Announcements

HNA Officer 2022 Officer Nominations and Deadline

Hello Neighbors,

The first Hancock Neighborhood Association meeting of 2022 will be held January 19th at 7 pm on zoom. The first meeting includes the election of officers and according to our bylaws , nominations should be made 1 month prior to the election.

Nominations of Officers are being accepted and nominations should be made to this forum. As announced in our December meeting, both Robyn and are unable to commit to officer positions in the new year, so both the President and Secretary positions are open. I've personally enjoyed getting to know many of you over the last year and working with our neighbors, but increasing work and family obligations mean I won't be able to dedicate the time necessary to be President.

HNA Officer positions are:

- President (open)
- Vice President
- Secretary (open)
- Treasurer

STEPS TO NOMINATE:
Step 1: Nominate someone for an office. *(It is assumed that you've talked with this person and they are willing to serve.)*
Step 2: Include a brief paragraph about the person nominated.
Step 3: We need (1) other HNA member to second that nomination once it is posted.
Step 4: Post nominations and second to the Hancock Groups.io listserve

DEADLINE: Sunday, December 19th, 2021

Should you know someone willing to serve in one of these roles please make the nomination on the Hancock Groups.io listserve
by Sunday, December 19th so they may be placed on the agenda. If anyone has questions about the workload, duties, etc feel free to contact me or other current or past officers.

Best regards,

Coan Dillahunty

HNA Regular Meeting Postponed from November 17 to December 8, 2021

Hello Neighbors,

Because of scheduling conflicts, we’re moving the HNA Regular meeting that was scheduled for this week (November 17th) to next month.

The new meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 8th at 7:00 pm. Please mark this date on your calendars. We’ll send out another meeting reminder and an agenda for the meeting later this month.

Thank you,

Coan Dillahunty
HNA President

Hancock Neighborhood Mtg Jan 20th 2021 Agenda.pdf

Hancock Neighborhood Mtg Jan 20th 2021 Agenda.doc

Agenda for the January 20, 2021 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

Hancock Neighborhood Association Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

7pm – 8:30pm

 

Join Zoom Meeting

To Be Sent out to The HNA Groups.io Group  Tuesday, January 19th

 

 

Agenda

 

Call to Order: Hugh Bender

 

Treasurers Report:  Bruce Fairchild

 

Committee Reports and Announcements

 

Presentation by City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department

 

PARD Staf will  provide an update on Hancock Golf Course including activities to date, revised timelines, key dates, community engagement process, result to date and answer questions as time allows.

 

Announcements: Hugh Bender

 

Update on the IH-35 Redesign Plans:  Robyn Ross

 

Elections of Officers – (See abelow on those running)

President

Vice President

Secretary

Treasurer

 

Other Business

 

Adjourn

 

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HNA Social – Meet the officers: After the meeting is adjourned, everyone is welcome to stay on zoom for  an informal open social discussion to meet the new officers and discuss neighborhood issues.

PRESIDENT  - Nominee Coan Dillahunty

        Nominated by Julie Strong

 

As a 20-year resident of Hancock living on Red River, Coan has volunteered in the service of Hancock in several capacities over the years. Most recently he led the migration from Yahoo email group to Groups.io and has served as a moderator for the last three years. He and Jen, his wife, also participated in the Local Historic District Initiative Committee of HNA which aimed to inform neighbors and encourage healthy dialogue about historic preservation. The committee facilitated a city-led meeting and produced and distributed a flier and website (https://hancocklhd.com) for the initiative. He has also served as an information technology consultant for the HNA working most recently on a system to accept online dues payment. Coan is smart, open-minded, thoughtful and deliberative, and he loves this eclectic neighborhood.

 

        Seconded by: Jetta A. Todaro

 

VICE PRESIDENT - Nominee Bart Whatley

        Nominated by - Ann Tucker

As a longtime resident of the Hancock neighborhood Bart Whatley has been asked to serve in a various roles with the Hancock Neighborhood Association because he has shown an open mind, a focus on process, and a willingness to impartially investigate the many complex issues that have come before our membership.

 

He is HNA’s appointed member to the Central Austin Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee (CANPAC) (the City of Austin recognized Neighborhood Planning Team); he worked on the Neighborhood newsletter; he led HNA’s neighborhood planning activities using his skills as a professional architect and planner. He understands our need for timely and accurate communication among our membership. His communication and computer skills, including social media, will assist HNA's efforts towards implementation of our future. As a longtime resident of the neighborhood with years of participating in neighborhood meetings and planning activities, he understands our history and the need for collaborative dialogue between our longtime and new residents.

