Neighborhood News

 

11/16/2018 The entrance renovations are under way. Many of the planted beds have been replaced and the remaining areas will be completed in the early spring when the remaining desert plantings can be removed and successfully replaced with grass turf and plants.
Anyone interested in assisting with the placing of Christmas decorations in the coming weeks please contact ernst@stoneridgepoa.com

11/16/2018 Many of the homeowners are wondering what is going on with the poor condition of the fence on the property at 14900 Bescott Drive. The Board has contacted the homeowner, Mr. Munish Gupta, and after multiple contacts with the property owner he remains recalcitrant and fails to repair his property. The fine process has already begun and the BOD will pursue all legal options to insure that the property is maintained in accordance with the Deed Restrictions that every homeowner has signed and agreed upon purchase of the property. There is a legal process that must be followed and the Board of Directors and The Bishop Company will be working with the POA Attorney to hopefully remedy the fence repairs in the near future.

11/16/2018The Christmas season is about to ramp up into full swing and and unfortunately the criminals are not taking any holiday time off this year.

OMG Black Friday is only a week away!


A few tips to help avoid being a target for crime include:

1. Always lock your home's doors and windows, even if you are at home.

2. When leaving town for an extended period, have a trusted friend,neighbor or family member take care of your home. Ask them to pick up your mail, newspapers and other deliveries.

3. Notify your police department when you are planning an extended absence, and they will routinely check your property. Also, do not tell strangers that you will be away.
You should neither leave notes on your door nor messages on your answering machine, detailing your schedule or return.

4. Avoid displaying gifts where they can be seen from outside your home through a window or doorway. Leave burglars guessing at what they will find and where to find them.

5. If possible, have packages delivered to a neighbor if you are not home. Deliveries left outside are easily stolen by thieves, and they also draw unwanted attention to your home.

6. Elaborate and or expensive outdoor Christmas decorations are often stolen right from your property. You should consider installing simpler and cheaper outside decorations.

7. Do not decorate your windows to the point that your view to the outside of your home is obscured. You need a clear view of your property.

8. Dispose of packaging for expensive items discreetly. Thieves can spot something you have discarded and target your home for their next burglary or theft.
For example, when you make large purchases, do not leave the empty boxes on the curb. Break them down and place them on the bottom of your trash pile on the day of pickup.

9. Be alert to the UPS and Fed Ex trucks dropping off packages and moving on quickly. There have been reports of vehicles following these package delivery trucks, waiting a few minutes and then running up to the doors and stealing the packages right off the porch!
Do not attempt to intervene but instead CALL 911 and give a description of the vehicle and a license plate if possible. Do not put yourself in jeopardy but instead allow law enforcement to take the immediate action!


Remember YOU ARE THE EYES AND EARS OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH! Call 911 immediately if you see someone suspicious.

If you are going out of town for the holidays you can file a Close Patrol by the Travis County Sheriffs Office by clicking on the link CLOSE PATROL REQUEST

9/08/2018 Bring your family to the Texas National Night Out celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at the south Bescott cul-de-sac, near the greenbelt. There will be a jump house and games for the kids,and visits by local law enforcement Sheriff and Constables. Of course the Pflugerville Fire Department will make a drive by. Always a crowd pleaser! Who doesn't like a fire truck siren!!This is a great opportunity to come out and meet the neighbors and enjoy a few hours of neighborhood camaraderie. The menu is grilled hot dogs and sausage wraps, chips, cookies, fruit, and cold drinks .Reportto the area at 6 p.m. if you would like to help with the set up. Don't forget to bring your own chair and bug spray. Come meet your neighborhood and make a difference in the fight against crime!!!

Please let us know if you can help with set-up or clean-up. Linda Jackson lyjax@aol.com

We need assistance with Children's games activities, grilling,setup etc. All help is greatly appreciatedto make this another wonderful National Night Out!

