South Lamar Neighborhood Association
October 17, 2002
Bryan called the meeting to order and everyone introduced
themselves. There were approximately 24 people in attendance.
District Representative Report - Kenny Nash
was not present so Bryan gave a report on his behalf.
two directed patrols in our area (‘speed traps’). 3200 Block of Clawson
from 7-10PM and 1800 Fortview Rd.
area has a radar sign now and should start appearing 10/22 from 9AM-2PM
in front of the Unity Church. It will be relocated periodically
throughout the neighborhood, targeting the trouble spots.
there have been a high number of incidences of family violence. There
will be a presentation at the Southridge Apartments on Tuesday 10/29 at
7PM aimed to help stop family violence. There will be invitations given
out at the apartments on 10/24.
will have a sting operation during the holidays for BOVs (Burglary of
is willing to give the “Stranger Danger” program to anyone requesting it.
If you have kids whom you’d like to be given this presentation, contact
Update - Kevin Lewis
has attended workshops with this organization which is trying to plan
ahead for the next 20-50 years of growth in our area. It is estimated
that Austin will double in size to 2.5 million people within the next
20-40 years. For more information see the web site at http://www.envisioncentraltexas.org
or contact Kevin at email@example.com
Distribution – Carol Gibbs
needs 4-5 more people to help distribute the newsletter. We particularly
need coverage along South Port, Bannister, and off of Manchaca. If you’d
like to help distribute the newsletter every other month, contact Carol. firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasury Report – Bobby Hubertus
currently have 50 paid members and $1450 in our bank account.
Committee – Patricia Fiske
was not able to attend the meeting so Bryan read her following report:
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY (SIDEWALK)
The name of the Sidewalk Committee should probably
be changed to Pedestrian Safety Committee, because we are addressing many
issues other than sidewalks as we work on an application for funding from the
Texas Department of Transportation (hereafter referred to as TXDOT). Their SAFE
ROUTES TO SCHOOL program has made three million dollars available to improve safety
for children going to school. Since this is a state-wide program, we are
planning a realistic approach, asking for the most pressing needs this year and
planning ahead for future projects as this promises to be an annual event.
Due to time constraints, we decided to limit our
project request to improving the block of Bluebonnet on our side of Lamar,
making “deadman’s curve” at Lightsey and Clawson safer and striping Clawson so
as to add a bicycle-pedestrian lane. Since a bicycle safety plan that is already
in place calls for guttering, we will include that as well.
This bicycle safety plan will give our application
extra weight as it overlaps ours and has been approved.
Our neighborhood Association lies in three school
districts, Zilker, Joslin, and Galindo, but surveying all three schools would
take more time and resources than we have at this time, so we are concentrating
on the largest, Zilker, which impacts the areas we are focusing on the most.
Next year will have a new priority.
Our Committee has met several times and we are
preparing three surveys that must be completed before we complete our
application. The first is a Parent Survey, which will be distributed by Zilker
students who live on our side of Lamar. The Second is done by each teacher to
determine how each child arrived at school.
The third survey, conducted by members of this
committee with the help of Zilker parents was a visual count of how many
children arrive by car, bus, bicycle or by foot. Jennifer Marine organized that
survey. Eight sleepy people gathered at Zilker School to take part in this
count. It was determined that 76% of the students arrive by car, which
indicates a need for safer routes and sidewalks.
Steve or Ann Lacker have attended every meeting and
their energy and expertise have inspired us all. Krista Umscheid-Mt.Joy has
added her writing and survey skills. Oscar Lipchak has contributed his survey
skills and gathered statistical data. Our President, Bryan King is a constant
source of energy and resources, from excellent maps and graphics to getting the
straight poop on what is really going on in the political arena.
He and I attended a workshop to help us with the
massive requirements, but TXDOT is not making this process easy; however, we
are encouraged that we seem to be ahead of the game – so far.
Patricia Fiske, Chairperson
SLNA Sidewalk Committee
Bryan then read his resolution which SLNA needs to
present to the City. There was a motion to adopt the resolution which was
seconded and passed.
Wilt Task Force Report – Charlton
went over the oak wilt areas in SLNA and stressed that all of SLNA is in
has the pressure injector available for free checkout by anyone in the
you live within 90’ of an affected area, you should inject your trees
far no one has taken advantage of the injector
with Charlton if you have any questions
Culver, the city arborist, is available for consultation for any concerns
you have. Although very busy, he will come check out your trees
with your neighbors and be vigilant about oak wilt in our neighborhood
of Officers for 2003
previously appointed a nominating committee. The nominating committee
reported their slate of nominees for 2003:
Lewis – President
Lacker – Vice President
Dyer – Secretary
Stoughton – Treasurer
Charlton Perry – SCC-ANC Representative
called for nominations from the floor – there were none
vote was taken and the slate of officers as nominated by the committee
was elected for 2003.
discussed the various development/zoning efforts going on in our
Thornton – Hearing at the Board of Adjustments is set for Nov. 14th where the developer is asking for variances
to be able to build closer to the adjacent properties, thus increasing
the density. There is an informal discussion on Tuesday Oct. 22 with the
developer at Kay and Darden’s house at 2300 Thornton. The meeting will
start at 6PM sharp.
– old Anna’s Toy Depot. Russell has pulled out of trying to open a bakery
here. The property is zoned in part single family, thus needs to be
rezoned for business. Russell ran into too much expense and frustration
at the process. Bryan warns that this property is “the tip of the
iceberg”. If it is rezoned it could set the precedent for the adjacent
property. There is approximately 10.4 acres, starting with this property,
to the trailer park, and continuing over to Del Curto, that could
potentially be used for large commercial retail (e.g. Wal Mart).
Natural – no one knows what is going on with this grocery/restaurant.
Shamrock – has been bought but is currently zoned SF-3. It needs to be
rezoned for business. The new owner has said he has a used car lot to go
Curto Place – 2607 Del Curto. They may start work on this around Jan 1,
property – old Mary Lee Foundation. Bryan was warned there may be
something happening with this but he hasn’t heard anything yet.
Park – Bryan is continuing to work on getting the small piece of property
on the southeast corner of Cinnamon Path and Del Curto to become a
‘pocket park’. We still need AISD to waive the back taxes owed on the
is an acre of property currently up for sale on Thornton (where they
moved the pink house from last year). It is zoned SF-3 and they might
divide it into thirds.
discussed having a potluck Christmas party at the December meeting. He
threw out the possibility of having it over at Artz Rib House, in their
definite was decided. We will discuss it in the upcoming weeks and come
up with a plan.
next meeting is scheduled for December 19th.
discussed starting a welcome wagon.
was suggested that the executive board members act in this capacity,
welcoming new residents to the neighborhood, introducing them to the NA,
and so forth.
reminded everyone of the weekly social held each Friday at 6PM. The current
location is Artz Rib House but the location varies. Look for the SLNA
sign to identify the group.
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