7:00 p.m. Monday, November 19th
Southwest Church of Christ
8900 Manchaca Rd.
(Rear Entrance)


The City of Austin is about to begin work on safety improvements to the detention pond behind houses on Comburg Drive. The work will begin on Monday, November 12, but the first few days of work are generally preparatory in nature. The contractor will start off working Monday to Friday, but is authorized to work seven days a week, if necessary to complete the project on time. The project is expected to be completed in three to four months. The project team will be making a presentation about the project at our next meeting This is an opportunity to meet the project team and learn more about the project. In particular, staff is hoping to find out neighbors’ prefe1rences on the style of gate that will be built on Toulouse Drive. The gate will help prevent unauthorized cars and trucks from accessing the pond.


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The Vice President, Treasurer, and Delegate to ANC positions are up for election. The office of President is still vacant. If you or anyone you know is willing to serve in one of these capacities, please let it be known at the
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Greetings Neighbors,

I wanted to urge any of you who would like to take an active role in our neighborhood to please join us for our next meeting, Monday, November 19th. We will be going over a few important items that are currently affecting our neighborhood.

The first is the Comburg Dam construction, which you can read about in this newsletter for more information.  The city will be out to answer any and all of your questions, I would ask if you have any interest, to be please join us. 

The second is the role of President and Vice President that are up for grabs.  Think you might like to take on the role?  Please contact me, and I will be happy to answer any questions you have. 

And finally we have the annual Holiday Party coming up on December 17th.  We will hold this again at the church on Manchaca. Please feel free to bring your whole family.  A covered dish or dessert is certainly welcome, and COVNA will provide the drinks. 

We hope to see you all soon at the upcoming meeting on November 19th and the Holiday Party on December 17th.

Thank you!



The City of Austin will be making safety improvements to the detention pond located behind houses on Comburg Drive. The work will reinforce the structural integrity of the pond and is expected to take three to four months. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The contractor is authorized to work seven days a week, but is planning to work Monday to Friday to start off. Equipment and material will be stored at the pond. The work includes:

Installing turf reinforcement matting on the embankment to prevent erosion. The sod will be replaced afterwards.

Extending the existing concrete spillway.

Constructing short concrete walls to help control floodwaters.

Repairing the rock “rip rap” and placing new rip rap. Rip rap means a blanket of loose rocks that slows down floodwaters and absorbs some of their energy.

Building a new driveway for the site to improve access for maintenance vehicles. The driveway will be off of Toulouse Drive.

Installation of fencing, signage and a Flood Early Warning System gauge to monitor the level of the water in the pond.

The Comburg Regional Detention Pond was built in 1983 to help with flood control in the Slaughter Creek watershed. Due to the height of the embankment, the pond is officially classified as a dam. This project is part of an effort to modernize small dams throughout Austin and bring them into compliance with current City and State criteria.

From the city's CIP Year-End Report - Fiscal Year 2011:
The Comburg Dam Modernization project is located in the Slaughter Watershed near the intersection of Comburg Drive and Toulouse Drive. An access easement currently is being acquired through the eminent domain process, with construction scheduled to begin in the summer of 2012. This structure is considered a small but high hazard dam. The dam consists of an earthen embankment approximately eight feet tall with a concrete paved overflow spillway.

The goal of the project is to modify the dam to ensure the earthen embankment does not severely erode during an extreme rain event and cause the dam to fail, which could potentially impact 87 residences, 3 commercial buildings, and 13 roads.

The project will mainly consist of developing an access drive and providing “turf reinforced matting” over the entire embankment. This matting is designed to withstand high velocities without eroding. Upon installation, sod will be overlaid and the matting will not be visible.

Contact Information
Darryl Haba, Project Manager, Public Works Department - 512-974-7205

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Information from The Natural Gardener

•Plant vegetable plants. Lettuce, Mustard and other Greens, Peas, Spinach

•Plant herb plants. Cilantro, Dill, Fennel, Parsley and all perennial herbs such as Chives and Oregano

•Plant strawberries.

•Plant annual flower/ornamental seeds. Sweet Alyssum, Calendula, Centaurea, Coreopsis, Delphinium, Larkspur, Linaria, Nemesia, Poppy, Snapdragon, Sweet Pea, Johnny Jump-Up (Viola)

•Plant annual flower/ornamental plants. Dusty Miller, Flowering Kale and Cabbage, Nicotiana, Pansy, Snapdragon, Sweet Pea, etc.

•Plant perennial plants, trees, and shrubs. All of them!

•Plant ground covers and borders.

•Last chance to plant wildflower seeds!

•Overseed lawn with winter rye. Use "perennial rye" for that thin-bladed, slower-growing green winter lawn. It is not really perennial in Texas; it will die in the spring when the weather warms up.

•Plant cover crops on bare garden soil. Plant clovers, hairy vetch, Austrian winter peas, annual rye, or Elbon (cereal) rye, for example, to protect the soil from weed infestation, help prevent erosion, and to till in as organic matter before planting in the spring. Elbon rye should be tilled in before it gets a foot tall, or it will be too tough to till.

•Plant bulbs. Here are just a few types of bulbs that can naturalize here: Daffodils/Narcissus: Carbineer, Carlton, Ceylon, Delibes, Earlicheer, Fortune, Grand Primo, Ice Follies, Mount Hood, Paperwhites, Rustom Pasha; Hyacinthus orientalis var. albulus (French-Roman hyacinth); Ipheion uniflorum (blue starflowers); Lycoris squamigera (magic lily); Leucojum aestivum (summer snowflake); Muscari neglectum (a.k.a. M. racemosum or M. atlanticum); Zephyranthes candida (rain lily); and Zephyranthes drummondii (giant prairie lily)

•Divide perennials. Transplant or give away your divisions of: daylily, bearded iris, Shasta daisies, violets, wood ferns, and cannas.

•Spray turf and landscape weekly with seaweed solution as a winterizer.

•Prune out dead limbs from trees and shrubs before the leaves fall.

•Prune back chrysanthemums almost to the ground after blooming.


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