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. Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

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6/16/2018 STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION That is what the entrances should say! The Membership has provided direction to the POA Board and they have met with ProScape, the Landscaping Company last week to discuss all the improvements and remedies to the entrances and all other common area. Since we are now in the hot doldrums of summer the improvements will be incremental with the major flowers and groundcover renovations happening in the Fall. The desert plantings will be removed in the coming weeks and the beds and trees mulched. Additional drip irrigation will be upgraded to provide for the complete watering of the entire new plantings that will be installed in coming monthws. We look forward to the new look in September.

6/15/2018 To report coyote sightings, especially aggressive behavior toward people or pets, CALL 311 The information gathered through 3-1-1 will be relayed to Texas Wildlife Services for response/follow-up.
CALL 9-1-1 to report a coyote attack on a human.

We recieved an update from Sarah Whitson, a City of Austin Animal Protection Officer that focuses on Wildlife for Travis County. As of January 2018, Travis County approved a temporary contact with City of Austin animal services. For coyote sightings and concerns/conflicts, a report to 311 can still be made. As a Wildlife Specialist, she can assist the caller by providing assistance through ways such as education, performing yard audits and site visits, as well as deploying game cameras.

She also wants you to know that she is here if the community ever has questions or concerns regarding wildlife.
"If anything ever comes up, I can provide assistance to individuals who have questions, concerns/conflicts with coyotes and other wildlife species. The direct line and email is used for questions and outreach purposes only. For any concerns or conflicts, a report to 311 (974-2000) must be made. Please see the attached documents for information that you can share if anything ever comes up about coyotes or other wildlife. The documents attached include coyote information, general wildlife information, and the City of Austin Coyote Management Policy brochure. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I am more than happy to help any way I can."

The coyotes are back. There have been several sightings of a coyotes on Bescott Drive. According to a research articles regarding urban coyote population ,coyote packs generally consist of a breeding pair and 1-2 associates (young of previous years) who stay to help raise the current pups. Although many coyotes live in packs, they frequently travel singly or in pairs. Coyotes in urban/suburban areas generally have smaller home ranges than their rural counterparts.
Coyotes in suburban environments were mostly active during dawn, dusk and especially at night. In urban/suburban areas, coyotes frequently travel along power lines,dirt roads, and railroad tracks. They also hunt and travel in altered areas such as golf courses, creekbeds, and dumps. Neighborhoods that bordered natural areas or altered areas were used on an especially frequent basis. Coyotes always slept in wooded/natural areas or remote altered areas during the day, but they were often within 50 m (164 ft) of a house.

Although the risks to human attack is very low, since most coyotes will generally avoid human contact. But since they area predator animal in search of food source, the contact with the cat population remains a issue. Researchers in Arizona (Grubbs and Krausman 2009) found that coyotes killed the largest number of cats (68%) during the pup rearing season (May-August.

Coyotes in Central Texas

Coyote sightings happen throughout all of Travis County, and their continued urbanization has caused an increase in interactions with humans.

If You See a Coyote

To report coyote sightings, especially aggressive behavior toward people or pets, CALL 3-1-1. The information gathered through 3-1-1 will be relayed to Texas Wildlife Services for response/follow-up.
CALL 9-1-1 to report a coyote attack on a human.

Where are Coyotes

Coyote sightings near greenbelts in Travis County are increasing as the adaptable animals discover that an urban environment provides many sources of food. Coyotes have adjusted to the human population expansion of Travis County, and have already dispersed into the developed urban landscape where they tend to thrive.

No Fear

The most serious problem with the urbanization of coyotes is that they adapt to being around people. As they lose their fear, coyotes become bolder in approaching people and may put themselves in hazardous situations they would normally avoid.

Coyotes are active mainly during the nighttime, but they can be moving at any time during the day. Most sightings of coyotes occur during the hours close to sunrise and sunset.

The abundance of food regulates coyote numbers, reproduction, survival, dispersal and territories.

