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Berkman Bike Lanes
posted by Smith Clarkson on March 27th, 2020 7:45 PM
Please join us at this public open house to speak up for protected bike lanes on Berkman Drive between 51st Street and US 290 this Thursday, June 30th, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the gym of the Memorial United Methodist Church, 6100 Berkman Drive, Austin, TXSure thing.!!
Berkman Bike Lanes
posted by barry allen on March 25th, 2020 12:45 AM
Please join us at this public open house to speak up for protected bike lanes on Berkman Drive between 51st Street and US 290 this Thursday, June 30th, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the gym of the Memorial United Methodist Church, 6100 Berkman Drive, Austin, TX 78723 get-shareit.com get-vidmateapk.com
For sale: 2 yr old Whirlpool Stainless Steel side by side fridge - $600 OBO (need picked up by 9/12!
posted by Kristy Summers on August 29th, 2015 4:40 PM
Hey guys I'm moving and I'm selling my two year old side by side fridge. It's in great shape, just a few dings on the front and a crack in one of the inside drawers. But only 2 years old. Asking $600 OBO and I would need it picked up either tomorrow 8/30 or 9/11-9/12. I'm off Berkman Drive and it's on the second floor so you'd need a dolly and probably two strong folks :) Thanks in advance. Feel free to email with questions at jedisnowy at gmail.com
Transportation Committee Meeting notes 26 Aug 2015
posted by Betsy on August 26th, 2015 6:06 PM
Transportation Committee Meeting notes26 Aug 2015- Section 7c finished and builders underway- Working on infrastructure for phase one of Section 9 (bordered by Zach Scott, Berkman, Simond, Vaughan) Includes Berkman widening to from Zach Scott to Simond. (open early 2016)- Start phase 2 of Section 9 in next few months - that will finish out Berkman (open late 2016)- Town Center infrastructure - Aldrich to 51st, Philomena to Mueller, Robert Browning to Mueller, widen Mueller from roundabout to Philomena (finish Spring 2016)- John Gaines pool slowed due to Spring rains. Community garden should be available for Fall planting.- SE greenway (dogbone) not accepted from contractor yet. Contractor will have to replace dead vegetation prior to final acceptance. (Amika Bose - new City engineer covering our area) [She discussed items suggested for the meeting agenda and what she’s received via 311 requests]- Berkman speeding - Berkman not finished to create friction. Will monitor speeding - planning to collect data again this Fall. City engineers view 35 mph in a 30 mph zone as acceptable from a transportation engineering perspective. I conveyed that the community doesn’t find 35mph acceptable. Discussed that speed limit in Windsor Park is 35 and whether lowering that to 30 might set more consistent driver expectations. Girard mentioned that Pedestrian Advisory Council is recommending that raised crosswalks be provided to encourage lower speeds at intersections. Discussion about possibility of temporary speed humps to resolve issue until final road section is in place.- Zach Scott & Berkman - City will likely replace Yield signs with Stop signs- Berkman sight lines - 311 concerns at McCurdy from WFT residents. May look at parking modifications to improve sight distance. Talked about visibility in general and how best to keep people from parking too close to corners - bike corrals, striping out No Parking areas, possibility of physical obstructions, etc. Catellus will prioritize corrective action on Berkman with the City. Visibility needed both for traffic turning onto Berkman, and for traffic on Berkman to see cyclists when initiating a turn from Berkman. Discussed a larger problem throughout Mueller that the physical design of the curb, and the signage/markings, don’t send a consistent message to drivers about where parking is prohibited. In some cases, parking spaces are marked too close to the corner, in violation of state law. Amika will look into that. It was noted that this is true elsewhere in the City as well.- Requests to mark crosswalks on Berkman up toward the HEB (Garcia and Philomena, I think) - City seems inclined to do that.- Painting curb red at fire hydrants - maintenance issue for City in general so they are very reluctant. Only tend to paint in critical areas, like near the park.- Mueller/Aldrich roundabout - At this time, City wants to monitor roundabout operations because crash history doesn’t rise to a priority level for the City. Discussions about whether it was included in the 2012 bond package. Jill Fagan at the City will do some research. City wants to wait to see IF traffic volumes increase. Pointed out that with Town Center going in, traffic WILL greatly increase, which will make reconstruction more difficult. - Lancaster bike lanes - Amika discussed with Nathan Wilkes (City bike program engineer). Needs further study by Catellus. Amika will take back to Nathan that there is strong community interest in bike lane there.- Driveway access to Speedy Stop at 51st/Berkman - City willing to discuss, but they’ve had their driveway access for a very long time. - Home Depot - Left outs onto 51st are problematic.- Karen Lorenzini is the new project manager- TxDOT now working more closely with City of Austin- Adding 3rd lane to upper level - have now finished working concept- Now working on specific corridor projects including 51st St roundabout at southbound I-35 frontage road is partially funded by the City. Environmental clearance nearly complete here and design will start. Remaining funding for roundabout not identified yet. Will finish design package early next year to have on shelf when funds available.- Now starting on more detailed design schematics for the overall project. We’re in the middle section from Riverside to US 183. $500M project. - Plans still include entrance and exits from south Airport Blvd to the upper deck to/from downtown. Need to work out details with Delwood 2 as it will impact their access. Lots of detail to work out re: bike/ped concerns. Delwood 2 working in conjunction with Mateo’s neighborhood group.- Philomena connection still under consideration - haven’t fully evaluated traffic impacts. Might worsen turbulence on northbound frontage road turning into Barbara Jordan. No decision made.I had to leave the meeting early (well, it was running over).
