Minutes, February 21, 2017

Minutes, Clarksville CDC Monthly Meeting

February 21, 2017

Board members present: Aubrey Carter, BJ Friedman, Malcolm Greenstein, Paula Hern, Kim O’Brien, Mary Reed, Teri Taylor, Chris Thomas, Gregory Tran

Others present: Abby Tatkow (ECHO)

1.    On a motion by Malcolm, seconded by BJ, the minutes from the January 17, 2017 monthly board meeting were approved.

2.    The Finance Committee did not meet this month. Rose was not present at the meeting, but Teri shared the Financial Reports. The January report showed a net loss of $13,245—these are due to expenses related to 1817B W. 10th (Alley Flat) that are awaiting reimbursement. The checking account balance is $7789, savings balance is $156,646.

3.    Regarding the property management reports, two tenants are behind in rent but are in the process of catching up. Their leases will not be renewed until they are current.

4.    Abby Tatkow from Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) made a presentation to the board. Since most board members were not familiar with ECHO, she gave an overview of her agency’s purpose. ECHO is 5 years old, a product of President Obama’s Opening Doors directive to end homelessness. ECHO is the community lead agency that provides the data and brings together the service providers. Currently, 3,500 households experience homelessness in Austin on any given night. More than 60% of the homeless population in Austin is made up of single people. ECHO administers the Coordinated Assessment. Goal is to have contact with all homeless people in area so that they are entered into the system so that those that need help are identified. The problem is that there are not enough resources to meet the need. Since Austin is data-driven, ECHO has been spending their time collecting and assessing the data.

ECHO’s first priority in Austin was veterans. A successful initiative, they have reached “functional zero” for homelessness of this population, but efforts continue while ECHO is also focusing on other populations. Their next priority was chronic homeless, but since they just received a big grant for youth homelessness, that’s become the priority—they go where the money is.

An example of an ECHO priority is a system they’ve created with the Austin Housing Authority where they’ve been able to gain access to Section 8 information to create a prioritization system for those at risk of homelessness. Each month, 5 Section 8 vouchers are reserved for people working with coalition agencies.

Abby is with ECHO’s Community Housing Department, whose goal is to expand housing opportunities for people exiting homelessness. She is making the rounds of CDCs and NDCs in order to learn more about what we do. Mary shared information about the CCDC, letting her know that we only serve families, and have a low turnover rate.

We agreed to share our vacancy information with ECHO so that the information can be shared with the network of coalition agencies. All of the people that they would refer are engaged in services and have a case manager.

Malcolm asked about the increase of homeless persons he’s noted in the past 3-4 months on Cesar Chavez near the Terrazas Library, and Aubrey noted an increase around his office near downtown. Abby said that ECHO is aware of what’s going on and in the last month has gone out and done surveys of the people on the street. She hypothesized that some of the uptick might be related to K2 use.

Abby stated that she is hoping to be able to tap into housing availability on the west side. A discussion of the high cost of available rental housing followed. She said that ECHO is working on a program with COA on buy-downs—one-time payments to landlords to bring down rents.

BJ asked about any efforts to provide tax abatements to landlords who are interested in providing affordable housing but can’t afford it because of high taxes. Abby said that the Mayor is looking at all options. One possibility being discussed is creating a risk mitigation fund which essentially acts as a guarantor for any damage to properties.

5.    The expected completion date for the CCDC house at 1817B W. 10th Street (AKA the Alley Flat) is March 31, 2017. Per Rose’s notes: “We would like to plan an open house with ACDDC, date to be discussed. I have two current applications on file for qualified applicants. I will post on Section 8 website and Refugees Services of Austin once the unit is presentable for photos.”

Teri wondered if the family that wasn’t selected for last vacancy is being considered for the house. Per our conversation with Abby Tatkow(Agenda Item 5), we also want ECHO to be notified of the vacancy.

6.    Kim reported that Board member elections will be held on April 18, 2017, prior to the evening’s Annual Meeting. Four positions up. These positions are currently held by Aubrey Carter, BJ Friedman, Teri Taylor, and Gregory Tran. All are interested in serving again. Information will be distributed to all neighborhood households, as well as shared via the CCDC website and bulletin boards at Fresh Plus and the Neighborhood Center, sharing information regarding the election, including a call for others interested in serving on the board. Information will also detail the membership drive (annual membership is required in order to vote in the election, and serve on the board.)

The board discussed ways to increase membership in the future. One suggestion was conducting a membership event in the fall—maybe a BBQ and Blues fest at the Haskell House—and maybe a CCDC canvas bag giveway (free to members, but also a possible fundraising opportunity.)

7.    Mary reported that the music is lined up for the 2017 Family Fun Fest (Sunday, May 7, 1-5 p.m.) and we’ve secured use of the Health Center parking lot. RuthAnn Brown will be selling her BBQ plates again. And underwriters have been secure for almost everything.

