Austin Police Department's Officer Desiree Small gave an update on the status of the City's proposed noise ordinance. Noise complaints are difficult to process due to the somewhat lax operating procedures currently in place. A fourteen person committee has been formed composed of seven business owners and seven concerned residents and has been given an eight week deadline to draft a proposal. In the mean time says Officer Small, careful documentation is the best way to resolve a noise complaint in your favor. Interested neighbors may contact Officer Small at or Co-President Gary Penn at 452-3103 for more information.

An extensive beautification project will begin in the area around this time next year. Julie Strong, Renee Orr and Paulinda Lanham-Mackie from the City's Department of Public Works gave a joint presentation on the North Guadalupe Beautification Program. As well as a much needed smoothing out of Guadalupe between 24th and 38th streets the project will entail an new waterline and extensive aesthetic upgrades of the walk and bike lanes along the street. The City appears to be delivering on its plans to make the area more pedestrian friendly. It is unclear, observed some neighbors, if the project will make for a more bike friendly route to and from the University.

It was a full evening for the Association, but enthusiasm for the upcoming Homes Tours kept the meeting alive and interesting. Bob reminded everyone it was 2 weeks away and everything was in place.

Co-President Breeze adjourned the crowd amid smiles and high hopes.

-- Glen Coleman, Secretary

Pecan Press -- July, 2002 -- Page 5
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