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Mueller Neighborhood Assn Meeting Minutes 10/19/2013
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Meeting Minutes
Mueller Neighborhood Association General Meeting
October 19, 2013
Location: Wildflower Terrace Media Room

MNA Steering Committee Members Present: Cynthia Cammack, Ani Colt, Grant Fisher, Corky Hilliard, Kevin McGillicuddy, Kat Malcom, David Neider, Sandy Parks, Janeka Rector, Belinda Roberts, Kathy Sokolic,

MNA Steering Committee Members Absent: Dennis Mick, James Nortey

1. TREASURER’S REPORT -- Sandra Parks
a. Our current balance is $5888.04. We have two big expenditures before the end of our November 30th fiscal year end-$500 for the Halloween carnival, and about $500 for the fall edition of the FPF. With a few additional miscellaneous expenditures, we should end the fiscal year with about $4700 in the bank.

2. COMMITTEE REPORTS
a. Community Enhancement Committee - Dave Neider
1. Local Business - Dave explained committee is still working on getting more local business interested. Next mass patronization event is Monday, November 4 at the Alamo Drafthouse on Anderson Lane. The goal is to attempt to sell out an entire movie showing and demonstrate that our neighborhood can and wants to support this local business. Not possible to pick a movie until one week in advance when theater updates listings. It's not possible to pick a movie that pleases everyone, but the goal is to ensure Alamo knows we want them here. Please come even if you hate the movie! The group is targeting a 7 PM time frame.
2. Torchy's is scheduled to move into the HEB area at 51st and Berkman.
3. Town Center - Catellus has assembled a focus group to get input on design.
b. 10/1 Update - Kathy
1. On current maps by the 10/1 committee, Mueller is linked with downtown and some south Austin neighborhoods. The MNA committee is planning to create its own proposal to link Mueller with the Airport area, Highland Mall, and other neighborhoods nearby. While we do not want to throw off balance for minority opportunity districts, we do want to be aligned with our area and believe there is openness to this proposal. The committee plans to present its proposal at the Precinct 2 meeting Oct 23.
c. Rail Committee - Janeka
1. Janeka provided the introduction to the presentation for transportation and rail with Cap Metro staff. Explained the City of Austin and other groups are working on a vision of transportation for Austin that includes many components, one of which is rail. At this point, public input really important. Other area groups are showing up at meetings and pressing for other locations. However, our Northeast area will have tremendous density with locations like Dell Childrens' Hospital and the Thinkery that will bring thousands of visitors to this part of town. Decisions are scheduled to be made by January, so input now will improve our chances to get a rail location.

3. PRESENTATIONS
1. CapMetro Community Involvement Team - Celso Baez
a. Celso Baez presented processes for decision-making and activities leading up to future construction and changes.
b. Highlights:
• The group is evaluating all transportation methods to connect core with external centers (RR, Pflugerville, etc.). Because of constraints such as the Texas Cemetery, UT, and many other things near I-35, widening the freeway to something like the Katy freeway in Houston is not an option.
• The effort covers 25 centers, four counties, 13 cities. The process is to study sub-corridors, arrive at a locally preferred alternative (LPA) to be evaluated by city council and other groups, then go into design, engineering, and construction.
• The group is currently in the middle of north corridor study (current Priority Sub-Corridor) and about to select an LPR. Metrorail has increased 3x, recently received a grant for improvements.
• In addition to rail, plans are being developed for Bus Rapid Transit (enhanced buses with with signal priority ability - to hold green lights to reduce congestion -stations with dynamic message boards, real-time arrival info), toll-variable lanes to be added to Mopac, and studies to add express lanes to I35.
• For detailed information and projections, see the project's Map Book on http://www.connectcentraltexas.com/. That furnishes the foundation for analysis, along with resources from other groups like ImagineAustin and FTA.
• Brian (attendee who works with Catellus on public relations and lives in the neighborhood) introduced himself and emphasized how important it is to have neighborhood people show up at meetings, and also participate on the webinar, write City Council, and get comments recorded on the Project Connect website. He and Janeka both stressed that other groups, such as the North Lamar group are well-organized and have been very vocal at meetings.

4. ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Kathy announced that both Lawless and Hargis streets have block parties tonight.
2. The Mueller Halloween Carnival will be in Ella Wooten Park, Sunday, October 27th, 3 - 5 PM. Need volunteers!!! If you can help set up tents or participate in any way, it would be appreciated. Sign up at http://vols.pt/XujdUH.
3. Nov 5 is Election Day - the MNA has endorsed the affordable housing bond. This bond involves no tax increase. Currently polling shows voters split down the middle; voting is important on this. Early voting starts Monday; for locations and more information, see http://www.traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk/Content.do?code=E.3.
4. Kim announced upcoming AISD meetings on facility master plan. It's possible there could be boundary and transfer policy changes. She will post meetings on Facebook and Citicite. There is one this Thursday at LBJ High School at 6:30.

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