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[CALL TO ORDER]

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THANK YOU.

OUR FIRST PUBLIC

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

SPEAKER IS WENDY TODD, AND SHE IS ONLINE.

WENDY.

TODD, ARE YOU AVAILABLE TO GIVE YOUR COMMENTS? YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

I AM ON LA.

HELLO? YES.

OKAY, GREAT.

HELLO.

I'M WENDY PRICE.

TODD PRESIDENT OF SOUTH RIVER CITY CITIZENS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION.

I SERVED ON THE STAKEHOLDER OUTREACH GROUP THAT DEVELOPED THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT VISION FRAMEWORK PLAN AND AS A NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP REPRESENTATIVE TO THE CHEF'S CENTRAL WATERFRONT ADVISORY BOARD.

UM, I'M SPEAKING TONIGHT ON TWO MATTERS.

THE FIRST ONE IS THE STATEMENT PUD.

UM, I'M SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE CONCERNS OF THE DISTRICT NINE REPRESENTATIVE IN PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD CHAIR, LAURA REGARDING THE AMENDED PLAN.

GET A DEVELOPMENT UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR 3 0 5 SOUTH CONGRESS, THE 18 ACRE STATESMAN SITE LAST WEEK, THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP OF SOUTH RIVER CITY CITIZENS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO OPPOSE THE PUD FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS THAT THE FRAMEWORK VISION PLAN WAS THE PUD.

THE PROPOSED PIPE FAILED TO MEET THE INTENT OF THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT FRAMEWORK VISION PLAN, AND THE CRITERIA, THE PUD CRITERIA FOR SUPERIOR DEVELOPMENT DID NOT MEET THAT.

IT REQUESTED DEVELOPMENT BONUSES IN OUR ESTIMATION EXCEEDED THE, UM, COMMUNITY BENEFITS AND THE COMMUNITY BENEFITS WERE REDUCED IN TERMS OF PARKLAND, WHICH IS YOUR PURVIEW AND YOUR MISSION PARKLAND IMPROVEMENTS, AS WELL AS THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMPONENT AT A CERTAIN INCOME LEVEL RESTRICTED INCOME LEVEL AS AN EXTENSION OF BARTON SPRINGS ROAD PUT UP AND THIRDLY, THE PUT APPLICATION FAILED TO PROVIDE JUSTIFICATION FOR A PUBLIC INVESTMENT.

AND THAT LASTLY, THAT OTHER PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS, UM, IN THE SAME AREA, ONE THAT'S COMPLETED AND TWO THAT ARE UNDER REVIEW RIGHT NOW HAS BEEN ABLE TO MEET THE INTENT OF THE VISION FRAMEWORK, PLAN AND CITY CODE WITHOUT A REQUEST FOR PUBLIC SUBSIDY.

UM, THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERATION ON THAT MATTER.

AND ON BEHALF OF SOUTH RIVER CITY CITIZENS AND THE USER'S A LITTLE SPACEY PARK AND THE BLIND CREEK GREENBELT, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE AND THANK THE STAFF AND CREW THAT MAINTAIN REPAIR AND KNOW THE, UM, PLAY THE TRAILS, THE BASKETBALL AND TENNIS COURTS, THE PLAYING FIELDS AND PLAYGROUND.

AND FURTHERMORE, INVITE YOU TO JOIN US ON SUNDAY MORNING, AUGUST 28TH AT 9:00 AM.

WHEN WE DEDICATE THE NEW INTERACTIVE SCULPTURE BY JAMES TALBOT, THAT WAS FUNDED BY THE LITTLE SPACEY RENOVATION PROJECT.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND YOUR SERVICE.

TODD DAVID TODD, ARE YOU ON THE LINE? YOU'RE IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO SPEAK.

THANK YOU.

ARE YOU READY? YES, PLEASE PROCEED.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

OKAY.

I JUST WANTED TO THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE AUSTIN SPORT FOR YOUR SERVICE.

I APPRECIATE YOUR VOLUNTEERING YOUR TIME.

UM, SO MY NAME IS DAVID TODD AND I COORDINATE A NONPROFIT GROUP CALLED THE BLIND PIG PARTNERSHIP, WHICH LOOKS AFTER STACEY PARKS IN THE BLIND CREEK NATURE PRESERVE AND OTHER OPEN SPACE IN, UM, IN THE BLOND WATERSHED.

UH, WE'VE WORKED FOR 17 YEARS TO RAISE FUNDS AND ORGANIZE, UH, VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE PUBLIC PLANS.

AND, UM, I WANTED TO APPROACH THE PARKS FOR TODAY TO JUST, UH, ASK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED FOCUS ON ANY OPPORTUNITIES TO PROTECT, UH, ANY OPEN LANDS IN BOND CREEK AND PARTICULARLY, UH, THE HEADWATERS OF THE CREEK.

UM, AS YOU MAY KNOW, AND I KNOW THAT, UH, COMMISSIONER SEIBEL AND TO PALMER ARE VERY FAMILIAR SINCE THEY'VE BEEN VERY KIND TO HELP WITH THIS ISSUE BEFORE.

UH, BUT SINCE THE HEADWATERS OF THIS STREAM ARE OWNED BY AUSTIN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THEIR TRACKS ABOUT A 12 ACRE PARCEL AT 700 EAST ALPINE, JUST EAST OF SOUTH

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CONGRESS AND NORTH OF BEN, Y IS IN A RAPIDLY DEVELOPING AREA.

AND I LEARNED JUST LAST WEEK THAT ANOTHER TRACK, UH, HAS BEEN RAISED AND, AND, UH, CONSTRUCTION IS PROCEEDING THERE.

UM, FOR MANY YEARS WE HAD FEARED THAT AISD MIGHT SELL THIS TRACK AND, AND DEVELOP IT, UM, IN TURN.

AND SO WE WOULD LIKE TO URGE THE PARKS BOARD TO SORT OF KEEP THIS TRACK ON HIS RADAR AND TO KEEP THE PRESSURE ON, TO SET THIS TRACK TO SIDE.

WE THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR MITIGATING FLOOD FLOWS.

SO REDUCING WATER QUALITY PROBLEMS, UH, FOR SECURING OPEN SPACE FOR ALL THE RESIDENTS THAT ARE MOVING INTO THAT AREA AND FOR PROVIDING ROOM FOR OUTDOOR EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.

AND THEN FINALLY TO KEEP, UH, POSSIBLE ROUTES TO FUTURE HIKE AND BIKE TRAILS THAT MIGHT RUN FROM LADY BIRD LAKE ALL THE WAY UPSTREAM THROUGH STACEY PARKING BLOND PRESERVE, UH, AS, AS REALLY VERY CLOSE TO, UM, BEN WHITE BOULEVARD.

SO, UM, THANKS ONCE AGAIN FOR, FOR YOUR WORK IN AUSTIN FOR SUPPORT, WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

AND THANKS FOR ENTERTAINING MY COMMENTS THIS EVENING.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS NICK GARRETT.

NICK GARRETT.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, WE CAN.

OKAY.

UM, MY NAME IS GARRETT NICK.

UH, I WANTED TO MAKE SOME COMMENTS FIRST ON THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT.

UH, TODD I'VE VOLUNTEERED FOR THREE YEARS AS THE SRC REP FOR THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT DISTRICT OUTREACH AND PLANNING PROCESS.

UH, EVERY SINGLE STAKEHOLDER WAS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THAT PROCESS OVER THAT THREE-YEAR PERIOD.

UM, EVERYONE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS THEIR NEEDS AND CONCERNS.

WE HAD PROFESSIONAL URBAN DESIGNERS THAT HELPED US CRAFT A PLAN THAT ALLOWED FOR A MORE PROFITABLE DEVELOPMENT OF THAT PARCEL THAN WHAT WAS ALLOWED UNDER CURRENT LAW.

UM, AND ALSO, UH, YOU KNOW, HONORED THE CONCERNS OF THE NEIGHBORS, UH, ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS.

NON-PROFITS EVERYBODY SEEMED TO COME TOGETHER AND BE HAPPY WITH, WITH WHAT WE HAD DONE.

UH, I THINK THAT, UH, WHAT IS CURRENTLY BEING PROPOSED IS, UH, A 180 ON THAT, UH, AND THE NAMES THAT I'M HEARING MENTIONED COMING TO THE TABLE AT THIS POINT IN THE GAME, UH, DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN THAT PROCESS.

UH, HAVING, YOU KNOW, RICHARD SUTTLE OR OTHER, YOU KNOW, HIGH POWERED LAWYERS SHOW UP AT THE 11TH HOUR AND START DEMANDING ALL THESE CONCESSIONS IS REALLY PRETTY INSULTING TO ALL THE HUNDREDS OF HOURS THAT WERE VOLUNTEERED TO GET TO THIS POINT.

I HOPE THAT YOU REJECT THIS PROPOSAL AND FORCED THEM TO COMPLY WITH WHAT WAS AGREED UPON BACK THEN, THE OTHER ISSUE, UH, I KNOW THERE'S GOING TO BE TALK ABOUT OFF-LEASE DOG WORKING GROUP.

I'VE ALSO PARTICIPATED IN THAT GROUP.

UM, AND WHILE I READ THROUGH THE 2016 PER PART PROPOSAL FOR OFF-LEASH AREAS, UH, AND GENERALLY AGREE WITH THE STANDARD SET, MOST NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS DO NOT MEET THOSE STANDARDS YET.

MOST NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS ARE CURRENTLY OVERRUN WITH OFF-LEASH DOG ACTIVITY THAT DEPRIVED THE OTHER USERS HAVING EQUAL AND SAFE ACCESS TO THEM.

UH, IT'S VERY FRUSTRATING AS A PARENT TO TRY TO WALK YOUR CHILD ACROSS THE PARK AND HAVE DOGS RUN UP IN BARK AND GROWL AT YOUR CHILD, THERE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE ANY CURRENT, UM, ENFORCEMENT OF EXISTING LEASH LAWS.

AND I DON'T THINK THAT THERE SHOULD BE ANY ADDITIONAL OFF-LEASH AREAS CREATED UNTIL THERE'S MORE ENFORCEMENT OF EXISTING LEASH LAWS.

