January 2016 Newsletter

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To All Our Neighbors…

We wish you and your families a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

As the saying goes, “Out with the old, in with the new!”

We say goodbye to 2015 and send a thank you to all who have volunteered hours in planning for both business and recreational interests here in Waterleaf. Many ideas came to fruition from attending meetings and submitting suggestions. Your participation, no matter how small or large, is so important in keeping Waterleaf a community in which we are all proud to live. More in depth information is found inside, but this is a gentle reminder, that without your participation we can not continue having the fun events we have had in the past.

2016 will start off very busy and we need you to be involved! Again, please see notes inside and please mark down all important dates coming up in the next few months!

We look forward to seeing you at the next upcoming meeting and invite you to bring your ideas for the new year!

Your Resident Board Members,
David Vail, Tracy Scheel, Megan Honick, Michele Hinojosa

 

Community Calendar

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——–  HOA Business & Updates  ——–

Update on Waterleaf Committees

You may have noticed that there was no newsletter for the month of December. All of our committees with the exception of Yard of the Month have disbanded based on lack of attendance or volunteers. The board is still planning to hold events for our neighborhood starting in the spring, and is also now writing articles for a newly designed newsletter featuring articles on local events, city business, HOA business, etc. As always, if you have any questions, ideas or concerns please email the Board at waterleafboard@gmail.com

 

Changes to HOA Dues Payment Structure

We have heard your requests and have changed our HOA dues payment structure in order to be more flexible with payment of your HOA dues. We have now converted to a monthly payment styled structure for those people who had issues with paying the full amount so early in the year. With the new structure you now have the ability to pay however is easiest for you. You can either pay the minimum amount, break it up into larger payments (i.e. quarterly $100 payments), or just pay it in full! Please contact our property manager, Jim Smitherman, with any questions regarding the new payment structure.

 

Annual Meeting

We will also begin planning for our annual meeting very soon. This annual meeting will be for reviewing our budget, creating current/future plans for the neighborhood including capital improvements to the HOA park, maintenance to the watersheds, and more. If you have any ideas on meeting spaces, or in general please send them to waterleafboard@gmail.com

 

Special Meeting to Vote on Proposed Bylaw Changes

Saturday, January 16, 2016
10 am to 2pm – Park Pavilion

 

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We have received our response from our attorney as to the wording and legality of our suggested Bylaw changes proposed by the Governing Documents Task Force. We as the board will review those changes and be setting up a packet that will be mailed out to all of our HOA members. This packet will include a letter with the possible changes, directions on how to vote, a proxy form, and voting ballot sheet that can be mailed in in case you are not able to come to the meeting on January 16th from 10am to 2pm to vote in person. The Meeting will be informational only so that you may ask questions about the changes proposed by our Task Force, and will only be to vote on the proposed changes. Any additional information or proposals will be tabled for another time or meeting so as to expedite the vote and prevent the cancellation of any ballots sent through the mail. The changes will only take place depending on quorum being reached through mail in proxies and/or attendance at the meeting in person.

 

Additional Stop Signs in Waterleaf

The Kyle Police Department performed a warrant assessment study to determine the need for additional stop signs here in Waterleaf falls. While the study did reveal stop signs were not warranted, the police department still felt additional stop signs were needed in assisting the reduction of traffic speeding through the neighborhood and requested City Council approve a four way stop at Connor Elkins and Waterleaf Blvd, a four way stop at Gina and New Bridge, and a 3 way stop at Gina and New Country. The City Council approved the measure 7-0 and we should be seeing these by the end of January. We know a few of our residents would prefer speed bumps/humps, however the city is against these due to damage to emergency vehicles.

 

Land Zoning Changes

The 8 homes on the west side of New Country just south of Gina from 395 to 321 may see changes in the field behind your home. The City Council voted to approve a zoning change to the property from AG to M2 which would allow a manufactured home on the property.

A Note from Our Mailman

Please neighbors, if you can, make a trip at least once a week to retrieve your mail. The boxes get very full and slows down mail delivery when flyers and certain pieces of mail have to be squeezed into the boxes because they are stuffed full. Once full, the mailbox can be emptied and its entirety brought back to the Post Office for pick-up. Our regular mailman does not want to resort to doing this because it is inconvenient for us and also the paperwork he has to write up. Thank you!

