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July 4th 2015 event at Ela Wooten Park
posted by Susan Egan on June 26th, 2015 10:32 AM
There's a lot of info on this event on Nextdoor and Facebook. Try contacting Dave Neider, Kathy Sokolic or Karen Sharp.
Mueller Neighborhood Association is accepting nominations for the Steering Committee
posted by shellrose on December 11th, 2014 1:05 PM
Mueller Neighborhood Association is accepting nominations for the Steering Committee! (copied from Nextdoor post from Kathy Sokolic) The Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA) is accepting nominations for residents to serve on the 2015 Steering Committee. The steering committee has 13 members and helps to build neighborhood relations and community. Members are elected for one-year terms and may be re-elected, but they may serve no more than three consecutive terms. They must be Mueller residents and MNA members in good standing to serve. Residents may nominate themselves or someone else. To nominate someone for election to the Steering Committee, please email Shellie Shores (shellrose100@gmail.com) or Bill Kirwan (bill.kirwin@gmail.com) by January 9 for your nominee’s name to be on the printed ballot. Nominees will be asked to submit a short ‘statement of interest’ that will be published on Nextdoor and other neighborhood media. Nominations may also be made from the floor during the meeting, but those nominees will not have the benefit of advance publicity, including their statement of interest. This year’s election will take place at the MNA annual meeting Saturday, January 17th at 10am at a location to be announced. In order to vote you must be a resident and MNA member for at least two weeks prior to the election (by January 3). However, residents who paid MNA 2014 dues are eligible to vote upon paying 2015 dues at the meeting. Membership is available to any resident 18 years of age or older, and the fee is $5 per year. You may mail in the attached form, give it to a current Steering Committee member or bring it to the meeting on the 17th. You can also join online at http://www.muellerneighborhood.org. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the roles of Steering Committee members or the MNA!
Lights of Love 5K / Fun Run Update for the Mueller Flyers
posted by bpkramer on November 19th, 2014 9:56 AM
We're at 32 members and $2390 raised. Kathy Sokolic alone accounts for $1050 of that! Just 16 days to go, people! What else are you going to do the night of Dec. 5? It's not like you can go anywhere.http://tinyurl.com/m26bw2f
Chris Riley for District 9, Sat. Oct. 18th 4:30-6:00 PM 4641 Ruiz St
posted by Paul Byars on October 14th, 2014 8:16 AM
Dear Friends and Neighbors, We would like to invite you to a Mueller House Party for Chris Riley who is running for re-election to the Austin City Council in our neighborhood and district! Saturday, October 18, 4:30 - 6:00pm The home of Paul Byars 4641 Ruiz St, Austin, TX 78723 Come meet and talk with Chris, ask him any questions, and hear why he is running. Chris has worked hard for Austin for many years, we strongly support him, and we want folks to have a chance to get to know him and share your hopes or concerns for Austin! Hosts: Paul Byars, Corky Hilliard, Andrew Clements, Kathy Sokolic, Doug Ballew, Aralyn Hughes, Chris Jackson, Craig Hella Johnson, Jason Dean, and Allison Kaplan Feel free to give me a call (512.694.0878) or shoot me an email (paul@sayersassociates.com) with any questions. Hope to see you on Saturday!
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
Urban Rail at Mueller
posted by schnauzerhouse2 on June 23rd, 2013 2:25 PM
To those interested in Urban Rail at Mueller: The urban rail discussion has been ongoing for years with close Catellus and MNA interest/involvement so there’s a long history that some of you may not be aware of. I’d like to fill you in on some details so that we’re all on the same page before next week’s Project Connect workshops. I have served on the MNA Steering Committee the past 2 ½ years and have represented Mueller at various TWG/urban rail meetings. I am no longer serving on the MNA Steering Committee, but still have a great interest in bringing urban rail to Mueller. Janeka Rector and I both attended the TWG meeting on June 7, 2013. Janeka is our representative currently serving on the MNA Steering Committee and is continuing the MNA’s outreach/efforts to bring urban rail to Mueller. Project Connect is a long-range plan for transit in Central Texas. At the TGW meeting earlier this month, the North Corridor was defined as the area north of the Colorado River (Lady Bird Lake) (southern boundary), Texas 130 (eastern boundary), Georgetown (northern boundary), and MoPac (western boundary). (Note that the North Corridor does not include transit options to ABIA, San Marcos or San Antonio). Project Connect includes multiple modes of transportation: urban rail, commuter/regional rail, rapid bus, additional express lanes on MoPac and I-35 (maybe). The only one of these modes that will have a direct effect on Mueller is urban rail. Each of these modes is in various stages of implementation, i.e. Rapid Buses have already been purchased using a federal grant and will soon be put in service along the Lamar/Guadalupe corridor. Urban rail and commuter/regional rail is awaiting voter approval (hopefully next year for urban rail), will take years to build and projections show completed urban rail coming to Mueller in the early 2020’s, and that assumes that the bond issue is approved or other funding (i.e. leasing ABIA) is obtained next year AND that Mueller is included in Phase 1. (You have probably already heard that certain Austin residents are behind a proposal to move the Guadalupe/Lamar/Pickle Lab/Domain route to Phase 1 and Mueller/Hancock to a later phase.) One of the main reasons that Mueller would likely stay in Phase I is that in late 2011 the Mueller Neighborhood Association with Catellus’ backing voted in FAVOR of having the urban rail maintenance facility located on Mueller grounds. This action was well-received by the TWG and most City Council members, including Mayor Leffingwell. Catellus is to meet with City officials later this month or early next month regarding acreage and exact site of this facility. My understanding from PIAC and Let’s Talk presentations by City officials and Dee Desjardin/Greg Weaver from Catellus was that the maintenance facility was likely to be located near the Market District (HEB) at the end of Philomena Street and that it would be between 2 and 5 acres in size, but that nothing has been finalized. Earlier this month (June 7, 2013) the TWG approved moving forward with the Project Connect plan with three alternative proposals that include all modes of transportation including urban rail, but also other modes of transit in the North Corridor. Route maps which illustrated these alternatives were flashed on the screen very quickly so I was not able to identify whether any or all of the alternatives included urban rail to Mueller. Mayor Leffingwell, chair of the TWG, said that these three alternatives would be presented to the public for review at the meetings scheduled for next week, that the alternatives would be narrowed to ONE by the end of the year (2013) based on public input, and that he hoped it would be placed on the ballot for voter approval in May or November 2014. Janeka, Kathy Sokolic and I plan to attend the Project Connect meeting at Dobie scheduled Tuesday, June 25, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Janeka and I are leaving Mueller for the meeting about 4:45 p.m. if anyone else would like to ride with us. It’s really great to be part of a community like Mueller where so many residents are actively engaged in making this an even better place to live. Thank you for your interest and involvement in urban rail and I look forward to meeting you and working with you in promoting urban rail’s coming to Mueller. If we work together, we can make this happen! Don Dozier Dozier3d@hotmail.com
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.
Chest of Drawers
posted by Kathy Sokolic on May 27th, 2013 3:56 PM
Chest of drawers - 37 1/2 in wide, 19 in deep, and 49 1/2 inches tall. In decent shape, but I've had it (and moved it around) since I was a kid. Good bones, good wood, a little scratchy. The bottom drawer is falling apart a little. We will not deliver, but will help get it out the door. Again, must provide own transportation!! Thanks, Kathy sokolic@gmail.com">ksokolic@gmail.com
Yard games?
posted by Kathy Sokolic on April 19th, 2013 8:16 AM
Does anyone have a yard croquet set or something similar we can borrow over the weekend? Thanks! Kathy sokolic@gmail.com">ksokolic@gmail.com 512-809-3497
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.
Donations for family
posted by Kathy Sokolic on November 19th, 2012 12:52 PM
Neighbors - A coworker of mine in San Antonio was in Ohio caring for her ailing parents when her house was destroyed by a fire. Her family is safe, but they have lost everything. In our Austin office, we are taking up a collection for the family, and I thought I'd see if anyone had some items to donate. For clothes, my co-worker, Julie, is about my size, so, women's clothes size 2-4. Not sure how old the kids are, but Bella is a size 10-12 girls, and Max is size 8-10 boys. They can use anything you were thinking of getting rid of... Also, if you were thinking about getting rid of some furniture or appliances (or anything) in the near future, especially staples like beds, please let me know. We can provide transportation and logistics. If you are feeling generous, gift cards and monetary donations will also be welcome. I can come pick up anything you have to donate, or you can leave donations on our porch - 4104 Lawless. Contact me for pick up - sokolic@gmail.com">ksokolic@gmail.com or 512-809-3497 Thank you! Kathy
Austin Energy Rate Increase re:Solar
posted by ineoeni on October 10th, 2012 12:16 AM
Bobby, A change to the solar structure wasn't really part of the original conversation, but as the conversation rolled on, changes were suggested by AE and vetted by the working group, which included a consultant from Solar Austin, so, as far I understand, it was "blessed" by the industry as being either a positive or neutral.Kathy Sokolic in the neighborhood or Stan at Lighthouse could probably shed more light on the process to the extent you are interested.Aman
Mueller in Pictures: Front Porch Flyer Photography Show and Silent Auction
posted by Ms Ice Monkey on April 17th, 2012 9:52 PM
Please join us Saturday morning after the MNA meeting for a photography show and silent auction benefiting the Austin Children's Shelter! Don't miss the chance to own a piece of Mueller history. The auction will feature photographs from your talented friends and neighbors, including Mark Bryant, Charles Spurgeon, Don and Janelle Dozier, Shellie Shores, Dusty Harshman, Kathy Sokolic, Aman Jain, and Timothy Brummett. Many of the photos have been published in the over the years. Below is a brief sampling of photographs from the show. The photos are professionally printed and matted, ready to frame and hang in your home. Additional information is on the Events page at .
