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New website for POA dues?
posted by henningspruth on August 8th, 2014 3:57 PM
Thanks Betsy - for the past years, I also have been using direct debit, but according to schroed's post above they now want to charge $2.95.I have not touched the payment settings yet, and will wait if they debit my account on the usual monthly schedule.Henning
posted by Rob Clinchard on December 22nd, 2013 1:00 PM
Schroed,When an entity "steals" over $500 from my family I do not consider it "whining" to inform the rest of my neighbors. You are entitled to your opinion, however, I ask the next time you decide to single me out and insult me, you do it face to face. I live at 3904 Hargis Street. Stop by anytime and we can chat.
Plea to Mueller neighbors for clear sidewalks
posted by schroed on June 17th, 2013 8:09 PM
Is that not what they're for? They're not very 'friendly' if not meant to be eaten.
Plea to Mueller neighbors for clear sidewalks
posted by misselaine on June 17th, 2013 8:01 PM
Schroed, you "eat" your green friendly reminder postcards? :)Thanks for mentioning that bit about it not being efficient to go door to door, asking people to trim. I tend to find about 15 houses or so per walk that need a trim. Plus, I'm already gun-shy as I once asked my neighbor to trim back her plants that were half-way across the sidewalk. I even offered to trim them myself, and in return I got an earful from her about not wanting to cut her pretty flowers, that I should maneuver around them, and that her property extends on the sidewalk, blah blah blah. And she is a friend! So, not sure I will be asking people directly...
posted by lee on July 24th, 2012 11:41 AM
I agree with schroed... We have so few pleasant hours outside in the summer. I have walked over to the park after 10pm I'm sure and I wouldn't want to worry about getting in trouble with the police. I've never really been concerned about anyone else I've seen there after dark. It seems that we have more of a theft problem than anything else. Let's focus on the neighborhood watch! That would address many concerns. My husband and I would like to take part in that, but I'm not really sure what it entails. Maybe putting something in the newsletter to get more interest?
Extreme differences in temperature in all 3 rooms upstairs in Mansfield?
posted by misselaine on June 28th, 2012 1:18 PM
Thanks for the comments! Joe, I'll repeat what you said verbatim to ARS when they come next week, I am sure it will make more sense to them. If I close my vents in the master and masterbath, it does force more air into the other rooms and cools them down, but I know there are all kinds of issues you can have from doing that. But, it's what I am doing this week with guests. I wish we had electronic dampers! I still think that is probably the best way to go, even manual, just as long as they actually install them and don't pretend to.Schroed, also good advice. I do have the fan on auto, I'll do continuos tonight and try it out. As for the sun. interestingly, both toddler's room and guest room get morning sun, but really only one gets unbearably hot, It has one extra window facing north, but I can't believe that makes all the difference. I almost wonder if they forgot to insulate part of the room. Thanks again for the advice!
Loose dog chronicles
posted by Rahm McDaniel on May 1st, 2012 12:36 PM
Schroed, for what it's worth I am just as troubled by the loose dogs as anybody. Something that happens on a regular basis to me and the old red dog often is off leash dogs behaving towards him in an aggressive way. For whatever reason this is particularly an issue with smaller dogs who have been carried outside by their owners to use the bathroom and see a a running dog and person coming towards them as a threat.This is an unsafe practice that puts both dog and owner at risk, and I hope people who read this thread will respond in a neighborly way and leash their dogs within the neighborhood.
