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Vista december 2009 volume 1, issue 2 vistaoaks.org

Official Publication of the Vista Oaks Owners Association

Vista Oaks Owners Association

Board Meeting Minutes September 22, 2009

The VOOA board meeting was called to order at 7:13 PM by Vice President, Deirdre Goggins. A quorum was confirmed; Suman Barrett, Walter Sotillo, and Ed Medford were also present. Denise Gehrmann-Jimenez & Carrie Guipe from Southwest Management were also present and Carrie took the minutes. Ed made motion to approve minutes from the August 27. 2009 BOD meeting. Walter seconded the motion. All approved. Committee Reports Reviewed the proposed Tennis Court Rules and decided to add a rule that states that owners are responsible for any damages. Suman made a motion to approve the Tennis Court Rules with the aforementioned addition. Ed seconded. All approved. Reviewed the Strayhorn quote for repairs to the Tennis Court windscreens. Walter made a motion to approve the Strayhorn quote for repairs. Suman seconded. All approved. Reviewed the Pool Disciplinary Procedure. Ed made a motion to approve the procedure with the edits discussed. Suman seconded. Landscape Committee discussed lawn maintenance schedule, the landscaping at the Sam Bass entrance, and the efforts to use natives as a solution to drought and high-saline well water. Social Committee will be asked for budget & article for next newsletter. (Continued on Page 2) Copyright © 2009 Peel, Inc.

Vista Oaks 9th annual

Holiday Party

Hey, neighbors come on out and join your friends for a Texas Style Christmas Celebration at the Recreation Center on Saturday, December 12 from 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Join us for some Texas Style Fun including: • Train Rides and an Obstacle Course from 5:00 - 9:00 • Hot chocolate, chili, and tamales for all the hungry neighbors • Christmas Music with Santa Claus arriving in high style What to Bring: A dozen cookies, dessert, or a side dish to share, lawn chairs to sit around the fire, a guitar, or another instrument if you play one, your favorite Yuletide drinks, and a new present for needy children. Most importantly bring your festive spirit! Oh, and drag along a few neighbors! We need help! Contact Angela Beechum at 785-5617 or Kelly Hall at 736-9651 to share your talents. We welcome donations from our residents who are small business owners.

Happy Holidays! Vista Oaks Owner's Association Newsletter - December 2009



Vista Oaks

Board of Directors

President............................................................... Doug Mink VP..................................................................Deirdre Goggins Secretary................................................................Ed Medford Treasurer........................................................... Suman Barrett Landscaping....................................................... Walter Sotillo MAL.................................... Robert Barger and Matthew Zito

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HOA Management

Board Meeting Minutes - (Continued from Cover Page) Management Report A resident is protesting their parking violation. Denise has asked the owner to attend the next board meeting to file a formal appeal. Reviewed Task List: Ed will review pump repairs with Denise. At Ed’s request, Denise will get a 2nd bid for repairing pool tile. Denise is in the process of getting bids on many of the action items. Discussion about why VOOA is over budget YTD. Variance due to not including sales tax and not getting financials from Plateau Property Management until very late. Discussion about owners who are past due and the collection process. New Business Discussion about the security camera proposal and all liked the option that allowed for equipment expansion. The board asked that the vendor attend the next meeting to review details. Ed made a motion to accept the proposal to have the park handrail rebuilt. Walter seconded. All approved. Old Business Members debated article 8.02 regarding fence maintenance. Deirdre will prepare an article for review by the board. 8:39 pm meeting is adjourned.

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Vista Oaks Security Reports

Steve Shanks, Security Patrol • Williamson County Sheriff s Office June 2009 18 Total Calls for Service 3 Alarm Calls 1 Animal Compliant 2 Fraud 1 Criminal Mischief Vehicle 1 Medical Call 2 Question Legal or Civil 2 Welfare Concern 3 Suspicious Activity/ Vehicle, Persons 3 Traffic Complaints/ Accidents 10 Traffic Stops July 2009 30 Total Calls for Service 6 Alarm Calls 1 Animal Compliant 3 Theft 1 Identity Theft

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Burglary of Residence Burglary of Vehicle Disturbance Fireworks Juvenile Complaint Question Legal or Civil Welfare Concern Suspicious Activity/ Vehicle, Persons 4 Traffic Complaints/ Accidents 12 Traffic stops