In the wild, coyotes generally have home ranges of 3 to 16 square miles. But in suburban areas, where resources are plentiful, coyotes may need only 1/4 to 1/2 square mile. This can lead to large coyote populations, increasing the chance of contact with humans

5/13/2018 The Stoneridge Annual Meeting was held at The Wells Branch Community Center on May 8, 2018
While the meeting was lightly attended, several items of concern were discussed, as well as the reelection of the current Board of Directors and Officers of the Association for another term. The minutes of the meeting will be posted soon.

Discussion with Jeff Sanderson, Landscaper was held with all of the present membership. A comprehensive bid will be submitted in the coming weeks that will include a significant renovation of all four of the entrance beds. We look forward to a new look for our neighborhood! We will post the planting choices and landscape plan when available.
The major ideas voiced was for the elimination of the "desert plantings". More color and flowers are scheduled for the new installation.Water concerns are always a consideration and the drip irrigation in the beds should sustain the landscape and conserve our water resources.

If you are interested in serving on the Landscaping Committee, please contact ernst@stoneridgepoa.com
No experience is necessary other than a willingness to improve the appearance of our neighborhood.

Bob Bertke. Chairperson of the Architectural Committee has served for many years, has submitted his resignation to the Association. Thank you Bob for all your kind, reasonable work efforts on the this very essential committee.
The BOD is accepting volunteers to lead this very important committee. While the time efforts are minimal, this is one of the most important committees that will guide our neighborhood for many years to come.
If you are interested in serving the Association please contact ernst@stoneridgepoa.com and your information will be forwarded to the BOD for consideration.

4/10/2018The Stoneridge POA will be holding the Association's Annual Meeting on May 8, 2018, 6:30pm at the WELLS BRANCH RECREATION CENTER, 3000 Shoreline Drive. It will be held in the Art Room. The library no longer provides meeting rooms. The new location will be posted on the website and the entrance signs as soon as possible. Various items to be discussed will include the financial summary of the Association, landscaping and other neighborhood issues. Agenda Annual Meeting2018 The Annual Election of Officers will also be held during the meeting. All current property owners are encouraged to participate in the Election of Officers. If any property owner is interested in serving as a Board Director (3) or as an Officer of the Association, please contact the web site-ernst@stoneridgepoa.com or Board President lyjax@aol.com in order to be placed on the ballot. All property owners are encouraged to participate and make a difference in our neighborhood.

 

4/09/2018 UNDER CONSTRUCTION That is what the entrances should say! The Landscape Committee has met with ProScape, the Landscaping Company last week to discuss any and all the improvements and remedies to the entrances and all other common areas. Additional design bids have been solicited to insure responsible spending of the landscape budget. All constructive suggestions and comments are certainly appreciated and can be submitted to ernst@stoneridgepoa.com and will be forwarded to the committee for serious consideration and discussion. All serious input is greatly appreciated!

3-25-2018 The Spring Improvement season is just around the corner. Now is the time to plan for the upgrading of fences and property for the upcoming year. In order to respond in a more timely manner, the Association has now adopted a Web Based Approval Method for Architectural Improvement. You can download and print the Request for Architectural Improvement and submit by postal mail, Fax or E-mail The Bishop Company. The request will be forwarded to the ENTIRE POA Board for comments and prompt consideration. The intent is for the Board to comment and respond to your request for improvements in a timely fashion. *Please note that the approval process cannot be completed on an immediate basis. It probably will be considered sooner, but please allow 10-14 days for completion of the full approval process. If you are unsure of the Deed Restriction and Covenants for your area, please click on our Archtect.Cmte link on the web site

3/24/2018 OMG!!OMG!! I received a notice from the Stoneridge Property Owners Association that I am in violation of the POA deed restrictions. What am I going to do??