Affordable Home Tax Workshop
posted by Kathleen Malcom on May 22nd, 2015 7:18 AM
AFFORDABLE HOME owners are invited to attend an informational Tax Workshop on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 6:30PM at Wildflower Terrace on Berkman Drive at Tom Miller in Mueller. Catellus is hosting HomeBase, the Mueller Affordable Homes Program manager, and a representative of the Travis Central Appraisal District for a “how to” session for homeowners in the Mueller Affordable Homes Program who want to know how to protest their tax valuation with TCAD. As a reminder, don’t wait for the session to preserve your opportunity to protest. Homeowners with questions about their appraised or taxable value should: • Check their TCAD Notice of Appraised Value for the deadline to file a protest • File a written protest using the form on the back side of the statement by the specified deadline • Contact HomeBase, Ramon Valeriano at 512-476-8788 x115 or rvaleriano@homebasetexas.org to make him aware • Contact TCAD Representative, Paul Snyder at 512-834-9317 or psnyder@tcadcentral.org to work informally on a resolution
Pool committee meeting notes - February 2015
posted by dianeg on March 19th, 2015 2:32 PM
Those in attendance: Madge Darlington, Phil Burns, Rose Wages, Jennifer Harvey and Diane Gierisch. The meeting was held at 5 pm at Mueller Central. 1. We reviewed and updated the pool rules (http://www.muelleraustinonline.com/editor_upload/File/POA%20Docs/Mueller%20Pool%20Rules%20-%20Ella%20Wooten.pdf) as follows: F-1. Currently: HOURS. The Pool Area at Ella Wooten Park, located at 2047 McCloskey Street, is open for open swim from 1:00 PM to7:00 PM Tuesday to Sunday. The Pool Area is open for resident swim from 7:00 AM to Noon and from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM Tuesday to Sunday. Revised: HOURS. The Pool Area at Ella Wooten Park, located at 2047 McCloskey Street, is open for open swim from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM Tuesday to Sunday. The Pool Area is open for resident swim from 5:00 AM to 1:30 PM and from 8:15 PM to 10:00 PM Tuesday to Sunday. LAP SWIM. The Pool Area is open for lap swim only from 5:00 AM to 8:00 AM. 4) Currently: All children under the age of 15 must be actively supervised by someone that is 15 or older. Revised: All children under the age of 1315 must be actively supervised by someone that is 15 or older. 19) Currently: Picnicking is not allowed inside the pool fence. Small, soft-sided ice chests are allowed subject to restrictions and if needed, inspection by the lifeguards. Reason: Due to trash, fire ant problems, glass and alcohol. Picnicking is allowed in the park area outside the pool. Revised: Within the pool fence, food is allowed only at the picnic table area. Drinking water is allowed in a plastic container. Reason: Due to trash, fire ant problems, glass and alcohol. Picnicking is allowed in the park area outside the pool. 21) Currently: Lockers are for use while in the pool area only. Any locks left on lockers overnight will result in lock being cut. Contents removed from these lockers will be placed in lost and found, and any illegal or contraband items will be disposed of. Revised: Lockers must be registered and approved for use with the Association. Locks must be removed at the end of the swim season. Lockers may be searched at any time. Any illegal or contraband items will be disposed of. 2. We reviewed the schedules for 2015 swim season. Ella Wooten Pool: The Pool Area at Ella Wooten Park, located at 2047 McCloskey Street, is open for open swim from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM Tuesday to Sunday. The Pool Area is open for resident swim from 5:00 AM to 1:30 PM and from 8:15 PM to 10:00 PM Tuesday to Sunday. LAP SWIM. The Pool Area is open for lap swim only from 5:00 AM to 8:00 AM. John Gaines Pool: The Pool Area at John Gaines Park is open for open swim from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Thursday to Tuesday. The Pool Area is open for resident swim from 5:00 AM to 8:30 AM and from 3:15 PM to 10:00 PM Tuesday to Sunday. 3. We reviewed the new signs using universal symbols that will be used this swim season. 4. First Splash & Poop-free 2014 Season Party will be March 28. Details will follow. 5. Pool updates: Ella Wooten Pool: Water level is high due to rains. There was a leak in the fill line about a month ago but it was repaired. John Gaines Pool: Construction is behind schedule because of rains but still anticipate opening end of July. 6. Residents concerns: Swim team and swim lessons registration will be provided by LifeGuard4Hire. Check their website (http://lifeguard4hire.com/) in March. Cross walk across Berkman Drive to reach John Gaines pool. Currently there is a crosswalk at Tom Miller. This will provide the safest place to cross. COA has said they won’t put in crosswalks until cross streets are in and traffic counts warrant stop signs. Until that happens the safest place to cross will be at Tom Miller. 7. We scheduled a pool walk-through and our next meeting for March 23 at 5pm. • Maintenance/emergency contacts • Message Board at muelleraustinonline.com (http://muelleraustinonline.com/messageboard/index.php?) • Phone Alliance Customer Service at 512-347-2888
Transportation Committee Meeting notes 25 Feb 2015
posted by Betsy on February 27th, 2015 5:19 PM
-Aldrich roundabout - plans have been completed a long time (by Catellus) and we’re waiting on the City. Apparently the project is on hold while City identifies needed funding (thought it was in bond package???)-First part of the SE Greenway (orchard) will be finished in the next few weeks-Next park/pool (John Gaines park) with late summer opening-Catellus will deliver the next group of lots to builders next week (up to Zach Scott)-Zach Scott will be paved next week-Northbound side of Berkman will be opened up to Zach Scott in early April-Catellus has the permit to extend Berkman to Philomena and they’re working on the permit for next phase of lots (Section 9). Those lots should be delivered to builders late 2015 or early 2016.-Catellus is working on road extensions in Town Center in phases. Philomena and Robert Browning extensions to Mueller Blvd will start in July and complete early next year. Aldrich should be completed up to Robert Browning in July.-Mueller is currently served by routes 37 and 320 (and 20). Old CR shuttle discontinued-Minor mods to 320 to serve market district have been successful. About 50 boarding at this location.-Future changes to routes to utilize Berkman have to wait until Berkman is completed because they can’t traverse the interim changes from one side to the other. Potential changes to route 20 may be proposed for June 2016 changes, but public involvement will be critical as changes would impact 3 stops on Manor, including the stop at Lovell that has good ridership.-June changes - Route 37 will be extended to HEB/Barbara Jordan. Public outreach is underway. Go to capmetro.org in middle of homepage to provide input and get more information. Public open houses are planned on March 9 and 10-Most used stops in Mueller are BJ/Berkman, Lancaster/BJ, Mosaic-CapMetro is conducting random origin/destination surveys on board-Mr. Deeter didn’t have ridership data on the #20 route with him-Catellus appears to be pursuing creation of a working group to discuss Berkman issues in more detail-The City has deployed their dynamic speed sign twice-Catellus has worked with APD community patrol re: directed patrols for enforcement-They’re planning to restripe Berkman from ZS to Robert Browning to visually narrow the roadway-Catellus says that roundabouts could still be added later if determined to be necessary, without major rework of infrastructure. (Traffic control would be an issue) Girard Kinney expressed a desire not to preclude possibility of rail in the future.-PTMD ordinance passed to set up pilot district in Mueller (Feb 2014)-Doesn’t officially include parking lot at Lake Park since our POA controls the parking lot. That will be handled separately, probably through a contract with the city so all meters can be managed by the city. -PTMD yields 51% of revenue to district. In parking lot owned by POA, 100% of proceeds after expenses go to the district-Ordinance 12-7-2(b) - proceeds go to projects that aid in the management of flow of traffic within the district. ROW improvements help with pedestrian flow as well as vehicular or bike traffic (pedestrian wayfinding, etc.) and these types of projects were included in the Mueller application which was approved by Council.-RPP meetings have been held (2 meetings - general and shop house owners). FAQs are being developed.-HDR completed another parking occupation study (Scales to Garcia) on a Thursday and a Saturday in February and turned data over to the City for consideration in setting up the initial RPP area.-Dee gave highlights of changes to improve access to/from Mueller (highlighted at TxDOT’s 2/24 meeting for MNA)-Cherrywood will oppose NB exit to 38th (would take property abutting I-35 from Edgewood to 38 1/2). They might reconsider if they had good modeling to show the impacts to their streets with and without this exit.-Philomena was built as a possible HOV entry/exit and TxDOT and Catellus are evaluating connecting Philomena through to the northbound frontage road
Transportation Committee meeting notes 12 November 2014
posted by Mateo Barnstone on November 16th, 2014 2:12 PM
