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Free wooden pallet - oversize
posted by Tay2217 on June 14th, 2016 7:24 AM
Free oversized, non square, wooden pallet in the alley of 2209 Zach Scott Street! Thanks!
Lost Tortoiseshell Cat - Wed Apr 20th
posted by gophils026 on April 20th, 2016 9:33 AM
Our cat ran out last night and we have not been able to find her. With the storms this morning, hopefully she is just hiding somewhere. Please let me know if you have seen her! Feel free to text me at 512.992.9109. We live on Mattie street (near Zach Scott, on the block towards the pool). She answers to Trixie and she is a medium sized tortoiseshell. Her body is fairly dark, but she has a decent amount of white on her face. She is up to date on all her shots, but does not have a collar on. She is usually very friendly cat, but may be more shy outside around strangers. -Michelle
Free Christmas Tree
posted by Amanda Adams on January 3rd, 2016 4:42 PM
I'm getting rid of my 7.5 ft tree because the lights don't work, otherwise it's fine. It's in the alley in a box, please help yourself.1928 Littlefield in the alley between Littlefield and Zachscott.-Amanda
Transportation Committee meeting notes 18Nov2015
posted by Betsy on November 18th, 2015 4:32 PM
Transportation Committee Meeting notes18 Nov 2015- Phase 9a residential under construction (Zach Scott to Simond)- Start 9b (Simond to Philomena) - full buildout of Berkman - start next 60 days. Will also build Vaughan up to HEB- Finish Berkman late 2016- Ongoing work in Town Center continues. Roads around future theater will open in 30 days or so, but there may be intermittent closures due to adjacent building construction- Aldrich to 51st, Mueller to Philomena - finish about Spring 2016- Zach Scott extension to Manor is probably 2018 completion- Oct 2015 data compared to Dec 2013—- volumes increased from ~5000 to ~8500—- speed - <20% of people are complying with speed limit (30 mph), even on the southbound section south of Zach Scott where the roadside is fully developed.- 85% speed running about 35mph but no plans to change speed limit- Catellus not drawing final conclusions yet, still monitoring and using this data to anticipate what the needs might be in the future- Will continue working with group to see how to address issues- Northbound exhibiting more variation in the speeds, due in part perhaps to the interim conditions on the east side of Berkman- Talked about doing license plate studies to help discern origin/destination- Look at expanding use of bulbout islands (cycle track cuts through). Perhaps these could be rain gardens.- Concerns about exiting parked cars on Berkman - feels too close to traffic.- City may pilot the use of rectangular rapid flashing beacons at crosswalks - could be considered at select locations. (See http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/resources/techsum/fhwasa09009/ for more info)- Dynamic speed display signs (also collects data) - “Permanent installations” also may be piloted by the City. Idea is that the community pays fee to City and covers maintenance first two years. City maintains for years 2-3. If speeds aren’t dropping as a result of the installation, City may remove the sign. Pilot will help show whether these are effective when installed on a long-term basis.- Warrants for stop signs and signals were discussed at the Berkman meeting- Roundabouts - not off the table. Discussion about why not to do earlier? Catellus still thinks it’s premature. Girard wants to keep them on the table, but doesn’t want to preclude the possibility of rail going through it in the future. We’d lose the cycle track through the intersection if roundabouts are installed, but cyclists could merge with vehicular traffic or utilize the sidewalk - their choice.- Discussed other traffic calming tools that may be explored.- Anticipate keeping the working group in place for several years, as road evolves and conditions change.- Use of higher visibility crosswalk markings across Berkman was suggested.- Discussed whether cycle track could be extended southbound from Antone to Tom Miller? No… bike lane should be observed more after development goes in adjacent to Pecan Street office and on-street parking is utilized. The road narrows before Tom Miller and Catellus doesn’t believe there’s room for a cycle track.Aldrich roundabout - City looked at Catellus’ plans and says the money isn’t available to construct the design that was developed. They propose to make some interim improvements using striping and bumps to better channelize traffic. May allow parking along right curb on Aldrich as you enter Mueller to make the approach single lane. They’ll develop some drawings to review next meeting.Extending Lancaster bike lane - some previous opposition to getting rid of the parking. Public process would be required. Those parking spaces were counted in the number of spaces needed for the retail businesses, so Amica will talk to Nathan again to see whether removing them would even be possible. If it’s possible, suggestion to have public input process to consider removing parking and extending bike lanes.Signal going in on Barbara Jordan at Home Depot - poles up now and should be active within a few months.
UPDATE: Trucks on ZS and Apology for Overposting!
posted by Jenji Henson on September 24th, 2015 10:03 AM
First, I'm so sorry for all the posts. I thought my computer was acting up, but clearly I was just being thick. In case anyone is interested in this issue, I heard from a neighbor that the man to contact is Carl Paulson of Catellus. So I reached out to him, and this is what he had to say:Hi Jennifer, Construction traffic should not be using Zach Scott to get over to the new development on the east side of Berkman. Construction traffic should be coming into Mueller off either end of Berkman (51st or Manor). We will send out notice to our contractors working on the new subdivision north of Zach Scott and to all the home builders working east of Berkman, reminding them of their obligations to keep their trucks on Berkman. It is hard for us to “catch” them doing this, so I do appreciate your notice. Carl
UPDATE: Trucks on ZS and Apology for Overposting!
posted by Jenji Henson on September 24th, 2015 10:02 AM
First, I'm so sorry for all the posts. I thought my computer was acting up, but clearly I was just being thick. In case anyone is interested in this issue, I heard from a neighbor that the man to contact is Carl Paulson of Catellus. So I reached out to him, and this is what he had to say:Hi Jennifer, Construction traffic should not be using Zach Scott to get over to the new development on the east side of Berkman. Construction traffic should be coming into Mueller off either end of Berkman (51st or Manor). We will send out notice to our contractors working on the new subdivision north of Zach Scott and to all the home builders working east of Berkman, reminding them of their obligations to keep their trucks on Berkman. It is hard for us to “catch” them doing this, so I do appreciate your notice. Carl
Re-Route Traffic Off Zach Scott Street?