BECAUSE AS MY EXPERIENCE IS THAT THERE'S NO INCENTIVE WITHOUT ENFORCEMENT FOR ANYONE TO USE NEW PARKS.

SO IF THIS, IF ONE PARK IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD IS MORE CONVENIENT THAN DRIVING THREE BLOCKS TO ANOTHER AREA, THAT'S LEGAL, THOSE SAME PEOPLE ARE GOING TO REFUSE TO USE IT UNTIL THEY'RE TICKETED.

AND THOSE LAWS ARE, ARE ENFORCED YOUR EFFORTS TO ESTABLISH THOSE OFF-LEASH AREAS ARE REALLY GOING TO FALL ON DEAF EARS, ALSO IN SUPPORT OF THE CREATION OF THOSE PARKS, AS WELL AS, UM, EXISTING LEASE LAWS.

I BELIEVE THEY ALL SHOULD BE REACHING OUT MORE AGGRESSIVELY TO ALL OF THE ADOPTION CENTERS, PET STORES, BECK CLINIC, AND OTHER PET RELATED SERVICES, TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE INFORMED AND THAT THEY SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT LEASH LAWS AND ABOUT POOP LAWS.

IF YOU GO TO THE AUSTIN PETS ALIVE WEBSITE, THERE'S NOT A SINGLE MENTION ANYWHERE ON THAT WEBSITE ABOUT LEISHA LAWS YET THEY'RE THE ONES THAT ARE TASKED WITH GETTING THESE PETS OUT INTO HOMES WITH PEOPLE THAT HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE CURRENT LAWS ARE THE SAME FOR THE CITY'S OWN WEBSITE.

IT'S ALMOST COMPLETELY VOID OF ANY SORT OF USEFUL INFORMATION CONCERNING RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP.

SO IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO DO SURE, GARRETT, YOUR THREE MINUTES HAS EXPIRED.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS WILLIAM T MAZE.

I'M NOT SURE HOW TO PRONOUNCE YOUR NAME.

I'M SORRY, WILLIAM,

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PLEASE COME UP.

HOW DO YOU SAY YOUR NAME? NICE.

ALL RIGHT.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

GOOD EVENING BOARD MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS WILLIAM MAYS AND I LIVE ACROSS, UH, FROM THE BUTLER PITCH AND PUTT AT TWO 10 LEITE BARTON DRIVE.

UH, ALSO KNOWN AS BRIDGES ON THE PARK CONDOMINIUMS. UM, I'VE BEEN AN OWNER AT THE CONDOMINIUMS FOR OVER FIVE YEARS AND LOVED THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

UM, LOVE ALL OF THE OPTIONS FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND, AND FITNESS.

UM, BUT I'M HERE BECAUSE I RECENTLY BECAME AWARE OF SOME COMPLAINTS, UM, NUMEROUS COMPLAINTS THAT HAVE ELEVATED, UM, TO, YOU KNOW, THE LEVEL THAT, UH, THEY'RE REQUIRING YOUR OVERSIGHT.

AND SO WHILE I'M NOT A GOLFER AND HAVE NO VESTED INTEREST IN, UM, YOU KNOW, BUTLER PITCH AND PUTT, UM, I DO FEEL COMPELLED TO SPEAK UP ON, UH, AND, AND DO WHAT'S RIGHT IN WITH REGARD TO THESE COMPLAINTS.

UM, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THESE COMPLAINTS THAT ARE BEING FILED, UM, AND THERE ARE MANY, UM, ARE BEING FILED BY A SMALL NUMBER OF RESIDENTS AT BRIDGES ON THE PARK, A SELECT FEW, UM, AND THEY PRIMARILY DON'T REPRESENT THE VIEW, UM, OF THE MAJORITY OF THOSE RESIDENTS WHO RESIDE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, AND PRIMARILY THEY JUST DON'T LIKE THE VIEW OUTSIDE OF THEIR CONDO WINDOWS.

UH, THEY DON'T LIKE LOOKING AT THE BACKSIDE OF THE OUTBUILDINGS OR THE FACILITIES.

UM, AND AGAIN, THEY JUST DON'T REPRESENT THE MAJORITY OF OUR, OF OUR COMMUNITY.

AND AS FAR AS I KNOW, EACH OF THESE COMPLAINTS THAT HAVE BEEN FILED HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATED AND NO VIOLATIONS HAVE BEEN FOUND, UH, MANY OF THESE COMPLAINTS, UM, WHICH HAVE BEEN SIMILAR IN NATURE HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATED BY, UH, CODES, ENFORCEMENT, UH, INSPECTORS.

UM, AND IN MY OPINION, THEY'RE TRYING TO BULLY OUR NEIGHBOR BUTLER PIGEON POT, AND IT JUST DOES NOT SEEM RIGHT.

I SERVED AS THE BOARD PRESIDENT OF THE HOA PREVIOUSLY, AND AT THE TIME, UM, PRIOR TO OPERATIONS, BY THE CURRENT OWNER OPERATORS OF BUTLER PITCHING POT, UH, THERE WERE NO FACILITIES, UH, THE PUBLIC WAS ALLOWED TO BRING OUTSIDE ALCOHOL.

UM, SO FOLKS WOULD HANG OUT ON THE PROPERTY AFTER HOURS.

UH, THEY WOULD BE DRUNK BELLIGERENT.

UM, THERE WERE NO NO RESTROOM FACILITIES, SO THEY WOULD BE GOING ON THE GOLF COURSE.

UH, AND NOW THAT THE NEW OWNER OPERATORS THERE, THEY HAVE PROVIDED FACILITIES MADE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE GOLF COURSE.

SO A LOT OF THE ISSUES THAT WE WERE PREVIOUSLY HAVING ARE NO LONGER ISSUES, MANY WERE IN FACT, MANY RESIDENTS LIKE HAVING THE GOLF COURSE ACROSS THE STREET, UH, WITH FOOD OPTIONS AND LIVE MUSIC.

AND TO POINT OUT THAT, THAT THE, THAT THE BUTLER PITCHING POT HAS BEEN MORE THAN ACCOMMODATING TO THE CONCERNS OF OUR COMMUNITY.

THERE WAS A LEARNING CURVE EARLY ON WHEN THEY FIRST JOINED, UH, OUR FIRST STARTED OPERATING WITH LIKE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

UM, OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS SCOTT COB.

YES.

SO HELLO EVERYBODY.

UM, I'M BASICALLY HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE SUCCESS WE HAD IN THE BUDGET AND THANK EVERYBODY FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION AND, UH, WHAT TOOK A LONG TIME.

AND I WANT TO THINK DIRECTOR MCNEELY IS PLAYED A ROLE IN ACHIEVING WHAT WE WERE ABLE TO ACHIEVE AND CERTAINLY THE PARKS BOARD AND THE PATRONS AT THE POLLS HELPED OUT BY WRITING.

AND EVERYONE IS VERY HAPPY.

I'VE BEEN APPROACHED IN THE LAST FEW DAYS BY PATRONS AND MY COWORKERS.

SO THEY'RE ALL VERY, VERY HAPPY.

SO, AS YOU CAN SEE, WE HAVE A $20 LIVING WAGE AND WE HAVE FOR THE FIRST TIME FULL-TIME LIFEGUARDS 13 OF THEM, THAT'S GOING TO MAKE A MAJOR DIFFERENCE.

AND, UM, WE HAVE PAID TRAINING, WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED TO THAT I KNOW OF IN ANYWHERE IN THE U S AS FAR AS LIFEGUARDING.

SO WHEN YOU GO TO THE TAKE, THE LIFE GUARD LEFT CARD CLASS USED TO HAVE TO VOLUNTEER THAT TIME, BUT NOW YOU GET PAID ON DAY ONE.

IF THEY WORK OUT THAT, AND I THINK THEY ARE, THE OTHER ONES ARE TENTATIVE BONUSES IN 2023, DEPEND ON, THEY CAN SEE SAVINGS AND NEXT YEAR THEY'LL, THAT WAS THE RIDER THAT WAS PASSED BY COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS AND, UH, KIND OF PROUD OF THAT LAST ONE.

I

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SNUCK THAT ONE IN WITH THE OPTIONAL DENTAL INSURANCE WITH, UH, AND KITCHEN AND PAY JEALOUS.

SO THAT'S PROBABLY GOING TO GET IN THERE TOO, FOR ATTEMPTS WHO ALREADY HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE, THEY WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO BUY DENTAL INSURANCE.

YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, ANYHOW, WE MET WITH COUNCIL MEMBER FLINT IS, UH, LIKE IN APRIL NEXT ONE.

AND COUNCIL MEMBER AVAILA, YOU TALKED ABOUT THE FULL-TIME LIFEGUARDS.

WELL, ME, I WANTED THAT HASN'T BEEN DETERMINED YET IS WHAT THE PAY SCALE IS GOING TO BE.

AND IN THE PAST, THERE'S BEEN TWO SMALL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A LIFEGUARD 15 YEAR OLD LIFEGUARD AND A BARTON SPRINGS LIFEGUARD.

THE DIFFERENCE IS ONLY A DOLLAR 25 AND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REGULAR LIFEGUARD, MOST LIFEGUARDS ARE LG THREES, 17 AND UP THEY'RE ALL LG THREES, UNLESS YOU'RE OPEN WATER CARD.

AND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE REGULAR LIFEGUARD AND BEING A FACILITY MANAGER AT DEEP EDDY OR BARTHOLOMEW IN THE PAST HAS ONLY BEEN 50 CENTS.

AND THAT'S NOT ENOUGH TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE THAT THOSE JOBS ARE REALLY DIFFICULT.

SOME IT'S COMPLICATED AND MANAGING ALL THOSE PEOPLE.

AND SO IT SHOULD BE A COUPLE OF DOLLARS MORE AT LEAST, AND OPEN MORE LIFEGUARDS.

SO THE PAY SCALE, BUT WE'RE SUGGESTING IS LG ONES.

WHEN YOU'RE 15 TO GET THE LIVING WAGE OF $20, LG TWOS OR 16, ENCOURAGE THEM TO COME BACK, RAISE IT ANOTHER DOLLAR, LG 3 22, AND, UH, OPEN WATER 24.

THAT'S OUR SUGGESTION.

