minutes of SRCC meeting of general membership June 6, 2011
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SRCC General Membership Meeting Notes - 6/6/11
1. meeting procedures, etiquette, welcome newcomers. presenter: sarah campbell,
president, unless otherwise noted below.
2. membership announcements.
presenter: carol martin: membership chair
you can now pay your dues through our website www.srccatx.org by using the PayPal
buttons for either the individual or family membership. you can pay with a credit card
without being a PayPal member.
3. approve minutes from monday, may 2, 2011, regular monthly meeting
MOTION: mary lowell/russell fraser – to approve the minutes = PASSED
4. site plan/conditional use permit for change of use from liquor sales to “cocktail
lounge and associated improvements” at 343 s congress at riverside drive.
presenters: nikelle meade for applicant, jean mather and/or teresa
griffin, co-chairs planning and zoning committee and officers of NPCT.
the presenter for the property asked to postpone this item.
5. marc and tracy frazier, owners of S Congress Athletic Club.
connie todd, member.
this neighborhood health club is located behind doc’s (with lots of parking) and open
6am-9pm M-F, 7-4 saturday and 10-4 sunday. the cost to join is $50 but can be split
with another person if you both join at the same time. fees are $45 a month with a
minimum three month term. SCAC offers personalized training plans from their highly
skilled personnel which includes massage therapists, a physical therapist and soon a
general practitioner with a physical therapy background who is also an
ultra-marathoner. group training is limited to 3-6 people so you get personal attention
and guidance. if you’re considering implementing a healthy routine or tweaking the one
you already have, stop by SCAC and let them talk to you about what they have to offer,
rumor has it you won’t be disappointed.
6. COA proposed special exemptions and fee waivers for certain code violations in sf-3
canceled because city council consideration date for item has passed.
7. neighborhood watch pilot program.
presenters: dennis cudd, marc davis and shelly
the idea is to focus our attention and efforts on a smaller area first with the
intention of applying what we learn to the greater SRCC. areas 4A and 4B had the most
volunteers and the most crime reported so this is the focus of the pilot program. the
process is to 1st offer help to the victims (this also applies to anyone outside of the
pilot areas) to make sure they have everything they need. 2nd is to flyer the immediate
area to notify neighbors of the incident and encourage them to be vigilant and avoid
being an easy target (ie: don’t leave things in your vehicle you don’t want stolen).
3rd is to car patrol the area regularly with high visibility including official
Neighborhood Watch magnetic signs on cars and possibly t-shirts to let potential
criminals know we’re watching. the proposed area encompasses 12 blocks. volunteers will
receive training and John Luther of barton hills is certified and willing to help. our
resident constable, maria conchola, has also offered to do what she can to increase the
constable presence in the area. the presenters asked the membership to vote to
contribute money to the cause to cover some or all of the expense of kick-starting the
program along with several options to do so.
MOTION: garret nick/carol martin – to purchase the official city street signs and 4 car
magnets with the official symbols for neighborhood watch, but that this does not
guarantee any future commitment by SRCC to purchase more materials = PASSED
8. illegal tree cutting at 1208 woodland ave. proposed resolution to compose letter to
city, fiercely denouncing this activity and requesting maximum fines/punishment against
the owner had a company cut down a number of trees on the property including three
protected — one a heritage oak, done without any permits, notification or permission to
do so. Sarah recommended that the letter include a requirement that a building permit
be released for a plan only if it reflected the trees still on site, as if they had
never been cut.
MOTION: sarah campbell/kathryn chase – to write the letter to the city = PASSED
9. proposed amendment to LDC, affecting homebuyers in the extra-territorial
MOTION: jean mather/claudette lowe –
write a letter to support the amendment =
10. activity at 1301 newning causing alarm.
there was no one present to speak about this.
11. street closures: (A) batfest, 4am aug 27th-4am aug 28, 2011. congress ave bridge to
be closed. (B) austin triathlon, 6am-11am sept 5, 2011, s congress to be closed except
for single lane north to cesar cavez and single lane south from barton springs rd. (C)
livestrong run oct 15th.
12. SRCC east (EROC) and other area updates
(A) the riverside corridor plan meeting has been pushed back to august and the FLUM
changed to a special district zoning that will override existing conditional overlays
fought for by the neighborhood and imposed on developers in areas 6+7 as part of
negotiations. this would constitute a huge loss for the SRCC and EROC in
(B) pepper’s bistro wants to change from a restaurant/bar to a cocktail lounge with
late hours. located near arena/riverside with this area already having 29,000 sq/ft of
13. committee reports
(A) the newsletter is published and being delivered.
(B) a small neighborhood watch is organizing along Woodland Ave from travis heights to
chelsea, with sarah campbell and sandy booth as block captains.
(C) www.srccatx.org is fully functional
(D) if you have any of the older SRCC neigborhood signs, please use them or return
them. Also, please let Jean Mather know you have one and your address so we can map
locations for improved distribution.
(E) area 8 traffic calming plan has the approval of 4 of 5 required city departments
needed to start construction. next step is to have residents vote — 60% of them must
support it. the plan includes 7 traffic calming islands on Willow Springs Dr and
14. SRCC executive officer shuffling to begin late summer/early fall.
mark davis, the VP, will prepare agendas and run the general membership meetings while
sarah campbell, the Prez, focuses on other projects that will develop the role of VP,
which is very weak within SRCC bylaws.
(A) norwood house – the city’s feasibility study is coming to an end. the city has
expressed its intention to move the dog park although no alternate location has been
determined. the city council previously supported the restoration of the house so a
meeting with the mayor and council to push for a not-for-profit restoration is the next
(B) SCIP – south congress improvement project – plan is to resurface congress from
oltorf to the congress bridge and then stripe it for back in angled parking, southbound
bike lane and northbound sharrow. beyond that there is no consensus between the
residents and businesses in the area on how to deal with the increasing strain overflow
parking and littering is putting on the residents.
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