posted by Jenji Henson on September 23rd, 2015 12:05 PM
Hi!I work from home and my office faces Zach Scott Street, so I see (and hear) massive trucks go by all day, every day to the new construction sites in East Mueller. These vehicles are not neighborhood friendly. One semi-truck today from a stone company went by several times with squeaky breaks making its normal loudness almost unbearably loud. I'm not usually one to post about things like this, but I'm wondering if anyone with small children is bothered by these trucks or if any impact studies have been done on their impact to our streets. I used to live in a neighborhood that studied the impact a Wal-Mart would have on nearby residential areas. They found that delivery trucks would break several city codes because of their weight on small streets and because of sound levels at all hours. So it would seem that heavy trucks add significant wear and tear to neighborhood streets, decreasing their lifespan. Who pays for that? Also, the noise really seems far too loud for a neighborhood. Would it be possible to request that semis and heavy construction vehicles be rerouted off Zach Scott to Manor/51st Street?
Re-Route Traffic Off Zach Scott Street?
posted by Jenji Henson on September 23rd, 2015 12:05 PM
Hi!I work from home and my office faces Zach Scott Street, so I see (and hear) massive trucks go by all day, every day to the new construction sites in East Mueller. These vehicles are not neighborhood friendly. One semi-truck today from a stone company went by several times with squeaky breaks making its normal loudness almost unbearably loud. I'm not usually one to post about things like this, but I'm wondering if anyone with small children is bothered by these trucks or if any impact studies have been done on their impact to our streets. I used to live in a neighborhood that studied the impact a Wal-Mart would have on nearby residential areas. They found that delivery trucks would break several city codes because of their weight on small streets and because of sound levels at all hours. So it would seem that heavy trucks add significant wear and tear to neighborhood streets, decreasing their lifespan. Who pays for that? Also, the noise really seems far too loud for a neighborhood. Would it be possible to request that semis and heavy construction vehicles be rerouted off Zach Scott to Manor/51st Street?
Re-Route Traffic Off Zach Scott Street?
posted by Jenji Henson on September 23rd, 2015 12:05 PM
Hi!I work from home and my office faces Zach Scott Street, so I see (and hear) massive trucks go by all day, every day to the new construction sites in East Mueller. These vehicles are not neighborhood friendly. One semi-truck today from a stone company went by several times with squeaky breaks making its normal loudness almost unbearably loud. I'm not usually one to post about things like this, but I'm wondering if anyone with small children is bothered by these trucks or if any impact studies have been done on their impact to our streets. I used to live in a neighborhood that studied the impact a Wal-Mart would have on nearby residential areas. They found that delivery trucks would break several city codes because of their weight on small streets and because of sound levels at all hours. So it would seem that heavy trucks add significant wear and tear to neighborhood streets, decreasing their lifespan. Who pays for that? Also, the noise really seems far too loud for a neighborhood. Would it be possible to request that semis and heavy construction vehicles be rerouted off Zach Scott to Manor/51st Street?
Re-Route Traffic Off Zach Scott Street?
posted by Jenji Henson on September 23rd, 2015 12:04 PM
Hi!I work from home and my office faces Zach Scott Street, so I see (and hear) massive trucks go by all day, every day to the new construction sites in East Mueller. These vehicles are not neighborhood friendly. One semi-truck today from a stone company went by several times with squeaky breaks making its normal loudness almost unbearably loud. I'm not usually one to post about things like this, but I'm wondering if anyone with small children is bothered by these trucks or if any impact studies have been done on their impact to our streets. I used to live in a neighborhood that studied the impact a Wal-Mart would have on nearby residential areas. They found that delivery trucks would break several city codes because of their weight on small streets and because of sound levels at all hours. So it would seem that heavy trucks add significant wear and tear to neighborhood streets, decreasing their lifespan. Who pays for that? Also, the noise really seems far too loud for a neighborhood. Would it be possible to request that semis and heavy construction vehicles be rerouted off Zach Scott to Manor/51st Street?
Re-Route Traffic Off Zach Scott Street?
posted by Jenji Henson on September 23rd, 2015 12:04 PM
Hi!I work from home and my office faces Zach Scott Street, so I see (and hear) massive trucks go by all day, every day to the new construction sites in East Mueller. These vehicles are not neighborhood friendly. One semi-truck today from a stone company went by several times with squeaky breaks making its normal loudness almost unbearably loud. I'm not usually one to post about things like this, but I'm wondering if anyone with small children is bothered by these trucks or if any impact studies have been done on their impact to our streets. I used to live in a neighborhood that studied the impact a Wal-Mart would have on nearby residential areas. They found that delivery trucks would break several city codes because of their weight on small streets and because of sound levels at all hours. So it would seem that heavy trucks add significant wear and tear to neighborhood streets, decreasing their lifespan. Who pays for that? Also, the noise really seems far too loud for a neighborhood. Would it be possible to request that semis and heavy construction vehicles be rerouted off Zach Scott to Manor/51st Street?
Re-Route Traffic Off Zach Scott Street?
posted by Jenji Henson on September 23rd, 2015 11:59 AM
Hi!I work from home and my office faces Zach Scott Street, so I see (and hear) massive trucks go by all day, every day to the new construction sites in East Mueller. These vehicles are not neighborhood friendly. One semi-truck today from a stone company went by several times with squeaky breaks making its normal loudness almost unbearably loud. I'm not usually one to post about things like this, but I'm wondering if anyone with small children is bothered by these trucks or if any impact studies have been done on their impact to our streets. I used to live in a neighborhood that studied the impact a Wal-Mart would have on nearby residential areas. They found that delivery trucks would break several city codes because of their weight on small streets and because of sound levels at all hours. So it would seem that heavy trucks add significant wear and tear to neighborhood streets, decreasing their lifespan. Who pays for that? Also, the noise really seems far too loud for a neighborhood. Would it be possible to request that semis and heavy construction vehicles be rerouted off Zach Scott to Manor/51st Street?
