News

December 8, 2017

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Monday, December 11, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

November 27, 2017

Contested Case Hearing for Dripping Springs' Discharge Permit

The Hays Trinity Groundwater District will consider whether to maintain their Contested Case Hearing request to the City of Dripping Springs' Discharge Permit. The meeting will be held at 6:00pm on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Dripping Springs City Hall located at 511 Mercer St. Dripping Springs, TX.

 

HTGCD recently declined to proceed but they are now reconsidering that decision.  They need to hear from the community. This discharge would have an effect on the quality of water in Onion Creek, the Trinity and Barton Springs aquifers and our wells, community and private.

 

You can see the agenda here.

November 15, 2017

Let us know if you wish to receive your 2018 dues invoice by email

In an effort to conserve paper, let us know if you’d like to receive this year’s dues assessment by email instead of US Mail.

 

NOTE: if you requested email billing last year, you don't need to do anything further unless you want to receive your bill via regular US Mail.

 

If you want to sign up for electronic billing, just email dues@rubyranchtx.com to let us know if you wish to receive your invoice by email. Be sure to include your name, street address, and an email address!

November 10, 2017

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

November 7, 2017

Board of Directors Nominations

It's that time of year...we are looking for residents who would like to serve our community. We have three Board seats open for the 2018 Elections and are looking for nominations. Please fill out this form or contact a Board member if you are interested!

October 14, 2017

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

September 30, 2017

Central Texas emergency alerts

The link below will take you to the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) regional notification system registration, a service of Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis, and Williamson Counties. Using this system, emergency responders in your neighborhood can send hyper-local messages to you neighborhood, street or block. 

 

www.WarnCentralTexas.org is a quick, easy way to get emergency information where you live, work or play in our CAPCOG region. These emergency alerts are a separate system from federal alerts that automatically come to your phone. 

 

As seen during Hurricane Harvey, natural disasters and other life changing emergencies can happen very quickly, and it’s important to have as much information available, as quickly as possible, to make decisions to keep you, your family and the community safe. 

 

This September, in observance of National Preparedness Month, we are asking all residents to take an active step toward contributing to a disaster ready regional community. Please sign up to get emergency and evacuation alerts in your neighborhood, directly from your local first responders, by phone, text or email. Simply sign up at www.WarnCentralTexas.org – “Get Alerts”. 

 

All jurisdictions in the 10-county region can use the system to share critical emergency information with residents for events, such as: 

• Homes evacuations from floods, wildfires or public health threats 

• Shelter-in-place information during a law enforcement or public health incident 

• Boil water notices or prolonged power outages 

• Options to receive general, non-emergency community messages 

 

It is important to note that newer model cell phones all receive notification from the federal government, such as Amber Alerts. WarnCentralTexas.org is a separate system, and critical tool for local first responders to reach you during an emergency.

 

While you’re in the system, consider registering your spouse or other family members. Additionally, we encourage you to share this link with neighbors, friends, and colleagues so they can be warned about emergencies. 

 

Thank you in advance for participating in an effort to ensure our Central Texas community is informed and prepared to survive and recover from any emergency event.

September 28, 2017

September 2017 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

September 8, 2017

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

August 22, 2017

August 2017 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

August 3, 2017

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Monday, August 7, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

July 25, 2017

July 2017 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

July 7, 2017

Hays County Reinstates Burn Ban July 7 for Unincorporated Areas of the County

Hays County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., has reinstated the burn ban for unincorporated areas of Hays County effective immediately.

 

After consultation with Hays County Fire Marshal Clint Browning, the decision was made based on continuing windy conditions and low humidity throughout much of the county. The number of grass fires and house fires has risen throughout the county, and chances for area-wide rain are slim. 

 

Grills with lids are allowed to be used during a burn ban, but burn barrels, even with lids, are banned.  Burn Ban violators can face a fine of up to $500.

July 7, 2017

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

June 17, 2017

Crack Sealing and Seal Coating begins next week

Beginning Monday, June 19th, various roads throughout Ruby Ranch will be crack sealed. In addition, Armstrong Cove, Creekside Drive, East Bartlett Drive, Humphreys Drive, and Richards Drive will be seal coated.

 

Here is the schedule:

1. Monday June 19th: All Crack Seal (no road closures-100% access for residents all day)

2. Tuesday June 20th: Phase 1 Seal Coat BLUE SECTIONS (half of all project roads will be sealed and closed for 24 hours)

3. Thursday June 22nd: Phase 2 Seal Coat RED SECTIONS (second half of all project roads will be sealed and closed for 24 hours)

4. Monday June 26th: Phase 3 Seal Coat: (intersection and cross-overs will be sealed)

 

Streets will be partially closed for seal coating per color coded schedule seen on the maps shown below. Sealcoat is a wet oil-like substance that will damage cars and tires if driven on while wet. Although it only takes 3 hours to dry to the touch, sealcoat must remain free from traffic for a minimum of 24 hours after application to fully cure.

 

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THE FOLLOWING:

* The spraying of sealcoat will take place on the first day of closure for each section. It may remain closed the second day for cure. Though you may not see any activity on the second day, DO NOT move barricades or cones.

* Please use extreme caution and yield to traffic as half the street will be shut down at a time. Utilize the shoulders to allow each other to pass.

* If the section of street in front of your home is scheduled to be closed, your vehicle must be taken out by 8am on the first day of work. Any vehicles not taken out once the section has been barricaded must not be taken out throughout the duration of the work.

* Please DO NOT park along the other half of the street as that half of the road and shoulder will be needed for 2 way traffic.

* Please keep pets and children indoors and off of the pavement during each sections closures dates.

* Please refrain from washing, watering, or turning on sprinklers during your sections work days or the night prior.

* Please bring trash bins on the opposite side of the street if your side of the street is closed.

* Please make any necessary arrangements for deliveries, services, etc. as they will not have access.

 

Any resident that does not follow instructions and drives through wet sealer will be charged for repairing those areas as well as any costs to remove sealer from driveways and other concrete. Any resident who moves barricdes, cones, or flagging will be charged for repairs arising out of damage done by others driving in.

 

June 8, 2017

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Monday, June 12, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

June 5, 2017

June 2017 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

May 22, 2017

Road work tomorrow

Road work is scheduled tomorrow, weather dependent.

 

Review this map for roads affected.

May 11, 2017

Road Work next week

Road work is scheduled in Ruby Ranch for mid to late next week, weather dependent.

 

Review this map for roads affected.

May 5, 2017

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

April 28, 2017

Reminder: Gate codes changing on May 2

The Gate Codes for all sections will be changed on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.  Login to your Ruby Ranch Account to see the entry code for your area.

 

To login to your account:

1. Go to: rubyranchtx.com

2. Click on the large button titled "Account Login”

3. Enter your account email and password and click on Submit

4. Follow the red instructions if you’ve never setup an account or forgot your password

 

Reminder: The Member Gate Codes AND the Service Companies Gate Codes will be changing.

 

Your "clicker" will not be affected and will still work as before. Note that in an earlier post, the date was incorrect. The correct date is May 2

April 24, 2017

Gate codes changing on May 1

The Gate Codes for all sections will be changed on Monday, May 1, 2017.  Login to your Ruby Ranch Account to see the entry code for your area.

 

To login to your account:

1. Go to: rubyranchtx.com

2. Click on the large button titled "Account Login”

3. Enter your account email and password and click on Submit

4. Follow the red instructions if you’ve never setup an account or forgot your password

 

Note: The Member Gate Codes AND the Service Companies Gate Codes will be changing.

 

Your "clicker" will not be affected and will still work as before.

April 8, 2017

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

April 8, 2017

Architectural Control Committee

As you may have read in the March meeting minutes, Kevin Ritchie has resigned from the ACC. We want to first and foremost thank Kevin for his hard work on the ACC for 6 years. The ACC and board positions are entirely voluntary and Kevin has put in a huge amount of work on the ACC over those 6 years. Thank you Kevin!

 

We also want to announce that we'll be discussing filling Kevin's position on the ACC in the April board meeting on April 12th. Per our bylaws, positions on the ACC are appointed by the Board of Directors. One person has already volunteered, but if anyone else wishes to help out and serve on the ACC, we'd love to have you join us at the April meeting.

April 5, 2017

Hays quarry blasting

Hays Quarry will be blasting today, April 5th, weather permitting

April 4, 2017

Upcoming Board of Directors meeting

The next regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting set for April 11 has been moved to April 12 due to scheduling conflicts. The meeting Agenda will be posted when it is available.

March 28, 2017

March 2017 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

March 20, 2017

URGENT--Just in case you haven't seen

From Martha Anderson--

 

See agenda item #32: 

http://www.co.hays.tx.us/SharedFiles/Download.aspx?pageid=75&mid=77&fileid=7329

 

Disappointing to see the commissioners court considering supporting the city of Dripping Springs wastewater expansion plan and discharge permit application.  This action is premature considering all of the questions that have not been answered.

 

Please contact Mark Jones and express concern.  Also if possible attend the Commissioners Court meeting on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the Hays County Courthouse, Room 301, San Marcos.  The public will have an opportunity to speak on this issue.

 

The draft permit, as currently issue by TCEQ, is harmful to human health if the effluent gets into our drinking water (no limit on total Nitrogen which can cause illness and fatalities). EPA objections remain unanswered. Dripping Springs has ignored the scientific report warning about threats to ground water.

 

Please share with board members and community.

March 16, 2017

Centex blasting today

Centex will be blasting today, Thursday, March 16, weather permitting.

March 10, 2017

Hays quarry blasting

Hays Quarry will be blasting today, March 10th, weather permitting

March 8, 2017

Upcoming quarry blasting

Centex will be blasting tomorrow, March 9th, weather permitting

March 3, 2017

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

March 1, 2017

Reminder about dues

First of all, thank you to everyone that has paid their dues on-time this year. It saves us all a great deal of time, so thanks again to everyone that's already paid.

 

I wanted to take a moment and send everyone a brief reminder about the 2017 dues. Sometimes our mail service here is spotty as we all know, so if you did not receive and pay your 2017 dues invoice which was mailed out in December, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can help you get that taken care of.  Your volunteer board spends a good deal of time reviewing past due accounts so anything you can do to get that paid sooner helps us all out! If you're unsure if we received your dues payment, or if you don't know your account balance, you can check on the website or email us.

 

Link to check on your account dues: http://rubyranchtx.com/my-account.html

 

If you don't know your password, there is a forgotten password link on the bottom of that web page. If that doesn't work or you do not know your email address, please email us at dues@rubyranchtx.com and we will either tell you your account balance and/or help you get logged into your account.

 

If you'd prefer to speak on the phone, you can also call me at 512-553-2133 or call Bookkeeping at 512-295-9708

 

If you are having difficulty paying your dues, please contact us and let us know. We can also help you with a payment plan.

 

As a reminder, checks can be made payable to Ruby Ranch Homeowner's Association and mailed to P.O. Box 71, Buda, TX 78610

 

Regards,

 

David Fletcher

Treasurer

Ruby Ranch HOA

512-553-2133

February 28, 2017

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service asks EPA to consider No-Discharge for Dripping Springs

See the Press Release from Protect Our Water here. And the USFW Letter can be seen here.

February 27, 2017

Upcoming quarry blasting

Hays Quarry will be blasting today, February 27th, weather permitting

 

Centex will be blasting tomorrow, February 28th, weather permitting

February 27, 2017

February 2017 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

February 21, 2017

Centex blasting this week

Centex will be blasting on Thursday, February 23

February 14, 2017

Drone video of the construction of SH 45 SW

Thank you HOA of Shady Hollow for this drone video of the construction of SH 45 SW

 

Click on this link to see the video on their home page: http://www.shadyhollow.org/

February 14, 2017

Board Member election results

Final Board Member election results are as follows:

 

Cristi Rawlings: 105 votes

Patrick Anderson: 89 votes

Robert Lee: 54 votes

Jack McCord: 45 votes

Wafa Rivera: 4 votes

Julie Griffin: 1 vote

 

A quorum has been achieved.

February 13, 2017

Reminder: Annual Meeting tonight

The Ruby Ranch Homeowners Association Annual Meeting is tonight, Monday, February 13 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Ruby Ranch Lodge, 292 East Bartlett. See a map here.  There will be much information presented as well as Board elections. Please attend! And, if you have not voted yet and cannot make the meeting, please click here to register and vote . If you need your registration code, email your name and address to contact@rubyranchtx.com

 

You may view the meeting agenda here.

January 22, 2017

New HOA Board of Directors candidate

Patrick Anderson wishes to be considered as a candidate for upcoming Board of Directors election. If you wish, you may vote for him through the HOA Voting site or write his name in on your absentee ballot or write his name in on the regular ballot during the Annual Meeting. Following is his bio:

 

Hello neighbors, this is Patrick Anderson and I have decided to run as a "Write In Candidate" for one of the Ruby Ranch 2017-2019 HOA Board Member positions. My wife and I, along with our two children moved to the Buda area in September 1999 and then moved to Ruby Ranch in October 2002, where we raised our son, 22, and daughter, 21, within our community. I am proud to say both are currently in college.

 

I am 49 years old and an Austin area native, spending most of my life in the Austin area, with the exception of part of my military and current career. I have experience in construction, project management, a variety of technical fields maintenance and engineering, and technical/facilities management. I am an Air Force and Texas Air National Guard Veteran serving from 1986-1993. From 1992-present I have worked for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an electronic technician/engineer, project manager, and currently Technical Operations Manager at Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA). As a Technical Operations Manager, I am responsible for overseeing all technical/facilities maintenance, projects, and property management for the FAA at ABIA.

 

I have attended almost every annual HOA meeting since we have lived here. Spoke up in some, however, mostly listened in the rest. Regardless of my position or views in the past, I want to give a big "shout out" and thank you to every person who has given their personal time to our community by serving on the HOA board.

 

When it comes to the HOA position, I believe in full transparency and I have the mindset that you can please most of the people all of the time, however, not all of the people all of the time. I have a sense of humor, but when it comes to business, I am a no nonsense kind of guy and would assume tell you straight up my opinion on matters, then to beat around the bush. I am not in favor of raising any dues unless it is an absolute necessity to maintain our neighborhood, and will help make decisions with a common-sense approach. I am in favor of maintaining an ACC within the guidelines of our current deed restrictions, so we maintain the value of our properties with the mindset that residents want to use the property they bought. Not to be rude, I look at it as such; if you didn't want restrictions, you should have bought somewhere else. When appropriate, I will always take into account the majority of the neighborhood, even if I had to go door-to-door to get the answers. I will be happy to publicly answer any questions you may have for me, in person or on the Nextdoor App. I have no reason to hide any personal thoughts, ideas, or philosophies when it comes to "our" community.

 

Thank you for your time and I ask for your vote. Patrick

January 20, 2017

January 2017 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

January 16, 2017

2017 Board Election candidate withdraws

Two candidates for Board of Directors, Danny Spears and Julie Griffin, have withdrawn their names from the election. As the absentee ballots had already been mailed out prior to their withdraw, their names will still appear on these ballots. However, they will not serve on the Board if elected.

January 14, 2017

2017 Annual Meeting Announcement

The Ruby Ranch Homeowner’s Association will hold its 2017 Annual Meeting on Monday, February 13, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Ruby Ranch Lodge, 292 West Bartlett, Buda, Texas 78610. See a map here.

 

YOU MUST TAKE ACTION. Your property MUST have action registered to it for our Annual Meeting to make Quorum as per the RR HOA bylaws. You may VOTE ONLINE OR mail in an ABSENTEE BALLOT OR you may fill out the PROXY.

 

Should you NOT wish to vote for anyone or to assign your rights by proxy, you MUST fill out your information on the “ballot” (either online or the absentee ballot) and leave the vote blank TO COUNT TOWARDS THE QUORUM ONLY.

 

You may VOTE ONLINE by clicking here. NOTE: the ONLINE voting opens on January 16 and closes at noon on February 13. The voting system changed this year, so those wanting to vote will need to re-register. You’ll need the Registration Code that is on your dues invoice. You can also get this code by emailing contact@rubyranchtx.com

 

Forms, click to view and print:

1. Proxy form

2. Absentee Ballot

January 5, 2017

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Monday, January 9, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

December 26, 2016

Board of Directors Nominations

It's that time of year...we are looking for residents who would like to serve our community. We have two Board seats open for the 2017 Elections and are looking for nominations. Please fill out this form or contact a Board member if you are interested!

December 16, 2016

December 2016 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

December 9, 2016

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

December 3, 2016

Let us know if you wish to receive your 2017 dues invoice by email

In an effort to conserve paper, let us know if you’d like to receive this year’s dues assessment by email instead of US Mail. NOTE: if you requested email billing last year, you don't need to do anything further unless you want to receive your bill via regular US Mail. If we don't hear from you, expect a bill in your email this month.

 

If you want to sign up for electronic billing, just email dues@rubyranchtx.com to let us know if you wish to receive your invoice by email. Be sure to include your name, street address, and an email address!

November 29, 2016

Burn ban issued for Hays Co.

A burn ban has just been issued for Hays County

November 22, 2016

Road Work

A road crew will be in the neighborhood, Tuesday and Wednesday (weather dependent), doing edge repair work. 

 

They will start on Ruby Ranch Road. 

 

Please drive carefully

November 11, 2016

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

October 13, 2016

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Monday, October 17, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

September 27, 2016

Road work schedule update

Sealcoating work is now scheduled to begin tomorrow, weather dependent. The phasing order will remain the same as was previously shown on the map. Dates just slide back two days.

 

Review the map posted here for other basic info.

 

There will not be an additional map published. Just slide processes two days forward

September 26, 2016

September 2016 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

September 23, 2016

Seal Coating next week

The road crew will be out performing warranty work on the Sealcoating from 9/26/16-9/30/2016.

 

Roads affected will be:

Ruby Ranch from 967 to the 2nd culvert

Ruby Ranch from W Bartlett to Labenski

W Bartlett from Labenski to Story

Story Rd (all)

Will Banks (all)

 

You can see a map of the affected areas by clicking here.

September 22, 2016

Road Crew Crack Sealing today

Crack sealing will be occurring at various areas around the neighborhood today. Please drive carefully

September 9, 2016

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

July 29, 2016

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

July 28, 2016

Buda Dog Park Grand Opening - Aug. 13, 2016

The Grand Opening for Buda’s New Dog Park at Buda Sportsplex is just weeks away -- Aug. 13, 2016, 9:00 a.m. at Buda Sportsplex

 

DOG PARK AMENITIES

* Large Dog Area - A-Frame, Dog Walk Ramp, Hound Hoops, Adjustable Tire Ramp, Tri-level Jump, and Bow Wow Barrel.

* Small Dog Area – Wait Table, Teeter Totter, Agility Walk, Hound Hurdles, Adjustable Jump Bars, and Bow Wow Barrel.

* Other Amenities – 8 trees (2-3” diameter), Shade canopy (2), Pet and Person drinking fountain (2), Pet waste stations, and bench with back (2).

 

Large boulders will be placed inside the dog park area to provide additional seating and another play activity for dogs. The City will provide the boulders that are already located at Buda Sportsplex.

 

For Additional Questions, contact Parks and Recreation at 512-295-7170

July 19, 2016

July 2016 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

July 19, 2016

Burn ban issued for Hays Co.

The Hays County has issued a burn ban for all unincorporated areas of the county effective immediately. Charcoal, wood and gas grills with lids will not be affected by the ban, but burning in “burn barrels” is not allowed.

 

Grilling is strictly prohibited at Hays County Parks. Most cities already prohibit outdoor burning, but residents are urged to check city ordinances to avoid fines.

 

“The area fire chiefs and I agree that we’ve seen enough fire activity to make outdoor burning a concern,” Hays County Fire Marshal Clint Browning said. “We are getting closer to the 575 mark on the drought index and expect that we will hit it next week since chances of rain appear almost non-existent.”

 

Authorities recommend residents to keep a water source close when grilling outside, and never leave a grill unattended by an adult until it is properly extinguished.

July 6, 2016

Water Quality/ Onion Creek

From Martha Anderson:

 

Neighbors,

 

The best action we can take now is to show Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District that this is a very serious issue and get the support of this board!! Come to the following meeting. It is extremely important.

 

Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District SPECIAL MEETING

Thursday, July 7

6:00pm

Dripping Springs City Hall

511 Mercer Street

Dripping Springs

 

The only item on the agenda is the City of Dripping Springs Treatment Plant and the city's permit with TCEQ....

 

June 24, 2016

Buda's Annual Report

Although Ruby Ranch is not in the city limits, there is a lot of interesting information in this report. Click here to see Buda's Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.

June 20, 2016

June 2016 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

June 14, 2016

Red, White & Buda - July 4th

June 12, 2016

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

May 24, 2016

Road Work today

The road crew will be out this am striping Ruby Ranch Road and reprinting the stop bars affected by the last round of Sealcoating.

 

Please drive carefully and comply with crew instructions.

May 24, 2016

The Zika Virus: What You Need to Know

From Buda's public information officer David Marino: With concerns over the Zika virus nationwide, we wanted to put out some helpful information for you. This is what you need to know about the Zika virus, mosquito prevention, etc. There are no reported cases of the Zika Virus in Hays County. Click here to see the information.

May 13, 2016

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

May 10, 2016

Sealcoating update

Thanks to all for working through the inconvenience of having a lane closed.

 

The crew will be removing the cones and barricades this afternoon and both lanes of travel will be open.

 

Weather permitting we will close the inbound lane of Ruby Ranch Road (967 to Bartlett) Wednesday am for the Sealcoating to be applied.

 

Those who live on the inbound side of the road will need to have their vehicles parked elsewhere by 8am Wednesday until the barricades and cones are removed on Thursday afternoon.

 

Please continue to drive carefully and courteously.

May 2, 2016

Ruby Ranch Road sealcoating delayed

Due to weather Ruby Ranch Road Sealcoating has been delayed until next Monday.

April 29, 2016

Gate codes changing on Monday

The Member Gate Codes for all sections will be changed on Monday, May 2, 2016. Login to your Ruby Ranch Account to see the entry code for your area.

 

To login to your account:

1. Go to: http://rubyranchtx.com

2. Click on the large button titled "Account Login"

3. Enter your account email and password and click on Submit

4. Follow the red instructions if you’ve never setup an account or forgot your password

 

Note: only the Member Gate Codes will be changed, NOT the Service Companies Gate Codes.

 

Your "clicker" will not be affected and will still work as before.

 

April 27, 2016

Scheduled road work to occur on Ruby Ranch Road

Weather permitting the road crew will be sealcoating Ruby Ranch Road from 967 to E Bartlett next week. The outbound lane is scheduled to begin on Monday. The inbound lane is scheduled for Wednesday. Each lane has a second day for drying time attributed to it. 

When your side of the road is scheduled for sealcoating and/or drying time you will need to park on the opposite side of the street for the day of application until the following evening. 

Cross streets will always have access houses down those streets. 

Please drive carefully and courteously. When cars are going to meet head on within the open lane, the car who is in their natural lane should pull over on the shoulder to let the other car pass. 

Pay particular attention at the entrance to Ruby Ranch since we will be pinched down there as well.

 

See the map here.

 

April 25, 2016

Seal Coating starts this week

Weather permitting, several roads within Ruby Ranch will receive seal coat treatment beginning today, Monday, April 25. The roads affected this week will be Montgomery, Walter, Matzig and Clark Cove. Ruby Ranch Road will be done next week if weather cooperates.

 

Streets will be partially closed for sealcoating per color coded schedule seen here. Note that starting dates on the map are incorrect due to recent rainfall-caused delays. Sealcoat is a wet oil-like substance that will damage cars and tires if driven on while wet. Although it only takes 3 hours to dry to the touch, sealcoat must remain free from traffic for a minimum of 24 hours after application to fully cure.

 

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THE FOLLOWING:

* The spraying of sealcoat will take place on the first day of closure for each section. It will remain closed the second day for cure. Though you may not see any activity on the second day, DO NOT move barricades or cones.

* Please use extreme caution and yield to traffic as half the street will be shut down at a time. Utilize the shoulders to allow each other to pass.

* If the section of street in front of your home is scheduled to be closed, your vehicle must be taken out by 8am on the first day of work. Any vehicles not taken out once the section has been barricaded must not be taken out throughout the duration of the work.

* Please DO NOT park along the other half of the street as that half of the road and shoulder will be needed for 2 way traffic.

* Please keep pets and children indoors and off of the pavement during each sections closures dates.

* Please refrain from washing, watering, or turning on sprinklers during your sections work days or the night prior.

* Please bring trash bins on the opposite side of the street if your side of the street is closed.

* Please make any necessary arrangements for deliveries, services, etc. as they will not have access.

 

Any resident that does not follow instructions and drives through wet sealer will be charged for repairing those areas as well as any costs to remove sealer from driveways and other concrete. Any resident who moves barricdes, cones, or flagging will be charged for repairs arising out of damage done by others driving in.

 

April 11, 2016

April 2016 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

April 7, 2016

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Monday, April 11, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

March 29, 2016

Quarterly Newsletter now available

Click here for Ruby Ranch HOA's quarterly newsletter. Enjoy!

March 7, 2016

March 2016 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

March 3, 2016

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

March 1, 2016

Annual Meeting Election Results

A quorum for the 2016 Annual Meeting held February 22, 2016 was achieved February 29, 2016.  This meeting will be officially adjourned at the next regularly scheduled monthly Board meeting on March 8, 2016.  Voting results are as follows:

 

Board of Directors—

David Fletcher: 107 votes

Sonny Hollub: 1 vote

David Mixon: 117 votes

Phil Mueller: 119 votes

 

Wildlife Committee—

Tim Dowling: 129 votes

Mike Hopkins: 1 vote

Chris Scallon: 103 votes

 

February 21, 2016

Reminder: Annual Meeting tonight

The Ruby Ranch Homeowners Association Annual Meeting is tonight, Monday, February 22 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Ruby Ranch Lodge, 292 East Bartlett. See a map here.  There will be much information presented as well as Board and Wildlife Committee elections. Please attend! And, if you have not voted yet and cannot make the meeting, please click here to vote. 

 You may view the meeting agenda here.

February 17, 2016

February 2016 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

February 9, 2016

Hays County Reinstates Burn Ban

Hays County on Tuesday reinstated a burn ban for unincorporated areas (including extra territorial jurisdictions) of the County effective immediately. Charcoal, wood and gas grills with lids are exempt from the ban, but burning in “burn barrels” (including barrels with screens on the top) is not allowed. 

 

“Low humidity, lack of rain and dry winter grasses and brush combined with frequent high or gusty winds makes outdoor burning a concern,” Hays County Assistant Fire Marshal Clint C. Browning said. The fire marshal uses the Texas Forest Service’s drought index (KBDI), fire frequency observations and input from countywide fire chiefs to determine whether a burn ban is necessary. Browning told the Commissioner Court that fire chiefs agreed it was time to reinstate the ban. 

 

Browning reminds citizens to keep a water source nearby when grilling outside, keep the grill away from the house or any other combustible materials, and never leave a grill unattended by an adult until you are certain it is properly extinguished.

February 4, 2016

News from the Ruby Ranch Wildlife Committee

Be Vigilant!  The Wildlife Committee wanted to let everyone know that here have been a few recent deer kills, unknown predator, and periodic sightings of a mountain lion in the neighborhood over the past few months. 

 

Mountain Lions have enormous territories, up to 400 miles for females and 1200 miles for males.  Mountain Lions have been traveling through the area for many years and nothing to be alarmed of, but we wanted the newer residents to be aware. 

 

Be on the look out and be aware if you set up feeders and food sources for the deer, you are likely to have uninvited animals. Feeders are not recommended by Texas Parks and Wildlife unless being used to control populations of deer by harvesting. Feeders create an unnatural food source for the deer which could lead to overabundance of deer, where nature itself creates its own population control. 

 

Domestic cats and dogs are easy prey for wild and feral animals. Your pets are much more likely to be vulnerable to coyotes and wild domestic dogs than to mountain lions, but the actions you can take to protect them are the same.

  

http://www.mountainlion.org/portalprotectpets.asp

February 1, 2016

2016 Annual Meeting Announcement

The Ruby Ranch Homeowner’s Association will hold its 2016 Annual Meeting on Monday, February 22, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Ruby Ranch Lodge, 292 West Bartlett, Buda, Texas 78610. See a map here.

 

YOU MUST TAKE ACTION. Your property MUST have action registered to it for our Annual Meeting to make Quorum as per the RR HOA bylaws. You may VOTE ONLINE OR mail in an ABSENTEE BALLOT OR you may fill out the PROXY.

 

Should you NOT wish to vote for anyone or to assign your rights by proxy, you MUST fill out your information on the “ballot” (either online or the absentee ballot) and leave the vote blank TO COUNT TOWARDS THE QUORUM ONLY.

 

You may VOTE ONLINE by clicking here. If you’ve never registered, then you’ll need the Registration Code that is on your dues invoice. You can also get this code by emailing contact@rubyranchtx.com

 

Forms, click to view and print:

1. Proxy form

2. Absentee Ballot

January 20, 2016

January 2016 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

January 15, 2016

Ruby Ranch HOA Annual Meeting

Save the Date! The Ruby Ranch Homeowners Association Annual Meeting is coming up on Monday, February 22. There will be much information presented as well as Board and Wildlife Committee elections. The Association will mail out (and post) agenda and more information within the next 2 or 3 weeks. If you are interested in running for the Board of Directors, you can fill out this form.

January 8, 2016

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

January 5, 2016

Board of Directors Nominations

It's that time of year...we are looking for residents who would like to serve our community. We have three Board seats open for the 2016 Elections and are looking for nominations. Please fill out this form or contact a Board member if you are interested!

January 4, 2016

Road Work

Weather dependent, the road crew will be out tomorrow and possibly Wednesday performing crack sealing work on all roads. Please drive carefully

December 21, 2015

State Highway 45 Southwest Gains Preliminary Financial Approval from Transportation Commission

From Hays County Commissioner Mark Jones:

 

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – Members of the Hays County Commissioners Court expressed appreciation for the Texas Transportation Commission’s December 17 preliminary approval of financing for the portion of State Highway 45 that will connect FM 1626 in Hays County to Loop 1 in Travis County.

 

“The Commission’s action in the form of a loan of up to $60 million to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) to begin construction, coupled with the previous grant of $28.9 million from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), means that we are a major step closer to alleviating traffic congestion in some of the fastest growing areas of Texas – southwestern Travis County and northern Hays County,” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones. “This should keep us on track to start construction this summer. When the road is finished, traffic will have access to Loop 1, which was designed to handle large amounts of traffic, and will have a path that avoids congested, surface roads through neighborhoods.” 

 

“This roadway will be one of the most environmentally sound and context-sensitive ones in Central Texas,” Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley, who also chairs the CAMPO Board, said. “The environmental precautions being taken are second to none, including safeguards to filter runoff so that it is cleaner than the water that naturally runs off into the greenbelt area that surrounds the roadway. There will also be a shared-use pedestrian and bike path way along the approximately 3.6 miles of four-lane divided toll-way.”

 

December 16, 2015

Santa parate coming to Ruby Ranch tonight!

The Santa Parade with the Buda Fire Department is coming back again this year. They are NOT going to drive down every street -- see the following route map for Ruby Ranch. The parade will begin approximately at 6:00PM. Listen for the sirens to hear Santa coming!

 

 

 

December 14, 2015

December 2015 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

December 9, 2015

Asphalt repairs today

Various asphalt repairs will be taking place today throughout the neighborhood. Please drive carefully

December 2, 2015

Let us know if you wish to receive your 2016 dues invoice by email

In an effort to conserve paper, let us know if you’d like to receive this year’s dues assessment by email instead of US Mail. Just email dues@rubyranchtx.com to let us know if you wish to receive your invoice by email. Be sure to include your name, address, and an email address! Invoices will be sent out mid-December.

November 29, 2015

Reminder: Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

November 25, 2015

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting -- note corrected date

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

November 16, 2015

Bridge Project starts today

Project is getting underway. The crew will be working daily (weather dependent)

 

Lane closures between Humphreys and Bartlett will be necessary.

 

Please drive carefully.

November 12, 2015

Bridge Walkway Project

We will be adjusting the traffic lanes over the main bridge structure and the roads adjacent to the bridge in order to add a walkway path. This will allow for safe passage and protection over the bridge while we all exercise and enjoy our environment.

 

This project is set to begin next week, weather contingent, and will take several weeks to completion.

 

Traffic will not be compromised during “rush” hours, but this area will be down to one lane intermittently. Pardon the inconvenience…we are working to improve our community!

November 11, 2015

Board of Directors nominations

It's that time of year...we are looking for residents who would like to serve our community. We have three Board seats open for the 2016 Elections and are looking for nominations. Please fill out this form or contact a Board member if you are interested!

November 6, 2015

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

November 4, 2015

From County Commissioner Mark Jones

If you need assistance after the flooding please see the information below:

 

Call 512-677-9701 to register for assistance (or if someone wants to volunteer to help) or 801 W. MLK (Dunbar Center in San Marcos) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.

