Respecting the motion from our last general meeting, I am calling a special meeting to discuss The Terrace development. The meeting will be held in the cafeteria of Barton Hills Elementary, March 6, from 7 p.m to 8:30 p.m.

This is a single-item agenda to discuss The Terrace.
Peter Hess will lead the meeting.
We will not serve food.

Eddie Torres

2008 BHNA President

Dear Neighbors,

In preparation of the upcoming special meeting to discuss the Terrace PUD, I updated the web page with the Terrace PUD documentation, and I uploaded a large number of images since I contacted you last about this:

There are now three different sets of pictures; all of them include maps:

(1) “Terrace PUD: The Project:”
Here, I am documenting the project and its impact on the Barton Hills Neighborhood.

(2) “Terrace PUD: Impact on Barton Creek and Greenbelt:”
Here, I am documenting the impact of the proposed site plan (with two 200+ foot highrises) on Barton Creek and the Greenbelt. At the end of this set, I include some 3D views from Google Earth.

(3) “Greenbelt Views (provided by The Terrace):”
This section contains projections provided to us by the developers of The Terrace. I just uploaded this set today.

You should be able to see a larger version of each picture, and you will be able to download the pictures as well.

As I am not sure yet if we will be able to make use of a projector at the meeting, I ask you to look at the documentation carefully before the meeting. Eddie Torres, the BHNA president, called the special meeting to discuss The Terrace for Thursday, March 6, from 7 p.m to 8:30 p.m., in the cafeteria of Barton Hills Elementary.

Peter Hess


Proper pruning
DO NOT PRUNE OAKS during February through June (carrier beetle peak activity season)
Sterilize tools with bleach or alcohol (Clorox, Lysol, etc.)
Employ certified arborists and their firms (avoid scam artists)

Proper wound treatment
Immediately paint wounds with pruning paint or latex paint
Carrier beetles may be attracted within 15 minutes to untreated cuts or wounds

Proper firewood usage
Select well seasoned firewood (unseasoned wood might be contaminated)
Select Oak Wilt free firewood (no fungal mat contamination)

Monitor utility easement clearing activities
Review project with city project manager
Inspect actual work for equipment sterilization and wound treatment

Plant trees other than Live Oaks or Red Oaks
(see “Trees of Central Texas” recommendation listing)


Digging trench to bed rock
These are major neighborhood projects costing about $100,000 each

Infected tree injection
Recommend contracting with a Texas Oak Wilt Certified Arborist (TOWC arborist)
Recommend “macro injection”

Infected tree removal
Recommend contracting a Certified Arborist or Board Certified Master Arborist
Red Oaks must be quickly removed to prevent fungal mat risk (Austin City Ordinance)

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES and CONTACTS (all your Oak Wilt questions) (City of Austin Oak Wilt Suppression Program) (general) (area arborists) (Texas Oak Wilt Certified Arborists) (tree selection guide)

Oak Wilt Information Line (Texas Forest Service and LCRA) 512 473-3517
City of Austin, Chris Dolan 512 974-1881
Texas Staff Forester, Eric Beckers 512 339-3772
Texas Staff Forester, Jim Houser 512 339-4589


Volunteers at St. Mark’s are planning the preschool’s annual Fiesta Silent Auction fundraiser on Thursday, October 25, and they are asking for all their neighbors’ help:

1. Donate a product or service to be auctioned off. Donations to the auction are tax-deductible, and your name/ your company’s name will be listed in the church and school updates and newsletters as a supporter of the fundraiser. Many local area businesses donate their products and services and benefit from the exposure to hundreds of parents and auction attendees. If you would like to donate, please contact Sarah Boyd for more information:

2. Sponsor the Fiesta. Individuals can support the Fiesta, too, and are recognized in the Fiesta program. Individual sponsors can select one of four sponsorship levels: $250, $100, $50, or $25. Contact Jill Ivie to become a sponsor: Jill Ivie at

3. Attend the auction on Thursday, October 25, from 6:30-9 p.m. As a neighbor of St. Mark’s, you are invited to attend the auction! Ticket price is $10 per person and includes dinner, lots of great company, live music, full fiesta ambience, and, of course, the fun of participating in the auction! Find a babysitter now and contact Jill Ivie to purchase tickets:

St. Mark’s thanks you for your continued support!

Sarah Boyd

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