Loose dog chronicles
posted by dubaydavid on April 30th, 2012 11:02 PM
Bummer, schroed-- I actually made it through my run without a single incident. That sounds like a particularly awful evening walk. Maybe I noticed fewer animals because I didn't have my dog with me this evening.Thanks for all the info on the master plan, and bond proposal, Ashley. If only those weren't key bedtime hours around this house I'd get myself to Lanier. Though I'll be crafting emails later this week instead. And, danx, all that info is great as well. I see more emails in my future.If this thread lives on as a way to both mention off-leash incidents and build momentum toward work on an off-leash area for Bartholomew then I think it will have lived up to its potential. And the title change is entirely appropriate.Thanks for all of your contributions.-Ann
Just me talking about the plug-in Prius
posted by schroed on April 24th, 2012 10:56 PM
I'm certain at least one person has read this thread, as I got a PM. No worries, though, I'm not too proud to carry on a conversation with myself.So here's some karma for you: several days after talking smack about plug-in-Prius-envy on this site, now I'm the one who's envious of this awesome car. After I spent 3.5 days driving it back to TX, it's now my wife's commuter car, and I'm back driving the smelly old RAV4!schroed68/albumid/5734456686995044081?alt=rss&kind=photo&authkey=Gv1sRgCK3KzOnSgL37gQE&hl=en_US" pluginspage="">Here are some of the things that come standard on the base-level plug-in Prius that I did not know I needed until now:GPS navigation- this is especially useful when you have no co-pilot.Back-up camera- no more getting out to check for the stupid yellow cat!XM Satellite radio- between 'Lithium' and 'Alt Nation' I could have left my CDs at home.I could have done without this:Entune apps- they use your phone's data signal to get things like weather, sports, stocks, and other stuff you should not be reading while driving. Someone with a smarter phone than mine might like this.The only feature from the advanced model that I drooled over but decided didn't justify the extra $4K for the package:self-leveling LED headlamps- how cool is that?
Blowers=uneighborly and unnecessary
posted by misselaine on April 23rd, 2012 4:08 PM
I so wish there was a "like" button for your post, schroed. Electric ones are quieter, and better for the environment. Probably the battery ones even more so. Maybe a good way to go about this is to buy one and lend it to the person using the gas one. Not that I really see that working, unless you are somewhat close (physically and personally) to that person. But, the people most often using them are part of a lawn service, not the owner of the house, so guilting them into using something else or by sweeping yourself will not likely have an effect. I still second the lawn mower bag and sweeping just the sidewalk trimmings back into the grass, where they will more likely stay put, rather than blowing them down the street, where they will end up somewhere else.
Invaders fom Mars
posted by schroed on August 27th, 2011 4:42 PM
Movie, schmovie, that freaky blue orb has been patrolling the outskirts of the neighborhood for almost a month! And now I have evidence.Here's a photo I snapped of it peeking over the row houses on Zach Scott:
From schroed68/Mueller_comm?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Mueller_comm
It must have sensed my presence, however, as it turned its evil blue gaze in my direction:
From schroed68/Mueller_comm?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Mueller_comm
I tried to hide. I found it difficult to move. I can't prove that I was not visited by aliens during the hour or so that I sat baking under this evil blue sun.
After School Care for Mathews Elementary Students
posted by Rahel Kahlert on August 17th, 2011 1:54 PM
Jeff Schroeder from Kenpo Karate is on vacation this week. So it may take him a few days to get back. Best,Rahel
Now entering month 20 of the Alliance/Time-Warner cable/internet billing nightmare
posted by schroed on August 12th, 2011 11:45 PM
If you haven't seen anything like this in your mailbox, consider yourself lucky:
From schroed68/Mueller_comm?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Mueller_comm
If you can't see the image, it's a bill from our wonderful HOA manager Alliance showing a $1000 balance on my account. Nice, huh! You can get one of these in your mailbox too, and it takes very little effort on your part. All you have to do is cancel your service, turn in the equipment, and pay the remainder of your HOA bill on time every month, and just sit back and watch your overdue balance grow! I don't think you even need to bother with the 40-50 phone calls and emails; you can probably get a bill like this for much less effort than I expended. You see, we're approaching the 20-month anniversary of ditching the $50/mth Time-Warner cable/internet deal. Cable-free, hooray! Alas, there's no celebrating this anniversary, as we have yet to witness even the first anniversary of no longer being billed for this service. Boo! Thus the $1000 balance. If anyone has any ideas how I can get these SOBs to stop billing me (peacefully), I'd appreciate the advice. In the meantime, I have a couple of suggestions for how to save the rest of you from this fate. We need to: 1. Fire Alliance. Re-bid the HOA management contract. 2. Fire Time-Warner Cable. Give other companies like AT&T and Grande a chance to bid on this neighborhood exclusive deal. Seriously, I know there are some of you who like the $50 cable/internet deal. And to you I say congratulations! I just hope you like it forever, because that's how long you're goingto be paying for it. Thank you for listening. Daniel
