Minutes, July 17, 2018

Minutes from the July 17, 2018 Clarksville CDC Monthly Meeting

Board members present: BJ Friedman, Mary Reed, Chris Thomas, Gregory Tran, Aubrey Carter, Malcolm Greenstein,

Others present: Rose Gabriel

1.    Financial and property reports were presented first because the meeting was started with insufficient members to vote on passing previous minutes. As of 6/30/2018, the checking account had balance of $0.01 due to a June expense of $6,974.00 on make-ready preparations for properties. The saving balance is $57,328.

2.    One tenant is one month behind in rent; lease will not be renewed until tenant is current on rent. Another tenant is one month behind and has submitted a plan to catch up. The plan was accepted and they are living up to plan. 

3.        Upon Malcolm's arrival, and on a motion by Chris, seconded by B.J., the minutes were reviewed and passed unanimously.

4.    A discussion was held about the adoption of a new Tenant Selection Policy. The move to approve was made by Chris and seconded by Aubrey. The vote was unanimous.

5.    The website for the Clarksville Buass Martin Local Historic District is up at www.clarksvillebuassmartinlhd.org  Fliers will be distributed when school returns to session. There was a discussion of the LHD and how to proceed. Mary said that she believes that the first step will be for the City to hold a meeting in the LHD area to educate people about the LHD process. There will also be training for board members about the LHD details as we'll as house parties to help property owners understand LHDs and to get their questions answered. 

6.    A date of August 26th was set for the Ice Cream Social. A time of 3-5pm was suggested. The social will be at the Haskell House this year and we will rent a drip/swamp fan.

7.    The meeting adjourned at 7:03pm.

 

 

Minutes, June 19, 2018

Minutes from June 19, 2018 Clarksville CDC Monthly Meeting

Board Members in Attendance: Aubrey Carter, BJ Friedman, Paula Hern, Mary Reed, Chris Thomas, Gregory Tran

1.     The minutes from the May 15, 2018 monthly board meeting were approved with corrections. Greg made the motion and Paula seconded.

2.     The Financial Report was given by Mary as Rose was not able to attend. We had a net loss of $10,256.02 for the past month due to expenses related to repair and painting of the Neighborhood Center, a new AC unit at 1812A Waterson, and tree trimming in the cul de sac. Our checking balance is $5716, savings balance $68,020.31. Aubrey moved approval of the Financial Report, and Paula seconded.

3.     The Property Management Report was submitted by Rose. One tenant is behind one month on rent; another tenant who has been behind has had a payment plan established to become current by 10/15/18. One unit is vacant with new tenant selection underway. One tenant is providing income verification in order to renew lease. BJ moved to approve the Property Management Report; Aubrey seconded.

4.     Chris reported on the appointments to the Tenant Selection Committee. Chris moved and Aubrey seconded the motion for the new appointments. Current committee members whose terms have expired agreed to continue and be reappointed. BJ will be the new board member and Pamela Jackson will be the new tenant member. The current makeup of the Tenant Selection, and their term of service, is as follows:

Term ends

Chris Thomas, CCDC                            May 2019

Teri Taylor, CCDC                                May 2020

BJ Friedman, CCDC                             May 2020

Malcolm Greenstein, CCDC                May 2019

Bob Bauer, at-large                            May 2019

Chris Crane, at-large                           May 2020

Pamela Jackson, tenant                      May 2019

5.     The revised Tenant Selection Committee policy was discussed. Minor edits were suggested. The revised policy will be brought back for approval at the June board meeting after revisions are made, including how expired terms will be handled and to include staggered terms for committee members.

6.     Mary provided an update on the Local Historic District (LHD) proposal. Allison submitted the proposal to the city staff who suggested changes. Allison made changes appropriate for our proposal. Mary and Kim read the edited proposal and made additional changes. In the meantime, the neighborhood maps had to be redrawn. As soon as the maps are available, the proposal will be uploaded to the LHD website for neighborhood residents to read.

7.     Mary provided a report on the Clarksville Family Fun Fest 2018, held June 10, 2018. Board members expressed satisfaction for the event. The music was uniformly great; the clown’s performance was a big draw for families. The food provided by Mission Dogs was not child friendly and not as appealing as we would have liked. The climbing wall was also very successful. Rose will provide a comparison chart of profit/loss for the Fest over the past several years.

8.     Other business: Paula mentioned a neighbor suggested that we should charge a membership fee. The board discussed the idea and decided that since members of CCDC are shareholders in the organization, charging a membership fee would be inappropriate. It was also mentioned that interested neighbors are welcome to make donations to the CCDC.

The board also discussed potential opportunities for expanding our rental property inventory.

9.     The Board did not meet in Executive Session.

10.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:05 PM.

Minutes, May 15, 2018

Minutes from May 15, 2018 Clarksville CDC Monthly Meeting

Board members in attendance: Aubrey Carter, Malcolm Greenstein, Paula Hern, Kim Kronzer O’Brien, Mary Reed, Gregory Tran

Others in attendance:  Rose Gabriel

1.    On a motion by Malcolm, seconded by Paula, the annual meeting minutes were approved. And on a motion by Malcolm, seconded by Aubrey, the monthly minutes were approved with corrections. (corrections noted on this copy.)

2.    Rose reported that we showed a net gain of $4,753 for the past month. Our checking balance as of the end of April is $14,624, savings balance $66,020. Rose warned the board to expect an increase in expenses in the upcoming month due to exterior work being done at the Neighborhood Center and the installation of a new a/c unit at 1821A Waterston.

3.    Rose’s property management report showed that all units are occupied and all tenants are current on rent. Regarding leases that are expiring this summer, everyone will renew except for 1011A Charlotte and 1009B Charlotte. These tenants are moving on of their own accord to pursue other housing opportunities, including this success story: one tenant will be buying a home!

4.    APD Officer Ryan Tedford attended the meeting to introduce himself and to see what if any safety concerns we have in Clarksville. Officer Tedford, along with 9 others, works the nightshift in the Baker sector (that stretches from IH35 to 360, Colorado River to 183.) Clarksville is in Baker 2. He reported that there is not much crime in historic Clarksville. Statistics for this year show that the biggest problems are crashing into vehicles and leaving (6) and car burglaries (3). There are more burglaries of vehicles in “greater” Clarksville, as well as DWIs because of our proximity to W 6th Street.

