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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.
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posted by icemonkeyharvest on March 13th, 2014 11:58 AM
This seems to be a growing trends especially with the increasing bandwidth becomeing available. All of this started when the new season of Downton Abby premiered. We don't have cable, so I plugged in my old antenna to our TV that hangs on the wall. The speakers are located on the back side, so the muffled sound compounded with the mumbled accents of our neighbors across the pond made the show difficult to follow. I guess HDMI isn't bi-directional to get the audio signal to my Receiver. Plus, our first world problem of being unable to pause or record the show so we can enjoy it at our convenience, led me to find a solution.My little Synology DS212 NAS (Network Attached Storage) server supposedly has the ability to accomplish this via some software, DVB Link and Plex. David Neider loaned me his HD Homerun TV tuner, which I need to return to him, but it turns out NAS isn't powerful enough. Also, I wasn't able to get Plex to work and using DLNA through my Bluray player to watch TV is really clunky nor does it pause or record to the server.Synology now makes a DS 214play that should do the trick at the cost of $375 w/o hard drives view/DS214playWith" rel="nofollow">http://www.synology.com/en-global/products/overview/DS214playWith a device like that, I could rip and store all of my movies, TV shows, Photos and music and stream them to any computer or hand held device. I'd need some kind of middleman to get it onto my TV, like my clunky DVD interface, or a slick front end program like Plex, a Roku, or even a PC w/ Windows media Center.The HD Homerun works great on my PC with Windows Media Center. I can use my Xbox 360 to get it on my TV. It records and pauses TV. I can even use special software that will cut out the commercials! The problem is that I have to leave my giant tower on 24/7. It's loud and power hungry.Another option is to build an HTPC (Home Theater PC). This is an expensive venture, but could be a lot of fun. I found a website that is resourceful.http://mymediaexperience.com/It may be easiest to just get a Roku and a TV tuner like Simple.TV.
AT&T to launch 1Gig Fiber service
posted by Rahul Sreenivasan on November 20th, 2013 12:44 PM
Towerview,That looks like the exact email I received on Nov 6 (registered/voted with my Berkman address). I guess we'll hear soon enough about official availability and timelines given AT&T's statement that their rollout will begin in December.
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)
next JJSNA mtg JULY 10 2012, 7p @ Franklin Gardens
posted by Robert Wheeler on June 28th, 2012 10:46 AM
July 10, 2012 @ FRANKLIN GARDENS 3522 East MLK BLVD Conference Room ALL ARE WELCOME !!! Especially neighbors on EMLK ( Tillery, Franklin),Manorwood/Towerview, Anchor Ln, and Berkman neighbors ~ all those who enjoy the JJ Seabrook Park and experience the same traffic calming needs of the JJS Neighborhood. Agenda coming soon!
Come out to the Wildflower Terrace Grand Opening event! Tues 5/1 - 11a-2p
posted by thesimplifiers on April 22nd, 2012 12:30 AM
Hi everyone! Just a quick note, inviting everyone out to the Wildflower Terrace Grand Opening celebration, happening on Tues 5/1 from 11a-2pm. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony, talks from local city officials, tours of their facilities, free art sessions in their art studio and a free light lunch will be served. FREE event and all folks who live in the Mueller neighborhood are welcome to attend, bring the kids! The Simplifiers are delighted to be the event planners on this neighborhood event! Hope you can make it...more details below: ........................................................... view&EventID=1130" rel="nofollow">http://www.citicite.com/mueller/index.php?module=Events&op=view&EventID=1130 Join DMA Development Company and our partners in celebrating the Grand Opening of Wildflower Terrace, Austin's newest mixed-income, mixed-use community for persons aged 55+. Located in the Tower District of the Mueller Community at 3801 Berkman Drive (NE corner of Berkman and Tom Miller) Tuesday, May 1st, 11a-2pm 11:15am - Welcome and Remarks 11:45am - Ribbon Cutting 12noon-2pm - Tours & Activities FREE light lunch will be provided...all neighbors who live in Mueller, Windsor Park, University Hills and surrounding areas are welcome to attend! Family friendly event. event planned by The Simplifiers: Event Planning | http://www.thesimplifiers.com Wildflower Terrace = http://www.dmawildflower.com
Austin Earth Day Festival 2012 at Mueller
posted by danx111 on April 8th, 2012 5:18 PM
Austin Earth Day Festival 2012 is an inspiring one-day festival celebrating Austin as a "City of Green Ideas". The event is Sunday, April 22nd, 2012, noon-6pm at the Historic Browning Hangar at Mueller (4550 Mueller Blvd., Austin, TX 78723) and is produced by Texas Green Network, a local non-profit, in partnership with Mueller and the City of Austin. Admission is FREE. Highlights include: 12 speakers, including Jim Hightower, America's #1 Populist "The opposite of courage is not cowardice -- it's conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow." Za Boom Ba, in inspiring interactive drumming experience that 1,000 festival-goers will participate in. We will be shooting an aerial photo of attendees spelling out "Austin Beyond Coal". Kids attractions including music, theater, face-painting, a petting zoo and much more. Plus... A talking tree, an interactive Prius, Local food trailers, inspiring speakers, over 75 exhibitors and much more. Overview: Austin Earth Day Festival 2012 Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 noon-6pm The Historic Browning Hangar at Mueller 4550 Mueller Blvd., Austin, TX 78723 FREE ADMISSION More info at: http://www.EarthDayAustin.com
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posted by doug on April 24th, 2011 10:30 PM
Nice pic. From viewing the tower a few days ago, it appeared that the owl house has been removed. Is that the case?
MNA Steering Committee minutes 1 Mar 2011
posted by Betsy on March 1st, 2011 9:02 PM
Reminder that the Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA) steering committee (SC) is open to all MNA members. The next steering committee meeting is scheduled for April 5th. MNA Steering committee Meeting Minutes – March 1, 2011 I. Introductions - Grant opened the meeting shortly after 7:00 p.m. All SC members were present: Kathy Sokolic, Dennis Mick, Kat Malcom, Drew Harris, Diane Gierisch, Mary Piette, Don Dozier, Keith Romel, Shellie Shores, Grant Fisher, Betsy Hilton, Mike McGovern, Kerry Fisher. II. Treasurer’s Report: We are doing well - $4358.62 current balance. Up from last month. About half of this will be used for Front Porch Flyer printing this year. Deposited more dues lately and FPF ad proceeds. Now have 175 current members in MNA. Frost has a feature now for $5/month where you can view the images of all checks deposited. We will ask to see if we can get it free, but this would make Treasurer’s job easier. SC approved asking them for it free, and approving the expenditure if we can’t get it for free. (Drew motion, Mary Piette 2nd - passed with one vote against.) III. Existing Business: a. Candidate Forum (March 22) - Windsor Park organizing with surrounding neighborhoods. City Council elections in May. Potential topics we’d want discussed were suggested: transportation and bike/ped, single member districts, recycling contractor (and smaller bins as an option). b. MNA Grants - 3 applications were received: Stitch-n-Bitch ($125), Boomers($30), and Friends of the Prairie($125). A total of $500 was available. All were approved. Discussion about desire to see more grant applications that support community events. Also discussed ways to share information about the history of the community with new residents, along with community covenants. POA needs to start up Mueller 101 again since we’re have some new residents in the Greenway Lofts, Garden homes and Mueller homes. More discussion next month. c. Resident Activities committee update (Kat) - For 2011 budget: ----Plant Fest ($100), - April 9 ----Polar Bear plunge - April 1st 5:00 a.m when pool opens ($50) ----July 4th pool party ($500) ----Halloween ($500) ----Networking events ($200/event for quarterly events) ----Tower lighting ($1500) ----Egg Scramble ($350) - April 23rd? (unsure if it will be Sat or Sunday) ----Music Festival - June maybe 6-10 pm ($1200) - lots of planning and volunteers needed!! d. Commander’s forum (last meeting) - highlights on mc.com. Car breakins rampant in Cherrywood. Mark your belongings to help with retrieval. APD will be launching a website called CopLogic - report thefts with Serial #s for your belongings and get a police report for insurance purposes. e. Pecan Street Project (Kathy S) - PSP is planning an event for first group of participants. Tentative date is April 16. If interested in Resident’s Council, email Suzanne at participate@pecanstreetproject.org. f. Business Memberships - Frost Bank sent unsolicited check for $10, presumably for membership. Bylaws allow business memberships but we’ve never established the annual dues for businesses. Per the ByLaws, business members have no voting rights. SC (Drew motion, Kathy 2nd ) - we will start accepting business memberships per bylaws. Passed unanimously Business membership fees: - $10 or $25 were discussed. Diane motion for $10 annual dues, Betsy 2nd. VOTE: 6 for, 5 against, 2 abstain. Drew motion: Increase dues to $25, Kat 2nd - Discussion: Would like to distinguish business memberships from resident memberships. We do have future needs that could be funded from additional revenue. VOTE: 9 for and 4 against. Motion carries. Business membership dues will be $25. No boundaries were established so all businesses are eligible. IV. Upcoming Meetings First meeting at the HANGAR on March 19 :-) Trailer eateries will be advised to expect a crowd - Informational session with Mary Arnette from CLASP (neighborhood watch and more) V. Additional Business a. Bugs/Critters update - about 19 attended at the hangar b. Plant fest - will be April 9 at the Hangar, from 10am - 2 pm. Janelle & Mary P co-organizers. Clifton School (antique roses, etc) and Maplewood Elem (veggies/herbs) will be selling plants. Kids activities. Hope to have music. Book sales. Master gardeners will have plant clinic so you can bring your sick plants. Neighboring communities invited. Boy Scouts will be selling hot dogs. c. FPF coming in April - looking for articles and information on events. d. MNA SC elections will be in June. Be thinking about nominations for May. Grant will chair through the June general meeting. Meeting adjourned 8:30pm.
