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7/14/10 Austin InFact Daily article on DMU Zoning, OANA, and other neighborhoods
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Transportation Committee Meeting notes 26 Aug 2015
posted by Betsy on August 26th, 2015 6:06 PM
Transportation Committee Meeting notes26 Aug 2015- Section 7c finished and builders underway- Working on infrastructure for phase one of Section 9 (bordered by Zach Scott, Berkman, Simond, Vaughan) Includes Berkman widening to from Zach Scott to Simond. (open early 2016)- Start phase 2 of Section 9 in next few months - that will finish out Berkman (open late 2016)- Town Center infrastructure - Aldrich to 51st, Philomena to Mueller, Robert Browning to Mueller, widen Mueller from roundabout to Philomena (finish Spring 2016)- John Gaines pool slowed due to Spring rains. Community garden should be available for Fall planting.- SE greenway (dogbone) not accepted from contractor yet. Contractor will have to replace dead vegetation prior to final acceptance. (Amika Bose - new City engineer covering our area) [She discussed items suggested for the meeting agenda and what she’s received via 311 requests]- Berkman speeding - Berkman not finished to create friction. Will monitor speeding - planning to collect data again this Fall. City engineers view 35 mph in a 30 mph zone as acceptable from a transportation engineering perspective. I conveyed that the community doesn’t find 35mph acceptable. Discussed that speed limit in Windsor Park is 35 and whether lowering that to 30 might set more consistent driver expectations. Girard mentioned that Pedestrian Advisory Council is recommending that raised crosswalks be provided to encourage lower speeds at intersections. Discussion about possibility of temporary speed humps to resolve issue until final road section is in place.- Zach Scott & Berkman - City will likely replace Yield signs with Stop signs- Berkman sight lines - 311 concerns at McCurdy from WFT residents. May look at parking modifications to improve sight distance. Talked about visibility in general and how best to keep people from parking too close to corners - bike corrals, striping out No Parking areas, possibility of physical obstructions, etc. Catellus will prioritize corrective action on Berkman with the City. Visibility needed both for traffic turning onto Berkman, and for traffic on Berkman to see cyclists when initiating a turn from Berkman. Discussed a larger problem throughout Mueller that the physical design of the curb, and the signage/markings, don’t send a consistent message to drivers about where parking is prohibited. In some cases, parking spaces are marked too close to the corner, in violation of state law. Amika will look into that. It was noted that this is true elsewhere in the City as well.- Requests to mark crosswalks on Berkman up toward the HEB (Garcia and Philomena, I think) - City seems inclined to do that.- Painting curb red at fire hydrants - maintenance issue for City in general so they are very reluctant. Only tend to paint in critical areas, like near the park.- Mueller/Aldrich roundabout - At this time, City wants to monitor roundabout operations because crash history doesn’t rise to a priority level for the City. Discussions about whether it was included in the 2012 bond package. Jill Fagan at the City will do some research. City wants to wait to see IF traffic volumes increase. Pointed out that with Town Center going in, traffic WILL greatly increase, which will make reconstruction more difficult. - Lancaster bike lanes - Amika discussed with Nathan Wilkes (City bike program engineer). Needs further study by Catellus. Amika will take back to Nathan that there is strong community interest in bike lane there.- Driveway access to Speedy Stop at 51st/Berkman - City willing to discuss, but they’ve had their driveway access for a very long time. - Home Depot - Left outs onto 51st are problematic.- Karen Lorenzini is the new project manager- TxDOT now working more closely with City of Austin- Adding 3rd lane to upper level - have now finished working concept- Now working on specific corridor projects including 51st St roundabout at southbound I-35 frontage road is partially funded by the City. Environmental clearance nearly complete here and design will start. Remaining funding for roundabout not identified yet. Will finish design package early next year to have on shelf when funds available.- Now starting on more detailed design schematics for the overall project. We’re in the middle section from Riverside to US 183. $500M project. - Plans still include entrance and exits from south Airport Blvd to the upper deck to/from downtown. Need to work out details with Delwood 2 as it will impact their access. Lots of detail to work out re: bike/ped concerns. Delwood 2 working in conjunction with Mateo’s neighborhood group.- Philomena connection still under consideration - haven’t fully evaluated traffic impacts. Might worsen turbulence on northbound frontage road turning into Barbara Jordan. No decision made.I had to leave the meeting early (well, it was running over).
Do You KNow Mueller - SouthEast Greenway Hike & Bike Trail
posted by danx111 on May 12th, 2015 8:29 PM
The Southeast Greenway Hike & Bike Trail section between Berkman Dr. & Tilley St. is open. Bike racks, benches & picnic tables have been installed. Fruit & nut trees have been planted (Loring peaches, Asian pears, cork oaks, figs, kumquats, loquats, Meyer lemons, olives, pecans, persimmons, pomegranates and a variety of herbs). Habiturf, a mix of native grass species grown in Texas, has been sprayed along the trails. austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=222009" rel="nofollow">http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=222009 Don't forget the Mueller Greenways Garden Tour, Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m. - noon. Meet at the SW Greenway Spider Sculpture (Berkman and Tom Miller) for live music, face-painting and ice cream.
Room for rent on or around April 1st, 2014
posted by Laran Snyder on May 11th, 2015 1:25 PM
Hi there. I know you've rented the room, but would you please keep my number if it comes open again? Also, if you're new to Austin, you should check out the Patrice Pike band this Thursday at the Saxon Pub 8-10pm. South Lamar. Text me four three two- five five nine- zero nine nine eightThanks,Laran
Future Bus Plans For Berkman Past Wildflower Terrace?
posted by L K on April 1st, 2015 1:54 PM
Added information --There are senior bus routes operating in Central, North East and South East Austin (Buses 490, 491, and 492) which transport people from senior communities three days a week during the late morning to early afternoon to grocery stores and shopping areas. It would be great to have this bus service for the residents of Wildflower Terrace and Franklin Gardens and perhaps other nearby senior communities. Although, they're directed at seniors, anyone can ride them, and they have been and are free. Also, those using them can easily transfer to a Cap Metro bus or Metro train, because they either share the same stops or are located nearby.There is an Access service available to senior citizens, but it costs $6 round trip. That's expensive for senior citizens on a budget. That's why I'm suggesting the expansion of senior bus services on the east side.
Update on 51st St. Vision plan
posted by Betsy on December 17th, 2014 7:39 PM
I attended a meeting at Catellus yesterday where they provided an update on progress toward the 51st St. vision developed a few years back. I'm including Windsor Park on this post, although WP had a couple of residents at the meeting and I hope they'll add to my notes below. Also, I had to leave a bit early so hopefully they'll fill in the gaps for me!The meeting was attended by representatives from UT Systems and UT Austin, Our Ladys Maronite Church, AISD PAC manager (Mark), Rick K, Cherrywood (Girard), Pam Hefner (City redev services - Mueller PM), CoA Transportation Dept (Dipti), Jim Adams, Janette Swensen (Windsor Park), Christine (City), Jill Fagan (City), Scott Smiley (Atkins - under contract with City to prepare preliminary engineering report), Jim Robertson (head of City’s urban design), Stafford Gunning - Windsor Park transportation committee chair), and Catellus (Dee D & Carl P)Update on where vision plan is heading…. They’ll also have separate meetings with key property owners along 51st (UT, churches, etc.)Jill Fagan is point person at City. Vision Plan highlights (Jim Adams):— Address the ‘seam’ between WP and Mueller— Started with council approval May 2012 (initiate effort)— Work group meetings Sept 2011 - April 2012. Approved in bond package Nov 2012 ($3.5M)— Looked at Manor Rd to I-35 but focus is west of Berkman— Original plan reserved 60’ of ROW on Mueller side for potential future rail— Vision is to create a ‘complete street’ (multimodal) on 51st and good access to cross between Windsor Park and Mueller— Urban character west of Berkman, more parkway feel east of Berkman (across from Barthomelew Park)— Remove urban reserve for rail between Berkman and Lancaster (no longer needed according to responsible agencies)— Focus on lowering speeds on 51st, support local businesses with on-street parking, improve pedestrian crossings— 60’ max building height on Mueller side as step-down to face Windsor Park.— West of Lancaster - maintain frontage road and trail that exist now. Introduce median on 51st.Preliminary Engineering report highlights (Scott Smiley):— Cameron to Lancaster - —— Adding protected bike lane (cycle track) on north side, —— change wide sidewalk on south side to shared sidewalk/bike path for 1-way bike travel eastbound —— 10.5’ lanes (tight for Cap Metro but they’re okay with it). —— TxDOT project at I-35 interchange is getting rid of westbound dedicated right turn lane from 51st onto Cameron to better accommodate bike lane.— Lancaster to Berkman - —— Adding 70 parking spaces (need to add accessible parking)—— Bulbouts at corners—— Eastbound bike path (asphalt) raised but separate from sidewalk—— Design at intersections needs careful attention—— Some rain gardens incorporated—— May need pedestrian crossing between intersections—— Some intersections (51st at Mueller) will be similar to Nick Falbo’s ‘protected intersections’I had to leave early but heard today that the project will significantly overrun the $3.5 million contained in the bond package. Utility adjustments will cost more than anticipated. Other sources of funding are being sought. First phase of renovation might be between Mueller and Berkman.
