Events

March 31, 2021 Special Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

Hello Neighbors,

 

The HNA Executive Commitee  and Parks Committee would like to invite you to a special joint committee meeting on  Wednesday, March 31st, at 7pm  using Zoom (information below) to develop a consensus toward developing a statement the neighborhood can present to the Parks Board.

 

Background and Timeline:  PARD gave a presentation at the January 21st HNA Meeting that laid out the goals for Hancock Golf Course and the Timeline for the process going forward to make recommendations to the Parks Board in April, culminating in a Memorandum to Council for Project Summary in May. The Community Survey on Desired Elements was posted from March 9-23rd, and we are expecting results to be made public shortly.

In the presentation, PARD laid out the following goals and inclusion of community input:

 

"PARD Goal for Hancock Golf Course:

1)      Increase the fiscal responsibility of city funds

2)      Financial solvency at Hancock Golf Course

3)      Maintain golf's historic significance at this location by seeking a concessionaire to update and manage golf at Hancock."

 

What this means:

•            The  focus will be on keeping golf in line with community input

•            PARD will include community input in the RFP process

•            The community can share additional park elements to be considered

 

This meeting's agenda is to find consensus on a collective Statement on recommendations from the HNA membership to be sent to the Parks Board for their consideration as this process goes forward.

 

The HNA Executive Committee and Parks Committee have culled feedback from neighborhood meetings and Groups.io discussions. They have put forward three components to address the budgetary issues, community space and undesired elements as the basis of the Statement.

 

Component 1: Support budget sustainability for Hancock Golf Course

 •          Promote adding food and beverage vendors to offset the cost for equipment and course improvements

 •          Suggest opening the rec center as a clubhouse on Sundays to promote golf community interest.

 •          Redesign of problematic holes identified on the golf course to increase rounds played

 •          Youth golf programs that serve city-wide groups, such as the Junior Golf Academy and First Tee

 •          Introduce adult-beginner programs to attract new players

 •          Annual frisbee golf tournament

 •          Family-friendly live music events, a couple of times a year, featuring nonamplified acoustic music to serve as Hancock fundraisers.

 

Component 2: Continuation of non-golf community spaces (trail, soccer fields, playscape, etc.)

 •          Ensure that existing non-golf community spaces are preserved (trail, soccer fields, playscape, etc.)

 •          Continued collaboration with PARD on non-golf community use as exemplified in the trail installation

 •          HNA engagement session to explore the enhancement of community spaces

 •          Non-golf open park days

 

Component 3: What we do NOT want

 •          Driving range

 •          Netting/fencing around Hancock Golf Course

 •          Night lighting beyond the Hancock Rec Center parking lot

 

During the meeting, we'll provide members with an opportunity express support for each component and the elements that should be included in a final statement that will be drafted by the Executive and Parks Committee. 

We look forward to talking with you and will see you next week.

 

Thank you,

 

Coan Dillahunty
HNA President

Agenda for the March 17, 2021 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

The HNA March regular meeting is this *Wednesday, March 17 at 7 pm *(zoom link below). Here's the agenda for the meeting:

- *Call to Order:* Coan Dillahunty
- *Committee Reports and Announcements*: 7:05 - 7:20
- *Presentations RE: Strong Mayor Prop F*
7:20 -7:40 Presentations
7:40 - 8:00 Q and A

Description: On Saturday, May 1, Austin will hold an election for residents to vote on 8 propositions.

Most of the items are city charter amendments; one is a city code amendment. Proposition F proposes to modify our form of city government by I’ve included the actual ballot language below.

We will have representatives from groups supporting and opposing this for Prop F, and a member of Austin for All People will present a case against it. Each group will have 10 minutes to present, and then we’ll have a total of 20 minutes for questions.

Please mark your calendars for this election (in-person early voting runs April 19-27) and for our HNA meeting. This is a chance to learn about a potentially significant change to our city government.

*Charter amendment to change from a council-manager form of government*

*Proposition F:* Shall the City Charter be amended to change the form of city government from ‘council-manager’ to ‘strong mayor-council,’ which will eliminate the position of professional city manager and designate an elected mayor as the chief administrative and executive officer of the city with veto power over all legislation which includes the budget; and with sole authority to hire and fire most department heads and direct staff; and with no articulated or stated charter authority to require the mayor to implement Council decisions.

You can read the rest of the propositions here:

https://www.austintexas.gov/news/council-orders-elections-eight-proposit...

*Zoom Information:*

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We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Best regards,

Coan Dillahunty
HNA President

Special Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association March 3, 2021

The City's schedule for the future of the Hancock golf course is still on track with a couple of key dates coming up: A survey from PARD about the golf course will be coming out soon and following the survey, PARD is expected to present their recommendation at the Parks board meeting on April 27th.

Following our HNA January 20th meeting where PARD presented on the golf course and answered questions, the HNA Executive Committee has decided to call a special community engagement meeting on the Hancock Golf course's future rather than waiting for our regularly scheduled HNA meeting on Wednesday, March 17th. The special meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 3rd, at 7 pm using Zoom (information below).

The meeting will start with a brief introduction from HNA and will be followed by presentations from both the Hancock Golf Course Conservancy and Hancock Conservancy. Each group will provide a short, 15-minute educational presentation that will include their vision for the Hancock golf course's future and supporting information on their initiatives. Following each presentation, there will be 15 minutes of Q and A for each group.