Re-Route Traffic Off Zach Scott Street?
posted by Jenji Henson on September 23rd, 2015 11:59 AM
Hi!I work from home and my office faces Zach Scott Street, so I see (and hear) massive trucks go by all day, every day to the new construction sites in East Mueller. These vehicles are not neighborhood friendly. One semi-truck today from a stone company went by several times with squeaky breaks making its normal loudness almost unbearably loud. I'm not usually one to post about things like this, but I'm wondering if anyone with small children is bothered by these trucks or if any impact studies have been done on their impact to our streets. I used to live in a neighborhood that studied the impact a Wal-Mart would have on nearby residential areas. They found that delivery trucks would break several city codes because of their weight on small streets and because of sound levels at all hours. So it would seem that heavy trucks add significant wear and tear to neighborhood streets, decreasing their lifespan. Who pays for that? Also, the noise really seems far too loud for a neighborhood. Would it be possible to request that semis and heavy construction vehicles be rerouted off Zach Scott to Manor/51st Street?
Transportation Committee Meeting notes 26 Aug 2015
posted by Betsy on August 26th, 2015 6:06 PM
Transportation Committee Meeting notes26 Aug 2015- Section 7c finished and builders underway- Working on infrastructure for phase one of Section 9 (bordered by Zach Scott, Berkman, Simond, Vaughan) Includes Berkman widening to from Zach Scott to Simond. (open early 2016)- Start phase 2 of Section 9 in next few months - that will finish out Berkman (open late 2016)- Town Center infrastructure - Aldrich to 51st, Philomena to Mueller, Robert Browning to Mueller, widen Mueller from roundabout to Philomena (finish Spring 2016)- John Gaines pool slowed due to Spring rains. Community garden should be available for Fall planting.- SE greenway (dogbone) not accepted from contractor yet. Contractor will have to replace dead vegetation prior to final acceptance. (Amika Bose - new City engineer covering our area) [She discussed items suggested for the meeting agenda and what she’s received via 311 requests]- Berkman speeding - Berkman not finished to create friction. Will monitor speeding - planning to collect data again this Fall. City engineers view 35 mph in a 30 mph zone as acceptable from a transportation engineering perspective. I conveyed that the community doesn’t find 35mph acceptable. Discussed that speed limit in Windsor Park is 35 and whether lowering that to 30 might set more consistent driver expectations. Girard mentioned that Pedestrian Advisory Council is recommending that raised crosswalks be provided to encourage lower speeds at intersections. Discussion about possibility of temporary speed humps to resolve issue until final road section is in place.- Zach Scott & Berkman - City will likely replace Yield signs with Stop signs- Berkman sight lines - 311 concerns at McCurdy from WFT residents. May look at parking modifications to improve sight distance. Talked about visibility in general and how best to keep people from parking too close to corners - bike corrals, striping out No Parking areas, possibility of physical obstructions, etc. Catellus will prioritize corrective action on Berkman with the City. Visibility needed both for traffic turning onto Berkman, and for traffic on Berkman to see cyclists when initiating a turn from Berkman. Discussed a larger problem throughout Mueller that the physical design of the curb, and the signage/markings, don’t send a consistent message to drivers about where parking is prohibited. In some cases, parking spaces are marked too close to the corner, in violation of state law. Amika will look into that. It was noted that this is true elsewhere in the City as well.- Requests to mark crosswalks on Berkman up toward the HEB (Garcia and Philomena, I think) - City seems inclined to do that.- Painting curb red at fire hydrants - maintenance issue for City in general so they are very reluctant. Only tend to paint in critical areas, like near the park.- Mueller/Aldrich roundabout - At this time, City wants to monitor roundabout operations because crash history doesn’t rise to a priority level for the City. Discussions about whether it was included in the 2012 bond package. Jill Fagan at the City will do some research. City wants to wait to see IF traffic volumes increase. Pointed out that with Town Center going in, traffic WILL greatly increase, which will make reconstruction more difficult. - Lancaster bike lanes - Amika discussed with Nathan Wilkes (City bike program engineer). Needs further study by Catellus. Amika will take back to Nathan that there is strong community interest in bike lane there.- Driveway access to Speedy Stop at 51st/Berkman - City willing to discuss, but they’ve had their driveway access for a very long time. - Home Depot - Left outs onto 51st are problematic.- Karen Lorenzini is the new project manager- TxDOT now working more closely with City of Austin- Adding 3rd lane to upper level - have now finished working concept- Now working on specific corridor projects including 51st St roundabout at southbound I-35 frontage road is partially funded by the City. Environmental clearance nearly complete here and design will start. Remaining funding for roundabout not identified yet. Will finish design package early next year to have on shelf when funds available.- Now starting on more detailed design schematics for the overall project. We’re in the middle section from Riverside to US 183. $500M project. - Plans still include entrance and exits from south Airport Blvd to the upper deck to/from downtown. Need to work out details with Delwood 2 as it will impact their access. Lots of detail to work out re: bike/ped concerns. Delwood 2 working in conjunction with Mateo’s neighborhood group.- Philomena connection still under consideration - haven’t fully evaluated traffic impacts. Might worsen turbulence on northbound frontage road turning into Barbara Jordan. No decision made.I had to leave the meeting early (well, it was running over).
Orthopedic insert found
posted by Rachel Gonzalez-Falla on August 12th, 2015 2:25 PM
Found at the SE corner of Zach Scott and Lawless, black orthopedic shoe insert. Right foot, approximately a man's size 9 1/2. Let me know if it's yours.
