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Mueller Needs YOU to Speak Up (or Show Up) - 10-1 Redistricting Public Hearing
posted by ping2guo3 on August 14th, 2013 3:59 PM
Um. . . Mueller is not the east Austin you knew? Well, it can’t be geography, so it must be something else. Maybe the availability of new houses on an otherwise barren, noisy airfield? Or, the 1 out of 4 units that house people at 80 percent or less of MFI without looking like subsidized housing? Or, providing nice rental units for those above 55 at affordable rates? Or the increased shopping and employment opportunities, including an HEB, in a previously identified food desert? If not any of these things, then maybe does it have something to do with the types of people who live at Mueller? Perhaps it is people like Dennis MIck who one-handedly fixed handicapped accessibility to the voting precinct in Windsor Park or the dozens of other like him who assist their east side neighbors on a routine basis? Or, maybe it is the emergent leadership of young women like Kathy Sokolic or young Africa Americans like James Nortey and Kevin Foster? This old airport patch of land is probably not the east side you knew. There are a lot of new streets and buildings and many new people. Some old timers may not like the change and or perhaps think of it as too "different" to be considered as a part of east Austin. They may well be correct. I will leave that for others to decide.As for the gerrymandering part, everyone needs to examine the committee charge and come to understand what that term is and what it is not. Jerry Perkins, Lawless St, Mueller neighborhood
Mueller Neighborhood Assn Meeting Minutes 7/20/2013
posted by Cynthia on July 21st, 2013 5:47 PM
MNA General Meeting July 20, 2013 Wildflower Terrace MNA Steering Committee Members present: Kathy Sokolic, Sandy Parks, Janeka Rector, David Neider, Kevin McGillicuddy, Dennis Mick, Corky Hilliard, James Nortey, Ani Colt, Kat Malcom, Cynthia Cammack MNA Steering Committee Members absent: Belinda Roberts, Grant Fisher 1. Introductions: Kathy Sokolic welcomed attendees 2. Treasurer's Report: Sandy Parks a. the MNA bank balance this morning, prior to the latest bank run, was a little less than $6300. b. Three big expenditures coming up: two Front Porch Flyer editions, Halloween carnival. c. 74 new and renewed members since June 10th; 337 existing members. 3. Presentation to Frost Bank: Kathy Sokolic Kathy thanked Frost for attending and contributing to neighborhood events and being so supportive of neighborhood, and presented a plaque in commemoration of the five year anniversary of the MNA savings account at Frost. Dena Holliday, VP, and Ken Gates, Sr VP at Frost represented Frost Bank. 4. Keep Austin Affordable: Frank Fernandez, Executive Director at Green Doors a. Gave brief overview of Keep Austin Affordable as a gathering of people concerned about high cost of housing in Austin. (Lives in Mueller.) Some points from presentation: • Austin needs 38,000 units for the 1 in 6 renters making below $25,000 that cannot afford Austin. They are either homeless, living in substandard conditions, doubled or quadrupled families in apartments, or paying too much and cutting other basics such as prescriptions or food. • Because of low unemployment, rental rates keep going up and Austin has gone from one of most affordable cities in Texas to one of most expensive. • Group's main focus: to get housing bonds back on ballot, hoping for November. $55 million bond was passed in 2006, but all those funds are spent or committed. Helped create over 3500 affordable homes of all kinds of housing. • Group advocates for another bond that size and members are out working to provide explanation to voters to about what bonds are for. b. Questions and Answers Q: What is tax implication of bond? A: Would not require tax increase; there is existing capacity within ad valorum tax rate Q: How does money go toward affordable housing and maintaining it? A: Every year city takes portion and creates an RFP for outside group to apply for funds. For example, if a group is developing an $8 million housing project, it could get a portion from these bond funds. To do so, group has to obligations to affordability, such as keeping units affordable for 99 years. Q: What are the demographics of the homeless population? A: In recent year, about 12,000 total, of which about 2000 were hildren, 10% veterans, 40% or so mothers and children. 80% are situationally homeless due to circumstances such as a lost job, medical situation, or domestic violence; they tend to get back into housing within 6 months or so. 20% are chronically homeless due to behavioral health or other issues; need services as well as housing. Q: What types of housing can the bond funds go to? A: City Council makes policy decisions. in last bond, 75% went to rental housing mostly to people making $25,000 or less. Smaller percentages went to repairs and affordable home ownership programs. Q: How many units can be generated with this amount? A: The last bond generated about 3500 - hoping for similar number this time. Noted that these kinds of programs are good for the local economy, creating jobs. Q: Where do other funds come from? A: Variety of sources, such as low income housing programs, banks, foundations, individuals. Audience comment: It's also important to emphasize programs and opportunities for behavioral health and other health issues that contribute to the homeless problem. New aid funds will provide some assistance. Q: Is money being spent on something else now that this would take the place of? A: Funds were not earmarked for something else and then shifted. Q: What is the elevator speech for people who insist homeless choose to be homeless? A: I struggle with this, too. Ask if they have ever been homeless. If they had been living in those conditions, might not say that. Many homeless people who do say so are mentally ill and might not be expressing that preference if well. Q: What does Green Doors do? A: We provide safe, affordable, quality housing as well as a food pantry, help with household setup. Also provide education on poverty and homelessness, for example, on veterans' issues. Veterans often end up homeless due to severe PTSD or traumatic brain injury. Q: If veterans are a core group, does specific amount of bond money go to veterans' initiatives? A: Bond funds do not have proportions specified for veterans. Green Doors and other programs do initiatives for veterans. c. Showed forms available for finding out more about Green Doors, volunteering, or donating. d. Kathy reinforced Mueller Redevelopment Vision and Goals. Noted that we will in August be bringing up to MNA members for a vote on whether or not we want MNA to formally support the bond. 5. 