 

Bart is the type of leader who tries to solve problems; he has served this Association in many unseen roles with thoughtfulness and distinction, and will continue to do so.

 

        Seconded by: Kevin McKinney

 

VICE PRESIDENT -  Ella McCrea

        Nominated by Kristene Blackstone

In her day job as a product designer, her role is to gain buy-in and build consensus amongst stakeholders. She has years of experience facilitating workshops in which large groups of executives who have competing priorities come to agreement on a single vision. These design thinking workshops could help our neighborhood make decisions about important topics in a way that establishes trust and buy-in within our community. Her expertise in technology would help her to automate some of our administrative practices. For example:

  • -Improving the website CMS and design so that communicating with our residents is easy for the executive committee 

  • -Streamlining the member sign up process & making it seamless with the website. 

  • -When neighbors pay dues through the website, our system could automatically enroll them into our listserv, and populate their information within a member spreadsheet. 

  • -When members lapse in yearly dues, automate an email reminding them. And until they submit a new payment, the member spreadsheet will automatically mark them as inactive until payment is received. 

  • -Automate a process where neighbors may check if they are up to date and registered on our website. 

As a member of the executive committee, she would help facilitate transparency and ensure that our neighborhood association represents its residents. She is a homeowner in our neighborhood and is excited to contribute to our evolving community!

 

        Seconded by:  Sam Osborne

 

SECRETARY – Nominee Robyn Ross

        Nominated by - Jackie Burniske

Robyn is committed to supporting and taking action in the best interest of the Hancock neighborhood. She has lived in Hancock for 7 years. Recently, she led the initiative to inform the Hancock neighborhood about TXDOTs proposed changes to I-35. She composed a flyer and coordinated distribution of the flyer in the neighborhood. She also informed the neighborhood through email. This is one specific example of her commitment and strong work ethic for the neighborhood. - Jackie Burniske, 800 East 44th St

        Seconded by:  Kathy Macchi

 

TREASURER – Nominee Bruce Fairchild

        Nominated by - Carolyn Palaima:  

Bruce has been HNA Treasurer for 10 years or so and has kept solid records for reporting back to the membership at the regular meetings. He maintains the dues paid list each year and manages payments for the HNA 4th of July Parade and now the HNA Zoom and io fees. His experience has made the process of keeping the accounts for the HNA seamless.

        Seconded By:  Terri Myers

https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hancock-neighborhood-mtg-jan-20th-...
https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hancock-neighborhood-mtg-jan-20th-...

HNA NEWS - July 12, 2020

 

HNA NEWS

July 12th, 2020

 

We held out as long as we could in the hope our governmental leadership & citizens would guide us out of covid spreading like wildfire. Since that does not appear realistic the Executive Committee has decided to obtain an HNA Zoom Acct for General Meetings, Committee Mtgs and sub-committees/work-groups. We will assume regular meeting schedule starting in September. No meeting on July 15th but a special call either July 29th or August 5th.

 

HNA Zoom Mtgs will operate as such: (small changes may occur and will be posted/read as technical issues and improved processes are identified)

 

Each meeting will have a designated Zoom Monitor.

1) Anyone is welcome, as always, up to first 100 connections (if you use a computer & phone you take up 2 connections)

2) Executive Committee, Committee Chairs and Presenters will be unmuted during the meeting, all others will be muted by the moderator. (If you don’t understand why this is an absolute necessity - ask anyone who’s been on large zoom calls or google it.)

- anyone who can not eliminate feedback will be muted.

- anyone who can not speak with respect and in a civilized manner will be muted

a) People may raise their hand (zoom term) to speak and the moderator will un-mute them at the appropriate time and in order.

b) Members may raise a question through the chat button and the moderator will ask the question for you.

c) Voting will occur either through a voice roll call or a we hope (preferred) through the chat function, so we can validate voting with membership and record such votes. We plan to tally votes during mtgs and will structure the agenda to allow EC to capture the vote without needlessly stopping or delaying the meeting.

Note: In rare instances (large meetings) final votes may be tallied after the meeting and posted with all votes show

 

DUES: You may not vote on any item if you are not currently a member.

 

Join:  https://www.hancockna.org/www/join

 

Regular Membership (per household): $5.00

Associate Membership (for landlords or businesses): $10.00

To Pay Dues via Check: make payable to Hancock Neighborhood Association and mail to:

Hancock Neighborhood Association
c/o Bruce Fairchild, Treasurer
3907 Red River ST
Austin, TX 78751


Online: we hope to have an online payment system established soon.