In response to Officer Tedford, Mary reported that our biggest issue is public safety. Our neighborhood has become a shortcut for people who don’t want to be caught in traffic. She told him that it was only a matter of time before someone is injured or worse, and asked what could be done? Officer Tedford said that policing in Austin is more reactive than proactive, but there are things that could be done, for example: officers could spend their “down” time in the neighborhood looking for parking/traffic violations. Another possibility is for him to contact the District Representative—it is their job to watch for these kinds of things. With that being said, though, he noted that when APD starts writing tickets, it’s often the people who live in the neighborhood get ticketed and they might get irritated. Our District Representative is Officer Harvey, 512-974-8123. Ryan will write up what we’ve talked about and pass it on to Officer Harvey. Neighborhood residents may contact Officer Harvey as well.

5.    On a motion by Malcolm, seconded by Aubrey, the current officers were reelected to another one-year term. Mary Reed, president; Chris Thomas, vice-president, Kim Kronzer O’Brien, secretary; Teri Taylor, treasurer.

6.    New appointments are needed to the Tenant Selection Committee. RuthAnn Brown, was serving in a seat designated for board members, the tenant representative has left CCDC housing, and many serving have terms that have expired. Chris, chair of the TSC, will check with current TSC members to insure they want to continue to serve and will make recommendation to fill the two current vacancies.  

Rose will review the duties of TSC to make sure that current policies are up-to-date.

7.    The Clarksville Family Fun Fest is set for May 20, 2018, 1-5 p.m. Mary reminded the board that set up will begin at 10 a.m. and everyone needs to be there.

8.    Mary reported a good turnout for the Buaas-Martin walking tour, probably 25-30 people. Participants enjoyed themselves and learned a lot about the neighborhood. We will offer the tour again in the fall, for those who couldn’t make it that day. People learned a lot about the neighborhood. People who couldn’t come that day asked if we could do it again.

The John Warfield Center for African and African American Studies sponsored a walking tour of Clarksville on May 1, led by their students. It was well attended and attracted a good deal of media attention. They will be leading two more tours on May 19, these in conjunction with The Contemporary.

9.    In Other Business, Aubrey announced that we will have RuthAnn’s Clarksville t-shirts available for sale at the Fun Fest.

10.                  The Board did not meet in Executive Session.  

 

 

 

Minutes, April 17, 2018 CCDC Monthly Meeting

Minutes from the April 17, 2018 Clarksville CDC Monthly Meeting

Members present: Mary Reed, Malcolm Greenstein, Teri Taylor, Chris Thomas, BJ Friedman, Paula Hern

Others present: Rose Gabriel

1.    Approval of minutes from the March 20, 2018 monthly board meeting. Kim O’Brien.

The minutes were approved with the following correction: On item 9, the third line, was corrected to read “to hear back from them.” BJ moves to approve and Chris seconds.

2.    Financial report and finance committee report. Rose Gabriel, Teri Taylor.

The negative utility number was due to a check being over drawn that was repaid. Rose said everyone is current on their rent. There was no financial committee report.

3.    Property management report. Rose Gabriel.

Property management report. There is someone new in 1007 A Charlotte-a single mom with a 10-year-old daughter. They were referred through St. Louise house. They came with furniture donated through that program.

4.    Report on CCDC Membership Drive. Mary Reed.

In May 2017, the board decided to no longer require CCDC membership to be renewed annually. The transition from annual to permanent membership went smoothly. Using electronic membership lists that dated back to 2014, an email was sent to 96 previous members notifying them of their permanent membership status. One person asked to be removed from the list. Some members responded that they were pleased with the change. No negative comments were received. Additionally, 8 people new to CCDC submitted applications in response to our March Membership Drive. We now have 103 current members, almost twice as many as we have had in each of the previous 4 years.

5.    Report on efforts to obtain grant funding for Clarksville NHRD street sign toppers and expanded promotion of the Walking Tour. Mary Reed.

We were awarded $1240 from Preservation Austin, one-half the cost of 15 street sign toppers to mark the boundaries of the Clarksville NHRD, and to create and print an 11 x 16 poster promoting the Clarksville Walking Tour. The total cost of project is $2380. Our request to Visit Austin’s Heritage Grant program for the 15 sign toppers was rejected because they were told by the City Neighborhood Preservation Office that street sign toppers should mark Local Historic District only. This is not what we were told when we contacted the NPO. Mary and Kim will work to find a solution to this conflicting information and move forward as we are able. Until we know for certain that the signs can be installed, we will hold off on looking for the additional money needed to match the Preservation Austin grant.

6.    Discussion of Local Historic District (LHD) next steps. Mary Reed.

Mary stated staff at the neighborhood preservation office are short staffed and working overtime which is why it has taken a couple months for them to review the LHD materials Alyson McGee drafted. Allyson has the edited materials now and is revising them. She will send them to Mary who will review them. Then they can be added to our LHD website and the site can go live.

7.    Update on FunFest 2018 (May 20, 2018, 1-5 p.m). Mary Reed.

All underwriters (except two) have paid. The fest is fully funded. There will be one food truck (Taco Flats), climbing wall instead of bouncy house for older kids, and a train instead of a pony. We will have ice cream and popcorn. The yard signs will go up in the Clarksville area to try and increase attendance. We are still waiting on the poster designs from ACC. Teri has agreed to put the past 10 poster designs together for this year’s poster if needed. The music is in place. There are new items for the silent auction. Mary to put out a volunteer schedule closer to the fest’s time.

8.    Other Business

Mary reported on the status of the Buaas-Martin walking tour on April 29. Announcements have gone out and there will be fliers delivered in neighborhood. Everyone will meet at the corner of Augusta and the grassy area at W. 6th

Other walking tours are two Clarksville walking tours sponsored by the John Warfield Center for African and African American Studies.  One on May 1 and the other to be announced.

Other business-BJ contacted the Shade Project and they are donating sunscreen for the Fun Fest. BJ got the name of the supplier of the previous shade structure and their low-end structures are $7-9 thousand dollars. Rose offered some screens she had, but they will need the metal supports. BJ and Rose to explore possibilities.

9.     Executive Session (if necessary)

The board did not meet in Executive Session.

Action taken via Electronic Vote:

On April 26, 2018, the board agreed to adjust the monthly rent of a tenant based on tenant’s current income. The change will be in effect for six months.

Minutes, April 17, 2018, Annual Meeting

Minutes from the April 17, 2018 Clarksville CDC Annual Meeting

Members present: Mary Reed, Malcolm Greenstein, Teri Taylor, Chris Thomas, BJ Friedman, Paula Hern

Others present: Rose Gabriel

1.             Presentation of the “State of the CCDC” Annual Report, Mary Reed, President.

The text of Mary’s State of the CCDC Annual Report:

When I was thinking about what to say about the CCDC’s past year, the following words immediately came to mind: “tragedy,” “weather” and “public affairs.”

