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  • 2017 Annual Meeting Notice (3/21/2017)

    The Estates of Brentwood HOA will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, April 23rd at 3PM. This year the meeting will be held at the Hope Presbyterian Church at 11512 Olson Drive across from Spicewood Elementary School.

    The meeting agenda:
    1. Special guest: Jimmy Flannigan Distrcit 6 City Council Member

    • Anderson Mill Road Project
    • Code Next

    2. Review 2016 Activities
    3. 2017 Plans for Estates of Brentwood
    4. Budget Review
    5. Election of Directors
    6. New Business

    The Board of Directors urges you to make every effort to attend this meeting as it concerns
    each of you. If you are unable to attend, please complete the attached proxy. Please send your signed proxy with the individual who will be casting your vote. Board members will be canvassing neighborhood for proxies.

    Signed proxies can be given to any Board member:
    Jim Jones, Julie Pratt, Richard Siegmund, David Murray, John Ryder, Pat O’Rourke or Jim Muir

    Download (PDF, 122KB)

  • 2016 Annual Meeting Notice (3/21/2016)

    The Estates of Brentwood HOA will hold its annual meeting on April 24th at 3PM. This year the meeting will be held at the Hope Presbyterian Church at 11512 Olson Drive across from Spicewood Elementary School.

    The meeting agenda:
    1. Council member Don Zimmerman (guest speaker)
    2. Highway 183 North update
    3. Review 2015 Activities
    4. Budget Review
    5. Election of Directors
    6. New Business

    The Board of Directors urges you to make every effort to attend this meeting as it concerns
    each of you. If you are unable to attend, please complete the attached proxy. Please send your signed proxy with the individual who will be casting your vote. Board members will be canvassing neighborhood for proxies.

    Signed proxies can be given to any Board member:
    Jim Jones, Joseph Kim, Richard Siegmund, David Murray, John Ryder, Pat O’Rourke or Jim Muir

    Download (PDF, 16KB)

  • Annual Meeting Notice (3/9/2015)

    The annual meeting of the Estates of Brentwood Homeowners Association will on Sunday, April 19th, 2015 at 3:00 PM at the Bethany United Methodist Church at 10010 Anderson Mill Road. (Room D209/210 – 2nd Floor)

    Agenda Items:
    1. TxDOT Update regarding FM 620
    2. Review 2014 Activities
    3. Budget Report
    4. Election of Directors
    5. New Business

    Please see the flyer sent to all homeowners.

  • Entrance Design Contest (9/18/2014)

    Over the past year or so your HOA Board of Directors has discussed what we believe is a need to upgrade our entrance features to better reflect the quality, beauty, and ambiance of our community. At issue are a few concerns; we believe that the present signage is a bit small and/or is not well placed and we know that the letters are prone to fall off the façade and/or have been vandalized.

    Given these issues, and of course others you may have noticed or considered, your Board plans to renovate the existing neighborhood entrance features including the signage and / or wall structure located at Anderson Mill Road and Centennial Trail. Your HOA Board is looking for new and creative design ideas that would effectively represent the prestige of our neighborhood and enhance the esthetic beauty of the entrance. We encourage ideas around a simple fix; i.e. new signage on the existing wall. Or, a complete redo of wall and signage, either out in front of a new wall or placed on a new wall.

    All residents should receive a document that outlines the rules of the design contest and where to make your submission. You can also review this document on the website:

    2014 Entrance Design Contest

    We look forward to making improvements to the entrance that we all pass on a daily basis.

  • July Board of Directors Meeting Minutes (7/25/2014)

    The Board of Directors held a board meeting on July 24th and we have posted the minutes of that meeting.  You can view the minutes by going to the Meeting Minutes page by using the upper menu bar above.       Files -> Meeting Minutes

  • Add 512 to all local phone calls starting July 1st (5/31/2013)

    Starting Saturday July 1st, your local calls will not be completed as dialed unless you remember to include the area code.

    To complete local calls, the new dialing procedure requires callers to dial area code + telephone number. This means that all local calls in the 512 area code that are currently dialed with seven digits will need to be dialed using area code + telephone number. If you do not use the new dialing procedure, your call will not be completed, and a recording will instruct you to hang up and dial again.

