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POA Board meeting notes 30 July 2014
posted by Betsy on July 30th, 2014 8:21 PM
POA Board meeting July 30, 2014 Present: Dee Desjardin, Carl Paulson, Betsy Hilton, Fei Dai, Jennifer Harvey Absent: Greg Weaver Work session - no discussion of fines, assessments, legal, etc. Tommy Tucker off board, Greg on - due to personnel changes at Catellus Pool - Pool attendance lower than last year (before Bartholomew) - Carl attended pool committee meeting. Committee gave comments last Fall on old 2008 plan. Designers incorporated many comments. Reviewed again in Feb - depth, chairlift. Most of the committee okay with design, although some think it should be deeper. Plan is to be 4’6” deep in lap lanes. Will have chair lift similar to Ella Wooten. - Chlorine levels - reports several weeks ago and again this weekend. Test reports from Monday looked okay. Landscape maintenance: - New bids received - 5 proposals - Prairie - Wildflower Center says it’s doing well. Does it need more paid maintenance rather than reliance on volunteer efforts. Suggestion for POA to discuss with Friends of the Prairie regarding long-term sustainability of volunteers to mark invasive weeds - 46 trees replaced since May 1, approximately 20 more still needed Pond Maintenance - Adjustments to fountains made to reduce misting - Removing invasive elephant ears - 200 gallons of trash is removed each month Resident Concerns - Filming - Catelllus discussed process with City. City relies on film crew to work out issues. City wants to support filming. Discussion about asking our POA rules committee to look into whether rules are needed to govern homeowner decisions to allow filming that impacts other neighbors. POA has no role if filming is all in city ROW. Only notified if POA property is used. - Street tree maintenance - Letters have been sent to property owners who need to replace trees, telling them to replace them this fall. If not done, POA will replace trees and bill owners. Prior discussion about POA taking over tree maintenance - majority of residents opposed that. Notices about limbing up trees were sent in April. Another reminder will be sent this Fall or POA will do the work and bill owners. - Apartment dwellers can buy a season pass to use Mueller pools during public hours. Contact Jennifer for details. Public hours at 2nd pool may be staggered from hours at first pool to allow broader range of possible hours for non-owners. - Play equipment in common area on Threadgill - POA to check with attorneys to see if POA bears any liability. Lots of events in the next few months: Upcoming POA events  Social Hour – July 30th (Tonight!)  New Resident Orientation – September 3rd  Music in the Park – September 18th  Fall Garage Sale – September 20th  POA Annual Meeting – tentatively November 5th  Fall Festival – November 8th Upcoming Developer & External events  Ultimate Field Day – September 6th  Time’s Fit Foodie – September 13th (Road Closures)  HAMM Music Night – September 23rd  McCallum Movie Night – September 27th  Movie in Your Park – October 3rd  National Night Out Kickoff – October 4th  Movie in Your Park – October 10th  Movie in Your Park – October 17th  ALS Walk – October 18th (Road Closures)  Light the Night – October 25th (Road Closures)  VIVA Streets – October 26th (Road Closures)  FAAN FARE – November 1st  Campfire Kids Walk – November 8th  Cure Search – November 15th  Ridgetop Fun Run – November 22nd  Tower Lighting – December 2nd  Lights of Love – December 5th (Road Closures) Annual meeting - tentatively Nov. 5th at Seton.
Emergency Freezer Help
posted by langhugh on July 20th, 2011 10:35 AM
Thank you kim wine, Threadgill Gal, and roberts_bj for your help this morning, and thank everyone else for their generous offers. $400 of groceries saved. What a terrific neighborhood!
