CNA General Meeting February 2016

Cherrywood Neighborhood Association General Meeting
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Place: Asbury/Servant Church, 1605 East 38th 1/2 Street

Meeting called to order at 6:45 PM

Members present
Meaghan Bludau, Patrick Carroll, Roseana Carroll, Mandy Chenevert, Leyla Cohlmia, Daniel Culotta, Mike Damal, Terry Dyke, Marilyn Fenn, Ali Foyt, Francie Greene, Girard Kinney, Jules  Kniolek, Emily Mathon, Stuart McNulty, Dave Obermann, Ryan Ofsthun, Jennifer Potter-Miller, Jim Reed, Emily Schwartz, Amy Smith, Kacie Stair, Mike Sullivan, Erin Tassoulas, Ioannis Tassoulas, Tom Visco, John Walthour, Dave Westenbarger, Mr. Wiccit, Lauren Yoder

Guest present
Roberto Perez

Reading of agenda
Printed copies distributed

Welcoming Remarks From the Chair
Mr. Kniolek spoke about ways to get the message out, calling for a focus on increasing community and fellowship and getting more people involved. He read portions of a letter (attached) that he circulated to the Steering Committee and the general assembly announcing the re-formation of the Nominating Committee, and apologizing for the failure to post the February 17 General Assembly agenda on time as specified in the by-laws, meaning that the meeting could not act on the two scheduled business items, digital billboards and stealth dorms.

Steering Committee update

Treasurer’s report
Acting treasurer Terry Dyke reported a balance of $8,034.14 as of February 10.

Hazardous Waste pickup
Mr. Dyke announced that household hazardous waste collection is now an ongoing budgeted program, in the interests of having the Association deliver services to the neighborhood, and that the next collection is scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 10 AM – 3 PM at Cherrywood Green. Members may bring items for disposal at the City of Austin Household Hazardous Waste Facility and discarded electronics of all kinds may be brought for recycling. CNA volunteers will haul the collected items to the waste facility during its weekday hours.

Development Services
Mr. Kniolek provided an update on the new Development Services program, which makes use of the custom “Permit Alert” online software that accesses new permit applications from the City of Austin’s database. He reported receiving three calls this quarter from neighbors seeking advice or assistance with zoning and building code issues, and mentioned that a treatment of the “side porch” amendment would appear in the upcoming Flea.

Music Festival committee
Mr. Ofsthun reported that they have applied for a permit for CherryWoodstock to take place at the pavilion in Patterson Park, Saturday, April 23, from 1:00-6:00 PM.

Flea update
Mr. Sullivan, layout designer for the Flea, reported on progress by the new Flea staff, which started with the November 2015 issue. They are updating the design to more of a magazine style. The Flea is looking for volunteers and is open to contributions.

Nominating Committee rollout
Mr. Ofsthun reported on progress by the newly re-formed Nominating Committee. To complete its required task of identifying candidates for the Steering Committee, the Nominating committee still needs two more members. He urged CNA members to consider serving on it.

Due to posting irregularities, the assembly was unable to act on any business items. The issues came under some discussion and sharing of information:

Stealth dorms: Ordinance sets a limit of four unrelated adults living in a house. Some 339,000 properties are grandfathered in.  The two year moratorium will expire on March 31. Ms. Tassoulas will send out more information, and draft a letter that individual CNA members can send to council members if they wish.

Digital billboards: City ordinances limit proliferation of billboards, but the major operator is planning to convert existing sites to digital displays. City Council has agreed to allow a 120-day public deliberation process before moving ahead with any ordinance regarding digital billboards. Mr. Kinney invited CNA members to email him to become a friend of Scenic Austin, which is opposed to digital billboards.

Neighborhood rock band Bat City played while tacos from El Chilito were served and neighbors socialized before the meeting was called to order.


Jennifer Potter-Miller announced the revival of Friends of Patterson Park and urged that the proposed Neighborhood Partnering Program “Cloudburst” art and rain-garden project be put on hold, pending further consideration. She announced the “It’s My Park Day” event for March 5, and noted that Ramsey Park is a good model for neighborhood involvement in managing a park. Mr. Kinney reported that according to a conversation with a representative of the City’s Neighborhood Partnering Program, the Cloudburst project is in fact on hold.

Roberto Perez announced that services such as food distribution and nursing services are available at the Blackland Neighborhood Center, 2005 Salina St., as well as other neighborhood centers around the city.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 PM

Submitted by Terry Dyke, Secretary

Attachment: Apology from the Chair

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