Barton Hills Neighborhood Association

Barton Hills Neighborhood Association
Executive Committee Meeting Minutes
January 7, 2003
Officers present were Robin McKeever, Lance Shriner, Peter Hess, and Debby Kalk. McKeever called the meeting to order at 7:10pm.
Agenda for General Meeting on January 28
The Executive Committee agreed to the following agenda:
  • Membership and Treasury Report
  • BHNA Handbook
  • Greenbelt Guardians program
  • Park Rangers program
  • Report on Austin City Limits festival
  • Report on Safe Routes to School application
  • Sunken Gardens update
  • Barton Springs Road update
  • Project to honor Betty Brown

Additionally, McKeever reviewed Executive Committee responsibilities for the General Meeting.

Newsletter McKeever and Schriner reviewed requirements for advertising for the newsletter. Stuart volunteered to work with Schriner to get the advertising lined up for this year.

Schriner reviewed with the Executive Committee how to submit articles to him – any formatting should be saved as an RTF file.

Included in the newsletter will be the annual member survey. Kalk volunteered to revise it.

McKeever sent out a call for residents to help with distribution and received 15 responses – that will make distribution much more manageable.
BHNA Handbook

Howie Richey has agreed to edit the manuscript. The Executive Committee hopes to have prototype copies ready for the January 28 meeting. Highlights will be featured in the newsletter.

Feedback from the early release of the Handbook will be used to revise it for a more formal release in April or for the July 4 parade. The Executive Committee discussed revising the Handbook annually. McKeever will add contact information to her welcome letter.

Guest Speakers PARD will send staff to discuss the Zilker Trail loop project and to review the upcoming improvements set to start this spring. Park Police will send a representative to explain the Park Rangers program and gauge BHNA’s support for a Greenbelt Rangers program.
Guardians Glee Ingram will present her proposal to develop a Greenbelt Guardians program. These volunteers will be trained by BHNA and city staff to perform trails maintenance including trash pick-up and assisting city staff in removing non-native, invasive species. Ingram envisions four events each year.
Austin City Limits Gentle will prepare a resolution on behalf of BHNA to the city in support of the Austin City Limits music festival scheduled to run again in September.
Betty Brown Memorial Long time Barton Hills residents have proposed establishing some kind of memorial to recognize the significant contributions the late Betty Brown made to Barton Hills and to BHNA.

The Executive Committee considered several ideas included a bench along Town Lake, Robert E Lee, or the Greenbelt, or naming a part of the trail in her memory. Hess will investigate some options and report back to the Executive Committee in March.
City Council Elections The Executive Committee discussed option of holding a candidate forum in conjunction with Zilker Neighborhood Association. McKeever will contact them. The mayoral and 3 council seats are up this election. We looked at April 22 as a possible date for a forum. [Hess also suggested possibility of a joint Executive Committee meeting with Zilker.]
BHNA Signs Carl Newsome has donated five new signs for BHNA to use to publicizing meetings throughout the neighborhood. All agreed that they look great!
Next Meeting
  • Barton Skyway entrance maintenance – neighborhood project
  • Sunken Gardens update
Future Representatives of the Long Center have offered to speak at an upcoming meeting.
Next Meeting The next Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for March 11.

The meeting adjourned at 8:55 PM.
Respectfully submitted,
Debby Kalk
Recording Secretary

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