 

Tues-Wed-Thurs November 3-5, 5pm-9pm at Old Kyle City Hall on the Square on Center St in Kyle, Government agencies and nonprofits will be supplying information one-on-one, replacing lost Driver Licenses, answering questions about insurance, where to get housing help, etc.

 

October 30, 2015

Dangerous Weather

Neighbors, please stay at home is possible. There is dangerous flooding in the area. Turn around, don't drown. The BFD advises staying home unless flood waters present a life safety issue.

 

Areas in Hays County have received at least ten inches of rain since midnight

* Austin is sending in crews to assist Hays County

* All students across the county were transported by bus to the schools. School is not being held. Parents are welcome to pick up their children if they are able to get ther but Hays County is urging that all residents restrict travel.

* Shelters are opening at the Wimberley Community Center, Wimberley High School, Lehman High School, and Kyle Elementary.

* CERT, American Red Cross, and the Salvation Army will supply logistical support at the shelters.

 

October 30, 2015

Message from HISD

We are asking all residents to not attempt to get on the roadway and pick up their children from school. We are monitoring all schools and their situations to be keep them safe. Please do not attempt to travel the roadways and become stranded yourself. We prefer to keep those persons that are in a building safe and stay where they are. We will keep you updated.

October 23, 2015

District Seeks Name for Middle School #6

The Hays Consolidated Independent School District School Naming Committee is seeking nominations for names for the district’s sixth middle school. The school, which was approved by voters in the 2014 bond, is on scheduled to open next year. People who wish to submit name suggestions may do so electronically at: www.hayscisd.net/name, or by writing to the district at: Hays CISD Naming Hays CISD Naming Committee, 21003 IH 35, Kyle, TX 78640. Printable forms are also available on the district’s website.

 

The Hays CISD Board of Trustees ultimately selects the names of new schools. The Board makes its selection based on recommendations from a naming committee appointed by the Board.

 

New schools in Hays CISD can be named for: historical or geographical sites or communities; subdivisions; significant local, state, or national figures (living or deceased); people who have made significant contributions to education in the district (living or deceased); local, state, or national historical events or places; or people who have donated land or money for the property or facility.

 

The naming nomination period is open until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 30, 2015. The naming committee will meet the following week to narrow options. The committee could suggest a new name or slate of possible names to the Board of Trustees as early as its workshop meeting in November. The Board could then choose a final name for the school in December.

 

View complete information about the naming process, see the committee member list, and make a suggestion at www.hayscisd.net/name.

 

October 20, 2015

Ruby Ranch HOA soliciting RFPs for website services

The Ruby Ranch Homeowners Association is soliciting RFPs for website services. Click here to see the requirements

 

Please reply if this is a service you would like to bid to our community.

October 20, 2015

Ruby Ranch HOA soliciting RFPs for landscaping services

The Ruby Ranch Homeowners Association is soliciting RFPs for landscaping services. Click here to see the requirements

 

Please reply if this is a service you would like to bid to our community.

October 20, 2015

Ruby Ranch HOA soliciting proposals for bookkeeping services

The Ruby Ranch Homeowners Association is soliciting proposals for bookkeeping services. Click here to see the requirements

 

Please reply if this is a service you would like to bid to our community.

October 14, 2015

October 2015 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

October 9, 2015

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

October 7, 2015

National Night Out 2015

Many thanks to Miss Red’s Place for the delicious catered food AND to all the neighbors (and their fabulous dishes and desserts) who came out to enjoy a wonderful night of fellowship on a beautiful fall evening!  Be certain to go to www.rubyranchtx.com and click on email notifications to receive neighborhood updates.

 

Thank you to the Buda Fire Department for bringing their big rig out for us all to enjoy!  www.budafire.org

 

Thank you to Hays County Sheriff Sargent Traeger for joining and reminding us all to CALL FOR ASSISTANCE regardless of the size of the issue, they are there for us!  Go to http://www.co.hays.tx.us/sheriff.aspx and register for the emergency notification system.

 

Thank you to Commissioner Mark Jones for the roads and community works update and for his community service.  Be certain to email him at mark.jones@co.hays.tx.us to ask to be placed on his mailing list to receive regular email updates.

 

Thank you to Tim and Lauren Dowling for soliciting and getting so many wonderful gifts donated for the evenings raffle.

 

RAFFLE PRIZES AND WINNERS

 

Local business donations…please shop and support local!

 

Bejing Bistro (Bejing Bistro gift card) – winner Craig Berlin

Proof Liquor (Proof gift card) – winner Eric Dean

Garcia’s Mexican Food Restaurant (Garcia’s gift card) – winner Michelle Gay 

 

Ruby Ranch neighbor/business owner donations…please shop and support your neighbors!

 

Dane & Julie Gibbs, A Better Choice Pest Control (gift certificate) – winner Roman Pena

Amy Roshner & Lisa Harris, Austin Health Works ($25 Best Buy gift card) – winner Jeffery & Patricia Cremers

Amy Roshner & Lisa Harris, Austin Health Works ($25 Best Buy gift card) – winner Linda Webb

Christy Anderson, Remax Realty ($50 County Line gift card) – winner Lu Berlin

Craig & Branda Sellman, Sellman Septic Services ($50 credit) – winner Dale Olmstead

Christy Anderson, Remax Realty (Subway gift card) – winner Maureen Hellencamp

Roman Pena, AirCon Solutions (A/C check-up) – winner Marsha Martinez

Christy Anderson, Remax Realty (Target gift card) – winner Cliff Barkley

Tim & Lauren Dowling, Beyond The Move Realty ($25 Half Price Books gift card) – winner Bob Baker

Tim & Lauren Dowling, Beyond The Move Realty (Nothing Bundt Cakes gift box) – winner Scott Gay

Pat & Kelli Dorsett, A&E Signs and Graphics (3’x5’ banner) – winner Christy Anderson

Christy Anderson, Remax Realty (Starbucks gift card) – winner Connie May

Craig & Lu Berlin, Miss Red’s Place ($25 credit) – winner Craig Sellman

 

October 6, 2015

National Neighborhood Night Out tonight

National Neighborhood Night Out will be tonight - October 6, 2015 from 6:30-8:00. It will be held at the Follett’s Pavilion on East Bartlett. Please bring pot luck sides and desserts! Our neighbors - Miss Red's Place is providing the main items for festivities.

 

We will be having a drawing for those in attendance for prizes such as gift cards, gift certificates for some local restaurants, discounts off services etc.

 

For anyone that would also like to promote their business or just provide prizes, please contact Tim Dowling via Neighbor Nextdoor messages.

 

Thank you for all those that are donating time, food, prizes and the Follet's for letting us use their facility on Bartlett.

 

See you all tonight!!

October 2, 2015

Quarterly Newsletter now available

Click here for Ruby Ranch HOA's first quarterly newsletter. It is our hope that you will find this newsletter useful and spread the word to your neighbors, who may not yet have signed up to receive notifications from the website.

September 17, 2015

Venue change for National Neighborhood Night Out!

Note the venue change for the National Neighborhood Night Out on October 6, 2015 from 6:30-8:00. It will be held at the Follett’s Pavilion on East Bartlett. Please bring pot luck sides and desserts!

September 16, 2015

Unsupervised Animals in Ruby Ranch

Due to the overwhelming amount of animal complaints and attacks (see this post) over the past few years, the HOA has been forced to adopt policy (through our attorney) in addition to those set forth in our bylaws and CCRs.

 

Please be advised that ANY AND ALL unleashed/uncontrolled animals in the common areas of Ruby Ranch will immediately be reported to Hays County Animal Control.

 

Please be certain to do your part in being a good neighbor by keeping your animals controlled and on your own property.

 

Please call 911 to report ANY AND ALL animals you witness off leash and off private property.

 

Also please report (after making any 911 call and when you are in an appropriate location to do so) any unsupervised animals to the board with the date, time, location, a description of the animal, behavior witnessed, and any other details. Reports may be submitted to Cristi Roberts at cjr_70@hotmail.com. The association does not patrol for violations, and can only address violations brought to the board’s attention. Thank you.

September 11, 2015

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

September 8, 2015

National Neighborhood Night Out

Save the date! National Neighborhood Night Out will be held on October 6, 2015 from 6:30-8:00 at the Ruby Ranch Lodge 292 W Bartlett

September 3, 2015

Centex will be blasting today

Centex will be blasting today

September 1, 2015

September 2015 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

August 31, 2015

Road work today

Sealcoating touch ups today through Thursday on Ruby Ranch road from Humphreys to Bartlett.

August 27, 2015

Blasting Today

Both Hays Quarry and Centex Materials will be blasting today

August 20, 2015

Hays quarry blast today

Hays quarry will conduct a blast today, weather permitting.

August 18, 2015

Centex will be blasting today

Centex will be blasting today

August 18, 2015

Summer Challenge winnners

Winners were drawn last Tuesday night at the monthly meeting for our Summer Challenge.

 

$100 Trattoria Lisina = Steve and Sue Selger on Richards Drive

$50 Proof Deli = Donny and Barbara Bokor on Story Drive

$50 Miss Red’s = Travis and Kimberly Salinas on Humphreys Drive

 

Congratulations!

August 13, 2015

Centex will be blasting today

Centex will be blasting today

August 7, 2015

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

August 6, 2015

Centex will be blasting today

Centex will be blasting today

August 6, 2015

Unleashed/uncontrolled animals

Due to the overwhelming amount of animal complaints and attacks (see this post) over the past few years, the HOA has been forced to adopt policy (through our attorney) in addition to those set forth in our bylaws and CCRs.

 

Please be advised that any and all unleashed/uncontrolled animals in the common areas of Ruby Ranch will immediately be reported to Hays County Animal Control.

 

Please be certain to do your part in being a good neighbor by keeping your animals controlled and on your own property.

 

Please call 911 to report ANY AND ALL animals you witness off leash and off private property.

 

Also please report (after making any 911 call and when you are in an appropriate location to do so) any unsupervised animals to the board with the date, time, location, a description of the animal, behavior witnessed, and any other details. Reports may be submitted to Cristi Roberts at cjr_70@hotmail.com. The association does not patrol for violations, and can only address violations brought to the board’s attention. Thank you.

July 30, 2015

Unsupervised animals in Ruby Ranch

Please read the following from the Association's Attorney:

 

The board has asked that I bring to your attention a recent incident in the community involving an off-leash dog.

 

A resident of Ruby Ranch recently reported to the board that while jogging through the neighborhood, the resident was attacked by a fellow resident’s dog. The dog owners have been notified. According to reports, the dog was off leash and unsupervised, and the incident resulted in injuries requiring medical treatment.

 

Ruby Ranch’s deed restrictions require all animals to be under the personal supervision and command/control of their owner when not on their owner’s premises (Declaration Section 8.15).

 

In light of the recent event and the deed restrictions, the board adopted or will be adopting additional enforcement rules, which will better allow the association to address violations of this nature. These new rules are also necessary to reflect new state law that becomes effective September 1.

 

The board wanted to inform you of the recent incident. However, please keep in mind that the safety and security of Ruby Ranch’s residents is ultimately the responsibility of law enforcement and owners themselves.

 

The board asks that if you witness an unsupervised animal, use your discretion but do not hesitate to call 911.

 

Also please report (after making any 911 call and when you are in an appropriate location to do so) any unsupervised animals to the board with the date, time, location, a description of the animal, behavior witnessed, and any other details. Reports may be submitted to Cristi Roberts at cjr_70@hotmail.com. The association does not patrol for violations, and can only address violations brought to the board’s attention. Thank you.

 

You can read the letter from the Association's Attorney by clicking here

July 29, 2015

Hays quarry will blast today

Hays quarry will conduct a blast today

July 23, 2015

Centex blasting today

Centex will blast today

July 14, 2015

Story and Ware roadwork

Tomorrow we will have the crew working on Story and Ware. If you live on the side of the roads which haven't been coated, please park on the other side of the road, on the shoulder by tomorrow AM.

 

We are calling an audible for tomorrow. All traffic will have to enter and exit via Ware to Story. Story will be closed at the first Ware intersection as we will have to coat both sides of the road at that area.

 

I apologize for the inconvenience. This will allow the Sealcoating to be completed tomorrow with drying completed by Thursday afternoon Please don't drive around or through the barricades. Doing so will damage the roads, possibly your car, and costs us time and money if we have to redo a section.

 

Your cooperation is appreciated.

July 14, 2015

Road Work

Labenski gate will be locked Wednesday and Thursday so the Sealcoating work can be completed outside the gate.

 

Both ends of W Bartlett will be open at both ends for both days.

 

Please don't drive around barricades, they really are going to be locked closed.

July 13, 2015

Road Work update

Story, Ware, Will Banks and Mangum as well as the section of Labenski outside the gate are going to be Sealcoated this week. Look at last weeks post for map and details.

July 10, 2015

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

July 8, 2015

Labenski gate closure

The Labenski gate will be closed and locked on Wednesday and Thursday.

 

All Traffic will have to enter through one of the gates on W Bartlett.

 

The intersection of W Bartlett and Richards will be closed Wednesday and Thursday

 

All cars on W Bartlett need to park on the shoulder of the side which has already been coated.

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

July 8, 2015

Centex blasting Thursday

Centex will be blasting Thursday, July 9th

July 7, 2015

West Bartlett road work

Good job today W Bartlett. 

 

Please continue to drive and park on the non Sealcoated side of the road until Tuesday evening. 

 

We will switch traffic to flow on the Sealcoated side of the road Tuesday evening. 

 

If your address ends in an odd number you will need to park on the opposite side of W Bartlett by Wednesday am. 

 

Labenski gate will be locked Wednesday and Thursday. 

 

If you see cones knocked over please pitch in and stand them back up. 

 

Thanks for your cooperation.

 

July 6, 2015

Road work starting today

Weather dependent, we have the road crew scheduled to Seal Coat W Bartlett beginning Monday, July 6. 

 

On Monday am we will close the West/Southbound lane of W Bartlett and apply the Seal Coat to that lane. 

 

If you live on the West side of W Bartlett be certain to have your vehicles out of your driveways by 8am Monday. You will need to park across the street, off of the pavement until Tuesday Evening. Tuesday Evening we will switch traffic to drive on the West side. 

 

On Wednesday am we will close the East/Northbound lane of W Bartlett and apply the Seal Coat to that lane

 

If you live on the West side of W Bartlett be certain to have your vehicles out of your driveways by 8am Wednesday. You will need to park across the street, off of the pavement until Thursday Evening

 

We will keep part of the Story intersection open at all times for traffic to flow to that section of the neighborhood. 

 

The gates at both ends of W Bartlett will be left open Monday am through Thursday evening. 

 

The Labenski gates will be locked Wednesday am through Thursday evening

 

Please keep in mind that there will be two way traffic using a single lane. Please be safe and courteous. 

 

We have Story, Ware, Will Banks, Mangum, and Labenski scheduled for the following week. Details to follow. 

 

 

June 21, 2015

Road work starting Monday

Weather dependent, we have the road crew scheduled to Seal Coat W Bartlett beginning Monday. 

 

On Monday am we will close the West/Southbound lane of W Bartlett and apply the Seal Coat to that lane. 

 

If you live on the West side of W Bartlett be certain to have your vehicles out of your driveways by 8am Monday. You will need to park across the street, off of the pavement until Tuesday Evening. Tuesday Evening we will switch traffic to drive on the West side. 

 

On Wednesday am we will close the East/Northbound lane of W Bartlett and apply the Seal Coat to that lane

 

If you live on the West side of W Bartlett be certain to have your vehicles out of your driveways by 8am Wednesday. You will need to park across the street, off of the pavement until Thursday Evening

 

We will keep part of the Story intersection open at all times for traffic to flow to that section of the neighborhood. 

 

The gates at both ends of W Bartlett will be left open Monday am through Thursday evening. 

 

The Labenski gates will be locked Wednesday am through Thursday evening

 

Please keep in mind that there will be two way traffic using a single lane. Please be safe and courteous. 

 

 

June 17, 2015

Potential Purchase of the Lodge

Thank you to everyone in the community who voiced their opinion regarding the potential purchase of the Ruby Ranch Lodge.  While the purchase of the property would have been sanctioned under our bylaws Article II Purposes and Powers section B3, and though in the opinion of the Board of Directors the purchase was deemed not favorable at this time, it was the overwhelming response of the community that made the decision.  The potential first right purchase has been declined by the HOA.

June 15, 2015

June 2015 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

June 14, 2015

Road work postponed

Due to the rain and current forecast, no road work will be performed this week.

 

Updates to follow regarding next week's scheduled work.

June 10, 2015

Ruby Ranch Lodge Potential Purchase Information

The board is interested in what each and every member of our association’s opinion is on this matter.

 

Please send email TODAY to  cjr_70@hotmail.com and say either YES OR NO to the purchase and feel free to give opinion or voice questions. The Board will leave this opinion weigh-in option open until Friday at 5PM at which time we will give the HOAs answer to the Lodge. It will take 67% of community approval to make this purchase which means we will need to hear from the entire community in a positive manner if this purchase is to be pursued.

 

A brief timeline of events:

 

The HOA Board approached the lodge owners in November 2014 about giving the HOA first right of refusal should they ever wish to sell as a way to ensure the property would stay an enhancement to our community. We agreed to take through the holidays and pursuit legal documents in the new year.

 

In January 2015 the Board contacted the lodge owner regarding creating the legal documents.

 

In February the lodge owner contacted the Board with intent to sell.

 

In March the lodge owner and Board agreed to split the cost to have an appraisal done on the property. In April the Board agreed to have an inspection done on the property.

 

In April the Board also solicited and received bid to “manage” the hospitality based business that is “The Lodge”. It was determined that a “management company” could potentially pay “rent” equal to the finance note but that it would take years to establish and raise the quality of the business and the facility.

 

In May the Board approached the lodge owners to find what value they were anticipating for the property and at what terms. In June the Board received value from the lodge owners of $938,000.

 

In June the board also agreed to pull the deed on the property to have firm details regarding the property.

 

 

6/9/15 Monthly HOA BOD Meeting.

 

The Board had enough information to present to and share with members of the association.

 

The Deed of Trust for the Lodge is extremely detailed and gives the Ruby Ranch Homeowners Association a lot of control over the lodge property.

 

The lodge sits on 10.428 acres and has 8620SF of developed buildings.

 

The lodge has a Hays Central Appraisal District tax value of $661,500 for land and improvement.

 

The lodge has a commercial appraisal value of $950,000.

 

The lodge has an inspection report denoting several hundred thousand dollars worth of repairs and maintenance.

 

The lodge owner has offered to the RR HOA $938,000 with $170,000 in cash as down payment plus closing costs. They want to owner finance at the going commercial rate (5.5%-6%) on a ten year note. They have made it clear if we decline, they present the lodge for sale at a value well above that which they are offering to us.

 

 

It is the opinion of the Board, having reviewed the Deed of Trust, the appraisal and the inspection, that the purchase of this property at the $938,000 is not a good investment at this time. Should the owner offer it at a value closer to the $650,000 value, we would reconsider and suggest the purchase.

 

June 5, 2015

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

May 26, 2015

Watch out for snakes!

Snakes are on the move after all the rains.  Even before all the additional rains this last weekend, snakes were forecasted to have a banner year.  The rain creates abundant wildlife, which means the circle of life grows.  We have all seen many more rabbits, mice, squirrels etc. this year so far than in many combined years.  If the animals are doing well, so are the predators.  Keep your eyes peeled and know that the animals and snakes have been displaced by the flooding and saturation.  Be very aware when walking in tall grass.

May 25, 2015

Update on curfew

Beginning Monday, May 25, curfew in the affected areas will be between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. The affected area includes the Cities of San Marcos and Wimberley and their ETJs and the unincorporated areas of Hays County South of FM 150. The Ranch Road 12 bridge over the Blanco River at Wimberley is open for limited access (one way travel at a time so expect delays. It will be open during non-curfew hours and will be completely closed during the curfew.

May 24, 2015

Public Safety Curfew

The Hays County Judge, City of San Marcos and Wimberley Officials have instituted a nighttime curfew this evening due to the potential safety concerns posed in the San Marcos and Wimberley area. We have numerous downed power lines, washed out roadways and barriers that makes evening travel very risky. Please restrict all unnecessary movement. Officers will be monitoring the areas overnight but many areas may not be covered at all times and we want to ensure the safety of our citizens. We appreciate your cooperation with these efforts.

 

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT – CURFEW BEGINNING 5/24/15 at 9 p.m.

 

Due to the possibility of additional flash flooding and the continuing danger posed by existing conditions within Hays County, the Hays County Judge, in cooperation with the cities of San Marcos and Wimberley, has ordered a curfew beginning May 24th at 9 p.m. and ending May 25th at 7 a.m. for the following areas:

 

 The City of San Marcos, including its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction 
 The City of Wimberley, including its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction 
 All Unincorporated Areas of Hays County South of FM150

 

Through traffic traveling on IH-35 will not be subject to the curfew, but occasional closures of IH-35 may continue in the next 24 to 48 hours.

 

Citizens are encouraged to find a safe location and remain in that location during this time of disaster relief. If you must travel, be aware of structural damage and/or debris on roadways. Turn around, don’t drown.

 

Jeri Skrocki, Lieutenant 
Hays County Sheriff's Office

May 8, 2015

Urban Deer Workshop

 

 Time is quickly running out to sign up for the Urban Deer Workshop addressing Conflicts with Deer in Our Communities.  

 

Early registration ends Friday, May 8, 2015 so don't delay!

 

Proudly sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Wildlife Association and Texas State University

 

Early Registration

May 8, 2015

Register Now

 

When:

Friday, May 29, 2015

 

Where:

Texas State University

109 Student Center Dr.

San Marcos, TX, 78666

 

What: 

Helping communities learn from the experiences of others, hear from nationally recognized experts currently working with overabundant deer issues, and gain real world management strategies and solutions 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 ~ Evaluating your situation and identifying measures for success.  How bad is your problem

 ~ How to build support for potential solutions

 ~ Real world case studies:  What worked and what hasn't?

 ~Management tools and solutions

 ~ Regulatory authority versus management responsibility:  Who's job is it?

 

May 8, 2015

May 2015 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

May 8, 2015

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

May 6, 2015

Seal Coat work begins on Monday, May 11th

Weather permitting, several roads within Ruby Ranch will receive seal coat treatment beginning Monday, May 11th. The roads affected are W. Bartlett Drive, Labenski Drive, Story Drive, Ware Drive, Magnum Drive, and Will Banks Drive.

 

Streets will be partially closed for sealcoating per color coded schedule show here. Sealcoat is a wet oil-like substance that will damage cars and tires if driven on while wet. Although it only takes 3 hours to dry to the touch, sealcoat must remain free from traffic for a minimum of 24 hours after application to fully cure.

 

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THE FOLLOWING:

* The spraying of sealcoat will take place on the first day of closure for each section. It will remain closed the second day for cure. Though you may not see any activity on the second day, DO NOT move barricades or cones.

* Please use extreme caution and yield to traffic as half the street will be shut down at a time. Utilize the shoulders to allow each other to pass.

* If the section of street in front of your home is scheduled to be closed, your vehicle must be taken out by 8am on the first day of work. Any vehicles not taken out once the section has been barricaded must not be taken out throughout the duration of the work.

* Please DO NOT park along the other half of the street as that half of the road and shoulder will be needed for 2 way traffic.

* Please keep pets and children indoors and off of the pavement during each sections closures dates.

* Please refrain from washing, watering, or turning on sprinklers during your sections work days or the night prior.

* Please bring trash bins on the opposite side of the street if your side of the street is closed.

* Please make any necessary arrangements for deliveries, services, etc. as they will not have access.

 

Any resident that does not follow instructions and drives through wet sealer will be charged for repairing those areas as well as any costs to remove sealer from driveways and other concrete. Any resident who moves barricdes, cones, or flagging will be charged for repairs arising out of damage done by others driving in.

 

May 3, 2015

Gate code update

We've resolved the gate code problem at the Labenski entrance. Both the Member Gate Code and the Service Companies Gate Code are working properly now. Thanks for your patience.

May 2, 2015

Gate codes

Some people are reporting problems with the new gate codes at Labenski. You can also use the service code for entry. Both are available in your account

May 1, 2015

Gate codes changing on Saturday

The gate entry codes for all sections will be changed on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Login to your Ruby Ranch Account to see the entry code for your area.

 

To login to your account:

1. Go to: http://rubyranchtx.com

2. Click on the large button titled "Account Login"

3. Enter your account email and password and click on Submit

4. Follow the red instructions if you’ve never setup an account or forgot your password

 

One of the 2 entry codes shown ("Service Companies Gate Code") will be for service people/companies (propane, trash, etc.). The Association has contacted the following companies to inform them of the new entry code: Amerigas, Bubba’s Lone Star Propane, Direct Propane, Ferrel, Modern, Sharp, Progressive (IESI), Riata, Texas Disposal.

 

Your "clicker" will not be affected and will still work as before.

 

April 27, 2015

Hays quarry will blast today

Hays quarry will blast today, weather permitting.

April 23, 2015

Spring Fling on Sunday

Reminder: the Ruby Ranch Spring Fling is on Sunday, April 26th, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. This will be a fun, spring, meet-your-neighbors event! Hot dogs and games. At the Ruby Ranch "Park" by the bridge. BYO lawn chairs!

April 21, 2015

Road Work

Asphalt Repairs will be occurring on Tuesday April 21 and Wednesday April 22nd on W Bartlett, Story, Ware, and Labenski.

 

One of the repairs is just inside the inbound gate on Labenski. While that repair is occurring all traffic will have to route through the outbound gate or preferably at either end of W. Bartlett.

 

Please drive carefully.

April 14, 2015

Centex blasting today and Thursday

Centex will blast today and Thursday, weather contingent

April 13, 2015

Ruby Ranch Spring Fling

Mark your calendars. The Ruby Ranch Spring Fling will be held on Sunday, April 26th at 1:00 pm. This will be a fun, spring, meet-your-neighbors event! Hot dogs and games. At the Ruby Ranch "Park" by the bridge. BYO lawn chairs!

April 9, 2015

Upcoming Road Work

The road crew is scheduled to be performing asphalt repairs on Tuesday the 14th and Thursday the 16th. The repairs will be on various areas of W. Bartlett, Labenski, Story and Ware.

 

One of the repairs is just inside the Labenski entry gate. When that repair is being performed all traffic will have to flow through the exit gate. We will have it open to enable traffic to flow during the time of that repair

 

We will be out this am marking areas that are to receive repairs. Paint and small flags will be used so the crew can easily locate the areas to repair. Please leave the small flags in place until after the repairs are performed.

 

Thank you and please drive carefully

April 9, 2015

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Monday, April 13, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

 

Note that this month's meeting is on Monday, not Tuesday.

April 8, 2015

April 2015 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

April 7, 2015

Quarrys are blasting today

Weather permitting, the Hays and Centex Quarry plan to blast today

March 31, 2015

Centex blasting today

Centex quarry will blast today, weather contigent

March 24, 2015

February 2015 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

March 24, 2015

2014 Ruby Ranch HOA Financial Review

The Ruby Ranch Board of Directors recently authorized a review of its financial records and transactions for the year ending Dec. 31, 2014. See the CPA's report here and the Board of Directors response here.

March 23, 2015

Ruby Ranch HOA 2014 Year in Review

Here is the Association's 2014 Year in Review presented at the annual review.

March 19, 2015

Quarry blasting today

Weather permitting, the Centex Quarry plans to blast today

March 6, 2015

Crack Sealing to begin

The road crew is scheduled to perform crack sealing work on Saturday, concentrating on the roads inside the back gates in preparation for the upcoming Sealcoating.

 

W. Bartlett, Labenski, Story, Ware, Will Banks and Mangum are the roads scheduled for 2015.

 

Please drive carefully.

March 6, 2015

Annual Meeting Election Results

A quorum for the 2015 Annual Meeting held 2/23/15 was achieved 3/5/15.  This meeting will be officially adjourned at the next regularly scheduled monthly meeting on 3/10/15.  Voting results are as follows:

 

Board of Directors—

Cristi: 125 votes

Andrea: 112 votes

Write-ins: 4 votes

 

Wildlife Committee—

Carrie: 119 votes

Cristi: 113 votes

Jon: 111 votes

Write-ins: 7 votes

 

March 6, 2015

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

March 5, 2015

Blasting Friday

Both quarries will blast Friday. Weather contingent. Both have been postponed this week due to weather.

March 3, 2015

Quarry blasting today

Weather permitting, the Hays Quarry plans to blast today

February 25, 2015

Still need your vote!

We still need more neighbors to either vote or register a quorum to make our Annual Meeting official. Please click here or go to rubyranchtx.com to register your vote or quorum choice. If you need your registration number, email contact@rubyranchtx.com

February 23, 2015

Annual Meeting Tonight

The Association's Annual Meeting is at the lodge at 6:30pm. Please join us. If you are not going to be able to make it tonight (it's cold outside!) then PLEASE go online at www.rubyranchtx.com (you may need to contact Scott Christians at scott.christians@gmail.com to get your code) and either give us your quorum approval or vote! Hope to see you there!

February 19, 2015

Austin Water Utility prescribed burn today

From Hay County: Smoke may be visible east of FM 1826, west of FM1626, north of FM 967 and south of State HWY 45 from mid-morning to sunset. Because this prescribed burn will produce smoke in the area the public should be aware of this controlled event and use discretion when contacting emergency services.

February 18, 2015

Centex and Hays Quarry blasting today

Weather contingent

February 12, 2015

Centex blasting today

Weather permitting, the Centex Quarry plans to blast today

February 11, 2015

Annual Meeting

The Ruby Ranch Homeowner Association Annual meeting is coming up on February 23 at the Ruby Ranch Lodge at 6:30 pm. The agenda, and more info, can be found here. If you will be unable to attend or unsure, please go to the https://rubyranchtx.ivotehoa.com and vote at least for a quorum. You can also vote for candidates for the election on both the board and the wildlife committee. Email rubyranchboard@rubyranchtx.com if you need help with login information, you can do so on the website - http://rubyranchtx.com. Just click on vote now.

 

The quorum is required to conduct business of the neighborhood. Please make sure to at least fill out that document to make sure the neighborhood can conduct the necessary business needed.

February 11, 2015

February 2015 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

 

February 6, 2015

Centex blasting next week

Centex quarry will blast 2/10/15, weather contigent

February 6, 2015

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

January 27, 2015

Centex blasting today

Weather permitting, the Centex Quarry plans to blast today

January 27, 2015

HOA elections and/or Annual Meeting quorum

Post cards announcing online voting AND our standard Annual Meeting packet have been mailed within the past month.

 

Please take a moment to vote for open Board of Directors and Wildlife Committee seats. Should you not want to vote...there is a link for you to acknowledge and give your agreement to be counted for quorum only (we need you in person or by approval so Ruby Ranch HOA can achieve a quorum.) You will be able to vote in person or change your vote in person the night of our meeting.

 

The meeting is February 23 at 6:30 at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and will be conducted per the posted agenda and the Board hopes to see you there!

 

You can click here to see more information about the meeting.

January 26, 2015

Quarry blasting today

Weather permitting, the Hays Quarry plans to blast today

January 17, 2015

BSEACD Scholarship Contests Open

$2,500, $625, and $150 scholarships for high school juniors/seniors and for grade school (9-15 yr olds)!  The Aquifer District, in collaboration with our permittees, offers college and camp scholarships each year. Applications are due the Tuesday after Spring Break--March 24th by 5:00pm!  Spring Break is a perfect time for students to work on groundwater-related research.  Please pass this info along to interested students.

 

Scholarship Programs

 

Many thanks to Centex Materials, Creedmoor Water Supply, Texas Lehigh Cement Company, St. Andrews Episcopal School, City of Hays - Elliott Ranch, and Goforth Special Utility District for donating a portion of their Conservation Credits to support these scholarship programs.  We are able to have a wonderful awards program this year!!  Here are the details for both programs.... please pass along to any students that may be interested!

 

2015 Aquatic Science Adventure Summer Camp Scholarships

 

Students ages 9 through 15 years old

 

Application Deadline:  Tuesday, March 24, 2015

 

Scholarship amounts:  $625 or $150, depending on length of camp

 

The District is now soliciting applications and essays for its 2015 Camp Scholarship program for the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center's Aquatic Science Adventure Camp through Tuesday, March 24, 2015. We estimate this year's program will provide:

  • $625 scholarships to the week-long Aquatic Science Adventure Camp (Note: Parent will be responsible for providing $150 camp deposit fee, which will be needed to hold the child’s spot.)
  • $150 scholarships to the 2-Day Aquatic Science Adventure Camp (Note: All $150 will be paid for by BSEACD.)

The Camp scholarship contest is open to children ages 9 through 15 who reside in one of the six school districts within the District’s boundaries.  Interested students must submit an application and a 1-page essay/artwork entitled "Why I want to attend the Aquatic Science Adventure Camp!"  Scholarship winners will be chosen in a random drawing; only completed applications with essays/artwork will be eligible. Deadline for submissions: 5:00p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. 