10-1 City Council: Steven Aleman, attorney and mediator, past chair of ANC, lives in nearby Chestnut neighborhood a. Highlights from presentation: In November 2012, the city had vote on charter amendments that resulted in a plan to divide city into ten sectors with one representative of each. In November 2014, voters will elect first council members on this plan. Independent Citizens' Redistricting Commission was a part of this proposition and has been put in place. This group is now planning drawing up of districts. First hearing in about a month in August. ANC interested in influencing commission to respect neighborhood lines, however can only influence them via writing that can be made public; cannot invite commissioners to neighborhood meetings. This makes field hearings more significant because they will be the only meeting opportunities. Charter amendment prohibits commission from using certain approaches, such as considering where candidates live, or lumping precincts together. Priority criteria include: plan must be "constitutional" - one person, one vote - or equivalent in size by population, maintain contiguous areas and neighborhood integrity. Neighborhood integrity includes common interests such as language, and resisting drawing lines along convenient geographic boundaries that could bisect neighborhoods. Commission will hold hearings across town before they can release a plan. Must also release a preliminary plan and hold available for 14 day period for public comment. ANC is requesting this period be extended to one month and is encouraging others to make same request. Commission will revise map to reflect public input and then vote on it. Nine of 14 commissioners must approve. Because of the recent Supreme Court decision, there will be no federal review, and this commission's vote is final. b. Questions and Answers Q: What is deadline for districts to be drawn? A: Now that federal pre-clearance is not required, commission could take till early 2014 to make decision. 6. New martial arts school - Nexus Tae Kwan Do: Brad Perkins from Windsor Park a. Opening up a martial arts business near Staples. Emphasized that martial arts play an important role in preventing bullying, and he works on school seminars and presentations to demonstrate this. Hoping to open by November. Will be offering adult and kids' classes as well as yoga, on weekdays and weekends. Twenty years of experience. 7. CASA Superheroes Run for Saturday, September 21st, 2013: Jennifer Lester, CASA events coordinator a. Provided background on Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Advocates focus on needs of children in the court system. One way CASA supports this work is with the Superheroes run. Route this year goes through Mueller on roads. Registration is open and anticipating sellout by mid-September. http://www.casasuperherorun.com/ Brings whole metropolitan area together against child abuse. Mueller will have a water stop to support along mile 2. Also need help with parking, guiding drivers into rows on dirt lot. b. Gave shout out to Frost Bank as a big supporter. 8. Announcements a. The next Social Hour is Wednesday, August 14th at the Mueller HEB, and children are welcome. The HOA will provide light appetizers (Kat) b. Music in the Park will be on Thursday, Sept 12th with Kent Mayhew performing at the amphitheater, 6:30 PM (Kat) c. RMMA PIAC (Rick Krivoniak, chair of the RMMA PIAC). Welcomed Corky Hilliard's reappointment to the PIAC. Announced the next meeting is August 13th at the Carver Library 9. Adjourned
Mueller Neighborhood Association General Meeting Minutes 6/15/2013
posted by Cynthia on June 22nd, 2013 9:31 AM
The Mueller Neighborhood Association is a non-profit, non-partisan organization within which the residents of the neighborhood can promote their common interests with regard to preserving and enhancing the quality of life, safety, residential characteristics, and property values of their neighborhood in particular, and in all neighborhoods generally. Meeting minutes and association information are posted at http://www.citicite.com/mueller/index.php?module=Pages&op=view&title=Mueller_Neighborhood_Association ************************************************* Mueller Neighborhood Association General Meeting Minutes June 15, 2013 Wildflower Terrace Room MNA Steering Committee Members present: Kathy Sokolic, Sandy Parks, Janeka Rector, Ani Colt, David Neider, Kevin McGillicuddy, Dennis Mick, Grant Fisher, Kat Malcom, Cynthia Cammack MNA Steering Committee Members absent: Belinda Roberts, Corky Hilliard, James Nortey 1. Greetings and Pleasantries: Kathy a. "Brief Meet & Greet" : Neighbors were invited to introduce themselves to others they'd not met before. b. Kathy thanked Steering Committee for work done so far and introduced them. 2. Treasurer's Report: Sandy a. Sandy reported the MNA financial state is very well. Reported she went through books and has discovered that July 15th is the organization's 5 year anniversary, a historic milestone. 3. Subcommittee Reports: a. Rail Subcommittee: Janeka Janeka is keeping up with urban rail expansion. She reported that the mayor says we should expect a vote next May if there's a bond. The mayor is intent on leasing the airport to make this possible. Although a large number of people want rail to go through Mueller, there are groups that want the rail to go along Lamar. Janeka and volunteers working with her will continue to attend meetings with the Mueller group to keep focus here at Mueller. See Janeka after the meeting for more information or to get involved. PROJECT CONNECT meeting: June 25, 2013, 5 to 8 PM, Dobie Middle School, 1200 East Rundberg Lane - Please attend if possible. b. Kathy displayed Mueller Redevelopment Vision and Goals. c. Community Enhancement Subcommittee: Dave Dave reviewed the Kerbey Lane Eat-in event, the first in an effort to focus local businesses on residents' desire to have them here and on our potential support. 