AND THAT ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO COME BACK EVERY YEAR.

AND IT ALSO HAS A BIGGER DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE AREAS, THE RESPONSIBILITY LEVELS BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT POSITIONS.

SO ARE THEY CONSIDERED OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS? THAT'S OUR SUGGESTION.

YEAH, THAT'S ABOUT ALL I HAVE TO SAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU, MR. COBB.

I BELIEVE THAT CONCLUDES OUR GENERAL CITIZENS COMMUNICATION CHAIR.

I BELIEVE THERE MAY BE TWO OTHER PEOPLE WAITING TO PROVIDE REMOTE COMMENT.

UH, KEVIN REYNA'S AND, UH, RIGHT.

OKAY.

NEVERMIND DOES NOT CONCLUDE KEVIN READINESS.

ARE YOU AVAILABLE TO GIVE YOUR PUBLIC COMMENT? OKAY.

YES, WE CAN PLEASE PROCEED.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

KEVIN RAIN IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE AUSTIN ROWING CLUB, AND JUST WANTED TO PROVIDE A COUPLE OF UPDATES AS A US OLYMPIC SPORT.

UM, THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ADULTS AT ANY AGE TO COMPETE AT A NATIONAL LEVEL.

AND SO THAT EVENT JUST RECENTLY OCCURRED AND WE'RE PROUD THAT THERE WERE OVER 40 ADULTS, THE AUSTIN AREA THAT COMPETED BROUGHT BACK 45 METALS.

THEY HAD METALED IN 70% OF THE EVENTS ENTERED, WHICH WERE 60, 70 EVENTS.

AND, UH, PROUD TO SAY THAT THE AUSTIN ROWING CLUB MASTERS TEAM CAME IN THIRD PLACE OVERALL MEN'S AND WOMEN COMBINED, UH, AT A NATIONAL LEVEL.

SO THAT WAS VERY EXCITING TO SEE, UM, THE JIGGER SIDE OF OUR PROGRAMMING.

WE HAD OUR OPEN HOUSE ON SATURDAY, UH, TONIGHT WAS GOING TO BE THE START OF THE JUNIOR SEASON, BUT WE CANCELED THAT WITH THE, UH, THE WEATHER.

AND WE EXPECT SIMILAR TO WHAT OUR TEAM SIZE WAS BEFORE OVER 90 STUDENTS.

AND WE PULL ESSENTIALLY FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE BROADER METRO AREA OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN, AND WE CONTINUE TO SCHOLARSHIP ANYONE WHO'S IN NEED.

AND WE'VE ACTUALLY SEEN A INCREASE IN THAT, AND WE'RE HAPPY TO SUPPORT FAMILIES THAT WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THEIR CHILDREN PARTICIPATE.

AND WE PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS TO DO THAT ON THE LAKE CLEANUP SITE.

AND WE'LL CERTAINLY HAVE A LITTLE MORE TO DO AFTER THIS RAIN, BUT GRATEFUL TO HAVE THE RAIN.

WE, UH, HOSTED FOUR LAKE CLEANUPS IN THE LAST MONTH, UH, VOLUNTEERS, WE PROVIDE THE PADDLE EQUIPMENT AND THE GRIPPERS AND THE BAGS OVER 150 BAGS OF TRASH WERE COLLECTED.

AND WE PARTNER WITH THE KEEP AUSTIN BEAUTIFUL AND PEACE LOVE RIGOROUS ORGANIZATION.

AND IT'S TURNED OUT TO BE QUITE A POPULAR EVENT, ACTUALLY, WHICH IS GREAT.

AND THEN FINALLY I'LL MENTION EVERY THURSDAY MORNING, WE STARTED A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE AUSTIN CHAPTER OF THE PHOENIX, WHICH IS A NATIONAL SOBRIETY ORGANIZATION.

AND SO EVERY THURSDAY MORNING WE OFFER FREE PADDLING TO THEIR MEMBERS IS PHYSICAL EXERCISE BEING OUTDOORS AND ENJOYING NATURE IS A KEY COMPONENT OF THE PHOENIX'S PHILOSOPHY AROUND SOBRIETY.

AND, UM, WE'RE VERY PLEASED TO BE PARTNERING WITH THEM.

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS KAREN CARTER.

OKAY.

ARE YOU READY? YES, PLEASE PROCEED.

OKAY, GOOD

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EVENING.

MY NAME IS KAREN CARTER AND I'VE BEEN AN OWNER OF A CONDO AT BRIDGES ON THE PARK SINCE 2012, BECAUSE OF THE IMPROVEMENTS AT BUTLER PATIENT CUT.

I BEGAN GOLFING AGAIN, THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THAT LITTLE KITCHEN PUTT, AND I'M VERY PLEASED WITH THE NEW MANAGEMENT UPDATES AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY ONE OF AUSTIN'S ICONIC ESTABLISHMENT.

I RECENTLY RECENTLY BECAME A WINNER AS A MINORITY OWNERS IN MY BUILDING HAVE SUBMITTED AND INORDINATE AMOUNT OF COMPLAINTS REGARDING LIGHTS, MUSIC STRUCTURE, AND ET CETERA.

WITH THE STATE DATES, MINORITY RESIDENTS DO NOT REPRESENT SOME MAJORITY OF OWNERS IN OUR BUILDING.

THEY ARE IN FACT, A SMALL GROUP OF OWNERS WHO ARE ATTEMPTING TO EXERT THEIR INFLUENCE REPRESENTING BRIDGES ON THE PARK AS A HOME.

AND IN MY OPINION, THEY ARE DEFINITELY MS. INFORMED ME YOUR BOARD.

I CONSIDER BUTLER PIGEON, PAT, AND ASSET TO OUR AREA.

MY FRIENDS AND ACQUAINTANCES HAVE EXPRESSED HOW LOVELY THE VENUE IS AND HOW LUCKY I AM TO LIVE RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND I'LL HELP.

YOU WILL CONSIDER MY SUPPORT FOR THE LOCATION.

THANK YOU, TIM.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER UNLISTED SPEAKERS OR DO YOU THINK WE'RE DONE? OKAY.

I THINK WE'RE DONE WITH GENERAL COMMUNICATION CHAIR.

OKAY.

THEN WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON ONLINE.

HELLO? OKAY.

[1. Approve the minutes of the Parks and Recreation Board regular meeting of July 25, 2022.]

UM, I THINK WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO ITEM ONE, WHICH IS THE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES, UM, FROM THE JULY 25TH MEETING, DO I HAVE A MOTION? OKAY.

BOARD MEMBER, UH, VICE CHAIR, FAUST MOVES APPROVAL ANY SECOND.

UH, REMEMBER LEWIS SECONDS.

UM, ALL IN FAVOR.

ALL RIGHT.

IT LOOKS UNANIMOUS.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

THAT WAS QUICK AND EASY.

UH, STAFF BRIEFINGS.

[2. Staff briefing on Parks and Recreation Department Community Engagement Events, Planning Updates, Development Updates, Maintenance Updates, Program Updates and Administrative updates. ]

I BELIEVE WE HAVE DIRECTOR MCNEILLY GONNA SPEAK FIRST THIS EVENING WITH HER DIRECTORS REPORT.

SO BOARD MEMBERS, I'M GONNA START OFF WITH, UM, FOLLOW-UP ITEMS THAT WE, UH, FROM THE PREVIOUS MEETING, SO THAT YOU'RE AWARE OF, UH, WHERE WE ARE, UM, HAVE HAVING RESPONDED TO THOSE THINGS THAT WERE REQUESTED.

WE DID SEND AN EMAIL ABOUT ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT VERSUS GAS EQUIPMENT.

WE SENT AN EMAIL ABOUT COOLING CENTERS AND IT WAS AN OVERVIEW OF COOLING CENTERS.

UM, WE ALSO SENT AN EMAIL WHICH WAS NOT PART OF THE, THE, UM, IT WAS NOT PART OF YOUR FOLLOWUP, BUT WE DID SEND AN EMAIL ABOUT BECOMING MEMBERS OF THE TEXAS RECREATION AND PARKS SOCIETY.

AND IF THERE IS AN INTEREST IN THE BOARD MEMBERS, UM, BEING, UH, OFFICIAL, UH, MEMBERS OF THIS PARTICULAR PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION, IF YOU COULD JUST FORWARD THAT INFORMATION TO TIM, WE'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE YOU SIGNED UP.

UH, I WANTED TO GIVE YOU A, A UP ABOUT, UM, A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE OFF-LEASH DOG ITEM.

I KNOW THAT YOU'LL BE SPEAKING ABOUT THAT LATER, BUT PLEASE KNOW THAT WE ARE PLANNING, UM, THE RELEASE OF THOSE MUSICAL MESSAGES THAT WE HAD TALKED ABOUT ON SEPTEMBER 30TH WITH, UM, OUR ARTISTS THAT CREATED THOSE MUSICAL MESSAGES TO ASK PEOPLE, TO KEEP THEIR DOGS ON LEASH, UM, FOR THERE TO BE A CAMPAIGN THAT WOULD BE OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

WE'RE ALSO, UM, IN THE PROCESS OF UPDATING OUR WEBSITE, UH, PARK MAPS THAT WILL SHOW YOU NOT JUST THE MAPS, WHERE WE HAVE ESTABLISHED DOG PARKS, BUT NEW DOG PARKS THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT ONLINE AS PART OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH, UM, WITH DEVELOPERS HAVE CREATED PARKS WITHIN THEIR COMMUNITY, AND NOW HAVE PUBLIC DOG PARKS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO EVERYBODY CROSS THE CAMP, AGGRESS THE CITY.

ALSO, I WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT ON OUR WEBSITE, THERE IS A LINK TO THE RULES AND REGULATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH DOGS.

UM, AND THAT WOULD BE THANKS TO THE WORKING GROUP WHO'VE WORKED TO PUT TOGETHER, UH, THE TEXT ABOUT, YOU CAN FIND A LINK THERE JUST FOR FOLLOW UP, AND THERE'S STILL MORE THINGS THAT WE NEED TO DO AS A WORKING GROUP.

AND I'M SURE, UM, BOARD MEMBER LOUIS AND THE TEAM WILL LET YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT.

