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Dog walking and pet sitting DOGONIT!
posted by Candice McKay on February 1st, 2015 8:14 PM
Lyz is the very best caretaker for our family dog, Layler PuppilupagusI THE BEST!! When we are forced to leave our pup behind on a trip out of town, Layla gets an awesome staycation, tailored to her specific needs. (Her top priorities are lots of love and exercise :) We rest assured that our four-legged family member is getting top-quality care from a loving and enthusiastic professional. Layla absolutely adores Lyz and I'd count on her for an extra walk from time-to-time, to house-sit, or even just a play date treat for Layla. We used to board Layla at a popular dog ranch, assuming the fun and socialization with other dogs was the best experience for her while we were away. We also tried out neighborhood boarding spots. Now, Lyz is now our #1 go-to, preferred option for our Layla if we can't be with her. I believe she gets similar opportunities without the risks.Plus, the DOGONIT prices are very reasonable. I highly recommend Lyz Mueller & DOGONIT.
Pet Sitting and Walking by Dogonit!
posted by Lyz Mueller on August 28th, 2014 8:00 AM
Professional pet sitting and dog walking by Lyz Mueller. I am still welcoming new clients and would love to meet some more of the wonderful pets that are out there. I am insured and pet CPR/First aid certified. Feel free to look me up on facebook under Dogonit. The only availability I no longer have is Sept. 16th-21st. You can contact me at lyzdogonit@gmail.com">lyzdogonit@gmail.com for pricing.
tree identification
posted by lilyrose on April 24th, 2014 9:19 AM
hi LyzI believe you are admiring the lacebark elm trees. they are wonderful trees and have grown quickly. however, I wouldn't recommend planting one for yourself in the neighborhood, because they are susceptible to cotton root rot. cotton root rot can persist in the soil for years and years and can kill a healthy tree quickly in just a few days if the soil stays too wet, and it has killed trees in mueller. :( it's very sad to watch a large green tree suddenly turn yellow and die, but by the time you see a problem it's probably too late. a related native tree that should not be susceptible to cotton root rot is a cedar elm. not the same bark or as canopy shape but still wonderful trees. I think that any lacebarks that fail have been/will be replaced with cedar elms instead of the same tree and probably no new ones are being planted.
tree identification
posted by Lyz Mueller on April 23rd, 2014 5:04 PM
Hi everyone, When I walk around Mueller I am always impressed by these trees. When you turn onto Zach Scott from Airport they are located there as well as on Emma Long. I am sure they are in a lot of places but the beautiful canopy that sways in the breeze on some of them...... I must plant one. What are they? Thanks so much, Lyz
DOGONIT! with Lyz Mueller
posted by Lyz Mueller on February 6th, 2014 12:36 PM
DOGONIT! has a Mueller community special on dog walks. All walks are 35-45mins. and are only $15. Includes up to 2 dogs unless otherwise discussed. Any breed, any size ( Even that huge, beautiful black and white Newfoundland I've seen). Great for when you just don't have the time. I'm insured and pet CPR/ first aid certified. Contact me at 512-785-0095 or lyzdogonit@gmail.com">lyzdogonit@gmail.com.
Dog walker needed
posted by Lyz Mueller on November 10th, 2013 9:34 AM
Hi, I am a insured and CPR/first aid certified dog walker and pet sitter. I would be happy to talk with you about what you would need and I can leave you a brochure with my services and rates. My business is DOGONIT!. If you put in pet sitting in the Mueller Community Forum it should pull up my info. Thanks, Lyz 512-785-0095/lyzdogonit@gmail.com
Intersection 381/2 and Airport Blvd update
posted by grazynahuk on November 3rd, 2013 8:11 AM
Hi, Those who drive there often probably know how the left turns from 381/2 into Airport are quasi-impossible and hazardous. To complete the picture, in the middle of this intersection there is also a bike road. Not only the turns are not protected but also the visibility is very low if you happen to wait behind a larger vehicle. To all the existing traffic now we also have different construction vehicles as well. After negotiating my way through since 2008 relying solely on the other people's common sense and often using my survival skills, I finally contacted City of Austin and had a very nice and professional response. Jonathan Lammert who deals with traffic signals in our part of town met me personally very early morning at the intersection to evaluate the situation. Here is his response. The work will start after Thanksgiving and should be finished by Christmas. "After analyzing the results, and seeing which directions have the most opposing traffic, we’ve decided to install a left turn signal for the eastbound direction. Since there is still only one lane that serves both lefts and thus, there is no way of detecting what vehicles would be turning left or going straight. So we’d be having that left turn arrow be active each cycle, for a few seconds of green time, during the rush hour times. In addition, we’ll be planning on installing a right turn arrow for eastbound, to match the one that is currently in place for westbound. That right turn arrow could be active whenever the northbound left turn on Airport is active. After these modifications are in place, we’d likely be monitoring the operation of the intersection for several months, and then determine if any other changes need to be made. " Here is for this intersection. Jonathan Lammert is your man if you have any concerns about traffic lights around Mueller. Very nice and efficient. I have his contact if anybody needs it.
