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Mueller Neighborhood Assn Meeting Minutes 11/14/2009
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MNA General Membership Meeting Minutes
14 Nov 2009, 10:00 a.m. at the Ronald McDonald House

MNA chair, Grant Fisher, opened the meeting by reminding folks that they can email the entire MNA steering committee by using the steering@muellercommunity.com address.

Kat Malcom thanked block captains for their volunteer efforts and reminded everyone that if you joined MNA in 2008, it’s time to renew for 2010.

Treasurer Kerry Fisher stated that our balance is $1169.61. We now have a PO Box for the MNA, so the address can remain constant. The address is:
Mueller Neighborhood Association
P.O. Box 49123
Austin, TX 78765-9123
The steering committee is working to formalize the process for requesting MNA sponsorship of grass-roots community events. There will be a call for events in January so the money can be budgeted out for the year. MNA anticipates spending about $500 in 2010 on such events. MNA is also exploring the possibility of business memberships and will be getting some revenue from the ads on muellercommunity.com (mc.com).

Robert Mueller Municipal Airport Plan Implementation Advisory Commission (PIAC)
Corky Hilliard gave some background on the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport Plan Implementation Advisory Commission (PIAC) and it’s role as an advisor to the Austin City Council. See http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/boards/results.cfm for more information. Corky is heading up a subcommittee to look at options to open up the hangar for more usage. They’re gathering community input so send ideas to Grant and he can forward them to Corky. Ideas mentioned at the meeting included Plant Fest, MNA meetings, local school graduations, and Farmers Market. The hangar is owned by the City so if opened up for more use, it won’t just be for Mueller residents.

James Dwyer, also a PIAC member, mentioned that traffic counters will be installed in December to compare actual traffic counts to the predicted volumes calculated in the models prior to development.

Ronald McDonald Lights of Love 5k
Ann Jerome talked about the Ronald McDonald Lights of Love 5k at the Hangar on Dec. 4th. The 5k run/walk will be through the community so there will be some short traffic disruptions. Cards have been mailed to those on the route and others that may be impacted. The Tower lighting will be the same night and be broadcast live at the Hangar. They have lots of kids activities planned, including environmentally sound ‘snow’. Ann encouraged those on the route to get your holiday lights up if possible.

Schools Committee
Kim Wine gave some background on our community activity regarding getting an elementary sited at Mueller and working to improve existing schools. They are continuing in these efforts and reaching out to new AISD superintendent, Dr. Meria Carstarphen. Megan Troung discussed a letter (attached) they recently sent to Dr. Carstarphen outlining three key issues. Catellus recently conducted a survey but our schools committee has their own survey. Please fill it out (attached) and send it to Kim Wine (berlywine at gmail.com). Current projections are for there to be 800 school-age children in Mueller by 2013, and that doesn’t include those living at Austin Children’s Shelter or the Mosaic apartments.

Beverly Barrett had a sign-up sheet for those interested in becoming active with the Schools Committee. They are planning to visit Pearce, Kealing, Blanton and Ridgetop in the coming months.

The family resource center at Pearce is not up and running yet but kick-off is planned for Dec. 2nd.

Update on numerous issues from Jim Walker, PIAC chair
Jim Walker provided some good background information on the development of Mueller, including:
o Mueller Neighborhoods Coalition focused early on keeping the old airport closed and shaping the principles they wanted to guide the new development.
o PIAC is visiting surrounding neighborhoods to get input on how they are being impacted by Mueller, both good and bad.
o Hangar and control tower were originally going to be torn down but were preserved through community efforts. City views the hangar as a public resource.
o Getting various Austin utilities to plan further in advance is difficult. The current discussion regarding a substation for Austin Energy is evidence of that. There was a site for it included in the Mueller plan. The City went looking for a site they liked better and proposed to put it off-Mueller, which created a backlash since it’s largely needed to support the Mueller development. This item is on the City Council agenda for Thursday.
o School boundaries. It takes AISD 2-3 years to design and build a school, once it’s selected. Maplewood is almost at capacity. Blanton has available capacity. Any discussion of boundaries will be a big issue.
o Traffic Impact Analysis – as mentioned, counters will be placed to see how actual traffic volumes are aligning with the plan so any needed corrective measures can be discussed.
o Affordable housing – 2 tax credit projects are currently proposed.
o Wildflower Terrace (for seniors) received its forward tax credit commitment. It will be across Berkman near the tower and have about 200 units.
o A family development is proposed near the school
o Mueller Foundation oversees spending of the foundation funds (received from home sales, etc.) in support of the 6 goals for Mueller. Their first priority is managing the 2nd lien on the affordable units to ensure affordable housing is available at Mueller in perpetuity.
o Neighborhood planning teams were started in the mid-1990s. City doesn’t see why Mueller needs one since so much planning has been done and residents are so active. However, we miss some notifications because we do not have a contact team.
o PIAC meetings are open to the public and held on the 2nd Tuesday each month except for December and July.

Miscellaneous
Bobby mentioned that the prairie isn’t in very good shape and that more communication is needed between the POA and their contractor, the Wildflower center, and the Landscape committee to ensure proper maintenance before it’s too late.

AISD performing arts center – Anticipate that three possible sites will be announced early next year. Mueller will probably be one of these. PIAC will work to make sure any proposal for Mueller would be consistent with the development goals here.

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