School Board Candidates Forum
Meet the PfISD Board Candidates
Speakers: Candidates for May 6th Election
Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Location: Pflugerville Library
1008 W. Pfluger St.
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For many years the Pflugerville Council of Neighborhood Associations (PfCONA,) which does not endorse candidates, has held free, public Candidate Forums for our local school board candidates.
The program format will be a moderated panel with time limits so all candidates have equal opportunity to answer questions. Each candidate may prepare up to a 3 minute opening speech and a 3 minute closing summary. After introductory candidate statements, the audience will be invited to submit written questions that will be read by a moderator. Candidate answers will be limited to 2 minute.
We hope to live stream video on PfCONA's Facebook page and make it publicly available on demand on pfcona.org.
Candidates (Austin American Statesman article) invited to speak include:
Place 2 – Special Election for 1-year unexpired term
Place 6 – General Election (3 year term)
Place 7 – General Election (3 year term)
Announcing PfCONA's New Executive Team.
At our February 12 meeting, members present unanimously elected Christopher Falco as 2017 PfCONA President and Victor Johnson as Vice President. Anthony Nguyen was re-elected as Secretary/Treasurer. Past President Clay Leben will chair the Communications Committee. Please donate your time to PfCONA by becoming a PfCONA leader. All general HOA members should have their representative attend every meeting.
Thursday, April, 27, 2017, 7 - 8:30 pm. Effectively Dealing With Difficult Homeowners. We’ll discuss best practices and effective strategies for this topic which every board member has or will encounter.
New Location: Reserve at Westcreek HOA Amenity Center at 17701 Bridgefarmer Blvd. (intersection of Kelly Lane and Weiss Lane.)
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PfCONA 2017 Schedule
PfCONA is changing future meetings to the last Thursday of each month AND different locations monthly will be announced. If you would like to present a topic to our members or announce your neighborhood events at future meetings, email PFCONA [at] gmail.com. PfCONA invites resource experts, city staff, and HOA professionals so Pflugerville residents can ask questions they care about!
You can ensure a strong PfCONA by paying your 2017 membership dues at any meeting or mailing dues to PfCONA, Box 679, Pflugerville, Texas 78691. General Member dues for HOAs and neighborhood groups are $12 for 12 months. Associate Members dues for individual persons are also $12. Download an application on our Join Page.
Welcome New & Renewing Members!
Accord Irrigation Technologies, Spectrum Assoc. Management, Falcon Point HOA, Cambridge Estates HOA, Mountain Creek HOA, Greenridge HOA, Spring Trails HOA, Springbrook HOA, Springbrook Center HOA, Gatlinburg Neighborhood Association, Estates at Heatherwilde HOA, Highland Park North, Reserve at West Creek HOA, Doug Weiss (Falcon Pointe, Well Branch Neighborhood Association, Creekside Neighborhood Association, Precinct 2 Constable, Saxony HOA, Highland Park, ESD#2, Royal Pointe and Steeds Crossing HOA Is it your renewal time? Send Treasurer email to pfcona [at] gmail.com.
2017 Meeting Summaries
March, 2017. No Meeting.
February 13, 2017. Landscaping: Best Low-Water Use Plants. Speaker: Eddie Garcia, Pflugerville Drop-by-Drop Manager. explained how choosing low-water use plants adapted to dry conditions saves money on monthly water bills. In fact, all of Pflugerville benefits because existing utility infrastructure and water supplies can serve more families and save tax dollars. DROP-BY-DROP REBATE PROGRAM offers up to $500 to Pflugerville residents and water customers for landscaping improvements meeting the program guidelines.
January 9, 2017. Annual Vision Setting. A Small group of members brainstormed 2017 meeting improvements. Idea inclluded inviting a property company guest to meetings, continue to sponsor candidate forums, meeting every other month, hosting periodic social events at a HOA club house, and choosing a different meeting night than the 2nd Monday. We met special guest Interim Police Chief Jessica Robledo, who was completing her first full day on the job.