Texas Solar-unprofessional
posted by canario on May 14th, 2011 4:07 PM
Lorrie,I replied because I felt your original post was a call by you to not utilize Texas Solar because of an honest mistake. You have every right to be bothered by what happened and you could have called Mark and spoken with him about the issue and been done with it. Instead, you came to the forum to relate your experience and try to influence the opinion of others about this business. I wanted to offer an alternative perspective.Last year after the bad hail storms, we had a new roof installed. Two weeks later, I came home to loads of shingles sitting on the new roof with no idea where they came from. We found out who delivered them and called the owner who admitted that they had delivered them to the wrong “Schroeder.” He apologized profusely and the shingles were picked up the next day. Now, talk about potential for roof damage?! However, I did not come to the forum and talk badly about the company – we did post to find out what legal grounds we had if it turned out there was roof damage but we never mentioned the company’s name. Honest mistakes happen and based on Mark’s reply, it appears to not have been Texas Solar’s error after all. Too often I read people writing scathing posts on this forum and sometimes I wish everyone would just take a deep breath and wait to post.Again, sorry you had a bad experience.Alicia
Mueller Houses and The Gap
posted by ccosart on March 25th, 2011 11:55 PM
Getting to a couple of specific points, but trying to bundle them to be at least somewhat less longwinded. To Smootyhoo’s point about marginal cost of adding square footage and underlying cost of land: I was talking about Mueller houses specifically, so the cost of the land for a Mueller House is the same whether it contains three 1500 sf units or two 2250sf units. And the reduced marginal cost of square footage should actually work *in favor* of greater flexibility in the case of Mueller Houses. [For the record, I’ve been emailed offline that there may be new Mueller House models coming out which will do a lot of the things I’ve been talking about. If that’s the case, I’ll gladly come back here and eat crow. It’s just that I’ve been told something like that prior to every new phase or release and it never comes to fruition.] Smittyho’s point about living car-lite: Yes, I’m sure it’s possible to do. We did it in our previous house south of Ben White. Looking at the cap metro trip planner, despite living almost three times as far from work as Mueller would be, I actually have a SHORTER bus ride from my current house to work than I would at Mueller. With half a block or less walk on each end. (And no transfers, whereas the Mueller trip would have them and, as a long time cap metro user, I can tell you that any transfer that doesn’t involve the #1 is going to leave you waiting an extra 20-40 minutes on a regular basis.) And our Walk Score is higher than Mueller. My only point being that Mueller is not currently offering anything more on those two metrics than my 100% suburban style 78745 neighborhood. That’s not New Urbanism. Now of course my neighborhood probably will never offer more in that regard than it does now, whereas hopefully Mueller might eventually offer much, much more. At this point I’ll bring in schroed’s comment about “ridiculous points like the fact that we have no rail or school yet” and the others with the general gyst of “stuff will come eventually”. I think to a large degree this is a misunderstanding of my point, because otherwise they make no sense. Let’s say for arguments sake there was an option a family could afford but would really stretch them to the limit. One of their main reasons to be interested in Mueller was having a neighborhood school their kids could walk to in a neighborhood actually built to be pedestrian friendly. Surely it’s not ridiculous to weigh differently in their decision making process whether that school is a) in existence vs. b) may one day exist after their kids are done with elementary school? Similarly if the town center is a major factor in their utility function, the fact that it has been delayed repeatedly is worrisome. And smittyho’s point that the economic downturn has been a causefor some delays is a valid explanation, but it’s ALSO a reason for a prospective buyer not to expect it too soon. So I think we’re talking past each other a bit here. That brings up the bit about timeframe. Remember, I’m a New Urbanism geek and have been following this from the beginning including while we were living abroad and trying to decide whether to return to Austin. So while we may only be in the fourth year of the buildout, the buildout started *years* behind, as Rahm McDaniel points out. Mueller has been behind schedule at every point; that’s just an empirical fact. I’m not sure why it’s ridiculous for someone to take that into account in adjusting their expectations if they were to buy there. Seems imprudent NOT to do so.