    To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the 737 area code is being added to the area served by the 512 area code. Since two area codes will now serve the same geographic region, the area code must be used when dialing any telephone number—including calls within the same area code.

  • Great information for a safe summer (5/29/2013)

    A recent email from the North Austin Coalition of Neighborhoods included a number of very good suggestions for improving safety awareness. Below is a copy of that message.

    A Safe Summer starts with three things: Home, Family, Emergency:

    HOME

    Criminals in Austin have two ways they commit crime in your neighborhoods:

    The First Way:
    A ring of criminals will go through your neighborhood, casing streets and houses, and looking for easy targets. They will most likely pretend to be solicitors, although we are seeing a few criminals posing as couriers. One of their favorite scams is to pretend to be from a security alarm company, hoping you will give them info about how to best burglarize you and your neighbors.

    What can you do?

    •Do your ‘Five’! The house on either side of you, and the three houses across the street are your ‘five’. Make sure during the summer months to keep an eye on these houses, and make it looks like people are home. It can be things as simple as taking a flyer off a door, or parking your extra car in their driveway.

    •Talk to your neighbors, and make sure they know your street should be place where solicitors do not feel comfortable. The Coalition has a flyer on how to be safe when you deal with solicitors:
    Solicitor Safety flyer

    Once a criminal decided a house is an easy target, they will call their buddies on a cell phone and will clean out your house-in minutes.

    •We know this sounds awful, but many times these rings will get kids involved because people are less wary of children. If you see a kid that you do not recognize, and he is carrying a cell phone and a backpack, please take the time to ask questions, ensure the kid is OK, and is in your neighborhood for the right reasons. Sadly, APD has arrested kids as young as 8 years old in these rings.

    •Over 40% of houses last year were broken into through the front door. If you have a deadbolt/strikeplate that is not correctly installed, it only takes 2 kicks and 20 seconds for a criminal to get through your front door. Please check out this website. The quickest, cheapest fix is to simply replace the screws holding your strikeplate to the frame with 3 inch screws – and it costs less than $2! You might also want to check out this website, which shows you how to make your front door even more secure:
    How to reinforce your front door

    The Second Way:
    A criminal will go to a parking lot or apartment complex, and steal non-descript car (like a Honda Civic or a Ford or Chevy truck) They will then cruise your neighborhood, looking for 4-6 cars or trucks to burglarize. Once this criminal has a stash of easily fencable items, like power tools, cell phones, and laptops, he will ditch the stolen vehicle and go to his favorite drug dealer and swap the stolen merchandise for cash.

    How do you stop this?

    1. Take, Lock, and Hide so Your Car is Safe!

    • Always lock your car, even when you will be gone a few seconds. Don’t leave any window open or even cracked open, including vent/wing windows and sunroofs.Set any alarm or anti-theft device. If you have one, use it!
    • Unload your valuables immediately, including your phone and garage remote. Do not store valuables in your car any longer than necessary, and certainly never overnight.
    • Take anything that might tempt a thief: loose coins, docking station, loose cables, CD. f you have an after-market stereo/CD-player with a removable faceplate, remove it. Without the faceplate, the unit is less attractive/useful to many thieves, and harder to “fence”. If the unit can be pulled, pull it!
    • Opportunity. Stop and double-check before you step away from your car. Did you miss anything that might tell a thief to take a second look? Remember without a clear prize in sight, a locked and possibly alarmed car will likely be bypassed for an easier “target of opportunity”.

    There are two other things you can do to help get crime out of your neighborhood:

    Check out our holiday safety sheet.

    Learn How to Check Crime Stats for Your Street. You can sign up for Spotcrime alerts which will send you an email every day of crime that just happened around your street. You can also go to krimelabb.com and check the crime, and details of that crime, that has happened (it runs about two days behind because they get the data as APD releases it). Download this flyer for instructions on how to do both.

    FAMILY

    The National Safe Kids Campaign estimates that every year, one in four kids ages 14 and younger will sustain an injury that requires medical attention. Forty percent of all injury-related emergency room visits and 42 percent of all injury deaths happen between May and August.

