Come Charged with Your Facts and Your Concerns and Sign Up to Speak CALL TO ACTION NOW! The School Board’s vote to amend the lease with WHLL is on the table and if passed, would serve rapidly to expedite and facilitate the permitting process for the commercial development of the Mega Sportsplex. It is a CRITICAL TIME in the permitting process. The developers will be present to push their agenda forward. The time is NOW to come forward and be counted among those Austinites for environmentally and fiscally responsible development. It is your tax dollars they are planning to give away.
Your presence counts, and your voice matters!
Show up at next week’s school board meeting!
UPDATE ON SCHOOL BOARD MEETING JUNE 26th 2013
Our deepest thanks and appreciation to all those who came out to support our efforts at the June 26th Eanes ISD regular board meeting. It was a long meeting that ended well after 10:00PM.
After closed session with legal counsel, the School Board postponed the vote to amend the lease tabling it for an unspecified future meeting.
In spite of the vote postponement, Citizens of Travis County, from both sides of Lake Austin, filled the seats at Bridgepoint ES cafeteria to hear what our Eanes ISD School Board had to say on the matter of Action Item D on the agenda, calling for consideration of lease and amendments with Western Hills Little League for Real Property on River Hills Road, and to voice their concerns for the proposed development of a Mega-Sportsplex on Eanes-owned property.
Concerned parties spoke at length on the issues of the extensive light pollution and the loss of our Dark Skies, noise pollution reverberating throughout the area and across the Lake to Emma Long Park and the surrounding residential neighborhoods, construction/chemical/fertilizer runoff and resultant pollution not only to wells but also to 2 WCID’s and Lake Austin, loss of endangered species habitat, unsafe road conditions, unsafe access, hazardous traffic conditions, and money mismanagement by the district in these trying fiscal times.
Requests were made by Eanes residents, prior to the meeting, for access to the backup documentation to this Action Item D. No documentation was provided.
UPDATE ON SCHOOL BOARD EXTRA SESSION AUGUST 13th 2013
The school board met in closed session to discuss Texas Government code551.072-Deliberation Regarding Purchase, Exchange, Lease, or Value of Real Property.
During the Open Forum, Concerned Citizens of Travis County spoke against the River Hills Mega-Sports Complex proposed development.
The first speaker urged the school board to take unprecedented steps to protect irreplaceable natural resources in the foothills of our Hill Country, to designate 50 acres of the River Hills property as an Eco-Preserve so that they may serve as an Outdoor Education Site, a.k.a. A Green School, and to be leaders in the fields of Ecology and Environmental Education so that children today can learn to be the Environmentally Responsible leaders of our future.
The second speaker outlined the fiscal deficits facing Eanes right now, encouraged more responsible fiscal behavior, and put forth an immediate offer to purchase the Eanes owned River Hills property with the intent for responsible development including but not limited to land earmarked for outdoor Eco-education.
The third speaker discussed Eanes failure to provide open records regarding Action Item D from the June 26th meeting to present day and the many legally questionable aspects of the lease with WHLL, including but not limited to the school board’s abdication of the power to enforce any of the lease items as well as the origin of the original RFP.
No vote to amend the lease was undertaken at this time. It is still pending, and the proponents of this development are sharing with their constituents that they believe the time is now for the vote.