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Summer Safety Reminders

 Summertime is here and the weather is beautiful.  Unfortunately, this wonderful weather sometimes causes us to forget about the security of our belongings.  When the weather is nice, we tend to open windows and doors to take advantage of the sunshine and warm breeze.  It is very important to remember that everything you open must be re-secured.  Summer is a great time in Wells Branch – keep yourself and your property safe this summer by following the suggestions in this article.

~ Major Craig Smith, Travis County Sheriff’s Office

Most of the crimes around Wells Branch are crimes of opportunity and yes, we’ve seen an increase the last several months as have ALL surrounding areas.  Unfortunately, those types of crime tend to increase as the weather gets warmer.  Make that extra effort to NOT become a victim.

  • Take your keys.
  • Lock your car.
  • Don’t leave anything of value in plain sight.  Better yet, take it in the house.
  • Keep your garage doors closed; do not leave an open garage unattended.
  • Always lock the inside garage door.
  • If you park your car in the driveway or on the street, make sure you take the remote garage door opener in with you.  A garage door opener gives instant protected access to your home and your belongings.
  • Park in the garage, or keep your driveway well-lit at night.
  • Padlock your gates.
  • Check your mail every single day.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • When leaving your home, pay close attention to anything that doesn’t look right.
  • Never put yourself at risk.
  • Meet your immediate neighbors and trade contact information.
  • Report any street light outages immediately.  Contact info below.
  • Call 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY if you see ANYTHING suspicious.  Many of the break-ins we’ve suffered could have been prevented.  The Sheriff’s Office can’t be everywhere all the time.  They rely on neighbors to be their eyes and ears in their absence and to alert them to dangerous situations.  Don’t stop to ask a friend, the Google Group, Facebook or the folks on Nextdoor.  Call 9-1-1 FIRST, then share with your neighbors.  Time is of the essence.  If you’re not sure if it’s an emergency – DON’T WORRY – the dispatcher will prioritize the call.  Never be afraid to call!  Travis County would much rather answer a false alarm than deal with a tragedy later.  If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t – CALL!

A NOTE ABOUT 3-1-1:  In short, DON’T USE IT to report crimes.  3-1-1 is a City of Austin service and we’re in the county.  While you would eventually be routed to the correct entity, it’s always best (and quickest) to call 9-1-1 and tell them you’re in Travis County.  If you need to report a crime that’s already taken place (not in progress), you may call the non-emergency number at 512-974-0845 and press 3 to be connected, file a report online https://tcsheriff.org/community/file-a-report, or call 9-1-1 and they’ll route your call appropriately.  3-1-1 may be used to report street light outages for Austin Energy lights (not Oncor) and Animal Control if it’s a non-emergency.  If you’re in need of immediate assistance, always call 9-1-1.  In addition, 3-1-1 does not work with some cell carriers when dialed from outside the city limits.  To report graffiti for removal, contact the WB MUD via http://www.wellsbranchmud.com/services/graffiti-report-removal.

 ***City of Austin Street Light Outages, call 3-1-1 and report the number posted about 7 feet up the affected pole.

***Oncor Street Light Outages, visit: https://www.oncorstreetlight.com/.  You’ll be connected to an interactive map.

Vacation Safety Tips 

  • Let a neighbor and/or block captain know you’ll be out of town and when you’ll return. They should have the following: your emergency contact information; contact information for anyone with access to your house (pet sitter, etc.); when they should be expected; what they look like and a description of their vehicle(s).
  • Let only those who NEED to know, know when you are going out of town.
  • Don’t share vacation plans OR photos on social media.
  • Arrange to have your lawn cared for if you are going to be away.
  • Don’t hide keys under doormats, flowerpots or in similar places.
  • Put your lights, stereo and/or TV on timers.
  • Leave a car in the driveway or ask a neighbor to park in it.
  • Don’t cancel your paper or mail deliveries; ask that your neighbor pick them up every day.
  • Leave a key with a friend or neighbor; ask that the house be checked at regular intervals.
  • Keep your house well lit at night (backyard included) with a motion sensor or photocell activated light.
  • Store all your valuables.
  • Consider asking friends or relatives to live in your home while you are away.
  • Ask your neighbor to put trash in your trashcan and to put it out for collection and away when they put theirs away.

File a Close Patrol Request.  The filing of this form alerts patrolling officers so that they may pay close attention to one’s residence.  To do so: Contact the Travis County      Sheriff’s Office at 512-854-9721.  Ask to make a Close Patrol Request.  You will be asked for information on those caring for your home while you’re away: make and model of their vehicles, name, description and times they should be at your home.

