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The Pemberton Journal

The Pemberton Journal O fficial Publication

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Pemberton Heights Neighborhood Association

Message from the

President

It has been an interesting five months here in Pemberton Heights. As many of you are aware, the PHNA had dwindled over the past few years and the board had become a virtual board. Recognizing the continued interest in the PHNA by our neighbors, a new set of bylaws was adopted and a spirited election came to be. Time will tell if it is an honor or a sacrifice that I was elected President, but as of now, I look forward to working with as many residents of Pemberton Heights as want to be involved in the association. The new board of directors of the PHNA has carefully structured a program of committees in hopes that residents can have input to the programs and issues that involve the PHNA. The new contact list here in this newsletter will allow you to direct your interests and concerns to the appropriate group for discussion and recommended action as may be necessary. It is the hope of the board of directors that this will give all of the residents of Pemberton Heights a voice and an opportunity to participate and be informed. In our recent survey, the comments received indicate that overall the security is a key issue. The ranking of the other items are as follows: • Transportation / Traffic, 68.1% • Land Use / Zoning, 63.7% • Neighborhood Design, 62.7%

March 2012, Vol VI, Issue III

Pemberton Heights

Neighborhood Newcomers Lunch Welcome to all the new neighbors in the Pemberton Heights area! Whether you have just moved to the area, or have been here a while, a group of neighbors would like to host a newcomers (and old timers) lunch each month. We are dedicated to introducing residents to our neighborhood and sharing the opportunity to meet and make new friends, whether you are brand new to the neighborhood, been here a few years ( like me) or are a third generation resident ( like Molly). WHERE AND WHEN:

The initial date is the second Wednesday of each month. At 11:45 at Russell’s at Kerby Lane. COST:

The only cost to join is the lunch you select from the menu. Each attendee will pay for their own meal by separate check. All neighbors are invited to attend and get to know each other. Your hosts in March will be Betty Trent, Tina Weinberger and Molly Dougherty. CONTACT:

Betty Trent at betty@austinarchplus.com if you would be interested in attending or just look for us at the table with a sign.

• Triangle Parks, 60.7% • MoPAC Improvements, 59.6% • PHNA Organization, 48.7% • Social Functions, 42.9% These and any other issues will be addressed at the committee level, so I encourage all of you to contact the committee responsible for your issue, and get involved. Fred Robinson, AIA President

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The Pemberton Journal PHNA CONTACT LIST GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

Traffic & Utilities, MoPAC Improvements, Zoning and Permits, Governmental Liaison

President Fred Robinson...........................pres@pembertonheights.org

SECURITY COMMITTEE

Security Issues and Reporting, Patrol Officers, Fund Raising, Block Captains

Vice President Jeff Minch......................................... jminch@littlefield.com

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE Web Site, Neighborhood Alerts, Pemberton Journal

Vice President Jeff Minch......................................... jminch@littlefield.com

ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE

Bylaws, Meeting Agenda and Minutes, Membership, Insurance, Elections

Secretary Laura Sharp.........................................laura@sharpfirm.com

FINANCE COMMITTEE

Accounting, Financial Statements, Cash Management, Dues

Treasurer Polly Swain..................................... bapswain@sbcglobal.net

SOCIAL COMMITTEE

Neighborhood Social Events, Triangle Fundraising and Improvements

At-Large Carl Williams................................. carl.reunion@yahoo.com

TRIANGLES ............................................... pres@pembertonheights.org

NEWSLETTER INFO NEWSLETTER EDITOR

Editor, Betty Trent............... betty@austinarchplus.com Fax...................................................................... 478-0920

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PHNA 2012 Balance Sheet

As of 1/31/2012 (Cash Basis) ASSETS________________________________________

Cash and Bank Accounts

PHNA OPERATIONS ACCOUNT_____________________ Bank Charges................................................................ $ Carriage Rides..................................................... (80.00) Dues Expense...................................................... (35.00) Election 2011........................................................ 45.99) Gail’s Triangle.................................................... 7,825.00 Insurance.......................................................... (709.00) Membership Dues............................................... (50.00) Miscellaneous...................................................... (24.00) Postal Expenses................................................... (31.00) Transfer............................................................. 1,847.00 Balance Forward............................................... 13,586.89

TOTAL PHNA OPERATIONS ACCOUNT... $22,183.90

PHNA PAYPAL ACCOUNT___________________________ Bank Charges................................................... $ (32.42) Dues Paid Thru 2012 Election............................... 80.00 Transfer........................................................... (5,822.00) Balance Forward................................................ 6,153.84

TOTAL PHNA PAYPAL ACCOUNT.................. $379.42

PHNA SAVINGS ACCOUNT Interest Income..................................................... $ 0.17 Withholding Tax................................................... (0.04) Balance Forward................................................ 2,003.07