I thought of the word “tragedy” because RuthAnn Brown died suddenly last October and her death was a huge loss for Clarksville and the CCDC because in many ways RuthAnn was Clarksville. She was also a reminder of how things used to be in Clarksville and of the importance of trying to preserve the neighborhood’s history and traditional sense of community. Clarksville will never be quite the same now that she is no longer barreling down the streets in her big old car, making us laugh with her crazy sense of humor, serving up plates of barbecue at the Fun Fest, or loudly speaking out about the things she disagreed with, especially when those things involved the Republicans. 

The word “weather” popped into my mind because last year it disrupted our plans like no other time in my memory. Specifically, we had to cancel our ice cream social because of Hurricane Harvey; heavy rain and thunderstorms forced us to cancel the Haunted House; and this year, we cancelled our January board meeting because of snow and ice. 

And I thought of the words “public affairs” because of several initiatives the CCDC undertook in an effort to not only educate area residents about some important issues that will affect them, but also to help the CCDC become more of a leader in addressing those issues. Specifically, we wrote a very comprehensive position paper on CodeNEXT that was highly praised and shared, and we began our Community Conversation series. As a reminder, between July of last year and January of this year, we hosted three Community Conversations, each of which tackled a different timely issue and featured expert speakers. The first one educated people about CodeNEXT; the second focused on whether affordable housing, density and diversity were mutually exclusive; and the third addressed LHDs -- what they do and don’t do -- and introduced the Clarksville Buass-Martin local historic district to attendees. And since then we’ve developed a website for the LHD, submitted our draft design standards and draft LHD application to the city’s Office of Historic Preservation for its feedback, and began work on a guided walking tour for the Buass-Martin area.

As a result of Community Conversation #2 at which John Henneberger suggested that individual neighborhoods take on the challenge of increasing affordability and diversity within their boundaries in accordance with their own values and priorities, the CCDC began work on an ambitious proposal to do just that in all of Old West Austin. The proposal was shared with a wide variety of people in order to get their feedback and buy-in and it was generally met with enthusiasm. I will provide an update on this project during today’s regular board meeting.

2.             Presentation regarding the CCDC’s Financial Status, Teri Taylor, Treasurer. (report to be attached)

3.             Presentation regarding the CCDC’s housing program, Rose Gabriel, Property Manager.      (report to be attached)

4.             Announcement of Election Results, BJ Friedman, Election Administrator

BJ Friedman, Election Administrator, announced the election results. Current board members, Malcolm Greenstein, Paula Hern, Kim Kronzer O’Brien, Mary Reed, and Chris Thomas were reelected to another 2-year term.

 

Minutes, March 20, 2018

Minutes from the March 20, 2018 Board Meeting

Board members in attendance: Aubrey Carter, BJ Friedman, Paula Hern, Kim O’Brien, Chris Thomas, and Gregory Tran

1.    Approval of minutes from the February 20, 2018 monthly board meeting. Kim O’Brien, 5 minutes.

On a motion by Aubrey, seconded by Chris, the February 20, 2018 minutes were approved.

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

Rose Gabriel was ill. Chris presented the financial reports. Our balances are healthy: $16,417 in checking, $43,020 in savings. We finished February with a net balance of $3,198.

The Finance Committee did not meet this month.

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

All tenants are current on rent, and new tenants scheduled to move into 1011B Charlotte at the end of the month.

4.    Report on CCDC Membership Drive. Kim O’Brien, 5 minutes.

Kim reported that door-to-door flyers with membership information and notice of the April 17, 2018 Annual Meeting and upcoming board election were delivered last weekend. Also, information is posted on bulletin boards & the website. Last April, the board instituted the change that membership is now permanent—anyone who has been a member since 2014 is now a permanent member. Anyone who submits an application from this point forward will be a permanent member. The membership list form 2014-2017 is about 100 members. Kim also noted that she coordinated delivery of information to Sweet Home with Pastor Manning.

5.    Report on upcoming Board of Directors election (5 positions up for election; voting to take place April 17, 2018, prior to the Annual Meeting.) Kim O’Brien, 5 minutes.

Five positions are up for election: currently filled by Malcolm Greenstein, Paula Hern, Kim O’Brien, Mary Reed, and Chris Thomas. All have indicated their intent to run for another term. Anyone else who is interested in serving on the board needs to notify Kim by March 25 (this information is included on the Annual Meeting flyer delivered door-to-door and posted on bulletin boards and the website.)

6.    Report on efforts to obtain grant funding for Clarksville NHRD street sign toppers and expanded promotion of the Walking Tour. Kim O’Brien, 5 minutes.

Kim reported that we have submitted a grant application to Preservation Austin requesting funding to install 15 street sign toppers for the Clarksville NHRD, and $ to create and print an 11 x 16 poster promoting the Walking Tour. The total cost of project is $2380. Since Preservation Austin requires a 50% match, our request was for $1240

Additionally, an application was submitted to Visit Austin’s Heritage Grant program for the 15 sign toppers. No match was required so we requested the total cost of project, $2,250.

7.    Discussion of Local Historic District (LHD) next steps. Kim O’Brien, 2 minutes.

Kim presented the following report from Mary Reed, who was out of town: We’re still waiting for the COA to provide feedback to Alyson re draft design standards and application and then for Alyson to revise accordingly. Unfortunately, the Neighborhood Preservation Office is swamped and so the review and feedback process is very delayed. Other than that, the LHD website is ready to go.

8.    Update on FunFest 2018. Kim O’Brien, 2 minutes.

Kim presented the following report from Mary Reed: We have all Fun Fest activities underwritten and the checks are coming in. BJ arranged for Taco Flats to sell food at the event and the food truck is not requiring that it make at least X amt. of $ at the event so that's a really good thing.

Next big task will be to line up volunteers, but we are not going to need as many as in year's past because there will be no big kids bouncy house and we will not be selling food ourselves.

Aubrey stated that he would like for us to sell the RuthAnn Brown’s t-shirt at the FunFest. (This was the shirt RuthAnn had planned to unveil at her Block Party in November 2018.) There was some discussion regarding the best use of proceeds from the sales, a way to honor RuthAnn’s legacy. No final decision was made.

9.    Other Business

BJ reported that she contacted the Shade Project to inquire about financial assistance for additional shade structures at Mary Baylor Clarksville Park, but has yet to hear back from them. She will contact them again. Paula spoke with Tree Folks about more trees for the park. We will need to show approval from the City and a watering plan before they can assist.

10.     Executive Session (if necessary)

The Board did not meet in Executive Session

Minutes, February 20, 2018

Minutes from the February 20, 2018 CCDC Board Meeting

Board members in attendance: Aubrey Carter, BJ Friedman, Malcolm Greenstein, Paula Hern, Kim O’Brien, Mary Reed, and Chris Thomas.

