July 9, 2018 – meeting minutes

Shu Shu’s
President David Bouchard Presiding
Meeting Called to order at 7:05pm

Welcome and Introductions

Approval of May minutes
David called for approval of minutes
Marilyn Rogers moved
Motion Passed

City Council Updates – Michael Gaudini
Michael Gaudini (Policy Advisor, Council Member Leslie Pool) was unable to attend.

WNA Treasury Report – Marylin Rogers
General Funds  – $1,815.61
Park Funds – $1,132.10
Savings – $25

Current membership: 30

Park Updates – Joanne Garret and Laura Tomlinson
Pavillion construction is ongoing. Expected completion – end of July

Wooten Neighborhood 4th of July Parade -About fifty people attended, circled the park for the parade and finished with playtime at the park.

Park Work Day – On July 7th six neighbors volunteered to weed the corner garden bed and pick up trash around the park. Neighbors are encouraged to pick up loose trash when you visit the park.

The next It’s My Park Day is scheduled for early November.

Good News – David Bouchard and Dixie Davis
Neighborhood Newsletter (Q3) edition – those who’d like to assist in the publication and distribution of the newsletter should email vp@wootenna.com

Additional Neighborhood Topics of Interest – Joanne Garrett brought up the 3rd annual Wooten School Supply drive benefitting Wooten Elementary. Supplies accepted until Aug 16.

Nominate Next WNA Officers – officer elections will be held at the September WNA meeting.

National Night Out will be held on October 2. Currently, there are plans for an event in Wooten Park with members of our local Constable’s office in attendance.

Neighborhood Events – David Bouchard
Wootennany – thanks to Autumn and Melinda for organizing the Wootennany at Nosh & Bevvy on June 20. Around 20 neighbors attended the happy hour — many new faces!

Austin police Department Updates – Officer Chapman
Officer Chapman was unable to attend.

Wooten Neighborhood Planning Contact Team (WNPCT) – Adam Turner
The next WNPCT meeting will be held on 7/16 at Nosh and Bevvy.

2018 WNA Meetings – David Bouchard
Construction should be completed at the Redeemer Cafeteria by the next WNA meeting in September.

Suggestions/Requests/Feedback?
Laura Tomlinson suggested arranging a ribbon cutting ceremony when the park pavilion is complete.

Adam Turner suggested the installation in Wooten Park of items such as covered trash cans, recycling bins, or signage that discourages littering to alleviate the trash problem.

Adam Turner suggested amending the WNA bylaws to allow for staggered officer terms.

Adam Turner moved to adjourn.
David called the meeting to a close at 7:34pm.

May 14, 2018 – meeting minutes

Wooten Park
President David Bouchard Presiding
Meeting Called to order at 7:007pm

Approval of March minutes


David called for approval of minutes
Motion was made
Adam Turner second the motion
Motion Passed

Wooten Neighborhood Planning Contact Team (WNPCT) notice of meeting – Adam Turner


Meeting will be held at Shu Shu’s on Monday, May 21 at 7:00 pm.

 

City Council Update – Michael Gaudini


Future Land Use Maps (FLUM) for Wooten are available and should match the current land use map. Michael provided one-pagers summarizing issues related to Code Next. The one-pagers covered topics such as:
– how to engage with Code Next
– District 7 and Code Next
– Key Concepts
– and more
These one-pagers are available at www.D7ATX.com

An update on the Bond was provided. Recent activities related to the bond include:
– Fairfield speedbump
– Pedestrian hybrid beacon on Anderson
– Another project is in the works for Kromer

Site in District 7 is being considered for a soccer stadium. The site is 23 acres and north of Kramer. Pool’s office is not interested in subsiding the stadium and is instead looking for a community benefit such as improvements to public transportation (Upgrades to the Metrorail stations).

A public forum regarding the City’s new strategic plan is going to be held in District 7 in late June.

Q: parking around Crestview station is still an issue. It is also not easy to access as a pedestrian.
A:  Looking at Austin Energy property across from the station as a potential solution.

 

WNA Treasury Report – Marylin Rogers


General Funds  – $1,827.81
Park Funds – $1,017.06
Savings – $25

Current membership at 29 people.

 

Park Updates – Steve Rogers and David Bouchard


Update on Austin Park Foundation Grant was provided. Construction on the pavilion and bench has begun! Anticipated to be completed in Summer of 2018.

Recommendation to have a grand opening event when the Pavilion’s construction is completed.

 

Good News – Dixie Davis


Update on the newsletter was provided. Currently, the newsletter is available electronically. There are efforts underway to recruit sponsors to cover printing cost. Topics covered in the newsletter would include meals and wheels.

