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posted by Ashar Seo on February 25th, 2020 4:02 AM
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Jackie's Play and Stay
posted by Luca Alcorn on May 24th, 2019 1:39 PM
This is such a lovely title. Actually, as per the icesreviews.com/bestessays-com-review/">best essays review , this blog is based on the love for mother. The five little monkeys who don’t want to wake their mother up baked a cake for him. It is such a lovely thing to care about your mother.
Survey for Mueller Family Services! (Counseling, Support & Education)
posted by anita robertson on September 25th, 2015 5:49 PM
Neighbors! I am considering opening a family counseling/coaching practice in Mueller to support all the amazing families that live here! If you could fill out the short survey (3 minutes!) so I can assess what our communities interest/needs are, that would help me create something awesome for our community. Also, my other half is really into building apps at the moment and we are thinking of creating an app for the neighborhood. The last question is for what you would like the app to have. Thanks for taking the time to fill it out! monkey.com/r/QLH9HZR" rel="nofollow">https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QLH9HZR
Provide your input on Paratransit Services in Texas
posted by Betsy on June 4th, 2014 9:28 PM
Provide your input on Paratransit Services in Texas (this from the Governor's office): Survey Related to Paratransit Services in Texas: Opportunity for Input 06/02/2014 During the 83rd Legislative Session, House Bill 1545, a bill related to an interim-study on Paratransit Services in Texas, passed. Specifically, HB 1545 requires the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) to review two issues: The feasibility of standardizing the process of certifying an individual's eligibility for services in the state. Whether the current 21-day provision of services by a provider is adequate to meet the needs of visitors with disabilities to locations served by the provider. The Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities seeks public comments from citizens with disabilities, family members, caregivers and professionals in the field of disability issues on the above two issues related to accessible transportation. Your feedback is welcomed and appreciated. This accessible survey is anonymous. It will be open from June 2, 2014 to July 2, 2014. Additional Accommodations: The Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities is committed to making the Paratransit Rider survey accessible to all Texans. Staff will provide the following accommodations: If you would like to request a copy of the Paratransit Rider survey in regular or large print, kindly send us an email with your mailing address to the following address: GCPD@governor.state.tx.us If you would like the Paratransit Rider survey read to you over the phone, please call GCPD at: 512-463-5739 If other accommodations are needed, please email or call our staff at GCPD@governor.state.tx.us or 512-463-5739. Links to the accessible Paratransit Services in Texas Survey: In English: monkey.com/s/2G3RHQM" rel="nofollow">https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2G3RHQM En Español: monkey.com/s/7B6W3ZG" rel="nofollow">https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7B6W3ZG
Cord Cutters
posted by dhs on May 14th, 2014 11:21 AM
Putting an antenna inside one of our attics probably will only work if you have a window facing the direction of the Westlake Hills antenna farm - about 290 degrees. The roof shingles and the insulation used in our houses usually contain metal, which will block the (mostly) UHF TV signals. In your (icemonkeyharvest) house, you might be able to put an antenna in the upper attic pointed through the eaves above your west facing bedroom. I'd try that, because it's much easier than mounting an external antenna. Speaking of external antennas, you do not need to ask the HOA's permission due to the FCC OTARD (Over The Air Reception Device) rules, which allow you to mount an antenna for local reception without permission from HOAs or even local/state gov't. I think you have to notify the HOA, however.I agree about the Roku 3 - great device. Between Netflix, Amazon Prime and the free stuff on the Roku, I don't miss cable, and really don't watch much OTA stuff - news, some PBS and the (diminishing) sports programming on free TV. The only shortcoming of the Roku 3 for me is the lack of a real uPnP/DLNA player/renderer. And if I cared about current network programming, I'd get a Hulu subscription and/or a DVCR.Doug
Let's Bring the Urban Rail to Northeast Austin!
posted by J. Rector on September 18th, 2013 8:57 PM
Hi everyone! Project Connect is starting a series of Public Workshops to discuss where they are going to expand Urban Rail. I believe bringing it to Northeast Austin and the Dell's Children's Hospital is in our best interest. Not just for Mueller but for the neighborhoods around us who find it incredibly hard to get to the west and northwest parts of town. To make a good impact, it would be great if we could have our voices heard at as many workshops as we can. So if you can attend one or more of the meetings; or at least participate in the lunchtime webinar, let me know by filling out this survey! monkey.com/s/Y5YH23V" rel="nofollow">http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Y5YH23V Thank you! Janeka Your Subcommittee Chair in Urban Rail
City of Austin embarks on "Safe Walk Safe Bike" Study to develop campaign for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians
posted by danx11 on February 5th, 2013 8:25 AM
City of Austin embarks on "Safe Walk Safe Bike" Study to develop campaign for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians Release Date: Feb. 04, 2013 Contact: Shannon Wisner, Public Works, (desk) 512-974-7704, (cell) 512-902-0835 Nadia Barrera, Public Works, (desk) 512-974-7142 The City of Austin is considered one of the top US cities for biking and walking. However, in 2012, bicycle and pedestrian deaths in Austin due to collisions with cars were twice the average annual toll of the past eight years. The City of Austin’s Bicycle and Child Safety Programs recently began a study to understand attitudes of roadway users. In a series of focus groups, nearly 100 citizens discussed their opinions on the issue of road safety and attitudes toward alternative modes of transportation. The discussions with focus groups rendered common themes and the City will likely use those themes to develop the Safe Walk, Safe Bike campaign to prompt drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to behave more safely on the road, while also encouraging Austinites to cycle, walk and take public transportation more often. The campaign is grant-funded through the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Transportation Enhancement Program and will be aimed at promoting safe bicycling and walking at middle school and high schools, where there is a need for education regarding this safety issue. The Public Works Department’s Child Safety Program currently provides education on bicycle and pedestrian safety, covering all elementary schools in the City, including 7 school districts, and reaching over 45,000 kids. To aid in crafting the campaign, a survey has been created using the themes that emerged from the focus groups. The City encourages everyone who “works, plays, and lives” in Austin to participate in the survey. The survey can be found at: monkey.com/s/SafeWalkSafeBike" rel="nofollow">https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SafeWalkSafeBike and will run from Monday, February 4th to Monday, February 18th, 2013. City of Austin – Public Works Bicycle Program: http://www.austintexas.gov/department/bicycle
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.
