Author Archives: Kim Mosley

Please Sign the Amicus Brief for the Grove Lawsuit

Below is a reminder from BCRC’s Michelle Cheng about the amicus brief. It’s a great way to help the cause without having to spend a nickel or show up at a hearing. Please consider to sign up today and encourage your neighbors to sign up as well.

For info on the issues in the lawsuit, the Statesman ran a front-page story last week that sums it up nicely: http://atxne.ws/29TGu4C

“LAST CHANCE to sign the brief supporting the plaintiffs in the petition rights lawsuit! Signing the brief does not cost anything and does not require you to be present for any of the hearings or trials in the case – it’s basically the legal equivalent of signing a petition supporting the plaintiffs’ fight to have petition rights just like every other citizen of Austin. More information and the sign-up form can be found at the link below. It takes just 10 seconds to sign up! The briefs will be filed next week, so please sign up today! Teamwork makes the dream work!”

Sign up by noon on Thursday, July 28th: http://www.bcrcatx.org/amicus-sign-up/

RNA neighbor meeting – Monday, July 25

YarboroughDear Rosedale,

The Rosedale Neighborhood Association will hold its regular monthly meeting on all things Rosedale on Monday evening, July 25, 2016, at 6:45 pm at the Yarborough Library on Hancock.

This month’s agenda will include:

  1. Upcoming Events: Pool Party, Ramsey Park Pool, Saturday, August 20, 2016—Richard & Kim Relph
  2. Upcoming Events: Commanders Forum, Thursday, July 28, 2016. The meeting will be held from 6:30-8:00pm at the Cornerstone Church, 1101 Reinli Street
  3. Ramsey Park—paver status from Mindy?
  4. The Grove—update from Chris & Gina
  5. Shoal Creek Blvd Bike Safety Improvements—discussion with Miller Nuttle, Bike Austin

You are welcome to bring up anything else of interest to the neighborhood and to participate in the discussion.

Hope to see you there!

 

July 4th Parade, Watermelon, and Water Balloon Toss

july4After a thoughtful conversation with our members and the RNA steering committee at the meeting Monday night, it was decided to have a scaled-down version of the July 4th festivities at Ramsey Park, since so many people will be going out of town for the 3-day weekend. It takes a about 70 volunteers to run the parade and carnival, and as of Monday, we only had 24 signed up. This is not the kind of event that can easily be pulled together at the last minute. So we will not be having the carnival and drinks/bake sale, but we will still be having these fun events:

  • 9:30 — Gather at the bleachers to decorate hats, bikes and strollers
  • 10 — Parade around Ramsey Park
  • 10:15 — Enjoy sliced watermelon with your neighbors
  • 10:30 — Water balloon toss

If anyone wants to set up some free activities on their own, that would be great! The Ramsey Park carnival has been the fundraiser for Ramsey Park for many years; thanks to the hard work of Alison Alter and the Ramsey Park Renovation committee, we are not solely dependent on the carnival’s resources to help us finish the renovation projects. We are looking forward to having the carnival again next year, and are hoping more people will be able to volunteer. Thanks and see you on the 4th!

Need emails, and showing for Environmental Commission Review of The Grove

Please email the environment commission by Wednesday of this week
requesting a truly superior Grove at Shoal Creek development. That’s when the
commission will be reviewing the superiority of the environmental aspects of The
Grove at Shoal Creek Planned Unit Development (PUD). City zoning requires a
PUD development be superior in many aspects in order to gain the very
valuable and flexible PUD zoning designation. We should expect great things
out of PUD applications. We should require significant superiority from The
Grove.

The Environmental Commission is tasked with looking at the following
elements of The Grove PUD:
– Parks and Open Space
– Heritage and protected tree preservation
– Drainage and flood mitigation
– Water quality protection
– Noise and air pollution (from traffic, etc.)
– Green buildings (LEED, etc.)
…and more,

Currently, the Grove is barely scraping by on minimum levels of city code
requirements. We should expect higher than expected benefits in parkland, tree protection, drainage and flood protection, noise abatement and sustainable practices.
Remember, just last week the City’s Parks Board voted to support staff’s
recommendation of the PUD application by The Grove not being superior on parks.