UM, AS A FOLLOW-UP, THERE'S A COUPLE OF OUTSTANDING ITEMS. UM, ONE IS DICK NICHOLS AND PROVIDING INFORMATION AND WE'RE WORKING ON A MEMO FOR THAT.

AND THE SECOND IS, UH, INFORMATION ABOUT PROPOSITION B, WHICH, UM, AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, WE'RE JUST NOT IN A POSITION TO TALK TOO MUCH ABOUT, BUT AS SOON AS WE ARE, WE'LL DEFINITELY PROVIDE YOU AN UPDATE.

AND THERE'S ONE OTHER ITEM, WHICH WAS ABOUT, UM, IRAQ, RIGHT? AND THAT, THAT CONVERSATION WAS ABOUT REAL ESTATE PURCHASES AND RECREATION CENTERS.

AND I HAD SENT AN EMAIL ON 7 27 AND PERHAPS IT DIDN'T COVER EVERYTHING THAT THE BOARD WAS HOPING THAT THEY WANTED TO KNOW.

SO PERHAPS POST-MEETING SOMEONE COULD JUST SHOOT US AN EMAIL ABOUT WHAT ELSE YOU WOULD BE INTERESTED IN UNDERSTANDING ABOUT THAT SITUATION.

AND WE'LL BE HAPPY TO, UM, PROVIDE YOU ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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IF YOU'RE LEAPING THROUGH THIS PARTICULAR REPORT.

IF YOU START ON PAGE ONE, I JUST WANTED TO POINT OUT THAT THERE WERE A COUPLE OF CEREMONIES, UH, AND, UH, EVENTS THAT HAPPENED AT THE DUB SPRINGS, THE GEORGE MIRALIS DOVE SPRINGS RECREATION CENTER.

SO THERE WAS A RENAMING AND BACKPACK GIVEAWAY, RENAMING CELEBRATION AND BACKPACK GIVEAWAY, AND ALSO COUNCIL MEMBER HOSTED A, UH, UH, AN EVENT WHERE IT WAS A TOWN HALL MEETING ON THE 23RD OF JULY.

UM, PLEASE KNOW OF ON PAGE TWO TARRYTOWN, UH, NEIGHBORHOOD AND THE PLAYGROUND PARK REPLACEMENT.

THERE WILL BE, UH, THERE WILL BE A, UM, A COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ON AUGUST 27TH TO TALK ABOUT THAT REPLACEMENT PLAYGROUND.

THERE'LL ALSO BE A, A COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ON SEPTEMBER 13TH TO TALK ABOUT THEM.

ON TOP OF THIS POOL PROJECT, THEY'LL ALSO BE A COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 28TH TO TALK ABOUT THE BEVERLY SHEFFIELD NORTHWEST POOL.

UH, AND PLEASE ALSO KNOW THAT PARKLAND DEDICATION ORDINANCE WAS POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER 1ST.

AND SO THERE ARE NO SPECIFIC UPDATES RELATED TO THE PARKLAND DEDICATION THAT WE CAN PROVIDE AT THIS TIME.

BUT, UM, AS THINGS PROGRESS, WE'LL CERTAINLY PROVIDE AN UPDATE, UH, AS THE COUNCIL TAKES ACTION.

UM, I JUST WANTED TO BRING TO YOUR ATTENTION THAT IN THE NEAR FUTURE, SOME LIKELY IN SEPTEMBER WE'LL BE BRINGING FORWARD THE BRODY OAKS PUD, UH, AND IT IS A PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT THAT WILL BE LOCATED AT 360 LOOP, 360 IN SOUTH LAMAR.

AND SO WE'LL BE BRINGING YOU INFORMATION ABOUT THAT PARTICULAR PUD, IF YOU CAN JUST SKIP THROUGH TO PAGE SEVEN, YOU'LL SEE THAT THERE IS SOME INFORMATION ABOUT WORK THAT'S BEING DONE AT ROY G. GUERRERO AND THE CHANNEL IN BRIDGE REPAIRS.

AND SO THERE'S SOME DETAIL THERE, AS YOU MIGHT RECALL, THIS PROJECT'S BEING LED BY WATERSHED PROTECTION, BUT OBVIOUSLY BECAUSE IT RUNS THROUGH, UM, ROY G. GUERRERO PARKINS BISECTS, THE CRAIG FIELDS, THE TRAIL, AND GREY G GUERRERO, IT CERTAINLY HAS IMPACTS ON OUR USERSHIP.

AND IF YOU'RE SKIPPING THROUGH, UM, IF YOU GO TO PAGE 10, YOU'LL NOTICE THAT, UM, THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT DISTRIBUTED OVER 30,000 POUNDS OF FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES FROM OUR RECREATION CENTERS THIS YEAR TO HELP FAMILIES, UM, AND WE CALL IT WHAT YOU DON'T CALL IT.

WE ARE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BRIGHTER BITES THAT ALLOWS US TO DISTRIBUTE THOSE, UM, THAT TO, TO COMMUNITIES THAT ARE, UM, WOULD BENEFIT FROM THOSE FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.

UM, IF YOU'RE SKIPPING THROUGH TO PAGE 13, WE ALSO, UH, WE'RE ABLE TO PARTNER WITH MULTIPLE ENTITIES TO BE ABLE TO HAVE BACKPACK GIFT GIVEAWAYS AT THE CARVER MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER AT THE PAN-AM RECREATION CENTER, GIVENS RECREATION CENTER, AND THE GEORGE MORALES DOVE SPRINGS RECREATION CENTER.

AND YOU'LL NOTICE THAT THERE WAS LOTS OF END OF THE YEAR EVENTS THAT OCCURRED BECAUSE SUMMER CAMP ENDED, UM, JUST BEFORE THE WEEK OF SCHOOL.

AND SO YOU'LL SEE LOTS OF CULMINATING EVENTS WITH, UM, CELEBRATIONS WHERE CHILDREN WERE BROUGHT TOGETHER IN LARGER GROUPS TO HAVE, UM, FUN FESTIVAL TYPE OF EXPERIENCES OR, UM, PUT ON PLAYS OR A VARIETY OF OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE'VE PROVIDED THROUGHOUT SUMMER CAMP.

ONE THING OF PARTICULAR INTEREST WITH OUR SENIOR POPULATION ON PAGE 17, WE BEGAN A CLASS CALLED THE LEGACY MEMORY CLASS, AND THIS CLASS BEGAN ON AUGUST 15TH AND IT'S TEACHING OUR PARTICIPANTS WAYS TO DOCUMENT SOME OF THEIR MEMORIES THAT THEY CAN SHARE WITH THEIR FAMILY AND THAT THEIR FAMILY WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.

AND IT'S IN MULTIPLE MEDIUMS, EVERYTHING FROM PRINT TO VIDEO, TO AUDIO MEDIUM, SO WE CAN RECORD MESSAGES AND PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE THAT FAMILIES WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE THAT OF THEIR LOVED ONE FOR YEARS TO COME.

YOU'LL NOTICE.

UM, THERE'S A NUMBER OF, UH, UH, OF, UH, EVENTS THAT ARE OCCURRING TO CELEBRATE ARTISTS ON PAGE 21.

YOU'LL SEE THE WATERLOO PARK AND THE MOODY AMPHITHEATER RECEIVED A ENERGY AUSTIN GREEN BUILDING AWARD CEREMONY.

AND YOU'LL SEE OUR OWN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, LIANA CALLA VOCA WAS THERE TO ASSIST OR TO ACCEPT THE AWARD ON BEHALF OF THE DEPARTMENT, ALONG WITH AUSTIN ENERGY.

AND THEN LAST BUT NOT LEAST, UH, IT'S IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE BEEN MONITORING, UH, BARTON CREEK, UH, BECAUSE OF ALL OF THE RAIN.

AND WE'RE SEEING THAT THE FLOOD GAUGES ARE GOING UP.

AND SO OUR STAFF HAS ALREADY, UH, BEGAN THE PROCESS OF PREPARING BARTON CREEK, I'M SORRY, BARTON SPRINGS FOR IF BARTON CREEK FLOODS.

AND WE WON'T HAVE AN UPDATE AS TO THE STATUS OF ITS OPENING UNTIL EITHER LATER TODAY OR EARLY IN THE MORNING.

BUT I JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT WE ARE ALREADY IN THOSE PREPARATIONS.

UM, IF YOU HAVE ANY SPECIFIC QUESTIONS, HAPPY TO ANSWER THEM, OTHERWISE THAT'S THE END OF THE REPORT.

ALL RIGHT.

BOARD MEMBERS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH DIRECTOR NILI ANY QUESTIONS FOR THE DIRECTOR? ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UM, WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO ITEM THREE

[3. Discussion and possible action regarding a recommendation from the Off-Leash Dog working group.]

DISCUSSION AND ACTION ITEMS NOW.

UM, THIS IS THE DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION

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REGARDING A RECOMMENDATION FROM THE OFF LEAF OFF, SORRY, NOT OFF LEAF OFF LEASH DOG WORKING GROUP.

SO I TURN THE DISCUSSION OVER TO A BOARD MEMBER LEWIS AND BOARD MEMBER BERNARD THANK YOU.

UH, BOARD MEMBER BERNARD, DO YOU WANT TO SPEAK FIRST OR DO YOU WANT ME TO, YOU CAN GO AHEAD.

DUMP ARE IMPORTANT FOR LOUIS.

OKAY.

SO AS, AS YOU PROBABLY RECALL, BOARD MEMBER BARNARD NIGHT, UM, GAVE A PRESENTATION AT A MEETING A WHILE BACK ABOUT THE WORK THAT WE'D ACCOMPLISHED WITH THE OFF-LEASE DOG WORKING GROUP.

AND IF I'M NOT SURE IF YOU RECALL EVERYTHING THAT WE HAD TO SAY, BUT WHAT, WHAT WE DID DO IS WE WENT THROUGH AND KIND OF LOOKED AT THE ISSUE BECAUSE IT, AS AUSTIN CONTINUES TO GROW AND WE, WITH THAT GROWTH, OF COURSE COMES MORE PET DOG OWNERS AND PET OWNERS.

THIS AWFULLY STOG ISSUE HAS JUST KIND OF EVOLVED INTO, UM, A PROBLEM.