119 people showed up at Kerbey Lane. Similar events are being planned for the future. Dave reviewed tenets of the sub-committee and relevant events. There will be a town center meeting at his house, work on redesign of the community website. Kathy explained we are planning a lot of meetings, but the goal is to get more people involved in neighborhood projects. She asked for a show of hands of block captains. She explained that Kevin will be taking over block captain organization duties from Dennis, and at the Monday, June 24th block captain meeting, there will be discussion of what tasks group wants to do and how to proceed with block captains. We asked for people from new areas of the neighborhood to attend if they're interested in getting this started on their block. Current block captains are encouraged to attend. 4. Announcements: Kat invited all to Mueller July 4 parade, sponsored each year by MNA and one event membership dues support. She described parade route and said that group will stage parade at 9:30 at Lake Park by the restrooms; neighbors can join as participants or spectators. Ice cream will be served at Ella Wooten, and the event ends with a pool party. She reminded us that no food or drink is permitted in the pool, and that no lifeguard is on duty before 1 PM. Kat also explained there is a social hour each quarter. The next meeting is scheduled for August 14 at the new HEB. Children are invited to this event, and there will be a table with activities for them. Kathy reminded attendees of how to join MNA and the cost - $5 yearly dues. Renewals are in December/January time frame. Dues provide Front Porch Flyer, sponsor parade, used for neighborhood activities and projects. Dennis passed out forms to those interested. 5. Sustainable Food Center (SFC): Simone Benz Simone presented the SFC mission and went through a presentation to introduce SFC. Highlights from the presentation: · Grow Local -community and school gardens · Farm Direct - food sharing and distribution to link producers and consumers, four farmers' markets · The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegra - cooking classes and nutrition education on available and local foods · 4 Farmers' Markets - Triangle, MLK MetroRail, Sunset Valley, Downtown · Double Dollar Incentive Program - matching for WIC and SNAP benefits to increase fresh food purchasing power · SFC has moved to a new location near MLK market. They now have conference and teaching facilities, gardens, and cooking facilities. Simone stated that the center and its mission fits into the East Austin revitalization part of MNA's vision. 6. HEB Update: Marty Garcia, Steve Buxton, LaSean Hockenhull The group provided a presentation with a sneak peak of the store and management staff. Discussed their director roles and areas of accountability. All three have experience in HEB east side and other stores and will have a team of 30 working with them at this store. Highlights of presentation: · This store is the first to offer the Community Coordinator role, not a typical role for HEB. It was developed based on active input from neighborhoods in this area that asked for a staff person whose job was to act as a contact for neighborhood residents. The role is currently held by Calah Peace, but she has been promoted, and someone else will replace her in coming weeks. · Slides of the Community Room and information about how to reserve it was presented. It is available for 501(c)3 groups. Meetings must be nonpolitical, nonreligious, charge no admission. No alcohol or outside food/drink are permitted. The room is fully outfitted with tables chairs, a dry erase board, TV monitor, etc. They will probably ask for a deposit just to limit no-shows but haven't decided on the policy yet. · They gave an overview of the store facilities and features. It is the greenest store HEB has ever designed, and is anticipated to meet at least the LEED Silver rating, hoping for platinum rating. It's also anticipated to exceed the AEGB 4 rating. All cold food items are behind lightweight frameless glass doors. There is natural and LED lighting, designed to maintain even lighting at all times. Lights automatically turn down or off when not needed. The entire roof will be devoted to solar power generation. Native landscaping has been sourced from within 100 miles of store, to ensure suitability, and there are reclaimed water and other water-saving features. · The store has 65 bike rack spots with tool kits, 2 EV charge stations, and is near bus routes. · Cafe Mueller is the first HEB full-blown restaurant open for lunch and dinner and will feature craft brews, wine, beer, and a menu to include barbecue, Asian, bistro items. It will have its own entrance. Live music will be featured with a schedule influenced by neighborhood preferences. Cafe hours are set for 10 AM - 10 PM for start. · 100% of the staff is hired and in training at other stores. July 26 is the opening date. It was changed to accommodate a couple of construction issues that don't yet meet expectations. Q&A - answers included: There will be a full pharmacy with 2 drive-up windows. It will be a one-level market with easier access for handicapped. It is bigger than the Hancock store. It will have an ATM but no leased spaces to other businesses. It will run the same weekly promotions as Hancock; Springdale store will become part of same ad zone. It will order top-of-line produce but will have affordable price leader options as well. This store has all demographics and will need a variety of options. It will have a Blooms for floral and gift items. Bike racks will be located across front and side of store on restaurant side. There will be 8 gas pumps - will open July 19 There will be fresh options, including a juice bar, fresh guacamole and salsa. At 6 AM coffee will be available. They have made an effort to stock gluten-free products and options in restaurant and in store. No floor plan is available until the store is open. It will have a large organic selection. There will be 4 express lanes, no self-checkouts. They are planning a Thursday morning senior coffee. They will have a full-service butcher center, and tortilla machine for flour tortillas. Security will be provided as Segway security with energy-efficient vehicles; parking lot security will be in uniform. Pharmacy hours are 9 AM - 9 PM, 10-5 on Sunday. Bike riders will need to go through the parking lot. Catellus has list of the smaller businesses planned for the strip center. Store hours will be 6 AM-midnight.
