The city’s Solid Waste Services department (SWS) has worked with other city departments, Texas Disposal Systems (TDS), and the residents of the 10000 blocks of Brownie Dr to relocate dumpsters so that the sidewalks are no longer blocked.
It’s one more small step in improving the area around Brownie Playground and the new park land. Most important, by actively reaching out to ask residents what works best for them, SWS has given North Lamar residents more confidence that what they do matters for their neighborhood.
(Background: Some years ago, each of the fourplex units on Brownie Dr had an individual curb cart. Which was a LOT of carts, that tended to get relocated and knocked over, creating a labor intensive and unhealthy situation for residents and solid waste employees. Back then, SWS worked with the non-resident property owners to develop the solution of using a dumpster for each building. This approach did reduce the trash and the health risks, but since residents and neighbors were not included, the impact of the dumpster placement on mobility and quality of life wasn’t addressed well.)
Neighborhood Plan Objective Q.3: Promote increased communication between NLCNPA neighbors and the City of Austin’s Code Compliance Department.
Neighborhood Plan Objective Q.6: Improve property maintenance within the NLCNPA.