8.    In Other Business:

Mary reported that a meeting will be held tomorrow (2/22/17) at 2 p.m. for interested board members to meet with representatives of the Aldrich Place neighborhood (near Hemphill Park) to learn about their experiences regarding establishing a Local Historic District. The meeting will be held at the Haskell House.

Mary informed the board that Barbara Harlow, a good friend to the CCDC, passed away last month. Barbara, a humble woman with a very impressive resume, was an expert on resistance literature. In her last moments, friends gathered together to drink vodka tonics. Barbara’s last word was “Resist!” Because Barbara loved the Potlucks in the Park, we will hold one soon in her memory.

9.    The board did not meet in Executive Session.

Agenda, March 21, 2107

Agenda

Clarksville Community Development Corporation

Monthly Meeting

March 21, 2017

6:30 p.m.

Pauline Brown Clarksville Neighborhood Center

1807 W. 11th Street

1.    Approval of minutes from the February 21, 2017 monthly board meeting, (Kim O’Brien), 5 minutes.

2.    Financial report and finance committee report, (Rose Gabriel, Teri Taylor), 5 minutes.

3.    Property management report, 5 minutes, (Rose Gabriel), 5 minutes.

4.    Report on new CCDC house, 1817B W. 10th Street, (Rose Gabriel), 5 minutes.

5.    Discussion of possible organized activities at Mary Baylor Clarksville Park, (Amanda Van Over), 15 minutes.

6.    Reminder of upcoming Board Election and membership drive (election will held April 18, prior to the Annual Meeting; only members can vote in the election), (Kim O’Brien), 5 minutes.

7.    Other Business

8.    Executive Session (if necessary)

Minutes, January 17, 2017

Minutes from the January 17, 2017 Clarksville CDC Monthly Meeting

Board members present: BJ Friedman, Malcolm Greenstein, Paula Hern, Kim O’Brien, Mary Reed, Chris Thomas, Gregory Tran

Others present: Rose Gabriel

1.    On a motion by  BJ, seconded by Chris, the minutes from the November 15, 2016 monthly board meeting were approved.

2.    Rose presented the financial report, which is for both November and December, 2016. We showed a net gain of $11,826. The savings balance was high ($143,493) but will start going down due to expenses related to 1817B W. 10th (we have expended the bond the money anticipated from the City.) The checking balance was $30,084.

3.    Rose presented the property management report. Two tenants are behind. Both are on payment plans. Should leases expire before they get caught up, the leases will not be renewed until they are current.

4.    Work on 1817B W. 10th Street is moving ahead, on schedule. We hope to be finished by the end of February. An Open House, including ACDDC, will be scheduled. Rose reported that it’s time to start interviewing potential tenants. Two applications are already on file, through referrals from current tenants. Per our loan agreement with the City, we can’t charge more than $750/month. Rose will inquire if we can exceed this amount if tenants are Section 8 qualified.

5.    Paula reported that the CCDC/OWANA holiday caroling event was a big success. All of the food and wine was donated (thank you, Paula, Zocolo, and Nightcap!) so our expenses were very small (only printing associated with publicity. There was a good turnout and the Haskell House looked great.

6.    Mary reported that the date for the 2017 Family Fun Fest has been set: Sunday, May 7, 1-5 p.m. A planning meeting is scheduled for January 23 to run through details. The outstanding sound guy is on board.

7.    Under Other Business, Mary reported on the meeting she had with the woman who has a contract with the City to promote walking, and walking tours. She is interested in arranging a walking event, using our brochure (which we can sell at the event.) Details will follow as they firm up.

8.    The board met in Executive Session to discuss a housing issue.

Finance Committee:

The Finance Committee did not meet this month.

Agenda, February 21, 2017

Agenda

Clarksville Community Development Corporation

Monthly Meeting

February 21, 2017

6:30 p.m.

Pauline Brown Clarksville Neighborhood Center

1807 W. 11th Street

1.    Approval of minutes from the January 17, 2017 monthly board meeting, (Kim O’Brien), 5 minutes.

2.    Financial report and finance committee report, (Rose Gabriel, Teri Taylor), 5 minutes.

3.    Property management report, 5 minutes, (Rose Gabriel), 5 minutes.

4.    Presentation by Abby Tatkow, Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO), 15 minutes.

5.    Report on CCDC house being constructed at 1817B W. 10th Street, (Rose Gabriel), 5 minutes.

6.    Discussion of membership drive and Board Election (election to be held on April 18), (Kim O’Brien), 5 minutes.

7.    Update on 2017 Family Fun Fest, (Sunday, May 7, 1-5 p.m.), (Mary Reed), 5 minutes.

8.    Other Business

9.    Executive Session (if necessary)

 

Minutes, November 15, 2016

Minutes from the November 15, 2016 CCDC Monthly Board Meeting

 

Board members present: Aubrey Carter, BJ Friedman, Malcolm Greenstein, Kim O’Brien, Mary Reed, Teri Taylor, Chris Thomas

Others present: Rose Gabriel

1.    On a motion by Chris, seconded by BJ, the minutes from the October 18, 2016 monthly board meeting were approved.

2.    Rose gave the monthly financial report. Our net gain for the month of October was very healthy ($26,297) but it reflects a reimbursement of $18,751 from the City for the 1817B W. 10th Street project, which offsets the net loss of the previous month. The balance as of 10/31/16 were $21,110 in checking, $ 143,483 in savings.