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20 Nov 2010 General Membership Meeting minutes
posted by Betsy on November 21st, 2010 7:42 PM
The meeting was held at the Ronald McDonald House, where meetings will be held for the next few months. Grant opened the meeting and asked everyone to introduce themselves. – Our balance is $1555 and we still have to pay for the upcoming Front Porch Flyer and the Stitch-n-B*tch grant. - One grant application was received and that request was awarded in the amount of $125 (maximum allowable). The Stitch-n-B*tch group will knit hats for babies at Dell Children’s Hospital, and bears for children in Africa. Remaining grant resources were put toward the ‘big push’ to be discussed later. – This edition will be delivered with other materials as part of the ‘big push’. Delivery is expected Thanksgiving week. – Garreth Wilcock updated us on this smart grid project in Mueller. The goal the first year will be to collect baseline usage data. 116 applications have been received and installations of measuring equipment are being installed. Over the life of the project, PSP wants to have 1000 homes involved. If you are interested in participating, email iwanttoparticipate@pecanstreetproject.org. - Betsy Hilton gave an overview of the parking rule change as described in the last POA newsletter. The change resulted after several years of discussion, neighborhood meetings and resident surveys. The POA Board adopted a change to the rules to allow residents to park on the street for 72 hours at a time, the same limit set for visitors in the original covenants. The original limit for residents was 30 minutes. As noted in the newsletter, residents are reminded to park legally. Some vehicles have been ticketed by APD. - The steering committee is undertaking an effort to knock on every residents door to deliver the FPF, a card with handy websites and contact information, information on the PSP, and answer any questions about the community. We would also like to make sure all residents are aware of the MNA and how it differs from the POA, and try to get more residents involved. Many of the most active residents are Phase 1 pioneers and we’re hoping to get some more recent residents involved in our activities. At this time, only about 20% of the homes are members of MNA. Dues are due now for 2011 - only $10/year! - The Dec. 18th MNA meeting will be brief, followed by a volunteer-led holiday party. Events will be held at the Ronald McDonald House - 4th floor conference room. 1. MNA will donate $100 to Ronald McDonald House as our thanks for using their facilities in the winter. Approved by all present with Ann Jerome abstaining. Motion was by Ashley Fisher with a 2nd by Mike Jones. 2. Holiday lights contest for those on the Lights of Love route. See Ann Jerome’s post on mc.com for more info. 3. POA Budget meeting - Kerry Fisher attended this meeting and reported the following items were discussed: -- POA is going to increase the hours for our private security --They’ve repainted the security vehicles to black and white (more visible) --They are increasing Jennifer Harvey’s hours at Mueller --We can all save the POA money by requesting our statements online. However, if you don’t view the online statement within some time period (1-2 weeks?), they’ll mail it to you. --The lights in the roundabout tree are costly to maintain. Squirrels appear to be chewing on the wires and each repair runs about $1000. However, to take them down and put them back up each year is $20,000. 4. PIAC Update - At the last meeting, they discussed the tower restoration and the situation with the nesting owls, the Greenway Lofts (about 50% sold and move-ins by end of year). They don’t meet in December. At the January meeting, they’ll get an update on the affordable housing program. 5. A suggestion was made that we see if we can get Mueller T-shirts at low cost from Catellus, and bundle them with membership dues for a modest increase over dues-only memberships. It’s good advertising for the community. Meeting adjourned about 11:00 a.m.
Great house for rent ~200 yards from Mueller SW Greenway
posted by defmc on August 15th, 2010 8:29 PM
Great mid-century home for rent, close to campus in between Mueller and Cherrywood / French Place. Walk 200 yards to new Mueller parks, pond, and trails. 1.5 miles to the UT campus. Bike or bus (#20) to UT, downtown, Dell Children's Medical Center, and Manor Road restaurants and coffee shops. Bike or walk to the new MetroRail MLK Station. HEB and Fiesta grocery stores and new shopping at Mueller 5 min. away along I-35. - Full of light and quiet, with skylight and new energy efficient windows. - All hardwood and Saltillo tile floors, no carpet. - Kitchen has stainless steel sink, dishwasher, plenty of cabinets. - New bathroom fixtures with original vintage tile. - Floor-to-ceiling original built-in closets in bedrooms. - Ceiling fans in every room with central heat and air. - Laundry room with energy efficient washer and dryer and utility sink. - Garage has finished walls, insulation, and a window A/C unit. - Huge fenced backyard with fruit trees, organic garden, and rain barrel. - Small neighborhood, friendly neighbors. Rent is $1200 per month. Pets welcome with deposit. No smokers, please. Refundable $1000 security deposit and $200 pet deposit. Water paid through Dec. 2010. Electric mower use negotiable. Available Sept. 1. Late Aug. move-in also possible. Please see towerview.blogspot.com/" rel="nofollow">http://3700towerview.blogspot.com/ for better information, map, and photos. Send a message or call Chris or Dianne at 512-477-5987. thanks, Dianne
CULPRIT IDENTIFIED? Some cedar elm trees not doing so well...