Youth Mentors Needed
posted by cseals8@gmail.com on October 29th, 2014 5:00 PM
Hello!! We are in need of mentors (especially men) to work with deserving kids in the Austin area. Do you have 4 hours to give each month to make a positive impact in the life of a child? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you! Keep in mind: You don't have to be A perfect person to be THE perfect person to reach one of our kiddos. To be a mentor, you don't need any special skills--just an ability to be consistent and listen with care and empathy. Our mentoring program works with teenagers that are involved in the juvenile probation system. We ask our mentors to give a minimum of 4 hours per month, and we match mentors/mentees based on similar interests and geographic proximity. So, this is a great way to improve the life of a young person and improve the well being of your neighborhood. All mentors must pass a background check, a motor vehicle record check, and must provide references. We can work with some backgrounds depending on the offense and how much time has passed. If approved, mentors will be provided a mandatory 2-hour training/orientation to discuss the rules/restrictions and strategies for engaging the kids. If you think you may be interested, please email me at cseals@swkey.org or call me at (512) 694-2893 so that we can chat and arrange to meet for an in-person interview! Thank you, Courtney Seals Southwest Key Youth Mentoring Program
Tickets for Daily Show Podcast taping Sunday
posted by Shane on October 25th, 2014 8:17 AM
I've got 2 extra tickets for The Daily Show Podcast (Without Jon Stewart) Live Taping w/Stand-up from Writers & Producers. If anyone is interested, please PM me. They are $15 ea. The show is this Sunday (Oct 26) night (doors @ 7, show @ 8) The Daily Show kicks off its week in Austin and coverage of "Democalypse 2014: South by South Mess" with a night of stand-up comedy from the show's writers and producers. After the stand-up show, Daily Show correspondents Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, Jessica Williams, Jordan Klepper and Aasif Mandvi take the stage for a panel discussion / audience Q&A moderated by head writer Elliott Kalan. The discussion will recorded and released as the first live episode of The Daily Show Podcast without Jon Stewart -- which is totally a thing! http://thedailyshow.cc.com/podcast Stand-up performers include: Dan McCoy - Matt Koff - Jena Friedman - Travon Free - Adam Lowitt. A portion of the proceeds benefit Team RWB in Austin
3/3, 2100 sqft, Yard Home available 10/1
posted by ineoeni on September 21st, 2014 11:33 PM
Hi neighbors! Claire, Makai and I are moving south to Antone St. (we prefer warmer temperatures). Our home on Camacho will be available for lease starting 10/1. If you know of anyone who might be interested, we'd be willing to lease for as short a period as 6 months. You can find more details here: austin-tx-78723/12307448" rel="nofollow">http://postlets.com/r/4436-camacho-st-austin-tx-78723/12307448 Thanks! Aman
Berkman Drive Public Forum Aug 14
posted by Rick Krivoniak on August 26th, 2014 10:49 AM
One of my Windsor Park neighbors asked the same question, so I wrote the following:Catellus hosted the August 14th meeting regarding Berkman and opened it to the general community. Representatives from the City of Austin's Transportation Department and Economic Development Department, Catellus, McCann Adams Studio - Mueller's master planner, HDR - Catellus' local traffic engineers, and GHD's Mark Lenters - a national traffic/roundabout consultant, shared information on Berkman Drive’s interim and final design, the road construction timeline, and current traffic data.This meeting was in response to concerns from the Mueller Transportation Committee (a Catellus-convened group of representatives from Mueller and surrounding neighborhoods, including two from Windsor Park, of which I am one), and from residents living on or near Berkman within Mueller. A June meeting for Mueller's residents only primarily yielded concerns about speeding and lack of visibility around some of the parallel parking.Berkman opened through Mueller in May of 2013. Last October, with schools and the HEB open for a few months, the City did traffic counts and recorded speeds in several locations along and near Berkman showing that 85th-percentile (a State standard) southbound traffic within Mueller was traveling around 44MPH, well above the posted 30MPH. (Don't hold me to the exact data figures - I'll share the Powerpoint presentation when it's available online. I do recall that for Berkman near Broadmoor/Greenbrook Parkway, 85th% was around 37, just 2MPH above the posted 35. Still too fast!). South of Manor Rd., E.M. Franklin was actually worse.HDR and Mark Lenters continue to insist that once Berkman is completed to its final design of a wide "transit median" with single traffic lanes, parallel parking and cycle tracks on each side, the "friction" will naturally slow traffic. A comparison was made to the completed portion of Simond Avenue, off of Berkman within Mueller, with a wide median and narrow traffic and parallel parking lanes. The traffic lane on Berkman will be 12 inches wider. Berkman is slated to be fully built-out by the end of 2015. It was noted that construction along the blocks from McCurdy Street to Philomena Street over the next 16± months would create its own traffic calming.With all adjacent property now platted, no changes are anticipated for Berkman's ultimate design. Currently, the 4-way stop at Barbara Jordan Blvd. and Berkman is the only planned traffic control between 51st and Manor. Roundabout consultant Mark Lenters showed two roundabout sketches that could be built within the existing Berkman right-of-way, but they force cycle-track bicyclists onto the sidewalks or into traffic lanes, and are not being considered for the build-out.As for visibility when turning onto Berkman from the many Mueller streets with adjacent parallel parking, the City of Austin is reviewing those intersections on a case-by-case basis and may removed some parking for better visibility. It was also found that the parking spaces were striped too narrow, so they will be re-striped very soon.I personally asked about stop signs on Berkman at Zach Scott, which will ultimately be a straight-shot street from Airport Blvd. though Mueller to Manor Rd. Initially, only traffic on Zach Scott will be stopped, but it's possible that will be a a 4-way stop intersection later on. State laws prohibit using stop signs and traffic signals for traffic mitigation, and require certain triggers to be met for virtually all traffic controls.On another note, traffic signals should be in place on E. 51st at Mueller Blvd. by the end of September.I hope this helped.Rick Krivoniak
Landscape Committee Meeting Notes (8/7/14)
posted by ret1ree00 on August 10th, 2014 11:11 PM
The POA Landscape Committee met on Thursday August 7th at 4pm. Landscape Committee meets the first Thursday of each month. Members present; Nikki Truskett, Regina Emmett, Joe Denton, Bill Kirwin, Barbara Austin (Rvi rep.) and Jennifer Harvey (POA Manager). Dusty Harshman, Janelle Dozier, Bobby Gierisch and Helen Mason unable to attend (vacations etc.) Agenda Topics: (1) Review of RFP for Landscape Maintenance Contracts 2015. Five proposals were received and possible continuation with Valley Crest as 6th option. Top three will be asked to make presentations at September Meeting. Committee recommendation to go to POA Board in October. Irrigation repairs and ability to respond is a committee concern. (2) New Discussion Items (a.) Orchard- Orchard will be installed in the greenway at Berkman and Manor. Site preparation is underway. Orchard will include pears, peaches, figs, loquat and pecan. Possibly olives. (b.) Community Garden- future community garden to be installed in park by new swimming pool. Garden will be fenced but available to the public as well as Mueller Community. General Discussion: -Tree Replacements/Plant Replacements. Community concerns carried forward regarding need to replace dead trees in the common green space. To date in 2014, 40 trees have been replaced with an additional 20+ needing replacements. Some trees will be replaced under warranty. Budget ($30k) has already been exceeded for tree replacements but plans are to continue with replacements this fall. -Overhanging trees and vegetation onto sidewalks continues to be a problem in the community. -Dead landscape plantings in common areas will be replaced. Estimates for replacements has been requested from landscape company. Landscape company is to provide recommendations for similar or better suited plantings. COMMENT; I want to add. Replacement of trees and plantings is not a part of the routine maintenance provided under the landscape contract. Replacements are handled under separate contracts and may not be done by existing maintenance company. However the recent mulching in the parks and common areas are a part of the routine contract. -Maintenance Issues in Southwest Greenway: Committee has requested the consultant from the Lady Bird Wildflower Center be contacted with questions regarding the massive invasion of Poverty Weed in the Southwest Greenway and specifically in the Tall Grass Prairie in the "bowl". Joe Denton Committee Member
New neighbor (finally!) questions
posted by dhs on August 9th, 2014 12:37 AM
hi.Internet: nope, not yet. Google fiber seems to be focused mostly on south Austin thus far - the last time I checked, they hadn't pulled permits yet for this area.Utilities: Austin Energy has a subsidy for solar installations, but there is some debate as to whether or not that's a good option - search this site for "solar".Insurance: I saved a lot by going with the AARP (Hartford) insurance from State Farm.Flooring: maybe craigslist, but you've already saved money by not having the builder doing flooring - that's always the worst deal.Doug
Lessons from the Green Lanes: Evaluating Protected Bike Lanes
posted by danx111 on July 14th, 2014 8:18 AM
