minutes of SRCC meeting of general membership October 4, 2010
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SRCC General Membership Meeting Notes - 10/4/10
1. Room re-arrangement, meeting procedures, etiquette, welcome newcomers.
presenter throughout: sarah campbell, president
we decided to re-arrange the room to reduce the visual interference of the
columns and bring everyone a bit closer.
2. membership & voting announcements.
presenter: carol martin, membership chair
the new membership rates and efforts are working. maria was awarded a coupon for
a free ice cream for being the second person at the meeting to renew their
3. approve minutes from monday, august 2, 2010, regular monthly meeting.
MOTION: jean/dennis - to approve the minutes = PASSED
4. city acquisition of new parkland in area 7, parker & wind oak.
approximately two acres of land including the harper's branch spring are
scheduled for acquisition closing at the end of the year by the city to be used
for parkland in the EROC area west of I-35 that currently has no park space
aside from the riverfront.
5. approve a new SRCC variance policy & procedure developed by member
committee (page 5 of October 2010 newsletter).
a document was developed to help clarify and streamline the process for
reviewing and presenting variance cases. the hope is that this will save time
and reduce confusion for applicants.
MOTION: claudette/dennis - to approve the new policy = PASSED
6. consider site plan for conversion of 1001 e riverside from single family to
b&b use: SPC-2010-0237A. applicant: donna bahara, owner.
the property is located at riverside and travis heights. we will be
re-notified; city staff made an error; a public hearing is not needed. they have
ample parking and will not be doing group events like weddings. there are three
bedrooms and they will rent out two of them while living in the third. there are
seven total parking spaces available to the property. no vote was needed so none
7. consider variance request to decrease minimum rear setback from 10' to 5' at
504 sunset circle: C15-2010-0105. applicant: julie ferguson, owner.
the property is located off rebel rd and is a small semi-pie shaped parcel that
is 200sq/ft over the small lot amnesty limit that would legally allow what this
variance is requesting. the space in question is already covered in concrete and
serves as an open air patio. the owner is looking to cover and screen it in
along with gutters to direct rainwater away from neighboring properties. the
neighbor in the back does not appear to be affected by this variance.
MOTION: russell/claudette - to approve the variance - PASSED
8. consider site plans for removal of existing house and building of a new one
at 1313 bonham terrace (no case# yet). applicants: lois kim & phil reed, owners.
the family of four has outgrown the existing 1150sq/ft home and have decided to
demolish the garage and move the house to make space for a new home to be built
around the large oak trees. no variance is needed for the new house. the
property backs up to the housing authority parking lot. the new home with be
pier and beam and will use many of the existing beams to avoid root damage. this
property is outside of our potential historic district, and is not considered
historically significant, so that a demolition permit will not be opposed by
SRCC if the owners are unsuccessful in relocating the existing house.
9. two road closures: (a) 11/25 thanksgiving day texas A&M corps march
beginning on s congress at riverside, 12:30-2pm; (b) 11/27 chuy's children
giving to children parade, "de-staging" onto north end of congress ave bridge,
MOTION: helen/dennis - to approve closure (a) = PASSED
10. (a) status of traffic calming in area 8.
city wants us to hire an engineer to plan calming devices. laura toupes is being
hired with a target start time in spring.
(b) status of SCIP.
south congress improvement project. $4million allocated to this project many
years ago with approximately $1million remaining. the current plan includes
changing the parking along south congress to reverse angle parking from academy
to leland with more lights and pedestrian improvements. the proposed changes
will create over 100 new parking spaces and the city continues to look for
developers to partner with to increase that number further.
11. progress at and wish list for our middle school. presenter: gloria lee,
member & cindy anderson, pta president of fulmore middle school.
the austin community foundation account is now setup and has resulted in two
grants, one of which is a grade level book club so all kids can read the same
book and discuss it together as well as bring in authors to talk. the school
also received the catch award for having a coordinated approach to child health
along with another award for promoting nutrition and healthy living. a dedicated
parent center has been setup to educate about services available to families as
well as for esl and nutrition classes. many bilingual leaders have stepped up to
help bridge the language gap. an award was presented to the SRCC for supporting
pta efforts with donations to help setup the ACF account. you can donate money
and supplies any time, even office supplies help. there are lots of upcoming
events, stay tuned.
12. grant for blunn creek preserve. presenter: david todd, co-chair, srcc
parks, schools & environments standing committee.
david was not present to speak, so we skipped this item.
13. status of norwood house project. presenter: wolf sittler, norwood posse
a 30 month effort on the part of the norwood posse to raise funds and restore
the norwood house has been put on hold while the city commissions a study by
casa bela architects ($80,000) to review the entire parcel. the estimated cost
to restore the house is $350,000, per Wolf, using reduced rate professionals and
quite a bit of volunteers and donations, so the city is relying on this
feasibility study to be the guide for future changes to the house and the dog
14. report from austin neighborhoods council (ANC). presenter: wolf sittler,
SRCC rep to ANC
the mayor attended the last ANC meeting to talk and promote the november bond
election that would allocate $14million of the $90million package to build a
boardwalk along the lake to connect the hike/bike trail where it is currently
lacking. the ANC had no recommendation as the vote is all or nothing and tied to
lots of other mobility funding.
15. comprehensive plan review sessions, citywide.
the city is looking for support of its process and revamped envision austin city
plan. the ANC passed a resolution to ask the city to restart the plan based
primarily on the feeling that result of the work done to create the individual
neighborhood plans is being ignored. the city has requested citizen
participation in the process.
16. neighborhood watch. presenter: marc davis, vp and chair, safety committee
the group has put in place the general neighborhood watch structure, documents,
communication tools and watch zones. our area has been broken up into smaller
areas with block captains, 16 in total. crime victims are encouraged to
participate and help expand coverage.
17. (a) downtown austin alliance and kut 90.5fm is hosting their annual holiday
sing-along and tree-lighting on congress at the capitol 12/4; (b) the annual
texas book festival at the capitol grounds will be next weekend 10/16-17.
18. the srcc executive committee held an online meeting from september 18th to
noon september 22, 2010 to vote on historic landmark status for ziller house at
800 edgecliff terrace, in order to have input to the landmark commission meeting
on septeber 27th. all votes were positive.
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