September 2015 Newsletter

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To All of Our Neighbors:

Well, we made it through another Summer! With the heat hopefully behind us, the Committees are busy planning events for the fall. Neighborhood Watch is looking for volunteers to help with this year’s National Night Out celebration. Last year’s event was a huge success and we are hoping this year’s event will be even bigger. If you are interested in helping out, contact the Neighborhood Watch team at Waterleafneighborhoodwatch@gmail.com.

With the kids returning to school, remember to watch out for little ones walking to and from the bus stop. The posted speed limit in the neighborhood is 30 M.P.H. Let’s keep our neighborhood safe by obeying the posted traffic signs and watching our speed.

We have had issues with pets getting loose in the neighborhood lately. Please keep in mind that both the city of Kyle and the HOA have requirements regarding proper restraint of your animals when outside of your property. The HOA encourages all residents to contact the city of Kyle Animal Control Department if you see any loose animals in the neighborhood.

One last reminder… All architectural changes to your property must be approved by the Architectural Committee BEFORE any changes are made. Any changes made without approval are subject to fines as outlined by the HOA fine policy.

And as always be safe and courteous to your fellow neighbors. We hope to see you at all of our events!

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

 

Community Calendar

 

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National Night Out 2015

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National Night Out is a great opportunity for citizens and law enforcement to partner up against crime. We invite you to attend the event, meet your neighbors and commit to helping law enforcement reduce crime in your community.

National Night Out is designed to:

1 Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness

2 Generate support and participation in crime efforts

3 Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community relations

4 Let criminals know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

During the event, residents in neighborhoods throughout Texas are asked to turn on their porch lights, lock their doors and spend the evening outside with their neighbors, police officers, firefighters and EMS paramedics. Events such as cookouts, block parties and neighborhood walks will all occur simultaneously throughout the city and statewide.

Join Waterleaf and your Neighborhood Watch as we celebrate with an Old Time Carnival and Magic Show!

Volunteers still needed!!! Please join in and let us know what you would like to do!

We need: Carnival Game set-up, Food set-up, prep and servers, Game attendants, Clean-up Crew.

We do appreciate any donations neighbors could contribute for both the carnival game prizes (anything from candy to simple little tokens) and also prizes for a raffle. Raffle items can also be donated by your employers or your own business (gift certificates, gift cards, homemade desserts, use your imagination!) So far, a few we have received are a No Soliciting sign, 2 restaurant gift cards, and a BBQ apron.

Contact Neighborhood Watch if you can help us, we truly appreciate all volunteers! Email us if you can help in any way at Waterleafneighborhoodwatch@gmail.com

 

Newsletter Insert: City of Kyle Zoning Letter

This month’s newsletter included an additional insert about an upcoming zoning meeting regarding the property at the corner of FM 150 and New Country. Download the letter here: City of Kyle Zoning Letter .

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Pool Closing September 27th

poolclosedThe Waterleaf Community pool will be closing for the 2015 season on Sunday, September 27th.

For the month of September, our regular pool hours will remain in place, however, lifeguards will only be on duty on the weekends.

Please exercise caution when swimming without guards present. Parents, remember to stay within arms reach of your child(ren) to prevent any accidents that could occur.

Thank you for another great pool season, we look forward to next year!

 

Halloween for ALL!

Hard to believe October is just around the corner! As you begin to prepare for Halloween, we’d like to remind you about two wonderful programs that have helped make Halloween more inclusive for everyone. Mommies of Miracles Trick-or-Treat Project and the Teal Pumpkin both ask you to add non-food treats to your shopping list for trick-or-treaters. There are a number of reasons that a child might not be able to eat candy (food allergies, dietary restrictions, feeding tubes, diabetes, etc), but that does not mean they should sit out during all the fun of the season.

PumpkinIt is important to understand that neither program is asking you to ditch the candy, but simply asking that you add non-edible gifts when passing out treats on Halloween. Gifts can be as simple as stickers, pencils, glow bracelets, bubbles, crayons, the list is endless! If you are participating in the Trick-or-treat Project or the Teal Pumpkin, you can easily let neighbors know by printing out the pumpkin decal at mommiesofmiracles.com or by placing a teal painted pumpkin outside your door. This will let families know non-food options are available at your home. Trick-or-treaters may also wear a small sticker with the pumpkin decal to let people know they would like a non-food treat instead.

