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BELLA VISTA March 2013


Official Publication of the Bella Vista Homeowners Association

BOARD REPORT You may have seen in the Feb 5th edition of the Austin Statesman the City of Cedar Park’s Notice of Intent regarding the voluntary annexation of Bella Vista. The City of Cedar Park is proposing voluntary limited purpose annexation of the Twin Creeks and Bella Vista neighborhoods which would be submitted through bracketed legislation in the 83rd Regular Session with cooperation from the Travis County Emergency Services District 14. A timeline for the efforts has been discussed with the Bella Vista board and if the legislation passes, the annexation could become effective December 2013. The benefits of the proposed annexation will be to receive City services such as Fire, Police, Code, Animal Control, Street Maintenance, and Parks & Recreation. The Bella Vista board is working through the details with the City regarding the impact on our tax rate and the future roles of the MUD and HOA.  If you have any questions regarding the proposed annexation please contact any of the Board members. We will provide more details in future editions and at the annual meeting in May. Please review the enclosed draft policy regarding Home Based Businesses and provide any input to the Board. Monthly Board meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month and a notice will be posted on the Bella Vista website with the location at least 3 days before the meeting. If you would like to receive an email of the meeting notice, please register on the Bella Vista website under “email bulletins.” Sincerely, Bella Vista HOA Board of Directors

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Bella Vista Permitted Home Based Business Policy 1. P rofessional, Business and Commercial Activities Prohibited. The Master Restrictions for the Association prohibit an Owner and/or an Occupant (“Resident”) from conducting any professional, business or commercial activity to which the general public is invited from or in the Resident’s home. Therefore, the Board has determined that a Resident may conduct a “permitted” home based business, which shall not be considered to be in violation of the Master Restrictions, if the Resident complies with the following rules as described below: • The operation of the home based business shall be consistent with residential character of the (Continued on Page 2)

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IMPORTANT CONTACTS President, Veronica Frederick............ Vice President, John Director, Steve Bosak ………………… Treasurer, James Smith……………… Secretary, Jeremie Gordon.............

HOA MANAGEMENT RealManage Resident Services (pool, issues, etc.) 1-866-473-2573.................................. Association Manager: Bill Brooks RealManage, 10800 Pecan Park Boulevard, Suite 100, Austin, Texas 78750, P: 512-219-1927

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neighborhood, Home based businesses wherein customers routinely conduct business at the Resident’s home are prohibited. • Home based businesses requiring daily direct customer interaction must utilize alternate facilities for such business transactions, excluding one-time events such as Tupperware™, Mary Kay™ or other promotional parties. • No “direct selling” of merchandise shall occur on the premises. “Direct selling” is the wholesale, retail sale, and/or transfer or delivery of merchandise directly to a customer or customer’s agent for a business operation from Resident’s home. • “Direct Marketing” is permitted, which is the wholesale, retail sale and/or transfer or delivery of merchandise directly to a customer or customer’s agent for a business operation away from the Resident’s home and outside of Bella Vista. • Resident is responsible for obtaining all the necessary permissions, licenses, and insurance related to the home based business. • The home based business is required to comply with and is subject to inspection by the appropriate city, county, state or federal agency, office or department for compliance with applicable laws, codes, regulations and requirements, including but not limited to applicable provisions of Section 11.04.006 of the City of Cedar Park Code of Ordinances zoning regulations governing customary home occupations. • The home based business must be conducted entirely within Resident’s home or garage. No equipment or materials associated with the home based business shall be displayed or stored where visible from anywhere off the premises. • Indoor storage of materials or products associated with the home based business shall not exceed 1,000 cubic feet for the entire premises, or any more restrictive limitations imposed by Building and Housing Codes or the County Health Department. • The residential character of the Lot and home must be maintained. Neither the interior nor the exterior of the home shall be structurally altered so as to require compliance with nonresidential construction codes and no additional buildings shall be added to