Others in attendance: Rose Gabriel

1.    On a motion by Aubrey, seconded by BJ, the minutes from the November 21, 2017 monthly board meeting were approved.

2.    Rose and Teri reported that there is nothing significant to note on the monthly financials. With the 4 make-readys of late 2017 behind us, we are back to a monthly net profit, and will be able to start putting money back into savings. As of the end of January, we had $12,862 in checking and $43,020 in savings.

Rose reported that we returned the remaining $50,000 HomeBase loan to them in December. We are now making quarterly payments on the first loan. (note: we still will be able to access the HomeBase money when we need it for new construction.) A bank service charge on the December profit & loss statement was for a wire fee associated with this transfer.  

The Finance Committee met earlier in the day. Teri reported that she could not find any options for a better return on our investments, at least not one that wouldn’t require a long-term investment, than the 3% we are currently making. Rose will ask our accountant questions the finance committee have about the “depreciation” item on our balance sheet.

3.    Rose presented the property management report. All tenants are current on rent. We currently have one vacant unit. Rose is working to find a tenant.

4.    Officer Ryan Tedford, APD, was unable to attend the meeting. Mary said that if we have any questions about neighborhood safety, let her know and she will pass them on to Officer Tedford. Speeding cut-through traffic, on all streets but the east-west streets in particular, was discussed. Mary will talk to him about increased patrols and enforcement of the no right turns onto W. 10th. W. 11th, and Waterston from Newfield.  

5.    Rose presented a request received from St. Phillip’s Anglican Church to use the Haskell House 2 Sundays a month for services until they can find a permanent location for their congregation. After much discussion, the board, on a motion by Aubrey, seconded by Malcolm, voted not to enter into a long-term obligation of the Haskell House.

6.    Regarding Community Conversation #3, The Local Historic District as a Neighborhood Preservation Tool, held January 23 (Presenters: Cara Burtron, COA Deputy Historic Preservation Officer, and Alyson McGee, historic preservation consultant), Mary reported that the meeting went well. It was well attended and many people signed a list requesting more information.

7.    Mary reported that work on the Local Historic District (LHD) website is continuing and should be complete soon. She and Alyson McGee have suggested changes to the City’s LHD FAQ, which will appear on the website. Once the website is up and people have had a chance to look at it, we can begin scheduling house parties &/or meetings.

8.    Mary reported on work that she and John O’Brien have been doing toward the undertaking of a project to survey housing in Clarksville and the rest of Old West Austin. They have prepared a grant proposal and will be seeking funding through the Austin Community Foundation. OWANA will be a part of this effort.

9.    The 10th Annual FunFest will take place on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Plans are moving forward. We’ve hit a snag on underwriting—Grande has decided not to support the FunFest this year—but Mary believes that other local businesses will come through. Malcolm suggested contacting the new owners of the Tavern. Instead of the pony ride, we will have a trackless train, and only one bouncy house, for younger kids only. A climbing wall will replace the second bouncy house. Instead of handling the food in-house, we are looking at a food truck or 2. And we are soliciting ACC graphic art students to participate in a poster design contest (a $150 prize to the winner.)

10.Under Other Business: Paula reported that there is $1000 left over from shade structure project at Mary Baylor Clarksville Park. We talked about seating by the basketball court, or more seating near the playground/splash pad. Also about more trees, possibly through Tree Folks (although watering was a concern.) BJ will contact the Shade Project to see if they might be able to help us somehow.

11. The board did not meet in Executive Session. 

 

 

Minutes, November 21, 2017

Minutes from Clarksville CDC Monthly Meeting, November 21, 2017

Board members in attendance: Aubrey Carter, BJ Friedman, Kim O’Brien, Mary Reed, Teri Taylor, Chris Thomas

Others present: Emily Price (lives on 13th street; wants to get involved with CCDC); Kendall Collier

1.    On a motion by BJ, seconded by Aubrey, the minutes from the October 17, 2017 monthly board meeting were approved with corrections to Items 2, 3, 4, and 6. These changes have been made to the official copy of the minutes (which has been posted on the website.)

2.    Teri reported that our balance sheet shows a negative this month. Expenses were high in the past month due to unit make-readys (1007B Charlotte and 1708B W. 10th.) The good news is that we have now completed the last of the big projects (e.g., bathrooms) in our units and future make-readys will be far less expensive. Despite the negative balance, our situation is far from dire. Our savings balance is healthy, and anticipated future receipts will replenish the checking balance.

Rose mentioned in the November 20, 2017 Finance Committee meeting that one reason that led to us showing a deficit is our Depreciation line item. We are required to “budget” for this figure, but it is she was going to ask our accountant about our depreciation. This is something that we are required to include in our monthly expenditures, but it does not represent money that we actually expend. Teri reported that she and Rose will talk to our accountant to see if there is a recommendation for how we handled our depreciation requirements without it affecting our monthly Profit and Loss statements.

Teri reported that she will be looking into the best way to handle the additional $50,000 loan money that we’ve received from HomeBase. We cannot expend this money at this time, so we need to decide if we want to return it to them until we can use it, or do we want to research methods by which we can earn interest on the balance.

Teri also reported that she is setting up either a Google Doc (or Dropbox) for the Board in order to share all of our important documents, including property list, current rents, rent determination formula, financial statements, bylaws, etc.

Additionally, the Finance Committee discussed end of year gifts for our tenants. It was decided to patronize local businesses and purchase gift cards from Zocolo/Galaxy.

3.    This month’s property report: All units are currently leased. There were 3 move-ins this month, 3 new families in CCDC housing.

4.    Mary reported that at the Community Conversation #2, featured John Henneberger proposed that neighborhoods should create their own plans to address affordable housing and other issues that affect them. A follow-up meeting was held to include those who expressed an interest at that meeting to be involved in this process. In that and subsequent meetings, John Henneberger proposed that a neighborhood planner be hired to do a granular assessment of housing that currently exists in Old West Austin—what type of housing exists, owner occupied/rental, etc., and to hire a community organizer who would go door to door to collect information on people who live in the housing now and what their needs might be. John feels that grant money could be obtained to cover these costs, possibly from the Austin Community Foundation or the Dell Foundation. Mary and John O’Brien will work with John Henneberger to better define the project and seek required funds. BJ offered to help with the grant writing. At this time, the funding needs are estimated to be approximately $100K, and could be accomplished in 9 months. John Henneberger will stay involved for the duration of the project.

This is a way through which to be proactive in asserting control for what happens to our neighborhood. Mary will meet with OWANA representatives to let them know what we are doing, and to gain their support.

5.    The Board discussed the next steps for the Local Historic District planning. They include:

·      The next Community Conversation (#3) to discuss Local Historic Districts as Neighborhood Preservation Tools. Speakers will be Alyson McGee and Cara Burtron (city deputy historic preservation officer.)