Spraying in the Prairie: Compost tea being applied
posted by Janelle Dozier on June 11th, 2015 11:52 AM
Sustainable Growth Texas, a company that specializes in restoring degraded soils, will be spraying a type of compost tea on a section of the Mueller Prairie. They will be spraying from a truck on Tom Miller between Zach Scott and Antone. This is a NATURAL and ORGANIC product! It is not a chemical fertilizer or herbicide. It is food for soil microbes. The POA Landscape Committee is using this section of the prairie as a test to see if we should apply this technique to the rest of the prairie. The compost tea is intended to stimulate microbial life in the soil, which in turn should make nutrients more available to plants as well as increase the friability (looseness) of the soil. In addition, the variety of soil microbes increased are supposed to increase the nutrients needed by native prairie plants and be less hospitable to exotic invasive plants. After a suitable period of time (a year or more), the health of this section of the prairie will be evaluated. In addition, Sustainable Growth Texas will be injecting the pecan trees in the Southwest Greenway (Mueller Prairie) to improve their health. This is also a NATURAL and ORGANIC product. Go to sustainablegrowthtexas.com for detailed information about this approach to soil management. Janelle Dozier Mueller POA Landscape Committee
Found Samsung phone
posted by John Tyree on April 3rd, 2015 10:41 AM
Found this morning in the road at Berkman and Zach Scott. Please call to identify case. 512 350 8851
Transportation Committee Meeting notes 25 Feb 2015
posted by Betsy on February 27th, 2015 5:19 PM
-Aldrich roundabout - plans have been completed a long time (by Catellus) and we’re waiting on the City. Apparently the project is on hold while City identifies needed funding (thought it was in bond package???)-First part of the SE Greenway (orchard) will be finished in the next few weeks-Next park/pool (John Gaines park) with late summer opening-Catellus will deliver the next group of lots to builders next week (up to Zach Scott)-Zach Scott will be paved next week-Northbound side of Berkman will be opened up to Zach Scott in early April-Catellus has the permit to extend Berkman to Philomena and they’re working on the permit for next phase of lots (Section 9). Those lots should be delivered to builders late 2015 or early 2016.-Catellus is working on road extensions in Town Center in phases. Philomena and Robert Browning extensions to Mueller Blvd will start in July and complete early next year. Aldrich should be completed up to Robert Browning in July.-Mueller is currently served by routes 37 and 320 (and 20). Old CR shuttle discontinued-Minor mods to 320 to serve market district have been successful. About 50 boarding at this location.-Future changes to routes to utilize Berkman have to wait until Berkman is completed because they can’t traverse the interim changes from one side to the other. Potential changes to route 20 may be proposed for June 2016 changes, but public involvement will be critical as changes would impact 3 stops on Manor, including the stop at Lovell that has good ridership.-June changes - Route 37 will be extended to HEB/Barbara Jordan. Public outreach is underway. Go to capmetro.org in middle of homepage to provide input and get more information. Public open houses are planned on March 9 and 10-Most used stops in Mueller are BJ/Berkman, Lancaster/BJ, Mosaic-CapMetro is conducting random origin/destination surveys on board-Mr. Deeter didn’t have ridership data on the #20 route with him-Catellus appears to be pursuing creation of a working group to discuss Berkman issues in more detail-The City has deployed their dynamic speed sign twice-Catellus has worked with APD community patrol re: directed patrols for enforcement-They’re planning to restripe Berkman from ZS to Robert Browning to visually narrow the roadway-Catellus says that roundabouts could still be added later if determined to be necessary, without major rework of infrastructure. (Traffic control would be an issue) Girard Kinney expressed a desire not to preclude possibility of rail in the future.-PTMD ordinance passed to set up pilot district in Mueller (Feb 2014)-Doesn’t officially include parking lot at Lake Park since our POA controls the parking lot. That will be handled separately, probably through a contract with the city so all meters can be managed by the city. -PTMD yields 51% of revenue to district. In parking lot owned by POA, 100% of proceeds after expenses go to the district-Ordinance 12-7-2(b) - proceeds go to projects that aid in the management of flow of traffic within the district. ROW improvements help with pedestrian flow as well as vehicular or bike traffic (pedestrian wayfinding, etc.) and these types of projects were included in the Mueller application which was approved by Council.-RPP meetings have been held (2 meetings - general and shop house owners). FAQs are being developed.-HDR completed another parking occupation study (Scales to Garcia) on a Thursday and a Saturday in February and turned data over to the City for consideration in setting up the initial RPP area.-Dee gave highlights of changes to improve access to/from Mueller (highlighted at TxDOT’s 2/24 meeting for MNA)-Cherrywood will oppose NB exit to 38th (would take property abutting I-35 from Edgewood to 38 1/2). They might reconsider if they had good modeling to show the impacts to their streets with and without this exit.-Philomena was built as a possible HOV entry/exit and TxDOT and Catellus are evaluating connecting Philomena through to the northbound frontage road
Please Drive Carefully
posted by smittyhoo on February 12th, 2015 10:14 AM
This morning at 7:30, I had an unpleasant experience that probably involved someone who lives in Mueller, so I am posting here in the hopes that a family member will see this and talk to him. It is state law to yield to pedestrians at a signaled crosswalk. I was crossing Airport Blvd at Zach Scott with a walk signal. A father driving his teenage son in a medium-sized SUV was turning right onto Airport. The driver was not yielding so I yelled "STOP" to insure we would not be hit. The driver then rolled down his window and yelled an expletive at me. Shouting an expletive at me in front of my kindergartner for calling you out for breaking state law sets a terrible example for your child. Please calm down and consider safety first when driving.
free dishwasher detergent
posted by Debby Loomis on December 26th, 2014 4:40 PM
I'm switching to powder so put liquid on my porch. 2201 Zach Scott.
Asics GT 2150, Mens size 9.5
posted by dje7 on November 30th, 2014 6:03 PM
Asics GT - 2150 shoes. http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/ASC1418/mens-asics-gt2150/ Men's, size 9.5. White and red. Good shoe if you need some pronation control. This is a stability shoe. http://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/content/popup.jsp?contentId=200092 I ran about 15 miles in these and they don't meet my needs. Since then they've been sitting on a shelf in our house. $25 or best offer. 2245 Zach Scott St. Text me at 657.5465.
Plant stolen last Night
posted by Sandy on October 1st, 2014 10:49 AM
We had a nice potted Bougainvillea on our front porch that was stolen some time last night. I would really like to catch the SOB's that come around and steal our stuff. If anyone saw anything please contact me. We are on Zach Scott close to Camacho.
