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Mueller Neighborhood Assn Steering Committee Minutes 5/3/2011
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Reminder that the Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA) steering committee (SC) is open to all MNA members. The next steering committee meeting is scheduled for June 7.

MNA Steering committee Meeting Minutes – May 3, 2011

I. Introductions: Grant opened the meeting shortly after 7:00 p.m.
SC members present: Kathy Sokolic, Dennis Mick, Kat Malcom, Drew Harris, Don Dozier, Keith Romel, Grant Fisher, Betsy Hilton, Kerry Fisher
SC members absent: Diane Gierisch, Mary Piette, Shellie Shores, Mike McGovern

II. Treasurer’s Report: We are doing well - $4353.62 current balance. Front Porch Flyer printing this week (about $500). It will include a column by Grant that mentions the new business membership category.

III. Existing Business:

a. Large meeting - May 21st. Lee Thomson lined up to speak on Mueller Foundation. There’s an event (arthritis walk) at the hangar so we’re looking at another place. Several options discussed - watch mc.com for details. Discussed possibility of having prizes again.

b. Front Porch Flyer - going to printer this week. Delivery expected this weekend.

c. Business Memberships - Frost Bank is our first. Business memberships are $25/year. Business members will be listed in the FPF.

d. Elections - Grant and Kerry will run the elections (nomination committee) since they are not eligible to run for re-election. Nominations can be sent to election@muellercommunity.com. (This address should be active in the next couple of days.) Include the name, short bio/statement of interest and street you live on. Please consider serving the community... it takes a little time to attend meetings but it’s a great way to get more involved! Elections are June 18. Nominations should be received by June 11 to be included on the printed ballot. Additional nominations will be received from the floor at the meeting. You must be present at the meeting to vote, and must be a current member of MNA.

e. TCAD - Deadline to file a protest on your 2011 appraisal is May 31. Look at your statement - you might be able to file the protest electronically.

f. AISD Performing Arts Center (1200 seats) - proposed location is Barbara Jordan & Mueller. This wasn’t in the original development plan and creates some potential concerns. Approval from City Council is required for Catellus to sell the property to a governmental entity other than the City of Austin. AISD will present the proposal to the PIAC on Tuesday, May 10th. Discussion about traffic impacts and increased pressure on Lake Park (already heavily used). Since the HOA pays for Lake Park maintenance, concerns expressed about the impact on our future HOA fees. In addition, this takes a large piece of land off the tax rolls, and those taxes support the overall cost of the Mueller development. If the deal goes through, it was discussed that Mueller needs to have significant input on the design, traffic impacts, park impacts, etc. Anticipated use of the facility is 300 days/year.

Also discussed bringing preliminary concerns to the Mueller Let’s Talk meeting tomorrow night, May 4th.

Discussed MNA expressing concerns regarding adherence to the design guidelines, addressing traffic impacts on the neighborhood, addressing problems that may result from so many additional people using other Mueller infrastructure (parks, trails, etc.). Plans include:
- Agenda item for May 21 meeting - General membership vote on whether MNA should express concerns regarding traffic and other impacts (parks, etc.) related to the proposed PAC at Mueller, and express our desire to be part of the planning process. (No position for or against the PAC). Steering Committee recommends approval (motion - Kathy S, 2nd Dennis M - passed unanimously).
- Special mailout to provide information to residents
- Discussion topic for June 18 meeting

IV. Upcoming Meetings: Large meeting May 21 - discussed above.

V. Additional Business:

- Plant Fest was very successful
- Mueller Gardens walking tour will be May 14, 10:00 a.m. - noon. Sidewalk strolls on 3 streets.
- Central Texas gardener filming in Mueller in mid-May
- Urban wildlife workshop June 25
- Friends of the Prairie recently marked johnson grass so Valley Crest knows where to herbicide. This started last year and the system seems to be working well.
- The Landscape Committee is discussing modifying the mowing schedule for the prairie so it’s not all mowed at the same time.

Meeting adjourned 8:25 pm.
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