·      Next, a LHD workshop for area/block captains. There will be handouts --  an LHD brochure from the COA, articles that counter some of the common fallacies about LHDs -- that they drive up property taxes, for example. 

·      Block captains will hold small group events to share information, and will follow up with people after their block parties to find out if they have any questions or concerns. Need to keep the lines of communication open at all times. Alyson and Cara will be available to help with answers as needed.

·      The CCDC will send a letter to absentee property owners about the LHD, the design standards, etc.

·      A general neighborhood meeting about the LHD and the design standards will take place.

·      When it comes time to vote on the design standards, the COA will mail information and ballots to every property owner along with a letter from the CCDC. Block captains will also hand out ballots door-to-door

·      Information on the proposed LHD will be included on the CCDC website.

A question was raised as to how CodeNext handles LHDs. This is unknown at this time. Originally, it looked like LHDs would override, but target seems to be shifting.

6.    The Haunted House at the Haskell House was cancelled due to inclement weather. In order to find a use for all the mini-pumpkins that didn’t get decorated on Halloween, we hosted a potluck at the Haskell House a week later. It was a nice event, even though it sprinkled on us and we had to move inside the Haskell House. The food was delicious, and the kids (and some adults) in attendance enjoyed the Thanksgiving-themed pumpkin decorating crafts.

7.    The Clarksville Caroling Party, jointly sponsored by the CCDC and OWANA will be held on December 23, time to be decided. Santa will be there, and Frances Barton will be leading the caroling. Mary will contact Zocolo about food. Paula will talk to Nightcap, along with supplying the wine.

8.    Other Business

Kendall Collier, 1701 W. 11th, presented details of her home renovation project. She intends to retain the home’s architectural details, The front, which faces the sidewalk connecting the two portions of Charlotte, will stay the same, an addition will be added in the back. She’s working with  Richard Hughes. Siding will be replaced, but will match what’s there now. The additions will be board & batten. She is not asking for any variances.

Kendall’s plan call for a one car garage, which led Mary to point out that neighborhood designs guidelines do onot include garages. Kendall wants the garage for security and storage; Aubrey suggested changing windows on the garage door so that they more mimic the windows in the house—Kendall is amendable to this. Permitting process to begin soon, which will lead for the project to come before the Historic Landmark Commission. She would like a letter of support for the project for when she goes before the HLC. Mary wants to see a revised plan first. Kendall will talk to Richard re. garage door options and we will take this up again as the changes are made and when it is set for HLC hearing.

Malcolm paid for RuthAnn Brown’s obituary. The CCDC agreed to reimburse him.

9.     The Board met in Executive Session

 

 

Minutes, October 17, 2017

Minutes from the October 17, 2017 Monthly Clarksville CDC Board Meeting

Board Members present: Aubrey Carter, BJ Friedman, Malcolm Greenstein, Paula Hern, Kim O’Brien, Mary Reed, and Chris Thomas

Others present: Rose Gabriel

1.    On a motion by Malcolm, seconded by BJ, the September 19, 2017 monthly board meeting minutes were approved with the corrected spelling of David Gottfried’s name.

2.    Rose presented the monthly financial report. The report shows a net income loss of $2,377. The loss is due to unprecedented turnover which led to both a loss in rental income (due to vacant units) and make-ready expenses on vacated units. The checking account shows a negative balance, but this has been rectified. Savings balances are very healthy.

We are beginning a new fiscal year. The fiscal year just ended shows a loss due to the Alley Flat construction.

Rose presented the 2017-2018 CCDC Operating Budget. It shows an anticipated income of $169,500 and anticipated expenses of $167,450. The expenses include $36,000 in depreciation. Rose pointed out that this is not an actual expense, but a line item that has to show for accounting purposes. Rose pointed out that there is an error regarding “Bank Service Charges/bounced checks”—it should be $100, not $1000. A question was raised regarding that line item. Rose explained that this is not technically an expense—any charged fees are reimbursed to us by tenants—but line item is needed for QuickBook purposes. She will talk to the accountant to see if there is a way for this to show differently. Rose will adjust the Income to add an additional $1000 (money raised by donated ACL tickets.)

On a motion by BJ, seconded by Chris, the budget was approved with the above noted amendments.

3.    Rose presented the property management report. CCDC will soon be welcoming 3 new families—a refugee family from Burundi, referred to us by Casa Marianela, a Mathews teacher with 2 children at O.Henry, a woman with 1 son at Austin High.

A question was raised about the Tenant Selection Committee. Rose reported that she has been forwarding info on prospective tenants to Chris, but did not share the information with the entire committee. From now on, all information will be shared with the entire committee.

4.    Mary reported that Community Conversation #2: “Preserving Neighborhood Character, Adding Diversity, Managing Density” (held October 3, 2017.) John Henenberger’s talk was both inspiring and thought-provoking. His articles are posted on the CCDC website (see CC #2 web post.) What was discussed was not directly related to CodeNext, but a way to address affordability, diversity, etc. by individual neighborhoods working to develop their own plans. Idea of being proactive in the face of CodeNext is appealing. A number of folks—not just Clarksville residents, but Old West Austin residents, too—expressed an interest in forming a working group.

Community Conversation #3 will probably occur in January, the likely topic being Local Historic Districts.

5.    Mary reminded the board of a meeting to be held to follow up on ideas presented at Community Conversation #2 and determine next steps. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 24, 7 p.m. at St. Luke Methodist Church, downstairs meeting room.

6.    Mary reported that she and Aubrey have a meeting scheduled with Kim in Parks & Rec historic preservation person and a City architect to discuss railing at back of Haskell House which is not ADA compliant.

7.    Mary reminded the board of the Haunted House scheduled for October 31, 2017, 6-8 p.m. at the Haskell House.

8.    The board was scheduled to discuss the upcoming block party planned by RuthAnn Brown. Instead, Mary reported that RuthAnn Brown was in the hospital, in ICU. Sadly, RuthAnn passed away a few days later.

9.    Under Other Business:

Preservation Austin has a presentation on CodeNext and historic preservation scheduled for October 18, at their office.

Longtime Clarksville resident Margaret Keyes will be honored by Sweet Home MBC on November 5. CCDC will be represented at the event by either Aubrey or BJ.

An upcoming program of interest: “Austin's Black Westside: A Look at The Clarksville, Kincheonville, And Wheatville Communities.” The program will include Latoya Devezin, African American Community Archivist at the Austin History Center. The event takes place on December 5, 5:30 p.m. at the Gordon White Building (GWB) 2.206, 210 West 24th Street.

Mary reminded the board of the Barbara Harlow events/tribute on October 27-28. Friday is all about Barbara, tributes and a reception; Saturday is a conference that Barbara was planning before she died. 