posted by Rod on July 21st, 2010 1:49 PM
Last night I was taking some more pictures of the cedar elm that is distressed and thus happened to catch this beefy fellow strolling up Pinckney. This was just at the time that no one was at the playscape so there was no chance to flag a neighbor or two as additional witnesses, but I managed to get one good shot, which is attached. I knew things were supposed to be big in Texas but it would seem to me that we have a problem, if this is not someone's pet that happened to be out and about when it should be kept in doors, or at least on a leash. After I took the photo, it seemed to notice me (I jumped back to my porch but yelled "get away from our cedar elm!") and, with a quick survey up and down the street at all the cedar elms, this critter, about the size of an adult alligator, took off and with a few wing beats veered towards the old control tower, landing up there and disappearing from my view. Should one call Jennifer Harvey? Bergstrom AFB? An entomologist? Advice heartily welcomed, and an emergency meeting of the MNA seems at least worthy of consideration?-Rod
Next Phase of Mueller
posted by GarrethWilcock on July 14th, 2010 11:13 PM
ha! you could be a David Weekley shill ;)David Weekley's new Garden Homes fit the bill, as do some of their current town homes. Reed Henderson held a nice "wine and tapas" open house the other evening at the one he's marketing at 4200 Berkman (resale) Great views of the control tower from the balcony. Streetman also have a new Flex home (town home) available at 4060 Berkman which might appeal. Even better views of the Control Tower! You can call Bob Brock to find out more about that one.Actually, the more I think about it, the more options you have - there's a garden court home for sale, several yard homes including a pretty awesome Meritage one at 1916 Emma Long.I can see I'm rambling now. In short - you have choices ;)
A Not-So-Brief Message from the Pool Advisory Committee
posted by John Guest on April 20th, 2010 9:09 AM
In light of the continuing and vigorous discussion about matters surrounding the pool, I thought it might be useful if I provide some context for the discussions. The pool I’m talking about is the Ella Wooten Park pool. I usually try to read MuellerCommunity.com every day and I avoid new urbanism, conspiracy theories, mass transit, and things related to cute children. That kind of leaves me focused on dog poop, Family Dollar stores, the verticality of the old control tower, laughing my eyes out with Aaron’s blog, and . . . the pool. I am an old life guard and pool manager. I learned water safety instruction while a student at UT and was one of the late, UT Coach C. J. “Shorty” Alderson’s teaching assistants for teaching his college-level water safety course. “Shorty” among other things was an Olympic diving coach, but that is another story. I was on the first Mueller Pool Advisory Committee and attempted to communicate information and concerns between our neighbors and Jennifer Harvey of Alliance. Because I missed this year’s first meeting of the Pool Advisory Committee, I was nominated in absentia to let you know what’s going on . . . as if I know anything! What I can tell you now is that the Pool Advisory Committee is up and running again. Diane Gierisch, Hon Chan, Ben Kramer attended last Thursday night. Several “slug” neighbors like me were not able to make it. The Pool Advisory Committee is made up of Mueller neighbors who volunteered and were selected by Jennifer Harvey. We advise Jennifer about pool issues, policies, plans, and problems. While the Committee is advisory, it is listened to and heeded appropriately by Jennifer. Jennifer has the responsibility to make sure the pool is operating effectively and serving the community safely, economically, and legally. Sometimes we ask Jennifer to do things that are illegal. She always says “no”. Sometimes we ask Jennifer to change the pool so that it is more expensive. She almost always says “no” unless it has to do with safety. Every time we ask Jennifer to do something that has to do with safety, she says “yes”. In between are a whole series of issues that we work together on often struggling to find a reasonable compromise that will work for the most people. Last week – at the meeting I missed – the Pool Advisory Committee discussed the problems with the steps in the baby pool. They were not constructed adequately two years ago and now are being fixed. Bummer! The Committee discussed the gate and its locking mechanism. It is apparently a heavy gate with the “heavy-dutiest” of electronic locking mechanisms. This mechanism has been upgraded and the gate re-plumbed so hopefully problems will diminish. In the meantime, the gate lock is supposed to operate during the hours the pool is open for residents. When you hear the gate lock click, pull on the gate without trying to turn the handle. Please don’t wedge rocks under the gate to keep it open! Some cards may have been intentionally deprogrammed. Not paying homeowner dues or reporting a lost card may be the cause of this. A number of cards may also have been deprogrammed unintentionally through exposure to other magnetic materials, heat, or maxed-out credit cards (the last one is a joke). Post your frustrating experience with the pool gate on the Forum or email me at johnguest01@gmail.com. For malfunctioning cards, email Jennifer Harvey at jharvey@allianceonline.net. There are continuing discussions about the proper hours for the pool. Pool availability times are dictated by several issues: 1) the dual classification of the Ella Wooten Pool, 2) the maintenance and cleanliness of the pool, and 3) balancing neighborhood interests, safety, and swimmer demands. While funded by the Mueller homeowners through the POA, the pool is regulated by health and safety regulations of both the City of Austin and the State of Texas. Before any of us ever moved in, and in an effort to balance neighborhood resident use with broader access for our non-Mueller neighbors, the Ella Wooten pool was conceived of operating with a dual use classification. One classification makes the pool available to virtually anyone. In this classification, there MUST BE LIFEGUARDS PRESENT. Entry to the pool can have an entry fee associated with it (Mueller residents obtain free entry because of their homeowners dues), but for all practical purposes the Ella Wooten Pool is treated as a public access pool when lifeguards are present. The other classification is private, i.e. the pool can only be used by residents of the Mueller neighborhood. When a pool is classified as private, lifeguards do not have to be present, but reasonable efforts must be made to assure that members of the general public are not granted access to the pool. So Ella Wooten pool has a “split personality”. If we confuse the two personalities, there are negative consequences. The pool can be closed if we let non-Mueller residents swim during private hours (except that residents may have up to four non-resident guests when the resident is also present). The pool can be closed if we keep non-Mueller residents from swimming during public hours. Members of the “public” can be charged with trespassing if they use the pool during private hours. (Members of the Mueller community can also be charged with trespassing if they jump the fence.) The way to avoid this “personality” confusion is to create a time gap between public and private phases of the pool. At one point, we thought an hour long gap made good sense. This turned out to be too long, so the phase change-over time gap was shortened to 30 minutes. There are now people who think 30 minutes is too long. The lifeguards go off contract after 7:00 p.m., creating the impression that the shift to private status has occurred. Others contend that the lifeguards need adequate time to clear the pool of all swimmers and to give a clear indication that the public period has ended. For now, the Pool Committee is supporting the continuation of a 30 minute gap, but this will be reviewed periodically. The other time issue relates to the actual hours of public and private pool operation. The public time is essentially constrained by how much money the POA has to pay for lifeguard coverage. This involves both the number of lifeguards at any one point in time and the total number of lifeguards available to extend hours. In essence the pool is budgeted to supply about seven hours per day/ six days per week. The decision to open at 1:00 p.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday for public swim is tied to the funding for lifeguards. Some people would like later hours; some earlier. Generally, the Pool Advisory Committee thinks it’s about right. The private hours are arrayed around the public hours with a gap for pool phase changeover. The start and stop times are based upon the notion that the pool should have swimmer-free time to recycle its filtration system and to avoid having activity during hours when the surrounding neighborhood and its children are trying to sleep. The decisions to open at 5:00 a.m. and the decision to close at 9:00 p.m. were based upon concerns about noise and the need to have a stretch of tranquil water for pool cleaning and water filtration. The times were set before much of a neighborhood existed around the pool. Now that all the homes are filled, there is some sense that noise is not a concern to the closest houses. The Pool Advisory Committee will reevaluate its previous effort to be a good neighbor after this summer season. The pool also closes totally on Mondays. Some people see this as unnecessary. In truth, there are pools that operate 24/7. Ella Wooten has not been one of them because it is my belief and the belief of many who understand pool cleanliness that a full 24-hour period without use is a better way to reduce impurities in the pool. This method can be over-ruled by increased use of chemicals. This is also a cost of maintenance issue. It too will be revisited periodically by the Pool Advisory Committee. Questions have also been raised about bringing food into the pool grounds. Given our need to treat ants and other insects very carefully, lest undesirable chemicals come into contact with humans and the pool water, we need to remain conscientious about keeping food out of the grounds. The pool is a wonderful resource for the residents of Mueller and surrounding communities. Like all good things, it can be frustrating too. As we enjoy, the pool this spring and during the long, hot summer, we look forward to hearing from you about what you like and what you’d like improved at the Ella Wooten pool. We’ll work hard to make it better.
March 30, 2010 Steering Committee Meeting minutes
posted by Betsy on April 1st, 2010 9:07 PM
Reminder that the Mueller Neighborhood Association (MNA) steering committee (SC) is open to all MNA members. The next steering committee meeting will be held on April 27, 2010 at 4124 Lawless at 7:00 p.m. MNA Steering committee Meeting Minutes – 30 March 2010 Steering Committee Attendees: Grant Fisher, Betsy Hilton, Rob Clinchard, Kerry Fisher, Kim Wine, Drew Harris, Mike McGovern, Ann Jerome and Cliff Spinac SC members absent: Dusty Harshman, Bobby Gierisch, Kat Malcom, Timothy Brummett Guests: Ashley Fisher Agenda: I.Welcome & Introductions II.Treasurer’s Report – Balance is $2552.58 and we are in good shape to cover remaining publications of the Front Porch Flyer. All MNA grant checks have been cashed. Kerry has tried to set up a PayPal account but the only options seem to be 'business' or 501(c)(3) and neither applies to the MNA. Kerry is going to talk to the Allendale association since they seem to have a PayPal account. III.Existing Business a.Pecan Street Project – Applications to represent Mueller residents on the PSP Executive Team have been screened and the top three applications have been forwarded to the PSP for consideration. Fourteen applications were received. The three finalists forwarded to PSP are Dusty Harshman, Garreth Wilcock and Kathy Sokolic. PSP will conduct interviews and make the final selection. b.Austin Energy Substation – The Austin City Council approved the location on the Morris Williams Golf Course at their meeting on March 24th. c.Egg hunt – Saturday's Easter Egg Hunt at the wedge is looking like fun. There will be a jumpy house and other fun for the little ones. Look online at muellercommunity.com for more information. d.Garage Sale May 15th– Slots are filling up so contact Kat Malcom if you're interested before they are all gone. e.Plant Fest April 10th – 11am-2pm followed by walking tours. Check online for more info. Volunteers needed to help set up shade covers starting at 9:00 a.m. f.Development update near old Tower – May posted online of the proposed subdivision of Block 59. The developer plans to build about 49 zero lot line homes in the block bounded by Antone, Hermalinda, Berkman and Tom Miller. About 50% of these will be in the affordable program. g.Catellus has a meeting scheduled for April 6 to get input from the community on the Market District. IV. Upcoming Meetings - General meeting on April10 will be at the picnic tables next to the community pool (probably on the Pinckney side). Our speaker will be artist Hunter Cross, who will describe a project he's working on for art to be located near the fire station and new EMS building. V. Open comments: a.A small group from the schools task force will meet with Greg Weaver from Catellus, Jim Walker from the RMMA PIAC, and Dee Desjardin to talk about the options for a school at Mueller, in the hopes of all getting on the same page. The meeting adjourned about 7:45 p.m.