Dog walking
posted by Elizabeth Mueller on February 1st, 2013 1:30 PM
Hi, My name is Lyz and I would love to be a dog walker for the Mueller community. I'm a young but mature and responsible 44 year old. I have been working with dogs for the last 20 years in such ways as kennel tech., vet. tech. as well as a dog groomer for 10 of those years. I know the yards at the Mueller community are small but the lakes and trails are beautiful. If you would like to have me help with getting your buddy out for a walk please give me a try. It will always be me walking your dog so a bond can be formed. If you are interested Please email me at lyzardbreath@sbcglobal.net">lyzardbreath@sbcglobal.net. Thanks so much, Lyz
Looking for good work opportunities!
posted by Steven Cannella on March 28th, 2012 7:00 PM
Fellow Muellerites! I am seeking employment in the Austin area. I have a degree in Marketing from Texas A&M University and have several years experience in Management, Sales, Customer Service, and Marketing. I spent the last couple years working along a startup company in trade for company ownership. I have since decided to continue my career here in Austin. If you know of anyone or company looking to hire in one or more of the above categories I would be grateful for any information or referrals you may have. If you are personally in charge of the hiring practices at the company you work for, or your own company and are seeking to fill a position, let’s talk. I have pasted the information from my resume below. Anything helps, thank you. Steven Cannella 512.568.5683 stevencannella@gmail.com Work Experience: 2009 - Present: I am currently in Austin Texas and have had an interesting couple of years. I started out working my way into an accessories ecommerce company, Ashard Richley, based out of Dallas Texas. I took on a position as director of marketing in exchange for company share. The majority of my focus is on web development. I am responsible for market research and developing materials associated to our target demographics. I work closely with the president and chief executive officer building strategies and allocating finances for projects. Because it was/is a small company we were expected to wear many hats. I was also responsible for sales and customer service which included inventory control and speaking with a variety of clientele. My responsibilities to the company are merely as an investor at this point. I have studied and researched web based mediums such as web development, search engine optimization and web marketing through social media and cross promotional activity. I have been working as an advisor to many small and startup companies in regards to capital resourcing, business development, and analyzing their current sales/service data to forecast and predict future trends. Although I am not compensated financially in most cases, I am taking it as an opportunity to help others with the skill sets I have obtained through education and my career history. 2009: Harley-Davidson | Sales I took a sales position with Harley-Davidson. My main objective was to learn a new industry and to pick up new skills and qualifications in the process. Although it was an excessive reduction in compensation, I did enjoy my work and learning experience with the company. My responsibilities were to sell inventory, and to service / maintain relationships with current and new clients. Due to the autonomy of the job, I was also able to incorporate retention methods from my previous experiences and apply them to this industry as well. I found this aided me in selling more inventory through relationships and good customer service, which inherently increased company profit. 2007 - 2009: Avail Capital Group | Management After two mergers and layoffs from World Savings (previous employer), I decided to join a startup company, Avail Capital Group. I invested in the company and was named a managing partner. My responsibilities were integrating data from our direct clients, Realtors, title and escrow companies, banks and money managers, and appraisers to increase business opportunities for the company as a development effort. Furthermore, I worked with small business owners and entrepreneurs packaging their idea/s on paper in order to resource and secure financial backing from investors and venture capitalist. I was also responsible for marketing efforts such as print and digital media. As licensing requirements became more stringent, the company found it difficult to obtain resources, which ended in the decision to dissolve the company while it was ahead. 