 

Both English and Spanish application packets available here:  www.bseacd.org/education/scholarships/#Camp

 

2015 Kent S. Butler Memorial Groundwater Stewardship Scholarship Essay Contest

 

High school juniors and seniors

 

Application deadline:  March 24, 2015

 

Scholarship amount:  $2,500

 

The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) is now soliciting applications and essays for the 2015 Kent S. Butler Memorial Groundwater Stewardship Scholarship Essay Contest through Tuesday, March 24, 2015. The essay contest is open to high school juniors, seniors, and immediate graduates. Students must reside in one of the six school districts overlapping the District boundary. These six independent school districts are: Austin, Eanes, Dripping Springs, Hays Consolidated, Del Valle, and Lockhart.

 

One essay will be selected as the winning entry by an independent evaluation panel, and the author will receive a $2,500 scholarship to the college, community college, or training institution of his/her choice.

 

Essays must generally discuss groundwater issues, which may include but are not limited to:

• non-point source pollution

• pollution prevention

• water conservation

• hydrogeology

 

While essays must focus on groundwater issues, applicants do not have to be planning a career path in a water-related field.  Deadline for submissions: 5:00p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

 

2015 Groundwater Essay Contest application form and rules available here: www.bseacd.org/education/scholarships/#College

 

January 16, 2015

2015 Water Well Check-Up

The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) is offering a free water well screening day for area residents on Thursday, April 16.  Samples can be processed while you wait from 10am-4pm.  After-hour drop-off available starting at 5pm April 15.  Samples must be taken within 24 hours of analysis for best results.

 

Hydrogeology, water treatment, septic system, and landscape experts will be available to answer questions while samples are being processed from 11am-1pm.

 

Samples from private water wells will be screened for common contaminants:  fecal coliform bacteria, nitrate, and salinity.

 

BSEACD will cover the analysis cost for private wells within its boundary.  Samples must be turned in to the BSEACD office.  Limited to the first 50 to pre-register.  Pre-registration will begin Monday, March 15.  Bacteria will be processed by an off-site lab, and results will be mailed.

 

More information:

 

January 15, 2015

Quarry blasting today

Weather permitting, the Hays Quarry plans to blast today

January 12, 2015

Quarry blasting today

Weather permitting, the Hays Quarry plans to blast today

January 9, 2015

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

January 5, 2015

Interested in joining the RRHOA Board of Directors?

The Association's Annual Meeting is due to be held February 23rd and this year there will be 2 Board of Director positions open for election. If you are interested in serving our community and wish to run for a Board seat, please fill out this form. If you have any questions about running for the Board, you can contact any of the current Board members; click here to see the Board contact info.

January 2, 2015

Centex Blast next week

Centex Materials is scheduled to blast next Monday, January 5th

December 31, 2014

View your account and pay dues online

New for this year, we’ve added the ability to view your account status online. In addition, you can also pay all or part of your Association dues online via credit card. Note: for credit card charges, we add a processing fee of about 3% to cover our costs.

 

To view your account online, you’ll first need to register here using the registration code found on the top right of your dues invoice. After you register, you can then view and pay online by clicking here.

December 31, 2014

Annual Meeting

The Ruby Ranch HOA Annual Meeting is set for Monday, February 23, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Ruby Ranch Lodge & Celebration Facility. See a map here

 

If you cannot attend the meeting but wish to cast your vote for the Board of Directors candidates, you can fill out an Absentee Ballot (available soon) or, new this year, you can vote online.

 

If you think you may want to vote online, you can register anytime by clicking this link https://rubyranchtx.ivotehoa.com/protected/accountSignup.php Your registration code is shown on the top right of your dues statement. If you cannot find your registration code or need help, you can contact the Association via email at contact@rubyranchtx.com

 

Look for more information on the annual meeting via this website as well as through mailings.

December 19, 2014

Hays Quarry closure dates

Hays Quarry will be closed on Christmas Day Thursday, December 25, to Sunday, December 28, as well as New Year’s Day on Thursday, January 1.

December 18, 2014

Centex Blast next week

Centex Materials is scheduled to blast next Tuesday, December 23rd

December 14, 2014

December 2014 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

December 14, 2014

Board of Directors nominations

It's that time of year...we are looking for residents who would like to serve our community. We have three board seats open for the 2015 year and are looking for nominations. Please fill out this form or contact a Board member if you are interested!

December 3, 2014

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

November 30, 2014

Centex Blasting this week

Centex Materials is scheduled to blast Tuesday, December 2nd

November 18, 2014

Centex Blasting this week

 

The next scheduled Centex blast is this Thursday, November 20 between 10am-2pm, weather permitting

November 13, 2014

Installation of curbing at front entrance

Workers will be present at the entry to the neighborhood through next week. They will be installing a concrete curb at the entry area.

Please drive carefully

November 7, 2014

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

November 5, 2014

Centex Blasting rescheduled

Due to weather, Centex Materials has postponed tomorrow's scheduled blast until next Tuesday, November 11th

November 4, 2014

Upcoming Centex Blasting scheduled

Centex Materials will conduct blasting this Thursday November 6th between 10 am and 2 pm.

October 28, 2014

Upcoming Centex Blasting scheduled

Centex Materials will conduct blasting this Thursday October 30th between 10 am and 2 pm.

October 23, 2014

Road Work today

The road crew will be out today performing seal coat touch up work. They will be coating the out bound lane of the Clark Cove bridge, both ends of one lane of the Ruby Ranch main bridge, and one lane in front of 110 Armstrong Cove. In addition they will be performing touch ups at various areas.

Please avoid driving through barricades and respect areas where you see cones.

October 23, 2014

Area Blasting

Recently, residents in Ruby Ranch have been feeling the effects of local area blasting. Some have been wondering about what effects, if any, the blasting might have on their property. For more information on the topic, here is a summary report from the U.S. Bureau of Mines Research on the effects of blast vibrations on residential structures.

The Ruby Ranch HOA is working with Centex and KGB Texas Quarry to establish a more open line of communication. We will be posting additional information in the future on actual blastings happening in our area as well other pertenant information.

The HOA will post an update link on Nextdoor to the website as information becomes available.

October 17, 2014

October Newsletter from Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District

From Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District: The October 2014 Aquifer Bulletin is now available. District staff have collaborated to put together a wide range of articles dealing with hot topics these days. You can see the link to the newsletter at the Ruby Ranch Water Company website: http://rubyranchwater.com/?p=583

Topics include:

Summer Groundwater Roller Coaster

Discussion of unusual in-and-out of drought declarations this summer.

Permitting Summary

Summary of Mar-Sept 2014 permits.

From the GM’s Desk

Discussion of Legislative groundwater activity and possible impact of proposed bills.

Wells & Seller’s Disclosure Notice

Changes made to inform buyers, sellers, and realtors for properties with wells.

Updated Hydro Zones

A new look at all areas that influence the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards.

Traces of the Past

A historic account of an early dye trace.

Conservation Rate Structures

A look at water rates to encourage conservation.

Recent Well Drilling Activity

A look at trends in the District and Travis Counties

Precinct 2 Director Election Information

Links to information about election day and early voting locations

 

October 16, 2014

October 2014 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

October 13, 2014

Roadway work tomorrow (Tuesday)

Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 14, road crews will be out performing crack sealing on some of our roads. Please drive carefully.

October 10, 2014

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

October 8, 2014

Upcoming Road Work

On Tuesday October 14th the road crew will be performing crack sealing work.

On Thursday October 23rd the crew will be back to touch up the seal coat and re coat areas where repairs recently occurred such as the Clark Cove Bridge and Onion Creek Bridge among other areas.

Please drive carefully.

October 6, 2014

National Neighborhood Night Out

This Tuesday 10/7/14 is National Neighborhood Night Out. Our community will celebrate at the Follett's on East Bartlett 6:30PM-8:00PM. Entrée will be provided...please bring a side or a dessert.

September 21, 2014

Road Work continues on Monday

Residents on Armstrong Cove, Clark Cove and McCoy.

Please prepare for the Sealcoating work to resume Monday am. The crew will be out in the morning and will set out barricades and begin applying the Sealcoating on the side not coated. Please park and drive on the side already coated.

Please have your vehicle on the previously seal coated area by 8:00 am to avoid getting it trapped in your driveway.

September 19, 2014

Seal Coat work postponed until Monday

The Sealcoating project is being postponed due to the weather. The crew is in route and are going to pick up the barricades for the weekend.

We are now on the schedule for Monday. Provided the weather permits, the barricades will be distributed Monday morning, followed by the sealer being applied.

September 18, 2014

Seal Coat tentatively resumes on Friday

We are tentatively planning on resuming the seal coating work Friday am on the uncoated sides of Armstrong and Clark Cove as well as all of McCoy, weather permitting.

We will not be setting out the barricades this evening. If the weather allows coating tomorrow we will set out the barricades first thing and then start coating. Please either park on the side of the road already coated or be prepared to move your vehicle first thing tomorrow.

September 17, 2014

No Seal Coat work today

Due to the likelihood of rain today, the seal coating crew will not be applying the coating today. They are in the process of moving all of the barricades from the roads and setting them alongside the road.

Given the current weather forecast, it is impossible to predict what day they will be applying the coating. We will assess the weather each morning and will get the coating finished as soon as the weather permits. There will likely not be an opportunity for much advance notice of which day they will get back to work. We'll inform everyone via the website and NextDoor Ruby Ranch as soon as we know they are going to proceed.

Thanks for your patience

September 15, 2014

Reminder: Seal Coat work continues this week for Clark Cove, Armstrong Cove, McCoy Drive

Clark Cove, McCoy and Armstrong Cove will have one lane of traffic this week. Please check this map to be certain what side is first...Clark is the more southernly/easternly side first, McCoy is East side first, Armstrong Cove is south side first. Work will kick off around 8am so please have vehicles moved accordingly!

September 12, 2014

September 2014 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

September 9, 2014

Sept. 9th: Seal Coat Progress Report and Parking/Driver Instructions

Earlier this morning, the road crew finished putting the 2nd coat on the roadway between 1397 Ruby Ranch Road and 1791 Ruby Ranch Road. This afternoon, the crew will switch the travel lane from addresses 1397 Ruby Ranch Road to 2013 Ruby Ranch Road and 1397 Ruby Ranch Road to the 4-Way stop.

This evening everyone with addresses from 1397 Ruby Ranch Road to 2013 Ruby Ranch Road and 1397 Ruby Ranch Road to the 4-Way stop will need to park on the shoulder of the side we have already coated. Those between 1397 and 1791 will need to either park at one end of that section on the coated side or park across the street and move their car before 7am tomorrow.

Tomorrow am the entire side that has been coated will be open for traffic.

Richards, Labenski, and the South entrance of West Bartlett will all be having seal coating applied across the intersection and they will be barricaded off until Thursday afternoon.

The West Bartlett intersection south of the bridge will not be receiving coating tomorrow and will be the only way in or out besides those living on Ruby Ranch.

On Monday the crew will be back to start the other phase of roads and will coat the West Bartlett intersection at that time. Those living in those areas will detour using Richards, Labenski, or the South end of West Bartlett

September 8, 2014

Residents living to the west of Ruby Ranch Road

Due to the ongoing Seal Coat operation, it is suggested that residents living west of Ruby Ranch Road and south of Onion Creek use the North Bartlett Gate for entry and exit to your part of the neighborhood. That gate will be kept open until Seal Coating is complete. This will reduce the traffic and congestion on Ruby Ranch Road.

September 5, 2014

Reminder: Seal Coat work begins on Monday, Sept. 8th

Beginning this upcoming Monday, September 8th, several roads within Ruby Ranch will receive seal coat treatment. This work is needed to extend the useful life of these roadways. The roads affected are Ruby Ranch Road from the 4-way stop to the southern end, Carey Drive, Clark Cove, McCoy Drive, and Armstrong Cove.

Streets will be partially closed for sealcoating per color coded schedule show here. Sealcoat is a wet oil-like substance that will damage cars and tires if driven on while wet. Although it only takes 3 hours to dry to the touch, sealcoat must remain free from traffic for a minimum of 24 hours after application to fully cure.

It is suggested that residents living west of Ruby Ranch Road and south of Onion Creek use the North Bartlett Gate for entry and exit to your part of the neighborhood. That gate will be kept open until Seal Coating is complete. This will reduce the traffic and congestion on Ruby Ranch Road.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THE FOLLOWING:

* The spraying of sealcoat will take place on the first day of closure for each section. It will remain closed the second day for cure. Though you may not see any activity on the second day, DO NOT move barricades or cones.

* Please use extreme caution and yield to traffic as half the street will be shut down at a time. Utilize the shoulders to allow each other to pass.

* If the section of street in front of your home is scheduled to be closed, your vehicle must be taken out by 8am on the first day of work. Any vehicles not taken out once the section has been barricaded must not be taken out throughout the duration of the work.

* Please DO NOT park along the other half of the street as that half of the road and shoulder will be needed for 2 way traffic.

* Please keep pets and children indoors and off of the pavement during each sections closures dates.

* Please refrain from washing, watering, or turning on sprinklers during your sections work days or the night prior.

* Please bring trash bins on the opposite side of the street if your side of the street is closed.

* Please make any necessary arrangements for deliveries, services, etc. as they will not have access.

Any resident that does not follow instructions and drives through wet sealer will be charged for repairing those areas as well as any costs to remove sealer from driveways and other concrete. Any resident who moves barricdes, cones, or flagging will be charged for repairs arising out of damage done by others driving in.

 

September 4, 2014

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 West Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

August 27, 2014

Prescribed Burn

From Commissioner Mark Jones' office:

Austin Water Utility will be conducting a prescribed burn tomorrow, Thursday, August 28th beginning around 11:00 a.m. Smoke will be visible from FM 967. Emergency personnel will be on site.

August 26, 2014

Road Sealing to Begin

Residents owning property within the boundaries of the areas scheduled should have received project information in the mail. Here's a link to a previous post about the project.

The Ruby Ranch Road Committee (consisting of three residents) researched products over the past year and provided the Board with detailed information as to what might be best for our roads and our community.

The product selected is Jennite AE. It is a non coal tar product, which is considered environmentally safe for use.

There was much discussion over several Board Meetings in which opinions were solicited from attending guests. The Board considered all information and made a decision based on our best judgment.

Should you have any question, feel free to contact any member of the board or to come to the next regularly scheduled monthly meeting where every resident is invited and welcomed.

August 23, 2014

Seal Coat work to begin on September 8th

Beginning on September 8th, several roads within Ruby Ranch will receive seal coat treatment. This work is needed to extend the useful life of these roadways. The roads affected are Ruby Ranch Road from the 4-way stop to the southern end, Carey Drive, Clark Cove, McCoy Drive, and Armstrong Cove.

Streets will be partially closed for sealcoating per color coded schedule show here. Sealcoat is a wet oil-like substance that will damage cars and tires if driven on while wet. Although it only takes 3 hours to dry to the touch, sealcoat must remain free from traffic for a minimum of 24 hours after application to fully cure.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THE FOLLOWING:

* The spraying of sealcoat will take place on the first day of closure for each section. It will remain closed the second day for cure. Though you may not see any activity on the second day, DO NOT move barricades or cones.

* Please use extreme caution and yield to traffic as half the street will be shut down at a time. Utilize the shoulders to allow each other to pass.

* If the section of street in front of your home is scheduled to be closed, your vehicle must be taken out by 8am on the first day of work. Any vehicles not taken out once the section has been barricaded must not be taken out throughout the duration of the work.

* Please DO NOT park along the other half of the street as that half of the road and shoulder will be needed for 2 way traffic.

* Please keep pets and children indoors and off of the pavement during each sections closures dates.

* Please refrain from washing, watering, or turning on sprinklers during your sections work days or the night prior.

* Please bring trash bins on the opposite side of the street if your side of the street is closed.

* Please make any necessary arrangements for deliveries, services, etc. as they will not have access.

Any resident that does not follow instructions and drives through wet sealer will be charged for repairing those areas as well as any costs to remove sealer from driveways and other concrete. Any resident who moves barricdes, cones, or flagging will be charged for repairs arising out of damage done by others driving in.

 

August 19, 2014

FM 967 widening

From Commissioner Mark Jones' Office:

The expansion of FM 967 will start on Sept. 2nd and take about 12 months. We will be adding a continuous turn lane, shoulders, and sidewalks from FM 1626 to Cole Springs Road. I was able to work with TXDOT to possibly save more of the trees along FM 967. Those trees have a yellow ribbon around them. I want to thank the Capital Excavation and TXDOT for working very hard to save as many trees as possible without sacrificing safety.

If you have any questions during the construction of this project please contact my assistant, Jennifer Scott, at 512-262-2091. Thank you for your patience during the construction of these much needed improvements.

August 17, 2014

Concrete work

Ruby Ranch Homeowners Association is looking for a concrete contractor for possible installation of curbs at the neighborhood front entrance. If interested, please contact any Board member or email board@rubyranchtx.com

August 15, 2014

Aquifer District Returns to Stage II Alarm Drought

The District’s Board of Directors declared Stage II Alarm Drought at the August 14th Board Meeting, effective immediately. Lovelady monitor well, one of the District’s two drought-trigger sites, crossed below its Stage II Alarm Drought water level of 478.4 feet above mean sea level in mid-July. 10-day average discharge at Barton Springs, the District’s other drought trigger site, is at its Drought threshold of 38 cubic feet per second. Only one of the two drought stage triggers needs to be reached for a drought declaration to be made.

Mandatory drought restrictions had been lifted at the June 26th meeting when both the Lovelady Monitor Well water level and Barton Springs 10-day average discharge were above their drought thresholds and forecasts were predicting above average rainfall. However, the subsequent rains mostly missed the contributing and recharge zones, so no significant recharge occurred. Water levels and spring flow are steadily declining.

Declaration of Stage II Alarm Drought requires all of the District’s permittees to implement mandatory measures specified in their User Drought Contingency Plans to meet monthly pumpage reduction requirements. All permittees must achieve at least a 20% reduction in monthly pumpage. Permittees with conditional permits have to reduce use even further. End-user customers served by water utilities on groundwater wells are required to comply with their utility’s water use restrictions for this drought stage. Generally, restricting outdoor water use, including limiting landscape irrigation, pool filling & refilling, and non-essential water use such as water fountains, is sufficient to reach monthly pumpage targets for Stage II Alarm Drought. September will be the first full month of declared drought, and therefore, the first monthly compliance assessments for drought curtailments.

 

August 14, 2014

Upcoming Asphalt Repair

On August 21 and August 28 - 29, the Association has scheduled a road crew to perform minor asphalt repair on our roads. This work will be done in advance of a Seal Coat operation planned for September. Please be sure to drive carefully when around the crews.

August 8, 2014

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 East Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

August 5, 2014

Burn Ban ON in Hays County

The Hays County Commissioners Court today reinstated a burn ban for the unincorporated areas of the county. Fire Marshal Mark Chambers told the Court that concerns were increasing about the fire danger because of low humidity combined with the amount of dead grasses, which act as a fuel source. He noted that the Drought Index, currently at 548 on a scale of 800, was expected to hit 637 within 14 days. Typically, a burn ban is considered when the index reaches the mid-500 range.

Under a burn ban, all outdoor burning is banned in unincorporated areas, including the use of burn barrels with lids. Food grills with lids are not banned, but backyard chefs are encouraged to keep a water source nearby and ensure that all charcoal and wood chips are doused with water and cold before leaving a grill. Never leave a grill unattended.

For more information on fire safety, visit www.co.hays.tx.us and choose Fire Marshal from the Law Enforcement dropdown tab.

July 14, 2014

Prescribed Burn FM 967

From Hays County Commissioner Mark Jones' office: Austin Water Utility is planning a prescribed burn on several hundred acres off of FM 967 on Monday, July 14. Several agencies will be on site and in the area to provide safety. Smoke may be visible west of Buda, east of FM 1826 and north of FM 967 from mid morning to sunset.

June 27, 2014

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Monday, June 30, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 East Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

June 5, 2014

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 East Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

May 27, 2014

Water Company election results and rate comparison

Two new postings have been added to the rubyranchwater.com website: the the Official Election Results plus a local area Rate Comparison. Please go to rubyranchwater.com for more information.

Ruby Ranch lot owners in Sections 3 through 8 get their water supply from the Ruby Ranch Water Supply Corporation (RRWSC). The RRWSC is separate from the Ruby Ranch Homeowners Association and is run by a separate Board of Directors.

May 17, 2014

Ruby Ranch Board of Directors seeking Director candidates

The Ruby Ranch Board of Directors continues to seek applicants to fill a recently vacated board of directors seat. If you are interested in helping our neighborhood and joining the Board, please call or email any of the Board Members or email board@rubyranchtx.com for more information.

May 17, 2014

RRHOA invites proposals for Security Gate Maintenance and Repair Services

Ruby Ranch HOA is continuing to invite proposals for Gate Maintenance and Repair Services for all security gates and their parts located in the Ruby Ranch Subdivision. The gates are in Ruby Ranch Subdivision Phases 4/5 and 7/8, and include the gates at (1) Clark Cove; (2) the gates at both ends of West Bartlett Drive; and (3) the gates at Labenski Drive. Please see the full Request for Proposal document here.

Question may be submitted to: Andrea Siebert at siebert.andrea@gmail.com

May 17, 2014

RRHOA continues to solicit landscaping bids

Ruby Ranch is soliciting landscaping bids to update our main 967 entrance area. We have a landscaping plan - see it here. If you are interested in bidding, you may contact any of the Board Members or submit your bid to Ruby Ranch HOA, P.O. Box 71, Buda, TX 78610

May 8, 2014

FM 967 paving alert

From Hays County Commissioner Mark Jones' office: Beginning on May 12, 2014, expect delays on FM 967 as TXDOT maintenance crews will be hot-mixing areas of FM 967 from FM 1826 TO FM 1626. Weather permitting, the work is scheduled to be complete by the end of the month.

May 8, 2014

RRHOA Seeking Candidates for Board Director

The Ruby Ranch Board of Directors continues to seek applicants for appointment to a recently vacated board of directors seat. The Board will ask all potential appointees to attend the 5/13/14 regularly scheduled monthly meeting for interview purposes. Please email any of the Board Members or board@rubyranchtx.com should you wish to be considered.

May 8, 2014

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 East Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

May 2, 2014

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors seeking Director candidates

The Ruby Ranch Board of Directors is seeking applicants for appointment to a recently vacated board of directors seat. We will ask all potential appointees to attend the 5/13/14 regularly scheduled monthly meeting for interview purposes. Please email any of the Board Members or board@rubyranchtx.com should you wish to be considered.

April 28, 2014

Unrestrained dogs

On Sunday, a person was attacked by a Boxer dog on East Bartlett. The sheriff was called and animal is said to be quarantined.

Unattended animals is a community offense and a county violation. Owners allowing their dogs to run at large are violating the law in Hays County (see: this link) and are violating the Association’s CCR’s (see this link and refer to Section 8.15, page 18).

Please keep your neighbors and animals safe. If you find a dog running loose, or being a nuisance, please call the Hays County Sheriff's Office at 512-393-7896.

April 25, 2014

Aquifer District Declares Stage II Alarm Drought

The Barton Springs/ Edwards Aquifer Conservation District has declared a Stage II Alarm Drought for our area. See the full story here: rubyranchwater.com

April 24, 2014

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Monday, April 28, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 101 Armstrong Cove, Buda, Texas.

April 23, 2014

Gate Keypad Damage

The Clark Cove gate keypad was heavily damaged by a vehicle this past Saturday. The Gate Committee and Board of Directors are obtaining repair bids and will decide what to do after receiving bids.

April 23, 2014

RRHOA invites proposals for Security Gate Maintenance and Repair Services

Ruby Ranch HOA is inviting proposals for Gate Maintenance and Repair Services for all security gates and their parts located in the Ruby Ranch Subdivision. The gates are in Ruby Ranch Subdivision Phases 4/5 and 7/8, and include the gates at (1) Clark Cove; (2) the gates at both ends of West Bartlett Drive; and (3) the gates at Labenski Drive. Please see the full Request for Proposal document here.

Deadline for final submission of questions: Monday, May 5, 2014

Submission Deadline: May 9, 2014

Question may be submitted to: Andrea Siebert at siebert.andrea@gmail.com

April 22, 2014

Ruby Ranch Water Supply Corporation Annual Meeting minutes

The Annual Meeting Minutes for Ruby Ranch Water Supply Corporation have been published. You can view the minutes by visiting the RRWSC website here: http://rubyranchwater.com/

Ruby Ranch lot owners in Sections 3 through 8 get their water supply from the Ruby Ranch Water Supply Corporation (RRWSC). The RRWSC is separate from the Ruby Ranch Homeowners Association and is run by a separate Board of Directors.

April 16, 2014

RRHOA taking bids to update the main entrance

Ruby Ranch is taking bids to update our main 967 entrance area. We have a landscaping plan and want to put it out to everyone who is interested in bidding! See the landscaping plan here. If you are interested in bidding, you may contact any of the Board Members or submit your bid to Ruby Ranch HOA, P.O. Box 71, Buda, TX 78610

April 10, 2014

April 2014 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

April 9, 2014

Ruby Ranch Road Maintenance

The Ruby Ranch community is taking information and investigation options for our continued road maintenance. Click on the links below to see more information. Current sealcoat options being reviewed are Tarconite and Jennite AE. We are looking for our members to weigh in with opinions, questions or alternative options. Please get involved and give us your opinion!

1. Texas Pavement Newsletter

2. The Gestalt of Asphalt

3. Tarconite

4. Sealcoat

5. Slurry Seals

6. Evaluating Pavement Condition

7. 101 Jennite AE

April 5, 2014

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge and Celebration Facility, 292 East Bartlett Drive. See a map here. You may view the meeting agenda here.

March 31, 2014

Ruby Ranch Spring Fling this Sunday!

The Ruby Ranch Spring Fling is this Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 2pm at the Follett's patio at 380 E. Bartlett. Hot dogs, ice cream and games. Please come out and enjoy the day.

 

March 28, 2014

News from Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District

The Spring Edition of the Aquifer Bulletin is now available online. Get a link to it from the Ruby Ranch Water Corporation website.

March 17, 2014

Mark your calendars for the Ruby Ranch Spring Fling!

Mark your calendars...the Ruby Ranch Spring Fling will be Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 2pm at the Follett's patio at 380 E. Bartlett. Hot dogs, ice cream and games. Please come out and enjoy the day.

 

March 10, 2014

March 2014 Newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

March 8, 2014

Interested in Austins wildlands restoration including lands that adjoin Ruby Ranch?

Greetings, all:

We have several great upcoming volunteer opportunities this spring. The weather has been a little crazy, but hopefully we've seen the last of the arctic blasts for the season. There were solid rains last fall and some precipitation this winter so I have hope for a beautiful wildflower season!

* Native Prairie Restoration on Onion

o Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8 from 10am-2pm

o Join biologist Devin Grobert as we work to exclude invasive grasses and plants from our native prairie remnants on the Onion tract.

o We will work for three hours (10am-1pm) and then hold a one hour training for those individuals who are interested in individual land stewardship projects.

* Native Grass Seeding on Onion

o Saturday, March 22 and Saturday, April 5 from 9am-1pm.

o We will work to re-seed areas treated by prescribed fire.

* Land Stewardship on Vireo Preserve

o Tuesday, March 11 and Sundays, March 16, 23, 30 from 10am-2pm

o Jim O'Donnell has been doing amazing work creating and restoring endangered species habitat on the Vireo Preserve. The projects vary, but are always interesting and engaging. If it works better for your schedule, you are welcome to volunteer for only two hours (10am-noon or noon-2pm) if you let us know in advance.

You can register for all of these events on our website: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/water/wildland/onlineregistration/ecowebevents.cfm

March 7, 2014

Prescribed Burn Today, March 7

From Commissioner Mark Jones' Office:

A controlled burn is planned for Friday in Hays County on City of Austin water quality protection land.

Smoke may be visible west of Buda, west of FM 1826 and south of FM 967 from mid-morning to sunset. Because this prescribed burn will produce smoke in the area the public should be aware of this controlled event and use discretion when contacting emergency services.

March 7, 2014

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

February 25, 2014

Board of Directors Election Results

After determining from proxies and ballets cast that there was a quorum at the 2014 Annual Meeting, here are the results from the Board of Directors election for 3 open positions:

Donna Bjornson 146

David Mixon 93

Kevin Ritchie 41

Andrea Siebert 77

Write in Sonny Hollub Jr. 102

As a result, Donna Bjornson, David Mixon, and Sonny Hollub Jr. were elected to the Board of Directors for a 2-year term.

In addition, there was an election for members of the Wildlife Committee for 2 open positions. Here are those results:

Tim Dowling 127

Chris Scallon 126

Write in Chuck Carroll 1

Write in Travis Salinas 1

As a result, Tim Dowling and Chris Scallon were elected to the Wildlife Committee for a 2-year term.

February 13, 2014

Groundwater to the Gulf: FREE Summer Teacher Training

A new article has been posted to the Ruby Ranch Water Corporation's website. You can view the article here.

February 12, 2014

Wildlife Committee update on City of Austin land

Update on the City of Austin land.

First off, thank you neighbors for helping to find the right person that manages the land around a big portion of our neighborhood. The shooting incident, skeet on a landowner’s property, provided a great educational opportunity.

I had a great talk with Kevin Thueson, who is the Environmental Conservation Program Manager for the land that was in question. Thank you again Mary Stone for the golden contact! The land all sits on what we all know as the highly sensitive Edwards Aquifer Recharge zone. The goal for the program is to protect the land, which in turn protects the water quality.

The land purchased from Jeremiah Ventures is also be currently cleaned. Buildings and other structures are being removed to bring the land back to the original conditions. The land at the end of Ruby Ranch has different rules, but Kevin was unaware where they were at with that project because he just returned from a nice long vacation.

1st – There are no active kills going on the land, besides feral hogs and those are being captured with pens that have even been approved even by PETA.

2nd – The last kill took place almost 10 years ago to protect the native species of animals and plant life. When they first acquired the property, white tail numbers were way over acceptable thresholds and so a hunter was sent in to thin the herds of both white tails and the exotics. When they did kill the deer and antelope, they even provided it to the food shelters. After the kill, they have done studies to see if it had positive consequences. There were both positive and negative consequences, so their current action plan is to take no action. For at least the next ten years, the only animal targeted to be removed will be the feral hogs.

3rd – If you are interested in volunteering on the land you can contact Louise Liller at 512.972.1682 or her emailLouis.liller@austintexas.gov They actually have nature walks, guided hikes, set up quite often and periodically have projects that they seek volunteers. They also have a dinner for volunteers on the property about once a year.

4th – One thing that was discussed and was expressed was they really would prefer not to have the exotics on the property. The exotics eat different things than the native deer and animals and thus impact the area in different ways. A possibility mentioned, they would need approval from the powers that be and the bean counters, to erect a high fence where our neighborhood and the City of Austin land meet. They would take on the cost, if approved, to keep our exotics out of the water quality zone. Before they would take it to the higher powers, we would need the neighborhood and the land owners that this would affect nods of approval. High fences are not pretty, they are just effective. This is something we might want to discuss at the annual meeting.

Tim Dowling

Ruby Ranch Wildlife Committee

512.585.9380

 

February 8, 2014

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

February 6, 2014

Buda Farmers' Market

Spring has sprung in Buda, Texas and so has the Downtown Buda Farmers' Market, announcing its fourth season on Main Street. Slow down, drive through Historic Downtown Buda and savor the local flavor of a small Texas town while reconnecting with where your food comes from. Meet our local farmers and artisans from 9:00 AM - 12:00 noon every Saturday, starting March 22nd, rain or shine.

Jennifer Denton, Farmers' Market Manager for the past three seasons, states "We're excited to be heading into our fourth season and would like to thank all our customers and vendors for supporting our market each year.” Although Jennifer will be resigning this season she can now enjoy the market from the best point of view, the customer. She also looks forward to passing on the reins and market tradition to Sherry Highsmith, Bruce Banks, and Jonas Jones.

Our local Farmers and Artisans will unveil their fresh grown produce and locally made goods on Saturday, March 22nd, from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Music will be provided by Off the Cuff from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, making this occasion a fun and festive event to bring your family to. If you don't get a chance to chat with the locals about what they're cooking fresh out of the garden, don't forget to check Facebook for what's currently growing or for delicious recipes. www.facebook.com/dbfma. For more information or if you are interested in volunteering or participating as a vendor, please visit our website at www.budafarmersmarket.com. This year's market will be located under the Live Oak Tree, 121 S. Main Street, across from Garcia's restaurant. Free, ample parking and public restrooms are available.

February 4, 2014

Wildlife Committee asks for help

Update on the City of Austin land. We have received a lot of leads in regards to folks we can talk to get to the heart of the matter, which is to understand the programs currently running on the City of Austin property.

1st – It seems that original gunfire was a neighboring land owner skeet shooting on Saturday.

2nd – We are following up on the leads of individuals to talk to and hopefully will understand exactly what the rules and programs on the much of the land surrounding our community.

