August 2015 Newsletter

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To All of Our Neighbors:

We hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day. The Parade was very well attended and fun to walk. We had Kyle PD, Kyle animal control, kids on bikes, residents walking, a local Girl Scout troop, dogs and the Kyle fire department. It was really nice to see neighbors cheering on the sidelines as well. Thank you Natalie Freeman for the popsicles. They really helped everyone cool off afterwards. We hope everyone survived the festivities of some in the neighborhood during the nighttime hours.

Now that the rain has stopped, please remember we are still in a drought despite the rain. The County Line Special Utility District currently has stage 1 water rationing in effect. Outside watering with a sprinkler between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm is strictly prohibited. Let’s help keep water supply sources for future neighbors.

The last week of August is either a really wonderful time in the neighborhood or the worst time, depending on your point of view, as it includes the first day of school! Hays CISD starts the school year on Monday, August 24th. Until then, please be mindful of all the little ones enjoying their summer off!

The HOA on the other hand will be relatively quiet. Due to the heat and everyone finishing their summer plans and preparing for that day at the end of August, there will be no HOA sponsored events. A formal Board meeting will be held though at the park pavilion on Thursday, August 6th at 6:30 pm, as well as, a few committee meetings. Please make time to come out and be a part of making this community a great place to live. The agenda for the board meeting will be posted on the http://www.waterleaffalls.com website by Thursday, July 30.

Enjoy the remainder of your summer!

David, Tracy, Jason, Darla, and Megan
Your Resident Board Members

 

 

Community Calendar

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Back to School 

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Hays CISD School Year Begins August 24, 2015

Register for the 2015 – 2016 School Year

Registration for new and returning students is available online at www.hayscisd.net

New students may be registered online or you may pick up an enrollment packet at your home campus.

For online registration, you will need:

– verification of address
– child’s birth certificate
– child’s social security card
– child’s immunization records
– proof of guardianship, if needed
– child’s withdrawal form/last report card
– parent’s driver’s license

School Supply Lists also available at hayscisd.net!

 

Important Dates

August 12, 2015 – Campus Registration On August 12th each campus will be open to new Hays CISD families.

Parents can meet with campus staff to ask questions, complete an enrollment packet, and drop off student documentation. This event is an opportunity for parents to meet with campus staff if needed.

August 18, 2015 – Middle School Schedule Pickup

August 20, 2015 – Tobias Meet the Teacher Night 6:00 pm New and returning students are invited to meet their teacher and drop off school supplies

Take advantage of Texas’ Tax-Free Weekend on August 7th through August 9th. During these dates, sales tax for clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 will be waived.

 

 

Girl Scout School Supply Drive

Girl Scout Troop 1008 will be hosting a School Supply Drive to help families who cannot afford items to prepare for school. The troop will be walking through Waterleaf on August 1st to pass out bags. They will return on August 8th to pick up the bags. Please consider donating! You may also drop off donations at 131 Sheep Trail.

 

 

UpcomingEvents

5th Annual Austin Pet Expo
Saturday, August 1, 2015 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm & Sunday, August 2, 2015 – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Palmer Events Center – www.austinpetexpo.com

Free Admission; Bring your pet! (Pet’s must be on a fixed lead or in a carrier with proof of age-appropriate vaccinations)

Live entertainment, obedience demonstrations, author readings, Dozens of rescue groups will be on hand for pet adoptions, there will also be discounted vaccinations, microchipping, and heartworm & flea preventatives. Free nail trims!

Learn about pet care, volunteerism, grooming, pet behavior & training, traveling with your pet, different types of pets/breeds, Veterinarian FAQ, fun activities for you and your pet.

 

The 9th Scoop Austin Ice Cream Festival
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Fiesta Gardens – www.austinicecreamfestival.com

Bring yourself, your friends, your family and even your dog to the 9th Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival and come scream with us. This event will include lots of games, activities, contests and live entertainment as well as what we all scream for ICE CREAM! Entry is $10 with FREE Ice Cream. Kids 8 and under are free!

Chick-Fil-A Girl’s Night Out
Monday, August 10, 2015 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please join us on Monday, August 10th for a special mother and daughter event full of food, glamour, and fun! Make a reservation at www.cfarestaurant.com/kyle/events for 5, 6, or 7PM to secure your spot!

 

 

Movies at the Lake – E.T
Friday, August 14 2015 – Sunset
Lake Kyle Park – 700 Lehman Rd, Kyle 78640

Movie begins 30 minutes after sunset and will be shown at the amphitheater at Lake Kyle – for additional information and directions visit cityofkyle.com/recreation/movies-park-3

All movies are rated G or PG, and are free to the public. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks.

