Scam Alert – Security System/Salesperson Solicitor Scam & Free Windows in Milwood

Hi Neighbors. Please be aware that there is a young man or maybe several men working our area with a security scam. They try to gain entry by implying that they are with your security company and are to “upgrade” or “replace” your current system. They might or might not claim to have an appointment. Do NOT let them inside.

If you see them, please try to gather any details (description, license plate #, etc) if you can do so safely and then call 911 immediately and report them with any details you can provide on the direction that they are heading. The cops would like to have a word with them.

Some current details obtained by other neighbors are:
– License Plate # DBM 20##, Ford Focus, rented from Longhorn in Florida in June
– Man in his 30’s wearing white polo type shirt with kakhi shorts. No ID to share.
– Might be wearing a collared shirt or name badge that says Honeywell or Capital

Apparently this is a common scam: “The sales agents may state or imply that they are from your existing security company and that they’re there to “upgrade” or “replace” your current security system. Once inside your home, however, they may install a new security system and have you sign papers that include a costly contract for the monitoring service.” www.consumer.ftc.gov

Also if you have the time call ADT at 800-238-2727 as well. They are trying to track them.

During our Crime Prevention Training in May, it was advised that when you have a solicitor to not feel the need to open your door but DO let that person know that someone is home, whether that is you yelling through a window or door that you can’t open your door right now (“you are on your phone” or “have your hands full polishing your shotgun”) or turning on a light or making a loud noise inside. Anything.

The reason why is often times burglars will knock first to make sure the home is vacant as 9 out of 10 times they are looking for an easy, empty target.

If you have children that stay home alone please pass this information along and hopefully tell them to also have a cell phone in their hand when they are making themselves “heard” and which neighbors to run to in case of an emergency.

Remember to Remove All Valuables from your Car & Lock all Doors!

For more tips on staying safe and preventing crime click HERE

MNA was also notified that there might be an additional scam presented by two young guys, 20-ish, white, driving a Silver Honda of some sort, one stayed in the car the other guy was knocking on doors then moving the car as they went along offering free windows… The guys were working the neighborhood looking for a “sample” house to put free windows on? They were seen around Arrowwood & Pelham streets Wednesday and Sidereal on Tuesday.

Please be cautious in regards to these things and make sure you do your homework and see confirming paperwork before you even consider letting them into your house. If you are unsure at your door, 311 can be a helpful tool as they can often times give you the information you would need on requirements for vendors / solicitors going door to door and might also discourage the solicitor if they have ill intentions.

Also it never hurts to write down descriptions, license plates, etc just in case you should need them down the road.

If you have a bad feeling simply call 911 immediately and report them with any details you can provide and the direction that they are heading.

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Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) Meetings – Aug 17 & Sept 21

Accessory Dwelling Units Process Moving Forward

At the June 18 Council meeting, preliminary changes to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) regulations passed on first reading only. There are a range of potential ADU reforms moving forward, so Council Member Casar has proposed to break up pending issues over two meetings of the Planning and Neighborhoods Committee (PNC).

To process all of these issues, the Committee will consider half of them in August before second reading at Council, and then the other half in September before third reading. Though the public hearing has been closed at Council, public testimony will be welcomed at these two Committee meetings.

A draft schedule is included below. If there is an ADU issue or recommendation you would like include in this two-month process, please let our office know (District7@austintexas.gov). The ADU reforms under consideration involve multiple departments, and are not limited to land development code changes.

August 17 PNC Meeting (4 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall):
Short Term Rental (Type-I &Type-II Regulations)
City Financing/Loan Programs
Pre-Approved Designs
Parking Requirements

September 21 PNC Meeting (4 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall):
Lot Size Requirements & Structure Size Regulations
Affordability Requirements & Housing Preservation Incentives
Neighborhood Opt-In and Opt-out
Sub-Metering/Water Utility Issues

Please know that any feedback or comments can be sent to District7@austintexas.gov. We appreciate hearing neighborhood feedback on this important issue.
– Courtesy of Annie Boggs, Policy Aide for Council Member Leslie Pool, District 7

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A BIG Thank You to Ryan Lanier!