Yard of the Month News

Yard of the Month Committee is back up and running, and we have several month’s of news to catch up on! Congratulations to all of the Winners!

December Christmas Yard Decoration Winners

1. 110 Mistletoe Lane
2. 605 Apricot Drive
3. 172 Mathews Lane

November Yard of the Month Winners

1. 231 New Bridge
2. 679 Apricot
3. 175 Mistletoe

Halloween Yard Decoration Winners

1. 880 Newbridge
2. 111 Japonica
3. 172 Matthews

 

Top 10 Rules for Being a Good Neighbor and Improving the Community

1. Don’t make judgments about your neighbor.

2. Respect your neighbor.

3. Get to know your neighbors, and offer to help should they need it.

4. Be a responsible pet owner. Register your pets with the City of Kyle, be mindful of city leash laws, maintain fences to keep pets contained.

5. Don’t play music so loudly that it bothers your neighbor(s), especially in the evenings. The city ordinance states loud music and noise is prohibited between the hours of 10 pm and 7 am

6. Park in front of your own property, if parking on the street is a must, do not block sidewalks.

7. While driving, walking or riding a bike through the neighborhood, offer a smile and a wave to passersby, let’s be Waterleaf friendly!

8. Clean up after yourself.

9. Take care of your property.

10. If there is a problem, talk about it. Direct conversation is more effective than posting on Facebook.

 

——–  City of Kyle News  ——–

The floods of Halloween tore up the city pretty badly, including Waterleaf Park. The city has been working hard to restore all services and return back to normal. Unfortunately a lot of the improvements that were made to the park last year were either washed away or contaminated by flood waters. Luckily there is money in the capital improvements budget to repair the damages, like replacing the sand in the softball fields and replacing the fall material in the playscape without requesting any additional funds. Waterleaf Park alone will cost $19,424.00 of the total $79,497.02 for all of the parks to get back to where they were before the floods.

The following was posted in the City of Kyle eNewsletter: All Hays County residents who suffered uninsured flood damages are eligible to apply, regardless of immigration status, for assistance. Available programs include grants, low-interest loans to qualifying residents and business owners, temporary housing assistance, and unemployment aid. The three ways of applying for flood assistance* are:

1.)By phone at 1-800- 621-3362

2.)Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or

3.)In person at one of several registration centers staffed by representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration. Centers are now open at:

• San Marcos Activity Center, 501 Hopkins Street, San Marcos

• Hays County Pct. 2 Office, 5458 FM 2770, Kyle

• Precinct 5 Office, 500 Jack C. Hays Trail, Buda

• Wimberley Community Center, 14068 RR 12, Wimberley.

All Offices will be open 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday until further notice.

 

——–  Events in Kyle  ——–

“Kyle-O-Meter” Resolution Run
January 1, 2016
Wallace Middle School

The “Kyle-O-Meter Resolution Run” will help promote those resolutions we make every year to live a healthier lifestyle. The Resolution Run will start at Wallace Middle School. For more information or to register please go to www.kylechamber.org. There will also be businesses to help you to follow your progress throughout the year and can provide helpful tips and secrets for you to keep your resolutions.

Polar Bear Splash Club
January 1, 2016
City of Kyle Pool

The Polar Bear Splash Club will hold it’s traditional dip in the pool. This takes place at the Kyle Pool, anyone can join, and registration is $15. For those of you less daring you are more than welcome to come and watch as admission is free. For more information please visit cityofkyle.com/recreation/polar-bear-splash.

Texas Old Town Bridal Fair
January 31, 2016 2 PM to 5 PM
Texas Old Town 1205 Roland Ln

On January 31st from 2pm until 5pm a Bridal Fair Will be held at Kyle’s own Texas Old Town Wedding and Event Venue. You will be able to tour the entire venue and also meet vendors there ready to assist you in all of your wedding needs. For more information or to RSVP: www.texasoldtown.com or call (512)396-1800.

