October 28th BHNA Meeting

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Neighbors,

I urge all of you to attend the BHNA meeting on Tuesday, October 28th, at St. Mark’s Church. Among other things, the agenda will include:

1. A presentation/Q&A with Google Fiber about their plans for providing service in Barton Hills.

2. A presentation/Q&A with City of Austin staff about the vegetative “Grow Zone” along the west side of Robert E. Lee.

3. Discussion of CapMetro’s bus service to Barton Hills (and, pending confirmation from them, a presentation/Q&A with CapMetro).

4. Election of BHNA officers for 2015.

5. Updates on our Neighborhood Watch program, improvements to Barton Hills Community Park, the upcoming Fall Carnival at Barton Hills Elementary School, and much more.

As usual, we’ll have a dinner and social hour at 6:00pm (catered by Rockin’ Tomato Pizza/Pasta) and the formal meeting will start at 7:00pm. I hope to see you there!

Regards,

BHNA Preident

 

July 22 BHNA General Meeting

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BHNA’s quarterly meeting is Tuesday the 22d at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Barton Hills Dr. We’ll serve dinner at 6:00pm and start the meeting at 7:00pm.

Mayoral candidate Steve Adler is joining us for dinner. He couldn’t attend the July 4th parade, as did candidates Sheryl Cole and Mike Martinez, so we’ll have the same opportunity to talk to him as we did the other two candidates.

We’ ll discuss traffic problems on Barton Hills Drive and the possibility of using various traffic calming techniques to address them. Apart from the proposal to close the school, I can’t think of a recent issue that affects us all more than this one.

Finally, we’ll also discuss proposals for how BHNA can spend the approximately $28,000 in our bank account to improve the neighborhood.

Please come and let your voice be heard. And remind your neighbors to come, too! I look forward to seeing you on the 22d.

Regards,

BHNA President

 

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PLEASE JOIN YOUR FRIENDS & Neighbors for the next quarterly meeting of the Barton Hills Neighborhood Association!!!!

When?:            Tuesday April 29th. As usual, dinner and socializing will begin at 6:00pm. The meeting will convene at 7:00pm and conclude by 9:00pm.

Where?:         St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

What?:           In addition to reports from officers and committee chairs, we will discuss:

(1)         POLITICS: How will BHNA approach City Council elections under the new 10-1 system? Some neighborhood associations may hold their own candidate forums, issue briefings, etc., while other associations may combine to hold joint candidate forums or events. Some neighborhood associations may vote to endorse candidates, while others say they won’t. What does BHNA want to do?

(2)         MONEY: Thanks to prudent fiscal management, BHNA has accumulated about $26,000 in its bank account. How much of this do we need to keep in the bank as a reserve for unforeseen contingencies? How much do we want to invest in things that would improve the neighborhood? What are those things?

(3)         TAXES: Why are our property taxes so high? What can we do about it?

Who?:              For #1 and #2, your humble president (I’m using a lower case “p” to tamp down expectations) will facilitate the discussion.For #3, we will have Bruce Elfant, Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector, and Marya Crigler, Chief Appraiser of the Travis Central Appraisal District, speak to us. If you want answers from the top, it don’t get no better than that!

Tom Nuckols
BHNA President

 
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