Maid Marian in a Stolen Car
posted by mab on September 10th, 2014 3:47 PM
I have 4 tickets to Sat night's 7:30 PM performance at Whisenhunt Theater in the round at Zach Scott. Tickets were originally $45/ea but price is negotiable. Synopsis: GREATER TUNA creator and ZACH's TRU, Jaston Williams stars in his hilarious and insightful new play about his life as an actor, on stage and behind the scenes. True stories and reenactments, like his very first play performance in San Antonio,"Hamlet Con Queso," will keep you in stitches with this gifted storyteller.
Missing Cat: Peaches
posted by Katie & Woody L. on September 2nd, 2014 9:37 AM
Shy calico missing from 2205 Zach Scott since the morning of September 1. If you spot her, please contact Katie or Woody at 512 389-2041 or elwoodlll@aol.com.
Berkman Drive Public Forum Aug 14
posted by Ross Houston on August 26th, 2014 1:00 PM
Thanks very much for posting that review. I was at the earlier Berkman residents-only meeting (but not this one) and it sounds like Catellus delivered a very similar message. To me that message sounds like they are willing to listen to resident concerns, but only for fine tuning, as major design changes sound like they are off the table.COA's message seem to be that they don't have the ability to foresee anything, and that everything they do must be reactive. To the point where you couldn't actually get any of them to say, "Yeah, sooner or later we'll need a four-way stop at Zach Scott and Berkman." I'm sure they operate like that for a good reason, but it made for some frustrating conversations.
Berkman Drive Public Forum Aug 14
posted by Rick Krivoniak on August 26th, 2014 10:49 AM
One of my Windsor Park neighbors asked the same question, so I wrote the following:Catellus hosted the August 14th meeting regarding Berkman and opened it to the general community. Representatives from the City of Austin's Transportation Department and Economic Development Department, Catellus, McCann Adams Studio - Mueller's master planner, HDR - Catellus' local traffic engineers, and GHD's Mark Lenters - a national traffic/roundabout consultant, shared information on Berkman Drive’s interim and final design, the road construction timeline, and current traffic data.This meeting was in response to concerns from the Mueller Transportation Committee (a Catellus-convened group of representatives from Mueller and surrounding neighborhoods, including two from Windsor Park, of which I am one), and from residents living on or near Berkman within Mueller. A June meeting for Mueller's residents only primarily yielded concerns about speeding and lack of visibility around some of the parallel parking.Berkman opened through Mueller in May of 2013. Last October, with schools and the HEB open for a few months, the City did traffic counts and recorded speeds in several locations along and near Berkman showing that 85th-percentile (a State standard) southbound traffic within Mueller was traveling around 44MPH, well above the posted 30MPH. (Don't hold me to the exact data figures - I'll share the Powerpoint presentation when it's available online. I do recall that for Berkman near Broadmoor/Greenbrook Parkway, 85th% was around 37, just 2MPH above the posted 35. Still too fast!). South of Manor Rd., E.M. Franklin was actually worse.HDR and Mark Lenters continue to insist that once Berkman is completed to its final design of a wide "transit median" with single traffic lanes, parallel parking and cycle tracks on each side, the "friction" will naturally slow traffic. A comparison was made to the completed portion of Simond Avenue, off of Berkman within Mueller, with a wide median and narrow traffic and parallel parking lanes. The traffic lane on Berkman will be 12 inches wider. Berkman is slated to be fully built-out by the end of 2015. It was noted that construction along the blocks from McCurdy Street to Philomena Street over the next 16± months would create its own traffic calming.With all adjacent property now platted, no changes are anticipated for Berkman's ultimate design. Currently, the 4-way stop at Barbara Jordan Blvd. and Berkman is the only planned traffic control between 51st and Manor. Roundabout consultant Mark Lenters showed two roundabout sketches that could be built within the existing Berkman right-of-way, but they force cycle-track bicyclists onto the sidewalks or into traffic lanes, and are not being considered for the build-out.As for visibility when turning onto Berkman from the many Mueller streets with adjacent parallel parking, the City of Austin is reviewing those intersections on a case-by-case basis and may removed some parking for better visibility. It was also found that the parking spaces were striped too narrow, so they will be re-striped very soon.I personally asked about stop signs on Berkman at Zach Scott, which will ultimately be a straight-shot street from Airport Blvd. though Mueller to Manor Rd. Initially, only traffic on Zach Scott will be stopped, but it's possible that will be a a 4-way stop intersection later on. State laws prohibit using stop signs and traffic signals for traffic mitigation, and require certain triggers to be met for virtually all traffic controls.On another note, traffic signals should be in place on E. 51st at Mueller Blvd. by the end of September.I hope this helped.Rick Krivoniak
Future Bus Plans For Berkman Past Wildflower Terrace?
posted by Eric Englert on August 25th, 2014 10:11 PM
I'm not sure. I'd love to see it done though. You might want to lodge a suggestion over at https://capmetro.granicusideas.com/A proposal that might get through since it'd just be a slight lengthening of the route would be to expand the #37 so it enters/exits Mueller at Zach Scott instead of Aldrich and turns on to Berkman where it goes north to 51st Street.Although I'm sure once more development picks up on the Eastern side of Berkman like the current development in the southeast-central area near Wildflower it'll be more feasible.