Standing in this quarter for Betsy HiltonMost of the meeting was spent discussing the Parking Transportation and Management District (PTMD) ordinance that will be going before City Council in December.City Engineering Department:_City is rearranging department so that engineers are assigned to districts. Lee Austin will be assigned to District 9 (and Mueller).PTMD (Catellus - City):-City has been working on developing a PTMD ordinance that will be implemented at Mueller as a pilot program for the city. -Boundaries will conform to boundaries of Mueller PUD-Based on Parking Benefit District (PBD) successfully in use on West Campus.-Will allow revenue share from revenue derived from meters to be used for community benefits. After the city recoups its expenses, 51% of the revenue profits would go for use within the PTMD. -PTMD will allow the city flexibility and responsiveness to use all the parking tools (already in use and some new innovative concepts) in Mueller to manage the intense demand for parking that is coming and balance competing priorities. -Initially there will be ~150 meters in the town center area.-Revenue share can be used in variety of ways including way-finding, park maintenance, power cleaning sidewalks, public art, beautification and other potential improvements.-Puts City/Catellus in a pro-active, rather than reactive state in dealing with parking issues and enables the city to anticipate and address problems before they arise. -PTMD tools include:paid parking w/revenue profit share, RPPs (see below), coordination of shared parking (office and retail), management for safety and visibility, monitoring and enforcement, paid short term parking, customer and commercial service zones, valet, car sharing, ground transportation and bus loading/unloading.-Additional tools might include: Special event parking and shuttle coordination, transportation/transit support, and trip reduction programs such as way finding and signage, care and bike share, bike corrals and bike parking, support for employer trip reduction and transit pass programs.-As part of initial implementation, there will be Residential Parking Permits (RPP) in use for residential areas experiencing spillover from commercial areas. Area under consideration for RPP in initial rollout is Simond to Philomena and Mattie to Berkman. -Meetings with residents will begin this month to discuss implementation of RPP._Lake Park parking lot. Surveys show 80-100% occupied all the time. Many non-park users of the lot (construction workers, Thinkery Visitors). POA has tried signage, and education. Also attempted enforcement with towing. Towing was problematic - difficult to discern who was proper user of lot and improper user of lot. The solution will be to implement paid parking in the Lake Park lot. - During development - the PTMD will be managed by PTMD Oversight Committee consisting of City of Austin Parking Enterprise, City of Austin Transportation Department, City of Austin Economic Development Department and Catellus with stakeholder input.-Post Development Catellus to be replaced by ECTC and Mixed Use POAs-Ordinance will go before Austin City Council on 12/11/2014An e-mail address has been established to send your parking questions or concerns. This will be the quickest way for you to get a response about your issue and allow it to be directed to the proper person. The email address is:parking@austintexas.gov subject: Mueller PTMDIf you would like to see the on-line slide presentations go here:http://www.muelleraustin.com/uploads/journal/ptmd-pilot.pdfOther Misc. Parking issues:-No parking signs now along Airport Blvd due to safety concerns and fire hazards.-Parking striping problem on Berkman has been fixed.Berkman Drive:-Dynamic driver feedback signs have been implemented in October. The temporary signs were used. These are rotated in per city policy for 1 week at a time. No word on when they will be cycled back. -More permanent driver feedback signs are being worked on but require a city ordinance which is in the works.-Re-striping of Berkman will be implemented in the interim condition to take some of the perceived road-width away from drivers. -Construction continues to move north. Aldrich Roundabout:Project has been delayed. Unclear when start date is. In the meantime Catellus has replanted landscaping that was previously removed in anticipation of work to be done.Intersection of McBee and Mattie:Concerns about this intersection due to the site-lines being blocked by the AMLI building. This intersection will be reconfigured to push the stop zone further out and allow for site lines not blocked by the AMLI. Crosswalks at Paseo:A suggestion has been made to Catellus to consider raised crosswalks (such as the one at the Thinkery) at all the cross streets along the Paseo. This is a new idea and Catellus will consider it.The meeting went long so were weren't able to get the following updates:-Construction updates-One-way alleys-51s Street Vision Plan
Transportation Committee meeting notes 12 November 2014
posted by Mateo Barnstone on November 16th, 2014 2:11 PM
Standing in this quarter for Betsy HiltonMost of the meeting was spent discussing the Parking Transportation and Management District (PTMD) ordinance that will be going before City Council in December.City Engineering Department:_City is rearranging department so that engineers are assigned to districts. Lee Austin will be assigned to District 9 (and Mueller).PTMD (Catellus - City):-City has been working on developing a PTMD ordinance that will be implemented at Mueller as a pilot program for the city. -Boundaries will conform to boundaries of Mueller PUD-Based on Parking Benefit District (PBD) successfully in use on West Campus.-Will allow revenue share from revenue derived from meters to be used for community benefits. After the city recoups its expenses, 51% of the revenue profits would go for use within the PTMD. -PTMD will allow the city flexibility and responsiveness to use all the parking tools (already in use and some new innovative concepts) in Mueller to manage the intense demand for parking that is coming and balance competing priorities. -Initially there will be ~150 meters in the town center area.-Revenue share can be used in variety of ways including way-finding, park maintenance, power cleaning sidewalks, public art, beautification and other potential improvements.-Puts City/Catellus in a pro-active, rather than reactive state in dealing with parking issues and enables the city to anticipate and address problems before they arise. -PTMD tools include:paid parking w/revenue profit share, RPPs (see below), coordination of shared parking (office and retail), management for safety and visibility, monitoring and enforcement, paid short term parking, customer and commercial service zones, valet, car sharing, ground transportation and bus loading/unloading.-Additional tools might include: Special event parking and shuttle coordination, transportation/transit support, and trip reduction programs such as way finding and signage, care and bike share, bike corrals and bike parking, support for employer trip reduction and transit pass programs.-As part of initial implementation, there will be Residential Parking Permits (RPP) in use for residential areas experiencing spillover from commercial areas. Area under consideration for RPP in initial rollout is Simond to Philomena and Mattie to Berkman. -Meetings with residents will begin this month to discuss implementation of RPP._Lake Park parking lot. Surveys show 80-100% occupied all the time. Many non-park users of the lot (construction workers, Thinkery Visitors). POA has tried signage, and education. Also attempted enforcement with towing. Towing was problematic - difficult to discern who was proper user of lot and improper user of lot. The solution will be to implement paid parking in the Lake Park lot. - During development - the PTMD will be managed by PTMD Oversight Committee consisting of City of Austin Parking Enterprise, City of Austin Transportation Department, City of Austin Economic Development Department and Catellus with stakeholder input.-Post Development Catellus to be replaced by ECTC and Mixed Use POAs-Ordinance will go before Austin City Council on 12/11/2014An e-mail address has been established to send your parking questions or concerns. This will be the quickest way for you to get a response about your issue and allow it to be directed to the proper person. The email address is:parking@austintexas.gov subject: Mueller PTMDIf you would like to see the on-line slide presentations go here:http://www.muelleraustin.com/uploads/journal/ptmd-pilot.pdfOther Misc. Parking issues:-No parking signs now along Airport Blvd due to safety concerns and fire hazards.-Parking striping problem on Berkman has been fixed.Berkman Drive:-Dynamic driver feedback signs have been implemented in October. The temporary signs were used. These are rotated in per city policy for 1 week at a time. No word on when they will be cycled back. -More permanent driver feedback signs are being worked on but require a city ordinance which is in the works.-Re-striping of Berkman will be implemented in the interim condition to take some of the perceived road-width away from drivers. -Construction continues to move north. Aldrich Roundabout:Project has been delayed. Unclear when start date is. In the meantime Catellus has replanted landscaping that was previously removed in anticipation of work to be done.Intersection of McBee and Mattie:Concerns about this intersection due to the site-lines being blocked by the AMLI building. This intersection will be reconfigured to push the stop zone further out and allow for site lines not blocked by the AMLI. Crosswalks at Paseo:A suggestion has been made to Catellus to consider raised crosswalks (such as the one at the Thinkery) at all the cross streets along the Paseo. This is a new idea and Catellus will consider it.The meeting went long so were weren't able to get the following updates:-Construction updates-One-way alleys-51s Street Vision Plan
Berkman Drive Public Forum Aug 14
posted by Ross Houston on August 26th, 2014 1:00 PM
Thanks very much for posting that review. I was at the earlier Berkman residents-only meeting (but not this one) and it sounds like Catellus delivered a very similar message. To me that message sounds like they are willing to listen to resident concerns, but only for fine tuning, as major design changes sound like they are off the table.COA's message seem to be that they don't have the ability to foresee anything, and that everything they do must be reactive. To the point where you couldn't actually get any of them to say, "Yeah, sooner or later we'll need a four-way stop at Zach Scott and Berkman." I'm sure they operate like that for a good reason, but it made for some frustrating conversations.