Would you like to share your experiences as a volunteer?
posted by Katie & Woody L. on March 26th, 2012 9:17 AM
Kathy Sokolic and I are planning to do a series of Front Porch Flyer articles about volunteerism in the Mueller Community. We would like to interview Mueller residents about their present and past experiences as volunteers both inside and outside the community. We would also like to talk to anyone who works for an institution or organization that needs and would welcome volunteers from Mueller. Our first article will be about volunteerism in the field of education. If you'd be willing to be interviewed and quoted in our article, please PM me. The interviews don't necessarily have to be face-to-face. They can be conducted via e-mail. Thanks, Woody
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!*
Mueller Neighborhood Assn Meeting Minutes 9/17/2011
posted by Candice McKay on September 26th, 2011 12:44 PM
Hi Neighbors, Please click on the link below to visit our Wiki page and review the minutes from the September 17th Mueller Neighborhood Association meeting. http://tinyurl.com/422qbk6 Thank you, Candice McKay Steering Committee, Secretary p.s. Many thanks to Kathy Sokolic for attending and taking notes in my absense. :)
Mueller NA External Relations Committee
posted by ping2guo3 on September 8th, 2011 6:08 PM
The MNA Steering Committee has created an ad hoc committee to make recommendations for strengthening our East Austin neighborhood relations as defined in Mueller’s 6 Tenets for the community’s Vision and Goals.  This committee is tasked with soliciting participation from other interested Mueller residents and then defining committee goals and objectives. Please respond to this post if you have an interest in joining with us in forming the external relations committee (or PM one of us). Jerry Perkins Travis Michel Kathy Sokolic
MNA Steering committee Meeting Minutes – July 12, 2011
posted by Candice McKay on July 19th, 2011 10:12 AM
*Reminder that the Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA) Steering Committee (SC) is open to all MNA members. The next steering committee meeting is scheduled for August 2nd, 7-8:30 pm at Dennis Mick’s house.* [/u] Host and last year’s Vice Chair, Dennis Mick, lead the meeting. Ashley Fisher: present (also Power Improvement Action Committee Chair) Diane Gierisch: present (also Pool Committee member) Corky Hilliard: present (also Power Improvement Action Committee Chair) Betsy Hilton: present Kevin McGillicuddy: present Candice McKay: present Travis Michel: present Dennis Mick: present Jerry Perkins: present (also Austin Neighborhoods Council representative) Shellie Shores: present Kathy Sokolic: present via phone Reem Zoun: present Don Dozier: absent Grant Fisher: (outgoing Chair due to term limits) present to conduct elections for Steering Committee Officers. Meeting was called to order by Dennis Mick : Grant Fisher facilitated elections CHAIR – BETSY HILTON Kathy Sokolic was nominated by Dennis Mick. The motion was seconded by Corky Hilliard. Kathy received 4 votes. Betsy Hilton was nominated by Diane Gierisch. The motion was seconded by Shellie Shores. Betsy received 8 votes. VICE CHAIR – KATHY SOKOLIC Dennis Mick was nominated by Kathy Sokolic. The motion was seconded by Betsy Hilton. Dennis received 5 votes. Kathy Sokolic was nominated by Shellie Shores. The motion was seconded by Jerry Perkins. Kathy received 7 votes. SECRETARY – CANDICE MCKAY Shellie Shores was nominated by Diane Gierisch. The motion was seconded by Jerry Perkins. Shellie declined the nomination. Diane Gierisch was nominated by Corky Hilliard. The motion was seconded by Ashley Fisher. Ashley declined the nomination. Candice McKay was self nominated. The motion was seconded by Ashley Fisher. Candice accepted and was elected by acclamation. TREASURER – DON DOZIER Don Dozier was nominated by Diane Gierisch. The motion was seconded by Dennis Mick. Don was elected by acclamation. Both treasurers were absent. According to June 6 report, committee has $4036.75 It was established that there are no standing committees and agreed that officers would meet to strategize what committees are needed, explore the guidelines & committed resources for committees, examine the reporting structure for all committees, consider Mueller’s active role within the ANC, and propose recommendations to Steering Committee at the next meeting. It was suggested that the Block Captain, Resident Activity, & Social (under Catellus) Committees continue for another year. Instigating a By-Laws Committee was also suggested. The Membership Committee and its by-laws were discussed at length. There was a call for an increase in membership. As population increases, the committee should be prepared to better position itself to attract more members. It was stated that renters, Mosaic Apartments, and Greenway Lofts are open to Membership. Committee was reminded that duplicate memberships (per property) are at risk when a Mueller property owner and their renters are both members. There was a suggestion to examine the by-laws, particular in regard to renters. The invoicing structure for membership will be under examination as well to consider revision. - Kathy Sokolic 800 more volunteers are needed from Mueller and surrounding neighborhoods. Volunteers must meet certain considerations, but it is encouraged to socialize the need and talk to neighbors about it. Participation consists of evaluating free products for smart grid house. Ways to further advertise the need for volunteers, increase marketing efforts, and focus on the features of the project as well as the benefits are under consideration. Various companies (i.e. Intel, Sony, Best Buy) have been touring the neighborhood and visiting participating households to demonstrate the projects. Please contact Kathy Sokolic with questions or comments regarding participation. Other neighbors can field these as well: Dan Dozier, Corky Hilliard, Gareth Wilcox, Dennis Mick. GENERAL MEETINGS normally take place on the 3rd Saturday of each month. However, it was agreed upon that there will be no July meeting as there is not much business to discuss, no speaker secured to present, and typically low attendance at July meeting due to neighbors’ travel plans. August meeting may include introduction of Steering Committee, introduction of new Council Members, and a social component. It was suggested that these meetings be held in new Mueller housing developments or nearby public establishments (restaurants, stores, etc). It was also recommending that we combine a Welcoming Committee with the General Meetings to attract new members and introduce new community members. The committee will consider showcasing Mueller groups (i.e. Stitch & B*tch, book & dinner clubs) to increase attendance as well. STEERING COMMITTEE MEETINGS normally take place on the 1st Tuesday of each month. The next Steering Committee meeting will be on August 2, from 7-8:30pm at the home of Dennis Mick. Please bring a refreshment to share. An explanation and discussion of the neighborhood planning group and neighborhood contact team took place. As is, Mueller has no neighborhood contact team and the city commissioner should serve as the role. It was expressed that this set-up is not working effectively and there is a need to consider a single member. Betsy Hilton agreed to follow up with Grant Fischer and approach the council mean. Jerry Perkins is the new coordinator for the East Side within the ANC. Steering Committee roster with names and contact info will be distributed by Corky Hilliard. It was stated that the Education Committee/Meet Group is completely separate from Steering Committee, but agreed that the Steering Committee would like to see reports from the Education Committee. at 8:30pm
MNA General member meeting 18 June 2011 - minutes
posted by Betsy on June 18th, 2011 12:01 PM
18 June 2011 General Membership Meeting – Mueller Neighborhood Association MNA President, Grant Fisher, opened the meeting which was held at the Browning Hangar. About 30 members attended. – Kerry reported that our current balance is $3996.75. Anticipated EOY balance about $2800. We have 196 current members. : Nominations were solicited over the past two months for the 13 positions on the Steering Committee. Nominees who submitted in time to be included on the paper ballot include: ---- Don Dozier ---- Ashley Fisher ---- Diane Gierisch ---- Corky Hilliard ---- Betsy Hilton ---- Kevin McGillicuddy ---- Candice McKay ---- Travis Michel ---- Dennis Mick ---- Jerry Perkins ---- Shellie Shores ---- Kathy Sokolic ---- Reem Zoun Nominated at the meeting.... none. Write-in votes were also allowed. All 13 candidates were elected with 25 votes received. - Wayne Courreges, District Commissioner with the Armadillo District of Boy Scouts of America, presented information on scouting and sought feedback on the level of interest on creating a Cub Scout pack in Mueller. Mueller would be great location for a Cub Scout pack. Family oriented and the ability to walk to meetings. A great chance for boys to learn leadership and outdoor skills, and about the community. Cub Scouts go 1st - 5th grades. At 6th grades they cross into Boy Scouts. Varshna Narumanchi-Jackson also spoke. She lives in the J J Seabrook neighborhood and is also a boy scout representative. Varshna talked about her experience with two boys in scouting. Who would sponsor (charter) the pack? Could be a church, PTA, or MNA. There may be other options. Once a sponsor is identified, a charter is signed between the organization and BSA. The charter organization picks adult leaders for the pack. To get started, need at least 5 adult leaders and at least 5 scouts. The charter organization also has to have a liaison to BSA. Adults without kids (or young kids) are often very involved. These adults can make a difference in the lives of young boys. All adults take youth protection training. More information on scouting is available at http://www.armadillodistrict.org. Anyone interested in seeing a Cub Scout pack form at Mueller should talk to Grant Fisher or Joe Denton so the level of interest can be determined. - As most know, AISD proposes to construct a district performing arts center near the intersection of 51st & Berkman, within the Mueller development. The MNA sent a letter to the City Council expressing tentative support but with concerns. The PIAC advised the City Council that they were neutral with concerns. Austin City Council approved 7-0 to allow Catellus to sell the land to AISD. AISD is hosting a community meeting on this subject Tuesday, June 21st from 6:30-8 p.m. at Reagan High School. Grant encouraged participation and dialogue with AISD, and said they’ve been responsive on other issues in the past. (Ashley) - - PIAC meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month except July and Dec. - Affordable housing - new DW garden homes almost sold out for the affordable program. Standard Pacific affordable condos in Mueller homes are selling well. Four resales and 4 pending through the foundation. Working out well for sellers (cash in pocket). Buyers of resales can make up to 120% of MFI. - Mueller AE substation under construction at Morris Williams Golf Course. - Looking at bike lane design changes (ultimate) on Mueller Blvd. Possibly separated from traffic. Interim lanes needed... Ashley will bring up to City. - Section 6 buildout next (on North side of Simond, west of Berkman). 221 housing units - some standalone, some garden homes, and first live/work units. No builders announced yet. Very small pocket park and no additional pool. - Lawless block party tonight, including pie contest. Starts at 7:00 p.m. Everyone welcome. - July 4th activities - parade, pool party, Tom Miller block party (even though there are no fireworks). Watch mc.com for more info. - Urban Wildlife & Butterflies: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - noon in the garden at Mueller Central, there will be a seminar on Urban Wildlife. The City of Austin has a neighborhood challenge program to encourage homeowners to establish urban wildlife habitats. Several homes in Mueller have already been certified, including at least one ROW home. Most houses are pretty easy to certify with minor modification. There will also be a presentation by the Butterfly Forum on setting up a butterfly garden. - Pool committee update (Diane G) - --- 12-1 closing to switch pool from private to public use. If you’re in the pool at 12, you can keep swimming until the lifeguard asks you to leave so they can prepare for public opening. Once asked, please comply with their instructions so they can get their opening duties performed on schedule. --- at 7:00, the lifeguard should ask everyone to leave the gates. Card entry swipe should work again at 7:15 p.m. --- Card reader hasn’t been working between 7:15 and 7:30. Diane will let Jennifer Harvey know. Meeting adjourned about 10:45. Good attendance today!!