2016 Meeting Summaries
November 14, 2016. HOA Presidents Round Table. A panel of six HOA presidents & board members from Cambridge Estates, Greenridge, Gatlinburg NA, Reserve at Westcreek, Heatherwilde, and Royal Pointe discussed lessons learned in 2016 and shared advice. Watch video streamed on Facebook or on pfcona.org/video. There was no meeting in December 2016.
October 19, 2018. Candidate Forum #2. Audience listened to candidates for Precinct 1 County Commissioner, Ashely Gordon - G, Pat McCord - R and Jeff Travillion - D. Adan Ballesteros, Constable Pct 2 Democratic candidate, introduced himself. Finally, we had a panel of District 46 candidates: Gabriel Nila - R, Kevin Ludlow - L, and speaking on behalf of Dawnna Dukes was Vincent Harding, Chair of Travis County Democratic Party. Watch opening/closing and question segments on http://www.vimeo.com/channels/pfconatv. Watch recorded live stream https://www.facebook.com/PfCONA/
October 10, 2016. Candidate Forum #1. Audience listened to candidates for Mayor: Brad Marshall, Victor Gonzales, and Phil Osars Emia, and Council Place 1: Victor To and Doug Weiss. Download the program. Watch the Facebook lIve video. More videos with post production are on PfCONA.TV.
September 12, 2016: Pflugerville Fire/ESD#2. Speaker: Fire Chief Ron Moellenberg described improvements in the emergency and fire services in Pflugerville. They answer over 9,000 calls a year, roughly 70% emergency and 30% fire fighting. This year, the Pflugerville Fire Department (Travis County ESD No. 2) trained it s biggest recruit class of new firefighters in nearly 20 years. The Department is also expanding its paramedic force and recently hired its first full-time health and fitness coordinator , the only one of her kind among similar fire departments in Central Texas. National Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15. "Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace All Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years." Learn more about Fire Prevention Week.
August 8, 2016: Using Technology to Operate Your Association: How to Save Time, Save Money, and Better Serve Your Homeowners!! Our speaker Gregory Cagle, an attorney who specializes in Texas HOA law, demonstrated his comprehensive online legal resource service. Subscribers can access numerous forms, letter templates, operation guides, document archive as well as a complete reference book on Texas HOA laws.
July 11, 2016: Candidate Forum for Place 2 City Council. Victor Johnson, Jeff Marsh, Jim McDonald, and Victor To were present at PfCONA's Candidate Forum. After introducing themselves, they each answered six audience questions asked by Moderator Doug Weiss. About 31 persons attended representing 16 neighborhoods. Watch the videos online at pfconaTV. Postscript: Congratulations to Jeff Marsh, final winner in September 6 runoff election.
June 13, 2016: Pflugerville Parks and Recreation at the Crossroads!. Guest: Jim Hemenes, PARD Director. Pflugerville Parks and Recreation is one of the City's attractions as a top-ranked community! In 2014 Pflugerville residents passed bonds to develop a new large municipal sports complex named the "1849 Park" that is almost ready for construction. Mr. Hemenes brought us up to date on what the City Council was considering in the final plan and construction budget.
May 9, 2016: Working Together with Business to Build Community, Speaker: Amy Madison, Director., PCDC the quasi-governental corporation uses 4B money generated from a half- cent of the city’s sales tax revenue to promote economic development in order to eliminate unemployment and underemployment in Pflugerville. Amy Madison, Executive Director, joined Pflugerville Community Development Corporation in January 2014 and was appointed Director in February 2016. She provided an overview of successful businesses recruited and PCDC safe guards when compainies fail to meet agreements. Watch video of her presentation.
