January 2008 WNA minutes

President Danny Langfield called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm. Mi Tienda sponsored the meeting.

Dale Ritzen moved to accept the minutes of the November 12, 2007 WNA meeting. Betsy Thaggard seconded the motion. Janie Riley noted a correction that the Treasurer reported a balance of $655.32. The minutes were approved as corrected. Treasurer Janie Riley reported that WNA has $750.32, and 27 paid members. Ad hoc committee reports;· Technology – Victor Engel: needs help with website, particularly with items to report. Imron Goldstein volunteered his housemate at a potential helper.· Budget and Finance – Janie Riley: tracking how expenditures go according to the Budget.· Crime and Code Enforcement – Adam Turner: He is in regular contact with Officer Lee Davis. Members are to submit their concerns to Adam who will collect concerns that need addressing and collaborate solutions with Officer Davis. Members were encouraged to call the APD District Representatives (DRs) for a free home security check. Victor Engel expressed concern over the increase in serious crimes in our area. Laverne Stauffer is concerned about criminal activities in the parking lot at St. Louis Church. · Social and Fundraising – Sarah Reams: no report.· Membership – Betsy Thaggard: Betsy encouraged members to join the yahoo group (www.wootenna@yahoogroups.com) to share information about concerns and interests in the neighborhood. To build our membership, bring a neighbor to the meetings, and add business members.· Community Relations – Marilyn Rogers: will continue to send announcements re matters that concern our community to members via email. Old business concerned the new library being built on Steck Ave. Beverly Kimbrough encouraged members to suggest a name for the new library. Send Marilyn Rogers all suggestions to be forwarded to the City. New business items included an update on WNA’s website, restricted parking, budget overview, and sponsorship updates.

  1. Website Update: Victor Engel has set up www.wootenna.com as a clearinghouse for all information for the Wooten NA. It should be ready for testing in 7-10 days. Members were encouraged to sign up for the listserve and/or forum. Imron Goldstein remarked that he knows a handful of people who don’t have computers, and maybe the Membership Committee could get information to those members by phone.
  2. Restricted Parking: President Danny Langfield received a reminder from the City to re-new WNA’s commitment to enforce the no lawn-parking ordinance. Steve Rogers reviewed the history of WNA’s involvement. Initially, WNA did not opt-in because of the perceived infringement on personal rights. In 2006, WNA opted-in after an incident arose and it was to the benefit of the neighborhood in requesting assistance from the Austin Police Department. Beverly Kimbrough lives in an old neighborhood that does not have adequate space for parking. Officer Davis reminded members that the restricted parking ordinance is enforced only when a citizen files a complaint. Police do not survey the neighborhoods looking for violators. A motion was made by Adam Turner to opt-in again, and seconded by Janie Riley. The motion passed by majority.
  3. Budget: President Danny Langfield gave an overview of the budget. Income is generated through memberships and sponsorships. Expenses incurred are purchase of the domain name for the website, signage to acknowledge sponsors and meeting announcements, copies and supplies, and 20% for reserve. Dale Ritzen requested that the budget be posted.
  4. Sponsorship Updates: Christina Muller, a personal fitness trainer, offered to sponsor the March meeting for $250.

Steve Rogers motioned to adjourn the business meeting, seconded by Victor Engel. The motion was approved, and the meeting adjourned at 7:44 pm. Guest speakers were John Michael Cortez, Capital Metro (CMTA) Commuter Rail representative; Officer Lee Davis, WNA’s District Representative from the Austin Police Department (APD); and Ken Weiss, candidate for Place 3 on the City Council. Mr. Cortez reported that 32 miles of the Commuter Rail would be operating between Leander and the Convention Center in the Fall 2008. He reviewed the stops and distributed a handout on safety. These vehicles are currently being stored north of Burnet and 183 and are being tested at night. Questions from the members revolved around: the commuter trains’ compatibility with freight rail; speeds; pedestrian safety; stops; schedule of freight trains; and quad gates. Mr. Cortez responded that commuter rail couldn’t be run at the same time as freight. CMTA is upgrading crossings with quad gates. The WNA is designated as a quiet zone, which means no whistles at crossings. Mr. Cortez could not answer the questions re speeds and the freight line schedule. CTMA is installing fencing in high pedestrian areas. One stop will be located just north of Burnet and 183. Officer Lee Davis is working with Adam Turner through WNA’s Crime and Code Enforcement Committee. The 2008 Resource Manual is available for whom to call for what. Crime has gone up in our area. Officer Davis blamed it on the holiday season. He encouraged members to call APD and schedule a free home security survey. Call 911 to report suspicious characters in the neighborhood. Contact Adam Turner through our website to voice where WNA wants restricted parking enforced, and other complaints about criminal activities and code enforcement issues. Christina Muller wants Crime Watch signs posted in our area. The creation of Neighborhood Watch groups was encouraged. Ken Weiss, a candidate for Place 3 on the Austin City Council, to speak of his positions on the environment, toll roads, and police/fire departments and small business issues. Next meeting scheduled for March 10, 2008 at 7:00 pm. Respectfully submitted,Marilyn RogersWNA Secretary

November 2007 WNA minutes

Minutes of November 12, 2007

President Danny Langfield called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm.

