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TWIN CREEKS TRIBUNE

Twin Creeks March 2013

TRIBUNE

Volume 6, Issue 3

Official Publication of the Twin Creeks Homeowner's Association

TWIN CREEKS FIRE SERVICE

Save The Date As many of you are aware, in June of 2011, the contract for Fire Service between Travis County ESD 14 (ESD) and the City of Cedar Park (City) was terminated, and since that time our Fire and Emergency Service has been provided by the ESD. This has been an ongoing concern for us all due to the longer response time from the ESD. While the ESD has been able to provide these services, for the most part, very adequately, it has always been on the fore front of everyone’s mind to reinstate these services with the City as soon as possible. This task has been financially not feasible for the ESD to accomplish, however with added pressure from our community residents the City has been exploring ways to speed up the annexation process, in order to accomplish returning these services to Twin Creeks. Last fall, several of the City staff members met with representatives from our HOA to discuss the possibility of a Limited Purpose Annexation of Twin Creeks (WCID 1F and 1G). The impetus for this meeting was a desire from the neighborhood to receive City Fire and Emergency Services. A Full Purpose Annexation is not feasible due to the debt structure of the two Districts not being able to be supported by the City’s tax rate. Thus, the City has been moving forward with proposed legislation for a Limited Purpose Annexation that would simultaneously de-annex the Districts from (Continued on Page 2) Copyright © 2013 Peel, Inc.

TC Twin Creeks Community, INC. Annual Meeting Thursday, March 28 6:30 PM Upcoming mailer with deatils in advance of the meeting Key Dates:  • Sunday, April 7, 2013 –  Toros Splash and Dash (Swim/Run) • Sunday, June 9, 2013 – Toros Tri for kids (Swim/Bike/Run) – Sunday after school gets out The following links are available for immediate registration. • Splash-n-Dash:  http://www.active.com/not-specified/cedar-park-tx/toros-splashn-dash-age-5---16-only-2013 • TorosTri:  http://www.active.com/triathlon/cedar-park-tx/torostri-forkids-2013 Both events will be hosted at the TCCC. More details to come and you can check back at www.torostri.com. If you are interested in helping with the event, volunteering or sponsorship please contact us at www.torostri.com or Laura Roach at 512.921.8032. Plan on participating or cheering. It will be a fun community event. Twin Creeks Homeowner's Association Newsletter - March 2013

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS President............................................................ Tom Moody Vice-President..................................................Adam English Secretary...................................................... Christie Wieland Treasurer...........................................................Chuck Smith Assistant Secretary....................................... Brian Dougherty

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

NEWSLETTER INFO

the ESD. Should the legislation be approved, and the ultimate annexation occur, this would not only enable the City to provide Fire and Emergency Services, but also provide other City services such as police, code enforcement, animal control, street maintenance, parks and recreation, library, voting in City elections, etc. Under this Limited Purpose Annexation Twin Creeks residents would have virtually all City services and conveniences, but would not be able to run for a City elected position or vote in any City elections on bond issues or any other elections affecting the City tax rate, until a Full Purpose Annexation occurs. Under this Limited Purpose Annexation, the ad valorem tax rate of 10 cents, currently being collected by the ESD, would be assessed and collected by the WCID’s and then passed along to the City to pay for the City services. As long as the WCID debt service tax is not raised, the taxes for the WCID (including the 10 cent ESD rate) would never be more than what Twin Creeks residents are currently paying. Any annexation will have to be voluntary, and should the State Legislature pass the proposed bills allowing the de-annexation from the ESD and the annexation to the City, a petition will be circulated later this summer, with the goal to gain the necessary number of signatures in favor of the annexation. There will be future articles in the community newsletter as this process progresses.

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REALTOR® Certified Home Marketing Specialist Twin Creeks Resident Since 2003 Direct: 512-217-2695 Email: Alysson@theaustinree.com

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Of agents who listed and sold more than one home in 2012 in Twin Creeks, I earned my clients the highest sold price/sq.ft. Unequaled knowledge of the Twin Creeks sub-markets within the community Provide professional staging and photography services for all listings Agent on the top Keller Williams Team in Austin, The Austin Real Estate Experts twin creeks community stats: section ( by lot w i dt h)

price range*

homes for sale*

homes pending*

homes closed*

$/square foot*

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gardens 50’

$219-$295

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$129.09

1

park 60’

$260-$397

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0

2

$117.48

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enclave 60’