Anyone attend the Muller update meeting last night??
posted by Ashley on March 25th, 2010 1:36 PM
Lots of updates, here are the condensed highlights. Anyone that was there, please correct me if I misstate anything:- Tower restoration will start soon, probably in next 45 days or so. This will bring the exterior back to its original state (which happens to be two different shades of blue). This is just to fix up the exterior at this point, not interior. - The next residential units will be in that grassy lot between Hermalinda and Berkman. Dirt moving will probably start June/Julyish. There will be townhouse-like units with shared open space (kinda like the garden court concept). Half will be part of the affordable program. Other half should be "gap" priced (something like $200K-$300K, although I do not think specific prices have been finalized). Builders have been selected, but have not been publically announced yet. - Market District discussions are ongoing – public input session scheduled in April. They are in discussions with a grocer, but no final contract signed, nothing public to announce yet. If things go as planned, could open first quarter 2012. Market District timing will coincide with punching Berkman through to 51st St. - They have a builder for the “Mueller Houses” along Simond. (look like large Estate Houses, but are actually 4-6 units of condos). Infrastructure is already installed here, so it is just a matter of building the units. Contract with builder is not finalized yet, so cannot announce, but it is a builder that already has a presence in Mueller. - Greenway Lofts are underway. Construction company is claiming a late 2010 opening – but could be a bit later. - Tax Credit project for senior affordable housing has its approval and is moving forward. That is the 30 second overview, I think.
Doubletree Hotel Austin press conference
posted by nofly nofly on March 17th, 2010 12:00 PM
AE911Truth press conference to take place in Austin, TX March 20, 2010 Doubletree Hotel in Austin on Saturday 3/20/10 from 3 - 9 PM Organized by Ron Avery, Architect Full details at http://www.ae911truth.org/info/177 All Texas architects and engineers are encouraged to attend this Press Conference. Contact Ron at taphouse@sbcglobal.net From the Press Release This Press Conference is held exclusively to announce that over a thousand (1,114) architects and engineers have signed a petition at Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth.org) calling for a new independent investigation into the demolition of the Twin Towers and Building 7 at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and to reveal the conclusions of architects and engineers who have studied the destruction of these buildings. All news reporters are welcome to attend and ask questions of our presenters from 1 to 9 PM. This event is sponsored by petition signing architect, Ronald F. Avery and his meetup group, and both "We are Change" meetup groups in San Antonio and Austin. (...) Alex Jones, International journalist and producer of PrisonPlanet.com & InfoWars.com, will address the importance of the truth about 911; Dr. Bob Bowman, retired Air Force Colonel and head of Star Wars under Reagan, will address the 911 Commission "Omission" Report; Ron Avery, architect, will describe the structural system of WTC Twin Towers; Dr. Al Hays, environmental engineer, will present the evidence of Nano-thermite found in all dust samples at the WTC; Derek Johnson, E.I.T. with foundry experience, will review the partial "free fall" collapse of the 47 story WTC Building 7 and the NIST report. Mr. Avery will use drawings, models and videos to illustrate his reasons for signing the petition. Al Hays and Derek Johnson have also signed the petition.
Easter Egg Hunt
posted by C. Frimire on March 6th, 2010 8:02 AM
In response to this forum thread, On the morning of April 4th, I will personally be hiding Bibles, Korans, Torahs, Books of Mormon, I Chings, Vedas, Tipitakas, and a handful of treatises on why god doesn't exist and why people continue to fight over talking snakes and such.Imagine it, a bright, sunny, spring morning...But lo! ...Out there in the streets and yards of our quiet Mueller neighborhood, your children may accidentally discover an contrary point of view and start to ask questions. God or nothing forbid! Heavens or nothing to Betsy! It will be chaos! Children will be running around, thinking critically, and pointing at the tower and wondering where the Noel sign went. And just when you think the worst is over...Lunch is served.Grandma has had her yearly glass of sherry.Suddenly, Little Johnny Sue will say,"Papa, could you pass the biscuits, and by the way, could you explain something to me and my little sister. Exactly why do you consider Jesus a preferable spiritual guide, as opposed to ...say... the incomparable Chuang Tzu?"I'm looking forward to the shouting and gnashing of teeth,Charles
Release: Greenway Lofts Breaks Ground
posted by lkunz on February 23rd, 2010 11:25 AM
GREENWAY LOFTS BREAKS GROUND AT MUELLER New 36-Unit Residential Community Sets Stage for Fall/Winter 2010 Move Ins AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 23, 2010 – Mueller’s next residential community is just around the corner. Following the bend of the Northwest Greenway, Greenway Lofts, LLC is breaking ground on a 36-unit residential development adjacent to the Seton Family of Hospitals’ administrative offices and Mueller’s future town center. The first residents are anticipated to move in by fall/winter 2010. Priced between the $150,000s and low-$300,000s, the four-story Greenway Lofts will feature one- and two-bedroom homes ranging from approximately 600 to 1,200 square feet. Each home will include 9 ½-foot ceilings with energy-efficient, expansive windows and balconies or patios facing the Northwest Greenway. Homes on the upper floors will offer stunning views of downtown Austin, the State Capitol and the UT Tower while first-floor residents will have direct access to Mueller’s hike & bike trail. Inside, each residence will feature open floor plans and desirable standard finishes such as stained concrete or wood flooring, ENERGY STAR stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and glass tile backsplashes in the kitchen and bathrooms, as well as walk-in showers and closets. Homes will also include reserved parking in the attached garage. Built by general contractor Lott Brothers Construction, Greenway Lofts is anticipated to meet or exceed a three-star energy efficiency rating in Austin Energy’s award-winning Green Building program. For additional details, visit http://www.greenwaylofts.com or the sales center located next to the Browning Hangar and the Mueller Central information center near Airport and Mueller boulevards. “The vision of Mueller as a mixed-use community with a broad range of residential offerings continues to take shape as the Greenway Lofts begin construction,” said Greg Weaver, president for Catellus. “Combined with Mueller’s first rental community and the handful of single-family homes available in Mueller’s first phase, Mueller continues to provide unique, yet compatible residential offerings to those seeking a New Urban, sustainable lifestyle in the heart of Austin.” # # # The Mueller Team
Some Things...
posted by langhugh on January 17th, 2010 12:30 AM
Here are some things... Feel free to learn from them before they mysteriously disappear...
Plans for Control Tower? from the design guide
posted by doug on January 15th, 2010 8:53 PM
That works. My $.02
Plans for Control Tower? from the design guide
posted by danx111 on January 15th, 2010 5:53 PM
5 . 5 TO W E R PA R K The utilization of the original aircraft control tower as a prominent visual landmark and activity center within the Mueller community is an important project goal. At approximately 100 feet in height, the tower will provide a provocative focal point for the community and help to celebrate the aviation history of the site. The plan has been carefully configured to give the tower a significant gateway role along the central transit boulevard, and within the community. It is also envisioned as the focal point of the southern neighborhoods, surrounded by mixed-use residential buildings with ground level commercial and community-serving activities and a future rail transit stop. The tower is set in a small semi-circular urban green (see plan on left), which should be designed as a simple and elegant setting for the tower, and as an intimately-scaled neighborhood gathering place. Additions or modifications that detract from the tower’s original form are discouraged. While adaptive reuse of the tower for other activities is desirable, modern-day life-safety and exiting requirements may prevent it from being used as a public assembly building or viewing tower. Opportunities should be explored for retrofitting the ground floor of the building as a small interpretive center; the first two floors of the tower were originally within the terminal building, and as a result will need to be enclosed and clad in a complementary manner. Interpretive elements and displays that recall the history of aviation at Mueller and in Austin are encouraged at the base of the tower. The park will be designed as a simple horizontal plaza and green, that highlight the verticality of the tower. In addition to interpretive exhibits, provision should be made for seating, small gatherings and events, as well as informal and passive recreational use. Landscaping and canopy trees will be provided along the perimeter of the park to provide shade and greenery, while preserving sight lines to the tower from the
Plans for Control Tower?
posted by Ed on January 11th, 2010 10:09 PM
I went into the control tower before they put up the fence. There was a hole in the side and nothing said no trespassing. I entered at my own risk. It was a real mess inside- lots of dead birds, bird feces, glass, shards of metel, broken electrical equipment, old airport papers everywhere- and a real stinker. It was a lot bigger and higher than I imagined, and there is a two story basement. Lots of the doors have been kicked in or are mangled metal. There is one mysterious locked metal door in the basement that has yet to be opened-though it looked like someone has tried- which leads to some room going away from the control tower underground. The elevator is more of a shaft and I did not want to get near it- some real disgusting dead animals in that. The stairs that go up are flanked by several small rooms, some with airport file cabinets and flight logs in them. I would say the rooms are at least 8/8. In the control room itself, all of the electrical equipment has been ripped out and of course all the windows have been blown out. The view brought a tear to my eye. There is a ladder that goes to the roof above the control room, but forces you to swing out from the building. I do not know much about building restrictions, but with a good clean up, the little rooms could be converted into little cafes or sitting rooms. I heard one suggestion that it could be an Austin History museum- seems the rooms could display some items- there are five or six rooms at least in there in addition to the main control room. Anyhow, all of this is based on memories that are a least a year old.
