Monthly Archives: May 2009

April 16 RRNA Meeting Highlights

SAPD Officer Betty Cardona, our new neighborhood SAFFE officer, came to introduce herself and discuss her role and safety issues in our neighborhood.

The main topic of discussion was an April 14 meeting convened by District 1 Councilperson Cisneros to address flooding issues in our area of the city. Attendees included the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) staff and SARA District 2 representative Roberto Rodriguez, staff from the City of San Antonio and Bexar County, and RRNA representatives Larry DeMartino and Barbara Witte-Howell. DeMartino reported on the meeting content and recommendations of the RRNA Drainage Committee. These include:

  • A review of short and long-term Witte Museum projects to determine flooding implications for the River Road neighborhood
  • A request for a time schedule of current projects to alleviate flooding, by the cities of San Antonio and Alamo Heights, Bexar County, and SARA, that increase discharge into the San Antonio River above the neighborhood
  • A request for a time schedule and cost of projects to alleviate flooding in the River Road neighborhood.

The RRNA Drainage Committee calls for a moratorium on all projects until issues of neighborhood flooding are addressed. The board approved sending a memo summarizing meeting content and RRNA recommendations to appropriate government officials. [Note: A copy of this memo was emailed to the neighborhood 5/15/09.]

We also elected RRNA Officers and confirmed RRNA Committees. Elected by acclamation were: Richard Reed, Chair, Larry Clark, Vice-Chair, and Anne Larme, Secretary. Ed Piner will continue his appointment as Treasurer.

RRNA committees include:
Communications – Boothe-Meredith, Sullivan, Grover
Traffic and Sidewalks – Clark
Drainage – Reed, Witte-Howell, DeMartino, Sullivan, Schweers
History – Sibley, Larme
River Care – Clark, Augie Cortez, Russ Smith
Events – Brogan, Briseno
Yard Sale – Piner, Mimi Quintanilla, Griswold
By-Laws (special committee) – Sally Buchanan, DeMartino, Hector Gonzalez, Chris Green, Grover, Quintanilla

Neighborhood Affiliative Representatives:
Zoning Overlay (changed from NCD/Historic District) – John Larcade, chair
Kings Court – Bob Buchanan, DeMartino
River Oversight Committee – Reed
San Antonio Conservation Society – Witte-Howell

RRNA Annual Membership Meeting and Directors’ Meeting Highlights

RRNA Annual Membership Meeting and Directors’ Meeting – March 22 and 29

Twenty-five members and guests, along with the RRNA Board of Directors, attended the RRNA Annual Membership Meeting at Lions Field on March 22, 2009.

  • Guest speakers included District 1 City Council candidates Mary Alice Cisneros, Chris Forbrich, and Ruby Krebs, SAISD School Board candidate Ruben Cuero, and John Toohey, of ARTS San Antonio, who announced a July 4th concert at Sunken Gardens Theatre and requested our support.
  • Nefi Garza, of the San Antonio River Authority, gave an overview of flooding issues and discussed efforts to mitigate the potential for flooding in the River Road neighborhood, in coordination with Bexar County and the cities of San Antonio and Alamo Heights. One of the most viable solutions being explored is the construction of retention ponds.
  • Board elections were held. New RRNA board members, elected to three year terms, include Diane Briseno (River Rd.), Tammy Griswold (Woodlawn), and Matt Wallace (Trail). Outgoing board members Larry DeMartino, Nell Grover, and Mimi Quintanilla were commended for their service to the neighborhood.
  • A committee to review and update the RRNA bylaws was created, and will include Sally Buchanan, Larry DeMartino, Hector Gonzalez, Chris Green, Nell Grover, and Mimi Quintanilla.
  • Richard Reed, RRNA Chair, reported that in the past year, the RRNA successfully lobbied to get the Hike and Bike Trail located on Avenue B rather than through the neighborhood, and to get Avenue A designated as a bird sanctuary. He noted that we need to be vigilant about the effects of the Fort Sam Houston expansion on the neighborhood, particularly on traffic on Mulberry.
  • Updates for other RRNA initiatives were given, including the community garden, neighborhood history interviews, and the Upper Labor Acequia study and historical marker.

A short follow-up Annual Directors Meeting was held on March 29. Normally board officers are selected and committees are established at this meeting, but due to low attendance, these actions were deferred to the April Board meeting.