PARD and can also make it available for roundabouts.

3) Grant for Mary Dawson Park

In order to apply for a grant that redevelops Mary Dawson – a border to the apartment complex, a bike/hike path leading from the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt (WBCGB) entrance to Dawson Road, maybe a pick nick table – we need design plans and quotes.  I did not hear back from the Austin Parks Foundation about a request for their new landscaping/design services until yesterday; they will make a decision by June 1st. If APF does not come through, we’ll need to find another source for those services. Both Thom Parker and Nancy Crow offered help with that.

 

4) Adopt-A-Creek, Adopt-A-Park

Nicholas Dawson and Mary Dawson also caused a discussion about Adopt-A-Park and Adopt-A-Creek programs. Adopt-A-Park is run by PARD, Adopt-A-Creek by Keep Ausitn Beautiful (KAB). KAB recently offered an outside group a chance to adopt East Bouldin Creek in Nicholas Dawson Park. I contested that, since we have been taking care of the park and the creek for decades. The reason this is important is because it makes BCNA a stakeholder when City or development issues come up. We currently have Adopt-A-Park agreements for N. Dawson, the WBCGB and Ricky Guerrero. We also now have adopt-A-Creek agreements for N. Dawson and the WBCGB.

 

Action Item:

We need to seek an Adopt-A-park agreement for Mary Dawson  and the landlocked, undeveloped park by the PSW development; Melanie McNearney will get together with immediate neighbors and apply for an Adopt-A-Creek agreement for the East Bouldin Creek portion across from PSW.

 

5) West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt Trail Maintenance

After discussion, we decided against any mulching of trails; instead, we will continue widening them twice a year by removing encroaching plants. Per Matt Coldwell’s suggestion, we might have a “stomp” party to help in that effort, with refreshments to be served afterwards.

 

6) West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt Signage

A neighborhood teenager had selected installing signage at the WBCG  as his Eagle Project. The effort started almost two years ago and has not progressed, in spite of Matt stepping in and actively helping. The teenager will graduate this month, ending his engagement. If we have not seen any results by then, Matt will take the project over. It consists of: trail maps at both entrances; some directional posts where trails intersect; display with information about greenbelt features: native plants/wildlife plus the ephemeral spring.

Action Item: work on signage this year, with or without Eagle input

 

7) Ricky Guerrero Improvement Updates

Eric Radjef has followed up with City staff, asking for a progress report.

Austin Energy Regional Science Festival 2018

Austin Science Festival Theme

Hello neighbors,
This past February I had the opportunity to volunteer for the first
time at the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival. I worked the
floor and in the process met a number  of students and was able to check out the displays. From the simple to the complex, a cool display of creativity, hard work and intelligence!
I remember two young ladies in particular, both Junior Level/middle school.
One had her project board of documentation of objectives, and results a nd a display of plants. Her project was to grow plants upside down withvarious nutrients and water. Fairly simple project but her goal was to use this as her first step to testing in zero gravity……desiring to become an astronaut!

The second was just a project board of documentation of objectives and results. Objective was to develop better algorithms for checksums.
Hmmmm, I understand the basics but definitely above my pay grade!

What a great bunch of kids and I definitely got out of the Festival as
much as they did.

You can view the 2018 video at http://www.sciencefest.org (click through the banners on the home page) and this fall, if interested, you can get information on general volunteering and judging by contacting Ingrid Weigand at ingrid.weigand@austinscience.org.
Stay posted for future information for the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival  February 20-23, 2019.

Cheers, Gary Hyatt

P.S. more information below
News coverage
http://www.kxan.com/news/education/girls-rule-at-austin-energy-science-fair/1049706102

Austin Energy Regional Science Festival
The Austin Energy Regional Science Festival is one of Texas’ largest
regional science fairs with almost 3,000 students from 3rd through 12th grade. It encourages and rewards innovative student research and provides scientists, engineers and other professionals a chance to volunteer in the community.
The 2018 video has been posted. You can view it at www.sciencefest.org
(click through the banners on the home page)

Austin Science Education Foundation
https://austinscience.org/
Purpose
The Austin Science Education Foundation (ASEF) was established in 2013 to support the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival (AERSF).
AERSF serves 3rd – 12th grade students from 11 Central Texas counties and 23 school districts, as well as private, home and charter schools.
Mission
ASEF will promote student’s knowledge of and involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math by enabling participation in the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival and supporting students selected to advance to the Texas Science and Engineering Fair and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.