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Transportation Committee Meeting notes 25 Feb 2015
posted by Betsy on February 27th, 2015 5:19 PM
-Aldrich roundabout - plans have been completed a long time (by Catellus) and we’re waiting on the City. Apparently the project is on hold while City identifies needed funding (thought it was in bond package???)-First part of the SE Greenway (orchard) will be finished in the next few weeks-Next park/pool (John Gaines park) with late summer opening-Catellus will deliver the next group of lots to builders next week (up to Zach Scott)-Zach Scott will be paved next week-Northbound side of Berkman will be opened up to Zach Scott in early April-Catellus has the permit to extend Berkman to Philomena and they’re working on the permit for next phase of lots (Section 9). Those lots should be delivered to builders late 2015 or early 2016.-Catellus is working on road extensions in Town Center in phases. Philomena and Robert Browning extensions to Mueller Blvd will start in July and complete early next year. Aldrich should be completed up to Robert Browning in July.-Mueller is currently served by routes 37 and 320 (and 20). Old CR shuttle discontinued-Minor mods to 320 to serve market district have been successful. About 50 boarding at this location.-Future changes to routes to utilize Berkman have to wait until Berkman is completed because they can’t traverse the interim changes from one side to the other. Potential changes to route 20 may be proposed for June 2016 changes, but public involvement will be critical as changes would impact 3 stops on Manor, including the stop at Lovell that has good ridership.-June changes - Route 37 will be extended to HEB/Barbara Jordan. Public outreach is underway. Go to capmetro.org in middle of homepage to provide input and get more information. Public open houses are planned on March 9 and 10-Most used stops in Mueller are BJ/Berkman, Lancaster/BJ, Mosaic-CapMetro is conducting random origin/destination surveys on board-Mr. Deeter didn’t have ridership data on the #20 route with him-Catellus appears to be pursuing creation of a working group to discuss Berkman issues in more detail-The City has deployed their dynamic speed sign twice-Catellus has worked with APD community patrol re: directed patrols for enforcement-They’re planning to restripe Berkman from ZS to Robert Browning to visually narrow the roadway-Catellus says that roundabouts could still be added later if determined to be necessary, without major rework of infrastructure. (Traffic control would be an issue) Girard Kinney expressed a desire not to preclude possibility of rail in the future.-PTMD ordinance passed to set up pilot district in Mueller (Feb 2014)-Doesn’t officially include parking lot at Lake Park since our POA controls the parking lot. That will be handled separately, probably through a contract with the city so all meters can be managed by the city. -PTMD yields 51% of revenue to district. In parking lot owned by POA, 100% of proceeds after expenses go to the district-Ordinance 12-7-2(b) - proceeds go to projects that aid in the management of flow of traffic within the district. ROW improvements help with pedestrian flow as well as vehicular or bike traffic (pedestrian wayfinding, etc.) and these types of projects were included in the Mueller application which was approved by Council.-RPP meetings have been held (2 meetings - general and shop house owners). FAQs are being developed.-HDR completed another parking occupation study (Scales to Garcia) on a Thursday and a Saturday in February and turned data over to the City for consideration in setting up the initial RPP area.-Dee gave highlights of changes to improve access to/from Mueller (highlighted at TxDOT’s 2/24 meeting for MNA)-Cherrywood will oppose NB exit to 38th (would take property abutting I-35 from Edgewood to 38 1/2). They might reconsider if they had good modeling to show the impacts to their streets with and without this exit.-Philomena was built as a possible HOV entry/exit and TxDOT and Catellus are evaluating connecting Philomena through to the northbound frontage road
Nanny available for fall/spring
posted by jen seay on September 29th, 2014 10:41 AM
Hi Christine,I have an almost 4 year old girl, Joy and 5 1/2 year old boy, Jude. We are always looking for a good babysitter! Can you send me your contact info and your references?We live on Scales street, across from the big park. You could probably walk to us :).If there is any more info you need on me, just let me know.Best,Jennifer Seay512-785-4948
Mueller 5th Annual Garden Tour
posted by Regina Emmitt on May 28th, 2014 10:53 PM
This year's garden tour features landscapes on Scales, Pinckney, Tom Miller and "Lower" Mattie (south of the swimming pool) Streets. The native and adapted plants of our featured gardens look wonderful with this week's rainfall. We hope to see everyone this Saturday, May 31st, from 9:00 to 11:00 am. (Maps available at Ella Wooten Park)
Missing Calico Cat
posted by Swati Avashia on May 2nd, 2014 10:41 AM
She was last seen on Scales Street. We live at 4321 Scales. Please message me if you find her. She has no tag.