1 Welfare Concern 5 Criminal Mischief 1 Fraud 1 Child Pornography 1 Child Custody 2 Traffic Complaints/ Accidents 10 Traffic Stops

August 2009 23 Total Calls for Service 2 Alarm Calls 3 Theft 1 Disturbance 3 Question Legal or Civil 3 Suspicious Activity/ Vehicle, Persons

September 2009 24 Total Calls for Service 7 Alarm Calls 2 Animal Compliant 1 Criminal Trespass 1 Question Legal or Civil 7 Suspicious Person/ Vehicle 1 Motorist assist 1 Identity Theft 1 Minor in Possession of Alcohol 3 Reckless Driving 12 Traffic Stops

October 2009 16 Total Calls for Service 1 Alarm Calls 2 Question Legal or Civil 1 Suspicious Person/ Vehicle 2 Disturbance/ Family Violence 2 Medical 2 Juvenile Complaint 1 Illegal Dumping 2 Welfare Concern, 2 Criminal Mischief 1 Traffic Complaint 22 Traffic stops

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Vista Oaks Real-Estate Activity in Vista Oaks & Surrounding Areas HOMES FOR SALE Address SqFt Price 3532 Ashmere Lp............................. 2782................... $ 222,500 4005 Castle Crk............................... 3692................... $ 259,900 4018 Casltle Crk Cv......................... 4400................... $ 349,900 3617 Galena Hills Lp....................... 4511................... $ 374,500 4457 Hunters Lodge Cv................... 3543................... $ 244,491 4443 Hunters Lodge Dr................... 2179................... $ 138,900 4445 Hunters Lodge Dr................... 2464................... $ 189,900 4225 Kingsburg Dr.......................... 1862................... $ 165,000 3750 Newland Dr............................ 3710................... $ 249,900 3916 Newland Dr............................ 2502................... $ 200,000 4322 N. Summercrest Lp................. 2425................... $ 219,500

PENDINGS Total Active homes in Round Rock: 716

4067 Honey Bear Lp........................ 3192................... $ 249,900 2920 Shaker Ln................................ 1908................... $ 174.500

Homes Sold in Round Rock in Sept 2009: Under $100K: 4 $100K-$199K: 121 $200K-$299K: 62 300K and up: 19

SOLDS: 3932 Artesia Bnd............................. 1850 3217 Ash Glen Ln............................ 2922 4129 Moss Hollow Dr..................... 3272 3746 Newland Dr............................ 1887

oct 2009 activity in Vista Oaks & Around: Subdivisions Active Pending Sold Vista Oaks......................... 11....................2........................... 4 Mayfield Ranch................. 23....................9........................... 7 Stone Oak......................... 25....................9........................... 6 Sendero Springs.................. 2.....................0........................... 0 Wood Glen....................... 13....................1........................... 4 Behren’s Ranch.................. 15....................4........................... 2 Teravista............................ 58...................13......................... 12

Information from ACTRIS deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Viewer to verify data. Data collected 11/8/09 (Continued on Page 9)

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Vista Oaks Real Estate Activity- (Continued from Page 8)

Homebuyer Tax Credit Update: On Nov. 6th, 2009 President Obama signed the bill to extend the homebuyer tax credit through April 30th, 2010. This time the bill includes benefits for current home owners as well, opening up opportunities for a much larger public. First Time Homebuyers: This group includes those who have not owned a home in the past three years. The tax credit is 10% of the purchase price with a maximum of $8,000. Current Owners: Current owners must document that the house they sold or is currently on the market for sale was their primary home consecutively for 5 out of the last 8 years they owned to qualify for the tax credit. Those eligible would get 10% of the purchase price as tax credit capping at $6,500. Income Limits: Singles tax filers can earn up to $125,000 to get the full tax credit. If they earn more they can receive a partial credit. At $145,000 and over in earnings, a single tax filer becomes ineligible for this credit. Joint tax filers can earn up to $225,000 to get full tax credit, with partial credit if earnings are below $245,000. Deadlines: For buyers to qualify for the tax credit, all contracts will need to be effective by April 30th, 2010 with a closing no later than June 30th, 2010.

