Fundraiser

Our neighborhood will be throwing a fundraiser to raise funds for the
Wooten Neighborhood Association. Please plan to attend with your
family
and friends! We will be having food, entertainment and games! You
won’t want to miss the silent auction,  costume contest or the
pumpkin carving contest!!

Event Details:
Saturday, October 11 (Rain Date: Saturday, October 18)
4 – 6 p.m.
Redeemer Lutheran Church parking lot

As an FYI on the date – this is a change from the date I gave at the
meeting on July 14th. We bumped it up one weekend earlier so that we
could have the rain date the next weekend. Also, for those of you
that
belong to Redeemer Church, I did verify that their Harvest Fest is on
Saturday, October 4th this year.

We need everyone’s help to make this event a success!!

·         Do you know any face painters or balloon artists that would
donate their time?

·         Do you know any musicians that would donate their time?

·         Would you or your business like to be a sponsor of the
event?

·         Would you or your business like to donate a silent auction
item?

If you answered YES to any of the questions above, please contact
me –
Sarah Reams, 512.924.1619 or sarah_reams (at) yahoo.com

I’ve uploaded the Event Flyer to the Yahoogroup. Please take a look and

feel free to pass along.

July 2008 WNA minutes

Wooten Neighborhood Association

Minutes of 14 July 2008

President Danny Langfield called the meeting to order a little after 7:00 PM in the Redeemer Lutheran Church cafeteria. He noted that the water for the evenings meeting had been donated by Syed Asif Shamsie of Mi Tiendita. Langfield explained the WNA meeting dates and handed out the minutes prepared by Secretary Marilyn Rogers, a Membership Committee report, and a map of WNA boundaries so (future) volunteers distributing membership drive handouts could better see the territory to cover.

Treasurer Janie Riley reported that the WNA treasury held $1345.92. Debbie Danforth moved to accept the Treasurers report; Sarah Reams seconded; the motion passed.

President Langfield explained the usual order of business.

AD HOC COMMITTEES: The ad hoc committees were asked to report.

<> Victor Engel was not there to report for the Technology Committee, but member Carolyn Spock reported that the committee had not met since the last WNA meeting. Langfield reminded all that we had a website, wootenna.com, and a Yahoo group for e-mail exchanges.

<> Janie Riley had nothing new to report from the Budget and Finance Committee. Langfield noted that a copy of the budget was included in the information for the meeting. He said that the budget had been prepared at the beginning of the year and explained how it was being followed, and went through the spreadsheet item by item. He told the group that the evenings sponsor was Christina Muller of Foundation Fitness.

<> Adam Turner reported that not much was new with the Crime and Code Enforcement Committee. A member announced that a Honda Civic had been stolen from the driveway at 8510 Putman and a Pompton house had been broken into. Adam said there had been some code enforcement activity. Other groups say that CE is not visible, but we know they are working in the Wooten area. Sarah Reams asked if we had comparables between crimes last year and this year. Turner will try to find out. Langfield said to keep reporting things on the Yahoo group. He will see about getting an APD District Representative here for the next meeting.

<> Sarah Reams reported on the activities of the Social and Fundraising Committee. They have planned an Octoberbash for Saturday, October 18, 4:00 to 6:00 PM, in the Redeemer parking lot. They are thinking of having food, face painting, balloon artists, a silent auction, etc. Sponsorship opportunities fall into three areas: 1) entertainment – $750, 2) activity/food and beverage – $250, 3) regular sponsor – $100. They will be need supplies. Information will be posted on the Wooten forum and Yahoo group. They are thinking about a rain date.

<> Betsy Thaggard is no longer chairing the Membership Committee; Langfield is assuming those duties. He explained that the plans for the membership drive were still in place. A flyer would be prepared, along with a business card-size magnet showing our website and every-other-month meeting dates. These would be placed in an envelope, which would be hung on neighbors doors from an attached rubber band. There will be a Thursday stuffing date (August 28) at Redeemer, then folks will be asked to volunteer to walk their neighborhoods and distribute the handouts on the last weekend in the month. The budget has $500 for membership, which should cover the expenses, especially if we have some things donated.