MNA Steering Committee Nominees - Election is this Saturday!
posted by kerry on June 14th, 2011 10:44 PM
Here are the 12 nominees we have for the 13 available steering committee positions. Additional nominations will be received from the floor at the meeting. The election is at this Saturday's MNA meeting at the Hangar at 10am! If you have any questions, please email . Don Dozier Emma Long Street Ashley Fisher Lawless Street Diane Gierisch Camacho Street I am a Pioneer in the neighborhood and currently serve on the Pool Advisory Committee. I have been a steering committee member for 1 year and would like to continue in this role. I care deeply about our neighborhood would like to continue to be involved in its leadership. Corky Hilliard Lawless Street Betsy Hilton Mendez Street Interested in serving our awesome community for third term. Currently serve as the Secretary. I am a civil engineer and also represent residents on Catellus' transportation committee. Kevin McGillicuddy Pinckney Street I live on Pinckney St. and have come to love this friendly, vibrant and eclectic community of all new neighbors. Candice McKay Littlefield Street Travis Michel Berkman Drive I want to strengthen new and existing relationships with Mueller residents through serving the community. As an engineer by trade, I have an interest to help ensure Mueller continues to be developed in a smart way that's best for our neighbors. Dennis Mick Scales Street I wish to serve again on the Steering Committee for the next term because I am very interested in helping to ensure that Mueller continues to be a welcoming, vibrant, sustainable, progressive community. Having served on the SC for the past year, I would maintain continuity with the work, progress and aims of the MNA. Jerry Perkins Lawless Street I served on the Steering Committee in the first year and am currently the Mueller Neighborhood Association ANC representative. I am interested in linking Mueller to our neighbors in east Austin and those in the larger city. Shellie Shores Pinckney Street Currently serving on Steering Committee - elected about 2 months ago; served on Heritage Neighborhood Steering Committee for approximately 2 years; participates in LGBT Group, Landscape Group. Kathy Sokolic Lawless Street I've lived at Mueller for almost 3 and a half years and worked hard to create a great deal of community through street and neighborhood events. I currently serve as block captain for Lawless Street, as one of two resident representatives on the Pecan Street Project Executive Board, and a contributor to the Front Porch Flyer. I look forward to participating in a growing Mueller and serving a second term on the Steering Committee.
Steering Committee minutes - 3 May 2011
posted by Betsy on May 3rd, 2011 10:02 PM
Reminder that the Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA) steering committee (SC) is open to all MNA members. The next steering committee meeting is scheduled for June 7. MNA Steering committee Meeting Minutes – May 3, 2011 Grant opened the meeting shortly after 7:00 p.m. SC members present: Kathy Sokolic, Dennis Mick, Kat Malcom, Drew Harris, Don Dozier, Keith Romel, Grant Fisher, Betsy Hilton, Kerry Fisher SC members absent: Diane Gierisch, Mary Piette, Shellie Shores, Mike McGovern We are doing well - $4353.62 current balance. Front Porch Flyer printing this week (about $500). It will include a column by Grant that mentions the new business membership category. a. Large meeting - May 21st. Lee Thomson lined up to speak on Mueller Foundation. There’s an event (arthritis walk) at the hangar so we’re looking at another place. Several options discussed - watch mc.com for details. Discussed possibility of having prizes again. b. Front Porch Flyer - going to printer this week. Delivery expected this weekend. c. Business Memberships - Frost Bank is our first. Business memberships are $25/year. Business members will be listed in the FPF. d. Elections - Grant and Kerry will run the elections (nomination committee) since they are not eligible to run for re-election. Nominations can be sent to election@muellercommunity.com. (This address should be active in the next couple of days.) Include the name, short bio/statement of interest and street you live on. Please consider serving the community... it takes a little time to attend meetings but it’s a great way to get more involved! Elections are June 18. Nominations should be received by June 11 to be included on the printed ballot. Additional nominations will be received from the floor at the meeting. You must be present at the meeting to vote, and must be a current member of MNA. e. TCAD - Deadline to file a protest on your 2011 appraisal is May 31. Look at your statement - you might be able to file the protest electronically. f. AISD Performing Arts Center (1200 seats) - proposed location is Barbara Jordan & Mueller. This wasn’t in the original development plan and creates some potential concerns. Approval from City Council is required for Catellus to sell the property to a governmental entity other than the City of Austin. AISD will present the proposal to the PIAC on Tuesday, May 10th. Discussion about traffic impacts and increased pressure on Lake Park (already heavily used). Since the HOA pays for Lake Park maintenance, concerns expressed about the impact on our future HOA fees. In addition, this takes a large piece of land off the tax rolls, and those taxes support the overall cost of the Mueller development. If the deal goes through, it was discussed that Mueller needs to have significant input on the design, traffic impacts, park impacts, etc. Anticipated use of the facility is 300 days/year. Also discussed bringing preliminary concerns to the Mueller Let’s Talk meeting tomorrow night, May 4th. Discussed MNA expressing concerns regarding adherence to the design guidelines, addressing traffic impacts on the neighborhood, addressing problems that may result from so many additional people using other Mueller infrastructure (parks, trails, etc.). Plans include: - Agenda item for May 21 meeting - General membership vote on whether MNA should express concerns regarding traffic and other impacts (parks, etc.) related to the proposed PAC at Mueller, and express our desire to be part of the planning process. (No position for or against the PAC). Steering Committee recommends approval (motion - Kathy S, 2nd Dennis M - passed unanimously). - Special mailout to provide information to residents - Discussion topic for June 18 meeting Large meeting May 21 - discussed above. - Plant Fest was very successful - Mueller Gardens walking tour will be May 14, 10:00 a.m. - noon. Sidewalk strolls on 3 streets. - Central Texas gardener filming in Mueller in mid-May - Urban wildlife workshop June 25 - Friends of the Prairie recently marked johnson grass so Valley Crest knows where to herbicide. This started last year and the system seems to be working well. - The Landscape Committee is discussing modifying the mowing schedule for the prairie so it’s not all mowed at the same time. Meeting adjourned 8:25 pm.
Meet Place 3 Incumbent Randi Shade
posted by Kathy Sokolic on April 25th, 2011 10:53 AM
Hi friends and neighbors, Hope that you can come over on Monday evening to meet incumbent city council member Randi Shade - to ask her about her positions on important city issues - and hopefully to express your support for her service and her candidacy for another term. Monday 7 - 8:30, 4120 Lawless St Coffee and snacks No RSVP needed - but it would be great to see each and everyone of you for more info go to http://www.RandiShade.com She has a glowing list of accomplishments and endorsements. Thanks in advance for any support that you can provide her - and please come. Corky Hilliard, Grant Fisher, Kathy Sokolic, Kevin Ludlow, Susan Rieff, and Carol Fredericks
MNA General Membership meeting minutes 16 April 2011
posted by Betsy on April 16th, 2011 12:19 PM
16 April 2011 General Membership Meeting – Mueller Neighborhood Association MNA President, Grant Fisher, opened the meeting which was held at the Browning Hangar. Grant introduced Kathy Sokolic, who is leading our meeting today. About 52 members attended. - Kathy announced that there would be a drawing for prizes (credit at trailer eateries) at the conclusion of the meeting. – Kerry reported that our current balance is $4488. We anticipate another round of MNA grants can be awarded in the Fall. : - Egg Scramble next Saturday, April 23 - Mueller garden walking tour - May 14, 10:00 a.m. until noon. Contact Janelle Dozier if you want to nominate a garden. Also, Central Texas Gardener will be here filming a show on Mueller on May 12. - Solar meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the SEDL building. Come to this meeting to learn about solar installations, rebates, group purchasing power and more! Kathy has verified that row homes are eligible for the Pecan Street Project supplemental rebates. - Block captains introduced themselves. Kathy encouraged new people to get involved with the community. Upcoming events include: - Scales/Mattie block party tonight at 5:30. Starts with bike/ped parade. - Camacho block party on May 15 - Ben Edgerton & Andrew Wiseheart, owners of Contigo Austin, spoke about their restaurant across Anchor Lane from Mueller. Ben is the general manager and Andrew is the executive chef. They are working to create community, facilitated through good food, drinks, and hospitality. Training started last night. Grand opening is May 7. The menu is described as fresh, quality bar food. They’ll have a small plates section on the menu. Andrew is also interested in charcuterie (cured meats) and they’ll have a few sausages on the menu. They’ll also have a couple of salads and several vegetarian items. They get their chicken and beef from 2 farms in Fredericksburg. They’ll have 12 beers on tap with some of them being local beers. They’ll have a limited, but well-executed cocktail list. About 75% of their seating is outside. About 1/2 is covered and most is in shade due to site orientation. They are working to get a bike rack installed. Hours will be 4pm - midnight M-F, noon - 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, and noon - midnight on Sunday. Address is 2027 Anchor Lane. See contigotexas.com for more information. Ben’s family owns/operates Contigo Ranch in South Texas. He’s bringing some of that to Austin. (Ashley Fisher) - - Dell hospital update regarding expansion. Expansion was planned from the beginning but is needed sooner than anticipated. Will expand from 178 to 250 beds. Break ground December and finish July 2013. - Mueller Foundation - have bought back 3 houses that resold. Focus is affordability and education. See minutes from last month for more discussion of the education focus. - Simmons Vedder working on new apt. complex next to Mosaic. - Subdivision of property at corner of Berkman & Antone for the Pecan Street Project demonstration house and about 7 others (shop houses & garden homes) - Wildflower Terrace already has 190 people on their interest list. They are part of Catellus Open House today from 12-3 p.m. - - MNA will be accepting nominations for Steering Committee members in May, and elections will be held in June. Please consider serving the community in this way. Several current members and officers are not eligible to run as they’ve reached their three year term limit. - Front Porch Flyer photo contest - A slice of life at Mueller... start developing a photo history of life here at Mueller. Send photos to fpfphotos@gmail.com by April 25th. Some prizes will be awarded. - Lawless neighbors are hosting open houses to meet council members (up for re-election) Chris Riley (April 18) and Randi Shade (April 25). Gathering at 7:00 p.m. both nights at 4120 Lawless St. Meeting adjourned about 10:45. Great attendance today!!
