January 2012 newsletter now online

Fresh off the digital press of Editor Leah Golden, the January 2012 edition of the Barton Hills News is now available for your reading pleasure. Printed versions will be distributed to your doorstep soon. Meanwhile, for those who can’t wait or whose eyes are more accustomed to a backlit surface, you can check out the PDF version now for the latest Barton Hills scoop.

This edition features an update from Amy Moore, President of the Barton Hills Elementary PTA, about events at BHE and details about the district’s recent Annual Academic and Facilities Recommendations and their effect on our neighborhood school. Susan Donaldson, chair of the Emergency Preparedness Committee, explains how to make your home “Firewise” and Leah Golden profiles the Cardio Coffee walkers who have been meeting each month for over 8 years! Plus, check out the latest news about Neighborhood Watch and Greenbelt Guardians and biographies of your new 2012 BHNA officers.

 

The Barton Hills Neighborhood Association Neighborhood Watch program was featured in a front page story in the Austin American-Statesman today, complete with a color photo of Neighborhood Watch chairman John Luther and several volunteers. The story recognizes the efforts of the Neighborhood Watch program in our community and points out the significant reduction in several categories of crime since its inception.

You can check out the story at the Statesman site online or view this PDF version if the online version has been archived.

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Street reconstruction on horizon

Residents of a few streets in Barton Hills recently discovered some newly installed fencing in their front yards. The protective chain link fences were placed in front of shrubs and landscaping close to the street to help protect them during upcoming road reconstruction. Trees near the roadway were also boarded for protection and erosion control filters placed in city storm drains.

The streets involved are scheduled for complete reconstruction, not a simple resurfacing.

The project was discussed at the BHNA January 2011 general meeting. Melissa Hawthorne obtained an update from the city which is included below.

The City of Austin Public Works Department has begun work on the Group 10 Collector/Residential Streets project in our neighborhood.  The project is part of the 2006 Bond Street Reconstruction Program and is expected to last for approximately 18 months.  The work includes full depth street reconstruction of the road and updated water lines, wastewater lines and storm drainage improvements.  The project limits are:

  • Ann Arbor from Arpdale to De Verne
  • Arpdale from Paramount to Bluebonnet
  • Cliffside from Wildgrove to Spring Creek.
  • De Verne from Rae Dell to Parmount
  • Paramount from Rabb Glen to end
  • Rabb Glen from Rae Dell to Ann Arbor
  • Ridgeview from Barton Parkway to Micheal
  • Rockingham from Barton Skyway to Barton Parkway
  • Rock Terrace from Barton Skyway to Barton Parkway
  • Westridge from Ridgeview to end

A notice to proceed has been issued to Texas Sterling Construction Company.  City of Austin contacts for this project are:

Project Manager:
Demira Wyatt                 Demira.wyatt@austintexas.gov              512.974.7216

Construction Inspector:
John Rich                       John.rich@austintexas.gov                    512.974.8794

Construction Inspector Supervisor :
Phillip Preslar                 Phillip.preslar@austintexas.gov              512.974.8794

Field Engineer:
Valerie Rockwell             Valerie.rockwell@austintexas.gov           512.974.1592

Outreach Coordinator
Michelle Frith                 Michelle.frith@austintexas.gov                512.974.2436

If you have any concerns or questions about the project, you should contact one of the persons from the City of Austin.

 
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