Monday, May 15, 2017

Rollingwood Women’s Club Meeting April 25, 2017

Rollingwood Women’s Club Meeting 
April 25, 2017 
At the home of Ellen Smitheal at 4823 Timberline Drive

President Marissa Mireur called the meeting to order. Twenty-five members were present.  Audrey Raucher from Loyal Closet spoke about her styling business. More about her business at

Roseann Ferraro updated us about the state of the Rollingwood “Life is Good in the Wood” 5k which will take place on Friday, April 28. We are still looking for volunteers.

Mayor Roxanne McKee Texas told members about a free program presented by the Texas Department of Transportation about children’s bicycle safety that will take place at City Hall on Saturday, May 13th. There will be two time slots available, the first at 9am and the second at 9:30. There will be room for 15 kids at each time. There will be an obstacle course set up in the lower city hall lower parking lot. Bring a bike. 

Historian Shanthi Jayakumar announced that on April 18 Rollingwood was named the best suburb in Texas by a national magazine, and was ranked in the top 20 suburbs in the country. She reminded members of what has made Rollingwood so great in the past was our volunteerism. She noted that all positions in city government, planning, parks commission and the Neighborhood Association are volunteer spots, and encouraged members present to remind their neighbors of this. 

Jamie Medina, President of the Rollingwood Neighbors Association (RNA) announced that the RNA plans to close down. The same four people have been on the board for several years. She noted that RNA has been responsible for the Egg Roll, bounce house sponsorship for National Night Out and a $100 donation to the Police Appreciation Dinner.  She then proposed that the RNA duties be absorbed by the RWC.

There was some discussion about how to increase membership to new residents. Hospitality Chair, Leslie Gandy proposed a social mixer, perhaps in affiliation with the Rollingwood Gentlemen’s Club (RWGC),  to increase community involvement. A member suggested using the Zilker Club House. Roseann Ferraro floated coordinating events between different neighborhood groups like Rollingwood Community Development Committee (RCDC) RGC and Parks Commission. 

Marissa then announced that after three years, she is stepping down as president at the end of her term. A request went out for a new president. Other spots will be vacated as well. Heidi Smith volunteered to do programs. RWC will be looking for a new Treasurer, Events Chair and President. Parliamentarian Melissa Morrow and Shanthi will stay on as Historian, but wants to find someone to shadow her over the next year. Lawton Cummings volunteered to take over Membership Chair. Leslie Gandy will stay on as Hospitality Chair.

Judy Marks asked for a new directory. Members showed their support, but it was noted that getting a directory published will require getting permission from each resident to publish their info. 

Flo Macklin reminded members that there used to be a New Resident Welcome Committee that would welcome new residents when people had their water connected. The welcome packet would contain a neighborhood directory as well as lists of grocery stores and places of worship. This recommendation was received well. 

There was discussion about the 4th of July Parade and Party, and some members recommended having the a raffle on line. Currently, there is a chair for the parade, Cody Washburn but RWC is still looking for a raffle chair. Shanthi noted that the raffle used to be RWC’s primary means of raising money before the 5k. 

Next meeting will be pool party at May 15th, Monday. 

Minutes submitted by Kelly Dixon

Approved by Marissa Miraur 

Rollingwood Women’s Club Meeting March 28, 2017

Rollingwood Women’s Club Meeting
March 28, 2017 
At the home of Wendi Hundley at 2502 Bettis Drive

President Marissa Mireur called the meeting to order. The Treasurer’s report says we have $22,000 in the bank. The speaker was Marlene Merrick from Brookdale Senior Living. She spoke about the importance of avoiding inflammation in all ages. Inflammation has been proven to lead to insulin resistance, which can lead to Alzheimer’s.  

Flo Macklin makes a motion to to paint the interior of City Hall for $3,300. Lawton Cummings seconds it. The motion passes. 

Lawton Cummings, who is chairing the Spring Egg Hunt on behalf of the Rollingwood Neighborhood Association, asked for donations for the hunt to be dropped off at her place. 

Wendi Huntley updated members about the Parks Commission projects. Priorities are erosion control, irrigation and installing new working water fountain. The water fountain is estimated to cost $4,500. 