 

——–  Events in Waterleaf  ——–

Waterleaf Falls Special Meeting
January 16, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM –  Park Pavilion

We will be holding a Special Meeting to vote on proposed changes to our bylaws. Members only need to attend this meeting if they have any questions before voting, or were not able to mail in their Proxy and Ballot in time. Earlier this year the Governing Documents Review Task Force reviewed our Bylaws and suggested that changes be made to help protect our community and HOA. The Board reviewed their suggestions, checked with our attorney on legality and wording, and now will be presenting them to you for a vote. For more information email the Waterleaf HOA Board of Directors at waterleafboard@gmail.com

 

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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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Contribute

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Reminder: Taskforce to Review Governing Docs

Call for Volunteers

Join the Taskforce to review our governing documents

Saturday, April 18, 2015
4:00 PM – Park Pavilion

 

Now that we are a Resident Controlled Board of Directors, all of our governing documents need to be reviewed and revised. The Board is asking for volunteers to review the Declarations, Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (DCCRs), any DCCR amendments, and By-laws. Anyone interested, please come to the meeting on Saturday, April 18th at 4:00 pm.

Notice: Pool Closing and Updates Scheduled

Greetings Residents,

The official date for the closure of the pool this season will be on September 29th. The board was willing to let the season last a little longer, however, with the new gates, magnetic key cards, and installation of security equipment we needed to get started as soon as possible so we could re-open on time next year. The pool area will be undergoing some general maintenance and access to the bathrooms may be limited during certain dates/times. As such, we will make our best effort to inform you of those times. Subscribe to website updates to receive the most current maintenance news.

The board also appreciates all of the hard work each committee has been doing to make this a safe and enjoyable neighborhood for us! As always if you have any questions, comments, or concerns we would love to hear from you!

God Bless,

Eric Bauer
Waterleaf
Resident Board Member

Reminder: Monthly Board Meeting

Monthly Board Meeting

Thursday, September 19, 2013
6:30 PM – Park Pavilion

 

This month’s board meeting will be held right here in Waterleaf at the Park Pavilion.  This is the best venue to voice any concerns you might have and to learn about updates directly from your HOA board members.  ALL residents are encouraged to attend.  Bring your own seating as the benches are limited.  Hope to see you there!

If you cannot attend, but wish to submit a concern to the board, please email waterleafboard@gmail.com

Notice: Newsletter Error and Reprint

Greetings Residents,

You may have noticed that the latest newsletter had a duplicate page in it. According to Goodwin there was a malfunction with the printers. A correct copy of the newsletter was sent out yesterday (5th) at no additional cost to us. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Have a great day and God Bless!

Eric Bauer
Waterleaf
Resident Board Member

September Newsletter

The pdf file of this month’s newsletter is available here:  Community Newsletter September

Hello Neighbors,

Your HOA committees have been working diligently to bring you plenty of events and upgrades around the neighborhood. If you subscribe on our website at waterleaffalls.com, you will receive e-mail reminders about upcoming events and special notices from your HOA board. You will not be spammed or receive an overload of emails. We promise!

Pardon Our ProgressIf you have not noticed the construction at the park, the HOA board has approved additional lighting to be installed, and that project should be completed by the end of September. Until it is complete, please be careful at the park and keep away from the areas marked off with caution tape. The basketball court stripes have also recently been painted over as requested by many residents.

Our committees can always use more volunteers, so if you would like to be more involved in your community simply come out to a meeting or contact the chair using the email addresses below. We’d love to meet you!

Have a safe and Happy Labor Day! Remember the pool will be open for the holiday, so enjoy and keep cool. Happy Labor Day

Best Regards,

Your Communication Committee
Angela, Keeouka & Vanessa

Community Calendar for September 2013

 2      Labor Day
         Trash and Recycle

 9      Trash and Compost

10     Neighborhood Watch Meeting: 7:00 pm Park Pavilion

15     Bylaw Task Review Meeting: 7:00 pm Park Pavilion

16     Social Committee Meeting: 7:30 pm Park Pavilion

19     Monthly Board Meeting: 6:30 pm Park Pavilion

21    Community Wide Garage Sale 7:00 am

23     Trash and Compost

30     Trash and Recycle

Bullying: What You Need to Know

We’d like to extend a special thanks to Traci Marant, school counselor for Tobias Elementary for taking time out of her day to visit with us for our Back to School Night.  Although the event was not well attended, Mrs. Marant left us with some information to share with families. Hopefully, you have all had a great first week back! Mrs. Marant shared the importance of identifying a problem early on, so we would like to share some information she provided before any of our children begin to have any problems in school.

