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January 2012 edition of Hunter's Chase Gazette for Hunter's Chase

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  • Copyright 2012 Peel, Inc. Hunter's Chase Gazette - January 2012 1

    Hunter's Chase Gazette

    HUNTER'S CHASEHUNTER'S CHASEThe Official Newsletter ofthe Hunter's Chase HOA

    January 2012Volume 2, Issue 1

    (Continued on Page 3)

    It's that tIme of Year agaInThe board of the Hunters Chase Property Owners Association (POA) has counted our

    pennies and worked out the budget for next year. With everything that has been going on, this has been one of the most difficult budgets the board has had to do. A review of what is going on will help make sense of everything.

    As you may know the Springwoods Limited District was dissolved on September 30, 2011 after the residents of the district voted not to continue it. This has been a double edged sword for our community. With the dissolving of the district, we avoided an additional tax on many of our residents. Additionally, our POA were able to receive monies that are allowing us to proceed with around $108,000 in improvements to our community park. These improvements include a new playscape, climbing rock, fitness stations, pavilion with tables and much needed drainage work along the tennis court area. Unfortunately, the district also served our neighborhood in various functions that we as a POA must now be responsible for.

    We were aware that an increase in dues was coming and brought it to the members attention at our annual meeting in June.

    One of the functions Springwood Limited District provided was an Architectural Control Committee which reviews changes on our members properties. This function is being implemented by a committee of member volunteers, and they have already reviewed and approved several applications.

    Most notably, the district enforced deed restrictions. Deed restrictions help keep property values higher by preventing less desirable uses of property in our community. We have very reasonable restrictions unlike many communities, but the restrictions are useless if they are not enforced. The district had a substantial financial reserve in place to enforce any restrictions that were not amiably resolved. We as the Board of Directors have engaged Sage Management to conduct frequent neighborhood drive-bys to document and notify homeowners of gross violations that make our property values decrease. Jim Sagnes, owner of Sage Management, has had many favorable responses from homeowners to resolve the cited items. However, as a POA, we must be prepared for the legal costs of homeowner members that will not willingly come into compliance. We currently have no fund for such contingencies.

    To make matters more difficult, utility prices have increased drastically. That coupled with our increased usage during this drought has caused our utilities expenses to increase drastically.

    You will also observe much construction occurring to our private, members-only access areas as well. These are much needed improvements that have been delayed for quite some time. Because these projects had to be funded from POA dues, they have been delayed in the past due to a lack of funds. These improvements include replastering of the main pool, replastering of the kiddie pool, and replacing roofs over the cabana and restrooms.

    Upcoming EventsJan 3rd

    Fruitcake Toss Day, is your opportunity to finally throw away the old fruitcake. After the holidays are over, its time to bring in the new, and toss out the old. Today is the day that the fruit cake goes....hooray!

    Jan 13th Friday the 13th Blame Someone Else Day International Skeptics Day Make Your Dreams come True Day -Make Your Dream Come True Day gives

    you the opportunity to do something to realize your goals and dreams. Whatever your dreams are, they usually dont come true without some effort on your part. So, today is the perfect opportunity to do something about it.

    Jan 16thMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday

    Jan 23rd National Pie Day - National Pie Day is

    a special day that is set aside to bake and cook all of your favorite pies. On this day, you are also encouraged to bake a few new pie recipes. And most importantly, its a day to eat pies! A great way to celebrate National Pie Day is to bake some pies and give them away to friends, neighbors, and relatives. You never know, you may be starting a tradition of pie giving between your friends and family.

  • 2 Hunters Chase Gazette - January 2012 Copyright 2012 Peel, Inc.