Proposals now posted, please read
posted by kim wine on September 27th, 2010 1:09 PM
Please take a look at the Proposals (especially #3, 4, and 5) now posted on and then attend one of the community dialogue meetings this week or Oct. 5!!And to schroed: Even if an elementary school was built in Mueller, at some point it would not be able to hold all of the Mueller kids. And multiple elementary schools feeding into a single middle school, then all of that middle school feeding into a single high school is what a single track means. It does not exclude students from surrounding schools from coming together. At no point in time has MEAT ever discussed a solely Mueller school located at Mueller. We also are not trying to hold secret meetings. We will try to address this with more publicity of the upcoming meetings. But we are also going to have to figure out how to hold productive meetings when newcomers usually need to be brought up to speed on what is going on, and that can take hours in itself. We may try to do quarterly informational meetings to resolve that problem. Anyway, please attend an AISD meeting this week or Oct 5 and give your input on what you want to happen. Some tough choices will have to be made in order for AISD to use our tax dollars wisely and to offer quality education to all of the students in AISD schools.
Bartholomew District Park: Vote for plan C!
posted by MuellerFan on August 31st, 2010 10:22 PM
Great news and lots to look forward to - thanks again schroed!
Bartholomew District Park Master Plan Public Input Survey
posted by MuellerFan on August 31st, 2010 9:21 PM
Thanks for the info schroed! Looks like Plan C is a winner for both the disc golfers and the dog park visitors. And the street improvements to slow traffic on 51st sound like an idea that benefits everyone.Any idea how large the leash free dog area is approximately?- Joy
Multiple posting issue
posted by schroed on May 4th, 2010 3:36 PM
I think this happens because the site does not always provide instantaneous visual feedback when the 'post response' button is pressed (like briefly turning your pointer into an hourglass), and therefore it's tempting to press the button again. Whenever I'm not sure it has registered my button press, I check the bar at the bottom to see if it says that "schroed has posted a response..''
Mueller Substation
posted by bluesqueezebox on March 23rd, 2010 1:06 PM
Good question Schroed, it seems to me that if it were put on the greenway it would negatively affect both aesthetics and the tax base. Not only would it be between me and the greenway (worst possible aesthetics), I'd imagine they might have a problem selling quite a few potential homes (especially the pricey ones facing the greenway) near it.
Mueller Substation
posted by AnotherPiperDown on March 23rd, 2010 12:13 PM
You obviously missed the point, I wasn't bragging but rather making fun of those green things... I drive a full size truck... It costs me an arm to fill up the bottom half of the tank and a leg to top it off, and I don't care what anybody else drives, unless its a golf cart... man I hate people in golf carts.For schroed, I'm done. I just hate it when I'm misunderstood... I spend hours coming up with witty posts and then to have them glanced over and misunderstood, par for the course on a neighborhood message board (yeah, that pun was totally intended)
Mueller Substation
posted by AnotherPiperDown on March 23rd, 2010 12:13 PM
You obviously missed the point, I wasn't bragging but rather making fun of those green things... I drive a full size truck... It costs me an arm to fill up the bottom half of the tank and a leg to top it off, and I don't care what anybody else drives, unless its a golf cart... man I hate people in golf carts.For schroed, I'm done. I just hate it when I'm misunderstood... I spend hours coming up with witty posts and then to have them glanced over and misunderstood, par for the course on a neighborhood message board (yeah, that pun was totally intended)
Save our Circle
posted by danx111 on February 26th, 2010 9:52 AM
A few weeks ago I asked the City Streets Dept to look at the circle, the plantings around it, the pedestrian crossings at the circle as well as the one at Aldrich & Airport. Lots of traffic problems entering & leaving the circle, lots of kids/families use the crossings, difficult sight lines at both places, etc. The rep said they were arare of the problems, had it on their worklist (no dates) and would be addressing all issues. Suggest you call 311 and ask for assistance. Jennife Harvey, POA, is aware of the sight lines interrupted by plantings and has asked landscape folks to keep it trimmed (Mueller is responsible for maintenance)
Save our Circle
posted by Sean M. on February 26th, 2010 9:26 AM
I have to agree completely with Schroed, no one yeilds when entering the circle from airport. Everytime I'm going around the circle I am prepared to blast my horn at another bad Austin driver not following road signs. As slow as Austin drivers are why does it seem like they are speeding into a circle when they should be almost coming to a stop. Everytime I go get a smotthie or sandwich its about a 50/50 chance a car is just going to enter the circle without looking left. Terrible set up - bushes hiding views not only of cars but pedistrians. I don't know who sets up roads around Austin but it is some of the worst planning I've ever seen. I'm sure after there have been enough accidents which will occur something will change, its just ashame we'll have to wait until then.