Steering Committee election results!
posted by Betsy on January 26th, 2013 12:07 PM
The following members comprise the 2013 MNA Steering Committee, as elected this morning: Cynthia Cammack Ani Colt Grant Fisher Corky Hilliard Kathleen ‘kat’ Malcom Kevin McGillicuddy Dennis Mick David Neider James Nortey Sandy Parks Janeka Rector Belinda Roberts Kathy Sokolic The new Steering Committee met after the general meeting, with 2 members absent, and elected the following officers: Chair - Kathy Sokolic Vice-Chair - Grant Fisher Secretary - Cynthia Cammack Treasurer - Sandy Parks Congratulations to all and a hearty thank-you to the outgoing Steering Committee members! Betsy
MNA Steering Conmmittee reposting entire document
posted by Bobby Gierisch on January 11th, 2013 1:30 PM
THIS IS A RE-POSTING OF THE ONE ABOVE, WITH TWO CHANGES. FIRST, THERE ARE NOW JUST 13 CANDIDATES FOR THE 13 POSITIONS; AND SECOND, I'VE ATTEMPTED TO REFORMAT SO THAT EACH CANDIDATE'S STATEMENT IS SEPARATED FROM THE OTHERS, MAKING IT EASIER TO READ ... sometimes our formatting dreams don't pan out, so here's hoping Mueller Neighborhood AssociationSteering Committee ElectionThere are 13 positions on the Steering Committee of the Mueller Neighborhood Association. Members are elected for one-year terms and may be re-elected, but they may serve no more than three consecutive terms. The election will take place at the MNA monthly meeting at 10am on January 26 in Room 108 of the SEDL Building at 4700 Mueller Boulevard.You must be a resident and MNA member in good standing to serve on the steering committee.You must also be a resident and MNA member for at least two weeks prior to the election (by January 12) in order to vote. Residents who paid MNA dues anytime during 2012 are members in good standing. If you need to become a member, visit: http://www.citicite.com/mueller/index.php?module=Pages&op=view&title=Mueller_Neighborhood_AssociationBelow are short “statements of interest” from 13 residents nominated for election. Those currently serving on the steering committee (incumbents) are denoted with (I). Additional nominations may be made at any time, including nominations from the floor at the MNA meeting. However, nominations must be received by January 12 to have a statement of interest printed and be included on the printed ballot.For additional information, contact any member of the Nominations Committee: Bobby Gierisch, Millie Hayes, Betsy Hilton, Ann Jerome or Jerry Perkins.MNA Steering Committee NomineesStatements of InterestCynthia Cammack We moved to Mueller during its first year, in August 2008, and live on Zach Scott in the first block of houses off Airport. It's been exciting to watch the community grow and see the principles of good urban design at work. Mueller is proof that planning and teamwork make a difference in the quality of neighborhood life. The Mueller Neighborhood Association provides a forum for the entire neighborhood to continue to build community, to understand issues and share information affecting residents, and to weigh in with a voice when residents need or want that. This is especially important as the neighborhood grows, and more systematic efforts are needed to get input from all. I'd welcome the opportunity to be a part of this effort. I bring professional experience with education, communication, and contract/project management that I believe can help support the work of the group. Equally as important, I bring a sincere desire to work for a neighborly quality of life.Ani ColtHi, I’m Ani Colt. After 30 some years in the northeast, I visited Mueller the Christmas of 2011. My daughter lives in Windsor Park and she and her partner brought me over to lure me to Austin. When I got back to Connecticut, I read about the vision of Mueller on the internet and found Wildflower Terrace. Bullseye. Because of my long desire to help create what I call intentional community, I got it all together and moved in April, 2012. Since getting here, I’m helping start a Time Xchange at Wildflower Terrace and have lead one of our monthly literary salons to introduce the book I published in 2011. In addition, I have taken a rep position with Go Local Austin. Attracting and supporting local businesses can help Mueller’s unique potential and serve our residents.My previous career consulting big food and beverage companies develop new products helped me gain a keen understand of the importance of listening to people. Serving on the MNA Steering Committee offers the opportunity to utilize my decades of experience. If elected, I intend to help implement the visions and economic realities that have brought us to share this growing neighborhood and evolving multi-faceted community.Grant FisherI am interesting on serving on the Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA) Steering Committee to help provide a better neighborhood for the Mueller residents. As a pioneer resident and a founding member of the MNA, I have worked on neighborhood issues since the inception of the MNA. I served as Chair of the MNA for the first three years, and recently I am serving as one of the ANC delegates from Mueller. I look forward to being able to work with the MNA on neighborhood and local issues, and hope to continue my service.Corky Hilliard (I).I won the lottery and became a Mueller Pioneer in 2008. This past year I have served on the MNA Steering committee and am asking to continue my involvement. I have worked for the past 5 years on issues important to Mueller residents and community. I was honored to have been the first Mueller resident appointed to the Mueller Commission (PIAC) and served there for almost 3 years. While serving on the PIAC I worked to open the Hangar for resident use, the substation/golf course upgrades, and increasing the resident voice on the city commission. I have been involved in several Mueller initiatives and the Pecan Street Project. Austin community involvements have included board positions with SafePlace, the Austin Film Society, and currently the ECHO board which advocates for ending homelessness. My business is focused on strategic planning, executive leadership and community building. I advocate those ideals in my Mueller community work. I'm asking for your support to continue my work on the MNA Steering Committee providing a strong voice for resident involvement.Kathleen ‘kat’ MalcomHello neighbors! My name is Kathleen ‘kat’ Malcom and I live on Camacho St. I began stalking the Mueller development in 2006 before the streets were installed, and met several of my current neighbors back then, as we shared our passion for shaping Mueller. I received my Pioneer lottery number in 2007, and built my home here in 2008. The Mueller community has exceeded my expectations, and in return I enjoy contributing to its well-being. I became the Upper Camacho Block Captain in 2009, and have previously served two years on the MNA Steering Committee, where I chaired the Block Captain committee. I have also been a member of the POA Resident’s Activity Committee for the last three years, and I created the Mueller Boomer Baby Social Club in 2009 which is thriving today. I would be happy to join the MNA Steering Committee in 2013. My goal is to extend Mueller’s visibility and engagement within our adjacent neighborhoods, and for Mueller to become a contributing member of the East Austin community. Thanks!Kevin McGillicuddy (I)My wife Tish and I have been residents at Mueller (living on Pinckney St.) since