The next meeting of the Wooten Neighborhood Association, like everything, will happen on an as-yet-undetermined date in the future, when it’s safe to get together. Meetings are held the second Monday of odd months at 7pm, but our May meeting is cancelled. Check back on this page for future meeting status and for the next online newsletter. Meanwhile, stay well!
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Wooten Elementary School Library
President David Bouchard called the meeting to Order
Approval of July Minutes
Motion was made to approve minutes motion was second. Motion passed.
David Bouchard was nominated for the officer position of President. Motion for David Bouchard as president was made, motion was second and motion passed.
Marilyn Rogers was nominated for the officer position of Treasurer. Motion for Marilyn Rogers as Treasurer was made, motion was second and motion passed.
Donny Goff was nominated for the position of Secretary. Motion of Donny Goff as Secretary was made, motion was second and motion passed.
No nominations for Vice-President were made. Dixie Davis will remain in the Officer position of Vice-Chair until nomination is made and approved.
The following topic were discussed by the Wooten Neighborhood Association members:
Treasurer report provided by Marilyn Rogers. Call for membership dues.
Parks Update by Joanne Garret
Austin Police Department Update by Officer Chapman and Commander Mason
Good News by Joanne Garret and David Bouchard and Dixie Davis
Wooten Neighborhood Planning Contact Team (WNPCT) notice of meeting by Adam Turner. Meeting to be held on Monday July 16th at 7:00pm at Shu Shu’s.
David Bouchard Adjourn the meeting.
Erin Ray, a Girl Scout from Allandale, has recently completed her Gold Star project about Keeping Pathways Clear in neighborhoods.
This is an important subject in Wooten, especially for our elderly and mobility impaired neighbors, as well as for anyone who wants to safely use the sidewalks.
Thank you, Erin, for sharing your research with us! Read below or download the article here.
Erin Ray Keeping Pathways Clear
Find Out How You Can Help Your Neighborhood!
Improve the safety, accessibility, and comfort of your neighborhood today
The Big Picture: When you go on walks in the neighborhood, have you ever had to step off the sidewalk because of low hanging branches? Or tripped on vegetation growing over the sidewalk or curb? Or when you’re driving in the neighborhood, have you ever had to pull into the cross street to look for oncoming traffic because of an overgrown hedge? Or accidently ran a stop sign because it was hidden from view by some overgrowth?
These encounters could force someone to go into oncoming traffic when they wouldn’t have otherwise or even not be able to make full use of the sidewalk in the case of those who need wheelchairs or other mobility aids. These compound into a high potential for causing accidents, causing people to stay indoors, and causing an overall sense of discontent.
What You Can Do to Help: The problem of overgrowth into the right of way is one that is easily overlooked until after such an accident occurs, so I would like your help in acting preemptively. You can easily get involved by doing a few simple things:
- Take a walk around your property and noting the plants, bushes, and trees extending into the sidewalks and/or beyond the curb (especially with these dimensions in mind: vegetation should be 8 feet above the sidewalk and 14 feet above the street).
- Simply prune back the areas that interfere with accessibility and/or visibility (a quick google search on pruning or asking the employees at The Natural Gardener can help immensely).
- If you have a good rapport with your neighbors and notice an issue, please let them know what they can do to help as well.
Why You Should Help: This past year, 2018, I surveyed 70 streets and almost 1900 homes in my neighborhood of Allandale. At the start of the year, 50% had issues with vegetation blocking the right of way. Now, a year later, that number has been reduced to 35% that still have issues with overgrowth into the right of way. With these results, Allandale has become a safer, more accessible, and comfortable neighborhood!
This benefited the residents and visitors to our neighborhood by making it easier for people to get out and be active by reducing vegetation that blocks the right-of-way. This, in turn, will improve physical and mental well being, increase neighbor interactions and safety, and improve the quality of our neighborhood.
By maintaining the care and health of the vegetation on your property, you can double the amount of usable sidewalks, increase safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles, as well as provide shade, improve air quality, and keep your neighborhood comfortable.
I wanted to share the results of Allandale’s success to motivate more people and communities to take the initiative to improve their grounds for the benefit of all.
If you have any questions, please contact: allandale.clear.ROW@gmail.com
The Wooten Neighborhood Association brought the newsletter out of retirement earlier this year and now we’re back with the all-new, all-digital August edition of WOOTEN NEWS.
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