Changes to Alliance/Time-Warner cable/internet deal?
posted by resaxon on April 29th, 2012 8:04 PM
icemonkeyharvest,Did you have a link for the AT&T internet for $30? I can't seem to find that. Thanks!
Changes to Alliance/Time-Warner cable/internet deal?
posted by icemonkeyharvest on April 29th, 2012 11:51 AM
As much as I don't want and invading alien force to mistake my house for a secret communications base, I think bringing satellite options into the conversation. Although they don't provide internet service, it may be possible to get better deals by NOT bundling your services. I think this saving by bundling is a bundle of monkey poo, and I'm thinking of tossing it ATT and TW. I don't care if I get two bill instead of one. I autopay anyway.Thoughts? Quotes? Options?
Lost Ford Explorer?
posted by Grace on February 9th, 2012 7:44 PM
I can't stop laughing about Icemonkey's story! Ha ha![:lol:]
Grocery Store Announcement on Wednesday - traditional HEB
posted by queeneliz1 on August 31st, 2011 10:53 AM
From reporters on the scene ... it is a traditional HEB, groundbreaking mid to late 2012, opening in 2013, green built (LEED and Austin Energy), testing ground for ideas, native landscaping, 65-75,000 square foot neighborhood store. Central Market products, organics, plus day-to-day products at HEB prices. Hancock and Springdale stores to remain open. (thanks Ms. Ice Monkey & Langhugh!)
Interested in Lunch Delivery?
posted by Jamie Duke on March 22nd, 2011 3:55 PM
Neighbors: A friend who lives in Windsor Park is starting a boxed lunch delivery service and would like to gauge interest among Mueller residents. If the prospect of a handmade, four course lunch, delivered to your door, sounds intriguing, please take a moment to complete her (very) brief survey, available here: monkey.com/s/PCYGVHF" rel="nofollow">http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PCYGVHF Thanks! Jamie
No leash no Park! You must be joking!!!!
posted by shellrose on March 5th, 2011 4:50 PM
As stated earlier, I don't have a problem with the signs. That said, I do have 2 dogs and would love to have a fenced, off leash area within Mueller. As Ms Ice Monkey stated, this is dealing with the problem in a more proactive way.
No leash no Park! You must be joking!!!!
posted by shellrose on March 5th, 2011 4:48 PM
As stated earlier, I don't have a problem with the signs. That said, I do have 2 dogs and would love to have an off leash area within Mueller. As Ms Ice Monkey stated, this is dealing with the problem in a more proactive way.
Off-leash area needed at Mueller
posted by MuellerFan on March 5th, 2011 11:46 AM
Ms Ice Monkey, please add me as a helper for this project. Can we start a Mueller Dog Park sub-committee? :) - Joy
Off-leash area needed at Mueller
posted by misselaine on March 5th, 2011 11:13 AM
Ms Ice Monkey, I would gladly help in anyway for this endeavor!
Patterson Park Community Garden proposal, request for survey input
posted by danx111 on December 10th, 2010 2:44 PM
This is an update on the Patterson Park Community Garden proposal, and a request for survey input from those who might be interested in obtaining a plot at the proposed garden. We have formed an initial steering committee comprised of Robin Graham-Moore, Patty Swiderski, Trudie Redding, Brit Schlinke, and myself. Members of our steering committee have attended the Sustainable Food Center 's leadership training for community gardens, and we have made contact with PARD and Austin Parks Foundation about our intent. By our current timeline we are planning to have approvals, funding, and infrastructure in place to break ground for our first planting by January 2012. Our preliminary site proposal for the garden in Patterson Park is attached (exact location and dimensions subject to change). http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/9186601/424804539/name/Patterson%20Park%20CG%20Proposal%201.pdf The garden will be modeled after the best practices of other organic community gardens in the area, with potential for wheelchair accessible raised beds, community-sponsored art focal points, and beds set aside for appropriate community service interests. If you are interested in obtaining a garden plot at the Patterson Park Community Garden (PPCG), please complete the attached survey at this link: monkey.com/s/CTKBWQM" rel="nofollow">http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CTKBWQM by end of next week, Saturday, December 18, so that we will have a better idea of how many plots to plan for and what the shared initial costs and ongoing fees might be. Even if you have no interest in obtaining a plot at the proposed PPCG, please provide us with any concerns, comments, or recommendations for fund-raising or organizations which might be willing to make donations of material/money for this initiative. Thank you. Mark Smolen
an idea (stolen from someone else)
posted by mrs aaron on December 2nd, 2010 9:25 PM
thanks ice monkey!