Hays CISD: What is Bullying?

The following is from the district site at: www.hayscisd.net

Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the District and that:

1. Has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property; or

2. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.

This conduct is considered bullying if it:

1. Exploits an imbalance of power between the student perpetrator and the student victim through written or verbal expression or physical conduct; and

2. Interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operation of a school.

Examples: Bullying of a student may include hazing, threats, taunting, teasing, confinement, assault, demands for money, destruction of property, theft of valued possessions, name-calling, rumor spreading, or ostracism.

Reporting Bullying

If a student believes that he or she has experienced bullying or has witnessed the bullying of another student, it is important for the student or parent to notify a teacher, counselor, principal, or another district employee as soon as possible. Parents are also strongly encouraged to contact their child’s school if he or she reports bullying to you. The administration will investigate any allegations of bullying and will take appropriate disciplinary action if an investigation indicates t hat bullying has occurred.

School Contact Information:

Tobias Elementary: (512) 268 – 8437

Barton Middle School: (512) 268 – 1472

Wallace Middle School: (512) 268 – 2891

Lehman High School: (512) 268 – 8454

Transportation Dept: (512) 268 – 8479

Stopbullying.gov

stopbullying.gov is an excellent resource for identifying bullying and talking to your children about bullying. Visit the website to learn more about bullying and how to empower your child to stand against bullying.

Signs a child is being bullied:

Look for changes in the child. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs. Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are:

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating.
  • Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

Signs a child is bullying others:

  • Get into physical or verbal fights
  • Have friends who bully others
  • Are increasingly aggressive
  • Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
  • Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
  • Blame others for their problems
  • Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
  • Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity

Many times, kids won’t ask for help, so it is important to know what to look for. It’s also important to keep the lines of communication open with your child. Take 15 – 20 minutes each day to talk to your child about their day. Ask open-ended questions to promote conversation. If communication is established early on, your child is more likely to tell you if he or she is having a problem at school.

Tips From Larry

Address Labels – An alternate use for your address labels is to stick them to your power, hand, and garden tools. That way, if you ever lend them out you have a simple way of identifying them and the borrower can easily remember where to return them.

Low Spots on Lawn – If there are some low spots in your lawn, add a few bags of topsoil mixed with some cow manure. Most bags are $2 at Lowes or Home Depot. You can also add this into lawns that have dead spots. Be sure to rake them into the grass and the grass will grow through. Careful not to buy the wrong type; make sure it has no wood or bark chips in its content.

Car Repairs – I constantly hear of neighbors in need of car repair and the bill is more than anticipated. For many car repairs, I suggest using YouTube to find a tutorial to fix the problem on your own. You will be amazed with the quality of instructional detail. If you need a special tool, check with a local auto store to see if you are able to rent it from them.

Appliance Repair – Don’t panic with your next appliance repair. YouTube has many great tutorials. A trick I learned was when looking for the actual replacement part you need, go to the online catalog and look at the part picture, then look below and it usually has a video as to how to install that specific part.

Cracks In Bricks– After you move in to your home start taking a look at your layered bricks. Look for hairline cracks and if you are under warranty, call to get it fixed. If you are past your warranty, take some clear silicon and squirt it deep into the crack opening. With any crack you have to keep water from entering.

Final New Home Inspection – Make sure you prepare for your final KB inspections at 18 or 24 months. Keep notes on any issues. Get on the roof, look in the attic, check under sinks, look for popping nails in sheet rock, and even under floor tiles for cracks.

Notes and Reminders – A great place to leave notes and reminders is to use a dry erase pen and write on your bathroom mirror. It wipes off easily Would also be a good place to say happy birthday or have a good day to the kids or take out trash today etc.

