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[CALL TO ORDER]

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I'M GOING TO CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER.

UM, IT'S 6 0 2 BY MY WATCH.

I KNOW WE'RE EXPECTING A COUPLE OF BOARD MEMBERS STILL TO TUNE IN IN A LITTLE WHILE.

SO WE'RE GOING TO GET STARTED THOUGH.

AND, UM, I BELIEVE

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

WE'LL START WITH PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS.

SO, UH, BOARD MEMBER DECARLO AGREED TO HELP US OUT WITH A PROCEEDING? YES.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UM, LET'S WE'LL GO AHEAD AND START WITH THE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE CALLING IN.

I BELIEVE WE ALREADY HAD THEM ON THAT.

OH, OKAY.

SORRY.

THANK YOU TO CHEER AMERITAS.

WHEN DID YOU WILL CALL? UM, I DON'T HAVE ROLL CALL IN FRONT OF ME HERE.

OKAY.

UM, BOARD MEMBER TO PALMA ROSA BOARD MEMBER RINALDI.

SHE SAID SHE WAS GOING TO BE A FEW MINUTES LIKE A BOARD MEMBER TO CARLO PRESENT BOARD MEMBER, MORE PRESENT BOARD MEMBER FAUST ALSO IS GOING TO BE A FEW MINUTES LATE BOARD MEMBER HUFFMAN, A BOARD MEMBER BERNARD PRESENT.

OH, BOARD MEMBER FAST.

I SEE YOU.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

UM, BOARD MEMBER TAYLOR IS NOT GOING TO BE HERE THIS EVENING.

I AM PRESENT.

AND BOARD MEMBER LOUIS.

YEAH.

OKAY.

HAS EVERYBODY SIGNED THIS? EVERYONE THAT'S HERE.

OKAY.

I'M SORRY.

BACK TO CITIZEN COMMUNICATION.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SO WHY DON'T WE GO AHEAD AND START WITH LAURA.

SPRAGENS YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES, LAURA.

OKAY.

HI EVERYONE.

MY NAME IS LAURA SPRAGENS.

I'M A GARDENER AT THE FESTIVAL BEACH COMMUNITY GARDEN, AND I'M HERE TODAY TO ASK TO SUPPORT, PROTECTING HABITAT FOR FOXES THAT LIVE NEAR THE GARDEN.

UM, THERE'S ONE FEMALE GRAY BOX AND SHE HAS SEVERAL KIDS.

I'M ASKING HER CARD AND THE CITY TO PROTECT THIS HABITAT BY AUDITING THE PLAN TO CLEAR THE BOXES DEN DURING BREEDING SEASON, WHICH GOES INTO THE BALL AND SURVEY AND TAKE THE PROPERTY LINE BETWEEN THE GARDEN AND HATCHERY PARK.

THIS WOULD GIVE US ENOUGH TIME.

UM, I'M SPEAKING OF THE GARDENER TO BUILD A SUBSTITUTE HABITAT ON OUR SIDE OF THE FENCE.

UM, AND IT WOULD ALSO GIVE YOU ALL TIME TO CONSIDER PRESERVING HER SMALL THIN ON HATCHERY PARK AS A WILDLIFE URBAN EDUCATIONAL SPACE AND SANCTUARY.

UM, I THINK THAT WOULD BE LIKE THE BEST OPTION.

UH, GREAT BOXES POSE, NO DANGER TO COME AND TEXTS LIKE CATS AND DOGS, BUT ARE WELL KNOWN TO KEEP URBAN MICE AND ROSE POPULATIONS THAT DAY WITHOUT THE NEED FOR COSTLY AND DANGEROUS, YOU KNOW, ARTIFICIAL BOYFRIENDS AND TRAP.

UM, THE GREAT BOX HAS LIVED AT, YOU KNOW, IN THIS AREA FOR PROBABLY SEVERAL YEARS AND WE'VE DONE A GREAT JOB OF CONTROLLING THE PESTS IN OUR GARDEN AND THE TRACK THAT HER IN HER LEAVE AROUND.

AND THE COUPLE OF TIMES I'VE GOTTEN TO SEE HER AND HER PUPS IT'S REALLY, IT'S REALLY QUITE SPECIAL.

UM, SHE HAS LIKE A SMALL DEN IN A THICKET FORMED BY A DOWNTOWN CITY IN THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF HATCHERY PARK.

AND THAT TREE IS CURRENTLY BEHIND SOME TEMPORARY FIT, SAME THING WITH PR PART OF WHAT MAKES THIS BOX FEEL SAFE.

UM, AND OFTEN TALK THIS TYPICALLY BREED DURING THE SPRAIN AND POP DURING APRIL AND MAY AND THE FAMILY STAYS TOGETHER UNTIL THE FALL OR EARLY WINTER.

ONCE THE KIDS CAN SURVIVE ON THEIR OWN.

OUR FOX HAS BEEN SEEN RAISING KIDS AS LATE AS OCTOBER.

AND IF SOMETHING THREATENED TO DESTROY THE DEN OF THE MAMA FOX, WHEN SHE HAS YOUNG KIDS, IT CAN BE REALLY DIFFICULT FOR HER TO RELOCATE THEM IN TIME TO SAVE THEM ALL.

SO NOW'S THE TIME FOR OUR FOX.

IT'S THE MOST VULNERABLE AND ALSO THE MOST THREATENED WITH MORE AND MORE DEVELOPMENT HAPPENING ACROSS THE CITY.

IT'S IMPORTANT NOW MORE THAN EVER FOR US TO PRESERVE THE WILDLIFE AND OUR BEAUTIFUL CITY TO PROTECT THE BIODIVERSITY AND CONTINUE TO MAKE OUR PARTS AND OUR WILDLIFE, UM, AS WONDERFUL AS THEY HAVE BEEN.

SO WE'VE, UM, WE'VE ALSO LEARNED THAT FOR DEN COULD BE CLEARED AT ANY TIME.

AND I ASKED YOU TO HELP STOP THAT.

PLEASE WORK WITH US TO PAUSE THE PLAN CLEARING OF HER THICKET AND CONDUCT A PROPERTY LINE SURVEY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND HELP BUILD THAT HABITAT IN THE GARDEN.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

AND CAN I CONFIRM DOWN THERE, YOU'LL HAVE THE TIMER GOING FOR THE THREE MINUTES.

OKAY, PERFECT.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

SO NEXT UP WE HAVE CLAIRE KREBS.

HI.

HI.

CAN YOU ALL HEAR ME? YES.

GREAT.

UM, THANK YOU.

I'M CLAIRE KREBS.

I ALSO GARDEN ON CITY LAND AT THE FESTIVAL BEACH COMMUNITY GARDEN IN EAST AUSTIN.

IT'S JUST NORTH OF TOWN.

IT'S JUST EAST OF 35 AND IT'S CATTY-CORNER TO HATCHERY PARK.

UM, AND I'M CALLING TODAY TO TALK TO ABOUT THE HATCHERY PARK AND THE GARDEN LIKE LAURA, AND JUST SPECIFICALLY ASKS YOU TO ENGAGE WITH CITIZENS LIKE MYSELF AND LAURA AND OTHERS TO PROTECT THE BOXES THAT LIVE IN THIS AREA.

UM, THESE BOXES HAVE BROUGHT US GREAT JOY AND RODENT PAYROLLS TO

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OUR GARDEN AND OUR NEIGHBORS, BUT THEIR LAST REMAINING HABITAT, WHICH IS A SMALL TICKET ON HATCHERY PARK MIGHT BE DESTROYED ANY DAY NOW.

AND ALTHOUGH GARDENER'S LIKE MYSELF WANTS TO BUILD NEW FLUX HABITAT ON THE GARDEN PROPERTY, WE NEED PART IN THE CITY'S HELP TO ONE CAUSE PLANS TO DESTROY THAT THEY GET DURING BREEDING SEASON TWO, TO CLARIFY THE GARDEN'S PROPERTY LINE BOUNDARIES.

SO WE CAN BUILD MORE THICKET HABITAT AND THREE TO RECONSIDER THE PLANS FOR THE CURRENT TICKET.

I'M JUST GIVING YOU SOME BACKGROUND, THE CURRENT AND LAST REMAINING TICKET IN THE AREA THAT'S SUITABLE FOR FOXES IS ON A SLIVER OF HATCHERY PARK, WHICH IS CLOSEST TO THE GARDEN.

SO THICK.

IT IS APPROXIMATELY 50 FEET IN DIAMETER.

IT'S CENTERED ON A LARGE TREE AND ENCLOSED AND THAT TEMPORARY FENCING, UM, AND MISS THAT'S THE DENSE BRUSH.

AND, UM, AND THIS FENCING PROTECTS THE FOX FROM, UM, HUMAN ENTRY AND MAKING IT A REALLY UNIQUE HABITAT UNLIKE OTHERS.

AND, UM, WHILE THE SURROUNDING AREA HAS GENTRIFIED AND BUILT UP HALF-WAY PARK ITSELF HAS BEEN PROMISED BY EASEMENT TO THE CITY FOR USE AS A PARK.

BUT INSTEAD OF INCORPORATING THIS LAST TINY WILDLIFE HABITAT INTO PLOW PARK PLANS LIKE HAS BEEN DONE IN OTHER PARKS AROUND THE CITY, THE PLAN CURRENTLY IS TO REMOVE THE VALUABLE ECOSYSTEM AND REPLACE IT WITH THE EQUIVALENT OF AN ECOLOGICAL DESERT, LIKE BEAR GRASS AND A FEW SAPLING, UM, PRESERVING THAT THEY GET AS A WILD SPACE WOULD BE A HUNDRED PERCENT COMPATIBLE WITH THE FUNCTION OF THE PARK, THIS PARK SPECIFICALLY, AND LIKE PARKS ACROSS THE CITY.

THERE'S A BEEN A VOLUNTEER DESIGN TEAM THAT HAS ALREADY PROPOSED HOW THE TICKET COULD BE FENCED AS A SIMPLE EDUCATIONAL AREA THAT WOULD BENEFIT BOTH PARTS, VISITORS, AND WILDLIFE.

