Next Commander’s Forum is Tues, Feb 9 at 6:30-8:30pm

Our Milwood falls within Region 2’s Adam Forum, so our Commander’s Forum is scheduled for Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 6:30pm-8:00pm @ Spicewood Springs Branch Library
8637 Spicewood Springs Rd. Austin TX 78759

The Region 2 District Representatives are located at the North Substation, 12425 Lamplight Village Avenue. Region 2 encompasses 87 square miles.

For questions, contact Officer Mike Whetston: (512)-974-5553 – Email

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Balcones Trail Meeting a Success!

The Jan 28th Balcones Trail Meeting seemed a success! The City confirmed that it will:
1. Add a Switchback to make a more user friendly Trail Design behind Scribe Drive. (Segment 4)
2. Find a solution for the Low Water Crossing where the creek will cross the Trail below the ball field off of Scribe/Canter. (Segment 2)
3. Allow for a temporary small trail re-route during the construction of the Waste Water Project so users can still access trails in and through the park safely. (off Segment 4)
4. Work from two staging areas so the different segments of the trail can be under construction at the same time, so the project’s time frame will be shortened by 9 to 12 months and the trail isn’t dependent on the Waste Water Project’s timeline. (Pertains to all Segments)

The switchback route is at 30% design and is projected to go out to bid in Dec 2016 and to be completed by Dec 2017.
The Waste Water Utility Project, which is going out to bid this month, is estimated to last 18 months with the Trail portion of the project to be completed within 12 months so Dec 2017 as well.

Segment 5 is still undefined at the moment, but will either be a crushed granite path or a 8ft wide concrete trail connecting Scribe Dr to the trail.

Trail-Public-Mtg_SwitchbackJan2016Map attached.

Another Thanks to Milwood’s own Erik Harris for all his hard work and countless hours on this project!

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Milwood Library Update

The Milwood Pocket Library will be closed after Saturday, Feb 20th. So read, reserve, return and put on hold accordingly! APL has committed to providing its New BookMobile to our area from early March when it arrives and is outfitted until the completion of the Milwood Library Renovation. Hours of service are still to be determined.

A description of the Book Mobile via APL: “This high-tech bookmobile is essentially a standalone mini-library, complete with computer stations, WiFi connectivity capability, a select collection and is equipped with an exterior-mounted, 50″ display monitor for program presentations. The bookmobile will also allow Milwood customers to pick up materials placed on hold and to return library materials in their own service area.”

Here is a timeline for the library’s renovation project:
Feb 1 – Library Closed
March 16 – Pocket Library Opened
Dec 15 – Notice to Proceed Occurred to name Contractor for the project
Feb 20 – Pocket Library will close
March – Book Mobile will be ready to offer more abbreviated services to our area
May 31 – Library to Reopen

To read the APL Director’s Report
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Weekly Recycling or Organics Collection? – Give Your Feedback to the City

Take the survey to weigh in: http://bit.ly/arrservice

Need ideas on how to decrease your landfill trash… Check out MNA’s Recycling/Trash webpage. We provide easy solutions for Styrofoam, Table Scraps/Compost, and more.

District 7 (Milwood’s District) is currently in 4th place for the Recycling Games Competition. A competition that will earn the winner and most improved a library or park project! Please help us get to 1st!! Recycling all you can!

Per the City:
We have done the math on expanding Austin Resource Recovery services and now we need to hear from you – our customers. We invite you to take a survey and join us at one of our upcoming Community Meetings:

**6:30–8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center, 2608 Gonzales St., Austin

**6:30–8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
One Texas Center, Room 325, 505 Barton Springs Road, Austin

Austinites told us last year that one way to increase community-wide recycling is to collect recyclables weekly.

As we pursue our goal for Zero Waste, we also conducted a popular Curbside Organics collection pilot with 14,000 households where we collected food scraps and yard trimmings in a third cart.

What do you think? Input from customers will be considered when preparing the proposed fiscal year 2017 budget, which will be presented to the Austin City Council later this year.

RSVP for the Feb. 3 or Feb. 9 meeting: http://ow.ly/XGYNp

Take the survey: http://bit.ly/arrservice
Also available in Spanish (Español) and Vietnamese (Ti?ng Vi?t).

Learn more: http://ow.ly/XGYPZ

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THIS Thurs, Jan 28th – Balcones Trail Meeting with City

The City is having a Balcones Trail Project Meeting and Waste Water Utility Project Meeting
THIS Thurs. Jan 28th from 6:00-7:30pm
Covenant United Methodist Church
4410 Duval Rd, Austin, TX 78727

Over the course of this project, MNA and WXNA have worked with the City to get a trail that we feel best fits users’ needs. We hope this meeting will confirm that at this point the City plans to meet our main requests to an agreeable level.

Click Here for details on our requests and more.

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Clear Your Clutter Day 2016 – NAPO Austin: Sat. Jan 30

It is time to clear your clutter for FREE! NAPO Austin’s 10th Annual Clear Your Clutter Day Event is January 30th 10am-2pm at Bethany United Methodist Church, 10100 Anderson Mill

The public is invited to bring ONE carload per household of unwanted items. Follow the link to find out all the items you can get rid of and the event partners helping out.

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Provide Feedback on Balcones Trail’s Low Water Crossing Option

Give Us YOUR Feedback about Balcones Park Trail’s Low Water Crossing Options.

MNA & WXNA continue to work with the city on a design we hope will create the best trail for our neighborhood & park users. We appreciate your feedback.

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