Agenda for the November 16, 2016 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

Hancock Neighborhood Association Meeting
Hancock Recreation Center
November 16, 2016 7:00-8:30pm



  1. CMTA Project Connect presentation
  2. Committee Reports
  3. Open for discussion
  4. Officer Nominations

Reminder: Hancock Recreation Center and Golf Course Historical Dedication Ceremony November 5

I hope you will join us tomorrow November 5th at 12:00 pm for the Hancock Historical Dedication.


Jessica Gilzow
Recreation Supervisor
Hancock Recreation Center
811 E. 41st Street
Austin, Texas 78751
(512) 453-7765 - office
(512) 784-1980 - mobile

Hancock Recreation Center and Golf Course Historical Dedication Ceremony November 5

The Parks and Recreation Department would like to invite you to attend the Hancock Recreation Center and Golf Course historical dedication ceremony:

Saturday, November 5, 2016
12:00 PM
Hancock Recreation Center and Golf Course, 811 E. 41st Street

This is an outdoor park event, please dress comfortably. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP not required.

Jessica Gilzow
Recreation Supervisor
Hancock Recreation Center
811 E. 41st Street
Austin, Texas 78751
(512) 453-7765 - office
(512) 784-1980 - mobile

Region 1 Commander’s Forum Wednesday, October 12

Region 1 Commander’s Forum
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
McCallum High School (library)

Thank you,

SPO Eric Copeland #6766
Region 1 District Representatives – Baker 1
Austin Police Dept.

TXDOT Open House on Tuesday, September 20 4:30-6:30 PM

Subject: TXDOT Open House on Tues 9/20 from 4:30-6:30pm at Memorial United Methodist Church (6100 Berkman)

Please mark your calendars for a TXDOT Open House (IH-35 Central 7-Mile, Braker to Slaughter) Tues 9/20 from 4:30-6:30pm at Memorial United Methodist Church (6100 Berkman).

Ground-breaking Ceremony was 9/7/16:

Work on the $16.5 million project at 51st Street includes untying a traffic snarl for drivers by adding a modern roundabout along the southbound frontage road, reconfiguring entrance and exit ramps, and adding a bypass lane along the interstate.

* The modern roundabout design is more efficient than the existing signalized intersection, increasing traffic capacity in the intersection by 30 to 50 percent, resulting in reduced travel time for motorists. It is anticipated that once the project is complete, drivers will travel through the 51st Street intersection on average almost four minutes faster than they do today.

* Construction on the near one-mile project is expected to begin this fall and is anticipated to be complete in early 2019. The project contractor is Capital Excavation Co.

Connections 2025 Open Houses September 12-15

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We're ready to show you our new transit network! The Connections 2025 Draft Transit Plan would establish a more frequent, more reliable and more connected system. Check out more details at [ref="].

The January 2017 Service Change [] proposal is the first phase of the Connections 2025 plan and includes making changes to Express Routes 982, 985 and 987; introducing two new routes, 980 and 981; and removing Route 983. Funding for these service changes is included in the proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget.

Take the Connections 2025 survey [] or attend our final in-person open houses [] this week Sept. 12-15 or online open house [] Sept. 14.

Upcoming Open Houses

Have ideas or questions? View our interactive map [], email, tweet #Connections2025 or call 512-369-6000.

Monday, Sept. 12
Leander Station
Served by MetroRail, Routes 983, 985, 987
5 - 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 13
North Austin YMCA
Served by Routes 1, 142, 240, 275, 325, 801
5 - 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 14
Milwood Library
Served by Route 142
5 - 6:30 p.m.

Online Open House 6 p.m.
Register today:

Thursday, Sept. 15
University Hills Library
Served by Routes 20, 37, 233, 237, 323
5 - 6:30 p.m.

Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications are provided upon request. Please provide notice at least two days in advance. Contact Martin Kareithi at 512-389-7583 or email for more information or to request informational materials in another format.

