Fall Hancock Native Plant Swap - September 28th at dawn

Hello.  This weekend Mother's Cafe & Garden confirmed that we can have the Fall Hancock Native Plant Swap in their parking lot.

The swap will be from from dawn to 9:30am.

Bring native plants (please mark them with name and any helpful information).
Take home the same number of other people's plants.

This is the fourth swap and people from all over Austin are turning out.  
There is great participation from Central and North Central neighborhoods.
We also always find one or more new gardeners who we are able to set up with native plants.

If you have some native plants that are doing very well in your yard and reproducing everywhere, we need those plants at the swap. 
Please bring as many as you possibly can.  We can come help you get them into pots!

IMPORTANT WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

  • Be a Donor:  Contact me if you want to help the cause for native plants but have something else to do the day of the swap.  We can come to your house with all the supplies and very carefully pot up the
    plants you want to share with others.
  • Be a Digger: Volunteer to be available to dig up donor plants in your neighborhood.
  • Be a Promoter: Distribute flyers in your neighborhood to gardens that have lovely plants you'd like to see in other yards (flyers provided).

Get your baby natives ready!  

The swap is most successful when a lot of people participate, please tell your friends, family, acquaintances, and strangers about it!

Thank you!

Carleen Edgar
NWF Habitat Steward
Hanock resident

Reminder: Parks and Recreation Board Meeting Tuesday, August 27th at 6 PM

The Parks and Recreation Board will hold a meeting this evening, Tuesday, August 27th at 6 PM in the Boards and Commissions Room of City Hall. Here is the agenda. The first item on the non-consent portion of the agenda is a presentation by Jim D. Huddleston proposing the redevelopment of Hancock Golf Course. The board asked PARD staff to put the item on this month's agenda to ensure that the proposal is discussed in a public forum and so that the board can take an official position on the matter. Please attend to register your opposition to Mr. Huddleston's proposal. You can also write the Parks and Recreation Board members to provide input.

Parks and Recreation Board Member Email Addresses:

Jane Rivera <bc-Jane.Rivera@austintexas.gov> 
Jeff Francell <bc-Jeff.Francell@austintexas.gov> 
William Abell <bc-William.Abell@austintexas.gov>
Dale Glover <bc-Dale.Glover@austintexas.gov>
Lynn Osgood <bc-Lynn.Osgood@austintexas.gov>
Susana Almanza <poder.austin@gmail.com>
Susan Roth <susan@srothconsulting.com>

Proposal to Redevelop Hancock Golf Course

Dear neighbors,

A proposal is being put before PARD and has been sent to Council to redevelop and sell off the Hancock Golf Course. This is particularly disturbing given the high level of community engagement by residents of Hancock and the neighborhoods of Eastwoods, Cherrywood, NUNA, and Hyde Park with PARD over the Hancock Golf Course just over a year ago in which there was solidarity in preserving and enhancing the golf course with subsequent investments made. It is also disturbing that the short-term cashing out of community park lands is spoken of in this proposal as showing "visionary leadership." Please see the attached documents, which George will kindly post to the HNA site.

Jim D. Huddleston with Crawford, Huddleston & Co. will be presenting his proposal to the Parks and Recreation Board this coming Tuesday, August 27th. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the Boards and Commission Room at City Hall. Please come and show your support of the Hancock Golf Course and help send the message that neighborhoods do not want their community park lands up for sale.

The HNA Parks and Green Spaces Committee is preparing a statement based on the input and outcomes of the past community engagement session to make at the Parks Board meeting. The committee will follow this with a draft resolution to be sent to Council which will be presented at the September 18th HNA meeting for approval.

Hope to see you on Tuesday.

Carolyn

HNA President

Attachments:

Hancock Golf Course Redevelopment Proposal - CHCo Letter to Sarah Hensley Outling Phases
Hancock Golf Course Redevelopment Proposal - Phases v2 Map

Austin Water Staging Area

"Renewing Austin" is a five-year program to upgrade aging water lines and to keep pace with the infrastructure demands of a growing city. We are currently replacing waterlines in several areas north of the University of Texas. Working in the dense central city area is always a challenge. I wanted to make you aware that we are planning to use the area bordered by East 38th ½ East 38th and Red River Streets as a staging area. This area is owned by the City of Austin. I would be happy to meet with your board if you have any questions regarding the use of this space.

We will be presenting this issue of using a portion of this triangle of land for a construction staging area to the Parks and Recreation Board this coming Tuesday, August 27th. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the Boards and Commission Room at City Hall. At that time, we will request official approval for use of the space. If allowed, the space would be used for about 1 year and would take up a similar footprint as the last staging area. We will be paying the Parks department approximately $40,000 in mitigation fees for the area. Parks determines if the money will be used at the site, or in other areas. They often take the direction of the neighborhood association on how they will use this money.