Plans for the lower playground include updating the playground equipment to be ADA compliant, updating the ground cover, new swings and exercise equipment. The Commission is also looking into improving trees and other plant life and perhaps adding sculpture to the park. 

The next meeting will be April 25th at the home of Ellen Smitheal at 2823 Timberline Drive. 

Minutes submitted by Kelly Dixon

Approved by Marissa Mireur 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Life is Good in the Wood 5k 2017 Wrap Up

The 2017 Life is Good in the Wood 5K took place this past Friday in the heart of Rollingwood and was a huge success in both celebrating our community and raising money for our parks and public spaces. 
Thank you to everyone who ran, walked, sponsored, donated prizes or volunteered. This was our thirteenth annual Life is Good in the Wood 5K and the entire event is, and has always been, 100% volunteer run and we could not pull it off without the dedicated support and participation of our community. event photographers were on-site again this year and captured all of the action from the race start to the post-event festivities. We hope you enjoy all of these images.  They truly capture the spirit of our event and neighborhood!

Here is a link to the album:

Friday, March 24, 2017

RWC Minutes Feb 28, 2017

Rollingwood Women’s Club Meeting
Feb 28, 2017
At the home of Emily Seiders at 2700 Pickwick Lane

Marissa Mireur called the meeting to order and introduced Jeffery Casey owner of Handycheck Home Maintenance, which he comes by a clients home regularly and checks lights, filters, plumbing and appliances. He encouraged members to think about fire safety and have a plan in place. He also recommended having a home’s a/c checked seasonally.

Marissa then welcomed new members Allegra Fritos and Kate Ford.

She then introduced Omiara Brightman and Tomoko Hall for 5k on April 28th. The 5k is looking for two people to co-chair July Fourth with Krista Dillard under Roseann Ferraro. The said there were decisions for members to make, such as if we wanted a live band at the finish line or a playlist. They’re also looking for fun children’s activities. P Terry’s is coming back as well as Amy’s in addition to Pinkberry. There will be a VolunteerSpot coming out soon for race volunteers, and those interested can email Kelly Dixon They also asked if we wanted to repeat family sponsorship of the race like we did last year. Previously, RWC used and raised $1000 with family sponsorships. 

Toni Hudson spoke about Its My Park Day, which will be March 4th, at 10am where residents will be planting bluebonnets in playscape area and mulching trees in lower park. There will be refreshments.

Marissa reminded members that we hadn't spent the $16,000 on the wall thanks to the RCDC (Rollingwood Community Development Committee). It is now 145 feet long. Currently, there is around $27,000 in the bank. Excluding the $5,000 we leave in bank for emergencies, we now have $22,000 to spend. Roseann Ferraro added that we already have $7,000 in sponsorships from the from 5k already committed. Robyn from City Hall has already requested $3,300 to paint City Hall. She’s asked members to have proposals organized and ready for the next meeting. Preferably, submitted to the board ahead of time so we can give members some time to look  over them. 

Mayor McKee updated members on the chairs we ordered for City Hall last year and said they look great and thanked RWC again. Catherine Scott asked Toni about master plan for the park, who reminded members that the Parks Commission has been working on it for over a year. She directed members to do the survey on survey monkey. The next community meeting is in March 23rd. She noted that lower play scapes are not ADA accessible and that is something that the Parks Commission would like to address.  

Next meeting is March 28th at Wendi Hundley’s house at 2502 Bettis Blvd.  

Minutes Submitted by Secretary Kelly Dixon

Approved by Marissa Mireur

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Photos from January 25, 2017 Meeting

Meeting Minutes January 25, 2017

January 25, 2017
Annual State of the City Meeting
City Hall

Secretary Kelly Dixon called the meeting to order. There were 30 members present. RWC thanks Terra Yeske for acting as Hospitality for the meeting. 

Treasurer Nicole Julian was absent, but sent a report. 2016 taxes have been filed with IRS online

December 31st, 2016  Bank Balance $27,988.69
January activity 
        Holiday Party expenses paid $1022.72
        Direct Mailing paid $1076.37 (September and December postcards)
        5k sponsor deposit $1000.00

Current account balance is $26,899.60

Kelly announced to members that the $16,000 that the RWC pledged to the rebuilding of the lower wall has been returned. The RCDC will cover that costs. Members are asked to start thinking about fund requests for a future meeting. 