3.    Rose gave the monthly property management report. One tenant’s rent is late, but has a plan to get caught up by the end of the year. All leases are current. There were no big maintenance issues.

4.    Rose reported that work is progressing on the CCDC house under construction at 1817B W. 10th Street. Framing is almost complete, and window installation began today. Siding installation is to start tomorrow. Rose submitted a reimbursement request last week and learned today that it has been processed.

5.    Mary reported that the CCDC/OWANA holiday caroling event is scheduled for December 10, 6-8 p.m. Festivities will begin at the Haskell House, with food donated by Zocolo, and maybe Nightcap. Santa will be there. We will split costs associated with the event with OWANA; caroling afterward

6.    The Halloween Haunted House was a big success. Tenants Brooke & Kate did the outdoor decorations, and some of the inside decorations alongside some board members. We raised some money, lots of folks just hung out front, and everyone had fun. 

7.    Under Other Business, the board discussed the status of 1618 Palma Plaza. (see Action taken via Electronic Vote below for previous CCDC action regarding this property.) City Council voted to deny the request for historic zoning. The owners can now demolish the house. OWANA was able to get the owners to agree to work with them on new design, and to donate money to fix up the pocket park located at West Lynn and Palma, along with some additional money for West Austin park. OWANA is satisfied with the result. There was no action on Councilmember Tovo’s proposal regarding changing quorum requirments for the Historic Landmark Commission. That issue is ongoing.

8.    The board met in Executive Session to discuss tenant issues.

 

Action taken via Electronic Vote:

On October 31, 2016, the board voted to support historic zoning for 1618 Palma (located in the Old West Austin Registered Historic District) and a resolution before the City Council which seeks amend the City Code regarding the number of votes required, as well as the numbers of members of the Historic Landmark Commission who must be present in order to take certain actions regarding historic zoning and the release of demolition permits. This matter was time-sensitive and could not wait until the November meeting.

 

Finance Committee:

The Finance Committee met at 1:15 p.m on November 15, 2017. Present: Rose Gabriel, Mary Reed, Teri Taylor, Kim O’Brien. Expenditures and receipts from September were reviewed. Everything looks good. Mary has copies of Rose’s time sheets and will provide to Teri. Reimbursements from the city for 1817B W. 10th are going smoothly. HomeBase has cashed our previous check (toward principal and interest.) Another payment is due in December. Rose has received a bid for screens on all properties (except Neighborhood Center and Haskell House) that she thinks is high. She will seek other bids. 

Agenda, January 17, 2017

Agenda for Clarksville CDC Monthly Meeting

January 17, 2017

6:30 p.m.

Pauline Brown Clarksville Neighborhood Center

1807 W. 11th Street

 

1.    Approval of minutes from the November 15, 2016 monthly board meeting, (Kim O’Brien), 5 minutes.

 

2.    Financial report and finance committee report, (Rose Gabriel, Teri Taylor), 5 minutes.

 

3.    Property management report, 5 minutes, (Rose Gabriel), 5 minutes.

 

4.    Report on CCDC house being constructed at 1817B W. 10th Street, (Rose Gabriel), 5 minutes.

 

5.    Report on CCDC/OWANA holiday caroling event, (Paula Hern), 5 minutes.

 

6.    Discussion of 2017 Family Fun Fest, (Mary Reed), 5 minutes.

 

7.    Other Business

 

8.    Executive Session (if necessary)

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes, October 18, 2016

Minutes from the October 18, 2016 CCDC Monthly Board Meeting

 

[Prior to the meeting, the Finance Committee met. (Board members present: Kim O’Brien, Mary Reed, Teri Taylor. Others present: Rose Gabriel.) Rose reported that she will share monthly credit card statements with the Finance Committee and will see that Mary receives copies of the timesheets when they are sent to the payroll processing firm. The proposed budget was discussed (specific notes included below under Agenda Item #2.)]

 

Board members present:         Aubrey Carter, Paula Hern, Kim O’Brien, Mary Reed, Terry Taylor, Chris Thomas, Gregory Tran

Others present: Rose Gabriel (property manager)

1.     On a motion by Aubrey, seconded by Teri, the minutes from the September 20, 2016 monthly board meeting were approved.

2.     Rose gave the financial report. In September, we showed a net gain of $1601. The checking balance is $9861.53, and savings balance is at $129,000.

Teri presented the proposed budget for the next fiscal year. The budget shows $269,750 in income, and $284,491 in expenses, a net loss of $14,741. Since we ended the previous fiscal year with net income in the amount of $219,142, there will be ample funds to cover this imbalance. Three items on the budget were highlighted for discussion. Under Income/Grants, the $50,000 included anticipates returning to the Austin Housing Finance Corporation to request additional bond funds for the Alley Flat; if received, this will cover costs we had planned to pay from our own sources. Under Expense/Local Historic District, $4000 is included should we decide to pursue the LHD designation process. Under Expense/Loan Payment, $6000 is included to cover payments to HomeBase, but it is not known at this time if these payments will be required.

