August 2014 Newsletter

For the PDF version of this newsletter for download or print: WLF Aug 14 Newsletter

To All of Our Neighbors:

As our summer starts to wind down and the kids in the neighborhood are getting excited about the new school year (okay, maybe not), the HOA will be experiencing exciting changes of its own. We look to start the process of changing control of the Board of Directors from KB members to Resident members. Please see the article in regards to this process and call for nominations. With this change it will also mean that the HOA needs residents to volunteer to help with the running of the neighborhood. This includes joining committees such as neighborhood watch and welcome committees, as well as, helping to restart the social committee. The time commitment will be dependent on what you can do. This also means that the Board Meetings will move from the KB office to here in the neighborhood and possibly replace the monthly core committee meeting.

Concerns have also been raised about the process of violation letters and fines. Hopefully by the time this newsletter has gone out, we will have done a ride along with the inspector to determine the legitimacy of the claims and to rectify any peculiarities. An article is included in this newsletter describing the violation and fine procedure.

We, the current resident board members, are available if you have any questions. Please contact us at waterleafboard@gmail.com.

Hope everyone has a great finale to the summer.
Tracy Scheel and David Vail

 

Community Calendar for August 2014

4   :: Trash and Recycle

6   :: HOA Inspection

11 :: Trash and Compost

12 :: Neighborhood Watch Meeting – 7:00 pm Park Pavilion

13 :: CORE Committee Meeting – 7:00 pm Park Pavilion

18 :: Trash and Recycle

20 :: HOA Inspection

21 :: Board Meeting – KB Office 10800 Pecan Park Blvd Ste #200 Austin 78750 (Call-in number will be posted prior to the meeting date)

25 :: Trash and Compost
     :: Hays CISD First Day of School – All campuses

 

Call for Resident Board Member Nominations

As many of you know, Roger Arriaga stepped down from KB homes and the Board of Directors prior to the annual meeting and John Zinsmeyer was elected as his replacement. However, due to the KB member’s schedules, we have not had a Board meeting since the annual meeting. KB has now replaced Roger and we will be voting to place him on the Board in the place of one of the KB members at the next Board meeting scheduled for August 21, 2014 at 9:30 am. This meeting will be to help get us caught up on issues in the neighborhood that we have not been able to since the annual meeting.

KB has expressed a serious interest in the neighborhood taking over the Board completely by next year’s annual meeting. We hope to be transitioning 2 of the KB board members prior to next year’s annual meeting. These 2 members will be up for election as well as the final member at the 2015 annual Meeting.

As was the 2 resident board members elected at the 2014 annual meeting, the terms will be 3 year terms. Responsibilities will include attendance of monthly Board of Director Meetings, interaction with the property manager as needed, and architectural approvals.

If interested, please contact Jim Smitherman by phone at (512) 502-2114 or via e-mail at jim.smitherman@goodwintx.com for a nomination form.

 

Deed Restriction Violations and Fines Process

Goodwin Management, our property management company, has employed an independent property inspector to drive the neighborhood 2 time per month to check any violations of the covenants and deed restrictions. The inspector will take a picture of the violation and then enter these into a software system that generates a letter. This letter then gets mailed to the homeowner of record. The first letter is a courtesy letter explaining the violation and asking that it gets rectified. If not rectified by the next inspector visit, a second letter again explaining the violation and that if not rectified, the homeowner will receive a fine. Again if still not rectified by the next visit, a letter gets sent out regular and certified mail explaining a fine has been placed onto the homeowner’s account. The process takes up to 5 weeks before a fine is assessed. Fines will then accrue after each subsequent inspector visit. If, after more than $300.00 worth of fines have accrued and not paid, the privileges to the pool are revoked. Violations must remain cured for 6 months before removed from your record.

Timeline Review:

– 1st courtesy letter
– 2 weeks
– 2nd courtesy letter
– 2 weeks
– Certified fine notice/forced mow

Jim Smitherman, the property manager, does not see the letters prior to them getting sent out. If you receive a letter and have a question or want to appeal the violation, call him 512-502-2114 or e-mail him jim.smitherman@goodwintx.com.

We are not in the business of collecting fines. We would like for the inspector to drive through the neighborhood and not write any violations. In order to do this we have included the days that the inspector will be in the neighborhood on the calendar of events.

 

 

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HAYS CISD 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS ON AUGUST 25, 2014

Important Dates: 

  • August 4th & 5th – New Student Registration – Parents must register their child in person at their home school.  Visit www.hayscisd.net to verify which school your child will attend.
  • August 14th & 15th – High School Schedule Pickup
  • August 19th – Middle School Schedule Pickup
  • August 21st – Tobias Elementary Meet the Teacher Night 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • August 25 – First day of school – all grades

Registration for returning students is available online at www.hayscisd.net through August 29th.

School Supplies 

suppliesIt’s time to purchase your child’s school supplies!

All supply lists are available on the Hays CISD website.

Click your child’s grade for the full list.

 

 

UpcomingEvents

 

Back to School Swim & Supply Drive
Friday, August 1, 2014
Kyle Pool 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Join us at the Kyle Pool for our  ‘Back to School Swim and Supply Drive’ this summer.  Your donation gets you in to the pool for a fun family night. Hope and Love 4 Kids will be on hand to collect school supply donations that will be distributed to local students in need.  The most needed items are: Composition Books, Dividers, Pink Erasers, Glue Sticks, Pocket Folders with Brads and Wide-Ruled Notebook Paper. A full list of School Supplies for Hays CISD can be found at   www.hayscisd.net.  We encourage everyone to come out and have a great time but to also bring a donation for those in the community that are in need. (Regular entry fees will apply without donation.) For more information or if you have questions please contact our office at 512-262-3939. Information also on the City of Kyle website.

