What’s It Worth To You?
There are times when working together with your neighbors creates a better place to live. For example, VJNI will be planting trees along Vance Jackson Road in the public right of way this month. It is one of the City’s programs to improve our environment – not by an individual, but by a group. Input on zoning cases is another example of the value of a neighborhood group effort. Every person can voice his or her opinion about a zoning case, of course, but I’ve noticed that our City government pays attention when the comment is from a neighborhood association, which has been formed and recognized by the City. This recognition greatly improves the two-way communication between the City and its residents. It gives the City a tool to relate to the people living in the Vance Jackson area about all sorts of day-to-day issues, ranging from abatement of flooding to zoning controls. Being an active neighborhood association can be a resource for community opportunities that may benefit us and our neighborhood. Moreover, it puts us in touch with our neighbors, people who share the fondness for and frustrations of our area.
What is the price you pay for this recognition as a neighborhood association? It depends. If you already belong to VJNI, it’s $25 a year. If you don’t, it’s the loss of your input into a group effort to make our voice heard at City Hall about matters that we care about and affect us. Be a rabble rouser you say? No way! That is not what I am talking about. VJNI does not engage in partisan politics ever. But, it is interested in what the City and other agencies do that affect us. If you want to have more say in what we say, please join. A membership form is on the back. If you would like to know more about VJNI engagement, please look on our website for “Policies When We Make Public Statements”. You will see that the board wants to involve you in what it does.
There is a cost to VJNI to keep you informed and involved. We pay $710 every other month to get our newsletter published and distributed to over 3,000 households. In addition, we carry insurance and have some costs when we meet. With a budget of $5,300 this year and an increase in some costs next year, you can see that every $25 membership really counts! Currently, our income from memberships covers about half the cost of publication. If you are receiving this newsletter and have not yet joined, please do so. When all of you do your part, we can do ours.
For your information, the board will be proposing a few modifications to the Bylaws at the January Annual Meeting. One will be to make your dues valid for a 12-month period no matter when you join, rather than tied to joining in January. So, if you have not joined, please don’t wait until January. Do it now. And look on our website for other changes which will be proposed to the Bylaws.
VJNI Board President
Tree Planting for VJNI Esplanade
By David Bonnet
VJNI announces a project to improve the curb appeal to the entrance area of the Colonies North esplanade along Vance Jackson Road. The esplanade once had a good selection of trees, which have died over the years due to drought and neglect. VJNI has scheduled a work project to plant 8 new trees along the section from Colony Drive around the Clearfield/Oneida Drive area toward Oak Creek Apartments. We are soliciting help from any one of you in the VJNI area who would like to assist with the project to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 22nd. The project should be completed no later than 11 a.m. We will also be repairing/removing broken parts of the esplanade fence sections as necessary. If it rains, we will try again Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m.
This is a chance to get to know your neighbors and is also part of an effort to bring back a greater sense of community and visual appeal to the area. I moved out here in the late sixties and would like to see more social connections developed to get that “community” feeling going again. Just bring a hat, a sharpshooter or regular shovel or just show up and we will find something for you to do. These are small trees so the work will not be difficult or time consuming, and we will have the help of the Boy Scout Troup from St. Matthews Catholic Church.
The City is giving us the trees, and our responsibility is to maintain them for the first two years. We are looking for volunteers to adopt a tree or two to keep them watered and maintained. Especially if you live close to the area, would you let me know if you would be willing to be a “tree sitter”? What would be involved is bringing some gallon jugs of water to the site and your clippers to control the vegetation around the tree.
If you would like to contribute to the cost of the project – providing the compost, fertilizer and mulch – we would appreciate it. You can send your check to our treasurer at VJ Neighborhood, Inc., 10004 Wurzbach Road, Ste. 192, SATX 78230-2214. Please note on the check that it is for the trees.
Tell your neighbors and come on out! We would like to meet you and get the area in better shape in the process. This is an opportunity to make a contribution to your community and get to make some new friends while doing so. If you have any questions, please contact me at [removed for privacy].
SA Proposed 2017-2022 Bond Program
Please participate at one or more of the City’s Community Meetings scheduled Oct. – Dec.
Have a say in what the City focuses on in the coming years. The location for all meetings will be at the Central Library Auditorium, 600 Soledad, from 6-8 p.m. (Free parking).
Here’s the schedule:
Parks, Recreation & Open Space:
October: Mondays – 3, 17, 31
November: Monday – 14
December: Monday – 5
October: Tuesdays – 4, 18
November: Tuesdays – 1, 15
December: Tuesday – 6
October: Thursdays – 6, 20
November: Thursdays – 3, 17
December: Thursday – 8
Streets, Bridges & Sidewalks
October: Tuesdays – 11, 25
November: Monday – 7 and Tuesday – 29
December: Tuesday – 13
Drainage & Flood Control
October: Thursdays – 13, 27
November: Thursday – 10 and Monday – 28
December: Thursday – 15