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Thursday’s ANA Executive Committee Meeting

As a reminder, this Thursday the City of Austin will be providing an update on the Great Northern detention pond project that will be getting underway in October. Come and get the details about this very large project. The presentation is part of ANA’s Executive Committee meeting. Below is the agenda for the meeting.

The Allandale Neighborhood Association will have its monthly Executive
Committee meeting, Thursday, Aug 28, 2008 at the Yarborough Library, 2200
Hancock Dr, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. All Allandale residents are welcomed and
encouraged to attend.

Agenda:

Call meeting to order – 6:30
– Approval of Minutes from July.
– Treasurer’s report
– Great Northern Detention Project – City of Austin
– Update on Bull Creek Drainage Project – City of Austin

Constable’s Notebook – August 2008

By Constable Bruce Elfant

“In little more than two decades we’ve gone from a position of energy independence to one in which almost half the oil we use comes from foreign countries, at prices that are going through the roof. This intolerable dependence on foreign oil threatens our economic independence and the very security of our nation.”

These words were uttered in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter when gas
cost about $.90 per gallon and our oil imports were about 45% of our
oil needs. 

Planning for future roads and highways

Kay Newell

In case you are wondering whether there is a freeway in the works for Koenig now that they have approved a US 290 Toll Road to Manor, there is not. It is not in the plan. A road in our three county area (Hays, Travis, and Williamson) can’t be touched if it is not in the Capitol Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) 2030 plan.  As an example, the conversion of Cesar Chavez from one-way to two-way is in the CAMPO plan, specifically, in the CAMPO  FY 2008-2011 Transportation Improvement Plan, pg 61 item 2. 

The only thing in the CAMPO 2030 plan for Koenig is the area between Lamar and Shoal Creek (see Pg 146-147)  which shows the upgrade of the section from Shoal Creek to Lamar from Major Arterial UNDIVIDED 4 (MAU 4) to major arterial DIVIDED 4 (MAD 4).  If you notice when you are out driving, the sections of Koenig from Lamar to Airport and from Loop 1 to Shoal Creek have already been upgraded from MAU 4 to MAD 4.  If you all remember a couple of years ago they upgraded the section from Lamar to Airport, and a number of years prior to that they upgraded the section from Loop 1 to Shoal Creek. 

Allandale Storm Drainage Improvements

Stephanie Lott
City of Austin, Watershed Protection and Development Review Department

This project will reduce flooding of houses, yards and streets caused by an inadequate stormwater conveyance system in the Allandale neighborhood. The project is partially funded by the November 2006 Bond Election.

Currently, the City is in the process of hiring a consultant to work on this project. The consultant’s first task will be to research the possibility of installing a storm drain underneath Bull Creek Road. The city’s initial research indicates that this pipe should be an effective solution. The City has confirmed that this proposal will not increase flooding along Shoal Creek.

ANA EC Meeting Minutes – June 2008

Allandale Neighborhood Association – Executive Committee Meeting Minutes
26 June 2008

The regular monthly Executive Committee (EC) meeting of the Allandale Neighborhood Association (ANA) was held on Thursday, June 26, 2008, at 6:30 pm at Ralph Yarborough Library, the President being in the chair and the Secretary being present*.  The minutes of the last EC meeting (22, May 2008) were read and approved; the minutes of the previous EC meeting (24, April 2008) were corrected and approved.

*Members Present:
Tom Linehan, President; Mary Jean Matus, Secretary; Joe Reynolds, Treasurer; Donna Beth McCormick; Paulette Kern; Laura Slaughter; Dan Jones; George Roman; Cynthia Keohane.

Frisco’s is Open

Frisco’s opened its doors for business at it’s new location on Wednesday. Here are a couple of photos of the new place. I went by for breakfast yesterday and they have done a great job with the interior. The opening was reported in yesterday’s Austin...

Highlights of changes to the Wal-Mart planned for Northcross

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Tom Linehan

Representatives of the Allandale Neighborhood Association and RG4N met with Lincoln Properties’ attorney Bruce Scrafford Wednesday night to get an overview of the changes planned for the Wal-Mart at Northcross. The most important change is the store will be 1/2 the size (99,600 square feet) of what was originally planned. It will not be a Supercenter. The revised plans will retain the design and materials originally presented however it will be a single-story structure without a multi-level parking lot.  Lincoln and Wal-Mart will be submitting a revised site plan to the city in the next week or two. There was no Wal-Mart representative at the meeting. Wal-Mart is putting together a Fact Sheet on the new plans and wasn’t ready with the details for the meeting.

Once the site plan is submitted it could take the City a month or longer to review and approve. There were many questions regarding traffic impact and mitigation measures, truck routes, access to the center from the bus stop, security, etc. Bruce was not prepared to answer a number of the questions as they were Wal-Mart specific. He did say he doesn’t anticipate that more than 30 to 40 percent of the store will be grocery. The remainder will be general retail. The truck routes will be the same as originally agreed.