A message from our President- June 2, 2017
The board had a great meeting last night with 3 homeowners visiting, and a 4th from another subdivision. We also had a great meeting with our new Community Manager, Ander Williams. Yesterday morning, Ander and our Site Manager (inspector), Eric, did a drive through of the neighborhood.

Ander and Eric observe that for the most part, the neighborhood looks great. Inspections will start the end of this month, so I wanted to give everyone a heads up on what Eric has been directed to concentrate on for courtesy notices. The board will also be creating a resolution to set more reasonable fine rates, which is allowed in the DCCRs. $100 per day per non-compliance is not reasonable-- too high.

The board is interested in beautifying the rest of the area where some tweaking is needed. So, here is what we will focus on enforcing, though anything addressed in the deed restrictions are open for review. ALL visible areas from the street, both front and side yards, will be inspected. So, if you can drive by it and see it, it is going to be part of the inspection process:

  1. Bare spots in the lawn. As we should be dry going forward, it is time to address patches of dirt. If you have heavy tree coverage and it is hard to keep anything alive, then consider creating neatly defined areas of mulch, decomposed granite, etc. Add some shade tolerant plants. Remember to let the ACC know if you are going to do anything intensive. In some areas the granite has washed away or been covered by dirt. Please add more crushed granite.
  2. Plants flowing over the curb.
    Please cut back so the flowers are not overflowing your curb. We are not going to say you have to edge using the edger, but curb lines should be clean.
  3. Plants overflowing a sidewalk. Please trim these back as well.
  4.  Xeriscaped (and other) yards and garden beds with random weeds.
    Xeriscaped yards often mean planned patches of non-planting or plantings surrounded by mulch. Weeds grow in such patches. Weed!
  5. Builders and maintenance firms signs. Please remove these within 7 days of putting out the sign. You may receive a courtesy reminder related to such signs. It is just a courtesy reminder. Remove the sign.
  6. Rotting fascia. This is more serious, and can damage the supports under the fascia. It is to your economic advantage to repair this.
  7. Stained fences with curved water marks.
    Please restain the fences and consider moving the sprinkler heads that may be right against the fence.
  8. Stained brick, that "jumps up" above the dirt line.
    If you have tried to get this cleaned professionally with no luck, then consider painting the brickwork with concrete paint, or work with an architectural firm to come up with other solutions. Alternatively, mask the area with a continuous row of heat resistant shrubbery.
  9. Trash cans.
    When I worked for the city of Round Rock, Bob Bennett, the city manager, quipped that running the city sometimes seemed to be involved only with barking dogs and garbage cans. I thank the 95% of the households that have enough pride in their homes architecture and their landscaping that they have placed their trashcans out of ALL view, as is REQUIRED in the DCCRs. I applaud the homeowners who have built surrounds of some type around these behemoths. 5%=15 homes not quite in compliance.
    At the board meeting last night we spent time discussing this. We will enforce that ALL trash cans must be significantly hid. Remember, do the drive test. If you drive by your property, from all street angles, and can see your trash can, you will receive that first courtesy notice and it will escalate from there.
    The fix? Build your own surround using the same types of materials found in your home's construction. Have a brick layer build a surround. Have some siding? Create a surround with hardiplank so it can survive ground moisture. Have a wood fence? Create a surround that resembles the wood fence. And, remember to add a gate so the opening is blocked off.
    What about shrubbery? It is fine if the garbage can is 100% blocked by it. Just be sure the can is TOTALLY pushed back into the shrubbery. Again, do the drive by test. If you can see it, so can the inspector.
  10. General lawn mowing.
    Look at your lawn. See weeds peeking up? Seed tassles? You'll receive a courtesy notice. Again, it should be dry before the end of the month. Mow. 'Nough said.
  11. Bush heights at corners of the street. Please cut these back to 2 feet high so that drivers can see traffic at the intersections. We will also touch base with the city to see what is and is not acceptable.
  12. Completing requirements homeowners agreed to do to allow significant variances, particularly temporary buildings on ones property.