Findings from the National Institute for Transportation and Communities’ (NITC) final report show protected bike lanes in Austin and four other U.S. cities led to an increase in ridership along these routes and an upsurge in self-reported safety and comfort levels. This study supports a growing national awareness that protected bicycle lanes are essential tools to significantly increase and normalize bicycle use. Protected bike lanes, also known as “cycle tracks” or “protected bikeways,” provide physical separation between the bike lane and motor vehicle lane, offering protection that painted bicycle lanes do not. Specifically, this study includes an in-depth evaluation of three new protected bike lanes in Austin. The Barton Springs Road protected bike lane located along Butler Park includes a lane in each direction, one separated by flex posts and a painted buffer and the other protected by a curb and a planted strip. It was installed in 2013. The Bluebonnet Lane protected bike lane located in the Zilker Neighborhood is a two-way lane on one side of a two-way low-traffic primarily residential street with an elementary school. The 0.7 mile lane is protected by flex posts and pained buffer, and provides an alternative commuter route to the busy Lamar Boulevard. It was installed in 2012. The Rio Grande Street protected bike lane located a few blocks west of the University of Texas-Austin campus is a two-way lane on one side of a one-way street that has a mix of residential, retail and office uses. The half-mile long lane is protected by a painted buffer and flex posts and provides a safe north-south route to students and commuters. It was installed in 2012. In the coming weeks, look for our series of articles focused on the study’s findings and what these findings tell us about Austin’s new protected bicycle lanes. To read the study, click here. http://ppms.otrec.us/media/project_files/NITC-RR-583_ProtectedLanes_FinalReportb.pdf
Practical Advice: Fireworks & Pets, esp Those Gone Missing
posted by Kathleen Ensey on June 30th, 2014 10:02 PM
Neighbors, This year's annual 4th fireworks display has been relocated from downtown to Circuit of the Americas. This change will more than likely create an even greater occurrence of neighborhood fireworks, which are illegal within the city limits and harmful for your pets. The Goal? To keep beloved pets safe before the "pop-pop-pop or BOOMs begin. If not, a pet can escape, roam frantically and possibly get hurt or taken to an animal shelter, where it will take up kennel space for animals who really have no home --- recently the daily overpopulation at Austin Animal Center has risen to over 100 canines and 25+ felines. So our efforts to keep our dogs & cats safely at home, also helps our shelter and its monthly No Kill goal. What's a pet guardian to do? 1 - Learn from Missing Pet Partnership experts' advice - see links below 2 - Circulate any of attached graphics to raise awareness with family, friends & neighbors PROACTIVE MEASURES 1. Identification Microchip Remember you can get your pet microchipped for FREE at Austin Animal Center - takes 5-10 minutes max http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/recovery-tips/prevention/ Not sure your pet is microchipped? Have vet scan and provide the chip number to you. Or if you already know the number, check here to make sure your contact details are up to date: http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/ Tags & Collar Check to make sure all tags are securely attached to the collar. Check to make sure collar fits - two fingers should fit underneath the collar Add name and contact details in permanent pen on inside of fabric collar 2. Lost Pet Kit Take photos of pet -- full body and head closeup Take photos of all of pet's tags Create draft Lost Pet flier - see MPP advice Confirm current contact details with former vet, new vet & microchip company No time to do it? Get your kids involved -- they'll love doing it -then you can check their work 3. Your Home and Property Check door latches, gates and fences for good working condition Review with family members the reason for extra caution during this time of year 4. Create Calm via Your Pet's Main Senses: Smell-Dogs Only: Austin entrepreneur, My Peaceful Paws: http://www.mypeacefulpaws.com/Shop.html Fresh blend of essential oils applied to dog's pawpads, neck and/or chest. Sound-Cats & Dogs: US Entrepreneur, Through A Dog's Ear: http://throughadogsear.com/10-safety-tips-for-dogs-during-fireworks/ http://throughadogsear.com/fireworks-what-fireworks/ Sight-Cats & Dogs: Leave lights on where pet will be to lessen flashes of brightness created by fireworks REACTIVE MEASURES ***NOTE*** Dogs can travel up to 100 miles on their own;however, cats remain close by -- 3 to 5 house radius. Please do yourself a favor & focus your efforts by reading this info before conducting your search: http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/recovery-tips/probability-categories/ http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/recovery-tips/lost-cat-behavior/ http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/recovery-tips/lost-dog-behavior/ OnSite Posting/Physical: http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/recovery-tips/how-to-tag-your-car/ http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/recovery-tips/posters-5555/ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kP6rXzvFrmk Online Posting or Searching/Electronic Yes, there are many websites but stick locally to focus your energies austin.craigslist.org/laf/" rel="nofollow">http://austin.craigslist.org/laf/ austin.craigslist.org/pet/" rel="nofollow">http://austin.craigslist.org/pet/ Neighborhood email groups, inc surrounding neighborhoods City shelter's Twitter: @austinanimals , Updated every 30 minutes with animals coming into the shelter Telephone: 1 - Pet's microchip company 2 - Pet's current vet, your former vet & if different, vet who administered rabies vaccination 3 - All five of local Emergency Vets -- you can send a photo to them Animal Emergency Hospital of Austin 512.459.4336 4106 North Lamar 78756 AM/PM Animal Hospital 512.448.2676/AMPM 2239 South Lamar 78704 Emergency Animal Hospital – north 512.331.6121 12034 Research Ste 8 78759 Emergency Animal Hospital – south 512.899.0955 4434 Frontier Trail 78745 Animal Emergency Clinic 512.671.6252 2000 N Mays Ste #112 Round Rock 7866 4 - Shelters: Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop 78702 http://g.co/maps/ucj7n Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter - 1855 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown, TX 78626 512.943.3322 Pflugerville Animal Shelter - 1600 Waterbrook Drive Pflugerville TX 78660 512.990.PETS/7387 4 - Rescue groups, esp ones matching your pet's breed ***NOTE*** You CANNOT file a LOST pet report with the city of Austin yet .... You CAN file a FOUND pet report via 311 Find a Panicked Loose Pet? http://throughadogsear.com/fireworks-what-fireworks/ http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/recovery-tips/panicked-pets/ Check out MPP's FB page and/or website for more excellent guidance: https://www.facebook.com/missingpetpartnership http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/ A little proactivity goes a long way - thanks for reading and caring! Dolly Ensey, Proactive Redemptor Getting them home, 4 paws at a time
Provide your input on I-35 changes that impact Mueller
posted by Mateo Barnstone on June 4th, 2014 11:35 AM
Let me challenge you a bit on that 15% figure. 1. That 15% is mostly large semis. Semis cause a lot more congestion than Tercels. 2. 15% only applies to traffic originating south of San Marcos to designations North of Georgetown and vice versa. There is a lot of "local" traffic that does not have central Austin destinations and does not need to be on I-35 through central Austin. If we can divert 15% of non-local through traffic and then find viable routes (for example, via an improved grade separated 183) say another 15% of of "local" traffic with non-central Austin destinations and do a few other things to encourage alternatives (everything from time shifting, to telecommuting, to increased use of public transpiration, etc.) pretty soon it adds up to dramatic decreases in overall trips on I-35. 3. I'm fairly certain that a 15% reduction in vehicles would have a much greater impact than a 15% reduction in congestion because a road operating within it's capacity is far more efficient than one operating at or outside it's capacity.
Provide your input on I-35 changes that impact Mueller
posted by Mike Carroll on May 30th, 2014 12:31 PM
I have to say all of these "proposed" options, for lack of a better word, suck! The beauty of the exits/on-ramps now is that we have multiple options from almost every location on 35.I don't think TXDOT really cares about what a few citizens think. However, they might listen to our elected officials who hold their purse strings. Maybe a several hundred phone calls from voters to our state rep and state senator would make a difference?Why are they even changing things at all? Will these changes magically make traffic better on 35? I highly doubt it. About the only thing it looks to accomplish is to reduce east Austin's access to its main north/south artery. I cannot make these meetings as we will be out of town next week. I would gladly sign any petition that is in favor of stopping these changes!
Provide your input on I-35 changes that impact Mueller
posted by Mike Carroll on May 30th, 2014 12:31 PM
I have to say all of these "proposed" options, for lack of a better word, suck! The beauty of the exits/on-ramps now is that we have multiple options from almost every location on 35.I don't think TXDOT really cares about what a few citizens think. However, they might listen to our elected officials who hold their purse strings. Maybe a several hundred phone calls from voters to our state rep and state senator would make a difference?Why are they even changing things at all? Will these changes magically make traffic better on 35? I highly doubt it. About the only thing it looks to accomplish is to reduce east Austin's access to its main north/south artery. I cannot make these meetings as we will be out of town next week. I would gladly sign any petition that is in favor of stopping these changes!