Kelly then announced the winners of the Annual Lights Contest. 
3rd Place, The West Family of 4919 Timberline
2nd Place, The Schindler Family 3304 Gentry Drive
1st Place The Fitzgerald Family of 442 Ridgewood Drive
And Life Time Achievement Award to Diane and Bob Dillard of 2810 Pickwick Drive

Fourth of July Chair, Krista Dillard is looking for a co-chair or two to help shoulder the parade responsibilities. 

The RWC 5k Chairs Tomoko Hall and Omaira Brightman updated members on the progress of the race which is scheduled for Friday, April 28 at 6pm. There will be a planning meeting at Las Palomas on February 8 at 7pm. 

Chief Dwayne Pryor was introduced and informed members that the department is fully staffed at nine full time officers with nine reserve officers. Crime is way down, and he highlighted December 2016 in particular. No burglaries, thefts or auto thefts were reported. He credited several elements with the decrease, including neighborhood watches, relationships with neighboring police departments and that police cars will follow delivery trucks delivering packages to dissuade potential thieves. 

In 2017, he plans on reestablishing the relationships with the Eanes School District. He considers the greatest challenge ahead to continue to be telephone scams and identity theft. Typically, callers will pose as the Travis County Sheriff’s office with an arrest warrant, jury summons, or taxes. All scams ask for payment immediately. He asks members to put the word out to neighbors. This is a difficult crime to prosecute because it can often originate outside the country.

There was discussion about traffic issues, particularly changes in speed limit signs on Bee Caves. A sign was incorrectly changed from 40mph to 45mph by the state. There were also calls for increased enforcement at Rollingwood Drive and Riley stop signs, as well as more eyes on Gentry. Several members were concerned with the McDonalds entrance at Westbank and Rollingwood drive. The visibility of intersection Hatley Dr and Ridgewood was of concern. Pryor pledged to station officers at areas that need additional attention, and upgrade signage.

Pryor also encouraged parents to bring kids into meet police officers and attend National Night Out which usually happens late summer. He also thanked members for participation for Brown Santa.

Next, RWC welcomed Mayor Roxanne McKee. She began with a thank you to members for offering to cover the costs of the lower wall and for the Trader Joe’s gift cards that the city staff received for Christmas. 

The Lower Park Retaining Wall project is complete and the park will be open in the next few days. 

Next, she addressed the cities’ plan for Oak Wilt prevention, which includes a $125,000 budget to trench active oak wilt centers.  She reminded members that there is a ban on trimming from February 1-June 30th. Look in your water bill for further information. The city is in process of looking for city arborist with Oak Wilt certification. 

As for the South Mopac Expansion, Rollingwood is officially against plans that would put double decker bridge over Lady Bird Lake. The city prefers two proposals that would add two express lanes both ways, but that keep all lanes on one level. There is a workshop at City Hall next Monday, February 6 at 7pm with Amy Pattillo and Wendi Hundly to address this. 

McKee told members about MS4 Compliance, which is a Federal and State law that addresses storm water run off. This includes fertilizer, pet waste, branches and leaves. Even organic matter can cause blockages and nutrient pollution that encourages algae growth. She also reminded members that all fallen and trimmed tree branches will get picked up by regular trash collection. 

She also presented members with photos of recently damaged sewage lift stations and  grinder pumps. Each repair is around $1,000 and is typically a result of unprocessable items being flushed down toilets or sinks, such as baby wipes, feminine products, egg shells, glass shards and coffee grinds. 

The Park Commission is updating the parks master plan. Look out a for survey from Survey Monkey.  There will be public meetings with the Parks Commission on February 23 and March 22 meetings 7pm at City Hall. 

Spring clean up is March 17 and 18th. Dumpsters will be at upper park. 

There was some discussion of the proposal to add a cell phone tower to the neighborhood. Though a new cell phone tower could potentially generate significant income and increase reception, the original proposal had a huge foot print, so plan is on hold. 

Kelly dismissed the meeting. 

Minutes submitted by Kelly Dixon

Approved by Marissa Miraur