Berkman Drive Public Forum Aug 14
posted by Rick Krivoniak on August 26th, 2014 10:49 AM
One of my Windsor Park neighbors asked the same question, so I wrote the following:Catellus hosted the August 14th meeting regarding Berkman and opened it to the general community. Representatives from the City of Austin's Transportation Department and Economic Development Department, Catellus, McCann Adams Studio - Mueller's master planner, HDR - Catellus' local traffic engineers, and GHD's Mark Lenters - a national traffic/roundabout consultant, shared information on Berkman Drive’s interim and final design, the road construction timeline, and current traffic data.This meeting was in response to concerns from the Mueller Transportation Committee (a Catellus-convened group of representatives from Mueller and surrounding neighborhoods, including two from Windsor Park, of which I am one), and from residents living on or near Berkman within Mueller. A June meeting for Mueller's residents only primarily yielded concerns about speeding and lack of visibility around some of the parallel parking.Berkman opened through Mueller in May of 2013. Last October, with schools and the HEB open for a few months, the City did traffic counts and recorded speeds in several locations along and near Berkman showing that 85th-percentile (a State standard) southbound traffic within Mueller was traveling around 44MPH, well above the posted 30MPH. (Don't hold me to the exact data figures - I'll share the Powerpoint presentation when it's available online. I do recall that for Berkman near Broadmoor/Greenbrook Parkway, 85th% was around 37, just 2MPH above the posted 35. Still too fast!). South of Manor Rd., E.M. Franklin was actually worse.HDR and Mark Lenters continue to insist that once Berkman is completed to its final design of a wide "transit median" with single traffic lanes, parallel parking and cycle tracks on each side, the "friction" will naturally slow traffic. A comparison was made to the completed portion of Simond Avenue, off of Berkman within Mueller, with a wide median and narrow traffic and parallel parking lanes. The traffic lane on Berkman will be 12 inches wider. Berkman is slated to be fully built-out by the end of 2015. It was noted that construction along the blocks from McCurdy Street to Philomena Street over the next 16± months would create its own traffic calming.With all adjacent property now platted, no changes are anticipated for Berkman's ultimate design. Currently, the 4-way stop at Barbara Jordan Blvd. and Berkman is the only planned traffic control between 51st and Manor. Roundabout consultant Mark Lenters showed two roundabout sketches that could be built within the existing Berkman right-of-way, but they force cycle-track bicyclists onto the sidewalks or into traffic lanes, and are not being considered for the build-out.As for visibility when turning onto Berkman from the many Mueller streets with adjacent parallel parking, the City of Austin is reviewing those intersections on a case-by-case basis and may removed some parking for better visibility. It was also found that the parking spaces were striped too narrow, so they will be re-striped very soon.I personally asked about stop signs on Berkman at Zach Scott, which will ultimately be a straight-shot street from Airport Blvd. though Mueller to Manor Rd. Initially, only traffic on Zach Scott will be stopped, but it's possible that will be a a 4-way stop intersection later on. State laws prohibit using stop signs and traffic signals for traffic mitigation, and require certain triggers to be met for virtually all traffic controls.On another note, traffic signals should be in place on E. 51st at Mueller Blvd. by the end of September.I hope this helped.Rick Krivoniak
Berkman Drive Public Forum Aug 14
posted by danx111 on August 26th, 2014 8:33 AM
Dee Desjardin from Catellus committed to publish the slides
Berkman Drive Public Forum Aug 14
posted by Eric Englert on August 25th, 2014 9:34 PM
I wasn't able to be there but I'd really like to know what was discussed. Is there a place I could find this info online?
Transportation Committee meeting notes 20 Aug 2014
posted by Betsy on August 20th, 2014 6:03 PM
Transportation Committee Meeting notes20 Aug 2014-Continuing construction on Section 7 (East of Wildflower Terrace) and will deliver 1st phase to builders next month-Greenway and neighborhood park - const starting next month-Deliver 2nd phase lots to builders in Decemberincludes widening Berkman to ZS-Section 9 construction (Zach Scott to Philomena) start by end of year-Several thanked Catellus for the action taken since the last committee meeting-Several parking spaces removed on Berkman to improve sight distance-Catellus held meeting with Berkman residents on June 18 and with the larger community on Aug. 14th.-Hired consultant to look at roundabout and presented preliminary sketches at Aug. 14 meeting. He’s also advising on speed management/traffic calming.-Catellus will post presentation online (and I will post link when Catellus provides it)-Path forward: —— Take feedback, look further at roundabouts and other devices—— Pull together small working group to look at alternatives—— Catellus will do survey to get additional community input—— There are some time pressures since Berkman construction is underway, but Dee and Carl emphasized that construction now doesn’t preclude changes in the future.— City economic development office has been meeting regularly to develop recommendations to Council. How to define and develop PTMD. Potential ordinance being drafted. Need to develop general policies/processes (revenue sharing rules, etc) before they can work on the specifics for a Mueller PTMD and a Mueller implementation plan. — At the same time, they are coordinating on specific problem areas—— Set up customer service loading/unloading area at Thinkery (on Simond). Parking restricted on alley as well.—— Removed some parking spaces on Berkman to improve sight distance—— No parking on ROW signs will be added along Airport from ZS to fire station (safety and fire hazard) - people need to use garage. Enforcement of new restrictions was discussed.-City is working to obtain needed permits-Contractor has to prepare cost estimate-Plantings removed for work to begin, but construction may not start until late this year.- Draft preliminary engineering report is undergoing internal review- Once updated, City will begin public process:—- meet with adjoining owners—- re-engage working group—- open house- Still looks like the vision plan will be possible given all other constraints- City stated that money for both design and construction was included in the 2012 bond package.— Traffic Signals - late Sept for signal installation at 51st/Mueller— Airport Blvd Bike/ped crossings - no update available— Capital Metro routes - nothing in the immediate future regarding route changes through Mueller. Prior presentations to PIAC mentioned possible rerouting of one route (don’t know what number) to come through Mueller via Berkman.
Vandalism?
posted by Laura Moliter on August 15th, 2014 8:37 AM
We had a piece of furniture stolen of our porch on Berkman Drive sometime during that same period. It may have been related. I reported it to the police. Hope you've done the same so they know to keep a closer eye on our 'hood!
Berkman Drive Public Forum Aug 14
posted by Sol Acosta-Houston on August 12th, 2014 1:22 PM
Thank you for posting this, bdolezal. It is IMPERATIVE that neighbors attend these meetings to make sure Catellus understands the needs of Muellerites (particularly those who deal with safety issues on a daily basis) as well those of all adjacent neighborhoods. I hope to see many of you there!
Berkman Drive Public Forum Aug 14
posted by bdolezal on August 11th, 2014 2:29 PM
In case you haven't received an email or seen the yard signs, there is a public forum regarding Berkman Drive this Thursday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 at Our Lady’s Maronite Catholic Church to provide information on the street’s design and discuss short-term and long-term methods that may be considered to address traffic, speed and parking concerns.
Coyote Spotting
posted by Ron Garza on July 28th, 2014 7:02 AM
I too would rather not have coyotes here, nor what they normally feed on, but I spotted a black cat loose at Berkman Drive and Tom Miller at 11pm last Thursday night. A midnight snack for a coyote? Until all the wild critters are gone, the neighborhood could do without irresponsible pet owners sending them mixed signals.(Again, a reminder to carry pepper spray. It sells for less than $20 at any big box or sports store)
More & Better Cycling Road System
posted by L K on June 3rd, 2014 9:19 AM
Recently, a cyclist was badly injured by a hit and run driver at the intersection of Berkman & 51st at 2 pm on a Saturday. Clearly, there needs to be better bicycle and pedestrian protection at Mueller intersections.
Transportation Committee meeting notes 21 May
posted by Christina Jones on May 26th, 2014 10:15 AM
I've had the same Berkman experience as Regina on several occasions. Besides the speed limit, there are also no passing stripes on that stretch. When you combine reckless drivers with carelessly parked cars sticking out into the traffic lanes, it's surprising there haven't been any accidents/fender benders (or have there?).
Transportation Committee meeting notes 21 May
posted by Christina Jones on May 26th, 2014 10:13 AM
I've had the same Berkman experience as Regina on several occasions. Besides the speed limit, there are also no passing stripes on that stretch. When you combine reckless drivers with carelessly parked cars sticking out into the traffic lanes, it's surprising there haven't been any accidents/fender benders (or have there?).
