Austin City Limits Festival 2012

Neighbors,

ACL is coming up on October 12-14.  You can start to see the beginnings…

This year there are additional officers in the Dedicated Neighborhood ROVING Patrol  10 officers and 1 sergeant (increased from 7 and 1), Roving 10 am until approximately 11 pm daily as well as 2 APD Officers (on Bikes) in the Barton Creek Greenbelt, 12pm-8pm.

The dial in number for ACL related response is (646) 578-8562. 

These officers are stationed and roving to be here in the area(s) impacted.

This year there are a number of streets that will have temporary No Parking zones that will be enforced by the police during ACL. The NP signs will be deployed on Wednesday and Thursday, October 10 and 11, but become enforceable Friday, October 12.

The streets with No Parking zones are shown on the attached map.

Please warn your neighbors. Only a small percentage of the population of the neighborhood is subscribed to this Yahoo Group. Parking within 30′ of the approach to a stop sign, within 15′ of a fire hydrant are illegal and will be enforced. Also, make sure when you park on the street that the right wheels of your vehicle are closest to the curb.

Please don’t put barriers in the street. It is public property and the police will ask you to remove them. I suggest placing orange cones along the curb, but not in the street.

The FAA allows the aerial advertisers. The city and C3 Presents have no control over them.

FAA low flying aircraft information

The San Antonio Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) is the office that would take complaints about safety violations. That number is (800) 292-2023. The FAA does not, however, take calls regarding nuisance complaints.  Nuisance/aircraft noise complaints would go to the Aviation Department. Stephen Dick Stephen.dick@austintexas.gov would be the point of contact for those. His number is (512) 530-5541.

I strongly urge you to use this number to report parking and other violations: (646) 578-8562

See the bottom of this page for road closure info:  http://www.aclfestival.com/plan/getting-here/

If you would like to volunteer to monitor traffic and parking we could always use your help. Contact John Luther jluther@austin.rr.com or myself mwh@austin.rr.com

Thanks,

Melissa

Melissa Hawthorne
President, Barton Hills Neighborhood Association
PO Box 2042
Austin, TX 78768-2042

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KXAN’s Reagan Hackleman reported live from Zilker Park again last night during the evening news with a story about preparations by Austin Fire Deparment for the crowds expected for the Austin City Limits Festival that runs today through Sunday.

Our own Neighborhood Watch chairman John Luther was interviewed and included in the story, describing actions residents of Barton Hills are taking to heighten awareness of the fire danger. Luther said “The fire danger is extreme The greenbelt is rugged. It would difficult to get fire equipment in there, if not impossible.”

City officials held a press conference Thursday morning at Zilker Park where Austin Police Lt. Todd Smith stated “This is about the most dangerous place in Austin where a fire could start and it could really cause a lot of damage.” Fire Department Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr said ,”Yes we are concerned. Yes we are prepared. We’re staffing up additional brush trucks.”

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The Barton Hills Neighborhood Association issued a press release Sept. 15 describing the campaign to inform visitors attending the Austin City Limits Music Festival about the extreme fire danger in our community. In addition to placing signs at strategic entry points to the greenbelt and throughout the neighborhood, residents will be on high alert for any evidence of fire and have been instructed to call 911 in the event smoke is seen or smelled.

BHNA Vice President Melissa Hawthorne stated “We are very pleased with the cooperation demonstrated by the ACL Festival producers, C3 Presents, Austin Parks and Recreation, Austin’s first responders and local media to elevate this issue and help enforce the burn ban in the park. We want to insure people understand the extremely dry conditions and the affect a fire would have to our community.”

You can read the entire press release here.

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