Announcements

5/1/14 NA Stakeholder's Meeting with TXDOT & Consultants

Jim Rankin represented HNA in the recent NA Stakeholder's Meeting by TXDOT & their Consultants , HNTB, Etc. on 5/1. Following are his notes:

Here are the TXDOT proposed IH-35 re-designs between 15th/290E for everyone in HNA to see on the www.mobility35.org website. Quick link: http://www.mobility35.org/news_room/workshop_materials.aspx.

Some items I list might not be all that was discussed (see TXDOT posted plans and options for complete picture):

IH-35 through Austin is #1 in Texas Static Traffic Congestion (Go Austin, We're #1).

35% higher accident rate than Texas Average.
200,000 Vehicles/day currently.
2012-2013 Fastest growing City in US, 2.6%.

Current plans:

  1. ADD two lanes in center of lower deck and full miles of IH-35 between Kyle/Georgetown for "FTC (Future Transportation Corridor)" that has not been defined exactly what those lanes entail (toll, HOV, etc., rail was a participant's comment). So 4 lanes each direction. Lower deck retaining walls would need to be more vertical and ALL bridge abutments must be rebuilt for wider clearance. Upper deck structure was not built to carry weight of any additional lanes.
  2. Rebuild ALL bridges over the lower deck, bridge design not settled but should allow the current cross-traffic, probably U-turn lanes to avoid the traffic lights, safer peds/bikes lanes, and wider abutment opening at lower deck level.
  3. No IH-35 Northbound onramps between the current one N. of 15th st/new one N. of Airport. Northbound offramps remain at Manor/32nd, and N. of 38th. Tentative Off-ramp Option just N. of 32nd (where onramp will be deleted) , would take some access frontage lots as accessroad must shift east, but would have 1/2 depth of those lots remaining to figure out sound barrier buffer. Tentative removal of on-ramp from MLK to upper deck, but many in meeting stated they would like that one to remain.

Second Annual Ney Day Saturday, May 3

COME CELEBRATE Elisabet Ney, her art and her legacy, with music, art, performances, hands on activities and more! ALL FREE

Featuring live music from SeVana Marimba, Rosie Flores, Jennifer Cook, Yes Ma'am Brass Band, and Fiddlisa and Friends!

Activities include trapeze, hula hoopers, clay and limestone sculpting, food trucks, jugglers, technology activities, bookmaking, and more! A highlight is a spray-paint art performance. Booths from GirlStart, Girls' Rock Camp, Austin Bookmakers Guild, The South Austin Museum of Popular Culture, The Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata, Amy’s Ice Cream, UT Press, the Asian American Resource Center, the George
Washington Carver Center, and more!

Presented with assistance from Texas Folklife and support from Texas Commission on the Arts

SECOND ANNUAL NEY DAY! Saturday May 3 from noon to 5PM!

Free! Come see it!

https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/1496304067259705/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Hancock Spring Native Plant Swap Saturday, May 3rd

Hancock Native Plant Swap - free event

Who: You, this event thrives with your participation.
What: Bring any plants* that do well here but are not invasive**, you get to take that many plants home.  You'll also get a free 6-pack of milkweed.
Where: Mother's Cafe & Garden  4215 Duval Street, 78751

Attached is a picture of a small sampling of plants that I have so far for the swap: Fall Aster, American Elderberry, Mexican Feathergrass, Skullcap, Cowpen Daisy, LOTS of milkweed to be given away to swap participants (will send pics of milkweed seedlings later).

More at http://www.facebook.com/NativePlantSwap

Spread the word...the more people that know about it, the more great plants to choose from!

Carleen
Hancock resident
NWF Habitat Steward

Cap Metro Public Open House Saturday, February 8

Just wanted to follow-up with you and let you know that a public open house has been set for Saturday, February 8th at ACC Highland from 9:30AM-12:00PM.

More details to follow, but please mark your calendars if you would like to attend and feel free to pass along the information to your fellow neighbors.

As a quick update for you, per the CCAG meeting last Friday, the two alignments under consideration in the Hancock/Hyde Park corridor are Red River and Duval. The modes under consideration range from urban rail to streetcar to articulated bus.

Whether these are mixed use or dedicated lanes has not been decided. Whether these are below ground, above ground, or require expanding roads to compensate similarly has not been decided. We are in the early stages of the project so please do come and voice your preferences or concerns.

Willie Cecil
Cap Metro, Community Involvement
Work: 512.389.7525
Cell: 214.674.8181

Hancock Golf Course Luminaria December 6th and 7th

The traditional Hancock Golf Course luminaria trail will be be active December 6th and 7th from dusk to 9 PM. Please see the announcement on the CoA website for more information.

Stop Stealth Dorms Update

Stop Stealth Dorms update document provided by Mary Sanger.

Five Minutes for $5 million in Park Funding

Park Lovers, as you may know, APF and numerous other environmental organizations are fighting to increase city funding for parks. We've been told our collective voices have been heard at city hall, and now, in the last days before the final budget decisions are made, is the time for our last collective push.

If you think parks are underfunded, contact the Mayor and city council members THIS WEEKEND with this message:

I'm a voter, and I strongly and loudly support the GAP effort to raise an additional $4.75 million in funding for Austin PARD to care for our trees, trails, pools and parks.

If we don't fix the problems we have now, we can only expect them to get worse. Part of what makes Austin such a wonderful place to live is the abundance of parks and outdoor space and we need to take care of what we have before we lose it.

Email them all at once http://austintexas.gov/mail/all-council-members, or individually http://www.austinparks.org/advocacy.html?utm_campaign=516x&utm_medium=email&utm_source=email_list and please give them a call, even if you have already! We need to make our voices heard between now and Monday! We can do this, Austin, together!

For more information on the GAP effort, visit austinparks.org

Austin Parks Foundation
507 Calles Street, Ste. 116
Austin, TX 78702
512.477.1566

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>

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

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