MNA SC minutes 5 April 2011
posted by schnauzerhouse2 on April 15th, 2011 11:40 AM
Steering Committee Meeting minutes 5 April 2011 Reminder that the Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA) steering committee (SC) is open to all MNA members. The next steering committee meeting is scheduled for May 3rd. MNA Steering committee Meeting Minutes—April 5, 2011 I. Introductions-Kathy Sokolic opened the meeting shortly after 7:00 p.m. The following SC members were present: Kathy Sokolic, Dennis Mick, Kat Malcom, Drew Harris, Diane Gierisch, Don Dozier, Keith Romel, Shellie Shores, and Kerry Fisher. Mary Piette, Betsy Hilton and Mike McGovern were absent. II. Treasurer’s report: Kerry Fisher, treasurer announced a balance of $4553.62 in the MNA checking account. MNA membership is currently 186 members including three new members from the Greenway Lofts. Kerry announced that Frost Bank could not allow a waiver of the $5/month fee for viewing checks. Drew announced that collections from advertisers from the Front Porch Flyer totaled approximately $2500. Also, the Frost Bank was likely to become the MNA’s first business membership. III. Existing Business: Block Captains Kathy Sokolic recommended using Block captains to distribute information about the Pecan Street Project by email to residents on their block. Kat pointed out that listings of residents varied greatly among streets/block captains and that some block captains would find passing on information to residents as burdensome while others would not. Some block captains are already passing on information from multiple purposes from personal to neighborhood business. Kat Malcolm indicated that the responsibilities of block captains were already established and later submitted the following: “The Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA) Block Captains facilitate networking and communication throughout the Mueller Community. Each Captain represents their street in local matters to the MNA Steering Committee. The goal is for the Captains to be a channel of communication that flows upward and downward on issues that concern the best interest/benefit of Mueller. Block Captains will also help facilitate neighborhood events for their street such as the annual Neighborhood Night Out in October and an Alley/Street party in June, as well as any impromptu events. This is a volunteer position that enhances the quality of Mueller life.” Members discussed the possibility of using MNA funds to formally recognize block captains, or perhaps to provide identification (such as a decoration) that could be placed in front of the block captain’s home; others suggested that block captains could be recognized at each monthly meeting. Finally Drew recommended using Convio or some other email contact manager to automate emailings. Kat pointed out the need to clarify the parameters of the relationship between the MNA and the Pecan Street Project. Diane Gierisch presented a motion that we further discuss the role of block captains at the next MNA Steering Committee meeting. The motion passed. Pecan Street Project: Kathy Sokolic announced that the Pecan street project would provide an extra $ .75 rebate for both south and west facing panels (up to 6kw); she also indicated that Pecan Street energy audits would be temporarily delayed. Front Porch Flyer (FPF): Drew indicated that all profits from FPF go directly to MNA; he suggested that perhaps some of this cash could be funneled back to the FPF, perhaps as awards for best photo or article submissions. Kathy Sokolic suggested having a photo issue of the FPF where the best photos of the previous year could be included; Shellie Shores suggested that a calendar using the prize-winning photos would be appropriate. Don suggested that Janelle would likely agree to write a short piece for the FPF on the outcome of the Plant Fest 2011 and volunteered that he would provide photos of the event. For MNA General Membership meeting, April 16: Members proposed a raffle for free coffee/food from the trailers could be used to encourage member attendance. Diane suggested an additional drawing for first-time MNA meeting attendees. Open comments: Kathy Sokolic suggested that new residents in the Garden Homes might receive special invitations to the next MNA meeting. Drew suggested that block captains or others might volunteer to sponsor/work with new residents in establishing the tradition of having block parties in newly built areas. Don Dozier volunteered to input email addresses of MNA members to create an email database.
Meet Place 1 Candidate Chris Riley
posted by GP on April 12th, 2011 7:50 AM
Chris Riley, Candidate for Austin City Council Place 1 --- Come meet Chris Riley, candidate for Austin City Council! Chris has been serving the community for many years. He co-founded the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association in 1997 and served as its president for five years. He was then appointed to Austin’s Planning Commission and served on it for six years, including two years as its chair. He has also served on numerous other city boards and task forces, including the Downtown Commission (1999-2007), the Water Conservation Task Force (2006-07), and the Street Smarts Task Force (2007). Chris currently serves as a Member of the Austin City Council, which he was elected to in May of 2009. He is also a member of the Capital Metro Board of Directors, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Transportation Policy Board and the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG). Chris has also been involved with a number of local non-profits. As a board member of the Austin Parks Foundation, Chris helped bring the giant chess set to Wooldridge Park, where it has seen action most Saturdays for the past six years. Chris also co-founded Austin Carshare and the Alliance for Public Transit, and served as president of the Austin History Center Association for two years. Hosted By Your Neighbors Corky Hillard, Carol Fredericks, Grant Fisher, Kevin Ludlow, Susan Rieff, and Kathy Sokolic Monday, April 18, 7:00p.m. 4120 Lawless Street Austin, Texas 78723 Coffee and snacks will be served.
Solar Information Meeting - Tonight - Row Homes Invited!
posted by GarrethWilcock on April 1st, 2011 1:12 PM
Good hunch Jonas. Spot on. There's a little description about the challenges of peak production and the benefits of peak solar (rather than most productive solar) in the recent rfiIt also includes this passage, which is exactly as you suggested.A trial of rooftop PV that is oriented to maximize peak demand period exposure (i.e. west-facing) to compare with standard south-facing PV for purposes of evaluating peak demand load profiles and net costs/benefits under different pricing modelsIf you think that as a solar producer, Austin Energy themselves should reward you for producing at their peak load times (since the cost of energy from other sources appears to be based on spot pricing which rises at peak times), Kathy Sokolic is serving on the Austin Energy rate review panel, and I know she'd love to hear from you!
19 March 2011 General Membership Meeting notes
posted by Betsy on March 19th, 2011 1:27 PM
19 March 2011 General Membership Meeting – Mueller Neighborhood Association The meeting was held at the Browning Hangar and led by Chair, Grant Fisher. - Grant introduced officers of the MNA steering committee (SC) and asked other SC members to raise their hands. We’ll need nominations for SC members in May, for elections in June. Several current SC members are reaching the end of their term limit (3 years) and won’t be eligible to serve next year. Be thinking about who to nominate. – Grant reported that our current balance is about $4300. - Mary Arnett spoke on behalf of C.L.A.S.P., which stands for Citizen Led Austin Safety Partnership.  This organization brings together volunteers and neighborhood leaders who want to address crime prevention and safety at the neighborhood level.  Group of folks got together a year ago to work on crime issues in own neighborhoods. Jack Darby with Krimelabb helped them get together as a way to network with other neighborhoods. Every neighborhood is different - customize for what works for your neighborhood. Mary talked about the variety of Neighborhood Watch types, from the less formal (getting to know your neighbors) to the more formal (organized block captains, telephone trees, block meetings, etc.) For chronic problems, Mary recommended working with our APD District representative. Some neighborhoods have a community safety coordinator who coordinates regularly with APD. Some neighborhoods have hosted Safety Fairs at home improvement stores. Some have neighborhood watch signs they put on vehicles and perform patrols. Barton Hills is an example. CLASP can help with training and organization, networking. They work with APD. Mary talked about how good communication can really save lives - mobilize to find children or others who have wondered off, etc. - Rick K from Windsor Park - About 8 neighborhoods work together to put together a forum for City Council candidates in Places 1, 3 and 4. It is Tuesday 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Memorial United Methodist Church, 6100 Berkman (go to the back of the building for the forum). April 14: Deadline for registering to vote May 2-10: Early voting May 14: Election Day - All three grant applications were awarded as follows $125 Stitch n Bitch - Bears for kids in Africa & Haiti and premie caps for children at Dell & Seton $40 to Boomers for Chili Cookoff trophies $125 to the Friends of the Prairie for ongoing activities in support of the prairie. (Ashley Fisher) - - Energy Substation at Morris Williams golf course - start construction in July and online in November. The landscape plans are being closely reviewed. - Wildflower Terrace - Planning to occupy in November - Simmons Vedder breaking ground on another apartment complex next to Mosaic - A few buyers recently closed on garden homes (near Antone & Hermalinda) - Greenway Lofts - almost sold out. - Open House - April 2 and April 16 at Mueller Central - advertise next phase of housing. Time TBD - watch for more info. - AISD Performing Arts Center - no official word yet on whether it will be at Mueller. AISD has said they are moving forward on preferred site but haven’t said where that is. They’ve been asked to come speak to PIAC. Catellus can’t sell land to a governmental entity without approval from Austin City Council. - Children’s Museum - in fundraising mode and still on board. - Catellus spin-off from ProLogis is complete. - Kat March 24 - HH at Paco’s Tacos patio, 5-7pm. Some appetizers will be provided by the committee. It’s an age 21+ event. Purchase own drinks. April 29 - LGBT Progressive Dinner - listed on CitiCite under Events. April 1 - swimming pool opens April 2 - 10 a.m. Polar Bear plunge. Some tacos and coffee will be provided. - Garreth & Kathy - Resident’s Council has been formed and will help with communication, etc.   Council members were selected through an open call for volunteers.  Council members include: Dan McAtee Susan Beckman Grant Fisher Dusty Harshman Corky Hilliard Dennis Mick Scot Salmon Jason Sears Rajesh Sukamaran The Pecan Street Project will offer a supplemental rebate of $0.50/watt for solar PV installations at Mueller. The project’s demonstration house will be at Berkman and Antone. Not sure when construction will start. Subdivision of the lot has to go to City Council. - - Plant Fest April 9 at 10:00. Volunteers are needed to help with kids activities, etc.! Please contact Janelle Dozier to volunteer. - Mueller Homes - Mueller Builder Guidelines for noise control during construction. Call Dee Desjardin at Catellus if builders aren’t complying. - Welcome Spring around the Lake - 1:00 p.m. tomorrow at Lake Park. Great chance to gather as a community to welcome Spring to Mueller. - Lee Thomson - New Exec Director of the Mueller Foundation. Their priorities are affordable housing and community strengthening. One focus area is Grades 4-8 in schools that Mueller feeds into. - Austin Energy rate increase - Kathy Sokolic is on the public involvement committee for that. Residential rates will be discussed at next meeting on April 6. Submit questions at least a week in advance. Let Kathy know if you have questions, etc. More info at http://www.rates.austinenergy.com. - Several residents are meeting with Lighthouse Solar tomorrow night (Sunday) at 5:30 p.m. at Betsy & Joe’s. Join us if you have questions regarding solar installation. Meeting adjourned and I forgot to notice the time!