AND THERE'S LOTS OF WHETHER IT'S BATTLES BETWEEN DOG OWNERS OR AWFULLY STOCK OWNERS OR SAFETY CONCERNS, OR, UM, YOU KNOW, JUST ISSUES BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE NOT FOLLOWING THE CODE.

THERE'S, THERE'S LOTS OF PROBLEMS WITH US.

AND SO WE LOOKED AT THAT AND WHAT WE UNFORTUNATELY CAME TO REALIZE IS THAT THERE REALLY ISN'T AN ENFORCEMENT MECHANISM AT THIS TIME.

I KNOW THAT THE SPEAKER WHO SPOKE TO US AT CITIZENS COMMUNICATION, UH, REFERENCED THAT THE PROBLEM IS, IS THAT APD, THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT DOESN'T HAVE THE CAPACITY, NOR DOES THE PARTS DEPARTMENT.

WE ONLY HAVE, I BELIEVE IT'S 21 PARK RANGERS WHO HAVE A HOST OF ISSUES THAT THEY HAVE TO, TO DEAL WITH.

AND THEN, UM, THE, UM, ANIMAL, UM, CENTER DOWN AT, UH, NOT AT TOWN, LIKE IT'S 11 TO LIVE NOW, ALSO DOESN'T HAVE THE CAPACITY TO DO THAT EITHER.

SO WE WERE TRYING TO COME UP WITH ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT THE OFF-LEASE DOGS TO TRY TO, UM, SO THAT MAYBE WE INCREASED SIGNAGE, THE, UH, PSA JINGLES THAT ERECTOR MCNEILLY REFERENCED EARLIER THAT ARE GOING TO COME OUT AND THE OTHER, UM, ONE OTHER STRATEGY WAS TO, UM, TRY TO COME UP WITH SOME MORE OFF-LEASE DOG PARKS AND, AND DO THAT IN A WAY THAT WE COULD PROVIDE EDUCATION THEM, MAYBE HAVE GRAND OPENINGS, ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO USE THEM.

BUT RIGHT NOW WE ONLY HAVE, I BELIEVE 12 OFFICIAL, AWFULLY STALLED PARKS.

AND MOST OF THEM ARE, I THINK I'M TRYING TO REMEMBER HOW MANY ARE FENCED.

UH, DO YOU REMEMBER A BOARD MEMBER? BERNARD? I THINK JUST A FEW, ACTUALLY WE DO.

I DON'T KNOW TIM, IF YOU HAD THAT, UM, THAT ONE GRAPHIC THAT I SENT TO YOU, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU COULD PULL THAT UP OR NOT, OR DID, WERE YOU ABLE TO GET THAT TO, TO ANTHONY? OKAY.

UM, OKAY.

I JUST CAN'T.

YEAH.

WELL, LET ME INTERRUPT JUST ONE MINUTE, BECAUSE I FORGOT TO ASK IF THERE WERE SPEAKERS ON THIS ITEM, WE DO HAVE ONE SPEAKER AND LET ME JUST FINISH MY SENTENCE AND YES, WE ACTUALLY ARE REALLY, UM, WHAT'S REALLY GOOD FOR EVERYBODY.

THAT'S LISTENING IS THAT WE HAVE THE PERSON WHO WAS THE CHAIR OF OUR JOINT COMMITTEE.

UM, JOANNE NORTON, WHO'S ON THE SERVICE ON THE ANIMAL ADVISORY COMMISSION, AND SHE IS KNOWS A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT ABOUT THIS AND CAN ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAD MUCH BETTER THAN, UM, UM, BOARD MEMBER BERNARD AND I, AND AS WELL AS DIRECTOR MCNEELY ALSO IS VERY WELL VERSED ON THIS ISSUE AS WELL.

SO WE WERE REALLY LUCKY BECAUSE WE HAVE TWO GREAT RESOURCES, BUT HERE IS THE GRAPHIC THAT JUST SHOWS THE LIST OF AWFULLY STALK AREAS.

AND I KNOW THIS IS SMALL.

I'M NOT SURE HOW TO MAKE IT ANY BIGGER, BUT THE ONES THAT ARE GREEN, WHICH YOU PROBABLY YOU'RE EVERYBODY'S EYES PROBABLY BETTER THAN MINE, BUT YOU CAN, UM, YOU CAN SEE WHERE THE GREEN AREAS, WHICH IS WHERE THE FENCE DOG IN AREAS ARE.

SO WE, WE HAVE, UM, JUST A FEW OF THOSE.

SO HAVING SAID THAT WE DO HAVE A RECOMMENDATION ABOUT INCREASING THE NUMBER OF OFF-LEASE DOG PARKS, BUT BEFORE WE TALK ABOUT THAT, IF, UM, I DON'T KNOW IF BOARD MEMBER BERNARD WANTED TO ANSWER, I MEAN, TO ADD SOMETHING.

AND THEN OF COURSE I WOULD LOVE FOR JOANNE NORTON TO, UM, TO JUMP IN HERE TOO BOARD MEMBERS BEFORE YOU CONTINUE, WE HAVE AN INDIVIDUAL WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK ON WHO'S SIGNING UP JUST NOW AS YOU'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF DISCUSSION, IF YOU WOULD PREFER, IF YOU WOULD BE, IF YOU WOULD BE

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AMENABLE TO ALLOWING HIM TO SPEAK TO OFF-LEASH DOG ISSUES.

UM, I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT.

HOW DO YOU GUYS FEEL ABOUT IT? IS THAT OKAY? WARD MEMBERS.

OKAY.

YES, SIR.

GO AHEAD.

ACTUALLY, HE'S STILL SIGNING UP.

SO WHY DON'T WE GO AHEAD, BOARD MEMBER BERNARD.

DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE? NO, I DON'T REMEMBER LOUIS, UH, COVERED ALL OF IT.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, GREAT.

SO IF HE'S, IS HE READY? HE'S HE'S MAKING HIS WAY TO THE PODIUM.

OKAY.

HOWDY.

HI.

UH, SORRY.

I JUST THOUGHT I'D INTRODUCED THE SPEAKER, UH, UH, BOARD.

WE HAVE A ROBERT CORBIN.

UH, I JUST ACTUALLY FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS A FEW MINUTES AGO.

SORRY.

UH, IT'S ABOUT ITEM THREE, ABOUT THE DOGS AND NEEDING MORE EDUCATION AND MORE OFF-LEASH AREAS.

AND, UH, IT SOUNDS GREAT, BUT I DON'T REALLY AGREE WITH IT.

I THINK IT'S A BAD CONCEPT.

THE EDUCATION SOUNDS GOOD, BUT IT SEEMS TO BE VERY HARD TO EDUCATE PEOPLE AND ABOUT THE OFF-LEASH AREAS, HAVING MORE OF THEM, ACTUALLY, YOU WILL FIND OUT THAT YOU HAVE GREATER PROBLEMS NEAR EXISTING OFF-LEASH DOG AREAS.

THEN YOU HAVE FAR AWAY FROM THEM IS AN EXAMPLE, RIGHT OVER HERE AT AUDITORIUM SHORES.

THERE'S AN OFF-LEASH DOG PARK, BUT JUST ON THIS SIDE OF THE RIVER, RIGHT OVER HERE, WHERE, UH, WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, LAMAR AND CESAR CHAVEZ.

THERE'S ALWAYS, ALWAYS DOGS RUNNING OFF LEASH THERE, AND THERE ARE ALSO DOGS RUNNING OFF LEASH, NOT AS MUCH AS THERE USED TO BE, BUT THERE ARE AT A AUDITORIUM SHORES, NOT WORTHY, ACTUALLY OFFICIAL OFF-LEASH AREA IS, AND THAT'S THE CASE PRETTY MUCH ALL OVER THE CITY.

IF YOU GO TO MARY MAR, UH, C WRIGHT PARK, WHERE THEY HAVE A LARGE OFF-LEASH DOG AREA, YOU CAN GO IN THE OTHER PART OF THE PARK AND GUESS WHAT, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE DOGS OFF LEASH.

SO IT DOESN'T SEEM TO HAVE ANY PARTICULAR BEARING THAT YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE MORE OFF-LEASH DOG AREAS, AND YOU'RE GOING TO TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM.

IT'S JUST NOT GONNA WORK.

AND, UH, AND THE, THE EDUCATION PART YOU'VE BEEN TRYING TO EDUCATE PEOPLE IS MY UNDERSTANDING FOR A LONG TIME.

AND THAT HASN'T WORKED VERY WELL.

IF YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE OFF-LEASH DOG PROBLEM IN THIS CITY, YOU TICKET PEOPLE AND THE ANIMAL ADVISORY OR THE ANIMAL SERVICES THEY'RE ALLOWED TO DO THAT.

THE ONLY TIME I EVER SAW ONE OF THEM IN AN AREA WHERE THERE WAS AN OFF-LEASH DOG THAT HAD BEEN CALLED IN UPON, THEY RESPONDED, I THINK IT WAS TWO OR THREE DAYS AFTERWARDS.

AND I ASKED THEM, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? AND THEY SAID, WE'VE HAD A REPORT ABOUT AN AGGRESSIVE DOG.

AND I SAID, REALLY, WHEN THE REPORT CAME, COME IN AND THEY SAID, OH, IT WAS ABOUT TWO OR THREE DAYS AGO.

SO IF YOU SENT THOSE PEOPLE OUT OF ALL THE, WHAT ARE THEIR 20 TRUCKS, IF YOU SENT ONE OF THOSE TRUCKS, JUST OUT TO PLACES WHERE PEOPLE BREAKING THE LAW, JUST ONE OUT OF 20 AND HAD A BRIGHT TICKETS, YOU WOULD DO MORE TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM THAN EVERYTHING THAT IS IN THIS ITEM HERE.

AND I THINK THAT'S ENOUGH.

I COULD GO ON PROBABLY FOR AN HOUR, BUT THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

THANKS FOR COMING DOWN IN THE, IN THE WET RAIN.

ALL RIGHT.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO PROCEED THEN? UM, BOARD MEMBER, UH, LOUIS, DID YOU HAVE A SPEAKER TOO, THAT YOU WANTED TO INTRODUCE? YES.

YES.

AND I, I WANT TO THANK THE SPEAKER.

