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July MNA meeting, Saturday the 12th!
by Karen_Zab on June 30th, 2008


Reminder that Saturday, July 12th, will be the Monthly Mueller Neighborhood Assn meeting from 10a to whenever we finish up. It will be held at at the new Mueller neighborhood park outside the pool at the picnic tables. There are several trees that will hopefully provide some shade.

Hope to keep seeing more new residents at each meeting - the MNA is important in representing the community's interests with local government and other non-member groups such as Catellus as well as fostering community involvement and addressing common issues.

Last month's meeting included the election of the MNA steering committee members.

This month's agenda so far includes:
Announcement of the MNA officers as elected by the steering committee
Neighborhood Watch Program presentation and information by APD Officer Salsbury.

Please send me any items you would like added to the agenda so we can post them on the forum in advance of the meeting.

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Re: July MNA meeting, Saturday the 12th!
by langhugh on July 11th, 2008

I just sent the following as an e-mail to many of the residents of Mueller, send me a PM (click the PM button on the right), if you did not receive this e-mail and you interested in receiving Mueller-related news via e-mail.

Thanks, Dusty.


There seems little doubt that we are connecting as neighbors in this Mueller paradise. We're watching movies in the Garden Court, we're throwing impromptu parades with music and juggling, our children our playing together, and we've organized a Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA).

This Saturday (tomorrow) at Ella Wooten Park and Pool on McCloskey from 10:00am to 11:00am, the MNA will hold its monthly meeting to discuss a variety of neighborhood topics, including:

- a Neighborhood Watch presentation by a representative of Austin Police Department
- an introduction of the MNA Officers, the MNA Steering Committee and an overview of the goals of the MNA
- a discussion of the $10 MNA annual household dues and what service offerings are envisioned for those dues.
- opportunities for residents to join a variety of interest groups, clubs and committees
- future events and issues relevant to the MNA.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Dusty Harshman
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where to meet in winter
by educationforchange on July 13th, 2008

HI Fearless Committee members,

There was discussion at the Sat 07/12th meeting on where to meet in the winter months that is inepensive and comfortable. I suggest that in the winter months the monthly Mueller Neighborhood Assoc meeting be held in a public library. I am on three "board of directors" and we use the public library meeting rooms for our annual or other meetings. you/we have to be a non-profit (501 3 c) but I think they will accept it if we are in the process of getting that certification.

anther question, is the MNA going to be a 501(c) 3 or a 501(c) 4? I have helped setup 501 (c) 3s and could give input on that.

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Summary: July MNA meeting, Saturday the 12th
by mrs aaron on July 13th, 2008

1. Introduction of residents who have not attended previously
2. Introduction of Steering Committee and Officers
1. Grant Fisher- Chairman
2. Drew Harris- Vice Chair
3. Dusty Harshman- Treasurer
4. Karen Zabreznik- Secretary (not in attendance)
5. John Guest
6. Jerry Perkins
7. Elizabeth Butmann
8. Kim Wine
9. Kerry Fisher
10. Wilson Robertson (not in attendance)
11. Bobby Gierisch
12. Rod Ruoff (not in attendance)
13. Cliff Spinac (not in attendance)

3. Officer Salsbury APD- Neighborhood Watch information

? Break-ins and thefts have occurred in the neighborhood. Crime has skyrocketed in surrounding neighborhoods. With construction contractors around, it is difficult to tell who should be in the area.

? If you see something occurring, call 911. To report a crime you did not see, call 311. Contact Alliance for things like overgrown lawns, abandoned cars, etc.

? Use your alarms, lock doors and gates, but most importantly, keep an eye open for suspicious activity. APD and Catellus patrol the area, but arent enough.

? To form Neighborhood Watch, think small groups of 6-9 homes that have good visibility of each other. Exchange home and work phone #s, basic schedules and communicate about vacations or visitors. Look for information to be posted on

4. Dues
$10 dues may be paid to Dusty Harshman. Dues money finances the newsletter, events, and Those who pay dues will be able to vote at MNA meetings. The $10 dues paid now will last through the end of 2009.

We anticipate that in the future, advertising in the newsletter may offset the amount of dues.

A mock-up of a newsletter was available for an example. In the beginning it will be quarterly, but is anticipated to be a bimonthly in the future. is currently a volunteer effort, but with many new functions to come we need to make it worth the while of the webmaster.

An example of an upcoming event is a Neighbors Night Out Barbeque Cook-Off, possibly in the Garden Court, on October 7. See for more information on the national event.

5. Neighborhood Block Captains
Concern was expressed that the Steering Committee elections were held without enough prior publicity. Notice was given via and the Yahoo list serve.
Block Captains are a no-tech way of keeping neighbors informed of what is going on. They should be letting you know about meetings. Some people dont know who their BC is. Bobby G created the map and signed up more volunteers. If you dont know your representative, ask Bobby or a neighbor.
Other neighbors mentioned signage at the entrance of the neighborhood to advertise as well. is really the best way to get information, if you have access to a computer. Residents who have yet to move in can learn from the experience of those who already live here.

6. Committees
There are several committees forming that need volunteers. Please sign up and be a part of the Events or Welcome Committees.
Also, feel free to submit ideas, stories or photos for the Newsletter. Elizabeth B. and Drew H. and Dusty H. are the newsletter committee.

7. The Steering Committee wants to know what the MNA can do for you. Ideas submitted at the meeting were:
Find out about the replacement or repair of items damaged by construction or storms, such as street lights, street name signs, and curbs. Catellus will be contacted regarding these issues.
To be a link between Catellus and the residents
To create an online neighborhood directory
To plan events

We are looking into alternative meeting locales.
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Kevin Ludlow
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Re: July MNA meeting, Saturday the 12th!
by Kevin Ludlow on July 14th, 2008

Hi All.

I know this meeting has already come and gone, but I had somehow overlooked the thread.

In any event, I just wanted to thank you all for taking any time at all to discuss the potential future of I know I hve been posting little updates here and there and can assure you all that progress is definitely being made - just with some minor deviations along the way (hence some time setbacks).

I'm looking forward to meeting with everyone and discussing how the site will continue to move forward. Though it is difficult to quantify the amount of time that has gone into the site in the past year, I am thrilled to have been a part of the Mueller effort and can't thank you all enough for the kind and motivational words. It is definitely my intention to continue development of the site, and hopefully in the near future to provide other neighborhoods with similar toolkits.

Thanks again, and I'll be looking forward to meeting with you all very soon.
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Re: July MNA meeting, Saturday the 12th!
by mrs aaron on July 22nd, 2008

At the MNA meeting, several neighbors inquired about construction damage being repaired. I contacted Catellus and here is their reply:

Ms. Wine, Thank you for contacting us about the infrastructure damage due to homebuilding construction. Catellus is aware of the numerous street signs,lights, and miscellaneous damage and is taking the steps necessary to makerepairs. We have contracted with Highway Technologies to replace all missing signs, and have contacted Austin Energy to replace broken street lights. As far as the curbs and sidewalks, Section 4 is under the general contractor's warranty period, and the City of Austin will conduct a walkthrough at the end of this one-year period to assess the damage and write a punch list for the needed repairs. We too want Section 4 to look good after construction is over.

Not very specific, timewise, but at least they are aware. Please let me know if you have any further questions/comments, and i will pass them on.
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Re: July MNA meeting, Saturday the 12th!
by JennaMartin on July 31st, 2008

Hey Bobby,

Who is my block captain? Not very good at navigating this site yet, or else I would send you a private message. I live on Antone street, across from the triangle grassy park section.


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