2002 - 2007: World Savings | Sales & Customer Service Management I was able to gain the most experience in my term at World Savings. I started out in our servicing department, processing, underwriting and client services. I was responsible for collection of data and making decisions that would support company guidelines and margins. I then transferred into the sales side of the company focusing on sales, marketing, and eventually client retention. I was again responsible for sales numbers and meeting company quotas. I helped pioneer our national client retention team which eventually accounted for about one third of our company’s profit. After working in the retention department for a couple years, I was given the opportunity to open a satellite center where my responsibilities included, staffing, training and managing approximately 30 national sales and service representatives in our retention department. This also entailed preparing documents and reporting to senior level management, gathering information and developing sales based solutions to increase sales and efficiency. 1998 -2002: Circuit City Stores Inc. | Sales & Business Development I financed the majority of my college education by working for Circuit City. I was responsible for my personal sales numbers and meeting company set quotas. I was also responsible for maintaining and creating new store displays and in store marketing for my department. This included a new way of displaying “open box” items that was recognized by our division and then utilized throughout many Circuit City Stores across the nation. In addition, I prepared bids and contracts for local and state entities as a means to acquire their business. Education: Lowry Mays Business School | Texas A&M University, 2003 B.S. in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing and Development Other: Software Proficiencies & Interests Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, various CRM related software programs, Graphic Design, Web Design HTML & CSS, Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Dreamweaver
Pecan Street Project - Important Announcement
posted by GP on February 20th, 2010 5:34 PM
As mentioned in the past few MNA meetings, the Pecan Street Project (PSP) is . Today I am happy to announce the Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA) application process for this position! The MNA has discussed the manner in which we will be accepting applications as per the PSP's recommendation (shown below), and have decided that the Executive Committee of the MNA will vet the applications and pass on the three finalists to the PSP for their selection. An application will be uploaded soon and should be completed and emailed to muellercommunity.com">PSP@muellercommunity.com by the 14th of March. For more information about the PSP, please see their website at http://pecanstreetprojectaustin.org/. Now for the legalese portion: There are some restrictions in applying for the MNA/PSP representative: you must be a current resident of the Mueller Neighborhood, you can not be an employee of an organization that is a current PSP board member, and you can not have any pending legal actions against the PSP or a current PSP board member. The MNA reserves the right to update the restrictions as the need arises.
Street Issues
posted by Gretchen Doyle on January 30th, 2010 1:01 PM
You are right. There are a ton of factors to consider. I wish that Alliance would explain some of those things to us - not every detail, just the basics beyond "it was caused by water". The one good part about taking time to analyze every aspect of the damage is maybe they can prevent more damage in other places in Mueller by going in and doing some minor repair work under other roads.
New Cameron Road UT Shuttle stop?
posted by meg_and_austin on January 19th, 2010 5:02 PM
When Meg and I were walking Milo over to Staples the other morning, I noticed a CR/RR sign on the Cap Metro stop in front of the Children's Hospital. I was hoping this meant a new UT stop. This e-mail just came in from UT Parking:
As a result of the opening of Dell Pediatric Research Institute (DPRI) the Cameron Road (CR) shuttle route of the University of Texas has been adjusted to accommodate the students that will use DPRI facility. These changes are only temporary at this time while we evaluate the student demand and the impact on the CR route. During the period when we are analyzing the service, there may be an increase of 7 to 10 additional minutes added to the CR route’s travel time. The final adjustments for this route should occur within the next 4-6 weeks and any information will be disseminated accordingly to the university community. As with all remote locations that students utilize, finding a workable transportation alternative solution is important. Our goal will be to provide the needed service to DPRI with no appreciable difference to any route. We appreciate your patience as we work towards continuing to keep the shuttle service useful for all students regardless of the UT location they need to access for their education.
Everybody go ride it so we can get a permanent shuttle stop in Mueller!
