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ZNEWS Archives for 1990

Neighborhood Meeting
Monday, April 1st, 7 - 8:30 pm
Kinney Avenue Baptist Church

I. The Electric Department is inviting public input into a plan to run a transmission line between the Seaholm Substation (North side of Town Lake), and the Salem Walk Substation (near Crockett High School). The purpose of the proposed line is to improve the city power grid and guard against blackouts and/or brownouts. The proposed routes of the line are variations on South Lamar, South 5th, and the railroad right of way.

2. We've received an information packet from the Neighborhood Housing and Conservation Department on Community Development Block Grants (CBDG's). These are federal funds administered by the city for the purpose of meeting neighborhood needs (i,e, repair of homes of fixed income neighbors, development of a neighborhood conservation plan, etc.) We'll discuss this program briefly.

3, City Council Candidates Social All of the City Council candidates have been invited to attend a social at the ZNA from 7:30 til 8:30 -something less formal than the ususal candidates-behind-the-podium format. The candidates will wear nametags identifying themselves and the council place they are seeking. Neighbors are also asked to wear nametags (available at the door) identifying their particular areas of concern. Chips and soft drinks will be served. This social should make for an informal and practical setting where both voters and candidates can make their points. If you have any additions or comments to make about this agenda, call your association president, Bob Ogorzaly, 443-5539.

Good food and community spirit at Last year's community dinner was such a success, the Zilker P. T. A. has decided to do it again, only better. This year's dinner will take Cinco de Mayo as its theme and there will be two seatings for dinner at 5 and 7 pm, with a delicious Mexican meal on the menu.
Plus, this year's entertainment! Under parent Carmen Garza's direction, students will present a number of colorful Mexican folkdances. In addition, second-grade teacher, Olga Milk's student will put on a bilingual story enactment, and a few special surprise guests will be making an appearance.
All members of the community are invited and a special welcome is extended to Fall 1990 kindergartners and their families. Tickets will go on sale soon-ask your favorite elementary student for details or call Steve Kraal, P. T. A. president, at 442- 2x40.

Running Track Installed at Zilker Playground
After a great deal of effort by Zilker principal, Gilbert Cantu and parent lane Cravey, our neighborhood playground now has an excellent running track. All members of the neighborhood are welcome to make use Of this new facility. Many thanks to these two for their hard work in coordinating this project.

Operation Clean Sweep
Saturday, April 28
9 - 12 noon
This city-sponsored event is organizing both mass trash collection and a day with designated sites for chemical waste disposal. There are many areas where group collection teams will meet, the one nearest our neighborhood is the Town Lake team, which is gathering at the N. W., shore of Town Lake at IH 35. Chemical or hazardous waste collection for South Austin residents will be at Burger Activity Center, 3200 Jones Road. If you have further questions or want to volunteer, call 499-2111.

In Memoriam Those of you who remember the early days of the Zilker Neighborhood Association, will know the debt our organization owes Beth Brown Boettner, who died recently of leukemia. She served on the executive board and was the charter editor of the newsletter for many years. Her service to our neighbor- hood and the community at large as a galvanizing force in the creation of the city's recycling program were but a small part of her gifts to us.

Join the ZNA!
You talked me into it! Here's my $3.00 membership fee and keep up the good work!
Mail to: Paulette Gravois, Treasurer,

Neighborhood Meeting
Monday, February 12, 7 pm
Kinney Avenue Baptist Church
Barton Springs Road
Capital Metro
Special Events
If you have any additions or comments to make about this agenda, call your association president, Bob Ogorzaly, 443-5539.

1. Susan Frost will talk about Barton Springs Blvd. projects:
a. Flea Market at trailer park behind EATS cafe.
b. Pizza Nizza on the west side of EATS cafe.
c. A proposal on traffic problems generated by the Christmas Festival of Lights.

2. Capital Metro Planner, Kim Newby, will be present to hear neighborhood complaints about bus routes through Zilker Neighborhood, primarily in response to complaints by residents on Collier. Where might the route be shifted? Capital Metro wants your input.

3- Special Events Policy Redux. Report on the Special Events Policy by Larry Akers City Council will probably post a public hearing on the Special Events Policy (to govern concerts in the Parks) some time late this month. The security provisions in the policy, particularly one which will establish extra police patrols in the neighborhood, will help us with some of the past problems. It's important to let the Council know that we're watching them closely on this one. Drop them a line or give their aides a calf. They get their mail at Box 1088, Austin, Texas 78767. Phone numbers are listed in the blue pages.
The minority report, in which I'm participating, suggests the following changes to the current draft. Consider supporting these changes in your message to the Council.
The Aqua Festival amplified sound curfew should be 12 midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and 10:30 pm on all other nights. (current draft: 12:30 + ten minutes on all nights, including weekdays)
The number of late night (after 10 pm) at Auditorium Shores should be no greater than 14 per year (current draft: 17) and no more than 8 of these should be allowed to last past 11 pm (no second tier in current draft) (continued on back page)
The amplified sound cut-off time at the Zilker soccer fields should be ~0:30 pm. (current draft: midnight)
When a venue is fenced and the public denied access to the area for recreational use on non-event days (setup, takedown and interim days ), the full daily rental fees of $1500 should be charged to the sponsor. (current: $250).
The total number of events allowed at Auditorium Shores should be reduced to 23, in part by distributing the new Wednesday night free concerts to other venues. (current draft 29, historical maxim 23)
We also need to let the Council know that the City's noise ordinance, which actually allows the kind of noise we've been enduring, is badly broken and needs to be fixed, so that concert noise can't permeate our homes.

Let's see.., smoking is out, bacon is bad for you, ditto nicotine and coffee. Every time we pick up the paper one of life's small pleasures is denied us. Why not take up recycling ? Those of us who already have will avow that for a feeling of guiltless well-being nothing beats placing a week's worth of Statemans curbside. Even a bucket full of empty Miller Lite cans takes on a sheen of nobility in the gray dawn of a Tuesday morn. Try it, you'll see.
On Tuesday set out:
1. Newspapers, bundled or in a grocery sack.
2. Aluminum and tin cans
3. Glass