I, I AGREE IN PORCELAIN WOULD BE GREAT.

WE WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT, BUT THAT'S JUST LOOK LIKE IT'S GOING TO BE ABLE TO HAPPEN RIGHT NOW.

WE DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCES.

AND I THINK WHAT, WHAT WE WANT TO DO MAY NOT BE PERFECT, BUT WE CAN EITHER DO NOTHING OR WE CAN TRY TO DO SOMETHING TO ALLEVIATE THE PROBLEM.

AND WE SPEND SOME TIME LOOKING AT BREATHTEC DIFFERENT SOLUTIONS, BUT I THINK IT'S JOANNE NORTON.

IS SHE ON THE LINE? YES, I BELIEVE SHE IS A GREAT MS. NORTON, WOULD YOU, ARE YOU THERE? CAN YOU HEAR US? YES, I AM.

ALL RIGHT.

YOU GOT THREE MINUTES.

OKAY.

UM, THANK YOU.

UM, AS BOARD MEMBER LEWIS SAID, I'M A MEMBER OF THE ANIMAL ADVISORY COMMISSION AND WAS CHAIR OF THE OFF-LEASH DOG WORKING GROUP.

UM, WE WERE, UM, THRILLED TO JOIN WITH THE PARK AND RECREATION BOARD WORKING GROUP, UM, FOR THE MUTUAL BENEFIT OF OUR CITIZENS.

UM, OUR WORK SHOWED THAT AUSTIN DOES NOT

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HAVE ENOUGH AWFULLY DOG AREAS THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

THIS HAS LED TO CITIZENS CREATING THEIR OWN OFF-LEASH DOG AREAS LIKE THE AREA CALLED LITTLE ZILKER NEAR ZYCLARA ELEMENTARY AREAS OF STACEY PARK, LONGER VIEW PARK OVER AN ENFIELD.

THE LIST JUST GOES ON THESE INFORMAL YET OFTEN ORGANIZED BY NEIGHBORS.

OFF-LEASH DOG AREAS HAVE LED TO ALARMING INCIDENTS, SUCH AS THE DOG BOLTING FROM LITTLE BOOKER AND ATTACKING A DOG, BEING WALKED BY A FAMILY.

UM, THESE OFFICIAL OFF-LEASH AREAS ARE PITTING NEIGHBORS AGAINST NEIGHBORS.

THOSE WHO WANT THE PARKLAND SAFE FOR THEIR FAMILIES USE WITHOUT FEAR OF ATTACK BY AN OFF-LEASH DOG.

AND THOSE WHO FEEL THEIR DOGS ARE FRIENDLY AND NEED TO RUN, AND DON'T WANT TO TRAVEL TO AN OFF-LEASH AREA.

UM, I CONDUCTED A CITIZEN FOCUS GROUP THAT REVIEWED THE PARKS GUIDELINES FOR ADDING OFF-LEASH DOG AREAS, COMMENTS AND CONCERNS WERE SHARED WITH OUR WORKING GROUP AND PASSED ALONG TO THE PARKS TEAM.

SO THIS TOOL IS IN PLACE, INCLUDING HYBRID OPTIONS.

THE GUIDELINES RECOMMEND NEW OFF-LEASH AREAS BE FENCE WITH SEPARATE LARGE AND SMALL DOG AREAS, OBVIOUSLY SHERRY'S ARE PARTICULARLY NEEDED IN THE HIGH DENSITY SECTIONS OF THE CITY.

THE SEAHOLM AREA IS VERY DOG-FRIENDLY YET.

THERE IS NO FENCE AWFULLY SHERIA WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE.

I REALIZED MANY CITIZENS FEEL ISSUING CITATIONS IS THE ANSWER, BUT BUDGET CONSTRAINTS MAKE THAT ALL BEEN IMPOSSIBLE.

PARK POLICE HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED.

ANIMAL PROTECTION IS LIMITED IN WHAT THEY CAN TICKET FOR AND COVER 900 SQUARE MILES OF TRAVIS COUNTY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.

THERE JUST NOT ENOUGH OF THEM PARK RANGERS CANNOT ISSUE, UM, UH, OBLATES DOG TICKETS.

AS FAR AS I KNOW OUR WORKING GROUP RECOMMENDATIONS REQUESTED CITIZEN ACTION, SUCH AS CALLING 3 1, 1 TO REPORT OFF-LEASH DOGS.

SO THE DATA COULD BE USED TO DETERMINE WHERE NEW AWFULLY STOCK AREAS ARE NEEDED AND RAISING AWARENESS THROUGH VARIOUS MEANS.

MANY PEOPLE DID FEEL, UM, WHAT DOWN, UM, BUT WE'RE DOING THE BEST WE CAN AND TRYING TO GET THE WORD OUT.

AND I'M EXCITED ABOUT THE MUSICAL MESSAGING AND THE PRINT MESSAGING THAT WE HAVE, AND THAT WE ALL COLLABORATED TOGETHER.

UM, WITH AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER, BOTH, UH, THE ANIMAL ADVISORY COMMISSION AND THE PARKS BOARD AND, UM, THE STAFF AT, UM, AT THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

UM, SO I SUPPORT THIS RECOMMENDATION AND ALL EFFORTS BY PARKS AND RECREATION TO PROVIDE SAFE OFF-LEASH AREAS FOR CITIZENS.

AND I CAN ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS IF THAT'S ALLOWED THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE, ESPECIALLY ABOUT WHAT WE DISCUSSED WITH HYBRID OPTIONS FOR AWFULLY SERIOUS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME THIS EVENING.

OKAY.

I'LL HAND IT BACK OVER TO YOU BOARD MEMBERS, UH, BERNARD AND LOUIS.

WELL, GREAT.

WELL, AS I, UM, AS I SAID, AS SHE MENTIONED, JOANNE, IS IF YOU DO HAVE QUESTIONS, I HONESTLY FEEL LIKE SHE WOULD BE A BETTER RESOURCE THAN WE ARE.

SHE'S BEEN WORKING ON THIS ISSUE FOR, FOR A LONG TIME AND HAS JUST A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THAT AND DID A GREAT JOB AS, AS CHAIR OF OUR WORKING GROUP.

SO, UM, AND I'M NOT SURE IF ANYBODY WANTS TO ASK ANYTHING BEFORE WE PULL UP THE RECOMMENDATION, I CAN GO AHEAD AND PULL IT UP AND WE CAN OPEN IT UP FOR DISCUSSION, OR IF PEOPLE HAD QUESTIONS, NOT RELATED TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS THEY'D LIKE TO ASK, CARLOS HAD HER HAND UP.

YEAH.

I JUST HAD A CLARIFICATION IS SO, UM, CAN WE CONFIRM IF PARK RANGERS ARE ABLE TO ISSUE TICKETS FOR THE OFF-LEASH DOGS, DIRECTOR, MCNEELY, YOU MIGHT WANT TO ANSWER THAT KIMBERLY MCNEALY, THE LEVEL OF AUTHORITY FOR PARK RANGERS IS A VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE.

THEY DO NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ISSUE TICKETS.

THAT PARTICULAR AUTHORITY LIES WITH THE AUSTIN PART.

I'M SORRY, THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND ALSO WITH ANIMAL CONTROL, I'M SORRY, ANIMAL PROTECTION.

THE ONE THING THAT WE HAVE TO KEEP IN MIND IS EVEN THOUGH ANIMAL PROTECTION IS ABLE TO WRITE TICKETS.

THEY ARE NOT, THEY DO NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO, UM, REQUEST THAT SOMEBODY IDENTIFY THEMSELVES.

AND SO IF YOU WERE TO WRITE A TICKET FOR SOMEONE AND THAT INDIVIDUAL DID NOT TELL THE ANIMAL PROTECTION OFFICER WHAT THEIR REAL NAME WAS OR THEIR REAL ADDRESSES, THAT TICKET WILL GO ON.

UM, UH, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE RIGHT WORD IS, BUT UNPAID, RIGHT? BECAUSE THERE'S NO SUCH PERSON OR NO SUCH ADDRESS, UM, THAT, THAT, THAT INDIVIDUAL WOULD BE BOUND TO PAY THAT TICKET.

I HAVE A QUESTION.

WAS THERE ANY DISCUSSION IN THE, I HAVEN'T SEEN ANY YET, BUT I'M JUST WONDERING IF ANYBODY ELSE HEARD IN THE DISCUSSION THAT THE COUNCIL IS HAVING ABOUT BUDGET IS ANY RETURN, UM, OF A PARKS POLICE ON THE HORIZON.

DOES ANYBODY KNOW MY RECOLLECTION OF THE, OF THE COUNCIL DISCUSSION ABOUT BUDGET DID NOT INCLUDE, UH, THAT PIECE, BUT I, I CAN'T SPEAK TO THAT.

I CAN'T SPEAK FOR EACH ACCOUNT, BUT I DON'T REMEMBER THAT BEING A, UM, UH, AN ITEM THAT THEY DISCUSSED.

OKAY.

AND JUST TO ADD ONTO THAT, I TALKED TO SOMEBODY WITH THE POLICE ASSOCIATION

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WHO ALSO ABOUT THIS, AND HE ALSO SAID THAT THEY, UM, HAD NO PLANS TO, THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE, NOT JUST THE FUNDING, BUT THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE MANPOWER TO RECREATE, UH, UH, PARKS POLICE FORCE AT THIS TIME.

SO, BECAUSE THEY'RE STILL RECRUITING FOR THEIR CADET CLASSES AND THEY'RE STILL NOT ABLE TO FILL ALL THE CURRENT POSITIONS THEY HAVE.

SO, SO NO, I THINK AT LEAST NOT NOW, I DON'T THINK IT'S GOING TO, TO HAPPEN.

I HAVE ONE OTHER QUESTION AND THIS MIGHT BE FOR JOANNE.

I'M SORRY.

I DIDN'T CATCH THE LAST NAME OF OUR SPEAKER.

IS SHE STILL THERE? YEP.

NORTON NORTON.

THANK YOU.

UM, SO I'VE BEEN IN PLACES WHERE I HAVE SEEN THE LARGE AND THE SMALL DOG PARKS, AND THIS SEEMS TO REALLY WORK WELL.

