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Holiday Safety Tips

by Debby Thompson, WBNA President & WB Neighborhood Watch Coordinator

santa-sneaky-on-roof-colorWith the bustle of the holidays just around the corner, make sure you’re taking every precaution possible to keep your home and family safe and secure.  We usually see an increase in opportunistic crime this time of year; please remain vigilant.

Keep your blinds and drapes closed when away, even if only for a short period of time.

Keep your house well lit at night (backyard included).  A motion sensor activated light is an inexpensive deterrent.

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brent-baggett-composite-copyWB Residents Choose Art for New Complex

Thank you for taking the time to vote for your artwork preference to be located at Art at Bratton’s Edge.  With an overwhelming majority, Brent Baggett’s “Eyes on the Future” has been selected by  Wells Branch residents.  This complex stainless steel sculpture will be installed on-site in time for the grand opening celebration and can be appreciated as a new perspective from different angles of the surrounding community.

Art at Bratton’s Edge should be complete by November 2016.  The first tenants are expected to move in late October.  The property began leasing in August and is currently 46% leased.  They hope to have a grand opening celebration some time in mid-November and invite the Wells Branch community to join them.  Tours of the property will be available.

Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar Training THIS Thursday, May 19! 

It’s an election year and we need to get ALL of our Wells Branch neighbors registered!   In order to accomplish this, we need volunteers.  It only takes an hour of your time to get certified and you can be as involved (or uninvolved) as you’d like.  Training enables you to be a resource to new neighbors, at community events, school, church, and social groups.

If you’d like to be a part of this effort (however big or small), we have a training session set for Thursday, May 19, at 6:30pm at the Rec. Center, 3000 Shoreline Drive.  We need an approximate head count so that Travis County can bring adequate supplies.  Please reserve your spot at vote@wbna.us.  Questions? Call 512-656-0654.

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Updates to all the construction pages are mentioned in the current newsletter.  They will be coming this weekend so please check back.  We apologize for the delay.

It’s My Park Day!

Saturday, March 5 • 9am-Noon
WB Disc Golf Course on Owen Tech

Volunteers plant tree at WB Disc Golf Course for National Public Lands Day
Volunteers plant tree at WB Disc Golf Course for National Public Lands Day

Come lend a hand! Volunteers will pick up litter, spread mulch around trees in the greenbelt to fight the effects of drought and soil compaction, remove invasive ligustrum, and they will plant several new trees purchased by the Wells Branch Disc Golf Club.

Over the past 3 years of working with Austin Parks Foundation on It’s My Park Day and National Public Lands Day, we’ve planted 40 trees in this area of the greenbelt. Come see how we’ve been Keeping Wells Branch Beautiful!

Sign up here or just show up!  https://austinparks.givepulse.com/event/15464-Wells-Branch-Disc-Golf-Course-Keep-Wells-Branch-Beautiful

FOL presents:  Electrical Work a Homeowner May Safely Perform PART TWO

March 6 | 6-8pm • WB Rec. Center, Portable #4

Master electrician and WB neighbor Steven Lyons will present the second installment of this interesting and educational lecture, detailing the safe and efficient performance of electrical work possible by the average homeowner.  What you can safely do and how to do it, and what you should NEVER attempt yourself.  Join the FOL for this informative and productive educational opportunity.

If you were one of the 30ish people who attended the first installment of this series you won’t want to miss the interesting conclusion to this interesting and educational topic; if you were not in attendance you should come see what you missed!

Register NOW at http://electrical4homeowners2.eventbrite.com!

Volunteer to Keep Wells Branch
Beautiful at “It’s My Park Day”

Saturday, March 5 • 9am-Noon • WB Disc Golf Course

by Brian Litke

Join Wells Branch for “It’s My park Day,” an Austin Parks Foundation (APF) annual event to get the public involved in sprucing up their local parks. APF provides free mulch, tools and other supplies for the project. Volunteers are invited to a cleanup day at the WB Disc golf Park on Saturday, March 5, from 9am-Noon. Our monthly KWBB event will coincide with “It’s My Park Day” on Saturday instead of Sunday this month!