Pecan Street - Press Release
posted by Ashley on January 14th, 2010 8:11 AM
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Pecan Street - Press Release
posted by Ashley on January 14th, 2010 8:11 AM
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Pecan Street Project - Mueller Abstract
posted by Kevin Ludlow on August 21st, 2009 9:26 PM
Hello all. As many of you already know, Brewster McCracken has been working long hours to solidify federal funding for the Mueller Community. The effort has been part of the Pecan Street Project and would essentially help to transform the community into one of the most energy independent and efficient areas in the country (if not the world). Included below is the current abstract detailing the project. I would encourage everyone to give it a read. ======= The Pecan Street Project proposes a Smart Grid Regional Demonstration Project to develop and implement an Energy Internet microgrid at the 711-acre Robert Mueller mixed-use redevelopment project recently launched in Austin, Texas. The application is submitted by Austin Energy on behalf of the Pecan Street Project Inc. (Pecan Street), a Texas not-for-profit corporation. Pecan Street is a collaboration of Austin Energy, City of Austin, Environmental Defense Fund, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Texas. Pecan Street was created to research, develop and implement smart grid clean energy systems. Team members joining Pecan Street and Austin Energy on this application are the City of Austin, Environmental Defense Fund and the University of Texas. The Pecan Street Project has been in existence for one year and was recently incorporated. The project team also includes a Technical Review and Advisory Committee. The founding members of the Committee include the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT—the regional independent system operator) along with three other public power providers, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, Pedernales Electric Cooperative and City Public Service, the municipal utility of the City of San Antonio. This regionally based advisory and review committee will enable the sharing of knowledge and technology, both on the demonstration project and throughout the broader Central Texas region. Additional members will be added to the Committee based on the ultimate scope of the project. The Mueller development, located less than two miles from the University of Texas campus, is a 711-acre mixed use development in which every new building is green built (either certified through LEED or Austin Energy’s nationally recognized Green Building program). The development is urban in-fill redevelopment, built on the site of Austin’s former municipal airport. It is a prototypical development model, similar to hundreds like it across the United States. The development, which is less than 50% complete, is being executed through a public-private project between the City of Austin and Catellus Austin LLC. It includes 25% affordable housing, the world’s first LEED Platinum hospital, a reclaimed water irrigation system, and native landscaping selected with U.T. researchers in part for the selected plants’ low water consumption and carbon sequestration capacity. In partnership with Mueller residents and stakeholders, the project will leverage the green building penetration at Mueller along with Austin Energy’s next generation Energy Internet-enabling systems. These systems include automated meter information, 2-way meters, Energy Control Gateways, advanced billing software, and smart thermostats. These technologies will be integrated to create, operate, and evaluate an Energy Internet microgrid initially linking 1,000 residential meters, 75 commercial meters, and plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging sites at the Mueller development during the five-year project period. The project team will use this technology platform to demonstrate grid integration of distributed clean energy generation, smart grid water systems, distributed storage, smart appliances and plug-in electric vehicles. The project will also build on these Energy Internet systems to compare different delivery and business models, including dynamic pricing, demand response, decoupled pricing linked with net metering, and rooftop solar leasing. The project will test different storage technologies, including potentially thermal storage, battery technologies (e.g., lithium ion, lithium iron magnesium phosphate, metal air, and lead acid), and possibly ultracapacitor and fuel cell systems. Distributed generation technologies integrated into the Energy Internet will include solar PV (crystalline silicon and thin film), and potentially solar water heaters and absorption chillers. Existing combined heat and power and district cooling systems may also be integrated into the microgrid to maximize the value of those assets. Distributed generation will be sited on single-family homes, multifamily residences, and commercial buildings. The Pecan Street Project will create an open source, “plug and play” deployment platform and aggressively recruit new technology demonstration opportunities. This will allow emerging generation technologies to be tested in a real world, carefully monitored, and highly integrated setting. The project will collect data and analyze these results against control groups and distribution feeder systems in other locations in the City of Austin to quantify how the integration of these technologies impacts customer electric bills and usage, utility finances, environmental outcomes and electric system performance. The goal of the demonstration project will be to transform how energy services are generated, delivered, and managed so that customers on that part of the system would have a zero net carbon impact – and to do this in a way that creates green collar jobs, efficiently and cost effectively expands use of clean energy, and provides consumers with greater control over their electric bill and environmental impact while saving them money on their electric bill.
