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ZNEWS Archives for 1989

Monday, July 10, 1989 7 p.m. Kinney Ave. Baptist Church 1801 Kinney Ave. Neighborhood Meeting (Meeting Hall in back)
1. Sally Shipman will speak on the city budget.
2. Luke Thompson, Project Manager of the Umlauf Gardens, will report on the status of the sculpture garden on Barton Blvd.
3. A discussion of the convention center plans.
4. Miscellaneous reports. We are very happy to be meeting again in the church hall. Several years ago the Zilker Neighborhood met there before construction projects made it Impossible.
Thanks to Danny & Lu Young of Texicalli Grille and New Age Books for accommodating ZNA during the past few years.

Zilker Elem's front porch gets a facelift as parents build a deck!
Parents and families got together in June and completed work on a project to build a deck at the front of the school. The area under the lovely liveoak tree was a natural gathering spot for kids waiting for after-school rides. But the bare earth was unsightly and a muddy problem during wet weather. Seating was also needed.
Last fall, major landscaping improvements were begun under Beautification Committee Chair Renee Knauth. Funds for deck materials were available, and Renee was able to get a great deal on lumber from Calcasieu (thanks to this Austin business!). That's when parents stepped in. P.T.A Vice- President Mary Barnett took on the task of organizing the deck construction and called upon David Hamill, an architect and Zilker parent, to draw the plans, and parent Keith Keike to lead the work crew. Among the carpenters were Gilbert Cantu, Principal of Zilker, Robin Matthews (husband of Kindergarten teacher Ann Matthews), Jerry Ekyholt (husband of teacher Lisa Lehman Ekyholt), and parents David Petrick, George Greene, Ken Boone, and Steve Parks. The whole Kieke Family are to be commended for their contribution to this project. The deck itself is great. There is a bench around the base of the tree and this improvement has greatly enhanced the welcoming aspect of the front of the school.

If you haven't already seen this sturdily built deck, stop by and admire this beautiful addition to our neighborhood school.

Babysitting Coop Open to New Families
The Zilker Babysitting Coop is a great way for parents to not only have virtually free sitters, but also to meet other nearby parents and find playmates for their children. Coop members report that the current group of children in the babysitting is growing older and new members are needed to keep the Coop busy Members let other parents sit their children and in turn, sit for other kids and earn "credits" for future sitting services. Involvement is crucial and it helps you to get to know your neighbors. For more information on the workings of the Coop, call the Summer Secretary, Margaret Wright at 447-3817

Z NEWS Libby Farris. Editor, For ad info, call 443-9582
The Z News is published by the Zilker Neighborhood Association. Bob Ogorzaly, President 443-5539

It's simple--recycle. We can't alter the recent environmental catastrophes, but we can lower our personal contribution to landfills and return some resources to the world. Our neighborhood recycling day is Tuesday. Put our your newspapers, tin and aluminum cans and glass out for the recycle truck.

Jane's Upholstery Studio 2103-A La Casa, 78704 .447-7619 Mention this ad and get 10% off on custom labor and fabric!

Become a ZNA member! Help keep our neighborhood a wonderful place to live. For $3.00, you can become a member of the Zilker Neighborhood Association and know that your funds are going towards protecting our quality of life and to support umbrella neighborhood groups in their combined efforts. Name Address Phone Mail to: Paulette Gravois, Treasurer 1402 Kinney Ave., Austin, Texas 78704


Neighborhood Meeting Monday, November 20, 7 p.m. 1812 Kinney Avenue Baptist Church Agenda
1. Discussion on crime prevention in the Zilker neighborhood
2. A report on proposed policy changes for 1990 Aquafest which affect the neighborhood.

A WORD from the President
I was surprised by the depth of the reaction to the warning about the rapist in the last Z News. I've requested the Police Department to give our community a presentation on rape prevention and reporting and they will do so at Kinney Avenue Baptist Church, Monday, November 27 at 7:00 pm (Our regulary meeting takes place November 20).Lieutenant Sasek of the Community Relations Dept. served several years in the Sex Crimes Division and I'm confident that he will be able to field any questions.
My own feeling on the matter is that one rape in our neighborhood is too many, but our best defense against the violent criminal is close contact with our neighbors. We're fortunate to have many retired persons and people who work out of their homes in our neighborhood, which makes it an undesirable target from the criminal viewpoint.
So next time you see that familiar neighbor whose name you just can't place, go on up and introduce yourself. He or she may save your life someday.
Bob Ogorzaly Index(message)

The Pecan Grove development at 518 Barton Springs Road, (where Michael's Antiques is located) has been radically downscaled by the developer. The original site plan included one eight- story and two six-story office buildings, which have been eliminated in the new site plan, a reduction of 226,450 square feet. A planned health spa was also scrapped, eliminating another 30,000 square feet. The back (north) 2 1/2 acres at the site will remain a trailer park, accessible from Toomey Road only.

