COVNA Meeting


7:00 p.m. Monday, April 16th
Southwest Church of Christ
8900 Manchaca Rd. (Rear Entrance)

April Program Notes

At our next meeting, Dominic Chavez (our Vice President), will offer a resolution for COVNA to discuss and consider asking the city of Austin to immediately fund some of the more notorious intersections and roadways around our neighborhood. As he states, “Unfortunately, the city only listens to those who scream the loudest. Perhaps now is the time for COVNA to join the chorus.”

He adds, “Since moving to the neighborhood 3 years ago, I have watched some of our neighborhood roads get progressively worse. The intersection of Slaughter and Manchaca is constantly congested with near accidents and utter confusion. Davis Lane is in total disrepair and increasingly congested and dangerous, particularly at the intersection at Brodie Lane. Our area of town is growing fast, yet it appears the city of Austin is doing next to nothing to help accommodate that growth, particularly with respect to transportation. In fact, while we passed over one-half billion dollars in bonds last May, Public Works was not granted any money for new transportation improvements.”

4/18 - Paul Revere Day

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4/28 Administrative Professionals Day

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Make sure to vote May 12th

Floyd mentions an upcoming election inside. Remember that your vote carries the most weight in these “small” elections. Exercise your right and privilege and vote! To view a sample ballot click HERE.


Floyd Clark
Dominic Chavez
Vacant (please volunteer)
Hal Ferguson
Doug Tabony
Doug DuBois
Doug DuBois
President (282-8245)
Vice President (695-5457)
Treasurer (282-0601)
Newsletter (280-4080)
ANC Delegate (292-9323)
Past President (292-9323)

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with your name(s) to Doug at
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Monthly meetings are held on the
third Monday of the month.
January 15th
February 19th
March 19th
April 16th
May 21st
June Picnic TBA
September 17th
October 15th
November 19th
Dec Party TBA



Before our May meeting there will be another election. Please vote, however be sure to do your homework. I saw only one item on a sample ballot that might affect us. There is a proposed constitutional amendment that limits ad valorem taxes imposed by public schools.

Early voting: April 30 – May 8, at various places around Austin.
On Election Day, vote at the Southwest Church of Christ: May 12.

Many of us have received our membership roster, thanks to Doug Tabony and Hal Ferguson. If you have not got yours, please let Doug know (280-4080). Also, thanks to the members who delivered them.

Active participation by our members is very important to our organization. They are all volunteers and we seem to lean heavily on those who are willing to improve and secure our neighborhood. More members are needed to participate in COVNA. Don’t be shy, please let us know if you can help.

Our Meeting on April 16th will again feature transportation needs and problems. If you attend, you will hear some more about our problems and possible future plans involving our roadways.

Please come.

Floyd Clark

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We Still Need Help!!!

We need a volunteer to act as secretary.

The job only takes about two or three hours a month but is vital to the association.


Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR, we would save enough energy to light more than 2.5 million homes for a year and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of nearly 800,000 cars.

ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs:

Use at least 2/3 less energy than standard incandescent bulbs to provide the same amount of light, and last up to 10 times longer.

Save $30 or more in energy costs over each bulb’s lifetime.

Generate 70 percent less heat, so they’re safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling.

In addition to other quality requirements, must turn on instantly, produce no sound, and fall within a warm color range or be otherwise labeled as providing cooler color tones.

Are available in different sizes and shapes to fit in most fixtures, for indoors and outdoors.

Where to Use CFLs:

To get the most energy savings, replace bulbs where lights are on the most—family and living room, kitchen, dining room, and porch.

Some CFLs have trouble operating in enclosed fixtures. Check the CFL's packaging for any restrictions on use.

How to Choose the Right Light:

Matching the right CFL to the right kind of fixture helps ensure that it will perform properly and last a long time. Read the packaging to be sure that the type you choose works for the fixture you have in mind. For example, for recessed fixtures, it is better to use a 'reflector' CFL versus a standard-shaped bulb.

Choose the color that works best for you. For example, while most CFLs are created with warm colors for your home, you could choose a cooler color for task lighting.

To get a CFL with the right amount of light, choose one that offers the same lumen rating as the light you are replacing.

Saving energy prevents pollution

When you use less energy at home, you lessen greenhouse gas emissions in our atmosphere. Every CFL can prevent more than 450 pounds of emissions from a power plant over its lifetime.

You can save up to $4 on 2 bulbs and print your own coupon click HERE. Home Depot has coupons in store (last time I checked). Other providers - American Light, Breed and Company, The Hardware Store, Lights Fantastic, and The Light Bulb Shop - should also have coupons available.


Johnny G’s Butcher Block


Specializing in
Fresh Choice Beef, Pork, Sausage, Jerky
Wild Game Processing

Tanglewood Business Park
11600 Manchaca Rd. Ste H
Austin, TX 78748

Grover Swift
Jill Peevy Swift


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River City Pest Control

Barkley Garner
8704 Oak Ledge Dr, Austin TX 78748

Insect Control
Nuisance Animal Control


Garrison Keller’s radio program, Prairie Home Companion recently ran a spring poetry contest. They received over 2,000 entries and selected 15 to read on air. You can read all 15 winners by clicking HERE. This is the entry that won the grand prize drawing that my wife enjoyed.

"Spring Onions"
by Jack Dillard

A wild spring onion first appeared
last Tuesday in my lawn.
I cranked up my weed-whacker.
With one whack it was gone.

With no small satisfaction,
I then surveyed the yard.
To get it so immaculate,
I'd worked both long and hard.

The next day it was back again,
that wild and wispy weed.
I admired its persistence
and reluctance to concede.

But I refused to be outdone
by a pesky bulb with shoots.
I bent down and I yanked it out
with care to get its roots.

Before I could dispose of it,
the weed had grown right back.
That's it, I said, I've had enough.
I went on the attack.

I dug a hole where it had been,
two feet deep, three wide.
Then, I doused the dirt and grounds
with a potent herbicide.

It sprang up in another spot
so I got out the tiller.
I chased it all around the yard,
a serial weed-killer.

In the end I lost the fight.
Defeat was absolute.
The lawn that once was manicured
looked like war-torn Beirut.

I realized then I couldn't win.
No use to rant and rave
and when I die, I'll fertilize
spring onions on my grave.




Incidents in COVNA 11/1/06-3/31/07
Abandoned Vehicle -1
Assault by Contact Fam/Dating Violence - 1
Assault w/Injury-Fam/Date Violence - 3
Assist Other Police Agency - 1
Auto Theft - 1
Burglary of Residence - 2
Criminal Mischief - 1
Deceased Person - 1
Disturbance/Other - 1
DWL Suspended Sr - 1
Family Disturbance - 1
Forgery and Passing - 1
Found Controlled Substance - 1
Harassment - 1
Leaving Scene Crash/Accident - 1
Lost Property - 1
Theft Of Bicycle - 1

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