the Spring of 2009 and have lived in Austin since 1975. As a recovering lawyer, I work in the insurance claims business. I greatly enjoy living at Mueller and am standing for election for a second year on the Steering Committee so that I can continue contributing to the life of this great community.Dennis Mick (I)I retired in 2008 after a career in advertising and public relations for large companies. Carole and I sold our suburban house and moved to Mueller (4305 Scales) the following year, and we are so happy with that decision. We significantly reduced our carbon footprint but enlarged our social circle. We are involved in a number of Mueller activities, and love the direction of the neighborhood and the involvement of many of our neighbors. I have served on the Steering Committee of the MNA for two years.David NeiderI’m originally from Urbana Illinois where I grew up and went to college. After graduating I moved to Austin because I liked the city and I had a job lined up at Dell. I have been living in Austin and working for Dell for the past ~12 years. I currently work as a quality engineer, outside of work I enjoy local live music, playing basketball and classic cars.I became interested in moving to Mueller prior to ground breaking and entered myself into the Mueller pioneer lottery. I choose not to build at that time and later moved to Mueller as a renter in August 2011. I moved in to a Mueller House in April of this year. Since ~June I have been serving as the Mueller House Block Captain. I’m interested in serving on the MNA board as I’m interested in finding ways to make our neighborhood a better place to live including: influencing new development, finding ways to build community and keeping our neighborhood safe. Dave Neider 2012 Simond Unit D.James NorteyHello neighbors! My name is James Nortey and I am excited for the chance to join the Mueller Neighborhood Association (“MNA”) Steering Committee (“SC”). I am a young attorney at Andrews Kurth LLP. I’ve lived in Mueller as a tenant in the Mosaic apartments at 4600 Mueller Blvd. for 13 months and have been a member of MNA for almost a year. In this capacity I’ve served as a member of the MNA External Relations Committee. I am currently in the process of purchasing a home in Mueller that will be complete in mid-2013.I am eager to join the SC because I am passionate about community engagement, the development of our neighborhood, and strategic planning and growth based on new urbanism principles. As a member of the SC I intend to listen to the concerns of my fellow neighbors and be a voice for tenants and young professionals in Mueller. My top priorities are: 1) Building and maintaining positive relations with other East Austin neighborhoods; 2) Advocate for affordable housing options in Mueller; and 3) Help make Mueller the most walkable and most livable neighborhood in Austin.Sandy ParksJuly 9, 2008 I made one of the best decisions of my life. That day I signed a contract to build a DW row house on Zach Scott in the new Mueller neighborhood. I had lived and worked in Boise, Idaho for the past 28 years, but came to visit family in Austin two-three times a year. After the airport was moved to Bergstrom, I would drive by the “old airport site” to see what was happening, and I kept up with the Mueller project updates online. I had lived in Austin in the 60s as a UT student, and again in the 70s, with a very young family. Austin was to be my retirement home. I just made the decision a little sooner than I expected.For the past 3 ½ years I have been “commuting” to my CPA practice in Boise. I recently retired, and Austin is home full time now. My retirement goals include learning and relearning all things Texas, participating in the Austin community, understanding our unique Mueller community issues, and becoming involved. Since 2009, I have been a member of the POA budget committee. I am truly in awe of the Mueller pioneers, and all the Mueller residents, who have devoted so much time, thought, and energy into making this a truly unique and wonderful neighborhood……thank you!!Janeka RectorMy name is Janeka Rector and I am thrilled to be nominated to serve this amazing community. As a new resident, I hope to bring a fresh perspective and genuine enthusiasm to the Committee. I will be moving into the new phase on McBee Street in mid-January. See you soon!Belinda RobertsI have lived in Mueller since 2009. We are the house with the monkey on Gochman Street. Over the past few years, I have become pretty involved with our neighborhood. With the help of other parents and Mueller neighbors, I have helped put on many family friendly events including the Halloween Carnival and Mueller Egg Scramble. Through these events, I have gotten to know so many families and individuals who live in our unique neighborhood. What I found is that many of my neighbors have lots of questions about what is going on. I like to help answer these questions or provide information to help the dialogue and there is no better way to do this than to be involved. Outside of our neighborhood, I am an active CASA volunteer. I sit on the boards of the East Communities YMCA and St. George's Episcopal School. Additionally, I raise money for the Austin Children's Shelter by serving on the committee that hosts the annual New Wave Ball. I am attorney by training but currently put my "evil powers" to good use in a strictly volunteer setting. I'd like serve our neighborhood better by serving on the Mueller Neighborhood Steering Committee for 2013.Kathy Sokolic (I)Kathy is currently serving as Vice Chair of the Steering Committee. Kathy is involved in many aspects of Mueller, from volunteering at the Egg Scramble to helping with the Front Porch Flyer. Kathy has worked hard to extend MNA membership throughout this vibrant and diverse community and increase participation in MNA events and programs. She believes in working with everyone from Catellus to the City of Austin to the surrounding neighborhoods to achieve the long-term goals of Mueller. On top of these efforts, she’s passionate about bringing and keeping the people of Mueller together.Kathy would be thrilled to be able to serve her third term on Steering Committee and thanks you for your vote!Diana “Dee Dee” WalkerI am very flattered to be considered for a position on the Mueller Neighborhood Association Steering Committee. As the property manager of Wildflower Terrace and a resident, my interest and concerns are two fold. I have always been an active participant in local affairs. I have been an active member of the Austin Apartment Association, serving as committee chair, board of directors, and executive committee. I have served on the Home Owners Association of my last single-family home. Member of the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce and Faith in Action-Senior Access Advisory Board. I learned early in life that you more you give, the better your return!Serving on the numerous committees, boards and other groups provided great experience in achieving compromise solutions with "win-win" outcomes. The diverse population of Wildflower Terrace strengthens my ability to communicate to individuals from all walks of life. Part of my work history prior to Wildflower Terrace included other new construction developments, giving me experience in zoning variance issues and neighborhood opposition to the planned building. I look forward to offering my experience and service to this amazing community.
