The meeting of Concerned Citizens of Spring Branch (CCSB)
was held at the EMS Station at 353
Rodeo Drive, on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 7:00
Present: Sidney Atkinson, President, Bill Wessale,Vice
President, John Bianchi,Treasurer, Sandra Whitehead, Secretary, and numerous
President Atkinson introduced himself to everyone and
invited each participant to introduce themselves to others in the room. He then
requested approval of the July minutes. Motion was made by Charles Morgan,
seconded by Bobbi Welch. Motion was approved.
Old Business: Dr. Atkinson then gave a short overview of this new
organization's goal: "To help manage growth in our area and do so
effectively." He outlined the interest and concerns expressed by residents
of our numerous subdivisions, business owners, ranchers and farmers who object
to having the proposed Tex-Mix concrete batch plant located in our quiet Hill
Country, so close to our residential areas. Air quality issues are of great
concern with its potential of affecting health problems for both human and
wildlife. We will work as a group to support the Gass family, who is located
within the required 440 yards for this proposed plant. Visual aids were used to
show how close this proposed plant is to so many of our homes in the area. It
was further noted that with so many acres of land along Hwy 281 currently for
sale, we are in need of discussing the feasibility of incorporating ourselves
into the city of Spring Branch.
As a city, we can then govern growth with regard to all aspects of air, ground
water conservation, etc. (The Sierra Club of Austin advises that incorporation
is the only way we can control the direction of growth). President
Atkinson then asked what course of action does this group want to pursue?
Preliminary cost of legal advice was discussed as well as
advising that we may fight the concrete batch plant on the basis of air
pollution and win, but they still may be awarded the permit since the
environmental air control people have the power to overturn a "win"
decision. To raise the necessary funds, any suggestions are welcome. The
tee-shirt design featuring the chicken was selected, with our website to be
added to the design. We will plan various fund raisers as soon as possible. In
addition to a second mail out flier to area residents, we need banners,
posters, tee-shirts, perhaps using locals such as Spring Branch Store for
Saturday parking lot sales, donation jars, a margarita night at a restaurant,
yard sales and bake sales, to name a few. Volunteers are always welcome.
Becky Atkinson reminded everyone that Tex-Mix filed their
second public notice on July 25. We have 30 days to submit our
questions/comments to (TCEQ) Texas
Commission on Environmental Quality, www.tceq.state.tx.us/goto/comment.
This is very important to our cause. Be sure to reference Tex-Mix permit number
TECQ #109839. All interested parties
are encouraged to get their questions and comments on file
no later than August 26, 2013.
Business: We are most
appreciative of Bill Wessale, who created a very impressive website
for us (neighborsofspringbranch.org),
which he demonstrated to the group. He requested that we all bring a laptop to
our next meeting (wifi is available) and he will walk everyone through each of
this website's features. Some of the website features will include the minutes of
our meetings; a "Discussion Board" for questions and answers and any
other pertinent data relating to our goals and an additional area especially
designed for the user to type in any new topic of interest. To utilize this
website, users must register the first time by logging in with your ID,
agreeing to terms, filling out basic information, etc.
Name change: After additional discussion, Mike Garvin made a motion to change
the name of our organization to reflect our new website, from Concerned
Citizens of Spring Branch to Neighbors of Spring Branch (NSB), Becky
Atkinson seconded this motion. Motion was approved.
Mike Garvin inquired about adding LLC to our organizational
title and was advised that since we are a non-profit organization, attorneys
stated that this would not be necessary.
Due to pressing business issues, John Bianchi resigned as
Treasurer. His successor is expected to be named soon.
President Atkinson once again, requested member input as to
what direction this group will wish to follow and reminded all of the need to
set a time-line to accomplish these goals.
The next meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m., Monday August
12, 2013, at the old Spring Branch fire station behind the Spring Branch Store at 9996 FM 311.
There being no further business, motion was made by Robert
Butler to close this meeting, seconded by Trudy Thomas. This meeting was closed
at 8:34 p.m.