Leslie Pool Papers
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Leslie Pool is an Austin, Texas resident that has been actively involved in community and government issues since the mid-1990s. In the 1990s Pool was appointed to various City of Austin Boards and Commissions including Water and Wastewater Commission, Arts, Telecommunications, and Downtown Alliance. She chaired the Seaholm Reuse Planning Committee in 1997-98. This committee was charged with determining if the Seaholm Power Plant building should be saved for public use and if so, for what purpose. Pool was also appointed to the Downtown Development Advisory Group, a late-90s effort convened by then-Mayor Kirk Watson to kick-start economic and social activity downtown. In 1997, County Judge Bill Aleshire appointed Pool to the Travis County Citizens Bond Advisory Committee. She served on the Bond Accountability Committee that was formed shortly after passage of the bonds in 1998. She was one of County Commissioner Karen Sonleitner’s appointees to the 2004 County Bond Advisory Committee. Pool served on the City of Austin’s 2012 Bond Task Force as an appointee of Council Member Kathie Tovo. She has also served on the executive committee of LivableCity, a local sustainability research and advocacy non-profit whose mission is to address the long-term social, environmental, and economic needs of the people of Austin. In addition she helped found the Bull Creek Road Coalition, an affiliation of seven neighborhoods – Allandale, Rosedale, Brykerwoods, Ridgelea, Oakmont Heights, Westminster Manor, and Highland Park West/Balcones Area – concerned over the future sale and development of state-owned property along Bull Creek Road and above Shoal Creek. Pool was elected as the Austin District 7 City Council Member in 2014.
Seaholm Reuse Planning Committee - A November 7, 1996 Austin City Council resolution (19961107-23) authorized the City Manager to complete the decommissioning of Seaholm Power Plant by the end of fiscal year 2000, remediate environmental hazards, and render it suitable for reuse soon after. The goal was to turn Seaholm into "a unique and exceptional cultural facility in downtown Austin." The City Manager was required to create a "public process to determine the Main Building's best public use or uses, and identify by May 1998 which existing or new entities should use it with goal of identifying its ultimate use or uses." City Council asked the Austin Arts Commission to take on the assignment and the eight-member Seaholm Reuse Planning Committee was created. The committee started meeting in 1997 to develop a work plan and public process to pull in ideas from the community on the Seaholm Power Plant's next best use. The Committee met from March 1997 to June 1998 and held three public meetings and an open house. In addition there were monthly tours, a traveling exhibit, speaker's bureau, and website. A report, Concerning the Adaptive Reuse of the City of Austin's Seaholm Power Plant: Results of the Public Process and Recommendations for Further Action, was presented to City Council in June 1998. The next phase of the committee's work was to advertise the building's availability and to help guide the reuse process to ensure that the public's perspective continues to play a role.
The majority of the Leslie Pool Papers concern her involvement with the Seaholm Reuse Planning Committee in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The records document the time period after the report, Concerning the Adaptive Reuse of the City of Austin's Seaholm Power Plant: Results of the Public Process and Recommendations for Further Action, was presented to the Austin City Council. The correspondence, notes, reports, and newspaper clippings highlight the Committee's efforts to guide the reuse process to ensure that the public's perspective was being considered as the Seaholm District Master Plan was being created. Issues documented include the Lumbermen's Investment Corporation Sand Beach boundary line dispute, the public's desire for a portion of the property to be used for a public venue such as a museum or aquarium and bicycle advocates' desire for a "fly-over" bridge from the Pfluger Bridge to the north side of Cesar Chavez.
Also included in the Papers are a small amount of records dated 2005 to 2006 related to Pool's service on the Water and Wastewater Commission. Included are meeting minutes and agendas as well as the corresponding "backup" materials. Of interest are materials pertaining to the construction of Water Treatment Plant 4. And lastly there is a "Get out the vote for Ann rally" flyer autographed by Nanci Griffith, Tish Hinojosa and Ann Richards.
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Leslie Pool Papers (AR.2013.015). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2013/024
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2016.
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