SmartPath Realty Recommendation
posted by Greg Bausman on May 1st, 2014 10:05 AM
We recently sold our home on Scales Street and wanted to write a recommendation for David Montalvo. David is a real estate agent who lives in the neighborhood and owns his own realty company. His company, SmartPath Realty, uses a different model for selling homes. He offers two flat fee packages, priced at $500 and $1000, to list your home. We chose the $1000 package which included professional photos, virtual tour, MLS listing, lockbox, comparative market analysis, yard sign, and most importantly, advice from a professional real estate agent whenever needed. Agents traditionally charge 3% of the sales price to list your home. Our savings were over $20,000! David is very passionate about this new model and feels very strongly that in a seller's market the traditional 3% model is outdated. If you are considering selling your home, give David a call or visit his website, smartpathrealty.com, to learn more about the process. If you have any questions about our experience, please feel to send me a private message.
Found dog 11/23/13
posted by cmick on November 23rd, 2013 7:20 AM
Found sweet dog on Scales Street. Call 512-335-1360 Black with brown. Picture on mueller Facebook page
Fuel container
posted by dmick on October 11th, 2013 11:50 AM
Yes. I bought an electric mower and won't be needing this. I think it's 2 gal. New nozzle and even a little gasoline inside.4305 Scales StreetDennis Mick512-300-6815
Vehicles Ticketed on Scales
posted by Larry Plutko on September 4th, 2013 12:40 PM
Vehicles were ticketed last evening on Scales, between Zach Scott and Mattie. The violation: parking against the traffic flow on a two-way residential street. Take heed!
Free! Composter and garden caging wire
posted by mrs aaron on August 7th, 2013 8:10 PM
I have a standup composter (used- so dirty) and some caging wire up for grabs in the alley behind my house at 4116 Scales Street. (red house).
Free!
posted by Johanna McKinzey on July 16th, 2013 1:05 PM
We have an Oster rice cooker and a Krups Il Primo expresso maker (instruction book included) that we no longer use. Both are on the porch at 4121 Scales Street and are free to anyone who will use them. Enjoy!
FOUND DOG
posted by dmick on April 19th, 2013 10:17 PM
See picture. She's on Scales Street. Call Tim 512-731-8998
Advice on changing stairwell light
posted by dmick on April 3rd, 2013 9:52 AM
I have a ladder that would work for this. Let me know if you wanna borrow it.Dennis Mickdennismick@gmail.com300-6815Scales Street
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.
Traffic operations: signage and alley traffic flow
posted by Brandon Kraft on December 7th, 2012 10:32 AM
I concur that I'm not concerned about inconsistency. Hell, Cesar Chavez downtown wasn't consistently one way or two way until relatively recently. The signs that currently exist for the alley (do not enter, one way) are meant to be read. If we're worried that folks from Section 6 will come into our alley the wrong way, ignoring signs, then the issue is more drivers that aren't following the rules of the road.Under that logic, I'd imagine all one-way streets should be eliminated as the majority of streets are two-way, thus it confuses drivers to encounter a one-way street that is well-signed to indicate otherwise.I would be okay with case-by-case-- the alley between 42xx/43xx Scales and Zach Scott is a straightshot with the "doublewide" row house garage approaches... that alley seems like a better candidate for two-way than a curved T alley, etc. I'm against it for my alley, but that's because of my unique concerns about my alley. Not two-way in the abstract.
Chopsticks!
posted by austinbaileys on November 28th, 2012 8:20 AM
I have 20 sets on my front porch for you. 4300 Scales street. Sounds very cute!
FREE toys
posted by Lori B on August 11th, 2012 4:58 PM
FREE toys. On steps at 4321 Scales street. Stuffed animals, 2 train sets, Melissa & Doug wooden puzzles, transformers, trucks, swim diapers, puppet, Elmo, action heroes!
