Next neighborhood meeting: Monday, July 9

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The Wooten Neighborhood Association invites you to our next meeting on Monday, July 9 at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend – homeowners, renters, business owners, community members and potential residents. Come meet your neighbors and learn more about our community!

The agenda will include reports about neighborhood events, safety and crime, and Wooten Park activities. We usually hear from District 7 councilmember Leslie Pool or her staff, and our police District Representative, Officer Judson Chapman — along with lots of other news from neighbors. (Click here to read the minutes from the last meeting.)

NOTE: Because Redeemer Lutheran Church is under construction, we will NOT be meeting at our usual location (the Redeemer cafeteria).

Our new meeting location is TBA. Please check back at wootenna.com for updates closer to the meeting date. If you have a space we can use for our meeting, please email VP@wootenna.com.

 

Next neighborhood meeting: Monday, May 14

Wooten Neighborhood Association meets next on Monday, May 14 at 7pm in Wooten Park. Please come and learn more about your neighborhood!

NOTE: Because Redeemer Lutheran Church is under construction, we will NOT be meeting at our usual location (the Redeemer cafeteria).

Instead, we’re having a picnic in the park! Join us at the south side of Wooten Park, near the trail between the playground and the corner garden bed. We’ll provide some snacks and drinks but feel free to bring your own food and (non-alcoholic) beverages. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to lounge on. Your kids can even play at the playground!

You can park along Dale St or Burrell Rd – or walk!

The agenda will include reports about neighborhood events, safety and crime, and Wooten Park activities. We usually hear from District 7 councilmember Leslie Pool or her staff, and our police District Representative Judson Chapman — along with lots of other news from neighbors. (Click here to read the minutes from the last meeting.)

***In case of bad weather, check wootenna.com for an alternate location.

 

Park History Updates

We’ve recently updated the Wooten Park History page. So much has happened in the last few years: new swings and a crushed granite walking trail were added to the park, water fountains were updated, additional trees were planted, we’ve held several fundraisers and volunteer opportunities to beautify our park!

People shoveling and raking mulch for a young tree

Jeff M. and Heather H. add soil and mulch to one of Wooten Park’s new trees.

And soon construction will begin on a new shade pavilion! This pavilion couldn’t have happened without the support of our wonderful neighbors.

You can help future park projects by donating to the WNA Park Fund. We even have a few “We Love Wooten Park” yard signs still available!

Yard sign for fundraising

We Love Wooten Park yard sign

January 8, 2018 -Meeting Minutes

Redeemer Lutheran School Cafeteria
President David Bouchard Presiding 
Meeting called to order at 7:07pm

Approve Minutes


Dave called for approval of minutes
Dave Tomlinson moved
Joanne Garret second the motion
Motion passed

City Council Updates – Michael Gaudini (policy advisor, Council Member Leslie Pool)


  1. Council Meets in February to onboard new City Manager, Spencer Cronk
  2. Negotiation of a new police contract is underway between Police Association and City Council
  3. Deadline for CodeNext has been extended
  4. 2016 bond projects are currently developing a timeline and prioritizing. Website with information about 2016 bond progress and timeline, http://capitalprojects.austintexas.gov/projects
  5. Topics Council is considering :
    1. Parks
    2. Affordability Housing
    3. Flooding

Question and Answer with Michael

Q: Is there an update on Sidewalks?
A: There are some sidewalks planned for Wooten nearby the elementary.

Treasury Update – Marilyn Rogers


  1. Treasury Report
    1. 18 paid members as of the last meeting.
    2. General fund, $1,884.58
    3. Park fund, 5,723.81
    4. Petty Cash, $25
    5. $25 dollar donation to park fund
  2.  Membership calendar is 10/1/17 to 9/30/18
    1. 18 paid members as of the last meeting.

Park Updates – Laura Tomlinson


Discussion and planning for construction of pavilion and benches in the park is underway  The Austin Park Found grant is expected to be distributed around Spring of 2018.

Neighborhood Events


  1. Caroling and Cocoa held on December 17, 2017 was a success
    1. Approximately $180.00 raised.
    2. Thank You to our generous sponsors!
      1. Genuine Joe’s Coffee House
      2. American Party Rental
      3. Arian’s Market
  2. Request for volunteers to plan a Wootennany for winter 2018.

Good News


  1. Wooten Curbside Composting
    1. If you want to support curbside composting for Wooten then sign up with Dixie Davis, Vice President of Wooten Neighborhood Association.
    2. Based on a neighborhood-wide survey, over 40 people are interested in the composting service
    3. A letter of interest was sent to Austin Resource Recovery.
  2. Suggestions for Wooten neighborhood projects
    1. Newsletter – a goal of distributing in spring, request for volunteers.
    2. Meals on Wheels and More – volunteers to help elderly residents sign-up for services.
    3. Promote Wooten Neighborhood Association meetings through ads or flyers. Any other recommendations?

Austin Police Department Updates – Officer Chapman & Commander Mason


  1. Officer Mason commended APD staff for the quick and skillful response to an emergent situation in the nearby area resulting in saving the life of women.
  2. Dollar Generals in Austin have been targets of robberies.
  3. Personal burglaries tend to be concentrated East of I-35.
  4. Car burglaries tend to occur along the I-35 corridor.

Question and Answer with Officers Chapman and Mason

Q: Request for an update regarding an increase in gunshots and fireworks since New Years.
A: Officer Chapman has flagged the area for more patrol cars. Wooten Park and off of Putnam seem to have high rates of complaints. Fewer patrol units on the roads due to the decrease in patrol cars.

Q: What is the schedule for when the patrol cars will be back on the road?
A: Output of 20 cars per week of both marked and unmarked. Should take another 4-6 months.

Q: Any insight into the reasoning for the increase in gunshots and fireworks.
A: Not at this time.

Q: Do Police always show up when there is a call about shooting?
A: Varies depending on what is being reported and the volume of other higher priority calls.

Q: Three situations have occurred where gun casings were found. How does this impact the case?
A: This influences the investigators.

Q: How do related calls get tracked?
A: Case numbers from multiple calls in the same area will be merged.

Q: Can we have more information about the volume of these issues?
A: We will look into asking our crime analyst to look into creating a report regarding crimes in the area.

Q: Request for update on the ticketing of homeless under 183.
A: TXDoT organizing the cleanups under 183. There are efforts underway to finalize MOU which would allow APD to enforce rules this area. Reassurance that there is a continued effort to get services to the homeless in this area.

Q: Is Zoe’s Place still open?
A: A “For Lease” sign is up however residents are still in the building.

Wooten Neighborhood Planning Contact Team (WNPCT)- Adam Turner


Next meeting is Monday, January 15th at SLAB BBQ. Meetings are always the following Monday after the neighborhood association meeting. WNPCT established approximately 7 to 8 years ago.

The following agenda items were tabled due to time constraints. 

2018 WNA Meetings – possible room change due to Redeemer Construction April – August. 

Suggestions/Request/Feedback

The meeting was adjourned at 8:08.