SRCC General Membership Meeting Minutes – 9/5/2016

Monday, September 5, 2016 7:15 PM
(formerly Grace UMC)

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1. 7:15 Meeting procedures, etiquette, welcome newcomers. Verification of quorum. Reminder: state your name when presenting or seconding a motion. If an acronym is stated during the meeting and you don’t know what it means, please feel free to raise your hand and ask.*
Presenter throughout: Gretchen Otto, SRCC President, unless otherwise noted.

2. 7:20 Membership and voting. Pay multiple years in advance and get a discount. Single membership: 1-yr $20; 2-yr $35; 3-yr $50 / Family membership: 1-yr $35; 2-yr $65; 3-yr $95 NOTE: In order to vote, dues must be paid a month in advance, with the exception that if a former member’s dues have lapsed no more than 2 years, they may renew at the meeting and be eligible to vote.

3. 7:22 Approve minutes from August 1, 2016 monthly general meetings (available at
A request was made to correct the minutes from August to add the discussion of reimbursing Area 5 for expenses incurred in the protest of the St Edwards expansion.  A motion was made and seconded but after discussing the established process for doing this the motion was withdrawn. The process includes making a request to the finance committee to add the expense to the budget. “Robin Schneider asked that SRCC pay for yard signs to oppose St. Edwards’ building plan. Leadership explained the process to apply for SRCC funding for neighborhood projects.”

MOTION: Marilyn Orton / Terry Arzola – to approve the minutes as amended = PASSED 21 for, 0 opposed, 0 abstain

4. 7:25 Treasurer’s Report – see attachment to agenda distributed at the meeting; all reports are available upon
request to the Treasurer. Presenter: Nancy Byrd, Treasurer -

5. 7:30 Committee Chairs reports
1) Parks, Schools, Environment; 2) Planning & Zoning; 3) Transportation & Public Safety; 4) Norwood; 5) Historic District; 6) Finance; 7) ANC*; 8) Communications; 9) CodeNEXT
ANC – Click here to read the update.
CodeNEXT – Russell Frazier – Austin Water is currently working on a 100 year water plan.

6. 7:35 RPP request for Brackenridge from Milton to Monroe for Thurs-Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 1pm-10pm. This is part of the same block that was approved at May general meeting (presented by Dean Janeff). (VOTE LIKELY)
Presenter: Tina Currie,
This item was removed from the agenda and not discussed.

7. 7:40 Request from Sherwood Oaks residents to reimburse cost of signs and banners for St. Ed’s operations building/truck traffic issue. (VOTE LIKELY)
Presenter: Elloa Matthews, SRCC Area 5 Co-Coordinator, Sam Martin, Chair, SRCC Finance Committee
Click here to read a quick summary of the issue.
Sam Martin explained changes to how the Finance Committee would plan for and approve expenditures.  If an expenditure is not on the forecast then the FC would review, verifying that it complies with the mission, has appropriate bids, funds are available and the GMvotes  on the expenditure request  The cost was for 50 yard signs and 5 banners that totaled $732.  There were three bids for this work, adequate funds and the need was consistent with what SRCC does.

MOTION: Garret Nick / David Swann – to reimburse the $739.64 to Sherwood Oaks for expenses incurred in relation to the St Eds protest = PASSED 20 for, 1 against, 1 abstain

8. 7:50 Bluebonnet Studios is affordable housing being built on South Lamar; will be home to 107 single adults, including low-income workers, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and seniors. Foundation Communities is inviting neighbors to help support and welcome Bluebonnet residents.
Presenter: Holly Bell, Bluebonnet Studios Neighborhood Team, | 512-589-0184
Foundation Communities has 20 low income buildings in Austin and is nearing completion of the Bluebonnet Studios project. They are looking to create 107 “welcome home baskets” each with approximately $225 worth of home goods to be given to residents as they move in. All 78704 neighborhood associations are encouraged to contribute. Another opportunity to help is through community supper nights or simply volunteering. It was asked if there is a job skills component to help residents market their ability and willingness to work directly in the local community. There was no answer but Holly will dig deeper. An outcry of support for Foundation Communities was heard from at least four active supporters at the meeting. Roslyn Orten volunteered on the spot to be a “basket wrangler.”

9. 8:05 Austin B-cycle, the city’s bike share program, is considering a pilot program in the SRCC neighborhood and they are looking for residents who would be interested in giving some preliminary feedback. If you are interested, please contact Juan Agudelo (, 512-710-5169).
Presenter: Gretchen Otto
Austin B-cycle is looking at adding electric bikes to the rental fleet and interested in the test area being 78704. If you would like to voice your opinion, please contact him.

10. 8:10 Neighbors and THES Thunderboard are interested in pursuing possibility of installing a 4 way stop signage at SE corner of Stacy Park.
Presenter: Pat Conegliano, SRCC Member,
At the corner of Alta Vista and Live Oak there is a 2 way stop but Pat is asking for support to upgrade it to a 4 way stop to improve safety.  This area is heavily trafficked by all road users and crossing Live Oak has become especially dangerous for pedestrians which include many children.

Any update on the effort at St Edwards? Tina will update the Facebook page with all info but Hillfest is this Friday so there might be an effort made during that event. A new member and recent St Eds graduate offered help and discussion continued after the meeting. – Click here to visit the Say No 2 St Eds page.

Tina Buck is our new Communications Chair!!! Thank you, Tina!

Lee Schneider is a new area 3 Area Co-Coordinator!!! Thank you, Lee!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We need volunteers for several open positions: Vice President, neighborhood watch program organizer, Special Events Chair to organize the July 4 picnic and annual potluck, and a Newsletter Editor.
Austin Monitor discount: SRCC16 for 20% off subscription


Account reconciliation, Profit & Loss and Balance reports available upon request from or

*Frequently used acronyms: ACF: Austin Community Fund; ANC: Austin Neighborhood Council; SF: Single Family zoning category; FLUM: Future Land Use Map; GSRC NPCT: Greater South River City Neighborhood Planning Contact Team, NCCD: Neighborhood Conservation Combining District


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