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.