Obesity Prevention Startegic Plan
posted by doug on October 28th, 2010 3:34 PM
The City of Austin Health and Human Services Department is seeking feedback from Austin/Travis County residents on the development of a new Obesity Prevention Strategic Plan. The Plan will address policy and environmental changes that would make it easier for residents to eat healthy and be physically active. To learn more and provide your feedback, go to: monkey.com/s/ATCobesity" rel="nofollow">http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ATCobesity
Access to Healthy Fresh Food
posted by manijeh Huereca on October 27th, 2010 10:49 AM
The City of Austin Health and Human Services Department is seeking feedback from Austin/Travis County residents on the development of a new Obesity Prevention Strategic Plan. The Plan will address policy and environmental changes that would make it easier for residents to eat healthy and be physically active. To learn more and provide your feedback, go to: monkey.com/s/ATCobesity" rel="nofollow">http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ATCobesity
THEFT!!
posted by misselaine on August 5th, 2010 10:09 AM
Icemonkey, you gonna steal them? :)
French Drain option
posted by icemonkeyharvest on June 19th, 2010 4:50 PM
Adding to this old thread, I've had a lot of people ask me about the French Drain Ms. IceMonkey and I installed. We documented the project with a shopping list, details and pictures on our blog. I hope this answers your questions.http://www.mccloskeycorner.blogspot.com/
Education in Mueller Follow-Up Survey
posted by langhugh on April 25th, 2010 9:53 AM
Just a note about the Mueller Education Action Team Meeting today at my place. We'll review the preliminary survey data and concentrate on the Guiding Principles of the Mueller Education Action Team. Details below. Date: Sunday, April 25th, 2010 Time: 4:00pm to 5:30pm Location: 4116 Camacho Meeting Agenda: 4:00: Brief Introduction of the Mueller Education Action Team (including Pearce Faculty/Staff Ice Cream Appreciation Day details) 4:15: Brief Update on Follow-Up Survey Data 4:30: Review of the Guiding Principles of the Mueller Education Action Team. 5:30: Adjourn Most of the hour will be spent on the Guiding Principles, a document that will guide thought and future conversations regarding discussing educational opportunities at Mueller.
*%#^& Egg Hunt
posted by MCCLOSKEY5 on March 12th, 2010 2:31 PM
. . . with a special visit by the good ol' anthropomorphic lagomorphic symbol of fertility! [:grin:]Great suggestion, Ice Monkey. It's really catchy, but I think we'll stick with what we've got for now. Maybe we'll reevaluate next year. Yeah Peeps! Did you know that a peep is fat, gluten, and nut-free, and only 32 calories? It has a 2 year shelf life. Sounds like a winner to me. [:grin:]
*%#^& Egg Hunt
posted by MCCLOSKEY5 on March 12th, 2010 2:30 PM
. . . with a special visit by the good ol' anthropomorphic lagomorphic symbol of fertility! [:grin:]Great suggestion, Ice Monkey. It's really catchy, but I think we'll stick with what we've got for now. Maybe we'll reevaluate next year. Yeah Peeps! Did you know that a peep is fat, gluten, and nut-free, and only 32 calories? It has a 2 year shelf life. Sounds like a winner to me. [:grin:]
Mueller Neighbor coming to your door Sunday, 12-13
posted by vsdainton on December 12th, 2009 3:23 PM
A neighbor of yours will be coming by your home on late Sunday morning to get some information that we are in critical need of for an upcoming meeting with the AISD Superindendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen. We may have already come by, and if so THANK YOU KINDLY for the information that you shared with us and we will not be returning to your home. We are conducting a survey of families in Mueller as part of a Mueller Education Action Team to 1. get better numbers of how many school aged kids are in Mueller, and 2. gather data about the public school choice. THIS WILL AFFECT WHAT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS WILL LOOK LIKE. Whether or not you have children, this will definitely impact all. You will find the survey attached in case you'd like to take a look at the specific type of information we're collecting. Also, attached is the letter to Dr. Castarphen explaining our intentions. This survey is different and in ADDITION to the Survey Monkey survey that Catellus sent out not too long ago. We have been collaborating in this effort. Please don't turn us away and answer your door late Sunday morning! :) We'll be identifiable as we'll have on red Mueller shirts. THANK YOU and we are looking forward to meeting you if we haven't already!! Mueller Education Action Team
Aaron Moved to Mueller, pt 18
posted by aaron on December 11th, 2009 4:44 PM
Juneau..... Alaska.... Back in the day, Russia had a problem with its . It had just finished a war with Britain and realized that it couldn’t properly defend the territory from the British wanderings from Canada. In an effort to get something for the land and to irate the British, Russia sold Alaska to the Americans for only 1.9 cents an acre in 1867. Of course, this of a purchase contains a huge what if for our American history. If Alaska had never been sold, the cold war would have been vastly different as instead of a Cuban , you would have had a Juneau missile crisis, a different territory would have been selected to balance Hawaii into the union in 1959 (like Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands or Ontario), and a communist hard liner named would be able to look out her backyard and wave to her friendly neighbors. Now my Mueller home was a bit more than 1.9 cents an acre. In fact, the whole entire Mueller could have been had for 13 dollars and fifty cents in 1867 dollars (711 acres at 1.9 cents), still making look like a steal, but definitely cheap. Since I’ve been here almost two years and in this economy, I wonder if my Mueller home is still a good deal as what I thought I got. Perusing some sample homes for sale, I see 60 year old homes going for about , which is about what I paid for my brand new home. It’s