The budget included a 12% pay increase for property manager Rose Gabriel, a well deserved pay increase, and her first in a number of years.

In response to a question about the Expense/Renovations, repairs, supplies, Teri explained that the $28,404 budgeted is a ballpark figure and includes adding insulation and tankless water heaters to units, work that can only be done when there is turnover in tenants.

On a motion by Chris, seconded by Aubrey, the budget was approved unanimously.

3.     Rose presented the property management report. One tenant remains behind due to a work-related injury, but is on a payment schedule and is getting caught up. The lease on the Neighborhood Center will be up at the end of the month. She is waiting to hear back on whether they will renew or not. Another lease that is up for renewal will be discussed next month in Executive Session

4.     The foundation has been poured, lumber is on site, and framing is scheduled to begin on October 19. Rose will be taking photos as the project progresses. These will be shared on the CCDC blog (ClarksvilleCDC.org)

5.     Mary reminded the board of the upcoming Halloween Haunted House, Saturday, October 29. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission will be $3/child. Tenants Brooke and Kate will be decorating the outside. Aubrey will work on this inside.

6.     There was no Other Business

7.     The board did not meet in Executive Session.

 

Agenda, November 15, 2016

Agenda for Clarksville CDC Monthly Meeting

November 15, 2016

6:30 p.m.

Pauline Brown Clarksville Neighborhood Center

1807 W. 11th Street

 

1.    Approval of minutes from the October 18, 2016 monthly board meeting, (Kim O’Brien), 5 minutes.

2.    Financial report and finance committee report, (Rose Gabriel, Teri Taylor), 5 minutes.

3.    Property management report, 5 minutes, (Rose Gabriel), 5 minutes.

4.    Report on CCDC house being constructed at 1817B W. 10th Street, (Rose Gabriel), 5 minutes.

5.    Report on upcoming CCDC/OWANA holiday caroling event, (Paula Hern), 5 minutes.

6.    Report on Halloween Haunted House, (Mary Reed), 5 minutes.

7.    Other Business

8.    Executive Session (if necessary)

 

Action taken via Electronic Vote:

 

On October 31, 2016, the board voted to support historic zoning for 1618 Palma (Old West Austin Registered Historic District) and a resolution before the City Council which seeks amend the City Code regarding the number of votes required, as well as the numbers of members of the Historic Landmark Commission who must be present in order to take certain actions regarding historic zoning and the release of demolition permits. This matter was time-sensitive and could not wait until the November meeting. 

Minutes, September 20, 2016

Minutes from September 20, 2016 Clarksville CDC Monthly Meeting

 

Meeting called to order by Mary Reed, CCDC Board President at 6:30pm.

 

Board Members present: Mary Reed, Teri Taylor, Aubrey Carter, Gregory Tran, Malcolm Greenstein, Chris Thomas, Paula Hern, and BJ Friedman

Others present: Rose Gabriel (CCDC property manager) and Jerry Greenmeyer, neighbor,


Note: at 5:30 pm, prior to the CCDC Monthly Meeting, the CCDC Tenant Selection committee met and chose a new family to move in to 1720 A West 11th on October 1, 2016.

 

Meeting Minutes:

1. On a motion by Aubrey, seconded by Malcolm, the July 2016 minutes were approved. On a motion by Aubrey, seconded by Chris, the August 2016 minutes were approved

2. On a motion by Malcolm, seconded by Aubrey, BJ Friedman was approved to complete RuthAnn Brown’s term on the CCDC Board.

3. Rose presented the financial report. August 2016 net gain of $1,617, checking balance $12,269, savings balance $79,003.

4. Rose presented the property management report. All but one tenant is current on rent and they owe $577.50.; 1729 A West 11th has a new tenant who will move in on October 1, 2016

5. The Alley Flat foundation has been formed and plumbing line cut and set. Rebar to be installed next week

6. Mary and Rose met with Councilmember Kathy Tovo’s office to discuss their proposal that the CCDC be allowed to build an affordable single family home on a vacant lot owned by the City and that the City relocate the health center located at 1000 Toyath and allow the CCDC to build additional affordable homes there. Kathy was very receptive to the ideas and agreed to do some research on our behalf.

7. Mary announced that 1826 West 10th is for sale again. Because of personal issues, the new owner cannot renovate the house and build an additional structure on the lot. She told the board that she contacted the listing agent for the property to let her know that the house contributes to the Clarksville NRHD and that the CCDC would oppose any efforts to demolish it or make any changes to the house that would make it noncontributing. She said that the realtor was very sympathetic. Malcolm recommended that Mary follow up her phone conversation by putting everything in writing. That way, the realtor is obligated to share Mary’s information with all potential buyers. Mary said that she would do so.