I encourage you to come to this meeting and voice any concerns you may have over us working the area. I have attached the maps that will be presented at the meeting.

Sincerely,

Jill Mayfield
Austin Water Public Information
512-972-0150

Attachment: https://www.hancockna.org/www/node/222

City Council Resolution 20130808-051 Regarding Hyde Park Plaza

Input to CoA on Stealth Dorms

The following information was provided by Mary Sanger:

The Austin City Council recently passed two resolutions relating to rental registration. The first was offered by Council Member Spelman, and it calls for the City Manager to initiate Code amendments for stiffer penalties for repeat violators of public health and safety codes and to require certain repeat offenders to register with the City. The second was offered by Council Member Tovo, and it calls for the City Manager to develop a one-year pilot registration program for certain residential rental property in the areas of North Austin Civic Association, Restore Rundberg, East Riverside/Oltorf Combined Neighborhood, Central Austin Neighborhood Advisory Committee Planning Areas, Hyde Park, Northfield, and North Loop.

The Tovo resolution specifically addresses stealth dorms. However, its primary thrust is multifamily properties, which the Austin Code Compliance Department has interpreted to mean triplexes and larger. With respect to duplexes and houses, the ordinance directs the program to "identify conditions under which registration for single family or duplex rental properties would be required." At a meeting hosted July 16th by the Code Compliance Department, Director Carl Smart indicated that they are considering repeat offenses as a possible trigger of registration for duplexes and houses.

Agenda for the July 17th Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

Hancock Neighborhood Association Meeting
Wednesday, July 17th
7:00 pm – 8:30pm
Hancock Recreation Center

AGENDA

  1. Hyde Park Market, 45th and Duval
    Tony Hooman, owner
    Request for Support: Zoning variance to have beer taps in the store to allow customers to purchase growlers for home consumption.
    Additional Item: Possibility of small beer garden.
  2. Residential Permit Parking for Park Blvd, between Duval and Barrow
    Laura McAfee, presenter
  3. Hancock Trail Update and Approval of Expenditure:
    Next segment, bridge, and maintenance.
    Expenditure: To furnish and install a 2 rail fence system along the drop off on the 38th Street or south side of the trail around Hancock Golf Course.
  4. Approval of Resolution to Increase PARD funding:
    Vote to approve resolution to increase Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) budget to be submitted to the Mayor and Council as part of the Great Austin Parks coalition.
  5. CANPAC Vacancy:
    Nominations and vote to fill HNA CANPAC position vacated by Mike Hirsch.
  6. Updates:
    • Harris Avenue Duplexes
    • Rental Registration Resolution
    • HNA Bylaws
  7. Reports and Announcements by HNA committees
  8. Adjourn

4th of July Neighborhood Parade and Picnic!!

US Flag

On Thursday, July 4th at 10:00 am, the third annual 4th of July Parade and Picnic will be presented by the Hancock Neighborhood Association. Please join us for a fun-filled morning with Cupcake the Clown, Austin Fire Dept's Engine 3, and the Austin Police Department!!

In an effort to keep the cost down, each year we ask for help pulling the event together. If you plan to attend, please consider lending a hand to help make this a fun event for all of our families.

WISH LIST: (AKA: please bring them if you can!!)

* Folding Tables
* Trash Cans,
* Watermelon (already sliced even better!)
* Desserts like apple pie or cookies

We will also need volunteers to help set up, break down or prepare in the days before. Your help would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact Melissa Linden at mkalinden (at) gmail.com

All families and pets are invited to participate in the parade or to cheer on the participants along the route. The parade route will begin at the Lee Elementary School parking lot on Harris Avenue and travel west on Harris Avenue, north on Woodrow Street, west on Texas Avenue, south on Montrose, and then follow Harris Avenue back to Lee Elementary. At the school we will enjoy watermelon, lemonade, cold water, entertainment for the kids and more! Cupcake the Clown is confirmed to Face Paint and we have adjusted the time to 10AM in the hopes of having the #3 Fire Truck lead us out!!

Please dress up your pets, children, wagons, and bikes, bring a picnic and and join your neighbors in celebrating this festive occasion. We are planning to gather at 10, and parade at 10:30. Hope to see you then!

Happy 4th of July!!

Stealth Dorms Updates

Current updates on the Harris Avenue Duplex, rental registration, and duplex occupancy limits can be found at http://stopstealthdorms.com.

June 2013 Newsletter

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