posted by Greg Buford on February 3rd, 2010 9:01 AM
Dear Schroed,How dare you lecture us about people lecturing us not to lecture each other. My foreparents fought and died for the freedom to lecture someone about lecturing someone. And you if you don't like it, I'll see on the basketball court at 3:00 sharp. First one to ten make ten shots from the free throw line is right forever! And furthermore, starting today I will be parking my car on my neighbor's lawn. Sorry, Joan!Greg
Garage Appt for rent
posted by S. Chiarello on October 26th, 2009 12:20 PM
Hi Ezra! Daniel Schroeder guided me to your post...Can you tell me about the apartment? How big? Are their stairs (I am about to have major knee surgery)? How much? Etc. Thanks!
Patio Furniture Stolen
posted by Lorrie on August 29th, 2009 9:11 AM
Schroed - that's hilarious!
Clean Up After Your Dog!
posted by Noelfil on August 24th, 2009 10:53 PM
Amen, Schroed. Not fun to deal with shoes,boots, or bikes, or whatever, that have been dipped in the offerings of other folks canine bliss. Its just common courtesy folks. If your pet drops pick it up. For the love of God, some of the stuff along the trails is near horse poo size! We know you love "Fluffy", who is flawless and pristine in your eyes. I bet I'd like her/him too. But their poo still smells like doggy poo and is not divine or fun to deal with. Please remember that our trails and most especially our green spaces are made to be walked on, ridden on, SAT on, or LAID on by adult and kid humans. Doggie doo can ruin a nice day for anyone sitting or walking on it.
Skeptics' thread
posted by schroed on August 4th, 2009 10:14 AM
Noelfil, you were not the target of my comment. In fact I agreed with much of what you said in your "If we were taliking..." post. Sorry if you felt caught in the crossfire.Since you asked, what I have personally lost, for starters, is the expectation of being free from unreasonable search and seizures, and the expectation of privacy in communications. No one has to actually search my house while I'm away, tap my phones, or read my email for this to register as a loss to me. Furthermore, while not technically a right, I also lost the peace of mind of knowing that my tax dollars were not funding an illegal war of aggression. Perhaps these are small things to you, but not so to me.Finally, the freedom of speech that allows you to post whatever you want here also guarantees me and others the right to suggest that you take discussions that are not relevant to muellercommunity somewhere else. There's a fine line between consensual political discussions among neighbors and using this forum as a political soapbox to beat people over the head with your ideas. For every person like myself (or the deeply, richly annoyed Ezra) who responds to the latter type of posts, there are many more quietly seething, or perhaps hoping that if you ignore them they will stop posting this garbage.
Skeptics' thread
posted by Noelfil on August 3rd, 2009 7:54 PM
Again, I am sorry if I" pissed you off" Schroed. In no way did I want to "piss you off", or any other of my neighbors ( who are all great) with my comments. You may want to read my posts again. One of us may have been mistaken. I was hammering away a bit at the 9-11 stuff, and certainly not telling anyone they should go with it or falter. I would like to ask you though, just which of your constitutional rights have you personally lost since 9-11? I ask that question often, and it seems its always someones uncles, brothers, second cousins, twice removed, daddys, half great uncles, sister in law , or citizen of another country, but not the actual person speaking who has lost some "constitutional right", or civil right. Please let me know which ones you personally have lost. Please enlighten me. Waiting eight years to hear specifics! Looking forward to hearing back from you. Does it have something to do with telling people what they can say/discuss/write, in open internet forums?