10.  The board met in Executive Session to discuss a tenant issue.

Minutes, September 19, 2017

Minutes from the September 19, 2017 Clarksville CDC Monthly Meeting

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

Others present: Rose Gabriel, RuthAnn Brown

1.    On a motion by Malcolm, seconded by Paula, the minutes from the August 15, 2017 monthly board meeting were approved.  

2.    Rose reported that the August balance sheet shows a lost of $6000. This is due to a number of factors—annual pest control expenditure, insurance down payment (largest of the periodic payments), and expenses associated with unit make-readys—and warned that we may be showing losses for the next few months, as well, due to a number of make-ready projects. She also noted that the depreciation expense has decreased due to our additional unit (Theresa.) Despite the loss, our balances remain healthy: $6111 in checking, $119,654 in savings.

The Finance Committee will meet on September 21, 11:30 a.m. at Zocolo.

3.    Two units are currently vacant and in the process of being made ready for new tenants. We are working with the City of Austin on one of the properties. Applicants for both units are being reviewed. All but one tenant is current on rent; the tenant who is behind is on a payment plan. Going forward, we will give all tenants living in a unit constructed prior to 1974 a copy of the City’s lead guidelines.

4.    Community Conversation #2--“Preserving Neighborhood Character, Adding Diversity, Managing Density”—will be held October 3, 2017, 7-9 p.m., at St. Luke UMC, 1306 West Lynn. John Hennebergerwill be the speaker. John will speak for approximately 30 minutes, then the floor will be opened to questions from the audience. Mary is posting information on Nextdoor, on the CCDC website, and via her email list. Yard signs will available soon to be placed in Clarksville and OWANA. Mary has contacted Kathy Tovo, but her schedule is very full.

5.    The board decided not to reschedule the Ice Cream Social that was canceled due to Hurricane Harvey.)

6.    RuthAnn Brown shared details of her upcoming upcoming Block Party, tentatively titled the Clarksville Funk Fest. It will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017, noon to 5 p.m. The board agreed to RuthAnn’s request to use the yard and back porch of the Neighborhood Center, as well as the Center’s electricity. She’s got 4 bands lined up and is hoping to book 2 more. They’ll play outside the Neighborhood Center. The Fest t-shirt will feature a tree—the roots will bear the names of Clarksville’s original residents and the branches and leaves the names of those who’ve come after but have made difference in the neighborhood.

7.    The annual Haunted House will be held at the Haskell House on October 31,

6-8 pm. Mary will reach out to CCDC tenants Brooke & Kate who have helped in the past and are very creative.

8.    In Other Business:

Mary reported that the owner of the vacant lot on corner of Waterston and Woodlawn has submitted plans for the property. A very large stucco house that will face Woodlawn is proposed, along with a 2-car garage that also faces Woodlawn. An ADU is also proposed. It, too, is planned to be stucco. It will face Waterson, along with its 1-car garage. This property has a restrictive covenant on it. CCDC, along with David Gottfried (nearby landowner) and OWANA are parties to the restrictive covenant and all must sign off on plans for the property. Mary will work to obtain concessions on the property, to include, but not be limited to, more appropriate building materials and relocation of the proposed garages along with the possibility of making them carports rather than garages.

Mary has learned from the City that the house at 10th & Toyath has been sold and the new owners are going through the permitting process.

Mary expressed concern about 1100 Toyath. This is a historically-contributing house, and the windows and door have been removed, as well as the back half of the house. She contacted the architect about so much of the house being taken off and was told that they “we’re living up to the spirit of the agreement” reached with Steve Sadowsky. Mary and Aubrey will meet tomorrow with the architect and the builders for a site visit.

Mary reported that the new version of CodeNext is out. Some changes from the last draft include: transect zones are eliminated; nomenclature has been extended to the entire city, not just central city. Things that have not changed: CodeNext is still not following Imagine Austin, nor reflecting Neighborhood Plans. The adoption timeline remains the same.  

Councilmember Tovo’s amendment regarding the Historic Landmark Commission (see Electronic Vote item below) is scheduled to be voted on at the September 28, 2017 City Council meeting. Mary urges board members to attend the meeting and/or send a letter in support of the amendment.

There will be a memorial event for Dick Clark on Sunday, October 1 at the Paramount. Doors open at 5:30, event starts at 6. Board members are urged to attend.

9.    The board did not meet in Executive Session.

Action taken via Electronic Vote:

On August 21, 2017, the board voted to support Councilmember Kathie Tovo’s proposed resolution to require only a simple majority of the Historic Landmark Commission to approve historic zoning over the wishes of the property owner. (Note: HLC approval is only the first step in the zoning change process.) This matter was time-sensitive and could not wait until the September meeting.

Minutes, August 15, 2017

Minutes from August 15, 2017 Clarksville CDC Monthly Meeting

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

Others present: Rose Gabriel (CCDC property manager)

1.     On a motion by BJ, seconded by Teri, the minutes from the June 20, 2017 monthly board meeting were approved. BJ suggested a clarification on item #2 regarding accounting expenses of the July 18, 2017 minutes. With that condition, they were passed on a motion by BJ and seconded by Teri. (Secretary’s Note: this clarification is has been made.)

2.     Rose presented Financial Report. Teri pointed out that the depreciation expense listed is not an actual CASH loss.

3.     Rose presented the Property management report. Three tenants are behind by $2,000-$3,000. The board discussed methods to resolve. The Board discussed lead and lead remediation and possible release documents. Discussed tenant behind on rent and how to resolve. The board also revisited a recent decision to not renew a tenant’s lease because of the board’s desire to return the property to the CCDC’s stock of affordable housing (due to the history of the property, the tenant of this particular unit had not been required to meet CCDC’s income qualifications.) On a motion by BJ, seconded by Teri, the board stood by their decision. The board agreed to extend the lease for 1011B Charlotte until December 2017.

4.     The board discussed Community Conversation Report #1: items discussed were the video, the discussion and the very large attendance and public participation. The board discussed a second CodeNEXT discussion at St. Luke Methodist in October and having John Henneberger speak.

5.     The board discussed the upcoming Ice Cream Social scheduled on August 27, 2017, scheduled:  3:00 pm-5:00pm. The board discussed balloons and prizes. (ed. note: rained out)

6.     There was no Other Business discussed.

7.     The board met in Executive session.

The board adjourned at 7:40 pm.

 

Action taken via Electronic Vote:

On July 25, 2017, the board voted not to renew the lease for 1708 B W. 10th Street. This matter was time-sensitive and could not wait until the August meeting.