Transportation Committee meeting notes 21 May
posted by Regina Emmitt on May 25th, 2014 2:13 PM
Twice within the last week, I have been driving south on Berkman at 30 mph and been PASSED by impatient drivers who have headed on toward Manor Road. I hope the speeding can be "calmed" soon, no matter which method is used. Thanks, Betsy, for your volunteered time and expertise in keeping Mueller neighbors informed.
Transportation Committee meeting notes 21 May
posted by Susan Egan on May 25th, 2014 9:53 AM
The thought seems to be that Tilley St. will eventually relieve some of the through traffic on Berkman. Have data been collected to support where the Berkman traffic is coming from and going? If cut-throughs are coming from east of Berkman, Tilley should help. But it seems like that's a long way off. Further, since it doesn't appear as if Tilley will be a divided roadway it's likely that drivers will continue to use Berkman. I'm hoping something can be done to make Berkman less attractive for cut-through traffic.Is there data to support that additional speed limit signs and/or painting the speed limit on the pavement are helpful? Or are these just a waste of money?Traffic circles or elevated platforms seem to make sense at the major intersections.
Transportation Committee meeting notes 21 May
posted by Susan Egan on May 25th, 2014 9:52 AM
The thought seems to be that Tilley St. will eventually relieve some of the through traffic on Berkman. Have data been collected to support where the Berkman traffic is coming from and going? If cut-throughs are coming from east of Berkman, Tilley should help. But it seems like that's a long way off. Further, since it doesn't appear as if Tilley will be a divided roadway it's likely that drivers will continue to use Berkman. I'm hoping something can be done to make Berkman less attractive for cut-through traffic.Is there data to support that additional speed limit signs and/or painting the speed limit on the pavement are helpful? Or are these just a waste of money?Traffic circles or elevated platforms seem to make sense at the major intersections.
Transportation Committee meeting notes 21 May 2014
posted by Betsy on May 21st, 2014 5:12 PM
- Section 7c - 274 lots near WF Terrace (Tilley to ZS) including full buildout of Berkman up to Zach Scott.--1st phase lots (southern) to builder in July, 2nd phase in Dec.--Includes ‘dogbone’ part of greenway. Start that and next park/pool in September with completion expected in mid-2015.In design on Section 9 - North of Zach Scott and west of Vaughan up to Philomena. Includes the rest of Berkman buildout. Start late this year and complete end of 2015.-AISD PAC should open late this year-AMLI complete end of 2014 with people moving in 1st quarter of 2015-Torchy’s projecting a September opening (currently in permitting)- City/Catellus collected data last fall - 85% speeds were about 34-35mph and some cars clocked at 40-45 mph. Catellus looking at how to manage in interim and ultimate. - Traffic patterns will continue to change as more of the street grid is constructed. For example, when - Tilley is constructed from Manor to 51st, it may relieve some of the traffic volume on Berkman.- Speeding issues were discussed. Catellus thinks the ultimate design with the median will ‘handle’ the speed issue. There was a lot of discussion about whether this theory of ‘street friction’ substantially slowing traffic would actually be realized. Responsible drivers will slow but they wouldn’t be driving 45mph now either. Catellus was asked to take a ‘hard look’ and ‘soon’ at options for the ultimate buildout to reduce the potential for speeding. They were specifically asked to look at full-size roundabouts at key intersections (Zach Scott, Simond, and possibly Philomena) without disrupting already-built structures (homes). Catellus (Dee Desjardin) agreed to:---Look at full roundabouts as an option on Berkman along with other options. --- Share information with the Transportation Committee and with residents. They may look at setting up a stakeholder working group. It was stressed that this is a critical issue needing community involvement and that involved residents could help communicate the reasons for future decisions to our neighbors.- Regarding interim improvements, we discussed having the City remove one parking space on the northwest corner of each intersection to improve the sight distance to the left as you pull out of the development on the west side of Berkman. The City has agreed to look at each intersection with me. The degree of improvement to be expected from removing one space will depend on the curvature of Berkman near the intersection. Please discuss on this forum or send me a PM with specific suggestions/ideas. I need all information by .- Catellus plans to arrange a meeting with residents on Berkman, and others interested in issues associated with Berkman, in mid-June.- Status of reconstruction - in permitting process at City. Construction may start in about 2 months. - Traffic impacts during construction - at least one lane of traffic will remain open per the City. Primary work to be done 9-4. Night construction not planned.- City looking at bike signal grant to improve bike crossing of Airport at Aldrich. - City will ask their bike program staff for ideas on how to improve the crossing of Airport at Zach ScottCherrywood reps reported that some at Mueller NA have started a discussion with Cherrywood NA to discuss whether it would be possible/acceptable to remove the longhorns on Airport. Discussions have just begun.- No Parking signs have been installed in front of the Elements apartments where people were parking in the travel lane- No Parking signs will be added on Berkman between McBee and Simond because the roadway is too narrow for parking there (during this interim position) and due to ongoing violations by people parking in the cycle track.Mueller Parking Study and Recommendations (Jill - COA)- Catellus/city (transportation, parking management, economic development departments) been working on parking management to be proactive at Mueller, instead of reacting laterCatellus engaged Nelson/Nygard consultants (experts in parking management)- Workshop held last summer and have had focus group meetings with residential and commercial stakeholders- Now have study recommendations---- Create parking and transportation management district (PTMD)---- Mechanism to look at issues from all angles together & sets up geographic area and toolkit of solutions to address parking issues (pay parking, residential parking program, etc). Also looks beyond the PTMD geography at how parking at Mueller impacts surrounding neighborhoods.---- Looking at options for long-term stakeholder input---- Councilman Riley proposes (tomorrow’s agenda) to direct City Manager to formalize district here and proceed with drafting guidelines.---- Timeline - may have process in place by end of this year. Dee will send link to PowerPoint presentation given to PIAC recently.---- PTMD would be 1st in Austin so Mueller would be a pilot---- May also include something similar to a Parking Benefit District so that part of income would stay in Mueller for funding other amenities. This would be one item of discussion in creating the PTMD.Atkins Engineering is preparing a preliminary engineering report to sort out specifics of Vision Plan. So far is looks like the concepts in the plan will work within the ‘real world’. More info/drawings anticipated by late summer to share with larger stakeholder meeting and possibly reconvene small workgroup in July or August.- Safety concern Airport & Aldrich going NW (outside of curve in front of Mosaic on Airport, between Aldrich and the fire station) - Cars hit curb (hydroplane or not paying attention) and there have been several close calls with pedestrians. City/Catellus look at chevrons, etc. as options.- Traffic Signals at 51st & Mueller - Signal installation is planned... City is looking at 51st St vision and City will update us on whether/when they’ll move forward.
A long overdue thank-you to my mystery rescuer
posted by angierose on May 21st, 2014 8:42 AM
Dear neighbors, I am embarrassed to say that this thank-you should've been written almost a year ago, but maybe it will reach the right person anyway. Last August, I was running my dog by the Tower when I stomped on what I thought was a nail. It went through my shoe and (as it turns out) an inch into the soft arch of my foot. I immediately collapsed on the ground, blood gushing out of my foot. I tried to limp back home but it hurt so bad that I couldn't even hop on my unhurt foot. So I lay on the ground and yelled for help. Unusually, there was nobody around and I thought I was going to have to crawl home. Suddenly, a mysterious woman drove up. She said she had been driving by on Berkman when she saw me fall and she circled back to see if I was OK. When she saw that I wasn't, she put me in the back seat of her car, with some gym clothes on the floor to catch all the blood. And then she put my dirty and very confused ("wait, I thought we were running?") dog in her front seat! She drove me the block back to my house and left me and the dog in the car while she got my suddenly very concerned husband. He helped me out of her car and, with all of my crying and explanations and blood, my rescuer left without me even having the chance to ask her name! All I know is that she does not live in Mueller (but would like to) and drives a blue(?), 4-door, sort of new-ish car. I think she has a friend in Mueller? I hope I thanked her, I'm sure I did, but she deserves more than a mere thank-you. She was so nice and helpful and didn't blink at all the blood or the dirty dog. The fact that she even drove back around to check on me speaks volumes about her character. I hope she or someone who knows her sees this. To my mystery rescuer: thank you thank you thank you! I still think about your kindness and hope you see this. My foot is all better and I would love to treat you to dinner! Thanks for reading, Angie (on Antone by the Tower) P.S. It was NOT a nail. It was a piece of shrubbery that snapped off deep inside my foot. That and a sliver of flip-flop were stuck up there for 6 weeks. There was no running for a while, just a lot of hobbling around.
