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Westside at Buttercup Creek

Westside news Volume 2, Number 8

September 2011

Official Newsletter of the Westside at Buttercup Creek HOA

MESSAGE

FROM THE HOA BOARD

This has been a long, hot and dry summer. These extreme conditions have made it difficult for anything outside trying to survive. Lawns, plants and trees are struggling to stay alive. Many of our great cypress trees along Lakeline Boulevard are suffering due to these conditions, which makes them even more susceptible to disease caused by insects. The HOA board had an arborist come out and evaluate all the trees and give recommendations as to how to keep them healthy. We are taking steps to help them out. Many of the trees in our neighborhood that are native and also that have been planted with the building of new homes are oak trees. While these trees are typically strong and nice to look at, we know that they are also susceptible to oak wilt. Oak wilt can spread from tree to tree through the root system and wipe out entire areas full of these trees. When you add our current weather conditions to this you can start to see how many of these oak trees can be lost. There are oak trees in our preserves and in the back yards of some of our neighbors that have slowly died over the past couple of years. It could be a mix of oak wilt and the weather. It’s hard to know for sure. However, professional arborists that have come and tried to treat some of these trees have pointed out that the only way to really battle oak wilt is to plant more trees that are not susceptible to oak wilt. Be proactive and call a tree specialist and find out what kinds of trees would work best, and then plant a couple as soon as the weather gets a little better. Darrell Park, HOA President

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One HOA Board Position Available AS RANDY WOODS DECIDES NOT TO RUN AGAIN

One board position is up for election this year. Randy Woods currently holds that position. Randy also runs our HOA website, and has decided to concentrate on that and give someone else the opportunity to be on the HOA board. We need another board member to fill the spot, so now is the time to run. As a member of the HOA board, you will have the opportunity to meet with the other board members once a month to discuss the matters of the HOA. The election takes place at the annual meeting which will be on October 10 if we have over 500 homeowners at the meeting either in person or by proxy, or November 7 if there were not enough attending the October meeting. Any homeowner in good standing with the HOA can run for a board position. If you would like to run for this board position, you must submit your info (a short write up about yourself and why you want to be on the board) to Kathy at Goodwin Management (kathy.taylor@goodwintx.com) and to the Westside News Editor (westsidenewseditor@yahoo.com) no later than September 9 so that it can be included in the October newsletter. If you submit it sooner we can also have it on the website. At the annual meeting the candidates will have a few minutes to present themselves before voting.

Article X of the Declaration of Covenants CONDITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS FOR WESTSIDE AT BUTTERCUP CREEK

Each month a section of this Article will be reviewed to help homeowners be better informed. The complete set of Bylaws and CCR’s were given to you when you closed on your house, but can also be found at the HOA website which is www.westsidehoa.org. SECTION 14. Electrical,Telephone and Other Utility Lines. Except as may be permitted in writing by the New Construction Committee or as permitted by a Supplemental Declaration for a particular Neighborhood, all electrical, telephone and other utility lines and facilities which (i) are located on a Lot, (ii) are not within or part of any building, and (iii) are not owned by a governmental entity, a public utility company, or the Association, shall be installed in underground conduits or other underground facilities. Landscaping and security lighting fixtures may be installed above ground only after the design and installation thereof has been approved in writing by the New Construction Committee or Modification Committee. COMMENT: You shouldn’t have a bunch of wires running across your yard, or

wrapped around your house. Keep things looking neat and in order. Use underground conduit or go straight into the house to avoid tacking lines to the brick and mortar. Westside News -September 2011 1


Westside at Buttercup Creek BOARD OF DIRECTORS

COMMITTEES

President, Darrell Park......................darrelljpark@yahoo.com V. President, Dennis Domanski..... ddomanski@austin.rr.com Secretary, Randy Woods...................randy1@radiorandy.com Treasurer, Jerry Bordic..........................jbordic@sbcglobal.net Director, TerraThomas........................... terrac13@yahoo.com HOA Website........................................www.westsidehoa.org

Do you want to help out in the community but don’t have a lot of time? Join one of the following Committees and help out as much or as little as you want.

MANAGEMENT INFO Kathy Taylor Property Manager Goodwin Management Office: 512-852-7998 Cell: 512-934-3736 Fax: 512-346-4873

NEWSLETTER INFO EDITOR Darrell Park. .................... westsidenewseditor@yahoo.com PUBLISHER Peel, Inc....................................................... 512-263-9181 Advertising............................... advertising@PEELinc.com

ADVERTISING INFO Please support the businesses that advertise in the Westside News. Their advertising dollars make it possible for all Westside at Buttercup Creek residents to receive the monthly newsletter at no charge. No homeowners association funds are used to produce or mail the newsletters. If you would like to support the newsletter by advertising, please contact our sales office at 512-263-9181 or advertising@PEELinc.com. The advertising deadline is the 8th of each month for the following month's newsletter.