When we have concrete information we will convey that information to the community.

Thanks again for all your help.

Ruby Ranch Wildlife Committee

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Can you help? We have recently learned that the City of Austin possibly has a program to exterminate the exotic animals that are on their property. Many shots were fired over the weekend and the Sheriff was called, but it was reported that the folks on the property were allowed there by the City of Austin for the purpose of the extermination. The property is on the west side of Creekside and the end of Clark Cove, plus the new two property acquisitions with Jeremiah Ventures west of our community and the Ruby family land at the end of Ruby Ranch road. One of the properties, maybe all of them, were and are being purchased through or with the support of The Nature Conservancy.

We are trying to get all the details so we can understand what we are working with and what resolutions or steps we need to take next.

We are trying to track down who would be in charge of the tracks of land in regard to land management and who it is that we can talk with. Do you know of the person or can you help us track down the person or committee?

Many thanks,

Wildlife Committee for Ruby Ranch

Please contact Tim Dowling @ tim@btmrealty.com or call 512.585.9380 with any information.

February 4, 2014

Annual Meeting for Ruby Ranch HOA

The Ruby Ranch HOA Annual Meeting is set for Monday, February 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Ruby Ranch Lodge & Celebration Facility. See a map here

If you cannot attend the meeting but wish to cast your vote for the candidates, you can fill out an Absentee Ballot and mail it to: Ruby Ranch HOA, P.O. Box 71, Buda, TX 78610. Your Absentee Ballot must be received by February 21, 2014. You can find the Ballot here.

If you cannot attend and don't want to vote, please fill out and mail in a Proxy Form -- we need these to ensure that we have a quorum for the meeting. You can find the Proxy Form here.

January 21, 2014

County Burn Ban Activated

From Commissioner Mark Jones' office: *THE BURN BAN IS ON UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE*

January 20, 2014

Water system announces their annual meeting date and time

Ruby Ranch Water Supply Corporation has posted a new item - an announcement of the 2014 Annual Meeting. Please to go rubyranchwater.com to see more information.

January 16, 2014

Board of Director Nominations

In preparation for the upcoming Annual Meeting on February 24th, the Association will be mailing out Annual Meeting information, including Absentee Ballots and Proxies on or before January 24. If you are interested in running for the Board of Directors and wish to have your name shown on the Absentee Ballot, you should to fill out the nomination form here before January 20th.

January 14, 2014

Mowing and Landscape Maintenance proposals being accepted by the Association

Ruby Ranch HOA is soliciting contract proposals for mowing and landscape maintenance for the Association. Interested parties may view an information and requirements document here. Proposals must be received by the Association by February 15, 2014 and can be submitted to Ruby Ranch HOA, P.O. Box 71, Buda, TX 78610

January 9, 2014

Ruby Ranch HOA Annual Meeting

Mark your calendars! The Ruby Ranch HOA Annual Meeting is set for Monday, February 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Ruby Ranch Lodge & Celebration Facility. More information about the meeting will be mailed out to all members within the next few weeks.

This year, there are 3 Board positions open for election and Board members will be elected during the Annual Meeting. If you wish to be a candidate for the Board, you may use the nomination form available here.

January 7, 2014

January 2014 newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

January 3, 2014

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

December 13, 2013

Water Efficient Landscapes for Homeowners Associations

From Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District:

In the past regular session, the Texas Legislature passed a water conservation measure as Senate Bill 198, which states that HoAs will no longer be able to ban drought-resistant landscapes. This new law went into effect on September 1, 2013.

The traditional goal of an HoA is to coordinate a consistent, appealing look and feel to the neighborhood and protect associated property values and quality of life for its residents. Allowing residents to incorporate more drought-tolerant landscape solutions means that the landscapes will survive and even thrive when much less water is available. A more sustainable, beautiful landscape--regardless of rainfall--is an asset to any homeowner and neighborhood.

The District is collaborating with the Clean Water Fund to host a workshop for area HoAs to discuss a variety of drought-tolerant landscape options, water conservation techniques, and examples of HoA codes and covenants that encourage water conservation and while preserving a positive neighborhood aesthetic.

The workshop will be held Saturday morning, January 25th. RSVP to rhgary@bseacd.org for additional details.

December 13, 2013

Halloween flood damage repairs set to begin

Several roadway culverts in Ruby Ranch received significant damage during the Halloween flood and repairs are set to begin Monday, December 16th, weather permitting. You may see workers on Ruby Ranch Road, north of the 4-way stop as well as on Clark Cove. Please be sure to drive slowly around the work activity.

December 12, 2013

From Barton Springs/Edward Aquifer Conservation District: Groundwater to the Gulf: FREE Summer Teacher Training

Registration is now open for this summer's Groundwater to the Gulf: Summer Institute for Educators! The Aquifer District, in collaboration with 12 other agencies, helps host this annual 4 day, field-trip-based, hands-on training. Dip your hands into local water topics and try activities that help bring those topics back to your classroom.

Visit the Groundwater to the Gulf Registration page for more details including photos from years past, registration link, and sponsor info. Registration has been updated, and the flyer etc will be updated soon.

Hope you can join us!

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December 11, 2013

Bookkeeping proposals being accepted by the Association

Ruby Ranch HOA is soliciting contract proposals for Bookkeeping work for the Association. Interested parties may view an information and requirements document here. Proposals must be received by the Association by January 15, 2014 and can be submitted to Ruby Ranch HOA, P.O. Box 71, Buda, TX 78610

December 11, 2013

Roadway crack sealing to begin

Once again, the Association will have contractors performing roadway crack sealing on all our roads beginning on December 18. Work will begin in the far southern end of the subdivision (on Story and Ware Drive) and proceed north. Although set to begin Dec. 18, weather may affect start date and overall progress. Please be sure to drive slowly around the work activity!

December 11, 2013

Board of Directors Nominations

Nominations are once again being accepted for the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors. There are 3 Board positions open for election and Board members will be elected during the Annual Meeting held next year (date has not been set yet). If you wish to be a candidate for the Board, you may use the nomination form available here.

December 11, 2013

December 2013 newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

December 6, 2013

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

December 5, 2013

Hunting in Ruby Ranch

Recently, several of our Ruby Ranch neighbors have reported hearing gun shots in the area. As a reminder, the Ruby Ranch HOA restrictions do not permit discharge or use of a firearm anywhere in the subdivision or an any lot located in the subdivision. Please do not hunt within Ruby Ranch.

November 29, 2013

Ruby Ranch HOA Special Board of Directors meeting

There will be a special meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Monday, December 2, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

November 22, 2013

Speed Limit changes on FM1626

From Mark Jones, Commissioner, Precinct 2:

Commissioner Jones and TXDOT have worked together and come to an agreement on speed limit reduction throughout the construction zone from FM 967 to Brodie Ln. The speed limit will be reduced as follows;

When traveling northbound on FM 1626:

50 mph from FM 967 to Bliss Spillar

45 mph from Bliss Spillar to Brodie Ln.

When traveling southbound on FM 1626:

45 mph from Brodie Ln. to Bliss Spillar

50 mph from Bliss Spillar to FM 967

*THE MODIFICATION WILL BE COMPLETE BY THE END OF THE DAY FRIDAY, 11/22/2013, PLEASE USE CAUTION*

Once the project is complete, the speed limit will be set to the speed limit that currently exists for normal conditions. TXDOT will then perform a speed study to determine if the speed limit can be increased or remain the same.

The Hays County Sheriff’s Office and DPS have committed to increase the presence of law enforcement in the area to address the speeding issues of large trucks and other vehicles. A DPS vehicle was already observed in the area this week. In addition, the Hays County Sheriff, Gary Cutler, contacted each of the quarry companies to discuss the issue of trucks speeding while traveling to the quarry. He requested that they warn truckers to drive with more caution in this area for the safety of the truckers and traveling public.

November 22, 2013

Public Notice of Hays Quarry request for pumping permit before BSEACD

Notice is given that a Public Hearing by the Board of Directors of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District will be held at the District office located at 1124 Regal Row, Austin, Texas, during its Regular Meeting on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at 6:15 p.m. for the following purpose:

Industrial Asphalt LP, 6025 FM 967, Buda TX 78610, filed a production permit application on April 15, 2013 with the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District for a Historical Trinity Production Permit to withdraw an annual permitted volume of approximately 2,000,000 gallons per year of groundwater from the Middle Trinity aquifer management zone. Industrial Asphalt LP seeks to produce from the Trinity Aquifer as an alternative to the Edwards Aquifer. Industrial Asphalt LP will operate the well and utilize the permitted pumpage for commercial use to supply water at the quarry for dust suppression. The volume of pumpage requested was commensurate with an estimate of reasonable demand for the intended use and upon approval, would be required to comply with the provisions of a Historical Trinity Production Permit.

You may submit written comments to BSEACD prior to November 24, 2013

Industrial Asphalt operates a quarry directly west of Ruby Ranch. Their website is http://www.haysquarry.com

The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District website is www.bseacd.org/

November 20, 2013

The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District has declared a No-Drought condition

Aquifer District Out of Groundwater Drought

The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District’s General Manager has declared a No-Drought condition for the aquifers within the District, effective immediately. The declaration comes after a wet September that saturated soils, then record-setting rainfall in October that caused runoff to area creeks which swelled beyond their banks allowing substantial recharge to the aquifer. One of the area’s two groundwater drought indicators, the water level in the Lovelady Monitor Well, has been rising steadily since the storms in mid- and late-October. On Sunday, November 17, the water level in the Lovelady Well crossed above the District’s drought threshold, a rise of over 19 feet in about a month. The other drought indicator, sustained flow rate at Barton Springs, moved above its threshold after the precipitation events in mid-October and has remained there. Both indicators need to be above their designated thresholds – and currently are – to emerge from drought.

The District declared a groundwater drought and has been enforcing mandatory water-use restrictions since November 15, 2012, just over a year ago. While the aquifer has received substantial recharge and has passed into No-Drought status, it is still below average water storage capacity. “The water level at the Lovelady well is still 22 feet below average, but the rapid recharge caused by the recent storms has greatly improved groundwater conditions around the District,” said Robin Gary, Public Information Coordinator. Groundwater users are encouraged to maintain conservation practices, but mandatory water use restrictions are lifted.

Brian Smith, Aquifer Science Team Leader, stated that, “These exceptional rain events in October fell over parts of the Edwards Aquifer recharge and contributing zone, but the western parts of the contributing zone received only moderate amounts of rain, so we are not likely to see flow continuing in the creeks for an extended period of time. Without significant rain this fall and winter the aquifer could return to drought status by late winter or spring.”

The District’s General Manager, John Dupnik, offered this reminder stating that, “Despite the exceedingly wet conditions this fall, it is important that groundwater users not forget about the preceding summer months during which severe to extreme meteorological drought gripped the area, and as a consequence, caused water levels in the aquifer to plummet to close to Stage IV Exceptional Drought conditions.” Even in No-Drought status, end users are encouraged to continue to conserve. Conserving water can prolong the time spent out of groundwater drought and protect water levels and springflow at Barton Springs.

Useful links:

• Aquifer Data (links to real-time drought trigger measurements): www.bseacd.org/aquifer-science/aquifer-data/

• Aquifer Status: www.bseacd.org/aquifer-science/drought-status/

• Drought Monitor Blog: droughtmonitor.blogspot.com/

• Aquifer Bulletin newsletter (with full aquifer rain response article): www.bseacd.org/publications/newsletters/

• Press Release Archives: www.bseacd.org/publications/press-releases/

November 8, 2013

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

November 7, 2013

November 2013 newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

November 5, 2013

Now Available Online: Aquifer Bulletin - Fall Edition

The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District's Fall Edition of the Aquifer Bulletin is now available online. This edition's articles include:

- Aquifer Status: The End of Another Groundwater Drought?

- From the GM's Desk

- Historic Floods and Droughts

- SH 45 Update

- Non-Exempt Domestic Use Wells

- HoA Landscaping Codes

- 2013 Groundwater Stewardship Award Winners

Click here to see the Aquifer Bulletin.

November 4, 2013

Flood Assistance Event

Persons who were affected by the Halloween floods in Hays County are invited and encouraged to attend an assistance event Tuesday, November 5, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Barton Junior High School, 4950 Jack C. Hays Trail (FM 2770). Organizations that can provide assistance such as the American Red Cross, Hays County Food Bank, United Methodist Church Disaster Response, Baptist Ministries Disaster Relief and others will be available to explain what types of assistance each can offer. This will be a convenient, one-stop shop where flood victims can find out what help might be available for their individual situation.

A contact list of agencies will be available soon on the Hays County web site, www.co.hays.tx.us and at County Precinct Offices, the Hays County Courthouse and the Hays County Government Center, as well as other locations, for those who cannot attend Tuesday's event.

October 30, 2013

Possible Mountain Lion sighting

Recently, there have been a few reports in Ruby Ranch of possible Mountain Lion sightings. Now might be a good time to learn more about the mountain lion by reading the attached information from Texas Parks and Wildlife!

Mountain Lion attacks on humans are rare. Only four attacks on humans in Texas have been reported since 1980, all of them in remote areas of West Texas.

In Texas, mountain lions prey primarily on white­tailed deer and mule deer. Javelina, pronghorn antelope, feral hogs, big horned sheep, raccoons, coyotes, porcupine, opossum, rabbits and a variety of other small mammals also supplement their diet.

These preventive actions will help you avoid a possible attack:

  • Install outdoor lighting in areas where you walk after dark.
  • Remove any vegetation a lion could hide in near children’s play areas and your house.
  • DO NOT FEED WILDLIFE, including deer. Remember, predators follow prey.
  • Keep pets under control. If pets are left outside overnight, confine them to kennels with tops.
  • Store all garbage securely.
  • Hike with others, carry pepper spray and a walking stick, and avoid early­morning, dusk and nighttime excursions.
  • DO NOT APPROACH a mountain lion to get a better view or picture.

If you encounter a mountain lion:

  • Pick up small children to prevent them from running and triggering a rush or attack.
  • Stay calm, talk calmly, and slowly back away, keeping eye contact with the mountain lion. DO NOT RUN OR TURN YOUR BACK.
  • Do what you can to appear LARGER by raising your arms or waving a stick.
  • If the lion is aggressive throw rocks or sticks, and speak firmly and loudly.
  • FIGHT BACK if a lion attacks you. Lions can be driven off by fighting back. DO NOT PLAY DEAD.
  • Even children have successfully driven off a mountain lion by fighting back.
  • Report all aggressive mountain lion behavior.

Click on the following for more information:

Mountain Lions in Texas

A Field Guide to Texas Mountain Lions

October 29, 2013

Aquifer District Eases, Doesnt Remove Drought Restrictions

The Board of Directors of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District eased drought restrictions from Stage III Critical Drought to Stage II Alarm Drought at its Board meeting on October 24th, effective immediately. Despite a particularly dry summer, the succession of small rains in September and October set the scene for significant recharge associated with the larger October 12-13 storm. Both of the District’s drought triggers have now crossed back over their respective Stage II Alarm Drought thresholds. The Lovelady Monitor Well water level elevation is 465.3 feet above sea level; the Barton Springs is flowing about 68 cubic feet per second.

While water levels in the aquifer are on the rise, the rate of rise appears to be slowing and without continued rainfall the District could find itself back in Stage III Critical Drought in a matter of months. “In 2000, a short wet spell reversed water level declines temporarily. Without more rain we could see a similar situation this time around,” commented Brian Smith, Principal Hydrogeologist with the District.

Under Stage II restrictions, permittees must limit monthly pumping by at least 20% for historical-use permits and from 20 to 100% for conditional-use permits, depending on permit class. End-user customers served by water utilities on groundwater wells are required to comply with their utility’s water use restrictions for this drought stage. Although Stage II Alarm Drought restrictions generally allow for some outdoor water use, groundwater users should continue to conserve and maintain a monthly water use of less than 4,000 gallons per person (less than 16,000 gallons for a family of 4).

“The drought is not over. Recent rains have provided a respite from Stage III Critical Drought conditions, but water levels in the aquifers are still low,” noted John Dupnik, the District’s General Manager, “We're looking at this with cautious optimism. If the rains continue we'll see water levels continue to rise. If they don't, we'll be ready to tighten pumping restrictions again. All our groundwater users need to continue to conserve water and use it wisely. There's nothing like drought to remind us how precious water is.”

Useful links:

 

October 9, 2013

October 2013 newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

October 4, 2013

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

October 2, 2013

BSEACD Groundwater Stewardship Award Winners & Upcoming Events

From the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District:

Hello Friends of the Aquifers,

Hope you've enjoyed the recent rains. The soils are saturated enough that we saw a little bit of recharge to the aquifer! Creeks didn't flow for very long, but they flowed for a few hours. These past rains didn't come close to breaking the drought, but if we continue to see a wet-weather pattern, conditions are right to see some flow in the recharge zone creeks.

Aside from the rain, I'm proud to announce our 2013 Groundwater Stewardship Award winners and pass along some very interesting upcoming trainings and talks.

2013 GROUNDWATER STEWARDSHIP AWARD WINNERS:

This year's Groundwater Stewardship Awards winners are:

· Halley Ortiz, Hays County Resident (Water Conservation)

· Jill Harding, Bowie High School (Education)

· Corrine Wong, Jenna Kromann, and Jay Banner, UT-Austin (Research)

· Shield Ranch (Water Quality Protection)

· Joe Vickers, The Wellspec Company (Innovation)

Read more about the winners on the Press Release that went out this afternoon. Congratulations to both the winners and all the nominees! And a special thanks to all of you who nominated someone this year. We had an incredible group of nominees.

UPCOMMING TRAININGS AND TALKS

SH-45 Southwest Study Open House Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will host an open house for the proposed improvements to SH 45SW between MoPac and FM 1626. The purpose of the open house is to gather public input regarding the scope of the environmental impact statement (EIS), present the draft Project Coordination Plan, and to discuss the project's purpose and need. Information about the tentative schedule and the EIS process will also be presented. (PLEASE NOTE: the date shown on the TX DOT homepage is incorrect. The date on the press release linked on the home page is correct: Oct. 8)

Time: 5 - 8pm

Place: Bailey Middle School Cafeteria, 4020 Lost Oasis Hollow

Texas Watershed Stewards Training Friday, October 11, 2013

The Texas Watershed Steward (TWS) program is a statewide one-day educational program designed to improve the quality of Texas' water resources by educating and informing local stakeholders about their watershed, potential impairments, and steps that can be taken to help improve and protect water quality in their watershed.

Time: 8am - 4pm

Place: LCRA Redbud Center at 3601 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin

Large-Scale Rainwater Harvesting Workshop Saturday, October 19, 2013

This workshop and tour will focus on large-scale rainwater harvesting. Ideal participants are those wishing to install harvesting systems used for small livestock, wildlife, in-home, irrigation systems, large gardens. Workshop attendees will be educated on installation of 500 gallon tanks and up in size. The tour portion will be of a nearby home with a 36,000 gallon harvesting capacity. (Cost: $25 early registration)

Time: 9am - 2pm

Place: Manchaca Methodist Church (near 1626 and Manchaca Road)

As always if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us!

512-282-8441 phone

512-282-7016 fax

rhgary@bseacd.org

www.bseacd.org

September 30, 2013

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2013 IS TOMORROW NIGHT

Reminder: National Night Out is tomorrow, October 1, 2013 from 6:45 P.M. till just after 8 P.M. at the Follett Conference Center at 380 E. Bartlett. See here for more information!

September 24, 2013

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

September 19, 2013

New Ruby Ranch Facebook page

Something new! Visit the new Ruby Ranch Facebook community page and get connected to your neighbors and our neighborhood.

September 18, 2013

Aquifer District Warns of Possible Entry into Stage IV Exceptional Drought

The Barton Springs 30-day average discharge has fallen below 17 cubic feet per second (cfs) based on field measurements and the correlation of measured flow with Lovelady Monitor Well water levels. The 30-day average of 17 cfs or less is not a drought trigger threshold, but rather it is an indicator that water levels and springflow in the District are extraordinarily low and that water supplies could be adversely affected.

Current projections of aquifer conditions suggest that the aquifer may reach or fall below the Stage IV Exceptional Drought thresholds (a Barton Springs 10-day average of 14 cfs; a Lovelady Monitor Well water level of 457.1 ft above mean sea level) as early as December 2013. On September 12, 2013, the 10-day average flow at Barton Springs was 15 cfs, and the water level at the Lovelady Monitor Well was 458.3 feet above mean sea level; this is 1 cfs and 1.2 ft above the respective Stage IV drought triggers.

With lack of significant rainfall and continued pumping, water levels could drop to the extent that some wells could go dry, and flow from Barton Springs could eventually decrease to the point where ecological, recreational, and aesthetic uses of Barton Springs would be harmed. The aquifer can no longer afford anything other than minimal use for essential needs.

"Central Texas has received a few small rain events but none have generated enough runoff to fill the lakes or the aquifers. Our permittees and groundwater users have done a commendable job of cutting back so far, but we're approaching unprecedented aquifer conditions that may warrant extraordinary measures to maintain springflows and prevent wells from going dry. Continued and increased water conservation by all groundwater users is essential to help extend area groundwater supplies," noted John Dupnik, District General Manager.

The District is providing advance notice to all permittees in the Fresh Edwards Management Zones, of the possible declaration of Stage IV Exceptional Drought. Historical and Non-Exempt Domestic use permit holders would see a 40% reduction in allowable pumping and Conditional permit holders will be subject to additional and substantial curtailments in use. During Stage IV Exceptional Drought all Fresh Edwards permittees will be encouraged to supplement supplies with alternative sources, if available, to reduce actual pumping as much as practicable.

The District asks all of its constituents to continue their water conservation measures and be even better stewards of an increasingly scarce resource. A list of actions to save water in and around the home or office and information on current aquifer conditions are available on the District’s website at www.bseacd.org.

Useful Links:

· District Rules and Bylaws: www.bseacd.org/about-us/governing-documents/

· Aquifer Status: www.bseacd.org/aquifer-science/drought-status/

· Water Conservation Resources: www.bseacd.org/education/water-conservation/

· Press Releases: www.bseacd.org/publications/press-releases/

September 18, 2013

RR NH WATCH - NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2013 - FUN FOR ALL NEIGHBORS - DINNER, MEET POLICE, FIRE FIGHTERS, MUSIC & GAMES

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2013

YOUR FAMILY IS INVITED TO CELEBRATE

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2013

6:45 P.M. TILL JUST AFTER 8 P.M.

AT THE FOLLETT CONFERENCE CENTER AT 380 E. BARTLETT

RR NEIGHBORS COME JOIN THE FUN!

MEET TONS OF RR NEIGHBORS, POLICE, FIRE FIGHTERS AND RR NEIGHBORS FOLLETT FAMILY (for sharing their event center with neighbors)

WEAR A SUPER HERO COSTUME, or a SUPER HERO T-SHIRT

SHOW YOUR RUBY RANCH SPIRIT FOR NATIONAL NIGHT OUT!

GAMES

SUPER HERO DESSERT DECORATING CONTEST (cookies, cupcakes, cakes)

MUSIC

SUPER HERO BINGO

POTLUCK DINNER

NEIGHBORS BRING A SUPER SIDE DISH

(we will have sign up & we will call you)

MAIN COURSE & BOTTLED WATERS PROVIDED BY RR HOA

GUEST SPEAKERS: POLICE from HAYS COUNTRY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT, FIRE FIGHTERS from BUDA FIRE DEPARTMENT

SEE YOU ALL SOON

RR NEIGHBORS, RR NH WATCH CAPTAINS, RR NH WATCH COORDINATORS

we all make this possible

porschebob@aol.com

If you have any questions or you can help out email us!

September 13, 2013

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

August 27, 2013

Ruby Ranch Board of Directors candidates wanted

The Ruby Ranch Board of Directors is seeking an eager volunteer to fill a vacated board seat for the remainder of the 2013 term. Persons wishing to seek appointment should have strong interest in our community, the ability to participate in monthly meetings including participating in business items and have desire to run for the 2014 open seat. We are looking for someone to have owned property in Ruby Ranch for two years, to be a natural person, a citizen of the state of Texas and to have no criminal record. Interested persons should respond to Cristi Roberts at cjr_70@hotmail.com.

August 23, 2013

August 2013 Aquifer Update from BSEACD

Click here to see the August 2013 Aquifer Update from BSEACD

Topics Include:

- Drought Update

- FREE Texas Well Owner Network Seminar (Sept. 17)

- Request for Groundwater Stewardship Award

Nominations

August 23, 2013

Ruby Ranch HOA Special Board of Directors meeting

There will be a special meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Monday, August 26, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

August 21, 2013

Ruby Ranch Road Committee

Interested in serving on a Ruby Ranch Road Committee? We have over 9 miles of private roadway in Ruby Ranch. To keep the roads in top condition, we'd like to start a committee to be responsible for providing key input to the Board of Directors on such items as: a) crack sealing, b) repaving, c) striping, d) road sign maintenance, etc. If interested, please contact Cristi Roberts at 512-587-7891 or email at cjr_70@hotmail.com

August 4, 2013

Unrestrained dogs

Just a reminder that your dog should be leashed at all times when the dog is off your property. We've had several reports of bites from unrestrained / roaming dogs. Owners allowing their dogs to run at large are violating the law in Hays County (the Ordnance may be viewed at this link: Animal Control Ordinance) and are violating the Association's CCR's (see this link and refer to Section 8.15, page 18).

If you find a dog running loose, or being a nuisance, please call the Hays County Animal Control Office at 512-393-7896.

July 30, 2013

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

July 11, 2013

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2

Latest newsletter from Hays County Precinct 2.

July 9, 2013

Burn Ban in effect

The Commissioners Court has banned outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of Hays County. Burn barrels, even with lids, are prohibited but gas and charcoal grills with lids are ok to use.

July 5, 2013

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

July 4, 2013

Fireworks Safety

Remember to be safe and keep your family safe if you choose to use fireworks. Children should not use fireworks unless under adult supervision. If you must use fireworks in Ruby Ranch, please be extremely careful as our area is currently in a drought -- exploding fireworks can easily start fast spreading fires.

There will be a fireworks display tonight at Buda City Park beginning at 9:30pm

June 25, 2013

Traffic alert for FM1626 and RR967 intersection

Austin Traffic Signal will be working on the installation of temporary traffic signals at the intersection of FM 1626 and RM 967. These construction activities will occur on Wednesday June 26 and Thursday June 27 between the hours of 9 AM and 4 PM. Uniformed police officers will be controlling the traffic at this intersection. Traffic delays are anticipated to be of minimal impact, but please plan ahead to avoid delays in arriving to your destinations.

June 22, 2013

See nearby Taylor Bat Cave and learn more about the proposed Jeremiah Venture wastewater plant

Local ranch owner Anne Ashmun and the Save Our Springs Alliance invite Ruby Ranch homeowners to see Ms. Ashmun’s Taylor Bat Cave on June 26th from 7-9 p.m. and to learn more about the pending request by “Jeremiah Venture” developers to spray irrigate treated wastewater on the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone just south of FM 967 and just west of Ruby Ranch and the KBDJ quarry. If approved, the plant would be the first such plant located directly on the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer recharge zone and would pose a serious threat to drinking water wells in Ruby Ranch and Oak Forest.

Please share the attached invitation and map with your friends and neighbors. We hope you will join us for this rare opportunity to visit a natural wonder and to hear about the work of the City of Austin and Save Our Springs Alliance to oppose the permitting of Jeremiah Venture’s wastewater treatment plant.

Please Adam Abrams of Save Our Springs Alliance at 512.477.2320 or by email at adam@sosalliance.org if you have any questions concerning the event.

June 15, 2013

News on the proposed Jeremiah Ventures L.P. project

This proposed 1300 home subdivision would be just west of the Hays Quarry. The southern end is next to Ruby Ranch and it is also next to land already owned by the City of Austin. Article from the American-Statesman: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/city-weighs-settlement-over-proposed-development-a/nSTdk/.

June 14, 2013

Hays Quarry website

Just a reminder: You can find out when Hays Quarry plans blasting by visiting their website at http://www.haysquarry.com/main/blasting.php

June 10, 2013

Precinct 2 News: June 2013 Edition

Latest news from Mark Jones, Commissioner, Hays County Precinct 2.

June 7, 2013

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

June 4, 2013

Quarry blasting today

Just received this: This is Laura Welch on behalf of Hays Quarry. We just wanted to let you know that we will be blasting today, weather permitting. If you have any questions or concerns. I can be reached at (210)-826-8899.

June 4, 2013

Summer 2013 Aquifer Bulletin from BSEACD

The Summer 2013 Aquifer Bulletin is now available online. Topics Include:

- Aquifer Status: Landscape is Green, But Water Levels are Still in the Red

- Water Well Check-up Results

- 2013 Permitting Update

- From the GM's Desk (Legislative Developments, the District's role in Society

- District Staff Additions

- City of Austin Water Well Program

- 2013 Scholarship Winners

- Permitting for New and Existing Wells

This newsletter is a collaboration by all the District staff. Each team contributes articles, so there is a little of everything! Visit the Newsletters page to access this and archived editions of the Aquifer Bulletin:

http://www.bseacd.org/publications/newsletters/

May 22, 2013

FM1626 Project update

Beginning the week of May 6, 2013, the roadway contractor on the FM 1626 North project has temporarily suspended construction activities to allow the utility companies (within the proposed roadway locations) to facilitate relocations of existing services. In the meantime, Hays County continues to strive towards the completion of right-of-way acquisitions. Completion of right-of-way acquisitions and utility relocations allows clear access for the roadway contractor to resume construction activities. Construction activities on both the Little Bear Creek bridge and the proposed roadway south of the bridge are projected to resume the week of June 3, 2013.

If you have any questions during the construction of this project please visit the website, www.improve1626.com.

May 13, 2013

RM 967 road update

From Commissioner Mark Jones:

I wanted to provide everyone with an update on the construction status of RM 967 at Ruby Ranch.

Activities for 05/13/2013-05/24/2013

- Sawcut edge of existing asphalt

- Prep subgrade on eastbound side

- Place the first course of base on the eastbound side

- Install driveway pipe and SET

- The saw cutting will cause moderate impact to traffic. Other activities will cause minimal disruption.

May 11, 2013

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

May 7, 2013

Precinct 2 News: May 2013 Edition

Latest news from Mark Jones, Commissioner, Hays County Precinct 2.

May 3, 2013

Pictures from the 2013 Spring Fling

Click on a picture to enlarge and start an automatic slideshow.

April 29, 2013

RM967 Road Update

From Commissioner Mark Jones' Office:

RM967 Roadway Activities for 04/29/2013-05/10/2013

- Fine grade of topsoil on the west bound bar ditch

- Stripe and switch over traffic

- Prep subgrade on eastbound side

- Place first course base eastbound

- Install driveway pipes

See timeline here.

April 17, 2013

Aquifer District Declares Stage III Critical Groundwater Drought

The Board of Directors of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District authorized a Stage III Critical Drought declaration at its Board meeting last week, once the water level in Lovelady Monitor Well was below its drought threshold for two consecutive days. Only one drought trigger below its threshold is required to enter into drought. Today marks two consecutive days where the Lovelady Monitor Well water level elevation was confirmed to be below its drought trigger threshold of 462.7 feet above mean sea level (ft msl). Stage III Critical Drought is now officially declared for the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District.

Under Stage III restrictions, permittees are required to reduce monthly pumping by at least 30% for historical permits and over 75% for conditional permits. Water utilities supplied by groundwater in the District will be implementing additional restrictions on their end-user customers to reach the drought curtailments. These restrictions effectively protect groundwater supplies by slowing water level declines.

The NOAA Seasonal Drought Outlook predicts that the current drought in the District is likely to persist or intensify. In 2011 during the last Stage III Critical Drought, the District received many ‘dry well’ reports. Water conservation can help prolong water supplies and delay well issues.

“This is the third Critical Stage drought declaration in five years. Homeowners have started making their landscapes drought-hearty so they require less water. Still, this drought declaration is particularly difficult; it comes at the start of the growing period where we usually have seen a marked increase in outdoor water use. Those drought tolerant landscapes will pay off this year. We’ve got to be water wise as a community. We are all in this together,” commented Mary Stone, District Board President.

The 60,000+ existing groundwater users in the District are now required to cut back their monthly water use another 10% and heed more stringent restrictions. Their water suppliers (and/or the District) will inform end-users as to what obligations they must follow under Stage III Critical Drought. Generally, outdoor irrigation of lawns and landscaping is now prohibited or severely restricted. Groundwater uses should be limited to water for essential indoor demands needed to preserve health and safety with a very minor allocation provided for non-essential outdoor water use.

The District is committed to ensuring that water restrictions are as equitable as possible. Restrictions included in the User Drought Contingency Plans that are part of every groundwater use permit and rules that prohibit wasteful groundwater use will be strictly enforced.

The District asks all of its constituents to continue their water conservation measures and be even better stewards of an increasingly scarce resource. Water conservation information and updated aquifer conditions are available on the District’s website at www.bseacd.org.