nice to know that I’m still retaining my value in this downturn economy. However, even if I won a lot of money, I would still stay in my house, because I still like it. However, my house is still not anywhere close to being paid off. While my on Grande cable on ESPN, Comedy Central, TBS, and a few times on the Lifetime channel is getting rave reviews and a critical success, my emails have not been ringing off the hook. I’ve only booked one party appearance so far and have had no offers to be an official spokesperson or give any motivational speeches. It is still early in my marketing campaign and I think even if we don’t get more commercials on TV, my connections at Ice Monkey Productions are keen on doing a few more spots to help make my campaign viral. Please feel free to forward my commercial to anyone famous and help me use up my fifteen minutes. Here’s this month’s house update: Outstanding balance $278,974.80 Google ads to date: $32.60 Peepdot sales to date: $0 Mustache Sweater Man Appearances :$20 T-shirt Sales : $0 (you can still get yours today!) Super funny ebay auctions: $14 I only need $278,908.20 to go!!!! I’m wondering if I should make one of those thermometers to show my progress. I bet that will help raise more money. I was initially talked out of doing my outdoor winter movie event called Pigs in a blanket where we serve pigs in blankets while wearing blankets and watching Babe (a pig movie) because Mrs. Aaron wanted to use that idea to lure people to the schools meeting where none other than local school leader celebrity, the Austin school superintendent (not just an intendent, but a super one!) will be joining us to talk about Mueller’s effect on over populating the local schools in our area. You know us Muellerians, we like to breed!!! I was thinking that I would instead show some cool kids stuff or maybe a football game later on, so that I could have my Pigs in a blanket movie extravaganza on December 19 at dusk, which is conveniently, two days before the years shortest day, thus allowing the young ones to enjoy a movie outside before its close to bedtime. So that makes two events anyone from Mueller with kids (or interested in Mueller, kids or Mueller with kids) must attend. Dec 19 – Movie, Jan 7 – School thing. So to wrap this session’s blog post up, Mueller, while not as cheap as Alaska was, is still a good value, not only for the home prices, but the atmosphere as well. I end with my usual visual tom foolery of an for Mueller. Surprisingly, I have not been asked to stop by the developer, so they must be working. Actually, one last thing I just thought of. Do you think they named Juneau, Juneau because if you have had a few barley sodas and you say/slur Juneau, Alaska it sounds a lot like Didyouknow? I’llaska!!!
Aaron Moved to Mueller pt 17
posted by aaron on November 17th, 2009 4:44 PM
At least it wasn’t something embarrassing. A while back ago, everyone’s favorite Mueller protagonist was invited to a charity fund raiser to help raise money for something for the genetic carriers’ daycare. I forgot what the something was, as they were serving the most tasty there and I initially thought that drinking the barley sodas would help out the fundraising, so I did my civic duty to drink several as I wanted the charity event to be a success. The event was both a live and . When we got to the event, Mrs. Aaron gave me a lengthy pep talk about not bidding on the main silent auction item. Of course in a sign of jest, I ran over and put the minimum bid on the item in question. After a couple of hours, my minimum bid was winning and would have won had a lady who came to the event only to bid on said item not alerted the auction moderator that not enough time was given before the bids were collected. A few minutes were “officially” added. Initially, I was rather glad she over bid me as, one, it raised more money for whatever the daycare was wanting, and two, Mrs. Aaron would have been mad at me. However, after talking to her and catching her in several lies, it became apparent she was not there help the charity and was only after her own greed of getting this item on the cheap. I promptly raised the price of the item to raise more money and then declared my final bid was as high as I was going to go and walked away. After a few minutes of stewing and drinking more delicious sudsy libations, I decided to snipe in and swipe the bid of the item at the last second. I was the winner of 100 ads of commercial time on . However, I didn’t have anything I needed a TV ad for. Luckily, I was looking for a new shenanigan for my new recurring theme of trying to buy my house. Ladies and Gentlemen of the interweb, I give you Mustache Sweater Man!!!! Your discount celebrity appearance solution!!! Thanks to the generous help of Ice Monkey Productions and a few of my neighbors, my commercial, which was shot on a secret Mueller location, will be running on channels on the Grande cable. I’ve picked as my channels ESPN, Comedy Central, TBS and a couple of spots to be on Lifetime (for the ladies). Feel free to make this viral as this will only help out my cause. As an added bonus, if any of you need to advertise, I’ve tied the commercial to my previous idea of the internet coordinate website, so if you were to buy a few dots on , many Austinites whom will visit this site because of the commercial will see your ads too. Feel free to buy as many as you can. Again, I want to buy my house outright. House Update: Outstanding balance $279,354.05 Google ads to date: $28.41 Peepdot sales to date: $0 Mustache Sweater Man Appearances :$0 T-shirt Sales http://www.cafepress.com/MuellerHighLife : $0 (you can still get yours today!) Super funny ebay auctions: $14 I only need $279,311.64 to go!!!! I think I’m definitely taking the tortoise approach here. Now is the part of the blog post where I talk about a few Mueller things. People are still coming in droves to Mueller and transforming from person to Muelleripoian. In fact a couple of builders are rounding out their phase 2 inventories and are awaiting the next phase. The few lots in phase 1 that were model home