Thee open house public meetings on proposed improvement to I-35
posted by Mateo Barnstone on May 28th, 2014 10:31 PM
The following is text from an e-mail sent by TxDOT regarding three upcoming meetings. Proposed changes to I-35 will impact us at Mueller directly. If these issues are a concern to you, please make an effort to attend one of the sessions or the open house. - Mateo "Stuck in Traffic on I-35?" The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Wants To Hear Your Thoughts on Making Improvements to I-35 TxDOT, in partnership with the City of Austin and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, will host three open house-style public meetings for proposed capacity improvements to I-35 between State Highway (SH) 45 North and SH 45 Southeast in Travis County. The proposed improvements are being evaluated through a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study as part of the Mobility35 Program. The PEL Study will focus specifically on the proposed I-35 Future Transportation Corridor (FTC), which would allow two additional travel mainlanes (one in each direction) within the existing I-35 right-of-way. The public meetings will be held on June 3, 4, and 5, 2014, from 5 PM to 7:30 PM at the following locations: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 Kealing Middle School 1607 Pennsylvania Avenue, Austin, TX 78702 Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Akins High School 10701 South First Street, Austin, TX 78748 Thursday, June 5, 2014 Frank Fickett Scout Training and Service Center and Conference Center 12500 North I-35, Austin, TX 78753 All interested citizens are invited to attend these meetings and to express their views on the purpose and need and preliminary lane options being considered. Those unable to attend the Open House can provide input online at a Virtual Open House that will run from June 3-15, 2014. More information about the study, and a link to the online open house, is available on the Mobility35 website at http://www.Mobility35.org. For more information about the open houses contact Stacey Benningfield by email at Stacey.Benningfield@txdot.gov or by telephone at (512) 832-7369. Copyright © 2014 I-35 Capital Area Improvement Program, All rights reserved. You are receiving this email because you were either identified as a potential stakeholder or you opted to receive information regarding this transportation program. Our mailing address is: I-35 Capital Area Improvement Program Texas Department of Transportation P.O. Drawer 15426 Austin, TX 78761 Add us to your address book unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences
Transportation Committee meeting notes 21 May 2014
posted by Betsy on May 21st, 2014 5:12 PM
- Section 7c - 274 lots near WF Terrace (Tilley to ZS) including full buildout of Berkman up to Zach Scott.--1st phase lots (southern) to builder in July, 2nd phase in Dec.--Includes ‘dogbone’ part of greenway. Start that and next park/pool in September with completion expected in mid-2015.In design on Section 9 - North of Zach Scott and west of Vaughan up to Philomena. Includes the rest of Berkman buildout. Start late this year and complete end of 2015.-AISD PAC should open late this year-AMLI complete end of 2014 with people moving in 1st quarter of 2015-Torchy’s projecting a September opening (currently in permitting)- City/Catellus collected data last fall - 85% speeds were about 34-35mph and some cars clocked at 40-45 mph. Catellus looking at how to manage in interim and ultimate. - Traffic patterns will continue to change as more of the street grid is constructed. For example, when - Tilley is constructed from Manor to 51st, it may relieve some of the traffic volume on Berkman.- Speeding issues were discussed. Catellus thinks the ultimate design with the median will ‘handle’ the speed issue. There was a lot of discussion about whether this theory of ‘street friction’ substantially slowing traffic would actually be realized. Responsible drivers will slow but they wouldn’t be driving 45mph now either. Catellus was asked to take a ‘hard look’ and ‘soon’ at options for the ultimate buildout to reduce the potential for speeding. They were specifically asked to look at full-size roundabouts at key intersections (Zach Scott, Simond, and possibly Philomena) without disrupting already-built structures (homes). Catellus (Dee Desjardin) agreed to:---Look at full roundabouts as an option on Berkman along with other options. --- Share information with the Transportation Committee and with residents. They may look at setting up a stakeholder working group. It was stressed that this is a critical issue needing community involvement and that involved residents could help communicate the reasons for future decisions to our neighbors.- Regarding interim improvements, we discussed having the City remove one parking space on the northwest corner of each intersection to improve the sight distance to the left as you pull out of the development on the west side of Berkman. The City has agreed to look at each intersection with me. The degree of improvement to be expected from removing one space will depend on the curvature of Berkman near the intersection. Please discuss on this forum or send me a PM with specific suggestions/ideas. I need all information by .- Catellus plans to arrange a meeting with residents on Berkman, and others interested in issues associated with Berkman, in mid-June.- Status of reconstruction - in permitting process at City. Construction may start in about 2 months. - Traffic impacts during construction - at least one lane of traffic will remain open per the City. Primary work to be done 9-4. Night construction not planned.- City looking at bike signal grant to improve bike crossing of Airport at Aldrich. - City will ask their bike program staff for ideas on how to improve the crossing of Airport at Zach ScottCherrywood reps reported that some at Mueller NA have started a discussion with Cherrywood NA to discuss whether it would be possible/acceptable to remove the longhorns on Airport. Discussions have just begun.- No Parking signs have been installed in front of the Elements apartments where people were parking in the travel lane- No Parking signs will be added on Berkman between McBee and Simond because the roadway is too narrow for parking there (during this interim position) and due to ongoing violations by people parking in the cycle track.Mueller Parking Study and Recommendations (Jill - COA)- Catellus/city (transportation, parking management, economic development departments) been working on parking management to be proactive at Mueller, instead of reacting laterCatellus engaged Nelson/Nygard consultants (experts in parking management)- Workshop held last summer and have had focus group meetings with residential and commercial stakeholders- Now have study recommendations---- Create parking and transportation management district (PTMD)---- Mechanism to look at issues from all angles together & sets up geographic area and toolkit of solutions to address parking issues (pay parking, residential parking program, etc). Also looks beyond the PTMD geography at how parking at Mueller impacts surrounding neighborhoods.---- Looking at options for long-term stakeholder input---- Councilman Riley proposes (tomorrow’s agenda) to direct City Manager to formalize district here and proceed with drafting guidelines.---- Timeline - may have process in place by end of this year. Dee will send link to PowerPoint presentation given to PIAC recently.---- PTMD would be 1st in Austin so Mueller would be a pilot---- May also include something similar to a Parking Benefit District so that part of income would stay in Mueller for funding other amenities. This would be one item of discussion in creating the PTMD.Atkins Engineering is preparing a preliminary engineering report to sort out specifics of Vision Plan. So far is looks like the concepts in the plan will work within the ‘real world’. More info/drawings anticipated by late summer to share with larger stakeholder meeting and possibly reconvene small workgroup in July or August.- Safety concern Airport & Aldrich going NW (outside of curve in front of Mosaic on Airport, between Aldrich and the fire station) - Cars hit curb (hydroplane or not paying attention) and there have been several close calls with pedestrians. City/Catellus look at chevrons, etc. as options.- Traffic Signals at 51st & Mueller - Signal installation is planned... City is looking at 51st St vision and City will update us on whether/when they’ll move forward.
Barter dog sitting for baby sitting?
posted by gford on May 19th, 2014 7:29 PM
Hey neighbors, I am posting this for our nanny, Lauren Sharp. She is trying to learn more about permaculture but needs to find someone to watch her dog for a week or two. She does not have enough money to board her dog and her family lives in Oregon. Unfortunately my wife and I are unable to watch the dog during that time. I posted her comments below - Lauren is very trustworthy and we are very lucky to have her watching our daughter! I'm looking for a dog sitter for my eight year old husky mix Dakota. I've had the amazing opportunity to take a Permaculture Design course through The Austin Permaculture Guild. It is a two week intensive course and I will be camping on the property in South Austin, but will be unable to bring my dog. The course will be from June 1st through 15th, however I'm open to someone wanting to do only a week or so as well. I have experience in childcare and housecleaning and am willing to exchange those services for dog sitting if you're interested. About my dog: 8 year old female, gentle, doesn't chew or bark, great with kids and other dogs. Takes medication mixed in with her food. Needs at least two walks a day, or less if you have a back yard. If you are interested or have any questions please send me a PM and I will provide her contact info. Take care!
Why only TWC and AT&T as ISPs?
posted by Brandon Kraft on April 8th, 2014 6:09 AM
AT&T generally haven't required contracts (been with their DSL service in South Austin before moving to Mueller in 2010, U-Verse since. Dealt enough with Roadrunner in the years before that).My understanding/assumption is they're giving a three-year price lock-in for the one-year contract as a way to compete against Google Fiber. With all of the vibe in Google's direction, they don't want people to sign-up today for Gigapower, then, if Google launches in an area in June (making up a date), they don't want to immediately lose everyone because Google has the social power.In any event, in Kansas City, Google had a big ramp up, with paid pre-registrations to determine which areas would get service first (highest density area would be first connected... biggest bang for their buck first), etc. Since I've heard nothing about any of that, I can only conclude it will still be awhile before anyone in Austin has GF.
Audubon and POA Birding Event April 12th
posted by ret1ree00 on April 4th, 2014 3:36 PM
The Mueller Landscape Committee and Friends of the Prairie are hosting a "birding event" with the Austin Audubon Society at the ponds in the Southwest Greenway. When: Saturday April 12th Time: 9:00 a.m. until 10:00ish. Where: We will gather at the Pollen Sculpture in the demonstration gardens. Adrian Johnson, Audubon Society, will be leading a walking/talking tour around the ponds with an emphasis on habitat and looking for known inhabitants around our lakes. Adrian is actively involved in monitoring our resident Barn Owls that live in the old Airport Tower. I understand we have several hatchlings currently in residence. The Mueller POA and the Audubon Society have a working relationship to encourage habitat and birds in our urban prairie. As a part of this relationship we anticipate in the near future to have additional nesting boxes in the park. So come out, bring the kids and binoculars and let's meet some of our feathered neighbors. Be sure to wear suitable shoes/boots for walking through the grasses and wildflowers around the park. Hope to see you there. Joe
Why only TWC and AT&T as ISPs?
posted by dhs on April 3rd, 2014 5:34 PM
You may not want to hold your breath for Google Fiber coming to Mueller soon, if this map is accurate: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zKGIh6VixM7Q.kpvawAIdVCMA It looks like Google is coming to South Austin first, and it may be awhile if they haven't even pulled permits yet for East Austin.Doug
APD COMMANDERS FORUM AGENDA
posted by danx111 on March 31st, 2014 11:12 AM
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I35 changes to affect Mueller and East Austin
posted by Mateo Barnstone on March 28th, 2014 11:46 AM
Under the current plans the entrance and exit ramps that will be removed are:ALL entrance and exit ramps to/from the lower decks, andThe exit and entrance ramps between the upper deck and Airport Blvd.This will result in about a 2 mile swath through central Austin with no access to or from the main lanes of I-35. The closest entrance or exit will likely depend on where you are in Mueller. But if you are wanting to get to Mueller from I-35 in central Austin you will either have to exit at either 15th Street or Manor and work way up frontage roads, come through on one of the neighborhood streets or exit north of Airport Blvd and enter Mueller via Barbara Jordan.If leaving Mueller Airport Blvd. will no longer be an option. The best option will be access via 51st Street. Otherwise the only option will be to take the frontage roads to all the way south of 15th Street.Also remember - Red River is being diverted and will no longer connect directly across 15th Street - so one of the best alternative routes to Mueller that bypasses I-35 will also be impaired.
