Newsletter March 2006

Newsletter March 2006


Ted Trakas

The start of another busy year.

Many thanks to the guest speakers at our annual meeting: Mr. Michael A. Amezquita, Chief Appraiser of Bexar Appraisal District (BAD); Ms. Veronica Moreno, Special Projects Coordinator, Neighborhood Services, City of San Antonio; Judge Peter Sakai; and Ms. Barbara Scharf Zeldes, probate judge candidate.

Northside Neighborhoods for Organized Development (NNOD) is a super-group of neighborhood associations in the northeast corner of District 8. NNOD is reactivating due to concerns over the potential sale of the Voelcker properties. These properties total more than 450 acres and lie astride Wurzbach parkway and Military Highway. Their eventual development will have significant impact inthe area. (See the enclosed article.) Historically VJ has been well represented on NNOD.

The VJ board is also starting conversations with the Barrera family concerning their petition (Zoning Case Z2006049 C) for conditional use of residential properties on VJ as an Outdoor Art Gallery, for a limited period each year. Overall the VJ board is impressed with the quality of the events to be stage, but will seek formal language in the permit delineating restrictions.

As always, if you want to make a positive contribution to the association, please contact us. Offer your time and talent.
Current Officers:
President – Ted Trakas (The Summit)
Vice President – Daniel Causey (Foothills)
Secretary – Norma Baird (Charter Oaks Condos)
Treasurer – Woody Halsey (Charter Oaks)


Vance Jackson Neighborhood Association
Annual Meeting
January 24, 2006

Our Vance Jackson annual meeting was held at the Golden Wok on Wurzbach. Twenty-Nine persons were present.

Woody Halsey, our Vice President, called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. (Mr. Trakas, our President, was on a business trip.)

In his ‘State of the Association’ report, Woody explained that the board of directors had agreed to a contract modification with the publisher of our newsletter, whereby the newsletter will be expanded in length but will cost the association substantially less to publish. Woody addressed the Verizon cell tower zoning case, which was decided in June of 2005. The board believes the issue was settled in a fair manner.

For his Treasurer’s Report, Woody reported that the association had a balance of $7912.99. This balance included $660 in the Colonies North Maintenance Fund (CNMF), and $5000 in an anonymous donation towards beautification of the neighborhood. The board’s intention is to use this money to plant additional shrubs in the ‘Colonies North Esplanade’. (We have been holding off on actually planting specimens due to the unseasonably dry weather conditions.)

Mr. Michael A. Amezquita, Chief Appraiser, Bexar Appraisal District, was our main speaker for the night. He discussed his handout, “Texas Property Tax Crisis. How did we get here and how do we fix it?”

Ms. Veronica Moreno, Special Projects Coordinator, Neighborhood Services, City of San Antonio gave a brief talk about target sweep for Colonies North. On February 28, she will meet with interested citizens at the Colonies house. The sweep will be conducted from March 13 thru March 24.

Ms. Alyssa Munoz represented Councilman Art Hall. Her phone number is 692-0463.

Judge Peter Sakai spoke briefly about his up coming campaign for the 225th District

Court Judge. Ms. Barbara Scharf Zeldes spoke on her probate judge campaign.

Election of officers – David Schallimer made a motion that the attendees accept the current slate of officers. Ms. Ann Sheridan seconded the motion and it carried.

Ms. Lillian Rogers make a motion that the meeting be adjourned. Ms. Ann Ryan seconded the motion and it carried.

Norma J. Baird, Secretary


Northside Neighborhoods for Organized Development (NNOD)

Community members from the Northern areas of District 8 and contiguous areas of District 9 met on February 6th to reactive NNOD.

The objectives of NNOD include enhancing and protecting the quality of life in the Northside neighborhoods, keeping neighborhoods informed on the issues in the community, working with all levels of Government, and maintaining a presence at governmental meetings. Issues to be addressed in the future are signage and zoning, transportation, parks, water quality, education, bond issues, and crime.

For information on becoming a member of NNOD, call Ken Lawrence or attend our next meeting to be held 7:00 PM, March 13th at the Prue Road Police Station.
Ken Lawrence, President
Hunters Creek Neighborhood Association
(210) 493-7936
(Editor: Ted Trakas and Woody Halsey represented VJ at this meeting.)