PfCONA Meetings (2010 & 2011)
2011 Meeting Summaries
December - No Meeting was scheduled
November 14, 2011: Pflugerville's City Manager Brandon Wade provided us an overview of City services and progress. Mr. Wade described many examples of steady, good growth: sales tax revenues were up, new green businesses were expected to move here with new jobs; there were 460 new homes started and a high-end apartment complex and new restaurants will be built at Stone Hill Town Center. James Rincon's article in the Pflugerville Pflag also summarized the City Manager's presentation.
September 12, 2011: Crime Prevention: What Neighborhoods Can Do To Help Police! Presentations were given by Officer Dan Griffith, Judy Allen, Police Chief Chuck Hooker, and Tony Ellis, President of Pflugerville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA) . We learned the latest news about community policing program including Citizens on Patrol (COPs), Block Watch, National Night Out, Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT), and Victim Serices to name just a few, HOA play an essential role in educating and recruiting residents to help the police fight crime and emergency preparedness that saves lives.
July 11, 2011: Is Your HOA Ready for the New State Laws? Our guest speaker, attorney Connie Heyer will summarize the just concluded Texas legislative session and its impact on HOA management. Ms. Heyer is a legislative specialist for Community Associations International (CAI) Austin Chapter and a top advisor on HOA management. A practical guide for HOA boards was distributed to 23 attendees representing 15 neighborhoods/HOA boards.
We Want to Hear From You! Fill in our poll, Is Your HOA Ready?
June 13, 2011: Keeping HOA Common Areas Beautiful and Secure. Residents of 9 neighborhoods attended. After introductions, Councilman Wayne Cooper informally answered questions. Then we divided into two groups: one to discuss landscaping and one to discuss security issues. Take away points included: Don't neglect your HOA entrance landscaping because its the first impression everyone sees. Get to know City staff like the Arborist, the Recreation Director, the Police Chief because they are helpful experts. Plant thorny plants like roses or holly around pool fences etc to discourage people climbing over. Cheap security camera systems may not record faces clearly, so shop with an expert vendor/installer. Watch door-to-door sales people without opening the door to test if they are looking for homes where residents are gone. DIY can install a door intercom, video camera, and use longer screws, longer dead bolt, and metal plate door jam.
Help us find good vendors for HOA services in 2012
Landscaping, security, pool cleaning, management companies, and general fix-it services: who do you recommend? Answer a 3-question survey about vendors your HOA uses. Click to complete the survey.We received a handful of candid recommendations after the June meeting. We are still collecting your vendor recommendations in 2012.
April 25, 2011: Council Candidate Forum. Watch PfCONA Candidate Video Council candidates answer questions from PfCONA and general audience members. Speaking were Place 2 candidates Brad Marshall and Denise McGillivray and Place 4 candidate Starlet Sattler (unopposed). Candidate Jason Wilson could not attend. Duration 41:53 minutes. Congratulations to Brad Marshall who received the moste votes in the May 14 election.
Candidate Question & Answers: After the Forum concluded, PfCONA invited all the candidates to provide written answers to questions asked by PfCONA (4 questions) and the audience (8 questions). As of May 5, we received answers from Ms. McGillvray, Mr. Wilson, and Ms. Sattler. Mr. Marshall declined to participate. Read the PDF. View or download the audience handout (PDF). Streaming video recorded live during the event may be seen on Livestream.com
March 14 2011. A group of 13 residents from 11 neighborhoods (Gatlinburg, Fairways of Blackhawk, Windermere, Greenridge, Mountain Creek, Bohls Place, Royal Pointe, Parkview Estates, Springbrook Glen, Saxony, and Highland Park North) shared their perceptions of their local needs and discussed how PfCONA should organize meetings and projects. Five neighborhood HOA/associations paid their 2011 dues. Nominations were accepted by Clay Leben for Chairman; Benny Bowser for Vice Chairman, and Mary Esther Garza for Secretary/Treasurer. A motion was made, seconded, and passed to elect the nominated slate of officers by acclamation. Greg Bolin agreed to lead an effort to find contact information for HOA subdivisions. Other members expressed interest in working with the Safety or Communications Committee. The group thought PfCONA should sponsor a Candidate Forum on either 4/18 or 4/25 depending on room and candidates availability. View Minutes (PDF)
February 14, PfCONA Meeting was cancelled . It was decided to publicize and recruit more attendance for the March 14, 2011 meeting to involve more neighborhoods and diversity of ideas. The election of new officers was tabled.
January 10, 2011 Guest Speaker: Trey Fletcher, AICP, Managing Director of Operations, City of Pflugerville. provided an update on the Pflugerville 2030 Your Voice, Your Choice Process. However, because of low member attendance and no slate of officer nominations, the scheduled election was tabled until the February meeting or later.
December - No meeting was scheduled.
November 8, 2010 HOA Board Member Basics and 2011 Legislative Update
with Community Association Institute (CAI) Austin Chapter speakers. Texas Legislature Report by Connie Heyer, Attorney, Niemann & Heyer LLP. Board Member Basics 101 by Gregory Cagle, Armbrust & Brown, PLLC. Stay tuned! A recording of the speakers will be posted here later.