Mueller Education Action Team meeting Monday
posted by kim wine on August 3rd, 2012 4:22 PM
Please join us at 4116 Scales Street (red house in GC1) on Monday night from 7:30-8:30pm. We need to discuss the single-sex schools issue in order to provide AISD with our feedback. If anyone attended the AISD meeting ( I didn't make it) please come and share with us what you learned. We will also discuss our strategy for upcoming public meetings regarding the AISD bond package for 2013, and how we can push to get a school in Mueller.
Mueller Streets: Death Row for Trees
posted by ret1ree00 on June 15th, 2012 1:01 PM
Wilson, Here is what RVi ( The Landscape Designers) gave us some time back for each street in our phase of Mueller.-bur oaks (Quercus macrocarpa) on Tom Miller,-cedar elms (Ulmus crassifolia) on Pinckney, also Mattie and Simond (but not along the Lake Park, bald cypress there on Simond)-Drake elms (a variety of lacebark or Chinese elm, Ulmus parvifolia 'Drake') for Emma Long-lacebark elms (standard U. parvifolia) on Zach Scott-chinquapin oak (Q. muhlenbergii) on McCloskey -live oaks (Q. virginiana) on Berkman-Mexican sycamore (Platanus mexicana) on Threadgill, Scales, Sahm, Hermalinda-Mexican white oak (Q. polymorpha) (aka Monterrey oaks as original trademark) on Camacho-Shumard oak (Q. shumardii) on Littlefield, Antone-Texas red oak (Q. texana) on Lawless, Gochman, Hargis, Cal RodgersJoe
MEAT meeting-Monday, June 4
posted by kim wine on June 2nd, 2012 9:34 AM
updates on AISD and info on a future public Montessori school on the east side. please join us at 4113 Scales Street from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.
Boxes?
posted by ber755 on May 21st, 2012 9:38 AM
I have two moving boxes full of packing materials that I have been meaning to take to Staples to recycle. I'm working till 5 but can put them on my front porch after work today at 4129 Scales Street -- let me know if you need them and I will put them out. Barbara
Austin Children's Museum event at Mueller
posted by Kathleen Malcom on April 24th, 2012 4:35 PM
***Please Note*** This item was posted inappropriately to the Community. Please see the limited invitation per the ACM below. The Austin Children’s Museum (ACM) would like to meet their immediate neighbors who live on Upper Scales, Upper Mattie, Simond, Camacho & Berkman and discuss their impact to the neighborhood. Please do not forward this invite as it applies to these streets only at ACM’s request. The ACM would like to be good neighbors and make introductions to the immediate vicinity first. Please RSVP to: mbutler@austinkids.org
Lost older brown dog
posted by Lori B on April 21st, 2012 9:44 AM
We are looking for Maddie - a 13 year old dog. Her tags list Bryker Woods as her vet. She was last seen in our back yard on Scales Street near Maddie. She is friendly, but can not see or hear well. Please call if you see her. 663-4357 or 695-5128
Mattie and Scales Block Party at 4:00 Saturday - all of Mueller's INVITED
posted by dmick on April 19th, 2012 10:57 AM
Please join us for another great Scales/Mattie street party. We'll furnish the games, music, hot dogs, brats, laughs, and even a parade! Just bring your family, bring a dish to pass, your beverage of choice and your own cup (we're trying to minimize trash waste). We're looking forward to seeing everyone Saturday. - Scales and Mattie Neighbors
Aaron is old
posted by kim wine on October 1st, 2011 2:20 PM
Join us for Aaron's 40th Birthday Celebration Saturday, October 8 · 5:00pm - 10:00pm Kim and Aaron's house 4116 Scales Street This is a potluck, because Aaron loves to eat, and it is a roast, because Aaron loves attention. Get a sitter*, bring a dish and outdoor seating, and prepare to dish up a story about Aaron. We will have a keg. *Get a sitter, this is NOT a kid-friendly party.