Travis County Sheriff’s Office
Virtual Town Hall Meeting
May 25, 2021 • 6:00pm-7:30pm

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office invites all Wells Branch neighbors to join in their ‘Building Bridges’ series where crime and safety will be discussed. Information on how to join the virtual meeting will be posted soon.  Be sure and save the date!

QUESTIONS?  The Travis County Sheriff’s Office has requested the WBNA and WB MUD gather questions from residents by May 10 so that they may be addressed during the meeting.  If you have any questions you would like to submit, please do so by following THIS LINK.  Questions will then be compiled and submitted to TCSO.

These presentations are always packed with information.  Please make every effort to attend.

 

Make your plan to VOTE! Election Day is May 1st! https://votetravis.com/

Travis County Polling Locations and Hours:

Election Day (May 1) Voting locations are open from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
Early Voting (April 19-27) Hours are Monday – Saturday 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Sunday from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
You may vote at any Vote Center in Travis County where you see a “Vote Here/Aqui” sign.  Click HERE for links to locations throughout Travis County.  Those closest to Wells Branch are as follows:

Early Voting:

  • Unity Church of the Hills • 9905 Anderson Mill Road
  • Pflugerville ISD Rock Gym • 702 W. Pecan Street

WB Election Day Polling Place:

  • WB Community Center • 2106 Klattenhoff
  • YMCA Northwest Branch • 5807 McNeil Drive

If you live in the Travis County section of Wells Branch, Prop A, ESD 17 is on this ballot.  If you’re in the PfISD section of Wells Branch, you’ll be voting on the PfISD School Board Election as well. The Pflugerville Educators Association hosted a candidate forum this week.  Click HERE to view.

Travis County ESD 17, Prop A
WBNA Zoom Meeting
Thursday, April 22 • 7:00pm

*LINK TO RECORDED SESSION*

***If you were unable to attend the WBNA Town Hall Meeting: Travis County Prop A: ESD 17 Presentation, we are providing a link to the recording of the zoom meeting.***

***Note the recording was delayed at the start by two minutes, inadvertently deleting introductions.  Representatives from the City of Pflugerville chose not to attend. However, there was a discussion as to why the city chose not to place the ESD 17 propostion on the ballot for Pflugerville voters.

Representing ESD 17, the following members of ESD 2 attended:

Josh Stubblefield 
President, IAFF Local #4137
Mike Howe
Commissioner, Travis County ESD2
Nick Perkins
Asst. Chief, Travis County ESD2
Trevor Stokes
Past President, IAFF Local #4137

The WBNA hosted this Town Hall session to help increase community awareness of this topic. We offer no political statements. We simply encourage community members to seek out information and VOTE.


Earlier Article:  In order to provide the community with some background information on an important topic, the WBNA will be hosting a Zoom meeting regarding the creation of Travis County ESD 17, Prop A.  As always, our goal is to provide an unbiased overview of the information available, along with voting dates.  Remember, every vote counts.

EARLY VOTING: April 19-27  |  ELECTION DAY: May 1

Regardless of whether you choose to be FOR/AGAINST Travis County EDS 17, Prop A, we are simply encouraging you to vote. It is worth noting that the City of Pflugerville chose not to place this proposition on the upcoming ballot and will defer further budget discussions. By voting, the voice of the Wells Branch community will be heard.

Normally, the WBNA would plan an evening meeting at the Wells Branch Community Center, host a guest speaker, provide refreshments and encourage friends and neighbors to gather, exchange ideas and ask questions. The on-going COVID restrictions limit a face-to-face session, so we are going to “ZOOM” past that restriction.

Join the WBNA Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID:  870 6866 0446
Passcode:  298067
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87068660446?pwd=dnNnZXpNdlFYRHFBVTR5NThBQWFtdz09

In addition, we are going to provide several links, documents and a short presentation from a variety of sources. The goal is put information into the hands of community members so you can make an informed choice. Please review all the information prior to heading to the polls.

VIEW:  WBNA ESD 17 Overlay Talking Points

READ:  Vote to Keep your Ambulances and Advanced EMS Services May 1, WBNA Newsletter article from Josh Stubblefield, President, IAFF Local #4137

VISIT:   voteforesd17.com – noteworthy link from that site:
voteforesd17.com/frequently-asked-questions/

There’s also excellent public information on ESD 2/Pflugerville Fire Dept including operations, financials, etc: https://pflugervillefire.org

Report from The Perryman Group:  https://www.fox7austin.com/news/pflugerville-looking-at-discontinuing-citys-ambulance-service?fbclid=IwAR0orkSbKkI6LamAgDH1cCIAlJvrSUZMX3eUNZR9s7Pd6lELfsoTND-N8GU

REVIEW:  Reprint of a WB Google Group post from WB Neighbor, Ben Williams Continue reading Travis County: EDS #17 Prop A: WBNA Zoom Meeting

Welcome Spring 2021
at the WBNA Bunny Hop-Along

Saturday, April 3 • 10am-1pm
WB Community Garden Parking Lot • Corner of Single Trace & Town Hill Drive

The WBNA team would like to help the community celebrate a fresh start to the year with the WBNA Bunny “Hop-Along”. Family groups will “hop along the bunny trail” (a drive-by route), stopping to view the Easter Bunny on his decorated spring-time “float”. Each child will receive a bag of wrapped treats and a surprise egg. (There will be some reserved treats for smaller children or food allergies.)

