It’s My Park Day – 2013

It's My Park Day

Walnut Crossing and Milwood Neighborhood Associations are partnering with local apartment communities for a general cleanup of Balcones Park for IT’S MY PARK DAY on Saturday, March 2nd from 9AM to Noon.

A follow-up event is also planned for April 13th, Austin Clean Sweep 2013, to address issues outside of the park.

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Huge Pile of Trash

Huge Pile of Trash

Wow, we picked up a lot of trash!

Walnut Creek Trail – Council Agenda Item #9 – Feb. 14th

Public Works assures us they’ll continue to work with us throughout construction as evidenced in their recommendation to Council;

“This project will construct a new trail on the Walnut Creek Greenbelt to connect Balcones Park to Walnut Creek Metro Park through the greenbelt. The trail will be approximately three miles long and consist of ten foot wide concrete trail, two foot shoulders, approximately nine creek crossings by bridge or culvert crossing and two trailheads.

The project team has met with the affected neighborhoods and will provide ongoing communication with all property owners who will potentially be affected by the construction. Communication with these groups will continue throughout the construction phase.

Due to the potential for unknown subsurface conditions and utility conflicts when working in the right of way, a 5% contingency in funding has been included to allow for the expeditious processing of any change orders. The contract allows 365 calendar days for completion of the project. Construction is anticipated to start in March 2013 and continue until February 2014. This project is located within zip code 78759 and 78758 and is managed by the Public Works Department.”

Documents here.

Recent Statesman article here.

Emergency E-Vote – To Oppose COA Council Amending Resolution No. 20121206-074

It just came on the radar that the Austin City Council will vote at Thursday’s council meeting to allow four lobbyists to be appointed to the eleven member Land Development task force.

Sponsored by Council Member Bill Spelman and co-sponsed by Council Member Sheryl Cole and Mayor Lee Leffingwell here.
Proposed amendment here.

This is clearly not allowed. See City Code § 2-1-21c

Kernan Hornburg is calling for this to be an emergency of the board and therefore needs immediate action, the e-vote will have to be 24 hours not 72. If you object, vote accordingly below.

“Should WXNA object to Council Item 29, Amendment of Resolution No. 20121206-074 and authorize the board to lobby the Austin City Council?”

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E-Vote – 10/20 Event Proposed Road Closures

This is an official e-vote for dues paying members. If you haven’t paid your 2013 dues you can pay via PayPal (Join Now!) on the right sidebar.

“Should WXNA object to the 10/20 event proposed road closures on Sunday, April 14th?”

Details about road closures here.

Info about the event can be found here.

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General Meeting 2013

Howdy Walnuts and a Happy New Year to all!

We’ll hold our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, March 7th at 6:30 P.M at the Milwood Library. Our three member board holds one year terms and our election will be held then. If you have an interest in running please let us know.

Please renew your $12 yearly dues via Paypal before the meeting if you can. We’ll still accept cash, checks and credit cards the night of, but please arrive early. Reminder, only dues paying members can vote.

Wrap-up of 2012; we yet again held a successful Independence Day, National Night Out, Neighborhood Garage Sale, Halloween Food Drive and our 1st Easter Egg Hunt. Thank you to all our volunteers, but we always need more of you!

To bring folks up to speed on what’s been happening;

1. Scribe Drive between Amherst and Forsythe will be getting three speed mitigation devices. A petition has been signed by 32 of 45 houses so far, all in support, which will decide where we end up in funding. This petition only involves 45 houses on Scribe Drive selected by the City of Austin Transportation Department.

2. Work is to begin on the Walnut Creek Trail, commonly referred to as the “Trail to Nowhere” (but it looks like that will finally change!), very soon. The contract bid winner has been recommended by City of Austin Public Works and will go for council approval next month. We’ll have a better idea of when construction will start shortly thereafter.

Stepping into 2013 we still have our sights set on a sidewalk on Adelphi and as always; a commitment to improving the safety, property values and character of our little neighborhood.

There’s always been discussion in the past about things folks would like to start doing or continue doing, so if you have any suggestions or would like to get something going, please let the board know.