MNA Steering Conmmittee reposting entire document
posted by danx11 on January 11th, 2013 10:31 AM
Mueller Neighborhood Association Steering Committee Election There are 13 positions on the Steering Committee of the Mueller Neighborhood Association. Members are elected for one-year terms and may be re-elected, but they may serve no more than three consecutive terms. The election will take place at the MNA monthly meeting at 10am on January 26 in Room 108 of the SEDL Building at 4700 Mueller Boulevard. You must be a resident and MNA member in good standing to serve on the steering committee. You must also be a resident and MNA member for at least two weeks prior to the election (by January 12) in order to vote. Residents who paid MNA dues anytime during 2012 are members in good standing. If you need to become a member, visit: http://www.citicite.com/mueller/index.php?module=Pages&op=view&title=Mueller_Neighborhood_Association Below are short “statements of interest” from 14 residents nominated for election. Those currently serving on the steering committee (incumbents) are denoted with (I). Additional nominations may be made at any time, including nominations from the floor at the MNA meeting. However, nominations must be received by January 12 to have a statement of interest printed and be included on the printed ballot. For additional information, contact any member of the Nominations Committee: Bobby Gierisch, Millie Hayes, Betsy Hilton, Ann Jerome or Jerry Perkins. MNA Steering Committee Nominees Statements of Interest Cynthia Cammack. We moved to Mueller during its first year, in August 2008, and live on Zach Scott in the first block of houses off Airport. It's been exciting to watch the community grow and see the principles of good urban design at work. Mueller is proof that planning and teamwork make a difference in the quality of neighborhood life. The Mueller Neighborhood Association provides a forum for the entire neighborhood to continue to build community, to understand issues and share information affecting residents, and to weigh in with a voice when residents need or want that. This is especially important as the neighborhood grows, and more systematic efforts are needed to get input from all. I'd welcome the opportunity to be a part of this effort. I bring professional experience with education, communication, and contract/project management that I believe can help support the work of the group. Equally as important, I bring a sincere desire to work for a neighborly quality of life. Ani Colt. Hi, I’m Ani Colt. After 30 some years in the northeast, I visited Mueller the Christmas of 2011. My daughter lives in Windsor Park and she and her partner brought me over to lure me to Austin. When I got back to Connecticut, I read about the vision of Mueller on the internet and found Wildflower Terrace. Bullseye. Because of my long desire to help create what I call intentional community, I got it all together and moved in April, 2012. Since getting here, I’m helping start a Time Xchange at Wildflower Terrace and have lead one of our monthly literary salons to introduce the book I published in 2011. In addition, I have taken a rep position with Go Local Austin. Attracting and supporting local businesses can help Mueller’s unique potential and serve our residents. My previous career consulting big food and beverage companies develop new products helped me gain a keen understand of the importance of listening to people. Serving on the MNA Steering Committee offers the opportunity to utilize my decades of experience. If elected, I intend to help implement the visions and economic realities that have brought us to share this growing neighborhood and evolving multi-faceted community. Grant Fisher. I am interesting on serving on the Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA) Steering Committee to help provide a better neighborhood for the Mueller residents. As a pioneer resident and a founding member of the MNA, I have worked on neighborhood issues since the inception of the MNA. I served as Chair of the MNA for the first three years, and recently I am serving as one of the ANC delegates from Mueller. I look forward to being able to work with the MNA on neighborhood and local issues, and hope to continue my service. Corky Hilliard (I). I won the lottery and became a Mueller Pioneer in 2008. This past year I have served on the MNA Steering committee and am asking to continue my involvement. I have worked for the past 5 years on issues important to Mueller residents and community. I was honored to have been the first Mueller resident appointed to the Mueller Commission (PIAC) and served there for almost 3 years. While serving on the PIAC I worked to open the Hangar for resident use, the substation/golf course upgrades, and increasing the resident voice on the city commission. I have been involved in several Mueller initiatives and the Pecan Street Project. Austin community involvements have included board positions with SafePlace, the Austin Film Society, and currently the ECHO board which advocates for ending homelessness. My business is focused on strategic planning, executive leadership and community building. I advocate those ideals in my Mueller community work. I'm asking for your support to continue my work on the MNA Steering Committee providing a strong voice for resident involvement. Kathleen ‘kat’ Malcom. Hello neighbors! My name is Kathleen ‘kat’ Malcom and I live on Camacho St. I began stalking the Mueller development in 2006 before the streets were installed, and met several of my current neighbors back then, as we shared our passion for shaping Mueller. I received my Pioneer lottery number in 2007, and built my home here in 2008. The Mueller community has exceeded my expectations, and in return I enjoy contributing to its well-being. I became the Upper Camacho Block Captain in 2009, and have previously served two years on the MNA Steering Committee, where I chaired the Block Captain committee. I have also been a member of the POA Resident’s Activity Committee for the last three years, and I created the Mueller Boomer Baby Social Club in 2009 which is thriving today. I would be happy to join the MNA Steering Committee in 2013. My goal is to extend Mueller’s visibility and engagement within our adjacent neighborhoods, and for Mueller to become a contributing member of the East Austin community. Thanks! Kevin McGillicuddy (I). My wife Tish and I have been residents at Mueller (living on Pinckney St.) since the Spring of 2009 and have lived in Austin since 1975. As a recovering lawyer, I work in the insurance claims business. I greatly enjoy living at Mueller and am standing for election for a second year on the Steering Committee so that I can continue contributing to the life of this great community. Dennis Mick (I). I retired in 2008 after a career in advertising and public relations for large companies. Carole and I sold our suburban house and moved to Mueller (4305 Scales) the following