Online registration is required. Each family may reserve ONE 15 minute time slot for each vehicle. Be sure to include the number and age of children when registering. Plan to arrive no more than 15 minutes before your reserved time. Smaller groups are encouraged to carpool. Please print and bring your reservation form for entry into the event.

This is a FREE Event, but there are limited spaces available!  Please CLICK HERE to REGISTER on Eventbrite and secure your spot along the Bunny Trail!

Food Pantry Donations:  To further help the community, there will be a food bank donation point along the bunny trail. Please plan to bring a canned good or boxed food donation to benefit the St. Andrew’s Food Pantry.

WBNA General Meeting:
2021 Annual Board Elections TONIGHT!

 2021 WBNA Program Update and Board Elections
Thursday, March 4, 2021 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Virtual “zoom” session: please join us (scroll down for additional details) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89944216206?pwd=SytlaDgxR09GbXM1VHN5WUVBOVZpZz09

          • Meeting ID: 899 4421 6206
          • Passcode: 149009


Agenda:

  • General welcome and opening remarks
  • A short WBNA presentation: Building Community Together
  • Introduction of current members running for election, short statements
  • Ratification of new Board members, Election, following a call for any other nominations
  • Short Q&A session (questions will be taken via phone, chat or email)
  • Closing remarks

The WBNA is inviting you to attend a scheduled zoom meeting. Please review the attendance guidelines:

  • Please remain on mute, unless you are speaking this limits background noise
  • You may simply listen via a phone line (call in numbers listed below)
  • If using the web link, you may type questions into the “chat” window
  • You may submit questions prior to the session via email: info@wbna.us
  • There will be an open Q & A session prior to the closing remarks

Overview:

There are seven board member positions, each serving a two year term. Even numbered positions (2, 4 and 6) run on even numbered years and odd numbers (1, 3, 5 and 7) on odd years. There are four positions due for election this year.

In order to cast a vote, you must be a paid WBNA member in good standing. If you haven’t already joined for 2021, please do so via the WBNA square link: https://squareup.com/store/wbna-inc/ (Please be sure and enter a valid email address.)

2020 was a very rough year for everyone and the recent winter storm really pushed all resources to the breaking point. Throughout the past year one aspect remained constant, a true spirit of community and fellowship unique to Wells Branch which served to support the community. At every turn, friends, neighbors and local business small owners reached out to help one another.

Please join the WBNA and help keep Wells Branch strong.

The WBNA Board

Grand Avenue/Bratton Lane Update

by David Greear, TNR

I am happy to inform everyone that the Grand Avenue Parkway (GAP) is completed and ready to be opened up to traffic!  We are scheduled to remove the barricades this Wednesday (3/3) and open the road.  There will be a 4-way stop control (blinking red light) for the intersection of Grand Avenue/Bratton Lane until the traffic engineering department can conduct a study to see if the intersection meets warrants for a traffic signal.   When the intersection meets the criteria for a traffic signal, the County will proceed with turning on the traffic signal already in place, but until then the 4-way stop controls will be in place.

A lot of people have been integral in getting this project to this point and we appreciate everyone’s support and patience!  Commissioner Brigid Shea wants to thank the residents who were so helpful in moving this project forward.

Redistricting Hearing Update!

AUSTIN’S HEARING HAS BEEN REINSTATED! Thank you to everyone who wrote to the Senate redistricting committee/their reps and shared/tweeted. Don’t forget to sign-up to give testimony and/or submit written testimony. Helpful links below!
Are you tired of being gerrymandered? Now is your chance to be heard by the TX Senate Redistricting Committee, who will redraw our US Congressional Districts this session! Virtual hearings are held via Zoom. **3/1: Our Austin area regional hearing has been rescheduled for March 11th beginning at 9am. You may speak at ANY of the 3 remaining hearings March 11th – 13th.** Testimony is limited to 2 minutes.
Here is the **3/1: REVISED list** of hearings and links to register for each: https://senate.texas.gov/…/Regional-Hearing-Schedule…
Submit written testimony: senate.texas.gov/redistrictingcomment
Redistricting Committee website: https://senate.texas.gov/cmte.php?c=625
Texas Legislative Committee Redistricting Website: https://redistricting.capitol.texas.gov/