castoffs (those lots needed to buffer model homes from regular homes) are under construction. I forgot what construction noise was like, but I realize that this will be the last time I ever hear it. I am continually surprised at how quiet dense urban living is. Other than the occasional barking dog and the cries of a tag game gone wrong, it is . I got an idea the other week during daylight savings when I noticed that the night comes oh so quick. I figure it would be a great time to do a kid movie since the movie could start before six and over by 8, well before it’s too late for youngins to stay up. However, with the weather turning colder we would need a blanket party, so I am proposing a Mueller kid movie night entitled “Mueller Winter Night Pigs in a Blanket Extravaganza!” I’ll post a date in December (with a couple of rain/snow backup dates) where we can watch Babe and eat . Since it will be chilly, you all will need to bring blankets. Get it? A pig movie, eating pork products in food blankets while wearing a blanket. Sometimes it’s too easy. I’ll post the time (the Garden Court 1 will be the place) in the events page. Halloween was a complete blast. Genetic carrier #1 was Obi-wan Kenobi and genetic carrier #2 was a tired Yoda. My costume was roller dude complete with quad shoe roller skates. I didn’t fall once despite the couple of beers I had at the Mueller Halloween carnival (thanks wedge!) and the beers I had at Dad friendly houses. It did get tricky pulling the Millennium Wagon with the two Jedis and 30 pounds of candy over the braile street sidewalk inclines. Last time I posted, I mentioned the announcement of the 1st annual Mueller Meatloff!!! (Meatloaf + Cookoff). We had nine official entries (or entrees!) and a few more sides and non-judgmental meatloafs. I made 15 pounds too many mash potatoes, but ended winning third place for my meatloaf entry. That’s top third for you mathies out there. Not too shabby as I never use recipes. In fact, my secret ingredient was beets. So all you guests out there ate healthy beets in your meatloaf and liked it. Special congrats to Torrie with her Moroccan style loaf which took top honors and Megan with her homestyle BBQ loaf that took second. Even though they got trophies, I think everyone that showed up were considered winners. I always find it weird that all my is cooked in exactly 30 second increments of time. Or that recipes always call for exact measurements of ingredients. The instructions always say to use exactly 2 minutes for that hot pocket, no more, no less. When I use 2 minutes 4 seconds am I really cheating my taste buds out of a mastication masterpiece experience? Do I really need exactly a half a cup of flour? These kinds of things perplex me. I figure a recipe is probably very good when using recommended amounts, but to get it really awesome, you can cook by look and smell and make it better. The beets were added to my meatloaf because I had a can of beets sitting in my pantry that I was wanting to get rid of. Third place, you eaters!!!! I figure Mueller is kind of like a dish made based on a recipe but not completely followed. Sure we have rules and regulations and covenants and issues, but it’s the other things that send it over the top. People are just different here. Where else can you make two posts on a message board about a meatloaf cookoff and get 11 huge loaves to show up, and even more people to attend to eat it. Even better, I only plan a few events a year. Many other Muellericans are stepping up and doing very cool things too where I just get to be an attendee and not have to do anything. Keep it up guys. I’m digging the food and ambiance. Lastly, I continue with my guerrilla themed underground . I hope you like it. And don’t forget to hire for your next event, holiday rates are very reasonable. It would be stupid to be over charged by a Paris Hilton type celebrity.
Meatloff Details.
posted by aaron on November 6th, 2009 2:33 PM
Attention Meatloff participants and fans, It looks like fabulous weather for the 1st annual Great Mueller Meat-loff tomorrow. Since the sun is setting so early now, Meatloafs please bring your Meatloaf over by 5pm at Garden Court 1 (between Scales and Camacho). Meatloafs will need to be at least 2 pounds before cooking. You can use either cow products or veggie/chicken/turkey products. I will provide some side dishes to go along with the meatloafs. I have no idea how many meatloafs are showing up so I'm just going to make a close encounters of the fourth kind size amount of mashed potatoes and hope I have enough. If you do show up, you should bring a chair if you want to sit and any type of beverage you want. I will also set up the movie screen and show old school house rock videos to entertain kids. However, right before announcing the winners, you see the world premiere of the commericial that Ice Monkey Productions(a Mueller resident) produced starring a soon to be well known celebrity (another Mueller resident) and a couple of other Mueller residents. Meatloafs will need to be named to be entered, but will not be judged for presentation. However, creative presentations will be adored by the public. Meatloafs should be brought over in either a heating plate, chaffing dish or crockpot to maintain warmth. Meatloaf fights will not be allowed except for during leap years. You don't need a meatloaf to show up and partake in the festivities, but people who do show up with a meatloaf are allowed to park anywhere they want for the next year on any residential street in Mueller. However, I might be making that up. Let's get ready to loaf!!!! See you there, Aaron
Please help us TODAY!
posted by mrs aaron on October 25th, 2009 9:01 PM
I have sent an email to Catellus, requesting that they send out the survey monkey thing again to those who have not responded. Don't know if they will do that. It originally went out over a month ago, so many of you have already responded. If you feel compelled (because you have kids, for example), I would suggest stopping by Mueller Central in the morning to fill one out, if possible. I know this is short notice!