Transportation Committee meeting notes 20 Aug 2014
posted by Betsy on August 20th, 2014 6:03 PM
Transportation Committee Meeting notes20 Aug 2014-Continuing construction on Section 7 (East of Wildflower Terrace) and will deliver 1st phase to builders next month-Greenway and neighborhood park - const starting next month-Deliver 2nd phase lots to builders in Decemberincludes widening Berkman to ZS-Section 9 construction (Zach Scott to Philomena) start by end of year-Several thanked Catellus for the action taken since the last committee meeting-Several parking spaces removed on Berkman to improve sight distance-Catellus held meeting with Berkman residents on June 18 and with the larger community on Aug. 14th.-Hired consultant to look at roundabout and presented preliminary sketches at Aug. 14 meeting. He’s also advising on speed management/traffic calming.-Catellus will post presentation online (and I will post link when Catellus provides it)-Path forward: —— Take feedback, look further at roundabouts and other devices—— Pull together small working group to look at alternatives—— Catellus will do survey to get additional community input—— There are some time pressures since Berkman construction is underway, but Dee and Carl emphasized that construction now doesn’t preclude changes in the future.— City economic development office has been meeting regularly to develop recommendations to Council. How to define and develop PTMD. Potential ordinance being drafted. Need to develop general policies/processes (revenue sharing rules, etc) before they can work on the specifics for a Mueller PTMD and a Mueller implementation plan. — At the same time, they are coordinating on specific problem areas—— Set up customer service loading/unloading area at Thinkery (on Simond). Parking restricted on alley as well.—— Removed some parking spaces on Berkman to improve sight distance—— No parking on ROW signs will be added along Airport from ZS to fire station (safety and fire hazard) - people need to use garage. Enforcement of new restrictions was discussed.-City is working to obtain needed permits-Contractor has to prepare cost estimate-Plantings removed for work to begin, but construction may not start until late this year.- Draft preliminary engineering report is undergoing internal review- Once updated, City will begin public process:—- meet with adjoining owners—- re-engage working group—- open house- Still looks like the vision plan will be possible given all other constraints- City stated that money for both design and construction was included in the 2012 bond package.— Traffic Signals - late Sept for signal installation at 51st/Mueller— Airport Blvd Bike/ped crossings - no update available— Capital Metro routes - nothing in the immediate future regarding route changes through Mueller. Prior presentations to PIAC mentioned possible rerouting of one route (don’t know what number) to come through Mueller via Berkman.
Lost dog wondering the streets this morning
posted by Gail Davis on August 19th, 2014 6:28 AM
While walking my dog this morning around 6:00 am I saw a large German Shephard wondering around Zach Scott dragging a leash. No owner anywhere in sight. Talked to some other dog walkers who said they saw him on Tom Miller. Concerned for both owner and dog! Hope this helps them find each other!
Loose Dog
posted by SunnyTX on August 3rd, 2014 9:47 PM
Loose dog : well cared for sheltie running loose on scales between Mattie and Zach Scott. PM me if you know the owner of this dog. (see Pic)
Lost Book
posted by Larry Bennett on August 1st, 2014 11:43 AM
I found a book in the middle of Zach Scott this morning. Title of the book is: Stockholm / Eyewitness Travel. If this is your book come by 4428 Camacho to pick it up.
Runs for Saturday, July 26th
posted by henningspruth on July 25th, 2014 8:30 AM
Larkin, I'm not joining the run this weekend, so somebody else will have to post a second loop.
Runs for Saturday, July 26th
posted by Larkin Tackett on July 25th, 2014 6:29 AM
Let's make this the first run at 6. Meet at Zach Scott/Tom Miller.http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5834900
Runs for Saturday, July 19th
posted by Larkin Tackett on July 17th, 2014 6:52 AM
Looking forward to getting back at it with the group. Let's run the triangle this Saturday. http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5805391Meet at Zach Scott/Tom Miller at 6AM.
Approved Plants
posted by cmick on July 9th, 2014 3:49 PM
I received a reply from Jennifer and have copied it here for your information.CaroleThanks for your email. First, I want to clarify the Row Home assessment goes primarily to insurance on the building, then reserves for future repairs on the balconies, roofs, etc. The third largest fee is water, then exterior building maintenance (painting, siding and shutter repair) and lastly is landscape maintenance. The contract with Greater Texas Landscaping includes weekly mowing, edging and monthly irrigation checks plus twice a year insect and weed treatments. It does not cover plant replacements or mulch, those are done looking at the project as a whole and not based on an individual unit basis or a plant-for-plant basis. As is in done in a traditional townhome project, the landscaping is done in a commercial manner, which is sometimes disappointing to some homeowners who buy a townhouse and want the landscaping to be handled in a way like they would at their own home. Likely, it never will be done in the same way someone would do in their own yard, both in good ways and less than good ways. Some homeowners are confused about how the replacements work which is done by project, not individuals homes except in rare occasions or due to contractor negligence. Mulch is applied as needed but usually not more than once per year and not necessarily every year. The builders tend to plant without much thought to location, sun needed, etc., they also tend to overplant the beds so all of that is considered annually when we look at replacements. The POA has no control over what, where or how the builders plant and often some plants die but then allow others to grow to full size. GTL should be removing any dead plants weekly on that visit (they aren't great about doing that and often need a specific reminder). Also, the scope of landscape maintenance is based to walk the line to keep the Row House assessments affordable but also looking attractive which is often a tough line to walk. We could certainly increase the scope significantly and include something like replacing each and every plant but that would also significantly raise the Row Home fees. Owners are allowed (but not required) to plant their own plants as long as it falls within the Mueller plant list located in the Mueller Modification Guidelines. The Association is responsible for keeping the landscape in a good and attractive manner (but commercial) and I do agree the many of the Row Homes, especially along Zach Scott need some attention. This year was a particularly bad year for freezes and the drought impacted some of the trees badly. GTL is working on a plan for that will address more drought resistant and freeze resistant in the next big plant install as we don't want to waste time or money putting in plants unlikely to survive the upcoming Stage 3 water restrictions.I hope this info helps but please let me know if you have any follow up questions or specific areas you're concerned about that I can direct GTL to focus on.Thanks,Jennifer
