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Connections 2025 Open Houses September 12-15

View the Connections 2025
Draft Transit Plan

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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 http://connections2025.org/ [ref="http://connections2025.org/draft-plan/].

The January 2017 Service Change [http://www.capmetro.org/january2017/] 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 [http://connections2025.org/draft-plan/#6bbc42e9d02f85f03] or attend our final in-person open houses [http://connections2025.org/outreach-events-2/] this week Sept. 12-15 or online open house [https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6046420425932881924] Sept. 14.

Upcoming Open Houses

Have ideas or questions? View our interactive map [http://connections2025.org/draft-plan/], email Feedback@connections2025.org, 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: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6046420425932881924

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 martin.kareithi@capmetro.org for more information or to request informational materials in another format.

Questions or comments? Contact us!
Capital Metro | Connections 2025
email:feedback@connections2025.org
phone: 512-369-6000

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: http://austintexas.gov/shipepoolimprovements

Cara Jane Welch
Public Information Specialist, Community Engagement
Austin Parks and Recreation Department
(512) 974-6564- Office
(512) 695-0840- Cell
http://www.austintexas.gov/parks
[twtsma] https://twitter.com/AustinCityParks [fbsm] https://www.facebook.com/austincityparks

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 http://mobility35.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e33daa380f8db4e032d3..., 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
http://mobility35.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e33daa380f8db4e032d3...

Mother's Day Bazaar Saturday, May 7 at Hancock Recreation Center

Good afternoon,

I would like to invite you and your organization to our Mother's Day Bazaar, slated for Saturday, May 7, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E. 41st Street. We will be hosting local artisans and artists with unique gifts for moms. It is free and open to the public. Please feel free to circulate to your members.

http://austin.eventful.com/events/mothers-day-bazaar-/E0-001-091860842-9

A few exhibitor tables still available!

Claudio Lopez <info@athenasilversmith.com>

Hancock Native Plant Swap Saturday, April 16th

It should be a great weekend for potting up volunteer plants.  Share them with others and make our town more lovely with every passing season!

Confirmed: It will be held April 16th at Mother's Cafe from 8-9:30am 4215 Duval Street   (Free event)

NEW: Some have asked if they can purchase plants because they have nowhere to dig up plants, so I will make some native plants available that attendees can purchase at cost.
 
Some info on it:

Here's how it works: 

- pot up some transplants, cuttings, or bring seeds

- set them in the appropriate area: Sun, Shade, Part Sun/Shade, or Water

- look around for plants that you would love to have

- Take as many home as you brought

Many people just hang out the whole time talking about plants, helping others id mystery plants, and generally enjoying their coffee, free doughnut holes, and all things gardening.  Master Gardeners and NWF Habitat Stewards will also be there to assist with plant identification.

Not sure if the plant you have too much of is native? Type in the name here:http://www.wildflower.org/plants/ see the Distribution section. Generally, if you can't find it in the wildflower database, it's not native.

Not native? Don't know the name? Bring it, we'll try to identify it and, if it's not native, you can toss it and pick up a native replacement.

Our mission is to make all yards in our neighborhoods more beautiful and easier to maintain, while consuming less water...for free!

Smart Trips Austin Open House February 23

Come learn more about the Smart Trips Austin program at our Open House:
Tuesday, February 23 from 6pm to 7pm
Yarborough Library, 2200 Hancock Dr., Austin, TX, 78756

See the PDF flyer for more details: https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/sta-program-descriptionone-pagefin...

Note from HNA President to Mayor and Council Re. Occupancy Limits Ordinance

Mayor and Council Members:

The Hancock Neighborhood Association voted unanimously at its January 20th regular meeting to ask the Mayor and City Council to eliminate the expiration date of March 31, 2016 of the occupancy limits ordinance.

The occupancy limit of 4 unrelated adults was put in place to stop demolitions that were destroying both neighborhoods and existing affordable housing. The occupancy limit applies only to new construction. It is not intended to exclude renters, new comers, young people, or anyone else from neighborhoods. The purpose of the occupancy limit on new construction was to eliminate the incentive for investors to tear down affordable single family homes and replace them with large, high occupancy and pricey rentals. The ordinance has worked.

Best Regards,

Mark Harkrider
President, Hancock Neighborhood Association

Jan. 25, 2016 Mueller Press Release Re. Aldrich St.

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