Jan 04 burglary?
posted by towerview on January 5th, 2010 9:51 PM
Saw this on Statesman CrimeTracker; not sure if this was already reported here in the forums...so here you go: http://spotcrime.com/crime/8317615-0ad6afe0fb9167d4c37e6534494b8fbe 01/04/2010 02:26 PM BURGLARY NON RESIDENCE. Premises: RESIDENCES. Police Sector: CHARLIE Does anyone have further details on this? -towerView
Plans for Control Tower?
posted by GarrethWilcock on November 23rd, 2009 2:36 PM
I used to see people on the roof looking out. Talking of which, if the developer is putting up the giant "Noel" sign again this year, that would be a great opportunity to take a crane ride and check out the view...
MNA General Membership Meeting Minutes 14 Nov 2009
posted by Betsy on November 17th, 2009 7:18 PM
MNA General Membership Meeting Minutes 14 Nov 2009, 10:00 a.m. at the Ronald McDonald House MNA chair, Grant Fisher, opened the meeting by reminding folks that they can email the entire MNA steering committee by using the steering@muellercommunity.com address. Kat Malcolm thanked block captains for their volunteer efforts and reminded everyone that if you joined MNA in 2008, it’s time to renew for 2010. Treasurer Kerry Fisher stated that our balance is $1169.61. We now have a PO Box for the MNA, so the address can remain constant. The address is: Mueller Neighborhood Association P.O. Box 49123 Austin, TX 78765-9123 The steering committee is working to formalize the process for requesting MNA sponsorship of grass-roots community events. There will be a call for events in January so the money can be budgeted out for the year. MNA anticipates spending about $500 in 2010 on such events. MNA is also exploring the possibility of business memberships and will be getting some revenue from the ads on muellercommunity.com (mc.com). Corky Hilliard gave some background on the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport Plan Implementation Advisory Commission (PIAC) and it’s role as an advisor to the Austin City Council. See for more information. Corky is heading up a subcommittee to look at options to open up the hangar for more usage. They’re gathering community input so send ideas to Grant and he can forward them to Corky. Ideas mentioned at the meeting included Plant Fest, MNA meetings, local school graduations, and Farmers Market. The hangar is owned by the City so if opened up for more use, it won’t just be for Mueller residents. James Dwyer, also a PIAC member, mentioned that traffic counters will be installed in December to compare actual traffic counts to the predicted volumes calculated in the models prior to development. Ann Jerome talked about the Ronald McDonald Lights of Love 5k at the Hangar on Dec. 4th. The 5k run/walk will be through the community so there will be some short traffic disruptions. Cards have been mailed to those on the route and others that may be impacted. The Tower lighting will be the same night and be broadcast live at the Hangar. They have lots of kids activities planned, including environmentally sound ‘snow’. Ann encouraged those on the route to get your holiday lights up if possible. Kim Wine gave some background on our community activity regarding getting an elementary sited at Mueller and working to improve existing schools. They are continuing in these efforts and reaching out to new AISD superintendent, Dr. Meria Carstarphen. Megan Troung discussed a letter (attached) they recently sent to Dr. Carstarphen outlining three key issues. Catellus recently conducted a survey but our schools committee has their own survey. Please fill it out (attached) and send it to Kim Wine (berlywine at gmail.com). Current projections are for there to be 800 school-age children in Mueller by 2013, and that doesn’t include those living at Austin Children’s Shelter or the Mosaic apartments. Beverly Barrett had a sign-up sheet for those interested in becoming active with the Schools Committee. They are planning to visit Pearce, Kealing, Blanton and Ridgetop in the coming months. The family resource center at Pearce is not up and running yet but kick-off is planned for Dec. 2nd. Jim Walker provided some good background information on the development of Mueller, including: o Mueller Neighborhoods Coalition focused early on keeping the old airport closed and shaping the principles they wanted to guide the new development. o PIAC is visiting surrounding neighborhoods to get input on how they are being impacted by Mueller, both good and bad. o Hangar and control tower were originally going to be torn down but were preserved through community efforts. City views the hangar as a public resource. o Getting various Austin utilities to plan further in advance is difficult. The current discussion regarding a substation for Austin Energy is evidence of that. There was a site for it included in the Mueller plan. The City went looking for a site they liked better and proposed to put it off-Mueller, which created a backlash since it’s largely needed to support the Mueller development. This item is on the City Council agenda for Thursday. o School boundaries. It takes AISD 2-3 years to design and build a school, once it’s selected. Maplewood is almost at capacity. Blanton has available capacity. Any discussion of boundaries will be a big issue. o Traffic Impact Analysis – as mentioned, counters will be placed to see how actual traffic volumes are aligning with the plan so any needed corrective measures can be discussed. o Affordable housing – 2 tax credit projects are currently proposed. o Wildflower Terrace (for seniors) received its forward tax credit commitment. It will be across Berkman near the tower and have about 200 units. o A family development is proposed near the school o Mueller Foundation oversees spending of the foundation funds (received from home sales, etc.) in support of the 6 goals for Mueller. Their first priority is managing the 2nd lien on the affordable units to ensure affordable housing is available at Mueller in perpetuity. o Neighborhood planning teams were started in the mid-1990s. City doesn’t see why Mueller needs one since so much planning has been done and residents are so active. However, we miss some notifications because we do not have a contact team. o PIAC meetings are open to the public and held on the 2nd Tuesday each month except for December and July. Bobby mentioned that the prairie isn’t in very good shape and that more communication is needed between the POA and their contractor, the Wildflower center, and the Landscape committee to ensure proper maintenance before it’s too late. AISD performing arts center – Anticipate that three possible sites will be announced early next year. Mueller will probably be one of these. PIAC will work to make sure any proposal for Mueller would be consistent with the development goals here.