With continued lack of significant rainfall and high rates of pumping, water levels could drop to the extent that some wells could go dry and flow from Barton Springs could eventually decrease to the point where ecological, recreational, and aesthetic uses of Barton Springs would be damaged. To protect our groundwater supply, reducing water use is now critical.

April 15, 2013

Water Well Checkup last day for pickup

Today (Monday, 4/15 before 5:00pm) is the last day to pick up well sampling materials and instructions. There are still slots available, so please stop by the BSEACD office just north of 1626 and Manchaca. Sample drop-off will be at the same location tomorrow between 8-10am.

BSEACD Office (pre-register and supply pick-up before 5:00pm today)

1124 Regal Row

Austin, Tx 78748

512-282-8441

More info: http://www.bseacd.org/education/water-well-check-up/

April 12, 2013

Ruby Ranch Clean Up Days

Ruby Ranch will be having clean up days on April 19th (afternoon) and 20th (morning) and we are looking for volunteers to help clean up trash along the roadways and remove/paint over graffiti. Please contact any of the Board members to let them know if you can help in the morning or afternoon, or both.

April 11, 2013

Speeders

Due to numerous reports of speeders throughout Ruby Ranch, the Board has contacted the Hays County Sheriff's Department and asked for additional patrol cars in our subdivision. Please watch your speed and be sure to stop at all the stop signs.

April 11, 2013

Spring Fling

April 8, 2013

Water Well Checkup

BSEACD, in collaboration with the Texas Well Owner Network and AgriLife, is offering a FREE water well screening day for area residents. Samples from private water wells will be screened for common contaminants: fecal coliform bacteria, nitrates, and salinity. BSEACD will cover the analysis cost for private wells within its boundary (program limited to the first 100 well owners to pre-register). Samples must be turned in to the BSEACD office.

Well owners can pre-register and pick up sample bags before Monday, April 15 at 5:00pm. Samples must be dropped off between 8-10am on Tuesday. After hours dropoff can be arranged, if needed. Because the water samples will be screened for bacteria, samples must be less than 24 hours old.

There will be a meeting to discuss results and well maintenance on April 18, 2013 at 6:30 at the Hays County AgriLife Extension office. Results will also be mailed.

2013 Water Well Check-up

Date: April 16, 2013

Pre-registration required

Full details: www.bseacd.org/education/water-well-check-up/

April 8, 2013

Ruby Ranch Water Supply Corporation Landscaping Bids

The Ruby Ranch Water Supply Corporation (RRWSC) is accepting proposals for landscaping maintenance. You may view the RFP by visiting rubyranchwater.com.

The RRWSC is separate from the Ruby Ranch Homeowners Association and is run by a separate Board of Directors.

April 6, 2013

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

March 25, 2013

Status update on RM967 turn lane

From Commissioner Mark Jones' office: an update on the construction status of RM 967 at Ruby Ranch.

Activities for 03/25/2013-03/30/2013

  • Installation of blue top base and test base.
  • This will have minimal impact to the traveling public.
  • Paving new westbound widening, shoulder paving, and installation of topsoil in ditch
  • These activities will moderately impact the traveling public.

Activities 04/01/2013 to 04/05/2013

  • Install erosion control measures on westbound side and prep subgrade on the eastbound side
  • This will have minimal impact on the traveling public.
  • Stripe and switch traffic
  • This will have moderate impact to the traveling public

March 25, 2013

Town Hall Meeting

Hays County Commissioner Mark Jones will be hosting a Buda Town Hall meeting. The meeting will be held on March 28th at the new Hays County Precinct 2 Building beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will be a presentation and question and answer session.

March 22, 2013

Spring Fling Neighborhood Picnic

Mark your calendars and save the date! Ruby Ranch HOA will be holding a neighborhood picnic, the "Spring Fling" on April 21 at 2 p.m. We will announce more later, including location

March 13, 2013

Water Company Meeting

The Ruby Ranch Water Supply Corporation will be conducting its Annual Meeting on April 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ruby Ranch Lodge. You can see more information here.

March 13, 2013

Amended Hays County Transportation Plan removes Ruby Ranch Road

From the Hays County Commissioners' Court minutes of March 5, 2013:

28819 AMEND THE HAYS COUNTY TRANSPORTATION PLAN (HCTP) TO REMOVE RUBY RANCH ROAD (NF 20) FROM THE HCTP MAJOR THOROUGHFARE PLAN MAP AND ROADWAY MATRIX

Mike Aulick of Aulick and Associates spoke. When the Commissioners Court adopted the HCTP on January 22, Ruby Ranch Road was included as a Collector from FM 967 to FM 150(W) with a requirement/remark stating "Extend as collector to FM 150 through future subdivision". Upon further review it has been concluded that inclusion of Ruby Ranch Road in the HCTP is inappropriate since it is a private street which is privately maintained. A motion was made by Commissioner Jones, seconded by Commissioner Ingalsbe to amend the Hays County Transportation Plan (HCTP) to remove Ruby Ranch Road (NF 20) from the HCTP Major Thoroughfare Plan Map and Roadway Matrix. All voting “Aye”. MOTION PASSED

March 9, 2013

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

March 6, 2013

Quarry Questions from Annual Meeting

During the Annual Meeting held on February 25, several people asked questions about operation of the Industrial Asphalt & Aggregates Quarry (formerly KBDJ Quarry). Following are some answers from Charles Romero, the Plant Manager.

February 27, 2013

Burn Ban

A Burn Ban for Hays County is in effect as of February 26, 2013. This will be in effect until further notice.

February 26, 2013

BSEACD to offer water well screening

Private water wells should be tested annually for contaminants that can jeopardize the health of its users. This year the Aquifer District will be sponsoring a water well screening day for area residents on April 16, 2013.

2013 Well Water Screening Timeline:

· Fri., Mar. 15: Sample bags available for pickup at District office*. Can be picked up anytime from March 15- April 15.

· Tues., Apr. 16: Sample Drop-off. Samples must be less than 24 hours old. Must be dropped off by 10am at District office*.

· Wed., Apr. 17: Well Water Screening Results meeting. Results not picked up at the meeting will be mailed to well owners.

*District office is located near 1626 and Manchaca Road in far south Austin. Address is: BSEACD, 1124 Regal Row, Austin, Texas, 78748. Office hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm. After hours sample drop-off will be available after 5:00pm, Mon., Apr. 15, 2013.

For more info, look for the spotlight at the District website: www.bseacd.org or visit: http://www.bseacd.org/education/water-well-check-up/

February 26, 2013

Election Results from the RRHOA Annual Meeting

After determining from proxies and ballets cast that there was a quorum at the annual meeting, here are the results from the Board of Directors election held at the Annual Meeting:

Jack McCord 140

Cristi Roberts 151

Kevin Rodriguez 78

David Smith 93

As a result, Jack McCord and Cristi Roberts were elected to the Board of Directors for a 2-year term.

In addition, there was an election for members of the Wildlife Committee. Since there were exactly 5 candidates for the 5 positions open on the Committee and no other candidates were nominated from the floor, all the candidates were elected by acclamation. As a result, the newly elected Wildlife Committee is:

Jon Cassel

Tim Dowling

Cristi Roberts

Chris Scallon

Carri Turner

February 26, 2013

2013 Annual Meeting Financial Information

Here are the two financial reports that were passed out during the 2013 Ruby Ranch HOA Annual Meeting held on February 25, 2013.

Ruby Ranch HOA 2012 Financial Summary

Ruby Ranch 2013 Budget

February 23, 2013

Reminder: Monday's Annual Meeting

Be sure to attend the Ruby Ranch HOA Annual Meeting on Monday, Feb. 25 at Hays Hills Baptist Church. If you cannot attend the meeting, you can fill out an absentee ballot or a proxy (both available from here) prior to the meeting. Note that per our bylaws and state law, either an absentee ballot or a proxy can be used for the purposes of establishing a quorum. You do not need to fill out both.

February 12, 2013

Hays County Lifts Burn Ban

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – Effective immediately, the burn ban in Hays County has been lifted.

After consultation with local fire officials and the County Fire Marshal, Hays County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., has lifted the burn ban in Hays County until further notice. Typically the burn ban is reviewed each Tuesday at the regularly scheduled Commissioners Court meeting, but the County Judge has the authority to lift the ban or impose an emergency ban if he deems it necessary.

For information about safe burning, visit the County’s website at www.co.hays.tx.us and choose Fire Marshal from the Law Enforcement drop down at the top of the page.

February 10, 2013

Northeast Hays County Emergency Services District #2 Public Meeting

Late last summer, Northeast Hays County Emergency Services District #2 gathered signatures on a petition to include Ruby Ranch Sections 6, 7, & 8 into the district for EMS Service. NEHCESD#2 is responsible for EMS service to the Buda and surround areas, including Ruby Ranch.

The possible election for this annexation will take place on the May Ballot, however the Emergency Services District must first have a Public Hearing. Citizens are encourage to come to the meeting to speak for or against the annexation.

You can see the agenda for Northeast Hays County Emergency Services District #2 February 27th meeting here.

February 9, 2013

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting

There will be a meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

February 5, 2013

Winter/Spring edition of the Edwards Aquifer Bulletin

The Winter/Spring edition of the Aquifer Bulletin is now available at www.bseacd.org/publications/newsletters/

Topics Include:

- Aquifer Conditions: Past, Present, and Near Future

- Recent Publications

- 2012 - 2013 Permitting Update

- Habitat Conservation Plan Management Advisory Committee

- Alternate Water Supplies Stakeholder Advisory Committee

- Groundwater Suppliers

- Meet the 2012-2014 Board of Directors

- Well Water Quality Testing

- Camp and College Scholarships

The area is still in Stage II Alarm drought (20% reduction in pumping), so the District is urging people to continue to conserve and limit outdoor watering. Without significant rainfall, we could enter Stage III Critical Drought (30% reduction in pumping) in early March.

February 4, 2013

Ruby Ranch HOA Annual Meeting Announcement

Ruby Ranch Homeowners Association will hold their Annual Meeting on Monday, February 25, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at Hays Hills Baptist Church, 1401 N. FM 1626, Buda, Texas 78610.

During the meeting, the Association will hold elections for 2 Board Members as well as 5 Wildlife Committee Members, in addition to providing news and updates of interest to members. You can see the full agenda here.

Board Voting will be carried out using this procedure. You may participate in the Board elections in a variety of ways:

1. Attend the meeting in person to vote for the candidates of your choice

2. Fill out and mail an absentee ballot. Click here to download the official absentee ballot.

3. Fill out and have someone carry your absentee ballot to the meeting

4. Fill out a voting proxy authorizing someone else to vote for you. You can download the voting proxy here.

The Wildlife Committee will elect 5 committee members durning this meeting. You can see the 2013 Wildlife Committee Ballot here.

The Association will mail out this information, including the ballots, proxies, and agenda, to all property owners during this upcoming week.

February 3, 2013

FM1626 Road Construction

With the FM1626 road construction now in full swing, this website might be useful for those who travel this road. See: http://improve1626.com/ for periodic updates on construction activities and closures

January 30, 2013

Construction status of RM 967 at Ruby Ranch Road

1/28/2013 -- 2/01/2013:

- Installation of Warning Signs

- This will have minimal impact to the traveling public.

2/04/2013 -- 2/08/2013

- Installation of Construction Entrances and Erosion Control

- This will have minimal impact to the traveling public.

January 30, 2013

Ruby Ranch Wildlife Committee General Election

The Ruby Ranch Wildlife Committee General Election will be happening at the next HOA meeting.

The Ruby Ranch Wildlife committee was created to protect the exotic animals within our neighborhood and strives to provide a greater understanding of the unique wildlife found within our community through education and stewardship.

There are five positions available with three being three year terms and the other two will be two year terms. Beginning in 2015 all positions will be three year terms.

If you have interest in education and stewardship of the unique wildlife in our neighborhood and are interested in running for one of the five positions available, please email tim@btmrealty.com to be added to the ballot. Please notify us by the 2nd of February to be added to the ballot.

Who many run for a position on the Wildlife Committee? Anyone who is a Ruby Ranch lot owner and whose principle place of residence is in Ruby Ranch for at least 9 months of the calendar year.

January 26, 2013

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

January 21, 2013

Left Turn Lane on FM 967

From from Mark Jones, Commissioner of Precinct 2

Left Turn Lane for FM 967 @ Ruby Ranch:

- This is a Priority Road Bond Project. Funding for this project includes proposed safety improvements at the intersection FM 967 and Ruby Ranch Road, covering the addition of a left turn lane on RM 967 onto Ruby Ranch Road.

- Construction of the project is set to begin February 4, 2013.

Here is his full Mid Term Newsletter.

January 9, 2013

Save the Date -- RROHA Annual Meeting

The Ruby Ranch Homeowners Association Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, February 25, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Hays Hills Baptist Church. Look for more information on the meeting in the mail in early February. The Association will mail out an official meeting notice, a proxy form, and absentee ballot. As part of the meeting, there will be elections for 2 open positions on the Board of Directors. If you or anyone you know is interested in running or the Board, you can use the nomination form found here.

January 6, 2013

Increase in 2013 Dues Assessments

During their regular Board meeting on November 27, the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors voted to increase the 2013 annual dues to $325 in order to rebuild the road repair fund.

In 2012, Humphrey Drive and a portion of Ruby Ranch Road were resurfaced with 1½ inches of hot mix asphalt at a cost of approximately $104,000. We anticipate additional roadway resurfacing will be required in the future to maintain our roads in good condition.

In addition, to build up funds for potential future expenses, the 2013 Gate Fees for Section 4/5 were raised from $69 to $79; this gate mechanism has required a lot of repair and maintenance during the last few years, primarily due to past lightning strikes. Gate fees for Sections 7 and 8 will remain the same, at $60

January 5, 2013

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

December 22, 2012

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

The Board of Directors Meeting Minutes are now posted on this website in the right sidebar area. New meeting minutes for the Board and Annual meetings, will be posted in this area after they have been reviewed and approved.

December 19, 2012

RRHOA Financial Review

Per an informal request of the Ruby Ranch HOA (“HOA”) Board in August, 2012, a temporary audit subcommittee (“Subcommittee”) was formed to conduct an internal financial review (audit) of the corporation’s accounts and books. Attached is the review conclusions document as well as actions taken by the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors. See the report here and the Board's response here.

December 15, 2012

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

December 15, 2012

Board of Directors Nominations

Nominations are once again being accepted for the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors. There are 2 Board positions open for election and Board members will be elected during the Annual Meeting held next year (date has not been set yet). If you wish to be a candidate for the Board, you can use the nomination form available here.

December 13, 2012

Dues Assessments

For those wondering about dues assessments, this year, the Annual Assessment invoices will be mailed out just after Christmas and payments will be due by February 1, 2013. If you would like instead to receive your assessment by email, please let us know by emailing dues@rubyranchtx.com. You can also email any other dues-related questions you have to dues@rubyranchtx.com

November 29, 2012

Christmas Decorations

A big thanks to Jerry and Celia Weaver, Carolyn Wier, and Cheryl Christians for putting up Christmas decorations at the front entrance to Ruby Ranch. Looking great!

November 24, 2012

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

November 16, 2012

Aquifer District Declares Stage II Alarm Drought

At its November 15 Board meeting, the Board of Directors of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District declared ‘Stage II Alarm Drought’ for the District, effective immediately. The drought declaration affects authorized water use by some 60,000 groundwater users in northern Hays, southern Travis, and western Caldwell counties.

The Lovelady Monitor Well, in the Edwards Aquifer and located in South Austin, dipped below its Alarm threshold of 478.4 feet above mean sea level on November 7th. The 10-day average discharge at Barton Springs, the District’s other official drought indicator, also dipped below its Alarm threshold of a 10-day average of 38 cubic feet per second, based on BSEACD manual measurements a few days later. For the Board to officially declare drought, only one drought indicator has to cross below its trigger threshold. In this instance, both the water level in the Lovelady Monitor Well and springflow at Barton Springs were below their respective triggers prompting the drought declaration.

Declaration of Stage II Alarm Drought requires all of the District’s permittees to implement measures specified in their User Drought Contingency Plans to meet monthly pumpage reduction requirements. All permittees must achieve at least a 20% reduction in monthly pumpage. Permittees with certain conditional permits may have to reduce use even further. End-user customers served by water utilities on groundwater wells are required to comply with their utility’s water use restrictions for this drought stage. Generally, restricting outdoor water use, including limiting landscape irrigation, pool filling & refilling, and non-essential water use such as water fountains, is sufficient to reach monthly pumpage targets for Stage II Alarm Drought.

Since January 1, the Aquifer District has recorded approximately 35 inches of rainfall, which already exceeds the yearly average for the area (33.38 inches). However despite above average rainfall this year, it has not been enough to generate runoff to recharge the aquifer and to sustain non-drought water levels. This is probably due in part to the exceptional rainfall deficit and low water levels in the aquifer in 2011. Many area surface water and groundwater resources face similar drought conditions. Water conservation now will help slow water level declines and protect water availability for groundwater users.

For more info including Drought Frequently Asked Questions visit:

http://www.bseacd.org/publications/spotlights/aquifer-district-declares-stage-ii-alarm-drought/

 

November 15, 2012

Alert Ruby Ranch Neighbors

It is believed a mountain lion killed a large male deer on Sunday, November 10, 2012 around 3am on Humphrey’s Drive.

A mountain lion is being identified due to the nature of the kill and the large claw marks found on the animal and paw marks found on the surrounding ground.

Mountain Lions are solitary creatures and have huge ranges, from 8 to 500 miles.

With the available food sources here and in surrounding neighborhoods, there is always a chance the cat will still be in the general area.

We are only passing this information along to tell you that you might want to be extra vigilant with your children and pets during the early morning hours or overnight.

The chances of seeing a mountain lion are very unlikely and there is an ample food supply in this area, but know they are mainly nocturnal hunters.

 

Wildlife Committee

November 11, 2012

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

November 7, 2012

Roadway Crack Sealing now scheduled for tomorrow (Nov. 8)

We've just been notified that the crack sealers may be out in Ruby Ranch tomorrow, Thursday Nov. 8. Please slow down and give them lots of room if you see them working on our roads.

November 3, 2012

Hays County Transportation Plan - Public Meeting Dates

From Hay County Commissioner Mark Jones regarding the Hays County Transportation Plan:

The Hays County Commissioners Court and Project Team have decided to hold 4 different meetings to accommodate residents that live in different areas of the County. The draft Plan and accompanying maps will be shared and we will be looking for input from the public.

The same information will be presented at each meeting and all meetings will be an open house format. There will be no formal presentations and guests are welcome to come and go when most convenient.

Below are meeting details and attached is a flyer with this information. We hope that you will encourage your friends, neighbors, and communities to attend. Please post the flyer and forward this information along to your contacts.

Hays County Transportation Plan

November 2012 Open Houses

Thursday, November 8, 2012

4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

San Marcos Activity Center

501 E. Hopkins St.

San Marcos, TX 78666

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Precinct 4 Office

195 Roger Hanks Parkway

Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Historic Kyle City Hall

101 S Burleson St.

Kyle, TX 78640

Thursday, November 15, 2012

4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Wimberley High School

100 Carney Lane

Wimberley, TX 78676

Hays County Transportation Plan Team

haystransportationplan@gmail.com

October 16, 2012

Roadway Crack Sealing Updated date

As you are probably aware, the crack sealing was cancelled last Friday because of the rain. We've just received a call and they are now scheduled to start on Friday the 26th.

Please slow down and give them lots of room if you see them working on our roads!

October 11, 2012

Alert -- snakes are out in large numbers

Watch out for snakes, they are out in large numbers. In the last week, two different cases of rattlesnake bites with Ruby Ranch neighborhood cats have been reported. On Humphrey Drive alone, there have been four known cases of rattlesnakes in the last few weeks. Snakes avoid humans unless threatened. Many of the snakes are great because they help maintain the rodent population, but just be cautious. The Hays Free Press had a suggestion in their August 29th issue - At bare minimum, when yard working with hands, stomp and stir up the vicinity with a stick and wear garden gloves.

Immediate care is needed for yourself or pets when bit. If the area of the bite begins to swell and change color, the snake was probably poisonous.

October 10, 2012

Roadway Crack Sealing Update

Beginning this Friday, October 12, there will be crews in Ruby Ranch crack sealing our roads. This is a preventative measure to help extend the life of the roads. Depending on their workload, they might do the crack sealing all at once, which might be 2 to 3 days in a row, or spread it out over separated days. Today, they indicated that they will probably work on Saturday too.

Please slow down and give them lots of room if you see them working on our roads!

October 10, 2012

Road Project update report from Hays County Commissioner Mark Jones

*SH 45 SW Project*

No action was taken last night, October 8th, on withdrawing the SH 45 project amendment from the CAMPO Plan.

*Road Projects Set to Begin*

Recently, Hays County received Proposition 12 funding for improvements to I-35, in Precinct 2, and FM 2439, in Precinct 3. The improvements include 7 bridges and 8 ramps from FM 2001 to Robert S. Light Blvd. (Cement Plant Rd.) to RM 150.

Along with the Proposition 12 funded projects, the County is going to begin construction on several Pass-Through Finance Projects

- The I-35 Frontage Road Project has begun. The goal of the project is to turn the 2-way frontage roads from FM 1626 to Yarrington Rd. to 1-way frontage roads.

- Currently the contractor is working on milling the new portions of the southbound frontage road.

- The FM 150 realignment project has been awarded to a contractor and is set to begin.

- The long awaited FM 1626 North Project, from FM 967 to Brodie Lane, in the fall. We have received concurrence from TXDOT and FHWA and look to begin construction in late October to early November following a pre-construction meeting to be held in a few days. Updates will come as soon as they are made available to us. If you have any questions regarding the project construction you can visit the project website, www.improve1626.com .

- The FM 1626 South Project, from FM 967 to FM 2770, is in the design phase.

Priority Road Bond Projects

- Included in the FM 1626 North Project will be the Lakewood Dr. Bridge.

- The bid letting and opening has occurred. We are currently waiting on concurrence for the FM 1626 North project to award the contract for Lakewood Dr.

Left Turn Lane for FM 967 @ Ruby Ranch

- This is a Priority Road Bond Project. Funding for this project includes proposed safety improvements at the intersection FM 967 and Ruby Ranch Road, covering the addition of a left turn lane on RM 967 onto Ruby Ranch Road. Implementation of this project is contingent on the availability of funds from the Series 2009 bond proceeds.

- The project was let for construction on October 9, 2012.

- We will provide an update on construction when the information becomes available to the office.

FM 2001

- TXDOT is working on surfacing improvements to FM 2001 in conjunction with the addition of shoulders. This project will occur in three phases beginning at the Fire Station. The project is anticipated to last 6 months.

* Projects in the Works*

Turn lanes and shoulders on FM 967 from Onion Creek to FM 1626

- At this time, I am trying to identify a funding source for this project.

Dacy Lane Phase II from Bebee Road to Windy Hill

- After a meeting with the project management team, we have planned to move forward with searching for funding for this project and beginning the surveying for this project .

Realignment of FM 2001 from I-35 to SH 21

Reconstruction of Rohde Rd.

- I am working with the Hays County Transportation Department to see when funds will be available in the budget to perform complete reconstruction of this road.

Onion Creek Flood Study

- This flood study is currently underway. Maps have been made available to my office. If you would like an electronic copy you may contact Jennifer Scott at 512-262-2091 or via email at Jennifer.scott@co.hays.tx.us.

Leisurewoods Drainage Project

- This project is moving forward and on schedule.

 

October 6, 2012

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Bill Miller BBQ, 908 Main St., Buda, Texas 78610. You may view the meeting agenda here.

October 3, 2012

Roadway Crack Sealing

Beginning possibly next Friday, October 12, there will be crews in Ruby Ranch crack sealing our roads. This is a preventative measure to help extend the life of the roads. The date of October 12 is a "possible" since it depends on when this crew will finish other jobs. In addition, depending on their workload, they might do the crack sealing all at once, which might be 2 to 3 days in a row, or spread it out over separated days.

Please slow down and give them lots of room if you see them working on our roads!

October 2, 2012

Neighborhood Night Out

Don't forget Neighborhood Night Out is tonight from 6:20 to 8:30 at the Ruby Ranch Lodge! The theme this year is "Hawaii Five O" and the dinner theme is "Hawaiian Luau Dinner". Come to meet your neighbors, Block Captains as well as the Buda Fire Department.

October 2, 2012

BSEACD Fall Bulletin

The Fall edition of the Aquifer Bulletin is now available online: www.bseacd.org/publications/newsletters/

Articles in this edition are:

- Drought Approacheth

- Creek Clean-up on Sat., Oct. 13!

- 2012 Permitting Update

- From the GM's Desk

- John Dupnik Appointed Assistant GM

- Landscape Irrigation Wells

- Proposed Rules and Rulemaking

- Groundwater Summit Recap

- Well Maintenance Tip #1

- Drought Stages and Triggers

September 10, 2012

SH 45 SW Project

From Hays County Commissioner Mark Jones' office:

CAMPO will be holding a public hearing on Monday, September 10th to discuss the SH 45 SW project. Commissioner Jones would like to let supporters of the SH 45 SW project know that CAMPO has scheduled a public hearing on the future of SH 45 SW on Monday, September 10 at UT Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium, 2313 Red River St., Austin at 6:00 p.m. The hearing will probably start sometime after 6:30 PM.

It is critical that we get as many supporters for this project at the meeting on September 10th because the level of support will determine whether the project remains in the CAMPO plan for the future. If you are in attendance please sit up front as Commissioner Jones will introduce the supporters of the project in his public comment.

In addition, there will be a community meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Elm Grove Elementary School Cafeteria, 801 FM 1626, in Buda on September 18th. To comment on the proposed amendments, please complete the survey, email CAMPO, send written comments to PO Box 1088, Austin, TX 78767, or attend a community meeting or the public hearing (dates and locations below). If you need any further information please contact our office at 512-262-2091.

September 10, 2012

Road Project updates from Hay County Commissioner Mark Jones' office

Road Projects Set to Begin

* Recently, Hays County received Proposition 12 funding for improvements to I-35, in Precinct 2, and FM 2439, in Precinct 3. The improvements to I-35 include 7 bridges and 8 ramps at FM 2001 and Robert S. Light Blvd (Cement Plant Road) to RM 150.

* Along with the Proposition 12 funded projects, the County is going to begin construction on several Pass-Through Finance Projects

- The I-35 Frontage Road Project has begun. The goal of the project is to turn the 2-way frontage roads from FM 1626 to Yarrington Rd. to 1-way frontage roads.

- Currently the contractor is working on milling the new portions of the southbound frontage road.

- The FM 150 realignment project has been awarded to a contractor and is set to begin.

- The long awaited FM 1626 North Project, from FM 967 to Brodie Lane, in the fall. We are currently awaiting FHWA concurrence on the bid award. At this point, my office is trying to determine the timetable for receiving concurrence. Updates will come as soon as they are made available to us. If you have any questions regarding the project construction you can visit the project website, www.improve1626.com.

- The FM 1626 South Project, from FM 967 to FM 2770, is in the design phase.

* Priority Road Bond Projects

- Included in the FM 1626 North Project will be the Lakewood Dr. Bridge.

- The bid letting and opening has occurred. We are currently waiting on concurrence for the FM 1626 North project to award the contract for Lakewood Dr.

Projects in the Works

* Left Turn Lane for FM 967 @ Ruby Ranch. This is a Priority Road Bond Project. Funding for this project includes proposed safety improvements at the intersection FM 967 and Ruby Ranch Road, covering the addition of a left turn lane on RM 967 onto Ruby Ranch Road. Implementation of this project is contingent on the availability of funds from the Series 2009 bond proceeds. Hays County entered into an Advanced Funding Agreement with TXDOT and the project is in the design phase. The project has received environmental approval and will be letting in early Fall.

* Turn lanes and shoulders on FM 967 from Onion Creek to FM 1626. At this time, I am trying to identify a funding source for this project.

* Dacy Lane Phase II from Bebee Road to Windy Hill

- Last week I met with the project management team to discuss moving forward with Phase II.

- At this time, we are looking at funding sources to complete the design of the project.

* Realignment of FM 2001 from I-35 to SH 21

* Reconstruction of Rohde Rd. I am working with the Hays County Transportation Department to see when funds will be available in the budget to perform complete reconstruction of this road.

* Onion Creek Flood Study. This flood study is currently underway. Maps have been made available to my office. If you would like an electronic copy you may contact Jennifer Scott at 512-262-2091 or via email at Jennifer.scott@co.hays.tx.us.

* Leisurewoods Drainage Project. This project is moving forward and on schedule.

September 8, 2012

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

September 6, 2012

Ruby Ranch Road striping on Sept. 13

Update: Oops, my mistake -- all of Ruby Ranch Road will be striped.

We just learned that Ruby Ranch Road will have striping applied on September 13. You may encounter very short delays during the day as the road paint is applied. It is expected to be fully complete on the same day. Please slow down and drive carefully around the workers!

August 12, 2012

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here

August 10, 2012

Road Project info

From County Commissioner Mark Jones' office:

*Road Projects Set to Begin*

Recently, Hays County received Proposition 12 funding for improvements to I-35, in Precinct 2, and FM 2439, in Precinct 3.

- The improvements to I-35 include 7 bridges and 10 ramps at FM 2001 and Robert S. Light Blvd (Cement Plant Road) to RM 150.

Along with the Proposition 12 funded projects, the County is going to begin construction on several Pass-Through Finance Projects

- The I-35 Frontage Road Project is to begin construction next week. Barricading of areas was set to begin on August 6, 2012.

- The FM 150 Realignment is set to begin in mid-summer as well.

- The long awaited FM 1626 North Project, from FM 967 to Brodie Lane, is set to begin in mid-summer. The contractor, SEMA, was chosen by the Commissioners' Court on July 31st. We will provide a more detailed schedule of events once we receive it from the contractor. If you have any questions regarding this project you can visit the project website, www.improve1626.com .

- Included in the FM 1626 North Project will be the Lakewood Dr. Bridge. The Lakewood Dr. bid opening will occur in the next couple of weeks.

*Projects in the Works*

Left Turn Lane for FM 967 @ Ruby Ranch

- This is a Priority Road Bond Project. Funding for this project includes proposed safety improvements at the intersection FM 967 and Ruby Ranch Road, covering the addition of a left turn lane on RM 967 onto Ruby Ranch Road. Implementation of this project is contingent on the availability of funds from the Series 2009 bond proceeds.

- Hays County entered into an Advanced Funding Agreement with TXDOT and the project is in the design phase.

- The project has received environmental approval.

August 10, 2012

Onion Creek Flood Study

Following up on previous posts on this topic, proposed flood plain maps have been made available to County Commissioner Mark Jones' office. If you would like an electronic copy you may contact Jennifer Scott via email at Jennifer.scott@co.hays.tx.us.

July 27, 2012

Possible ESD annexation vote

This information is from Clay Huckaby, Chief of the Buda Fire Department

Hays County ESD #2 informed the Ruby Ranch HOA that due to legal territorial limits, that Ruby Ranch Sections 1-5 (North of Onion Creek) are within the limits of the EMS District. However, sections 6, 7, & 8 lie outside the EMS District. Currently, property owners in Ruby Ranch Sections 1-5 are paying Ad Valorem Property Tax of 3 Cents per $100 valuation. Property owners in Sections 6, 7 & 8 are not within the EMS District and are not taxed. If Ruby Ranch Sections 6, 7, & 8 are annexed into the EMS District, they would start receiving EMS service from Hays County ESD #2 and contracted service provider Buda Fire & EMS. Currently Buda Fire & EMS has an EMS unit available in all three stations in Buda, including the station on FM 967 near Dahlstrom Middle School, the closest station to Ruby Ranch. Residents outside of the EMS District receive service from Hays County through San Marcos/Hays County EMS.

Attached is information about the possible annexation of Ruby Ranch Sections 6, 7, & 8 by Hays County ESD #2. If at least fifty (50) signatures are obtained by registered voters who own property in Sections 6, 7, & 8; Hays County ESD #2 can call for an election to be held to annex this territory to receive EMS service. Currently Buda Fire & EMS, are responding on “as needed” basis to this area of Ruby Ranch for medical calls on a gentlemen’s agreement. Currently Hays County ESD #2 / Buda Fire & EMS has no legal authority to respond to medical emergencies in that area, however they have continued to do it because their units are closer and it is the “right thing to do.” This election and annexation would alleviate any future problems they may have with the Texas Department of State Health Services and/or Hays County in regards to providing EMS service to the Ruby Ranch Subdivision south of Onion Creek.