Re: Shared Equity : Affordables only
posted by kerry on August 12th, 2008 5:45 PM
I think the complexity of buying an affordable home at Mueller really limits how much you can analyze your purchase. I've found out that it's turning into much more of a gut decision for me. I have no idea: what my interest rate will be, how long I will live in my house, how much I will put into improvements and repairs, how much the value will increase, whether the Mueller Foundation will opt to purchase my home, how much my income and family size will change... All of those factors will have an effect on the overall cost of my home and they are totally unpredictable. One thing I do know is that I want to live in Mueller in the cute house I picked out and will move into sometime in September. Therefore, I'm now focusing my efforts on exploring first-time home buyer programs (MCC, tax credit) and crossing my fingers.
Austin Light Rail Thread (Was "Gone Dormant")
posted by Murmur on May 18th, 2008 7:45 AM
How the possible light rail election flamed outWatson, looking to avoid 'mistakes of the past,' steered rail group to craft new, detailed way of analyzing proposals.By Ben WearAMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFFSunday, May 18, 2008When Austin Mayor Will Wynn used his annual "state of the city" speech in October to plant the seed of rail, what he hoped would sprout was a November 2008 referendum on a central city streetcar or light rail system.As recently as a month ago, Wynn enthusiastically served as emcee for the unveiling of the outlines of such a project, arguing that it is crucial to build a rail line connecting the airport, downtown and other "activity centers" in Central Austin.But what bloomed from Wynn's initial effort was a "decision tree," a multibranched set of questions that supporters of any future Central Texas rail project will now have to answer as a starting point.Momentum for the public vote that Wynn and Council Member Brewster McCracken were looking for has gone dormant, both admit."I don't want to predict when the election would be," McCracken says now.As recently as late April, McCracken (rumored to be eyeing a 2009 mayoral run) was still pushing for a November vote on the light rail project, which would follow a 32-mile commuter line between Austin and Leander that is set to open late this year or early next year."The first principle is that we have to get the details right. ... That takes precedence over any election deadline," McCracken says now.In short, downtown rail is once again in political limbo.Every month it spends there, rail supporters say, is another 30 days of an increasingly congested downtown and ever-rising construction costs. Slowing down, others say, should produce a better plan with a better chance of getting public approval.What happened between Wynn's Oct. 25 speech to the Downtown Austin Alliance and now was an intervention by Democratic state Sen. Kirk Watson, a former Austin mayor who supports rail but often speaks about his frustration with the spitball nature of Austin's rail debate over the years.Wynn had called for a task force to work out how to pay for building rail from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to downtown and then northeast to the Mueller redevelopment (and possibly a couple of other central city destinations). With Capital Metro no longer able to pay for or operate more rail lines on its own, Wynn and McCracken have said that rail could be financed by combining money from the transit agency, the city, other governments and perhaps private developers.Instead of a task force focused on Wynn's suggested rail project, Watson, who is chairman of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the area's main transportation decisionmaking body, formed a CAMPO "working group" with a much broader mission. Wynn was named chairman, and Watson acted as a facilitator, at times basically running the meetings while standing by a flip chart off the dais.In the end, what that 14-member group produced was not a rail project but a way to scrutinize rail projects.After meeting almost weekly for more than five months, and on May 5 approving that decision tree and its almost 100 questions, the Wynn transit group is on indefinite hiatus. It's unclear if that group will ever actually work through those questions on the downtown rail plan or if the full CAMPO board will take over the vetting process.A city-sponsored rail design effort by consultant ROMA Design Group, at one point scheduled to come before the council May 8, now has a similarly indefinite delivery point."My perception is that ROMA still has weeks' worth of work to do," Wynn said. "They are just now beginning the pricing work, drilling down through the preliminary engineering piece. The economic analysis is going to take even longer than the preliminary engineering. ... The decision tree we have created sets the bar so high that it creates a bunch of work" for those proposing a rail project.Which points to the underlying question: Why did Watson, who through his elective position and skill in the political arts exerts considerable control over Central Texas events, steer the working group in this direction?"I am a strong supporter of rail. We're going to have to include it in our mix of transportation options," Watson said this week. "The goal is to reach more rational, fact-based answers to (rail) questions, rather than answers that are based on politics and instinct."The point, Watson said, "is for us to