8. Other business. Texas Appleseed is planning a series on gentrification and affordable housing and met with Mary because it wants part of the series to focus on Clarksville. As of now, the Clarksville event is scheduled for sometime in January 2017 at the Haskell House is January of 2017. The event will include a walking tour of the neighborhood and participants will receive a copy of the CCDC’s walking tour brochure.

Aubrey has agreed to spearhead the Haunted House again this year. The date and time are Saturday, October 29th from 6pm to 8pm.

RuthAnn Brown presented her ideas for a Clarksville Reunion to benefit Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church. She asked if she could use the Pauline Brown Neighborhood Center parking lot for some of the music. On a motion from Chris Thomas, seconded by Paula, the CCDC board approved RuthAnn’s request. The event will take place on Saturday afternoon, November 5, 2016.

9. 7:20PM – The Board adjourned and went into Executive Session.

NOTICE OF BOARD ACTION TAKEN VIA ELECTRONIC VOTE:

On August 17, 2016, the board voted to send a letter to the Historic Landmark Commission stating our support of the current plans for the construction of a new house at 1102 Charlotte. This item was on the board’s August 16, 2016 agenda, but could not be voted on due to a lack of quorum. The item was time-sensitive and could not wait until the next scheduled meeting.

 

Agenda, October 18, 2016

Agenda for Clarksville CDC Monthly Meeting

October 18, 2016

6:30 p.m.

Pauline Brown Clarksville Neighborhood Center

1807 W. 11th Street

 

1.     Approval of minutes from the September 20, 2016 monthly board meetings, (Kim O’Brien), 5 minutes.

2.     Financial report and finance committee report, (Rose Gabriel, Teri Taylor), 5 minutes.

3.     Property management report, 5 minutes, (Rose Gabriel), 5 minutes.

4.     Update on the Alley Flat project (new CCDC house to be located at 1817B W. 10th Street), (Rose Gabriel), 5 minutes.

5.     Reminder of Halloween Haunted House, Saturday, October 29, 6-8 p.m., (Mary Reed), 5 minutes.

6.     Other Business

7.     Executive Session (if necessary)

 

 

 

Minutes, August 16, 2016

Minutes for Clarksville CDC Monthly Meeting

August 16, 2016

6:30 p.m.

Pauline Brown Clarksville Neighborhood Center

1807 W. 11th Street

 

Persons Present: Mary Reed, Malcolm Greenstein, Paula Hern, Gregory Tan, Aubrey Carter

Others Present: Kevin Brown

 

1. The minutes from July 19 were not approved as there was not a quorum.

2. There had not been a meeting of the finance committee. Feedback from the previous meeting was to have a financial audit every two years, do not use personal credit cards and meet more regularly. The CCDC account has moved to Frost bank and there is a CCDC credit card. It was also recommended either Mary or Teri look over Rose’s receipts and reconcile the credit card bills. It was noted the checking account will start going down due to construction costs of the alley flat.

3.  An update on the property management report is being worked on. The one update mentioned was regarding 1729 A West 11th. A redo of the house is needed.

4. The foundation for the alley flat has not started yet due to the recent rains.

5. There was an update on 1826 W. 10th, a contributing home. Mary talked with the owner on August 16. He now wants to save the current home and add a unit on the back of the lot. There are no plans yet due to the owner’s personal issues. The house will not be on the HOC agenda until September.

6. There was an update on 1102 Charlotte Street, a new home. The plans for the home have been revised to conform to HLC requests which has put this house on their agenda perhaps August 22.  Mary will draft a letter stating CCDC’s approval of the revised house plans.

7. Mary reported on the Neighborhood Potluck at Mary Baylor Park, July 24. She said it was a nice event, but there was lower attendance. Board members and renters did show for the event. There was a book exchange that had mild interest.

8. There was discussion of the CCDC Ice Cream Social, August 28. Everyone was asked to be there at 2:30 to help set up before the event at 3. Gregory will bring gift certificates. Aubrey will get ice cream and ice. And Mary will bring the balloons.

9. In other business, Mary said Ruth Ann continues to say she wants to resign the CCDC board. Mary reached out to BJ Friedman and she is willing to serve on the board. There will be a vote in the September meeting on her membership.

 

 

Minutes, July 19, 2016

Minutes from July 17, 2016 Clarksville CDC Monthly Meeting

Board Members present: Mary Reed, Teri Taylor, Aubrey Carter, Gregory Tran, Malcolm Greenstein, Chris Thomas

Others present: Rose Gabriel (CCDC property manager)

Note: at 6:00 pm, prior to the CCDC Monthly Meeting, the CCDC Finance committee met. Discussed at the meeting were:

-Form 990 for the fiscal year of 2014

-Debit Card transactions for the month of June 2016

-Annual Conflict of Interest forms for Board Members

 

Meeting Minutes:

1. On a motion by Malcolm, seconded by Teri, the minutes were approved with a correction to entry 5. regarding the proposed development at 1102 Charlotte. The correction, pointed out by Mary, was as follows: the sentence: "After much discussion, the board decided to send a letter...stating our support..." should read : "After much discussion, the board decided not to send a letter...stating our support...".

