MNA General Meeting Minutes, May 18, 2019

MNA Secretary Front Porch Flyer

Location: Seton Administrative Building Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019

Time: 9:45 – 11 a.m., ~45 attendees

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*Snacks & Socializing (15 mins) – Attendees enjoyed time to visit and the yummy bagels from Rosen’s brought by Vice Chair Richard Carr.  Two families signed up for four MNA memberships.                                                                                                                            

  1. Welcome [Preston Tyree, co-chair] – Ty also announced the upcoming POA (Property Owners’ Association) annual meeting and a transportation meeting at the Thinkery.
  2. Notice of previous general meeting minutes now posted on Mueller Neighborhood.org
  3. Treasurer’s report – Dan Updegrove for Penny Brandt (see below)
  4. Austin Boys & Girls Club overview – Kevin Brown  

Kevin is a new employee at Boys & Girls Club of Austin, and he talked about upcoming summer day camps for kids 3rd to 6th grade. To learn more about the organization, visit Bgcaustin.org. They are at 6648 Ed Bluestein.  

Q – What are the Boys & Girls Club on Zach Scott Street facilities used for? There was interest in whether they could accommodate community meetings.

A- Kevin noted that that’s a question for the Administrative staff, so he is not sure.

Q- Someone suggested they could post info at the Thinkery for awareness, and Preston suggested posting on MNA website.

  • Preston invited attendees to bring their own reusable cups to meetings to cut down on waste. Taylor noted that the paper cups cannot be recycled.
  • Mueller Commission PIAC update – Michael Jones

Michael discussed recent and ongoing commission activity, including defining next year’s goals in a draft 2019/2020 plan.  They are planning for the new middle school, which will be a mixed use AISD/city building in Mueller financed with the bonds approved in the recent election. There was discussion among attendees about the need for bathrooms on the park along the perimeter of Mueller. The commission is also doing work around the transition in ~5 years when Catellus has finished build-out and is phased out. The transition team continues to do outreach. The Sunday and Wednesday farmers’ market will soon move as planned to the Branch Park on Aldrich across from the TMI building. An attendee asked about difficult street crossings that are not well-signalled, and Michael suggested calling 311 with concerns.   

  • POA Update – Bill Berman

The representative from the MNA to the POA Transition Committee is Karen Sharp, who also has been chairing the MNA Transition Committee.  Overall the POA Transition Committee will have 11 members with the following representation. Catellus (3), Mixed Use board (2), Row homes (2), Detached homes (2), MNA (1), EC/TC (1).  Over the next 4-5 years the POA board will transition to all Mueller residents (today it is majority Catellus members).  The eventual plan is for there to be the three boards and the Landscape Committee. Attendees had a number of questions about the various boards and committees including landscape, budget, row homes, pool maintenance, and rules, as well as appropriate contacts for each. 

  • Egg Scramble Highlights – Maria Salas for Joan Quenan

Approximately 500 people attended the Egg Scramble festivities on Saturday, April 20, at Ella Wooten Park.  It was a beautiful day and everything went smoothly.  Joan expressed thanks to the Steering Committee members and others from the community who pitched in to help fill eggs, set up tents and tables, spread eggs, supervise the bounce houses, and do cleanup.  Couldn’t have done it without all the help from so many people coming together fto make a successful event.

  •  Fourth of July Festival – Bill Kirwin

There will be a brass band, a fire truck from AFD and a kiddie train. There will be prizes for best decorated bike and best costume. Bill is actively recruiting volunteers for children’s activity oversight, setup, tear down and cleanup.

  1. Announcements – there are free Tai Chi classes offered at Wildflower Terrace Mondays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. 

Steering Committee Meeting June 5, 7 p.m. at Aldrich 51

General Meeting June 15 at 9:45 a.m. at Wildflower Terrace, 3801 Berkman Drive