South Lamar Neighborhood
February 20, 2003
President Kevin Lewis called
the meeting to order and everyone introduced themselves. There were
approximately 12 people in attendance. Kevin gave the following information:
- Election update
- Kevin reminded everyone
that the upcoming election is on May 3rd and early voting
starts April 16th.
- Bill Stoughton is a
Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar, and as such may receive completed voter
registration cards that he will pass along to the registrar’s office.
Registration may also be completed online. See http://www.travisvoter.org . (HD
note: this site does not appear to be available. Try http://www.state.tx.us/travisco/voter/home.htm.)
- Marci Roberts suggested
that we distribute voter registration cards along with the newsletter.
- It was noted that we have
the lowest turnout of registered voters in the 04 zip code.
- It was suggested that we
always have voter registration cards available at the meetings for those
who may need them.
- Carol Gibbs mentioned
that precincts still often need volunteers on election day.
- There will be an ANC
Candidate Forum in April. Check the website for exact date: http://www.ancweb.org
- ANC update – Bryan King
- ANC meets the 4th
Wednesday of every month at the First English Lutheran Church, 3001 Whitis (30th&Whitis) at 7PM. Everyone is
welcome to attend.
- The February meeting will
feature: a special program with Tracy Watson on arbitration as a method
of dispute resolution, Pat Forgione, and the Austin Parks Foundation
- The March meeting will
start 15 minutes later than usual, and features Herman Munn (sp?) giving
a class on “BOA 101”, Board of Adjustments.
- There are a large number
of robin bird deaths being reported. It is not known what is causing
this, but one theory involves chinaberries (or other berries) having an
intoxicating effect on the birds.
- The UT Law School is
providing free law seminars on 2/22. See http://www.travisbar.com for details
- Rain barrels will be
available 2/22 at 4005 Airport (40th & Airport) from 9AM to noon. They will be
$75/each which is significant savings.
- Treasurer Report – Bill
- 2002 report: Combined
savings and checking balance $1535.17 at year end 12/31/02. $715 in
membership dues, 53 paid members.
- 2003 – Current balance
$1982.00. $510 this year in paid dues. $20 more received during meeting.
- Expenditures – ANC
membership $35, renew domain name (southlamar.org) for another 5 years
- Bryan King suggested
amending the bylaws such that if someone joins during the 4th
quarter, then their membership is paid through the following calendar
- Newsletter update –
- Need a few more people to
cover delivery routes
- Suggested we post
newsletters in various places at Run of the Oaks apartments, and put a
- Suggested we put signs
with document tubes by the duplexes and apartments
- A motion was made to
purchase new sign tubes. The motion was seconded. Marci Roberts will look
into getting some at a discount.
- Bryan will get more posts and work with Hilary to
attach the new tubes.
- Carol will be out of town
for the April newsletter until 4/5. So we will need coordination to get
the newsletter ready on time. Kevin will coordinate this effort.
- Carol received kudos for
her article on dogs, and the new dog ordinance
- Carol distributed the SLNA
- Newsletter Advertising
– Marci Roberts
- We have commitments from
Office Depot, Changos, and the Kung Fu Athletic Academy
- Kinney Mues
Presentation – 2409 Kinney
- Nathan Munk, Architect,
- Sinclair Black, Architect
- Bruce Melton, Civil
Engineer Mesa Engineering
- New development on the
site of the old Mary Lee Foundation, Charlene Crump group home, 2409
- Mr. Munk discussed the
goals of the development namely pedestrian-friendly, neighborhood
development in concert with current neighborhood atmosphere.
- Mr. Black showed plans of
possible building layouts and current trees that will all be preserved
with the development.
- Average 1500 sq. ft., 2
BR-2BA, median price in area $275,000. Range from 1200-1900 sq. ft., 2BR
to 3BR. 2-story, <25’ height.
- 8 buildings, 16 units,
condo regime duplexes
- Hand-crafted cottages
- Will work with current
zoning, no variances required
- Mr. Melton discussed some
engineering issues regarding drainage
- Discussion of filtration
treatment of storm water through underground filter system, and detention
- Discussed water treatment
provided by the builders for Ravey
- Homeowner’s Association
will be responsible for maintenance of the filter treatment system
- Driveways will be 11’
wide. Looking at ‘Geocell’ block subsurface over which grass can be grown
(thus increasing permeable cover area), yet still could support the
weight of a fire truck. This would allow narrower paved driveways.
- This development is
likely to be similar to Elm St. development in Clarksville.
- Paisley Roberts voiced
many concerns. Among them, parking, construction, and cooperation with
- These gentlemen plan to
return to the next SLNA meeting with more plans, designs, and discussion.
See the SLNA scoops for latest: http://www.southlamar.org/scoop.htm
Diamond-Shamrock (Kinney/Lamar) –
building has been leased and new tenants want to put in a used car lot.
Currently the lot is zoned SF-3 however so they would need a zoning change. (HD
note: Bryan K. has since found out this is zoned CO so no zoning change would
be required. The COA site was out of date or erroneous. Bryan is
checking on the ROW setback where the new tenants are installing the metal
Russell’s Bakery –
Bluebonnet/Lamar – continued ongoing discussion of zoning of rear of property.
Morgan/Bannister – auto body shop
is planned for this location
Sayther Automotive – neighbors
have noticed a lot of cars parked in the streets
2414 Thornton –
developers are trying to get admin approval for this
Lamar Storage – survey markers
have been seen in the area
Del Curto/Bluebonnet – the
current rumor is that part of the trailer park has been sold to Walgreens.
Another rumor has it that Walgreens has bought the WOHarper lot.
corrections or updates to these meeting minutes contact Hilary Dyer firstname.lastname@example.org