Personal emails are best! Use the email addresses below to send the
environmental commissioners your priorities, pictures, thoughts and dreams
of a superior Grove PUD. You can get ideas for what to include in your letter here: http://www.bcrcatx.org/. Your emails matter and will help our goal to “Build a Better PUD!”

If you can, please join your Rosedale neighbors at Austin City Hall Wednesday, June 1st at 6pm
for the commission hearing. Bring friends too! Numbers matter! The developers are offering residents of Westminster Manor a “limo bus” and free BBQ at City Hall for anyone who shows up to support them. We need to exceed their numbers!

Environmental Commissioner email addresses for copying/pasting (note the bc- is a part of the email addresses, don’t remove it):

bc-Marisa.Perales@austintexas.gov; bc-Andrew.Creel@austintexas.gov;
bc-Erin.Gooch@austintexas.gov; bc-Richard.Grayum@austintexas.gov;
bc-linda.h.guerrero@austintexas.gov; bc-Peggy.Maceo@austintexas.gov;
bc-Michael.Moya@austintexas.gov; bc-MaryAnn.Neely@austintexas.gov;
bc-Brian.Smith@austintexas.gov; bc-Hank.Smith@austintexas.gov;
bc-Pam.Thompson@austintexas.gov

If the above email addresses do not copy/paste correctly into your
email client, try this list:

bc-Marisa.Perales@austintexas.gov,
bc-Andrew.Creel@austintexas.gov,
bc-Erin.Gooch@austintexas.gov,
bc-Richard.Grayum@austintexas.gov,
bc-linda.h.guerrero@austintexas.gov,
bc-Peggy.Maceo@austintexas.gov,
bc-Michael.Moya@austintexas.gov,
bc-MaryAnn.Neely@austintexas.gov,
bc-Brian.Smith@austintexas.gov,
bc-Hank.Smith@austintexas.gov,
bc-Pam.Thompson@austintexas.gov

 

Cc the City Council in your email. Addresses are below.

RNA neighbor meeting – Monday, May 23

YarboroughDear Rosedale,

The Rosedale Neighborhood Association will hold its regular monthly meeting on all things Rosedale on Monday evening, May 23, 2016, at 6:45 pm at the Yarborough Library on Hancock.

This month’s agenda will include:

      • A presentation by representatives of Bike Austin regarding efforts to work with the City of Austin to fund Austin’s Bicycle Master Plan and high-priority sidewalks in the Sidewalk Master Plan
      • A report from our representatives to the BCRC regarding the current status of the Grove, including consideration of RNA action regarding upcoming city Parks Board review of the Grove park proposals and a discussion of the zoning lawsuit brought by neighbors of the proposed development
      • An update on Ramsey Park as we wind down the park redevelopment project, including a status report on the inscribed paver walk
      • Planning discussions for the 4th of July activities for this year, including the need for volunteers to help us old hands plan and oversee the carnival
      • An update on noise from local A/C sources and efforts to alleviate some of the worst offenders around Rosedale

You are welcome to bring up anything else of interest to the neighborhood and to participate in the discussion.

Hope to see you there!

Jeff Archer

RNA Co-President

April RNA Meeting Cancelled!

YarboroughThe Rosedale Neighborhood Association meeting scheduled for Monday, April 25, 2016 has been cancelled. The City of Austin is using the room for the local election. The next meeting will be May 23, 2016.

RNA neighbor meeting – Monday, March 28

YarboroughDear Rosedale,

The Rosedale Neighborhood Association will hold its regular monthly meeting on all things Rosedale on Monday evening, March 28, 2016, at 6:45 pm at the Yarborough Library on Hancock.

This month’s agenda will include:

  • Grove BCRC updates
  • AC noise abatement efforts

We welcome discussion of anything else you are interested in bringing up… surprise us!

Please attend if you want to be in the know or participate in the discussion.