2. Rose presented the financial report and discussed upcoming renovations.

3. Rose presented the property management report:

- 1729 A West 11th and 1821 Waterston are slated for renovation.

- 1007 B Charlotte lease expires in 2017.

- late August will see Tenant Selection Committee meeting.

4. The Alley Flat project is to be staked out next week (week of July 24).

5. Discussion of meeting with owner/developer of 1826 W. 10th. Members discussed the history of the house and the owners apparent softening of his approach to the project. Members also discussed the project at 1102 Charlotte which was not well received by a subcommittee of the Historic Landmark commission.

6. Members discussed placing a "Little Free Library" in front of the Pauline Brown Neighborhood Center. There was a general consensus on the idea and Aubrey volunteered to produce a replica of the Haskell House.

7. Members discussed the Potluck dinner coming on Sunday, July 24.

8. Members discussed the Ice Cream Social, coming up on August 28. There was a discussion of the amount of store-bought ice cream we need to have.

9. RuthAnn Brown resigned from the board. After she left, however, the board discussed whether or not she may have a change of heart. Mary will call RuthAnn and talk with her. 

Agenda, September 20, 2016

Agenda for Clarksville CDC Monthly Meeting

September 20, 2016

6:30 p.m.

Pauline Brown Clarksville Neighborhood Center

1807 W. 11th Street

 

 

1.     Approval of minutes from the July 19 and August 16, 2016 monthly board meetings, (Kim O’Brien), 5 minutes.

2.     Appointment of BJ Friedman to fill a vacancy on the CCDC Board of Directors (term to run until April 2017), Mary Reed, 5 minutes.

3.     Financial report and finance committee report, (Rose Gabriel, Teri Taylor), 5 minutes.

4.     Property management report, 5 minutes, (Rose Gabriel), 5 minutes.

5.     Update on the Alley Flat project (new CCDC house to be located at 1817B W. 10th Street), (Rose Gabriel), 5 minutes.

6.     Report on meeting with Councilmember Kathie Tovo to discuss expanded affordable housing options in Clarksville, (Mary Reed, Rose Gabriel), 5 minutes.

7.     Update on 1826 W. 10th (contributing home), (Mary Reed), 5 minutes.

8.     Other Business

9.     Executive Session (if necessary)

 

NOTICE OF BOARD ACTION TAKEN VIA ELECTRONIC VOTE:

 

On August 17, 2016, the board voted to send a letter to the Historic Landmark Commission stating our support of the current plans for the construction of a new house at 1102 Charlotte. This item was on the board’s August 16, 2016 agenda, but could not be voted on due to a lack of quorum. The item was time-sensitive and could not wait until the next scheduled meeting.

Agenda, August 16, 2016

Agenda for Clarksville CDC Monthly Meeting

August 16, 2016

6:30 p.m.

Pauline Brown Clarksville Neighborhood Center

1807 W. 11th Street

 

1.     Approval of minutes from the July 19, 2016 monthly board meeting, (Kim O’Brien), 5 minutes.

2.     Financial report and finance committee report, (Rose Gabriel, Teri Taylor), 5 minutes.

3.     Property management report, 5 minutes, (Rose Gabriel), 5 minutes.

4.     Update on the Alley Flat project (new CCDC house to be located at 1817B W. 10th Street), (Rose Gabriel), 5 minutes.

5.     Update on 1826 W. 10th (contributing home), (Mary Reed), 5 minutes.

6.     Update on 1102 Charlotte Street (new construction), (Mary Reed), 5 minutes.

7.     Report on Neighborhood Potluck at Mary Baylor Park, July 24, 4 p.m. (Mary Reed), 2 minutes.

8.     Discussion of CCDC Ice Cream Social, August 28. 3-5 p.m., (Mary Reed), 5 minutes.

9.     Other Business

10.  Executive Session (if necessary)

 

Minutes, June 21, 2016

Minutes from June 21, 2016 Clarksville CDC Monthly Meeting

Board Members present: Malcolm Greenstein, Paula Hern, Kim O’Brien, Mary Reed, Teri Taylor, Chris Thomas, Gregory Tran

Others present: Rose Gabriel (CCDC property manager), Barbara Harlow, Dick Clark, Mark Vornberg, Ed Stevens, Kevin Brown

 

1.     On a motion by Greg, seconded by Paula, the minutes from the May 17, 2016 monthly board meeting were approved.

2.     Rose presented the financial report. Expenses for tree work and the total renovations of the bathrooms at 1011 A & B Charlotte led us to a monthly net loss of $269, but overall, our balances are healthy: $17,656 in checking, $42,397 in savings.

3.     Rose presented the Property management report. Two tenants are behind: one due to a on-the job injury, will catch up when Workers Comp payment arrives; another is one month behind, but only on a portion of the total, Section 8 portion is current.