Bicycling Traffic Skills 101-Registration Available
posted by volume on April 30th, 2011 9:10 PM
My wife and I took Doug's class a couple of years ago and at the time we were new to the idea of biking on city streets. After this class we have much more confidence when navigating around town. Cyclist have the right to be on the roads but you need to act like a car. He taught us how to do that legally and safely. Jay on Threadgill
POA Management
posted by Zekesmom on July 2nd, 2010 10:33 AM
@ Kevin: The point is that the water fountains and the pool were out of warranty, so legally the contractor has no obligation to fix it for free. The water fountains in particular functioned for a year with no problems because we had a reasonably mild winter the first year. The second year, it was colder, so the pipes froze because part of the pipe was exposed when it should have been buried deeper to prevent freezing. So, technically, it's not a warranty issue, but it is a liability issue if we can prove that the pipes were improperly installed in the first place. Catellus has said they have learned a lot from this experience, and will take this into account when installing new systems. As for the roads, it's also out of warranty particularly because the City of Austin inspected the roads and approved them. The sinking at McCloskey and Threadgill was because of a water main leak which caused erosion under the roads. Catellus was never responsible for either problem, but tried to facilitate when it occurred, and the city was dragging its feet. So this was never a Catellus or a POA problem, though both entities tried to get involved in order to move the city along...I know people are frustrated. I hope we can move forward and let the POA try to redeem itself with some new policies, better communication, and more transparency. At least after the meeting with Dee, I am hopeful. There were more details at the meeting. Some of which are minutae about the improper installation of pipes and plaster, but if anyone would like more info, please feel free to PM me, Ann, Mary or Bev. We got the full download on all the details of plumbing, water fountain pipes, automatic faucets, plaster, and loads of other stuff. I think the point is, we needed to hear these details in a full report from the POA much earlier in a document sent to the entire community. Maybe then there wouldn't be as much distrust and dissatisfaction with the state of the repairs. Meghan
Transportation Issues
posted by Betsy on June 30th, 2010 8:46 PM
Meeting notes by Betsy HiltonMueller Transportation Committee meeting on June 30, 2010The committee is chaired by Leo Lopez at Catellus. Representatives from several adjacent neighborhoods (Cherrywood, Windsor Park & JJ Seabrook) were in attendance, along with staff from Catellus’ consultant, HDR, and the City of Austin.Agenda Items that we had time to discuss:- Leo welcomed everyone and gave an update on upcoming major activities in Mueller - basically the same info that Greg presented at the developer update. Infrastructure construction for garden homes at Hermalinda/Antone/Tom Miller should start about July 9. - Update on traffic counts - City presented numbers to PIAC a month or two ago. No huge increases were observed but they hadn’t compared the actual numbers to the volumes predicted in the Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) prepared when the development was being planned. The City seemed to think that might be a worthwhile comparison to review.- Traffic Signal at Zach Scott & Airport - Plans are complete, including the work necessary to deal with the Spring causing water issues in the ground boxes for the signal. Catellus will pay for the signal but the City will do the installation. There was some discussion about combining it with the funds transfer for the next phase of residential housing but Catellus agreed that it could be separated so as not to delay the signal installation. The City staff present were not positive the signal had met the necessary traffic warrants to be installed, so they will check. We also talked about the failure of some motorists coming from Airport (esp. left turners) to yield to pedestrians crossing on the trail near Tom Miller. The crosswalk already has high visibility markings and a pedestrian crossing warning sign so we’re not sure what else can be done. City will review whether a NO U-TURN sign is present for the difficult northbound to southbound movement.- Parking signage/striping review - In areas where parking spaces are marked, they are not always marked and signed consistent with State Law (prohibited 15’ from fire hydrant, 20’ from crosswalk, and 30’ on approach to a Stop Sign). Also discussed whether alley connections to streets are legally defined as ‘intersections’ requiring these same parking restrictions. State law [Transportation Code 541.303 appears to exclude alleys.] There was also general discussion about the many signs in the neighborhood. City philosophy may be changing and some believe many of these signs could be removed, where they are redundant with state law (which all drivers are supposed to be familiar with). [See Chapter 7, Texas Drivers Handbook, available at HDR and City staff will review the placement of signs/stripes and the need for such.