Bulk collection next week

Coming up the week of Jan. 13, the Austin Resource Recovery department will collect items that are too big to fit in trash and recycling bins.

Residents received notices with two sets of dates for the bulk item pickup, so thanks to Tim Thomas for tracking down the correct week.

See the city’s bulk collection website for a list of what city crews can and can’t pick up.

Do you have an item that doesn’t fit the categories for trash, recycling or bulk collection? Visit the city’s What do I do with … page to find ways to dispose of or find a better use for it.

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Seminar: How to keep coyotes out of neighborhoods

South Austinites like to keep it weird, but when things get a little too wild, it’s time to call in an expert.

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Thursday’s seminar will offer tips for avoiding conflicts with coyotes.

Lynsey White Dasher, Director of Humane Wildlife Conflict Resolution for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), will lead a seminar on Thursday evening to teach Austin residents how to avoid attracting coyotes to neighborhoods, to protect pets from coyotes, and to “haze” bold coyotes to restore their natural fear of humans.

If you can’t attend the seminar in person, you can watch it live online or on the city’s public access television station. The event is hosted by the  City of Austin and the Austin Animal Advisory Commission.

Learn more about urban coyotes:


Urban Coyote Seminar
When:
7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19
Where: City Council Chambers, 301 W. Second St.
Online: www.austintexas.gov/channel6
On TV: Broadcasting live on City of Austin Channel 6

  • Time Warner Cable Channel 6 or Channel 10.6
  • AT&T U-verse Channel 99
  • Grande Communications Channel 6 or Channel 119.6

Update: Watch archived video of the coyote seminar on the city’s ATXN website.

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Cyclists take a break in Burleson Heights on way to F1

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For the second year, a bike route to the U.S. Grand Prix made a path through our neighborhood, and area residents and trail supporters organized a rest stop to help at a bike crossing and to provide free water, snacks, maps and bike repair supplies.

We appreciate the help of the Burleson Heights residents and South East Austin Trails and Greenways Alliance members who volunteered! Thanks to Bike Austin and Circuit of the Americas for their support, which included providing a shade canopy in the weekend’s record-breaking heat, bike safety information and solar-powered lighting.

And if you stopped by during your ride, we enjoyed the visit. Feel free to leave a comment or use the contact form to say hello, and let us know where you call home.

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Volunteers host rest stop in pocket park

Neighborhood volunteers have it made in the shade today and Sunday! They’re staffing a rest stop for cyclists who are on their way to the U.S. Grand Prix, the annual F1 races held at Circuit of the Americas in Southeast Austin.

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Volunteers are handing out maps of the bike route to Circuit of the Americas, including directions for the confusing intersection of Burleson-Ben White Boulevard (Texas 71). Click to enlarge.

So far several dozen riders have passed through, and volunteers have visited with people from England, Scandinavia, France, Mexico and Philadelphia on their way to the track.

If you’d like to hang out with neighbors and Austin visitors while providing a public service, stop by any time between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. this weekend. We’re sitting under a large white canopy and handing out free bottled water and granola bars, maps and bike safety brochures. You can even play ukulele while you’re there.

And if you’re driving in the area, please watch for cyclists crossing the street at the pocket park, 3200 Burleson Road.

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Southeast Austin hit hard by floods

Last month went down as Austin’s wettest October on record, ending in major flooding on Halloween morning that forced the evacuation of more than a thousand homes in Southeast Austin and Travis County.

The Burleson Heights and Burleson-Parker neighborhoods made it through the storm mostly unharmed, but many roads in the area are damaged or closed. Our neighborhood received 4.6 inches of rain on Oct. 31, compared with more than 9 inches in parts of South Austin.

Nearby, the American Red Cross set up a shelter at Parker Lane United Methodist Church, 2105 Parker Lane. Last night, several families at the shelter participated in the church’s first Trunk or Treat event, at which parishioners decorated their cars and handed out candy to trick-or-treaters in the church parking lot. A second shelter is open farther south, at Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Drive.

See the shelter website to find out how you can volunteer or make a donation to help people displaced by the floods.

Emergency resources

See the following resources to report or learn about floods and other emergencies in the Austin area. You can also find more links on the right rail of the Hurly-Burly home page.

Burleson Heights neighborhood news
Website: BurlesonHeights.com
Twitter: @HurlyBurlyATX

City of Austin
Website: AustinTexas.gov
Twitter:  @austintexasgov

City of Austin Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Website: Austin HSEM
Twitter: @AustinHSEM
Facebook: Facebook.com/DisasterReadyAustin

Power outages
Online map: Austin Energy Storm Center
Phone:  (512) 322-9100

Floods, low-water crossings and evacuation areas
Online map: ATXFloods.com
Twitter: @ATXfloods

Austin-Travis County traffic reports
Traffic incidents and closures

Phone numbers

  • 911: Use to report police, fire and medical emergencies.
  • 311: Report non-emergencies and get access to city departments.
  • 211: Get information about disaster resources, health care, child care and other services. See details from United Way and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Displaced animals

How to help

Volunteer
Local nonprofit groups say it will take thousands of volunteers to help clean up flood debris and assist flood victims. United Way for Greater Austin has set up a single point of access for flood-related volunteering needs. Register at Hands On Central Texas.

Donate
Financial donations provide shelter, food, gift cards and other goods for flood victims and provide food and supplies for relief workers. Some of the groups needing donations are American Red Cross, Salvation ArmyUnited Way and Austin Disaster Relief Network.