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The 15th Annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk will fetch even more Guinness World Records to add to the three already won, the most recent for “Biggest Fur Ball” in 2012 at a whopping 201 lbs. Your dog’s tail will wag, Saturday, March 23, 2013 at world record attempts for “Most Dogs Eating the Same Treat”, “Most Dogs Wearing the Same Bandana”, “Most Dogs Wagging Their Tails at the Same Time” and other worldwide canine accomplishments. Participating pooches will enjoy the latest in dog food samples, advice from top veterinarians, games of canine skill and even a doggie psychic, all at Austin’s favorite outdoor venue, Auditorium Shores on the banks of beautiful Lady Bird Johnson Lake.Each dog takes home a gold medal and a collector’s Mauro Garza t-shirt for his favorite human. 100% of the proceeds benefit Texas Hearing and Service Dogs celebrating its 25th anniversary of transforming shelter dogs into assistants for disabled individuals free of charge. Take advantage of early bird discounts by registering online at

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Bella Vista BARKING DOGS A neighbor’s barking dog can strain the nerves. If you work from you hear the neighbor’s barking dog. home, or if the dog barks relentlessly through the night, it can make When the neighbor is friendly, simply visit them when they are home seem like a place where rest or peace are seldom an option. home and express how the barking dog makes it impossible for There is about as much advice on how to quiet a neighbor’s barking you to live peaceably in your home. Especially when the dog barks dog as there are barking dogs in the world. Since some neighbors incessantly, or barks every time you enter your yard, you might want may respond hostilely to your suggestion that they quiet their dogs, to record a few minutes and emphasize that this is what you hear all you may need to approach the situation in a more passive and day and/or all night. Offer them the list of resources and ask them friendly manner. nicely to remedy the problem; do not swear, become aggressive Take stock of what you know about your neighbor. If he or she or threatening. The goal of first contact is to establish a friendly is the friendly sort, a direct approach may work best. Sometimes conversation. If you can, enlist the help of another neighbor who is the neighbor is unaware of the problem, especially if the dog is left also bothered by the noise, the results may be more positive. outside when the neighbor is at work or out of town. Gather up If you feel the neighbor is unsafe to approach, or if they do not some information to help the neighbor out. There are a variety of comply with your request to remedy the situation, you have a few collars, shock collars, and citronella collars (for the neighbor who options. For the unapproachable neighbor, consider leaving an thinks shock collars are cruel, or if you think they are), which will anonymous note requesting the owners do what they can to keep help teach the dog not to bark. As a gesture of friendliness, offer their dogs quiet. Include a list of resources/solutions so the neighbor to provide such a collar, if you think the neighbor won’t buy one. has ways to solve the problem. Also get a list of dog trainers in the area that specialize in teaching If the problem has not been remedied after a couple of weeks you dogs not to bark. Don’t forget to recommend crating dogs indoors, can approach the neighbor again with a log and a recording of the Prmrs_66435 Gencan Adminimize #1803 -THIS AD CAN NOT BE EDITED- 7.5 x 5 if they are left outside_-allRdns day. This the degree to which (Continued on Page 5)

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Bella Vista Barking Dogs (Continued from Page 4) dog barking to conform that the problem still exists. You can also try a few things to stop the dog yourself: a) blow an inaudible dog whistle; b) find out the dog’s name and call out to it to be quiet then praise it when it is quiet; c) install an inaudible anti-barking device in your yard; and d) finally, you can sue in small claims court, though this may be a hassle. Usually the path of least resistance is best and consider helping the owner pay for anything to help quiet the dog which may be the quickest way to solve the problem.

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The challenge is to fill every row across, every column down, and every 3x3 box with the digits 1 through 9. Each 1 through 9 digit must appear only once in each row across, each column down, and each 3x3 box.


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Easter, Mother’s Day and Graduation Day are just around the corner! Please join us for some springtime shopping When: Saturday, March 23th, 2013 10:00AM-4:00PM Where: Vista Ridge HS Cafeteria, 200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd, Cedar Park We will also feature a Vendors Raffle Basket, Silent Auction, Bake Sale and Concessions. Check out the Silent Auction at the Vista Ridge Project Graduation Facebook Page Interested vendors please contact us at vhspgspringbazaar2013@ or Monica Hanzel 512-497-5146 or go to our Project Graduation website at APPROVAL OF THIS ORGANIZATION AND ITS ACTIVITIES ARE IN NO WAY AN ENDORSEMENT BY OR SPONSORED BY LEANDER INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

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