Minutes: November 03, Steering Committee Meeting
posted by GP on November 3rd, 2009 10:14 PM
Sorry, my notes aren't as great as Betsy's usual notes! -Grant ---------------------------------------- MNA Steering Committee – November Meeting (4124 Lawless Street) Call to order- 7:07pm Attendees: Grant, Mike, Kat, Ann, Michelle Graham (Ronald McDonald House), Rob, Cliff, Kerry, Kim, Dusty, Drew II.Existing Business A. Ronald McDonald House (7:10 to 7:24) Michelle and Ann speak about logistics of Lights of Love walk. Ann asked Michelle to come regarding any questions or street closures, etc. Michelle has handouts. Issues from last time: traffic and barricades. RmcD has police officers to control traffic and help people with events (residents). Intent is to have less of an impact on neighborhood. People have received letters regarding this. Postcard going out to all residents about the event and tower lighting. Has notification signs about event. Tower lighting: the public will arrive via Aldrich. All activities will be at the hangar. Jumbo-tron will show the lighting as well (near the hangar). It will snow at the lighting (it will snow from 6 to 8pm). Last year 500 people ran. Registration is higher this year than last year. Kids run is only on Aldrich and Simond (only about 15 minutes). Parking is clearly marked (at Mosaic and Seton). Q: Is there a fee for Lake Park? A: We aren't using LP. B. Online discussions (7:24 to 7:32) Discussions about how the MNA fits into the online discussions. The MNA does not take a stance on the HOA issues present. We will provide a forum for the discussion but will not make recommendations, etc. Although we can serve as an advocate, because the neighborhood is divided, we cannot take a position and advocate. If there was one opinion, we could speak/recommend a stance. C. Budget (7:32 to 8:13) Balance $1174.61 87 Members – 56 members joined in 2008 – 31 joined in 2009. No members on Sahm and Hermalinda. Kerry has deposited the dues received in the past few months (from memberships). The 56 people who joined in 2008 will need to re-up to maintain their memberships in the MNA. Kerry will send excel spreadsheet to Kat. We need to become self sufficient besides the Front Porch Flyer. Although the neighborhood is family oriented, we might need to include non-family activities (adult activities). It was suggested that we have a recruitment event (e.g. – have a meeting be more of a party). Maybe we should lower the amount to bring in. Have applications? Maybe budget 4 events a year (2 children's, 2 adult) that we can fund. Potential events: plant fest; 4th of July event; neighborhood night out; Halloween; 1 additional children's event? Maybe we should start taking applications on January 1st. Maybe we should award more weight to the past successful events. We might get some great new ideas though! The membership committee will create the application and bring the screening criteria to the next meeting. The application will be open from January 1st to January 31st. We have a PO Box 49123, Austin, TX 78765 at the speedway post office. Drew has the other PO Box key. The state and federal forms will not allow PO Boxes to be used. Kerry will ask Cherrywood to see what they do for the forms. We spoke about moving to Frost Bank. Kerry wanted to take a vote to move our account from Wachovia to Frost Bank. Motion (Kerry) : We will move all MNA accounts from Wachovia to Frost Bank. Seconded by Kat. Votes: Yes(9) No(0) Abstain(0) Kerry will share the Mint.com account information with the SC to view (but not edit) account balances, etc. If we want to pursue the business memberships, we should talk about it. If the FPF has a “roster” for the business memberships. The businesses would “join” the MNA at a higher rate and would be able to say that they are members. They would also be mentioned in the FPF. Maybe the FPF can spotlight new residents and businesses in the future. The business membership might require a receipt that is more robust than the typical receipt. D. Schools (8:13 to 8:27) In the last month the schools committee went door to door to gather more robust data for projections by Catellus (Dee). Claudia is drafting a letter to AISD outlying the concerns for the need of a school. What the schools committee has heard is that AISD is closer to determining which “unnamed” school is going to be named in the previous bond package. The schools committee had a table at the Halloween committee. Catellus only had 110 responses to their online questionnaire. The MNA schools committee went door-to-door to try to garner more responses. AISD has a monthly meeting – perhaps it would be beneficial to attend “en mass” to a meeting. Schools are critical to the neighborhood as a whole. If there are ways we can communicate this, we should try to capture this focus. III.Upcoming Meetings A. November B. December IV.Additional Business ANC has distributed a traffic survey which will be distributed to the SC. We should actively promote Mueller's activity in the Comp plan. Drew has put together an article for the FPF about the Massage business going into Mosiac. It took her 7 months to get the lease finalized. Kat – plant fest tentative date – Saturday April 10th. Same day as the MNA meeting. Meeting ended at 8:37
April Mueller Neighborhood Assn Meeting Minutes
posted by Karen_Zab on April 12th, 2009 3:07 PM
Mueller Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes – 4/11/2009 DRAFT I. Introduction to MNA – Grant Fisher; 26 attendees to the meeting. II. Treasurers Financial Report – Grant Fisher. $1350 currently in MNA bank account. $1200 earmarked for newsletter expenses for rest of year. III. Affordable Senior Development – MNA officially supported the ASD; written letter by MNA was approved and accepted. IV. PUD Modifications for Mueller – Going to city council for a zoning hearing next month. Was fast tracked through the planning committee with no objections. V. New Business: a. Mosaic Apartments are now open and available for rent – 55 of the 440 units available. b. Austin Healthy Initiative – Bill Cole, on the faculty of UT School of public Health, spoke about the Austin Healthy Initiative being done at Mueller. Objective of the study is to understand how an urban community design, like Mueller, with its amenities, promotes healthy activities for the neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods. Do communities such as this promote healthy activities? Will be identifying barriers to healthy activities in the community and enhancements that can be made to encourage healthy activities. Also, how has this new development impacted surrounding neighborhoods physical activity. The study will include a mailed survey and interviews with residents and original development design team. Funding is coming from the Austin Travis County Health Dept. Survey hoped to be completed by mid summer with prelim results in early fall. A grant proposal is being done to do a follow up a year from now with hopes of future follow up in years to come. There is a financial incentive to filling out the survey. c. Postcards – the postcards marketing Mueller to local business are done and look great! 5 postcards were handed out to residents attending the meeting with more available to those interested in promoting Mueller as a good home to their favorite local businesses. Contact Dusty Harshman or Grant Fisher for pick up. d. Pool Information – John Guest. The pool is now open! Hours are 5am to 9pm for residents only, no lifeguards, until the Memorial Day weekend when it will open from noon to 7pm to non-residents for a small fee with lifeguards in attendance. Pool is closed on Mondays. Discussions underway between Alliance and a lifeguard company to provide swim program services such as a swim team, swim lessons for kids and a masters swim program for adults. Looks like the same lifeguard company that serviced Mueller last summer will be used this year. Pool keycards can be picked up at the Alliance trailer in front of the hanger – blue trailer. It was pointed out that pool entrance seems to be locking at 8pm instead of 9pm. e. Newsletter – Elizabeth Butman. Spring issue will be coming out late April/early May. Any submissions for articles are welcome but need to be to Elizabeth by April 15th. f. Uglification of Mueller. John Guest. There are utility boxes in the neighborhood with no attempt to hide or beautify them that detract from the beauty of the neighborhood. Hope to influence their placement in future phases. Perhaps hide boxes with urban art or with landscaping. Also large number of street signs. Some of the signs appear to by highway sized signs that were installed in error but not replaced with normal neighborhood signs due to cost. In addition the St Pac and Meritage trailers are still in place in phase I even though the phase is just about complete. And the control tower is in decrepit condition. There is currently no timeline on when it will be stabilized and developed. g. Traffic on Zach Scott – A lot of speeding is occurring and there was a serious accident at the corner of Zach Scott and Mattie. Poor sight lines – cars have to pull out to look past parked cars on Zach Scott. HDR did a study but the results have not been published yet. Residents can request a speed sign and more enforcement. The limit on all streets at Mueller is currently by default 30mph. Willie Torres is our district rep at APD. We should publish this information in the upcoming newsletter. There are no posted speed limits – need them at entrances to the neighborhood. Other ideas include road humps, rotate stop signs, roundabouts. Grant Fisher will talk to the city and HDR. Everyone can call Catellus to express concern. h. Status of stop sign at Zach Scott and Airport – No update. Grant Fisher will follow up with city. Question asked if off duty officers can issue tickets? Or position cars at entrance. i. Shade Trees too close to homes – Dusty not present at meeting but he has presented the idea to approach Catellus to swap out the shade trees that have been planted too close to homes with understory or ornamental trees more appropriate in size. Catellus needs to be informed. Please let Dusty Harshman know if you are interested. j. Pit Bulls – are they allowed in the neighborhood? It is a rule in the covenants that they are not but it is not being enforced. Changes to the covenants are pending, including changes for parking. Covenants only affect residents, not guests at the park. k. City Theater has offered to do a shakespeare play at the park. Contact Jessica Guerra at Catellus if interested. Meeting adjourned.
New Housing Types
posted by dancer texas on February 17th, 2009 5:10 PM
Wow..had not heard that. Is this legit? I heard some discussion at the last Master Plan overview meeting about the Tower being a " martini bar" but I think that was just wishful thinking from that resident. Although I would be all for the tower converted to some form of restaurant/cafe/lounge. Not specifically the tower structure...too small...but add another building to it's base that works with the current architecture. Of course I would be so spoiled living a 1/2 a block from such a delightful perk. Any more discussions about the tower?But back to your cocktail lounge at the hangar/mueller lounge...Tell me more!
New Housing Types
posted by langhugh on February 17th, 2009 4:12 PM
I would say that the Meritage sales assistant has been mislead, unless the assistant's view of retail is Costco. The 2009 illustrative plan () looks very similar in the amount of retail as previous plans. Its just not going to be very much. Maybe a small convenience store, maybe a small eatery, maybe a small coffee shop, maybe whatever businesses located in live/work units near the Tower. Maybe some or all of the above.