Berkman traffic level/noise?
posted by Jeanne Rush on March 28th, 2014 6:46 AM
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Home For Rent IN Mueller - 1 story 3/2 with LARGE yard & deck!
posted by bedelliott on March 23rd, 2014 7:11 PM
Beautiful 3 bedroom 2 bath 1 story, open floorplan home for rent IN (not "near" like other houses say!) the highly sought after Mueller neighborhood on a very quiet street across the street from 1 park, 2 houses away from the southwest greenway & landscaped gardens, and less than a block to a large park and our community pool, which is free for residents. This is a beautifully crafted home with stainless appliances, granite countertops, upgraded 42" cabinetry, upgraded kitchen backsplash, double vanity in the master suite and all 10' ceilings - very spacious. The open floorplan is great for entertaining with the large island and bar and all is open to the family room and dining area. There's also a built-in work/desk area off the kitchen with granite & upgraded cabinets. The family room then opens to the back onto a large covered patio with recessed lighting and a large deck - this is the perfect yard for all the outdoor entertaining to be had in Texas. The deck leads to a grass play area and there are also 2 stone, raised garden areas. Attached 2-car garage with automatic opener, and the entire yard is auto-irrigated. You can't beat Mueller for central Austin living. Mueller has hike & bike trails, several lakes with fountains to enjoy, is home to many of Austin's famous food trailers and Mueller is full of other wonderful shops, restaurants, HEB, gas, etc. - you can't beat the location and amenities. Mueller is also on the bus route and 2 blocks from Austin's light rail. Homes go extremely quickly in Mueller since it's so highly desired, so don't hesitate to come see it. It will be available April 1. Rent is $2800/month for 1 year lease and we can accomomdate a longer lease if desired. Small/medium pets ok but smoking indoors is not.
Have your 6 or 7 yr old join our soccer team!
posted by Karen_Zab on March 21st, 2014 1:58 PM
We need a few more soccer players for our YMCA soccer team. Age range 6 - 7, lots of fun and very laid back. We practice once a week and play a game on Saturdays either at the Townlake Y or South Austin Rec Center. We practice at Ella Wooten park on Thur evenings. Let me know if you are interested! Thanks, Karen
Transportation Committee meeting notes 26 Feb 2014
posted by Betsy on February 26th, 2014 4:35 PM
Transportation Committee Meeting notes26 February 2014 (Jill)2012 Mobility bond project - money allocated and public/private partnership1st step - preliminary engineering report (how does plan fit with existing utilities, etc., construction cost estimates). Atkins has been hired to do this work over the next 6 months. Looking at I-35 to Berkman. There will be opportunities for public engagement... nothing specific yet. (Rick K - Windsor Park)Berkman intersection function - WB traffic on 51st is so heavy after road diet that the left turn from EB 51st onto Berkman has a hard time finding a gap for a permissive left turn.Pedestrian signal crossing 51st at Vaughn & Bartholomew Pool - Windsor Park would like active when pool opens. City developing criteria for pedestrian hybrid beacons. City recommended calling 311 which will trigger the start of the study process. (Catellus/City)-- Route recently published as recommended to City Council (maps, etc. online). More definition on northern route (Airport or I-35) is expected this Spring, along with mode (urban rail vs BRT) and funding options.-- More public outreach likely-- Route west of I-35 increases the need for good biking/walking connections across I-35. How is this planning being coordinated with Mobility35 and City’s support for that? Parties commenting on either project may want to note. If Mobility35 makes access to the northern route more difficult, that will negatively impact ridership. (Dee) - TxDOT’s long-range plan through Austin under development-- Cherrywood NA getting engaged quickly-- Mueller NA engaged-- TxDOT will present at RMMA PIAC March 11 meeting at Carver Library-- HDR hasn’t looked at the impacts to Mueller TIA yet. They’re waiting for TxDOT to evaluate prior comments and make possible adjustments. The risk of TxDOT getting too set on a design before the impacts to Mueller are known was debated. (Carl)-- Berkman full section from 51st to Philomena within 30 days-- Section 7 (southern part behind Wildflower Terrace) is under construction along with the 1st phase of the last detention pond. -- Catellus expects to finish southern lots by summer & turn over to builders-- Then Catellus will proceed northward up to Zach Scott, starting this summer. As part of that, they’ll complete the full section of Berkman from Manor to Zach Scott near the end of 2014.-- They’ll start on the next neighborhood park in Sept. with a goal of opening the 2nd pool in summer 2015-- Roundabout - Catellus is responding to final comments by City. City will construct but no information yet on their schedule.--Signal at Airport and Zach Scott:----- Flashing Yellow indication replaces old green ball to indicate the permissive turn phase (proceed with caution). Nationally, drivers often misinterpret the green ball and think they have the right of way when they don’t, so the standards have changed to use a flashing yellow turn arrow instead.----- When turning left into Mueller from southbound Airport, most drivers will travel past the crosswalk to see down Airport and determine if it’s safe to proceed. That will result in drivers getting caught in front of the crosswalk (or possibly on the crosswalk) when the light turns red. We discussed moving the crosswalk to the South side of intersection to avoid this conflict. I was told to call 311 so if anyone else thinks this would be an improvement, please also call them. It was pointed out that the City’s Complete Streets policy requires crosswalks on both sides of each street, not just one.-- Making the Mattie/McBee intersection a 4-way stop due to limited visibility for eastbound drivers on McBee to see southbound traffic on Mattie approach the intersection. Catellus says the problem is due to temporary grading that will be cut down when the NW corner is developed. The City said they would look into it but they seem reluctant to install a 4-way stop, even a temporary one. Call 311 to pursue.-- Sight distance at Zach Scott at Berkman - I mentioned this as well but we only had time for a brief discussion. It was pointed out that if we want wide-open sight distance at all intersections, you won’t have buildings near the corners and you would have to eliminate a lot of parking. Both are counter to our sort of development. It was also pointed out that the parked cars are a buffer, so stop prior to the crosswalk, if no pedestrians are coming, pull up to even with the parked cars and then look for traffic on Berkman. I’m just repeating what I heard so don’t shoot the messenger! If that doesn’t work, call 311.-- Berkman Dr. Traffic Study completed and will review with City and scope out options. Catellus says they will set up meeting with Berkman residents soon. Good turnout of residents will be important.-- Discussed whether the opening of the Thinkery necessitates the opening of the additional left turn lane from southbound Airport onto Aldrich. Over the holidays traffic backed up into the through lanes on Airport, but perhaps that was just due to the holidays. Catellus says they’ll monitor the intersection for backups. If you feel this is a problem, call 311. -- The City will be installing a new traffic signal on 51st at Mueller Blvd. in the next few weeks.
Any interest in a Mueller community pre-school?
posted by Crystal Pham on February 14th, 2014 8:01 PM
We are also looking for a small COOP situation. We have some dear friends in South Austin that had great success when seven families came together to create a small community based montessori-like preschool. They met two days a week from 9-12. They interviewed, hired, and trained their own teacher. Split the initial cost of supplies and toys. One parent from each family was present each day COOP met to supply a snack, supervise, guide and help the teacher. This (or something) similar is what our family is searching for. We are on the 2015 wait list for All Austin Coop which will be the perfect setup for us when our son is 3. (He is 17 months old). Or possibly Magnolia Montessori which also sounds promising!!! But until then a small COOP is what we are searching for. We are meeting another family at the Downtown farmer's market tomorrow to discuss starting an East Side COOP. If anyone would like to hear about the fruits of this meeting please PM so we can network.Thank-you to everyone for posting and reading about this topic. We are new to the neighborhood and excited to be surrounded by so many interesting and progressive families!!!Regards,Crystal
Any interest in a Mueller community pre-school?
posted by Cari Keller on February 14th, 2014 1:33 PM
Thank you for the suggestions. I looked up both St. George and St. Paul's programs and they are both religious based. I can't imagine that all families in Mueller are comfortable putting their children in a program that pushes religion. I know we aren't. Those programs, as most of the ones I have found, are based on all day/5day a week enrollment. Again, I can't imagine that fits a lot of families needs. As a SAHM, I cringe at putting my kids in an all day program just so they can have the benefits of preschool. I have found two other community based programs in Austin. A South Austin Co-op based in Bouldin Creek. Southaustinkids.org and a mom based co-op in the Brentwood area theneighborhoodcoop.blogspot.com. Both these programs are community based programs. Wouldn't it be great to have something like that right here in Mueller? Something that we could walk to? Something that uses the resources and heavily involves our local families? As a co-op, costs would be more reasonable and families would be more involved/connected. Is anyone else in the Mueller community interested in considering this opportunity?