year, and we are so happy with that decision. We significantly reduced our carbon footprint but enlarged our social circle. We are involved in a number of Mueller activities, and love the direction of the neighborhood and the involvement of many of our neighbors. I have served on the Steering Committee of the MNA for two years. David Neider. I’m originally from Urbana Illinois where I grew up and went to college. After graduating I moved to Austin because I liked the city and I had a job lined up at Dell. I have been living in Austin and working for Dell for the past ~12 years. I currently work as a quality engineer, outside of work I enjoy local live music, playing basketball and classic cars. I became interested in moving to Mueller prior to ground breaking and entered myself into the Mueller pioneer lottery. I choose not to build at that time and later moved to Mueller as a renter in August 2011. I moved in to a Mueller House in April of this year. Since ~June I have been serving as the Mueller House Block Captain. I’m interested in serving on the MNA board as I’m interested in finding ways to make our neighborhood a better place to live including: influencing new development, finding ways to build community and keeping our neighborhood safe. Dave Neider 2012 Simond Unit D. James Nortey. Hello neighbors! My name is James Nortey and I am excited for the chance to join the Mueller Neighborhood Association (“MNA”) Steering Committee (“SC”). I am a young attorney at Andrews Kurth LLP. I’ve lived in Mueller as a tenant in the Mosaic apartments at 4600 Mueller Blvd. for 13 months and have been a member of MNA for almost a year. In this capacity I’ve served as a member of the MNA External Relations Committee. I am currently in the process of purchasing a home in Mueller that will be complete in mid-2013. I am eager to join the SC because I am passionate about community engagement, the development of our neighborhood, and strategic planning and growth based on new urbanism principles. As a member of the SC I intend to listen to the concerns of my fellow neighbors and be a voice for tenants and young professionals in Mueller. My top priorities are: 1) Building and maintaining positive relations with other East Austin neighborhoods; 2) Advocate for affordable housing options in Mueller; and 3) Help make Mueller the most walkable and most livable neighborhood in Austin. Sandy Parks. July 9, 2008 I made one of the best decisions of my life. That day I signed a contract to build a DW row house on Zach Scott in the new Mueller neighborhood. I had lived and worked in Boise, Idaho for the past 28 years, but came to visit family in Austin two-three times a year. After the airport was moved to Bergstrom, I would drive by the “old airport site” to see what was happening, and I kept up with the Mueller project updates online. I had lived in Austin in the 60s as a UT student, and again in the 70s, with a very young family. Austin was to be my retirement home. I just made the decision a little sooner than I expected. For the past 3 ½ years I have been “commuting” to my CPA practice in Boise. I recently retired, and Austin is home full time now. My retirement goals include learning and relearning all things Texas, participating in the Austin community, understanding our unique Mueller community issues, and becoming involved. Since 2009, I have been a member of the POA budget committee. I am truly in awe of the Mueller pioneers, and all the Mueller residents, who have devoted so much time, thought, and energy into making this a truly unique and wonderful neighborhood……thank you!! Janeka Rector. My name is Janeka Rector and I am thrilled to be nominated to serve this amazing community. As a new resident, I hope to bring a fresh perspective and genuine enthusiasm to the Committee. I will be moving into the new phase on McBee Street in mid-January. See you soon! Belinda Roberts. I have lived in Mueller since 2009. We are the house with the monkey on Gochman Street. Over the past few years, I have become pretty involved with our neighborhood. With the help of other parents and Mueller neighbors, I have helped put on many family friendly events including the Halloween Carnival and Mueller Egg Scramble. Through these events, I have gotten to know so many families and individuals who live in our unique neighborhood. What I found is that many of my neighbors have lots of questions about what is going on. I like to help answer these questions or provide information to help the dialogue and there is no better way to do this than to be involved. Outside of our neighborhood, I am an active CASA volunteer. I sit on the boards of the East Communities YMCA and St. George's Episcopal School. Additionally, I raise money for the Austin Children's Shelter by serving on the committee that hosts the annual New Wave Ball. I am attorney by training but currently put my "evil powers" to good use in a strictly volunteer setting. I'd like serve our neighborhood better by serving on the Mueller Neighborhood Steering Committee for 2013. Kathy Sokolic (I). Kathy is currently serving as Vice Chair of the Steering Committee. Kathy is involved in many aspects of Mueller, from volunteering at the Egg Scramble to helping with the Front Porch Flyer. Kathy has worked hard to extend MNA membership throughout this vibrant and diverse community and increase participation in MNA events and programs. She believes in working with everyone from Catellus to the City of Austin to the surrounding neighborhoods to achieve the long-term goals of Mueller. On top of these efforts, she’s passionate about bringing and keeping the people of Mueller together. Kathy would be thrilled to be able to serve her third term on Steering Committee and thanks you for your vote! Diana “Dee Dee” Walker. I am very flattered to be considered for a position on the Mueller Neighborhood Association Steering Committee. As the property manager of Wildflower Terrace and a resident, my interest and concerns are two fold. I have always been an active participant in local affairs. I have been an active member of the Austin Apartment Association, serving as committee chair, board of directors, and executive committee. I have served on the Home Owners Association of my last single-family home. Member of the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce and Faith in Action-Senior Access Advisory Board. I learned early in life that you more you give, the better your return! Serving on the numerous committees, boards and other groups provided great experience in achieving compromise solutions with "win-win" outcomes. The diverse population of Wildflower Terrace strengthens my ability to communicate to individuals from all walks of life. Part of my work history prior to Wildflower Terrace included other new construction developments, giving me experience in zoning variance issues and neighborhood opposition to the planned building. I look forward to offering my experience and service to this amazing community.