April 11, 2016: School Board Candidates Forum. Three of the seven seats on the Pflugerville Independent School District school board were up for general election on May 7, 2016. The candidates were Place 3: Mario Acosta vs Renae Mitchell, Place 4: Vernagene Mott vs Matt Robertson, and Place 5: Carol Fletcher filed for re-election but did not draw an opponent. Watch all the videos. Download the PDF program. Early voting was Monday, April 25 through May 3rd, weekdays, 7 am to 7 pm at County Tax Office,15822 Foothill Farms Loop and PfISD Administration Building. School Board members are elected at large to three-year terms. All voters in the school district are eligible to vote for every seat up for election.
March 14, 2016: District 50 Legislative Report: PfCONA was honored to have as guest, Texas Representative Celia Israel (D) who represents most of Pflugerville's residents in the Texas House. Also speaking was Mr. Trey Fletcher, Pflugerville Assistant City Manager, who updated us on the City's transportation planning.
February 8, 2016: Primary Candidate Forum for Commissioners Court Precinct 1. Candidates Speaking: Richard Franklin III - D, James Nortey - D, Arthur Sampson - D, Jeff Travillion - D. (Not Attending: Marc Hoskins - D, Pat McCord - R). PfCONA does not endorse candidates for office and is a nonpartisan, volunteer community group.See program (PDF) and event videos at https://vimeo.com/channels/pfconatv
January 11, 2016: PfCONA Vision Meeting Representatives from Gatlinburg NA, Bohls NA, Highland Park, Falcon Point, and Reserve at West Creek discussed future meeting topics including fire safety, NNO, transportation, economic development, and candidate forums. Elections for Officers was tabled. Guests included James Nortey and Ceasar Ruiz and Allison Steupeck, new community outreach staff at Pflugerville Fire/ESD 2. Download (PDF) responses to survey questions about meeting topics and ideas to improve engagement with our membership.
2015 Meeting Summaries
November 9, 2015: Is Pflugerville Ready for 2016 Challenges? Pflugerville City Manager Brandon Wade presented how City departments managed in 2015 and are preparing for 2016. Find out the answers to questions like: What is new in next year's budget? What is proposed for the animal shelter since Prop 1 failed? Attendees asked many questions leading to a wide-ranging discussion.
September 14, 2015 Planning the Best NNO Party Ever! Officer Dan Griffith gave us an overview of how Pflugerville Police win awards every year for Pflugerville's NNO campaign. A panel of neighborhood leaders from Royal Pointe HOA, Creekside NA, Gatlinburg NA, and Reserve at West Creek HOA shared advice on how they build enthusiasm for crime prevention with NNO. Share NNO photos with #NNOPFTX
August 10, 2015. Crime Prevention and Pfluger Haus Foundation. Afton Cavanaugh told us all about Pfluger Haus, the 140-year old limestone block home that is the City of Pflugerville's oldest house, which is in desperate need of restoration, The Pfluger Haus Foundation is a small group of volunteers hoping to restore and preserve an iconic piece of Central Texas history through creative and sustainable means. (Community Impact Newspaper 2014). Cpl. Dan Griffith described the Citizen's Police Academy which gives the public a working knowledge of the Pflugerville Police Department policies and operational practices. It consists of 12-16 classes, held once a week, for 2-3 hours on topics like criminal investigations.
July 13, 2015. Secrets to Recruiting and Keeping Volunteers. Drive a Senior's Executive Director, Serita Lacasse, and Volunteer Recruiter, Annessa Lewis, discussed best practices on recruiting, training, & motivating volunteers. They told us the secrets to how Drive a Senior works hard to make volunteering easy! Every year it must recruit more volunteer drivers to help achieve its mission.
June 8, 2015. New HOA Laws Legislative Update: Attorney Connie Heyer, Niemann & Heyer, LLP, reported on new Texas laws that will impact HOAs beginning September 1, 2015. For example, SB 1168 passed and creates many changes in how HOAs are required to hold meetings and elections such as new procedures for secret ballots, ballot recounts, types of ballots, and which board topics require 72-hour meeting notices to owners. Download her Legislative Final HOA Update (PDF) and New HOA Meeting Requirements (PDF).