IS THAT A PARTICULAR EXTRA EXPENSE IN BUILDING DOG PARKS OR IS THAT JUST SOMETHING THAT REQUIRES MAYBE ONE EXTRA FENCE OR DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE SITUATION IS THERE? UM, I CAN'T SPEAK TO IT TOTALLY.

I BELIEVE IT WAS IN THE GUIDELINES AND MOST OF THE PLACES THAT I'VE SEEN, PROBABLY LIKE YOU'VE SEEN AS AN EXTRA PIECE OF FENCE RUN IN THE, IN BETWEEN AND, UH, A THICK FENCE, SO THEY CAN'T GET THEIR SNOUTS IN AND ALSO WOULD REQUIRE AN EXTRA ENTRY AREA.

SO AN EXTRA CATCH PEN AND ENTRY AREA, BUT IT, I DON'T THINK IT WOULD BE A HUGE COST TO DO THAT.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

ANYBODY ELSE HAVE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? OKAY, GO AHEAD.

OKAY.

SO I GUESS AT THIS POINT, WE'LL JUST GO AHEAD AND, UM, DO YOU WANT TO JUST GO OVER THE RECOMMENDATION BOARD MEMBER BERNARD OR SURE I CAN READ IT.

OKAY.

OKAY.

WHEREAS SECTION THREE DASH FOUR DASH ONE OF THE AUSTIN CITY CODE STATES THAT EXCEPT IN DESIGNATED OFF-LEASH DOG AREAS, AN OWNER OR HANDLER OF A DOG SHALL KEEP THE DOG UNDER RESTRAINT.

AND WHEREAS WITH AUSTIN'S GROWTH, THERE HAS BEEN A STEADY INCREASE IN VIOLATIONS OF THIS CODE IN PARKS AND GREEN SPACES.

AND SINCE OCTOBER 1ST, 2022 PARK RANGERS HAVE HAD OVER 21, 2,101 CONTACTS WITH PARK VISITORS WHO HAD THEIR DOGS OFF THE LEASH TO REQUEST COMPLIANCE WITH LEASH LAWS AND AUSTIN THROUGH ONE-ON-ONE CALLING CONSISTENTLY RECEIVES NOTIFICATIONS OF LEASH LAW VIOLATIONS AT CITY PARKS.

AND WHEREAS A WORKING GROUP WHICH INCLUDED ARD AND THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER AND MEMBERS OF THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD, UM, SORRY, IN THE ANIMAL ADVISORY COMMISSION EVALUATED THE GROWING COMMUNITY CONCERNS AND CREATED RECOMMENDATIONS TO ADDRESS THE GROWING OFF-LEASH DOG ISSUE.

AND WHEREAS OFF-LEASH DOGS CAN POSE A THREAT, BOTH TO DOG SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTHER PARK USERS.

AND WHEREAS PARKS AND GREEN SPACES SHOULD BE SAFE AND WELCOMING FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.

WHEREAS CURRENTLY THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE AUSTIN ANIMAL SHELTER AND THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT DO NOT HAVE THE RESOURCES TO ENFORCE THE OFF-LEASH DOG ORDINANCE.

AND WHEREAS IN AUSTIN, WHICH HOLDS A POPULATION OF OVER A MILLION, THERE ARE ONLY 12 OFFICIAL PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

OFF-LEASH DOG AREAS IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND NOT ALL AREAS ARE FENCE.

NOW, THEREFORE BE RESOLVED THAT THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD ENCOURAGES THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT TO EXPLORE ALL AVAILABLE MEANS TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT THIS ISSUE AND TO EXPAND FENCED OFF LEASH DOG AREAS, PRIORITIZING THE HIGH DENSITY AREAS THAT LACK THESE FACILITIES.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, WOULD PEOPLE, DO I HAVE COMMENTS IN FAVOR YOU WANT TO GO WITH IN FAVOR FIRST? IS THAT BEST? ANY COMMENTS IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION OR THAT I HAVE, WE MOTIONED WE DIDN'T MOTION.

MOTION.

UM, DO WE HAVE MOTION TO APPROVE? I MOVE TO APPROVE.

OKAY.

DO WE HAVE A SECOND? OKAY.

WE HAVE A COUPLE OF SECONDS THERE.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, DO WE HAVE COMMENTS IN FAVOR? I WANTED TO MAKE SOME COMMENTS I'M GOING TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF IT.

I WANTED TO JUST NOTE THAT, UM, ALTHOUGH THE RESOLUTION STATES THAT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE ANIMAL SHELTER AND THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCES TO ENFORCE THE OFF-LEASH DOG ORDINANCE, I JUST WANT TO MAKE IT REALLY CLEAR THAT WE THINK THAT'S A VERY IMPORTANT ORDINANCE AS A PARKS BOARD, AND IT'S STILL AN EFFECTIVE ORDINANCE AND IT'S STILL THE LAW AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND SO, UM, I DON'T LOVE THE LANGUAGE THAT SAYS WE DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCES TO ENFORCE IT BECAUSE I BELIEVE IT IS.

IT'S STILL VERY MUCH A VIABLE AND IMPORTANT LAW AND WE SHOULD BE ENFORCING IT.

AND IF THERE IS A SITUATION WHERE THERE'S A POLICE OFFICER WITH AUTHORITY, HE SHOULD BE ENFORCING IT.

I ALSO WANT

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OUR PARK RANGERS TO FOCUS ON VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE.

AND I KNOW THE, THE RESOLUTION DOES THAT BY ENCOURAGING EDUCATION.

BUT I THINK THAT, UM, EVEN WITH, YOU KNOW, THE PARK RANGER RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE, THIS SHOULD BE IMPORTANT.

IT'S, UH, IT'S A REALLY IMPORTANT ISSUE WITH HOW OUR PARKS ARE USED AND EQUITABLE, EQUITABLE ACCESS TO PARKS.

UM, ONCE THE PARK HAS TAKEN OVER BY OFF-LEASH DOGS AND THEIR USERS, IT'S REALLY HARD FOR ANYBODY ELSE TO USE IT FOR THE, UM, THE OTHER NEEDS.

SO I THINK THAT'S, YOU KNOW, THOSE ARE TWO REALLY IMPORTANT POINTS I WANT TO MAKE TO MAKE SURE THE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDS.

I ALSO HOPE THAT AS PART OF THIS EDUCATION, THAT PARK RANGERS CAN FOCUS ON, UM, SOME OF THE HOTSPOTS THAT WE KNOW WE HAVE WHERE PEOPLE ARE, YOU KNOW, BEING VERY FLAGRANT WITH OFF-LEASH DOGS.

THERE'S ONE AREA THAT ROBERT CORBIN MENTIONED.

UM, THAT'S RIGHT OVER HERE BY CESAR CHAVEZ IN LAMAR ON THIS SIDE WHERE, YOU KNOW, I SEEN THE GUYS AFTER WORK WITH THEIR DOGS AND HE'S LIKE LEANING ON THE NO OFF-LEASH DOG SIGN, LIKE THROWING THE DOG THING.

AND THEY'RE ALL RUNNING AROUND.

IT'S LIKE RIGHT HERE.

SO, I MEAN, EVERYBODY KNOWS THERE'S PLACES, LITTLE MILKERS, TONS OF OFF-LEASH DOG.

SO PARK RANGERS, CAN'T GO THERE.

AND I THINK IF PARK RANGERS SHOW UP AND TALK TO PEOPLE CONSISTENTLY, YOU CAN MAKE SOME PROGRESS.

UM, BUT I APPRECIATE VERY MUCH THE WORKING GROUP MEMBERS FOR DOING THIS WORK.

THIS IS A BIG LIFT.

THIS IS A BIG CHALLENGE THAT WE'RE DEALING WITH.

AND I THINK THESE ARE REALLY GOOD RECOMMENDATIONS.

UM, SO I SUPPORT THEM ALL, BUT I ALSO HOPE THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO USE THE TOOLS THAT WE DO HAVE TO THE GREATEST EXTENT POSSIBLE.

UM, RIGHT.

I JUST WANNA SAY, THANK YOU FOR THAT.

AND I AGREE WITH YOU.

I THINK IF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A CODE, IF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A LAW, THEN IT SHOULD BE ENFORCED BECAUSE WHAT IS THE, WHAT'S THE POINT OF HAVING IT, IF WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET PEOPLE TO COMPLY WITH IT.

AND I THINK MOST PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT IF THEY HAVE THEIR DOG OFF THE LEASE, THE CHANCES OF ANY CONSEQUENCES FOR THEM ARE VERY MINIMAL.

SO THEY ARE GOING TO DO EXACTLY WHAT YOU JUST NINA, THAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT YOU JUST GAVE HER, THE GUYS STANDING THERE NEXT TO THE SIGN.

I, I WISH WE COULD FIX THAT AS I SAID, I, SO WE DID SAY IN THE RESOLUTION CURRENTLY, IF YOU WANTED TO AMEND IT TO, YOU KNOW, PUT ANY LANGUAGE IN WITH THAT, YOU'VE MORE THAN WELCOME TO DO THAT.

BUT I DO, I DO AGREE WITH YOU.

IT'S JUST, WE THEY'RE JUST, AT THIS POINT AT THIS RIGHT NOW, THERE ARE JUST NOT THE RESOURCES TO DO TO IMPROVE ENFORCEMENT.

THERE'S JUST NOT, WOULD IT MAKE SENSE TO ACTUALLY STRIKE THAT LANGUAGE THOUGH, THAT TALKS ABOUT WE DON'T HAVE THE BUDGET AND MAYBE TO SAY, OH, WE NEED TO, OKAY.

MAYBE WE SHOULD MAYBE WHAT WE SHOULD DO TO PUT SOME TEETH IN IT IS SAY, AND I DON'T, I'M SORRY, I DON'T HAVE PAPER IN FRONT OF ME TO WRITE IT DOWN TO MAKE SENSE.

I'M JUST SORT OF PULLING IT OUT OF MY HEAD, BUT MAYBE IF WE CAME UP WITH SOME LANGUAGE THAT SAID, YOU KNOW, WE URGE THE COUNCIL TO FIND THE BUDGET OR FIND THE MEANS TO ENFORCE THE EXISTING OFF LEASH LAWS.

