March 2017 General Membership Meeting

The March 2017 General Membership Meeting will be held Tuesday, March 7, 2017, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm at Mathews School Cafeteria (906 West Lynn at West 9th).

The meeting will start early so that neighbors can enjoy some live music with Aimee Bobruck. Agenda items include a discussion of a number of projects in the neighborhood including an 804 Winflo variance, 10th Street speed bumps, the Mathews 100-year time capsule Kickstarter campaign, Palma Plaza Park and West Austin Park planning and fundraising, and other topics. The complete agenda is available online and in the March 2017 OWANA Owl newsletter.

December 2016 General Membership Meeting

The December 2016 General Membership Meeting will be held Tuesday, December 4, 2016, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Mathews School Cafeteria (906 West Lynn at West 9th).

The meeting will start early so that neighbors can enjoy some live music with The Melancholy Ramblers. The meeting will also include special guest, Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo who will participate in a Q&A about historic preservation and other topics. Agenda items include the election of the 2017 Steering Committee, discussion of residential parking permits, park planning and fundraising, zoning cases, and other topics. The complete agenda is available online and in the December 2016 OWANA Owl newsletter.

Clarksville Christmas Caroling – December 10!

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Join us Saturday, December 10, 2016, from 6-9pm starting at the Historic Haskell House (1703 Waterston) for caroling, seasonal refreshments, and a special visit from Santa for the kids.

Frances Barton will lead the carolers in a warm up at Haskell House at 6pm and then everyone will walk to a couple houses in the neighborhood. Refreshments — including hot chocolate and wine — will be provided by Zocalo Cafe and Nightcap.

Austin Monitor: Council sacrifices Old West Austin building for park improvements

A fourplex in Old West Austin is likely to be demolished despite a push by Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo to save it in the name of historic preservation.

A resolution put forward by Tovo to initiate historic zoning on the property at 1618 Palma Plaza failed, 3-8, with only City Council members Ora Houston and Leslie Pool joining Tovo to protect the building from being razed and replaced with a different development.

Tovo originally had the backing of the Old West Austin Neighborhood Association in her attempt to preserve the building. However, after Council postponed action on the resolution the previous week, the neighborhood group struck a deal with the company planning to develop the property, by which it would drop its opposition to the demolition in exchange for a financial contribution from the developer to help finance two area parks projects.

Read the rest of the article on Austin Monitor.

Lamar Beach Master Plan Update

The Lamar Beach master plan process began in August 2015 and a draft master plan was submitted to the Parks Department in March 2016. A revised draft master plan was completed in September 2016 after review by City Departments and Stakeholders. The draft master plan will be presented to City Boards, Commissions and City Council for adoption based on the following anticipated schedule. Reviews will take place at a number of Boards between October 5 and October 25. The plan is scheduled to be presented to the City Council on November 10.

The current Draft Master Plan, the dates of upcoming Board and Commission meetings, and additional information can be found on the City’s Lamar Beach Master Plan page.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Charles Mabry, Park Development Coordinator, Planning and Development Division of the Parks and Recreation Department at (512) 974-9481 or by email.

OWANA National Night Out

National Night Out is Tuesday, October 4 from 6-8pm in West Austin Park (1317 W 10th St). This is a family celebration held by neighborhoods across the country to promote community and relationships with our city’s public safety personnel. I have registered our event both nationally and locally and requested a visit from the Austin Fire Department. We have been fortunate to have members of Engine 4 with us each year. Fire Station 4 is the oldest operating fire station in the Austin Fire Department and the only operations fire station that dates back to the horse drawn era of firefighting in Austin.

People are invited to bring a Pot Luck dish or, alternatively, I have emailed Whole Foods hoping that their Food Truck will sell food (and waive their fee) again this year — as folks have requested.

Also, the public is invited to the National Night Out Kick-Off Event on Saturday October 1, 2016 from 10am–1pm at the Mueller Airport Lake, (4550 Mueller Blvd).

So, everyone please put your porch lights on and stop by to say ‘Hello’ and pass this on to anyone in the ‘hood to join.