<> Marilyn Rogers had e-mailed a Community Relations report (which none of the officers had on hand): Wednesday, July 30, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, City staff will present an overview of the Draft of North Burnet/Gateway (NBG) zoning district regulations, answer questions and receive stakeholder input. This presentation will be at ACC Northridge Campus, 11928 Stonehollow Dr., Bldg 4000, Lecture Hall Rm 4136.

<> Beverly Kimbrough reported for the Transportation Committee. She reminded everyone that a year previous, she and Marilyn Rogers and Carolyn Spock had met with a traffic engineer working with Wal-Mart about plans for Northcross. She described the truck delivery routes into Northcross as leaving I-35, heading west on US-183, turning south on Burnet Road, going to the south side of the mall and making their delivery, and looping through Northcross and reversing their route in their departure. During the discussion, it was suggested that the truck traffic near our area would be lessened if they came out the west side of Northcross and turned left on Anderson Lane, turned right on MoPac and followed it back to US-183. This year they have fully embraced the second alternative and have taken ownership of it. Adam asked what we had as a carrot/stick for Wal-Mart if they dont adhere to that plan; Kimbrough said nothing but public relations problems. She went on to talk about the traffic impact analysis. When the Wal-Mart was planned to be 200,000 sq. feet, the analysis indicated that the store would generate 25,000 trips per day. There would be other businesses contributing to traffic in that area, too. The intersection of Anderson Lane and Burnet Road was given a D; other intersections in the area were As and Bs. The traffic engineers solution was to add another lane to east-bound Anderson Lane starting at Northcross. The new plan for Wal-Mart is only 99,000 sq. feet, though the plans are still in progress. With a new site plan with different square footage, a new traffic impact analysis is in order. People are concerned that the original TIA was suspect; one for a south Austin Wal-Mart missed its estimate by 100%. We will need to have a new TIA to see if the Burnet/Anderson intersection again fails. Wal-Mart will fund road improvements if needed. The store will still not be open 24-hours. Turner noted that construction on street improvements would impact local businesses. Kimbrough also said that the project to restripe Steck from four to two lanes seems to be a go. This change was supported by the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Association.

MEETING SPONSOR

Christina Muller introduced herself, a personal fitness trainer, who just opened her own business (Foundation Fitness) at 7323 Burnet Road (at intersection with Pasadena), across from Genie Car Wash. There is a one-on-one relationship with clients by appointment. Exercise and being conscious of food choices is stressed.

OLD BUSINESS

<> Langfield again mentioned our website and Yahoo group. If any were in need of tutoring about the latter, Victor could help to explain how to join the group.

<> There has been no additional news about FAMSCO, who is taking over the old Albertsons location at Ohlen and US-183. The company is working on the building reconstruction; there will be other tenants. They have talked about an October opening.

<> Carolyn Spock talked about the Neighborhood Plan Contact Team (it reviews suggested changes to the plan and reports recommendations to the city) and how the Crestview-Wooten team had never been formed. We are now back up on the Neighborhood Planning and Zoning Department (NPZD) radar. Spock, as well as Jonathan Locklin, new president of Crestview Neighborhood Association, had attended a meeting of contact team representatives from across the city that had been arranged by NPZD. The focus was to see if a workable template for contact team bylaws could be forged. It was hoped that such bylaws could be adopted or adapted by new teams. In addition to a recently received summary of that meeting with what worked or didnt work in the extant teams bylaws, a spreadsheet of neighborhood recommendations derived from the Crestview-Wooten Combined Neighborhood Plan had been sent for perusal. Contact teams (or an official group from the neighborhood) were to prioritize the outlined points for the city’s consideration and update the city on what had been accomplished and what had not. There was further discussion on the relationship between the formal Contact Team and the neighborhood association. The Contact Team is an offshoot of the neighborhood plan and has bylaws and announced meetings; it works to some extent with NPZD. Its members may also be neighborhood association members, but it is not an arm of the neighborhood association by any means.

NEW BUSINESS

It is time to form a nominating committee to poll the membership for officer nominees. Steve Rogers has volunteered, and LaVerne Stauffer said she would also serve on the committee. Stauffer noted that she was the conduit in passing meeting information to those who didnt have e-mail. It would be helpful if an agenda were prepared before she made her reminder calls so she could inform folks about what the topics of discussion would be at the meetings.

