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My name is José Guerrero, Assistant Director with the Watershed Protection Department.  Victoria Li, Director of WPD, asked me to respond on her behalf.   First of all, thank you for your recent e-mail regarding the Williamson Creek Voluntary Buyout Project.  Although I totally understand that the way the project has been rolled out (e.g., […]

Heartwood – Williamson Creek Buyout

Onion Creek Watershed (incl. Williamson Creek –  Army Corps of Engineer’s report – 2006 – update to the (approx.) 2002 original report. Meeting: (Please Attend!) – Area Between South First and Congress, Monday October 20th Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm Odom Elementary School – 1010 Turtle Creek Blvd. Meeting:  Heartwood/Williamson Creek Community – Buyout Process Q&A – Addressed […]

Austin Parks & Recreation – Alcohol Consumption – Permit Requirements by Park

SOURCE: PARD INTERNAL EMAIL SENT: 11 JUN 2014 TEMPORARY ALCOHOL PERMIT REQUIRED: Temporary Alcohol Permit Required: Alamo Pocket Park/Recreation Center Andrews School Park Archstone Greenbelt Austin High Tennis Center Austin Memorial Cemetery Austin Nature Science Center Austin Recreation Center Balcones District Park/Pool Barrington School Park Barrow Nature Preserve Bartholomew Pool Barton Creek Greenbelt Barton Creek […]

How to Build a Model Volcano

VOLCANO Build **You will also need 1 empty 25oz. plastic bottle.  EASY – dirt/clay  Build a mound of dirt up around the bottle, keeping the top open.  MORE TIME – paper mache (construction paper, old cookie sheet, newspaper, flour, water, tape, brown paint or spraypaint) Take two pieces of construction paper. Make two cones Insert […]


Homestead Exemption – What you Need to Know to File in Austin, Texas

Homestead Exemption Facts for Austin Texas What exemptions are available? There are several partial and absolute exemptions available. Some of these exemptions includ: General Residential Homestead Over 65 Over 55 Surviving Spouse Disability Homestead Disabled Veterans, Charitable Religious Freeport and Pollution Control Additional information can be found on the Forms page of their website under […]

Homeownership in Texas – FHA Mortgages

 General information you may not have known about FHA FHA mortgages are not government loans. The lenders that issue FHA loans are approved vendors of FHA, government backed, loans.The lowest amount you can put down is 3.5% of the sale price of the home.  There are no more seller assisted down-payment programs NOTE – There […]

Austin’s New Light Rail Transit, the Bus and Some Other Musings

Most people would agree that Austin needs better public transit. What Austinites cannot agree on is what type of transit, where and at what cost. In my opinion, light rail is an essential element to the evolution of a great city. We cannot depend on upgraded/wider roads to improve our overall transportation systems. I also […]

Short Term Rentals in Austin are OK!

Opponents called the rentals a nuisance, landowners aren’t registering their rentals and the city wasn’t collecting  hotel taxes. Lots of Austinites leave town and rent their homes during SXSW and ACL weekends. Why not? You can make some good money! Some neighborhood groups raised concerns earlier this year pushing for strict regulations, saying it will be […]

Austin Real Estate Trends – April 2012

There are two significant trends happening right now that you should know about: mortgage interest rates are increasing and Austin real estate inventory is decreasing. This means that, if you have been on the fence about buying, now is the time. Likewise, if you want to sell your home and have been “waiting for the […]