First of all, follow these few easy steps.
1. Take a deep breath. It is not the end of the world as you know it.
2. Look at the request for the remedy of the violation. Most of the time it is something as simple as moving a trailer or boat or maybe just the repair of a section of fence that is falling apart.
3. You can click on the Architectural Cmte tab/link on this web site and look at the Deed Restrictions for yourself. They are fairly clear on what constitutes a violation.
4. Be reasonable. The POA just wants to make our neighborhood maintain its charm and property values.
What NOT to do.
1. Get upset and lose control. Many violations may be the complaints received from other property owners in the neighborhood. The POA does not disclose sources of complaints, but will certainly assess the situation in order to assure that the concern is valid, prior to a letter even being sent to the homeowner.
2. Don't call The Bishop Company and curse at the secretary or Ms. Bishop. They are only the messengers for the neighbors and property owners. BUT they will reasonably discuss the violation and suggest a remedy. The fine structure in the violation notice is only in place in order for the POA to enforce property owners that refuse to abide the Restriction Agreements that all of us signed when the property was purchased. Owners are still responsible for their rental tenants behavior too
3. Don't try to compare your trailer or fence with the crummy fence down the street. Very likely they also have received a notice too. A violation is still a violation even if it is "almost as crummy".
Again, it is not the end of the world. The POA will certainly entertain any reasonable request for remediation time line due to extenuating circumstances. The POA's goal in not to collect a single dollar in fines, but instead to encourage the homeowners to maintain their property according to the rules. Everyone in the neighborhood has to follow the same guidelines.

 

Water Restrictions Update

Wells Branch currently under no mandatory drought water restrictions.

Water waste is prohibited and can be enforced at all times. Examples of water waste include:

  • Failure to repair a controllable leak, including:
    • Irrigation systems
    • Plumbing fixtures
    • Pipes
  • Operating a permanently installed irrigation system with:
    • A broken or missing head
    • A head that is out of adjustment where the arc of the spray head is over a street, parking area, or other impervious surface
  • During irrigation:
    • Allowing water to run off a property
    • Allowing water to pond to a depth greater than 1/4" in a street, parking area or other impervious surface.

Water Conservation

Although we are not currently under drought water restrictions, we recommend residents take measures to limit discretionary and non-essential water usage.

Discretionary and Non-Essential Uses

  • Wash down of any hard-surfaced areas, structures or vehicles
  • Use of water for landscape irrigation
  • Use of water for dust control
  • Use of water in a fountain, pool, or water feature

Customers are encouraged to:

Use a bucket, watering can, or hose with an auto shut-off nozzle when hand watering landscapes or washing vehicles
Limit irrigation of landscapes to before 10AM and after 7PM

If you have any questions, please contact the Crossroads Utility Services at 512-246-1400

3/01/2018 What's that smell? February through March is mating season for striped, hog-nosed, and hooded skunks, and that translates into, skunk smell all over the Hill Country! There have been reports of skunk sightings in Stoneridge the past few weeks. The word from Travis County Animal Control concerning skunks in the neighborhood. Because they are not sick, they should be left alone. Homeowners should ensure that food, water and trash is not accessible and eventually the skunks will move from the area. And if you or your pet have met one up close and personal..

 

 

2/03/2018The New Year has arrived and we're still looking for some needed rain. You don't ordinarily think that January and February is any time to think about your landscape, but don't be fooled. Now is the time to put out the non toxic weed prevention to control those noxious dandelions,crabgrass and other noxious lawn villains. See our landscape tab on the website for tips on the latest ways to tune up the lawns and trees before the heat of spring and summer. On the same note, there will be a meeting of the Landscape Committee in the coming weeks to discuss upgrades to our common area. Any interested persons that want to be involved please contact the website. ernst@stoneridgepoa.com We are planning to meet with the POA Landscaper to discuss ideas for the coming year. The entrances beds took a big hit with the last months hard freezes, so this is the time to take a good look at what needs to be changed. Of course water conservation will be a topic of discussion, without turning everything into desert scene. Take time to get involved and make a difference to our neighborhood.

Monthly Bulk Trash Collection

The second Saturday of EACH month, Wells Branch residents have the opportunity to discard their unwanted bulky items. Dumpsters will be available at the Maintenance Office at 13905 Thermal Drive. The hours for drop off are 8am – 5pm (We will close when the dumpsters are filled or 5pm at the latest, so come out early.) .

