Open House Meetings to discuss a New Travis County Courthouse in the Upcoming Bond Election

Greetings Residents of Travis County, As you may be aware, on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, the Commissioners Court voted unanimously to place the Civil & Family Courts Complex on the November 3 ballot. The current Hemann Marion Sweatt Courthouse is 84 years old and no longer serves our county residents in an efficient and productive manner.

Several open house events have been planned to educate our community on the need, cost, location, and safety aspects of the new facility. Let me emphasize that Travis County is prohibited by state statue from advocating; therefore, these open house events are for sharing information and answering questions you may have about the new facility, so that you are better informed before November 3.

Attached is a flyer with the dates, times, and locations of the open house events. Please feel free to share this information as you deem appropriate and we look forward to seeing you at any of the events.
Beverly S. Silas
Travis County Civil & Family Courts Complex Project Team
512-374-4997 Office
512-925-7777 Cellular
CFCC_Open House Flyer

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Balcones Library Renovation Delayed. Open Date now in Feb.

Library Update: The Milwood Library is experiencing delays due to design and permitting set backs. They now plan to fully renovate both bathrooms to meet ADA requirements. The project is currently being quoted by a contractor and then we should start seeing some progress in the next month, according to the city. The finish date has now been pushed back to Feb.

We are in discussions with the City to keep the Pocket Library open longer to accommodate the inconvenience and they have agreed. It also sounds like due to our push for a Book Mobile, the City Council will be considering it in an Oct Council Meeting. If you feel passionate about it, show up and tell them. It would then take approx. 120 days for the mobile to arrive once it is approved and ordered. We will add info as we get it on our website.

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School Begins Mon, Aug 24th!

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Balcones Pool’s Last Day open is THIS Saturday, Aug 22!

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Bulk Collection begins in Milwood on Mon, Aug 24 at 6:30am

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Balcones Trail Community Meeting – Thurs, Aug 20 at 6:30pm

For quite a while now, MNA has been working with the City to resolve the incomplete trail project in Balcones Park that is meant to connect Balcones Park to North Walnut Creek with an Urban Trail, 6 to 8 foot concrete path. After many discussions, MNA believes the city has heard our concerns about the previous designs and plans to take a design presented to them by the neighborhoods. The City is seeking public input on the design of the portion of the trail south of Scribe Drive between Amherst Drive and the baseball field in the Balcones District Park.

Date: August 20, 2015, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Covenant United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 4410 Duval Road Austin, TX 78727

Overview of projects
The Northern Walnut Creek Trail Phase 1A project consists of the design and construction of 4,250 linear feet of new trail from Amherst Drive to the Mopac Trail currently being built by the Regional Turnpike Authority. This trail will consist of a 10′ wide concrete trail with 2′ shoulders. The trail will have retaining walls to maintain an acceptable slope, storm water facilities to accommodate existing drainage patterns and will have environmental protections to safeguard existing protected species and sensitive areas. The project is currently at 60% design.

Feel free to email us with any questions:

Segment 4 on this map will be the area covered mostly in this meeting from our understanding: NWalnutCreekTrailPhase1-A(1)
The neighborhoods are proposing this switch back on the trail in order to minimize the slope and the impact of the trail on the current terrain and layout of the park:TrailConcept3

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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.”

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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