CLOSING BUSINESS

Melissa Winans moved to accept the minutes previously distributed; Betsy Thaggard seconded; the minutes were approved.

As the meeting was beginning to break up and members were moving to gather to talk to committee chairs, etc., Christina Muller asked if Spock could use some help with the review of the neighborhood plan and an ordering of priorities. Names were taken.

Carolyn Spock,

Meeting Recorder

May 2008 WNA minutes

WOOTEN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

Minutes of May 12, 2008

Vice-President Carolyn Spock called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm.

The minutes of the March 10, 2008 WNA meeting were unanimously approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Janie Riley reported that WNA has $1,330.92.

Guest speakers were Dana Munguia and Armando Rodriguez, senior police officers and our new District Representatives (DRs) from the Central West Area Command of APD. The Central West Command is staffed for five DRs, but they currently have only three, so the DRs are sharing the area within the boundaries of the Wooten NA. Baker 3 sector, where WNA boundaries lie, cover Anderson on the south, 183 on the north, I-35 on the east, and Mopac on the west. DRs Munguia and Rodriguez will try to be present at all WNA meetings. They have driven through our area, and gone out with representatives from Code Enforcement to familiarize themselves with our neighborhood. Two events to be sponsored by the Central West Area Command are VIN etching from 10:00 – 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 15 in the parking lot of 2538 W. Anderson, and the Commanders Forum at 6:30 pm on May 22 at the Highland Hills Baptist Church on Balcones. To address the problem of increase in burglary of vehicles during the summer, the DRs described Operation Mousetrap. Officers put flyers on cars in parking lots “grading” drivers on security of their car and car’s contents (i.e., purse on seat, door unlocked, CDs visible). Officers Munguia and Rodriguez distributed business cards to those in attendance. Contact information:

Dana Munguia, 974-5440, <dana.munguia@ci.austin.tx.us>

Armando Rodriguez, 974-4527, <armando.rodriguez@ci.austin.tx.us>

Lucy Monsivais, Admin. Asst., 974-5340, <lucita.monsivais@ci.austin.tx.us>

Ad hoc committee reports:

· Technology – Victor Engel: Carolyn Spock reported in Victor’s absence. Victor has upgraded the software for the website. All postings continue to be submitted to Victor first. He will post instructions on joining the wootenna yahoo group and tutor officers in maintaining the website. It was suggested that membership forms be put on-line. A member asked if Wooten NA should invest in a post office box. Carolyn Spock informed the group that P.O.s have their own zip codes (Northcross PO is 78766), and Wooten NA would not appear on the city web page when someone is searching by zip code.

· Budget and Finance – Janie Riley: (no report)

· Crime and Code Enforcement – Adam Turner: Adam met the new Sergeant of Baker Sector two weeks ago, and planned to meet the new DRs. Adam encouraged members to go to the Commander’s Forum on May 22. Steve Rodriguez, from Code Enforcement explained to Adam that Baker Sector is ten times larger than Ida (our previous APD sector), and the sector is currently understaffed. Participation from the community is a must to uphold the livability of our neighborhoods. Mary Lou Gibson described a good experience with code enforcement officers in the cleanup of the property of the Lulen Apts, at 2301 Ohlen Rd. Kay Tuohy asked the WNA to opt-out of the lawn-parking ordinance. She and her husband live on Wooten Dr, and they were ticketed for having an RV in their front yard that was unscreened. The family was fined $2000. She questioned why we were turning each other in. They had to move their RV to the back yard, damaging the side of their house in the process. Never before has she had a problem with her neighbors, and now she feels like she can’t trust people anymore. Kay asked that WNA form a neighborhood support team. Steve Rogers reviewed the history of WNA and its decision to initially not participate in the yard-parking ordinance. Then the feeling of the group changed as it realized that the ordinance helped the police enforce the law when needed.

