Exec/Parks Committee Meeting Held Sunday, March 14

The executive and parks committees had a joint meeting Sunday, 3/14/21, to discuss the process of crafting a statement about the golf course for member approval. More information will be shared at our Wednesday, March 17 meeting.

HNA Executive Committee Meeting Minutes for January 26, 2021

Notes from 1.26.21 executive committee meeting


The executive committee met on Tuesday afternoon, 1/26/21, and discussed the following:


The status of committees:

  • As president, Coan will represent Hancock to the Austin Neighborhoods Council

  • HNA can have two representatives on CANPAC, the city’s neighborhood plan contact team. Bart will continue to be one of these.

  • Inventory of continuing members for Parks, Zoning and Historic committees and new members who’ve expressed interest in Transportation

  • Discussion of newsletter and ads – Robyn is leading relaunch

  • Discussion of a new business liaison committee

  • Discussion of hopes/dreams for a membership committee whose charge could include outreach to apartment dwellers

  • Discussion of how our bylaws require committee meetings to be open to all members, and how that would apply to special called committees and the executive committee. An open session can be helpful to hammer out details before they go to the full membership.


Bylaws revision:

  • A committee including Bart, Robyn, Hugh Bender and Justin Clemens is working on this

  • Current bylaws are from 2015

  • In 2018 some volunteers worked on revisions; the current committee has a draft and is reviewing/incorporating ideas.


Discussion of website:

  • An update to the website is in the works

  • We plan for it to include “How do I… ?” FAQs to help members contact the city about code compliance issues, sidewalk repairs, etc.

  • The website will continue to be the official repository of information, but people need to be reminded to check it

  • Discussion of the roles of the website, future newsletter, and groups.io and whether an e-newsletter would be useful between print newsletters


Working with Kathie Tovo’s office:

  • Coan is working on a letter of introduction to her staff


Discussion of how to coordinate volunteers and match people with opportunities


Discussion of how to proceed with the discussion about Hancock Golf Course’s future

  • We agree that the first step is further education (including the answers to questions submitted on 1/20 to PARD)

  • We are working on a plan to get information to everyone and take input from members in small groups.

  • There’s a lot to do but we need to move quickly to be effective.



Notes from 1.26.21 executive board meeting, external, with changes.pdf

Notes from 1.26.21 executive board meeting, external, with changes.docx

HNA Executive Committee Meeting Minutes for February 14, 2019

HNA Executive Committee Meeting 2.14.19

The HNA Executive Committee met on Thursday, February 14,,2019 at 2:00 pm at the Treasurer’s business office -- 3907 Red River Street.

The first item on the agenda was to nominate Mary Sanger to be Secretary until new officers are elected in January, 2019. The vote by the recently elected officers (Mark Harkrider, Bruce Fairchild, and Ann Tucker) was unanimous in favor. The following items were discussed:

  1. Red River realignment. On behalf of HNA, the Executive Committee agreed to send an email, which will outline concerns residents have raised concerning this “realignment,” to Mayor, City Council and City Manager. The letter will be posted on HNA website.
  2. Crime. Due to the number of cars being broken into and rifled at night, and a general uneasiness expressed by residents, the Executive Committee will talk with our sector police and ask for more routine patrols, as well as urge residents to report every criminal incident to 911.
  3. There have been two complaints about businesses operating in residential homes, which do not meet the requirements of a home business under the Development Code. Because Code Enforcement is complaint driven, the Executive Committee will advise
    residents on the HNA website’s special announcements to complain directly to the City’s Code Enforcement Department. The HNA president will also make complaints.
  4. Residents have expressed concerns about the proposed projects and their funding for the Hancock Golf Course under the Concordia Resolution which was passed in 2007. In response, this issue will be a subject at the next regularly scheduled HNA meeting. In the meantime, the Executive Committee has requested the HNA Park’s committee, Parks Foundation, and Parks Department not to take any action on proposed projects until the HNA membership has voted on them at a regularly scheduled meeting.