Pedestrians' right of way?
posted by Jenji Henson on May 17th, 2014 8:11 AM
Hi Sol, I get where you are coming from. Everyone is right about the law and the basic fact that we need to yield to pedestrians no matter what they are doing. I think the issues arise when someone--pedestrian or motorist--assumes that his/her needs are more important than the needs of others, therefore justifying running/turning in front of cars when there is no logical reason to do so or turning in front of pedestrians or driving too close to cyclists. I think you are calling on people to think beyond their own immediate needs and show some common sense and courtesy when interacting with traffic. I applaud that. I drive down Berkman regularly and feel for you. It is not a safe road. I hope that as construction continues plans are underway to make it safer. Jen
Pedestrians' right of way?
posted by Mateo Barnstone on May 15th, 2014 6:12 PM
Sol,You said "In any case, whatever the pedestrians laws say do not matter bc the law is being ignored by those who are driving behind me at speeds well over 30 mph and refuse to slow down to allow me to turn safely."Now, I apologize if I misread that statement, but I took it to mean in the context of this discussion that you are having to make hasty turns because cars on Berkman go fast. Unless they're willing to go through you, and I haven't see that yet, the truth is they'll have to wait until you make the turn off Berkman before getting around you and you can proceed at whatever speed you feel is safe and responsible. I know because I myself am a rolling speed bump. I made no claims about your driving ability or record or anything of the sort. I merely was responding to your comment. And if that was mis-read, then I apologize. Nor did I make any statement about your incident because I was not there and did not witness it. However, I will say that we don't have to live on Berkman to know what is going on there. Like many or even most Muellerites I'm on Berkman as a driver or a pedestrian multiple times a day and know very well issues there. Cars are going fast and that is a problem that should be addressed sooner rather than later.
Pedestrians' right of way?
posted by Sol Acosta-Houston on May 15th, 2014 5:37 PM
Mateo,"Unless the people going over 30MPH are willing to run into you,"Well, see, the thing about accidents is, most people are not 'willing' to have them, they mostly have them because they are not paying attention."The speed limit is the upper limit, not the lower limit ""I would never ever make my turns less safe because someone behind me is in a hurry"I must've really given you the impression that I am some maniac making risky maneuvers and willing to mow down children, ladies with strollers and old men on my panic to get out of the way of the crazy drivers on Berkman. It seems I did my case a disservice.I've been a driver for 29 years and have a squeaky clean record. Believe me when I tell you there's very little you can say that I haven't already learned. However, I did just learn that I was mistaken to assume safety is the responsibility of pedestrians as well and they should also behave in a courteous manner "whether or not in the technical right" --aggression towards a driver by a person on foot might not be physically harmful but it's still aggression.Some of us who not only DRIVE BY Berkman but actually LIVE on Berkman are on edge because of all the things we see out our windows day in and day out -- including cars almost running into the cars turning in front of them (a few have actually collided but I cannot say I personally witnessed those).Rest easy, fellow Muellerites, I still have my sanity and bow not to willingly mow down even the most idiotic of pedestrians.
Pedestrians' right of way?
posted by Mateo Barnstone on May 15th, 2014 1:10 PM
Sol,Unless the people going over 30MPH are willing to run into you, you are able to travel, and turn at a safe rate of speed. I'm on Berkman every day - the guy driving 25mph. Yeah, that guy. If people get upset, that's their issue. The speed limit is the upper limit, not the lower limit and Berkman mostly crosses a residential and heavily pedestrian street. I would never ever make my turns less safe because someone behind me is in a hurry - especially onto the quite residential cross streets off of Berkman. Whether in the legal right or wrong is beside the point as well. We have a responsibility to drive with curtesy and caution at all times whether or not in the technical right.
Pedestrians' right of way?
posted by Sol Acosta-Houston on May 14th, 2014 11:04 AM
I was coming home this morning on Berkman Dr going south, I turned right onto Camacho and felt something hit my car. In my rear view mirror I saw a jogger, who apparently was annoyed at my not giving her the right of way. This in turn, really pissed me off because I thought she was just unwilling to slow down her pace. This has happened a couple of times lately --and every time it has happened at a busy intersection near construction on Berkman. I am a pretty civil driver who understands I have the advantage and should treat pedestrians like the fragile beings they are compared to my very heavy vehicle. I typically practice defensive driving and the only times I don't make a full stop to give the right of way is if I see the car coming behind me not slowing down and I fear I will be rear ended. Berkman has become a dangerous street and this happens quite often, unfortunately. Those of us who live there have seen ALL kinds of dangerous behavior on the road (joggers and walkers on the street, drivers who don't slow down for bikes, bikes who don't use the bike lane, etc.) So, I got to thinking, perhaps I'm in the wrong and I am the one who is misinterpreting the law. I thought in Texas the pedestrian only has the right of way if using a MARKED crosswalk. Otherwise, drivers would have to stop at every corner if a pedestrian is waiting to cross, right? This is all I could find online: "A pedestrian shall yield the right-of-way to a vehicle on the highway if crossing a roadway at a place other than in a marked crosswalk or in an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection;" "the operator of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian on a roadway; give warning by sounding the horn when necessary; and exercise proper precaution on observing a child or an obviously confused or incapacitated person on a roadway." http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/TN/htm/TN.552.htm Any experts out there who can help?
Yard Sale- kids stuff- tomorrow!!
posted by mrs aaron on April 24th, 2014 3:40 PM
Friday 10am to 3pm. Corner of Berkman and Coronado Hills Drive. Lot's of kids' items for cheap! Hope to see you there!!
Yard Sale- kids stuff
posted by mrs aaron on April 22nd, 2014 2:25 PM
This Friday, April 25 from 10am to 3pm at 1519 Coronado Hills Drive (at the corner of Berkman and Coronado Hills Drive), Clifton Career Development School's Child Care students will have a yard sale of childrens' items. All profit goes to our activity fund for field trips to the Thinkery. We hope you can stop by and buy!
COYOTES
posted by Shauna Armstrong on April 21st, 2014 12:14 AM
Thank you for your kind words. There is a pack that has been living in the outer reaches of what was left of the old Mueller Airport parking lots and runway. That block of undeveloped land bordered by Manor Road and Berkman Drive. If sirens sound in the neighborhood or head east on Manor Road it will set the pack off and they will howl at the sirens just like the neighborhood dogs. The last time I heard the pack it was over at the golf course. I have come face to face with these coyotes three (3) times now. All three times in the same area, Vaughan Lane and Tom McCurdy Street, what we at the Wildflower Terrace call "Smoker's Corner". One evening I was playing Laser Tag with Brody, my male Cavalier Spaniel out on Vaughan Lane. After a few moments I looked over my shoulder and there was a full grown, dark colored coyote. Judging by his size I'm assuming this one was male. He was sitting up right, not down in a stalking, stealthy position but upright, just watching us from the corner of Vaughan and McCurdy, not more than ten feet back from the fence. Another night I was sitting on the corner with another tenant and Brody when I looked up and saw a larger coyote and two smaller ones.From this scenario I'm assuming a female and two pups. The pups were Brody's size. The female and one pup sat back about twenty feet but the other pup approached the fence and began running the fence with Brody! And this last time Quincy, Brody and I were walking along the grass median between Vaughan Street and the construction site. We were being stalked the whole time and I had no idea. It was a large dark colored coyote and he jumped the fence to grab Quincy. With all of the daily construction with heavy, earth moving equipment I foolishly thought the pack had moved on, as the last time I heard them they were over at the golf course. My advise is to avoid the area altogether. With the taking of Quincy they will be back.