- Roundabout improvements - City’s new Assistant Director for Traffic Engineering, Gary Schatz, has some roundabout experience and has recommended physical changes to our roundabout to narrow the two lane approaches to one-lane prior to entering the roundabout. A ‘truck apron’ would also be installed, concentric to the center island, to further clarify that this is a one-lane roundabout. These improvements should significantly improve traffic operations and safety, especially as volumes continue to increase. The City plans to include this work in an upcoming bond package, with construction likely in 2011. Traffic already backs up into the roundabout during the afternoon rush, so they are also looking at improvements at the signal, including potentially a 2 lane left turn movement onto Airport Blvd. We also discussed the possibility of installing higher visibility crosswalk markings to help encourage drivers to stop for the signal before blocking the crosswalk. The City will look into this.- Bike movements to cross Airport - Cherrywood representative Girard Kinney mentioned that bicyclists crossing Airport tend to make an illegal maneuver to cross the road (due to the Longhorn configuration) and asked whether a bike path could be marked parallel to the crosswalk. There was discussion about whether a bicyclist legally must dismount to use the crosswalk as a pedestrian, or whether it’s legal for them to use the crosswalk while riding the bicycle. The City will look into this. A similar issue is also present at all crossing of Airport Blvd, where people want to get across in the crosswalk as quickly as possible.- Dan Daniels from JJ Seabrook discussed their effort to look at issues with cut-through traffic on Tillery and safety on Pershing. He suggested that when looking at current traffic volumes, the baseline should not be what existed when the airport was still open. They also have issues with sidewalks on FM 969 being right next to the road, and issues with the Airport/MLK intersection. Speeds and volumes on FM 969 are very high. JJ Seabrook will reach out to this committee to coordinate as needed.- Windsor Park representative, Rick Krivoniak, discussed concerns about the 51st and Berkman intersection, esp. that it will be huge once rebuilt as part of the Market District (based on what he sees at the Berkman/Manor intersection). Also, the eastbound bike lane on 51st just stops before it gets to Berkman. Some additional street width is needed, or a connection to the Mueller trails/sidewalk.We were running over our allotted time so we quickly discussed the following:- Schedule another meeting before September so we can keep things moving- Invite Cap Metro to a future meeting to discuss transit service to the neighborhood- Bike lane improvements - City plans to install on Manor from Airport to 51st street when they resurface the street under the next bond program (maybe 2011). City will look at whether interim lanes could be installed on Mueller Blvd. up to 51st.- Street repairs at Threadgill & McCloskey - supposed to begin ‘1st week of July’ but we should get an update from the City via Catellus.- Pavement cracking around manholes, esp in Phase II. Phase II had a different road contractor (Rodman) than Phase I (J C Evans). Manholes are very fixed (concrete, deep, etc), whereas asphalt pavement is called ‘flexible pavement’ for a reason, and does move. Some cracking is to be expected and Catellus says the folks they’ve checked with at the City don’t anticipate large-scale problems around every manhole.We didn’t get to talk about:- Airport Blvd. makeover and bike lanes up to Lamar- Sight distance for vehicles pulling onto Zach Scott from side streets- Update on options to fix the jughandle issues (at IH 35/Cameron/51st) that impact Windsor Park neighborsEV charging stationsLet me know if you have additional or continuing concerns and I’ll do my best to bring them forward at future meetings.Thanks,Betsy
Updated Mueller Residential Modification Guidelines
posted by Robyn on May 20th, 2010 5:01 PM
Does anyone have these guidlelines? If so, can we get these posted on this forum? Updated Mueller Residential Modification Guidelines – The Modification Guidelines have been updated recently to allow more improvements without Modification Committee review and approval including decks that are not publicly visible, roof replacement with the matching shingles or a natural galvalume roof and others. To receive a copy of the updated guidelines please contact Alliance Customer Service at 512-347-2888 or and they can email or mail you a copy. thanks! Robyn on Threadgill
Wednesday: On-Street Parking Town Hall
posted by langhugh on November 10th, 2009 4:20 PM
Yes, I believe the 1.5 car per household metric factors in all legal parking (so it does not include "T" intersections, parking near alleys, stop signs, crosswalks, fire hydrants, etc.). Many of these illegal areas are marked. Some are unmarked but equally illegal per TTC, City of Austin.
Wednesday: On-Street Parking Town Hall
posted by danx111 on November 8th, 2009 6:37 PM
"T" intersections like the one at Camacho & Threadgill (in front of my house) have no parking zones per Austin City requirement to allow access for emergency vehicles. I heard a while back that a fire truck had difficulty negotiating a corner in RMMA because of illegally parked car (I heard)
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