Austin Safe Routes to School Survey
posted by doug on August 17th, 2009 9:07 AM
The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Dept. is gathering information and community input for the upcoming Safe Routes to School Plan Submission and Grant Application. Please help identify schools to include in the grant application for the next round of Safe Routes to School funding by filling out this survey (link below). Distribute the survey link widely as we are looking for feedback from all community members who are interested in this project. To access the survey, click on this link: monkey.com/s.aspx?sm=AkZZgIfwqqzKcm8xH3Q8wA_3d_3d" rel="nofollow">http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=AkZZgIfwqqzKcm8xH3Q8wA_3d_3d
Modifications Committee / Solar panels
posted by wharhorn on July 20th, 2009 8:05 PM
Thanks Rod and Ms Ice Monkey, that sure makes me feel better about the eventual outcome. Tom[:grin:]
Looking for someone who can sew Roman Shades
posted by Fortney on July 14th, 2009 9:44 AM
Ms. Ice Monkey,I am definitely interested in the pages, if you don't mind making a second copy.:)B
Community composting reply from city of Austin (Joan Ivy)--Going Green
posted by Rod on June 22nd, 2009 10:40 AM
Joan Ivy of the City of Austin Recycling Program spoke at the MNA meeting, and I got her business card and requested some additional information on composting. Also, there is a survey at the end of her email that she provides the link to--help out the city and take it if you want to. Also, there is an attached flyer on composting as per her email note, which I copy below.///Thank you for your email. We do not currently have a composting program in place, however, there is a compost incentive/rebate program that has been proposed. Because almost 40% of our waste stream here in Austin is food waste, composting is a topic that will need to be seriously examined in order to help us reach our Zero Waste Goal.Locally, the Community Gardens (http://www.sunshinecommunitygardens.org/) and the Green Corn Project (http://www.greencornproject.org/gc/) may have additional information. http://www.mastercomposter.com/ is a good source of general information.It seems Europe has a jump on is in regard to community-oriented composting. Here are some sites I found that looked informative:http://www.communitycompost.org/http://myzerowaste.com/2009/05/compost-awareness-week-community-composting/and http://community.gorge.net/compost/ (Oregon area)I have also attached the compost flyer that I handed out at my talk on the 13th. Feel free to share it and/or post it on your neighborhood website. I will be sure to let you know if any composting programs become finalized. Don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of any further assistance.Joan IvyPublic Information SpecialistCity of Austin Solid Waste Services(512) 974-1986joan.ivy@ci.austin.tx.usTake our Zero Waste Survey:http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=wClD1fjo_2fcijZXJDfTMyuw_3d_3d ///-Rod
Upgrades from Base Price/home on a Weekley
posted by jillians on February 13th, 2009 12:35 PM
Honestly, there's a lot included in the base price. I had around 7 choices of granite for kitchen countertops. Stainless appliances. Cat5e wiring & home network panel. Probably 20 standard tile choices... Your design consultant person can help a lot with keeping you on budget. I spent hours looking at stuff. Get the black background drape, carry your samples around & see how they look together. Take pictures. Move them to different light & take pictures. Go away and come back & look again. Dawn was very patient with me [:smile:] You can go in and play with samples before you decide to buy the house. I did put drawers in the island and the pull-out recycling/trash upgrade (although they sell that kit at Lowes... I might add another one). I didn't add the cabinet over the toilet, and I should have. I got rid of all my carpet and went with tile & pergo in the bedrooms. Given the open nature of the Soco, I also had the tile laid offset. Costs extra but I think it was worth it. Eliminating carpet was my biggest priority. I believe my interior paint is "mocha". As the final selection, Dawn pretty much suggested 2 colors based on everything else I'd done. I went with the lighter of the two. A Mr Clean Magic Eraser will take most scuffs off the standard paint. I went with an undermount sink in the kitchen. Part of the cost is finishing the granite countertop out, so it's not something you can easily do after the fact. Putting in surround sound wiring was fairly cheap, so I had it done even though I'm not using it. The wires are dropped to floor level so I'll have plenty of wire to place speakers where I want later. I have a glass tile backsplash. In retrospect I should've done what Ms Ice Monkey did. I don't think their tile guys are super experienced with glass tile installs and the select was somewhat limited (that was a year ago). You can have them do your window treatments. It's not cheap, but it is a chance to finance them as part of your mortgage. 10K is a reasonable number. You could do it with a lot less and you'd still have granite and stainless in the kitchen. Then again you could drop 30K on flooring. (Not that I did that, but dang that level 10 hardwood maple looks good...)
Upgrades from Base Price/home on a Weekley
posted by Murmur on February 13th, 2009 10:59 AM
* Upgrade vent fans in bathrooms. This is one of our favorite upgrades. Showers generate a LOT of moisture and the standard vent fans are adequate at best. They're also really loud, which discourages you from using them. The upgraded fans move a TON more air (they even require larger ducting out of the attic) and are MUCH quieter. Some of the best $$ we spent.* Ms Ice Monkey is correct about the cabinets above the toilets, especially in the second bath, which will usually have precious little storage space.* We did our main counters and center island counter in two complimentary colors of Silestone. The effect is great and, if you use the same "grade" of Silestone for both, this is also completely FREE. In our case, the center island was one grade higher, so the upgrade cost $91.* Weekley charges so much for paint that we just had it done by a third party after closing. If you plan on doing that, consider having Weekley paint everyting Decorator White for free. It's a great primer, and you can leave your ceilings that color if you want white ceilings.* This may be standard now in Phase II, but strongly consider the intergrated trash/recycling pull-out center for your kitchen.* Another free upgrade is the placement of light switches and plugs. Think carefully about where you'll be putting furniture, TVs, and bookshelves and make sure the plugs, cable TV, DSL, and phone outlets are in convenient locations. They can easily be moved until dry wall goes up.* Do the garage attic upgrade. This gets you subflooring and stairs. A great addition for around $300.Hope this helps!