avoid making the mistakes of the past."Most rail supporters acknowledge that one of those mistakes was the rushed and unspecific nature of the $1.9 billion light rail proposal that Capital Metro put before voters in November 2000. The details of the 52-mile plan emerged only as the agency board called the election in September. In the heated and brief campaign that followed, opponents were able to attack not only what the rail project clearly would do and would cost but also what remained unclear.The referendum lost by less than 1 percent of the vote. Capital Metro came back in 2004 with a much cheaper, simpler commuter rail plan (just one route, at about 5 percent of the 2000 plan's cost) that passed easily.What ROMA unveiled in late April had even fewer specifics than the 2000 plan, with most of a suggested route, but not all of it; a recommendation for light rail technology, but with allowance for the possibility of streetcars instead; costs expressed only as a wide possible range; and no mention of where the money would come from to pay for it.In the wake of the negative reaction from editorial writers and some politicians, including Watson, Wynn and others said that it was intended to be seen not as a plan but as a starting point for public discussion.But days before the proposal emerged April 22, Wynn in a working group meeting had talked of taking it to the council May 8 and then to the working group for its evaluation. Their business, he said to the working group, might be done in three to five more meetings. If it wasn't a plan April 22, the light rail proposal certainly seemed poised to become one shortly.Ask Wynn why he was so eager to have a rail referendum this fall, and he will point to the expected large turnout in the presidential election. It's simply more democratic, he has said, to have the most people possible voting on a rail proposal.But this fall probably will also be heavily Democratic, with a capital "D."In 2000, the presence on the ballot of Texas' own GOP candidate for president, George W. Bush, brought out a lot of Republicans, and rail passed in only a quarter of the precincts won by Bush. About half the precincts won by Democrat Al Gore approved the rail plan.This year, in Austin, in Texas and in almost every other state that has held a primary, Democratic turnout has been setting records.And under state law, Capital Metro can only call a rail referendum on November election dates of even-numbered years for any expansion of the system longer than 12 miles. Unless that law is changed something Watson could probably see to in the 2009 legislative session bypassing this year would probably put off a rail vote until at least 2010."I've been pushing for two years to have an election immediately," said state Rep. Mike Krusee, R-Williamson County, a member of the transit working group and a former rail skeptic who now supports it. "We're two years too late. Our downtown is literally in crisis."I think any specific, reasonable plan that moves people around downtown Austin efficiently would pass. Absolutely, no doubt in my mind."Watson's view is that if properly applied, the new decision tree will bud the kind of specifics and reasonableness that will assure not only that a rail plan passes public muster, but also that the plan is actually good public policy.Central Texas, it appears, will have to wait until at least the 2009 growing season for that harvest.
Re: Mueller Pool Advisory Committee
posted by langhugh on May 9th, 2008 11:57 AM
As I previously indicated, I would like to fashion a day-use arrangement. With the suggested policies, I don't believe we'll sell many, if any, Mueller-specific seasonal pool passes (expensive and impractical), and we''ll dig a deeper mote between Mueller and East Austin, as Kevin Ludlow explained. I also realize that you have to start somewhere and let things evolve, but I am afraid that folks in the neighboring communities are already casting a skeptical eye towards Mueller for policies like these. Out of the gate, we might want to extend an olive branch, instead of a shield.This appears to be another case where Mueller is stuck between its public and private selves. - Legally, we don't know if we're a public or private pool. Per the MDA, we're both I believe. If we are both, then we have decided to pay lip-service to the public part to comply with the contract with the subtle understanding that it will be a private pool.- Personally (Psychologically, Psychographically), we want to be an Austin Landmark Neighborhood so that we may attract best-of-breed Austin businesses, useful mass transit, concerts and festivals, farmer's markets, and ongoing interest in our green spaces and community amenities. Having destinations for the broader community, like a high-quality pool, serves that purpose. Privately, we also become mired in the selfish-side of "fairness". Last week, my Pastor said something to the effect of 'Fairness is only an issue if you think you're getting screwed.' The suggested policies cater exactly to the my selfish interests, but I would suggest that they are neither fair nor well-conceived in the long-view. In the long-view, we want people at Mueller. We want the pocket parks to be vibrant centers for community. We should look forward to meeting new people and forming connections to our neighboring communities. I would strongly suggest that the Pool Committee examine whether we can be creative with the Class B/Class C problem and allow for a solution such as espoused by Murmur, where the public is well-served at Mueller (day-uses during lifeguard hours), and the property owners are also allowed a "Swim at Your Risk" period of pool privacy. In my untrained opinion, we are clearly a Class C pool and should have the flexibility as such to make blended rules.Something like this for a weekday:- 6:00AM-10:00AM (Private): All pool lanes might roped off and available for Lap-Swimming, Swim Team, etc. Wading pool open to residents for play dates, etc.