Guest speaker was Officer Lee Davis, WNA’s District Representative from the Austin Police Department (APD). Officer Davis provided his contact information to the group and encouraged people to use his cell phone number (512-773-2269) if in a dire situation. Wooten NA is in the IDA sector. He explained that calls are prioritized that come through 911 (lost dog vs. family violence). The APD is in a state of reorganization since the new Chief of Police, Acevedo, took office. More information on the restructuring and statistics on criminal activity can be obtained at the Commanders Forum at the Austin Revival Center, 305 Deen Ave., 7-9 pm on Nov 13. The general pattern indicates that in our area violent crimes are down and property crimes are up. Officer Davis described the difference between District Reps and Street Response officers: District Reps coordinate the investigation and work with code enforcement; Street Response makes the bust.
Adam Turner moved to accept the minutes of the September 10, 2007 WNA meeting. Victor Engel seconded the motion. There was no discussion. The minutes were approved as distributed.

Treasurer Janie Riley reported that WNA has $321.75.

President Danny Langfield explained an overview of the meeting procedures. The meeting will be divided into two parts: the business meeting and the neighborhood caucus. Danny will follow the agenda. If any person has an issue to discuss, get on the agenda. The neighborhood caucus will discuss individual matters through various ad hoc committees. If you contact Danny with an individual need, he will direct you to the committee chair.

A Wooten Neighborhood Website has been purchased for five years: wootenna.com. Victor Engel will manage the site. Look to this site for minutes of WNA meetings, links, blogs, email to officers, chairs of ad hoc committees, etc. Help in maintaining this site will be welcomed from members.
Ad hoc committees were formed to assist WNA’s President in resolving various issues that arise. Initially, the President is contacted about a problem. The President decides which committee could best address the issue. If the issue is too involved, the problem will be brought before the membership at large. The committees and chairs are:

    • Technology – Victor Engel
    • Budget and Finance – Janie Riley
    • Crime and Code Enforcement – Adam Turner
    • Social and Fundraising
    • Membership – Betsy Thaggard
    • Community Relations – Marilyn Rogers

No old business was discussed.

New business items included information shared by Hope Morrison re the Village Shopping Center. The Village is under new owners who have met with the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Association (NSCNA). This development will be coded for mixed use. Marilyn Rogers will contact NSCNA to send a representative to the WNA January meeting to share this information. Steve Rogers commented that the format of the WNA meetings would be different without scheduled programs, but thought it was nice to have individuals give the lowdown on stuff in the neighborhood through the committees. Imron Goldstein reminded the group that the RG4N Hearing was at the County Courthouse downtown, and requested more information. The Glenn’s invited the membership to their Christmas Caroling Party on Dec 10 at 7:00 pm.

Mr. Glenn motioned to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Debbie Danforth. The motion was approved, and the meeting adjourned at 7:40 pm.

The group had an informal discussion after the meeting. The officers provided cookies and drinks.
Next meeting scheduled for January 14, 2007 at 7:00 pm.

Wootenna.com

The Wooten Neighborhood now has a website. To start out, the website will use WordPress to maintain a blog. Additionally, email addresses have been set up so that you may easily contact the officers. There are two formats for these addresses. You can use either first.last@wootenna.com or you can use title@wootenna.com. The titles set up are president, vp, secretary, and treasurer. Additional addresses are postmaster and webmaster. Please check back at this space for news, links, and other resources for the neighborhood.

Victor Engel

September 2007 WNA minutes

Wooten Neighborhood Association
Minutes of 10 September 2007

President Marilyn Rogers called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM
in the Redeemer Lutheran Church cafeteria, starting just as a rain
storm hit the church. She indicated that she would try to end the
meeting by 8:00 so members who wished to might attend part of an
Responsible Growth for Northcross meeting running concurrently.

Program
Our guest speaker for the evening was Jessica Cook, the
Development Manager for Girlstart, whose offices were across Lazy
Lane from Redeemer. She explained that Girlstart exists to help
(primarily) middle school girls keep their interest in math and
science. There are several different programs – Expanding Your
Horizons, a one day workshop in March; Saturday camps, a summer
program, and after-school clubs were described. Most programs accept
girls on a first-come, first-served basis. Many are on scholarships;
some programs are free (supported by grants and donations). Word
about the programs is spread through the web, a network of teachers,
and occasions when they get media exposure on news programs.
Girlstart has not yet tracked the progress of the girls in their
programs due to complexity and cost, but there are plans to do so.
Ms. Cook left brochures and flyers for WNA members to distribute.