School Supply Donation Drive
posted by kim wine on August 9th, 2011 3:51 PM
It is that time of year...back to school! And it is time to donate some school supplies to the nearby schools. This year, Maplewood is asking for pencil boxes and backpacks. I know HEB has some cool pencil boxes made of recycled materials. Backpacks with no cartoon or movie characters would be most appropriate. We also have a tradition of donating to Pearce Middle School. As soon as they call me back, I will post their wish-list. Please drop off these items, or $$ to go towards these items, to 4116 Scales Street (red house in Garden Court 1, between Zach Scott and McCloskey and Scales and Camacho). I will collect until Friday, August 19. PM me if you have questions. Thanks!!
Home Security Salespersons
posted by Larry Plutko on June 21st, 2011 8:27 PM
Even though this news article is dated, we still have salespersons calling door-to-door on Scales Street this evening and the risk remains the same. Caveat emptor. -------------------------------------------------------------------- AUSTIN (July 7, 2009)—The Department of Public Safety is warning Texas consumers about home alarm system scams and aggressive unlicensed salespeople. The DPS says any home-alarm salesperson, company or installer must be licensed by the Private Security Bureau, which means they should be carrying DPS Private Security pocket cards which include their photograph. Alarm companies and installers must be licensed by the state, which does criminal background checks. Officials say they are investigating reports of aggressive door-to-door sales by unlicensed salesmen and companies in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin. The DPS says anyone selling alarms door-to-door should be asked to show a security pocket card. “If someone offering alarm-related services shows up at your door unsolicited, ask them for their DPS Private Security pocket card, which will also have their picture,” said Capt. RenEarl Bowie of the DPS Private Security Bureau. “Do not accept any other form of identification as proof you are dealing with a licensed salesperson or installer.” “Beware of aggressive tactics; someone trying to push you into a decision immediately,” he said. “We also have numerous complaints of substandard work and broken promises in these situations.
Just bought a house & looking for a refrigerator
posted by kerry on June 17th, 2011 10:25 AM
Welcome to Scales Street, Sameer! You should come on out to the Mueller Neighborhood Association meeting tomorrow morning at 10am and then meet your fellow alley neighbors at the Lawless block party at 7pm.Let us know if you need anything. Good luck with the fridge!Kerry
MNA Steering Committee Nominees - Election is this Saturday!
posted by kerry on June 14th, 2011 10:44 PM
Here are the 12 nominees we have for the 13 available steering committee positions. Additional nominations will be received from the floor at the meeting. The election is at this Saturday's MNA meeting at the Hangar at 10am! If you have any questions, please email . Don Dozier Emma Long Street Ashley Fisher Lawless Street Diane Gierisch Camacho Street I am a Pioneer in the neighborhood and currently serve on the Pool Advisory Committee. I have been a steering committee member for 1 year and would like to continue in this role. I care deeply about our neighborhood would like to continue to be involved in its leadership. Corky Hilliard Lawless Street Betsy Hilton Mendez Street Interested in serving our awesome community for third term. Currently serve as the Secretary. I am a civil engineer and also represent residents on Catellus' transportation committee. Kevin McGillicuddy Pinckney Street I live on Pinckney St. and have come to love this friendly, vibrant and eclectic community of all new neighbors. Candice McKay Littlefield Street Travis Michel Berkman Drive I want to strengthen new and existing relationships with Mueller residents through serving the community. As an engineer by trade, I have an interest to help ensure Mueller continues to be developed in a smart way that's best for our neighbors. Dennis Mick Scales Street I wish to serve again on the Steering Committee for the next term because I am very interested in helping to ensure that Mueller continues to be a welcoming, vibrant, sustainable, progressive community. Having served on the SC for the past year, I would maintain continuity with the work, progress and aims of the MNA. Jerry Perkins Lawless Street I served on the Steering Committee in the first year and am currently the Mueller Neighborhood Association ANC representative. I am interested in linking Mueller to our neighbors in east Austin and those in the larger city. Shellie Shores Pinckney Street Currently serving on Steering Committee - elected about 2 months ago; served on Heritage Neighborhood Steering Committee for approximately 2 years; participates in LGBT Group, Landscape Group. Kathy Sokolic Lawless Street I've lived at Mueller for almost 3 and a half years and worked hard to create a great deal of community through street and neighborhood events. I currently serve as block captain for Lawless Street, as one of two resident representatives on the Pecan Street Project Executive Board, and a contributor to the Front Porch Flyer. I look forward to participating in a growing Mueller and serving a second term on the Steering Committee.