Concerts for a Cause: Rockaroni & Cheese
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Milt’s BBQ – 208 W Center St Kyle – 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

First Saturdays are to raise money and awareness for a different charity that does good in Kyle. This month’s concert benefits Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies! Entry is by donation and 100% of donations are given the the charity of the month.

Movie in the Park 
Friday, August 15, 2014
Lake Kyle Amphitheater – 700 Lehman Rd
Movie begins 30 minutes after sunset

Join us for a special showing of “The Lego Movie”! Pack a picnic and come enjoy a movie before school starts!

 

Pet Reminders

  • Leash Law – Please remember the City of Kyle does have a leash law requiring dogs to be kept on a leash at all times. This law applies in Waterleaf when you are walking your dog around the neighborhood. Keep in mind that dogs should also remain on a leash in the easement areas behind the park and homes.
  • Clean Up After Your Pet – Please do not allow your pet to defecate in public areas or in the yard of a fellow neighbor. Carry a plastic bag with you on your walks and clean up after your pet. Pet feces can make other pets and young children sick, so please be mindful of others!
  • Collars and Nametags – Make sure your pet has a collar with a nametag and your contact information. This helps ensure your pet is returned to you should they get out of the yard.
  • Lost Dogs – If you lose your dog, check with your neighbors to see if your pet has been seen nearby. Contact PAWS and the San Marcos Animal Shelter to see if your pet has been brought in to their location. Several sites will provide free signs and cross-posting.
  • Found Dogs – If you happen to find a dog near your home and you cannot find contact information, the PAWS shelter can scan the pet for a microchip. Ask your neighbors if they recognize the pet. If you are unable to keep the pet until the owner is found, contact Kyle Animal Control at 512.268.8800

Waterleaf Pet Microchip Event

Keep an eye on the newsletter and our website for information regarding an upcoming event to microchip your pets. The last unofficial event was hugely successful and Waterleaf would like to host this event again in the near future. We are working on a September or October date when the temps have cooled down a little bit.

 

Watering Restrictions

Current restriction from County Line Special Utility District: Even though we have been receiving rain: Stage III Water Rationing is in effect: Outside watering between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm is strictly prohibited. Customers whose address ends with an even number is asked to water only on Sunday. Customers whose address ends with an odd number is asked to water only on Saturday. Washing of vehicles, boats, etc is strictly prohibited. County Line Special Utility District Board of Directors and Staff thanks you and greatly appreciates your effort to help conserve our water supply sources.

 

Committee Updates

 

 

CORE COMMITTEE MEETING

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
7:00 pm – Park Pavilion

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Monthly Board Meeting

Thursday, August 21, 2014 
9:30 am – KB Office

The KB Office is located at 10800 Pecan Park Blvd, Ste #200 Austin, TX 78750. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may join the meeting via telephone. As the call-in number is subject to change per the management company, please visit our community website a few days prior to the meeting for the correct call-in number and passcode

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HOA Property Inspection

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
&
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
7:00 pm – Park Pavilion

The following weeks from now thru October we will be working on National Night Out. If anyone is interested in volunteering we need your help! Please email us and we will let you know when we get together! Thank you!

Neighborhood Watch would like to remind you to take precautions with your pets as the temperatures continue to rise.

Here are some heat safety tips from the SPCA:

  • Walk dogs early in the morning or in the evening hours instead of in the middle of the day when it’s hottest. Overweight and older pets are more likely to overheat during hot weather, so it is important to keep them fit and trim.
  • Some pet owners prefer to leave their animal friends outside. If that is the case, your pet must always have shelter available to protect it from extreme temperatures and inclement weather. Also, consider providing a wading pool filled with water for your companion to cool off in during the hot days of summer.
  • Consider installing a doggie door. Dogs can visit the potty area outside and access the air-conditioned house during the day.
  • Provide your pet with fresh, cool water every day in a tip-proof bowl. Remember that metal bowls left in the sun can get hot, so always put water bowls in the shade. Don’t forget the ice!
  • Allow water hoses to run for several seconds or minutes–until water cools–before spraying your dog or filling his water bowl.
  • Keep your pet well groomed, but resist the temptation to shave off all of his hair in an effort to keep him cool. A pet’s coat can protect him from sunburn and acts as cooling insulation.
  • Never leave your pet in a parked car, even with the windows cracked. It takes only minutes for a dog or cat to suffer a heat stroke. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a locked car can reach 120 degrees in under ten minutes. Should you see a pet left alone in a parked car, please call 911.

Waterleaf Neighborhood Watch
waterleafneighborhoodwatch@gmail.com

Michele Hinojosa, Jason Lolley, Jeff Swietek

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WELCOME COMMITTEE UPDATE

The Welcome Committee has been working diligently to deliver Welcome packets to all of the new residents in Waterleaf over the last several months. Now that all deliveries are current, we will be meeting quarterly instead of monthly. Our next meeting will be on October 5th at 7pm in the park pavilion. The Welcome Committee gives you an opportunity to get involved in your community and only requires about two hours of your time each month. This is a great way to meet people in your community! Please contact us at waterleafwelcomecommittee@gmail.com if you are interested in joining.

Thank you
Jana Wybo and Tricia Swietek

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YardofMonth

Congratulations to August’s Yard of the Month!!

233 Connor Elkins

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