 

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Seeking neighborhood volunteers for F1 weekend

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Last year, more than 1,100 spectators rode bikes to the Formula 1 races at Circuit of the Americas. On the way to the track, a group of British racing fans stopped to visit with neighborhood volunteers at the crossing at Burleson Road.

Get ready for an influx of international visitors soon when our neighborhood is again part of the bicycle route to the U.S. Grand Prix. The pocket park between Pleasant Valley and Burleson roads is at the halfway point on the 11-mile route, and is a great place for bike commuters to stop for water, directions and a quick break after their climb out of the river valley. But to continue south to the F1 racetrack, they have to cross Burleson between two curves, without a crosswalk.

Please join the Burleson Heights Neighborhood Association (BHNA) and the South East Austin Trails and Greenways Alliance (SEATAG) in creating a more pleasant rest stop and safer crossing for cyclists.  We’ve already been working with the Austin Bicycle Program, Austin Parks Department, Austin Police Department, Circuit of the Americas, Bike Austin and local businesses to coordinate this stop — what we need is you!

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Watch for cyclists along the bike route to and from the F1 races Friday-Sunday, and come help the neighborhood hand out maps to help riders navigate a tricky section of their route. (Click to enlarge.)

On Nov. 15-17, we can use your help at the street crossing and with handing out free bottled water, granola bars and maps. We also need some supplies and help setting up/taking down our rest stop, signs and lights. Volunteers can work two-hour shifts, and while you’re there, you can have a good time with your neighbors and with F1 spectators from Austin and around the world.

How to volunteer
Use the Hurly-Burly contact form or the signup sheet in Google Docs.

How to donate supplies
Use the contact form if you can provide any of the following:

  • Portable table and folding chairs
  • Bottled water and ice

Learn more
Find more information on the U.S. Grand Prix and the bike route at the following links:

We hope you can join us!

Update: Despite causing damage in parts of Southeast Austin, the Halloween flood has not altered the bike route to F1. Cyclists can ride from downtown Austin to Richard Moya Park, south of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, where they can use a free bike valet service and catch shuttles to COTA.

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Early voting begins for Nov. 5 election

Early voting started today and continues through Nov. 1 for an election that includes voting on city affordable housing bonds and several state constitutional amendments. Races for District 50 state representative and some area city seats do not apply to our neighborhood.

Check the following election resources to learn more:

Registered voters who miss early voting can vote on election day, Nov. 5.

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Improving Austin Streams forum on Oct. 9

In a followup to a series of public meetings that began in November 2012, the City of Austin Watershed Protection Department and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will soon hold a public forum on reducing bacterial contamination in Austin Creeks.

Improving Austin Streams public forum
When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 9
Where: One Texas Center, Room 325, 505 Barton Springs Road
More information: http://www.utexas.edu/law/centers/cppdr/services/tmdl.php

The effort to get the public involved in solving water quality problems was spurred by bacteria levels in creeks that exceed standards allowed for recreation. At the forum, a citizen committee that formed last year will present a draft plan that provides strategies to improve the health of Austin streams.

The creek through our neighborhood, Country Club Creek West, is one of several Austin waterways that exceed the state standards for bacteria. Learn more about our  creek and the citywide effort to improve stream quality in a Nov. 24, 2012, blog post.

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Large brush collection starts Oct. 7

The city will collect large brush in our area during the week of Oct. 7. Set brush out by 6:30 a.m. Monday, and observe the following guidelines:

  • Stack unbound brush along the curb in one row no more than 4 feet high or 15 feet long.
  • Place the cut ends toward the curb.
  • If trunks are 3 to 8 inches in diameter, cut to lengths no longer than 6 feet. If trunks are more than 8 inches in diameter, cut to lengths of 3 feet or less.
  • Keep brush at least 5 feet away from your garbage cart or other obstacles, and do not place under low-hanging branches or wires.
  • Do not let brush extend into the street, block your mailbox or water meter, or lean against a fence or telephone connection box.
  • Crews will not pick up loose bamboo, vines or thorny brush. Cut into small pieces and set out in a plastic bin or Kraft-paper yard waste bag on your regular trash collection day.

When you set out yard trimmings, brush and Christmas trees, you’re helping to create compost that returns organic matter to the soil in landscapes around Central Texas. Your brush gets recycled at the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant, where it is composted with sewage sludge to create the soil conditioner Dillo Dirt. The process keeps thousands of tons of yard waste out of landfills.

Learn more about Hornsby Bend’s Center for Environmental Research, which offers lunchtime lectures, a bird observatory, walking trails along the Colorado River and more. The center is 7 miles east of Burleson Heights on FM 973.

See more brush collection guidelines from the Austin Resource Recovery Department (formerly Solid Waste Services).

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National Night Out on Oct. 1

On Tuesday the Burleson Heights and Burleson-Parker neighborhoods will be celebrating National Night Out, an annual event that promotes neighbors knowing neighbors and working together to prevent crime.

Turn on your porch lights, bring a flashlight and join your neighbors for an outdoor celebration in your area. Officer Raymond Lopez, our Austin Police Department District Representative, is scheduled to attend both events.

Burleson Heights: Meeting and light snacks, 6-8:30 p.m., 2809 Ware Road
Burleson-Parker: Potluck supper, 6-9 p.m., 3201 Laguna Drive

To find out more about these celebrations and to stay in touch with your neighbors, join the message board for your area.

To learn more about crime prevention, attend one of the Austin Police Department’s monthly Commander’s Forums. The next forum for our area, Region 3, will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Ruiz Library, 1600 Grove Blvd.

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