South River City Citizens (SRCC: minutes for meeting of general
October 1, 2012
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MINUTES for MEETING OF THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP OF SRCC
MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2012
GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
205 East Monroe; Austin, Texas
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CALL TO ORDER/APPROVAL OF MINUTES
1. 7:15 Room arrangement, meeting procedures, etiquette, welcome newcomers
Presenter throughout: Marc Davis, President, unless otherwise noted
2. 7:20 Membership & voting announcements.
Presenter: Carol Martin, Vice President and Membership Chair
We are now sending out reminder postcards to individuals when it is time to renew membership.
3. 7:22 Approve minutes
from September 3, 2012, last regular monthly meeting
MOTION: Garret Nick / Jean Mather - to approve the minutes from last month =
4. 7:25 Treasurer's Report
Presenter: Les Case, Treasurer
Account reconciliation, Profit & Loss, and Balance reports available from
5. 7:30 Committee Chairs' reports
Parks, Schools, Environment: Saturday the 6th will be a Blunn Creek Nature
Preserve work day. If you'd like to help remove invasives and plant new
trees, please show up at the St Edwards Drive entrance.
Planning & Zoning see items below;
Transportation & Public Safety: see items below
Norwood; The restoration of the Norwood House could begin as soon as next
Historic District: no report;
Communications - no report;
Financial - They have put together some organizational proposals that will be
ready to present to the Executive Committee soon.
Reps to ANC Austin Neighborhoods Council - Visit www.ANCweb.org for all information and
issues related to the ANC. Â The ANC voted to support the 10-1 City Council
6. 7:40 Update on Neighborhood Watch
Presenters: Raymond Sinatra, Member (others)
National Night Out is this coming Tuesday, October . Several areas are having block parties.
Raymond is hosting his block party on Saturday, October 6 from 11am to 2pm at 1002 Fairmont
(between Travis Heights Boulevard & Kenwood). The Neighborhood
Watch Program is planning to schedule the next training session in early
November. Volunteers will be trained to participate in the Citizen Patrol
effort. It involves: be observant, carry a cell phone, and call 911 if you see
suspicious activity. We are asking for volunteers for two patrols per month for
thirty minutes to an hour. SRCC provides magnetic signs for car that identify
our NW program. Volunteers can also walk or ride. wearing NW t-shirts to make
sure the patrols are highly visible.
7. 7:45 Update on 1227 Newning development
Presenter: Carol Martin, will share report from Marc Davis, President
Marc Davis met with the residents to discuss the development and the process
for improved communication. Marc will serve as the intermediary so the developer
has a single point of contact. Neighbors should contact Marc when they have a
concern so that the developer can address the issues. The developer will provide
regular status reports to let neighbors know in advance what will be happening
during the construction.
8. 7:50 The auto body shop at 2311 Rebel Road.
The residents of Rebel Road and Sunset Circle are concerned about code violations and negative
impact on neighbors. Jose Martinez is representing nearby residents in
communications with APD and City of Austin.
Presenters: Jose Martinez, resident
This business is located at 2311 Rebel Rd, a couple doors west of Curra's on Oltorf.
The neighbors have recorded a number of code violations including the
business parking customer cars along the street. Wreckers drop cars off in the
middle of the night on a very regular basis and those cars are sometimes left
there for months. Neighbors have collected thirteen signatures and turned them
in to the Mayor asking for a meeting with the police chief. Employees and
customers have been seen littering and loitering on neighboring properties.
The business does not have permission to be painting but does so regularly and
late night working has also been recorded. Some neighbors have expressed fear
over signing the petition for fear of retribution by the business and
MOTION: Jean Mather / Ken - to send a letter to City Council, City Manager and
Director of Planning in support of the residents' requests for code
enforcement and response to the issues identified by the neighbors = PASSED
9. 8:00 Whip In Redevelopment
Presenter: Dipak Topiwala, Whip In owner
The Health Department made a recent inspection of the Whip In and determined
they needed to expand the restrooms. Currently they are retail with an
accessory kitchen and accessory seating. As Whip In has grown their restaurant
business, the city is initiating changing their status to a restaurant which
would require them to provide adequate parking for customers. Now they have 43
spaces and 100 (???) would be required. Â Whip In's first attempt to acquire
permission to use adjacent properties' parking lots have not yet been
successful but they will continue to pursue this solution.
10. 8:10 Update on 1100 Manlove Street
Applicant is requesting a Neighborhood Plan Amendment to change the Future Land
Use Map (FLUM) from Single-Family (SF-3) to Neighborhood Mixed Use (NMU).
Â (Community Meeting about it this evening Oct 1.)
Presenter: Jean Mather, Tony House, members
The owner of the property has been using the property for commercial purposes
for the last three years. He parks commercial vehicles along the residential
street and uses it for commercial access. This new request is in conflict with
existing plans that work to maintain the current land use.
MOTION: Toni House / Jean Mather - to support the EROC contact team's position
to oppose the change = PASSED
A short presentation was given asking for support of Proposition 13 in
particular and the entire bond package in general.
Thank you, Garret Nick, Secretary
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