October 11, 2010 Fall Political Candidate Forum – Candidates asked for voters support. Speaker videos online included:
Ted Ankrum - DEM Candidate for District 10 U.S. Representative
Mary Lou Serafine - REP Candidate for Texas Senate Disttrict 14
Mrak Strama - DEM Candidate for Texas Reprentative District 50
Emily Cowan - LIB Candidate for Texas Representative District 50
Pat McGuiness – REP Candidate State Representative District 50
Sarah Eckhardt – DEM Travis County Commissioner Precinct 2
David Buttross - REP, Candidate for County Commissioner, Precinct 2
Karin Crump – DEM Candidate Justice of the Peace Precinct 2
Glenn Bass - REP Candidate Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2
At the September 13, 2010 PfCONA meeting Tom Archer from Homeowners of Texas (HOT) spoke about new legislation bills to protect new home buyers from shoddy home construction by unscrupulous builders as well as changes limiting HOA authority. The revision of PfCONA bylaws was discussed but a vote was tabled until the November meeting.
The August 9, 2010 PfCONA meeting was cancelled. Discussion of bylaws revisions will be discussed at the September meeting.
The July 2010 PfCONA Meeting was all about SAVE Energy, SAVE Money: Presenters told us how to cut utility bills with solar panels, tankless water heaters,and EnergyStar appliances. Presenters: Cody from Texas Water Heaters, Pflugerville Building official Blake Overmeyer, and Derrick Smith, AB Financial Services, explained tax credits for energy improvements. Mike Weinnig, Energy Efficiency Consultant was to explain solar panels installed by Standard Renewable Energy but did not attend.
The June 2010 PfCONA Meeting covered important safety topics: Fire and disaster readiness, flash flood dangers and myths, and introduction to CERT training. Our expert speakers included: Fire Department's Lt Tim Wallace, Assistant Chief Tom Crane, City Building Official Blake Overmyer, Pflugerville Police Department's Sgt Jason Smith, Sgt Reyna and Jose Dominquez. See the June Minutes below.
The May 2010 PfCONA Meeting was all about summer family fun. Our guest speakers included: Round Rock Express, D eutschen Pfest, Pflugerville Pops, Pflugerville Farmer’s Market, Blu Bambu Water Park (to open May 2011), Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Watch the Blu Bambu Water Park presentation online.
Political Forum held April 12, 2010 7:00 pm at the Justice Center, Pflugerville, TX. PfCONA hosted a political forum with 7 candidates participating. Listen to audio recordings of speeches on the Gatlinburg Neighborhood Association's website.
Bill White, Democrat Candidate for Governor
Senior Advisor Tina Benkiser for Rick Perry, Republican Incumbent for Governor
City of Pflugerville
Mayor Pro Tem Victor Gonzales for Mayor Jeff Coleman
Councilman Wayne Cooper
Virginia German(did not attend)
The March 2010 PfCONA Meeting was on March 8, 2010. The presentations for this meeting included: 1) Angelheart Children´s Shelter 2) Pflugerville Lions Club 3) City of Pflugerville´s Drop By Drop program 4) Discover Green Young Environmental Leaders.
The February 2010 PfCONA Meeting was held February 8, 2010. The topics for this meeting were 1) Ivonne Espada-Simeon, who gave a presentation and a handout on the 2010 Census 2) Lou O´Hanlon and Sheryl Cheatham, representatives from the Austin Neighborhood Council. See video of 2010 Census presentation
The January 2010 PfCONA Meeting was held January 11, 2010 at 7:00 pm at the City Council Chambers, 100 East Main Street, Suite 500, Pflugerville, TX. The topics for this meeting were 1) Introduction of City Manager Brandon Wade 2) Aston Reis, IESI Recycling Coordinator explained new recycling service, 3) Nomination & Election of PfCONA Officers, and 4) Planning Session for PfCONA’s 2010 year.
June 14, 2010 Meeting Minutes
For those who missed last evening’s fire and disaster safety meeting – you missed a great presentation filled with very useful information. Many thanks to the Pflugerville Fire Department, the City of Pflugerville, American Red Cross and the Pflugerville Police Department for their superb education and support to the membership of PfCONA.
What else happened?
Cindie’s Billboard issue – Dropped, a member reported the billboard is no longer there. Brief discussion of future billboards but in Pflugerville City limits.
- Appointee - Clay Leben to Ad Hoc Library Expansion Forums to represent PfCONA.
- Appointee – Kevin Kluge to Ad Hoc Safe School Route Forum to represent PfCONA.
- Appointee – Judy Key to CAI membership for PfCONA. Chairman Marshall Addington will be serving on Pflugerville’s Corridor Review Committee (2007 Ordinance).
Reports were given from Kevin Kluge for Envision Central Texas, Rod Reyna for Downtown Planning and PfCONA Safety Committee, Marshall Addington for CAI, Constable’s office and membership services, and Clay Leben for Communications Committee.
For suggestions, ideas, support for revision of PfCONA Bylaws please contact Ad Hoc Committee Chairman Rod Reyna by the end of June. The Special PfCONA business meeting will be held in August.
For suggestions, ideas, support for possible revision of PfCONA’s website please contact Communications Chairman Clay Leben ASAP. The Executive Committee will be receiving a proposal from the committee within the next two weeks. Thank you all for your support and participation…see you at next month’s meeting!
Marshall Addington, Chairman