Attached is information about a “Possible Annexation” and what would need to be done, including a map detailing the area. Members of the Buda Professional Firefighters Association will be going door to door this Saturday, July 23rd asking for property owners to sign the petition, so that Hays County Emergency Services District #2 may call an election for annexation to provide EMS service to Ruby Ranch Sections 6, 7, & 8. If you or any residents you know in Sections 6, 7, or 8 that would like to sign the petition, please let Clay Huckaby know and he'll arrange for a volunteer that is collecting signatures to drop by your residence or they may stop by the Buda Fire Station at 3502 FM 967 and sign the petition there. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Clay Huckaby at (512) 295-2232 or chuckaby@budafire.org

*As a REMINDER, this in NO WAY affects fire service provide by Buda Fire, as the entire Ruby Ranch Subdivision is within Hays County ESD #8 (Fire District)*

July 23, 2012

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

July 19, 2012

Aquifer District Seeks Public Input on Revisions to Its Groundwater Management Plan

The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, which manages the water supply for about 70,000 Central Texans in southeastern Travis, northeastern Hays, and northwestern Caldwell Counties, is proposing to revise its groundwater management plan. At least every five years, groundwater conservation districts are required to update and/or re-adopt management plans to reflect current goals, objectives, and strategies that serve as the basis for district operation, including regulatory, scientific, and educational programs. The management plan defines the approach that the District will use to preserve, conserve, and protect the groundwater resources of the District. The Proposed Management Plan will be the subject of a Public Hearing on July 26, 2012, at the District office at 6:30 PM. Written comments will be accepted until that time, and the staff and Board of Directors will then revise the Proposed Management Plan, with the intent to consider adopting the Proposed Management Plan in its August 23 meeting. A current draft of the Proposed Management Plan is posted on the District website at www.bseacd.org, and hard copies are available to view and copy at District headquarters (1124 Regal Row, Austin 78748).

The District's proposed revisions to its Management Plan improve the District's ability to responsibly and sustainably manage the District’s groundwater resources in an area that is experiencing rapidly increasing water demands associated with intensive regional growth and development. The District’s General Manager, Kirk Holland, observed, “The Management Plan is not only a strategic and tactical operating plan but in effect authorizes what we as a groundwater conservation district now can, and cannot, do.” He went on to note that, “These revisions don’t represent a fundamentally new way of managing our groundwater resources, but they do refine our approach and provide more specifics on how we will achieve and maintain the desired future condition of our aquifers.”

For more information on the management plan revision process, or about providing verbal and written input to the process, please contact the District office at (512) 282-8441.

Useful Links:

Proposed Management Plan & Appendices: www.bseacd.org/about-us/governing-documents#Revisions

Archived Press Releases: www.bseacd.org/publications/press-releases/

July 12, 2012

Flood Plain Maps update

There is a more complete proposed flood plain map available by clicking here. Note that on this map, North is left. Also, this is a VERY large pdf file, so it may take a few minutes to download depending on your connection speed.

If you want more information on these proposed revisions, see the post titled "Flood Plain Maps being revised" posted on July 3, 2012.

July 7, 2012

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Director's Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

July 6, 2012

Hay County Judge Authorizes Immediate Burn Ban

You can see the release here.

Under the law all outdoor burning is prohibited except for charcoal and gas grills that include a lid and for certain exceptions approved by the Fire Marshal, such as controlled burns.

July 3, 2012

Flood Plain Maps being revised

The Army Corp of Engineers are working on revising the flood plain maps for the Onion Creek watershed and this might affect some residents in Ruby Ranch. Please see these maps (Map #1, Map #2, Map #3) for more information.

The first two maps were taken from a larger map from Commissioner Mark Jones office. You will be able to see your property more clearly on the second map.

The third map is the most recent (April-May 2012) from Chris Riley, a local engineer working with the Army Corps of Engineers on the new study. Use the information guide on the first map to determine what's what on the second map. The second map is not as refined as the third but does show property on Clark Cove.

*PLEASE REMEMBER*: this is preliminary information and it has not been finalized. However, you should be aware that your property could be defined as being in a flood plain and, as a result, you might be required by your mortagage company to purchase flood plain insurance.

June 8, 2012

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Follett Conference Center, 380 East Bartlett Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

June 8, 2012

Ruby Ranch Road and Humphreys Drive road paving

There will be road paving work on Ruby Ranch Road and Humphreys Drive on Saturday June 9 beginning around 7 a.m. Please be careful as you are passing through the paving zones.

May 27, 2012

Communications Committee

The Ruby Ranch Homeowners Board would like to form a communications committee to improve the flow of information in Ruby Ranch. If you would consider serving on this committee please respond to the following board email address: board@rubyranchtx.com . The board intends to open a portion of the neighborhood website rubyranchtx.com called a “Community Corner” to allow a way of sharing appropriate information between neighbors, as well as, providing a way for the board to better communicate with all members. The new committee would create the procedures to get this started as well as monitor the process after it is up and running.

At the same time, the Ruby Ranch HOA Board continues to search for Architectural Control Committee members. If you are interested in joining the committee, please email the Association or any of the Board Members.

May 16, 2012

Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the home of David Mixon, 401 Creekside Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

April 20, 2012

Ruby Ranch Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors on Monday, April 23, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the home of David Mixon, 401 Creekside Drive. You may view the meeting agenda here.

April 16, 2012

Vote Results from the Special meeting of the Ruby Ranch Homeowners Association

Maureen Hintz, Cristi Roberts and David Mixon counted the ballots to change the Bylaws and the vote totals were certified. The final count was 237 lot owners in favor of changing Articles V, VII and VIII as per the instructions on each Ballot. There were 2 votes in favor of changing Articles V and VII but voting against Article VIII

April 11, 2012

Special meeting of the Ruby Ranch Homeowners Association

There will be a special meeting of the Ruby Ranch Homeowners Association at 2 pm on April 14, 2012, for the purpose of voting on proposed Bylaw changes as detailed below. This meeting will be at Scott Follett’s outside community pavilion at 380 East Bartlett Dr. We must have a quorum (164 property owners) to conduct business at this special meeting. Please plan to attend or give a signed proxy to someone who will attend this meeting. You may also mail your proxy to RRHOA at the above address. The entire current Bylaws may be reviewed by clicking on the Bylaws tab on the website at www.rubyranchtx.com.

Proposed Bylaw Changes

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Proposition 1:

Article V Section 6: Add new subsection (h) Cause to be created a Ruby Ranch Wildlife Committee (RRWC), which shall report to the Board of Directors, with a minimum of three (3) Members in good standing. The purpose of the RRWC is to manage the wildlife currently in Ruby Ranch, both indigenous and exotic, so as to engage in responsible stewardship of this valuable resource. Members of the RRWC shall serve for three (3) years, and shall be nominated and elected by the voting members at the annual meeting.

Proposition 2:

Article VII: add part in bold: The Association will appoint an architectural committee, as provided by the Declaration, a nominating committee, and a Ruby Ranch Wildlife Committee. Beginning with the 2013 annual meeting and continuing thereafter, the Ruby Ranch Wildlife Committee shall be nominated and elected by the voting members at the annual meeting, rather than being appointed by the Association.

Proposition 3:

Article VIII ASSESSMENTS add: and FINES

Also provided in the Declaration in Article VIII, paragraph 8.22, is a fine of $1500.00 per trapped Axis Deer, Blackbuck Antelope, Fallow Deer, or any exotic deer in Ruby Ranch. If the fine is not paid within thirty (30) days after it is assessed, the fine bears interest at the rate of ten percent (10.0%) per annum, and the Association may bring an action at law against the owner or member to recover the same. Interest, costs, and reasonable attorney’s fees of any such action will be added to amount of the fine.

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As a community, you have united in unprecedented numbers to show your support for changes to be made to our bylaws and CC&R's by your vote to stop unregulated trapping of Exotic Deer. The RRHOA board voted unanimously to appoint and support the current Wildlife Committee which will oversee present and ongoing issues regarding the management of healthy herds in our unique and beautiful sub division. To date we've achieved 261 votes and counting out of a total of 326 homeowners...,That's an overwhelming majority of approximately 80% of lot owners!

We'd like to take this opportunity to applaud the efforts of this well-earned achievement made by the Homeowners Overwatch Group (HOG) who have spent tireless hours reaching out to our community, going door to door, in a grass roots effort to listen to your voices and get your votes.

Many thanks to HOG director, Sonny Hollub for his extraordinary leadership role and momentum behind this effort with his steering committee team, Tom Hintz, Cristi Roberts, Chris Scallon and Glen Robertson. Many thanks to the Wildlife Committee and voting amendment canvasser's Maureen O'Donnell-Hintz, Jon Cassel, Tim Dowling and Chris Scallon for their exceptional effort with the help of volunteers Carol Weber, Amber and Lionel McKamy, Steve and Sue Selger, Christine Scallon, Mark Rawlings, Sara Gibb and Pam Robertson, whom collectively achieved the necessary 75% majority vote!

To celebrate the unprecedented unity of our community for this special event we will sponsor a Ruby Ranch Homeowners Spring Celebration Pizza Party and Cook-Out open to the entire Ruby Ranch Community at 2p.m. Come! Enjoy Great Pizza's, Burgers and Refreshments... Bring the whole family... Meet your Neighbors! Make new Friends and don't forget to vote!!!

March 27, 2012

Board of Directors Meeting

There will be a Ruby Ranch HOA Board of Directors meeting on March 29, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at Scott Follett's Conference Room, 350 East Bartlett Road, Buda, TX 78610. The general subject of this meeting will be the proposed Bylaw and CCR changes.

March 25, 2012

Looking for a resident willing to volunteer for the Architectural Control Committee

As Scott Christians mentioned in the Annual Meeting, the Association is looking for a replacement for one of our Architectural Control Committee members. If you are interested in joining the committee, please email the Association or Board Members

March 25, 2012

Looking for a resident willing to volunteer for the Architectural Control Committee

As Scott Christians mentioned in the Annual Meeting, the Association is looking for a replacement for one of our Architectural Control Committee members. If you are interested in joining the committee, please email the Association or any of the Board Members.

March 23, 2012

Aquifer District Eases Out of Drought

At its meeting on March 22, the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District’s Board of Directors declared a No-Drought condition for the aquifers within the District, effective immediately. The second of the area’s two groundwater drought indicators – the water level in the Lovelady monitor well – has been rising steadily because of the extraordinarily wet winter and spring. The other indicator, sustained flow rate at Barton Springs, moved above its threshold in late January, but both indicators need to be above designated thresholds to emerge from drought. The District declared a groundwater drought on April 28, 2011, with mandatory water-use restrictions being enforced since then. In No-Drought status, groundwater users are encouraged to maintain conservation practices, but water use restrictions are lifted.

March 19, 2012

FM1626 Construction Website

Hays County has created a new website to help keep local residents updated on FM1626 construction, slated to begin this summer. You can see the site here: http://improve1626.com/

March 16, 2012

Have you noticed?

Recently, we replaced some road signs throughout the neighborhood that were broken or damaged. In addition, we replaced numerous reflectors on guard rails and bridge edges -- now they should be much brighter at night.

March 13, 2012

From BSEACD: Aquifer District Promotes National Groundwater Awareness Week

Release from the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District: This week is National Groundwater Awareness Week, running from March 11 through March 17, 2012. Groundwater is one of our most precious yet most vulnerable natural resources. Over 60,000 people in Central Texas rely on water from the Edwards and Trinity Aquifers within the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District. Careful planning and management along with good stewardship are key to protecting this vital resource. In recognition of National Groundwater Awareness Week, the Aquifer District is specifically promoting several programs that highlight the importance of groundwater in our area.

Water Well Check-Up

In collaboration with Blanco and Hays County Offices of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, and the Texas Water Resources Institute, and with support from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, the District is encouraging private well owners to test their well water. Analysis tests water samples for fecal coliform bacteria, nitrates, and salinity, and the cost is a very low $10 a sample. Water samples must be taken in approved sample containers and should be turned in by 10:00 a.m. on April 16. A meeting explaining screening results will be held at 6:00 p.m. on April 17, 2012, at the Dripping Springs Vocational Agriculture Building. For more information visit: www.bseacd.org/education/water-well-check-up

Central Texas Water Conservation Symposium: Managing Your Resources Through a Drought

As a partner in the Water Efficiency Network of Central Texas, the District is helping sponsor the second annual “Water Conservation Symposium: Managing Your Resources through a Drought,” to be held on Friday, March 30th from 8:30-3:00. The symposium is oriented toward water providers and will discuss tried-and-true drought management strategies that work, water supply and weather outlooks, strategies to achieve revenue stability during drought, approaches to partner with homeowner associations to achieve water savings, tactics to retain trees through drought conditions, and fire protection strategies, especially for wildland-urban interface areas. For more information visit: www.texaswater.org

BSEACD College and Camp Scholarships

To promote and encourage groundwater awareness, each year the District, in collaboration with our permittees, offers scholarships for two age groups. One $2,500 Kent Butler Memorial College Scholarship and multiple camp scholarships to the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center’s summer camp programs (both 2-day and 5-day camps) will be awarded. Application materials are due Monday, March 26th. For more information visit:www.bseacd.org/education/scholarships

Groundwater is a shared resource. Groundwater conservation, protection, and management has to be a coordinated effort. Through droughts and floods, we are all in this together.

 

March 12, 2012

Status of the proposed CCR change

After the special meeting on March 6, the Board's attorney reviewed the proposed amendment to the CCRs, then discussed the problems he found in this document with the HOG's attorney. He advised the Board to arrange a meeting between the Board (and its attorney) and the HOG leadership (and its attorney) to help resolve the problems. The Board is attempting to arrange this meeting at this time.

March 11, 2012

2012 Annual Meeting Financial Information

Here are the two financial reports that were passed out during the 2012 Ruby Ranch HOA Annual Meeting held on February 7, 2012.

Ruby Ranch HOA 2011 Financial Summary

Ruby Ranch 2012 Budget

March 11, 2012

Website email problems hopefully fixed

We've been working to resolve the reports of emails sent to rubyranchtx.com not getting through. After installing some new email software, all looks good now -- but we'll keep actively monitoring for a little while. If you sent an email to rubyranchtx.com but did not hear back within a few days, email scott.christians@gmail.com

Keeping our fingers crossed!

March 9, 2012

Annual Meeting Minutes

Please click on this link to see the meeting minutes from the Ruby Ranch HOA Annual Meeting held on February 7, 2012

March 9, 2012

Buda Farmer's Market reopens

The Downtown Buda Farmers Market opening day is Saturday March 24th! Come visit us every Saturday from 9 – 12. We've moved to a new location on Main Street between the water tower and City Hall. You can visit our website athttp://www.budafarmersmarket.com/ for details.

Would you like to become a vendor? Please visit our website and contact our Market Manager Jennifer Denton.

March 8, 2012

Consumer alert from the Texas Attorney General

Taxpayers Should Beware Of Phony IRS Email

Do not open attachments, click on links or respond to fraudulent email that appears to come from the IRS. Over the next several weeks, taxpayers should be on high alert for tax scams that attempt to steal their income tax refunds and identities.

Tax season is a particularly active time for identity thieves, because it provides an opportunity for criminals to create fraudulent emails and websites to trick taxpayers into divulging their sensitive financial information. Phishing scams give identity thieves access to all the information they need – Social Security numbers, names, addresses, employer information, investment account numbers – to steal taxpayers’ federal income tax refunds or open fraudulent accounts in a taxpayer’s name.

Tax scams can take many different forms. A recently uncovered phishing scam relies on a spam email that appears to come from the IRS. The fraudulent email claims that the recipient missed the deadline for filing a federal income tax return. The email falsely states that the deadline was Jan. 31, 2012. In an attempt to scare recipients, the email claims that the taxpayer could owe the IRS up to $10,000 for failing to submit their income tax return on time. The email references a bogus federal statute and provides a malicious link to a fake IRS website.

Taxpayers should remember that the IRS does not use email or text messages to contact taxpayers about issues related to their income tax returns. To help distinguish legitimate IRS communications from scams, the IRS typically contacts taxpayers through the U.S. Postal Service with letters that are printed on IRS stationery that is sealed in an IRS envelope. IRS letters also contain a telephone number for an IRS office that the taxpayer can contact with any questions.

Because of this year’s unusual IRS filing deadline, scam artists may attempt to take advantage. As most federal income taxpayers know, their returns must ordinarily be submitted to the IRS on April 15. However, this year the deadline for filing federal income tax returns is Tuesday, April 17. According to the IRS, the filing deadline was moved back because April 15 is a Sunday and April 16 is a holiday in Washington, D.C.

Taxpayers who receive an unsolicited email that claims to be from the IRS should:

Never respond to the email.

Never open any of the email’s attachments.

Never click on any Web links that are in the email.

Delete the email or report it to phishing@irs.gov.

March 8, 2012

Buda Fire Department website

It's rainy now but it still could be a very hot and dry summer. As Mike Duffey pointed out during our Annual Meeting in February, we need to be prepared for the potential of wildfires here in Ruby Ranch. Now might be a good time to review the Buda Fire Department's website for helpful information: http://www.budafire.org/

Be sure to save this website link so you can quickly access if you need to! They will supply timely information in the event of wildfires in the area.

March 5, 2012

Reminder: The Homeowner's Association board has set a special meeting of Ruby Ranch property owners for 7pm on March 6, 2012 at Hays Hills Baptist Church, 1401 N. FM 1626. This meeting is to continue discussing the wildlife issues raised at the annual meeting on February 7. Our attorney has agreed to attend this meeting and advise the board on options. If you would like to have a question addressed that night please submit the question to RRHOA, PO Box 71, Buda or email the question to board@rubyranchtx.com. If you have problems sending email to this address, you can also email your questions to Scott Christians here (and please report if you were having problems).

February 23, 2012

Aquifer District Eases, Doesnt Remove Drought Restrictions

The Board of Directors of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District eased drought restrictions from Stage III Critical Drought to Stage II Alarm at its Board meeting this evening, effective immediately. With above average rainfall this winter, soils reached saturation and runoff created enough creek flow to contribute some recharge to the aquifer. Both of the District’s drought triggers have now crossed back over their respective Stage II Alarm Drought thresholds. The Lovelady Monitor Well depth-to-water is above 190.7 feet and continues to rise; the Barton Springs 10-day average discharge is well above its 20 cubic feet per second threshold.

While water levels in the aquifer are on the rise, without continued above average rainfall, the District could find itself back in Stage III Critical Drought this summer. “In 2010, Hurricane Alex and Tropical Storm Hermine brought record rainfall to Central Texas. This time we've seen smaller, more frequent rain events that are finally causing slow rises in our monitoring wells,” commented Brian Smith, Principal Hydrogeologist with the District.

Under Stage II restrictions, permittees are now required to restrict monthly pumping by at least 20% for historical permits and from 20 to 50% for conditional permits, depending on permit class. Water utilities supplied by groundwater in the District will restrict outdoor water use to comply with watering schedules that each of them established, and that the District approved. Though Stage II Alarm Drought restrictions generally allow for some outdoor water use, groundwater users should continue to conserve and maintain a monthly water use of less than 4,000 gallons per person (less than 16,000 gallons for a family of 4).

“Our region's hydrologic drought is not over. Water levels in the aquifers are still low,” noted Kirk Holland, the District’s General Manager, “but we finally received enough rain in the right places to start having some effective replenishment of the aquifer. However, all our groundwater users need to continue to conserve water and use it wisely. High water use and dry conditions could send us back into Stage III Critical Drought this summer.”

View the most recent measurements for Barton Springs and Lovelady Monitor Well.

Read more about Aquifer Conditions on the Drought Monitor Blog.

February 22, 2012

Special Association Meeting

The Homeowner's Association board has set a special meeting of Ruby Ranch property owners for 7pm on March 6, 2012 at Hays Hills Baptist Church, 1401 N. FM 1626. This meeting is to continue discussing the wildlife issues raised at the annual meeting on February 7. Our attorney has agreed to attend this meeting and advise the board on options. If you would like to have a question addressed that night please submit the question to RRHOA, PO Box 71, Buda or email the question to board@rubyranchtx.com.

February 10, 2012

Election Results from the RRHOA Annual Meeting

Election results from the RRHOA Annual Meeting The Board of Directors, after determining from proxies and ballets cast that there was a quorum at the annual meeting, counted the votes for the three open Board positions. The results were as follows:

Scott Christians: 104

Thomas Doebner: 113

David Mixon: 109

Sarah Gibb-Scheibeler: 54

David Pierce: 79

As a result, Scott Christians, Thomas Doebner, and David Mixon were elected to the Board of Directors for a 2-year term.

January 25, 2012

Annual Meeting

The Ruby Ranch Homeowner’s Association will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday February 7, 2012 at 7 pm at Hays Hills Baptist Church, 1401 N. FM 1626. Please Help! Soon, everyone should receive a self addressed and stamped Proxy that only allows for the establishing of a quorum and does not authorize the board to vote on your behalf. Please complete and return. We must have a quorum (164 people or proxies) to conduct business at the annual meeting. Help us avoid the additional cost of having another meeting by returning this proxy. Please mail this proxy back even if you plan to attend. If you do attend the meeting, this proxy will be returned to you if you so desire. Mike Duffy of the Buda Fire Department will be at this meeting to give a presentation on wildfires and ways to protect our property.

January 3, 2012

Board of Directors Nominations

Nominations are once again being accepted for the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors. There are 3 Board positions open for election and Board members will be elected during the Annual Meeting on February 7, 2012. If you wish to run for the Board, you can use the nomination form available

December 31, 2011

News for 2011

December 2011: 2012 Annual Dues The 2012 Ruby Ranch HOA dues statements are in the mail so expect them soon. The Ruby Ranch Board of Directors voted to increase the 2012 annual dues to $285 in order to continue to rebuild our road repair fund. In 2011, Creekside, Richards and East Bartlett were resurfaced with 1½ inches of hot mix asphalt at a cost of approximately $106,000. We anticipate additional roadways will be requiring resurfacing in the near future to maintain our streets in good condition. In addition, due to lightning strikes and age, much of the gate mechanism for Sections 4 and 5 had to be replaced during the last year. In order to recover and build up funds for potential future expenses, the gate fees for Section 4/5 were raised from $60 to $69. Gate fees for Sections 7 and 8 remain the same, at $60

 

October 2011: TEST OF THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, or EAS, will take place at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on November 9, 2011. The purpose of the test is to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the system in alerting the public. You can see more information here

 

October 2011: LOST DOG A little tan Chuawawa showed up at 489 Story Dr. Please contact Mike and Betsy Wiegman at (512)-312-5787, (512)-947-0788, or (512)-564-5544 if this is your dog.

 

October 2011: NATIONAL NIGHT OUT Check out the Neighborhood Night Out pictures here

 

September 15, 2011: Help for the fire victims

Hello. My name is Gabriella and I live here in Ruby Ranch. I am a Girl Scout in Troop 1731 and student at Dahlstrom middle School. The recent wildfires in our area have destroyed over 1,500 homes and have left so many people with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Some people have begun to collect and deliver food, clothing and other items, but there is still a great need.

I couldn't imagine losing everything. So, I want to help and give my neighbors a chance to help as well. I am planning a neighborhood drive to collect items and send them to the victims of the fires in Bastrop, Steiner Ranch, and Dripping Springs.

Please consider donating some of the following items. They do not need to be new, but clean and in good condition.

  • non-perishable food
  • bottled water
  • clothing
  • shoes
  • toiletries - soap, shampoo
  • diapers
  • baby wipes
  • hair brushes
  • feminine products
  • pet food
  • school supplies
  • backpacks
  • toys
  • bikes
  • stuffed animals
  • ... and many prayers.

You can leave the items on your porch. On Saturday September 17, I will be going with my parents through the neighborhood to collect the items. You can send an e-mail to ortegonfamily@austin.rr.com to let us know that you have items ready to be picked up.

Thank you.

Gabriella

Troop 1731

 

September 14, 2011: Deer Survey Results

During the annual meeting earlier this year, the Board proposed surveying Ruby Ranch residents on deer trapping and deer population in our neighborhood. Since sending the survey out, we've received over 170 responses -- you can see the summarized results here.

 

 

September 6, 2011: Stage III Critical Drought Imminent

(from BSEACD) With hot temperatures, no rain, and no creek flow, water levels in the area aquifers continue to decline. The District’s drought triggers, the Lovelady Monitor Well and Barton Springs, are predicted to cross their respective thresholds for Stage III Critical Drought in early September and the District will enter Stage III Critical Drought—possibly as early as this Thursday (9/8/11).

The increase in drought stage means more watering restrictions will be in effect soon. The restrictions limit water use and help slow water level decline thereby protecting springflow and water supplies for the 60,000+ groundwater users in the District. The District asks all of its groundwater-using residents to continue their water conservation measures and be even better stewards of an increasingly scarce resource. A list of water conservation measures and more detailed information on aquifer conditions are available on District’s website at www.bseacd.org.

The aquifer can no longer afford anything other than minimal use, and that may be the situation for many, many more months. Groundwater is a shared resource, so conservation has to be a coordinated effort. Please help us spread the word--CONSERVE.

 

August 3, 2011: NH WATCH ALERT - REDHEAD YOUNG GUY~ AROUND RUBY RANCH SELLING BOOKS

TODAY 8/03/2011 A YOUNG RED HEADED MAN IN EARLY 20'S DRIVING A BLACK HONDA ACCORD AROUND ALL OF RUBY RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD ALL MORNING BLACK HONDA ACCORD NORTH CAROLINA PLATES - ZXR-7864 SELLING BOOKS AND DVD'S? SEVERAL NEIGHBORS HAD HIM COME UP POUNDING ON THEIR DOORS AND RINGING THE BELL. HE STAYS AROUND A BIT TOO LONG. WE ARE GETTING ALOT OF CALLS ABOUT THIS. THE SHERIFF OFFICE WAS CALLED AND DROVE OUT TO RUBY RANCH NEIGHBOR'S HOME GOT THE STORY BUT SAID CANNOT DO ANYTHING HERE BECAUSE THERE IS NO ANTI-SOLICITATION POLICY IN HAYS COUNTY. SO PLEASE BE ALERT. WE ARE NOT SURE WHO HE IS.SAYS HE IS A COLLEGE STUDENT FROM NORTH CAROLINA. HE WAITS BY THE GATES TO GET IN AND HAS GOTTEN IN AT THE W. BARTLETT GATE (side gate)AS ANOTHER NEIGHBOR HAS PHONED TO TELL US AS WELL.

 

July 2011: Redistricting Meetings

Hays County has established a list of redistricting meetings that will be held by the Commissioners Court and individual commissioners. The list will be updated if/when other meetings are set. There are several access points on the web site (home page rotation block, Commissioners Court left-hand navigation panel, Elections home page) and also by clicking on http://www.co.hays.tx.us/redistricting

 

May 2011: From Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District

We’re proud to announce the May edition of the Aquifer Bulletin is now ready! These are dry times, so this Bulletin touches on aquifer conditions, recharge limitations, how this drought compares to the 2008-2009 drought, and the mandatory restrictions that go along with Stage II Alarm Drought. Click on the May 2011 Aquifer Bulletin link on our Online Newsletters page: www.bseacd.org/outreach/newsletters/

Topics Include:

  • Stage II Alarm Drought Declared
  • Mandatory Water Restrictions for Groundwater Users
  • GM Report
  • Rule Change Highlights
  • District's Plan for Planning
  • District's Legislative Initiatives
  • Regulatory Compliance Reminder for Permittees
  • Recharge to Local Water Sources

 

May 2011: Road Work

You may have noticed that our neighborhood streets were recently improved. KBDJ, LP Conservation Land and Quarry provided crack sealing for the public roads in Ruby Ranch. There was a lot of good work done and we appreciate it very much. Thank you, KBDJ.

 

April 2011: Stage II Drought Declaired

At this evening’s Board meeting, the Board of Directors of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District declared ‘Stage II Alarm Drought’ for the District, effective immediately. The drought declaration affects authorized water use by some 60,000 groundwater users primarily in northern Hays, southern Travis, and western Caldwell counties.

The Lovelady Drought Indicator Well, in the Edwards Aquifer and located in South Austin, dipped below its Alarm threshold of 175.0 feet depth-to-water on April 24. The 10-day average discharge at Barton Springs, the District’s other official drought indicator, also dipped below its Alarm threshold of a 10-day average of 38 cubic feet per second, based on BSEACD manual measurements, on about April 22. For the Board to officially declare drought, only one drought indicator has to cross below its trigger threshold. In this instance, water levels in the Lovelady Monitor Well and springflow at Barton Springs prompted the drought declaration.

Declaration of Stage II Alarm Drought requires all of the District’s permittees to implement measures specified in their User Drought Contingency Plans to meet monthly pumpage reduction requirements. All permittees must achieve a 20% reduction in pumpage. Permittees with certain conditional permits may have to reduce use even further. End-user customers served by water utilities on groundwater wells are required to comply with their utility’s water use restrictions for this drought stage. Generally, restricting outdoor water use, including landscape irrigation on a specified frequency, pool filling & refilling, and non-essential water use such as water fountains, is sufficient to reach monthly pumpage targets for Stage II Alarm Drought.

When compared to historic monthly rainfall totals for Austin, the District weather station indicates a 11.6 inch rainfall deficit since last October. The Stage II Alarm Drought declaration comes after one of the driest seven-month periods on record, near the beginning of the heavy outdoor water-use season, and also at a time when abnormally hot and dry conditions are forecast to continue. Without reductions in demand, deeper drought stages, with even greater required curtailments of pumping and water use, will be reached sooner. Since groundwater is a shared resource, water conservation has to be a coordinated effort.

 

March 2011: Annual Meeting Minutes

Click here to see the meeting minutes from the Ruby Ranch HOA Annual Meeting held on February 8

 

March 2011: Downtown Buda Farmers Market

The Downtown Buda Farmers Market opening day is Saturday May 14th! They will be open every Saturday from 9 – 12 and are located across the street from Garcia’s Restaurant on Main Street. Visit their website at http://www.budafarmersmarket.com/ Would you like to become a vendor? Please visit the website or contact the Market Manager Jennifer Denton.

 

March 2011: Buda Comprehensive Plan Meeting #2

After a few months of meetings among City staff, area stakeholders, and gathering input through a workshop and surveys, draft recommendations for the future of Buda have been created. Join other citizens in Buda to review these ideas and provide comments. Clickhere for more information.

 

February 2011: Possible abduction attempt:

A male 13 year old child went to his mailbox today (Wed. Feb. 23). A small maybe blue car came up with blackened windows. The window was lowered just a couple inches and what looked like money was offered to him along with a motion for him to come closer to the car. The boy gave them the thumbs down and went swiftly to the house. This happened in Ruby Ranch, Bartlett, within the gates. Keep the kids close to the house and watch for a small car with blackened windows. Remind children not to approach vehicles. If you are interested there is a great stranger danger video on APD’s website that you could watch online with your kids. Here is the link:http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/police/strangerdanger.htm I would recommend watching the video first before showing it to your children to make sure it is appropriate for your kids.

 

 

February 2011: Austin’s 9th Annual Austin Cave Festival Kicks Off National Groundwater Awareness Week

Nestled among the neighborhoods of southwest Austin is a little-known nature preserve called the Village of Western Oaks Karst Preserve. It encompasses approximately nine acres in the recharge zone of the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer. Despite its small size, the preserve contains six karst features, including one that is habitat for cave-dwelling species of concern and one that recharges, or contributes replenishing water to, the aquifer.

Each year, the Barton Springs/ Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) and the Texas Cave Management Association (TCMA) hold the Austin Cave Festival at the Village of Western Oaks Karst Preserve to educate citizens about the importance and sensitivity of the Edwards Aquifer and its recharge features. This year, the Austin Cave Festival kicks off National Groundwater Awareness Week (Mar. 6-11), providing an opportunity to highlight groundwater resources and raise awareness of local groundwater issues. In and around Austin, over 60,000 people rely on the groundwater stored in the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer as their sole source of drinking water and even more enjoy its groundwater resources when swimming at Barton Springs—the main, natural discharge point of the aquifer. Additionally, Barton Springs is the only known habitat for the endangered Barton Springs salamander.

All Austin-area citizens are invited to this fun, free event. The Austin Cave Festival will be held from 9 am to 3 pm, Saturday, March 5, 2011, at the Village of Western Oaks Karst Preserve, which is located on Davis Lane at La Cresada Drive, just west of South MoPac freeway.

The day’s activities will include short caving adventures into the Preserve's Live Oak and Get Down Caves, informational booths from local organizations, hands-on activities for children, a drawing for a rain barrel, and a cave-themed story time with Master Naturalist Peggy Murphy at 11a.m. and 1p.m. Other educational and fun things to do and see include:

  • Visit 2 wild caves.
  • See how water gets to Austin-area aquifers.
  • Learn about animals that call Austin’s caves home.
  • See real arrowheads and how replicas are made by flintknappers.
  • Enjoy a cave-themed story time.
  • Learn about your local creeks and what steps you can to take to protect them.

Guests to the Festival are asked to bring only water to drink while visiting; food and drinks attract fire ants, which are harmful to wildlife and humans.

For directions, photos from last year’s festival, and more information, please visit: www.bseacd.org/events/austin-cave-festival/

 

February 2011: Election results from the RRHOA Annual Meeting

The Board of Directors, after determining from proxies and ballets cast that there was a quorum at the annual meeting, counted the votes for the two open Board positions. The results were as follows:

Kevin Rodriguez - 55 votes

James Wier - 53 votes

As a result, Kevin Rodriguez and James Wier were elected to the Board of Directors for a 2-year term.