Transportation Committee meeting notes 26 Feb 2014
posted by Betsy on February 26th, 2014 4:35 PM
Transportation Committee Meeting notes26 February 2014 (Jill)2012 Mobility bond project - money allocated and public/private partnership1st step - preliminary engineering report (how does plan fit with existing utilities, etc., construction cost estimates). Atkins has been hired to do this work over the next 6 months. Looking at I-35 to Berkman. There will be opportunities for public engagement... nothing specific yet. (Rick K - Windsor Park)Berkman intersection function - WB traffic on 51st is so heavy after road diet that the left turn from EB 51st onto Berkman has a hard time finding a gap for a permissive left turn.Pedestrian signal crossing 51st at Vaughn & Bartholomew Pool - Windsor Park would like active when pool opens. City developing criteria for pedestrian hybrid beacons. City recommended calling 311 which will trigger the start of the study process. (Catellus/City)-- Route recently published as recommended to City Council (maps, etc. online). More definition on northern route (Airport or I-35) is expected this Spring, along with mode (urban rail vs BRT) and funding options.-- More public outreach likely-- Route west of I-35 increases the need for good biking/walking connections across I-35. How is this planning being coordinated with Mobility35 and City’s support for that? Parties commenting on either project may want to note. If Mobility35 makes access to the northern route more difficult, that will negatively impact ridership. (Dee) - TxDOT’s long-range plan through Austin under development-- Cherrywood NA getting engaged quickly-- Mueller NA engaged-- TxDOT will present at RMMA PIAC March 11 meeting at Carver Library-- HDR hasn’t looked at the impacts to Mueller TIA yet. They’re waiting for TxDOT to evaluate prior comments and make possible adjustments. The risk of TxDOT getting too set on a design before the impacts to Mueller are known was debated. (Carl)-- Berkman full section from 51st to Philomena within 30 days-- Section 7 (southern part behind Wildflower Terrace) is under construction along with the 1st phase of the last detention pond. -- Catellus expects to finish southern lots by summer & turn over to builders-- Then Catellus will proceed northward up to Zach Scott, starting this summer. As part of that, they’ll complete the full section of Berkman from Manor to Zach Scott near the end of 2014.-- They’ll start on the next neighborhood park in Sept. with a goal of opening the 2nd pool in summer 2015-- Roundabout - Catellus is responding to final comments by City. City will construct but no information yet on their schedule.--Signal at Airport and Zach Scott:----- Flashing Yellow indication replaces old green ball to indicate the permissive turn phase (proceed with caution). Nationally, drivers often misinterpret the green ball and think they have the right of way when they don’t, so the standards have changed to use a flashing yellow turn arrow instead.----- When turning left into Mueller from southbound Airport, most drivers will travel past the crosswalk to see down Airport and determine if it’s safe to proceed. That will result in drivers getting caught in front of the crosswalk (or possibly on the crosswalk) when the light turns red. We discussed moving the crosswalk to the South side of intersection to avoid this conflict. I was told to call 311 so if anyone else thinks this would be an improvement, please also call them. It was pointed out that the City’s Complete Streets policy requires crosswalks on both sides of each street, not just one.-- Making the Mattie/McBee intersection a 4-way stop due to limited visibility for eastbound drivers on McBee to see southbound traffic on Mattie approach the intersection. Catellus says the problem is due to temporary grading that will be cut down when the NW corner is developed. The City said they would look into it but they seem reluctant to install a 4-way stop, even a temporary one. Call 311 to pursue.-- Sight distance at Zach Scott at Berkman - I mentioned this as well but we only had time for a brief discussion. It was pointed out that if we want wide-open sight distance at all intersections, you won’t have buildings near the corners and you would have to eliminate a lot of parking. Both are counter to our sort of development. It was also pointed out that the parked cars are a buffer, so stop prior to the crosswalk, if no pedestrians are coming, pull up to even with the parked cars and then look for traffic on Berkman. I’m just repeating what I heard so don’t shoot the messenger! If that doesn’t work, call 311.-- Berkman Dr. Traffic Study completed and will review with City and scope out options. Catellus says they will set up meeting with Berkman residents soon. Good turnout of residents will be important.-- Discussed whether the opening of the Thinkery necessitates the opening of the additional left turn lane from southbound Airport onto Aldrich. Over the holidays traffic backed up into the through lanes on Airport, but perhaps that was just due to the holidays. Catellus says they’ll monitor the intersection for backups. If you feel this is a problem, call 311. -- The City will be installing a new traffic signal on 51st at Mueller Blvd. in the next few weeks.
Great experience with new owner of Windsor Park Vet Clinic
posted by Janelle Dozier on February 3rd, 2014 11:48 AM
Windsor Park Vet Clinic is only a mile away from Mueller, just off Berkman. Dr. Rita Geigel has recently bought the practice. She and her associate, Dr. Pasternak, did a great job with Barkley's annual physical and teeth cleaning. Excellent follow-up. Laura and Ursula, the front desk staff, have stayed with the practice, which gives nice continuity. Dr. Geigel has upgraded to digital X-ray, a new bloodwork machine, and new anesthesia monitoring and EKG equipment. It promises to be a neighborhood clinic with a warm and personal touch. Address: 1928 Gaston Place Drive. 512-928-1403. Janelle Dozier
Delwood Youth Sports Baseball, Softball, t-ball and Football
posted by Alexandra Ortiz on January 27th, 2014 2:33 PM
Your youth sports needs their community. We need coaches,sponsors, fundraisers, ideas any help is appreciated! We are a new organization,help us build a youth sports that meets your expectations. Baseball, softball and t-ball registration is up and running! We will be holding registration at Bartholomew District Park at the baseball fields located at 5201 Berkman Drive Austin, Texas 78723 in the clubhouse every Saturday starting January Baseball, softball and tball registration is up and running! We will be holding registration at Bartholomew District Park at the baseball fields located at 5201 Berkman Drive Austin, Texas 78723 in the clubhouse every Saturday starting January 18 thru the last Saturday in February from 10am to 1pm We offer baseball and softball for ages 4-16. Registration Fee: T-BALL $65.00 ages 4-6 All other divisions $75.00 ages 7-18 If you register online there is a 5.00 processing fee.18 thru the last Saturday in February from 10am to 1pm We offer baseball and softball for ages 4-16.
Join Art & Soul this Saturday!
posted by VANESSA HUFF on January 12th, 2014 11:22 PM
Monet Bold & Colorful Landscape come and paint! "Creativity Inspiration & Wine" Date: Saturday, January 18th, 2014 Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm Location: 3801 Berkman Drive Suite A Event Type: This is a Public Event Community: Mueller Community Hosted By: VANESSA HUFF City/Town: Austin Description: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creativity-inspiration-and-wine-for-ages-21-wteacher-andrea-davignon-tickets-9514156097 Creativity Inspiration and Wine! for Ages 21 & up w/Teacher Andrea D'Avignon 7pm-10pm Saturday 1/18/14 (1 class) Bring a friend and your favorite bottle of wine and create a beautiful acrylic painting! You will be guided step by step to complete your own masterpiece. We will learn about and be inspired by a variety of master painters, Andy Warhol, Edward Hopper, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, and many more!