Scooter Repair Recommendation/Anyone in the neighborhood work on scooters/motercycles on the side?
posted by Matthew & Mikayla Slimmer on January 27th, 2014 7:27 AM
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Music at Mueller
posted by danx111 on December 18th, 2013 9:23 AM
Wildflower House Concert "7:00 PM The Worthy Waites of Wimsey 8:00 PM Ben Livingston 9 PM Open Jam!" Date: Thursday, December 19th, 2013 Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm Location: Wildflower Terrace Event Type: This is a Public Event Community: Mueller Community Hosted By: Anne Wright City/Town: Austin, Texas 78723 Description: The Worthy Waites of Whimsey brings the wonderful, rich, and varied ensemble repertoire of the Medieval and Renaissance periods to life before your very ears. Founders Jan Jackson and Wesley Norton performed together in Passing Measures, enjoying a long run at the Texas Renaissance Faire. The new group also features Gerry Priest, Tim Masters, and Jennifer van Gorkhom. Their period instruments include Bass Recorder, Viola da Gamba, Krumhorn and others. Their love of the music and playfulness comes through with an authentic rendering of “Early Music.” Ben Livingston is a south Texas native, National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and alien shapeshifter. His music personifies sheer joy. “He fits right in the row of specific Texas artists as Terry Allen, Butch Hancock, Joe Ely and the Legendary Stardust Cowboy. That means intellectual, opinionated, progressive, looking across borders and at times wacky.” ... John Gjaltema
Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias @ City Theater (Thursdays-Sundays until 12/22)
posted by Candice McKay on November 25th, 2013 9:31 AM
Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias @ City Theater "This holiday, fall in love with the ladies of Truvy's Beauty Salon all over again!" Date: Friday, November 22nd, 2013 Time: 8:00pm to 8:00pm Location: City Theater Event Type: This is a Public Event Community: Mueller Community City/Town: Austin Description: "Robert Harling’s wisecracking and wise southern hit comedy serving up life, love and laughter that’s as warm and comforting as sweet potato pie. In the haven of Truvy’s beauty salon, six women come together to share secrets, gossip and bare their souls learning to embrace themselves and the future with all its uncertainties. From weddings to divorces, babies to funerals, new beginnings to happy endings, they weather every event with grace, determination and perfectly coiffed hair. November 22 – December 22. Thursday - Saturday 8:00 p.m. Sunday 5:30 p.m. Two shows Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday and Sunday. The City Theatre, 3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D. 78722 – east corner of Airport Blvd. and 38 ½ Street. General seating $15. Front/2nd Row Reserved $20-25. Thursday all seats $10. Group and student discounts. For reservations, call 512-524-2870 or e-mail austin.org">info@citytheatreaustin.org" austin.org" rel="nofollow">http://www.citytheatreaustin.org https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=635759473142918&set=oa.747796321904559&type=1&theater
Concert tonight at Wildflower
posted by danx111 on August 29th, 2013 4:13 PM
Wildflower House Concert Date: Thursday, August 29th, 2013 Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm Location: Wildflower Terrace Event Type: This is a Public Event Community: Mueller Community Hosted By: Anne Wright City/Town: Austin, Texas Description: 7 PM Byrd & Street 8 PM Judy Painter & Rose Kimball 9 PM Open Jam! Tommy Byrd and Kathy Street’s pasts includes working with Willie Nelson and Geenzinslaw Brothers, awards and notice from Texas Music Awards, The Kerrville Folk Festival, Folk DJ Chart, Texas Roots Chart, KPFT in Houston and Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary). For ten years they’ve been sharing the stage all over the southwest. With harmonies compared to the Everly Brothers, Kathy’s sweet pure voice is a perfect contrast to Tommy’s earthy soulful sound. Playing together since 1990, Rose Kimball and Judy Painter are musical storytellers. Through their original songs and a variety of obscure covers, they take their listeners with them through emotions of love, joy, & heartbreak and real life tales of triumph, loss and just plain fun. Rose plays guitar and bass and Judy plays guitar and mandolin. Both contribute vocally and their great harmonizing and vocal trading off is a mainstay to their sound.
Transportation Committee meeting notes 8/28/13
posted by Betsy on August 28th, 2013 5:08 PM
---- 60 lot subdivision just West of HEB (last on west side of Berkman) - lots will be turned over to builders in December-- Section 6 building underway - sales are good. AVI working with City on building permits to start soon.-- Paseo construction continues next to Thinkery - Simond is now open with raised crosswalk. Paseo will open in about 1.5 months. Thinkery opening in December.-- AMLI under construction - no completion date provided-- Parking garage open in November (different levels may open in phases)-- Section 7 (next residential around Wildflower Terrace) - framed by Zach Scott & Tilley. Will be constructed in 2 phases - about 260 lots. Deconstruction of old airport infrastructure is done. Catellus will start construction next month with first lots to builders next May. The first phase is bounded by Tom Miller/Berkman/Tilley/Sorin. The 2nd phase is bounded by Berkman/Zach Scott/Tilley/Sorin and will include the 2nd pool and some multi-family sites near the Tower. The Tower remains an open block for now.-- Design of SE Greenway is underway. Section between Berkman and Tilley will be constructed with this phase, as will part of the detention pond to the east. -- AISD goal is to open Fall 2014-- Elements at Mueller (Mosaic 2) - leasing soon... opening in phases starting in about a month.-- Striping of bike lanes on 51st East of Berkman will be done in next couple of weeks-- Berkman will be completed as the full section from Philomena to 51st by end of the year.Tom Wald (Cherrywood NA rep and BikeAustin director) discussed interim conditions and safety. Problems seen - -- NB on Mueller odd at AISD property because it ends suddenly due to construction. Has been coned off now until construction is complete.-- Trucks parking in cycle tracks at construction sites. Construction debris in cycle tracks. Need better communication to builders to keep them clean. These should be treated as roadways open to traffic. Catellus and City working on education of subcontractors through builders. Catellus plans to give flyers to builders that they can provide to subcontractors. Tom will get help from City bike staff to develop flyer.-- City looking at placing some kind of channelizing device at the ends of cycle track curbs to improve visibility. These will be a temporary installation.-- Concerns about how close cars park to corner that compromises ability for cars to see cyclists. Looking at ways to better communicate parking limitations. Don’t assume parking is permitted the entire length of the cycle track curb. Parking restrictions under state law about proximity to intersections still apply.-- Concern about people walking in cycle tracks where sidewalks are available. Tom to develop materials and provide to Jessica. She will provide to reps from adjacent neighborhoods to share with their communities, and POA will share with Mueller residents.-- Catellus mentioned that a 2-way Cycle track is planned on future sections of Zach Scott, but that existing sections would remain the same.-- Speeding on Berkman - APD doing enforcement and our off-duty officers are also watching.-- Cap Metro - Made presentation at PIAC about modifying the #20 route to serve Berkman from Manor to 51st. Extensive public involvement is required so it’s a lengthy process. Encourage those who want this service to contact Cap Metro.-- 4-way Stop installed at Barbara Jordan at Mueller. City doing traffic counts and signal warrant study in next 2-3 months to see if a signal is warranted.-- Bike facilities on Barbara Jordan - Bike path planned on north side of Barbara Jordan (concrete) - from Berkman to Lancaster. Catellus may put interim decomposed granite trail in on South side.-- Numerous crashes at this location. City has tried several solutions without success. Next steps include:------ Interim proposal (by October) - City will install devices to prohibit left out from both sides (Home Depot and Wells Fargo) and straight through travel between the parking lots will be prohibited. ------ Long term - signal (privately funded) that will re-instate all movements. Funding uncertain - maybe retail developer and Catellus shared cost. -- No changes proposed in immediate future.-- Section 7 folks will likely enter/exit Mueller via Manor Road-- Pershing will be reduced to one lane in each direction.-- City will do more counts on Pershing to see the impact of Berkman opening and HEB opening.-- Signal at Zach Scott will be installed next 2-3 months-- Signal at Mueller/51st, Barbara Jordan/Mueller and Berkman/Barbara Jordan - traffic signal warrant studies in next 3 months-- Urban Rail - Announcements/meetings/public workshops should be coming up this Fall. Effort is to select which corridor is 1st priority. First public meetings planned for 9/25-27 and Oct 2 and a webinar on 9/27. Briefing Urban Transportation Commission on Sept 10. City is also available to meet with POA or MNA, or both.-- Aldrich roundabout - Catellus meeting with City tomorrow to review design drawings. No markings proposed in central circle. Granite curb in middle not being touched (nor is tree). Project is funded but not sure when construction will begin.-- Curve warning signs on Airport behind Mosaic (at Aldrich) - City looking at whether signs are needed. Some northbound vehicles running over the curb periodically, especially if road is wet.-- Signal at 51st/Old Manor will remain (was going to be temporary).-- Status of NO PARKING sign removal - Dipti will check with Peter Marsh-- Parking near mailboxes - Dipti will check with Peter Marsh about whether City can paintcurb red in front of mailbox clusters.Next meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 26th. (may be moved to week prior due to Thanksgiving)
I could really use your help with a petition
posted by Jan Harrigan on August 4th, 2013 12:42 PM
Hi All...I just posted this in the facebook group, so forgive the duplication if you read both. I'm upset that the city of Austin has seen fit to harrass some coyotes who've been living for years in Blunn Creek Preserve just a couple miles south of downtown. By harrass, I mean trap with steel leg hold traps and then kill via lethal injection or a .22. It's barbaric and absurdly cruel. They've already killed 3 this way, including one pup. There's a petition that, if it can get to 1000 signatures, will go to the mayor and city council and city manager. Right now it's at 878 signatures. Could you help? http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-use-of-inhumane-steel-leg-hold-traps-to-trap-and-destroy-coyotes-in-blunn-creek?utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition Sorry to post this travesty on a beautiful Sunday. But time's of the essence. Many thanks in advance. Take care...jan
Austin Energy Rate Increase re:Solar
posted by Jeffrey Dwyer on July 25th, 2013 11:13 AM
