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).
Whoa, February has slipped by. Rumor has it that Covid has caused local or more misc. areas to experience time warps-time going reeeeally sloooow or realfast! But onward! Late breaking news from BCNA: paul strange via groups.io to BCNAForum@groups Due to Covid-19, the Steering Committee voted to go from a bi-monthly meeting schedule to quarterly. Our next virtual meeting will be Tuesday, March 9. Hope to see you there.
Our latest BulletinHERE: Note that Bulletin will be published on a quarterly basis to match General Association Meetings.
Plenty of news out there Covid, AISD, Politics-Federal, State and CoA. The later may be worth keeping up with-May ballot will contain some items worth considering. All the rest is covered in multiple media outlets so anything happening locally, let us know. Last note: heavy weather here this week, so stay safe and enjoy Valentines Day-good time to snuggle up with your honey!
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: 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
BCNA General Association Meeting Tuesday December 08,2020 GA Agenda: 6:45–Convene 6:50–Election (each candidate can introduce themselves then if no contest let’s elect slate) 7:15–Update on Bouldin Forum move 7:20–Discussion of City issues, including Healthy Streets, elections including bond passing, plus I-35 expansion public comment period ends 12/12 7:25–Resolution thanking Gary Hyatt 7:30–Review and vote on 703 & 705 Fletcher request for support of variance request 7:40–Adjourn Bouldin is a great place in a wonderful town. Thanks to everyone for contributing to that, including all past and future BCNA volunteers. Safe holidays–Jesse on S. 5th, BCNA Prez 2018-20
BCNA Elections for 2020 Neighbors, Below please find a list of candidates for officer positions as well as their statements. We are still looking for representative for the new Aqua Zone, by the way. Ingrid Weigand BCNA Elections Committee
The President is the primary spokesperson of the BCNA. S/he presides at all meetings of BCNA general membership and the Executive Committee, makes appointments with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee, and cosigns all checks drawn on the account of BCNA. Candidate: Paul Strange, previously, Vice President – External Affairs Next year will be a challenge for our community organization. We need to continue to work on making BCNA an inclusive organization that allows all residents to feel comfortable and welcome and secondly, to encourage more residents to participate in the organization and be willing to assume leadership positions. These challenges are made more difficult by the Coronavirus. We are planning on virtual committee and general association meetings next year and have reduced our meeting schedule in accordance. General Association meetings will be quarterly instead of bi-monthly as in past years. I believe I am qualified to address those challenges and serve as BCNA President. I have served under 3 presidents as a Zoning Committee Member and Chair, Orange Sector Representative, and VP External Affairs. Each had their own style and I benefited and learned from working with each of them.
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. Candidate: Aaron Scruggs Bouldin has given me a sense of community I’ve never know before. From neighborhood block parties to peacocks roaming the streets, this is home. At the core of our community is the BCNA. I want to give something back. In 2020 many of our interactions have been forced to go online. Bouldinites would benefit from having more online resources available to them. I have over 20 years of experience in technology startups and real estate. This uniquely qualifies me to strengthen our community by finding new ways of leveraging www.bouldincreek.org Back-up: Nadia Barulich
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. Candidate: Thom Parker, previously chair of the Traffic Committee In Austin since 1999 and Bouldin since 2012. Recently retired from the YMCA as VP Operations including facility development and renovation. Enjoys being involved with the neighborhood and looks forward to serving on the BCNA board.
Communications Director – shall assist with and support activities related to information dissemination, newsletter publication, web sites and other mass media. Candidate: Denise Zucco I just moved here this summer from Maryland for my husband’s job. I always volunteer when I join a new organization. This helps me get to know people and learn how things work in the association/group/board. In the past I served as secretary in 2 community associations. I have tons of other volunteer experience including lots of fundraising, party and event planning (hopefully I will get to use that skill when things open back). I have 2 kids in college and 2 dogs. My husband and I love going out to eat, listening to live music and boating.
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 co-sign all checks drawn on the account of BCNA; s/he will give a full report of all accounts on a monthly basis to the Executive Committee and shall keep the General Association apprised of all transactions on BCNA accounts. Candidate: Ronnie Dittmar I’ve been Treasurer several times in the last 15 years or so, subject to term limits. I’m one year into my current term, and hope to continue to keep the financial accounts updated, reconciled and reported to the Association. My qualifications include ~24 years of Association membership, mostly in an officer capacity, including my current role as Bulletin (newsletter) Coordinator, and Parks Committee member. I’m also a CPA, which has its own requirements for competence and ethical standards.