While members will be able to ask questions from the floor, please post your questions on the HNA Groups.IO email list. We'll share those questions with both groups in advance of the meeting so they'll be prepared to answer your questions.

This meeting is being conducted for informational purposes only and no resolutions or votes will be conducted at this meeting. We're looking forward to seeing you all at the meeting and are eager to see your questions!

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POSTPONED: November 18, 2020 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

Dear Hancock Neighborhood Association Members

The purpose of this email is to inform everyone that's tonight 's much anticipated HNA regular meeting has been postponed.

Because of the interest in tonight 's meeting and the vote on competing resolutions regarding the future of the Hancock Golf Course, we attempted to put in place a structure that limited attendance at the meeting to just HNA members. To accomplish this, we asked asked that HNA members register with me by Sunday so that we could provide a Zoom link only to HNA members. Unfortunately, many existing members, who
have every right to attend the meeting, only contacted us last night and today , which caused us to exceed the maximum number on the Zoom meeting. As a result, we concerned that some HNA members would not be able to attend the meeting and vote on the resolutions.

In addition, it came to our attention that, at 4:15 this afternoon, the Hancock Conservancy sent out an email calling for anyone interested in attending tonight ’s Hancock Neighborhood Association meeting to call one of its organizers to get a Zoom link to the HNA meeting. As indicated above, we have been going to great lengths to keep tonight 's meeting limited to just HNA members. The Hancock Conservancy’s
solicitation of attendees and request that they vote for its resolution compromises the HNA’s ability to decide alone and without interference which resolution the residents of the HNA want to support. Because the Zoom link to this evening’s meeting is being made public, there is no practical way to ensure that only HNA members vote.

We will keep you advised as to how we might be able to address these problems and when November's regular meeting will be rescheduled. Please stay tuned to Yahoo! groups and the HNA website for information.

Hugh Bender

Update on the November 18, 2020 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

The HNA Wed Mtg invites have gone out to those who:

A) Are registered paid members (some wanted to join but lived outside our boundaries. Thank you but we can only take memberships for those who live in our boundaries)

B) That registered via email to me for the Mtg, by Sunday, and also paid your membership.
If you did not receive a link please contact Hugh Bender ( hbender@bendertx.com )
via email (5 have bounced already) as early as possible .(Check your Household members first)

Thanks Everyone especially our volunteers. Hugh

Agenda for the November 18, 2020 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

Hancock Neighborhood Association November Meeting— Wednesday, November 18th

The HNA Executive Committee has worked to establish procedures for HNA Zoom meetings that will secure the meetings and foster communication among HNA members. The meetings will require additional steps for you to attend. Please read the following instruction to ensure your attendance.

Instructions:

  • The meeting is open only to dues paid members living within the boundaries of the Hancock Neighborhood Association and will require registration to attend.
  • Dues are $5 per household; $10 for businesses. Payment can be dropped off c/o Bruce Fairchild, Treasurer, at 3907 Red River Street. Include your address, email address, and the names of adults living at that address to complete the dues paid roster.
  • If you have already paid HNA dues for 2020, but need to update resident names, please send an email with your property address included to Bruce at: fincap2@texas.net
  • To register to attend the meeting send an email request to Hugh Bender, President, at: hbender@bendertx.com

Deadline to pay dues and to register is midnight Sunday, November 15th, for the November 18th meeting.
A unique passcode will be sent to you prior to the meeting.

The two Resolutions will be posted with this meeting announcement on the Hancock Neighborhood Association website at: https://www.hancockna.org/www/
We highly recommend reading the Resolutions ahead of the meeting.

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Hancock Neighborhood Association November Zoom Meeting
Wednesday, November 18, 2020— Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Registration required; Open only to dues paid members of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

Voting Item: Resolution on the Hancock Golf Course to put forward on behalf of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

Agenda

Announcements: Hugh Bender
Zoom Meeting Process
Committee and Treasurer’s Reports

Nominations for Officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer

Presentations and discussion on Two Resolutions
Each Resolution presenter will have the floor for 25 minutes in total for presentation, questions and comments.

Resolution 1
HNA Parks Committee: Resolution on the Future of Hancock Golf Course-November 2020

Resolution 2
Etienne Denise: Hancock Park Resolution

Vote by roll call: For the Resolution to be put forward on behalf of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

Adjournment

Agenda DOCX: https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hna-nov-18-meeting-announcementage...
Agenda PDF: https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hna-nov-18-meeting-announcementage...
Resolution 1: https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hna-future-hancock-golf-course-res...
Resolution 2: https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hancock-park-hna-resolution-etienn...

HNA Nov 18 Meeting Announcement_Agenda.pdf

HNA Nov 18 Meeting Announcement_Agenda.docx

Hancock Neighborhood Association - Social #1 - Thursday, October 29

Hancock Neighborhood Association - Social #1

  • Open Discussion
  • We will answer questions as we can.
  • Would like to hear what concerns you may have, possible future agenda items.

Time: Thursday Oct 29, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 987 0072 7996
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Hugh Bender

HNA_Special_Meeting_October_21_20.pdf

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