AND IT'S A VERY USED TO THINK IT SHOULDN'T BE DESTROYED DURING BREEDING SEASON, WHICH IS NOW, UH, WHEN THE FOSTERS WOULD HAVE THE MOST DIFFICULTY ESCAPING AND NOWHERE ELSE TO GO.

UM, SO AGAIN, I'M ASKING THE BOARD AND PART IN THE CITY TO ACT ONE, TO SUPPORT A PAUSE IN THE PLAN TO CLEAR THE FOX WAS DONE DURING THIS FALL AND SUMMER BREEDING SEASON NUMBER TWO, TO SURVEY AND STAKE THE PROPERTY LINE BETWEEN THE GARDEN HATCHERY PARK, WHICH IS CURRENTLY NOT CLEAR AND THREE TO SUPPORT INCREASING THE SPICKET HABITAT.

THESE ACTIONS WOULD ALLOW US GARDENERS TO WORK ON BUILDING SUBSTITUTE HABITAT NEXT TO THE CURRENT DEN ON GARDEN LAND.

IT WOULD GIVE THE COMMUNITY AND PARTS AND THE BOARDS AND THE CITY TIME TO CONSIDER PRESERVING THE SMALL DEN ON HATCHERY PARK AS A WILDLIFE AND AN URBAN EDUCATIONAL SPACE.

AND WHAT WE'RE ASKING ISN'T ABOUT STOPPING ANY NEARBY DEVELOPMENT OR PAUSING ANY PLANS FOR COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL SPACES.

UM, THIS ASK ACTUALLY ENHANCES ALL OF THAT.

SO I THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, UM, AND LISTENING TO US, AND I HOPE THAT YOU AGREE THAT WE SHOULDN'T SQUANDER THIS HARD TO REPLACE RESOURCE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UH, NEXT WE HAVE LAUREN LONEY GOOD EVENING WHERE THEY EMERGE AND YOU'LL HEAR ME.

PERFECT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TONIGHT.

AND MY NAME IS LAUREN LONEY.

I AM A RESIDENT IN AUSTIN, BUT I ALSO SERVE, AND I'M HERE TONIGHT AS THE TEXAS STATE DIRECTOR FOR THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES.

UM, I'M SPEAKING THAT EVENING IN SUPPORT OF THE FOLKS THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY HEARD.

AND THE OTHER OFTEN RESIDENTS AND COMMUNITY GARDENERS, WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE PLAN REDEVELOPMENT OF HATCHERY PARK AND THE IMPACT THAT THIS WOULD HAVE ON NOT ONLY THE GRAY BOXES LIVING IN THE TICKET, BUT ON THE ENTIRE WILDLIFE COMMUNITY.

UM, YOU'VE HEARD MORE DETAILS OF THIS FROM THE OTHER SPEAKERS, BUT MY HOPE TONIGHT IS TO, UM, NOT ONLY, UH, BRING AWARENESS ISSUE, BUT ALSO TO OFFER PARDON ME, RESOURCES FOR HOW TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE.

MOVING FORWARD.

THEY JUST US WORK WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TO CREATE WILD NEIGHBORS, COMMUNITIES WHERE HUMANE SOLUTIONS ARE GIVEN PRIORITY WHEN ADDRESSING CONFLICT BETWEEN PEOPLE AND WILDLIFE.

IN THIS CASE FOR DESERVING THAT THEY GET WITHIN HATCHERY PARK, WHICH WE KNOW IS POSSIBLE FROM DETAILED PLANS RENDERED AND SHARED BY VOLUNTEERS IS BOTH A VIABLE SOLUTION AND THE MOST HUMANE SOLUTION LEAVING TAX WILD HABITAT LIKE THIS TICKET WILL ONLY BENEFIT THE LARGER COMMUNITY OF HUMANS AND NON-HUMANS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

AND THERE CANNOT BE ANY DOUBT THAT THE FOXES, BIRDS AND OTHER ANIMALS LIKELY CALLING THIS TICKET HOME, PROVIDE MYRIAD ECOSYSTEM SERVICES TO THIS CITY.

HOWEVER, IF WE CAN'T SUCCEED IN PRESERVING THAT THEY GET, WE REQUEST, UH, LIKE I REQUEST LIKE THE OTHER TWO SPEAKERS.

THAT PART TAKES THAT TO DEAL WITH THIS SITUATION HUMANELY, UM, GIVING THE FOXES THE GREATEST CHANCE OF SURVIVAL.

THESE INCLUDE PAUSING ANY EFFORT TO DESTROY THE THICKET UNTIL THE END OF BREEDING AND KIT RAISING SEASON.

AND UNTIL THE FESTIVAL BEACH COMMUNITY GARDENERS THAT HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND THAT THEY COULD HABITAT ON THEIR SIDE OF THE FENCE.

AND SECOND, WHEN THE TIME COMES OR IF THE TIME COMES TO ENCOURAGE THESE BOXES TO RELOCATE THAT HUMANE METHODS ARE EMPLOYED FOR THAT, AND THAT CAN INCLUDE LOOSELY PACKING LEAVES OR MULCH IN THE DEN OPENING OR PLACING SHINY PARTY BALLOONS.

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IF YOU FEED OFF THE GROUND, SHUTS OUTSIDE THE DEN ENTRANCE TO ENCOURAGE THE BOXES TO MOVE THE HSUS HAS EXPERTS WITH DECADES OF EXPERIENCE ASSISTING IN SITUATIONS JUST LIKE THIS.

AND WE WOULD BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND EVEN HELP DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR HOW TO ENSURE THE HUMANE TREATMENT OF THIS FAMILY OF BOXES.

AND I'M ALSO WORKING WITH THE GARDENERS NOW TO SECURE THE FUNDING NEEDED TO PURCHASE THE PLANTS THAT WILL EXPAND THAT THEY GET ON THEIR SIDE OF THE FENCE.

SO PLEASE KNOW THAT THE GARDENERS AND THOSE OF US INVOLVED IN THIS SITUATION ARE ACTIVELY WORKING TO COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS THAT WE ARE COMING TO Y'ALL WITH ACTION TAKEN AND WITH RESOURCES IN MIND OF THIS IS REALLY AN OPPORTUNITY TO PUT OUR COMMUNITY VALUES OF WILDLIFE AND PROTECTING WILD SPACES INTO PRACTICE.

AND WE RESPECTFULLY REQUEST THAT THIS BOARD ENGAGE WITH US MOVING FORWARD TO ENSURE THAT THE BEST OUTCOME FOR BOTH THE FESTIVAL BEACH COMMUNITY GARDENERS AND THEIR WILD NEIGHBORS, UM, RESULTS FROM THIS REDEVELOPMENT EFFORTS.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

I APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

NEXT WE'LL START WITH THE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE HERE IN PERSON TO GIVE PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.

UM, FIRST WE'RE GOING TO START WITH BRIAN CASSIDY EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS BRIAN CASSIDY.

I'M THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE BRIDGES ON THE PARK CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, HOPPY GOD.

AND THE PRESIDENT OF OUR ASSOCIATION IS ALSO HERE WITH ME TONIGHT.

WE'RE HERE TO REQUEST THAT YOU PLACE AN ITEM ON A FUTURE AGENDA FOR DISCUSSION OF ISSUES RELATED TO THE BUTLER PIGEON PARK GOLF COURSE, BRIDGES ON THE PARK IS LOCATED DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE BUTLER PITCH AND PITCH AND PUTT FACILITY.

AND WHEN I SAY ACROSS THE STREET, I MEAN, IT IT'S A NARROW STREET.

LEE BARTON DRIVE IS NARROW.

IT'S PROBABLY LESS THAN A HUNDRED FEET BETWEEN THE PROPERTY LINES BETWEEN THE TWO FACILITIES.

AND THAT MEANS THAT WHATEVER HAPPENS THERE AND THAT CLOSE THE PROXIMITY IN THE BUTLER SIDE HAS, HAS THE POTENTIAL TO REALLY IMPACT THINGS ON, ON THE BRIDGES ON THE PARKSIDE.

AS YOU MAY RECALL, THE BUTTON, THE OPERATIONS OF THE BUTLER FACILITY WERE TRANSITIONED TO A NEW OPERATOR, UH, BACK IN 2019.

UH, THEY'VE KIND OF REINVESTED IN THE FACILITY, OPENED IT, UH, FOR BUSINESS IN APRIL OF THIS YEAR, OR EXCUSE ME, APRIL, 2021.

AND SINCE WE'VE BEEN, WE'VE HAD A SERIES OF INCREASING ISSUES KIND OF RELATED TO THE SCOPE OF OPERATIONS AT THE FACILITY.

ONE OF THE BIGGEST ISSUES IS AMPLIFIED SOUND IN LIVE MUSIC.

UH, BUTLER HAS BEEN HOSTING LIVE BANDS FOR A VARIETY OF EVENTS, AND RECENTLY BEGAN ADVERTISING FOR AND HOSTING LIVE MUSIC EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT, JUST LIKE IT WERE A BAR ON SIXTH STREET.

UM, WE'RE RELATED TO THAT AS THE HOLDING OF NON GOLF EVENTS AT THE FACILITY, WE'VE HAD AT LEAST TWO OCCASIONS AND PERHAPS MORE TO COME WHERE THE GOLF COURSE HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN ENTIRELY TO THE PUBLIC FOR FESTIVALS, UM, THAT WERE VENDORS COME AND SET UP BOOSTS AROUND THE COURSE AND PEOPLE CAN GO AND DRINK AND THERE'S LIVE MUSIC, OF COURSE, AND, AND, AND, UH, CIRCULATE AMONG THE COURSE, BUT IT'S CLOSE TO THE PUBLIC PEOPLE HAVE TO PURCHASE TICKETS TO GET THERE.

AND IT'S VERY DISRUPTIVE WHEN YOU HAVE THAT MANY VENDORS COMING IN AND DELIVERING THEIR EQUIPMENT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE DAY, LOADING IT OUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE PATRONS THAT COME AND GO DURING THE PROCESS.

AGAIN, LEE, BARTON'S A VERY, A VERY NARROW STREET.

IT'S A LOCAL ROAD.

IT'S NOT BUILT FOR THE CAPACITY FOR THAT KIND OF, UH, INFLOW AND, AND, AND FLUX OF ACTIVITY.

AND IT SHOULDN'T BE, YOU'VE GOT AUDITORIUM SHORES, NOT FAR AWAY.