Milwood Neighborhood Association would like to say another HUGE Thank you to Ryan Lanier who for the last 10 years has been both President and First Lady for MNA. She, Dustin and the entire Lanier family have been a huge part of the success of MNA and the last 10+ years of 4th of July Parade and Picnics! Thank you for helping build this wonderful tradition for our neighborhood over the last decade! Thank you also for all of your work for the neighborhood and MNA!

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4th of July Parade & Picnic Pictures

The 4th of July Parade & Picnic pictures are Here. Courtesy of Tim McMullen.
Thank you all for joining us to celebrate this special day! It was a wonderful time with neighbors, good food, prizes and fun! Thank you to all the volunteers as well for without them this Annual event would not have been possible.

If we missed you, simply click here to renew your $15 yearly membership dues.

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Milwood Library Renovation Update

This Update came from the Director’s report.

Milwood Branch Library Renovation Project: On June 12th, the project’s design team submitted drawings detailing the required remodeling of the branch library’s restrooms to meet 2012 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines, and a response from the Quality Standards Management Division (QSMD) of the Public Works Department is expected on July 17th. The Library Department anticipates receiving approval from QSMD to proceed with securing a Job Order Contract (JOC) from the Contract Management Department for the renovation of this City of Austin facility. Sedimentation testing results have now been received by the Library Department, allowing restorative work to be carried out on the Water Quality Pond structure located beneath the Milwood Branch Library’s parking lot. Retrofit Voice/Data work is also being coordinated with the Communications Technology Management (CTM) Department at this time in order to upgrade CAT6 cabling inside the building and new cabling is now scheduled for installation throughout the month of July. Category 6 network cable, commonly referred to as Cat 6, is the recognized standard for cabling infrastructure, superseding Cat 5 by featuring more stringent, high performance specifications for crosstalk and system noise.

On June 23rd , the Austin City Council authorized the award, negotiation and execution of a 36-month contract with LAPTOPSANYTIME to provide a laptop and tablet distribution system for the Austin Public Library in an amount not to exceed $85,361, with two 12-month extension options in an amount not to exceed $7,437 each, for a total contract amount not to exceed $100,235. The contract is for the purchase of a laptop and tablet distribution kiosk system for use at the Milwood Branch Library, including maintenance and support. While the Milwood Branch Library is being renovated, the service model is being adapted to include providing customers with the use of a computing device via an automated self-service computer dispensing kiosk. The self-service kiosk will allow for circulation (loaning) of multiple types of computers as well as the running of various operating systems (Windows, Chrome OS, OS X, and IOS) to meet a variety of customer needs. Procurement procedures to acquire new furniture for the Milwood Branch Library were initiated this month so that the branch library will have a new inventory of various types of seating and seating areas. The reopening the Milwood Branch Library remains anticipated for December of 2015.

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How to Prevent Mosquitoes from Breeding and Collecting

The best way to get rid of mosquitoes is by attacking the problem at its root by not allowing them to breed. The one way to do that is to find and get rid of all standing water as well as their hiding places. Since water is a necessary resource in the mosquito’s breeding process then if you deprive the mosquitoes of water, they will be unable to breed and move on.
1. Empty, Drain, Cover EVERY little thing that can or may hold the smallest amount of water. Mosquitoes only need the tiniest amount of water to breed, ie a plastic bottle with condensed water pooled in it.
2. Maintain Swimming Pools with proper care. If you have a small blow-up pool, make sure it isn’t holding any water, even in a fold and store in a garage away from dew or condensation.
3. Repair and prevent all outside leaks. Any liquid pooled on the ground can attract mosquitoes.
4. Empty (and clean) water collection pans for plants and bird baths as often as possible, at least weekly or purchase mosquito dunks.
5. Mow your lawns weekly. Mosquitoes like to rest and hide in taller grass, so keep it short.
6. Eliminate or fill all nooks, crannies and holes. Patios or porches with small crevices or openings harbor mosquitoes and their eggs. Even holes in trees. Consider filling all these holes with sand.
7. Friendly reminders to neighbors about problem areas are appreciated, as long as they come with a Hi and a smile. After all this is a problem that crosses fence lines and streets, so we need to work together.

