All the News that Fits May 2021

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

Quick updates and repeats from April

BCNA General Association Meeting June 8 beginning at 6:45 pm Meeting will be held via Zoom. More information shortly

Zilker Masterplan Survey
Neighbors,
The City of Austin is embarking on a masterplan for Zilker. It will entail a lot of issues, from general use to transportation and parking, sustainability, maintenance, etc. There will be several opportunities for community input, but for now, it would be helpful if as many people as possible could fill out the online survey https://publicinput.com/ZilkerVision , open until June 1.
It seems it has been out for a while but has not been that well publicized to neighborhoods. I participated in a small Neighborhood Input meeting (w reps from Zilker, Barton Hills, Rollingwood) today; there was some talk of including Butler Shores in the master plan. What happens in Zilker impacts us in many ways, but even more so if Butler Shores is included.
At the meeting today, we asked for the opportunity to give additional input throughout the process.
Thanks,
Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Parks Committee
512-663-4632

Council OKs site for new Dougherty Arts Center
City Council voted unanimously Thursday to approve a site for the Daugherty Arts Center, close to the current ZACH Theatre at Butler Shores Park. The site, called 1A, was not city staffers’ first choice, but it was clear that staffers’ selection, 1B, had too many opponents, including the Save Our Springs Alliance.
District 5 Council Member Ann Kitchen led the charge against staffers’ preferred option, which would have taken up considerably more parkland than the alternative. SOS attorney Bobby Levinski and SOS Executive Director Bill Bunch both urged Council to select the site farthest away from the hike and bike trail.
As Levinski noted in a letter to Council, “As much as Austin likes to market itself as a green oasis, we have a serious parkland deficiency. We simply do not have enough parkland to serve our expanding population.” He said a recent index showed that Austin ranked 37th among the largest American cities in meeting parkland needs for its residents. “With this perspective in mind, it is baffling to us that the city is – yet again – considering converting several acres of prime parkland along Lady Bird Lake into buildings and driveways for an art center, along with a parking garage to accommodate more single-family automobiles.”
SOS emailed its members earlier this week alerting them to the upcoming vote and asking them to contact their Council members and the mayor. Kitchen said her office had received about 300 emails on the subject.
The city’s Parks and Recreation Board and the Environmental Commission both passed resolutions expressing their concern about the 1B option because it would have taken up too much parkland. The Barton Place Condo HOA also wrote to tell Council its members supported option 1A.
Friends of the Dougherty Arts Center, on the other hand, wrote two letters, the first of which did not say which site it preferred. The second letter said that staffers’ preferred option “best addresses the variety of traffic/parking concerns expressed in past meetings by stakeholders.”
Environmentalist Roy Waley also addressed Council about the matter, urging them not to use any parkland at all. He suggested repurposing some currently underused Austin Independent School District buildings.
Kitchen said the scenario she chose preserves more green space and avoids additional impervious cover on parkland.
Parks and Recreation Department Director Kimberly McNeeley recognized the need to change staffers’ position, telling Council that option 1A was just fine with them.
Kitchen’s motion included direction to ensure that the new arts center would maximize green space, allow for future expansion plans, establish Riverside Drive as the primary public ingress and egress, and address challenges for parents picking up and dropping off their kids.
Staffers were directed to do a traffic impact analysis, with the goal of reducing single-occupancy vehicular traffic on the narrow Toomey Road. The analysis, Kitchen said, should acknowledge heavy bike and pedestrian use along that road.

Steering Committee Meeting Monday May 03 is Canceled.
paul strange via groups.io, to BCNA officers
We have been advised that Austin Transportation Department will not designate a representative to attend our SC Meeting and answer the multiple questions raised by the SoCo PTMD Study. Their refusal was based on needing to focus on Project Connect. They hope to circle back to the SoCo PTMD by late Summer/early Fall.
Since that was going to be the focal point of our meeting and I’m not aware of any other pressing issues, I’m cancelling the Monday’s SC Meeting.

VOTE: You know what to do and an email reminder from a neighbor!
Note from Ingrid Weigand via groups.io
to BCNAForum
“Today (Saturday) is Election Day. Please remember to vote if you have not already done so!
Municipal elections, especially ones with no candidate on the ballot, are typically sparsely attended (30 % seems to be considered “good”) so a few people get to make decisions for a lot of us. Be one of them….”
Ingrid
on Gibson

SoCo First Thursday
From the South Congress Improvement Association
We’d like to bring First Thursdays back to SoCo
starting Thursday, May 6!
First Thursday in May will be much like a soft opening. While we’re still building herd immunity statewide, we want to be cautious of drawing large crowds and we want to give everyone time to get back in the swing of things. We will hold off on any heavy promotion to traditional media for the First Thursday in May, and will instead stick to social media promotion.