YOU'VE GOT THE, THE LONG CENTER AND THE LAWN THERE, UH, WHICH WOULD BE PERFECT FOR EVENTS LIKE THAT.

ZILKER PARK IS, IS NOT VERY FAR AWAY.

SO IT'S, IT'S, IT'S INESCAPABLE TO US WHY WE'RE HAVING THOSE TYPE OF EVENTS AT A GOLF COURSE FACILITY.

WE LOVE IT AS A GOLF COURSE.

WE'RE NOT, IT'S NOT AS THRILLED WITH IT WITH THE OTHER THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING THERE.

UH, IN ADDITION OF A FOOD TRUCK WAS RECENTLY PLACED THERE.

AGAIN, WE DON'T NEED THAT.

THERE'S A, THERE'S A COMMERCIAL KITCHEN WITHIN THE STRUCTURE OF THE CLUBHOUSE THAT WAS THERE.

YOU REALLY DON'T NEED A FOOD TRUCK UNLESS YOU'RE SUPPORTING OTHER OPERATIONS BESIDES THE GOLF CARS.

UM, THERE'S OTHER STRUCTURAL ADDITIONS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE SOME VERY UNSIGHTLY, UH, LIGHTING THAT THAT'S HAVING.

SOME NEGATIVE IMPACTS, REALLY A LOT OF THINGS THAT ARE JUST HAVING, UM, THAT ARE NOT RELATED TO THE GOLF PURPOSE OF THAT FACILITY THAT ARE HAVING SOME REAL IMPACTS ON OUR COMMUNITY.

WE'VE NOT HAD ANY SUCCESS IN REALLY GETTING ANY RELIEF FROM THOSE.

SO WE'RE HOPING THAT BY COMING TO YOU, WE CAN GET AN ITEM ON THE AGENDA IN THE FUTURE SO THAT WE CAN AT LEAST HAVE THAT DISCUSSION, PRESENT MORE INFORMATION, UM, AND LET YOU ALL MAKE A DECISION, OR AT LEAST MAYBE PROVIDE SOME GUIDANCE AS TO WHAT SHOULD BE DONE WITH RESPECT TO OPERATING THAT FACILITY FOR GOLF PURPOSES.

SO, UH, WITH THAT, WE HOPE WE CAN DO THAT.

I ALSO WANT TO THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SERVICE.

Y'ALL ARE VOLUNTEERING YOUR TIME TO DO THIS STUFF AND TAKING CARE OF SOME OF OUR MOST TREASURED ASSETS.

SO THANK YOU FOR VOLUNTEERING YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, NEXT, WE HAVE SCOTT COP.

I'M GOING TO PUT A ORDER LEFT GUARD AT BARTON SPRINGS POOL.

AND I WANTED TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON OUR EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE A LIVABLE WAGE AND FAIR BENEFITS OR OUR WORK THAT IS VALUABLE TO THE PEOPLE OF AUSTIN.

I SPOKE

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TO THE CITY COUNCIL, UM, THURSDAY, AND THEY WERE CONSIDERING WAVING IN A $20 FEE OR A COURSE FEE, WHICH THEY DID.

HOWEVER, WHEN YOU TAKE SIGN UP FOR A BA LIFEGUARD, YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH 40 HOURS OF PAID TRAINING, WHICH IS EQUIVALENT TO $600 THAT YOU WOULD GET PAID.

IF YOU WENT TO ANOTHER JOB THAT HAS A SERIOUS DETRIMENT TO PEOPLE WANTING TO WORK FOR THE CITY OF BOSTON AS LIFE LIFEGUARDS, WHEN THEY CAN GO WORK AT JACK IN THE BOX AND GET TRAINED ON THE FRENCH FRY MACHINE AND GET PAID WHILE THEY DO THAT, YOU WANT TO GIVE A $600 COME WORK FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

IT WILL COST YOU $600 OF TRAINING.

WHEN I WAS THERE AT CITY HALL, IT WAS A LIFEGUARD WHO WORKED 10 YEARS AGO.

HE WAS HOLDING HIS BABY ABOUT TWO OR THREE MONTHS WHEN HE WAS TESTIFYING ABOUT, HE APPLIED THIS YEAR TO BE A LIFEGUARD AND HE STARTED TRAINING.

THEN HE GOT A CALL FROM AQUATIC SAYING, YOU WILL NOT CONTINUE YOUR TRAINING.

NOW, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT PERSON DID 10 YEARS AGO TO BE PUT ON A, DO NOT HIRED LIST, COMPLETELY UNETHICAL BY THE HRD, BY OUR AQUATICS.

AND IF HE APPEALS, HE WILL GET THAT OVERTURNED.

BUT WHATEVER HE DID IS NOT AS PROFESSIONALLY INEPT, AS HARMFUL TO THE PEOPLE OF AUSTIN, AS NOT SEEING A LIFEGUARD SHORTAGE COMING A YEAR AGO, HAVING AN ENTIRE YEAR TO PLAN, COME UP WITH A SOLUTION AND IMPLEMENT THAT SOLUTION.

THIS IS PROFESSIONAL AND APTITUDE, NOT SOMEBODY WHO WAS A LIFEGUARD 10, 10 YEARS AGO, AND NOW CAN'T GET HIRED BACK.

YOU WANT INEPTITUDE.

YOU WANT TO HOLD SOMEBODY RESPONSIBLE.

IT'S UPPER MANAGEMENT WHO HAD A YEAR AND FAILED.

HALF THE POOLS ARE NOT GOING TO OPEN ON JUNE ON JUNE 6TH, AS THEY SHOULD.

THE PEOPLE OF AUSTIN ARE UPSET MORE THAN 600 HAVE SIGNED OPERATIVE MOTION TO OPEN THE POLLS TO PAY US $22 AN HOUR, BUT IT IS NOT HAPPENING.

AND SOMEBODY'S NOT LIFEGUARDS NEED TO BE HELD RESPONSIBLE.

NOW I HAVE FAITH IN THE PEOPLE OF AUSTIN.

I HAVE FAITH IN THE CITY COUNCIL.

I BELIEVE THEY WILL DO THE RIGHT THING IN THE NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET AND GIVE US $22 AN HOUR.

BUT THIS SUMMER, THIS SUMMER PEOPLE WILL SUFFER.

NOW.

I TRIED TO GET A MEETING WITH DIRECTOR MCNEELY ON APRIL 4TH, WE EMAILED HER AND SHE SAID SHE WAS TOO BUSY TO MEET WITH US AND WOULD REMAIN TOO BUSY FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.

IT IS NOW MAY 23RD.

WE HAVE NOT HEARD BACK.

OUR SUGGESTIONS ARE VALID.

WE WERE TOLD BY A CITY COUNCIL MEMBER, WE WERE THE BEST PREPARED NONPROFESSIONAL LOBBYISTS.

THEY HAVE SEEN IF THEY TOOK OUR IDEAS, THE LIFEGUARD SHORTAGE WOULD BE OVER.

THE POOLS WOULD BE FULLY OPEN.

IT WOULDN'T BE A GREAT SUMMER FOR THE PEOPLE OF AUSTIN.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS.

I'D LIKE TO ADDRESS THAT LAST COMMENT.

I NEED YOU TO KNOW THAT MR. CAVA AND SOME OTHER LIFEGUARDS DID ASK FOR A MEETING.

AND WE WERE IN THE PROCESS OF SCHEDULING THAT WHEN MY GRANDMOTHER, WHO IS 98 YEARS OLD LIVES IN FLORIDA OF WHOM I AM, HER MEDICAL SURROGATE FELL AND BROKE HER HIP.

AND I HAVE BEEN ON FMLA AND OUT OF TOWN IN FLORIDA, CARING FOR HER.

SO IT WAS NOT AN INTENTIONAL REASON FOR ME NOT BEING ABLE TO MEET WITH THEM.

IT WAS A VALID MEDICAL REASON FOR ME TO BE OUT OF TOWN OF WHICH SO, YOU KNOW, I WORKED PART OF THAT TIME REMOTELY AS I COULD.

SO I JUST NEED YOU TO KNOW THIS WAS NOT A REFUSAL TO MEET WITH THE LIFEGUARDS.

IT WAS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.

OKAY.

NEXT UP WE HAVE MALCOLM YATES.

MY NAME IS MALCOLM YATES.

I'M THE CHAIR OF THE EAST RIVERSIDE OLTORF COMBINED NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING AREA CONTACT TEAM.

I WOULD LIKE TO UPDATE THE PARKS BOARD ON SEVERAL PROJECTS IN THE IRAQ AREA THAT WE WOULD LIKE THE PARKS BOARD TO SUPPORT.

NEXT SLIDE.

THIS FIRST PROJECT IS A GREEN BELT IN THE BURLESON HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD.

THIS SLIDE IS A DETAIL OF THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP FROM 2006, SHOWING THE FUTURE GREEN BELT.

NEXT SLIDE.

THIS SLIDE IS PAGE 44 FROM THE IRAQ PLAN FROM 2006, SHOWING THAT THE IRAQ COMMUNITY SUPPORTS THE GOAL OF A GREEN BELT FOR THESE PROPERTIES.

THE NEXT SLIDE, THIS SLIDE SHOWS THAT THE PROPOSED GREEN BELT IS IN AN AREA DESIGNATED BY THE PARKS DEPARTMENT AS A PARKLAND DEFICIENT AREA.

NEXT SLIDE.

THIS IS A MAP OF THE ATLAS 14 FLOOD PLAIN FOR THE VACANT PROPERTIES ALONG PRINCETON AND DOUGLAS STREETS.

THAT IRAQ WANTS

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TO TURN INTO A GREEN BELT.

THERE ARE 17 PROPERTIES THAT HAVE AT LEAST 75% OF THEIR AREA IN THE FLOODPLAIN.

NEXT SLIDE.

THIS SLIDE SHOWS THE TRAVIS CENTRAL APPRAISAL DISTRICT MARKET VALUE FOR ONE OF THESE PROPERTIES.

EACH PROPERTY IS APPROXIMATELY 0.2595 ACRE.

THE TOTAL AREA OF THESE PROPERTIES IS ABOUT 4.4 ACRES.