4.     Rose reported that we finally have received the building permit for 1817B W. 10th Street. (Alley Flat project, 850 sf.) On a motion by Chris, seconded by Teri, the board approved a contract with AVision, General Contractors, LLC, in the amount of $158,212 for construction of the house. ($108,000 of the total is coming from COA affordable housing bond money, the remainder from HomeBase.) AVision worked on some of the Guadalupe NDC homes that were moved from Rainey Street. ACDDC is going to monitor the project, along with Rose. AVision (Art Ramirez) is ready to start work immediately. The estimated finish date is December.

5.     Dick Clark and Mark Vornberg of Dick Clark & Associates presented plans for a new house to be located at 1102 Charlotte, a current vacant lot. The home will belong to Sherry Matthews, who wants something that “settles into the neighborhood,” is private and low maintenance. The home will be 2000-2200 s.q. No variances will be required. Sherry wants to work with the CCDC to devise a plan the fits the neighborhood. The plan proposed a rusted steel wall facing the street. After much discussion, the board decided to not send a letter to the Historic Landmark Commission stating our support for the project, but will talk with Sherry about other materials for this wall.

6.     Owner Ed Stevens and builder Kevin Brown presented plans for 1826 W. 10th (a NRD contributing property.) Ed stated that his original plan was to save the house but now does not believe that is possible. The plans presented are for the replacement of the current house with a side-by-side duplex, each unit approximately 1600 s.f. Garages will face 10th Street and there will be two driveways. The units are planned for the front of the property, leaving yard space at the back. Ed said he wants to create a family-friendly property. We suggested that he talk to Aubrey and /or Tom Blackwell to pursue alternative ideas to optimize the property while saving the current house. Ed was not interested in pursuing those suggestions, saying he’s been around construction most of his life and does not believe the house can safely be saved. No agreement was reached. Their request for a demolition permit will be on the June 27 Historic Landmark Commission agenda. CCDC will argue against demolition.

7.     On a motion by Paula, seconded by Greg, RuthAnn Brown, Teri Taylor, and Chris Crane were reappointed to the Tenant Selection Committee. They will serve 2-year terms, ending May 2018.

8.     There was no discussion regarding the installation of a Little Free Library in front to the Pauline Brown Clarksville Neighborhood Center.

9.     Mary reported that the Clarksville History Scavenger Hunt, held on May 21, was a huge success. Well attended, and many of those in attendance were new to CCDC events. Preservation Austin did a terrific job and everyone in attendance had a good job. Thanks to Zocolo/Galaxy who provided ample food and coffee.

10.  The Neighborhood Potluck at Mary Baylor Park will be held on Sunday, July 24, at 4 p.m. so as to not conflict with Sweet Home MBC’s 145th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, July 17.

11.  The CCDC Ice Cream Social will be held on Sunday, August 28 (the week after school resumes.) The event time is to be decided.

12.  There was no Other Business

13.  The Board did not meet in Executive Session.

 

 

 

Agenda, July 19, 2016

Agenda for Clarksville CDC Monthly Meeting

July 19, 2016

6:30 p.m.

Pauline Brown Clarksville Neighborhood Center

1807 W. 11th Street

 

1.     Approval of minutes from the June 21, 2016 monthly board meeting, (Kim O’Brien), 5 minutes.

2.     Financial report and finance committee report, (Rose Gabriel, Teri Taylor), 5 minutes.

3.     Property management report, 5 minutes, (Rose Gabriel), 5 minutes.

4.     Update on the Alley Flat project (new CCDC house to be located at 1817B W. 10th Street), (Rose Gabriel), 5 minutes.

5.     Update on 1826 W. 10th (contributing home, request for demolition pending) (Mary Reed), 5 minutes.

6.     Discussion of installation of a Little Free Library in front to the Pauline Brown Clarksville Neighborhood Center, (Mary Reed), 5 minutes.

7.     Reminder of Neighborhood Potluck at Mary Baylor Park, July 24, 4 p.m. (Mary Reed), 2 minutes.

8.     Discussion of CCDC Ice Cream Social, August 28 (time to be determined) (Mary Reed), 5 minutes.

9.     Other Business

10.  Executive Session (if necessary)

Minutes, May 17, 2016

Minutes from May 17, 2016 Clarksville CDC Monthly Meeting

 

Aubrey Carter, Malcolm Greenstein, Paula Hern, Kim O’Brien, Mary Reed, Chris Thomas, Greg Tran

 

1.     On a motion by Malcolm, seconded by Greg, the minutes from the April 19, 2016 Annual and monthly board meetings were approved.

2.     Mary presented the financial reports. We showed a net of $3,196 in April, and had $22,107 in checking and $42,322 in savings. We have moved our banking to Frost Bank.

3.     Mary presented Rose’s property management report. The reports states that all but one tenant are current on rent, but a payment from that tenant was in the mail box. Major expenses this month include erosion control and tree work at the Neighborhood Center.

