CNA General Meeting November 2015

Cherrywood Neighborhood Association General Meeting
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Place: Asbury/Servant Church, 1605 East 38th 1/2 Street

Meeting called to order at 6:40 PM

Members present
Jules Kniolek, Chair; Terry Dyke, Secretary; Natasha Barker, Jamie Brown, Patrick Carroll, Leyla Cohlmia, Marilyn Fenn, David Greene, Francie Greene, Janine Gropp, Justin Irving, Girard Kinney, Emily Meador, Ryan Ofsthun, Sonia Ortega, Emily Schwartz, Mike Sullivan, Erin Tassoulas, Ioannis Tassoulas, Jules Vieau, Wiccit

Guests present
James Nortey, Jen Reel, Brendan Wittstruck (NCINC2)

Reading of agenda
Printed copies distributed

Welcoming Remarks From the Chair
Mr. Kniolek asked those in attendance to introduce themselves and mention one thing that they liked to do. He reported that the CNA has vacancies for Flea editor, Flea graphics designer and editor, and called on members to spread the word or consider volunteering for one of these positions.

Steering Committee update

Treasurer’s report
Acting treasurer Terry Dyke reported a balance of $10,103 as of November 11. He also went over the program-based budgeting and accounting recently adopted: expenses and income items are posted to standard accounts, which aids financial reporting, and also to programs, which helps track expenditures according to types of activity.

Hazardous Waste pickup
Mr. Dyke announced the next household hazardous waste collection event, Saturday, December 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 described the beginning of the new Development Services program, which will make use of the custom “Permit Alert” online software that accesses new permit applications from the City of Austin’s database, enabling several services that should help see to neighborhood-friendly construction. The first use will be to identify any heritage trees on a site that need to be treated properly during any construction, as it is the simplest to learn for any volunteer who might be interested in helping with the program.


Steering Committee elections
Incumbents Jules Kniolek and Emily Schwartz, as well as new candidate Janine Gropp were nominated from the floor.
Motion from the floor to elect these nominees to the Steering Committee
Resolved: Motion passed on consensus

Budget for 2016
Motion from the floor to conduct a non-binding “straw poll,” in lieu of a posted action, to approve the proposed neighborhood music festival budget item.
Vote: 16 in favor; 0 against; 1 abstention
Resolution: Motion carried
Motion from Mike Sullivan to adopt the proposed budget for 2016 (attached), within which funds may be shifted between programs as needed, up to 20 percent of total.
Resolved: motion carried on consensus

NCINC2 I-35 resolution
Motion from Leyla Cohlmia to adopt the resolution presented by the North Central I-35 Neighborhood Coalition 2, “Resolution Supporting a Long-Range Vision for IH35 without Upper Decks” (attached).
Resolution: Motion carried on consensus.


Cherrywood’s Yes Ma’am Brass Band played several selections and Jen Reel spoke about the band, community brass bands in general, and HONK!TX, the annual festival for Texas-based community brass bands. Ms. Reel told the meeting that the festival is in its sixth year, to be held in 2016 over the first weekend in April. Three to four hundred musicians will be in town taking part in the festival, with volunteers hosting the musicians in their homes. Donations to HONK!TX are tax-deductible.


James Nortey introduced himself to the group as a candidate for Travis County Commissioner.

Meeting adjourned at 8:33 PM

Submitted by Terry Dyke, Secretary

1.   Budget for 2016
2.   NCINC2 Resolution

Leave a Reply

Upcoming Events
Friday 09/21 90%
Thunderstorms, some may contain heavy rain. Lows overnight in the mid 70s.
Saturday 09/22 80%
Thunderstorms in the morning followed by occasional showers in the afternoon. High around 80F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Mostly Cloudy
Sunday 09/23 20%
Mostly Cloudy
Mainly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 82F. Winds light and variable.