CapMetro is updating bus routes to be more frequent beginning on June 3rd. Free rides were offered from June 3- 9th to all and rides are free all summer for those 18 years old or younger. Representatives are available to provide a presentation on the changes to service if requested. To learn more about the service changes visit www.capmetro.org/june2018/

Runoff voting will occur in mid-May.

Autumn and Melinda volunteered to plan the next Wootennany. Buddies was recommended as the location to host the event.

 

Austin Police Department Updates – Officer Chapman and Commander Mason


Massage parlors are being targeted more frequently.

Q:  What tools does the Austin Police Department have to service those who do not speak English? 
A: 
Language Line.

Q: Racing seemed to have recently increased. Any updates?
A: Uptick in speed racing has occurred. Racing used to take place on 183 now has moved to 130.

 

2018 WNA Meetings – Continued Construction at Redeemer through August.


Recommendation of Shu Shu and Genuine Joes as an alternative meeting location until the construction is wrapped up. Public meeting spaces such as libraries or parks also recommended.

 

David called the meeting to close at 7:57 pm

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.

November 13, 2017 – meeting minutes

Redeemer Lutheren School Cafeteria
President David Bouchard Presiding 
Meeting called to order at 7:00pm

Approval of Minutes


David called for approval of the minutes
Steven Rodgers moved to approved
Dave Thompson second the motion

APD Updates with Officer Chapman and Officer Mason


Crime overall is done however recommendation to lock cars was made as thefts from automobiles have been occuring at a rate of one per day. The officers did provide an update on a fatal shooting which occured in the community.

Question and Answer with Officers Chapman and Mason

Q: Where there Gun shots at Olen and Burnet?
A: Indviduals at a party heard gun shots.  Five units responded to report and checked out the area. Shell caseings were not found or anyother evidence of gun fire. Could possibly be a car back fire.

Q: Is there an update on the facility at 8007 Burnet Road?
A: There is a rumor that the facility is not having their lease renewed past December. The Abatement officer has no case at this time.

City Council Update with Michael Gaudini policy advisor to Lesile Pool


Michael provided an update on the 2016 Bond dollars and mentioned that at this time sidewalk fixes for Wooten seem likely. There is likely to be community engagement around what other projects need to be done. Some projects that have already been noted, such as

  • Putnam traffic calming
  • Pedstrian safety on Gault

For additional information about the 2016 Mobility Bond and to sign up for notification, see this website: https://data.austintexas.gov/stories/s/2016-Mobility-Bond/9krn-a66r/
Domain area is being developed to include additional train stations and improved service to walnut trail area.

Utility bills have spiked for some clients. Recommendation to regularly check bill for any unusual prices. There is an App you can use to better communicate with Austin Energy. If there is an issue then an administative adjustment can be made or a hearing can be requested.

Amazon was not given an incentive from City Council to move to Austin. The Chamber of Commerce submitted a regional plan.

Question and Answer with Michael

Q: General quesions about various improvement projecs such as a flag near Genuine Joe’s and the speed cushions on Kramar.
A: No updates on either project at this time. Signs should be posted to indicate if any work is planned.

Q What is the name of the App to better communitcate with Austin Energy?
A: DropCountr App

WNA Treasure Update with Marilyn Rodgers


General fund: $1,799.58
Park fund: $5,518.18
Petty cash: $25.00

Dues to renew membership should be paid this month. Payment can be processed in person at the meeting with checks or cash or through the website.

Park Updates with Joanna Garrett


30 people showed up for It’s My Park Day. Facebook has before and after photos which demostrate how much was a accomplished.

Question and Answer with Joanne

Q: Is there a start date for the work with the Pavillion
A: Unknown at this time

Good News


While Wooten was not selected for the composting pilot, additional neighborhoods will be selected in Summer 2018. Neighborhoods bordering Wooten were selected so the selection of Wooten might be likely in the next round as the composting routes would not have to be greatly altered.

Nina from Shoal Creek Conservancy provided an update on the Shoal Creek trail plan. The trail will become a continuous path from 35th street to the Domain. This is a 13 miles extension. To leave public comments and see the planned trail visit the following website, http://www.shoalcreekconservancy.org/trailplan/

Mark Gayson stopped by to say thank you for the support of the AISD Bond. The next step is ensuring they maintain the trust of the community.

Caroling and Coco will occur on 12/10/2017.

The Wooten Neighborhood Planning Contact Team (WNPCT) at Lebowski Grill next Monday at 7:00pm.

Question and Answer with Nina from Shoal Creek Conservancy

Q: How Far does Shoal Creek go?
A: Farther than it seems. Some of it is underground.

Q: What will the surface of the trail be?
A: Design challenges exist around surfacing. Feedback has demonstrated a desire for a smooth surface but impervious cover is an issue.

Q: Will the trail be used for leisure or commuter purposes?
A:  Both, the intension is that it will be useful to many different types of people for many different reasons.

David adjorn the meeting at 8:00pm