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National Night Out is Tuesday, October 7.  This is a time to turn on the outside lights, get together with neighbors to show your support for the elimination of crime in your neighborhood.  7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, residents are asked to turn on their porch lights, lock their doors and spend the evening outside with their neighbors, police officers, EMS, and firefighters.

Barton Hills has many traditional gatherings on this night.  Check out your street to see if there is a party planned.  To get a head start, join the Austin Police Department, Travis County Sheriff’s Office and other community partners for the 31st Annual National Night Out kickoff celebration on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mueller Airport Lake, 4550 Mueller Blvd (May show up on GPS as 4550 Mueller Central.)

The free event will have food, games, booths and live music by The Peterson Brothers Band. Additionally, this kickoff event will be a great opportunity for neighborhoods to “Stock Your Block” with informational pamphlets and brochures for National Night Out block parties on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014.

Barton Hills residents are always supportive of crime prevention efforts.  Make this year the biggest Night Out ever.

John Luther
BHNA Neighborhood Watch Program

 

2014 Blues on the Green information

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The following information was provided to us by Jason Maurer of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department Office of Special Events. Blues on the Green has a significant impact upon traffic flow around our neighborhood, so you may want to plan your travel accordingly.

Note that the first show has been postponed to June 4 due to recent heavy rain.

KGSR’S BLUES ON THE GREEN INFO SHEET

EVENT DATES/SCHEDULE

• Dates:
• June 4 – Saints of Valory w/ The Wind And The Wave (rescheduled from May 28)
• June 11 – Heartless Bastards w/ Dana Falconberry
• June 25 – Shinyribs w/ Tameca Jones
• July 9 – Grupo Fantasma w/ Greyhounds
• July 23 – ACL Fest Preview: Robert Ellis w The Nightowls
• Aug 6 – Charlie Mars with Quiet Company
• Rain Dates: June 4, 18, July 2, 16, 30, Aug 13
• Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm

MESSAGING

• On air announcements on KGSR that promote alternative transportation (parking garages, bus routes, and biking)
• Austin B-Cycle bikeshare marketing promoting using B-Cycle bikeshare transportation to event
• Social media messaging about transportation options
• Temporary digital signs on Mopac to inform the public of the event and to aid in traffic flow
• Variable message boards prior to each event (slated for eastbound Barton Springs and north/southbound Lamar)
• “No Parking” signage along southbound frontage from Rollingwood Drive to 2244
Phone number for parking violations: 512-633-8507

PARKING/TRANSPORTATION

• Bus Routes

o Cap Metro Bus – ROUTE 30-Spyglass/Barton Skyway
– the last pick up heading south is 10:12PM and heading north 10:33PM
o Cap Metro Bus – ROUTE 3-Lamar/Barton Springs (station 5)
– the last pick up heading south is 12:21AM and heading north 11:57PM.
o #801 MetroRapid runs every 15-20 minutes with stops at Auditorium Shores and South Congress

• Parking Garages

o One Texas Center – 764 vehicles
o Austin High School – 600 vehicles

• On Site Parking

o Stratford holds 500-800 vehicles
o Polo Fields hold 800-1000 vehicles

• Bike Parking

o 50 Bike racks – Each rack holds 12 bikes – this can accommodate 600+ bikes
o Austin B-cycle bikeshare staffed on-site bicycle parking

APD STAFFING – 1 SUPERVISOR, 11 OFFICERS

• 3 officers working along Barton Springs for traffic control and assisting with pedestrian traffic at the following locations:

• Barton Springs/Stratford
• Barton Springs/between William Barton and Lou Neff
• Barton Springs/Lou Neff Crosswalk/2nd Exit at Polo Fields

• 3 permanent officers at east bound Barton Springs at Robert E Lee to help direct traffic along Barton Springs.

• 5 officers dedicated for neighborhood/ keeping traffic from parking illegally:

• Keeping vehicles from parking under Mopac & along the frontage roads of Mopac
• Keeping vehicles from parking along Robert E Lee and in neighborhood

• 3 Officers roving in Neighborhood

• One supervisor will be present to rove in neighborhood

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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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