Recipe Corner

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Ingredients: (makes abt. 3 dozen)

  • 1 c sugar
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
  • ¼ c vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ¼ c flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Powered sugar


Directions

  1. Mix sugar, cocoa and oil.
  2. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  3. Add flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. Refrigerate dough until firm enough to form into balls (at least 2 hrs).
  5. Scoop by TBSP full, form into balls, about 1 inch in size.
  6. Roll in powdered sugar.
  7. Place balls 2 inches apart on lightly greased or non-stick baking sheet.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes (for chewy, brownie-like centers -don’t overcook).
  9. Allow to cool 1 minute then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

You can mix a double batch and easily freeze extra dough balls in ziploc bag, just don’t roll them in sugar. Let them defrost a few hours or overnight in the fridge then roll in the powdered sugar and bake. You can also omit powdered sugar all together if you want.

Neighborhood Watch

Reporting Suspicious Activity

Neighbors, please remember that you should always report suspicious activity to the Kyle Police Department, FIRST! Please do not post information on Facebook or e-mail a committee without first notifying the authorities. You may contact Kyle Police Department at (512) 268 -3232 with any information. If you are ever unsure, just call 911 to file a report to have the issue addressed. You also have a new option with the introduction of the Kyle Alert Network.

KPD Kyle Alert Network

The Kyle Police Department is proud to announce the creation of the Kyle Alert Network, hosted by 411_kpd_imageCitizen Observer. This network will allow citizens to send anonymous tips about possible criminal activity to the police and also offer information on criminal activity in your neighborhood. To submit an anonymous tip, text KYLEPD and your tip to 847411 from your cell phone.

NOTE: Charges from your carrier data plan apply

*This system is not intended to replace emergency phone calls. If you ever have an emergency, ALWAYS dial 911!

To sign up to receive alerts, visit cityofkyle.com Although KPD will be able to respond to your message, they will not be able to identify you or the device you are sending the message from.

Neighborhood Watch Safety Tips

Landscaping Keep trees and bushes around your home neatly trimmed with plenty of open space so would-be burglars can’t use the foliage for cover. Source: Kyle Police Dept. http://www.cityofkyle.com/police/vacation-watch-program

Electrical Outlets A recent survey by the Electrical Safety Foundation International found that about one-quarter of Americans don’t understand how ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) work. Visit our community website to learn more about how these work.

Burn Ban & Water Restrictions
Information on Hays County Burn Ban can be found at: http://www.co.hays.tx.us/
Information on WL (County Line Water) Water Restrictions can be found at: http://www.clws.com/

Join in as a “window watcher,” looking out for children and reporting any unusual activities in the neighborhood. This can be done anytime day or night! Source: http://www.ncpc.org/topics/home-and-neighborhood-safety/neighborhood-watch

For all Neighborhood Watch Tuesday Tips click here: Tuesday Tips

Upcoming Kyle Events

9/6 7:30 pm Lehman High School Varsity Football: LHS vs. Elgin Site: Shelton

9/7 – Fiesta Fun Run St Anthony’s Church 8:00 am 5K Run & 1K Walk www.fiestafunrun.wix.com/2013

9/13 7:30 pm Lehman High School Varsity Football: LHS vs. Anderson Site: Shelton

9/27 7:30 pm Lehman High School Varsity Football: LHS vs. Hays Site: Shelton

9/28 – 9/29 Outdoor Family Workshop & Campout http://www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/outdoor-family-workshop-campout

Committee Updates

Monthly Board Meeting

Thursday, September 19, 2013
6:30 PM – Park Pavilion

This month’s board meeting will be held right here in Waterleaf at the Park Pavilion.  This is the best venue to voice any concerns you might have and to learn about updates directly from your HOA board members.  ALL residents are encouraged to attend.  Bring your own seating as the benches are limited.  Hope to see you there!

Neighborhood Watch


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

7:00 PM – Park Pavilion

Plans are continuing to celebrate Texas’ Night Out, Saturday, October 5th. We are planning a whole day and evening event. Get ready for a 5K run through the neighborhood to begin the day, a safety and emergency fair with venders and presentations, and a neighborhood camp out at the park. We could use volunteers, so if you are interested, please contact us at waterleafneighborhoodwatch@gmail.com or simply attend our September meeting.

Congrats to Kelly Amman and her delicious cake who won 1st place in our dessert contest. Thanks to everyone who brought desserts as well.