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Vista Oaks Tips for Teaching Children

About Table Manners Submitted by Rebecca Beavers

Teaching your children table manners may sound old fashioned, but it never goes out of style. Having good manners shows your respect for other people, and it’s more than saying “please” and “thank you.” It’s about helping your children develop habits and behaviors that will help them relate to adults and other children in a positive way. “To make your family mealtime time special and relaxing, slow down, sit and talk with your children and expect good behavior. You will be pleasantly surprised at how much easier and enjoyable it will become,” said Dr. Mary Zurn, vice president of education for Primrose Schools. “This is important because children with good manners often find it easier to make friends and get along with others at school and at home.” Dr. Zurn offers five table manners tips to get parents started: 1. Start early: Don’t wait until you think your child is “old enough” to learn polite behavior. Just as children learn to crawl before they learn to walk, they also learn manners in stages. Even infants watch parents for rules of expected behavior. Very young children can learn to sign key phrases

saying, “Good job,” you can say, “I’m so glad you set the table.” 3. Encourage polite conversation: Children as young as two can learn to engage in polite conversation at the dinner table with the right kind of guidance. As you are at the table eating together, show them how to take turns listening, talking, and asking questions. 4. Set a good example: Make sure your words and actions match. Children watch parents all the time for behavior clues. For example, if you want your child to eat broccoli because it’s a healthy food choice, you will need to let them see you enjoy eating it as well.

such as “please” or “thank you” and then transition to the spoken words around age two. By age three, children should be able to stay seated at mealtime if you sit down with them. 2. Give specific feedback: Children learn best when they receive specific feedback about their behavior which is far more effective than generic praise. For example, instead of

5. Create a routine: Children learn best from consistency because it helps them know what to expect. Start with the repetition of a few simple steps such as putting a napkin in your lap when you sit down. Create a routine that is easy for them to repeat and remember. For more tips from Dr. Zurn and a list of book suggestions on teaching your children table manners, visit www. Dr.ZandMe.com.

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Vista Oaks

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2nd Annual

Santa “Claws” Fundraiser

Street Cat Rescue is having their 2nd Annual Santa “Claws” Fundraiser, Saturday, December 5th, 2009 at the beautiful Austin Business Furniture Showroom, located at 9300 United Drive, near 183/Burnet Rd. from 6-9pm. Come and share great fun, food, music, a silent auction, door prizes, and even a little dancing! Street Cat Rescue is an all-volunteer non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to trap/neuter/return feral and stray cats, and adopt out socialized cats/kittens getting them off the streets and into loving homes. In addition, Street Cat Rescue educates the public on the pet overpopulation problem and TNR- a humane solution to the feral and stray cat population. Trapping classes and other training is also offered.    The fabulous six-piece band will provide music, the Divas and Cavaliers with special musical guest Bill Snipes. There will be a raffle and tickets may be purchased in advance by phone, online or at the event. Drawing will be held at 8:00pm. A $20.00 donation cover charge includes food, beverages (including beer and wine), a door prize ticket (great prizes!), music, and a little dancing! Enjoy an awesome Silent Auction and visit “Santa’s Store” for a little Christmas shopping too, including some great dog and cat lover items! Suggested RSVP Date: Dec. 1st. Call 762-3597 or contact [email protected] Visit the website streetcatrescue. com for more infomation on the event. Enjoy a great evening for a great cause!

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Advance to State

The Rouse High School Varsity CC girl’s team placed third in the regional competition in Lubbock, TX on November 7 advancing them to the state meet held in Round Rock, TX on November 14. This is quite an accomplishment for a very young team made up of sophomores and freshman. Girls on the CC team who live in Vista Oaks are sophomores Nicole Kastens and Amri Castanada, and freshman Marissa Naab. Carey Naab, RHS Representative

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Texas Stars vs. Grand Rapids Griffins 12/19 @ 7:00PM The Texas Stars Hockey Club is underway with their inaugural season at the brand new, $55 Million Dollar, Cedar Park Center Arena. The Texas Stars are the primary development team for the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars and play in the Western Division of the American Hockey League (AHL). Currently, there are 18 players under contract with the Dallas Stars that are preparing to make the jump to the NHL. As a resident of Vista Oaks, you are cordially invited to attend the December 19th Texas Stars Game against the Grand Rapids Griffins at a discounted rate. Vista Oaks residents will also receive a voucher for 4 free tickets to a future game! Tickets start at $7 for this exclusive group. Visit www.vistaoaks.org for details. Use Promotional Code: VISTASTARS1.

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