Modifications Committee / Solar panels
posted by wharhorn on July 19th, 2009 11:47 PM
I have one of the Saldana homes ig GC2, and also have a rebate approval and bid for a 4.5kw system. I tried to have it done by the builder so it would fall into the mortgage but found that because of all the Mueller restrictions by Catellus(sp?) and the HOA that it would cost me more and be very difficult to do that way. My application thru the HOA is "being decided by the comittee". Schroed there is a request form you can download to fill out and send in with a small fee and a deposit. Along with a copy of your bid from one of the city approved installers and a plot map showing where the installations will be on the house. They are supposed to give you an answer in 15-30 days. I sent mine in in April while the house was under construction, not realizing they would not even look at it until the house was out of the builders name. Since closing in early June I have called 4 or 5 times and they have always needed some other piece of information all of which I had sent in with the application. I tell them they have it already but that I will gladly send it if they cannot find it. They are going to look and call me back, (never have). I call again in 2-3 days and they have indeed found the missing info. They have been very nice about it each time, but have never notified me they need anything else except when I call them. I have been patient as I figure if I got mad they could make this take forever and my rebate at the old higher rate will expire. The whole point being that you need to send in the application and then follow up. Thursday they told be everything was in order and I would have a decision in the mandated 51-30 days I admit to being a little worried as my house is on the end of the GC and the panels will have to be on the street side to be effective. Most peoples are not easily visible from the street. Good luck
Skeptic's in the Park?
posted by Noelfil on July 19th, 2009 6:22 PM
You are correct, of course, as usual. This forum is about folks in this area communicating with each other. I think that should be ok with the Block Committees. If you had spent the last 29 years in the nations most diverse, open, free spirited, open minded, loving, nurturing, accepting, community in America listening to a mind numbing 95% of the free thinkers you encounter,( in person or on the internet) express the exact same homogenous ideas, "thoughts", "opinions", socio/political philiosphy,etc., and vitriol toward non-believers, then you might understand why some folks would take any opportunity for something actually/hopefully different. You need not bother with this thread if you think it is banal or puerile. Like certain free thinkin folks love to say about objectional content on radio, film, tv, etc. If you don't like it, switch off. As I said before, anyone is welcome in my home as long as they are civil. Come on over. I will warn you that I have grown tired of attempting the use of logic on the great grand children of Hegal, Marx and Engels. Lets call it "settled science" in my mind, as a great pseudo scientist and statesman once said about another issue. A "100% certainty" It bores all the living tar out of me, but one learns from bores too, as I learned at UT. By the way, Schroed, I'm much more interested in the guy who walked the streets with a lamp looking for an "honest man". Know any?
Texas Solar Power offer
posted by Shanda Sansing on July 17th, 2009 5:39 PM
Hello Muellerites, There has been a lot of energy and excitement about integrating solar in your neighborhood. We are so thrilled to be involved in this endeavor! In a continuing effort to be transparent and straightforward in our interactions with you, we are sending out an update about our offer to the Mueller Community. 1. Price per watt: We are responding to competition and revising our price per watt to $5.11 for Suntech modules. This applies to all installations, whether there are ultimately 2 or 12 or 25 homes. 2. Timeframe: In order to establish a “group” rate, we had previously put a time limit on acceptance - until July 31st. We had hoped for a community buildup (both solar and excitement!) While we DO want you to install as soon as possible so you can take advantage of this incredible sunshine, we DO NOT want you to feel rushed. So take your time; we will honor the $5.11 price per watt for Suntech modules until further notice. 3. Eligibility: A number of people who were unable to attend our Solar 101 meeting contacted us to ask if the offer was available to them. We want to be clear: we are extending our “Mueller Discount” to all residents in the Mueller community development. This offer is not extended to those outside the community. 4. Sample Projects: If you would care to review examples of our projects, simply take a walk around the corner. The following homes are either in progress or are already complete: a. 2017 McCloskey, home of the Smith family, 7.8kW system ( b.4116 Lawless Drive, home of the Schroeder family, 3.15kW system ( c. 1933 McCloskey, home of the Pollack family, 6.3kW system ( d. 1908 Emma Long, home of the Dozier family, 3.15kW system ( Texas Solar Power Company has deep roots in Austin – we’ve been designing and installing systems since 1995. You can count on us to be around for many years to come. We’d love the opportunity to work with you. Let us know if you have questions. Thanks! Shanda (and Vincent, and Roger)
Going Green--Counterpoint on global warming being due to anthropogenic forcing
posted by Rod on July 3rd, 2009 7:31 PM
NOAA site: I will read that site soon, upon return from Korea. Thanks for posting. I have a few emails out to colleagues that tend to support the anthropogenic forcing picture and also are involved in climate modeling, so hope to hear their replies within a week or so. Ezra, "Schroed" : I see your points. I could have easily as said in my first post "I find this interesting" rather than trying to not display any bias but (evidently) confusing that point with my first post of "not commenting, just supplying information." As one example of being green irrespective of models for global warming (and note that some of the models and data supplied by some scientists/analysts, they claim, supports the idea that some parts of earth are cooling, such as the southern hemisphere), consider the point(s) made by Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute. (Were that coal wasl pure carbon--but it isn't. So it doesn't burn cleanly to only carbon dioxide and water.) Coal has significant quantities of mercury and other heavy metals like lead and so on, and so when it is burned, they are emitted into the air. Lovins with his analyses of energy efficiencies that could be done he believes quite readily, points out that we could be shutting coal-fired power plants down in the USA and at a very nice clip, if we would simply use energy more efficiently, particularly in buildings. Even with elimination of "acid rain" precursors via scrubbers the heavy metals are still being spewed out. Another example is self-sufficiency. Is it wise to be obtaining such a high percentage of oil from other countries? If we go eventually to an all-electric transportation fleet and can be charging cars at 3 am when the wind is blowing best in west Texas from wind turbine power...There are many others, of course. Rod
Re: Gravel in side yards?