TOTAL PHNA SAVINGS ACCOUNT........... $ 2,003.20

PHNA SECURITY ACCOUNT________________________ Bank Charges................................................................. $ Security Donation.............................................. 1,150.00 Security Patrol................................................ (2,310.00) Transfer............................................................. 3,975.00 Balance Forward............................................... 29,057.59

TOTAL PHNA SECURITY ACCOUNT........ $31,872.59

PHNA TRIANGLES FUND @ KAB____________________ Balance Forward............................................... 19,943.50 TOTAL PHNA TRIANGLES FUND @ KAB.$19,943.50 TOTAL Cash and Bank Accounts.................. $76,382.61 TOTAL ASSETS.............................................. 76,382.61 LIABILITIES & EQUITY_________________________ LIABILITIES EQUITY.......................................................... 76,382.61 TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY............... $76,382.61

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The Pemberton Journal Pemberton Heights Neighborhood Association Minutes from Board of Directors Meeting

January 16, 2012, 7:00 pm The meeting was held at 2501 North Lamar, Austin, Texas In attendance were the following board members: Laura Sharp Polly Swain Jeff Minch Carl Williams Fred Robinson PHNA members present were as follows: Tina Weinberger Sarah Anderson Molly Dougherty David Edwards Monnie Anderson Betty Trent The meeting was called to order by Fred Robinson. The election results were reviewed. A motion was made to accept the final recording of the ballots and to discard the election ballots by Jeff Minch, seconded by Polly Swain. The resolution was adopted, there were no dissents. The board then discussed the following selection of officers and positions for the board: Fred Robinson- President, Jeff Minch- Vice President, Laura Sharp- Secretary, Polly Swain- Treasurer, Carl Williams- at-large. The motion by Jeff Minch and second by Polly Swain to accept these designations of positions was unanimously decided. A discussion was held regarding the term limits. President is automatically one year and Vice President is automatically two years. The remainder were decided by drawing straws with the longest straw serving for two years. After Polly Swain drew the only long straw, Laura Sharp moved and Jeff Minch seconded the resolution for that Fred Robinson, Laura Sharp and Carl Williams would serve for one year and Jeff Minch and Polly Swain would serve for two years. The resolution carried unanimously.

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Next was a discussion about committees. Committees will add involvement by other PHNA members and are the appropriate way to brainstorm and offer suggestions to be brought up by agenda on future board meetings. A list of committees was proposed and after discussion and some alterations, the list of initial committees was determined. Each board member was assigned a committee to chair. The list along with contact numbers for each board member will be posted on the website and people taking the survey can volunteer through the survey or by calling the board member for the committee directly. Some committees are likely to have smaller numbers than others because of the nature of the committee. Other special interest committees may be created for things such as special projects. Then Jeff Minch moved and Laura Sharp seconded a motion that the list of committees and board members responsible for each committee as reflected in Ex. A to Ex. 4 of the resolutions be adopted. This passed unanimously. (Continued on Page 4) Copyright Š 2012 Peel, Inc.

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The Pemberton Journal Minutes from the Board Meeting- (Continued from Page 3)

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The next item discussed was a survey to be sent to all PHNA persons on the Listserv. The proposed questions were reviewed. There was some discussion to change the list of committees to mirror the committees determined by resolution number 4 above. There was further discussion that the number of persons that can answer without the program charging us is only 100 persons. Additional surveys may be posted in the future and this survey will be made available for 2 months and to new members. Betty Trent will provide information in the monthly news letter. A motion was made by Jeff Minch and seconded by Laura Sharp that the revised questionnaire be sent and, in addition, that an expenditure of up to $48 over a 2 month period could be made, if necessary, to increase the number of responses we may receive from 100 in order to see all responses. The motion carried unanimously. There being no further business, a motion to adjourn by Jeff Minch was seconded by Polly Swain and all members agreed. Meeting was adjourned. Exhibits will be made available on request to Laura Sharp at laura@ sharpfirm.com)

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It’s that time of the year again!

Time to consider replanting your garden. After last year’s brutal drought and heat, we in the central city saw many of our favorite plants fail to thrive. Below is a short list of performers who were able to take the heat and manage to survive with once a week watering. Consider some of these for your new garden this year, as we may be in for several years of extreme heat and low rainfall. Thanks to Jana Elliott, AnnMarie Olson and others for their additions. FLOWERING PLANTS • Lantana • Plumbago • Bird of Paradise • Greg’s Blue Mist-butterfly magnet • Knock Out Roses Note: There are “double” varieties and a new white “iceberg” color which is particularly lovely. • Antique Roses: Mutabilis Roses. Note: It’s an antique rose that does really well here. • They can take full sun, and change colors as the flowers age. • Old Blush is also a very reliable, and there is a climber variety. • Martha Gonzales is a small shrub rose that does very well in Austin.