Items that may NOT be discarded in the dumpsters at our facility:

Tires

Gasoline

Freon Containing Devices
Computers/TV's Water Heaters Chemicals/Pesticides

Come early and clean out the garage, backyards and make room for all the spring projects!

12/10/2017 The Bishop Company will be mailing out the payment coupons for 2018. Please keep them available to make payments monthly, quarterly or annually. Contact the Bishop Company (see tab) if you do not received yours. The Stoneridge POA appreciates that all members dues are paid in a timely manner, so that our Association can meet their financial obligations for the great things we enjoy in our neighborhood!

10/6/2017 Due to the inclement weather and the for safety of our residents, the National Night Out has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 10th at 6:30 p.m. Everything else remains the same. Same time, Same place, and the SAME GREAT NEIGHBORS.

Please call or text Tonna at (512) 657-1838, if you can help with set-up or clean-up.

 

8/30/2017 It has been only six weeks since the last attack/theft on the neighborhood mailboxes. This is certainly not the time to become complacent and think the problem has completely gone away. No Way! The tactic of this type of crime is to break into several boxes,... then lay low and wait a period of time and when folks go back into their routine of leaving mail in the boxes overnight and mailing checks in the outgoing slot...Bam.. Time for another break in!!

What can YOU DO??
1. Of course keep an eye on the mailboxes,especially in the dark of night and twilight hours.
Report anything suspicious to 911. What is suspicious? Looking around the boxes without a purpose, /standing on the street side of the boxes (that's where the postal access is) and then after you past, moving quickly around the boxes after you have driven by. Use the rear view mirror! That's the time to call 911!!

2. Never let your guard down. Continue to use the postal boxes in a safe manner!

*Deposit outgoing mail especially bills and checks in a blue collection box, at a Post Office, or by handing it directly to your letter carrier.
*Never leave mail in your mailbox overnight-that's when thieves usually attack.
*If you see suspicious activity around your mailbox, call local police and Postal Inspectors.

8/29/2017 This is also the time of year for the Attack of Brown Patch Fungus! Yuck!!

Watch out for brown patch in the lawn. Fall is the prime season for this fungal disease. Symptoms appear as fairly circular areas of brown St. Augustine, which may expand outward and may green up again in the center. It is rarely fatal, just ugly. The dead leaves can be pulled off the green runners easily.

You can access the Landscape tab of the web site for several natural and organic solutions to solving this assault on the lawn you have nurtured and kept alive all summer.

7/4/2017 We hope everyone has had a wonderful and safe 4th of July Holiday, or others now can refer to it as Brexit 1776! There are so many things we can be thankful for during the Independence Holiday. Our Country,our Veterans,and our friends and neighbors!
Stoneridge would also like to give a BIG THANKS to the Marcyes Real Estate Team for their continued support for our neighborhood and placing the American flags throughout the community.They also are responsible for hanging the Independence Day decorations at the entrance walls. Thanks again, Tonna and Steve!

5/10/2017 The Stoneridge Annual Meeting was held at The Wells Branch Community Center on May 9th.
While the meeting was lightly attended, several items of concern were discussed as well as the election of Board of Directors and Officers of the Association. The minutes of the meeting will be posted soon.

There will be a review of the Landscaping in the coming weeks. A notice will be posted soon, on a date the Association Landscaper can meet with with Landscaping members.If you are interested in serving on the Landscaping Committee, please contact ernst@stoneridgepoa.com No experience is necessary other than a willingness to improve the appearance of our neighborhood

3/02/2017 Spring has sprung and the last freeze is in the past. It's time to get the lawns and flower beds into shape. Now is the right time to put out the non toxic weed prevention to control those noxious dandelions,crabgrass and other noxious lawn villains. See our landscape tab for tips on the latest ways to tune up the lawns and trees before the heat of spring and summer. The Stoneridge Landscape committee had a meeting with the Proscape, the POA landscaper to discuss improvements to our common areas. The committee has recommended that the lighted entrance beds be returned to the original landscape architect's design. Many of the old and woody plants will be removed and the beds replanted with the perennials that were originally installed. The trees on the common area will all been pruned and lifted and the beds will be mulched. Expect some positive changes over the next few weeks

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Remember YOU ARE THE EYES AND EARS OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH! Call 911 immediately if you see someone suspicious.