Web pick of the week, Publisher's Weekly
posted by Rod on November 25th, 2008 5:40 PM
Of possible interest to people living in this country and elsewhere. Your choice. "Weekly reviews from this trusted and prestigious publisher have guided the book trade, including booksellers, publishers, librarians, and literary agents, for 136 years. Dr. Griffin's book can be found at good bookstores... The review is copied below. Elizabeth Woodworth Professional Librarian Victoria, BC, Canada" Web Pick of the Week The New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 9/11, the Cover-Up, and the Exposé David Ray Griffin. Interlink/Olive Branch, $20 (386p) ISBN 9781566567299 Author and professor Griffin (9/11 Contradictions: An Open Letter to Congress and the Press) knows his work is referred to by officials and the media as conspiracy theory, and he has a rebuttal: "the official theory is itself a conspiracy theory." In this companion volume to 2004's The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11, Griffin provides corrections, raises new issues and discusses "the two most important official reports about 9/11," the 9/11 Commission Report and the National Institute of Standards and Technology report on the Twin Towers, both "prepared by people highly responsive to the wishes of the White House" and riddled with "omission and distortion from beginning to end." Griffin addresses many points in exhaustive detail, from the physical impossibility of the official explanation of the towers' collapse to the Commission's failure to scrutinize the administration to the NIST's contradiction of its own scientists to the scads of eyewitness and scientific testimony in direct opposition to official claims. Citing hundreds, if not thousands, of sources, Griffin's detailed analysis is far from reactionary or delusional, building a case that, though not conclusive, raises enough valid and disturbing questions to make his call for a new investigation more convincing than ever. (Oct.) -- Publishers Weekly, 11/24/2008 Previous Reviews (at Amazon): "Circuses use people to clean up their elephants--a dirty job, but someone has to do it. The 9/11 Commissioners evidently likened themselves to circus workers, cleaning up after the (Republican) elephant. They did a very sloppy job, making it easy to see that 9/11 was an inside job. The contrary view--that the 9/11 attacks were perpetrated by Arab Muslims--has been the source of innumerable evils, which threaten to destroy our country and the world itself. David Griffin's New Pearl Harbor Revisited contains everything needed by Congress and the press to see through the most massive crime and cover-up in our history." -- Edward Asner, actor and citizen "Citizens in many countries are waging a war on the cover-up of the basis for the so-called war on terror--this basis being the official interpretation of the 9/11 attacks. Along with the Internet, which has equipped both public figures and ordinary citizens to wage this war on the cover-up, David Ray Griffin has revealed dozens of omissions, distortions, and contradictions in the official story in a way that provides undeniable evidence of its falsity. The New Pearl Harbor Revisited presents a powerful exposé of the false narrative that has been driving the mainstream political agenda since 9/11. It is now up to politicians and journalists around the world to expose this truth to our peoples." -- Yukihisa Fujita, member of the House of Councilors, the Diet of Japan "David Ray Griffin stands at the center of one of the most impressive citizen research projects in history. In this superb new volume, he draws together a great quantity of recent evidence and demonstrates beyond question the fraudulent nature of the official account of 9/11." -- Dr. Graeme MacQueen, Founder of McMaster University's Center for Peace Studies "Mr. Griffin has again painstakingly laid bare the many lingering questions and inconsistencies of the official story regarding the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001. Sadly, millions of taxpayer dollars have been squandered on investigations that yielded no accountability, few answers, and fewer reforms. Yet, the attacks of September 11, 2001 have been wantonly used as political and policy fodder. Without truth, there can be no accountability. Without accountability, there can be no real change. Without change, we remain at risk." -- Monica Gabrielle, widow of Richard Gabrielle, who was killed at WTC2 on 9/11/01, member of the Family Steering Committee for the 9/11 Commission "President Bush and Vice President Cheney have many questions to answer in light of this book. This time they should have to testify separately and under oath. Unlike their testimony at the 9/11 Commission, behind closed doors, this should be open testimony." -- Jesse Ventura, Governor of Minnesota, 1999-2003
New Use for the old airport Control Tower - poll!
posted by Ms Ice Monkey on November 3rd, 2008 10:27 AM
From an old I wrote on the topic:Although the master plan calls for the retention of the 1961 control tower, it has deteriorated considerably since the airport closed. Plans for its reuse are up in the air, likely to be decided during a later phase of construction. The small building footprint and numerous levels will make adaptation difficult. Although the tower does have an elevator for accessibility, fire code would require a second stair for certain uses, which would be impossible within the structure. However, the master plan does have promising suggestions for use of the ground floor:
Additions or modifications that detract from the tower’s original form are discouraged. While adaptive reuse of the tower for other activities is desirable, modern-day life-safety and exiting requirements may prevent it from being used as a public assembly building or viewing tower. Opportunities should be explored for retrofitting the ground floor of the building as a small interpretive center; the first two floors of the tower were originally within the terminal building, andas a result will need to be enclosed and clad in a complementary manner. Interpretive elements and displays that recall the history of aviation at Mueller and in Austin are encouraged at the base of the tower. (, Nov. 2004, p. 101)
Mennucci Family on Tom Miller
posted by Major the Cat on September 7th, 2008 4:37 PM
Well, it is about time we introduce ourselves - Anita, Bill and kids Olivia (5) and Giada (almost 3). We were the first family to live on Tom Miller Street, moving in just a few days before Christmas. It sure was strange back then. Our neighbors were the workers and our breakfast was typically from a truck. Bill is an attorney with Thompson Coe specializing in products liability and primarily does litigation work for Ford. I have just quit my job. I was the Executive Director of the Colorado River Foundation. Before that, I was the founding Executive Director of GENaustin and worked there for almost 7 years. Now, I am looking for part-time non-profit consulting projects and am possibly going to steer my career in a completely different direction - maybe interior design?? Our two girls go to the UT Lab School. Next year, Olivia will probably attend Maplewood as a first grader. We also have a big cat named Major. We are both UT grads, so it is nice to have a view of the tower! We also love live music and good food. Bill has a great big collection of music on his iPOD, which I am a beneficiary of. We love living here and glad to be a part of this great community.
Re: Lofty project on tap at Mueller
posted by Ms Ice Monkey on August 4th, 2008 8:27 PM
And in tomorrow's Statesman:
Re: Control Tower Ideas
posted by Ms Ice Monkey on July 11th, 2008 9:52 AM
The small building footprint and numerous levels of the tower will make adaptation for any purpose difficult. The tower does have an elevator for accessibility, but fire code would require a second means of egress for most public uses. A second stair would be impossible to accommodate within the structure.The master plan does have promising suggestions for use of the ground floor:
Re: anything planned for the 4th of July?
posted by sandyfivecoat on July 2nd, 2008 3:16 PM
Since our house is on Tom Miller, and close to the curve, w/ a pretty good shot at the Frost Tower -- I'm happy to make our front porch available to anyone who wants to try to catch a view. I'll have some refreshments and snacks on our porch, if anyone wants to drop by! Sandy
Re: anything planned for the 4th of July?
posted by Ms Ice Monkey on June 27th, 2008 7:27 PM
At the last neighborhood association meeting, there was some discussion of a gathering for fireworks viewing from the best vantage point at Mueller. The fireworks will be at 9:30 at Auditorium Shores. I am concerned that may be too far, with too many trees and tall buildings in between, for there to be any effective fireworks watching at Mueller.As well as I can tell from aerial maps, Auditorium Shores is more or less behind the Frost Tower from the Southwest Greenbelt. Even from the top of the Streetman model with the binoculars, it can't be seen. So, judging from the Frost Tower alone, the best viewing point may be along the curving part of Tom Miller from the sidewalk. If anyone is interested in uncertain fireworks viewing, we could gather for a picnic at the pollen and wigwam at 8:30ish, and then move uphill to hopefully see something.
Re: Who's Using Our Amenities?
posted by defmc on May 3rd, 2008 1:10 PM
Hi Nicholson, I have been using "your" amenities with great pleasure, since before your houses were built. A few years ago Mueller was a redeveloping prairie as the runways and warehouses became deserted, and the wildlife returned. I would see Killdeer nesting along the ground, and Barn owls nesting in the top of the tower where the windows had been broken. Below the tower native sunflowers returned as far as the eye could see. I collected seeds over the years and now the descendants of those Mueller flowers are part of my wildscape. My neighbors and I continue to walk the runways-turned-trails as they become developed, and we welcome the new faces of neighbors moving into the neighborhood. As others have said above, the parks and trails are open to everyone. You may not know the history, but for more than 10 years (15?) good folks like Jim Walker and others in the Mueller Neighborhoods Coalition worked to create the Mueller that you have now come to know. They worked tirelessly to make sure that we "others" from the surrounding neighborhoods would be represented in any new development at Mueller. Thanks to them (and many others) we all have a wonderful new part of the neighborhood to enjoy, with parks and trails and ponds galore.In the interest of protecting these new parks I posted recently on the original Mueller listserve, concerning several issues related to the Southwest Greenway. Please see that topic here: By the way the spider sculpture is up, near Pershing @ Manor on the E side of the pond of the SW Greenway. It is spectacular!Thanks and take care, your neighbor,Dianne FolkerthTower View @ Manorwood
Re: Mueller Airport Control Tower
posted by queeneliz1 on April 20th, 2008 6:00 PM
That tower is going to need a lot of rehab...but a cool video esp. the view from the top at the end!