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Cave Preserve............. Darrell Park..........darrelljpark@yahoo.com Communications....... Darrell Park..........darrelljpark@yahoo.com Fence.......................... Ross Burns...................... rburns@texas.net Landscaping.................Jerry Bordic.............. jbordic@sbcglobal.net Lighting................... Rand Zumwalt............................................. ............................................... zumwalt@zumwaltlawgroup.com Modifications..........Torsten Weirich ...........torsten@weirich.com Neighborhood Watch...... Paul Blor Pool.............................Jay Clover...............jay.clover@yahoo.com Social........................ Terra Thomas.............. terrac13@yahoo.com

CALL FOR ARTICLES I know that you are all getting sick of reading the same articles. Write something up and send it in. Articles must be emailed to westsidenewseditor@yahoo.com by the 8th of the month to be published in the following month’s newsletter. Let’s see some articles!

Dental Tips from the Dark Corner of the Mouth Did you know that oral health is tied to heart health? It’s true. Studies now show that unwanted bacteria found in dirty mouths is also being found in the heart. Think about it. Your mouth is the biggest opening into the rest of your body. It makes sense that the cleaner you keep your mouth, the healthier you whole body will be. It is recommended that you brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice daily. Most people don’t time themselves and think they are close to 2 minutes, but find that when they do time themselves they are nearer to 30 seconds to 1 minute. Newer, power toothbrushes often have some sort of timer built into them. If you’re the type that shuns technology and brush with a regular old brush, just get a little 2 minute hourglass timer from your dentist. Most offices have them. Oh, and don’t forget to floss once daily. Some say this might be even more important than brushing. Darrell J. Park

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Westside at Buttercup Creek The New HOA Website Did you know that all the HOA contact information you need can be found on the new HOA website? Just go to www.westsidehoa.org and click on “Contact” in the left column. That will take you to a page where you will find contact information for board members, committee chairs, the management company and even links to the Yahoo Group and Facebook. Go check it out!

THE HOA IS ON FACEBOOK!

Go check it out and see what all your neighbors are talking about.

Do You Have Reason to Celebrate?

9th Annual Barktoberfest & PLEDGE WALK FOR HOMELESS PETS

Have a howling good time and help the Central Texas SPCA save homeless pets in our community. This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever on Saturday, September 10th at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock, Texas. The morning starts with a 2K pledge walk for homeless pets and then the festival fun begins. We’ll have music, food, vendors, fun games and activities for kids, activities for dogs, low cost microchippping, a costume contest for dogs and humans, and much more. The top fundraisers in the 2K pledge walk will win great prizes! Please visit www.centraltexasspca. org for more information.

We want to hear from you! Email westsidenewseditor@ yahoo.com to let the community know!

Droughts are a Drain on Lake travis. Due to the current drought, Cedar Park’s watering schedule is now mandatory. Odd-numbered addresses water on Wednesdays & Saturdays. Even-numbered addresses water on Thursdays & Sundays. Help us conserve Lake Travis. Learn more at WaterIQ.org. The WATER IQ logo is a licensed service mark of the Texas Water Development Board.

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Westside at Buttercup Creek Westside at Buttercup Creek HOA Pool Rules EMERGENCIES In case of emergency make two telephone calls: 1.) 911 for emergency medical assistance. 2.) Contact Goodwin Management, Inc. at 852-7998 and report the incident. Fecal contamination is a health emergency. Notify a lifeguard immediately. If a lifeguard is not present, call Goodwin Management, Inc. immediately at 852-7998 and report the incident. Everyone should leave the water until instructed to return. FOR NON-EMERGENCY POLICE Call: 259-3600 Ext 0 ENTRY • Swim at your own risk. Management and members are not responsible for accidents. • Members must use their own key tags to enter the pool enclosure. • Children under the age of 14 must be

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accompanied by someone age 16 or older. • Pool gate is to be kept closed at all times. Alarm will sound if gate is left open. • All guests (non-members of the HOA) must be accompanied at all times by a member of the HOA REGULATIONS Lifeguards and board members shall enforce pool rules. • Swimmers must obey the commands of the lifeguards and board members. • No smoking in the pool area. • No alcohol in the pool area. • No running within the pool enclosure. • No diving or somersaults allowed from the edge of the pool. • Dangerous, unreasonable, threatening, or offensive behavior is prohibited. • No pets, bicycles, skateboard, or motorized cycles allowed in the pool enclosure. • No glass containers in the pool area.

• Lifesaving equipment is to be used for emergencies only. • Lifeguard stands are for lifeguards only. • Children not completely toilet trained must wear a swim diaper. • Children who require a floatation device must stay within arm’s reach of someone at least 16 years of age. • The baby pool at Lakeline Pool is for babies and caregivers and not intended for school age children. • Loud music is not allowed. • Members are responsible for cleaning up after themselves. • HOA pools are intended for resident enjoyment, and may not be used by any resident for commercial gain (i.e. private swim lessons, vending, etc). • Pool furniture is not to be removed or placed in pool. CONSEQUENCES

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Westside at Buttercup Creek Pool Rules - (Continued from Page 4) • A lifeguard or board member may order a swimmer to take a time out for an infraction of the rules. • If the infraction of the pool rules is serious, a lifeguard or board member may order a person to leave the pool enclosure. • If a lifeguard or board member’s order to leave the pool enclosure is disobeyed, lifeguards and board members have instructions to call the Cedar Park Police. If police are required to remove an offender, an official complaint will be signed. NOTICE • After extended rain, lifeguards may not be present for the entire standard lifeguard hours. • The lock and security system has the capacity to perform audit traces of which key tags have tagged in and tagged out of pool gates. The system also provides security camera surveillance.