    10: Bites & Stings
    • Planning to spend time outside means planning to spray yourself and your kids with insect repellent — repellents don’t kill insects, but they can help reduce bites from mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and other bothersome bugs.
    • Remove anything around your house that might attract insects, snakes, or rodents and keep grass cut during the summer months.

    9: Ticks
    • Clothing: It’s smart to wear light-colored clothing and shoes during the summertime because they help keep you cooler — and, as it turns out, they help you spot any ticks that may be crawling on you. Also, although it won’t win you any fashion awards, tucking your pant legs into your socks can help minimize ticks crawling up your legs or into your shoes.
    • Repellent: Insect repellents that contain DEET or permethrin can reduce your chances of tick bites.
    • Know Your Enemy: Ticks like to hang out in grassy or wooded areas, and they are especially fond of places that are moist or humid.
    • Be Vigilant with Tick Checks: Do a tick check on everyone in the family every night.

    8: Lawn mowers and barbeque grills:
    • Use a mower with a control that stops the mower from moving forward if the handle is let go, and wear sturdy shoes, no flip flops or sandals.
    • Prevent injuries from flying objects, such as stones or toys, by picking up objects from the lawn before mowing begins.
    • Make sure that children are indoors or at a safe distance well away from the area that you plan to mow.
    • Start and refuel mowers outdoors, not in a garage or shed. Mowers should be refueled with the motor turned off and cool.
    • Do not allow children under 16 to ride on or use mowers.
    • The number one cause of gas grill fires is an obstruction in the path of the fuel. This means you need to regularly inspect your gas grill for problems. Bugs and other critters can climb into little places causing gas to flow
    • The number one problem with charcoal grill is lighting the charcoal. Follow the instructions exactly and don’t ever let lighting charcoal become a game.
    • Grease builds up after only a few cookouts. A clean grill is a safer grill.
    • Assume everything is third degree burning hot.

    7: Playground Safety
    • Check: Examine playground equipment before letting kids play on it. For example, surfaces that are too hot can cause burns, and loose ropes — ropes that aren’t secured on both ends — can cause accidental strangulation. The ground should be covered in a protective surface such as rubber mats, wood or rubber mulch or wood chips, never grass, asphalt or concrete.
    • Clothing: Be sure that your child’s clothing is playground-friendly: Remove any strings, such as those on hoodies, only let them wear closed-toed shoes at play and avoid clothing that is loose enough to catch on equipment.

    6: Bike Safety
    • Helmet: Wearing a helmet can help reduce your child’s risk of making such a visit. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) sets standards for helmets, so be sure to choose one with its safety seal on it.
    • Check bikes: Have your child straddle the top bar of his or her bike with both feet flat on the ground. A 1 to 3-inch gap between the bar and your child’s body means it’s still the correct size.

    5: Poison Ivy:The only way to avoid developing the rash is to avoid contact with these poisonous plants, but wearing clothing that covers a good amount of skin will help reduce your risk. Remember: leaves of three, let it be.

    4: Food Poisoning: One of the best ways to avoid food poisoning during the summertime is to be sure food items that contain mayonnaise, milk, eggs, meat, poultry and seafood aren’t kept at room temperature for more than an hour or two (one hour max if it’s 90 degrees F outside). And remember, meat and eggs aren’t the only culprits; raw fruits and vegetables can cause problems if not properly washed and stored. If you’re traveling with food, be sure to pack any raw meat separately from ready-to-eat foods to avoid contamination.

    3: Heat-related Illness: Heatstroke is serious. Prevent it through hydration: Water and sports drinks (drinks that contain electrolytes) are the best options for hydrating kids — avoid sodas, juice and other fruit drinks. The National Alliance for Youth Sports recommends choosing beverages that contain 100 mg (or more) of sodium and 28 mg (or more) of potassium in an 8-ounce serving (if choosing sports drinks, watch out for high sugar content).

    SYMPTOMS
    • Body temp > 103°F
    • Red/hot/dry skin
    • No sweating
    • Rapid pulse
    • Headache/dizziness/nausea

    • Assure that the victim has an airway and is breathing. Follow the ABC’s of first aid.
    • Move the victim to a cooler environment immediately. Shade is better than sun, air conditioning is better than outside, etc. The cooler the better.
    • Remove the victim’s clothing to encourage heat loss.
    • Put ice on the armpits, groin, and neck area. Cool the victim as aggressively as possible.