Issues we refer to the city and are prohibited by city ordinances:
A. Home based businesses that are disrupting parking, frequent visitors, behavior that suggests that workers are going to the house.
B. Weedy lots that fall within city enforcement.
C. Parking on the grass.
D. Fence maintenance (leaning, more than 25 square feet of missing boards or holes)
E. Continued violation of the city's ordinances on garbage can visibility.
In cases B-E above, we will issue a courtesy (warning) letter. After that, there will be progressive warnings. Once it gets to the "lawyer" stage, we will refer the issue to the city.
In the case of A, we are reporting such violations immediately. You are also welcome to report such home based business violations as individual homeowners as well. Contact the city's code enforcement office.

About Oak Bluff

The Oak Bluff Phase II Community
(Information as of February 2014):

The Oak Bluff Phase II community represents slightly less than 300 homes located on and connected to Twin Ridge Parkway in East Round Rock. It has no relationship with Oak Bluff Phase I.

The lot sizes are generally .5 acre, ranging from .4 to 1 acre. Homes usually have a 2500 square foot minimum. Based on the deed restrictions, single story homes should be all brick or masonry and two story homes 75% of the same. The housing stock was built primarily in the late 1980s to mid-1990s. There is little turnover in housing stock, and many of the homes are still owned by the original homeowners. The subdivision is located near the 130 toll road and off US Highway 79. The land to the east of the subdivision is in the Hutto extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) and currently zoned residential though the current use is predominantly farm and grazing land.

The subdivision is located in the city of Round Rock, Williamson County, and the Round Rock ISD. It is not a municipal utility district (MUD). The subdivision was annexed by the city of Round Rock before the subdivision was fully built out, in the mid-1990s. A non-profit Home Owners Association Board has been functioning since 1992. The primary responsibilities of the HOA are to enforce deed restrictions and maintain the common areas.

The only amenity for the subdivision is 14 acres of raw land, nestled in a flood plain that becomes submerged on occasion, at the intersection of Twin Ridge Parkway and CR 123. Over the past few years the land has been leased by individuals for either grazing or in exchange for improvement to the land, predominantly tree removal. After review of the deed restrictions related to this property, the 2014 Homeowners Association Board is investigating ways to provide access to the land by Oak Bluff Phase II residents while minimizing maintenance costs, keeping the current annual assessment at its current rate.

Home owners DO NOT have access to the tennis courts, pool, or country club located at the intersection of Twin Ridge Parkway and Forest Creek Drive. This property is owned, in its entirety, by a private individual, verified on county tax records. The pond behind the tennis courts and pool are part of the Williamson County Improvement District (WCID) flood control system.

The Home Owners Association Board contracted RealManage as its property management company in April 2013. Integrated Environmental Services is the landscape company.

The current HOA assessment is $290 annually, payable by the end of the calendar year. The greatest expense is in landscaping, with a current contract of just over $30,000 for routine maintenance and a 2014 budget of $13,000 for significant irrigation and landscape replacement in the medians. Irrigation and landscape replacements will be done every year over the next three years using funds that have amassed over the past three years as well as banking of remaining balances of current assessments. Non-recurring extraordinary maintenance costs include trimming of trees in the medians about every three years and ongoing removal of trees on the 14 acres damaged during the 2010 flood in addition to our ongoing drought, all very expensive projects.

Additional costs include property management fees (roughly $16,000 including fees, insurance, legal), routine maintenance of the 14 acres such as mowing and fence repair, marquee and entry monument maintenance and lighting; electricity, water, and nominal taxes;  social activities (including partial subsidization of an annual holiday party); and transfers to the maintenance account for non-routine maintenance.

The current board members are relatively new to their roles. Dale Ricklefs and Janis Delman started their terms in January 2013, with their terms expiring in December 2014. Ella Jez started a partial term  in the summer of 2013, also expiring 2014. Donna Allen completed a partial term, serving from September 2013 to December 2013, and was elected to a two year term running 2014 through 2015. Jana Dahl was elected to her first term, 2014 through 2015. Dale Ricklefs has lived in the subdivision the longest, at almost nine years. Though it is a young board in terms of service on the board and residency in the community, the members are reaching out to original home owners and early board members for history, opinions, and guidance on a regular basis.