Mueller Garage Sale, Saturday, May 21st, 8 am - noon
posted by Kathleen Malcom on May 18th, 2011 6:01 PM
The Mueller Multi Family Yard Sale is now publically advertised. It is currently running online with the Chronicle & Craigslist. There will also be a Statesman print ad coming out on Friday & Saturday. The ad states that it is Multi Family and occurring on nine plus individual streets. There is no need to take your items to Hargis. Everyone can leverage off the advertising and use their own front yard. The Yard Sale will be this Saturday from 8:00AM to 12:00PM. Currently the known streets participating are: HARGIS, ANTONE, CAMACHO, THREADGILL, McCLOSKEY, EMMA LONG, LITTLEFIELD, SCALES & TOM MILLER. Anyone can participate so feel free to jump in with goods, or visit all your neighbors sales. You can shop to and from the Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA) meeting that will be held Saturday at 10:00AM at Contigo. There will be a presentation by AISD on the new Performing Arts Center (PAC) in Mueller, and a speaker from the Mueller Foundation on Affordable Housing.
Mueller Garage Sale, Saturday, May 21st, 8 am - noon
posted by grazynahuk on May 11th, 2011 11:11 PM
Hello All, Many responded regarding our Hargis Garage Sale. I have heard from Tom Miller, Threadgill, Berkman, McCluskey, Zachary Scott, Scales and Antone (the kiddos plan to sell lemonade there). It became more difficult for me to coordinate and it is a busy time of the year. Please contact your block captains in order to coordinate the sale on your street, they should be able to email everybody at once. I know that some have larger items and would probably want to stay in front of their houses. Some had small items and desired to bundle up. Some still do not know and may decide to join the sale later. Those who wish to join the Hargisians are welcome - the more the merrier! Initially we thought, here on Hargis, about the "first peek" night before. Instead we can decide - if we want - to open the sale before 8am for the Mueller compadres. I will post something on Craigslist on Thursday and Friday before the 21st, will also sent something to Chronicle. It will be important to plant signs directing the visitors towards the streets. We should probably post signs at the entrances on Airport, Berkman and Aldrich. Please let us know here if you intend to have a sale on your street, it will be probably more efficient than a map. Best, Grazyna
Transportation Committee
posted by Brandon Kraft on May 10th, 2011 10:30 PM
Related to the one-way/two-way alley ways, is this being looked at as an all-or-nothing issue, or will the allies be individually considered?I ask because some alleys, I agree, make no sense to be one-way, namely the one between Zach Scott, Scales, behind the Antone wedge, etc where it's a single alleyway that only intersects streets.Other alleys intersect alleys, such as the Mattie/Goochman/Zach Scott northern alley (I think the southern too). With the fencing in Mueller, making these alley-to-alley turns is often pretty blind and, as someone who lives at an alley/alley corner, glad that it is one-way. Have to exercise caution still since some of the rowhouses drive in the wrong way, but haven't seen anyone make the internal alley turn going the wrong direction yet (after I got my wife to stop!)Again, it sounds like many of the alleys seemingly have no reason to be one-way, but for the T-intersecting alleys, it makes a lot of sense to me.Thanks Betsy for keeping us in the loop and taking our views back to the powers that be.Brandon(North) Mattie
MNA General Membership meeting minutes 16 April 2011
posted by Betsy on April 16th, 2011 12:19 PM