posted by bgierisch15 on December 30th, 2008 10:13 PM
Good advice, schroed. I think you are right on about the grass eventually growing in the gravel. It's something we need to be thinking about.I am also a little leery of signing the letter Meritage has provided us. Among other things it releases Meritage from liability for drainage issues, while their own HO literature warns about water standing within 5-6 feet of the foundation. I still want some expert advice before making a decision on how to go.
Give Maplewood Elementary a chance
posted by schroed on February 7th, 2008 9:22 AM
Hi, I posted this message to the mueller_redevelopment yahoo group last night and have gotten a number of positive responses: _________________________ Hello Neighbors (or soon-to-be-neighbors), We are Pioneers, closing on our home on Lawless in less than a month, and my wife Alicia and I have agonized over where to send our son for kindergarten in the fall. Those of you who know how to look up the various data sources probably already know that our current zone school, Maplewood Elementary, is not exactly what you would call stellar on test scores. If you go by TEA ratings, they are academically acceptable, but these rather clumsy ratings do not control for 'peer effects.' Other sources like do a better (but not perfect) job of controlling for peer effects, but by this measure Maplewood does not look very good either. Of course, AISD's policy of open transfers allows you to place your kid in whatever school you want to drive them to, provided that school has not already been flooded by transfers due to their having an 'exemplary' or some such rating. I believe this is generally a good policy, but it has a bad side effect: it tends to drain the best students away from schools that, like Maplewood, find themselves below the top tier, thus reinforcing the low rating and driving it even lower, draining away even more students, and so on in a vicious spiral... Another alternative for some might be private school. We went that route with our daughter (who's now 15); she stayed there through 6th grade, but in retrospect we wish we hadn't. The fact is, there's a lot to be said for having your children attend school in your own community. It stinks having to drive your kid to and from school every day, then on weekends drive them to play dates because their friends live nowhere near you. We are moving to Mueller in part to avoid stuff like this. So we asked around, and we visited Maplewood, talked to the principal and teachers. And you know what we found? The test scores do not really do this school justice. Maplewood enjoys an unusual amount of support from the local community, almost a source of pride for many. The teachers are dedicated. The art program there is awesome, and the science/technology focus is also pretty cool. And surely you've heard about the art fair that is held before Xmas each year as a benefit to the school's art program? I also like that it has the lowest student/teacher ratio in the district (11.5 to 1). I'd just like to suggest that if there are others out there moving into Mueller and thinking about elementary schools, you should really give Maplewood a chance. Please just visit the school and check it out for yourself. The test scores are not the entire story. Perhaps you will find you like it too, and your children can attend this awesome school with my son. In fact, we can raise those ratings, if enough of us put our support behind our community school. Thanks for listening, Daniel Schroeder 4116 Lawless PS- I fully support your efforts to get Mueller Elementary on the bond proposal, but only if the bond can be expanded. If it must go forward as a limited proposal, then the southeast elementary school is clearly more urgent. For now, there is space at Maplewood. -DS :D
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