Community Police Officer, crime reports, bike registration, Neighborhood watch
The Police Officer contact for our neighborhood is Officer Hank Moreno. For non-emergency questions contact him at 512 974-4764 or Henry.Moreno@austintexas.gov
Register your bike with the Police department – if it’s stolen and recovered, that helps the police identify the owner and return the bike.
Sidewalk projects (City)
Explore the interactive Upcoming Sidewalk Construction Map at http://bit.ly/sidewalkprojects. Simply put in an address to see any sidewalk or curb ramp projects starting near you within the next 180 days. To learn more about sidewalks in Austin visit austintexas.gov/sidewalks for program information, FAQs and a history of Austin’s sidewalks.
District 7 resources
Constituent services website, www.d7atx.com/
Swimming pool maintenance tips
from the City of Austin, Swimming Pool Maintenance Information Packet (PDF)
Balcones Park Pool schedule
Lost pet resources
If an animal is lost, call 3-1-1, check the Animal Center’s website at www.austinanimalcenter.org for a picture of the lost animal, check local listings sites, and place fliers in their neighborhood. Additional guidance can be found at www.lostfoundpets.us. More information can be found on the Center’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/austinlostandfoundpets/ or by calling 311.
A site with good tips about finding missing pets is missingpetpartnership.org/ and especially the page www.missingpetpartnership.org/recovery-tips/panicked-pets/
A stray pet found map shows all stray cats and dogs that are currently listed in AAC’s database for no longer than a week. Most will be located at AAC, but some will be held by citizens, which will be indicated on the “At AAC” column. AAC will post an image as soon as possible, which can be accessed by clicking the link in the “Image Link” column.
Mopac Improvement project
- Web site: mopacexpress.com/. Sign up for text and email alerts.
- Mobile apps on Google Play and Apple’s App Store
- Hotline 512.270.5000 answered 24/7 by a person. Report problems or ask questions (after hours the answers may not be immediate)
- Twitter @improvemopac has daily updates, sometimes multiple updates per day
- Radio – 800 AM for construction information. This apparently has a fairly low power transmitter located in the Arboretum area and the station only can be heard in the construction corridor.
New to Austin?
If you are new to Austin – or not – and want to meet others through fun events, check out Austin Newcomers
Emergency / Safety sites
Reverse 911 /emergency notifications
Flash flooding / closed low water crossings
See which low water crossings in Austin and surrounding communities are closed at www.atxfloods.com/. Two thirds of flood related deaths in Austin happen in vehicles that were swept away.
Receive alerts about rapidly rising creeks and potential flooding via text, email or phone at www.atxfloods.com/alerts.php
Learn to identify severe weather
Learn to identify severe weather, including the of types clouds associated with lightening storms, tornadoes, hail and how to report sightings in this free online version of the annual Skywarn training.
Or download the Guide for National Weather Service Spotters in south central Texas (PDF).
Invasive Species, including Zebra Mussels (for boaters)
For photos and details about the dangers of the incredibly invasive zebra mussels – and how they can threaten boats, aquatic wildlife and even drinking water supplies – and how to report sightings, visit texasinvasives.org/zebramussels/
Urban Wildfire Danger
call 311 to report (or use the Austin 311 mobile app):
- incidents to police – or use iReport, http://austintexas.gov/department/ireport-austin-online-incident-reporting-system
- report non-police 311 issues online austintexas.gov/department/311
- graffiti (can also report online at iReport without filing a police report)
- code compliance issues such as very tall grass. City’s web page with common code violations
- online code compliance resources – these resources are used by the department’s officers when investigating a complaint
- coyote sightings
For details on Oak Wilt including how and when to prune, read this oak wilt article.
If you see someone pruning and not painting the wounds, either talk to them if you feel comfortable doing so or contact the City Arborist via their email page or call them at 512.974.1876. If you cannot reach them, call 311. If you contact the Arborist, have the address with the tree(s) in question available, along with any other relevant details – is the pruner the resident or a contractor? If a contractor, what company (look for a company truck)?
Northwood AISD schools
Community / Government
Constituent services website, www.d7atx.com/
City of Austin Library has e-books, movies, music, TV shows and more on hoopladigital.com that are available for checkout to anyone with an active library card. For details on registering and more, visit library.austintexas.gov/database/hoopla
Austin Water – information on water conservation, current water restrictions and more.
Grow Green Austin – gardening education program promoting sustainable landscaping practices. It addresses water quality and conservation, recycling, and an Integrated Pest Management philosophy, which encourages the least-toxic way to address pest issues. Visit the site to see upcoming classes and events.
City Web Maps – development/drainage/floodplain, art in public places, downtown
Find a local small business at locallyaustin.org
Other City pages helpful to homeowners/renters
Health Assistance for teens
Addiction Resource – raises awareness on the dangers of addiction and helps young adults stay drug-free
HealthCorps promotes healthy living among teens
End of life planning
What if you are suddenly incapacitated and unable to communicate your wishes to your family, friends or doctor? Plan ahead! The mission of the nonprofit Funeral Consumers Alliance of Central Texas is to help people make educated, practical choices that will meet their needs at the end of life. Their web site has some excellent resources for planning and communicating your wishes, and also has information on funeral home prices.