Spring Break Art Camps @ Art & Soul
posted by VANESSA HUFF on January 2nd, 2014 3:39 PM
Monday, March 10th, 2014 Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm Location: 3801 Berkman Drive Suite A Austin Texas 78723 Wildflower Terrace Event Type: This is a Public Event Community: Mueller Community Hosted By: VANESSA HUFF City/Town: AUSTIN Description: Spring Break Art Camp for Ages 7-10 w/Teacher Andrea D’AvignonRegister for Art and Soul Classes 2pm-5pm everyday from 3/10/14 to 3/14/14 http://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-break-art-camp-for-ages-7-10-wteacher-andrea-davignon-tickets-9986757661 Spring Break Art Camp for Ages 3-7 w/Teacher Andrea D’AvignonRegister for Art and Soul Classes $180 for 5 days. 9am-12pm everyday from 3/10/14 to 3/14/14 http://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-break-art-camp-for-ages-3-7-wteacher-andrea-davignon-tickets-9986649337
Spring Break Art Camps @ Art & Soul
posted by VANESSA HUFF on January 2nd, 2014 3:37 PM
Monday, March 10th, 2014 Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm Location: 3801 Berkman Drive Suite A Austin Texas 78723 Wildflower Terrace Event Type: This is a Public Event Community: Mueller Community Hosted By: VANESSA HUFF City/Town: AUSTIN Description: Spring Break Art Camp for Ages 7-10 w/Teacher Andrea D’AvignonRegister for Art and Soul Classes 2pm-5pm everyday from 3/10/14 to 3/14/14 http://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-break-art-camp-for-ages-7-10-wteacher-andrea-davignon-tickets-9986757661 Spring Break Art Camp for Ages 3-7 w/Teacher Andrea D’AvignonRegister for Art and Soul Classes $180 for 5 days. 9am-12pm everyday from 3/10/14 to 3/14/14 http://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-break-art-camp-for-ages-3-7-wteacher-andrea-davignon-tickets-9986649337
Spring Break Art Camps @ Art & Soul
posted by VANESSA HUFF on January 2nd, 2014 3:36 PM
Monday, March 10th, 2014 Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm Location: 3801 Berkman Drive Suite A Austin Texas 78723 Wildflower Terrace Event Type: This is a Public Event Community: Mueller Community Hosted By: VANESSA HUFF City/Town: AUSTIN Description: Spring Break Art Camp for Ages 7-10 w/Teacher Andrea D’AvignonRegister for Art and Soul Classes 2pm-5pm everyday from 3/10/14 to 3/14/14 http://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-break-art-camp-for-ages-7-10-wteacher-andrea-davignon-tickets-9986757661 Spring Break Art Camp for Ages 3-7 w/Teacher Andrea D’AvignonRegister for Art and Soul Classes $180 for 5 days. 9am-12pm everyday from 3/10/14 to 3/14/14 http://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-break-art-camp-for-ages-3-7-wteacher-andrea-davignon-tickets-9986649337
Spring Break Art Camps @ Art & Soul
posted by VANESSA HUFF on January 2nd, 2014 3:34 PM
Monday, March 10th, 2014 Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm Location: 3801 Berkman Drive Suite A Austin Texas 78723 Wildflower Terrace Event Type: This is a Public Event Community: Mueller Community Hosted By: VANESSA HUFF City/Town: AUSTIN Description: Spring Break Art Camp for Ages 7-10 w/Teacher Andrea D’AvignonRegister for Art and Soul Classes 2pm-5pm everyday from 3/10/14 to 3/14/14 http://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-break-art-camp-for-ages-7-10-wteacher-andrea-davignon-tickets-9986757661 Spring Break Art Camp for Ages 3-7 w/Teacher Andrea D’AvignonRegister for Art and Soul Classes $180 for 5 days. 9am-12pm everyday from 3/10/14 to 3/14/14 http://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-break-art-camp-for-ages-3-7-wteacher-andrea-davignon-tickets-9986649337
Paint & Wine Friday January 3rd!
posted by VANESSA HUFF on December 30th, 2013 2:34 PM
Friday, January 3rd, 2014 Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm Location: 3801 Berkman Drive Suite A Austin Texas 78723 Wildflower Terrace Event Type: This is a Public Event Community: Mueller Community Hosted By: VANESSA HUFF City/Town: AUSTIN Description: Creativity Inspiration and Wine! for Ages 21 & up w/Teacher Lori Lockhart 7pm-10pm Friday 1/3/14 (1 class) Bring a friend and your favorite bottle of wine and create a beautiful acrylic painting! You will be guided step by step to complete your own masterpiece. We will learn about and be inspired by a variety of master painters, Andy Warhol, Edward Hopper, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, and many more! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creativity-inspiration-and-wine-for-ages-21-wteacher-lori-lockhart-tickets-9514081875
Transportation Committee meeting notes 17 Dec 2013
posted by Betsy on December 17th, 2013 6:38 PM
Transportation Committee Meeting notes17 December 2013 (Dee) - TxDOT’s long-range plan through Austin under development-- Public outreach underway - get on their mailing list. Can sign up by section of interest and get e-blast updates-- Major work at intersections (51st, Airport) and ramp revisions-- Some proposals have major impacts to access to Mueller-- Access road changes (superstreet concept) -- Catellus and their engineers (HDR) met with TxDOT engineers to convey concerns-- Mueller residents also have a meeting set up with TxDOT to discuss their concerns (barrier to crossing I-35, loss of ramps to/from Airport, etc)-- Project Connect team - Council adopted Highland Mall corridor as recommended by the team. Alignment doesn’t come to Mueller but is at least on the East side. Exact route for 1st investment will be determined between now and May. Many public involvement meetings will be held - encourage everyone to get involved in routing conversations.-- City will continue to do planning work on other corridors so they’ll be prepared to take advantage of any funding opportunities that may materialize-- City also looking (with some encouragement from Mueller) at circulator service that would connect to urban rail-- Catellus can hold off on making any final decisions on the property earmarked for the maintenance facility for a while until routing decisions are made.-- Route west of I-35 increases the need for good biking/walking connections across I-35 (Carl)-- Finished northern 60 lots on west side of Berkman. Builders start in next 2 months-- Under construction Section 7, Phase 1 East of Wildflower Terrace. Phase 2 starts in a year and includes the full buildout of Berkman up to Zach Scott.-- In design on Section 9 (Zach Scott to Philomena) which will include full buildout of Berkman last stretch (late 2015 delivery)-- In design on SE greenway-- Next pool anticipated opening summer 2015 but could slip to 2016-- Residence Inn opening next couple of weeks-- Regional retail and market district finishing up (City of Austin)-- Signal at Airport/Zach Scott - soon but no firm date given by the City-- Signal warrants met at 51st and Mueller - no date for installation... will likely be some months-- Turns (no left out of driveway and no through from Wells Fargo to Home Depot) will be restricted at Barbara Jordan and Home Depot. Signal (privately funded) will go in later and then all movements will be restored.-- Roundabout - Plans at City for review. Comments to engineers by mid-January. No date set for construction. (Tom Wald)Cycle Track brochure - hand out at MNA and link online. Very nice production!Catellus will set up separate meeting with Berkman owners in mid-late January. Interim and ultimate solutions need to be discussed. Catellus recently collected speed/volume data which needs to be processed by their engineers. Possible short-term solution includes installing signs that show the actual speed above/below the speed limit. Berkman won’t be completed (both sides) until late 2015.
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posted by VANESSA HUFF on December 1st, 2013 10:43 PM
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posted by VANESSA HUFF on November 6th, 2013 2:02 PM
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posted by VANESSA HUFF on November 6th, 2013 2:01 PM
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posted by VANESSA HUFF on November 6th, 2013 2:00 PM
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