• Blackfoot Daisy • Rosemary • Esperanza SHRUBS • Yaupons Note: Note: Will Fleming is a tall columnar variety if you wish a tall accent or hedge • Wax Myrtle Note: There are dwarf and standard types • Butterfly Iris • Bicolor Iris • Pittsaporum • Bridal Wreath (Spirea) Note: A lovely draping plant. It’s great for softening corners of houses, hiding trash cans etc. • Texas Sage Note: there is a green variety as well as the silvery one • Sages/Salvias Note: There are an amazing range of varieties including many color options: Salivia Gregii, Leucantha, Indigo Spires, Black and Blue and Mexican Bush Sage) • Sago Palms Note: If these freeze in a hard winter, just cut them back to the truck and leave them to regrow, you will be amazed (Continued on Page 8)

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The Pemberton Journal Water Pressure Updates The City is looking at improvements to be made to the water utility lines in Pemberton. The engineers are currently studying the water pressure levels and have identified the following streets that are being considered for an upgrade from 4” lines to 8” lines. The upgraded lines will be installed in the street right-of-way Range Street Cross Street 1 Cross Street 2 2400-2535..... Jarratt Avenue..............Windsor Road............ Etheridge Avenue 1308-1512..... Hardouin Avenue........Mccallum Dr.............. Harris Blvd 2503-2612..... Mccallum Drive..........Hardouin Ave............. Preston Ave 1400-1615..... Preston Avenue............Mccallum Dr.............. Jefferson St Harris Boulevard.........Westover Road........... Preston Street 1500-1617..... Westover Road............Harris Blvd................. Jefferson St 1300-1520..... Northwood Road........Wooldridge St............ Kerby Ln 1518-1902..... West 30th Street..........Kerby Ln.................... Funston St 3000-3220..... Funston Street.............West 30th St.............. West 33rd St 1500-1513..... West 32nd...................Street Harris Blvd....... Churchill Dr 2907-3008..... Oakhurst Avenue.........West 30th St.............. Belmont Pkwy 1100-1202..... Belmont Parkway........End............................ Oakhurst Ave 2421-2601..... Wooldridge Drive........Pemberton Pl............. Gaston Ave 1001-1205..... Gaston Avenue............Shoal Creek Blvd........ Wooldrige St 2700-2750..... Shoal Creek Bvd..........N. Lamar Blvd........... Gaston Avenue

It's that Time of Year Again! (Continued from Page 6) that the plant will look better, with new growth that is greener and happier than if you just cut back any brown and frozen fronds.) If you are interested in pursuing more information on gardening in Austin, The Austin Garden Club meets monthly, at the Austin Area Garden Center at the Zilker Botanical Garden. The meetings occur on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm. If you prefer a more specific garden club, check out the Austin Garden Club website: http://www.zilkergarden.org/aagc/clubs.html

Resident Survey

The new Pemberton board has posted a survey at the Survey Monkey website. The board invites all the residents in the Pemberton area to fill out the survey. You may indicate your interest in serving on a committee or simply post any concerns or comments about the neighborhood. Use this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey. com/s/7Q5QTDV

If you are experiencing low water pressure, please contact Rohini Kumarage at Public Works to let the engineers know: Pemberton Heights Water Improvements Phase III They may possibly add your street to the design and construction process. Design is expected to be complete in June. Construction may begin in 2013 with completion in 2013-2014

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The Pemberton Journal Unsecured Routers

by Betty Trent, AIA, LEED AP Every year more and more residents add wireless connectivity to their homes, whether for their laptops, IPads or other home control systems, but you need to be aware that your wireless footprint goes far beyond the walls in your home and into your neighbor’s property and the street. If you are using your IPhone as a GPS as you drive around Austin, you may be aware of just how often passing wireless networks can be detected. If your wireless is unsecured, you may be allowing a criminal to take advantage of your unsecured connection to conduct illegal activity using your wireless. Law enforcement agencies can come looking to you if illegal activity is detected using your wireless connection. You should verify that your wireless network is Password-protected. And you should verify you are not using a default password, criminals and hackers looking for access know the default passwords that come with wireless routers.

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The Pemberton Journal E-BOOKS ARE HERE The City of Austin Library system now has a selection of E-Books that can be checked out. Books are available for the Kindle, iPad, Nook and eReader. Books available run the gamut of Fiction, Best Sellers, and Non-Fiction including History, Biographies, Business and Health. Books are also available in Spanish You can contact the library at (512) 974-7400 or follow the link below: http://library.austintexas.gov/blog-entry/ebooks-are-here

Newsletter Article Submissions Interested in submitting an article? You can do so by emailing julieermisbriggs@gmail.com. All news must be received by the 7th of the month prior to the issue. So if you are involved with a school group, scouts, sports etc – please submit your articles for The Pemberton Journal. Personal news for the Stork Report, Teenage Job Seekers, special celebrations and military service are also welcome.

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