Barton Hills Neighborhood Association

Barton Hills-Horseshoe Bend Neighborhood Association
General Meeting Minutes
June 27, 2000
Call to Order
Vice-President Mark Reinking called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as summarized.

4th of July
Parade
Committee
Report
Roberta Preston, coordinator of the event, announced plans for the annual 4th of July parade and activities. We will assemble at Barton Hills Market at 8:30 a.m. and begin the parade at 9 a.m. Volunteers are still needed to help with setting up at the school that morning and to bring cookies and watermelon. Old Navy is helping sponsor the activities this year with the donation of $300, kazoos, flags, and the help of 15 volunteers.
Area Wastewater
Improvements
Craig Bell, project manager, spoke about the City’s plans for waste water improvements in the Barton Creek area. Every effort will be made to minimize disruption to the public and to the environment. Replacement of the deteriorating pipe along the Barton Creek Greenbelt itself will begin this winter. The other project, the replacement of the Barton Creek lift station force main and Robert E. Lee interceptor rehabilitation, will start in 2002.
Transportation
and Traffic Safety
Committee
Report
Carl Newsome reported for the committee and circulated copies of a letter Joe Gieselman sent to Mayor Watson about traffic calming devices that may be installed on the neighborhood’s boundary streets with the Zilker neighborhood.

Our neighborhood was not involved in the development of the City’s plan although the Zilker neighborhood was. All efforts to involve our residents in the process have been denied by City staff. Currently Zilker residents are being polled about the proposed plan; a 60% majority is needed to pass it.

The plan includes speed humps and all-way stops along Rabb Road, Rae Dell, and Robert E. Lee. The committee’s concerns include diversion of traffic into our neighborhood with its concomitant increase in noise and pollution and access for emergency vehicles. Residents are urged to contact City Council members with their concerns about these proposed traffic calming measures.

Environment
and Beautification
Committee
Reports
Terrace Development Subcommittee

Mary Ann Neely reported that the committee will be meeting with the developer. Neighborhood issues have not yet been addressed, especially those dealing with water quality and the environment.

Sunken Gardens Subcommittee

Sharon Slagle reported that the goals are habitat restoration, structural restoration, and landscaping and surface work to restore Sunken Gardens to its original state. The project is estimated to cost between $250,000 and $500,000. The subcommittee has completed a draft application to the Austin Parks Foundation for a matching grant to help fund the development of a plan for the project which is expected to cost $1000. A number of volunteers have offered their services and so far $200 in individual donations has been raised. The members present at the meeting voted to submit the application for the grant and to match the $200 in donations with Association funds.

Community
Outreach
Committee
Report
Art Stone reported that National Night Out will be 1 August 2000. Residents are encouraged to turn on their porch lights and to organize get-togethers with their immediate neighbors. He has forms available for those wanting to organize block parties.
Austin
Neighborhoods
Council Report
Kay Killen reported that the ANC is currently concerned with the question of leadership, social equity, a sustainable community, and housing assessments. It is also going over recommendations for the Police Oversight Commission. Anyone interested in further information should contact her.
Nominations
Committee for
Officers for
2000-2001
Betty Brown said it is up to the Executive Committee to form the Nominations Committee.
Treasurer's
Report
John Bell reported that the balance as of 23 May 2000 was $5076.09, $67 of which is earmarked for oak wilt. He has received two $100 checks from individuals for the Sunken Gardens plan, two donations for the memorial fund for Park Police Officer William Jones, and one for the 4th of July festivities.
Contributions Contributions from the Association treasury were approved for Austin Parks Foundation Grant applications for the project plan for Sunken Gardens, as previously mentioned, and for the completion of the Zilker Trail and a memorial plaque to Officer Jones. The trail project is expected to cost $2000 in materials plus donated labor; it is hoped the project will be done this fall.

A contribution to improvements at Lou Neff Point was discussed but no action taken. Betty Brown will see if arrangements for a speaker on the subject to come to the October meeting.

A motion to make an Association contribution to the fund for Officer Jones’ family was made but not brought to a vote because of the lack of a quorum.

 
The meeting was adjourned at 9:05.

Respectfully submitted,
Yates Barreda
Secretary


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