    Hunter's Chase Gazette

    Hunters Chase Yahoo Newsgrouphttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/hunterschase/

    Hunters chase POA website - http://hca.goodwintx.com/

    UTILITIESElectricity City of Austin ..................................................... 494-9400Gas Atmos Energy ...........................................1-888-286-6700 Emergency ................................................... 866-322-8667Water/Wastewater (City of Austin) Emergency .......................................................... 912-6000Trash/Recycling Texas Disposal Systems ...................................... 421-1340

    PROPERTY MANAGEMENTHC HOA Goodwin Management Inc. Carmen.Glassinger@goodwintx.com ........... 512-502-7503Estates of HC POA CA Managers: info@camanagers.com ................................. 512-288-2376

    ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL COMMITTEEApplications are found on the intranet site at

    http://hca.goodwintx.com/

    DEED ENFORCEMENT To report violations contact Sage Management sage.

    management@yahoo.com - Deed Documents,http://hca.goodwintx.com/ Download the file

    HCA.GOV.xx.19840530.CCRS.pdf

    SCHOOLSPond Springs Elementary ................................ 512-464-4200 .................... http://schools.roundrockisd.org/pondsprings/Deerpark Middle School ................................. 512-464-6600 ..........................http://schools.roundrockisd.org/deerpark/McNeil High School ....................................... 512-464-6300 .............................http://schools.roundrockisd.org/mcneil/

    OTHERCrime Stoppers .......................................... 1-800-253-STOPCounty Commissioner Lisa Birkman, Pct. 1 ....................733-5384 fax; 733-5380Animal Control ...................................................... 943-1389Spicewood Springs Branch Public Library ....................... 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd 512-974-3800

    HOA BOARDDarin Siefkes (ds@dsaustinlaw.com) ........................ PresidentCalandra Bradford ...........................................Vice President Michael Kuykendall .................................................TreasurerBrian James .............................................................SecretaryRebekah Sheppard ..................................................................

    To reach any one of the board members please contact Carmen Glassinger at carmen.glassinger@goodwintx.com

    HUNTERS CHASE POA COMMITTEESResidents interested in joining a committee should contact Darin Siefkes at ds@dsaustinlaw.com1. Neighborhood Watch - will assist with implementing a

    neighborhood watch program2. Amenities (Pool, Park & Tennis) - will be responsible for

    maintenance and improvement suggestions to the Board3. Events - responsible for determining which neighborhood

    events to plan and carrying out the planning and execution of the events (Neighborhood garage sale, Christmas caroling, potlucks, etc)

    NEWSLETTER INFOEDITOR Brian James .............. Brian.james@pineappleandbanana.net

    PUBLISHER Peel, Inc. ...................................................... 888-687-6444 Advertising................................ advertising@PEELinc.com

    Interested in submitting an article? You can do so by emailing Brian.james@pineappleandbanana.net or by going to http://www.peelinc.com/articleSubmit.php. All news must be received by the 9th of the month prior to the issue. So if you are involved with a school group, scouts, sports etc please submit your articles for The Subdivision Name. Personal news for the Stork Report, Teenage Job Seekers, special celebrations and military service are also welcome.

    ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS

    DONT WANT TO WAIT FOR THE MAIL?View the current issue of the Hunter's Chase Gazette on the 1st day of each month at www.PEELinc.com

    CONTACT NUMBERS & IMPORTANT INFO

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    Hunter's Chase GazetteThat Time of Year... - (Continued from Cover Page)

    We understand that an increase in dues at this time of economic squeezing can be difficult, and it was not taken lightly. Since the inception of the POA in 1985, dues had been set at $200 annually, with only two increases in the history of the POA -- $20 in 2008 and another $20 in 2009. The cost of landscaping, pool maintenance, water and electricity have all increased annually. Additionally, the POAs improvements are aging and we expect that maintenance costs will continue to be higher than when the improvements were new. For these reasons, we felt it necessary to raise our POA dues beginning January 2012 to $300, from the previous amount of $240.

    In reaching this decision, we carefully evaluated each item in the budget and took a fiscally conservative approach balanced with the need to maintain our common areas in sound condition and keep our property values as high as possible.

    Sincerely,Hunters Chase POA Board MembersDarin SiefkesCalandra BradfordBrian JamesMichael KuydendallRebekah Sheppard

    ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL COMMITTEE

    (ACC) As the year comes to a close, I want to thank all of you who

    submitted projects. I am glad to report that every project that has been submitted since we assumed ACC duties has been Approved. From Sept-Dec there have been 6 projects submitted, 3 fence, 2 landscape, 1 deck.

    Thanks,