 

11th Annual Bat Fest
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Congress Ave Bridge – www.roadwayevents.com/event/bat-fest

Cost: Admission $15.00 cash at the gate. Kids 8 and under free with an adult. VIP tickets are $150. Hours: 4pm to Midnight

Because bats are wild animals, it is hard to predict exactly when the emergence will begin but the flight usually begins between 7:00 – 8:45 p.m.

 

 

Neighborhood Traffic Safety

As our neighborhood continues to grow, so does the amount of traffic coming into and exiting our neighborhood. As a result, there is also an increased concern about safety in our community. An alarming number vehicles are speeding through the neighborhood and failing to come to a complete stop at Stop signs. These actions are incredibly dangerous and put the lives of our neighbors and children at risk.

Some reminders:

* The Speed limit in Waterleaf Falls is posted at 30 mph. Please be mindful of the posted limits and do not speed through our community. Saving a few seconds is not worth the life of your neighbors.

* Come to a complete stop at Stop signs. Failure to do so could result in a ticket and fine from the Kyle Police Department.

* Do not block sidewalks. The safest place to walk is the sidewalk, when you park blocking the sidewalks, neighbors are forced into the street and have a greater chance of being hit by a car. Make sure your vehicle is completely in the driveway. Kyle Police has been in the neighborhood issuing citations for this violation.

* Follow all traffic rules to maintain safety in our neighborhood.

Expansion of FM 150

FM 150 will soon be receiving some much needed improvements. According to the Hays County Government website:

The FM 150 Center Turn Lane project will widen the roadway to accommodate a 12’ wide center turn lane and 5’ shoulders throughout most of the project from Lox Drive to SH 21, a distance of 2.7 miles.

The project will also include extensions of cross culverts, safety improvements of existing side slopes, new signage and pavement markings, and will improve the ride quality of the roadway with cross slope corrections and the addition of a new pavement surface. The FM 150 Center Turn Lane project is an element of the County’s Partnership Program with the Texas Department of Transportation.

Visit www.co.hays.tx.us and look in the “News” tab for additional information.

 

Important Updates from July’s Neighborhood Watch Meeting

July’s monthly meeting was a big success. There were lots of new faces and community involvement! Chief Barnett, Officer James Plant from KPD, and Officer Briana Brecher from Kyle Animal Control were our guest speakers. A lot of information was shared. Here are some important reminders from KPD and Animal Control.

Updates from Kyle Police Department

Chief Barnett and Officer Plant discussed current events and incidents of the neighborhood and City of Kyle. The Call Report is listed on the “Crime Blotter” which lists calls from May and June.

Our speakers’ discussions included:

• Continue to call and report any suspicious activity. Waterleaf Falls residents are calling in and making reports, and KPD is pleased. They drive through the neighborhood as often as possible, and will continue. However, they need our help in watching when they are not here.

• Lock your cars, garages, gates, doors, and windows. Don’t make it easy for “crimes of opportunity” to occur. Keep your garage doors closed, even during daylight, if you are not in the direct vicinity.

• Lights, Light, Lights! Criminals do not want to be seen. Be sure your outdoor lights are on at night. Keep landscaping trimmed, as not to provide a hiding spot. And, add locks to your gates.

• Know your neighbors and surroundings. Know who is supposed to be here and who is not. Call and report the “not supposed to be here individuals”!

• There is a Citizen on Patrol class starting in August. Please contact Officer Plant for further details and sign up. This program gives the Kyle Citizen a detailed, behind the scenes look at the Kyle Police Department. Classes are held once a week for a couple of months.

 

Police Blotter

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Updates from Kyle Animal Control

Officer Brecher would like to remind everyone:

• ALL cats and dogs MUST be registered with the City of Kyle yearly. The form can be found online at http://www.CityofKyle.com/forms, beside Animal Control. At this time, the annual registration fee per pet is $10.50 for Unaltered and $5.25 for Altered.

• ALL dogs must remain on a leash when out of their back yard. And yes, this means in your front yard too, if not fenced/secured. The only place they can be unleashed is in a fenced/secured yard.

• You must remove any feces deposits when outside of your yard. Further, while in or on any City of Kyle Parks, Trails, or Open Spaces, you must carry a device to remove any deposits.

• ALL bites and scratches must be reported to Animal Control. Rabies vaccine will be verified among other things.

• Report ALL wandering dogs, as well as dogs being held if found, to Animal Control. This will help get pets home should the owners call inquiring about their pet.