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4th of July Parade & Picnic, Sat. July 4th at 10am

Milwood NA & Walnut Crossing NA’s 12th Annual July 4th Parade & Picnic

We hope you can join us for the neighborhood’s Independence Day Parade & Picnic, which is always the neighborhood’s biggest event! A great time to socialize with neighbors, munch on some free burgers/hot dogs, pay dues, and win some great raffle prizes!

We can’t pull Milwood’s biggest event off without YOU!
Please let us know if you have a shade tent or canopy that we could borrow for the event or if you would like to donate or volunteer. We need you!

Parade & Picnic Schedule
9:30am: Gathering for Parade at Milwood Baptist Church (12217 Cassady Dr) All are welcome to walk in the parade & win the Spirit Contest – just show-up.
10:00am: Parade Begins & travels down Cabana Ln, left on Eton Ln, then into Park (map)
10:30am: Parade Ends at Balcones Park & Austin Civic Wind Ensemble (ACWE) Plays
11:00am: Lunch Begins (Burgers/Hot Dogs/Vegetarian Option)
12:15pm: Grand Prizes Announced

Remember to bring $15 for your membership yearly dues. Each current or paying dues member receives 1 Raffle Ticket which allows them to win any prize raffled including the Grand Prize! Additional Raffle Tickets can be purchased for $1 but are not eligible for the Grand Prizes.

Sponsors of our 12th Annual July 4th Parade & Picnic:
Covenant United Methodist Church
Milwood Baptist Church
Amplify Credit Union
H&H Design & Build, Inc
Textruss, Inc

Our Flyer Sponsor: Elevation Solar, Rick Zamora, ezamora@elevationsolar.com

Our Spirit Contest Sponsor: Kid’s Directory, Debbie Tye
2 Schlitterbahn Tickets
$25 gift card to Main Event
2 Jumpstreet Passes and 50% off coupons
4 golf games at Kiddie Acres + 25 riding tickets
10 passes at Mt. Playmore
2 sets of $5 at Amy’s Ice Cream

Details on the other 2 Additional Prizes will be posted soon

Raffle prizes : (Over $2,500 in prizes, check back often to see how the list grows!)
$75 Gift Card to Ashley’s Playhouse
1 Annual Family Membership to the Austin Aquarium
$15 Gift Card to Silver Grill Cafe
30 min. Massage from Gift of Serenity Massage (2 available)
a First Time Chiropractic Consultation, Examine and Adjustment by Structural Health
4 tickets to the Thinkery
1 year Premium Membership to Angie’s List (2 available)
$30 gift card to Alamo Drafthouse
1 year Go Local Card
$35 gift card to Painting with a Twist
a Gift Card for OrangeTheory Fitness
1 Fitness Package: exercise mat, water bottle, 2 free weeks of camp (6 sessions) from Austin Balcones Park Texas Fit Chicks Bootcamp
1 Driveway & Front Walk Pressure Washing from Extreme Pressure Washers
Dinner for Two from Chuys
1 Massage from Cen-Tex Senior Massage, LLC
2 Holiday Decorations from Twilight Faerie
2 Hours of Caregiver Services from Heavenly Caregivers
A Professional in-house teeth whitening from Aspire Dental ($400 value)
A Lego Mindstorms EV3 from National Instruments (NI) ($350 value)
$50 gift card to Walgreens
Canvas Bag & Water Bottle from Adelphi Acre

Thanks to Paul Labuda for the PA System & Texan Market for all the Ice!

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