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Mueller Neighborhood Assn Meeting Minutes 6/18/2011
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MNA President, Grant Fisher, opened the meeting which was held at the Browning Hangar. About 30 members attended.

Treasurer’s Report – Kerry reported that our current balance is $3996.75. Anticipated EOY balance about $2800. We have 196 current members.

Steering Committee Elections:
Nominations were solicited over the past two months for the 13 positions on the Steering Committee.
Nominees who submitted in time to be included on the paper ballot include:
---- Don Dozier
---- Ashley Fisher
---- Diane Gierisch
---- Corky Hilliard
---- Betsy Hilton
---- Kevin McGillicuddy
---- Candice McKay
---- Travis Michel
---- Dennis Mick
---- Jerry Perkins
---- Shellie Shores
---- Kathy Sokolic
---- Reem Zoun

Nominated at the meeting.... none. Write-in votes were also allowed. All 13 candidates were elected with 25 votes received.

Boy Scouts - Wayne Courreges, District Commissioner with the Armadillo District of Boy Scouts of America, presented information on scouting and sought feedback on the level of interest on creating a Cub Scout pack in Mueller. Mueller would be great location for a Cub Scout pack. Family oriented and the ability to walk to meetings. A great chance for boys to learn leadership and outdoor skills, and about the community. Cub Scouts go 1st - 5th grades. At 6th grades they cross into Boy Scouts.

Varshna Narumanchi-Jackson also spoke. She lives in the J J Seabrook neighborhood and is also a boy scout representative. Varshna talked about her experience with two boys in scouting.

Who would sponsor (charter) the pack? Could be a church, PTA, or MNA. There may be other options. Once a sponsor is identified, a charter is signed between the organization and BSA. The charter organization picks adult leaders for the pack. To get started, need at least 5 adult leaders and at least 5 scouts. The charter organization also has to have a liaison to BSA.

Adults without kids (or young kids) are often very involved. These adults can make a difference in the lives of young boys. All adults take youth protection training.

More information on scouting is available at http://www.armadillodistrict.org. Anyone interested in seeing a Cub Scout pack form at Mueller should talk to Grant Fisher or Joe Denton so the level of interest can be determined.

AISD Performing Arts Center update - As most know, AISD proposes to construct a district performing arts center near the intersection of 51st & Berkman, within the Mueller development. The MNA sent a letter to the City Council expressing tentative support but with concerns. The PIAC advised the City Council that they were neutral with concerns. Austin City Council approved 7-0 to allow Catellus to sell the land to AISD. AISD is hosting a community meeting on this subject Tuesday, June 21st from 6:30-8 p.m. at Reagan High School. Grant encouraged participation and dialogue with AISD, and said they’ve been responsive on other issues in the past.

PIAC update (Ashley) -
- PIAC meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month except July and Dec.
- Affordable housing - new DW garden homes almost sold out for the affordable program. Standard Pacific affordable condos in Mueller homes are selling well. Four resales and 4 pending through the foundation. Working out well for sellers (cash in pocket). Buyers of resales can make up to 120% of MFI.
- Mueller AE substation under construction at Morris Williams Golf Course.
- Looking at bike lane design changes (ultimate) on Mueller Blvd. Possibly separated from traffic. Interim lanes needed... Ashley will bring up to City.

Announcements
- Section 6 buildout next (on North side of Simond, west of Berkman). 221 housing units - some standalone, some garden homes, and first live/work units. No builders announced yet. Very small pocket park and no additional pool.
- Lawless block party tonight, including pie contest. Starts at 7:00 p.m. Everyone welcome.
- July 4th activities - parade, pool party, Tom Miller block party (even though there are no fireworks). Watch mc.com for more info.
- Urban Wildlife & Butterflies: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - noon in the garden at Mueller Central, there will be a seminar on Urban Wildlife. The City of Austin has a neighborhood challenge program to encourage homeowners to establish urban wildlife habitats. Several homes in Mueller have already been certified, including at least one ROW home. Most houses are pretty easy to certify with minor modification. There will also be a presentation by the Butterfly Forum on setting up a butterfly garden.
- Pool committee update (Diane G) -
--- 12-1 closing to switch pool from private to public use. If you’re in the pool at 12, you can keep swimming until the lifeguard asks you to leave so they can prepare for public opening. Once asked, please comply with their instructions so they can get their opening duties performed on schedule.
--- at 7:00, the lifeguard should ask everyone to leave the gates. Card entry swipe should work again at 7:15 p.m.
--- Card reader hasn’t been working between 7:15 and 7:30. Diane will let Jennifer Harvey know.

Meeting adjourned about 10:45. Good attendance today!!
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