· Social and Fundraising – Sarah Reams: Sarah announced plans for the 1st Annual Wooten NA October Bash on Saturday, October 18th, 2008. She distributed a handout requesting volunteers. The tentative location for the event is Wooten Park. There will be music, food, costumes, candy and activities for the kids, and a silent auction. Volunteers are needs to help make this event a success. Volunteers are needed for activities, entertainment, food/beverages, logistics, public relations, silent auction, and sponsorships. Contact Sarah Reams at sarah_reams@yahoo.com, or 924-1619, and let her know how you can help. Question from audience: “What will the money be used for?”

· Membership – Betsy Thaggard: no report. Carolyn Spock reported that another effort to contact everyone in our area will be made between now and July.

· Community Relations – Marilyn Rogers: no events to report.

· Transportation – Beverly Kimbrough: no report

Old business items discussed were the Neighborhood Contact Team and the library.

The Neighborhood Contact Team was established in 2004, but somehow the Wooten NA “fell through the cracks”. Originally Wooten NA was paired with Crestview NA. WNA has the option to continue to be paired with Crestview, or have a separate development plan. Members of the Neighborhood Contact Team must include a representative from WNA, a business owner, a resident landlord, and a resident renter. This Team becomes the lead contact when changes are requested from zoning requests.

The library being built on Steck and Burnet projects an opening date in January 2009.Progress is being made on the roof and rainwater collection.North Shoal Creek NA wants the name to remain North Village Library.There was no objection from the membership regarding the name.

New business items included announcements and questions.

Michelle Smith from Texas Action for Healthy Kids has grant money available for a natural park to include walking trails and garden areas. Wooten School is one of three schools being considered for this grant. The support of the neighborhood is being requested.

Progress on the playscape at Good Shepard Church on Putnam was questioned. The playscape was closed after being constructed by the Austin Police Department during Project Hope, because the ground cover was not safe. Texas Parks may have grants for improvements such as that. Marilyn Rogers will continue to dialogue with Pastor Ruiz to look at all options. Presently, the elders of the church are concerned about liability issues regarding the playscape.

Steve Rogers announced Beautification Day at Burnet Middle School on Doris from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Saturday, May 17. Volunteers are needed.

Again the question was raised about what we are doing with Wooten NA money. Response from officers was pay for a direct mailing to all residents within our boundaries, and help supply ground cover for the church.

Allan Shear lives on Kromer, and granite slabs are being ground behind his house. He encouraged members to come look at the dust that is constantly present. Adam Turner suggested contacting Code Enforcement.

Adam Turner motioned to adjourn the business meeting, seconded by Debbie Danforth. The motion was approved, and the meeting adjourned at 8:07 pm.

Next meeting is scheduled for July 14, 2008 at 7:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Marilyn Rogers

WNA Secretary

March 2008 WNA minutes

 

President Danny Langfield called the meeting to order at 7:06 pm. Christina Muller, a personal fitness trainer, from “Passionately Fit”, sponsored the meeting.

Jim Bedrich moved to accept the minutes of the January 14, 2008 WNA meeting. Debbie Danforth seconded the motion. The minutes were unanimously approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Carolyn Spock reported for Janie Riley that WNA has $1,295.92, and 31 paid members.

Ad hoc committee reports;

Danny explained the structure of the committees. The Ad-hoc Committees act as an advisory to the Executive Committee, and propose recommendations. The Executive Committee is to be held accountable for ideas stated to the general membership.