Secretary – shall record minutes of the General Association Meeting and the Executive Committee meetings, as well as assist and support activities related to records and agenda keeping, membership validation, and database managing. Candidate: Matt Coldwell It was a privilege to serve as Secretary this year and it shall be an honor to serve another.
Sector Representatives – must live in the sectors they represent.
The Green Zone: N/S borders: Oltorf to South side of Mary E/W borders: Railroad tracks to West side of South First Candidate: Nick Sargologos, Incumbent; back-up: Melynda Nuss Long time Austin resident, son of career Air Force officer who transferred to Austin in 1971. Graduate of Lanier high school, then the University of Texas Austin, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1982. Earned commission as US Navy officer in 1983, and designation as a Naval Aviator upon completing pilot training in 1984. After leaving active duty in 1989, Nick chose to pursue a career in the high tech industry, where he has worked with several leading companies, including IBM, Dell and Motorola and NXP (formerly Freescale), and holds patents in the area of high speed communication technology.” If re-elected, Melynda Nuss, will continue to serve as a my back-up representative.
The Purple Zone: Oltorf to South side of Mary East side of South First to west side of S. Congress Candidate: Paul Langley I was born and raised in Austin and have lived in Bouldin since 2015. I’ve seen how much Austin has changed and what challenges cities face as they grow. I’m looking forward to engaging with the BCNA and our neighbors to make sure we’re informed of, involved in, and prepared for how our city is changing. Austin’s inevitable growth should be a benefit for us all, but that isn’t guaranteed. I want to help preserve the best parts of Austin while we make room to welcome future Austinites.
The Blue Zone North side of Mary to south side of Monroe Railroad tracks to west side of South First Candidate: Rebecca Harrell, Incumbent I moved to Austin in 2005 and have lived in the Bouldin Creek neighborhood since 2014. I love living in an area with so many great restaurants and entertainment in walking distance. Professionally, I am an Art Educator and Visual Artist which gives me an extra appreciation for the murals, artists and creative spaces in the neighborhood. I would like to see Bouldin Creek stay as safe and walkable as possible for residents and to support neighborhood businesses during this challenging time. I have been acting as the sector representative this fall, learning the ropes. I am excited to get even more involved with the BCNA and continue representing the Blue Zone.
The Yellow Zone North side of Mary to South side of Deaf School/South of Nellie West side of South First to West side of S. Congress Candidate: Jeff Seiden, Incumbent; back-up: Jody Zemel I’m Jeff Seiden. I would like to be your BCNA Yellow Zone representative. I have volunteered with BCNA for 6 years as Zone Rep and Treasurer. I participate on the Zoning Committee and have an interest in Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility, Traffic, Parking and Safety issues facing Bouldin’s Yellow Zone residents. As zone rep I will work to balance Bouldin’s historical neighborhood feel with the numerous changes in our area. I’ve been an Austin resident for over 23 years and moved to Eva Street in the SoCo area of Bouldin 10 years ago. On occasions that I am traveling away from the Austin area, I will be assisted in the Yellow Zone rep role by Jody Zemel. Jody has lived in the neighborhood for 30 years and has over 15 years of experience in both BCNA and CoA neighborhood, development, and planning.
The Pink Zone Monroe to Gibson between Railroad tracks to South First Gibson to Christopher between South 5th & South First Candidate: Scottee Downing, Incumbent I’ve never been more grateful for my home than I have been this year! I’m a California transplant (refugee?), and have been so happy with my decision to move to Austin. With every addition to our growing family, we have become more deeply embedded in the community and I strongly hold the belief that we can find harmony between preservation and progress. While our neighborhood and city are rapidly changing, I am committed to staying educated on internal and external factors that will affect our homes and families. Back-up: Stephanie Scholten, formerly Brown Zone rep Three years as Brown Sector rep, moving on to Pink!
The Orange Zone North side of Columbus to Barton Springs Road Railroad Tracks and west side of Bouldin Creek Candidate: Ross Wilson I’m a long time Austinite and 10 year Bouldin Creek resident, with my wife and 2 children, and I look forward to potentially playing a more active role in the BCNA. I’m a firm believer that community involvement and good people create great neighborhoods like Bouldin Creek.
The Brown Zone Copeland to Barton Springs Road East Side of Bouldin Creek to west side of South First Candidate: Cameron Zuniga I am very excited for the opportunity to run as the Brown Sector Representative. It would be an honor to keep my section’s residents informed about events, as well as to help remedy any issues they may have. We live in a wonderful neighborhood, and I hope to make each resident’s time here as safe and pleasurable as possible.
The (NEW!) Aqua Zone Southside of Deaf School to Lady Bird Lake West side of South First to East Side of South Congress Candidate: NEEDED
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 – email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org VP of Neighborhood Issues
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!)
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?
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