KWBB volunteers will pull invasive plants out of the creek bed, help plant trees purchased by the WB Disc Golf Club, cleanup litter and spread mulch around the disc golf course tee boxes. Please wear long-sleeve shirts and closed-toe shoes. It’s our opportunity to make (and keep) Wells Branch the cleanest, most beautiful community in Texas! Volunteers will receive a free “It’s My park Day” t-shirt and snacks will be provided.

For more details, contact Brian Litke at wellsbranchdiscgolfclub@yahoo.com.

Neighborhood Safety Meeting with TCSO Captain Craig Smith

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TCSO Captain Smith

Thursday, December 3 • 7pm
WB Community Center • 2106 Klattenhoff

Many of y’all have requested a neighborhood watch style safety meeting for all of Wells Branch before the holidays. With the recent car break-ins and burglaries, sooner seemed better than later. The WBNA will be hosting a meeting with Captain Craig Smith of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, December 3, at 7pm. Bring your questions. We’ll have drinks and light snacks.

RRISD Boundary Hearing TONIGHT  7:30PM • WBE Cafeteria

A quick reminder should any of you have questions about the boundary meeting tonight – If you live in RRISD, please take a moment to read and evaluate the information below as well as the presentation you’ll see tonight on the District’s demographic study (attached PDF file). ***Please note: Attendance numbers are missing for several of the apartment complexes in the District’s maps as well as any numbers that would be forecast for build out in the communities north of WB. Even if you don’t have children, boundary assignments can affect home values and resale. Please read, voice your opinions and vote.

Download RRISD Boundary Presentation HERE:

It’s a little long, but I felt it necessary to include explanations for those new to the community and I didn’t have time to polish it! My apologies!

New Boundaries:

The proposed boundaries are not what any of us expected. If adopted, all of Willow Run as well as Brattonwood, The Lake at Wells Branch, The Pond at Wells Branch and homes north of the library and east of Wells Port (Rick Whinery, Emmett, Fuzz Fairway, Nathan, Natural Spring Way, Waterway Bend and Waterway Cove) will attend the new elementary school.

After the hearings, the consultants will make a final recommendation to the board on November 19. The board will take action at their December 17 meeting to approve new attendance zones.

The ONLY person to show up at the Bluebonnet Elementary hearing was a WB resident.

Issues I feel we should ask about:

  • Middle School #11 will break ground in the Spring/Summer of 2016 and hopefully open in the Fall of 2017.
  • Boundaries for Deer Park and Chisholm Trail will likely be adjusted next fall for implementation in Fall 2017.

Dr. Flores has stated that he is a proponent of vertical alignment.
If that’s the case, then what are the future plans for the children of ES No.34? Without boundary changes at MS and HS levels, half the children will track to Deer Park and the other half to Chisholm Trail.

  • Will all of the ES No. 34 kids be routed to one middle school, Chisholm Trail, as I’ve heard?
  • Does the district plan on realigning the high school boundaries as well and placing all ES No. 34 children at RRHS?
  • Will this be a permanent move or will our children be moved once again when attendance capacity changes at RRHS?
  • What are the long range plans for the children of Wells Branch Elementary?

We’ve heard that under the new boundaries, WBE will drop to 65% capacity. The new school will open at 57% capacity. When is ES No. 34 forecast to hit 100%? North of WB, we have a 274 affordable housing unit about to lease, a 445 unit apartment complex due to be completed in 2017, and 347 single family homes being built. And those are just the ones we know about.

  • When ES No. 34 reaches capacity, which of our original neighborhoods will be switched back to WBE?

It was mentioned briefly at the board meeting that the lower capacity would enable implementation of new programs at WBE and ES No. 34.

  • What are these special programs and how will they differ between schools?
  • Will WB parents be able to choose which school best suits their needs?

The District has stated that they’re concerned about maintaining a demographic balance between the two schools. Their primary concern at their board meeting seemed to be balancing ELL students and economically disadvantaged students between the schools. I question their data. Looking at the map, it appears to me that they’ve carved out the most affluent sections of WB for the new school rather than balancing those as well.

  • How will this affect volunteerism and ultimately support for Wells Branch Elementary?
  • If the lower income areas are segregated, will this eventually cause issues between the two areas? The haves and have nots?
  • Will this cause a decline in the older sections of Wells Branch?
  • Will all the RRISD children of Wells Branch be allowed to track together for MS and HS?
  • The District recognizes that we are geographically separated from the rest of RRISD. Given this consideration, we feel it’s a fair request for our children to stay together. It will be much easier for the community as a whole to support one middle school and one high school.