Re: Greenway Lofts
posted by andrei on February 11th, 2009 9:49 PM
Hi Everyone, Sorry for the double posts; I'm not sure why its doing that. I've changed browsers for now, however and hope it helps. I went to speak with Streetman about the Row homes today at lunch. You all were very right; they seem to have just the aesthetic appeal I'm looking for. Here is an update for anyone interested: 7 of the 16 are sold. The first batch will be finished in late May. Prices of homes that are left are $270-340. No interior renderings are available or expected which makes it a bit tough to visualize. Plans seem to be nice but with a concern of sufficient natural light on the non-end units. Great price per sq foot. Ms. Ice Monkey: If I understand what you mentioned correctly Michael Hsu will also be designing some row homes? Do you know where I can find more nformation on this? This sounds very interesting. Also thanks for the input on the concrete stuff, you sound to be an expert. :) Good luck on your continued upgrading of your home...I'm sure it'll turn out great. Garrett & Ezra: Good input, thank you both. My hope is the downtown market (which I agree is over built currently) is not lumped together with condos in the Mueller area. The two almost seem to be a seperate classification of buyer...we'll see how that pans out.. Finally, I got more info from Greenway today: they are looking to break ground in April and take 11 months to finish up. I'm still wading through their 60 page contract and 200 page condo docs. ;) Andrei
High Electric Bills?
posted by meg_and_austin on January 13th, 2009 1:12 PM
That does seem very high.I don't think it would explain the entire bill, but have you tried replacing your bulbs with CFLs? Shortly after moving in, we went around the house and replaced all the builder-installed bulbs with energy-efficient CFLs. With shorter days, we've had the lights on quite a bit at night, and I think having the energy-efficient bulbs has made a real difference (before, you could literally feel the heat coming off of the bulbs in the bathroom, for instance).We're also making more of an effort to unplug electronics when not using them to avoid having phantom electric loads. Apart from that, I think that Ms Ice Monkey is on the right track asking about any new appliances you might have, or behavior/pattern changes. Austin Energy has programs for homeowners to try and track down what uses so much energy in a home that might be worth checking into: http://www.austinenergy.com/energy efficiency/Tools and Tips/Residential/index.htm
Mueller Supper Club (Dinner with Neighbors)
posted by Ms Ice Monkey on January 9th, 2009 4:49 PM
I don't think we've officially put our names in the hat, but the Ice Monkeys are in!
Mueller bicycle and pedestrian facilities
posted by tomwald on January 9th, 2009 3:11 PM
Thanks for your interest, Ms Ice Monkey.- Bicycle parking at the regional retail is one of the issue areas in most need of improvement. ROMA offered an improvement -- to install double the number of racks required by the CoA (I still need to verify that this has indeed been implemented) -- but this doesn't address the original issue raised, which is the poor placement of the bike racks.- The choice surface material of the off-street trails is indeed an issue that requires compromise within the community. While bicycles will usually fare best with a solid surface, there are other uses for the trail that do well with the current surface. I think that the only major recommendation I have at this point regarding the surface material is that the segment of the trail that parallels Airport between Zach Scott and Aldrich be paved. There is no substitute route to Airport Blvd. route for bicyclists through here, and Airport Blvd. is certainly one of the most dangerous streets in central Austin for bicyclists. I would certainly be interested in finding out how Mueller residents feel about this suggestion.(In my hometown of Minneapolis, the surfaces of off-street urban facilities is usually paved and it doesn't seem to affect the natural aspect of the trails. However, in the process of designing the major bike and pedestrians facilities at the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes in the mid-1990's, there was discussion of how to provide a softer surface, especially joggers. The paths are separated, one for bikes, one for peds, and there is usually a de facto third paths that joggers have worn into the ground beside the ped path. I suggested an experiment that ultimately was implemented with multiple materials, crushed stone / gravel, wood chips, track material (like at school tracks), and one or two others. The material Austin uses now as default for its hike-n-bike trails may evolve into something else as they become even more popular.)- Airport Blvd. crossings? On bicycle, I usually cross at Wilshire/Aldrich, sometimes at Schieffer/Zach Scott. Neither crossing's infrastructure adequately addresses bicycle or pedestrian needs in an urban environment.From Wilshire, I go onto the hike-and-bike trail, press the crossing button, wait, then cross Airport via the cross walk, but I signal left and enter Aldrich. I usually have to bike around cars that have stopped in or close to the crosswalk. Also, it is essential to look for cars going northbound on Airport turning right onto Aldrich -- I have never seen a car stop when making this turn, whether or not their light is red.From Aldrich, I use the left turn lane, place my bike over the detector loop if I'm the first one there, I signal left, wait for the signal, then when I get halfway across, I signal right, go into the crosswalk and enter the sidewalk (where I came from on the Wilshire side), then I turn right, then signal left, and finally turn left onto Wilshire Blvd.From Schieffer or from Zach Scott, I usually use the sidewalk/crosswalk on the north side of the intersection. I have only made this crossing a dozen or so times. I will often walk my bike, especially going into Mueller across the northbound lanes of Airport traffic. I recommend walking a bicycle through these intersections to anyone who feels uncomfortable, unless he/she is also trying to learn how to feel comfortable riding through these intersections.I believe that all of the maneuvers I described above are either strictly legal, or legal in the practicable sense.(When walking, I use the crosswalks at both intersections..)
Voting and BEER!
posted by Ms Ice Monkey on October 10th, 2008 10:38 AM
Listen to Mr. Ice Monkey ask NPR (The whole piece is interesting and informative, but if you want to skip to the good stuff, try about 4 minutes in.)