MNA Steering Committee minutes 1 Mar 2011
posted by Betsy on March 1st, 2011 9:02 PM
Reminder that the Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA) steering committee (SC) is open to all MNA members. The next steering committee meeting is scheduled for April 5th. MNA Steering committee Meeting Minutes – March 1, 2011 I. Introductions - Grant opened the meeting shortly after 7:00 p.m. All SC members were present: Kathy Sokolic, Dennis Mick, Kat Malcom, Drew Harris, Diane Gierisch, Mary Piette, Don Dozier, Keith Romel, Shellie Shores, Grant Fisher, Betsy Hilton, Mike McGovern, Kerry Fisher. II. Treasurer’s Report: We are doing well - $4358.62 current balance. Up from last month. About half of this will be used for Front Porch Flyer printing this year. Deposited more dues lately and FPF ad proceeds. Now have 175 current members in MNA. Frost has a feature now for $5/month where you can view the images of all checks deposited. We will ask to see if we can get it free, but this would make Treasurer’s job easier. SC approved asking them for it free, and approving the expenditure if we can’t get it for free. (Drew motion, Mary Piette 2nd - passed with one vote against.) III. Existing Business: a. Candidate Forum (March 22) - Windsor Park organizing with surrounding neighborhoods. City Council elections in May. Potential topics we’d want discussed were suggested: transportation and bike/ped, single member districts, recycling contractor (and smaller bins as an option). b. MNA Grants - 3 applications were received: Stitch-n-Bitch ($125), Boomers($30), and Friends of the Prairie($125). A total of $500 was available. All were approved. Discussion about desire to see more grant applications that support community events. Also discussed ways to share information about the history of the community with new residents, along with community covenants. POA needs to start up Mueller 101 again since we’re have some new residents in the Greenway Lofts, Garden homes and Mueller homes. More discussion next month. c. Resident Activities committee update (Kat) - For 2011 budget: ----Plant Fest ($100), - April 9 ----Polar Bear plunge - April 1st 5:00 a.m when pool opens ($50) ----July 4th pool party ($500) ----Halloween ($500) ----Networking events ($200/event for quarterly events) ----Tower lighting ($1500) ----Egg Scramble ($350) - April 23rd? (unsure if it will be Sat or Sunday) ----Music Festival - June maybe 6-10 pm ($1200) - lots of planning and volunteers needed!! d. Commander’s forum (last meeting) - highlights on mc.com. Car breakins rampant in Cherrywood. Mark your belongings to help with retrieval. APD will be launching a website called CopLogic - report thefts with Serial #s for your belongings and get a police report for insurance purposes. e. Pecan Street Project (Kathy S) - PSP is planning an event for first group of participants. Tentative date is April 16. If interested in Resident’s Council, email Suzanne at participate@pecanstreetproject.org. f. Business Memberships - Frost Bank sent unsolicited check for $10, presumably for membership. Bylaws allow business memberships but we’ve never established the annual dues for businesses. Per the ByLaws, business members have no voting rights. SC (Drew motion, Kathy 2nd ) - we will start accepting business memberships per bylaws. Passed unanimously Business membership fees: - $10 or $25 were discussed. Diane motion for $10 annual dues, Betsy 2nd. VOTE: 6 for, 5 against, 2 abstain. Drew motion: Increase dues to $25, Kat 2nd - Discussion: Would like to distinguish business memberships from resident memberships. We do have future needs that could be funded from additional revenue. VOTE: 9 for and 4 against. Motion carries. Business membership dues will be $25. No boundaries were established so all businesses are eligible. IV. Upcoming Meetings First meeting at the HANGAR on March 19 :-) Trailer eateries will be advised to expect a crowd - Informational session with Mary Arnette from CLASP (neighborhood watch and more) V. Additional Business a. Bugs/Critters update - about 19 attended at the hangar b. Plant fest - will be April 9 at the Hangar, from 10am - 2 pm. Janelle & Mary P co-organizers. Clifton School (antique roses, etc) and Maplewood Elem (veggies/herbs) will be selling plants. Kids activities. Hope to have music. Book sales. Master gardeners will have plant clinic so you can bring your sick plants. Neighboring communities invited. Boy Scouts will be selling hot dogs. c. FPF coming in April - looking for articles and information on events. d. MNA SC elections will be in June. Be thinking about nominations for May. Grant will chair through the June general meeting. Meeting adjourned 8:30pm.
Pecan Street - Call for Volunteers to Participate in Residents' Council
posted by Kathy Sokolic on February 18th, 2011 3:25 PM
Call for Volunteers to Participate in Residents' Council Pecan Street Project is establishing a Residents' Council and we want YOU to join! The Council will be co-led by Pecan Street Project's Chief of Staff, Suzanne Russo, and our Executive Committee resident representatives, Kathy Sokolic and Garreth Wilcock. Through monthly meetings, the Council will provide input on selection of smart grid systems to deploy at Mueller, serve as a voice for the Mueller community in this project and assist with volunteer recruitment efforts. If you are interested in joining, please email a brief cover letter explaining your interest in the project, what you would like to contribute to the Council and time availability to participate@pecanstreetproject.org with the subject: "Residents Council."
MNA Steering Committee minutes 1 Feb 2011
posted by Betsy on February 2nd, 2011 3:51 PM
Reminder that the Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA) steering committee (SC) is open to all MNA members. The next steering committee meeting is scheduled for March 1st. MNA Steering committee Meeting Minutes – Feb 1, 2011 The meeting was called to order at 7:05. Steering Committee Attendees: Kathy Sokolic, Dennis Mick, Kat Malcom, Drew Harris, Diane Gierisch, Mary Piette, Don Dozier, Keith Romel & Shellie Shores. SC members absent: Grant Fisher, Betsy Hilton, Mike McGovern, Kerry Fisher Guests: Dusty Harshman Diane Gierisch volunteered to take notes due to Betsy's absence. Dennis welcomed our new steering committee members, Keith Romel and Shellie Shores. The committee has received 2 grant requests so far. The deadline for grant requests is Feb. 28. The steering committee will review and vote on the grants at our next meeting, Tuesday, March 1.The maximum grant will be $125 and there will be a total of $500 available. Discussion of the Front Porch Flyer followed. Dusty provided a review of the business model and advertising revenue. The staff is looking for a resident with layout skills to relieve current staff. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Dusty. Kathy Sokolic gave a report on the Pecan Street Project. The project has reached its benchmark numbers and data is being collected. They still need more volunteer houses, however, so if you're interested, contact Kathy. The demonstration house is in the design phase. Don gave a report from the Landscapes committee. The tree pruning seminar was held last week and was very well-attended. Joe Denton is preparing an illustrated guide to tree pruning based on photos taken by Betsy. This guide will be posted on our blog when complete. The next workshop is on 'Weeds' and will be held on Saturday, Feb. 26 from 10-noon. The location will be announced at a later date. The Residents Activity Committee has not met yet in 2011 but hope to very soon. Discussion followed about what kinds of new activities we'd like to see. A consensus agreed that they'd like to see more music in Lake Park. Kat will discuss this with the full committee when they meet. A discussion of the next large meeting followed. It will be on Saturday, Feb. 19. Location and agenda will be announced when available. Dusty Harshman provided information on the AISD proposed school boundary change for Maplewood and Campbell Elementary Schools and it's affect on the Mueller neighborhood. Representatives from both schools are meeting to develop a recommendation of their own and Dusty will keep us informed on this issue. The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 pm.
Pecan Street Project Goes Live with First Phase of Smart Grid Deployment
posted by Kathy Sokolic on February 1st, 2011 9:19 AM
This is HUGE! It's go time! If you haven't signed up yet, the baseline study is already underway (see below), but there are still many opporunitites to participate! Email now - iwanttoparticipate@pecanstreetproject.org and Garreth and I can answer any questions you may have!! http://www.pecanstreetproject.org Press Release February 1, 2011 Pecan Street Project Goes Live with First Phase of Smart Grid Deployment Project Achieves Installed Cost per Home Under $350 AUSTIN - February 1, 2011 - Pecan Street Project Inc. announced today that it has completed systems installation and has gone live with the first phase of its smart grid demonstration project in Austin's Mueller community. Deployed by Austin-based Incenergy LLC, the home smart grid systems capture minute-to-minute energy usage for the whole home and six major appliances or systems. The project achieved an installed cost per home of $341 ($241 for equipment plus $100 for installation). The systems are deployed in 100 homes at Mueller, all of which are green built and 11 of which have rooftop solar PV systems. This spring, Pecan Street Project will deploy Incenergy systems in a second group of 100 homes outside Mueller that are at least 10 years old. All participants in both groups are volunteers. During the 12-month first phase, project researchers will learn about how homeowners use electricity, gas and specific appliances during the course of the day. This will mark only the second publicly-reported research on the daily energy profiles of Sunbelt homes (the other is a 1999 University of Central Florida study) and the first to incorporate data on output from rooftop solar panels and on the homes' energy efficiency attributes. "The customer will have final say about whether the smart grid is a smart idea," said Pecan Street Project Inc. executive director Brewster McCracken. "The truth is that we - those working on and advocating for the smart grid - need to learn a lot more from customers than they need to learn from us. Before anyone starts prescribing solutions, we must develop a much better understanding of what customers value and how they're using energy now." Together with selected companies, project researchers will use the information gathered from these homes to structure next generation home smart grid systems. These systems, which selected companies will deploy in the project's second phase (beginning March 2012), will provide customers with the ability to manage - even over mobile phones - individual appliances and systems as well as electric vehicle charging and rooftop PV systems. The installation and testing of these next generation technologies will take place in a larger group of up to 1,000 residential and 75 commercial customers. As with the first phase, all participants will be volunteers. Pecan Street Project will issue a Request for Information on February 15, 2011 for companies to deploy home energy management systems and to supply electric vehicles, in-home charging and rooftop PV systems. In the current first phase, data captured from participating homes is wirelessly reported to and securely maintained at the University of Texas's Texas Advanced Computing Center. Project team members from Pecan Street Project, The University of Texas, Incenergy, Austin Energy, Texas Gas Service and Environmental Defense Fund have been conducting field trials of the systems since September 2010. Two residents of the Mueller community serve on the project's executive committee and have participated in the field trial planning and assessment. "There is strong support for this smart grid project in the Mueller community," said Kathy Sokolic, one of the two Mueller residents that serve on the project's executive committee. "Having residents on the project team has played a big role in creating a sense of ownership in Pecan Street Project's work." "People choose to live at Mueller so that they can make a difference," added Garreth Wilcock, the other Mueller resident serving on the project's executive committee, "and participating in this project allows us to contribute to something greater than our immediate environment." Incenergy's system integrates the company's sophisticated energy measurement software with voltage measurement and wireless networking hardware. The system monitors energy usage within a resident's circuit panel (breaker box), sends the information to a gateway system within the residence and transmits the data via the customer's Internet connection to the project's data center. Incenergy was selected in September after a global search. "For smart grid to succeed, customers must embrace it," said Barry McConachie, CEO and founder of Incenergy. "That will only happen if companies like ours offer smart grid systems that create good value for customers and solve real problems they currently confront." The company has developed a mobile app that allows researchers to monitor the data collection on their iPhones and iPads. This has already helped researchers evaluate performance data in real time in the field. "This mobile monitoring capability is already providing a huge benefit to our project's research team," said Pecan Street Project Inc. technology director Bert Haskell. "Our next project phase will integrate customer-centric technology solutions like this - ones that are exciting and easy to use." All participating homes in the project's first phase will receive enhanced home energy audits by auditors licensed under Austin's Energy Conservation and Disclosure Ordinance. A Request for Qualifications for energy auditors recently closed, and Pecan Street Project will announce the firms it has selected later this month. About Pecan Street Project Inc. Headquartered at the University of Texas at Austin, Pecan Street Project Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) smart grid and clean energy research and development organization. Incorporated in 2009, the organization's board includes representatives from The University of Texas, Austin Energy, Environmental Defense Fund, the Austin Technology Incubator, the City of Austin and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. In September 2009, it received funding from the University of Texas and a grant from the Capital Area Council of Governments through an award from the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration. In November 2009, the organization received a U.S. Department of Energy stimulus grant for a Smart Grid Demonstration Project at Austin's Mueller community. In March 2010, it released a report of recommendations for how to spur energy system advancements. The recommendations were the product of joint industry-university-utility-public sector working groups. For more information or to download the report of recommendations, visit http://www.pecanstreetproject.org. About Incenergy Incenergy is an Austin-based Smart Grid software company and systems integrator that leverages cloud computing and low-cost wireless networked devices to produce cost-effective/ hardware-independent energy management solutions that reduce peak electricity demand for utilities. Incenergy has deployed energy management systems into the modern Agave Community in Austin, has rolled-out commercial building energy management systems through the DSI Systems sales channel in Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin, is integrated into the smart energy management systems at EDF's Austin office and has recently begun a smart grid pilot project with Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, which serves approximately 80,000 meters in 14 southeastern Texas counties. Incenergy has a nation-wide distribution network with DSI Systems, Inc. (www.dsisystemsinc.com) resulting in more than 14,000 retail storefronts and certified installers. This distribution reach enables utilities to scale up to thousands of connected SmartNode™ endpoints - creating a real-time dispatchable Virtual Power Plant. For more information, visit http://www.incenergy.com
