South River City Citizens (SRCC): minutes for meeting of general
November 4, 2013
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MEETING OF THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP OF SRCC
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013
GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
205 East Monroe; Austin, Texas
CALL TO ORDER/APPROVAL OF MINUTES
1. 7:15 Meeting procedures, etiquette, welcome newcomers.
State your full name when presenting or seconding a motion.
Presenter throughout: Marc Davis, President, unless otherwise noted.
2. 7:20 Membership & voting announcements.
If you pay multiple years in advance, you will get a discount.
Single membership: 1-yr $20; 2-yr $35; 3-yr $50
Family membership: 1-yr $35; 2-yr $65; 3-yr $95
3. 7:22 Approve minutes
from October 7, 2013, last regular monthly meeting
MOTION: Eric Rangel / Wolf Sitler--to approve the October 7 meeting minutes =
4. 7:25 Treasurer's report
Account reconciliation, Profit & Loss, and Balance
reports available upon request
Presenter: Nancy Byrd, Treasurer
5. 7:30 Committee Chairs' reports--
1) Parks, Schools, Environment;
2) Planning & Zoning (item below);
3) Transportation & Public Safety;
4) Norwood--A structural engineer is currently working on the project and some
asbestos materials have been identified for removal
5) Historic District (item below);
8) Financial--At the last executive committee meeting a quarterly report was shared and copies
were handed out this evening;
9) Reps to ANC (Austin Neighborhoods
11) Quality of Life--Robert Reeves has
joined the board of another organization
and is looking for a replacement to head this committee.
6. 7:40 Update on Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC) process.
Maps are being revised. Websites can help track: also, see schedule of hearings:
Presenter: Carol Martin, Vice President
At our last meeting we passed a resolution opposing the preliminary map that had
the SRCC split into at least two districts. Many alternatives have been
suggested by groups all over the city and the ICRC has gone back to work to
tweak the districts. The links above provide up to date information about this
process and how you can participate.
7. 7:50 Update on 517 E. Oltorf--Apostolic Assembly of the Faith in Christ
Jesus, Inc., request (C14-2013-0081) to upzone to GR (with conditional
overlay) to increase its impervious cover limit and allow for additional
Presenter: Marc Davis, President
This church is on the corner of Oltorf and Sherwood and applied for an up-zoning
to GR (General Retail) because it wished to construct a community meeting room
but it was already beyond its impervious cover limit for the base SF-2
zoning. GR zoning would allow it to construct the new building while remaining
in compliance with GR impervious cover limitations. In our last meeting, we
voted against supporting the upzoning since that would enable the property to be
developed into a multitude of incompatible commercial businesses in the event
that the church sold the property, but we did support a variance for the impervious
cover if it included some rainwater controls. The church decided to not pursue
the variance that we supported and elected to continue with its request for
upzoning but asked for a postponement of its Planning Commission hearing. It
will be back up at Planning Commission on November 12 and SRCC will need
residents to support our case against the upzoning at that meeting.
8. 8:00 pm Presentation on Austin Afffordable Housing bonds.
Presenter: Frances Ferguson
Affordable housing bonds were passed in 2006 that created/repaired 3,400 low
income homes and Frances would like to encourage us to all get out and vote in
favor of the new bonds.
MOTION: Sarah Campbell / Kurt Cadena-Mitchell--to send out an email to
encourage SRCC members to vote, explain the affordable housing bond and endorse
it = PASSED
9. 8:05 Update on new development & tree issues at 1204 & 1208 Woodland Ave.
Presenter: Sarah Campbell, member; William Hodge, project representative
A larger property along Woodland avenue was subdivided into seven lots long ago.
All been developed with the exception of 1204 and 1208 which are just at the top
of the Woodland Ave hill. One of the former owners of these properties had,
without permits, cut down several protected trees and drew outrage from the City
and neighboring residents. Because of this violation, additional requirements
were placed on the property by the City to make sure that the remaining trees
were protected. The new owners are looking to develop the lots that previously
had duplexes on them by rebuilding two dwellings on each lot without further
tree damage. They have been working closely with Michael Embesi, the City
Arborist, to make sure the new properties honor and protect the remaining trees.