Hot off the press is the March/April/May 2021 Edition of Bouldin Bulletin.
The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee —but in digital form.
Thanks to John Shobe, our Publisher, Ronnie Dittmar, editor, 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,
Also thanks to Sector Reps organizing the delivery volunteers and of course, thanks to the folks walking the neighborhood to deliver 2600 issues to our residents.
Note that Bulletin will be published on a quarterly basis to match General Association Meetings.

Note: Meeting Minutes and the Bouldin Bulletins now available on website at
https://www.bouldincreek.org/association/bulletin

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/events/

Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association
Meeting Schedules:
General Association:

2nd Tuesday every 3rd month, 6:45 pm on Zoom
2021 Dates: March 9, June 8, September
14, December 14.
(For Zoom watch the BCNAForum@groups.io
and Bouldincreek.org
Steering Committee:
1st Monday of each month, subject to change
for Holidays, etc. (same time/place as General
Association meetings)
Zoning Committee:
2nd Monday of each month, subject to change
for Holidays, etc. (same time/place as General
Association meetings).

BCNA FORUM LISTSERV
To Subscribe, please go to:
https://groups.io/g/BCNAForum/join

All the News that Fits April 2021

Header All the News that Fits March 2021
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

The Austin Marathon is this Sunday April 25th.
Austin Marathon https://www.austintexas.org/events/austin-marathon/
Get to know the course in advance with the official Marathon Maps there.
Also Austin Marathon Traffic Guide 2021 Attached HERE

From Matt Parkerson South Congress Improvement Association
Hey all –
The Austin Marathon is this Sunday. Please see the attachment for full details on lane closures; South Congress is on page 6.
For our area, the last runner will be through by 10 am, but getting to work, depending on where you are coming from, might take some planning, so take a look at the full race map.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Matt Parkerson
South Congress Improvement Association
512-923-2673

SoCo First Thursday
From the South Congress Improvement Association
We’d like to bring First Thursdays back to SoCo starting Thursday, May 6!
First Thursday in May will be much like a soft opening. While we’re still building herd immunity statewide, we want to be cautious of drawing large crowds and we want to give everyone time to get back in the swing of things. We will hold off on any heavy promotion to traditional media for the First Thursday in May, and will instead stick to social media promotion.

Hot off the press is the March/April/May 2021 Edition of Bouldin Bulletin.
The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee —but in digital form. HERE:

Thanks to John Shobe, our Publisher, Ronnie Dittmar, editor, 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,
Also thanks to Sector Reps organizing the delivery volunteers and of course, thanks to the folks walking the neighborhood to deliver 2600 issues to our residents.
Note that Bulletin will be published on a quarterly basis to match General Association Meeting

Charter amendments
Austin City Council ordered special elections and agreed on ballot language for eight propositions. The elections will take place on May 1, 2021. Background
What is a charter? A municipal charter is a legal document that establishes a town and defines its powers. Think of it like the constitution of a city. Worth your consideration and vote!
From City of Austin:
https://www.austintexas.gov/news/council-orders-elections-eight-propositions-may-1-2021?mc_cid=95c756637b&mc_eid=d78e5e283e

Information here via South River City Citizens (SRCC) with explanations.
http://www.srccatx.org/2021/03/10/city-of-austin-charter-amendments/

Information here from the Zilker Neighborhood Association (ZNA)
With links to Website Supporting Strong Mayor and Website Opposing Strong Mayor
https://zilkerneighborhood.org/elections.shtml

Council Members respond to Proposition F
https://www.kvue.com/article/news/politics/austin-city-council-prop-f-strong-mayor-system/269-11c51b04-3ff1-4202-bbfa-48b5033d15c7

Quick updates and repeats from March
Parks:
Keep Austin Beautiful Day will take place on
Saturday, April 10.

https://mailchi.mp/94973cab8b17/love-where-you-live-day-nov-249258?e=c2b7ebcb9f
Neighbors,
We will not have a creek cleaning this spring, but here is an opportunity to do some cleaning on your own as you walk our green spaces..
Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Parks Committee
512-663-4632