MNA General meeting notes 15 Jan 2011
posted by Betsy on January 15th, 2011 12:12 PM
15 Jan 2011 General Membership Meeting – Mueller Neighborhood Association The meeting was held at Frost Bank and led by Chair, Grant Fisher. – Our balance is $1921.26. Applications will be received through Feb. 28 for MNA Grants to support community activities. Watch mc.com for more info. Maximum grant amount is $125. - Our District Representative from the Austin Police Department, Antwain Tarver, spoke to us about crime statistics, prevention and safety. We are in the Charlie 3 sector bounded by 51st/Springdale/Ed Bluestein/MLK/IH 35. - Our contract security are off-duty APD officers so he coordinates with them - Use common sense... think like a thief and make your property less attractive to them - Email Office Tarver at antwain.t.tarver@ci.austin.tx.us with concerns about issues like speeding. He can (and has) run radar in targeted areas. There was a lot of discussion about speeding, largely on Zach Scott, Antone and Berkman. - Commander’s Forum - Held the 1st Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the East Substation, 812 Springdale Rd. He encouraged us to attend. - General crime stats for Austin - Homicides and burglaries are up. – We have two vacant seats. Nominations were: - Shellie Shores on Pinckney - Keith Romel on Camacho - Travis Michel on Berkman (not present) Shellie and Keith were elected to serve the remainder of these terms (through May). - Corky is working with a group to count the homeless on Jan. 23rd from 1-7pm. 70% of homeless are women & children. Counts impact the money Austin receives for providing services to the homeless. Training will be Jan. 20th. Corky will post the info and welcomed anyone who wants to volunteer. - Ashley gave a brief update on the last meeting of the Mueller Plan Implementation Advisory Commission (PIAC). --- City is moving forward with design work for improvements to the IH-35 & 51st St. interchange, with involvement from Windsor Park --- City and Catellus are working on revisions to improve operations at our roundabout. --- Two affordable homes have been sold and stayed in the affordable program. Most buyers of the affordable homes fall in the 70-80% MFI range. --- Two new tenants coming to the Mosaic - a landscape design firm, and a salon --- The next phase of housing will be on this side of Berkman and north of Simond. - The entire steering committee will be up for election in May and about 1/3 of the current members will have reached their term limit of 3 years. - Garreth mentioned the Pecan Street Project and encouraged anyone unfamiliar with it to talk to him or Kathy. - Joe has scheduled a tree workshop on Sat., Jan. 29 from 9-11 a.m. at 1909 Emma Long. This will be a hands-on workshop with arborist Marcus Smith talking about tree care and demonstrating how, and why, to prune your trees. Now is the time... come to the workshop for tips! Dan Pacatte from Austin Tree Farms will also be there. - Janelle discussed landscape activities that will be held throughout the year including nature photography. Watch mc.com for details. - Kathy Sokolic mentioned that Austin Energy is raising their rates. Those with solar are in a different rate class... contact her for info. Meeting adjourned about 11:15 a.m.
MNA Steering Committee Minutes 4 Jan 2011
posted by Betsy on January 5th, 2011 8:49 PM
Reminder that the Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA) steering committee (SC) is open to all MNA members. The next steering committee meeting is scheduled for February 1st. MNA Steering committee Meeting Minutes – 4 Jan 2011 Steering Committee Attendees: Grant Fisher, Betsy Hilton, Kathy Sokolic, Dennis Mick, Mike McGovern, Kat Malcom, Kerry Fisher, Drew Harris, Diane Gierisch, Mary Piette & Don Dozier SC members absent: None! Guests: Janelle Dozier Agenda: I.Treasurer’s Report – Balance is about $1800 and we have 129 current members. II.Existing Business a. Neighborhood delegate - POA meeting tomorrow to discuss process of electing neighborhood delegates. It would be good if some steering committee members could serve on the committee that will determine the election process. b. TPG - Catellus being sold to TPG, which may be a better deal for Mueller. All communication so far has indicated that Catellus staff on the Mueller project will remain the same. c. MNA Grants - Discussion about whether to award grants again this Spring. Agreement to do so but deadline should be firm (i.e. no extensions). Announcement will be made at January general meeting and . Be thinking about application ideas now! The maximum grant will be $125 and there will be a total of $500 available. The SC also discussed that the MNA will need to discuss whether we want to be an organization that spends down our balance every year, or whether we want to build up a balance over time for some larger efforts. IV.Upcoming Meetings – Speaker suggestions for the Jan. 15th general meeting included our new APD rep, Greg Weaver. We plan to ask Austin Children’s Shelter if a representative can come talk to us in February, along with Rick K from Windsor Park neighborhood. V.Other business – a. Two replacement steering committee members need to be elected at the January general meeting. They’ll serve unexpired terms through June. Grant will post information on mc.com b. Greenway Lofts - 27 of 36 are sold and 20 are now occupied. c. Continued discussion about whether we can set up a PayPal account for membership dues and Front Porch Flyer advertisements. d. Janelle Dozier summarized the Landscape Committee’s plans regarding Plant Fest. Rather than have one large event, the committee is planning one event each month, except in August and December. This will give us a full year of hands-on workshops including: tree pruning, weeds/pests, nature photography, secret gardens tour, plant sale & kids activities, tiny urban wildlife, vertical landscaping, fall vegetable gardening, native plants in home landscapes, and earthworms & soil amendments. e. Front Porch Flyer volunteers meet Sunday at 2:00 to plan the next issue. Anyone interested in helping with this effort, please contact Drew, Elizabeth or Dusty. Meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.
MNA Steering Committee minutes 7 Dec 2010
posted by Betsy on December 12th, 2010 12:44 PM
Reminder that the Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA) steering committee (SC) is open to all MNA members. The next steering committee meeting is scheduled for January 4th. MNA Steering committee Meeting Minutes – 7 Dec 2010 Steering Committee Attendees: Grant Fisher, Betsy Hilton, Kathy Sokolic, Dennis Mick, Mike McGovern, Kat Malcom, Kerry Fisher & Don Dozier SC members absent: Diane Gierisch, Michael Adams, Drew Harris, & Jim Nieto Agenda: I.Treasurer’s Report – Balance is about $1500 with lots of dues collected as a result of the recent door-to-door ‘big push’. II.Existing Business a. Food sign-up - Sheet was circulated to sign up to bring snacks to the December general membership meeting/party, which will be held at the Ronald McDonald House on Dec. 18th at 10:00 a.m., in the 4th floor conference room. All are welcome to attend! More details are on mc.com. b. T-shirts - We discussed the idea of printing tee shirts at a low cost that could be offered to residents as a package deal with MNA membership, at some additional cost (likely about $10). Discussed having a contest to come up with the design. c. New Members - Lots of new members as a result of the ‘big push’. Numbers are being tallied. d. APD East Command - Kat Malcom received last minute notice of a meeting last week but was able to attend. It was held at the Springdale command center near Airport Blvd. Our rep, Antwain Tarver, covers Central East bounded by MLK/IH 35/51st/and either Manor or Springdale. The biggest problem in the Central East area is 12th & Chicon. Mueller has fewer problems than other parts of East Austin. Kat hopes to get advance notice of future meetings so maybe we can have a few more people attend. She reported that folks from other neighborhoods brought food to share with those in attendance. e. Prom - Johnston East Side Technical School is looking for sponsors to help put together a senior prom for their students. IV.Upcoming Meetings – The December 18th General Meeting will be a Holiday Party as mentioned above. Everyone is invited to come mingle with your neighbors. V.Other business – Don Dozier mentioned that there is evidence of motorized vehicle use in the prairie along Tom Miller. Meeting adjourned about 8:00
Questions for the Pecan Street Project - November 1010
posted by GarrethWilcock on November 16th, 2010 11:03 AM
The Pecan Street Project Executive Committee meets tomorrow - if you have any feedback, complaints, endorsements or questions, please let Kathy Sokolic or myself know and we'll pass them along.If you don't feel comfortable asking / feeding back in public, feel free to call me, message me or email me!Garreth 694 8873garreth at kw.com
MNA Steering Committee meeting notes 2 Nov 2010
posted by Betsy on November 2nd, 2010 8:31 PM
Reminder that the Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA) steering committee (SC) is open to all MNA members. The next steering committee meeting is scheduled for Dec. 7th MNA Steering committee Meeting Minutes – 2 Nov 2010 Steering Committee Attendees: Grant Fisher, Betsy Hilton, Kathy Sokolic, Diane Gierisch, Mike McGovern, Mary Piette, Kerry Fisher & Don Dozier SC members absent: Dennis Mick, Kat Malcom, Michael Adams, Drew Harris, & Jim Nieto Agenda: I.Welcome & Introductions - we all new each other and were happy to have a quorum. II.Treasurer’s Report – Kerry reported via e-mail that our balance is $1660.34. We're starting to get a few membership renewals for 2011. Upcoming expenses include the Front Porch Flyer, ANC dues and a few other minor expenses if approved by this group. Our projected balance at the end of the year would be about $1100. A report on membership by street was reviewed. Camacho and Lawless have the most members. We discussed a little tax scare we had this month. Grant was notified of inquiries by the Comptroller and the Secretary of State about delinquent tax filings and possible penalties. He quickly went to both offices and straightened things out, filing necessary papers on the spot. We are registered as a for-profit corporation, which means we have to file franchise tax reports. We won't have to pay any franchise tax but we do have to file the reports. This registration is thought to provide some protection for steering committee members but we will inquire further as to whether this is the appropriate status for a neighborhood association. III.Existing Business a. MNA Grants - No additional grants were received by the Nov. 1 deadline. We unanimously approved funding the Stitch n' Bitch request for $125 to fund materials to knit stuffed bears for children in Africa and small caps for premature babies at Dell Children's Hospital. b. Front Porch Flyer - Grant will work up a small insert regarding membership dues and renewals for the FPF. c. Pecan Street Project (PSP) update – Informal gathering at Elixer tomorrow morning from 8-9am. Kick-off meeting next week, Nov. 10 at 6:00 pm at Asbury Methodist Church. d. Prop 1 - MNA did vote to support and so advised the Get Austin Moving group but they didn't appear to have published our support anywhere. IV.Upcoming Meetings – General meeting will be Nov. 20 at the Ronald McDonald House. We'll meet there for the next several months. V.Other business – We discussed ways to get more people informed of major events and initiatives at Mueller. We want to reprint some of the yellow cards and have steering committee members go door-to-door, especially in the newer parts of the neighborhood, to talk with residents about MNA membership, the Pecan Street Project, muellercommunity.com, etc. The steering committee unanimously approved a motion to authorize the expenditure of up to $375 to print 'marketing' materials to be handed out during this door-to-door educational campaign. We want to make sure that all residents are aware of the issues and the opportunities for engagement in their neighborhood. Kerry reported that she attended the meeting of the Catellus budget committee and they have again included $2500 in their budget to support resident activities throughout the year. Meeting adjourned about 8:00.