$293-$449

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4

$99.76

81

reserve 60’

$295-$453

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3

0

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bluffs 70’

$255-$390

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0

1

$93.59

186

gardens 70’

$297-$428

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0

2

$104.74

65 44

enclave 70’

$394-$412

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0

1

$113.09

canyons 80’

$419-$450

1

0

1

$99.91

73

overlook 80’-100’

$500-$552

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reserve 90’

$460-$669

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1

1

$126.18

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*All information obtained from Austin MLS Data searching 3 months prior to 2/8/13

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TWIN CREEKS NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH (TCNW) “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” wrote Benjamin Franklin. Unfortunately, he left out the inevitability of scammers using tax season to make a profit and stealing your personal information. Our tax records generally contain the most sensitive personally identifying information that you own, including social security numbers (for you, your spouse and possibly your children), addresses, employers, net worth, etc. Because of this high concentration of sensitive data, tax time is like an all-you-can-eat buffet for identity thieves. Last year, more than 80 million Americans filed their tax returns electronically. To prevent electronic identity theft, you must take the necessary steps to protect your computer, network and wireless connection.

SAFETY TIPS TO SECURE COMPUTERS • Strong alpha-numeric passwords that keep strangers out of your system • Anti-virus and anti-spyware software configured with automatic updates • Encrypted hard drives or folders (especially for your tax preparer) • Automatic operating system updates and security patches • An encrypted wireless network protection • A firewall between your computer and the internet

S A F E T Y T I P S F O R TA X T I M E S A F E PREPAREDNESS • Never leave your tax documents exposed on your desk either at your office or at home. • Any copies of tax documents that you no longer need should be shredded. A cross cut shredder is recommended by local law enforcement. • Make certain you store all tax records, documents and related material in a secure safe place. BLOCK CAPTAINS We are fortunate that so many of our residents have volunteered to serve as block captains; however, block captains are still needed for the following neighborhood streets: The Park – Beeleigh Ct., Durlston Ct., & Tattler Dr. The Bluffs – Dartford Bend The Enclave – Mingus Dr. The Gardens – Ben Doran Ct. The Overlook – Welton Cliff Dr. (2800’s and 2900’s) The Reserve – Crystal Hill, Granite Ct., Millstream & Sugar Maple Ct. If your street does not have a captain, please consider volunteering. Being a block captain is easy – simply visit your neighbors and obtain their contact information (instructions and forms are provided) and forward an occasional important email. Contact Terra Tisdale at ttisdale61@gmail.com to volunteer.

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Ready, Set, SWIM!

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Mark Stohrer, Toros Head Coach  Chris Quintero & Alyssa Phillips, Toros Assistant Coaches

Get ready to lap the competition this summer . . . Dates March 18 – April 18

Cost Benefits

$100 (TCCC members) $110 (non-members)  Get a head start on your summer league season  Improve technique in all 4 strokes

Time Monday – Thursday

 Improve starts and turns

4 days/week, 5 weeks, 20 sessions 4:00-5:00 p.m. OR 6:00-7:00 p.m. Swimmers are grouped according to age and ability

Location Twin Creeks Country Club 3201 Twin Creeks Club Drive Cedar Park, TX

Evaluation/Registration/Placement Feb 25, 26, 27, or 28 March 4, 6, 7

3:15–3:45 p.m. OR 6:00–7:00 p.m. Choose a day/time to register; come prepared to swim

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TWIN CREEKS TRIBUNE VISTA RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT GRADUATION 2013

4th Annual Spring Bazaar!

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

Home Athletics Schedule March/April 2013 DATE 3/8 3/9 3/12 3/22 3/23 3/28 3/28 3/29 3/29 4/9 4/12 4/13 4/15

SPORT SB SB BB BB BB SB BB BB SB BB SB SB BB

OPPONENT Mary Hardin-Baylor (DH) Mary Hardin-Baylor (DH) Dallas (DH) Sul Ross State Sul Ross State (DH) Texas Lutheran (DH) Mary Hardin-Baylor Mary Hardin-Baylor (DH) Texas Lutheran (DH) Trinity Hardin-Simmons (DH) Hardin-Simmons (DH) Southwestern

TIME 5:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

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@ gmail.com or Monica Hanzel 512-497-5146 or go to our Project Graduation website at vrhsprojectgraduation.com. 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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TWIN CREEKS TRIBUNE Looking for Volunteers! High School Students from 60 countries are arriving to our area this coming august and I am looking for volunteers to host them. You need to provide a bed and meals for the student. They have their own spending money and are fully insured. If you are interested in volunteering and making a dream of a teen come true please email or call.