Snakes coming out in spring:
Repeat from March but worth a reminder:
From KVUE:
https://www.kvue.com/article/life/animals/snakes-texas-copperhead-cottonmouth-rattlesnake-coral-venomous-what-to-do/269-4a72e797-1558-4b67-9e56-fdd4a54e34c8
Sneaky serpents: Texas Department of Agriculture reminds Texans to keep sharp eye out for snakes
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says that snakes start “emerging from their dens in late February or early March in Texas.”
When winter ends and the sun starts to come back out in Austin, so do the snakes.
Springtime in Central Texas is peak snake season, said local snake expert Tim Cole. Although the majority of alerts called into Cole’s Austin Reptile Service are nonvenomous, he said there is a chance Austinites might encounter a western diamondback rattlesnake or other venomous snake in their backyards this spring.
“They’ve gone the winter without eating, our daytime temperatures aren’t too hot, and for a lot of species it’s breeding season,” Cole said. “That’s why we see more in the spring than any other time of year.”
“Most of them are benefiting us by protecting homes from rodent damage,” Cole said. “And a lot of them are competing with venomous snakes for food. So if you remove a nonvenomous snake from the area, you may very well be inviting a rattlesnake or copperhead to come over.”

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/events/

Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association
Meeting Schedules:

General Association:
2nd Tuesday every 3rd month, 6:45 pm on Zoom
2021 Dates: March 9, June 8, September
14, December 14.
(For Zoom watch the BCNAForum@groups.io
and Bouldincreek.org
Steering Committee:
1st Monday of each month, subject to change
for Holidays, etc. (same time/place as General
Association meetings)
Zoning Committee:
2nd Monday of each month, subject to change
for Holidays, etc. (same time/place as General
Association meetings).

BCNA FORUM LISTSERV
To Subscribe, please go to:
https://groups.io/g/BCNAForum/join

BCNA Steering Committee meeting Monday April 5th 2021

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 Monday April 5th 2021
Bouldin Creek is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: My Meeting
Time: Apr 5, 2021 06:45 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/8306733796

Agenda:
6:45 – Meeting Convenes
6:50 – Vote on March SC and GA Minutes
6:55 – New Green Sector Representative (Wally Boston) Vote
7:00 – “Peacocks Welcome Here” sign discussion
7:10 – Healthy Street update
7:15 – Other
7:20 – Meeting Adjourns.
Meeting Minutes HERE  When certified by vote.

BCNA Meeting Schedules:
BCNA General Association Meeting:

2ndTuesday, Quarterly
BCNA Steering Committee Meeting:
1st Monday, each month
Unless moved for holidays
BCNA Zoning Committee Meeting:
3rd Monday each month
Meetings at 6:45pm
Held via Zoom for now.

BCNA FORUM LISTSERV
To Subscribe, please go to:
https://groups.io/g/BCNAForum/join

All the News that Fits March 2021

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

SPRING UPDATES
Parks
Neighbors,
We will not have a creek cleaning this spring, but here is an opportunity to do some cleaning on your own as you walk our green spaces..
Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Parks Committee
512-663-4632
More information HERE:
https://mailchi.mp/94973cab8b17/love-where-you-live-day-nov-249258?e=c2b7ebcb9f

A word about Snakes
Springtime in Central Texas is peak snake season!
Sneaky serpents: Texas Department of Agriculture reminds Texans to keep sharp eye out for snakes
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says that snakes start “emerging from their dens in late February or early March in Texas.”
When winter ends and the sun starts to come back out in Austin, so do the snakes.
Springtime in Central Texas is peak snake season, said local snake expert Tim Cole. Although the majority of alerts called into Cole’s Austin Reptile Service are nonvenomous, he said there is a chance Austinites might encounter a western diamondback rattlesnake or other venomous snake in their backyards this spring.
“They’ve gone the winter without eating, our daytime temperatures aren’t too hot, and for a lot of species it’s breeding season,” Cole said. “That’s why we see more in the spring than any other time of year.”
“Most of them are benefiting us by protecting homes from rodent damage,” Cole said. “And a lot of them are competing with venomous snakes for food. So if you remove a nonvenomous snake from the area, you may very well be inviting a rattlesnake or copperhead to come over.”
A post from KVUE HERE: Spring time in Texas is peak snake season

February…what a month! Weather warnings of an arctic blast coming!
February 9th chilly and gray, 10th in the 40s, 12th in the 30s, 13th in the 20s and going down! 14th, Valentine’s Day, Brrrrrrrrrrrr! An evening to snuggle up with a Valentine, a large pile of quilts or call it a 3 dog night. At 2 a.m. on president’s day, power out, water out and a week of grief coming. And some still on going. Hope everyone is faring better!

