Travis County Traffic/Roads Meeting
with Pct. 2 Commissioner, Brigid Shea

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 7PM
WB Community Center • 2106 Klattenhoff

Pct. 2 Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea has asked for a meeting with the residents of Wells Branch this coming Wednesday, July 27 at 7pm in the Community Center on Klattenhoff. She and David Greear, TNR Division Engineering Manager, will be on hand to discuss any and all traffic related questions that pertain to Wells Branch. While this meeting is important to all Wells Branch residents, it is essential that those of you living in Willow Run and those from other parts of Wells Branch whose children will be attending Athlos Academy or Joe Lee Johnson Elementary, attend this meeting. Come. Ask questions. Express your concerns over traffic flow when school opens this fall and ask how quickly the County can assess and remedy the situation should they deem it necessary.

Previous Meeting Update: June 27, the WBNA and MUD Safety Committee met with Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea, and engineers from TNR Development Services: Christine Connor (road development) and Michael Hettenhausen (case manager for Travesia Subdivision). The purpose of the meeting was to discuss with Commissioner Shea the Cadoz extension and weigh the pros and cons: connectivity vs. increased traffic as some residents had expressed concern over the extension.

When asked if there was still an opportunity to get a crash gate installed on Cadoz between Willow Run and Travesia Subdivision, the development team said yes, but it would be difficult as the benefits of the alternative ingress/egress options far out weigh the traffic issues extension may cause. In order to balance traffic flow and give residents as many options as possible, everyone agreed that we need to focus on completion of Grand Avenue through to Bratton Lane as quickly as possible.

There is only one remaining parcel of land preventing the completion of Grand Avenue from Quick Hill Road all the way to I35. All other contributing parcels have been scheduled for development. Commissioner Shea and the engineering team felt that the best route would be to approach the owner of parcel #379473 (land not yet scheduled for development) and suggest they donate or yield right of way to Travis County NOW, before planned development so that they could begin the process. Benefits to the landowner would include not having to pay for road construction upon development, waiver of replatting fees, and increased property value due to easy access with completed (or near completion) roadway once they decide to sell or develop.

A group of WB residents plans to start working on the Grand Avenue issue in the next few weeks. Please note: Even if the property owners agreed tomorrow to turn over the land, we’re still at least two years out on possible punch through, more likely, 3-4 years. Planning for the budget cycle for 2016-2017 Travis County is near completion. Grand Avenue development would have to be included in the 2017-2018 Budget and most likely would depend on a road bond being passed.

Please put forth every effort to attend the upcoming meeting.

A Portrait of Wells Branch
2017 Calendar
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fol calendar cover 8 copyA true community collaboration, the Friends of the Library have collected amazing photos from our talented WB photographers and are featuring them in a limited edition, first-ever, Wells Branch Calendar.  Order yours today!

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Pool web 1Teen Pool Parties!

July 22 | August 12 • 9pm-Midnight

KF Pool • 2106 Klattenhoff Drive

$3 with Rec. Tag | $5 without Rec. Tag

WB MUD will once again be hosting late night teen pool parties at the KF Pool with music & pool games.  Pizza and Drinks will be provided.  Parties are open to anyone between the ages of 12 and 16.

good-dinosaur-6501Movies in the Park

July 16 • The Good Dinosaur

August 20 • Zootopia (subject to change if not released in time)

Wells Branch MUD presents Movies in the Park at Katherine Fleischer Park.  Admission is free.   Ice cream will be available for purchase from Cub Scout Pack 140 and Boy Scout Troop 1409 will be selling drinks.  Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy these family events.  Parking is limited so residents are encouraged to walk or ride a bike.  Pre-movie activities start at 8pm with the movies beginning at dusk.