 

Minutes, July 18, 2017

Minutes from the July 18, 2017 Monthly Board Meeting

Board members present: Aubrey Carter, BJ Friedman, Mary Reed, and Gregory Tran

No votes were taken at this meeting because we did not have a quorum.

1.    The minutes from June 20, 2017 meeting could not be approved. They will appear on next month’s agenda.

2.    Financial Report: We had a loss and several tenants are behind. Expenses included an expense for accounting fees of several thousand due to our annual audit. Had 2 vacancies last month and 2 where tenants didn’t pay rent. There was a loss of $763 for June due to $2,094 in accounting costs to pay for audit and form 990 filing. The checking balance is $1,987, savings balance $124,654.

The Finance Committee meeting did not take place because several members are out of town.

3.    Property Management Report: Two tenants are behind with rent. We did a make-ready at 1729B W 11th.  They moved in July 12th. The tenants came from the Salvation Army, and a local company donated a washer and dryer for the unit, and they delivered and installed them as well.

4.    Community conversation series: The 1st conversation is scheduled for July 26th Wednesday at St Luke. Mary and Aubrey will be going early to help prepare. Mary reported that we have secured speakers for Community Conversation #1. They are: Laura Morrison, former city council member; Mary Sanger, one of the founders of Community not Commodity; and Karen McGraw, architect and Planning Commission member. We are promoting with yard signs in the neighborhood and area. OWANA got 25 signs and we will put them up.  We passed out flyers door to door in Clarksville to promote the event. We also put up a new page on our website to promote the conversations.  Mary posted on Nextdoor and OWANA list serve and our email list.

The 2nd event, “Preserving Neighborhood Character, Adding Diversity, Managing Density” will be in late August or early September.   John Henneberger, housing expert and MacArthur fellow has already agreed to be a speaker at Community Conversation #2.  Mary will contact Mayor Pro Tem Tovo's office to find out if she will speak about the city's initiatives in the area of increasing neighborhood diversity and affordability at the event.  Mary also indicated that Community Conversation #3 would focus on using an LHD as a neighborhood preservation tool.

5.    Prospective date for the next Ice Cream Social will be August 27th.  BJ Friedman suggested adding a cookie contest.

6.    RuthAnn Brown could not attend the meeting so discussion of the Clarksville Block Party was postponed.

7.    Under Other Business, we agreed to invite OWANA to hold their Steering Committee meetings at the Haskell House.

8.    The Board did not meet in Executive Session.

Minutes, June 20, 2017

Minutes from the June 20, 2017 Clarksville CDC Meeting

Board members present: , Aubrey Carter, BJ Friedman, Malcolm Greenstein, Paula Hern, Mary Reed, Teri Taylor, and Gregory Tran.

Others present: Michael Coyne, Rose Gabriel, Dave Sullivan

1.     Minutes were approved for the Annual Meeting on April 18, 2017 and the April 18, 2017 monthly meeting. Malcolm moved approval and Aubrey seconded both motions.

2.     Teri Taylor, CCDC Treasurer, reported on the CCDC’s Financial Status. In May, we had a total income of $16,042.89 and expenses of $11,494.95 for a net balance of $4,547.94.

Teri discussed the annual audit. It looked good, with a few minor corrections. It was recommended that the Finance Committee take consistent notes for meetings outside regular board meetings. A debit card associated with CCDC was obtained so we do not have to reimburse board members for expenses. The auditor recommended reviewing debit card receipts to avoid unauthorized charges. Teri encouraged board members to carefully review monthly financial reports for oversight.

Taxes will be filed (990) now that the audit is completed.

3.     Rose Gabriel, CCDC Property Manager, reported on some issues with tenant’s bounced checks. Another tenant who was delinquent is now current on rent; Rose will wait about 6 months before renewing their lease to confirm their commitment to prompt rent payment.

1009A is still vacant as we continue to research the real date of construction of the house.

1729 just became vacant. It is being painted and repaired before rented. Tenants who moved bought a house.

3 potential applicants will be presented to the Tenant Selection Committee.

4.     Officer elections – Malcolm recommended that the current officers continue. Aubrey seconded. The motion was approved.

5.     Mary Reed reported that a large table and chairs were donated for the Haskell House. She recommended we move our meetings to the Haskell House. Wifi and a small refrigerator will be installed. Aubrey moved approval. Malcolm seconded the motion. The motion was approved. Next month’s meeting will be held there. A reminder will be sent before the next meeting to board members reminding them of the new location.

6.     Mary reported that the Bales House on Theresa Street will be torn down based on approval from the Historic Landmark Commission. The property was divided into 3 lots. Mary, Aubrey and Rosemary Merriam, Zoning Chair of OWANA met with the Joseph Group. They will build 2 large, 2 story modern houses with ADUs in the back. They also met with the folks who will build on the 3rd lot. It will be slightly less modern than the other 2.

7.     David Sullivan, who is a member of the Land Development Code Advisory Group and lives on Waterson, met with the board to discuss his perspective of the first draft of CodeNEXT, which is out for comments. Three additional drafts will be developed based on input. The final proposal will be voted on by Council in Spring 2018. He primarily discussed issues affecting Clarksville, such as permitting density bonuses to promote affordable housing.

The board had many questions such as how will the city enforce the requirements for affordable units, how will the code affect commercial properties?

Dave encouraged board members to speak with him individually about further questions. Comment periods are still open for some portions. Since CodeNEXT is so complicated, there are videos available on line that explain the process and drafts.

8.     Mary distributed a handout about CodeNEXT and explained it. She met with some other neighborhood people and Mary Sanger, who is very involved in the process to protect neighborhoods. She has organized a group called “Community Not Commodity”. She encourages us to write a response citing our concerns to present to the Council. Most neighborhoods have done this, but OWANA and we have not. Mary asked any board members who are interested in developing our response to assist her in writing our position. The board will then approve it before being sent to City Council.

We will have an informational meeting to educate the Clarksville community and gather their input at a later date.

9.     The meeting was adjourned at 7:55PM.

Minutes (Annual and Monthly Meetings), April 18, 2017

Minutes from the Annual Meeting                      

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

Others present: Rose Gabriel and Sonia Hoepfner

1.             Mary Reed, CCDC President, reported on the “State of the CCDC” Annual Report. (Report will be attached; waiting to receive electronic copy from Mary.)

2.             Teri Taylor, CCDC Treasurer, reported on the CCDC’s Financial Status. Teri’s report covered the CCDC’s fiscal year, which ended in September 2016. Our financial status is strong, showing total income of $174,417, total expenses of $164,418, resulting in a net annual surplus of $9,999.

Teri shared this interesting statistic: the average rent for a 1 bedroom house in Clarksville is $1450/month, as compared to the CCDC’s average rent for a 2 bedroom house is $950.