THE TK 2022 APPRAISAL FOR THESE FLOODPLAIN PROPERTIES IS $17,500 EACH LAST YEAR.

THE APPRAISAL FOR THESE PROPERTIES WAS ONLY $6,000.

EACH THE TOTAL MARKET VALUE OF THE 17 PROPERTIES NOW IS $297,500.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS SLIDE SHOWS THE AVAILABLE PARKLAND DEDICATION FEES FOR FOUR DEVELOPMENTS IN PARKLAND PLANNING AREA 12, THE FIRST PROPERTY ON THE LIST, MARIPOSA FLATS PAID OVER $89,000 IN OCTOBER OF 2017.

THE PARKLAND DEDICATION FEE ORDINANCE STATES THAT IF THE PARKLAND DEDICATION FUNDS ARE NOT SPENT WITHIN FIVE YEARS, THEY WILL BE RETURNED TO THE DEVELOPER.

THE TOTAL FEES FOR THESE POOR DEVELOPMENTS IS $404,000.

THIS AMOUNT SHOULD BE MORE THAN ENOUGH TO PURCHASE THESE PROPERTIES FOR A GREENBELT.

NEXT SLIDE.

THIS PRESENTATION HAS DEMONSTRATED THAT THERE IS THE NEED, THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND THE FUNDS AVAILABLE TO CREATE THIS GREENBELT.

THE ROCK CONTACT TEAM IS REQUESTING THAT THE PARKS BOARD APPROVE A COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDA ITEM REQUEST.

THAT IS THE FIRST STEP TO DIRECT THE PARKS DEPARTMENT TO PURCHASE THESE PROPERTIES WITH AVAILABLE PARKLAND, DEDICATION FEES, AND WATERSHED PROTECTION FUNDS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE ON THE PARKS BOARD.

I WILL RETURN NEXT MONTH TO TELL YOU ABOUT OUR NEXT PROJECT.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, NEXT WE HAVE SHARON BLIGHTS EATING THE PARKS BOARD MEMBERS.

UM, I LIVE, UH, IN NORTHWEST AUSTIN, UH, IN THE MOUNTAIN NEIGHBORHOOD.

WE HAVE A LITTLE PARK THERE CALLED MOUNTAIN VIEW PARK.

THEN IT'S LACKING ANY MAINTENANCE RIGHT NOW.

THEY'VE KIND OF FORGOTTEN THE MAUI.

THE RESTROOMS ARE FILTHY.

I KNOW THEY GO OUT THERE, UH, AND SAY, OH, WE CLEANED THEM.

BUT ALL THEY DO IS SHOW SOME, SOME SOAP AND THE TOILET AND, AND THIS LEAVE.

IT'S JUST GETTING NASTY IN THOSE RESTROOMS. AND, UM, THEY NEED TO MOW IT.

THEY NEED TO REPLACE, UH, UH, WINDSCREENS ON THE TENNIS COURT.

THEY NEED TO RESURFACE A TENNIS COURT OUT THERE AT OUR PARK.

IT WAS RUN BY THE MUD PERFECTLY BEAUTIFULLY FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS, THE CITY TOOK IT OVER AND IT'S JUST GONE DOWNHILL.

SINCE THE OTHER THING IS I FOUND OUT THAT, UH, THE PARKS DEPARTMENT WITH THEIR FORESTRY HAS, HAVE, HAVE OBLIGATED THEMSELVES TO PLANT.

I BELIEVE IT WAS 29 OR 39 TREES IN NORTHWEST BALCONIES PARK, WHICH IS ABOUT THE SIZE OF OUR PARK AND, AND HAVE FORESTRY PART FORESTRY, WATER THEM FOR THREE YEARS, A GROUP OF CITIZENS AND I WITH THE PARKS APPROVAL PLANTED 15 TREES OVER AT OUR MOUNTAIN PARK WATERED.

AND WE WERE SUPPOSED TO WATER HIM FOR THREE YEARS, WHICH WE DID WHEN WE, UH, FINISHED OUR OBLIGATION FOR THREE YEARS, WATERING, UM, PAR JUST QUIT WATERING THE PARK.

SO WE'VE LOST STRAY OF THOSE 15 TREES WE PLANTED.

UM, SO I'M ASKING IF WE COULD HAVE MAYBE THREE MORE TREES DONATED TO US TO PLANT AND OUR PARK TO REPLACE THE THREE THAT HAVE DIED FOR LACK OF WATER.

AND THAT LITTLE PARK JUST NEEDS A LOT MORE ATTENTION THAN WHAT IT'S BEEN GETTING BY THE PARKS DEPARTMENT IN I'D APPRECIATE ANY HELP OUT THERE TO RESTORE OUR BEAUTIFUL LITTLE PARK THAT IS USED EXTENSIVELY BY OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, UM, FOR ALL KINDS OF ACTIVITIES.

UM, SO PLEASE PARKS DEPARTMENT, LET'S GET ON IT AND GET OUR LITTLE PART STRAIGHTENED UP.

THANKS.

THANK YOU.

NEXT.

WE HAVE ZACH JURA, SIR.

SORRY, SAY THAT AGAIN, JURASSIC.

OKAY.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

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HI GUYS.

MY NAME'S ZACH DRASTIC.

UM, I AM OWNER OF A COMPANY CALLED GLOW ROW.

WE ARE THE ONLY NIGHTTIME ONLY GLASS BOTTOM KAYAK AGENCY THAT IS COASTGUARD AND TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE ENDORSED AND COMPLIANT IN THE STATE OF TEXAS.

WE HAVE CURRENTLY SEVEN LOCATIONS ALONG THE TEXAS COAST, AND THERE ARE PAMPHLETS IN FRONT OF YOU GUYS THAT SHOW A LITTLE SHOWCASE OF WHAT WE ACTUALLY ARE FROM OUR UNDERSTANDING.

THE CITY OF AUSTIN, UH, CURRENTLY HAS NO CONCESSIONS FOR LADY BIRD LAKE OR ANYONE UNDER OPERATION AT NIGHTTIME FOR, UH, NIGHTTIME USAGE ON THE WATER.

AND WHAT I'M PROPOSING AND REQUESTING IS USAGE OF THE PARK FACILITY AFTER HOURS.

UH, WE DO CURRENTLY WORK WITH THE CORPUS CHRISTI PARKS BOARD, AND WE HAVE SPECIAL PROVISIONING.

YOU CAN SEE INSIDE OF THE PAMPHLET THAT'S IN FRONT OF YOU IS A COPY OF OUR PARKING PERMIT FOR THE PARKS BOARD OVER THERE.

THAT WAS ONE OF THEIR SPECIAL REQUESTS.

SO THE, THE MAIN REASON WHY IS, UH, WE'RE HERE IS, UH, TO HOPEFULLY BRING THIS THING TO AUSTIN.

IT IS, UH, THE NEW UP-AND-COMING NIGHTTIME ACTIVITY.

IT'S SOMETHING ACTIVE TO DO.

UM, THE REASON WHY WE DID SOMETHING LIKE THIS IS IT'S A WELLNESS ACTIVITY THAT CAN GET PEOPLE ACTIVE AT NIGHT, INSTEAD OF GOING OUT TO A BAR I'M SITTING THERE AND JUST DRINKING.

UM, IT'S A, IT'S A LITTLE BIT MORE HEALTHY, SO THAT'S, UH, THAT'S ONE OF THE BIG ASPECTS OF IT.

THE OTHER THING IS WE ARE A COMPLETELY ENVIRONMENTAL, UH, WE DO A HISTORY ON THE WHOLE AREA, AS WELL AS THE AQUATIC NIGHTLIFE.

SO I'M HOPING TO, UH, GET SOME CONSIDERATION FOR NIGHTTIME USAGE IN THE FUTURE.

THANK YOU GUYS.

THANK YOU.

NEXT.

WE HAVE KEVIN READINESS.

HELLO.

I'M KEVIN ARRHENIUS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE AUSTIN ROWING CLUB.

WANTED TO GIVE YOU A COUPLE OF UPDATES FIRST THOUGH, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE PARKS BOARD AND PARKS LEADERSHIP FOR THEIR SUPPORT IN OUR RELOCATION TO THE YOUTH HOSTEL.

UH, YOU MAY KNOW WE HAD A COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MEETING.

THANK YOU, RICARDO, FOR HOSTING THAT YOU SEE HERE, I THINK YEP.

UH, WITH, UH, PART ATP AND WE HAD 154 ATTENDEES.

PEOPLE ARE VERY ENGAGED AND EXCITED ABOUT WHAT THE FUTURE WILL BE FOR THE BOATHOUSE AND FOR THE AUSTIN ROWING CLUBS.

SO I THINK WE'RE GOING TO GET A WEALTH OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND INPUT AS WE START THE PROCESS AND PARTNERSHIP WITH PARTS.

SO THANK YOU FOR THAT.

UH, SPEAKING OF PARK, WHICH IS WHY I'M HERE PART, SUMMER CAMPS.

SO WE JUST, UH, BOOKED 26 OUT OF THE 32 AVAILABLE DATES WITH PARK REC CENTERS.

AND THAT'S OVER 500 CAMPERS THAT EARNING INCOME TO THE BOATHOUSE HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME ON THE LAKE, ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF LADY BIRD LAKE, GET OUTDOORS, HAVE SOME EXERCISE.

AND THAT, OF COURSE, IT'S ALL AT NO COST TO THE KIDS OR TO THE PARKS DEPARTMENT.

AND WE'VE BEEN DOING THAT FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.

WELL, PRE COVID NOW WE'RE POST COVID, HOPEFULLY.

SO WE'RE ABLE TO RESTART THAT PROGRAM.

AND SO WE'RE PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT HAVING THAT BACK IN PLACE THIS YEAR FOR THE PARK KIDS.

UM, WE'VE ALSO BEEN ABLE TO RESTART PROJECT ENGAGE, WHICH IS A PROGRAM KIND OF A WORK PROGRAM, OUTDOOR PROGRAM FOR JUVENILE OFFENDERS AS PART OF THEIR REHABILITATION PROGRAMMING.

AND AGAIN, WE WORKED WITH THEM FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS WITH, TO PUT IT ON PAUSE BECAUSE OF COVID.

SO WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO RESTART THAT ACTIVITY.