16 April 2011 General Membership Meeting – Mueller Neighborhood Association MNA President, Grant Fisher, opened the meeting which was held at the Browning Hangar. Grant introduced Kathy Sokolic, who is leading our meeting today. About 52 members attended. - Kathy announced that there would be a drawing for prizes (credit at trailer eateries) at the conclusion of the meeting. – Kerry reported that our current balance is $4488. We anticipate another round of MNA grants can be awarded in the Fall. : - Egg Scramble next Saturday, April 23 - Mueller garden walking tour - May 14, 10:00 a.m. until noon. Contact Janelle Dozier if you want to nominate a garden. Also, Central Texas Gardener will be here filming a show on Mueller on May 12. - Solar meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the SEDL building. Come to this meeting to learn about solar installations, rebates, group purchasing power and more! Kathy has verified that row homes are eligible for the Pecan Street Project supplemental rebates. - Block captains introduced themselves. Kathy encouraged new people to get involved with the community. Upcoming events include: - Scales/Mattie block party tonight at 5:30. Starts with bike/ped parade. - Camacho block party on May 15 - Ben Edgerton & Andrew Wiseheart, owners of Contigo Austin, spoke about their restaurant across Anchor Lane from Mueller. Ben is the general manager and Andrew is the executive chef. They are working to create community, facilitated through good food, drinks, and hospitality. Training started last night. Grand opening is May 7. The menu is described as fresh, quality bar food. They’ll have a small plates section on the menu. Andrew is also interested in charcuterie (cured meats) and they’ll have a few sausages on the menu. They’ll also have a couple of salads and several vegetarian items. They get their chicken and beef from 2 farms in Fredericksburg. They’ll have 12 beers on tap with some of them being local beers. They’ll have a limited, but well-executed cocktail list. About 75% of their seating is outside. About 1/2 is covered and most is in shade due to site orientation. They are working to get a bike rack installed. Hours will be 4pm - midnight M-F, noon - 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, and noon - midnight on Sunday. Address is 2027 Anchor Lane. See contigotexas.com for more information. Ben’s family owns/operates Contigo Ranch in South Texas. He’s bringing some of that to Austin. (Ashley Fisher) - - Dell hospital update regarding expansion. Expansion was planned from the beginning but is needed sooner than anticipated. Will expand from 178 to 250 beds. Break ground December and finish July 2013. - Mueller Foundation - have bought back 3 houses that resold. Focus is affordability and education. See minutes from last month for more discussion of the education focus. - Simmons Vedder working on new apt. complex next to Mosaic. - Subdivision of property at corner of Berkman & Antone for the Pecan Street Project demonstration house and about 7 others (shop houses & garden homes) - Wildflower Terrace already has 190 people on their interest list. They are part of Catellus Open House today from 12-3 p.m. - - MNA will be accepting nominations for Steering Committee members in May, and elections will be held in June. Please consider serving the community in this way. Several current members and officers are not eligible to run as they’ve reached their three year term limit. - Front Porch Flyer photo contest - A slice of life at Mueller... start developing a photo history of life here at Mueller. Send photos to fpfphotos@gmail.com by April 25th. Some prizes will be awarded. - Lawless neighbors are hosting open houses to meet council members (up for re-election) Chris Riley (April 18) and Randi Shade (April 25). Gathering at 7:00 p.m. both nights at 4120 Lawless St. Meeting adjourned about 10:45. Great attendance today!!
single box spring FREE!
posted by kim wine on March 5th, 2011 3:18 PM
It is on our front porch. Seems the Salvation Army folks couldn't find our house. Come and take it! 4116 Scales Street (red house in Garden Court One)
MEATing tonight! Feb 15
posted by mrs aaron on February 15th, 2011 9:07 AM
at Phil's house - 4113 Scales Street
FOUND: Bag with personal items on Scales Street
posted by Kateg on January 19th, 2011 3:11 PM
If you lost a bag with personal items today, I found a bag in the street on Scales at Zach Scott. Please stop by 4133 Scales or call at 574. 4765 and identify the bag. - Kate
MNA paid memberships by street.