Mueller Neighborhood Assn Meeting Minutes 10/6/2011
posted by Candice McKay on December 6th, 2011 4:50 AM
Mueller Neighborhood Association Steering Committee Minutes October 6, 2011 1. Confirmed quorum and called meeting to order at 7:02 – Betsy Hilton 2. INTRODUCTIONS – Ashley Fisher: Diane Gierisch: Betsy Hilton: Kevin McGillicuddy;Travis Michel; Dennis Mick: Jerry Perkins: Shellie Shores: Kathy Sokolic: Reem Zoun: Don Dozier. Not in attendance: Corky Hilliard & Candice McKay 3. Front Porch Flyer - Kathy & Elizabeth talked about presenting a photo exhibition (from the existing pool of photos) at Mueller Central, 2 weeks prior to MNA in the Spring. A silent auction would be held to purchase prints; money would go to Austin Children’s Shelter. Costs of prints ($200) and another $200 for matting. Will SC do a grant for the costs? Plan not fixed. Could be online auction in advance of event. There were several questions, including from Diane about the possibility of display being at Dell Hospital. Don gave other ideas and suggestions. There was general agreement to return to this item under 7B below. 4. Approval of Minutes - Motion to approve by Diane & second by Dennis. Motion passes unanimously. 5. Treasurer’s Report - Don Dozier: we have $3278 in our account; there are 204 members of the association. 6. Action Items - Betsy Hilton A. IBC bank on 51st St--Kathy, moves support for Windsor Pk position (Shellie second). Motion passed unanimously. Overall vision for 51st emphasized in discussion. B. Urban Rail maintenance facility--After discussion, the general idea is to inform the general membership about the advantages of locating the maintenance facility here and to see if there is a motion favoring the idea. 7. Committee Organization - Betsy Hilton A. Report on External Relations & ANC voting procedure. After the last general meeting, Jerry met with 3 other SC members --Kathy Sokolic,Travis Michel, & Corky Hillard, two former SC members--Grant Fisher & Kat Malcom--and 3 other interested Muellerites--James Nortey, Andrej & Rachel Simic. After explaining a little of the SC intent, Jerry proposed that Kathy become the chair of this group. There was unanimous support for Kathy as chair. At this stage Jerry turns over the SC commentary to Kathy who generalizes about committee type. Currently it is Ad hoc, but we probably are going to rec. it be a standing committee (but not recommending now). Kathy's recommendation is that the second ANC appointment be the past SC chair, which is Grant currently, and that past chair become the ANC rep on annual basis (the outgoing chair continues as a nonvoting SC member) There was a general consensus in support of this idea. The ANC discussion continued with a consideration of 3 resolutions to be voted on in the next general ANC meeting. Ashley moved that we abstain from voting on the geographic district representation consideration (second by Diane) Kevin moved support on 12th street resolution (Reem second) Ashley moved that we abstain from voting on (Travis second) the STR resolution. All three motions received unanimous approval. B. Funding committees and events. Discussion of events first. Discussion is about how to create fund for the year and rules for application. $125 cap in past (arbitrary number). Ashley: Motion--”that we budget 1000 for year & cap of 125 per request, submission 2 wks before SC meeting and approval of steering committee. “ Travis second. Don: no individual limit and no annual limit, simply ask for 2-week advance notice to SC; Ashley modifies her motion by saying that we could eliminate the request cap. Motion amended to eliminate request cap. Amended motion passed. C. What about Front Porch Flyer proposal? Come back next month with proposal. D. St. Martin's Day Activity Funding Request--Kathie reads the original Chris Stewart email describing the event. Shellie moves approval of $130; Kevin second. Approved unanimously. 8. Status of By-laws review - Don Dozier--in process of accommodating submitted comments. Revised copy before next meeting. 9. Block Captains and Neighbor Night Out - Dennis Mick --almost all BC positions filled. NNO favorably received. 10. Upcoming Meetings – Betsy Hilton a. General membership meeting Oct 15--looking for location for joint meeting of several associations b. Next Steering Committee meetings, Nov. 1 (Tues) 11. Additional Business/Open comments - utility boxes discussed (Kat’s mail). Jerry says ask for options from utility company; ask for meeting and explanation of what can be done. Dennis moves to request more information from city of Austin and alternatives, Kevin second. Motion approved. Betsy to request information and better understanding of what is possible. *Thanks to Jerry Perkins for taking notes during the meeting!*
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