AND THEN I MENTIONED LAST TIME WE HAD OUR FITNESS FESTIVAL, APRIL 16TH, WHICH WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS I'M EXCITED ABOUT IS THAT OUTDOOR AFRO AND THEN PHOENIX OR THE PHOENIX, WHICH IS A SOBRIETY REHAB GROUP, AS A RESULT OF THAT FESTIVAL ARE LIKE, HEY, WE WANT TO COME TO THE BOATHOUSE.

SO WE'RE SAYING, GREAT, WE'LL GET YOU ON THE WATER.

AND, UH, SO THAT WAS NICE TO SEE AS PART OF THE COMMUNITY RESPONSE FROM BRINGING THE BOATHOUSE, IF YOU WILL, TO EAST AUSTIN IN APRIL, AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO THOSE.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO.

THANK YOU.

NEXT, WE HAVE MICHAEL CANADY GREETINGS.

Y'ALL MIKE CANADIAN WITH THE BARTON SPRINGS CONSERVANCY.

UM, I JUST WANTED TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND DETAILS ON THE ZILKER PARK,

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UM, NATURAL RESOURCE INVENTORY AND MED MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES.

I HAD HOPED TO BRING A COPY AND SHOW IT TO YOU.

IT'S ACTUALLY ABOUT THIS SIZE.

UNFORTUNATELY, I GRABBED THE WRONG BINDER ON THE WAY OUT, SO I'M GOING TO HAVE TO DELIVER A COPY TO LATER, BUT I DID HAVE SOME SLIDES TO SHARE WITH YOU.

UH, JUST TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE REPORT.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, THIS WAS COMMISSIONED, UH, BY BARTON SPRINGS CONSERVANCY WITH SUPPORT FROM THE STILLWATER FOUNDATION.

UM, AND THE REPORT WAS CREATED BY THE SIGLO GROUP OF YOU MAY RECOGNIZE THEM AS THEIR EXPERTISE IN LAND USE PLANNING, DESIGN, AND CONSERVATION ARE WELL KNOWN IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

UM, THEY WORKED IN COOPERATION WITH A NUMBER OF CITY STAFF MEMBERS.

YOU'VE SEEN THE LIST HERE FROM THE PARKS DEPARTMENT AND WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT TO COME UP WITH THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND I'M JUST GOING TO QUICKLY, IF YOU WANT TO CLICK THROUGH THESE, I JUST WANT TO GIVE YOU A SENSE THAT THE, THE NRI INCLUDES AN EXTENSIVE SURVEY OF THE BOTANICAL FEATURES, THE PLANTS, THE TREES, THE CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES AND THE WILDLIFE THAT'S IN THE PARK.

IT REALLY MAKES FOR INTERESTING READING.

YOU FIND ALL KINDS OF PICTURES OF CRITTERS AND BIRDS AND FISH AND OH YEAH, THERE'S A SALAMANDER THERE TOO.

SO, UM, SLIDE NINE, PLEASE.

UM, THE NEXT FEW SLIDES ARE JUST SOME TABLE OF CONTENTS TO SHOW YOU THAT IN THIS REPORT, THERE ARE NATURAL GUIDELINES SET FORTH MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES FOR HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THE PARK GOING FORWARD IN THE FUTURE.

ACTUALLY THERE'S 85 PAGES OF SLIDES, WHICH KIND OF BREAK DOWN THE PARK IN A DIFFERENT REGIONS AND TELL, UH, GIVE GUIDANCE ON HOW TO RESTORE AND REPAIR AND ENHANCE THE ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES AND THE WILDLIFE THERE.

IF YOU GO TO SLIDE 13, PLEASE SEE IF WE'RE ON THE SAME PAGE.

UM, THE SIGLER REPORT THAT I WAS JUST DESCRIBING, IT PROVIDES A FOUNDATIONAL BASIS FOR THE VISION PLAN DESIGN.

TEAM'S UNDERSTANDING OF THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AT ZILKER PARK.

AND IT ALSO INFORMS THE PROPOSALS THAT THEY PUT FORTH RECENTLY.

AND THAT YOU HEARD SOME TESTIMONY ON THE DESIGN CONCEPTS THAT HAVE BEEN FLOATED FOR PUBLIC FEEDBACK.

UM, THESE DESIGN PROPOSALS INCLUDED, UM, UH, JUST GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE PLEASE, UH, ECOLOGICAL UPLIFT AND SOME DETAILS ON NEXT SLIDE, CLIMATE CHANGE, ADAPTATION, MITIGATION, AND RESILIENCY, AND ALSO ON SLIDE 16, THERE'S A CANOPY ENHANCEMENT DISCUSSION AND REALLY MUCH, MUCH MORE.

AND I HOPE TO BRING YOU THE REPORT TO LET YOU PERUSE IT.

SLIDE 17, PLEASE.

SO YOU HEARD FROM JONATHAN SIGLO AT THE LAST MEETING THAT THE DESIGN SCENARIOS THAT WERE PRESENTED BY THE, UH, EXCUSE ME, BY DESIGN WORKSHOP PROVIDE AT LEAST 81 ACRES OF ECOLOGICAL UPLIFT.

THAT'S ACTUALLY MORE THAN THE ACREAGE THAT WAS BEING PROPOSED BY THE ZILKER REWILDING PROPOSAL THAT YOU'VE HEARD ABOUT.

AND I'VE JUST ON THIS SLIDE.

THERE'S A STITCH EXAMPLE, WHICH YOU'VE HEARD A LITTLE BIT ABOUT NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS THE EDGE IS EXAMPLE AGAIN, SHOWING THE ECOLOGICAL UPLIFT IN A VERY SIMPLIFIED GRAPHIC AND THE NEXT SLIDE.

THIS IS THE REGENERATE, UH, ECOLOGICAL UPLIFT SCENARIO.

UM, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

WELL THEN I'LL STOP THERE.

IT DIDN'T TIMELESS VERY WELL, BUT THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND ATTENTION.

THANK YOU.

UH, NEXT STEP WE HAVE HOPPY GODIN OR GOTTEN THANK YOU.

GOOD EVENING.

AND THANKS FOR GIVING ME THE TIME TO TALK TO YOU.

I ALSO LIVE ACROSS THE STREET FROM, UH, BUTLER PITCH AND PUTT WITH MY NEIGHBOR, BRIAN AND I SECOND ALL OF HIS CONCERNS.

UM, BUT I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I'M A GOLFER AND I ENJOY ALL OF THE AUSTIN PUBLIC PARKS, ALL OF THE GOLF COURSES.

THEY ARE WONDERFUL.

AND I THINK, UH, BUTLER IS THE CROWN JEWEL AND THEY'VE GOTTEN A LITTLE BIT RUN DOWN A FEW YEARS AGO.

I DON'T BELIEVE IT HAS EVER LOOKED BETTER.

UH, IT IS JUST MAGNIFICENT AND I THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU ALL DID TO DO THAT.

UM, AND I LIKE A LOT OF THE PROGRAMMING THAT THEY'RE DOING OVER THERE.

THEY'RE TEACHING CHILDREN HOW TO PLAY GOLF.

I'M GOING TO TAKE MY GRANDDAUGHTERS OVER THERE AND TEACH THEM HOW TO PLAY GOLF ONE OF THESE DAYS WHEN THEY GET A LITTLE BIT OLDER.

SO IT'S JUST A PRIVILEGE TO LIVE ACROSS THE STREET FROM IT.

AND THAT, I JUST WANT TO KEEP IT THAT WAY.

AND I JUST FEEL LIKE WE OUGHT TO SIT DOWN AND MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE ALL IN ALIGNMENT ABOUT HOW THAT MAGNIFICENT SPACE SHOULD BE USED AND THAT WE ALL GET THE MOST THAT WE CAN GET OUT OF IT.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR LISTENING.

APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, NEXT WE HAVE AUBREY RUDDER.

HI EVERYONE.

MY NAME IS AUBREY RUDDER.

I AM ONE OF THE GENERAL MANAGERS OVER AT THE AUSTIN ROWING CLUB.

I KIND OF, I RUN THE KAYAK AND RENTAL OPERATIONS OVER THERE.

I KNOW KEVIN COMES UP HERE AND GIVES A REALLY NICE DETAILED REPORT.

I WANTED TO DO THE SAME KIND OF FOCUSED

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ON KAYAK AND PADDLEBOARD OPERATIONS OVER THERE.

AND YEAH, SO I WANTED TO THANK YOU GUYS FOR ALL THAT Y'ALL DO FOR OUR PARKS.

UM, WHEN I FIRST MOVED TO AUSTIN, I WAS SO PLEASED AT HOW WELL-MAINTAINED THEY WERE AND HOW ACCESSIBLE THEY WERE.

SO THANK YOU GUYS FOR THAT AS WELL AS HELPING US RELOCATE ON THAT'S SUPER AWESOME.

AND YEAH, SO I JUST WANT TO GIVE YOU GUYS AN UPDATE ON SOME OF THE THINGS WE'VE BEEN DOING OUTREACH WISE.

SO IN APRIL WE PARTNERED UP WITH TWO LOCAL NONPROFITS, KEEP AUSTIN BEAUTIFUL AND PEACE, LOVE AND RIVERS, WHERE WE DID A TRASH CLEANUP.

WE HAD ABOUT 45 VOLUNTEERS COME OUT AND PICKED UP 67 BAGS OF GARBAGE.

WE ALSO HOSTED ANOTHER CLEANUP THIS PAST MONTH, MAY 14TH WITH PEACE, LOVE AND RIVERS, WHERE WE HAD 32 VOLUNTEERS COME OUT AND 40 BAGS OF GARBAGE WERE PICKED UP.

UM, I THINK IT'S SUPER IMPORTANT THAT WE HELP DO THESE TRASH CLEANUPS AND MAINTAIN OUR LAKE THAT WE ALL UTILIZE.

SO WE ALSO, UM, HAVE BEEN DOING SOME THINGS WITH THE LAMAR SENIOR CENTER.

UM, WE HAVE THE RESIDENTS COME OUT AND PADDLE.

WE TRY TO DO THAT BY EVERY OTHER MONTH.

SO BACK IN APRIL, WE HAD 15 OF THE RESIDENTS COME OUT AND JUST KIND OF KAYAK FOR A COUPLE HOURS.