Re: 10K Crazy Indeed ...
posted by Rachelle Abercrombie on September 30th, 2008 1:23 PM
Most of the homes in the area were built long before energy efficiency or green building were even a concept. Given how green minded Austonians tend to be, many of the remodeled homes do tend to have new windows (low E, etc) and new air conditioners. I would agree with momof4 in that the Mueller community is going to be great; which is why we started looking in the first place. We aren't looking for a huge yard, but some of lots seem to call 10sq feet of grass a 'yard'. We decided we would go with a corner lot house to get a bit more yard space. Our current house has a huge yard and we won't mind giving that up at all. Sorry if I offended you momof4, I wasn't trying to put down Mueller, I really want Mueller to be everything it is designed to be. Paulsjv is right in that there are a ton of houses in surrounding neighborhoods that need to be gutted. I have been in probably about 60 houses in the area, it is definately a mixed bag. Some are very well remodeled and others are not at all. My husband and I have remodeled three houses and what we have paid for carpet, tile, a/c. and what they wanted at DW were hugely different in price and the quality was not always comparable. We haven't visited the Meritage design center. I haven't experienced any rudeness by sales people at any of the builders, but 7 weeks and counting is a long time to wait for a response. Kara and Kristen at David weekly have been very nice and have tried to help. Dan at Meritage has always been helpful as well. In all our looking at other houses, my husband and I have not found one that we agree on, except at Mueller. We also want to easy access to shopping/events/outdoor that Mueller is offering. The lifestyle is urban, yet the community seems old-fashioned, in the good ways of neighborliness. It is a huge draw, which will keep us in the market. Like Ms Ice Monkey, we plan on going with basic flooring and appliances, then ripping it out and replacing it. We just don't know who we are going to buy from. We do still hope to hear back from DW about the elevation change.
Children's Museum planning on move to Mueller
posted by langhugh on September 16th, 2008 6:44 PM
I shared your link as a way to inform our neighborhood of differing viewpoints. But after I went back to your blog and saw that you linked to our "provincial" little bulletin board to pick a fight and see your immutable truth get "slammed mercilessly". I thought I'd respond with love and let you know that we're done arguing with you. "Pronvincial and patronizing"...please, sir. I was not attempting to belittle you. I was suggesting the crickets you hear after you post here has to do with your online tact. And if I lterally gave you a man-to-man kiss that it might shake you out of your approach. I am hopeful that I always learn something from an exchange of differing ideas. I have followed your blog for years and encouraged you to share here in the past. The thing I've come to understand is that you are not capable of the same...at least not hundreds of online discussions I seen you conduct. This is a contact sport for you. You browbeat, you anatagonize, and you refuse to acknowledge different, logical points of view. That's great for your personal blog, but it will continue to draw cricket sounds here. Knowing that I did not want to drag our neighborhood through this again, I went out to defend the ACM's choice on the Statesman's site. From what I can tell, you brought it back here to monkeysystems.com/blog/archives/000524.html">fullfill your prophecy. I mean I'd love to debate the merits and suggest that Manor Road has a great potential to be a transit spine, but unless I'm ready for all-out range war, what's the point? When do you "rethink"? I hope this was the "merciless slamming" you were hoping for, and it is the absolute last you'll see from me here. That said, when we meet, I'm still going to try the smooch thing. Dusty
Children's Museum planning on move to Mueller
posted by M1EK on September 16th, 2008 9:58 AM
I should have made it more clear in the post - for us, personally, this makes it easier to get to the Museum (as long as we drive and didn't want to do anything else fun on that trip). We're closer to Mueller than downtown, after all. And, heck, it could just as well move to my neighborhood too - and then I could walk to it, but that doesn't make it the right thing for the city.So, great for Mueller; bad for patrons (especially those who might not want to pay the 2012 price to drive there).
Children's Museum planning on move to Mueller
posted by Murmur on September 16th, 2008 4:45 AM
Warning - Young Man walking through the alley asking for money
posted by Zekesmom on September 11th, 2008 4:42 AM
Just wanted to verify what Ms Ice Monkey said. We moved into the neighborhood recently and have yet to get our window treatments. This guy rang our doorbell at 10:30 PM giving us the same line, presumably because he could see us in our kitchen unpacking and washing dishes. Freaked us out. Didn't call the police for some reason. Should have. We have dogs so they warn us about anyone coming within a 50' radius of the house, but I'm sure we're lulled into a false sense of security because of this. Will phone the police today to let them know what happened. The good news is the blinds are coming today!!!
Newsletter Naming
posted by GarrethWilcock on September 4th, 2008 8:12 AM
Well, to be fair to the newsletter team, we set a deadline of last Sunday and The Front Porch Flyer came out on top!If you want to submit an article called "It's Mueller Time!" then you still can submit articles - Ms Ice Monkey is soliciting articles at http://www.muellercommunity.com/index.php?module=Forums&op=posts&ForumID=25&TopicID=947#Post4602Garreth
Re: Latest on SPH Financials
posted by MuellerMom on August 8th, 2008 11:39 AM
I'd say it is day-to-day with SPH. I would be surprised if they make it into future phases. I always have wondered why it takes them so long to get a home built compared to everyone else here...is it that they have no money and get get materials to build their homes? Some seem to be taking over a year. Ms Ice Monkey...how long have they been building across from you? I agree we all hope for the best. But then again, maybe we need another builder in here to replace them that has money and will finish the homes.
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