Hope to see you there!

Jeff Archer

RNA Co-President

RNA neighbor meeting – Monday, February 22

cropped-RosedaleLetterhead_Ronly.jpgDear Rosedale,

The Rosedale Neighborhood Association will hold its regular monthly meeting on all things Rosedale on Monday evening, February 22, 2016, at 6:45 pm at the Yarborough Library on Hancock.

This month’s agenda will include:

  • A presentation introducing the city’s Smart Trips Program, by Becky Moriarty, Community Services Program Manager for the City of Austin. The program promotes alternate transportation to better manage congestion and contribute to a healthy environment. A brochure describing the program is attached. There will be an Open House for the program at the Yarborough Library (how convenient is that!) on Tuesday, February 23, from 6 pm to 7 pm.
  • An update on doings at Ramsey Park, including follow-up tree mulching planned for It’s My Park Day, Saturday, March 5, from 9 am to 1 pm. Think volunteer opportunity! See https://austinparks.givepulse.com/event/15963-Ramsey-Park-Mulch-our-trees%21
  • Ongoing discussions regarding The Grove, including the current status of the proposed development, reports of recent meetings, and plans for a pedestrian-bicycle bridge over Shoal Creek.
  • A couple of pending or upcoming zoning matters, including a Board of Adjustment (BOA) Special Exception case for 1200 W. 39 1/2 St. and BOA variance case for setbacks/impervious cover for “The Village at Triangle Ave.” in the Triangle.

We welcome discussion of anything else you are interested in bringing up… surprise us!

Please attend if you want to be in the know or participate in the discussion.

Hope to see you there!

Jeff Archer

RNA Co-President

Rosedale Neighborhood Association Meeting

Yarborough LibraryAfter a well-deserved break for the holidays, the Rosedale Neighborhood Association steering committee will resume its regular monthly meetings on all things Rosedale on Monday evening, January 25, 2016, at 6:45 pm at the Yarborough Library on Hancock.

This month we will update the neighborhood on a number of important issues and ongoing concerns, including:

  • The latest developments regarding The Grove
  • The proposed PUD code amendment (regarding city approval of the initial development of unzoned land such as the Bull Creek Road tract)
  • The Parkland Dedication Ordinance under consideration by the city council
  • The city’s regulation of short term rentals (STRs)

We are also happy to discuss anything else you are interested in bringing up… there’s always something!

Please attend if you want to be in the know or participate in the discussion. Hope to see you there!

Jeff Archer
RNA Co-President

Ramsey Park Pool Aerator & End-of-Summer Party

Have you been by Ramsey Pool after hours or early in the morning lately and noticed the twin jets of water spraying out over the pool and landing with the relaxing sound of Angel Falls? No, that’s not the city’s attempt to mask the irritating noise from nearbIMG_9395PoolAeratory dumpsters and industrial air handlers. Those fountains are formed by the newly installed aerator donated by the Rosedale Neighborhood Association to the City of Austin and designed to cool the pool in the heat of summer. And thanks to the laws of physics, it works! The formerly tepid soup-temperature water of Ramsey Pool in mid-August has been transformed into a refreshing dip that reminds one of a swimming hole in a shady grotto on the Barton Springs greenbelt. By sending the water into the air overnight, the aerator allows the heat accumulating in the pool by day to dissipate into the cooler night air. The result: water temperatures that are at least 5 degrees cooler. Come try it out before Ramsey Pool closes for the season (gasp) next Sunday, August 23.

The Ramsey Pool aerator was conceived and assembled by Jeff Archer, with plumbing help from Matt Stamm of Cougar Irrigation. The device and related electric work were paid for with 4th of July carnival revenue and Ramsey Park Project contributions. The RNA donated the device to the city and the pool engineers completed the project.  

Looking for the perfect opportunity to test the waters for your own self? Don’t miss the RNA’s annual End-of-Summer Pool Party Saturday evening, 6–8 pm, on August 22. Food, drink, tunes, and cooler than ever thanks to our new aerator!