Dice (2)Labor Day Casino Night

September 3 • 6-9pm • WB Rec. Center • 3000 Shoreline Drive

Wells Branch MUD presents its annual Labor Day Casino Night Saturday, September 3, from 6-9pm.  An adult only evening of gaming for our residents, this event is for ages 21 and up only and IDs will be checked at the door.  Join us at 3000 Shoreline Dr. as the Rec. Center is transformed into a casino using professional tables and dealers.  Stick around following the gaming for more fun and the opportunity for “winners” to cash out and place tickets towards drawings for several prizes.

Knight and maidenRenaissance Day in the Park

September 18 • 10am-2pm • KF Park

Come get a taste of medieval times thanks to collaboration between Wells Branch and the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism.  The society is an international association of people who re-enact the Middle Ages as they will for Wells Branch with chivalric and rapier demonstrations along with individual guilds including clothiers, fiber artisans, leatherworkers, dancers, scribes, brewers, metal workers, glass engravers, enamellers, herbalists, and others.  Many of the ancient arts will be on display in the baseball field at Katherine Fleischer Park.  The event will be from 10-2pm and is free to the public.  Roasted corn, sausage on a stick, and drinks will be available for purchase.

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by Debby Thompson, WBNA President

Please remember, the WBNA (Wells Branch Neighborhood Association) and the Wells Branch MUD are two different entities; ours is a volunteer community group, the other, a governmental body.  In the interest of our shared residents, we do our best to report on MUD events and Board meetings in an objective manner so that each of you are aware of current topics and can research those that interest you for yourselves and form your own opinions.  There is a wealth of information on the MUD website:  www.wellsbranchmud.com.  For more information on any of the topics below, please check there first.  Information may be in the form of a featured story or in the MUD Board Meeting Minutes or Board Packets.  If you have difficulty locating what you’re looking for, contact me at info@wbna.us and I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction.

Regular MUD Board meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of each month at the newly renovated Rec. Center, 3000 Shoreline Drive, unless otherwise posted.  All residents are invited to attend.  Meetings begin at 5:30pm with citizens communication at 6:30pm.  Agendas are posted the week prior to the meeting at www.wellsbranchmud.com under the “Board” tab or follow the link from the WBNA website calendar.

2016 WB MUD Board of Directors Election

Board of Director elections are held on the uniform election date in November of every even-numbered year.  In 2016, the election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Two of the five Wells Branch Municipal Utility District Director positions are up for election this year:  Place 2,  Joe Petronis and Place 4, Janet Maxey.  The first day to file an application for a place on the ballot for the 2016 Director election is July 23, 2016.  The deadline to file an application for a place on the ballot for the 2016 Director election is 5pm on August 22, 2016.  If you are interested in becoming a Director, please visit wellsbranchmud.com for instructions and more information.

NOW HIRING – Covenants Coordinator

WB MUD is looking for a well-rounded professional to join the team on a full-time (30 hours per week) basis.  The Covenants Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing and administering all aspects of restrictive covenants to help ensure the District maintains property values.  The duties of this position include patrolling District properties, documenting conditions, dispute resolution, data entry, resident interaction, detailed documentation and follow-through.  Past property management experience is desired!  Full-time employees are provided a well-balanced program of benefits.

http://www.wellsbranchmud.com/services/human-resources

No Drought Water Restrictions

WB MUD voted to lift Stage 1 Water Restrictions at the June 21 meeting.  No Drought Water Restrictions are in effect at this time.  Please follow water wise guidelines and conserve where possible.

Willow Bend Park

The MUD has engaged a design team to explore expansion of the children’s play area at Willow Bend Pool to include interactive water features, add permanent shade features to the adult pool area, redesign the play area and replace the existing playscape at Willow Bend Park, convert the existing baseball field to a dog park, add a pathway from Willow Bend Park to the Rec. Center and design a Skate Park adjacent to the Rec. Center.  Tentatively, these features will be done in phases with the children’s play area at Willow Bend Pool having top priority so that it may be completed during the off season.  Watch for updates as they become available.