SO WOULD THAT MAKE SENSE? WHAT DO YOU THINK? UM, BOARD MEMBER BERNARD? UM, I MEAN, I DON'T KNOW, LIKE, CAUSE THEY'RE ALREADY GOING OVER BUDGET STUFF RIGHT NOW.

LIKE, I MEAN, DOES IT, WHAT'S THAT, I'M SORRY, THE BUDGET APPROVED ON FRIDAY.

I THINK SO.

YEAH.

SO THE LANGUAGE WAS APPROVED ON, ON FRIDAY MORNING, YOU GUYS PROVIDE A RESOLUTION AND IT'S GOOD AND IT'S STRONG.

I JUST WANTED TO MAKE CLEAR THAT IT'S STILL AN EFFECTIVE ORDINANCE AND IT CAN STILL BE ENFORCED, WHICH, AND AGAIN, IT'S FINE.

THERE'S ALWAYS RIGHT.

THERE'S ALWAYS AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME BACK WITH ANOTHER, UM, RECOMMENDATION AS WELL IN THE FUTURE.

IF WE GET TO A PLACE WHERE THERE IS A POSSIBILITY FOR MORE ENFORCEMENT FROM WHATEVER RESOURCE, WHETHER IT'S THE POLICE OR WHETHER IT'S THE ANIMAL, UM, UH, THE ANIMAL CENTER.

SO, ALL RIGHT.

ANY, ANY ADDITIONAL COMMENTS, ANY OPPOSING COMMENTS? UH, UH, BOARD MEMBER DEPALMA.

DID YOU HAVE YOUR HAND UP? OKAY.

YES, SIR.

UM, THIS IS A LONG TIME ISSUE WE'VE BEEN DEALING WITH.

I MEAN, IT GOES BACK.

I THINK WE FIRST STARTED HEARING ABOUT THIS.

WE WERE MEMBERS ON THIS BOARD SINCE WE STARTED, I THINK ME AND MEMBER LEWITT.

AND, UH, IT'S BEEN, WE THOUGHT WE HAD SOME MOMENTUM IN 2017.

I BELIEVE AUSTIN PETS ALIVE HAD, HAD SAID THAT THEY WERE WILLING TO BE PART OF THIS.

AND I THINK ACTUALLY THEY DID, UH, WERE PART OF A, LIKE A SIGN INITIATIVE THAT WE PUT A TRAIL HEADS, BUS, LIKE PARTS TRYING TO REINFORCE, YOU KNOW,

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I'LL BE ON LEASH.

AND, UM, AND IT'S JUST, IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT HAS TO BE AN ONGOING AND ONGOING EFFORT.

AND I AGREE WITH, UM, COMMUNITY MEMBER, UH, CORBYN, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, YOU GET SO MANY NEW PEOPLE COMING TO AUSTIN OR THEY JUST GET THEIR DOG AND YOU HAVE, WE HAVE SOME REAL BEHAVIORAL ISSUES WITH WE'RE ABOUT THE DOG OWNERS.

WHO'VE BEEN THE DOGS, FRANKLY, WHERE THIS ENTITLEMENT, UM, IN THIS CONFRONTATION THAT MEMBERS WHO HAVE BEEN ATTACKED BY DOGS AND THEY GET CONFRONTED BY A DOG RUNNING UP TO THE MIDNIGHT AND YOU KNOW, OF COURSE THEY HAVE PTSD FROM IT, OR IF, YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE THEIR CHILD OR IF THEY HAVE THEIR DOG ON LEASH AND ALL OF A SUDDEN, AND MAYBE THEIR DOG ON LEASHES FOR SPECIFIC REASONS.

SO IT IT'S SO CRITICAL.

AND, YOU KNOW, AT SOME POINT I REMEMBER WANTING TO GO AND LOOK AT THE LEGISLATIVE LANGUAGE TO SEE HOW WE COULD NOT INCREASE IN DEPARTMENT.

SO IT LOOKS SIMILAR TO, UM, YOU KNOW, LIKE, UH, LIKE TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT WHERE YOU CAN ACTUALLY DO THE CITATION AND HAVE A NEW CLASSIFICATION.

SO THAT MIGHT BE SOMETHING I'D HATE TO USE, UH, YOU KNOW, VALUABLE POLICE OFFICERS.

WE'RE DEALING SO MUCH.

AND WE HAVE, SO MATE'S A LITTLE ABOUT FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OUTSIDE OF WHEN THERE BECOMES A, LIKE A BELLIGERENT CASE, SOMEBODY GONNA BE, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE COMING, IT LOOKS, THERE MIGHT BE SOME PHYSICAL NATURE THAT'S GOING TO BE INVOLVED, BUT OVERALL I SUPPORT IT.

I JUST WANTED TO GIVE SOME CONTEXT.

I WAS LOOKING TO SEE, I BELIEVE WE DID PASS A RESOLUTION IN EITHER 2017 OR, OR EARLY 2018, BUT I WAS ABLE TO FIND IT IN A TIMELY MANNER.

SO, UM, I SUPPORT IT AND THEN, UH, HOPEFULLY A PLAYER THAT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND HOPEFULLY, OKAY.

IF THERE ARE NO MORE COMMENTS, THEN SHALL WE CALL THE BOAT? ALL RIGHT.

ALL IN FAVOR AND IT LOOKS UNANIMOUS.

ALL RIGHT.

ANY OPPOSED? ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR WORK ON THIS BOARD MEMBER LEWIS AND BOARD MEMBER BERNARD.

AND ALSO IF SHE'S STILL ON THE LINE TO JOANNE NORTON, THANK YOU GUYS FOR DOING THE WORK.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

ALL RIGHT.

SO WE'RE MOVING

[4. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding changes to the 305 S. Congress PUD.]

ON TO ITEM NUMBER FOUR, WHICH IS A PRESENTATION DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING CHANGES TO THE 3 0 5 SOUTH CONGRESS.

UM, AND I, I THINK THAT WE MIGHT HAVE SOME SPEAKERS.

AM I CORRECT HIM? OKAY.

UM, OUR FIRST SPEAKER IS BOBBY LAVINSKY BOBBY AT THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU, BERT.

THE SAVE OUR SPRINGS ALLIANCE.

UM, I WANTED TO COME AND SPEAK IN FAVOR OF YOU TAKING THE ACTION, UM, AND THEN RECONSIDERING THIS TONIGHT.

I THINK THAT JUST WHAT THE NATURE OF PUDGE, YOU LEARN THINGS OVER TIME AND NEW INFORMATION COMES TO LIGHT, AND IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT JUST TO HAVE THESE CONTINUAL CONVERSATIONS.

SO, UM, THIS IS A VERY OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PARKS BOARD TO DO THAT WITH THE PUT THAT'S A LITTLE BIT LATER IN THE STAGE OF THE PROCESS, YOU LEARN A LOT WHEN YOU START READING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORDINANCE.

UM, AND I WAS GETTING A LITTLE NITPICKY EARLIER.

I WAS TALKING TO SOMEBODY AND THEN SHE REMINDED ME TO LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE.

AND I THINK THIS IS ONE OF THOSE PROJECTS WHERE WE REALLY HAVE TO REALIZE HOW IMPORTANT THIS PIECE OF LAND IS.

UM, THIS IS A, A UNIQUE PIECE OF PROPERTY THAT COULD HELP ENSURE WE HAVE A GREAT PARK SYSTEM INTO THE FUTURE ALONG LADY, BIRD LAKE.

THE CITY HAS BEEN YEARS AND YEARS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS DOING PLANNING EFFORTS.

AND I REALLY THINK AFTER READING THE ORDINANCE, HEARING THE PITCHES, THIS IS JUST ONE WORD, JUST SIMPLE, SIMPLE TO SAY, COMPLY WITH THE PARKLAND DEDICATION ORDINANCE, COMPLY WITH THE WATERFRONT OVERLAY, COMPLY WITH THE SOUTH LAKE SHORE PLAN.

WE DON'T NEED NECESSARILY SUPERIORITY CAUSE THOSE ARE SOME PRETTY GOOD PRODUCTS RIGHT THERE.

UM, AND I UNDERSTAND THAT THE APPLICANT NEEDS HEIGHT.

THAT'S GREAT, BUT WE DON'T NEED TO KEEP MODIFYING ALL THE STANDARDS AND WEAKENING OUR POSITION AS A CITY, UM, IN WHAT WE ARE, UH, ESTABLISHING AS OUR VALUES FOR EVERY PROJECT THAT COMES TO BE, UM, THIS IS A VALUABLE PIECE OF PROPERTY.

THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE A LOT OF MONEY.

UM, THAT'S, SHOULDN'T BE A CONCERN HERE.

SO LET'S JUST, JUST, YOU KNOW, REMEMBER OUR VALUES AND I THINK OUR VALUES ARE ALREADY ADOPTED.

SO THAT'S JUST WHAT I WANTED TO SAY HERE.

UM, THERE'S GOING TO BE MORE COMMENTS AS WE GO ON THROUGH THE PROCESS, BUT, UM, I THINK THAT'S THE BIG PICTURE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UM, OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS RICHARD SUBTLE.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

ADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE PARKS BOARD.

MY NAME IS RICHARD SUTTLE.

I'M JUST HERE TONIGHT.

I'M HERE ON BEHALF OF THE STATESMAN PROJECT.

UM, WE DIDN'T GET NOTICE

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OF THIS TONIGHT, SO WE ARE NOT SURE WHAT THE PURPOSE IS, BUT WE'RE HERE IN THE EVENT THAT YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS FOR US, OR IF THERE'S ANYTHING THAT WE CAN PROVIDE TO YOU IN YOUR, UH, I'M NOT SURE WHAT YOU'RE DOING TONIGHT, BUT WHATEVER IT IS, WE'RE HERE IN CASE YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS BILL BUNCH.

GOOD EVENING AND CARE, UH, CHAIR, CONDOM, SEIBEL, UH, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD.

AND THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY.

I'M BILL BUNCH, UH, SAVE OUR SPRINGS ALLIANCE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UH, MADAM CHAIR FOR BRINGING THIS BACK TO THE BOARD TONIGHT.

I THINK WHEN YOU FIRST HEARD THIS ALMOST A YEAR AGO, THERE