Steering Committee meeting minutes 6 Oct 2010
posted by Betsy on October 9th, 2010 3:02 PM
Reminder that the Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA) steering committee (SC) is open to all MNA members. The next steering committee meeting is scheduled for Nov. 2 but check online for the current schedule since that is election day. MNA Steering committee Meeting Minutes – 6 October 2010 Steering Committee Attendees: Grant Fisher, Dennis Mick, Betsy Hilton, Kathy Sokolic, Diane Gierisch, & Don Dozier SC members absent: Kat Malcom, Mary Piette, Michael Adams, Kerry Fisher, Drew Harris, Mike McGovern, & Jim Nieto Guests: Ashley Fisher Agenda: I.Welcome & Introductions. We didn't have enough steering committee members present to have a quorum so no official actions were taken. II.Treasurer’s Report – Kerry reported via e-mail that our balance is $1659.34. III.Existing Business a.Pecan Street Project (PSP) update – Kathy said the Green Energy Venture Summit was very interesting. PSP announced that they selected the Austin firm Incenergy LLC for the first deployment of advanced smart grid systems at Mueller and collection of the baseline data. PSP is still collecting contracts from those interested in being included in the baseline group. b.Hangar use – We hoped to be using it by now for MNA meetings but no final agreement has been reached by Catellus. c.MNA Grants – We plan to extend the deadline with a vote at the general meeting (since we don't have a quorum) because only one application was received. The new deadline will probably be Nov. 1. d.Neighborhood Night Out – Very successful event at the park and throughout the neighborhood. e.Meeting Attendance – This is our second steering committee meeting without a quorum. Grant will visit with those who are often absent to try to improve attendance. IV.Upcoming Meetings – General meeting will be Oct. 16, probably at Wooten Park. Potential speaker to discuss Proposition 1, a $90million bond package with many projects of interest to Mueller residents. V.Other business – Diane asked whether we should start a conversation with the Windsor Park NA about their neighborhood plan for the other side of 51st Street, so we have a better idea of the vision. It was agreed that would be a good idea. Grant will initiate. The meeting adjourned about 8:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 MNA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes
posted by Betsy on September 9th, 2010 7:14 PM
Reminder that the Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA) steering committee (SC) is open to all MNA members. The next steering committee meeting is scheduled for Oct. 5 2010 at 4124 Lawless at 7:00 p.m. MNA Steering committee Meeting Minutes – 7 Sept 2010Steering Committee Attendees: Dennis Mick, Betsy Hilton, Kat Malcom, Diane Gierisch, Don Dozier, & Mary PietteSC members absent: Kathy Sokolic, Michael Adams, Grant Fisher, Kerry Fisher, Drew Harris, Mike McGovern, & Jim NietoGuests: Carole Mick, Larry PlutkoAgenda:I.Welcome & Introductions. We didn't have enough steering committee members present to have a quorum so no official actions were taken.II.Treasurer’s Report – Kerry reported in advance that our balance is $1669.34. The upcoming Front Porch Flyer had been printed and updated software purchased. We discussed possible methods of encouraging more households to join the MNA. PayPal might make it easier for some folks, as might envelope inserts in a Front Porch Flyer edition.III.Existing Business a.Sidewalk endorsement – Discussion about the need for sidewalk to serve a desired Capital Metro bus stop (route 350) on Airport at Zach Scott. Members present would like to know more about Cap Metro's long term plans related to Mueller. The issue was discussed but no action was taken since a quorum was not present. b.Transportation Report – Betsy serves on Catellus' transportation committee. Items discussed here were: - Speeds on Zach Scott and Antone. Possible solutions discussed include: * options to slow traffic on Zach Scott, including a 4-way stop sign at Camacho (pedestrian entrance to Lake Park) * mini traffic circles to slow traffic on Zach Scott and Antone * raised crosswalk on Antone at Ella Wooten Park - Sight distance at regional retail center driveways - One-way vs. two-way alley operations c.Neighbor Night Out (NNO) – Tuesday Oct. 5th. Large gathering at Ella Wooten Park from 6-7pm, followed by block parties starting at 7:00. In 2011, Mueller is the planned hub for NNO activities in East Austin. Fire, EMS, and even a helicopter are planned for a gathering at the hangar next year. d.Grant Applications – only one had been received by Dennis and Sept 7 was the deadline. The one application was being split into 2 separate applications because it was over the $100 limit. No decisions were made regarding how to proceed. e.Welcome Committee– Discussed at a previous meeting to help educate those moving in on Mueller POA requirements, etc. No action was taken but let us know if you could help with such an effort. Perhaps a card with summary information could be printed and distributed by the block captains.IV. Upcoming Meetings – General meeting will be Sept. 18 at Wooten Park. Potential speakers/topics discussed included Jim Walker to discuss lessons learned from Phases 1 and 2, and/or an update from the Mueller Education Action Team (MEAT). Ideas for future meetings included a meeting possibly focused on transportation issues, maybe in October.The meeting adjourned about 8:45 p.m.
Block Captain Meeting 9-16-10
posted by Kathleen Malcom on September 8th, 2010 12:30 PM
The Mueller Block Captains will be meeting on Thursday, Sept 16th from 6:30PM to 8:00PM at the home of Kathy Sokolic on 4104 Lawless. The agenda will be Neighborhood Night Out planning, and speaker's for the Pecan Street Project plus round table topics. More details under the event section. If you would like to suggest a topic for our meeting, please email me at: kathleen_malcom@dell.com
General membership meeting minutes - 21 August 2010
posted by Betsy on August 21st, 2010 12:44 PM
The meeting was held at the picnic tables outside the pool at Ella Wooten park, where meetings will be held throughout the summer months. Grant opened the meeting and asked members of the Steering Committee in attendance to introduce themselves. – Greg Montes with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Dept (PARD) was our guest speaker. Greg spoke about ongoing efforts to develop a master plan for the 50 acre Bartholomew Park site, located across 51st St. at Berkman. A lot of maintenance and updating is needed for many of the park features, which are 50-60 years old. The pool has been closed the past two summers due to a crack in the pool. Rather than repair items in a piecemeal fashion, they want to get community input on the features at the park and work maintenance issues with an overall master plan in mind. Additional uses being discussed include an off-leash dog area, volleyball courts, and trails that will connect with Mueller trails. They've had two public meetings and the 3rd meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 26th. It's been posted on mc.com. More information can be found at http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/bartholomewmp.htm. They hope to finish their final report by the end of this year. During Q&A, Greg said the Bartholomew pool reopen in 2012, depending on CIP budgets. A request was made for the pool to have a chair lift so those who can't walk can use the pool. He also said that no designs have been done for the new property PARD is getting as part of the AE substation deal. The community has expressed a desire for preserving the canopy of the many trees in that area. Windsor Park NA has been talking with Catellus about making the crossing of 51st at Berkman safe for bicyclists and pedestrians as both our neighborhoods will be accessing facilities across 51st St. – Summer issue should be out this week. to keep this effort going. The same four people have done it since the beginning. Contact newsletter@muellercommunity.com to volunteer. They need help with editing, coordinating advertisements, and many other areas. – We have $2087 and are in good shape. We'll be funding another round of MNA grants. An announcement and application form should be posted to mc.com today. Selections will be made at the Sept. 7 Steering Committee meeting. Block parties are not eligible for grants but other community events are eligible. The maximum grant is $100. – As part of this national crime prevention effort, NNO will be held here (and across Texas) on Tuesday, October 5th. Catellus will organize a community-wide event at Ella Wooten Park from 6-7pm, and hopefully the police and fire departments will be able to attend. Block captains will coordinate separate block events from 7-9 pm. Please help organize the event for your block residents and plan to join in the fun! – Planned for Thursday, Aug. 26 at Baby Acapulco from 4:30 – 7. See the mc.com Events page for more info. – Kathy Sokolic updated us on this project. They have enough volunteers to get the needed baseline data, but she encouraged anyone interested to email iwanttoparticipate@pecanstreetproject.org if they are interested. They're still working on the non-disclosure agreement but hope to finalize that soon and get it to volunteers so data collection can begin. Kathy didn't have any information on the Austin Energy solar stakeholder meeting scheduled for Sept. 3 from 11:00 – noon. See mc.com for event details. It was noted that row home owners now have the ability to get solar installed on their rooftops. – Corky Hilliard announced that Ashley Fisher is the new chair of the PIAC. Meeting adjourned about 11:00 a.m.