- 10:00AM-6:00PM (Public w/Lifegurads and Day Use): Most/All deep lanes might open for general swim. Maybe have one lane roped for laps like some COA neighborhood pools (Stacy, Ramsey). Wading pool open to public.- 6:00PM-10:PM (Private): Most/All deep lanes might open for general swim. Maybe have one lane roped for laps like some COA neighborhood pools (Stacy, Ramsey). Wading pool open to residents for margarita parties, OH WAIT, I can't say that officially.10:00PM: Lock it Up I also have a couple of questions for the Pool Committee:1. Is it possible as a Class C pool to make an allowance for day-use?2. Will there be one off-shift lifeguard at all times? More than one? At the COA district pools, the off-shift lifeguard (of which there is always one as they rotate shift) handles the front gate. 3. Will our swipe cards open all four gates that suround the pool or just a central entrance? If all four, can the locking mechanism be programmed to "open" the pool at 6:00AM and "close" the pool at 10:00PM?4. Is it true that the POA (Residential and Commercial) will be responsible for maintaining three major swimming pool amenities and several other minor water amenities (splash parks, automated fountains) at Mueller? Has any work been done by Catellus or ROMA to analyze the operating and maintenance costs and there proportion within the expected POA budgets?JETTASPAW, you are doing a terrific job informing the community, Thank you.
New light-rail plan rolls into Austin
posted by Mr.Me on April 24th, 2008 10:09 AM
New light-rail plan rolls into AustinAmong many obstacles: What's the cost, and who pays?By Ben WearAMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFFWednesday, April 23, 2008 A consultant hired by the city is recommending a 14-mile light-rail system for Central Austin, not streetcars as proposed by Capital Metro. The system would run from the airport to downtown, through the University of Texas and east to the emerging Mueller development.The route is essentially the same one City Council Member BrewsterMcCracken and Austin Mayor Will Wynn have been talking about for the past six months or so. The proposal, finished just seven weeks after the council voted to pay ROMA Design Group up to $250,000 to produce it, comes as a "transit task force" formed by Wynn and state Sen. Kirk Watson moves into the final stages ofcreating a process to analyze rail proposals.No one yet knows how the proposal, which likely will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, would be paid for.That task force would almost surely analyze this proposal, and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization board (chaired by Watson) would have the final say. But it is not clear whether such an examination could occur quickly enough for the light-rail proposal to be put before voters in November. Wynn has said he would like to have a rail vote this year, but there will be a number of complicated questions about costs and benefits.Watson, who was in South Texas on Tuesday, had not seen the proposal and had no comment. But Watson said that the process created by the task force "will allow any project to be fully vetted in a transparent, open, complete way."McCracken, at least, said he think that the proposal can make it through that gantlet to a public vote in November, which he said would probably involve voters being asked to approve some sort of long-term debt."Yes, I think that's likely," McCracken said of getting the proposal onto the ballot in time.Council Member Lee Leffingwell has his doubts. He said that only Wynn and McCracken, to his knowledge, had been briefed on the rail proposal."The key to this whole thing has been, how's this going to be paid for?" Leffingwell said. "If you just want to put the concept on the ballot in November, that would be one thing. But if you're talking about some sort of financial commitment by the city, I think it would be very hard to get there by that time."Leffingwell and McCracken are often mentioned as likely candidates for mayor next year.McCracken says he envisions the city taking the lead in building the line but that Capital Metro probably would run it."I don't see that anyone else knows how to do that," McCracken said.But that would presumably mean that Capital Metro, which has said that running its current operations will require all of its revenue the next few years, would have to absorb what are likely to be substantial operating losses."How does that affect bus service now and in the future, which is the only means of transportation for many people in Austin?" Leffingwell asked.The recommendation from ROMA did not include a specific cost estimate.McCracken said the cost would be somewhere between $5 million a mile and $30 million a mile, depending mostly on how many underground utility lines would have to be relocated. That would put the total cost at between $70 million and $420 million.Those figures, he said, would probably not include the cost of the cars.The diesel-powered cars Capital Metro has purchased for its "red line" commuter service from Leander to downtown, set to open in a few months, cost about $6 million apiece, and the agency bought six of them to start with. Light-rail cars typically cost less than that.John Lewis, a real estate developer who supported Capital Metro's commuter rail project after vigorously opposing a light-rail referendum in 2000 that failed, scoffed at McCracken's cost figures."We all know that there will be serious under-estimating of what this silly thing is going to cost," Lewis said in an e-mail. "What is guessed to be $400 million today will be $800 million when it nears completion. ... These routes being proposed have no user demand and will do virtually nothing to give taxpayers an alternative to their car."Capital Metro officials have said they have no money left in the kitty to pay for more rail, so where would the money come from to build this?McCracken envisions a funding scenario that includes using perhaps 15 percent to 20 percent of revenue from Capital Metro's 1 percent sales tax (although the agency has indicated it needs it all for current bus and rail expenses), contributions from the city and other local governments, from property taxes likely to be generated by new development along the line and, potentially, from airport bonds."We think it is possible to build this with no new taxes," McCracken said.According to McCracken, the recommendation from ROMA will propose putting double tracks (allowing travel in both directions simultaneously) from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and west on Riverside Drive. The route would turn north at South Congress Avenue (although there could be a spur to the parking-poor Long Center, McCracken said, or even to Zilker Park), cross the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge and then go through downtown either on Congress or San Jacinto Boulevard.Then it would pass through UT, turning east at Dean Keeton Street and going along Manor Road to Mueller.A major criticism of the light rail that voters rejected in 2000 was that it would take street lanes away from car traffic. Not so, in this case, McCracken said, although the tracks would be in "dedicated lanes" segregated from cars. The space for the tracks, McCracken said, would come from available right of way on Riverside east of Interstate 35. Downtown, the tracks would run on pavement currently occupied by parked cars, he said.The tracks, McCracken said, might take two lanes from the bridge over Lady Bird Lake, he said, although alternatively it could use the space now taken up by sidewalks. In that case, a sidewalk alternative bridge, such as the one on the South First Street bridge, would continue pedestrian and bicycle access across the lake on Congress.The dedicated-lane concept was news even to Charlie Betts, executive director of the Downtown Austin Alliance. The alliance has been firmly behind the streetcar plan, in which the trolleys would share lanes with cars. To avoid reducing lanes on Congress would require tearing up the curb and sidewalk extensions that currently delineate the parking spaces."That's a new wrinkle, and we haven't had time to think about it," Betts said.Pat Clubb, vice president for employee and campus services at UT, likes the Mueller connection. The university has a new research building there, and she anticipates that some faculty and staff will live in the residential community swiftly rising at Mueller. And she said having a rail line on San Jacinto, in the shadow of Royal-Memorial Stadium and near the LBJ Library and Bass Concert Hall, will help.As for losing parking spots along San Jacinto, Clubb said that "losing any parking on campus is an issue" but that the university generally has been looking to move most of that to garages anyway.bwear@statesman.com; 445-3698More on the proposed light-rail lineWould we lose car lanes on some major streets? Not necessarily, Austin City Council Member Brewster McCracken says. On Riverside Drive, there is ample city right of way to put in the tracks outside of the existing street. On the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, existing lanes would be needed unless the sidewalk space were used and a new pedestrian bridge were built.Who would run this railroad? Capital Metro, McCracken says, although he says the city would take the lead in financing and building it.Are there other possible extensions? Yes. McCracken says a spur could extend west from Congress to the Long Center for the Performing Arts or even to Zilker Park. And a crosstown line from the Seaholm Power Plant development area west of City Hall to the end of the commuter line at Fourth and Trinity streets is a possibility, as is building commuter rail from a railroad junction in East Austin out to Manor and Elgin.What's next? The creator of the light-rail plan, ROMA Design Group, will take public comment and perhaps tweak the plan before taking it to the City Council on May 8. The plan is likely to go before Mayor Will Wynn's transit working group. The final decision would be made by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization board, which includes Wynn and McCracken. Ben Wear
The Next Slum (Atlantic Magazine)
posted by austifornian on February 22nd, 2008 7:54 AM
While not specifically about Mueller, an interesting article about trends towards urban living. The entire article can be found at http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200803/subprime
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