Thanks to the ZNEWS Network!
Every once in a while we like to thank the network of neighbors who gets the Z-News to your front doorstep. For a zillion years now, Paulette Gravois has been Chief Distribution Officer, recruiting delivery persons, maintaining this roster of helpers, phoning them at delivery time, and then bundling up their batch of newsletters and getting it to their houses. This is very time-consuming, yet she works tirelessly, all the while maintaining a happy home, raising 3 splendid children, and fulfilling her professional responsibilities as a nurse. Whew! Next time you see Paulette tooling down Kinney Ave. in her silver Toyota van, give her the thumbs up, OK?
Finally, there are the people who deliver the ZNEWS, clever neighbors who have discovered a time-saving fact: physical fitness and community service can conveniently go hand-in-hand. If you'd like to join the ranks of these champions, call Paulette at 441-3430 and sign up for a block or two.
Thanks to: the Parks, Johnnie De Moss, Bill Bunch, Fontaine, Harriett Gonzales, Ken Laing, Jan Castleberry, Abe Oeltjen, Jeff Jack, the Falbos, Mary Barnett, Sissy Shugrue, Georgina Hudspeth, Karen Pope, Larry Akers, Carol Stahl, Barb Haverstick, the Vajgerts, the Kaplans, Cheryl Jennings-Sauer, George Kegley, Nancy Lynch, the Lohrmanns, Mary Jude Peterson, Wyatt Russell, Susan Welborn, Betsy Cooley, the Bowns, Pat Johnson, Jessica Spann, the Ogorzaly's, Carla Kieke, Kay Trybus, Diana Claitor and David Elliott.

Public Hearing Set For Tuesday, Novem by Larry Akers
Over six months of negotiations still have not produced livable limits on amplified sound in the draft Special Events Policy for Austin's parks, but now is the time for the policymakers to hear directly from those most immediately affected by the late night drumbeat.
Two elements of the policy endanger the integrity of Town Lake neighborhoods:
1) The amplified sound curfew allows a number of events to continue until midnight on weeknights and specifically allows the Austin Aqua Festival to blast music until 12:48 a.m. on every night of its operation.
2) Quotas on the number of annual late night (after 10 p.m.) concerts allow for significantly more than we have now, both at Auditorium Shores and the Zilker soccer fields.
The positions requested by neighborhood negotiation have been strict limits of midnight on weekends and nights preceding holidays and 10 p.m. on all other nights, with quotas set to allow no more late night events than we currently endure. This itself is a compromise position from our original request for a strict 10 p.m. limit on all days.
Our last and best shot is right now! The Special Events Taskforce will conduct a public hearing this Tuesday, November 21, at 5:30 p.m. in the large meeting room at Town Lake Center (the Sumiken Building) at 721 Barton Springs Road.
The taskforce needs to hear our voices loud and clear. Some members are fence-straddling and have made remarks like saying that if the late night noise were in their (West Austin) neighborhood, they would go to court to stop it, yet they have voted for the late curfews. That is a double stand, folks, but it is also an indication their votes could be swayed.
The policy strategy will be discussed at the ZNA meeting Monday night.


Neighborhood Meeting
Monday, September 18, 1989, 7:00 p.m.
Kinney Avenue Baptist Church
Fellowship Hall

1. Toxic chemicals are being shipped on the Union Pacific Railway which passes through town and down one side of the Zilker Neighborhood. A year and a half ago, a trainload of assorted toxic materials rode through our neighborhood and derailed in Round Rock. There is an Inter-agency Committee on Hazardous Materials Transportation, composed of federal, state, county, and city officials, as well as members of industry and the general public. ZNA may wish to address this committee.
2. An update on Special Events Policy/Aqua Fest by Larry Akers.

A rapist has been victimizing our neighborhood. Last week, a Zilker neighbor went out to water her lawn at dusk, and when she went back into her house an assailant was waiting. The police don't a have a good description of the attacker. Be on guard: keep your screens latched, doors locked and eyes open for suspicious characters.

The city recycling people have asked us to inform all citizens who are currently recycling to observe some basic guidelines. When putting out your newspapers, do not include shiny or colored supplements (includes Sunday comix, Target, Mervyn's flyers, etc.). These kinds of papers apparently do not bleach well and are unreclaimable for reusage. If they get into the recycling batch, the city can't sell the papers. If you have been separating your glass by colors, you need not bother to do so any longer. Wine jugs, mayo jars and root beer bottles