February 19, 2009 RRNA Meeting Highlights

Guest speakers included Chris Forbrich, District 1 Councilperson candidate, and representatives from the San Antonio Water System, who came to explain the recent sewer reconstruction work on Lindell.

Plans were made for the annual membership meeting of the RRNA, which will take place on Sunday, March 22. The nominations committee reported that neighbors Diane Briseno, Matt Wallace, Russ Smith, and Tammy Griswold have agreed to run for the two open board positions. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor.

The communications committee reported that an easily accessible copy of RRNA bylaws is now posted on the RRNA website.

Work on the community garden is progressing. The current project is constructing stone-walled raised beds, which will then be filled with soil. The goal is to be ready for a fall planting.

City archeologist Kay Hines is proceeding with plans to excavate the acequia area near the garden, with consultation by neighbor/archeologist Karen Stothert.

Money from leftover City bond issues has been distributed among the ten city council districts, and RRNA chair Richard Reed has communicated neighborhood infrastructure needs to Councilperson Cisneros. These include an electric speed sign on Mulberry, and a sidewalk between the bridge on Mulberry and St. Mary’s St. Cisneros is also proposing to resurface River Road.

John Larcade reported on the Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD)/Historic District committee plans. (Note: This committee is separate from the RRNA.) They recommend that the neighborhood apply to be a Historic District rather than a NCD, because this designation provides for better protection of the neighborhood character. The focus of the guidelines, which the neighborhood committee itself writes, would be on demolitions, scale of housing, setbacks, limits on impervious cover, and other aspects to retain the neighborhood’s “funky bungalow-type feel.” Minor items such as paint color, window type, etc. would NOT be included. Fifty-one percent of property owners must vote in agreement in order for a Historic District to be approved.

See you at the Annual Membership Meeting on Sunday, March 22, Lion’s Field, from 2-4 PM!

Anne Larme,
RRNA Secretary

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