Pictures from the backcountry
posted by henningspruth on April 7th, 2008 9:12 AM
Disclaimer: I won't be liable if you venture out into the undeveloped area and get shot for trespassing or bit by a rattlesnake.Last Saturday, I rode my bike onto the central part of the old airport, and took a few shots from the top of a rubble pile. You have an interesting view of our neighborhood, the Old Tower, and the downtown skyline from there.Then I made several more pictures on my way back, e.g. of the neighborhood pool and the Garden Court.Check it out: http://www.flickr.com/gp/84192561@N00/H87yq4Henning
Upbeat Blog Post on Mueller Homes from an Austin Realtor
posted by Drew on January 22nd, 2008 6:10 PM
This realtor's blog entry on Mueller from today is a fun, encouraging read. I'm not sure if Mueller really shows that "volume builders have found an outlet for their creativity at last," but they are nice looking houses. -Drew http://blog.ariamcintosh.com/2008/01/mu ... ustin.html I was getting ready for the holidays when I got a call from clients interested in a house at the new Mueller development. I'll admit that although it is a quick bike ride away from my home, I had yet to visit the new residential section. As a native Austinite, Mueller is still synonymous with Austin's crammed old airport in my mind, but I had already enjoyed the benefits of having the shopping conveniences of Best Buy, Shoe Pavillion, and the future PetsMart in Central Austin. Before meeting with my clients, I took myself on a drive-by tour of the homes going up on the meandering streets of Mueller. To my surprise, I was delightfully surprised by the look and feel of the neighborhood! It wasn't at all what I have come to expect from the big cookie cutter builders who are typically limited to bulk-land tracts on the edges of Austin's suburbs. I've toured these builders' homes before, but at Mueller, expect something wonderfully creative. It's as if the volume builders have found an outlet for their creativity at last! But my experience didn't stop there, and yours shouldn't either. Along with my clients and a representative from Standard Pacific Homes, we toured a beautifully decorated model home. The furnishings and colors were fresh yet simple and elegant with a throw-back feel with the understated retro-styling that I love. If you know me, you know I love the simplicity and quality of the Craftsman and Arts & Crafts period. It's no surprise that I call Hyde Park home. What I loved about Mueller was how they blended classic features that have stood the test of time with the contemporary, urban feel that is heading Austin's newest projects. Options available on these homes make them feel custom, yet they are built with the efficiency of large companies. These are all things I never expected from tract builders! As a builder, developer, and concerned Austinite, I am very pleased with the product of all of the hard work put into Mueller. Everything I have seen is a very well-planned urban community with options for everyone as well as plenty of shopping, open spaces, and community centers. Best of all, my clients are pleased and excited as their new home takes shape with views of Mueller's hike & bike trail and the frost bank tower from their second-story windows. I recommend you take a look; you might be pleasantly surprised yourself! The website for Mueller is http://www.rmma.net/. And don't forget how many pockets of east Austin are booming these days. If you would like any additional information about anything here or on Austin's Real Estate Market in general, feel free to email me at ariakristen@gmail.com.
untitled
posted by langhugh on December 31st, 2007 5:21 PM
Mike, I'm sure you understand that the POA is a modern necessity for amenity maintenance. The Mueller Mixed-Use POA will maintain the aesthetic, whatever that evolves into, for 4-5 neighborhood parks with playscapes and an air-traffic control tower, 2-3 swimming pools, 3-4 garden courts, 3 major greenbelts, 13 miles of hike-n-bike, trail, and a lake park with meeting facilities. The City of Austin will chip in a little for the greenways, but only a fraction of the likely maintenance desires of the Mueller residents. Hence, the POA is somewhat mandated as the CityOfAustin wanted no part of that maintenance. The prevailing mention of "Mueller should pay for itself, and not burden the COA coffers" is laughable. I suppose the projected $180,000* in annual prop/sales tax revenue per Mueller acre doesn't buy appropriate services, but I digress. The unfortunate cousin of the amenity maintenance mandate is a rather questionable community governance mandate. Here we are the getting the best/worst of suburban POA governance model with added benefit of an architectural review/modifcation committee that will likely not allow the neighborhood to evolve organically within context of the greater Austin community. It is up to the new and future residents of Mueller to lobby for a saner, livable governance structure into the development from the get-go. For better or worse, we are hearing a "trust us" from the developer/manager...that's it's not going to be as radically different from the COA as the governing documents suggest. I would suggest that if that doesn't sit well with folks, then building a community governance structure that relates with Mueller's Austin context should be our top priority before these processes are entrenched. We've also heard from the developer that the they are protecting the interests of future residents with the CCR set forth. I'd suggest that we are trying to do the same by fighting for a set of governance docs that contextually Austin. Dusty *Approximated from $30,000,000 projected sales tax revenue + $105,000,000 property tax revenue divided by the 770 acre Mueller development.
as requested, Sunday Dec 9 MNA meeting summary
posted by mrs aaron on December 10th, 2007 9:44 PM
Mueller Neighborhood Association Meeting Dec. 9, 2007 This is a summary, not minutes. And I had to leave early. Started off with about 5 neighbors present, grew to maybe 20. MNA- Dusty Harshman- Catellus had already registered a group as the MNA with their own contacts. After discussion, Karen Zabreznik convinced them to withdraw and let us register our group. Thanks Karen! Dusty does not foresee a second set of dues for the MNA, well try to get funds from the POA. Rick Krivoniak said sometime next summer the Windsor Park NA will give up to our association some of the non-Mueller (non-City) land they currently claim (the water tower land, Troublemaker Studios). They grabbed those previously in order to be informed whenever zoning and other decisions were made. Online Survey and Open House results- Dusty 150 responses to Online Survey Highlights: 80% respondents were homeowners 10% on waiting list 6% on Pioneer list, but not buying right now 4% community stakeholders 60% of respondents have never lived with a HOA type structure before, overall a mixed-leaning to positive attitude toward this community association, high interest in community governance Top 10 key concerns in order: 1. parking and traffic (70 respondents) 2. landscaping/fencing (40) 3. modifications- freedom 4. pets (28) 5. amenities 6. enforcement 7. green additions 8. reverting to City of Austin ordinances 9. security 10. level of fees POA- Dusty and Rick provided information regarding the soon to be released Rules and Regulations and FAQ from Catellus. Currently in draft form. Basically represent the covanents, in laymans terms and with a few additions. Highlights (or maybe Lowlights?) Parking and Traffic o 30 minute on street for residents o 72 hours for guests Unless emergency or written permission enforceable? realistic? Landscaping, Fencing, and Modifications o Any exterior modification must go through review committee Catellus asks us to trust them that 80% of modifications will be approved Christmas lights? a chair on the porch? Pets o 3 pet limit (only 2 can be dogs) o no Pit Bulls, dangerous or exotic animals, must be customary, domesticated o no outdoor pets without a leash (cats) Water Tower report- Rick Bids opened about a week and a half ago. All bids were higher than expected. Steel frame (cool design) $15 million Concrete base design $6 million Both significantly more $ than standard design. Catellus has interest in better design. Rick will have to explain possible funding for the better designs. Sorry Rick. Elementary School at Mueller- Kim Wine Not much chance at getting one of two remaining new schools on the 2004 AISD Bond Package. Three other areas deemed needing more immediate relief. Currently Maplewood is at 346 with a capacity of 400, has 5 portables in use already. Phase 1 and 2 kids will attend Maplewood. We need to speak up at the two public hearings- January 10 and 15. Meeting times and locations TBA. Wendy Morgan (Maplewood parent) has been contacted regarding getting the Maplewood community involved also. Contact AISD with questions and concerns at: http://www.austinisd.org/inside/2004bon ... pt=contact Closing concerns Community Assessment fee- of 1% This fee funds the social goals of Mueller, mainly the Mueller Foundation for the Affordable Housing. Not the flat $150 fee to POA. Problem is some buyers paying it, some builders paying it, and some have no idea who is paying it. Meritage- they pay it D Weekly- buyer pays Others-??? Why is this not a standard across the board? Is this a charitable deduction? At this point I had to leave to go eat potato latkes. I hope I did a respectable job. Kim Wine
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