· Technology – Victor Engel: The front page of the WNA website is new. It contains information of the next meeting, contact people, map of our boundaries, and minutes. The forum and yahoo groups can be accessed from this main page. The email list has been removed. Members are encouraged to use the yahoo group as a vehicle for sharing information. Victor should be notified if members are registered with the yahoo group. Victor will give a tutorial about posting to the forum to the Executive Committee and committee chairs.
· Budget and Finance – Janie Riley: (no report)
· Crime and Code Enforcement – Adam Turner: He is fielding emails re noise in the area. Members should note dates, times, and address of disturbance. Call APD or 311. Some people have approached the violators directly. Contact Adam via the Web page. Christina Muller filed a complaint form on-line to report a situation, and said it is easy to complete. Steve Rogers reminded the audience that effective March 30, the Wooten NA area would be under the police of Baker Sector, rather than Ida. Boundaries of sectors were changed at the department level.
· Social and Fundraising – Sarah Reams: She is looking for volunteers for the Social Committee. Some activities proposed for fundraising events are a car wash, garage sale, craft sale, coupon book, and having a restaurant give a percentage of proceeds to the WNA on a specified evening.
· Membership – Betsy Thaggard: A plan was proposed to hand deliver flyers to each house within the boundaries of the WNA. May 1 is the designated evening to stuff the mailers. The itemized budget allotment for Membership is only $500, which is insufficient to cover a direct mailing. The recruitment plan also includes asking each member to bring a neighbor, calling those without email on the phone, and distributing a printed handout. A possible solution is the redeployment of yard signs. Dale Ritzen was asked to look at the current locations. Sarah Reams suggested finding sponsors for new yard signs. Imron Goldstein reported that Zingers hardware store has been supportive of neighborhood efforts, and may be a source to approach for funds.
· Community Relations – Marilyn Rogers: She reported that the new library being built on Steck had to postpone its opening date to January 2009 due to the roofing contractor quitting the project. Clean Sweep activities will be on Saturday April 5. Neighborhoods are encouraged to fix an eyesore in their areas with supplies being provided by the City of Austin.
· Transportation – Beverly Kimbrough: This committee is being reinstated. Adam Turner requested monitoring of pedestrian safety at the rail crossing at Anderson and Wooten.

Old business concerned the Website www.wootenna.com. WNA needs one place where people can go for information. Comments, and inquiries should be posted to yahoo group, and considered the primary source of communication. Yahoo automatically gets forwarded to your home email if the user requests that option. The Forum is more topic-oriented, and considered more permanent. Go to the Forum for information on various topics.

Christina Muller was introduced to the group. She is a personal fitness trainer at “Passionately Fit”, located at 38th and Lamar. Her business helps with strength training, cardiovascular exercises, and muscles. She sponsored this meeting because she cares about the neighborhood.

New business items included yard parking, mobile food application, and committee recruitment.

Yard Parking: Vice-President Carolyn Spock investigated Wooten Neighborhood’s current status re restricted parking in yards. Our Association’s boundaries are “in” until we “opt-out”. No further paperwork needs to be filed.
Committee Recruitment: President Danny Langfield recruited members to serve on the various committees. The committee chairs (x) will serve their terms for the remainder of our fiscal year to be joined by:
Technology: (Victor Engel) Betsy Thaggard, Carolyn Spock
Budget: (Janie Riley)
Crime and Code Enforcement: (Adam Turner) Steve Rogers, Victor Engel, Andy Casey
Social and Fundraising: (Sarah Reams) Laura Langfield, Imron Goldstein, Debbie Danforth
Membership: (Betsy Thaggard) Danny Langfield, Marilyn Rogers, Joanne Clem
Community Relations: (Marilyn Rogers) Elaine Granoff, Carolyn Spock and Adam Turner
Transportation: (Beverly Kimbrough) Steve Rogers, Joanne Clem
Mobile Food Vendors: President Danny Langfield explained that WNA could apply to the City to have extra limitations put on where food vendors can have their business, based on the time of operation, and how close they are to homes. All vendors must be licensed by the Health Department. The application is due March 11, and must be accompanied by a copy of the WNA minutes, and an affidavit from the President of WNA. This application can be resubmitted in February 2009. Marilyn Rogers moved to postpone filing this application until January 2009 to study the various mobile food vendor locations in our neighborhoods, and document possible violators. Ginny Vragel seconded this motion. The motion to postpone filing was carried by majority.
Open Discussion: Elaine Granoff expressed that the value of the neighborhood decreases with people parking in their yards. Also, mention was made of noise ordinances in the City re musicians playing in their homes.

Betsy Thaggard motioned to adjourn the business meeting, seconded by Adam Turner. The motion was approved, and the meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm.

Guest speakers were Steve Ramirez and staff from the City of Austin Code Enforcement Department. They presented a 20-minute video on what code violations look like, and responded during a question and answer session.

Next meeting is scheduled for May 12, 2008 at 7:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Marilyn Rogers
WNA Secretary

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.