The Highland Horizon Herald

Second Quarter 2020                                                  

President’s Update - 1st Quarter Review

HOA President Vinnie Choudhry 

The Highland Horizon HOA Board of Directors along with the management company
Associa and our special committees continue to work hard for the community and accomplished several items during the first quarter :

-Changed all the stop signs in the gated community due to yellow fading of the signs

-Repaired the front entrance lighting especially around the flags and signs to get them lit up at night again

-Repaired a section of the border wall that was damaged by a car accident

-Worked with the Brushy Creek MUD to get some graffiti by the front pond removed

-Worked with the MUD to get the lighting on some of the trees by the front pond working again

-The Newsletter Committee initiated the quarterly newsletter electronically again(Yeah!!)

-The Social Committee hosted another successful Mesa Rosa Social Hour event in February

-The Architectural Committee continues to work hard on processing all ACC requests that come in

Some upcoming agenda items that the Board is still working on or looking to do:

-We continue to look into obtaining some fencing around our preserve areas. While we have made some progress on this, the COVID 19 pandemic put that on hold for

-We continue to work on getting solar lighting installed on all the mailbox pagodas around the neighborhood.

-We are working to try to address the issue of residents not being able to obtain HOA statements electronically without manually getting one from the management

-We are working to improve the way violation letters sent from Associa to be more clear about the violation is and what the cure should be.

-We are working with Associa to improve the process of assessing late fees for HOA dues and follow the previously approved Delinquency Policy set up.

Front Yard Signage 

A message from the Board about  signage in the front yards: 

Please all remember that Highland Horizon has rules around how any signs can be displayed in front yards. This is covered in section 6.9 of the DCCR for your reference. In general signs must be no larger than 4 square feet in size, must be no higher than 2 feet off the ground, and must be set back 10 feet or more from the curb. These rules apply to “For Sale” signs as well as “Open House” signs. Please let your respective realtors know these restrictions so that signs that are out of compliance are not put up.

Communication Updates

Please note that the letter about updating your email address for official electronic communications
from the Board and management company through the C3 Database will be coming out this quarter.See the Q1 Newsletter for details about this. Please be on the
lookout for this and return it to us as soon as you get it. 

Local Jurisdictions in light of Covid-19

New and old Highland Horizon neighbors sometimes wonder which local governmental agencies have jurisdiction over our area. It can be confusing, especially for new residents. In this era of statewide and local restrictions regarding the novel coronavirus, it can be helpful to know where we fit with local government. 
With restrictions about “Stay Safe, Stay Home” changing weekly, this newsletter won’t contain the latest information. Please reference the websites provided here for the accurate information.

Highland Horizon homes east of Great Oaks Drive have mailing addresses in Round Rock; homes west of Great Oaks Drive have mailing addresses in Austin. But, none of our homes is actually located in those cities; they’re just part of our mailing addresses per the US Post Office. We are not part of any city or town.

Williamson County & Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District

We are in unincorporated Williamson County. Williamson County provides our judges, courts, commissioners, major road projects, law enforcement, elections, property tax assessment, county parks, etc.

Many services that are usually provided by a city are provided to us through Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District. The MUD (as most residents call it) provides our
utilities (water/sewage treatment, trash), and amenities such as the Community Center, pools, and parks -- using taxes and membership fees to pay for those

State of Texas Covid-19 info: 
Williamson County:

Brushy Creek MUD:

Emergencies & Law Enforcement

We are served by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and the Williamson County Constable Precinct 1 Office. The Constable has primary duties about environmental laws, serving civil processes, and arrest warrants but they are also Texas Peace

Officers who may respond to emergencies. The Sheriff’s Office is most likely who you would call to report a crime.

Sheriff’s Office Phone: 911 or (512) 943-1300
Sheriff’s Office Non-Emergency: (512) 864-8282
Constable, Precinct 1: (512) 244-8650

The Sam Bass Fire Department serves our area, primarily out of Station #2 (located just north on Great Oaks Drive). They serve a larger
area than just the Brushy Creek MUD.

Sam Bass Fire Department: 911 or (512) 255-0100
Other Agencies of Interest

We are also part of Round Rock’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ), the Upper Brushy Creek Watershed (WCID), and other agencies -- that are important but don’t make much practical difference in our daily lives.

One Round Rock city amenity that is available to us for free, even though we don’t live in Round Rock is the Public Library -- anyone with a valid Texas address can get a Library Card for free. (The City of Austin also provides library cards to non-residents, for $120/year.)

Round Rock Library:

-Fall Garage Sale: TBD.
-Halloween Party: October 24or October 31 at the park

School Boundary Updates
Moving to Great Oaks Elementary

In February, the Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees approved a boundary change that will move all of Highland Horizon (and The Enclave next door) from England Elementary to Great Oaks Elementary starting in the fall of 2020. This shift will bring students in Highland Horizon into a pure-feeder pattern (with a consistent group of classmates) from elementary school, through Cedar Valley Middle School, and to Round Rock High School. Certain students may be eligible to remain at England; contact that campus for details.

Current students were to tour Great Oaks in April, but the pandemic stopped that tour.  Great Oaks Principal, Heath Frazer, is working on a FAQ just for Highland Horizon families about the move.

Communication Reminders 

Town Square Website

Town Square is where you’ll find your HOA account details, occasional straw polls to help the
Board of Directors make decisions, a forum for asking questions, information about any violations,
and a portal to make requests.

 Unofficial Facebook Group

While the Facebook group is not maintained specifically by the HOA, it is a worthwhile
place to get info on our community. Find the group by searching “Highland Horizon” in
Facebook groups or using this long link: 9413134/