• Walk your yard checking for spots your dogs can escape thru and make repairs immediately. Keep your gates locked.

Officer Brecher can be reached at (512) 268-3232.

 

 

Committee Updates

 

Board  Meeting
Thursday, August 6, 2015
6:30 PM – Park Pavilion

All residents are encouraged to attend and meet your new resident board members as we discuss and vote on our ideas to better our community.

HOA Inspection Dates

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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Social Committee Meeting
Saturday, August 8, 2015
11:00 AM – Park Pavilion

Social Committee will be meeting to discuss and plan events for end of summer, etc. We need your help to make it happen. Bring your ideas!

We would love more volunteers in the neighborhood. We have over 900 homes and only the same few people attending meetings and planning events on a regular basis. Fresh faces bring fresh ideas and new ways to bring the community together!

Contact us at waterleafsocial@gmail.com if you are interested in helping or have ideas.

 

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Communication Committee Meeting
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
7:00 PM – Park Pavilion

The Communication Committee is looking for additional committee chairs to join the team. Due to the nature of the work, we are looking for very specific qualifications. Those interested should have some website and/or graphic design background and experience with Photoshop, Illustrator, and WordPress. Strong writing, editing, and communication skills are a MUST. If you are interested in joining, please send an email with your qualifications and samples of your work to waterleafcommunication@gmail.com and make plans to join our meeting. We look forward to working with you!

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Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the July Winners! 

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August nominations are due Friday, August 7th.
Submit a nomination form online or email your nominations to waterleafyardofthemonth@gmail.com

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Neighborhood Watch

Hello Neighbors!

Neighborhood Watch had a very busy and exciting July. And moving forward through the year, we will continue the pace!

The 4th of July parade was enjoyed by many. Thank you to the Kyle Fire Department and Kyle Animal Control for joining us. There was plenty of red, white, and blue to celebrate as well as, popsicles at the park for a cool treat!

Congratulations go to 241 Violet – Waterleaf Fall’s 4th of July Stars and Stripes Yard Decoration winner! Great job!!

July’s monthly meeting was a big success. There were lots of new faces and community involvement! Chief Barnett, Officer James Plant from KPD, and Officer Briana Brecher from Kyle Animal Control were our guest speakers. A lot of information was shared.

Current News:

Neighborhood Watch has taken on the role, this past year, to get neighbors out to meet each other. The best we can do is look out for each other. And, the best way to do that is to know one another! It is especially important on your own street/block. As said above, know who is supposed to be here and who is not!

Patrolling –Neighborhood Watch does not have an organized patrol group and has not for over a year. Again, residents are encouraged to watch while walking and driving through the neighborhood as well as from your yard/house. Call KPD and report anything suspicious. The non-emergency number is (512) 268-3232. And, in the event of an emergency, dial 911. The group has worked with KPD in developing a patrol program with suggestions and rules, but we have not yet implemented it. Also, Facebook is a great tool to report information; however, please contact KPD first.

Please remember, and this is per KPD, DO NOT CONFRONT, let the police department handle the situation. There are many reasons for this – one being, for your own protection. Save the number on your phone, and call with a detailed description of the situation. Remember – If you see something, say something!

September fun coming!

KPD vs KFD Softball Tournament
Waterleaf Falls NW Scavenger Hunt
National Night Out

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National Night Out is a community-policing awareness-raising event in the United States, held the first Tuesday in October, Texas wide. natw.org At this time, we are planning to hold it Tuesday, October 6th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the HOA Park. This year’s theme is Waterleaf Fall’s Old Time Carnival. We did get about ten (10) volunteers at last month’s meeting, which is awesome! However, we need more!!

The evening of the NNO event, we will need help with set up/clean up, food servers, and people to run carnival games. We’re also looking for someone who would like to be the “host.” This person will be on microphone, making announcements, and entertaining the crowd. And we need clowns! Happy, friendly clowns, who’s in? We also need game builders and crafters. These volunteers will work ahead of time building our games, which could include woodwork and painting. Perfect for our stay at home craft moms to do, or a fun family activity! We need your help in whatever capacity you can give!!

We gained a couple more Block Captains, keep the list going and volunteer!!

Finally, Neighborhood Watch is currently working on a Facebook page for our volunteers and community involvement. But, it’s not quite ready to launch yet. Our next Neighborhood Watch meeting is September 17, 2015 @ 7:00 at the HOA Pavilion. Please mark your calendars and bring a friend.

Please email us, if you are interested in helping or getting involved: Waterleafneighborhoodwatch@gmail.com

Thank you from your Neighborhood Watch Chairs.
Michele, Jeff, and Nola

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