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Participation in our neighborhood for both of these programs has grown immensely in the past couple of years and we have repeatedly had a number of parents reach out and say how much they appreciate participation and how much it meant to their child to truly be able to enjoy the evening.

Thank you for making a difference, Waterleaf!

 

Social Activities for Special Needs

In the spirit of inclusion, your Waterleaf Social Committee would like to start planning more events to include our Waterleaf neighbors who have children with special needs. The Social Committee would like to include special time before an event to help those with sensory concerns and to allow more one-on-one time for those who need a little extra help. Families will be more than welcome to stay for the entire event, but having a special allotted time beforehand will ensure that ALL residents have an opportunity to participate in our great events.

If you would be interested in seeing more events planned in this manner, please email the Social Committee at waterleafsocial@gmail.com – if there is enough interest, the Social Committee will be sure to plan accordingly for future events. Also, if you would be interested in helping with events for our differently abled neighbors, please let us know!

 

Girl Scout Recruiting

There has been some interest in our community for setting up a local Girl Scout Chapter and there are two information sessions this month for our area. Girl Scouts of Central Texas is looking for troop leaders and members who are interested in starting a scout group right here in Kyle. Please attend to learn how to start a group or if you are interested in joining one!

Information Sessions:

September 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Kyle United Methodist Church
408 W. Lockhart Kyle, TX 78640

– OR –

September 10, 2015 at 6:00 pm
ACC-Hays Campus Student Life Lounge Area
1200 Kohlers Crossing Kyle, TX 78640

For more information or if you’d like to join a nearby group instead please contact Laurie at laurie_roehrig@yahoo.com

 

Hands-Free Ordinances Along the IH-35 Corridor

New Braunfels is the latest city along the IH35 Corridor from Austin to San Antonio to adopt a hands-free ordinance. The ordinance passed on August 11th and will take effect on November 1st.

Austin, Buda, San Marcos, New Braunfels and San Antonio now all prohibit the use of cell phones, tablets, GPS devices, cameras, gaming devices, mobile music players, computers and any other electronic device while operating a motor vehicle. Fines for violating the hands free law can range anywhere from $100 – $500.

While Kyle is not yet on the list of cities adopting a hands-free ordinance, it is only a matter of time before a law is proposed and passed in our town. Please exercise caution when driving and put down your devices. Your safety and that of those around you is not worth any call or text.

//Editorial Comment//

After the printing of this month’s newsletter, the Kyle City Council voted on September 1, 2015 to enact a hands-free ordinance in Kyle. The ordinance is EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY and includes a grace period until November 1st. Until November 1st, KPD will issue warnings. More details will be released soon. Follow the City of Kyle on Facebook and visit the website for more information.

 

City of Kyle Seeking Applications for Advisory Boards

The City of Kyle is seeking volunteers to serve on its various advisory boards. Current vacancies exist on The Library Board, Board of Adjustments, Train Depot Board, Economic Development Board, Parks Board, and Ethics Commission.

An advisory board generally consists of seven members who are appointed by the City Council. The role of an advisory board is to review specific policy issues related to the mission and purpose of the board and forward findings to the City Council for its consideration.

After your application is submitted, it will receive a staff review and applications that best reflect the mission and purpose of the board will be forwarded for consideration. To learn more about the open positions and apply, please visit http://www.cityofkyle.com/council/boards-and-commissions

 

Kyle Animal Control Reminds You to Register Your Pet

All pet owners in Kyle must have their pets registered with the city. The registration form can be found online on the City website at www.cityofkyle.com/police/animal-control

Mail pet registration with a copy of the pet’s rabies certificate and the payment to PO Box 40 Kyle, Texas 78640 or bring to the Kyle Police Department at 111 N Front St Kyle, Texas 78640.