Thank you to Officers Dibble, Plant & Espinosa from KPD for coming to our National Night Out hot dog picnic on August 6th. They gave a monthly report of incidents in the neighborhood, tips on “watching,” and informed us that our Neighborhood Watch, along with one other group is the most active and successful in town. They continue to urge us to call in any suspicious activity which helps keep our neighborhood safe. They will also begin giving presentations to us at future meetings.

The new lighting project has begun at the Pool Pavilion as of this writing so watch for a brighter park, basketball court and parking lot in the evenings!  A drive was also made through the neighborhood marking every street light which is either out or not functioning properly and the list has been sent to Officer Dibble for repair.

The last few meetings have been low in attendance. As an important part of our community, your Neighborhood Watch team would like to receive feedback from residents regarding what you would like to see from your Neighborhood Watch. We have put together an online survey for all residents to provide input. Please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V9MD3NT to take the survey. If you would prefer a paper copy of the survey, please email us and we’ll be happy to provide one.

Be safe. Robert, Michele, Israel, Holly & GeriAnn

Social Committee

Monday, September 16, 2013
7:30 PM – Park Pavilion

All Residents are invited and encouraged to attend all meetings and events. We are always in need of volunteers so if you would like to join the Social Committee or just lend a hand when you can, please contact us at waterleafsocial@gmail.com

Thanks to all who came out to our Family Field Day event. It was a successful event and lot of fun!

The Back to School event was not successful. The guest speaker from Tobias was there for an hour ready with lots of Anti-Bullying info and advice for having a great school year. There seemed to be a lot of interest in the event, but only one non-committee family showed up. Due to lack of participation only one of the two back packs full of supplies was given away at the event. The other is being donated to Tobias and they will give to a Waterleaf child in need.

Community Wide Garage Sale

Saturday, September 21, 2013
Begins at 7:00 AM

This is a great opportunity to get rid of those items you no longer want or need. We will have information posted online on various garage sale pages,etc. so we anticipate lots of visitors!

WLF Garage Sale

Bylaw Review Task Force


Sunday, September 15, 2013
7:00 PM – Park Pavilion

The task force has been asked to identify changes that are needed in the HOA bylaws. This meeting will be to talk through the changes we have identified that will be presented to the Board for consideration and to gather input from the community regarding any changes they would like to see. A community vote is required before any changes go in to effect.

Notice: Update on Lighting Project

Dear Waterleaf Falls Residents,

I would like to bring you all up to speed on the new lighting project occurring in the HOA park and pool area.

After having received multiple concerns and complaints regarding criminal behavior at the park and pool areas, your HOA Board voted to install additional lighting to help curb these incidents. This decision was made after reviewing several bids from different companies, as well as comparing the costs of installing lighting to the cost and efficacy of installing only new surveillance cameras without additional lighting, and the best, most cost-efficient choice was then made.

The work began to install this lighting two weeks ago, and some of it is completed,  while more work is still to be done. Once finished, the goal is that with appropriate lighting in place, vandals and other criminals will be deterred from using the park and pool for their activities.  Some of the lights (like the ones directed at the newly renovated basketball court) will be on a timer to switch off at the park curfew, while most will remain on all night to curb criminal activity and assist Kyle PD in their patrols.

If there are any questions regarding this project,  or other concerns you would like addressed, please contact your Board at waterleafboard@gmail.com. We are also holding the September Board meeting in the neighborhood at 6:30 pm on the third Thursday of the month (September 19th) at the pavilion,  if you would like to address the Board in person. Hope to see you there!

Thanks and God Bless!
Abbye Crandall
Resident Board Member

Urgent Notice: Violation of Pool Rules

Good evening Waterleaf residents,

The board has received numerous complaints over the last few weeks concerning adult swim. Adult swim is Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM. This is for adults only (18 and over). Children are not permitted at the pool during these times for any reason. Parents are responsible for their children at all times.  If you or your children violate these rules, your pool card will be deactivated immediately for the remainder of the season per HOA pool rule #17 which states:

No swimming after designated swimming hours. Anyone caught swimming after hours will have their key card deactivated for the remainder of the pool season and have trespassing charges filed against him or her.

Review the remaining rules on our Pool Information page.

If you have further questions, please contact us at waterleafboard@gmail.com
Thank you.

Eric Bauer
Waterleaf
Resident Board Member