The developers presented their approach to the membership and have been working
closely with neighbor Sarah Campbell to make sure their design is appropriate
for the lot.
10. 8:15 Consideration of variance for 1201 Woodland Avenue
to allow less than 50' street frontage for a new lot.
This item was postponed for a future meeting.
Presenter: Sarah Campbell
11. 8:25 Executive Committee report: projects to be funded by
remaining funds in ACF account. General Membership
to vote on acceptance of EC recommendation.
Presenter: Carol Martin, SRCC VP
This process has been in the works 9 months and a list of approved projects was
presented to be voted on as a package deal. The plan is to use the remaining
Austin Community Foundation money to fund these projects. Project Managers for
each project will be asked to make regular status reports at SRCC meetings. SRCC
will make payments to the vendors based on invoices submitted and reviewed for
completion of work.
Heritage Oaks Soil Improvement $5,000
Project Manager--Helen Fleming: Improve the degraded soil conditions in the
Heritage Oaks Park. Benefits include ecology of pond, less erosion to riparian
area, improve root zones of trees. Project includes soil testing, amend soil
with minerals. Work would be provided by Microbial Earth (owned by SRCC member
Karen Ascot & Patrick Van Haren) who will provide 24% discount
Heritage Oaks Watering equipment $1,520
Project Manager--Helen Fleming: Volunteers who are maintaining HOP request
funding for heavy-duty water hoses; oscillating sprinklers, using current
irrigation system. Will enable watering of trees that are not watered by City
Heritage Oaks Bench $2,400
Project Manager: Helen Fleming--Installation of a city-approved park bench.
PARD 'Adopt-a-Bench' program
Nature Preserve Groundcover $2,000
Project Manager: David Todd--Planting of native groundcover in areas recently
cleared of invasive plants. Groundcover plants to include grasses, sedges and
reintroduce native biodiversity and control erosion, reduce runoff, decrease
bank-cutting and lower water polution along Blunn Creek
Nature Preserve Signage $3,416
Project Manager: David Todd--Funding for 8 signposts trail markers for Blunn
Creek Nature Preserve to help orient visitors. Visitors would explore &
appreciate the park while feeling safe and confortable at same time. Signage
would point visitors to overlook sites, creek crossings, and neighborhood streets
Nature Preserve Water Diversion $3,000
Project Manager: Marty Christman--Storm water runoff harvesting project at
Blunn Creek Nature Preserve. Retrofit the curb & gutter drainage system on St.
Edward's Drive so that runoff is diverted to vegetated areas in Preserve
Norwood House Porch Construction $9,660
Project Manager: Wolf Sitler--Reconstruction of the porch with columns and
pergola on sw side of house. This is one of the most notable architectural
features and will be visible to passing traffic. Would show results of neighborhood
investment and encourage ongoing involvement. House will be available for SRCC
meetings and certain other community-wide events free of charge; (to private
events for a fee)
MOTION: Carol Martin / Sam Martin--to fund the proposed set of projects using
the ACF funds = PASSED
12. 8:45 Historic District update and announcement of Open House on 11/10/13.
Presenter: Michele Webre, member; Casey Gallagher
A draft of the proposed historic district design standards is in the final review
stage and will be presented at the open house. When the signature collection
process begins they will be looking for more volunteers to canvass the area. The
design standards will be flexible and not restrict owners from expanding the
exterior or updating the interior of their home. HistoricTravisHeights.org has
At the recent Travis Heights Art Trail over $1,000 was raised for the Travis
Heights Elementary arts program!
Garret Nick will represent SRCC for the South Central planning effort. There
will be two meetings addressing developments along Lady Bird Lake; the first is
November 12 for the property at 300 E Riverside and a walking tour on November
23rd along Lady Bird Lake near The Statesman property.--study site bounded by
South First, East Bouldin Creek and Riverside Drive (i.e. Hyatt, Hooters,
Statesman). The advisory group is hosted by a COA planner Alan Holt and is led
by the three members of the Waterfront Planning Advisory Board. There will also
be members from UT, Downtown Austin Alliance, Bat Conservation International,
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