6/10/2016 In the recent weeks, the Travis County Sheriff's Office has discovered multiple illegal devices used to steal credit card information, known as credit card skimmers, concealed at two gas stations throughout the Austin-area. Detectives found two skimmers at one gas station in Wells Branch and at one station on on Highway 71 in Southwest Travis County. Roger Wade, a spokesperson for the Travis County Sheriff's Office, says the department is not putting the word out about specific stations in order to protect the businesses' reputations.An internal credit card skimmer attached inside the pump. Wade says the department inspected about 60 gas stations within the county in a proactive search effort to discover the skimming devices. While deputies did not locate any skimmers initially, they left business owners with information about what to look for. Since that time, the department found three illegal devices, at least one of which the department attributes to the outreach to the stations.
Skimmers are mostly internal devices that work off Bluetooth, which requires the suspects to come back to download the illegally obtained card information.
To avoid being a victim of credit card theft, consumers are urged to pay inside and to notify the gas station if the card reader is loose, which could potentially mean the device has been tampered with. Wade also advises against the use of debit cards at the pump, as scammers are able to obtain pin numbers and drain individual accounts.

8/15/2015What is a Property Owners Association? The POA is a membership of homeowners that is responsible for the enforcement of the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for the properties in the Stoneridge neighborhood. The goal of the POA is to enhance the appearance of our neighborhood and maintain property values. The POA Property Management company unfortunately has been working overtime the last few weeks dealing with the enforcement of our Deed and Restrictive Covenants. This is the document that EVERY property owner received when closing on the sale of their property and legally signed and agreed to follow. A copy of these are on the Architectural Committee link on this website to review. The problem as of late, is that many of the properties are not occupied by their owners and their tenants are not complying with these covenants.
It remains the property owners responsibility to maintain and enforce these guidelines on their tenants! If the renter does not follow the deed restrictions, the property owners will be contacted to notify their tenants to correct the situation immediately. The owner will be always remain responsible for all actions that occur on their property. The POA's goal is voluntary compliance, but ignoring the acts will result in fines and legal action to enforce compliance. Help us to continue to maintain our neighborhood as a wonderful place for all to live.

7-8-2015 The Stoneridge POA Annual Meeting was held on May 5th 2015 at the Wells Branch Community Library. Several items were discussed including the 2015-2016 Annual Budget. The budget was reviewed and approved as submitted. The 2014-2015 current board of directors were placed in nomination and reelected by the membership present at the annual meeting. The Directors for the Association will serve for the 2015-2016 term and will still remain in an entirely volunteer and unpaid positions. The Minutes of the 2015 Annual Meeting are now posted on the website.

 

Please visit our Stoneridge Crime watch Link of this web site for information on how we can get crime information out to our neighbors
If you or someone you know have been a victim of crime, please contact this website. Together we can make a difference
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Welcome to our Web Site. We have tried to put together a comprehensive site with links and helpful information that will assist our neighbors. Please feel free to send suggestions to ernst@stoneridgepoa.com.

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The Stoneridge Residential Property Owners Association was created in 1994 as the Wells Branch Residential Property Owners Association by the developer "Wells Branch Joint Venture". The name was changed to Stoneridge POA in 2002. The Association is maintained by a Board of Directors. The members are all property owners that live in the neighborhood. Our goal is to provide for neighborhood improvements to the Association common areas, and enforcement of the deed restrictions and covenants that protect and maintain the property values of our neighborhood.

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