Approved Plants
posted by cmick on July 9th, 2014 3:49 PM
I received a reply from Jennifer and have copied it here for your information.CaroleThanks for your email. First, I want to clarify the Row Home assessment goes primarily to insurance on the building, then reserves for future repairs on the balconies, roofs, etc. The third largest fee is water, then exterior building maintenance (painting, siding and shutter repair) and lastly is landscape maintenance. The contract with Greater Texas Landscaping includes weekly mowing, edging and monthly irrigation checks plus twice a year insect and weed treatments. It does not cover plant replacements or mulch, those are done looking at the project as a whole and not based on an individual unit basis or a plant-for-plant basis. As is in done in a traditional townhome project, the landscaping is done in a commercial manner, which is sometimes disappointing to some homeowners who buy a townhouse and want the landscaping to be handled in a way like they would at their own home. Likely, it never will be done in the same way someone would do in their own yard, both in good ways and less than good ways. Some homeowners are confused about how the replacements work which is done by project, not individuals homes except in rare occasions or due to contractor negligence. Mulch is applied as needed but usually not more than once per year and not necessarily every year. The builders tend to plant without much thought to location, sun needed, etc., they also tend to overplant the beds so all of that is considered annually when we look at replacements. The POA has no control over what, where or how the builders plant and often some plants die but then allow others to grow to full size. GTL should be removing any dead plants weekly on that visit (they aren't great about doing that and often need a specific reminder). Also, the scope of landscape maintenance is based to walk the line to keep the Row House assessments affordable but also looking attractive which is often a tough line to walk. We could certainly increase the scope significantly and include something like replacing each and every plant but that would also significantly raise the Row Home fees. Owners are allowed (but not required) to plant their own plants as long as it falls within the Mueller plant list located in the Mueller Modification Guidelines. The Association is responsible for keeping the landscape in a good and attractive manner (but commercial) and I do agree the many of the Row Homes, especially along Zach Scott need some attention. This year was a particularly bad year for freezes and the drought impacted some of the trees badly. GTL is working on a plan for that will address more drought resistant and freeze resistant in the next big plant install as we don't want to waste time or money putting in plants unlikely to survive the upcoming Stage 3 water restrictions.I hope this info helps but please let me know if you have any follow up questions or specific areas you're concerned about that I can direct GTL to focus on.Thanks,Jennifer
Approved Plants
posted by Tay2217 on July 5th, 2014 9:44 AM
My understanding is the HOA is supposed to pay for and replace the row home plants as part of our dues. In the past they have been very slow to non-responsive in doing so. I'm on Zach Scott and I've replaced my plants at my expense with similar plants to those the HOA planted at other row homes and it's never been an issue nor have they been removed. A lot of Zach Scott needs replanted, has for years, but it hasn't happened. Good luck :)
Approved Plants
posted by Robin Dusek on July 3rd, 2014 11:08 AM
I also live on Zach Scott with plants that have died. I've only been here a year, so I'm not really familiar with how it works for dead/dying plants. Is replacing dead/dying landscaping something that should be taken care of as part of our row home HOA dues?I contacted Jennifer Harvey about replacement plants in May and she said she would have Greater Texas Landscapes take a look, but I haven't received a response.
Approved Plants
posted by Ami Miller on July 2nd, 2014 3:43 PM
Does anyone have a list of approved plants ? Anything native I assume. Is Purple Heart Wandering Jew approved? I live on Zach Scott and most of the shrubs as well as trees have died or are dying so I wanted to plant this so it would take over as ground covering and be a bit more attractive. I haven't seen any in the hood so I wanted to check.
Boxes, boxes, and more boxes
posted by vaden on June 22nd, 2014 11:52 AM
Friends, I now have a small batch of boxes just waiting to be wanted. They're large, small and in between, plus I have a lot of great packing paper for the taking too. It's at 2032 Zach Scott, on the corner. In the back fence so just let yourself in and grab as much as you like. I don't need any more. Thanks for your help!
Transportation Committee meeting notes 21 May 2014
posted by Betsy on May 21st, 2014 5:12 PM
- Section 7c - 274 lots near WF Terrace (Tilley to ZS) including full buildout of Berkman up to Zach Scott.--1st phase lots (southern) to builder in July, 2nd phase in Dec.--Includes ‘dogbone’ part of greenway. Start that and next park/pool in September with completion expected in mid-2015.In design on Section 9 - North of Zach Scott and west of Vaughan up to Philomena. Includes the rest of Berkman buildout. Start late this year and complete end of 2015.-AISD PAC should open late this year-AMLI complete end of 2014 with people moving in 1st quarter of 2015-Torchy’s projecting a September opening (currently in permitting)- City/Catellus collected data last fall - 85% speeds were about 34-35mph and some cars clocked at 40-45 mph. Catellus looking at how to manage in interim and ultimate. - Traffic patterns will continue to change as more of the street grid is constructed. For example, when - Tilley is constructed from Manor to 51st, it may relieve some of the traffic volume on Berkman.- Speeding issues were discussed. Catellus thinks the ultimate design with the median will ‘handle’ the speed issue. There was a lot of discussion about whether this theory of ‘street friction’ substantially slowing traffic would actually be realized. Responsible drivers will slow but they wouldn’t be driving 45mph now either. Catellus was asked to take a ‘hard look’ and ‘soon’ at options for the ultimate buildout to reduce the potential for speeding. They were specifically asked to look at full-size roundabouts at key intersections (Zach Scott, Simond, and possibly Philomena) without disrupting already-built structures (homes). Catellus (Dee Desjardin) agreed to:---Look at full roundabouts as an option on Berkman along with other options. --- Share information with the Transportation Committee and with residents. They may look at setting up a stakeholder working group. It was stressed that this is a critical issue needing community involvement and that involved residents could help communicate the reasons for future decisions to our neighbors.- Regarding interim improvements, we discussed having the City remove one parking space on the northwest corner of each intersection to improve the sight distance to the left as you pull out of the development on the west side of Berkman. The City has agreed to look at each intersection with me. The degree of improvement to be expected from removing one space will depend on the curvature of Berkman near the intersection. Please discuss on this forum or send me a PM with specific suggestions/ideas. I need all information by .