Hello All,I remodeled my 40-year old south Austin home in 2011 and installed 8.2 kW of solar. I demolished the house down to the studs and rebuilt with all new electrical wiring, pex plumbing, spray foam insulation, LED lighting, energy efficient appliances, metal roof, high SEER HVAC system with energy recovery ventilator, energy efficient windows, etcetera. I registered the project with Austin Energy Green Building and the house currently qualifies for a 4-Star rating. When I redo the landscaping, I can earn enough additional points and minimum requirements to earn their 5-Star rating.I did not know what size solar system to install to reach my goal of net- zero energy consumption. The 8.2 kW system that was installed was only $150 more than the 6.3 kW system that was originally proposed. So, I went with the 8.2kW. It would have been foolish not to do so for so little extra, especially given that I did not know how much solar I needed.I was delighted after several months to realize that I had definitely achieved net zero energy use. My system produces about 10% more energy than my home consumes.Under net-metering, I would often receive credits that not only completely offset the electric portion of the bill, but would then be applied to the water portion. As you all know, that all changed with the new value of solar program. I currently have a $270 credit on my electric bill as of June 19, 2013.By the way, my home is all electric except for the cooktop on the dual fuel range which is gas. I run my HVAC system 24/7 because there is no incentive to further conserve. It is also true that turning off the system during the workday doesn't reap much benefit because the house is so tight.If I were to be more diligent in conserving as much energy as reasonably convenient, I would probably end the year with about a $400 credit. This is true primarily because I am compensated more for the kWh I produce than the kWh I use, not because the system is slightly oversized. Consider a net-zero consumer who uses 10,000 kWh and generates 10,000 kWh with their solar system. They would receive a value of solar credit of $1280 (10,000 kWh x .128/kWh) annually against electrical use charges of $1000 (10,000 kWh x .10/kWh average) resulting in a $280 net end of year credit.So the net-zero consumer gets compensated at only 10 cents per kWh, while the solar consumer with the same size solar system on a 5,000 square foot home that uses substantially more energy gets 12.8 cents per kWh and the Webberville Solar Farm gets 16.5 cents per kWh. Huh? This makes no sense. And they are cutting down more trees to make sure that those of us who have solar don't get any of the surplus credit by sending 2 separate bills complete with all the bill inserts.There is no incentive to build or remodel to net-zero in Austin. I am told by Austin Energy that mine is one of only 15 net-zero homes in their service area. My hope is that there would be 1,500 or 15,000 in the relatively near future, but there won't be with Austin Energy's policies.I could have saved at least $6,000 on remodeling costs if I had not rebuilt the house to be so efficient. The home would then consume enough additional energy that I would not have any credit at year's end. The home would no longer be net-zero on a kWh consumption basis, but would consume net-zero dollars in electricity.There is much discussion at Austin Energy regarding fixed cost recovery for solar customers. This is most frequently the topic that is raised by various people I have spoken to at Austin Energy regarding the confiscation of solar credit at year's end. It is estimated that the actual fixed costs to Austin Energy to serve each residential customer is about $40 per month. Although the customer charge was raised last October, it is still less than $40 and the remainder of the fixed costs are embedded in the rates that we all pay, solar customers and non-solar customers alike.The notion that net-zero solar customers are somehow not paying these fixed costs is absurd. First, our value of solar credit is offset against the rates with the embedded fixed costs. Second, if we generate enough solar in a given period, the customer charge and other itemized fixed costs are paid for in kWh, which by Austin Energy's definition are currently worth 12.8 cents each. And finally, Austin Energy does not have to process as many payments each year for solar customers as no payment is required for any month or months where their is a net credit on the electric bill. Actually, I am wrong about this last statement because of their tree-destroying new policy of issuing 2 bills instead of 1. But net-zero solar customers still make only the 12 payments per year for the non-electric bill.I spent $150,000 after rebates to remodel my 40 year old home in an area where homes sell for little more than that. This may not have been the smartest decision purely from an economic investment standpoint, but I feel good about what I have done and love living in my home and in this area.However, I am determined to make the most out of my investment and the includes the solar system. Austin Energy would never run their electric generating plants and then bleed off or give away the excess energy and neither will I. My plan is to shut down my solar system to conserve the investment I have in my inverters for the months of October, November and December. This is not to be vindictive. It just makes good economic sense for me, as it does for Austin Energy, not too incur the expense to produce energy only to give it away.I am not sure why the solar policies at Austin Energy exist as they do currently. Do they not realize, with regards to fixed cost recovery, that 156.25 kWh at 12.8 cents/kWh equals $20. Perhaps there is a social justice issue: anyone who can achieve net-zero must give their surplus back to Austin Energy.Even if Austin Energy refunded my annual surplus, they would be buying 11,000 kWh from me for $1408. They pay the Webberville Solar Farm $1815 for the same 11,000 kWh. That would still be a savings to them of $407 annually. How is that for fixed cost recovery?If Austin Energy continues to punish good behavior, they are going to get less of it. Builders and remodeling contractors are going to figure out that they are better off building less efficient building envelopes and maxing out the solar to achieve net-zero billing but not net-zero consumption.
Water Line Break on Tom Miller
posted by Ron Garza on July 11th, 2013 7:24 AM
No water pressure problem at Wildflower Terrace Apts, but here's some related info. Here's the site for reporting water leaks to the City Of Austin: austintexas.gov/watercon/water_leaks.cfmAnd" rel="nofollow">http://www.austintexas.gov/watercon/water_leaks.cfmAnd here's a leak I reported on a Saturday. It was fixed on Monday. Thank you for submitting the Leak report on Manor Street at Pershing Drive. We depend on reports like yours in most of our efforts to prevent water leaks. The following information is a copy of what you submitted on 07/06/2013:Leak Type: Water Leak by CurbWitnessed On: 7/6/2013 @ 1:30 pmProperty Address: Manor Street at Pershing DriveWhere On Property: Southwest corner of intersectionReported By: Ron GarzaCustomer Email: RonGarza@hotmail.comCity Employee: NoPhone Number: (512) 921-4879Requested to be Contacted: NoComments: The water seems to be coming from under the pavement.
Questions for Austin Police?
posted by danx111 on July 2nd, 2013 4:50 PM
Greetings Community Members of Region III, This month, the Region III South Central / Central East Commander Forum will be held Monday, July 8th, 2013, at the LIVESTRONG Foundation, 2201 E. 6th Street, with additional parking provided at the University of Texas Elementary School across the street. The forums are regularly scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to approximately 8:00 p.m.; time and location subject to change at the discretion of the Commander. In addition, the information obtained from Region 3 District Representative Webpage austintexas.gov/page/district-representatives-region-3" rel="nofollow">http://www.austintexas.gov/page/district-representatives-region-3 is updated frequently, but to ensure you’re receiving the most recent information / notices please be attentive to emails as well. Commander Fletcher and his staff look forward to meeting with you and discussing future developments of the Region, as well as on-going initiatives and updates of patrol and specialized units. If you have questions or concerns, please contact our office at 512.974.8106 or 512.974.5902. As always, we thank you for your continued support. Sincerely, Gwen McLennan, Administrative Specialist Austin Police Department Region III Patrol 512.974.8578 Ofc 512.974.8278 Fax
Urban Rail at Mueller
posted by schnauzerhouse2 on June 23rd, 2013 2:25 PM
To those interested in Urban Rail at Mueller: The urban rail discussion has been ongoing for years with close Catellus and MNA interest/involvement so there’s a long history that some of you may not be aware of. I’d like to fill you in on some details so that we’re all on the same page before next week’s Project Connect workshops. I have served on the MNA Steering Committee the past 2 ½ years and have represented Mueller at various TWG/urban rail meetings. I am no longer serving on the MNA Steering Committee, but still have a great interest in bringing urban rail to Mueller. Janeka Rector and I both attended the TWG meeting on June 7, 2013. Janeka is our representative currently serving on the MNA Steering Committee and is continuing the MNA’s outreach/efforts to bring urban rail to Mueller. Project Connect is a long-range plan for transit in Central Texas. At the TGW meeting earlier this month, the North Corridor was defined as the area north of the Colorado River (Lady Bird Lake) (southern boundary), Texas 130 (eastern boundary), Georgetown (northern boundary), and MoPac (western boundary). (Note that the North Corridor does not include transit options to ABIA, San Marcos or San Antonio). Project Connect includes multiple modes of transportation: urban rail, commuter/regional rail, rapid bus, additional express lanes on MoPac and I-35 (maybe). The only one of these modes that will have a direct effect on Mueller is urban rail. Each of these modes is in various stages of implementation, i.e. Rapid Buses have already been purchased using a federal grant and will soon be put in service along the Lamar/Guadalupe corridor. Urban rail and commuter/regional rail is awaiting voter approval (hopefully next year for urban rail), will take years to build and projections show completed urban rail coming to Mueller in the early 2020’s, and that assumes that the bond issue is approved or other funding (i.e. leasing ABIA) is obtained next year AND that Mueller is included in Phase 1. (You have probably already heard that certain Austin residents are behind a proposal to move the Guadalupe/Lamar/Pickle Lab/Domain route to Phase 1 and Mueller/Hancock to a later phase.) One of the main reasons that Mueller would likely stay in Phase I is that in late 2011 the Mueller Neighborhood Association with Catellus’ backing voted in FAVOR of having the urban rail maintenance facility located on Mueller grounds. This action was well-received by the TWG and most City Council members, including Mayor Leffingwell. Catellus is to meet with City officials later this month or early next month regarding acreage and exact site of this facility. My understanding from PIAC and Let’s Talk presentations by City officials and Dee Desjardin/Greg Weaver from Catellus was that the maintenance facility was likely to be located near the Market District (HEB) at the end of Philomena Street and that it would be between 2 and 5 acres in size, but that nothing has been finalized. Earlier this month (June 7, 2013) the TWG approved moving forward with the Project Connect plan with three alternative proposals that include all modes of transportation including urban rail, but also other modes of transit in the North Corridor. Route maps which illustrated these alternatives were flashed on the screen very quickly so I was not able to identify whether any or all of the alternatives included urban rail to Mueller. Mayor Leffingwell, chair of the TWG, said that these three alternatives would be presented to the public for review at the meetings scheduled for next week, that the alternatives would be narrowed to ONE by the end of the year (2013) based on public input, and that he hoped it would be placed on the ballot for voter approval in May or November 2014. Janeka, Kathy Sokolic and I plan to attend the Project Connect meeting at Dobie scheduled Tuesday, June 25, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Janeka and I are leaving Mueller for the meeting about 4:45 p.m. if anyone else would like to ride with us. It’s really great to be part of a community like Mueller where so many residents are actively engaged in making this an even better place to live. Thank you for your interest and involvement in urban rail and I look forward to meeting you and working with you in promoting urban rail’s coming to Mueller. If we work together, we can make this happen! Don Dozier Dozier3d@hotmail.com
New Pool
posted by Leila on June 16th, 2013 8:37 PM
This is the plan currently posted: austin.com/uploads/MuellerIllustrativeLow05-13-13_sec.pdfNot" rel="nofollow">http://www.muelleraustin.com/uploads/MuellerIllustrativeLow05-13-13_sec.pdfNot sure, but it looks like there may be one more pool on there just south of Moreno street?
