Waterleaf Falls February 2016 Newsletter

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To All Our Neighbors…

The first few weeks of the New Year have been quiet here in Waterleaf. We welcome February with sleeves rolled up and ready to get back to business!

Committees that went into a hiatus for various reasons are now being reformed and planning some great events for the next few months. Again, each committee welcomes everyone to volunteer no matter how much time you have. Every neighbor is appreciated! More details on committees will follow after the February HOA Board meeting, so please join us Thursday, Feb 4 at 6:30 right here in the neighborhood. Many of you have questions that some of us see on Facebook, and this is the perfect time for you to come out and ask. It’s also a great time to meet your fellow neighbors. Don’t be afraid of the cold, we’ve got tarps to close off the pavilion and heater lamps to keep us warm!

At the meeting we will also plan for the Annual HOA meeting to be held in March. Watch for the exact date and venue coming soon.

Also, for the recap of the Special Meeting held January 16, 2015, which was called in order to vote on by-law revisions see the HOA business section located later in the newsletter.

If you have any questions, concerns and ideas, please email the Board at waterleafboard@gmail.com or our property manager Jim Smitherman with Goodwin Management at Jim.smitherman@goodwintx.com

We look forward to seeing you these next few weeks!

Your Resident HOA Board Members,

David Vail, Tracy Scheel, Megan Honick, Michele Hinojosa

 

Community Calendar February 2016

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HOA BUSINESS AND UPDATES 

 Special meeting by-law news

On January 16th, 2016 we held a special meeting to Vote on four proposed changes to the Bylaws. Sections 1.1, 5.8, 5.11, and 6.1 all have been put up to a vote to the HOA, necessary changes to help keep the Waterleaf Falls HOA Board continue to be Member controlled, and prevent any non-member from nominating or even running for a board position. Unfortunately we did not receive the necessary 10% attendance through proxy votes or attendance at the meeting to be able to call the meeting to order and count the votes, and apply any changes to our bylaws ahead of the Annual Meeting. We have tabled the process in order to keep the current proxies valid so we can review our options with the Governing Documents Task Force and our Lawyer about moving forward.

Please continue to send in your proxies by mail following the directions provided in the original letter and if you have any questions please feel free to send an email to the Board at WaterleafBoard@gmail.com, the Governing Documents Task Force at WaterleafBylaws@gmail.com, or our property manager at Jim.Smitherman@goodwintx.com.

In the meantime, our next Board meeting is scheduled for February 4th 2016. At this meeting we will be discussing typical topics such as reviewing the budget, and ideas for Capital improvements for this year, and new topics like appointments to the board, options for voting on the suggested Bylaw changes and starting the committees back up. So come on out and get your ideas out there. Let’s all come together and make 2016 great.

We will also be discussing the annual meeting. We’ll hopefully be setting a date and place, and building the agenda as well. Additionally we will be voting on two Board positions this year, both being 3 year positions.

If you are interested in being on the board please email our Property Manager Jim Smitherman at Jim.Smitherman@goodwintx.com for more information.

 

IMPORTANT REMINDER

The dumpsters located at the model home up front and off of New Country are used and paid for by K B Home for construction debris. Through the years, KB has never said a word about residents using them, however, they are now being abused.

Over the holiday the New County dumpster was over-flowing with trash and dumping continued on the ground all around the bin. Residents of the neighborhood volunteered and cleaned the mess.  And again it has happened at both dumpsters.  It is disgusting, filthy and extremely disrespectful to KB construction, immediate neighbors living in eyesight of it and the whole neighborhood having to drive and see this!

Please…if you need an extra trash bin contact TDS, they are available. In addition there are rats in the neighborhood feeding on the trash.  The police can issue tickets for illegal dumping!

Let’s take get this under control and be proud of our neighborhood!

 

COMMITTEE NEWS 

HOA MONTHLY BOARD MEETING

 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2016

6:30 PM PARK PAVILION

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HOA INSPECTION DATES

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2016

 

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH COMMITTEE

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2016

6:30 PM – PARK PAVILION

We hope you all had a great break for the holidays and are ready to get back into action. At our upcoming meeting, on February 25th, we will be discussing the implementation of Patrol Watches.  Also, the Kyle Police Department will be in attendance to discuss the new Open Carry Law that went into effect on January 1, 2016.  Please come listen and have your questions ready.  We kindly request that all Block Captains be present for these discussions as well.

On another note, The Kyle Police Department is accepting applications for the Spring 2016 Citizens’ Police Academy (CPA). The start date is Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 and runs for ten (10) weeks (Tuesday nights each week from 6p-9p), plus two (2) Saturdays.  Deadline for applications is March 4, 2016.

Here’s a brief description:

“This hands-on course will allow citizens a wonderful opportunity to learn about the operations of the Kyle Police Department. Attendees will also be allowed to ride out with a police officer once reaching a specified level of training. Once the graduate completes the course they are provided the opportunity to join the Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association designed to maintain close working relationship with the police department and future CPA classes. Some of the core classes included are: Records, Emergency Communications, Patrol Procedures, Mental Health, Mock Traffic Stops, Criminal Investigations and Mock Crime Scene Investigation, Use of Force, Crime Prevention and Gun Range.”

For more information, go to: cityofkyle.com/police/citizens-police-academy-spring-2016

Next, Pets and the Cold Weather. With typically our coldest month of the year upon us, please remember your furry family members.  Please provide ample shelter for your pets to get out of the cold.  And during freezing weather, if at all possible, bring your pets inside.

Finally, we are also seeking an additional Chair and volunteers to help make our neighborhood the safest in Kyle.