My kids are grown. I’m bringing these questions forward because of past history with RRISD. We have many new residents and lots of parents with young children who haven’t thought about boundaries, vertical alignment or the ability of the District to realign at will. I urge each of you to ask what their end game is. What does the District have planned for Wells Branch five years from now? 

  • Personally, I’d like to see vertical alignment. I understand and support the need for two elementary schools, but I’d like to see all the kids come together at middle school and track to the same high school.
  • I am afraid that splitting the neighborhood along perceived economic lines, especially if the split continues up through MS and HS, will have a detrimental effect on our community.
  • I am concerned about overall impact on the community as a whole as we are already split between PfISD & RRISD.

For the last several years, the children of Wells Branch have been used to balance other school populations because we’re on the outskirts of RRISD whereas almost all the other RRISD students have dedicated high schools and have seen minimal change. Willow Run had their HS moved 3 times in 4 years. I am concerned that the zoning proposed for ES No. 34 indicates another impending move. I would like to know what RRISD has in mind for ALL of Wells Branch, elementary through high school for the next five years.

I strongly encourage parents to be supportive, optimistic and finally, excited about possible changes with their children as they are just that, children and shouldn’t have to deal with uncertainty or anxiety throughout the process. That being said, parents need to take an active role in the process and make sure all of their questions are answered. At the end of the day, I hope that the entire neighborhood can come together to support all of the changes that we’ve undergone in the last several months as well as the ones we face ahead. Maintaining our sense of community throughout is paramount.

For those with questions about Vertical Alignment:

Vertical alignment is basically the setting of boundaries so that children begin at the same elementary, then follow to the same middle school and on to the same high school. Multiple elementary schools can feed to one middle school and more than one middle school to a single high school. The core idea is that neighborhoods are kept together throughout the journey.

Currently, WBE children are split at middle school and then reunited at McNeil. Prior to that, Willow Run children began at WBE, were sent to Chisholm Trail Middle School and then on the Cedar Ridge. They were the only WB children from Chisholm Trail (about 60 kids) to be sent to Cedar Ridge – the rest of the CTMS students went to RRHS. All the other WB kids went to Deer Park and then on to McNeil. Before the move to Cedar Ridge, WB split at middle school with half tracking to Deer Park and on to McNeil and the other half to Chisholm Trail and then on to Round Rock HS with their peers from CTMS.

Ideally, it would be nice if WBE & ES #34 kids could attend the same middle school and same high school. Our neighborhood is split already with around 35% going to Connally HS in PfISD. I’d like to keep the other 65% together 🙂

Debby Thompson, 512-656-0654

Halloween Events!

Kick off Halloween weekend with Spooky Stories this Friday, October 30 at 6:30pm at WB Community Library.  Award-winning storyteller Bernadette Nason will perform lighthearted scary stories for families to enjoy.  Ages 5+ only.

Halloween night, start the evening out right by Trick or Treating early at Wells Branch Community Library.  Candy & FREE Face Painting from 4:00-5:30 pm, October 31.

At 4:00pm, teens meet for Tim Burton’s Life-size Clue Game!  Bring forth your gaming and sleuthing skills to solve the murder of the Corpse Bride. (Ages 10+)

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Be a part of the very first WB Halloween Costume Contest!

Judging will begin at 5pm this Saturday, October 31, followed by a distribution of noise makers and a grand march into Trunk or Treat at 6pm. All are invited to join in the revelry!

A total of 15 trophies will be awarded by age for the following categories:
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• Scariest

• Most Creative

Age Groups:
• 0-3 yrs
• 4-6 yrs
• 7-9 yrs
• 10-12 yrs
• 13-17 yrs

aDSC09117webImmediately following the Costume Contest, join us at Trunk or Treat!
Ghosts, Ghouls, and Goblins abound in the CC parking lot on Klattenhoff where we’ll have a multitude of scary treats for all your little monsters as the MUD hosts Halloween Trunk or Treat! The WBNA will be capturing the night creatures and posting their images on the Neighborhood Association Facebook page so that you may share with your friends and family.

Please join us! Please contact Debby Thompson at 512-656-0654 or deborah_thompson@earthlink.net for more info.