MNA General meeting minutes - 10July2010
posted by Betsy on July 10th, 2010 8:41 PM
The meeting was held at the picnic tables outside the pool at Ella Wooten park, where meetings will be held throughout the summer months. – We have $2300+ and are in good shape. We'll likely be able to fund another round of MNA grants this Fall so be thinking about potential requests. Check with Kerry to pay your dues if you're not current. Dues are only $10/year. - Rebecca Campbell, the Executive Director of the Austin Film Society (AFS), gave attendees some background information on how the AFS was formed. Their website is http://www.austinfilm.org. Neighbors who attended the recent party hosted by AFS, with sponsorship from Catellus, had a great time! AFS was purely a volunteer effort for the first 10 years of their existence (abt 1985-95). Then they became a professional organization with non-profit status. Through their Texas Filmmakers Production Fund, they've awarded about $1 million in cumulative grants. They also sponsor artistic programs, showing carefully chosen films – free to members and $6 to others. Membership is only $30/year. They also have an internship program for college students and graduates. Austin Studios has about 20 acres and was the site for a lot of filming in the late 1990's. They had a 10 year lease but through a 2006 bond election for the arts, they received more City support and now have a long-term lease until 2042. As part of the agreement, they'll get use of additional National Guard property when it's vacated in 2012. They need volunteer help with planning and fundraising for that growth opportunity. Troublemaker Studios is a separate entity on neighboring property. – Grant had Steering Committee members introduce themselves, and their position as officers, if applicable. Officers are: Chairman – Grant Fisher Vice-Chair – Dennis Mick Treasurer – Kerry Fisher Secretary – Betsy Hilton You can email the entire steering committee at steering@muellercommunity.com. Meetings will move to the 3rd Saturday of the month, with steering committee meetings on the 1st Tuesday of the month. Steering committee meetings are open to the public and Grant will post all meeting dates/locations on mc.com. – Everyone had a great time and everyone thought the events were great. There was a suggestion that perhaps we could coordinate with Delwood more closely to build on their long tradition and get some of the same elected officials to address both neighborhoods. There was general agreement, but a caution not to make the elected officials the focus of the events. - Kathy Sokolic and Garreth Wilcock represent Mueller residents on the PSP Executive Committee. A kick-off meeting was held June 30. PSP is a non-profit research agency. Most people at the meeting were familiar with PSP – if you want more info, go to their website at http://www.pecanstreetproject.org. Users are signing up to be in Group A, providing baseline usage data for the project. Contact iwanttoparticipate@pecanstreetproject.org if you want to sign up. You can email Kathy or Garreth with questions. There will also be a demonstration house at Mueller – not sure of the location. – Corky and Michael serve on the City's Plan Implementation Advisory Commission (PIAC) for the Mueller project. Corky talked about their efforts to speed up street repairs and the frustration everyone has experienced. PIAC passed a resolution in June asking the City and Catellus to work together to develop a policy for public use of the hangar. – Garreth Wilcock moved that the MNA write a letter to Catellus about the promised coffee trailer to be set up at the hangar. Dan McAtee seconded the motion. After discussion and further revision, the motion to write a letter to the City and Catellus expressing support for public use of the hangar, and the location of food trailers at that site, was passed unanimously. – Dan described his recent meetings with City staff and Catellus about the ongoing 'warranty' repair issues, and how these can be prevented in future phases through contract improvements, more inspection, etc. He's also talking with them about improving communications with the residents. If you have suggestions along these lines, let Dan know. – Lots of discussion on the blog lately. Catellus' committee includes representatives from adjacent neighborhoods, so Betsy will feed the discussions to this committee and the City for further consideration.. Meeting adjourned about 11:00 a.m.
Steering Committee meeting minutes - 29 June 2010
posted by Betsy on June 30th, 2010 5:20 PM
Reminder that the Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA) steering committee (SC) is open to all MNA members. The next steering committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 3, 2010 at 4124 Lawless at 7:00 p.m. MNA Steering committee Meeting Minutes – 29 June 2010 Steering Committee Attendees: Grant Fisher, Betsy Hilton, Kat Malcom, Kerry Fisher, Drew Harris, Mike McGovern, Diane Gierisch, Don Dozier, Dennis Mick, Jim Nieto, Mary Piette SC members absent: Kathy Sokolic, Michael Adams Guests: John Guest Agenda: I.Welcome & Introductions II.Treasurer’s Report – Balance is $2383.73. Kerry provided membership data by street. We have no members on Sahm and only one on Hermalinda and Cal Rodgers. We have 104 households that are members. III.Existing Business a. MNA officer elections. Current officers gave a summary of the responsibilities of their positions. Kat Malcom was not running for an officer position so she served as parliamentarian for officer elections. The following were elected as officers for the 2010-2011 year: Secretary – Betsy Hilton (unopposed) Treasurer – Kerry Fisher (unopposed) Vice-Chair – Dennis Mick (unopposed after Drew withdrew) Chair – Grant Fisher (unopposed) b. Beautification/Alliance (John Guest) – We're going into our 3rd summer in parts of the development and seeing some evidence of wear and tear. We've seen concerns about how the community is being supported in general by the POA and Alliance (water fountains, pool, road repair, lack of yard maintenance, broken sidewalks, signs bent and falling down, etc.). Committees appointed by Alliance/POA/Catellus are accountable to them. Maybe we need a MNA committee(s) accountable to residents to discuss these sorts of issues. If maintenance deteriorates over time, property values will slide and catching up will be difficult. After much discussion, Mary Piette will chair a Coordination Committee for the MNA. They will collect a list of major issues needing resolution and seek to work through those issues by coordinating with Catellus. c. Traffic Signal at Zach Scott – Jim asked about the status. Betsy has it on her list to ask about at the Transportation Committee meeting on June 30. Also discussed the failure of some drivers to yield to pedestrians crossing ZS on the hike/bike trail. d. Fourth of July events – Resident Activities committee with Catellus is planning the activities, thanks to an $800 budget from Catellus. Volunteers are needed in several areas (tent set up/break down, music play list, videographer, etc.) – please see mc.com and volunteer! Everyone is invited to a block party on Tom Miller and viewing the downtown fireworks in the evening. e. Pecan Street Project – Kathy Sokolic and Garreth Wilcock serve as Mueller representatives on the Pecan Street Project's Executive Committee. A kick-off meeting is scheduled for June 30 at Asbury Methodist Church at 6:00 p.m. IV. Upcoming Meetings – General meeting will be July 10. Potential speakers/topics discussed included the lifeguard company, City street dept, Update on Bartholomew, Austin Film Society, Troublemaker Studio, Police district rep, overview of New Urbanism principles. Grant will make some calls to see what he can arrange. V. Open comments: The meeting adjourned about 8:30 p.m.
MNA Meeting Today!
posted by annjerome on June 12th, 2010 11:17 AM
Thanks to everyone in attendance at today's meeting - our new MNA Steering Committee was elected unanimously and here they are for 2010-2011: Michael Adams Donald Dozier Kathleen Malcolm Grant Fisher Michael McGovern Kerry Fisher Dennis Mick ne Giersch Jim Nieto Drew Harris Mary Piette Betsy Hilton Kathy Sokolic We appreciate all of their time, energy and enthusiasm to help our neighborhood thrive!!
Pecan Street Project
posted by Ian Dietrich on June 11th, 2010 3:50 PM
Congratulations to Kathy Sokolic and Garreth Wilcock, who will represent the Mueller Community on the Pecan Street Project Executive Committee. We are the only smart grid demonstration project in the nation that has residents on its decision-making committee and we hope to Muellerify this project in other ways as well. The critical step ahead of us is recruiting 1,000 Mueller resident volunteers that want to be part of a solution, creating a new way to distribute and store electricity in order to maximize value to the customer. If you're interested in volunteering, email me. Brewster and I both plan on making the Lawless Party and we'll have a mock-up version of a home area network interface. See you there. We're also trying to pull together a resident kickoff meeting on June 30 or July 1. More information to come. Ian Dietrich idietrich@pecanstreetproject.org
Pecan Street Project Finalists
posted by Ashley on June 11th, 2010 12:36 PM
Looks like they just announced the Mueller residents that will serve on the Executive Committee in their email newsletter. Congrats Kathy and Garreth!!Here is the text from the newsletter:
Pecan Street Project Finalists
posted by Leila on June 6th, 2010 8:30 AM
The three finalists forwarded to PSP are: Dusty Harshman, Garreth Wilcock and Kathy Sokolic.
March 30, 2010 Steering Committee Meeting minutes
posted by Betsy on April 1st, 2010 9:07 PM
Reminder that the Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA) steering committee (SC) is open to all MNA members. The next steering committee meeting will be held on April 27, 2010 at 4124 Lawless at 7:00 p.m. MNA Steering committee Meeting Minutes – 30 March 2010 Steering Committee Attendees: Grant Fisher, Betsy Hilton, Rob Clinchard, Kerry Fisher, Kim Wine, Drew Harris, Mike McGovern, Ann Jerome and Cliff Spinac SC members absent: Dusty Harshman, Bobby Gierisch, Kat Malcom, Timothy Brummett Guests: Ashley Fisher Agenda: I.Welcome & Introductions II.Treasurer’s Report – Balance is $2552.58 and we are in good shape to cover remaining publications of the Front Porch Flyer. All MNA grant checks have been cashed. Kerry has tried to set up a PayPal account but the only options seem to be 'business' or 501(c)(3) and neither applies to the MNA. Kerry is going to talk to the Allendale association since they seem to have a PayPal account. III.Existing Business a.Pecan Street Project – Applications to represent Mueller residents on the PSP Executive Team have been screened and the top three applications have been forwarded to the PSP for consideration. Fourteen applications were received. The three finalists forwarded to PSP are Dusty Harshman, Garreth Wilcock and Kathy Sokolic. PSP will conduct interviews and make the final selection. b.Austin Energy Substation – The Austin City Council approved the location on the Morris Williams Golf Course at their meeting on March 24th. c.Egg hunt – Saturday's Easter Egg Hunt at the wedge is looking like fun. There will be a jumpy house and other fun for the little ones. Look online at muellercommunity.com for more information. d.Garage Sale May 15th– Slots are filling up so contact Kat Malcom if you're interested before they are all gone. e.Plant Fest April 10th – 11am-2pm followed by walking tours. Check online for more info. Volunteers needed to help set up shade covers starting at 9:00 a.m. f.Development update near old Tower – May posted online of the proposed subdivision of Block 59. The developer plans to build about 49 zero lot line homes in the block bounded by Antone, Hermalinda, Berkman and Tom Miller. About 50% of these will be in the affordable program. g.Catellus has a meeting scheduled for April 6 to get input from the community on the Market District. IV. Upcoming Meetings - General meeting on April10 will be at the picnic tables next to the community pool (probably on the Pinckney side). Our speaker will be artist Hunter Cross, who will describe a project he's working on for art to be located near the fire station and new EMS building. V. Open comments: a.A small group from the schools task force will meet with Greg Weaver from Catellus, Jim Walker from the RMMA PIAC, and Dee Desjardin to talk about the options for a school at Mueller, in the hopes of all getting on the same page. The meeting adjourned about 7:45 p.m.
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