Annual Homeowners Association Meetings are held in November of each year. A “town hall” style meeting to address significant changes in deed restrictions, bylaws, and landscaping requirements, the latter based on state law, will take place in May 2014. The board currently meets monthly, and homeowners are encouraged to attend the meetings and be involved on the various committees. The very active Social Committee includes a Welcoming Committee that welcomes each new family to our community.

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Tree Removal

Much thanks to OBE Phase 2 resident Mike Moore who arranged to have the larger logs removed from the community's property at CR 123 and Twin Ridge-- for free! Bill Stuewe in Georgetown owns a sawmill, and he'll use wood, that looked pretty appropriate for furniture making, for future projects. Saved the Association quite a bit of money by having 8 or 9 logs removed on Thursday morning, January 16, 2013.

Tree removal

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Holiday Lighting Contest Winners!

The decorations were amazing. First Place goes to Olie and Demetria Pope at 5 Wooded Way, Second Place goes to Marlene and Jim Miller at 15 Shaded Way and Third Place goes to Jack and Cynthia Ogden at 27 Stillmeadow. Honorable mention goes to Lisa and Dave Trueper who won First Place last year and did a great job again this year!

Click here for more pictures.

Holiday Lights 2013

Christmas Dinner Dance December 13
Reservations due December 4

You are warmly invited to the annual Christmas dinner-dance to be held at Star Ranch on December 13, 6:30 pm mixer and 7:00 pm dinner. Dinner includes a pasta buffet with bow tie and penne pastas, grilled chicken, alfredo and marinara sauces, steamed vegetables, and a Caesar salad and garlic bread. Desserts include a cake buffet including carrot, double chocolate, German chocolate, red velvet, white coconut, and white butter cream cakes. A DJ hosts the music and dancing portion of the evening.

The event is at Star Ranch in their Texas themed club house. The room will be decorated in golds and burgundy, and include a 12+ foot Christmas tree. Recommended dress is after five. For men, this may include a jacket and dress slacks, with or without tie.

Costs are $17.50 per person or $35.00 per couple. Each attendee beyond the couple rate is $35.00 per person. Janis Delman is accepting reservations through Wednesday, December 4. They can be dropped off at her house at 7 Ridge Run (place your check under the mat). You can contact her at janisdelman@aol.com for more information.

To keep up with Oak Bluff HOA events, please check the website at http://www.oakbluffestates.com.

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Jack O’ Lantern Contest 2013

“It was a dark and stormy night: the rain fell in torrents – except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets…” that quote written by English novelist, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, perfectly describes October 30th Oak Bluff Jack O’ Lantern Contest.

Braving the elements, judges Lou Ann Woodall and Ella Jez drove the rain drenched streets of Oak Bluff to find the top entrants in the Jack O’ Lantern Contest. The competition was stiff but out of many three pumpkin entries stood out above the rest taking the top honors which include a full year of braggin’ rights.

The Most Creative Jack O’ Lantern - # 14 Scenic Terrace
The Happiest Jack O’ Lantern - #4 Ridge Run
The Spookiest Jack O” Lantern - #25 Meandering Way
The Oak Bluff Estates Board and the Social Committee wish to thank the judges and all those that entered the Jack O’ Lantern Contest.

Jack O'Lantern Contest 2013

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Flooding Information from Michael Thane, City of Round Rock:

Michael Thane, the Director of Utilities and Environmental Services for the City of Round Rock, gave Dale Ricklefs, President of the HOA, permission to post his response to her about the likelihood of flooding at Twin Ridge and Forest Creek in the future. Here is his response.

" The Twin Ridge Pkwy./Forest Creek Dr. intersection is in the inundation area of the Upper Brushy Creek WCID Dam No. 19 and is subject to periodic flooding.
Click here to see attached map.
I don't know the exact frequency event that begins to inundate the intersection, my recollection is that the intersection goes under water on the order of once every five years or so; it's really just dependent on how much rainfall occurs in the drainage basin and it could happen at any time. The flood pool shown on the map is only generally representative of the other night; the flood pool can be smaller or a bit larger depending on the rainfall; too complex to explain in a short email. The intersection has always been in the inundation area; the dam was constructed on the order of fifty years ago and obviously was there before any of the development that exists in the area today. In the present condition, the intersection will be inundated again at some future date; sorry I can't forecast when.

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