IT WAS SUPER AWESOME.

AND ANOTHER COMMUNITY THAT WE LIKE TO ENGAGE WITH.

AND YEAH, SO THAT'S ALL I HAVE.

WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO MEMORIAL WEEKEND WHERE WE WILL BE DOING A TON OF FUNDRAISING FOR SOME OTHER LOCAL NONPROFITS, UM, VETERAN ORGANIZATIONS, OF COURSE.

SO WE'RE GOING TO DO A FUNDRAISER FOR COMFORT CREW FOR MILITARY KIDS, AS WELL AS THE AUSTIN, TRAVIS COUNTY, VIETNAM MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION.

YEAH.

THANK YOU GUYS AGAIN.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

THAT CONCLUDES OUR CITIZEN COMMUNICATION.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR EVERYBODY FOR YOUR TIME FOR COMING TO TALK TO US ABOUT THESE ISSUES.

WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

UM, I THINK THE FIRST ITEM OF BUSINESS IS THE MINUTES AND BY THE WAY, SINCE IT'S MY FIRST NIGHT, PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH ME.

I'M DOING MY BEST.

I'M SORRY.

I FORGOT ROLL CALL FIRST.

AND YOU PRONOUNCED MY NAME, LAURA AND I ALWAYS TELL MY STUDENTS, YOU CAN CALL ME, CALL THEM, OR YOU CAN CALL ME SCHEIBEL.

IT'S LIKE FERDINAND, THE SHY BULL STANDING OUT IN THE FIELD.

SO I JUST WANT TO CLARIFY THAT.

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OKAY.

SO APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

UM, DO I HAVE ANY APPROVAL? I MOVE TO APPROVE THE MINUTES.

ANYBODY YOU GUYS HAD A CHANCE TO APPROVE MINUTES.

EXCELLENT.

SECOND I'LL SECOND.

THANK YOU.

MINUTES APPROVED.

I LOVE MOVING RIGHT ALONG LIKE THAT.

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SO OUR FIRST ITEM OF NEW BUSINESS AND POSSIBLE ACTION IS A BRIEFING FROM, I BELIEVE THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY.

UM, I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS SOMETHING CITY COUNCIL REQUESTED AS THEIR

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TALK AS, OR I'LL TALK AS THEY'RE COMING UP.

YES.

SORRY FOR INTERRUPTING.

I NOTICED THAT YOU RECEIVED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE MINUTES, BUT THERE WAS NO VOTE HELD.

OH, SORRY.

THANK YOU.

VOTE TO APPROVE THE MINUTES I'M LEARNING.

ALL RIGHT.

ANYBODY OPPOSED? OKAY.

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THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

SO THIS IS AN ITEM THAT CITY COUNCIL REQUESTED THAT THE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS SEE.

SO IT'S A NEW PROGRAM THEY'RE BEGINNING, I BELIEVE.

OKAY.

SO WE HAVE EDWIN, UH, MARTY AND SERGIO TORRES PERALTA Y CORRECT.

YEAH.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I'M EDWIN MARTY, SERGIO, I THINK FOR ROOM, IS THIS GOING TO STAY IN THE BACK AND HELP US TAKE NOTES, BUT THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR LETTING ME GIVE YOU A QUICK PREVIEW OF OUR FOOD PLANNING WORK.

I'LL TRY TO BE BRIEF AND WALK YOU THROUGH A COUPLE OF SLIDES.

THAT'LL GIVE YOU SOME CONTEXT FOR WHY WE'RE CREATING THE CITY'S FIRST COMPREHENSIVE FOOD SYSTEM PLAN AND, UH, HOW HOPEFULLY THE PARKS BOARD CAN BE INVOLVED AND HELP US CREATE A REALLY, UH, IMPACTFUL AND, AND COMPREHENSIVE PLAN.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO, UM, I USE THE TERM FOOD SYSTEM A LOT AS THE FOOD POLICY MANAGER WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY.

UH, IT'S ESSENTIALLY MY JOB TO HELP PROVIDE STRATEGIC DIRECTION TO THE CITY IN TERMS OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF A MORE LOCAL, SUSTAINABLE AND EQUITABLE FOOD SYSTEM AND BY FOOD SYSTEM.

I MEAN, WHERE DOES YOUR FOOD COME FROM? PRODUCTION PROCESSING, DISTRIBUTION CONSUMPTION AND WASTE REDUCTION.

SO ALL OF THAT FITS INTO OUR FOOD SYSTEM.

UH, OUR GOAL WITH A COMPREHENSIVE FOOD SYSTEM PLAN IS TO HEAR FROM THE COMMUNITY, WHAT DO THEY WANT TO SEE HAPPEN IN OUR FOOD SYSTEM? WHAT CAN WE DO TO STRENGTHEN OUR FOOD SYSTEM? WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT WE AS A CITY ORGANIZATION COULD DO AND HOW CAN WE SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY? EXCELLENT.

UM, SO A COUPLE OF STATS, UM, WE HAVE AN AMAZING FOOD SYSTEM HERE IN AUSTIN, AS YOU GUYS ALL KNOW INCREDIBLE RESTAURANTS, INCREDIBLE GROCERY STORES.

UM, MOST OF US EAT SOME OF THE BEST FOOD EVERY DAY ON THE PLANET, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, UM, AS YOU ALL KNOW, THE CITY OF AUSTIN IS THE CITY OF BIFURCATED, UH, BY RACE, BY POVERTY.

UM, AND THESE STATISTICS POINT TO SOME REALLY CHALLENGING, UM, ISSUES IN OUR CITY, UM, SUBSTANTIAL FOOD INSECURITY EXACERBATED BY COVID.

NOW, AS WE'RE MOVING OUT OF COVID HOPEFULLY, UNFORTUNATELY WE STILL SEE THOSE, UH, EXACERBATED FOOD INSECURITY

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RATES.

WE'RE LOSING FARMLAND AT AN UNPRECEDENTED RATE, NOT SURPRISING IF YOU DRIVEN THROUGH RURAL TRAVIS COUNTY, UH, HARDLY ANY FARMLAND LEFT, WHERE WILL OUR FOOD COME FROM? GOOD QUESTION.

UNFORTUNATELY, CURRENTLY WE'RE ONLY PRODUCING LESS THAN 1% OF OUR FOOD, UM, AND WITHOUT LAOS LOSS OF FARMLAND, LIKELY TO SEE THAT NUMBER DECREASE.

AND THEN LASTLY, UM, SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF THE FOOD THAT WE DO PRODUCE THAT GETS TO OUR TABLE ENDS UP BEING LANDFILLED, MANY CHALLENGES.

EXCELLENT.

UM, AND THEN ON TOP OF THAT, UH, AS ALL OF, YOU KNOW, UH, WE EXPERIENCED GLOBAL PANDEMIC EXACERBATED BY A WINTER STORM LAST YEAR.

UH, WE EXPERIENCED UNPRECEDENTED CHALLENGES IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN FOR OUR FOOD, UH, NUMEROUS GROCERY STORES CLOSE FOR MULTIPLE DAYS.

UM, SIGNIFICANT NUMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY, UNABLE TO GET THE FOOD THAT THEY NEEDED.

UM, THESE TWO, UH, COMBINATION DISASTERS SHOWED US THE CITY OF AUSTIN THAT WE HAVE A LOT OF PLANNING TO DO, AND WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE A RESILIENT AND SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEM.

EXCELLENT.

UM, SO AS FAR AS THE DISASTER PIECE, UM, IN ADDITION TO A COMPREHENSIVE FOOD SYSTEM PLAN, WE'RE ALSO DEVELOPING A DISASTER FOOD AND WATER ACCESS APPENDIX TO THE EMERGENCY OPERATION PLAN.

AND THIS IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN HOMELAND SECURITY, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICES, SUSTAINABILITY, AUSTIN, PUBLIC HEALTH, UH, AUSTIN WATER, AND MANY OTHER DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE CITY WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GREAT WORK THAT WAS DONE BY PARKS AND REC DURING COVID AND DURING WINTER STORM YURI AND OTHER DISASTERS TO REALLY STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND PROVIDE INCREDIBLE RESOURCES TO THE COMMUNITY AND USE ALL OF THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO HELP MAKE SURE THAT WE WERE ABLE TO GET THROUGH THESE CHALLENGES THAT SAID, WE NEED A BETTER PLAN.

WE NEED A REALLY PLAN, UH, TO ENSURE THAT WHEN WE HAVE FUTURE DISASTERS, NOT IF, BUT WHEN WE HAVE FUTURE DISASTERS THAT WE HAVE A GOOD THOUGHTFUL, WELL LAID OUT PLAN, UH, TO ENSURE THAT EVERYBODY IN OUR COMMUNITY HAS ACCESS TO THE KIND OF FOODS THAT THEY NEED.

UM, AND, UH, WE CAN DO THAT.

SO WE'RE CURRENTLY WORKING ON DEVELOPING A TEMPLATE FOR THIS PLAN AND HOPEFULLY, UH, VERY SOON WE'LL HAVE A DRAFT OF THAT PLAN, WHICH WILL BE INTEGRATED INTO OUR COMPREHENSIVE PLAN.

EXCELLENT.

SO SPEAKING OF OUR COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, NEXT ONE.

UM, SO WHY DO WE NEED A FOOD PLAN? UM, THE CITY, UH, HAS BEEN WORKING ON FOOD SYSTEM RELATED ISSUES FOR ITS ENTIRE HISTORY.

UH, BUT GENERALLY MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS WORK IN A REGULATORY OR REACTIONARY ROLE IN THE FOOD SYSTEM.

BASICALLY WHEN SOMETHING GOES WRONG, THE CITY GETS INVOLVED.

IT WAS RECOGNIZED A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO THAT, UH, PERHAPS A MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT CAN DO MORE THAN JUST REGULATE A REACT TO A FOOD SYSTEM PROBLEM.

AND IT COULD ACTUALLY BE PART OF A STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT OF A BETTER FOOD SYSTEM.

IT WAS IN PART, ONE OF THE REASONS THAT MY POSITION IN THE FOOD POLICY MANAGER WAS CREATED EIGHT YEARS AGO IS TO HELP PROVIDE THAT STRATEGIC DIRECTION TO THE CITY, BUT LACKING A COMPREHENSIVE FOOD PLAN.

