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All the News that Fits December 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

BCNA Officer Elections – December 8, 2020

The Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association will hold its annual officer’s election at the next General Association Meeting on Tuesday, December 8.
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 (Zoom) floor at the meeting. As noted earlier, you have to be a registered member of BCNA as of November 30, in order to be a candidate or to vote.
Attached is positions descriptions HERE:
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.
Slate of candidates info HERE:

Bouldin Bulletin
Hot off the press is the December 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, our 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.

Yahoo forums end December 15
Bouldin Forum Listserve is moving to BCNAforum@groups.io
As you might know, Yahoo Groups will cease to exist December 15.
You should have received 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
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As a reminder, I am attaching a copy of BCNA’s Netiquette which was approved at last week’s General Association meeting HERE

Trail of Lights December 2020
A vehicle admission ticket is required for drive-thru admission at the Austin Trail of Lights nightly. … A limited number of vehicles will be permitted to access the 2020 Austin Trail of Lights per each time slot.

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.
(Editor: Just a reminder ladies that equality didn’t come easy or quickly. 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
PALMER AUDITORIUM


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 Via Zoom for now!
The High Road, 700 Dawson Road-when back to normal?


All the News that Fits November 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

A Couple of Updates:
Becker Elementary Fall Festita
Hi Neighbors, I’m the PTA President at Becker Elementary your neighborhood public school since 1936! We have had to reinvent our usual Fall Festival, and I’ve been inspired by the Neighborhood Strolls Kate has been organizing for BCNA. Next Saturday Becker will be doing something similar and we could use help from the neighbors near the school for:
Fall Festita –
Becker Bobcats ON THE PROWL
Saturday, Nov. 14 2pm – 4pm

This is a masked up, socially distanced, Nature Walk meets Treasure Hunt around the perimeter of the school and through the neighborhood. I have attached a rough draft of our Treasure Map families will receive that shows the route. We will be placing various art activations, music, and treasures to see along the sidewalks of this route.

We have asked Becker Teachers to share inspirational messages for students/families and we are going to make signs with these messages on them that we would like to post, in creative ways, along the route.
THIS IS WHERE WE NEED HELP from these neighbors:
-on S. 3rd between Annie St. and Monroe
-on Bouldin Ave between Annie and Monroe
-on Briar between Annie and Milton
-on Monroe between S. 3rd and S. 5th
-on Annie St. between S. 3rd and Briar

If you are in the area listed, please use this google spreadsheet
to indicate if we can drop off a sign for you to put up in your yard. Maybe you know a neighbor who isn’t on the listserve? If you can get their agreement please add their info too. We would love to drop off the sign for you to display as visibly as possible on your fence/in yard/on porch, but we can also reuse some yard signs and post it in front of your house for you. We are flexible! You are invited to hang out on your porch to cheer “Viva Becker” for families as they go by during the event and anything else festive or creative you can think of is welcome.

If ANYONE in the neighborhood wants to help with donating leftover yard signs, we will take them. They can be dropped off inside the fence across the street from Becker in the yard where the chicken coop is. Please use the google doc above to indicate if you will be bringing signs over. Does anyone have an art car they would be willing to slowly drive through the route during the event? Many thanks neighbors!
I can be emailed at ptapresident@beckerelementary.com
Shobie Partos W. Annie St.

Farm to Market to Close
Received from
Peg McCoy peg@fm1718.com Sun, Nov 8, 1:50 PM (1 day ago)
to BouldinForum
Hello Neighbors:
Thank you all for supporting the shop over the past 15 years. It has been a great pleasure to be a part of the neighborhood.
Thanksgiving, November 26th, will be Farm to Market’s last day. I’ve sold the shop to Steph Steele, a lifelong Grocer (including a 24 year Whole Foods career and most recently teamed up with Larry McGuire to re-imagine and open Swedish Hill). Steph will reopen Farm to Market as Tiny Grocer after a few months of rejuvenation. Tiny Grocer will maintain the communal spirit of Farm to Market but will embrace long needed updates and improvements. You’ll be able to order sandwiches and prepared foods to go (more than likely on an app) and pick up a wide assortment of local products and specialty items. Tiny’s will be a great addition to SOCO 2021.
Since Steph is closing down for a few months, we’ll need to sell down the inventory and donate the rest. We will begin having sales as it gets closer to Thanksgiving and you may notice we may be out of some things. Please help us by coming to Farm to Market to shop and we appreciate your understanding if we don’t have exactly what you need but maybe you can find something similar.
Bitter sweet for me. I will miss you all. Better said: Tim, Chase, Kevin, Emily and I will miss you all.
Farewell,
Farm to Market Family