Submitted by Executive Committee on 2.25.19o

HNA Executive Committee 2.14.19ms.bhf.pdf

HNA Executive Committee 2.14.19ms.bhf.docx

October 7, 2015 HNA Executive and Zoning & Development Committees Letter Regarding Short Term Rentals

Mayor and Council:

Members of the Hancock Neighborhood Association's Executive Committee and Zoning and Development Committee urge the Mayor and Council members to support Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and Council member Leslie Pool's proposals for Type 2 and Type 3 short term rentals. Ours is a neighborhood which knows the negative impact of Type 2 short term rentals; it is not only the noise of gatherings or parking, it is about allowing our residential neighborhoods to be hospitality centers and encouraging investors to buy and/or build duplexes and residential housing for the purpose of short term Type 2 rentals. This type of investment activity will only increase if a high number of users--a proposed cap of 10 for a house, and as many as 20 for a duplex, as we understand it — are allowed in short term Type 2 rentals. This is outrageous.

The hospitality industry claims that no growing city in the U.S. has been able to regulate Type 2 STRs except by permitting them through licenses. We reject this argument. Austin’s Code Department has failed to enforce the rules that we have today. If they were to do so, the deterrent effect would become apparent.

But fundamentally Type 2 Short Term rentals should not be in residential areas.

As to Type 3 short term rentals, we find it incomprehensible that the Mayor and Council would continue to allow 25% of a multi family project to be used as Type 3 STRs while at the same time there is pressure to densify our neighborhoods.

Mark Harkrider, Pres. HNA
James Harkrider, Vice Pres. HNA
Mary Sanger, Sec. HNA
Bruce Fairchild, Tres. HNA
Linda Guerrero, Chair HNA Zoning Comm.
Carolyn Palaima, Past Pres. HNA, member HNA Zoning Comm.
Bart Whatley, member HNA Zoning Comm
Hugh Bender, member HNA Zoning Comm.

HNA Executive Committee Meeting Minutes for August 5, 2015

The HNA Executive Committee met at 6:30 pm on August 5, 2015, at the Hancock Recreeation Center. Present were Executive Committee members Mark Harkrider, president, James Harkrider, vice president, Bruce Fairchild, treasurer and Mary Sanger, secretary. Also joining the meeting were Carol Moczygemba and Tiffany Scolnic. Tiffany had written to HNA expressing interest in filling the position of HNA historian. HNA has not had a historian for at least 10 years, though Carol Moczygemba has kept an ample file on its activities and information on the organization is available on the HNA website.

Tiffany has rented in the Hancock neighborhood for two years and also lived in north Hyde Park, and has lived in Austin for 15 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Texas and a Masters in Public History from Texas State. Maybe most important, Tiffany loves the neighborhood. The Executive Committee, with substantive input from Carol ( and written comments from Terri Myers), agreed that one of the priorities of the HNA historian should be to collect and present, through photos, written word, oral histories, the activities in which HNA has engaged to retain the historical character of the neighborhood, to preserve the quality of life for the residents and the quality of its environment through projects such as the Waller Creek clean-up; purple pipe for reclaimed water for the Golf Course; the Golf Course pedestrian trail and Historic designation of Golf Course; and work on the stealth Dorm--occupancy limits--ordinance; Perry Estate and Concordia University negotiations; the July 4th parade, providing a forum for discussion of City issues---to list a few. In addition, the HNA historian would collect the stories of some current residents, both renters and homeowners; the history of homes in current use, and those which have been displaced, and those designated for tear down, all of which could be amplified and retained through the newsletter, HNA website, and potentially a new or expanded edition of "The Hancock Neighborhood: An Urbane Oasis," published by the Association in 1999.

The Executive Committee whole-heartedly welcomes Tiffany to the position of HNA historian. She will attend HNA's regular meeting on Wednesday, September 16th. In examining the Treasurer's report, Executive Committee also discussed the cost of the HNA newsletter and recommended that HNA members ( and a possible committee), and particularly Carleen Edgar, current editor, and Kathleen Strong, ad solicitor, discuss the newsletter's costs, content, distribution, etc. There also was a suggestion HNA have a Facebook page. Mark Harkrider will follow up on these recommendations.

Austin Code Enforcement staff has asked to be on the agenda for the September 16th regular HNA meeting. (see post from Code Enforcement )

Submitted August 7, 2015 by Mary Sanger


HNA Exec Committe 20150805.pdf

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