Election of Officers
This informative start to our meeting was quickly followed by
the handing out of ballots for an elections of officers for
2007-2008. A membership list was available to help folks remember
whether or not they had paid their dues. President Rogers read the
duties for the officers and asked for nominations from the floor;
there were none. The ballot offered Danny Langfield as President
(currently our Vice-President), Carolyn Spock (currently our
Secretary) or Adam Turner (lives on Villanova, has been a Wooten
resident for ca. 2 years) as Vice-President, Marilyn Rogers
(currently our President) as Secretary, and Janie Riley (long-time
resident, mother of former APD DR Jim Riley) or Victor Engel (set up
Yahoo group and website) as Treasurer. Don Glenn moved that the
nominations close, and a short break was taken as members completed
their ballots and passed them to President Rogers to tally.
The Citizen Communications described below took place before
the election results were announced at 7:24 PM. The new WNA President
will be Danny Langfield, Carolyn Spock will be the new Vice-President
(a close race, with a one-vote majority), Marilyn Rogers will be the
new Secretary, and Janie Riley will be the new Treasurer.

New Business/Citizens’ communications
<>Brandywine Condominiums
Carolyn Mezger, a Brandywine Condominium resident for 24 years
and a board member there, said that the residents were having
problems with neighbors who are ignoring the yard parking ban. They
have complained to the authorities, but the cars are gone during the
day when the property is checked. Also, a neighbor at Contour and
Ohlen isn’t keeping his grass cut, and has an accumulation of limbs
there, too. In addition, the condos have had difficulties with trucks
parking in the Albertson’s lot pushing through the fence and
landscaping. Kay Vargas at the North Central Command office has
indicated that APD is pretty intensely focused on the high-crime area
at Rundberg and Lamar; Code Enforcement hasn’t been responsive. Ms.
Mezger hoped that WNA would write a letter in support of clearing up
these problems. V-P Langfield noted that our association does cover a
large area; he asked if any of the condo’s officers were WNA members
(she wasn’t sure, but remembered that their board president, Scotty
McNutt, had come to meetings in the past). Some neighbors offered
suggestions about individuals or numbers to call for assistance. At
one time some vagrants had been arrested and the area cleaned up
under the direction of the city. Taking photographs of the offending
properties was suggested; persistence was going to be needed,
particularly with the yard-parking problem. V-P Langfield encouraged
their residents and officers to become involved in WNA.

<>Albertson’s
There was some discussion about the closed Albertson’s store,
how the property was being handled, and what might take its place.
Adam Turner has looked into what business might go into the facility
and has made an effort to see that Albertson’s and property managers
know what is going on there.

Transportation Around Northcross
President Rogers said that Capital Metro was announcing plans
regarding bus stops around Northcross. Currently planned is a
transfer center on the west side of the mall property near the
detention pond, and a pull-out on the north side in front of ABC
Bank. Still under discussion is the east side stop on Burnet Road.
The Allandale Flyer will be able to access the entire parking lot to
drop off and pick up riders.

General Commentary
President Rogers thanked the officers that had served with her
and noted that the minutes for the evening’s meeting would need to be
produced before the change-over at the bank could become official.
The next WNA meeting will be on November 12. Dues will be
payable at that time (dues year starts in October, $5.00 per voting
member).
Danny Langfield commented that the Yahoo group listserv Wooten
NA was a good place to distribute neighborhood information.. V-P
Langfield (soon to be President) said Victor Engel had seemed
interested in getting a WNA website up and running, and that he would
like to appoint some committees and spread out duties (committees
such as the website and Code Enforcement). He will add to the
listserv neighborhood e-mail addresses of those currently not on the
listserv, but it would require a Yahoo ID (free sign-up). This would
make a central hub, but it may get split up so that non-business
commentary (garage sales, etc.) would be posted elsewhere. Steve
Rogers noted that group e-mail messages were to be informational
(info about upcoming meetings, etc.).
Hope Morrison thanked those that had agreed to be nominated for
office. Regarding WNA duties, Steve Rogers commented about the WNA
yard signs that were put up before meetings, and noted that Dale
Ritzen alerted those with signs to put them up. LaVerne Stauffer
calls members without e-mail to tell them about upcoming meetings.
President Rogers thanked all those helpers.
We were reminded again that dues expire at the end of September.
There was no more business. Don Glenn moved to adjourn the
meeting (among several offering the motion); Janie Riley seconded.
The meeting adjourned at 7:45 PM.

Carolyn Spock
Secretary