3.             Rose Gabriel, CCDC Property Manager, reported on the CCDC’s housing program. We are lucky to have very little tenant turnover. Over all, this has been a good year, and it’s shaping up to be even better. We soon will be adding the Alley Flat to our housing stock. It took 5 years from the time this idea was introduced to the CCDC to completion, but we will shortly see a new CCDC house ready for occupancy.

4.             Kim O’Brien, CCDC Secretary, acting as the Election Administrator, announced the results of the Board election. The four candidates on the ballot were elected to serve two-year terms. Aubrey Carter, BJ Friedman, Teri Thomas, and Gregory Tran—all previous board members—will serve until April 2019.

Kim reported that the membership drive brought in 51 members. Of those, 15 voted absentee. Another 9 voted in person prior to the meeting, bringing the total number of voters to 24, for a 47% voter turnout.

 

Minutes from the  Monthly Meeting

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

Others present: Rose Gabriel and Sonia Hoepfner

1.    On a motion by BJ, seconded by Malcolm, the minutes from the March 21, 2017 monthly board meeting were approved. (Corrections noted have been made in the official record.)

2.    In March we showed a net loss of $14,348. The loss is due to construction bills from the Alley Flat. We have spent the city’s grant money, and are now spending funds from our HomeBase loan. Because of repayments from loan sources, this month’s loss will be offset next month. Our checking balance shows a net loss of $1564, our savings balance is a robust $144,654.

The annual audit is underway.

There was no Finance Committee meeting this month.

3.    Rose gave the property management report. All but two tenants are current. Payment plans are in effect, and leases will not be renewed until tenants are current. 1009A Charlotte is still vacant; waiting to make contact with the person who donated the house to the CCDC in the 1980s, so that we will have proof as to when the house was built.

As a follow up to last month’s discussion, Rose stated that for filling future vacancies, she will submit applicants that she determines fit the property and the board’s requirements. She will have met with them in person prior to submitting them. She’s preparing a questionnaire for prospective tenants that will obtain all the information both she and the board needs. Her recommendations will be presented to the Tenant Selection Committee.

4.    The CCDC Alley Flat house, 1817B W. 10th Street, is complete. An Open House is scheduled for April 19, 5-7 p.m. City Councilmember Kathy Tovo will speak at 5:30. Snacks will be served. Everyone is welcome.

5.    Deteriorating conditions at the house located at W. 10th and Toyath were discussed. We have heard that the property was up for auction. Discussion concerned finding out if this was true. Regardless, there may be a need to file a complaint to the City regarding conditions.

6.    Kim brought up that there had been discussion about amending the current membership policy requiring annual membership. The board agreed that this is cumbersome, and also agreed that the bylaws do not specifically require this. After discussion, the board agreed to allow for membership to be “permanent.” There was recognition that there might be some technical/”paperwork” difficulties with this as we go forward, and agreed to revisit this policy as needed.

7.    The Clarksville Family FunFest will take place on Sunday, May 7, 1-5 p.m. Mary will email the volunteer schedule and other details to the board. Ruthann Brown will be selling her BBQ plates again, and the board will be serving chili, frito pies, ice cream and, popcorn. Thanks to Monica Wu and others, the silent auction looks to be a bit better this year. The entertainment will include some new performers, along with some past favorites.

8.    Under Other Business, Mary reported that we received a nice email from the new owners of the Mary Baylor house, 1607 W. 10th Street. Their renovation is progressing—they have the inside done, having saved the original floors and the shiplap walls. They now are working on the outside and hope to have all the siding up and house painted this summer. When it’s all done, they want to invite the board over for an Open House. The board agreed that it wonderful to see this historic house, which was slated for demolition, so lovingly restored. Everyone considers it a victory for Clarksville.

9.    The board did not meet in Executive Session.

Minutes, March 21, 2017

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

Others present: Rose Gabriel, Amanda Van Over

1.    On a motion by Malcolm, seconded by Paula, the minutes from the February 21, 2017 monthly board meeting were approved.

2.    Rose reported that we showed a loss in February of $6672 due to expenses related to the Alley Flat house. We have expended all of the City’s money. We ended the month with a checking balance of $2855 and a savings balance of $156,646. Large balance in savings is due to HomeBase loan money. We have not had to use any of that money because we have been able to cover all Alley Flat expenses with income on hand. Regarding the additional $50,000 that is available to us from HomeBase, we do not need it at this time.

We are in the process of our annual audit.

3.    Rose presented the property management report. A couple of tenants are behind, and she is working with them. One tenant has had a change in income status, which is creating trouble. His/her rent will likely be adjusted downward when the tenant requalifies.

1009A Charlotte will remain vacant for the near future. Rose is looking for proof that the house was built prior to 1978 in order to qualify for the City’s lead abatement program. The tax rolls show the house having been built in 1984, but this is when the house was donated to the CCDC and moved to its present location. She will contact the previous owner in hopes of obtaining documentation.

4.    The new CCDC house (Alley Flat) located at 1817B W. 10th Street is practically complete. There is a problem with the driveway that must be corrected, and the landscaping remains to be done. An Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, April 19 (Note: this is the correct date, but not the date discussed at the meeting.)

5.    Clarksville resident Amanda Van Over spoke to the board about Mary Baylor Clarksville Park. Amanda is a relatively new resident of Clarksville and is interested in seeing increased utilization of the park. Some of the things she mentioned were vintage games, and kickball and pickle ball leagues. Amanda and the board discussed the CCDC’s limited role in the city-owned park, as well as potential ideas for moving forward. One suggestion was that Amanda have a table at FunFest to gauge interest. We agreed to discuss this matter further as she gathers information.

6.    Kim reminded the board that of the upcoming membership drive and April board elections. Membership applications will be posted on the website, the bulletin boards at the Neighborhood Center and Fresh Plus, Sweet Home, and all residences in Clarksville. The election will take place on Tuesday, April 18, 5:30-6:30, at the Neighborhood Center. Four places are up for election. Current board members, Aubrey Carter, BJ Friedman, Teri Thomas, and Gregory Tran are running for another term. Others interested in running have until March 30 to notify Kim of their interest. Only members can serve on the board and/or vote in the election. Election results will be announced at the Annual Meeting that begins at 6:30 pm on April 18.

7.    Under Other Business, Chris discussed making changes to the way that the Tenant Selection Committee interviews prospective tenants. Rose has received feedback from persons interviewed that the current process is awkward. Members of the Tenant Selection Committee agree. Rose reported that the Guadalupe NDC board does not interview their prospective tenants, instead their director interviews and, based on objective criteria, makes his recommendation to the board. After discussion, the board directed Rose to develop a questionnaire to be used for all interviews and report back to the board. 

8.    The Board did not meet in Executive Session

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.

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.