May 11, 2015. Effective HOA Board Meetings: Tips & Traps! The roundtable group believed it was important to have meeting time limits, action topics, and clearly record decisions and task assignments. In addition to business meetings, HOA boards need to include informal social time to discuss community values and futue goals with home owners. Download the "Keys to Success" Meeting Handout (PDF)
April 13, 2015 I see You: Choosing A Video Security System. The speakers panel included Brodie Owen, Design/Security Specialist, at Pflugerville business Dyezz Surveillance who explained the technical options and factors in choosing a system, and Anthony Nguyen from Greenridge HOA, and Chris Falco, Preseident of Reserve at West Creek HOA, who shared their HOA experiences installing and using video surveillance to monitor their park and clubhouse common areas.
March 9, 2015. Meeting on Policing. Our guest speaker, Pflugerville Police Chief Chuck Hooker presented the Department's professional standards and departmental policies officers must follow if they use force. Download (PDF 1.2MB) the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, Interim Report, March 2015. Learn more at DOJ Community Oriented Policing Services web site.
February 9, 2015. Pflugerville Drop-by-Drop Landscape Rebate Program. Eddie Garcia explained how Pflugerville's Drop-by-Drop Landscape Rebate Program can help HOA play a positive role in letting residents conserve water with flexible water wise landscaping policies. See Clean Water Fund for their HOA study. Election of officers was tabled.
January 12, 2015. Annual Vision Meeting. Members suggested new 2015 meeting topics including: choosing video surveillance systems, Texas legislative session news, HOA board effectiveness, vendors for solar panels, and recruitment and retention of volunteers. Election of officers was tabled.
2014 Meeting Summaries
November 10, 2014. Hangout at Hanovers. We wanted to give a shout out to Joyce and Lee Melugin from The Park & Lakeside at Blackhawk and Sara Kramer from Creekside NA for joining Chairman Clay Leben at Hanovers. The Melugin's moved here in March after 35+ years as Austin residents. Sara is the newly elected Creekside NA Secretary. They were all visiting a PfCONA meeting for the first time so it was a great opportunity to be introduced over a pint. Lisa Charbonnet, Director of Pflugerville Library, also came by to promote their upcoming "road tour" December 2 and December 11 to three neighborhood locations. So many Pflugerville residents have yet to experience the newly expanded facilities the library staff are excited to do this outreach tour. Sara wants to see the 3D printer demonstrated. Sorry the rest of you guys couldn't make it. Have a Happy Holiday season and see you January 12, 2015.
October 20, 2014. Fall Candidate Forum. Residents of the City of Pflugerville or Texas House District 50 or Travis County Precinct 2 heard candidates for November 4, 2014 elected positions and submitted their questions to be answered. The room was full with an estimated 50 persons from at least 15 different Pflugerville neighborhoods. A video recording was produced by PfCONA and aired on Suddenlink channel 10 and AT&T U-verse channel 99. Videos can be watched on-demand on our Video Page. Travis County 2014 Election Results
September 8, 2014. Pflugerville Bond Proposals. Pflugerville City Manager Brandon Wade presented how the two 2014 bond propositions up for a vote on November 4th benefit Pflugerville with streets and park improvements. A list of projects and new video describing the two bonds is on the City's website.
August 11, 2014. Engaging Residents with Social Media. A small, but enthusiastic, group discussed how HOA's can use two-way social media services like Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor, as well as group email services from Yahoo! or Google. HOA/neighboerhoods represented included Greenridge, Parkcrest, Spring Trails, Creekside, Gatlinburg, and Wells Branch Neighborhood Association. Gilbert Bennett was introduced as the new Fire Department/ESD2 education specialist. A list of neighborhood communication and social media tool web links can be found here.