 

WEBSITE: The HNA still needs volunteers to select a website template and migrate content to that site, Please contact Hugh Bender if you can help. hbender@bendertx.com

 

COMMITTEE NEWS

 

Zoning Committee: June 24th minutes have been posted, along with East Ave work group updates

 

The Zoning Committee will meet on the very near future to make a recommendation on the East Ave PUD Amendment – followed by a General HNA mtg. Mtgs and links will be posted on this website.

 

(note: operating during covid has been difficult and the HNA hopes to make a recommendation prior to Planning Commission hearing so we are tentatively scheduling an HNA (1st ever) Zoom Mtg for Wednesday July 29th at 7 pm. (this may change due to notice requirements.)

 

 

East Avenue Amendment - Zoning Committee Sub-Groups

 

Various members have met as a sub-workgroups to research a numer of items prior to a soon to be called Zoning Committee Mtg., Workgroups have volunteered to consulted with city staff, planning commission members, an affordable housing expert.

 

The Zoning Committee workgroups have inestigated the following and currently recommending for next Zoning Committee mtg:

 

  • .Original Restrictive Covenants: To remain in place and not amended. 

  • .A glass restriction with reflectivity less than 15% and classified as non-bird strike. 

  • .Support Parks Departments request to remove PUD park exemption and let PARD/developer handle any fees though normal process 

  • .New affordable housing standards/commitments based on any units over 65 ft. to meet COA  current PUD Affordability regulations (still verifying these standards)  

  • .Limit Traffic access to IH-35 frontage road.  

    Request that COA validated/update the FAR & TIA for whole PUD 

  • .Still negotiating a design plan for the west side facade to guarantee that neighbors/neighborhood do not look at a concrete wall or parking structure 

https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hnanewsjuly12th2020doc
https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hnanewsjuly12th2020pdf

HNA_NEWS_July_12th,_2020.pdf

HNA_NEWS_July_12th,_2020.doc

HNA News

HISTORICAL SURVEY: The architectural survey of historic buildings, structures, objects and sites in our neighborhood has been completed and the team is in the process of evaluating properties and entering data. A draft historic context was completed earlier this year but will be revised to reflect new information that has come to light from the oral histories (by phone) and email correspondence from residents in Eastwoods and Hancock. The team has learned a great deal about Hancock’s history from you and thanks everyone who has contributed to the research effort!

For those who have not yet responded, it’s not too late to share your knowledge about the history of your house and neighborhood. If you received a letter about the oral histories earlier this year, please contact the project historian Terri Myers at (512) 478-0898, or email her at terrimyers@preservationcentral.com to add your voice to the survey project.

Hancock Trail: Thanks to PARD for trimming the trees around he Golf Course Trail. The many low branches had focrced walkers and joggers off the trail in spots.

Beautify Hancock: Thanks to the many neighbors who, while walking the neighborhood have met new neighbors and picked up trash. A little at a time and making the HNA shine.

Hugh Bender
hbender@bendertx.com
Austin, Texas
512.983.7596

HNA News

Neighbors, During these social distancing time the neighborhood has continued to operate as best we can. Neighbors have been looking after neighbors. Due to closures there will not be any HNA meetings till July at the earliest. In the meantime HNA officers have continued to operate, coordinating with Councilwoman Tovo's office in getting volunteers to participate in helping the elderly during this time.

Other updates:

News Item #1: The HNA Executive Committee has approved the Parks Committee recommendation for the continuation of Trail Maintenance consisting of $31,790 contract from the HNA funds held by The Austin Parks Foundation. With this approval PARD will move forward on the next steps in setting up a contract and work order. After months of negotiations and quotes, this contract will repair and maintain the entire trail bringing it to a base level since maintenance has been so delayed.This project would include the addition of several limestone steps and patching small ruts/steps on 38th. Then reinstalling 500ft of trail along Peck and 675ft along 41st. Portions of the trail will have a more permanent STA-LOK which is a waxey epoxy-like material that hardens under pressure. Once installed, it should last many years even on steep grades. This option will reduce the cost of regular maintenance over the years. The funds come from reserves held by the Austin Parks Foundation. Once we open back up the Parks Committee will be hosting a neighborhood meeting to prioritize other expenditures from this fund.

News Item #2: HNA is looking for volunteers to help with designing, migrating and updating a new HNA website. If anyone is willing to help on this project, especially anyone with experience/skills in setting up a website please email Hugh Bender at hbender@bendertx.com.

Hugh Bender
hbender@bendertx.com
Austin, Texas
512.983.7596

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