posted by Kathleen Malcom on December 13th, 2010 4:00 PM
Mueller Neighborhood Association paid memberships by street. Dues are $10.00 per household per year. Please feel free to submit your MNA dues at the MNA Holiday party this Saturday at 10:00AM at the Ronald McDonald House. Street: 2009 2010 2011 Antone 2 4 8 Berkman 3 6 Cal Rodgers 1 1 2 Camacho 9 22 Emma Long 1 3 6 Gochman 4 6 Hargis 2 1 Hermalinda 1 1 Lawless 3 10 Littlefield 1 2 Mattie 1 5 2 McCloskey 4 2 5 Mendez 2 1 Pinckney 2 4 Sahm Scales 3 8 7 Threadgill 1 6 3 Tom Miller 4 3 3 Zach Scott 3 7 5 Total 23 69 88***
Sept. 7 MNA Steering Committee Meeting
posted by dmick on August 31st, 2010 9:48 AM
The monthly meeting of the steering committee of the Mueller Neighborhood Association is Sept 7 at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate. We'll wrap up at 8 pm. Sept 7. 7:00 pm 4305 Scales Street (home of Carole and Dennis Mick)
Sept. 7 MNA Steering Committee Meeting
posted by dmick on August 31st, 2010 9:40 AM
The monthly meeting of the steering committee of the Mueller Neighborhood Association is Sept 7 at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate. We'll wrap up at 8 pm. Sept 7. 7:00 pm 4305 Scales Street (home of Carole and Dennis Mick)
Transportation Issues
posted by Jessica Lovejoy on July 30th, 2010 6:59 AM
Another "Wish they'd thought of it before they built" idea is small single-lane traffic circles at the internal Zach Scott intersections (Mattie, Scales, etc) or that strange junction at Mattie and Simond. My husband's hometown of Spokane, WA put some in on residential streets that had become major cut-thrus and it really worked not only to slow traffic, but actually helped move it along at intersections that started backing up as traffic increased (I'm thinking Zach Scott or Simond and Berkman in five years).
Transportation Issues
posted by Jessica Lovejoy on July 30th, 2010 6:59 AM
Another "Wish they'd thought of it before they built" idea is small single-lane traffic circles at the internal Zach Scott intersections (Mattie, Scales, etc) or that strange junction at Mattie and Simond. My husband's hometown of Spokane, WA put some in on residential streets that had become major cut-thrus and it really worked not only to slow traffic, but actually helped move it along at intersections that started backing up as traffic increased (I'm thinking Zach Scott or Simond and Berkman in five years).
Transportation Issues
posted by mkpiette on July 28th, 2010 6:38 PM
Betsy,I need to suggest one more area where traffic is becoming dangerous in the neighborhood. Within the last three weeks I've had two very close calls while inching into traffic exiting the Petsmart parking lot near Philomena St.and turning both left and right onto Lancaster Drive.Clear vision here while entering Lancaster is difficult with the parking all along on the street opposite Dell Children's Hospital. During the day all these spaces are fully occupied. A heavier traffic load has developed on Lancaster and the cars passing through now move quickly and usually without caution. It is the speed with which the cars are moving that causes my problem. By the time I see them I've already inched into the street and twice I've just not seen a car and nearly had a collision. Honestly, I'm a safe driver!! It seems to me that there is some cut through traffic is occurring here. I've noticed cut through traffic also on Mueller Blvd. and cars sometimes seem frustrated and follow too close when I drive the speed limit there. I notice that traffic is coming from 51st and traveling through to Airport and Manor.Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you very much,MaryScales St.Since this has occurred several times I thought it best to mention it to
Mueller Austin Online
posted by mkpiette on July 2nd, 2010 11:17 AM
Meghan, Ann and I had a meeting with Dee yesterday morning and I outlined a ticketing and reporting system for reporting problems which Dee considered and embraced wholeheartedly. She confirmed with me last evening at the Substation Design Meeting that she and Jennifer are moving forward with the implementation of this type of system on their website now. (Please reference Meghan and Ann's posting of meeting notes from our meeting with Dee.)We need to be able to track our requests by assigned number and we discussed the inclusion of date of receipt, description of the problem, the date work began, to whom the work order was assigned, current status including a cost estimate which, and the final closing date. This status report will be updated regularly so we can chart the progress of our requests.These requests will be available for all homeowners to review in an individual and summary form. We'll be able to see if the problem that we see has already been reported or not. And we'll know the current status and plan for solving the problem as well.Dee and Jennifer plan to manage this ticketing system on their website and are working on the implementation of this system now. I am very encouraged by their willingness to embrace this concept and implement it immediately. I will update all with the information I receive on their progress.Best regards,Mary PietteScales Street
