minutes of SRCC meeting of general membership June 7, 2010
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SRCC General Membership Meeting Notes - 6/7/10
1. annu and mahesh, owners of new india cuisine next to eva b's in the shopping center east across south congress from heb will introduce themselves an their new restaurant to srcc along with food samples.
this new restaurant shares space with eva b's but is independently owned and operated. the menu features a variety of vegan and vegetarian options with traditional indian dishes and spices. they aim to share and teach others about
spices and ingredients they might be unfamiliar with by serving it to them. a
one dollar discount is given to bike riders and walkers. healthy food is the
focus. more information can be found on their website - http://www.newindia.us/
- hours of operation are monday-thursday 11-9:30 and friday-saturday 11-10.
2. meeting procedures, etiquette, welcome newcomers.
presenter: sarah campbell,
3. membership announcements. presenter: carol martin, membership chair
carol continues to send out membership renewal reminders and it appears to be
working. dues income is up.
4. approve minutes from monday, may 3rd, 2010, regular monthly meeting
MOTION: marc/wolf - to approve the minutes = PASSED
5. consider a motion in regard to demo permit before the historic landmark
commission (hdp-2010-0170) requested for 1608 travis heights blvd. presenter:
jean mather/teresa griffin - the previous owner gutted the building without the
proper permit and the new owner wants to demolish what is left and develop the
MOTION: entrust sarah/teresa to work up SRCC recommendations to the
Commission for rebuilding on the site using as much of the
original house as possible = PASSED
6. consider variance requests for bed and breakfast at 221 park lane (case#
c15-2010-0057). presenter: teresa griffin, co-chair zoning and planning standing
current zoning standards do not allow two bed and breakfasts to operate within
1000ft of each other but the property in question operated prior to this rule.
we previously voted in favor of a variance for the other bed and breakfast that
is within the 1000ft distance and now the city is asking for this property to
get a variance also for the same situation. the second variance also came into
effect after the property operated as a b&b and assumes that most b&b properties
are comprised of one large house and would require this property to build
covered walkways between all the existing smaller buildings in order to make
them "under one roof."
MOTION: teresa/jean - to support the variance to the 1000ft distance between
businesses = PASSED
MOTION: claudette/jean - to support the second variance based on items #2 and #3
in the city's board of adjustments "hardship" rules = PASSED
7. vote on request by batfest promoters to close congress ave bridge for 22
hours august 21st-early morning 22nd, 2010
one member voted against the event and no one voted for the event.
8. vote to approve ken schulze as new area 2 coordinator to replace "retiring"
ken was approved unanimously.
9. notice that a site plan has been filed (spc-2010-0108c) for a boardwalk at
lady bird lake, extending from east bouldin creek east to the beginning of
parkland east of ih35. another notice of a public hearing on the project will be
sent in the future.
10. report on the results of a city survey of bouldin creek and srcc residents
in close proximity to s congress regarding parking problems and potential
the only fully supported change to the parking situation was to change, and add
more where currently there is parallel parking, the existing diagonal parking
spots along congress to face the opposite direction so that you back into them.
the idea is that it's safer and easier to pull out of those spots b/c you can
see the cars and bikes coming. while votes were close, other possible solutions
like neighborhood parking permits, parking meters, etc -- which were necessary
to justify and make possible a parking garage the city wanted to partner with a
3rd party to construct -- were defeated. without those tools there would be no
reason for people to pay to park in the garage when they can just park in the
neighborhood for free.
11. update on progress of the norwood house.
presenter: wolf sittler, norwood
posse chief, member.
it has been discovered that there is also lead based paint on the eaves and will
cost an additional $25,000 to remove (one contractor's estimate) based on city
procedures. the posse has proposed an idea to paint over it with military
sealant and then remove the pieces for a much lower cost but are waiting for
approval. a garage sale will be held soon to raise more funds.
12. update on progress of the 4th of july super committee.
approximately $1,000 has been spent so far but that number could be lower
pending waived fees. the tshirt design is done. lloyd doggett and the star
spangled banner players will be present. sign up to help with setup and takedown
duties. setup is at 8am with the parade at 11am and takedown from 2-3. the event
is in need of a PA system and someone to take responsibility for it. if you have
a classic car, please drive it in the parade!
13. update on neighborhood watch and safety programs.
presenter: marc davis,
chair, standing committee on transportation and public safety.
everything is moving along nicely. a CLASP meeting for neighborhood association
patrol groups to share ideas will be held soon. if you want to get more involved
there is a listserv subgroup where this is all being organized. remember... if
you see anything suspicious, call 911!
14. twin oaks library in the shopping center closed may 31st and will reopen at
its new permanent location at 1800 s fifth st at 10am saturday, august 21, 2010.
a grand opening celebration will begin at this time. call 974-7400 for further
info. the city is setting its budget priorities and wants to hear from you. some
of the items listed involve the library system. if you'd like to support the
library and see it modernized, please let the city know.
15. rolling roadshow movie " "ghostbusters" to be shown on outdoor screen in 500
block of san jacinto on august 8th, 2010, starting at 7pm. the event is to help
promote the historic sixth street district.
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