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July 4 parade

Join Northwood neighbors to celebrate July 4: decorate bikes or wagons, bring flags and meet at Oak Creek Cove (just west of Timberside) at 10:00 AM. We will walk/bike to Manhasset (side street past Silver Creek) then turn left onto Tamarack and right onto Poquoson. The parade ends in the middle of Poquoson  where refreshments will be available, courtesy of neighbors and the Neighborhood Association. Join us to celebrate the 4th and meet neighbors!

Tree Trimming by Austin Energy

Our Neighborhood Association President received a certified letter from Austin Energy dated April 25, 2 018 (read the letter, PDF) advising us that contractors will soon be pruning and removing trees from near the electric lines. They will try to notify property owners ahead of time.

The letter also explains that that property owners may request the following actions from Austin Energy and its Contract personnel.

  • You may request an on-site meeting with a Contractor representative to review the proposed tree work
  • You may request an on-site meeting with an Austin Energy employee to discuss the proposed tree work
  • You may request to have a third party present during the meetings
  • You may request modifications to the proposed tree work
  • You may request to not have trees removed on your property
  • You may request to be present when the tree work is performed
  • You will receive a written work plan (VWP) documenting the final plan for your property
  • You may request pricing on potential electric system modification to minimize or reduce tree work

For questions or concerns, contact Craig Stoughton at (512) 505-7546.

Northwood Neighborhood Garage Sale May 5

The Northwood spring garage sale is May 5, rain or shine! Located at the northwest corner of Parmer/MoPac. Here’s a map of garage sale addresses (link removed after the sale); click on an address  to see what is for sale.

For neighbors:

We’ll advertise the sale on NextDoor, Facebook and Craig’s’ List. All of those listings will include a link to this post; we’ll add a map with addresses and item categories for sale (ex: children’s clothing, furniture, books).

Register here by May 3 to have your address and for sale items included on our map.

 

General meeting Jan 13, 2018

The general meeting is January 13, 2017 from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM at the Milwood Library on Amherst Drive. We will elect officers and discuss other issues.  The Vice President position is open. If you wish to run for office, please contact any of the officers.

You can also pay dues at the meeting.

There are other ways to become involved; if you want to help keep Northwood a great place to live, just contact one of the officers.

Please join us!

Vote for Best Holiday Yards through 12/24

It’s that time of year to vote for your – and your children’s –  favorite holidays yard decorations. Enjoy the lights and choose your favorite Holiday Lights and Children’s Choice through December 24.

How to vote? There are 3 ways – just include the voter’s name and the address of the house that gets their vote:

  • complete the voting form on this site OR
  • email northwoodna@gmail.com OR
  • write your name and the address that gets your vote on paper and drop it in the Association mailbox at 4507 Tamarack. The Association mailbox is on the post of the regular US mailbox (do not put it in the regular mailbox).

Questions? email northwoodna@gmail.com

CodeNext – who should decide?

The Northwood Neighborhood Association officers are providing the following information on CodeNext to keep you informed on a topic that may have a direct impact on our neighborhood.  As you may or may not know, CodeNext is a dramatic rewrite of Austin’s land development code and plans for Austin’s future growth. The rewrite will have a profound and decades long impact on virtually every resident in Austin. The CodeNext draft is a very complex document and many concerns have been raised regarding the impact of the changes it would bring.  As the officers of your neighborhood we agree that the citizens of Austin, upon whom these changes would be forced, deserve and should have the right and opportunity to vote on these proposed changes once the final draft is drawn. NOTE: As of now it will be voted on ONLY by the City Council.

The petition circulating is proposing that there shall be BOTH a waiting period and voter approval by election before CodeNext (or any other subsequent comprehensive revisions of the City’s land development laws) is legally effective. The petition must be signed in person, no online signatures will be accepted.  The petition requires a date, signature and printed name, street address, zip code, county of residence and either your date of birth or voter ID number (voter IDs are available at votetravis.com/vexpress/display.do). You must be a registered voter within the city limits of Austin for your signature to be accepted. The signatures will be submitted for validation. (Please only sign the petition ONE time if you are approached more than once and asked to sign it.)