Questions or comments? Contact us!
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phone: 512-369-6000

Agenda for the September 21, 2016 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

Meeting, Wednesday, September 21, 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 ***


  1. Jim Rankin will provide members with an update on TXDOT's plans for IH –35. Possible voting item. (See letter below)
  2. Committee Reports: treasurer, zoning, parks; CANPAC rep reports, ANC rep reports
  3. Open for Discussion

James M. Bass
Executive Director
Texas Department of Transportation
125 East 11th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Karen Lorenzini, P.E., AICP
I-35 Program Manager
Texas Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 15426
Austin, Texas 78761-5426

Brandon Marshall, P.E.
Project Manager
Texas Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 15426
Austin, Texas 78761-5426

Terry McCoy, P.E.
North Austin Area Engineer
Texas Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 15426
Austin, Texas 78761-5425

20 September 2016

Dear Mr. Bass, Ms. Lorenzini and Messrs. Marshall and McCoy,

On June 18, 2016, the North Central I-35 Neighborhood Coalition 2 (NCINC2) heard a presentation from TxDOT consultants outlining the NEPA process and timeline and two build options—Modified Existing and—currently under study for the Mobility35 Central 7-mile Comprehensive Project (the “Project”).

NCINC2 actively opposes any option that would include an elevated urban freeway such as that proposed in the Modified Existing option. We support lowering IH35 main lanes through downtown to accommodate future capping of the main lanes, repair east-west connectivity across the corridor and provide improved access, safety and comfort for pedestrians, transit users and bicyclists.

However, our full support of the Lowered option remains conditioned on the recognition and resolution of concerns of our organization and Member Neighborhoods that remain unaddressed by TxDOT and its consultants. We ask that TxDOT immediately begin work with the City of Austin to take the following actions to properly address these concerns:

  • Align the Project with Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan, Neighborhood Plans and Corridor Plans. The Project should clearly reference Imagine Austin and Neighborhood Plan priority programs, goals and action items as well as City initiatives like the African American Quality of Life Initiative and existing corridor plans such as the Airport Boulevard Corridor plan, and eliminate conflicts with these local efforts. Imagine Austin principles of a Healthy, Sustainable and Compact & Connected City should guide the Project, specifically regarding pedestrian and bicycle access, east-west connectivity, residential and commercial development and the effects of noise and air pollution on human health and quality of life.[i]
  • Provide a comprehensive, long-term vision for the IH35 corridor. TxDOT should comprehensively address the highway system through Austin’s urban core in a holistic manner that verifiably measures issues of access, equity, human health, quality of life and economic development in addition to congestion, capacity and mobility. We ask the Austin District to use an approach similar to that of the 2016 CityMAP report from the Dallas District for a long-range vision for the IH35 corridor, including an assessment of social, environmental and economic benefits of the removal of the upper decks and lowering main lanes through 51st Street.[ii]
  • Initiate a full Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for the Project. Given the concentration of residential populations along the Project and the proximity to the Boggy Creek and Waller Creek urban watersheds, the Project should require a more stringent review process than the current Environmental Assessment. The EIS should quantify human health impacts due to exposure to particulate matter and pollutants including premature deaths, cardiovascular disease, asthma and any other known health conditions associated with proximity to freeways.
  • Ensure that the public input process meaningfully engages north central stakeholders. Finally, we reiterate our request and that of the City of Austin for TxDOT to convene a true I-35 North Central Stakeholder Working Group, which should include representatives of affected Neighborhood Associations, businesses, institutions along with City officials and should submit a report of design recommendations similar to that produced by the 2014 I-35 Downtown Stakeholder Working Group.[iii]

As representatives of Member Neighborhoods to NCINC2, we endeavor to be active, informed, open-minded and critical when necessary to ensure that TxDOT and its consultants—along with our regional transportation planning authorities—conceive of a future for IH35 that supports the City of Austin and the health, well-being and mobility of its residents. We hereby formally oppose the Modified Existing option and conditionally support the Lowered option, asking that TxDOT and City leadership work together on the actions outlined above to build a comprehensive, community-driven vision for the future of the IH35 corridor through Central Austin.

Sincerely yours,

Brendan Wittstruck, Chair
North Central I-35 Neighborhood Coalition 2 (NCINC2)

att:NCINC2 Meeting Notes, June 18, 2016
TxDOT Mobility35 Central 7-mile Comprehensive Project presentation, June 18, 2016

Shipe Pool Improvements: Parks Board Meeting September 12

Community Stakeholder,

Please be aware that the Austin Parks and Recreation Department will be presenting the design concept for Shipe Pool Improvements to the Land, Facilities and Programs Committee as an “action” item for approval to Parks Board. This is a public meeting and the community is invited to express their interest in the pool project.

The meeting will take place at the PARD Annex, 919 W. 28 1/2 Street, Austin, TX 78705 beginning at 5:30 PM on September 12, 2016.

For project information visit:

Cara Jane Welch
Public Information Specialist, Community Engagement
Austin Parks and Recreation Department
(512) 974-6564- Office
(512) 695-0840- Cell
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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, 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

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