July 14, 2014: How is Pflugerville Planning for Growth? Emily Barron AICP, Pflugerville's Planning Department Director, discussed the city planning process from current to long-range planning, tools like GIS maps and email alerts available to neighborhoods to keep them informed about what development is going on around the neighborhood as well as city-wide. The Department authored the Community Development Block Grant, Master Transportation Plan, Unified Development Code Updates, and Central Business District Amendments.
June 9, 2014. Best Practices in HOA Fee Collections. Attorney Adam Pugh described the four steps he recommends for HOA fee collections and fielded audience questions. Andy Alegria, Greenridge HOA President explained how Mr. Pugh helped implement their new collections policy whiich resulted in a significant reduction in delinquent accounts and nearly $30,000 paid overdue fees. The Greenridge HOA policy has a strict fee collections timeline that authorizes their management company and attorneys to proceed automatically with each step. Download the Greenridge HOA recommendations for fee collections PDF handout. Mr. Pugh received his law degree from the University of Texas and was licensed to practice law in the State of Texas in 2005 and before the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas in 2005 as well. Visit his web site to learn more about his legal services. (Photo: L to R. Greenridge HOA President Andy Alegria and Attorney Adam Pugh)
May 12, 2014. Project Connect: Does it Connect Pflugerville? John-Michael Cortez explained Project Connect, North Corridor plans for better commuter transportatIon to Austin that propose a park-n-ride near Hendrickson High School with Express and Rapid bus service to downtown. How soon depends on if Pflugerville City Council agrees to give financial support.
April 14, 2014: New School Bonds: Yes or No? Superintendent Alex Torrez presented the case for why PISD needs approval of a $287 million school bond package, which will fund construction of a 4th high school, a new district-wide stadium, a new elementary school, new construction/repurposing of Timmerman Elementary, district technology funds, and maintenance upgrades for all existing elementary schools. Dr. Alex Torrez was named Pflugerville ISD’s Superintendent of Schools on Sept. 30, 2013. Visit the PISD official web site for what is included in the proposed bond package: http://www.pfisdbond.net/quick-facts.html. May 10th Election Results: Pflugerville ISD voters approved the bond package by nearly 69% (2,996 ballots) - reported to be the largest in district history.
March 10, 2014: Block Watch 101. Our presenter was Mary Rudig, from Gracywoods Neighborhood Association, who has been a Watch volunteer since 1998 and doing Watch training since 2008. Watch 101 presentation is based on the combined best practices of the Gracywoods and Allandale Watches. You can also check out all their resources for Watch in a Box page at lovenorthaustin.com. Meeting pictures are on PfCONA's Facebook page.
February 10, 2014: Water on the Home Front: Landscaping for Water Efficiency and Beauty. David Foster from Clean Water Fund,, a nonprofit organization focused on water conservation, spoke about how HOAs across Texas can improve outdoor residential water conservation. Texas law S.198 went into effect September 1, 2013 specifying that HOAs can no longer ban drought tolerant landscapes, but they can still set guidelines for xeriscape landscaping and can require prior approval for all changes to a property owner's yard. Other speakers included City of Pflugerville Water Dept. Patricia Rinehart, Darrell Winslett, Eddie Garcia; Avery Ranch HOA Robert Beyer, and CAI board member & Landscaper Debby Cole. Meeting pictures are on PfCONA's Facebook page.
January 13, 2014: Vision Meeting. We called our January meeting the Vision Meeting because together we discussed goals and activities for 2014. Twelve attendees brainstormed possible meeting topics including: proposed City bond projects, what does PCDC do to attract businesses, how HOAs can use social media for resident communication, HOA property manager relations, delinquent fee collections policy, home protection from wildfires, and City Planning Department growth projections. Only topics for June, July, and August are needed. New 2014 officers elected were Chairman Clay Leben, Vice-Chairman Ed Limbaugh, and Treasurer/Secretary Anthony Nguyen.
Find 2010 to 2013 Meeting Summaries Here