To read additional information on this petition and also another petition for reasonable petition requirements for voter referendums please see indyaustin.org/petitions/.

We have seen first hand that going before the city council is a very time consuming and tedious task. CodeNext is a very complicated and lengthy document which is currently in its second draft (our CodeNext post has links to some CodeNext and petition information). Who knows how many more will come before the final one? We feel it is imperative that the citizens of Austin be allowed to review and vote on CodeNext and that it not be left in the hands of 10 council members and the mayor.

If you would be willing to collect signatures, whether it be on your street or anywhere in the neighborhood please provide your contact info on this form. If you want to get involved in assisting with the petition drive effort in other ways email info@indyaustin.org

 

 

 

CodeNEXT resources

Statesman site for coverage of CodeNEXT codenexthub.org/

Concerns about CodeNEXT’s affect on AISD schools (Statesman article)

Petition & other information from concerned citizens

4/2018  101 Reasons (and counting) why CodeNext is beyond repair (PDF by Community Not Commodity)

IndyAustin indyaustin.org/ has the petition which we are circulating and more information
IndyAustin Facebook page

10/2017 Number of units and building height – Austin Monitor

9/2017 Slide deck of review of problems in CodeNext v2 (PDF)

9/28/17 comments on CodeNext Draft 2- worse than draft 1 (PDF)

Sept, 2017 article regarding activists plans to petition for a public vote  www.austinmonitor.com/stories/2017/09/longtime-austin-activists-team-up-to-petition-for-a-public-vote-on-codenext/

Information from City government regarding CodeNext

Oct 2017 proposed zoning maps by City Council district

Read chapters of the City of Austin draft Land Development Code (CodeNext) and add comments – codenext.civicomment.org/

Timeline as of Sept 2017 (PDF on city’s website)

CodeNext home page on City’s website

Northwood Fall Garage Sale Oct. 14

The Northwood Fall garage sale is October 14, rain or shine! Locate at the northwest corner of Parmer/MoPac. Here’s a map of garage sale addresses (link removed after the sale); click on an address  to see what is for sale.

For neighbors:

We’ll advertise the sale on NextDoor, Facebook and Craig’s’ List. All of those listings will include a link to this post; we’ll add a map with addresses and item categories for sale (ex: children’s clothing, furniture, books).

Register here by Oct. 12 to have your address and for sale items included on our map.

Bulk trash collection August 28

The City of Austin is conducting the semi-annual bulk collection in our area. If you find yourself thinking about kicking that old TV to the curb, please consider recycling it instead. Goodwill does take electronics – list of items Goodwill can and cannot accept

You can find additional recycling sites by following these links:

https://www.tceq.texas.gov/p2/recycle/electronics/tv_recycling.html

http://www.mrmrecycling.com/recycle-now.php#map

Details on bulk collection

Per the city’s bulk collection page and schedule page

Bulk Items Include:

  • Doors
  • Carpet
  • Furniture
  • Appliances (remove doors)
  • Passenger car tires (remove rims; limit eight tires per household)
  • Lawn mowers (remove gas/oil)
  • Railroad ties (cut in half)
  • Pallets
  • Rolled fencing
  • Nail-free lumber

 

Bulk Item Collection Crews Cannot Collect:

  • Brush, household trash, cardboard boxes, hazardous materials, mirrors, automotive chassis and bodies, motorcycles, trailers, boats and tires that are still mounted on rims
  • Sheet glass and other construction and remodeling debris

Separate Items into Three Piles

  1. Metal items – Includes appliances (remove doors). These are taken to our Resource Recovery Center for recycling
  2. Passenger car tires – Rims must be removed. Limit of eight tires per household. We cannot collect truck or tractor tires. Tires will go to a tire recycling facility
  3. Non-metal items – Includes carpeting and nail-free lumber. These items go to a landfill. Austin Resource Recovery is working on plans to salvage reusable items from bulk collection to help meet the City of Austin’s Zero Waste goal