Community news: More challengers join Austin City Council races



More challengers join council races

With the filing deadline still a month away, three more challengers have announced their bids for City Council seats in November.

Alison Alter, a former University of Texas executive and member of the city’s parks board, has filed to run in West Austin’s District 10 against Council Member Sheri Gallo, the Austin Monitor first reported.

The Harvard and Stanford grad previously oversaw UT’s Global Initiative for Education and Leadership and runs her own philanthropy consultation firm. Alter told the American-Statesman she believes Gallo is ignoring the needs of neighborhoods and is too pro-developer, particularly when it comes to plans for the Grove at Shoal Creek.

“Development is going to happen there. What I’m working towards is that we can have the best possible development that we can be proud of 30 years from now,” said Alter, who is active in the Rosedale neighborhood association, which opposes the Grove as it’s designed.

Council Member Greg Casar has also attracted an opponent for the seat in North Austin’s District 4: Louis C. Herrin III. And Council Member Delia Garza, who is already facing boxer Casey Ramos for the Southeast Austin District 2 seat, has attracted another opponent, Wesley Faulkner.

“I feel like our district is a little underrepresented,” said Faulkner, who works as a social media manager at an Internet-related firm. “I feel like we get very much overlooked.”

He said he would like to see more focus on the district’s transportation issues, as well as support efforts to create an economic incentives program to encourage development in District 2.

Herrin did not respond to a request for comment.

— Nolan Hicks, American-Statesman



Sessions set to enroll new students

The Georgetown school district has scheduled enrollment sessions for students new to the district for the 2016-17 academic year.

Parents are encouraged to complete an online pre-enrollment form at Computers also will be made available at the sessions.

All parents must attend the appropriate enrollment session in person and bring the required documents: student’s birth certificate, student’s Social Security card, current immunization records, proof of residency in the district, parent/guardian’s photo ID, most recent report card and/or transcript and withdrawal form from previous school.

The enrollment session for new high school students in fall sports and fine arts can be completed from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday or July 28 at the high school the student is zoned to attend: Georgetown High School, 2211 N. Austin Ave.; or East View High School, 4490 E. University Ave.

Enrollment can be completed for all new high school students from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 1-2 at the high school the student is zoned to attend. All new students in grades kindergarten through eight can complete enrollment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 5 at Georgetown High School.

Parents unable to attend on the dates listed above or who wish to enroll a prekindergarten student should contact their campus registrar for an enrollment appointment after Aug. 5 and before the first day of school Aug. 23. Students not enrolled by the first day of school will be able to enroll at the child’s campus after 10:30 a.m. Aug. 23.

For more information, visit

— American-Statesman staff



1832 Farmers Market seeks vendors

The Bastrop 1832 Farmers Market is seeking vendors, especially vendors of vegetables and fruits from small family farms.

The market also is looking for producers of chicken, fish, cheese, eggs, pecans and flowers. Interested vendors are encouraged to visit the market between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1302 Chestnut St. to speak with Erika Bradshaw, vendor liaison. Vendors can call 512-360-4799 and leave a message about what they would like to sell. Baked goods or prepared foods are not accepted at this time.

For more information, call 512-360-4502. Musicians interested in playing at the market can call 512-360-4799.

— American-Statesman staff



Burn ban reinstated

Hays County has reinstated a burn ban for unincorporated areas, including its extra territorial jurisdictions.

Charcoal, wood and gas grills with lids are exempt from the ban, but burning in burn barrels — including barrels with screens on the top — is not allowed. Grilling of any kind is prohibited at Hays County parks under a burn ban. Most cities already prohibit outdoor burning, but residents within city limits should check their city ordinances.

Residents are reminded to keep a water source nearby when grilling outside, to keep the grill away from the house or other combustible materials and to never leave a grill unattended until there is certainty the grill is properly extinguished.

— American-Statesman staff

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