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Westside at Buttercup Creek Is Your Baby Sleeping Safely? by Robin Dwyer RN I have lived in the Canyon Creek subdivision in Austin since 1994. When I moved in the neighborhood, I had a five year old daughter and had another daughter soon after. The neighborhood at that time was fairly new with a lot of young families with small children. I was seemingly unaware of the dangers of sleeping with my children in an adult bed or the dangers of my child sleeping in a crib with beautiful bedding, stuffed animals, plush blankets and toys that we all purchase when our children are born. I wanted to write this article for the residents to help and educate in hopes of preventing tragedies that I have investigated over the last seven years as my job as an Investigator for the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office. I want mothers and fathers as well as siblings, grandparents and babysitters to be aware of the dangers of unsafe sleep environments with babies and young children. One of the most pleasurable experiences is cuddling and bonding with an infant. This article is in no way discouraging breast feeding, bonding or cuddling with your child. Babies should be placed alone on their back in a safety approved crib or bassinet for sleeping. This is the safest way for a baby to sleep to prevent accidental deaths by suffocation. Many times babies are placed in adult beds with thick comforters, pillow top bedding and many pillows. It is also not advisable to prop an infant on a couch with pillows. The

infants can fall into crevices of the couch and also spaces between a headboard/sideboard. Below are facts and figures depicting the harsh realty of what is happening in Texas and in Travis County and recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics to eliminate the risk factors and create a safe place for your baby to sleep. Every year babies die from suffocation while they sleep. In Texas, on average, a baby dies every other day while bed-sharing with an adult or another child. These figures, researched by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, are alarming and the trend is increasing. According to the Texas State Child Fatality Review Team’s 2009 Annual Report, 86% of accidental infant suffocation deaths were sleep-related, with 81% of these deaths occurring in an adult bed. Right here in Travis County, between 2008 and 2010, 43 babies suffocated in an unsafe sleep environment -- 74% died in an adult bed with 63% dying while bed-sharing. Last year 17 babies, the size of a kindergarten classroom, died of suffocation in an unsafe sleep environment. Bed-sharing is a controversial topic and some groups promote the practice for the purposes of bonding, and more frequent and extended breast feeding. Research completed by the American Academy of (Continued on Page 7)

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Westside at Buttercup Creek Is Your Baby... - (Continued from Page 6) • Use a firm crib mattress made for the crib - Crib (or bassinette), with the D - Dangers (there should not be greater than 2 fingers (soft bedding materials, stuffed toys, pillow, Pediatrics Sudden Infant Death Task Force width or 1 inch between the mattress blankets, comforters, sheepskins, bumper leads to their position that “there is growing and the crib railing). If the baby leaves pads, cords) E – Eliminated. evidence that bed-sharing, as practiced in the an indentation, then the mattress is not A good night’s sleep is a safe night’s sleep! United States and other Western countries, firm enough. is more hazardous than the infant sleeping USEFUL WEBSITES: • The mattress should be covered by a fitted on a separate sleep surface and, therefore, http://www.aap.org sheet leaving no wrinkles. recommends that infants not bed-share (American Academy of Pediatrics) during sleep. Infants may be brought into • Soft objects and loose bedding, such as http://www.cdc.gov/SIDS pillows, quilts, stuffed toys, pillow-like bed for nursing or comforting but should (Centers of Disease Control) bumper pads, sheep skins and blankets be be returned to their own crib or bassinet http://www.nichd.nih.gov/SIDS kept out of the crib. when the parent is ready to return to sleep. (National Institute of Child Health and • Continue the “Back to Sleep” campaign. The infant should not be brought into bed Human Development) Parents should tell others who care for when the parent is excessively tired or using http://www.cpsc.gov their baby of these risk factors and how medications or substances that could impair (Consumer Product Safety Commission) they want their baby to be placed to sleep. his or her alertness.” http://cribsafety.jpma.org This information is extremely important A FEW AMERICAN ACADEMY OF (Juvenile Products Manufacturers PEDIATRICS RECOMMENDATIONS: and everyone who takes care of a baby Association) • Babies should sleep in a separate safety should know the difference between a safe Please check out the Safe Sleep section approved crib or bassinette in the same and unsafe sleep environment and what to in the Safe Living section on the Travis do to make it safe for a baby to sleep. Keeping room as the parent or caregiver. BedCounty Medical Examiner’s Website babies safe during sleep is as easy as your ABC’s. sharing is not recommended. at www.co.travis.tx.us/medical_examiner Your baby should sleep….. A - Alone, on • Infants be placed on their back every Gen Prmrs_66135 _ 7.5 x 5for- Rdns Ad #1671 THIS AD CAN NOT BE EDITEDfor additional information and posters. his or her B - Back, in a safety approved C sleep (for naps and at night)

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