IT'S SOMEWHAT DIFFICULT TO DO THAT.

SO, UH, FORTUNATELY WE NOW HAVE DIRECTION FROM CITY COUNCIL TO CREATE A FOOD SYSTEM PLAN, TO CHANNEL THE VOICES OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS ACROSS THE COMMUNITY, UH, TO HELP US ARTICULATE CLEAR GOALS AND STRATEGIES FOR WHAT WE WANT OUR FOOD SYSTEM TO LOOK LIKE.

AND THEN TO DEFINE CLEAR LINES OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT COUNTY, GOVERNMENT, OTHER STATE, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, UH, WHEN APPLICABLE, UH, AND THEN, UH, HELP UNDERSTAND THE ROLE OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN IMPLEMENTATION OF THOSE CLEARLY DEVELOPED GOALS AND STRATEGIES.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO, AS I SAID LAST JUNE, IN PART, AS A RESULT OF THE COVID PANDEMIC IN PART, AS A RESULT OF THE WINTER STORM YURI CITY COUNCIL RECOGNIZED THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN THAT, UH, COULD HELP ENSURE EVERYBODY HAD ACCESS TO SUFFICIENT FOOD DURING DISASTERS AND DURING WHAT WE CALL BLUE SKY PERIODS OR NON-DISASTER PERIODS.

AND THEY PASSED A RESOLUTION IN JUNE DIRECTING, UH, THE CITY MANAGER TO CREATE A FOOD SYSTEM PLAN, THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE FOOD SYSTEM PLAN.

SO ESSENTIALLY WHAT I'M HERE TODAY IS TO LET YOU KNOW THAT WE'RE MOVING FORWARD ON THIS AND TO GIVE YOU A COUPLE OF NEXT STEPS, NEXT SLIDE.

SO THE FIRST STEP OF ANY PLANNING PROCESS IS TO DEVELOP WHAT WE CALL A BASELINE ASSESSMENT.

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT OUR CURRENT FOOD SYSTEM? SO WE'RE ABOUT TO PUBLISH THE STATE OF THE FOOD SYSTEM IN 2022.

IT'LL INCLUDE LOTS OF GREAT DATA ABOUT OUR FOOD SYSTEM.

IT'LL INCLUDE LOTS OF INFORMATION ABOUT PAST POLICY ACTIONS IN THE FOOD SYSTEM.

IT'LL INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT TRENDS AND CHALLENGES THAT WE SEE HAPPENING IN OUR FOOD SYSTEM.

SO THAT WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE NEXT MONTH OR SO IN LINE WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR COMPREHENSIVE FOODS PLAN.

WE'LL CERTAINLY MAKE SURE THAT YOU ALL AT THE PARKS BOARD GET ACCESS TO THIS REPORT, UH, WELL IN FRONT OF OUR FORMAL PLANNING PROCESS TO BEGINNING.

EXCELLENT.

SO THE NEXT STEP IN A FOOD PLANNING PROCESS OR ANY PLANNING PROCESS IS TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TEAM IN PLACE.

UM, SO WE ARE HIRING A CONSULTING TEAM TO HELP LEAD THIS PROCESS.

OUR OFFICE IS QUITE SMALL.

OUR FOOD TEAM WITHIN THAT OFFICE IS EVEN SMALLER.

WE'VE GOT ABOUT FOUR OF US.

UH, SO WE'RE, WE'RE GOING TO RECRUIT A CONSULTING TEAM TO HELP LEAD THAT PROCESS.

UH, WE'RE GOING TO BRING THAT CONSULTANT CONTRACT IN FRONT OF CITY COUNCIL IN JULY FOR HOPEFULLY, AND THEN ONCE THAT'S BEEN APPROVED, WE'LL BE ABLE TO BRING THE CONSULTING TEAM ON AND FORMALLY START THE PLANNING PROCESS.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO HERE'S A HYPOTHETICAL DRAFT OF WHAT OUR PROJECT ORGANIZATION CHART WILL LOOK LIKE.

UM, THE DEVELOPMENT OF AUSTIN FOOD PLAN IS GOING TO BE A COMPLEX PROCESS LIKE MANY CITY PLANNING PROCESSES ARE.

UM, BUT AT THE CORE OF IT WILL BE, UH, CHANNELING COMMUNITY VOICES.

SO CITY AND COUNTY STAFF WILL BE WORKING WITH OUR FOOD POLICY BOARD, OTHER BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS, THE CONSULTING TEAM, UH, TO DEVELOP, UH, WHAT WE'RE CALLING THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

AND THIS WILL BE ESSENTIALLY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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THAT DRIVES THE PLANNING PROCESS THAT TELLS US, UH, WHAT WE NEED TO PRIORITIZE AND HELPS US COURSE CORRECT.

AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE PLANNING PROCESS, THEY'LL ALSO HELP US SELECT WHAT WE CALL COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUPS TO DETERMINE SPECIFIC ISSUES WITHIN THE FOOD SYSTEM THAT WE'LL LIKELY WANT TO WORK ON NEXT SLIDE.

SO THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE IS KIND OF THE GIST OF WHAT I WANTED TO COME AND TELL YOU ABOUT TODAY.

UH, WE ARE CURRENTLY DEVELOPING OUTREACH STRATEGY AND CRITERIA FOR SELECTION FOR OUR COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE, BUT WE'RE GOING TO NEED HELP GETTING THE WORD OUT.

WE'RE LOOKING FOR, UH, QUALIFIEDS COMMUNITY MEMBERS, STAKEHOLDERS FROM ACROSS, UH, OUR WONDERFUL, DIVERSE, UH, COMMUNITY TO HELP A SEAT, UH, TO BE SEATED ON THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO HELP US PROVIDE DIRECTION FOR THE PLANNING PROCESS.

UH, ONCE OUR CONSULTANT TEAM COMES ON BOARD THIS SUMMER, WE'LL BE DOING FORMAL OUTREACH, TRYING TO RECRUIT MEMBERS, UH, TO JOIN OUR COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

WE'RE LOOKING FOR PROBABLY 20, 25 PEOPLE FROM VARIOUS PARTS OF THE COMMUNITY REPRESENTING VARIOUS PARTS OF OUR FOOD SYSTEM.

UH, WE'RE PLANNING ON OFFERING COMPENSATION FOR THESE COMMUNITY MEMBERS, UH, TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCESS.

UM, BUT WE'RE GONNA NEED YOUR HELP GETTING THE WORD OUT, ESSENTIALLY LET YOUR CONSTITUENTS KNOW ANYBODY THAT, YOU KNOW, IN GENERAL, THAT THIS WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY WE'LL BE FOLLOWING BACK UP AFTER THIS MEETING WITH SPECIFIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU TO HELP US WITH OUTREACH.

NEXT SLIDE.

IN ADDITION TO THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE, WE'LL ALSO HAVE COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUPS.

THESE WILL BE TARGETED ISSUE AREAS.

YOU CAN IMAGINE, UH, COMMUNITY GARDENS OR SCHOOL GARDENS OR URBAN FOREST, OR, UM, THINGS LIKE THAT WILL BE SPECIFIC ISSUE, UH, COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP AREAS.

SO WE'LL ALSO BE LOOKING TO RECRUIT YOU PERHAPS, OR YOUR CONSTITUENTS OR FAMILY MEMBERS OR FRIENDS, UH, TO JOIN OUR COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUPS.

THIS WILL REALLY MAKE UP THE BULK OF WHAT DOES THE PLANNING PROCESS.

UH, WE'RE ALSO GOING TO BE OFFERING COMPENSATION FOR PARTICIPATION IN THESE COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUPS.

AS WE RECOGNIZE THAT THAT'S A CRUCIAL PART OF ENSURING THAT WE HAVE EQUITABLE REPRESENTATION OF OUR COMMUNITY.

NEXT SLIDE, UH, VERY QUICKLY OUR PROJECT TIMELINE, WE'RE GOING TO, UM, GET STARTED HERE FORMALLY THE SUMMER, THIS SPRING, WE LAUNCHED OUR PROCESS BY DEVELOPING STATE OF THE FOOD SYSTEM REPORT.

WE'LL FORMALLY START THE PLANNING PROCESS THIS SUMMER NEXT FALL, WE'LL BE STARTING THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROCESS.

UH, WE'LL BE CIRCLING BACK WITH YOU AGAIN, ONCE WE DO THAT, TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PARKS BOARD KNOWS ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES TO BE INVOLVED IN THE FORMAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROCESS, WE'LL BE DOING MULTIPLE ROUNDS OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITH VARIOUS STAKEHOLDERS.

UH, AND THEN HOPEFULLY WE'LL GET THAT INPUT FROM THE COMMUNITY, SUMMARIZE IT, SYNTHESIZE IT, TAKE IT BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, UM, GROUND TRUTH IT, AND THEN SYNTHESIZE THAT INTO A FINALIZED PLAN, WHICH WE'LL HOPEFULLY HAVE SOME TIME, UH, COMPLETED IN 2023.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO OUR NEXT STEPS, UM, WE'RE DOING OUTREACH, UH, WE'RE DOING, UH, VERY RIGHTY OF, UH, PRESENTATIONS TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS MUCH LIKE THIS.

UM, WE'RE ALSO GOING TO BE HAVING THE CONSULTANTS START THE SUMMER, AND THEN WE'LL BE RECRUITING OUR COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS, UM, IN THE FALL.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO, UH, WE'LL BE PROVIDING REGULAR UPDATES, A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT WAYS THAT YOU CAN STAY INVOLVED.

UM, THIS SLIDE PRESENTATION WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE, UH, BOARDS OF COMMISSION WEBSITE.

IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN, UH, THESE LINKS ARE LIVE, UH, YOU CAN FILL OUT A FOOD PLAN INTEREST FORM SO THAT WE CAN KEEP YOU IN THE LOOP ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING.

ALSO, WE'LL BE PUBLISHING THE STATE OF THE FOOD SYSTEM REPORT ON OUR WEBSITE.

AND, UH, WE WOULD ASK THAT IF YOU'RE INTERESTED, UH, YOU CAN CONTEST DIRECTLY, UH, OUR STAFF, SERGIO TORRES , UM, FOR UPDATES.