Lawless Block Party on June 12
posted by Kathy Sokolic on June 4th, 2010 9:13 PM
Speaking of details...here are a few... And we promise a few surprises along the way!!Our RAIN OUT LOCATION will be the Lawless/Scales alley. There will be no rain out date. Rain or shine, kids!!Pie contest rules:Please bring your pie as close to 6 as you can to allow plenty of time for tasting! Votes will be tallied for the winners! You may bring any sort of pie you'd like, as Drew mentioned above!Our block party is open to EVERYONE! Mueller and the community are always welcome. There will be events for the kids and the adults. Please come and join us. We love our neighbors and meeting new people!!Although we love to share and there will be food and beverages, our block party is potluck and BYOB. We'd love to have extra dishes and drinks from around the 'hood!!Oh, the scavenger hunt!! I will post the rules in a separate post. Just to keep suspense up.If anyone has any questions, please send me a PM!KathyLawless Street Block Captain
Debating one-way traffic in alleys
posted by schroed on May 4th, 2010 3:13 PM
As a parent of a child who regularly plays in the alley with other children, I appreciate the patience of drivers like Dan. The alleys really are the safest place for children of a certain age to play, on wheels or otherwise, and no children play unattended in our alley. The alleys are even turning out to be quite a social space for adults, perhaps more so than the porch-lined streets!I think the one-way nature of the alleys is working, for the most part (disclosure: I live in the geographic center of our alley, so I have nothing to gain from going the wrong way). I don't think it's likely you will be able to make them two-way, but I also don't want to see people getting ticketed for going the wrong way, provided they do so safely.Perhaps there are some changes that could be made that would be helpful. Our Lawless/Scales alley, for example, is T-shaped, with one entrance at the long bottom leg of the T, and exits at both short arms at the top of the T. The arms (top) of the T are lined with row-houses, and for them to legally enter their garages they would have to drive the full length of the T. Most of those living there do not do this, and most of us are OK with it because we would have a lot more traffic down the full length of the alley if they followed the letter of the law. This situation could be improved if they were to make one of the arms of the T into an entrance and leave the other an exit. This would probably work for other, similar-shaped alleys as well.(this may be also true for kscanlans' alley - several posts back)
Pool Hours & Other Problems
posted by queeneliz1 on April 14th, 2010 8:22 PM
Mary, have you heard anything more on the water fountains? I sent Jennifer Harvey an e-mail of complaint as well. They have not worked reliably since at least summer 2009 when I participated in a boot camp near the spore. Thanks for your work on these issues! Melanie Harshman Camacho
Pool Hours & Other Problems
posted by mkpiette on April 10th, 2010 8:54 AM
I've been following up with Jennifer for the last three weeks on the repair of all of the water fountains, I think we need them all repaired. As it gets warmer this becomes a more critical problem for the users of the parks. The repair of the water fountains was also mentioned at the Catellus update. I haven't received a scheduled date for their repair from Jennifer.I'm still awaiting scheduling information for tree replacements in the parks too, this was included in my email requests to Jennifer. I'll be following up again with her directly. It will soon be too warm to successfully install trees, even those in containers.Mary PietteScales Street
Blow up air mattress to borrow for tonight?
posted by Kateg on January 31st, 2010 11:02 AM
Guest coming in this evening and I forgot to borrow an air mattress from a friend. Anyone have an air mattress I could borrow for this evening (SUnday)? Thanks. Kate Scales Street
Bicycle Safety of Children in Alleys
posted by john.miller on January 26th, 2010 10:46 PM
I live on Scales, and think Larry is right. We have trails, parks and a multitude of bike paths. Alleys are not meant to be playgrounds. We should teach our children SAFETY FIRST. What is the cost of a child running or riding in front of a car? Injury? Death? Why take the chance?You have back yards, parks and sidewalks. If you want to BBQ or gather (or ride you bike -- do it there. Why do you have to play in the alleys?Take your bike out of the garage, and go straight to the street, where there is better visibility and less danger. Playing in the alley is not only unsafe, but inconsiderate.
Excellent interior designer in the neighborhood
posted by clintdawson on November 30th, 2009 7:44 PM
Troy Bodley (www.tbodleydesign.com) is an affordable, extremely talented interior designer in the neighborhood. Troy also does furniture refinishing and redesign for those antiques you don't want to throw away. Many of his neighbors on Scales Street can testify to his talents. He can be reached at 466 8241 or troybodley@gmail.com
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