National, State and Local Elections November 3rd-you know what to do!
Very local elections-Neighborhood Association elections coming December 8
As every year, we will hold Officer and Sector Rep elections at our December 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.
Link to Bulletin for more election information HERE

Bouldin Forum Listserve is moving to BCNAforum@groups.io
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
Subscribe: BCNAForum+subscribe@groups.io.
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

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Note: It is best to keep using your Yahoo forum also until everyone has transferred over-Yahoo forums end December 15.

Just a reminder Algae along Lady Bird Lake– keep your dogs safe!
Info HERE

Neighborhood Food Pantry-The Buy Nothing Project
Sherry Holdridge and the Buy Nothing Project have stepped up and organized a neighborhood food pantry, (and delivery for those who cannot drive!!). They have provided a place where you can drop off your goods, and others can pop by to receive a little help. More info in October-November Bulletin HERE

The Bouldin Stroll! Coming back every Thursday from 6-8 pm.
Do the Bouldin Stroll on Thursdays 6-8 pm. Get out and sit in your front yard or on your porch, go for a walk and wave and chat to neighbors, or take the kids on their bikes around the hood. More info in the October-November Bulletin.
Thanks to Kate Francis for organizing

Pumpkin Contest and winners-a big thank you to Kate Francis for organizing this.
Also congratulations and thanks to all our neighbors who helped make this Halloween, a fun event this year! Pumpkins and winners HERE

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?

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

All the News that Fits August 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

August-some call this “the dog days of summer”, 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.

General Association Meeting
BCNA’s virtual General Association Meeting will be held Tuesday August 11th.
Notice, agenda and virtual meeting information coming soon.

Other news:
Memorabilia from Armadillo Head Quarters, plus.
Threadgill’s Old No.1 Auction
Saturday August 8th 10:00AM
6416 N. Lamar 78752
Burley Auction Gallery
https://www.burleyauction.com/

Upcoming:
The Preservation Austin Tour, “Downtown Doorsteps”, is going virtual this year. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year.
We just finished previewing the video and it is fantastic! Grab a ticket and your favorite beverage and settle in for a great experience. No trying to find parking and no walking. How can you go wrong. There will be a Q & A on Zoom following the tour.
AND guess what ,you can now attend the tour even if you don’t live in Austin. I hope y’all will join us!!! Information HERE
Sneak Peak at the Preservation Austin Homes tour 2020!!! HERE
Preservation Austin.org
https://www.preservationaustin.org/
FYI an older tour Preservation Austin-Bouldin HERE

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 HERE
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!)

Also noted this week in the Austin Chronicle, another event celebrating and discussing the 19th Amendment.  Article here: https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2020-08-07/for-its-first-big-event-the-19th-gets-big-names/

  Next week’s  “The 19th Represents”, an all-women summit, gathers political heavy hitters in one (virtual) room.  Info at https://summit.19thnews.org/

   Aug. 10-14, the nascent enterprise is bringing together some more big names of American politics and culture in a “virtual summit,” the 19th Represents”. Speakers including Stacey Abrams, Alicia Garza, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, and Meryl Streep will headline discussions on the intersection of race and gender issues, voting rights, and electability. Each of the five days’ events focuses on different ways the rights afforded by the 19th Amendment have not been completely secured.

News of the somber kind:
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 the 78756-zipcode of 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!
Thanks to Kate Morter for “Quarantines No Joke” and “Virtual Meeting Etiquette”.

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 virtual 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

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