Just in time for celebrating Father's Day - LOVE BEER this weekend!
posted by Suellen Hanson on June 10th, 2013 11:52 AM
The Love Beer Fundraiser is an intimate event where you get to not only taste the beers, but you get to meet the brewers and learn more about the beers you love, all while enjoying live music under the historic Browning Hangar. Bring Dad (or the kiddos if you are Dad!) and celebrate Father's Day in beer-heaven! As a non-profit hosting a charity event where we are giving away the beer (that's right the beer is FREE! ... along with the food and the non-alcoholic drinks!), we are in the unique position to be able host both production breweries and brewpubs! In addition, we have a couple of not-yet-open breweries participating, you can't taste their delicious beer anywhere but at the Love Beer Fundraiser! Tickets are $55/individual tickets and $100/pair of tickets. Children 12 & under get in free (and there are non-beery drinks for them ... and for your designated driver!!) All this fun AND you're supporting local Austin charities!! Win-Win. Here are all the fun details.... Where Love Beer happens: Browning Hangar at Mueller 4550 Mueller Blvd. Austin, TX 78723 When Love Beer happens: Saturday June 15, 2013 4pm-9pm The brewers: (512) Brewing Co. Adelbert's Brewery Alamo Beer Argus Cidery The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. Austin Beerworks Bastrop Brewhouse Black Star Coop Brooklyn Brewery Circle Brewery Guadalupe Brewing Co. Hops & Grain Infamous Brewing Co. Jester King Craft Brewery Live Oak Brewing Co. Namaste Brewing (Whip-in) Pedernales Brewing Co. Real Ale Brewing Co. Rogness Brewing Co. Saint Arnold's Shiner South Austin Brewing Co. Thirsty Planet Uncle Billy's Non-alcoholic beverages provided by: Snapple Maine Root Sweet Leaf Tea Whol-E Water Food tastings provided by: Bar Louie Tapas Bravas Bastrop Brewhouse Greenling Austinuts & more substantial fare available at the Mueller Food Trucks Love Music: Monte Warden of the Wagoneers Lazy J and the Dirty Shuffle The Chalkboards Aaron Stephens The Austin Polka Band Love Beer Fundraiser benefits: Tree Folks Meals on Wheels and More HAAM Tickets & more information are available at austin.com/" rel="nofollow">http://lovebeeraustin.com/. See you there!
Carpooling to South Austin
posted by Kamran Saleem on May 31st, 2013 8:26 PM
Hi, My friend (408-478-5267) is looking to carpool from Brackenridge (or nearby apartments) to Freescale Semiconductor (6501 W William Cannon Dr, Austin, TX) or nearby companies like AMD Even if you know someone who commutes from North Austin to these companies along Mopac that'll help too. Thanks!
Love Beer Fundraiser - June 15, 2013
posted by Suellen Hanson on May 2nd, 2013 3:55 PM
I wanted to let everyone know about an exciting event coming up! The Love Beer Fundraiser is a small, intimate event featuring Texas breweries, live music, great food and fun times. Guests will be given a souvenir tasting glass to sample the delicious local beers, and will also be able to visit with the brewers themselves. Proceeds from Love Beer benefit Tree Folks, Meals on Wheels and More and HAAM. Love Beer is happening June 15, 2013, from 4pm to 9pm, at the historical Browning Hangar at Mueller (4550 Mueller Blvd., Austin, TX, 78723). There are only a limited number of tickets available, we highly recommend pre-ordering your tickets to save your spot! Tickets are $55 each or $100 for two tickets. Brewers include: Adelbert's Brewery, The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., Austin Beerworks, Black Star Co-op, Circle Brewing Co., Live Oak Brewing Co., Hops & Grain, The Infamous Brewing Co., Jester King, Pedernales Brewing Co., Real Ale Brewing Co., Saint Arnold, South Austin Brewing Co., Thirsty Planet, and more! Live music from various Austin area artists including Monte Warden of the Wagoneers and Lazy J and the Dirty shuffle. We hope you'll join us to drink good beer for a good cause! To purchase tickets or find out more about the Love Beer fundraiser, visit LoveBeerAustin.com. See you there!
Transportation Committee meeting notes
posted by Rick Krivoniak on April 28th, 2013 1:19 PM
Berkman Drive should be open to traffic sometime in May.By "trolley," I'm assuming we're talking about the proposed City of Austin urban rail line to link downtown, the Capitol Complex, UT and Mueller. All talk so far leads to street cars - meaning that most of the rail will be laid in existing streets, so they will share lanes with traffic. Much of Berkman Dr. within Mueller has a "transit median," the remains of an abandoned concept to loop the commuter train from Airport at 51st St. through Mueller to Manor Rd. and back across Airport Blvd. to reconnect to the existing tracks. No current proposals show a route running near Wildflower Terrace. The latest proposed route has tracks entering Mueller at Airport and Aldrich, then going up Mueller Blvd. to Philomena, then east to Berkman, where it would essentially end at a maintenance facility located somewhere south of the Market District/HEB.A vote on urban rail is anticipated in either May or November 2014. Very recently, the idea arose of leasing Bergrstrom Airport to a private operator, which could provide full funding for the project without a bond election, but much vetting remains to be done on that concept.
Transportation Committee meeting notes
posted by Rick Krivoniak on April 28th, 2013 1:19 PM
Berkman Drive should be open to traffic sometime in May.By "trolley," I'm assuming we're talking about the proposed City of Austin urban rail line to link downtown, the Capitol Complex, UT and Mueller. All talk so far leads to street cars - meaning that most of the rail will be laid in existing streets, so they will share lanes with traffic. Much of Berkman Dr. within Mueller has a "transit median," the remains of an abandoned concept to loop the commuter train from Airport at 51st St. through Mueller to Manor Rd. and back across Airport Blvd. to reconnect to the existing tracks. No current proposals show a route running near Wildflower Terrace. The latest proposed route has tracks entering Mueller at Airport and Aldrich, then going up Mueller Blvd. to Philomena, then east to Berkman, where it would essentially end at a maintenance facility located somewhere south of the Market District/HEB.A vote on urban rail is anticipated in either May or November 2014. Very recently, the idea arose of leasing Bergrstrom Airport to a private operator, which could provide full funding for the project without a bond election, but much vetting remains to be done on that concept.
Solar Screen Recommendation
posted by Jeanne Rush on April 25th, 2013 6:00 PM
With that hot Texas summer sun not far off, you may be considering solar screens, especially for your south and west facing windows. From what I have read, they can reduce your energy bill by about 25%, thus paying for themselves in 3 years or less. They also protect your drapes, rugs, and hardwood floors from damaging UV rays. I can highly recommend Hill Country Solar Screens. They provide great quality screens, expertly installed, at a fair price. They also provide HVAC & Duct Sealing & Testing as well as radiant roof barrier and attic insulation. This local Austin firm is a Participating Company in Austin Energy's Residential Energy Efficiency Programs. As such, they will take care of the paperwork to file a rebate for you of $1 per square foot of eligible screening. With your order of screens, they include a free energy analysis of your home and provide recommendations to lower energy cost. If you are in the market for solar screens, give Brad a call at 512 576-0947. http://www.hillcountrysolarscreens.com/
Taco Takedown
posted by mark rangel on April 9th, 2013 9:43 PM
Muellerites, La Súper Máquina (Me) is going to be raising dollars for Open Doors Preschools by doing something I was literally born to do...eat tacos. So please support me by giving what you can and/or come root me on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Threadgill’s South. The event is called Spring Jamboree “Magic of Open Door” , it starts 10:30 am and goes to1:30 pm. At noon is when the Taco Takedown begins. Open Door Preschools is a valued community resource with deep roots in Austin for nearly 40 years. We are a leader in early childhood education community and are committed to bringing together children of diverse needs and backgrounds to learn, play, grow, and thrive together. We serve all kids, including those with special needs and families who can’t afford tuition. Each year, we serve over 300 children and their families with three nonprofit preschools. The Taco Takedown will take place at the Children’s Jamboree, a free, family friendly, and fun event that is open to the whole community. There is a children’s concert, games, food and drinks. Donate at: http://www.crowdrise.com/LaSperMquina Thanks for your support, Mark Rangel
Walnut Creek Trail
posted by doug on March 17th, 2013 4:34 PM
Would you like to ride your bike on a 7 mile long, paved, car-free trail along scenic Walnut Creek in E. Austin? Well, in about a year, you will be able to do that. Currently, the southern end of the trail is about 90% complete between E. MLK Jr. and the southern end of the trail near Govalle Park. More info. here: austintexas.gov/article/southern-walnut-creek-trail-project" rel="nofollow">http://www.austintexas.gov/article/southern-walnut-creek-trail-project
PromiseLand Learning Center
MOMS!! Mother's Day Out Program starts Aug 15! Register by June 30. Near Mueller. Also offering full-time care, 6 weeks-5 years.
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Elect Kevin Ludlow for State Rep!
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