 

February 2011: Possible abduction attempt: A male 13 year old child went to his mailbox today (Wed. Feb. 23). A small maybe blue car came up with blackened windows. The window was lowered just a couple inches and what looked like money was offered to him along with a motion for him to come closer to the car. The boy gave them the thumbs down and went swiftly to the house. This happened in Ruby Ranch, Bartlett, within the gates. Keep the kids close to the house and watch for a small car with blackened windows. Remind children not to approach vehicles. If you are interested there is a great stranger danger video on APD’s website that you could watch online with your kids. Here is the link: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/police/strangerdanger.htm I would recommend watching the video first before showing it to your children to make sure it is appropriate for your kids.

 

February 2011: BSEACD Newsletter The Winter edition of the Aquifer Bulletin is now available on-line. Visit:http://www.bseacd.org/outreach/newsletters/ Click on January 2011 Aquifer Bulletin for the newest newsletter. Topics Include: - Aquifer Outlook: Drier Times Ahead, - 2011 Scholarship Contests Open, - GM Report: A Glance Back, a Peek Forward, - Rainwater Revival Recap, - New Monitor Well Installed, - Learning Opportunities for All Ages, - The Saga of the Hill Country PGMA, - Recent Publication: Hydrogeologic Atlas, - Build Your Own Rain Barrel

 

January 2011: Annual Meeting Annual Meeting Ruby Ranch Homeowner’s Association will have an annual meeting Tuesday February 8, 2011 at 7 pm at Hays Hills Baptist Church, 1401 N. FM 1626. We must have a quorum (164 people or proxies) to conduct business at the annual meeting. Help us avoid the additional cost of having another meeting by returning this proxy. Please mail the proxy back even if you plan to attend. If you do attend the meeting, your proxy will be returned to you if you so desire. Note: everyone will be mailed notice of the meeting and your mail will include a self addressed and stamped Proxy. Please complete and return either the one you get in the mail or this one.

 

January 2011: Lost Dog We live close to Ruby Ranch in Hays Country Oaks and we are missing our 9 month old female Belgian Shepherd since Monday, January 3rd. If you see her, please call Anne Walker at 512 740-3317. She looks like a young German Shepherd, mostly brown with a black face -- see her picture here. She could also easily be mistaken for a coyote. She has a red collar on. Today we discovered that she was seen at the Rutherford Ranch on 967 last week. I have a dog that can confirm by scent whether she has been in a location or not. Please help this puppy find her way home to her family. UPDATE: She was seen this morning at 5:00AM running down FM 967 close to the Rutherford West subdivision. She was headed in the direction of Buda so she may be coming back in our direction. If anyone sees her please call 512 740-3317.

December 31, 2010

News for 2010

December 2010: Hays County Issues Burn Ban The Hays County Commissioners Court on Tuesday authorized restrictions on outdoor burning for the next 90 days, citing the dry and windy conditions throughout the county. Under the ban, residents in unincorporated Hays County are prohibited from outdoor burning except when authorized by the Fire Marshal. See more information here.

 

December 2010: 2011 Annual Dues The 2011 Ruby Ranch HOA dues statements are in the mail so expect them soon. The Ruby Ranch Board of Directors voted to increase the 2011 annual dues to $250 in order to increase our road repair fund. Earlier this year, Creekside, Richards and East Bartlett were resurfaced with 1½ inches of hot mix asphalt at a cost of approximately $106,000. In the future, this type of continuing road work will be necessary to maintain our streets in good condition.

 

December 2010: Solicitation. From Laurie Bain, Deputy, Hays County Sheriff's Office We have received a number of complaints today regarding solicitors on foot canvassing the neighborhoods, mostly in Wimberley area. These are young individuals claiming that they are selling books and/or magazines to benefit "whatever comes out of their mouth" at the time. Anywhere from cancer, to children with cancer, to help children learn to read, raise money for college, etc. They are accepting credit cards and cash only. When refused they beg for a small cash donation to help the benefit even if you do not purchase product. Additionally they claim to know neighbors and "name drop" them to gain trust and will ask you "who lives next door"? Do not give them any information, credit card information, or money. These solicitors are beileved to be scammers from out of state and you should call Hays County Sheriff's Office if you have any problems or concerns with any of them.

 

December 2010: Christmas Decorations A big thanks to Celia & Jerry Weaver and Cheryl Christians for decorating our front entrance (at RM 967). Be sure to check it out in the evening -- the lights are beautiful!

 

October 2010: NATIONAL NIGHT OUT Check out the Neighborhood Night Out pictures here

 

October 2010: NATIONAL NIGHT OUT RUBY RANCHERS COME JOIN THE POTLUCK DINNER AT THE RR LODGE ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2010, meet NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH CAPTAINS, HOA MEMBERS, ACC MEMBERS, POLICE , BUDA FIRE DEPT AND LOTS OF NEIGHBORS. EACH FAMILY TO BRING SOMETHING TO ADD FOR THE POTLUCK DINNER - (remember to label your dish if you need it back) your street Captain will be filling you in on details. WE BEGIN AT 6:45 PM TILL JUST AFTER 8 PM ~ JOIN THE FUN AT THE LODGE ~ SIGNS WILL BE POSTED AS A REMINDER. MORE INFO ~ 312-9304 Sarah and Bobby ~ Neighborhood Watch Coordinators

 

September 2010: Hold the date. KBDJ will hold a Community Open House on Saturday, October 9th. The open house will be at the quarry starting at 10:30am and going until 1:00pm. The quarry will be operating that day. KBDJ will be providing tours of the quarry operation, educational sessions, food, a question and answer period, and an actual live blast as well as activities and games for the children.

 

August 2010: BSEACD news. The Summer Edition of the BSEACD Aquifer Bulletin is available. Visithttp://www.bseacd.org/outreach/newsletters/ and click on ‘August 2010 Newsletter’ Topics Include: Aquifer Status, Website Highlight: Aquifer Data, Permitting Summary, GM Report, State and Regional Water Planning, Acronyms Defined, District Aquifers' Desired Future Conditions, 2010 Groundwater to the Gulf in Review, 2010 Scholarship Winners, Now and Then, District Spotlight, Upcoming Events

The annual Creek Cleanup has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 18th—in recognition of National Protect Your Groundwater Day. This year we’ll be working on a stretch of Williamson Creek. We’ll provide a t-shirt, drinks and lunch in exchange for help protecting the quality of water recharging our aquifer. For more information, visit: www.bseacd.org/events/creek-cleanups/

Attention all Rain Catchers (current and future) -- The District is helping sponsor the first-ever rainwater harvesting festival—The Rainwater Revival—that will be held Saturday, October 9, 2010 at Roger Hanks Park in Dripping Springs. The Hays County Water Conservation Working Group is coordinating the festival. ‘Collection, conservation, and common sense’ is the theme for the festival. The What, Why and How of Rainwater harvesting techniques and systems will be central to the booths, demonstrations, and invited speaker presentations. Rainwater harvesting is an innovative and accessible solution for alternative water supply on a residential scale. Find out more at:www.bseacd.org/events/calendar/rainwater-revival-rainwater-harvesting-festival.

 

July 2010: Mother’s Day Out at the Hays Communities YMCA of Austin. The Hays Communities YMCA Mother’s Day Out program will teach basic classroom skills such as numbers, colors, alphabet and related themes, focusing on fun games, group crafts and activities. The first Fall session begins August 23, 2010. Sessions run monthly. Children ages 3-4 meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am to 1:30pm. (Must be 3 by Sept. 1). Kids ages 4-5 meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30am to 1:30pm. (Must be 4 by Sept. 1). All children must be potty trained to attend. Cost: The M/W/F session is $200 for YMCA Members/ $275 Non-Members; The T/Th session is $160 for YMCA Members/ $235 Non-Members; Registration fee is $45. Financial Assistance is available to qualified applicants. Contact Jane Nussel at (512) 523-0099 or jnussel@austinymca.org to register or for more details.

 

May 2010: See the new Ruby Ranch neighborhood watch tab. See the tab on the right side of this website or go here for information on RR Neighborhood Watch -- If you see something, say something. Safety & Preventing crime matters in our neighborhood.

 

May 2010: Board of Directors statement on Deer Trapping in Ruby Ranch -- Click here.

April 2010: Ruby Ranch Picnic, Sunday May 2nd - 1 to 4 pm @ The Park by the Creek (Turn at the Ruby Ranch Lodge Entrance). Come have fun, meet your neighbors, and show your support for traffic safety. Get more details here

April 2010: Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District news -- Spring is here! And so is the Water Conservation Period edition of the Aquifer Bulletin. This newsletter is packed with information about the Water Conservation Period that starts May 1st. Please visit www.bseacd.org/outreach/newsletters and click on ‘Current Newsletter’ for the Water Conservation Period edition.

Attention Teachers and Educators … Registration for The Groundwater To the Gulf: Summer Institute for Central Texas Educators (June 22-24th) is now open! This 3-day, hands-on, field trip-based training is FREE and a wonderful opportunity to explore local science issues! Please visit www.bseacd.org/events/g2g for more information.

And Attention all Volunteers … BSEACD is looking for help for the annual Creek Cleanup on May 15th. This year they’ll be working on a stretch of Williamson Creek. They’ll provide a t-shirt, drinks and lunch in exchange for help protecting the quality of water recharging our aquifer. For more information, visit: www.bseacd.org/events/creek_cleanups

March 2010: County Sets Public Meetings for Dahlstrom Ranch Access -- Hays County and its partners in the Dahlstrom Ranch conservation easement will hold public meetings on March 22 and March 31 to gather input from residents on certain aspects of public access. You can see the release here.

March 2010: Annual Meeting Minutes -- You can view the minutes of the Ruby Ranch Homeowners Association Annual Meeting here.

February 2010: Trash Pickup Day (Update) -- Thanks to all who came out and helped clean up the trash from the Ruby Ranch roadways! About 15 kids and 15 adults broke up into groups of about 5 or 6 with just adult groups doing Ruby Ranch Road and the kid groups doing all the side streets. We all picked up lots of trash and it was a super success.

February 2010: Results of the 2010 Ruby Ranch Homeowners Association vote for Board Members -- The Board of Directors, after determining from proxies and ballets cast that there was a quorum at the annual meeting, counted the votes for the three open Board positions. The results were as follows:

Scott Christians - 41 votes

Thomas Doebner - 42 votes

Grady Meyer - 43 votes

As a result, Scott Christians, Thomas Doebner, and Grady Meyer were elected to the Board of Directors for a 2-year term.

February 2010: Trash Pickup Day -- There will be a trash pickup day on Saturday morning, February 20th at 10:00 am. Everyone interested should meet at Renee and Dave Eiland's residence, 101 Armstrong Cove at that time. We will supply the trash bags. Let's help keep Ruby Ranch beautiful!

February 2010: Annual Meeting! -- the annual Ruby Ranch Homeowner's meeting will be held on February 16th, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hays Hill Baptist Church. Even if you plan on attending the meeting, please return the self addressed and stamped Proxy that that you should have received recently in the mail; if you did not receive a proxy, contact any of the Board members. It allows for the establishing of a quorum and does not authorize the board to vote on your behalf. We must have a quorum (164 people or proxies) to conduct business at the annual meeting. Help us avoid the additional cost of having another meeting by returning this proxy. If you do attend the meeting, this proxy will be returned to you if you so desire. Board members will be elected during the Annual Meeting in early 2010. If you wish to run for the Board, you can use the nomination form available here.

January 2010: BSEACD -- The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District’s winter edition of the Aquifer Bulletin is now available online: http://www.bseacd.org/files/file/Newsletters/AquiferBulletin_Dec2009.pdf.

December 31, 2009

News for 2009

December 2009: Hold the date! -- the annual Ruby Ranch Homeowner's meeting will be held on February 16th, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hays Hill Baptist Church. We'll have more details as we get closer to the meeting.

November 2009: It's that time again -- time to pay your annual Ruby Ranch Homeowner's Association dues. If you would like to help us save paper (and the environment), you can now request your invoice via email. If you'd like to receive your invoice via email contact us at us at board@rubyranchtx.com. Give us your name, address, and preferred email address and we'll email your invoice when it's ready. Invoices, electronic and paper, will be going out the first week of December and Due by January 1, 2010.

November 2009: BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINATIONS. Nominations are once again being accepted for the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors. Board members will be elected during the Annual Meeting in early 2010. If you wish to run for the Board, you can use the nomination form available here.

September 2009: National Night Out. Mark your calendars for National Night Out, this event will be held the evening of October 6, 2009, - please save the date. Last year was our first year participating in National Night Out, we'd like to continue the traditional and make this a successful evening. This will enable you to meet your neighbors, share discussions, we would like to encourage you all to come out and join us, children are especially welcome.

We plan to have refreshments to include hot dogs, chips, soft drinks and water. We expect to have the Sheriff's Department & the Buda Fire Department as guest, keep in mind, they are working many neighborhoods this evening and will attempt to spend some time with us, however if a call arises they will need to leave.

Event: Ruby Ranch Subdivision National Night Out 2009

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Location: E. Bartlett Dr. (Half way down on the creek side of E. Bartlett Dr.)

Parking: Feel free to park on the creek side of E. Bartlett from Ruby Ranch Road to the end of the street near the cul-de-sac

THIS EVENT IS LIMITED TO RUBY RANCH RESIDENTS ONLY!

September 2009: Burn Ban Lifted: Hays County has lifted the ban on outdoor burning until further notice.

August 2009: BSEACD August 2009 Aquifer Bulletin. Articles in this edition of our quarterly newsletter center around the current Critical Stage Drought. You can access this edition on-line here: http://www.bseacd.org/newsletters/currentnewsletter.pdf

This drought affects us as a community. One of the most effective ways to conserve, protect, and manage our the groundwater resources is to keep you informed of the science, current conditions, and regulations affecting our District. This severe of a drought requires community action. To that end, this newsletter covers a wealth of topics. In this issue: a) Drought Status, b) 2009 Permitting Update, c) BSEACD Calendar, d) General Manager’s Report, e) Town Hall Meetings, f) Policy Advisory Committee, g) Drought Timeline, h) Rule Change Summary, i) Grant Project Updates, j) Impacts to Wells During Drought, k) Importance of Conservation During Extreme Drought, l) Report a Dry Well.

August 2009: A burglery report from a Ruby Ranch neighbor: "We had two of our vehicles entered and each lost items. One lost an ipod and the other lost a purse. In our trust of living back some distance from the road we do not lock the cars. This happened last monday night. We filed a report with the sheriff. The question remains was it local kids? Was it someone that came out maybe doing a drop-off and then picking them up? There is lots of wooded hiding areas... I just can't believe it was local kids- but one does not know. It takes a brazen individual(s) to go up a long drive in the dark and enter cars! We - even out here in our nice quiet neighbor must still keep vigilant!" Please make sure that you always lock your vehicles and keep your garage doors down. Don't make it easy for criminals!

June 2009: Burn Ban reinstated Hays County Judge Liz Sumter has signed an emergency order reinstating the burn ban that prohibits outdoor burning effectively immediately. For information about the rules for outdoor burning, please go to the Hays County Fire Marshal's Office.

HEAT PRECAUSTIONS

With temperatures rising before summer officially begins, the Hays County Health Department is reminding citizens, especially the elderly and those with fragile health, to take precautions. Remember to drink extra water, wear light colored and light weight clothing, and stay inside during the hottest part of the day. Do not leave children or pets in a hot car, even if the windows down. If you have elderly family and neighbors check on them. Make sure your outdoor pets have plenty of shade and water. If you need a fan: Call Family Eldercare at 512-459-4FAN and leave your information on voice mail if a fan coordinator is not available to take your call.

June 2009: Water users express concerns about groundwater supplies during drought Groundwater users in the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District expressed concerns about groundwater supplies holding up if the current Critical Stage drought worsens. The District held town two hall meetings on June 2 and June 8 in Sunset Valley and Buda to review and get feedback on proposed rule changes that would better prepare the District to regulate and conserve groundwater resources during extreme drought.

Approximately 50 people attended the informational meetings, which were held to explain prospective changes to District rules dealing with drought and to get informal feedback from the public, groundwater users, well owners, and groundwater permit holders. An additional public comment period on the rule proposals will be held in July and August, once the District Board of Directors formally proposes changes in its rules.

"The public concerns about adequate groundwater supplies reinforce our belief that the District should prepare now for the worst-case scenario in drought," said Kirk Holland, General Manager of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District. "We will continue to work with our constituents to develop tools to manage resources in a drought that’s expected to worsen."

The District also plans to meet with permittees and take input from its Policy Advisory Committee in the coming month, Holland said.

The District is currently in one of the worst droughts in its history – just as the hottest, driest time of year starts. Aquifer levels and spring flows are expected to drop further during the summer, when rainfall is historically low and water usage high.

The District is proposing rule changes in two main areas:

• Drought stages for the Edwards Aquifer – introduction of one new stage, the Exceptional Stage, which would be more severe than Critical Stage (currently the most severe drought stage). Specific management measures also are proposed for an Emergency Response Period if and when the Edwards Aquifer is imperiled; and

• Management zones – introduction of zones to allow more equitable regulation and precise management of the different aquifers in the District.

The District has had a moratorium on new Edwards groundwater permits since April 9, 2009.

Links to the presentations made at the town hall meetings are available on the District website’s homepage, at www.bseacd.org. Summaries of the prospective changes and a markup of the language changes currently under consideration are available at www.bseacd.org/rules.

The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District is a local agency of the State of Texas that conserves, protects and enhances the groundwater resources in its jurisdiction. It covers parts of South Travis County, North Hays County, western Caldwell County and a small part of western Bastrop County.

May 2009: Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District to Hold Public Meetings on Upcoming Changes to Groundwater and Drought Management Rules May 28, 2009 – The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District will hold two town hall meetings to receive input from District permittees, individual groundwater users, and the public on prospective changes to the District’s Rules dealing with management zones and drought management, especially during extreme drought conditions. These are information-exchange meetings only and are intended to provide input to future proposed rulemaking. “Currently, we are in one of the worst droughts experienced in the history of the District. Aquifer water levels and spring flows may drop further as we enter the driest time of year, when the aquifer typically receives little replenishment and has its highest water use. We believe that the rule changes we will discuss at the public meetings are essential to being prepared for the dry times ahead. And we want to hear from our stakeholders about those needs,” noted Kirk Holland, General Manager of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District.

Two town hall meetings are scheduled; from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm on

1) Tuesday, June 2, 2009, Sunset Valley City Hall, 3205 Jones Rd., Sunset Valley, Texas 78745;

2) Monday, June 8, 2009, City of Buda City Hall, 121 Main St., Buda, Texas 78610

These meetings are open to the public and members of the District’s Board of Directors will be present to receive inputs from all stakeholders on the changes in the Rules to respond to more extreme drought conditions. Summaries of the prospective changes and a markup of the language changes currently being considered are available on the District website at www.bseacd.org/rules. For more information about these meetings, please contact the District office at (512) 282-8441

May 2009: Control Burns. Effective immediately, citizens no longer have to call the Hays County Sheriff's Office to report that they will be burning. The Sheriff's Office receives over 75 calls per day from citizens reporting their burn location. If the Communications Division receives a call of reported smoke in the area, their protocols are to send the local fire department. There is no way of determining whether the burn is at the exact location of a controlled burn that may have been called in so the fire department will be sent immediately. Citizens can call the Fire Marshall's Office at 393-7339 to check if the burn ban is on and for any other information that they may need. After hours, their voice mail will advise if the burn ban is off or on. The Sheriff's Office and the Fire Marshall's Office stress to all citizens to use all necessary precautions to ensure that they burn safely. A water source at the burn location, consideration of wind velocity, using caution for the size of area the citizen plans on burning, and putting out all fires before dark are some of the essentials of safe burning.

April 2009: Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 campaign. My name is Jeanette Gates. I have two young children (Bryan and Erin) and we live on West Bartlett Dr in Ruby Ranch. Like many of you, I have become very concerned about the speeding in our neighborhood. I’m involved in an effort to try to organize a Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 campaign in our neighborhood. This does not mean our speed limit will change to 25 MPH, this is just the name of the nonprofit organization, which is made up of parents who have lost their children to traffic fatalities. This organization does a lot to help communities to organize and start campaigns in their neighborhoods. The methods the organization uses have proven to be effective in many cities across the nation. With the summer coming soon and more adults and children alike on the roads as pedestrians, riding bikes, running, walking our pets etc, this a perfect time to get started. My goal would be to kick off our campaign on May 1st, but I need help. Won’t you please consider volunteering to start a Traffic Safety Taskforce for our neighborhood. The time involved will be minimal.

I will need volunteers to do as little as:

  • post signs in their yard
  • make a small monetary contribution to help us purchase signs
  • or just help to spread the word

Or as much as:

  • help me to organize our May 1st kick-off

    • help me to contact law enforcement and/or other government officials

    • organize our efforts with our local schools

    • help to distribute flyers to our residents

Please visit the site and see all the useful and free information we can download and use to help with this effort. www.KeepKidsAliveDrive25.org

Won’t you please join me in this campaign? Let’s not wait for a pedestrian fatality in our neighborhood before we act. Let’s act now. Please contact me at the following numbers or e-mail address if you would be interested in helping in this effort.

DON’T LET THE 2 MINUTES YOU SAVE BE THE LAST 2 MINUTES OF SOMEONE’S LIFE

Jeanette Gates

939 West Bartlett Dr.

Hm. 295-5345

j-gates@austin.rr.com

 

April 2009: Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos – In response to a number of calls and emails regarding an alleged constitutional amendment on the May ballot, Hays County Tax Assessor-Collector Luanne Caraway reminds voters that there are no statewide constitutional amendments on the May ballot. "There was an amendment vote in 2007, but an out-of-date email is circulating again telling voters – especially seniors – that the homestead exemption could change," Caraway said. "That homestead exemption amendment was passed in 2007 and has been applied to the proper tax accounts. Our office has been getting a lot of panic calls and emails from individuals who are concerned that there is another homestead exemption amendment on the ballot, and there isn’t – it’s a done deal."

March 2009: Send Your Child to Aquatic Science Adventure Camp for Free The Barton Springs Edwards Acquifer Conservation District will give out ten scholarships to the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center’s Two-Day and Week-Long Aquatic Science Adventure Camps. Contest is open to children ages 9 through 15 who reside in one of the seven school districts overlapped by the District’s boundaries (Austin, Eanes, Dripping Springs, Hays Consolidated, Del Valle, Bastrop, and Lockhart). Interested students must submit an application and 1-page essay/artwork entitled “Why I want to attend the Aquatic Science Adventure Camp!” Scholarship winners will be chosen in a random drawing; only completed applications with essays will be eligible. Deadline for submissions: Friday, April 3, 2009. For more information, rules, and an application form, please visit: www.bseacd.org/scholarship_program.htm For more information on the Aquatic Science Adventure Camp, visit: www.eardc.txstate.edu/camp.html.

March 2009: FREE Workshop, "Cheap Rainwater Harvesting" by Doc Jody of FLowWOOLF NATURALS & Ariel Permaculture House. Doc is a winner, Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation Award Winner, "End-User'' category for "Lowest End-User Residential Water Consumer" in the City of Sunset Valley.

WHERE: Sunset Valley City Hall, 3205 Jones Road, (park on-site) off South Lamer & Westgate. Across Jones from Toney Burger Stadium. Overflow parking at Stadium.

WHEN: SATURDAY, 14th MARCH 2009, 10:30 am - 12 Noon

COST: FREE. The public, incl. children, are welcome. ADA (handicap access) friendly parking/facilities.

ADVANCE RESERVATIONS: 423.1050 or yogaflow@swbell.net

Donation $15.00 suggested for Ariel Permaculture House.

WEBSITE: www.docjody.com.

DESCRIPTION: Would you like to learn HOW to install an ''EL-CHEAP-O'' rainwater catchment system & be able to DRINK rainwater without spending $12,000.00? How come "green" systems are so expensive, anyway? We ask ourselves that all the time! Join Barton Springs Conservation Award-winner Doc Jody sharing just how an amazing FEAT was accomplished, discussing 3rd book, "A Year of Drinking Purified Rainwater." Doc Jody was handed a $12,000 estimate for a potable full-house rainwater drinking system but designed & installed a homespun affair for under $600 that's practical, simple & safe: it works! Everything in this seminar is pragmatic, practiced currently or at one time by the author's family-- nothing preachy. At the end of this seminar you WILL KNOW how to construct a similar system. Simple, sustainable. Keep Austin Green. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS SUGGESTED..

March 2009: Annual Meeting. Thanks to all who attended the annual meeting. For those that could not attend, here are the minutes.

December 31, 2008

News for 2008

January 2008: Annual Meeting. There will be an annual meeting of the Ruby Ranch Homeowner's Association at Hays Hills Baptist Church at 7:00 p.m. on February 17th. You can see the agendahere. Please remember to fill out your proxy form (you should have received this in the mail) if there is any chance that you cannot make the meeting. We need to have a quorum at the meeting in order to conduct official business, including electing Board Members. If you did not receive a proxy form and would like one, please email board@rubyranchtx.com.

December 2008: 2009 Assessments mailed out. The Association mailed out the 2009 Dues Assessments a few weeks ago. If you've not received an assessment in the mail, contact Scott Christians at 295-9708 or email at board@rubyranchtx.com.

December 2008: Aquifer District Solicits Candidates for At-Large Directors in Southwest Travis County Annexation Area. The Board of Directors of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District is considering annexing a large part of southwestern Travis County that is currently not in a groundwater conservation district. As part of that initiative, the Board would expand from its current five directors to seven directors, if legislation is passed to allow that and other changes. It is soliciting expressions of interest and qualifications from residents of southern Travis County who would like to be considered for one of the two interim, at-large director positions. The Board meets semi-monthly and provides the policy direction and governance of District activities; there is a small stipend attached to such service. Those who are interested and motivated to provide such a public service in the field of groundwater resource management are asked to send, preferably by email, a written expression of interest addressed to the District’s GM, at bseacd@bseacd.org, or by mail to the District office. Interested parties must provide their voting residence address, a resume or summary of their work experience including their current job(s), and their contact information for follow-up. Candidates who currently use Trinity groundwater as a water supply at their home or business are especially encouraged to respond. If there are specific conditions or questions to be answered before a respondent may be considered an applicant, please detail those with the submitted information. To be considered, all information must be received by the District office no later than Dec 31, 2008. The term of at-large service would be for almost three years, beginning in September 2009 if the legislation passes and is signed into law. In May 2012, the District will have been re-drawn to have seven single-member precincts, and the voters in each precinct will then begin electing single-member precinct directors. The at-large directors will be eligible to run for director in the new single-member precincts for their residential locations. More information on the District and its Board may be found on the District website at www.bseacd.org.

December 2008: Aquifer District Declares Critical Stage Drought. The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District’s Board of Directors declared a Critical Stage Drought for the groundwater resources in the District’s jurisdiction, including the heavily used Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer, at its regular board meeting on Thursday, December 11. The declaration will require a 30% mandatory reduction in the authorized monthly use from all its permittees, which will in turn affect some 60,000 groundwater users, mostly in southern Travis and northern Hays County. This is only the second time in the District’s 21-year history that a declaration of this kind has been issued. Read more on the situation here.

December 2008: Board of Directors Nominations. Nominations are once again being accepted for the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors. Board members will be elected during the Annual Meeting in early 2009.

December 2008: Aquifer District Declares Critical Stage Drought. The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District’s Board of Directors declared a Critical Stage Drought for the groundwater resources in the District’s jurisdiction, including the heavily used Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer, at its regular board meeting on Thursday, December 11. The declaration will require a 30% mandatory reduction in the authorized monthly use from all its permittees, which will in turn affect some 60,000 groundwater users, mostly in southern Travis and northern Hays County. This is only the second time in the District’s 21-year history that a declaration of this kind has been issued. Read more on the situation here.

October 2008: New Time for Public Meeting on Possible Annexation Along with booming development in southwestern Travis County, concern is growing as to how the area’s vulnerable groundwater will be managed and protected in the future. There is considerable sentiment for a groundwater district to serve this part of the Hill Country Priority Groundwater Management Area (PGMA) and provide much needed oversight. The adjacent Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District is being asked by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to be that groundwater district and to consider annexing the area. The District will hold the second of two town hall meetings on Thursday, November 6, to discuss with the community how groundwater protection can be extended to this vulnerable area, as well as to receive input from the public to help assess the feasibility of annexation. In addition, the TCEQ will be on-hand to present additional material on the PGMA designation and TCEQ's options, if the area is not annexed.

November 6, 2008

7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Bee Creek United Methodist Church

3000 Bee Creek Road

Spicewood, TX 78669

(located between the communities of Bee Cave and Spicewood)

October 2008: Hays County Hazardous Waste Collection- Saturday, October 18 The City of San Marcos will sponsor a drive-through Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, October 18, 2008 from 8 a.m. to noon at the City Traffic Yard located on Hopkins Street across from the big HEB. Residents of San Marcos, Kyle and Hays County, sponsors of the collection, are invited to drop off outdated toxic chemicals during the collection. Please bring proof of residency

(driver’s license or utility bill). The collection is a drive-through event and residents won’t have to leave their vehicles.

Residents are asked to transport chemicals in the trunk and keep products in their original containers. If a container is broken, the contents should be placed in a container of the same material. Do not combine chemicals.

Materials that will be accepted include:

Cleaning products: drain cleaners, concentrates, degreasers, oven cleaners, solvents, polishes, pool chemicals, and household batteries.

Paint products: latex and oil based paints, spray paints, thinners, strippers, preservatives, brush cleaners, etc.

Gardening products: pesticides, sprays, dusts, herbicides (weed killers) rat poisons, and insecticides.

Automotive products: antifreeze, batteries, motor oil, oil filters, brake fluids, and transmission fluids.

Cell phones and rechargeable batteries.

The collection cannot accept tires, electronic waste (computer products, televisions, etc.) containers larger than five gallons, medical wastes, empty containers, compressed gas cylinders or wastes generated by businesses. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, call the Public Works Department at 512-393-8036.

September 2008: Local Groundwater District to Hold Public Meetings on Possible Annexation Along with booming development in southwestern Travis County, concern is growing as to how the area’s vulnerable groundwater will be managed and protected in the future. There is considerable sentiment for a groundwater district to serve this part of the Hill Country PGMA (Priority Groundwater Management Area) and provide much needed oversight. The adjacent Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District is being asked by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to be that groundwater district and to consider annexing the area. The District will hold two town hall meetings (each of which will cover the same material) to educate the community on how groundwater protection can be extended to this vulnerable area, as well as to receive input from the public to help assess the feasibility of annexation.

October 22, 2008

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Bee Caves Elementary School

14300 Hamilton Pool Road

Austin, TX 78738

November 6, 2008

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Bee Creek United Methodist Church

3000 Bee Creek Road

Spicewood, TX 78669

The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District was created in 1987 by the Texas Legislature as the responsible public authority and the preferred entity for managing groundwater in District aquifers. The District currently serves southern Travis County, northern Hays County, and portions of southwestern Bastrop and northwestern Caldwell Counties, and is committed to conserving, protecting, recharging, and preventing waste of groundwater and to preserving all aquifers within this area.

October 2008: Neighborhood-Wide Garage Sale After many requests to the RRHOA Board, the Board has agreed to allow a "Neighborhood Wide Garage Sale". We have neighbors willing to pay for advertising in the local newspaper and websites such as www.craigslist.com which is a free adversting website. Depending on the turn out and participation, the board will determine if this might be an annual event. The garage sale will take place on Saturday, October 25th from 7am to 4pm. During this time, the security gates will remain open, so buyers can enter any part of the neighborhood. Any Ruby Ranch resident wanting to participate, may do so individually from your home on this day. This might be a good opportunity to get rid of some items that are taking up some space in your attic, garage, or home. Please help us advertise by sending this flyer out to friends, families, colleagues, etc.

October 2008: BURN BAN On Oct. 8th, the Hays County Commissioner's Court enacted a burn ban for Hays County.

September 2008: Come join your neighbors in the National Night Out on October 7 (next Tuesday) from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 551 Ruby Ranch Road. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. See more information at http://www.nationalnightout.org/nno/index.html

September 2008: Free Festival Will Offer Opportunities to Try Caving. Each year, the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) and the Texas Cave Management Association hold this free family-friendly festival to give citizens a firsthand look at the caves and geology that make the Edwards Aquifer and its recharge features so sensitive. The event is held at the Village of Western Oaks Karst Preserve, a little known nature preserve in south Austin that encompasses approximately nine acres in the recharge zone of the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer. Despite its small size, the preserve contains six karst features, including one that is habitat for cave-dwelling species of concern and one that recharges, or contributes replenishing water to, the aquifer. The festival will have two caves open for visitation.