4.     On a motion by Malcolm, seconded by Chris, the following officers were elected: President, Mary Reed; Vice-President, Chris Thomas; Secretary, Kim O’Brien; Treasurer, Teri Taylor. They will serve until May 2017.

5.     Terms for three members of the Tenant Selection Committee are expiring this month: board member representatives Chris Thomas and RuthAnn Brown, and community member representative Chris Crane. The board members are interested in serving another term Kim will contact Chris Crane to see if he wants to continue to serve. This item will be on next month’s agenda

6.     Kevin Sims, owner of 1701 Waterston Avenue, presented plans for the home he is planning on building. It will be located behind the existing house on the property (which is a contributing house he has recently rehabilitated.) Kevin intends to live in the back house when it is completed, and rent out the front structure. He has obtained a variance to build the back house, but needs a historic review so that he can obtain his building permit. Kevin stated that he has done his best to adhere to CCDC guidelines and Department of Interior design standards. The proposed house will be 1623 square feet (twice as large as the front structure, but Kevin has intentionally designed a lowroof ridge so the back house will essentially be the height of the  front house. Kevin is sensitive to the Haskell House being next door. There will be a functional design difference between the contributing house and the new one, but it will mostly be concealed from the street. And there’s a 12 foot wall of bamboo between the Haskell House and Kevin’s new addition, so it will not be visible from there. Siding on back house will be board to board. Roof will be a slight butterfly membrane material.

On a motion by Aubrey, seconded by Kim, the board unanimously agreed to send a letter of support to the Historic Landmark Commission.

7.     Mary reported that marketing for a development going in at 1010 West 10th Street, located a block west of N. Lamar, has been touting the project as being located in Clarksville Mary contacted the developer to protest this statement. She was passed her on to the president of company they hired to market the project, who stated that it’s general opinion that all of Old West Austin is considered Clarksville. Malcolm and Mary then sent letter to him stating that marketing the development as being in Clarksville was a deceptive trade practice. In response, they agreed to change their marketing materials, and promised the billboard advertisement located on N. Lamar would come down in two weeks. Malcolm suggested a a blog post on the CCDC website to document their willingness to correct their mistake.

8.     There was no discussion regarding neighborhood history marketing efforts.

9.     Last Sunday’s Family FunFest was a great success. Sadly, attendance was down some, probably due to the inclement weather, but everyone who attended had a great time. Bonzo Crunch, a new addition to FFF was a big hit. Preliminary numbers look like we brought in about $1000 less than last year. The Silent Auction earned only $100 less than last year.

10.  The Clarksville History Scavenger Hunt, presented in conjunction with Preservation Austin, will take place next Saturday, May 21, at 9 a.m. 35 kids have signed up, a number Preservation Austin is very happy with. There will be 5 sites, with activities for the kids at each. Food and coffee will be provided by Galaxy/Zocolo.

11.  Under Other Business, Mary reported that she, along with John Henneberger and two City representatives, were on a panel talking about “missing middle housing.” One of the City representatives, who is working on Code Next, stated a goal of Code Next is to address this issue. As a side note, John argued that the code will be slanted toward developers which will allow the problem to continue.

12.  The board did not meet in Executive Session.

 

Notice of Electronic Vote:  

 

            On May 9, 2016, via electronic vote, the board agreed to contract for an annual audit. This action was of an immediate priority and could not wait until the next regularly scheduled meeting.

Agenda, June 21, 2016

Agenda for Clarksville CDC Monthly Meeting

June 21, 2016

6:30 p.m.

Pauline Brown Clarksville Neighborhood Center

1807 W. 11th Street

1.     Approval of minutes from the May 17, 2016 monthly board meeting, 5 minutes.

2.     Financial report and finance committee report, (Rose Gabriel, Teri Taylor), 5 minutes.

3.     Property management report, 5 minutes, (Rose Gabriel), 5 minutes.

4.     Update on the Alley Flat project (new CCDC house to be located at 1817B W. 10th Street) and approval of contract with A Vision, LLC, (General Contractors), (Rose Gabriel), 10 minutes.

5.     Presentation of plans for 1102 Charlotte (vacant lot) by representatives of Dick Clark & Associates, (Mary Reed), 10 minutes.

6.     Presentation of plans for 1826 W. 10th (contributing home) by Kevin Brown, property owner (Mary Reed), 10 minutes.

7.     Reappointment of RuthAnn Brown, Teri Taylor, and Chris Crane to the Tenant Selection Committee (2-year terms, ending May 2018) (Mary Reed), 5 minutes.

8.     Discussion of installation of a Little Free Library in front to the Pauline Brown Clarksville Neighborhood Center, (Mary Reed), 5 minutes.

9.     Report on Clarksville History Scavenger Hunt, (Mary Reed), 5 minutes.

10.  Discussion of plans for a Neighborhood Potluck at Mary Baylor Park, (Mary Reed), 5 minutes.

11.  Discussion of date for the CCDC Ice Cream Social, (Mary Reed), 5 minutes.

12.  Other Business

13.  Executive Session (if necessary)