Rats in the Neighborhood

A note from HNA President Mark Harkrider:

It has been brought to my attention that the rat population has increased in our neighborhood. One neighbor, who has been trying to get rid of rats all summer, reports that the exterminator said that three bait traps that were set around the perimeter of their property have been emptied in three weeks, not the usual three months it usually takes, representing a total of 90 rats feeding at the traps. The property in question is not overgrown and does not contain attractive nuisances such as a bird feeder or open compost.

The reasons that our neighborhood has an infestation are numerous: a nearby creek habitat, a mild winter that increased the rat populations, wet weather that allows Norwegian burrowing rats to dig under houses, attractive habitat such as old garages and overgrown vegetation along alleys, food sources such as open garbage containers, open compost piles and bird feeders.

There are two types of rats that are usually found in Austin: roof rats that tend to get to houses from tree limbs and then chew their way in through the roof, and Norwegian burrowing rats that tend to dig in soft soil and burrow under houses.

I’m sending out this message so that each of you can be alert to signs of infestation and can both stop the attractions that may lure rats to your property, and end infestations before rats proliferate inside your house. If you cannot afford to put out bait or traps, the county has a program to help you at 512-978-0370.

Unfortunately, bait traps may be a necessary evil to control these rats. Exterminators and the county program strongly urge people to not put out bait unless it is in a trap to avoid inadvertent poisoning of pets and wildlife, so I am not condoning putting out bait by itself.

I urge you to take stock of your property and to take the necessary steps to reduce the threat of rat infestation for you and your neighbors. Unless we all participate, we could all be affected.

IH-35 TXDOT Open House for Central 7-Mile, Tuesday, September 20

An open house for the Central 7-mile Comprehensive Project http://mobility35.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e33daa380f8db4e032d3..., from US 183 to Riverside Drive, will be held on Tuesday, September 20.

Central7 Project Open House
Tuesday, September 20
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Memorial United Methodist Church
6100 Berkman Drive
Austin, Texas 78723

Open house participants will be able to review project materials, ask questions, and submit comments. For those unable to attend in-person, information will be available online through virtual open houses beginning the day of each open house at
http://mobility35.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e33daa380f8db4e032d3...

August 2016 Newsletter

HNA Meeting Minutes for July 20, 2016

The Hancock Neighborhood Association met on Wednesday, July 20. Mobility was the topic.

Jim Rankin, HNA's transportation chair and roadway tracker, explained that this fall TXDOT will begin construction on major changes to parts of IH 35 which stretch through central Austin. The work is expected to take two years, but we could place bets on this! (Jim Rankin will start the countdown). Jim listed these major projects: a roundabout at 51st street, a "diverging diamond" at airport and 45th street, an additional lane on the upper deck going each way, one additional inside lane each way on the lower deck from Round Rock to Buda will be variable toll lanes. The 32nd Street street on ramp north bound lower deck will change to 38th street off-ramp. IH-35 will be under MLK, 15th Street, 12th Street, 11th street. On September 20, TXDOT will have a IH-35 open house at Memorial United Methodist Church. For more information contact Kelli Reyna (512) 832-7060. Check out http://www.my35.org

Scott Morris of the Central Austin Community Development Corporation and a NUNA resident spoke about a proposed 5.3 mile Lamar-Guadalupe light rail project which rail advocates want the City Council to place on the November, 2016 ballot alongside the Corridor bond proposal. As explained, the Northern terminus will be Crestview Station,North Lamar and Airport Blvd. The Southern terminus is Republic Square, Guadalupe and 4th Streets. The cost is estimated to be $397.5 million. The weekday ridership is estimated at 34,000.This would be the first phase of a multi phase light rail system. Contact: centralaustincdc@gmail.com

https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hna-meeting-minutes-july-202016docx
https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hna-meeting-minutes-july-202016pdf

Reminder: Agenda for the July 20, 2016 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

HANCOCK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
Meeting, Wednesday, July 20, 2016
7:00pm -8:30 pm

The meeting will be held at the Hancock Recreation Center, 811 East 41st Street.

Possible Voting Item- Please Attend

Agenda:

  1. Scott Morris will discuss efforts underway to put up for vote on the November ballot a rail line on North Lamar and Guadalupe Street. A resolution has been prepared for HNA's consideration and a vote, if members so choose.*
  2. Jim Rankin will provide members with an up date on TXDOT's plans for IH -35 and the issues a coalition of neighborhoods have been addressing.
  3. Carolyn Palaima will discuss Huffstickler Green pocket park on East 38th and Duval.
  4. Committee Reports: treasurer, zoning, parks; CANPAC rep reports, ANC rep reports
  5. Open for Discussion

Agenda for the July 20, 2016 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

HANCOCK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
Meeting, Wednesday, July 20, 2016
7:00pm -8:30 pm

The meeting will be held at the Hancock Recreation Center, 811 East 41st Street.

Possible Voting Item- Please Attend

Agenda:

  1. Scott Morris will discuss efforts underway to put up for vote on the November ballot a rail line on North Lamar and Guadalupe Street. A resolution has been prepared for HNA's consideration and a vote, if members so choose.*
  2. Jim Rankin will provide members with an up date on TXDOT's plans for IH -35 and the issues a coalition of neighborhoods have been addressing.
  3. Carolyn Palaima will discuss Huffstickler Green pocket park on East 38th and Duval.
  4. Committee Reports: treasurer, zoning, parks; CANPAC rep reports, ANC rep reports
  5. Open for Discussion

https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hancockneighborhoodassociationagen...
https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hancockneighborhoodassociationagen...

Reminder: May 18, 2016 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

The Hancock Neighborhood Association will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday May 18th at the Hancock Recreation Center.

Agenda:

  1. Carolyn Palaima will report on the groundskeeping and utilities agreement for Huffstickler Green.
  2. Jim Walker with the University of Texas will discuss the UT Austin Campus Master Plan in relation to surrounding neighborhoods.
  3. Miller Nuttle with Bike Austin will present on an effort to fully fund Austin's high-priority sidewalks, Urban Trails and bike lanes through a potential mobility bond this fall.
  4. General discussion on Code Enforcement in Hancock and surrounding neighborhoods.

Agenda for the May 18, 2016 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

The Hancock Neighborhood Association will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday May 18th at the Hancock Recreation Center.

Agenda:

  1. Carolyn Palaima will report on the groundskeeping and utilities agreement for Huffstickler Green.
  2. Jim Walker with the University of Texas will discuss the UT Austin Campus Master Plan in relation to surrounding neighborhoods.
  3. Miller Nuttle with Bike Austin will present on an effort to fully fund Austin's high-priority sidewalks, Urban Trails and bike lanes through a potential mobility bond this fall.
  4. General discussion on Code Enforcement in Hancock and surrounding neighborhoods.

May 2016 Newsletter

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