Austin Cave Festival

Saturday, October 25th

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Village of Western Oaks Karst Preserve located at La Cresada and Davis Lane just west of MoPac

Free

www.bseacd.org/western_oaks.htm

The day’s activities will include short caving adventures into the Preserve's Live Oak and Get Down Caves, informational booths from local organizations, hands-on activities for children, and a drawing for prizes (including a rainbarrel and a 2-hour cave trip).

· Come visit 2 caves and see how water gets to Austin-area aquifers.

· Learn about animals that call Austin’s caves home.

· See real arrowheads and how replicas are made by flintknappers.

· Enjoy a cave-themed Halloween storytime!

· Try on vertical caving gear and see if you have what it takes to ascend and descend caves.

· Do you know your watershed? Learn about your local creeks and what steps you can to take to protect them.

· Visit with a rainwater harvesting expert and learn about conservation incentives in your area.

· And much more!!

Booth presenters will include:

· Austin Science and Nature Center

· The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District

· The Bureau of Economic Geology – University of Texas at Austin

· City of Austin Water Conservation Department

· City of Austin Water Utility Department’s Wildlands Conservation Division

· City of Austin Watershed Protection and Development Review Department

· Flintknapping with J.C. Pollard

· Lower Colorado River Authority

· Splash! Into the Edwards Aquifer Exhibit at the Sheffield Education Center

· Texas Cave Management Association

· Travis County Balcones Canyonlands Preserve

· Tree Information from Guy LeBlanc with Arbor Vitae Tree Care

· Texas Water Development Board

· Vertical Rope Activities with the City of Sunset Valley

The Preserve is located on Davis Lane just west of South MoPac. Guests to the Festival are asked to bring only water to drink while visiting; food and drinks attract fire ants, which are harmful to wildlife and humans. For directions and more information, please visit www.bseacd.org/western_oaks.htm.

September 2008: Reminder: The Hays County Commissioners Court has voted to extend Hays County traffic laws to the streets in Ruby Ranch and authorize the Sheriff to enforce those traffic laws.Several people have been issued citations already -- watch your speed!

September 2008: BSEACD News: The District area remains in Alarm Stage Drought, and without substantial rainfall, will enter Critical Stage Drought in the next few weeks. Please link to the latest edition of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District's "Aquifer Bulletin", which includes details on the continuing drought; information on upcoming household hazardous waste collections for the residents of Hays County; an article on the District's Onion Creek Recharge Enhancement Project; and much more.

Know an individual (or organization) that is going above and beyond to conserve and protect groundwater? Nominate him/her for the 2008 Groundwater Stewardship Awards. The District will accept nomination applications until Tuesday, September 30, 2008. http://www.bseacd.org/stewardship_awards.html

The 7th Annual Austin Cave Festival will be held at the Village of Western Oaks Karst Preserve on Saturday, October 25, 2008 from 9am to 3pm. http://www.bseacd.org/western_oaks.htm

September 2008: Using Water Wisely Workshop Rain, free but at times a scarce commodity! This seminar concentrates on capturing rainwater and landscaping with plants requiring little water. Confine rainwater and save it for your own use! Gain the knowledge necessary to build a rainwater harvesting system. All the basics are covered to build a non potable water harvesting system. Not ready for a full blown rainwater harvesting system? Think small. A demonstration will show how to make a simple, inexpensive rain barrel collection system. Lower your water usage by utilizing native and adapted landscape plants that look great and need a minimal amount of water to thrive. Learn the 7 principles of xeriscaping. Vendors representing tanks, pumps and guttering will be available to answer specific questions. City of Austin representatives will be available to answer permit and rebate questions. This free seminar is presented by the Travis Country Master Gardeners Association, a volunteer arm of the Texas A&M and Travis County AgriLife Extension Service. No reservations taken.

Saturday, Sept. 6

10:00 AM - Noon

West Rural Community Center

8656 Hwy. 71 W, Build. A, Austin

(After the "Y" at Hwy 71/290 go 1+ mile to stoplight at Covered Bridge and turn right. Immediately on left is the Fire Station then up the hill to Building A. on the left.)

Rosalie Russell

CO-VP Education, TCMGA

804-2257 gisathccs@aol. com

August 2008: Preserving the Dahlstrom Ranch - A Conservation Easement to Protect Edwards Water. Cable Access Channel 10, Thursday, Aug 7, 2008, 6-7pm. Hays County, the City of Austin and the Hill Country Conservancy (HCC) are in negotiations to purchase a conservation easement on the Dahlstrom Ranch, which is located in Hays County in the recharge zone of the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer. The ranch includes a several recharge features (enlarged cracks, fractures, cave opens, faults, etc.), which are estimated to provide a substantial amount of recharge to Onion Creek. Turn in to learn more about the ranch, why this purchase is important for water quality and quantity protection, and how the tract might be also utilized for for public access and education. Austin News Real is a television program produced by ICONMEDIA's Pam Thompson and Stefan Wray that airs on Austin cable access channel 10. http://iconmedia.org/

July 2008: Over the years, residents of Ruby Ranch have expressed a desire to control the excessive speeding and ignoring of the stop signs on roads in our subdivision. After discussing this issue with the County, the Hays County Commissioners Court has voted extend Hays County traffic laws to the streets in Ruby Ranch and authorize the Sheriff to enforce those traffic laws.

June 2008: Alarm Stage Drought. At the June 23 Board meeting, the Board of Directors of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District declared an Alarm Stage Drought for the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer, effective immediately. The drought area includes much of southern Travis and northern Hays Counties. See more here.

June 2008: Are you interested in how regional groups are planning to manage the Edwards, Trinity, and other local aquifers? The BSEACD wants your input. Help them extablish desired future conditions (such as water levels, water quality, spring flows, or volumes) in this management area. Attend the Groundwater Management Area 10 Public Meeting, Tuesday, June 24, 2008 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. Conference Center inside Cabela's, 15570 South IH 35, Buda, TX 78610.

June 2008: Alligator Sighted in Plum Creek-KYLE. We have a confirmed sighting of a 4 foot alligator living in the drainage channel on the north side of McGarity, across from 157 McGarity. The TPWD Game Warden, who lives in the community, is aware of the gator and attempted to catch it, but the gator retreated to a drainage pipe in the area to avoid capture. Another resident, who has offered to capture other reptiles, has been contacted, as well. Please avoid this area for now. If you must walk near it, please take EXTRA vigilance. Updates will be provided, as available. As mentioned below, these smaller alligators are often just passing through the area to find a more permanent home down the road.

June 2008: BURN BAN AND FIREWORKS BANS 6-12-08 On 6-3-08, the Hays County Commissioner's Court enacted a burn ban for Hays County. They also enacted a ban on aerial fireworks which includes rockets with sticks and missiles with fins. Both bans are still in effect. Other type fireworks are still legal to purchase and possess and the Hays County Sheriff's Office encourages citizens who plan on using fireworks to do so with extreme caution. Vegetation in Hays County is extremely dry and even a tiny spark could start a fire. Parents should supervise the igniting of fireworks and have a water source available in case of an emergency.

May 2008: The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District's "Aquifer Bulletin" has been redesigned and includes the integration of our new District logo. We are excited about our new "face" and hope this logo will better strike a distinctive identity with our community and stakeholders and help raise the awareness of our organization, its efforts, and our commitment to groundwater management based on good science and sound public policy.

Please take a moment to read through this new edition, which includes this year's drought outlook. As you might have guessed, we are on the brink of entering Alarm Stage Drought, which will trigger a mandatory 20% reduction in pumping from our aquifer by our permittees and their tens of thousands of end-users. In addition, temperatures will begin to rise soon, resulting in larger amounts of outdoor watering. Remember overwatering can result in root rot and plant decline, and that most yards in the area will only need one inch once a week. For more on proper watering techniques and auditing sprinkler systems for maximum efficiency, visit: http://www.bseacd.org/watering_schedule.htm

Please click on the following link for the May - August 2008 "AQUIFER BULLETIN": http://www.bseacd.org/newsletters/currentnewsletter.pdf

May 2008: We have had Numerous “Burglary of Motor Vehicles” that have occurred over the last couple of days. (One is too many) These are in addition to the ones that were posted on the NW ALERTS yesterday. Buda/Kyle:

1. Burglary of Motor Vehicle- 200 Block of Maple

2. Three Burglary of Motor Vehicles occurred in the 100 block of Poplar

3. Two Burglary of Motor Vehicles occurred in the 100 Block of Maple.

Following these tips may prevent or reduce your chance of becoming a victim of burglary. Please forward and talk to all family members and friends about safety issues.

1. Never leave your auto unlocked; crooks know where to find what they’re looking for.

2. Never leave any valuable property in plain view. It is also a good idea to remove even the smallest amount of change from the view of a crook.

3. There is no reason to ever leave your purse or wallet in your vehicle, doing so not only invites burglars…. but identity thieves. Identity theft can destroy your credit and take years to clear up.

4. If you have a garage, try to park your vehicle in the garage overnight (with the garage door closed of course, it is surprising how many residents leave their garage doors open).

5. Report any suspicious activity in your neighborhood by calling 911 or 512-393-7896.

April 2008: The Buda Fire Department Station #3 will have their Grand Opening on Saturday, April 19, 2008. You can get the details here!

April 2008: Spring is here and it is time for all Ruby Ranch neighbors to get out and enjoy the nice weather before it gets too hot!! On Sunday, April 27th at 4:30 pm, your neighbors on East Bartlett invite you to join them on the cul-de-sac at 511 East Bartlett for a little Sunday afternoon get together. There will be hot dogs on the grill and queso and chips. Also will have tea (decaff) and lemonade. If you want to grill something other than hot dogs, feel free to bring your own meat. If you want something other than tea and lemonade then by all means byob. This is just for fun and to get to know one another. Y'all come!! If you have any questions please call Becky Hawkins at 295-3360.

March 2008: The "Shattered Dreams" program will take place at HHS on April 3rd. This is a MOCK accident that will appear VERY real and we do not want anyone to be alarmed or to be stuck in traffic for a couple of hours, as 2770 will not be passable in front of the High School. The accident scene will begin staging at approximately 9:10 am, Thursday morning, and the students will be outside observing about 10 am. They will return to class, cars towed and scene cleared around 11:45am. Again, this is a MOCK crash and very successful learning tool concerning drinking and driving and we don't want anyone panicked or stuck.

Beth Smith, Justice of the Peace, pct. 2

March 2008: Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center's Aquatic Science Adventure Camp – Scholarships for Ages 9 to 15 The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District is now soliciting applications for its 2008 Camp Scholarship program. This year's program will provide:

  • Two $495 scholarships to the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center's Week-Long Aquatic Science Adventure Camp (Note: Parent will be responsible for providing the other $100 of the camp fee, which will be the deposit needed to hold the child's spot.)
  • Two $120 scholarships to the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center's 2-Day Aquatic Science Adventure Camp (Note: All $120 will be paid for by BSEACD.)

Scholarship contest is open to children ages 9 through 15 who reside in one of the seven school districts overlapped by the District's boundary (Austin, Eanes, Dripping Springs, Hays Consolidated, Del Valle, Bastrop, and Lockhart). Interested students must submit an application and a 1-page essay/artwork entitled "Why I want to attend the Aquatic Science Adventure Camp!" Scholarship winners will be chosen in a random drawing; only completed applications with essays will be eligible. Deadline for submissions: Friday, April 4, 2008. For more information, rules, and an application form, please visit: http://www.bseacd.org/scholarship_program.htm

For more on the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center's Aquatic Science Adventure Camp Program, please visit: http://www.eardc.txstate.edu/camp.html

March 2008: BURN BAN LIFTED IN HAYS COUNTY At the regular meeting of the Hays County Commisioners Court on 3-25-08, Hays County Commisoners lifted the burn ban for Hays County. Residents should still follow some safety rules for burning. Monitor your fire at all times, have a water source readily available, and contact the Hays County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center at 393-7896 prior to burning.

March 2008: Aquifer District Announces Opportunities for Public Input to Its Revised Management Plan. The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District will hold two town hall meetings to receive input from District permittees, individual groundwater users, and the public on revisions to its Management Plan. The Management Plan defines the approach that the District will use to preserve, conserve, and protect the groundwater resources of the District. The town hall meetings will be held on March 26th at the City of Buda City Hall and on April 2nd at the City of Sunset Valley City Hall. Both meetings will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. No reservations are necessary. A current draft of the revised Management Plan is posted on the District website at http://www.bseacd.org/rules.html. The District is proposing comprehensive revisions to its management plan in order to responsibly and sustainably manage the District’s groundwater resources in an area that is experiencing rapidly increasing water demands associated with intensive regional growth and development. These meetings are being conducted for the purpose of enabling all the District’s stakeholders to provide input into the way the District manages our groundwater resources. Staff and Board members will be available to explain and answer questions about management goals, objectives, and performance standards. After the town hall meetings, the Management Plan will be further revised, as warranted, and a public hearing on the Proposed Management Plan will be held, on April 24, 2008. For more information or questions about the town hall meetings, please contact the District office at (512) 282-8441.

March 2008: Ruby Ranch Cleanup Day. Steve Selger and Renee Eiland would like to invite you to a Ruby Ranch Clean Up Day on Saturday, March 15th at 9:00am. Volunteers plan on meeting at Renee's house at 110 Armstrong Cove. The organizers think this could be done in an hour or so depending on the number of volunteers. The plan is to work on all roads north of the Onion Creek Bridge, as Steve Selger has already taken care of the roads south of the bridge. If you can spare an hour of your time please come out and help Saturday morning.

March 2008: Over the years, residents of Ruby Ranch have expressed a desire to control the excessive speeding and ignoring of the stop signs on roads in our subdivision. After discussing this issue with the County, the Board of Directors has formally requested that the Hays County Commissioners Court vote to extend Hays County traffic laws to the streets in Ruby Ranch and authorize the Sheriff to enforce those traffic laws. We expect that this request will be placed on the Court's agenda within the next few weeks.

March 2008: Attention Ruby Ranch Bluffs at Onion Creek (Phase 7 & 8) Property Owners -- The gate committee has decided to close the main gates at Labenski Dr. full time 24 hours a day starting on March 31st. Before this date we will attempt to make certain everyone who should have access has an entry code or a remote. Read the full details here.

February 2008: A link to the latest edition of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District's "Aquifer Bulletin" can be found here. This comprehensive, new edition includes this year's drought outlook; a retrospective from our General Manager on the District's 20th Anniversary; information on an upcoming household hazardous waste collection for the residents of Hays County; an introduction to the new Director of Precinct 1, Mary Stone; and much more.

ONE MONTH LEFT! High school juniors and seniors have until March 7, 2008 to submit their groundwater essays for the District's scholarship program. In addition, the District is pleased to announce it has extended this program to include four summer camp scholarships to the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center's Aquatic Science Adventure Camp at Texas State University in San Marcos. For more information on both these programs, please visit: www.bseacd.org/scholarship_program.htm.

February 2008: New Post Office in Buda? Buda residents have a chance to voice their opinions about the possiblity of a new main post office for Buda. The discussion will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Buda City Hall. A representative from the Real Estate Branch of the U.S. Postal Service will be in attendance.

February 2008: A reminder from Allen Bridges, Sheriff of Hays County: Extreme wildfire conditions are expected for at least another week here in Hays County. Please be sure to reduce fire fuel around residences by mowing down weeds and grass. Brush and debris piles should be kept far away from structures and not burned until conditions are safe. We must keep a "Defendable Space" around our homes. Report anyone involved in activities that might create the danger of wildfire. You may contact the Hays County Sheriff's Office Dispatch at 512-393-7896.

February 2008: RESULTS OF 2008 RUBY RANCH HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION VOTE FOR NEW BOARD MEMBERS. The Board of Directors, after determining from proxies and ballets cast that there was a quorum at the annual meeting, counted the votes for the three open Board positions. The results were as follows:

Scott Christians - 69 votes

Thomas Doebner - 68 votes

Eric Gates - 66 votes

Floyd George - 1 vote

As a result, Scott Christians, Thomas Doebner, and Eric Gates were elected to the Board of Directors for a 2-year term.

February 2008: As was discussed in the Annual Meeting, there will be a Town Hall Meeting on Monday to discuss and get community feedback on our roads, specifically FM1626. Here are the details: The meeting will be held at Hays Hills Baptist Church, 1401 N. FM 1626, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, February 4, 2008. Following are comments from an area resident, Brad Hagen, who spoke on the road issue during our Annual Meeting.

"Please know that I appreciate the opportunity to have been able to speak to the HOA of Ruby Ranch last night. I also was grateful for how pleasant the pro road message was received. Your members are most gracious and professional. I also must commend how organized your HOA is.

"I realize that not all residents of Buda are for larger roads but it appears from my dealings with so many local area people that most realize we have to do something with FM 1626. I have forwarded my last “Traffic Report” sent on 1/31/8. This email is lengthy (Some have complained) and is full of abbreviations and complex road terms that some may find confusing, boring or even aggravating. It deals mainly with each agenda item and emphatically argues that the Committee/Board does NOT need to be involved in the PTFA (Pass Through Financing Agreement) decisions. The committee had its chance and passed on it. Now Judge Sumter and the Chairman of the committee are trying to get it back into the unqualified committee.

"There are some members of the Hays County Court and on the Hays County Transportation Advisory Committee turned Board (TAB-Formed July 2007) that are adamantly anti road. The chairman of the TAB, Steve Klepfer (Ex Mayor of Wimberley), rallied against the bond package that got voted on in May of 2007. His letter stated that planned RR 12 was too wide, too straight, and too expensive. Another Judge Sumter appointed member to the TAB just happens to have his back door of his house facing FM 1626 and he has done everything from refuting the traffic counts to telling everyone we can’t go against the voters. He is adamantly against a five lane on FM 1626. The committee, under the leadership of Steve Klepfer, failed to fulfill its first and immediate charge that was to gather information about the Pass Through Financing Agreement (PTFA) and then advise the court on what to do. Instead, the committee punted the PTFA (Hot potato) back to the court (Sept 2007) after deliberating for 3 months (More time wasted). Now there was no time to get the PTFA back on the ballot for the November bond election.

"In July 2007, Judge Liz Sumter along with Commissioner Karen Ford teamed up with another anti road association from Western Hays County and submitted an amendment to the CAMPO TIP (Transportation Improvement Plan) that essentially downsized so many roads so much that both CAMPO & TxDOT were alarmed. Representatives from both CAMPO & TxDOT at the CAMPO hearing in Kyle, told me directly that they were concerned that her amendments if put in place would put users of the roads in danger because of the increased congestion. The other commissioners were not aware of these amendments being submitted to CAMPO. All of these amendments were pulled the very next month when word got back to the court on what had happened. Only 10,200 people voted in the May bond election (Mid term and on a Saturday) and 52.4% (5,344) voted against (Mainly from Western Hays County which Judge Sumter and Commissioner Karen Ford are beholden to) the bond that would have funded the PTFA. Essentially, 5,344 people told TxDOT, Hays County doesn’t need the $133,000,000 but Hays County will spend $30,000,000 of our own Hays County tax dollars on parks.

"Judge Sumter held a meeting at Hays Hills Church in June 2007, after the bond package was defeated by the voters. Approximately 150 people showed up and after the meeting she held a vote on what the people wanted. 95% of the attendees voted for building FM 1626 as planned and now. Afterwards I asked Judge Liz Sumter if she was for 5 lanes on 1626 and she adamantly said no but she was beginning to consider it. I also asked her if her quote on the front of the Hays Press stating that “TxDOT really doesn’t mean what it says from day to day” was true and she said yes. I told her that this sort of press coming from Hays County leaders and being read by TxDOT commissioners probably doesn’t bode well for Hays County in the future.

"After all this, Judge Sumter who sits on the CAMPO board (20 Members), voted against each of the 5 toll roads that CAMPO presented for a vote (TxDOT commissioners were probably watching this vote) on October 8, 2007. Luckily, Hays County also has a small town representative on the Campo board, Mike Gonzales (Mayor of Kyle) who voted for each one of the 5 proposed toll roads. Judge Sumter even voted against the desperately needed SH 45 from 1626 to Mopac, stating that it was too big for what we need now! CAMPO board member, Gerald Dougherty (Commissioner for Western half of Travis and Brodie Lane) about came unglued and vehemently defended the need for SH 45. Mayor Gonzales also spoke on behalf of SH 45 warning the members that the growth to come will be exponential and sudden.

"The intent of this Traffic Report distribution list is to alert and educate the people living along the corridor who were caught sleeping when the bond election occurred in May 2007. The report is blatantly biased in favor of building major arterials in the corridor area. You can see the numbers of government institutions and different media outlets in the Cc list below. Please note that all private residences should be listed in the Bcc section which blocks your email from being viewed by others. What is stated in this email is always confirmed and based on facts acquired by attending meetings and making phone calls. I include my own personal observations and notations.

"Please note what came out of the special court session on 1/31/08 Thursday…

"A few things to pass along from the special session at Hays County Commissioner’s Court.

1. Court unanimously agreed to allow (Commissioner Barton, Judge Sumter, and Mike Weaver) to enter into negotiations with TxDOT to resolve the details of the modified Pass Through Funding package presented to the court today. The modified package was conceptually agreed to by the court to remove RR12 from Pass Through package and replace it with a portion of US 290 and IH-35 improvements from SH 45SE to Yarrington Road. RR12 as a project will now go to the back of the line and compete with other projects for very limited safety improvement funds. A list of the projects that replace RR 12 is attached.

2. Commissioner Barton is proposing a hybrid method of funding which includes a November Bond Election for the bulk of it, but sell revenue bonds in the short term in the amount necessary to complete engineering and ROW in addition to fund the US 290 project that Bob Daigh wants to have let ASAP. "

If you wish to be on Brad's email list, please contact him at brad@engencontracting.com

January 2008: ANNUAL MEETING. The Ruby Ranch Homeowner's Association will have its Annual Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on January 31, 2008 at Hays Hills Baptist Church, 1401 N. FM 1626. Along with other business on the agenda, Board of Directors elections will be held. If you are not able to attend the meeting, be sure to fill out and submit a proxy form to allow us to get a quorum to conduct business. If you wish to run for the Board, you can use the nomination form available here.

December 31, 2007

News for 2007

December 2007: BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINATIONS. Nominations are once again being accepted for the Ruby Ranch Board of Directors. Board members will be elected during the Annual Meeting in early 2008. If you wish to run for the Board, you can use the nomination form available here.

December 2007: Demands on both Edwards and Trinity groundwater are increasing in the Ruby Ranch area and the BSEACD has serious concerns about increased pumping and other activities that could negatively impact the aquifers. Due to these concerns, the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District would like to access and study aquifer properties in a portion of City of Austin's water quality protection lands through the Ruby Ranch subdivision. The proposal is to drill a monitor well on city property at the end of Creekside Drive with well location about 20 to 50 feet past the property boundary. The objectives of the well installation are to study aquifer properties of the Edwards and Trinity Aquifers, determine the potential for flow of groundwater between the Edwards and Trinity Aquifers, evaluate impact of pumping wells in the Trinity on wells in the Edwards and other wells in the Trinity. The ultimate goal is to protect current users of the aquifers from overpumping and prevent contamination of the aquifers. Once the initial drilling, installation, and testing activities are completed, District staff will likely visit the well on a quarterly basis. Attached is the proposal that the District sent to the City of Austin to obtain permission to install the well on their property.

December 2007: With KBDJ now operating, RM967 truck traffic has increased significantly and some residents have reported near misses with these trucks. See correspondence about recent incidents here:residents letter, sheriffs response, letter to KBDJ, KBDJ's response, and another incident. Please be VERY careful when driving on or entering/exiting RM967.

September 2007: HERE ARE THE RESULTS OF THE VOTE: 196 in favor of the increase; 41 not in favor of the increase

September 2007: Just a reminder of the upcoming special meeting (see meeting attachment here) Tuesday, Sept. 18th, 2007, at the Hays Hills Baptist Church (1401 North FM 1626), at 7:00pm. If you are unable to attend the meeting and have not mailed in your proxy, please drop off your proxy with a board member or anyone that may attend the meeting. It is important to get a good turn out. As a reminder, this is a one time increase only! Please don't hesitate contacting any board member should you have questions. Thank you in advance for your participation and consideration.

September 2007: A link to the latest edition of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District's Aquifer Bulletin can be found here. This newsletter covers current aquifer levels; an update on various developments from the General Manager; fall gardening tips; upcoming household hazardous waste collections for the residents of Hays County; an interview with Director of Precinct 4, Mr. Jack Goodman; and much more. The 6th Annual Austin Cave Festival will be held at the Village of Western Oaks Karst Preserve on Saturday, October 27, 2007. In addition, the District will continue accepting applications for this year's Groundwater Stewardship Awards until September 28, 2007. More information on both the Festival and the Awards can be found in the newsletter and on the BSEACD website.

May 2007: Spring has arrived! Now is a great time for you to read up on Oak Wilt warning signs and prevention; this disease primarily affects our Live Oaks and Red Oaks. Several years ago, a local arborist prepared an Oak Wilt Management Plan for Ruby Ranch; you can see it here. In addition, there is a valuable website maintained by the Texas Oak Wilt Information Partnership. Important things to remember: a) if possible, don't trim your trees from December through June, b) if you must trim your trees, be sure to disinfect the trimming tools, c) immediately cover all wounds to oak species from pruning, storm damage, or physical injury with a light coating of some type of non-phytotoxic paint. If you suspect Oak Wilt, contact the Hays County Extension office to have an agent come out to look at your trees.

May 2007: Precinct 2 Jeff Barton has been authorized by the Commissioners Court to form a committee to assist in preparing a draft proposed regulation for the discharge of firearms on small lots in Hays County. If you have any comments on this issue, please contact Commissioner Barton's office at (512) 262-2091 or email at jeff.barton@co.hays.tx.us. Although the Ruby Ranch Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions prohibit discharge or use of firearms in Ruby Ranch, a Hays County regulation would provide a tool for law enforcement.

May 2007: Here is the latest newsletter from the BSEACD.

April 2007: URGENT We have just been notified that HB 3570 to “Stop the Crusher” will be before the Legislative “Natural Resources Committee” THIS Wednesday, April 18th at 2pm (but Committee will not start until the Floor Adjourns for the Day - could be anytime from 2pm-midnight) at E2.012 @ the Texas State Capital. Our State Representative, Patrick Rose, has filed HB 3570 to end the KBDJ Crusher in Buda. You can show your support by attending this hearing and registering in support of this bill. You will not be required to speak before the committee unless you choose. *If you wish to attend, please email Kathy Holder @ hilthold@msn.com your cell phone # and the number of individuals/names that will be attending with you. You will be contacted once the floor adjourns for the day so you can head to the Capital.

April 2007: There will be a Public Hearing for affected residents to express any opinions, concerns, or to ask questions regarding how to redraw the fire protection service district lines so all of the Ruby Ranch residents would be served by the Buda ESD #8. See the meeting details here.

April 2007: Conservation Design Workshop on Monday April 16. Attendance encouraged for area land planners, developers, engineers, real estate professionals, public-policy makers and anyone interested in seeing conservation design grow in concept and reality in Central Texas and the Hill Country.

March 2007: District declares end of Aquifer Drought, but cautions users to conserve water. Click on the "BSEACD" link (after "Water") to see more information.

March 2007: Hays County Animal Calls. You can now email Animal Control Officer Frank Cheatham with any question, concerns or problems that you have concerning any animal calls in your area:Frank.Cheatham@co.hays.tx.us. Officer Cheatham will check and answer your emails several times a day. However, if you have an immediate emergency or complaint please call 911 or our non-emergency line 512-393-7896.

March 2007: BURN BAN LIFTED. On Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at 9:20am, Hays County Judge Liz Sumter lifted the burn ban for Hays County. Hays County residents should still contact the Hays County Sheriff's Office prior to burning.

March 2007: RESULTS OF 2007 RUBY RANCH HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION VOTE FOR NEW BOARD MEMBERS.

Kevin Rodriguez and Craig Williams were elected to the two open seats on the Board.

The final voting tally is as follows:

Kevin Rodriguez 130 votes

Craig Williams 119 votes

Sonny Hollub 28 votes

Carlton Yarbrough 27 votes

Donald Duck 1 vote

Mickey Mouse 1 vote

TOTAL VOTES 306

Establishment of a Quorum was determined in the following manner:

Total number of Ruby Ranch lot owners: 326

Lot owners disqualified for failure to pay dues in 2006 or earlier: 25

Lot owners in good standing: 301

Number of lot owners necessary to constitute quorum: 151

Number of lot owners attending in person and by proxy: 156

NOTES:

A few individuals cast votes for only one open position. Three proxies were not counted because they were withdrawn or duplicates. One proxy was not counted because no one was appointed to exercise the proxy. One ballot was not counted because the lot owner is not in good standing. If anyone would like to review the results in person, please notify a Board member, and we will arrange a mutually acceptable time to do so.

March 2007: Prior to last Tuesday’s Annual Meeting, KDBJ sent out an informational flyer in which they mentioned that they would be attending the meeting. At that time, the Board of Directors discussed the request and, because of the busy agenda, asked Ms. Shackelford not to attend. She in turn asked if the Board would read a statement on behalf of KDBJ at the meeting. Unfortunately, due in part to the length of the meeting, this was never read. You can however read it here.

January 2007: MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT. The Ruby Ranch Homeowners Association will be holding its General Meeting on February 27th at 7:00PM at Hays Hills Baptist Church. Two Board positions are up for election this year. Both positions are for two year terms. If you are interested in running for one of the available positions, please contact one the members of the nominating committee: Reagan Lambert atrl@fcaaustin.org, Thomas Doebner at tdoebner@msn.com, or Shelly Boothe at shellyboothe@yahoo.com. Nominations will also be taken from the floor during the meeting.

If you cannot attend the meeting, we urge you to complete and return the proxy you will receive in the mail. A majority of lot owners in good standing must attend, either in person or by proxy, in order to conduct the meeting and elect new Board members. The proxy allows you several options. You may appoint a Board member or any other lot owner in good standing to act as your proxy. You may also decide whether or not to authorize your proxy to cast your vote at the meeting. Proxies may be revoked anytime before the meeting. If you misplaced your proxy or did not receive it, here is a copy you can fill out and return to: "Ruby Ranch Homeowner's Association, c/o 871 Clark Cove, Buda, TX 78610"

Only members in good standing may vote. If you have unpaid dues from 2006 or before, you are not considered in good standing. Please make sure your payments and your mailing address are up to date. If you have questions about your status, you may e-mail us at board@rubyranchtx.com, or call one of the Board Members the numbers listed on the web site.

In addition to normal business and the election, there are several other topics that will be discussed during the meeting:

* The gate on West Bartlett was recently destroyed by a hit and run accident

* Part of the entrance fence was destroyed by a truck

* We now have Fire protection from the Buda Volunteer Fire Department for the entire Subdivision

* Results from Special Meeting and Vote held on December 7, 2006

Hope to see everyone there!

January 2007:

A tab (on the right of this page) has been added to get latest aquifer information from the Barton Springs / Edwards Aquifer Conservation District. Click on the "BSEACD" tab to see this information.

January 2007:

Many of you may be aware the north exit gate on W. Bartlett was damaged by a car accident on Jan 6th or 7th between the hours of 8:30pm and 7:00am. The Hays County Sheriff's Department estimated that the car must have been traveling over 50 MPH on W. Bartlett Dr. The vehicle was red in color and did not report the accident to the HCSD. We can only assume there were no injuries. Apparently the vehicle was within the gated area maybe visiting a resident, a food delivery driver, or may have been a resident that does not know whom to report the accident. If you had any guests with a red vehicle please check with them to make sure they are okay and have them report the accident. If any resident has any information in regards to the accident please contact the Ruby Ranch Board or the Hays County Sheriff's Department. This vehicle was surely driving in access of 50 MPH, way too fast for any residential subdivision. Please watch your speed when traveling within the subdivision and WATCH FOR CHILDREN.

December 2006:

VOTE RESULTS. Ruby Ranch lot owners overwhelmingly approved a proposal to increase homeowner dues to $375.00 for 2007 only. The final tally is 154 Yes votes and 15 No votes. We had a large turnout at the special meeting held on December 7, 2006, to discuss the dues increase. Thanks to all those who participated in person or through proxies.

ADDRESS UPDATES NEEDED! Please help us keep our mailing list of members up to date! If you have changed mailing address, please notify the Homeowners Association at our e-mail address, or e-mail or call any Board member.

ANNUAL MEETING. The Annual Homeowners Association Meeting will be held in February (exact date will be set soon). If there is an issue you would like addressed at the meeting, you may submit it to the Board by e-mail or regular mail at Ruby Ranch Homeowners Association, P.O. Box 71, Buda, Texas 78610.

February 2006:

On February 21, 2006 the Ruby Ranch Homeowner's Association held its annual meeting and voted on positions to the HOA board of directors. A valid quorum was present and the following 5 people were elected to the board:

Elected to 1 year terms were Raul Saldivar and Kevin Rodriguez.

Elected to 2 year terms were Scott Christians, Doug Huth, and Rich Steinbrink.

Complete meeting minutes can be seen here.