Thank you,

Jeff Swietek and Nola Plumb

Neighborhood Watch Committee

 

SOCIAL COMMITTEE

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016

7:00 PM – PARK PAVILION

The Social Committee is back and ready to help Waterleaf be the Community in which everyone wants to live. We are planning to bring exciting events to everyone in Waterleaf, all age groups, throughout the year. Since February is typically very cold, we decided to skip February this year and focus on our upcoming Easter event on Saturday, March 26, 2016. We would like to encourage everyone to come to our meetings with positive ideas and outlooks.

We are always looking for more members and support. Come have a great time and have some fun with us!

Also, Save the Date for our March meeting, which is currently scheduled for Tuesday, March 8th at 7:00 at the Pavilion.

See you all soon,

Nola Plumb and Lauren Hennen

Waterleaf Social Committee

 

YARD OF THE MONTH

Congratulations to the January Yard of the Month Winners!

1st Place – 172 Apricot

2nd Place tie – 428 New Bridge and 838 Apricot

Even though this time of year there isn’t much growing, there were still plenty of great looking yards! It’s so great that this time around there was a tie for 2nd place!

Congratulations, and thanks again to the winners, the Yard of the Month Committee and all of the volunteers who voted!

 

CITY OF KYLE NEWS 

City Council approved an agreement with Vigilant Solutions, Inc. to supply license plate readers and subsequent products on 3 patrol vehicles to check whether the owners of the vehicle have outstanding warrants. This is a program outside of the duties of the warrant officers.  Once a vehicle has been flagged as owned by an outstanding warrant holder, the vehicle will be pulled over and if the warrant holder is in the vehicle, they will be given a few options. They can be taken to jail, they can be taken to the municipal court to pay the warrant or they can pay at the point of contact and then go on about their business.  This service will be funded by a 25% upcharge in the warrant amount to the warrant holder, not the taxpayers in the City of Kyle.  The goal of this program is to help the city recoup the $5 million in outstanding warrants.

Come have a say in the city’s Transportation Master Plan. There will be a Public Meeting at Fuentes Elementary School (901 Goforth Lane) on Tuesday, February 9th with the time to be announced.  The strategy team will be available to review and obtain public information for the next 10yr Transportation Master Plan.

If you would like more information about any meetings and happenings with city business, refer to the City of Kyle website www.cityofkyle.com.

 

Lights at Kohler’s Crossing

You may see the new traffic lights at the intersection of Kohlers Crossing and FM 1626 start blinking soon, if they aren’t already. That means the lights are in the final testing phase and will move into active mode within about seven days. “The signal must flash seven days before it is placed into active mode,” according to TxDOT’s Victor Vargas. “It will flash all red and then be activated the following week.” Drivers are urged to exercise caution and be aware of the new system. Once fully operational, it will be important to obey the lights per state law.

 

Kyle PD Now Offers ‘Safe Trade’ Locale

Let’s say you bought a sofa or maybe a toolkit on an online site like Craigslist. Where can you tell the seller to meet you? Your home isn’t a good idea. Somewhere public, well-lit and safe is best. But where?

You’re in luck! The Kyle Police Department (KPD) is now offering its headquarters as a meeting place for online sales transactions to take place. Called Safe Trade, the program provides a safe, well-lit and video monitored location for people to pick up items purchased online or receive payment for items sold.

“The KPD headquarters is just another option for Kyle residents who utilize services such as Craigslist,” KPD Chief Jeff Barnett said. “It offers a bit more in terms of safety for these kinds of online sales transactions.”

The lobby of the KPD station, located at 111 N. Front Street, is open 24/7 for Safe Trade.

 EVENTS IN KYLE 

Family Fitness Fun

February 3, 2016- 6:45pm to 8pm

Negley Elementary

This Fitness Club helps promote fitness while having fun with your family. The participants are encouraged to attend when you can, there is no set of sessions, along with no age limits. Each Session includes basic stretching, strength training with your body weight, and up to 3 miles of fitness training. The Family Fitness Club meets every Wednesday night with breaks in the summer, and school holiday breaks.

Spring Kickball League

Team Registration opens on February 3rd, and the deadline for all forms and fee’s completed by February 26th. To register your team please visit: cityofkyle.com/recreation/spring-kickball-league

Run for the Love of it 5K and Kids Dash

February 13, 2016 – 8am to 10am

Register/ Website- www.tinyurl.com/2016Run4Love

This is a family friendly event that is benefiting Kyle’s own Connection Church Missions Outreach. There will be a chip-timed 5K fun run/walk, kids dash, music, fun inflatables for children of all ages, and re-fill stations. Make sure you stay until the end for a special award ceremony.

 

Cup of Hope Chili Cook-Off

February 20, 2016 – 2pm – 6pm

Central Texas Speedway

Do you have the best tasting chili around? How about you prove it! That’s right, Central Texas Speedway is hosting a Chili Cook-Off benefitting U.R. Our Hope, an organization that assists families with children who have Undiagnosed and Rare Medical Disorders.

The event is open to the public from 2pm to 6pm. Cooks should plan on arriving at 11am to set up and begin cooking on site! Cook Entry Fee is $20 Registration deadline is Friday, February 5th and space is limited, so sign up now at www.urourhope.org/events!!

There will also be a “Race for Rare” Go-Kart Tournament with a Grand Prize Winner. $40 to enter the tournament and you will receive a practice race, qualifying race, and final race.

Enjoy music, fun for the whole family, and visit other local non-profits serving those with Rare Diseases and other special needs.

 

Bridal Garage Sale

February 21, 2016 – 9am – 11am

Texas Old Town Tejas Hall, 1205 Roland Lane

Buy or sell Bridal Items! For more info or to reserve a table to sell items, contact info@texasoldtown.com or call 512-396-1800