UM, BUT MAIN THING THAT WE WANT YOU TO KNOW NEXT SLIDE IS WE ARE INTERESTED IN YOUR FEEDBACK ON WHO NEEDS TO BE INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING PROCESS.

WE CAN'T DEVELOP A GOOD FOOD SYSTEM PLAN UNLESS WE HAVE THE RIGHT PEOPLE INVOLVED.

SO THIS IS MY CALL TO ACTION FOR YOU.

UM, LET'S CIRCLE BACK SOON AND LET US KNOW WHO YOU THINK NEED TO BE INVOLVED WITH THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEES, UH, THEY ADVISORY FOCUS GROUP AREAS, UM, AND WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU'RE IN THE LOOP ON WHAT WE'RE DOING AND TO HEAR, TAKE YOUR INPUT AND, UH, CREATE THE BEST POSSIBLE FOOD SYSTEM PLAN.

SO AGAIN, WE'RE HOPING TO CIRCLE BACK AT THE END OF THE SUMMER WITH YOU, AND THEN HOPE TO HAVE THE PLAN WRAPPED UP IN A YEAR AND WE'LL COME BACK AND PRESENT THE PLAN TO YOU.

AND HOPEFULLY IT WILL REFLECT THE THINGS THAT YOU FIND VALUABLE IN AUSTIN.

UM, WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT.

SO, UH, HAPPY TO TAKE QUESTIONS, BUT THANK YOU FOR, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UH, BOARD MEMBERS.

THIS IS POSTED AS DISCUSSION AND, UM, PRESENTATION, DISCUSSION POSSIBLE ACTION, BUT I THINK IT'S PRIMARILY JUST AN INTRODUCTION, BUT I WANT TO OPEN THE FLOOR IF ANYBODY HAS ANY QUESTIONS OR, OR THOUGHTS RIGHT AWAY.

NOPE.

GOOD.

ANYBODY ONLINE? I DO HAVE ONE QUESTION MYSELF AND THAT IS, HAVE YOU ALREADY PARTNERED WITH THE CAPITAL AREA FOOD BANK? YES, MA'AM.

WE WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH THE FOOD BANK, UM, MULTIPLE LEVELS, UH, ACTUALLY, UH, REPRESENTATION OF THE FOOD BANK IS ON THE AUSTIN, TRAVIS COUNTY FOOD POLICY BOARD.

SO WE MEET WITH HER AS PART OF THE FOOD POLICY BOARD REGULARLY, AND, UM, CERTAINLY HAVE INTERACTIONS WITH THE REST OF THEIR STAFF ON A ALMOST DAILY BASIS.

SO THEY'RE VERY MUCH, UH, LOOPED IN AND WE DEEPLY APPRECIATE THEIR GREAT WORK AND WE COULDN'T DO THE WORK THAT WE DO IF WE DIDN'T HAVE SUCH GREAT ORGANIZATIONS LIKE FOOD BANK.

GREAT.

OKAY.

ANYBODY ELSE?

[00:50:01]

THOUGHTS? OKAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

[B.2. Briefing on the terms of the Park Operations and Maintenance Agreement with The Trail Foundation for portions of the Town Lake Metropolitan Park. ]

SO ITEM TWO IS A BRIEFING ON THE PARKS, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT WITH THE TRAIL FOUNDATION FOR PORTIONS OF THE TOWN LAKE METROPOLITAN PARK.

AND WE HAVE HERE TO PRESENT CHRISTINE CHUTE CANOE AND, UM, HEIDI ANDERSON OF THE TRAIL FOUNDATION.

CHRISTINE IS PART OF THE PARKS DEPARTMENT PROGRAM MANAGER.

UM, AND I'LL JUST REMIND EVERYBODY THE BRIEFINGS WE'VE ALREADY GOT.

WE'VE ALREADY GONE THROUGH THIS BEFORE, AND THIS IS JUST A CYCLING BACK WITH AN UPDATE AND A BRIEFING.

SO QUESTIONS WILL JUST BE CLARIFYING QUESTIONS TODAY.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

WELCOME.

UM, A CHAIR JUST TO EXPAND ON THAT, UH, TO COMPLETE THE CLARIFICATION, UH, ANY, UH, QUESTIONS ASKED OF THE BOARD HAVE TO BE CLARIFYING IN NATURE AND THERE CANNOT BE ANY DISCUSSION AMONG BOARD MEMBERS ABOUT THIS TOPIC.

ADDITIONALLY, THE BOARD MAY NOT TAKE ANY ACTION ON THIS ITEM.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING, CAN YOU ALL HEAR ME? IT'S GREAT.

YES, YES.

THANKS.

THANK YOU ALL FOR HAVING US TODAY.

MY NAME IS CHRISTINE AND I'M A PROGRAM MANAGER WITH THE PARK PLANNING DIVISION AND I SERVE AS THE PARTNERSHIP LIAISON TO THE DEPARTMENT.

UH, JOINING ME IS HEIDI ANDERSON WITH THE CEO OF THE TRIAL FOUNDATION.

AND TODAY WE WILL BE PROVIDING A BRIEFING ON THE FINAL TERMS OF THE PARK OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE POMA, UH, BETWEEN PART AND TTF.

AS MANY OF YOU MEMBERS MAY RECALL ON JULY 24TH, 2021, TTFM PARD PRESENTED TO PARP A PRESENTATION ON THE AGREEMENT AFTER THE PRESENTATION PART TOOK ACTION AND PROVIDED UNANIMOUS SUPPORT VOTING EIGHT TO ZERO RECOMMENDING TO CITY COUNCIL TO NEGOTIATION AND EXECUTION OF A PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT WITH TTF TONIGHT, WE'RE HERE TO PROVIDE A BRIEFING ON THE FINAL TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT, NEXT TYPE.

UM, SO ON MARCH, 2020 COUNCIL DIRECTED CITY STAFF TO WORK WITH NONPROFIT PARTNERS AND CREATE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS THAT BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY AND OUTLINE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES BETWEEN PARTNERS AND PART AND ENSURE A HIGH LEVEL OF PUBLIC BENEFIT FOLLOWING THE DIRECTION FROM COUNCIL PART, DEVELOP THE PARTNERSHIP CONFIGURATIONS AND THE SUBSEQUENT CRITERIA AND ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR EACH OF THE PARTNERSHIP CONFIGURATIONS, THE CREATION OF THE CONFIGURATION CRITERIA IN TERMS ENSURES CONSISTENCY, EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIVITY, TRANSPARENCY, AND ALLOWS FOR VARIOUS LEVELS OF COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS WITH PARD, THE PARTNERSHIP CONTINUUM GRANTS, ALL TYPES OF PARTNERING WITH THE DEPARTMENT FROM STEWARDSHIP TO ADOPTING YOUR PARK TO COMMUNITY GARDENS, TO FUNDING IMPROVEMENTS ON NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS, PARD PARTNERSHIP CONFIGURATION, A THE LEVEL OF PARTNERSHIP TTF IN PART IS SEEKING TO FORMALIZE INCLUDES A CRITERIA FOR PARTNERSHIPS AND TERMS FOR PROGRAMMING OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE PART PARTNERSHIP, CONFIGURATION, A SERVES AS AN EXHIBIT TO THE AGREEMENT AND AS THE GUIDING TERM DOCUMENT FOR ALL PARK OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE AGREEMENTS WITH THE DEPARTMENT.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO I THINK THIS WAS MAY SO, UM, THANK YOU.

YES, FOR HAVING US AGAIN.

I'M HEIDI ANDERSON CEO.

I WANT TO THANK CHAIR COTTAM SCHEIBEL I'VE BEEN SAYING IT WRONG ALL THIS TIME.

I'M SO SORRY.

UH, IN BOARD MEMBERS, I ALSO WANT TO THANK OUR PARTNERS AT PART, BECAUSE THIS HAS BEEN, AS YOU ARE ABOUT TO HEAR A LONG CONVERSATION ALONG A PLANNING PROCESS, AND THEY REALLY STUCK WITH US AND IT'S BEEN A REALLY POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP.

SO WE'RE EXCITED SINCERELY TO BE HERE WITH YOU TONIGHT.

TTF AS A REMINDER IS 19 YEARS OLD NOW, AND OUR MISSION IS TO PROTECT, ENHANCE, AND CONNECT THE BUTLER HIKE AND BIKE TRAIL FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL.

UH, WE STARTED BACK IN 2003 WITH A MISSION TO REALLY BRIDGE THE GAP OF WHAT THIS PARKLAND AND THIS TRAIL NEEDED AND WHAT THE CITY COULD FUND.

BUT OUR MODEL AT THE TIME, AND REALLY UNTIL HOPEFULLY VERY SOON HAS BEEN ONE WHERE WE IDENTIFIED A NEED IN THE SPACE.

WE FUNDRAISED FOR IT.

WE DID ALL THE PERMITTING FOR IT.

WE WENT OUT AND BUILT IT, AND THEN WE HAD THIS REALLY FUN RIBBON CUTTING, AND WE HANDED IT OVER TO PARK TO MAINTAIN.

AND AS USAGE OF THE TRAIL HAS INCREASED THE NEED FOR MORE HELP OUT ON THIS PARKLAND IS ALSO INCREASING.

AND YET THE PROJECTS THAT WE CONTINUE TO PRODUCE AND, AND PROVIDE TO THIS SPACE HAVE BECOME UNFORTUNATELY, A BURDEN TO OUR PARKS BUDGET.

AND SO OVER TIME WE HAVE REALIZED THAT, AND IT'S LANDED US IN THIS PLACE WHERE WE ARE FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS NOW HAVE BEEN NEGOTIATING THE TERMS OF A FORMAL PARTNERSHIP, WHERE WE WILL STEP UP AND START MANAGING THE MAINTENANCE OF NOT ONLY THE PROJECTS WE'VE ACTUALLY, UH, ADDED TO THIS SPACE, BUT THE LAND MANAGEMENT AS WELL, AND START TO TRANSITION THIS OVER TO US.

SO WE'RE GOING TO SHOW YOU A LITTLE BIT HOW THAT WILL WORK, BUT THERE'S BEEN YEARS OF RESEARCH