Halloween sign 3Trick or Treat Events Halloween Night!

Early Trick or Treat & Face Painting at the Library
4:00-5:30pm • 15001 Wells Port
Make the library your first trick-or-treating stop!  WBCL will have treats, and free face painting for all ages!

TEENS – Tim Burton CLUE at WB Community Library
4:00pm • Ages 10+ ONLY
Bring forth your gaming and sleuthing skills to solve the Murder of the Corpse Bride!     Ages 10+ ONLY.  In the library meeting rooms.

Please visit wblibrary.org for more info.

Halloween Costume Contest & Parade
Saturday, October 31 • 5pm
Gazebo at KF Park
Calling all princesses, monsters, super-heroes and other-worldly beasts for the first ever WBNA Costume Contest. Winners will lead the parade from the gazebo through the park and make their grand entrance into Trunk or Treat.

Trunk-or-Treat
6-9pm • Community Center Parking Lot • 2106 Klattenhoff Drive
Ghosts, Ghouls, and Goblins abound in the CC parking lot on Klattenhoff where we’ll have a multitude of scary treats for all your little monsters as the MUD hosts Halloween Trunk or Treat!  Numerous community service groups will have trick-or-treat booths set up from 6-9pm.  Take photos with your friends in the FREE photo booth, play games and get lots of candy!  The WBNA will be capturing the night creatures and posting their mages on the Neighborhood Association Facebook page so that you may share with your friends and family.

For those interested in decorating their car or truck, please contact the WB MUD Recreation Office at 512-251-9814 for details.

Extreme Clean Fall – SATURDAY!

Wells Branch Maintenance Yard

13905 Thermal • 8am-5pm

Extreme Clean October for web copyThere are specific times for certain events and there have been some changes to what we normally accept. Please see below or download the attached PDF for details –
Drug Take Back8am-NOON ONLY
Shredding – IN-District & Brattonwood 8am-1pm ONLY
Habitat for Humanity – 8am-2pm ONLY
Easter Seals – 8am-4pm ONLY
⇒Clothing, shoes & linen donations benefit both Easter Seals and Connally High School Project Graduation.
⇒ All other household items go directly to Easter Seals.
⇒When bringing clothing, please indicate whether your donation is for Easter Seals or Homeless Distribution.
Hotel Toiletries, Socks, Gently Used Coats for the Homeless 8am-4pm
⇒As noted above, if your donation is for the Homeless, please indicate so when dropping it off.
⇒For a list of accepted items, visit: http://www.atxahh.com/p/donate.html
Bulk Trash – IN-District ONLY 8am-5pm
Batteries, Paint & Antifreeze – IN-District ONLY – 8am-5pm
Electronics – 8am-5pm
Metal Recycling 8am-5pm

*****Most notably, we will no longer be able to accept OIL of any type (cooking or motor), Styrofoam, Household Chemicals or Cleaners, or Car/Boat batteries.

However, we have made arrangements with McSpadden’s Automotive on Wells Branch Parkway for direct recycling of OIL. They will be accepting used (or unused) motor oil from 8am-4pm Saturday • (512) 989-2878 • www.mcspaddenautomotive.com

CMC Metal Recycling at 1704 Howard Lane will take Car & Boat Batteries (and pay you for them). Unfortunately, they are only open from 8am-5pm, M-F • 512-251-3407 • CMCRecyclingNorthAustin@cmc.com

This quarter, we will be repurposing Yard Chemicals at 2606 Tracy Trail instead of the Alpha Collier location. Bring fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides between 8am-5pm. Items must be in non-leaking containers and clearly labeled. Please stack with like products for repurposing via freecycle.com, craigslist and WB Google.

Please call 512-656-0654 if you have any questions.

National Night Out

America’s Night Out Against Crime
Free Food • Great Company • Door Prizes!

NNO 4Join your Wells Branch neighbors for our night out against crime, Tuesday, October 6, from 6:00-9:00pm at the gazebo at Katherine Fleischer Park. The WBNA will be serving up FREE hotdogs, sausage wraps, fruit & veggies, beans, hummus, sodas and chips. For dessert, we’ll have the Friends of the Library handing out Culver’s delicious frozen custard (while supplies last). And don’t forget the door prizes!

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