Saturday, April 22nd
It is time again for the neighborhood-wide garage sale. COVNA will take care of advertising and placing signs around the neighborhood to draw in shoppers. Each household that wants to participate is responsible for conducting its own garage sale. Feel free to team up with friends and neighbors. The idea is to leverage the selling power of the neighborhood, increase the number of garage sale shoppers, and sell more stuff.
Advertise your garage sale on craigslist and note that there will be numerous others in the neighborhood. If everyone does this it should generate a lot of interest.
This year Easter Seals will be sending a truck to pick up any leftover items you would like to donate. To ensure pick-up call 512-833-5119 and provide your address. Otherwise leave your items where they can me seen from the road and label them “ES”.
Contact Paco Bertsch with questions - firstname.lastname@example.org
Having these meetings with city officials inside of our neighborhood is amazing and we want to thank our generous hosts, Hannah Wolniewitz and Tanya Wood, for opening their homes to us. Between the two meetings we were able to ask questions about everything from street repaving and traffic signals to long term plans for AISD and our neighborhood schools.
Per Ann Kitchen’s staff follow-up
(1) the traffic signal being planned for Westgate/Davis has unfortunately been pushed out because of a contractor shortage. That said, its proximity to Cowan has put it at top of the list for South Austin traffic signals along with Sunset Valley Elem and Akins HS. (2) As for repaving/repair work of our neighborhood roads, please call 311 to request the repair AND report the location (street and appr. street number) to email@example.com so we can better track follow-ups with city staff. (3) There is no update on plans for Davis between Westgate and Brodie. We will provide more information as it becomes available.
AISD & Cowan
There are boundary changes in the works for all of South Austin but there are many steps ahead of any of those changes taking place which include passing of the AISD Master Facility Plan (done 4/4/17), finalizing and approving a bond proposal (est. June 2017), city council approving bond for ballot (est. Aug 2017), a vote (Nov 2017), and if passed finalizing construction/remodel plans for South Austin schools. This process could take years. We will do our best to keep the neighborhood informed as things progress and encourage any parents that are not already members of the elementary school PTA do so to stay informed/engaged.
It’s not too late to pay your 2017 membership dues. Your annual voluntary membership fee of only $15 supports our mission
of advocacy for our neighborhood and our sense of neighborhood community. COVNA officers stay involved
in Austin neighborhood organizations such as Austin Neighborhood Council (ANC), South Austin Neighborhood
Alliance (SANA), Kitchen Cabinet meetings (Ann Kitchen’s, District 5 city council member advisory
group), and receive notices from the City of Austin that could affect Castlewood-Oak Valley residents.
COVNA holds formal meetings as needed to help solve problems.
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The City of Austin has entered the Public Review phase of CodeNEXT, which is the city’s initiative to rewrite our Land Development Code. The Land Development Code sets requirements for what, where, and how much can be built in Austin. You can view and comment on the Draft Code online and we encourage all of our neighbors to stay informed by attending one of the Open Houses and CodeTalks that are being held through out the city. Draft maps are scheduled to be released on April 18 at which point there will be another series of public input that begins. You can find more information at CodeNext and please feel free to reach out to Nelly, our ANC Representative with questions/concerns.