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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.

Brandon Wade

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

Sept Group NNO

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.

Afton Cavanaugh Cpl. Griffith

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.

Slide about volunteer management

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).

Connie Heyer

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.

presentation Brodie Owen

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.

Chief Hooker

February 9, 2015. Pflugerville Drop-by-Drop Landscape Rebate Program. Eddie Garcia explained how Pflugerville's Drop-by-Drop Landscape Rebate Programcan 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.

Eddie Garcia

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

JP Candidates

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.

Brandon Wade

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.

social media group

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.

Emily Barron

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)

Alegria and 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.

John-Michael Cortez

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.

AlexTorrez

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.

Mary Rudig

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.

2013 and 2012?

2011 to 2008 Summaries

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.

Download the Chairman's Review PfCONA 2010 Memorandum (March 13, 2011) PDF file.

2010 Summaries

December - No meeting was scheduled.

November 8 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 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

Watch all 9 candidates online video from the Political Forum. Read what others thought about the candidate presentations: The Pflugerville Pflag and Community Impact News.

At the September 13 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 PfCONA meeting was cancelled. Discussion of bylaws revisions will be discussed at the September meeting.

The July 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 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.

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.

Governor
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

PISD Board of Trustees Place 3 Candidates
Mario Acosta
Virginia German(did not attend)
Chester Hoster
Rob Reyes

The March 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 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 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.

2009

March 9th, 2009 PfCONA Meeting Minutes

February 9th, 2009 PfCONA Meeting Minutes

2008

September 7th, 2008 PfCONA Meeting Minutes

June 9th, 2008 PfCONA Meeting Minutes

May 12th, 2008 PfCONA Meeting Minutes

March 18th, 2008 PfCONA Meeting Minutes

AGENDAS

2008

September 8th, 2008 PfCONA Meeting Agenda

March 18th, 2008 PfCONA Meeting Agenda

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