    2: Sunburn: Choose a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 and apply it 15 to 30 minutes before going outside. When using sunscreen, apply as much as would fill a shot glass — and if you’re using both sunscreen and insect repellent, apply sunscreen first and then repellent.

    1: Water Safety: Drowning is the second leading cause of death of children. Statistics show 88% of young drowning victims were under some form of supervision at the time of the incident and 46% were under the care of both parents.
    • Never leave a child near any body of water, not even for a second. Keep all children who can’t swim within arms reach when water is nearby.
    • Trust nobody and nothing. Do not rely on older siblings or a lifeguard to keep your child safe, and do not rely on flotation devices.
    • Eliminate distractions. Turn off your phone and maintain constant, eyes-on uninterrupted supervision.
    • Make sure everybody is wearing a life jacket when boating, fishing or playing in or near deep or fast moving water.
    • Do not trust portable or child pools. A child can drown in as little as one inch of water.
    • All pools should have fences on all four sides, alarms on the gates, and no toys should ever be left in a empty pool.
    • Teach teens that they should never dive head first into any body of water, unless there are diving signs are posted.

    EMERGENCY

    • ICE: There should be an ‘in case of emergency’ contact on your phone, so paramedics or other emergency personnel can access medical and emergency contact information immediately.

    • Fridge: Information about doctors and vets should be posted on your fridge, along with any other emergency information that a neighbor or a pet sitter should need.

    • Be prepared: Make a plan, build a kit: 72hours.org

    • Wildfires: Check your risk: www.texaswildfirerisk.com

    • Make a plan and ensure your house is safe: www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/wildfire

    • Do your ‘Five’!

    Your ‘Five’ is the house on either side of you and the three across the street. Could you tell a firefighter how many pets and kids live next door? Do you know which neighbors are elderly or have medical needs, and might need to be checked on if there is emergency? Is there somebody on your street that kids can go to if something should happen?

  • Nextdoor Social Media website (5/7/2013)

    I have been seeing other neighborhood associations using a new social media website called nextdoor.com. Nextdoor is a social networking service for neighborhoods in the United States that allows users to connect with people who live in their neighborhood. The interesting part is that they verify your mailing address via a postcard sent in the mail to ensure you belong to the neighborhood. No one outside the verified users can access the information we place on the Estates of Brentwood Nextdoor site. I believe this may be a good secure place for us to store our Neighborhood Directory since it requires users to login and it verifies you indeed live in our neighborhood.

    Please take a moment to help us test out this new site. To join, visit: estatesofbrentwood.nextdoor.com/join

  • Google Fiber coming to Austin (5/3/2013)

    On April 9th, Google and the City of Austin held a press conference to announce Google is bringing their ultrafast Google Fiber product to Austin.  This makes Austin the second city chosen by Google  to implement their fiber based internet service.

    How much faster is it?  I currently have AT&T Uverse Internet and the fastest plan I could buy is 24 Mbps for $66 a month.  Google Fiber will offer 1000 Mbps for $70 a month.

    How much will it cost?  The rates have not been announced yet, but are said to be in line with what residents in Kansas are paying.  Google will provide residents with a symmetrical 1000 Mbps connection (or a gigabit) for a monthly rate of $70, and a bundle of Internet and television service for $120 per month. For those individuals who either don’t want or can’t afford this package, Google will offer a free tier with speeds of 5 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream. Customers need only pay a $300 installation fee for the fiber connection–either upfront or spread out over 12 monthly payments of $25–to be guaranteed free Internet for the next seven years. (more…)

  • Free City of Austin irrigation evaluation (4/26/2013)

    Free Irrigation System Evaluations:
    You may schedule a free Irrigation System Evaluation if you are a customer of Austin Water or a qualifying water provider, have an in-ground sprinkler system, and use more than 15,000 gallons of water per month in the summer. A licensed irrigator from Austin Water will check your system and help you determine an efficient watering schedule. They will also recommend equipment upgrades if needed.

    City of Austin Irrigation Evaluation