- Catellus plans to arrange a meeting with residents on Berkman, and others interested in issues associated with Berkman, in mid-June.- Status of reconstruction - in permitting process at City. Construction may start in about 2 months. - Traffic impacts during construction - at least one lane of traffic will remain open per the City. Primary work to be done 9-4. Night construction not planned.- City looking at bike signal grant to improve bike crossing of Airport at Aldrich. - City will ask their bike program staff for ideas on how to improve the crossing of Airport at Zach ScottCherrywood reps reported that some at Mueller NA have started a discussion with Cherrywood NA to discuss whether it would be possible/acceptable to remove the longhorns on Airport. Discussions have just begun.- No Parking signs have been installed in front of the Elements apartments where people were parking in the travel lane- No Parking signs will be added on Berkman between McBee and Simond because the roadway is too narrow for parking there (during this interim position) and due to ongoing violations by people parking in the cycle track.Mueller Parking Study and Recommendations (Jill - COA)- Catellus/city (transportation, parking management, economic development departments) been working on parking management to be proactive at Mueller, instead of reacting laterCatellus engaged Nelson/Nygard consultants (experts in parking management)- Workshop held last summer and have had focus group meetings with residential and commercial stakeholders- Now have study recommendations---- Create parking and transportation management district (PTMD)---- Mechanism to look at issues from all angles together & sets up geographic area and toolkit of solutions to address parking issues (pay parking, residential parking program, etc). Also looks beyond the PTMD geography at how parking at Mueller impacts surrounding neighborhoods.---- Looking at options for long-term stakeholder input---- Councilman Riley proposes (tomorrow’s agenda) to direct City Manager to formalize district here and proceed with drafting guidelines.---- Timeline - may have process in place by end of this year. Dee will send link to PowerPoint presentation given to PIAC recently.---- PTMD would be 1st in Austin so Mueller would be a pilot---- May also include something similar to a Parking Benefit District so that part of income would stay in Mueller for funding other amenities. This would be one item of discussion in creating the PTMD.Atkins Engineering is preparing a preliminary engineering report to sort out specifics of Vision Plan. So far is looks like the concepts in the plan will work within the ‘real world’. More info/drawings anticipated by late summer to share with larger stakeholder meeting and possibly reconvene small workgroup in July or August.- Safety concern Airport & Aldrich going NW (outside of curve in front of Mosaic on Airport, between Aldrich and the fire station) - Cars hit curb (hydroplane or not paying attention) and there have been several close calls with pedestrians. City/Catellus look at chevrons, etc. as options.- Traffic Signals at 51st & Mueller - Signal installation is planned... City is looking at 51st St vision and City will update us on whether/when they’ll move forward.
Free stuff behind my garage 2201 Zach Scott
posted by Debby Loomis on May 18th, 2014 6:08 PM
Weber charcoal grill, charcoal, lighter fluid. Sturdy garage shelving and supports--you'd need to assemble. 2 camp chairs. Box of Astroturf fill--black, rubber grains--but don't take the dollie it is on. Some ugly pots.
Free Gardening Pots come and take them 2113 Zach Scott Street
posted by Wen Chi Burton on May 3rd, 2014 12:00 PM
I still have approximately 10 left - and they are still located at the same place. Obviously, the colorful ones are all gone. Come check them out because I was going to recycle them if no one pick them up by the end of the days.By the way, the big pot of chips in a golden pot are for orchids if you are interested. Have a wonderful weekend.
Free Gardening Pots come and take them 2113 Zach Scott Street
posted by Wen Chi Burton on May 3rd, 2014 12:00 PM
I still have approximately 10 left - and they are still located at the same place. Obviously, the colorful ones are all gone. Come check them out because I was going to recycle them if no one pick them up by the end of the days.By the way, the big pot of chips in a golden pot are for orchids if you are interested. Have a wonderful weekend.
Free Gardening Pots come and take them 2113 Zach Scott Street
posted by Sita Chokkalingam on May 2nd, 2014 8:36 AM
Hi! Do you still have these? Would love some, they are lovely! Thanks,Sita
Free Gardening Pots come and take them 2113 Zach Scott Street
posted by Wen Chi Burton on May 1st, 2014 11:30 AM
I cleaned out all the gardening pots and they are free if you are instested. I put them in my front porch - 2113 Zach Scott Street. Please review the pictures. Have a nice day!
Bag of free art supplies
posted by Debby Loomis on April 26th, 2014 7:49 AM
On my porch at 2201 Zach Scott. Pastels, colored pencils, crayons, brushes, misc.
Moving sales this Saturday @ 2113 Zach Scott Street from 8am - 12pm
posted by Wen Chi Burton on April 25th, 2014 2:23 PM
We have decided to cancel the Moving sales on Saturday. But if you are intersted in these items, you can still contact me. Thank you all and have a wonderful weekend!
TOWNHOME FOR LEASE AVAIL. MID JUNE FULLY FURNISHED
posted by Ashley Agnew on April 25th, 2014 12:52 PM
2113 Zach Scott End unit townhouse in Urban Village of Mueller. 2 bed 2.5 bath plus office with French doors and upstairs loft available June 15th for $2895 FULLY FURNISHED (except guest room), Electric, Gas, Water paid. High ceilings, wood floors, upgraded kitchen with granite counter tops, garden tub and separate shower in master bath, and a 2 car detached garage. Enjoy hike and bike trails, 3 community parks, community pool, and community farmers market. Walk to HEB, Children's Museum, yoga, shops, and restaurants. Contact: Ashley Kitten Realtor 512-653-2786 ashley.kitten@urban2realty.com Your Mueller Neighbor and Realtor
Moving sales this Saturday @ 2113 Zach Scott Street from 8am - 12pm
posted by Wen Chi Burton on April 24th, 2014 3:44 PM
We are moving overseas so there are plenty of "stuff" to get rid of soon! Please feel free to stop by and check us out. Here are a few listings on Craiglist - please click on the links for more photos... ** Two new with tag Disney Dumbo Costumes for 12-18 months or 18-24 months toddlers. $8. http://austin.craigslist.org/bab/4438275803.html ** Brand New (no tag) USA Leather Jacket size Large. $60 or best offer. http://austin.craigslist.org/clo/4438252783.html ** Roller Skates women size 6 (probably can be used for girl age 14-16 depends on size), $8. http://austin.craigslist.org/spo/4438431383.html ** Free Comics bags and boards http://austin.craigslist.org/clt/4438267410.html ** Beautiful Pottery Barn Teen/Kid window treatment. $15 each set or $25 for both. http://austin.craigslist.org/hsh/4438490715.html Thank you!
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