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A Focus on Healthy Snack Ideas

By: Concentra Urgent Care March is National Nutrition Month. Celebrate by trying out some of these healthy snack ideas: • Whole grain bagel with melted low fat or non-fat cheese • Baked tortilla chips and salsa • Cereal (preferably whole-grain) and low-fat or fat free milk • Homemade trail mix of wheat or bran Chex or cheerios, pretzels, raisins, and nuts • Whole wheat toast with butter or margarine and jam • Baby carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, or celery and yogurt-based dip • Fruit, including fresh, frozen, canned, or ready-to-eat fruit, such as apples peeled and sliced, oranges cut into sections, cantaloupe and pineapple in bite-sized cubes, or fruit salad • Fruit shake or smoothie made with frozen fruit and a cup of fat free or low-fat milk or yogurt • Vegetable soup • Bean burritos or burrito bites containing canned, fat-free refried beans, low-fat cheese, and salsa on a tortilla – roll up and cut into bite-sized pieces • Tortilla roll-ups: spread chicken breast strips, salsa, and lettuce on a tortilla. Roll up and cut into bite-sized pieces. Or, leave out the tortilla and roll up the chicken and salsa in the lettuce • Yogurt, alone, or as a dip or topping for fresh fruit • Layer fruit, yogurt and grape-nuts in a glass for a parfait • Nuts • Peanut butter on graham crackers • Peanut butter on sliced apple or celery • Milkshake made with nonfat or low-fat frozen yogurt • Sugar-free pudding or Jello cup • Oatmeal raisin or peanut butter cookies and fat free or low-fat milk • Zucchini or pumpkin bread For more information about healthy snacks and diets, contact your • Low fat Cottage cheese and fruit health care provider, your Concentra health specialist, or visit the • Turkey sandwich on wheat bread Department of Health and Human Services at: http://www.health. • Granola or cereal bar gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2005/recommendations.htm

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TWIN CREEKS TRIBUNE Crime Prevention For Your Home DOORS & WINDOWS • All exterior doors should be solid core or of metal construction. • All entry doors should be equipped with a good quality deadbolt lock having a minimum of a one inch throw. • A good quality double cylinder deadbolt lock should be used if there is glass within 40 inches of the lock. If using such a lock, be certain a key is readily available in case of emergency. In all cases, use a heavy duty strike plate with Number 12 gauge 3” woodscrews. • All exit doors without side hinges should have their hinges pinned. Install a peephole with at least a 180 degree viewing area. • Secure all sliding doors with an anti-lifting device and a secondary locking device, and install secondary locking devices on all windows.

ALARM SYSTEMS • Chose ar eputable, well established company. • Learn how to use your alarms system properly to reduce false alarms (fines can be assessed for false alarms). • Do not write your alarm code/password on or near the alarm keypad. Put a warning sign on windows and entrances. • Be certain your alarm call-back list is up-to-date. • Additional Information • Acknowledge all callers through locked doors and/or your peephole. • Keep doors, windows and garage doors closed and locked, even when you’re at home. Draw all curtains and shades at night to prevent viewing from the street. EXTERIOR & LANDSCAPE • When traveling, keep your home looking lived-in by having the • Install lighting in areas around doors, walkway, and driveways. grass cut, mail and newspapers picked up and lights turned on and off with at imer. • Use inexpensive timers to automatically turn the lights on and off at dusk and dawn. Do not leave ladders or tools outside. They • Before moving into a new house, re-key or change all exterior locks and also change the code to your garage opener. cana ssist someone in gaining entry. • Be certain your shrubs/trees do not hide your address & it is visible • Engrave valuables with your Texas driver license (preceded by the letters “TX”). Engravers are inexpensive and are available in so if necessary, emergency personnel can find your home quickly. hardware departments. Prmrs_66435 _- Rdns Gen Ad #1803 -THIS AD CAN NOT BE EDITED- 7.5 x 5

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TWIN CREEKS REAL ESTATE UP# Homes for Sale (Active) # Homes Contract Pending Average List Price Average List $/ Sq. Ft. Average Sold Price Average Sold $/ Sq. Ft. Active Days on Market Sold Days on Market

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Two Story 8 5 $453,101 $112.51 $417,378 $112.82 67 66

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