Hot off the press is the March Bouldin Bulletin.
The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee —but in digital form. HERE:
Thanks to John Shobe, our Publisher, Ronnie Dittmar, editor, 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,
Also thanks to Sector Reps organizing the delivery volunteers and of course, thanks to the folks walking the neighborhood to deliver 2600 issues to our residents.
Note that Bulletin will be published on a quarterly basis to match General Association Meetings.

From Matt Caldwell, posted in the Bouldin Bulletin.
“BCNAForum@groups.io serves the ‘hood”
— M. Coldwell
During the recent freeze in February the neighborhood
list serve has proven to be a benefit in many
ways. While communication from the City was at
times vague, the BCNAForum served as a way for
neighbors to know what was really going on within
our neighborhood boundaries. Messages of help,
advice and reassurance kept many neighbors informed
during the black out and water outage. Even
more significant was the way the BCNAForum
helped connect neighbors with one another – for
water cutoff tools or other helpful resources. One
of the things that the BCNA does is pay for this
forum. It is a unique service to our hood that we
support without advertisement or fees. As a resident
in the hood you can sign up to the forum by going
to: https://groups.io/g/BCNAForum/join

Editor’s note:  Also a big Thanks and kudos to our city employees working on power and water lines and the emergency service folks all working in cold, icy conditions

More News:
CoA-The Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center is open, by appointment only
Beginning on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, the Recycle and Reuse Drop-off Center has reopened, by appointment only.
http://www.austintexas.gov/department/recycle-reuse-drop-center

Note from CoA on catalytic convertor thefts
https://austintexas.gov/news/apd-investigators-see-significant-increase-catalytic-converter-thefts

From the Austin Chronicle:
The annual citywide insanity becomes Couch by Couchwest
https://www.austinchronicle.com/sxsw/
SXSW Online runs March 16-20
Also information on the May 1st election coming up, a pretty good discussion.
“Strong-Mayor” Proposal Divides Austin’s Progressives
Power to the people?

https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2021-03-05/strong-mayor-proposal-divides-austins-progressives/
Also: “What’s on the May 1 Ballot?”
https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2021-03-05/whats-on-the-may-1-ballot/

South Congress Merchants Association has agreed on continuing with CDC and Austin Public Heath guidelines to continue with masks and limited numbers in businesses.

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/events/

Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association
Meeting Schedules:

General Association:
2nd Tuesday every 3rd month, 6:45 pm on Zoom
2021 Dates: March 9, June 8, September
14, December 14.
(For Zoom watch the BCNAForum@groups.io
and Bouldincreek.org
Steering Committee:
1st Monday of each month, subject to change
for Holidays, etc. (same time/place as General
Association meetings)
Zoning Committee:
2nd Monday of each month, subject to change
for Holidays, etc. (same time/place as General
Association meetings).

BCNA FORUM LISTSERV
To Subscribe, please go to:
https://groups.io/g/BCNAForum/join

General Association Meeting March 9, 2021

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General Association Meeting March 9, 2021
Please join us for our quarterly General Association Meeting. Below please find the agenda and Zoom link.
Agenda:
6:45 – Welcome and Introductions
6:50 – Strong Mayor form of government for CoA (Ingrid Weigand)
7:05 – East & West Bouldin Creek- Creek Frontage Info and Discussion (Jeff Seiden)
7:20 – Healthy Streets and return of live events and the barricades (Thom Parker)
7:25 – Copeland Properties (Paul Strange)
7:30 – Communications Update (Denise and Aaron)
7:35 – Adjourn

Bouldin Creek is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: BCNA General Association meeting
Time: Mar 9, 2021 06:45 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/8306733796
Meeting ID: 830 673 3796

Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association
Meeting Schedules

General Association:
2nd Tuesday every 3rd month, 6:45 pm on Zoom
2021 Dates: March 9, June 8, September
14, December 14. (Watch the BCNA
Forum@groups.io, and Bouldincreek.org
Steering Committee:
1st Monday of each month, subject to change
for Holidays, etc. (same time/place as General
Association meetings)
Zoning Committee:
2nd Monday of each month, subject to change
for Holidays, etc. (same time/place as General
Association meetings).