April 9, 2015 meeting minutes

We met at the United Christian Church at 7 PM

Board members were present:  Nancy Grijalva – Treasurer, Rosalia Nassaux – Secretary

Guests:  APD Officer Michael Whetston, NACN Editor Mary Rudig & Ed English-Milwood

Attendees:  Donna Blumberg, Mike Conwell plus 7 other neighbor members

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Nancy Grijalva.

Treasurer’s report
Nancy Grijalva read the statement of accounts.

Video camera surveillance
Residents had contacted the board to ask if there is a way for residents who have video cameras as part of their home security systems to share footage with the police if it would help prevent or solve a crime. The Board communicated with our Police contact,  Office Whetston. He is not aware of any APD plans to implement a set-up similar to Frisco’s “SafeCam” which consists of a voluntary registration  of home security safety cameras with the local PD.  The neighborhood association cannot collect this information. However, neighbors who want to participate can view KrimeLabb (krimelabb.com), SpotCrime (spotcrime.com) and the Austin Police CrimeViewer (austintexas.gov/service/crimeviewer) to monitor incidents and provide their recordings to the police.

Silver Creek Dr. vacant lot & Community Gardens Tour
Mary Rudig asked for the location of the vacant lot on flood plain on Silver Creek.  She will contact the owner to obtain his consent to transform it to a pocket park or a community garden.  She invited Northwood neighbors to join the NXNA Garden Tour Saturday, May 2nd, 10 am to 4 pm.  Tickets are $10 and are available at lovenorthaustin.com.  The nearby community garden on Adelphi & Amherst is included.

Abandoned house – 3906 Oak Creek house update
Per Mike Conwell, there has been weekly activity at the house, believed as a result of the recent TV news report.  Mary Ruding expressed that in her experience, the abandoned house issue should be brought to a specific committee at the Building Standards Commission and also eventually involved our City Council representative.

Decaying trees
There are two precarious trees on Oak Creek that pose a safety threat to pedestrians.  These should be reported to 311.

12924 Pegasus St.
There has been concern regarding the activity on this house’s driveway.  Call 311 anonymously if any business activity and/or any visible hazardous substances to have the priority of these reports escalating importance at APD.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.


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