HPNA Meeting Minutes – September 8, 2014

The September Hyde Park Neighborhood Association meeting was organized around our annual potluck dinner.  Neighbors from around the avenues cooked their specialties and shared a meal with each other.  Despite our differences at times, we were reminded that we are one community.

The meeting began with a rolling start around the potluck line as everyone mingled.  Lorre Weidlich began by presenting the official business agenda around 7:30 p.m. and announcements were the first order of business.

John Williams provided an update from the Nominating Committee regarding HPNA Steering Committee officers and members for the coming year.

Carol Welder reminded neighbors that October 7, from 7 – 9 p.m., is National Night Out in Austin—an annual event that allows neighborhoods and law enforcement to partner against crime.  The Austin Police Department provides information about the event.  During the event, neighbors are asked to turn on their porch lights, lock their doors and spend the evening outside with their neighbors, police officers, firefighters and EMS paramedics.

Pete Gilcrease spoke about the October Hyde Park Contact Team meeting to be held at the Trinity Church at Speedway and 40th on Monday, October 27 at 7 p.m.  The planned focus for its next meeting is neighborhood sidewalks.

The remainder of the meeting focused on our local District 9 candidates who are running for election to the 10-1 City Council this November.  Erin McGann, Kathie Tovo, and Chris Riley were present during the meeting.  Neighbors had an opportunity to hear Erin McGann’s thoughts and positions on issues important to Hyde Park.  Neighbors also had an extended opportunity to pose questions directly to candidates.  One consistent concern expressed during the open Q&A session was our missing and eroding sidewalk grid.

Following the meeting, neighbors had an opportunity to mingle and speak with City Council candidates, Austin mayoral candidate Steve Adler, and AISD trustee at large, Kendall Pace.

This year’s annual potluck was so popular that the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association will consider making this special event semi-annual.

–Submitted by Artie Gold & Adrian Skinner

HPNA Co-Secretaries