SRCC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
MONDAY, June 18, 2018 6:30 PM
Joe’s Crab Shack Meeting Room
600 East Riverside Dr, AUSTIN, TEXAS
CALL TO ORDER/APPROVAL OF MINUTES
1. 6:30 Meeting procedures, etiquette, welcome & introductions of new members
Presenter throughout: Eric Cassady, SRCC Co-Vice President, unless otherwise noted.
2. 6:32 Membership & voting announcements. Reminder that SRCC current dues status is required to participate in SRCC business and actions such as voting and making motions. Reminder of changes to bylaws regarding voting members of EC.
3. 6:34 Approve minutes from May 21, 2018 Executive Meeting
Reminder: schedule for Executive meetings: 3rd Monday of the month; 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Joe’s Crab Shack.
Proposed meeting dates through rest of term: Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, April 15
MOTION: Dan Fredline/Laura Gassweaver to approve the minutes from May 21, 2018, EC Meeting. 11 for, 0 against, 0 abstaining = PASSED
REPORTS OF OFFICERS and STANDING COMMITTEES
4. 6:36 Report from the [Co-Vice] President: Volunteer opportunities, upcoming newsletter..
Presenter: Eric Cassady, Co-Vice President
Newsletter is at the printer right now. Bundles will be on Eric’s front porch this time around. He will send out an email to the area coordinators when they are available to pick up.
5. 6:40 Committee check-ins on events/goals/issues
Presenters: Committee Chairs. 1) Planning and Zoning; 2) Historic Preservation; 3) Finance; 4) Mobility (chair needed); 5) Public Safety 6) Parks and Environment; 7) Schools; 8) Communications
Parks and Environment: Little Stacy Park project: David Todd reported that there has been discussion about the nature of the path that will go in place of the road that goes there. There is a debate about whether they need pavement or not. City staff responsible for pool maintenance have suggested the access should be paved. David and others have not agreed.
REPORTS OF AD HOC COMMITTEES and REPRESENTATIVES
6. 6:45 Check-ins on events/goals/issues
Presenters: Committee Chairs/Representatives. Norwood; CodeNEXT; NPCT; ANC*; SCC*; South Central Waterfront; St. Edward’s
Nothing to report at this time.
7. 6:50 As the City enters the budget-setting period, the Austin Parks Foundation is asking the City to maintain funding for city parks. A letter has been drafted and the Foundation is eager to have as many groups as possible sign on to encourage Council to adequately fund Austin parks. [VOTE EXPECTED]
Here is a link to the APF letter.
Presenter: David Todd, SRCC Parks and Environment Chair
David Todd reported that the Austin Parks Foundation is lobbying with the City of Austin to adequately fund our city parks. They have asked that we endorse a letter to support more funding for the parks. Members who were present at our meeting discussed Big Stacy and agreed that there are separate efforts being made for larger amounts for aquatics.
MOTION: David Todd/ Joe Webber SRCC Executive Committee endorses the letter from the Parks Foundation that advocates funding the Parks Department Fiscal Year 2019. 12 for, 0 against, 0 abstaining = PASSED
Before voting on this motion, there was discussion on the guidelines for 1) when EC votes and takes action and 2) when decisions are made by the General Membership. In this case, the letter needs to be submitted before the August general membership meeting, which has prompted it being put forth at this time. SRCC Bylaws state that ‘to the extent practical, decisions shall be made by vote of the General Membership.’
New Issue: presented by Rachel McClure and Laura Gass Weaver, Area 6 Co-Coordinators.
Rachel reported that a neighbor has had an issue with noise from the El Taquito has a PA system. At night they announce when orders are ready for patrons on the patio. They make announcements until 4 a.m. El Taquito is a late-night spot, with their business being concentrated after other places close. There is an issue with trash, as well, but the neighbor is primarily concerned about noise. Laura shared that she has experience with noise as it relates to music venues. The neighbor is looking for an approach to take. Several people discussed that talking to the proprietor in a way that says that the neighborhood association has become aware of the issue and ask them to come up with a solution would be an appropriate first step. Another member suggested notifying 311 and getting a case number. Laura shared that noise issues get transferred immediately to 911, which would mean a police officer being sent to the location. The group recommended that a small contingent try first meeting with a manager or proprietor and report back.
- We still need volunteers for the following open positions:
- Mobility Chair
- Still also looking for Area Coordinator for Area 4a and Area 7.