Pay Registration fee:

  • $10.50 unaltered dog or cat
  • $5.25 altered dog or cat
  • $5.25 other animal Annual renewal is required

Annual renewal fees:

  • $10.50 unaltered dog or cat
  • $5.25 altered dog or cat
  • $5.25 other animal

 

UpcomingEvents

2015 Hornet Races
Saturday, September 12, 2015 7:30 am – 10:00 am
Tom Green Elementary 1301 Old Goforth Rd Buda, TX 78610
More info: http://www.fortheloveofgo.com

Gather the family and come walk or run with us. It will be a great time had by all. The 5k Run/Walk will promptly begin at 7:30, then a Kids Dash will follow 5K awards (approximately 9:00 a.m.)!

Kyle Market Days
Saturday, September 12, 2015 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
City Square Park, 1101 S. Burleson, Kyle, TX 78640

Local vendors, arts & crafts, farm to market items, live music and MORE! September’s theme is “Fiesta” and the community partner will be the Lehman Lobo Band Booster Club

Concerts for a Cause: Kids Outdoor Zone
Saturday, September 12, 2015 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Down South Railhouse

Kids Outdoor Zone (KOZ) is an Outdoor Adventure Ministry that provides kids with mentors and direction to become Godly adults.

On Saturday, September 12, 2015 we will have a Concerts For A Cause benefiting KOZ at Down South Railhouse in Kyle, Texas.

We will have live music, a raffle (for a guitar), some great food and the chance to donate to and/or learn more about KOZ. MUSIC: Shelley King will be playing from 6-8p Lucas Cook will play from 5-6p The event is from 5:00p – 8:00p inside DSR and it is family friendly… so PLEASE bring the kiddos out.

The show is FREE and we’re raising $$ via donations.

Strut Your Mutt
Saturday, September 19, 2015 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mueller Lake Park, 1829 Simond Ave, Austin, Texas 78723
Registration 9 AM; Walk 10:30 AM; Festival Ends 2 PM
More Info: pawsshelter.org/events/strut-your-mutt/

Anyone who wants to walk the walk – nay, strut their stuff! – for homeless pets in Austin or around the nation is welcome to attend.

This will be a leisurely fundraising dog walk and fun run with your dog, followed by a doggie-themed festival that includes pet contests, photos, doggie goodies, fun activities for the whole family, including food, refreshments and more.

The event aims to help save the lives of Hays County and Central Texas pets who are currently housed in municipal shelters!

 

Committee Updates

 

Core  Meeting
Thursday, September 3, 2015
7:00 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, September 9, 2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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Social Committee
Saturday, September 12, 2015
11:300 am – Park Pavilion

We will be brainstorming on what and how to come up with something ghoulish and fun for our little monsters and princesses to do for Halloween, so bring your mad scientist ideas with you and lets have a frightful good time planning it.

The more that people participate the more fun things we can do, also the more volunteers we have the better experience you will have! Let’s make Waterleaf Falls the envy of Kyle! 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.

Community Wide Garage Sale
Saturday, September 26, 2015
7:00 am – Until you sell out!

Clean out your closets and storage rooms, Here comes your chance to make room for new toys and clothes with another Community Wide Garage Sale!!! Set up in your own yard or driveway and get ready for the buyers! We will advertise the event on various garage sale sites, so there is sure to be plenty of foot traffic.

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Neighborhood Watch 
Thursday, September 17, 2015
7:00 pm – Park Pavilion

NW will meet to finalize plans for the NNO Carnival. If you have volunteered or want to volunteer please join us! E-mail reminders will be sent out.

Guns and Hoses Softball Tournament
Sunday, September 13 1:00 pm Tentative (Check website for date/time confirmation) Gregg-Clark Park

Come out and support the Kyle Police Department and Kyle Fire Department 1st Softball Tournament Details to come on the City website www.cityofkyle.com/police

Waterleaf Neighborhood Watch Facebook Page

NW is designing a new Facebook page. We will use it to announce meetings, news and happenings from the neighborhood, City of Kyle and surrounding areas, if news pertains to Waterleaf. The page will only be available to Waterleaf Residents and KPD and will be closed and private. At this beginning point there will be no moderation. Lets all be considerate and use it for what it is meant to be, a place to post information to keep Waterleaf safe. Please remember…..call Kyle Police Department first to report any incidents, post to Facebook afterward if you like. An announcement will be made when the page is ready.

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Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the August Winners!

September nominations are due Friday, September 4th.
Submit a nomination form online or email your
nominations to waterleafyardofthemonth@gmail.com

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