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Slow Burn on Georgetown Fireworks

no_fireworksWHAT’S THE DEAL WITH FIREWORKS?

BOTTOM LINE: Georgetown residents may purchase fireworks elsewhere, drive in Georgetown with fireworks in their car, have fireworks in their homes, but MAY NOT LIGHT THEM unless they are at least 5000 feetoutside the city.

The Georgetown City Council voted unanimously to approve the fire code ordinance with an amendment eliminating the illegality of owning or transporting fireworks within city limits.

http://www.wilcoonline.com/2014/07/01/slow-burn-over-fireworks-ban/

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The Delicate Delegation of Roadkill

Process for having LARGE dead animals removed from Serenada:

1.  Deer or any other large dead animal must be put on the edge of the street.  Williamson County cannot remove animal from private property.

2.  Call Williamson County Road & Bridge, call 512-943-3330.  This number is NOT listed in  the Blue Pages (Business Pages) of the phone book and is ONLY answered Monday thru Friday between 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

3.  On WEEKENDS, call the Sheriff’s Department non-emergency number: 512-943-1300.  They do NOT pick up dead animals themselves but can sometimes contact on-duty road crews to help you, especially if the roadway is being covered up with hoards of vultures.   This then becomes a hazard for all of us–vehicles, children, walkers, pets, etc.

4.  If you call Williamson County Animal Control (512-943-1389) you will get a menu of numbers to call for various situations.  Press #6 for lost, stray or injured animals; Press #7 for Road & Bridge.

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SNA Minutes April 28

Please email me if you have any changes or additions to the minutes.

April 28, 2014

Call to order:  7:10 p.m.

  • President Ann Marie Gardner welcomed everyone to the meeting and reviewed the minutes of the previous abbreviated meeting.
  • Members were once again reminded that it is time to renew annual dues, which are $50 per year per household.  Checks should be made payable to SNA and mailed to Serenada Neighborhood Association, P.O. Box 3000 PMB 48, Georgetown, TX 78627.
  • Due to the small number in attendance, the election of Steering Committee members was postponed.  It was announced that Kiersty Lombar has volunteered to temporarily fill the vacant Vice President position, and others were urged to get involved by serving on the Steering Committee or any of the other committees.  If you are interested, please contact Ann Marie at serenadanews@gmail.com.  All participation is welcome and appreciated.
  • Avis O’Connell reminded us of the Ladies Luncheon scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on April 29th at the Cotton Patch Café.  Everyone is invited.  Future luncheons will be held on the last Tuesday of each month, so mark your calendars and watch your e-mails for further details.  If you have any questions, or need to update your e-mail address, please contact Avis at avisTX@aol.com.
  • In light of the small number of residents attending the meeting, a lengthy discussion was had regarding future plans for the Association and how communications and participation could be improved.  Several suggestions were made:

o   Even though our website and Facebook page are available, there was a general consensus that using a listserv-type forum might be helpful.  It was suggested that Next Door, which is a private social network designed specifically for neighborhoods, would be a practical means to achieve our goal of reaching more of our residents.  Ann Marie will be compiling a current e-mail list, and will send an introductory e-mail to all residents with an invitation to join this free discussion forum.

o   Establishing a regular meeting schedule (such as four times a year on certain dates) would enable residents to reserve the dates and make plans to attend the meetings.  This change remains under consideration.

o   Are the newsletters effective in reaching our residents?  A large percentage of the SNA budget is spent on publishing and postage costs for the newsletter.  It was mentioned that with regular meeting dates and a neighborhood network,  this cost could be eliminated and our yearly dues could possibly be lowered.

We are seeking input on how to increase participation and membership.  If you have any ideas or suggestions, please contact Ann Marie.

  • Kiersty Lombar presented a Serenada Market Overview with information on current sales trends and market values in all of Serenada.  A question and answer session followed.  For further information, contact Kiersty at Klombar@kw.com or www.ThinkKiersty.com.

Meeting adjourned:  8:05 p.m

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Minutes from SNA March 31 Meeting

This meeting was abbreviated because the church staff did not arrive to unlock the door for us. The group gathered on the grounds of the building and had a quick overview of some of the agenda items. We are going to reschedule the full meeting for a Monday in April to discuss the elections and the home decor presentation will take place then as well. Please check back for the update/new schedule. 

Call to order:  6:45 p.m.

  • President Ann Marie Gardner welcomed everyone to the meeting and invited anyone who is interested to serve on the Steering Committee, or any of the other committees.  There is currently an opening for Vice President, but interest in any of the positions is welcome.  Officer elections will be held at the next general meeting.
  • Members were reminded that it is time to renew annual dues, which are $50 per year per household.  The benefits of membership were discussed along with how the dues are used, which included paying for expenses related to the newsletter, welcome bags for new residents, web site fees, and for various social events throughout the year.  Checks should be made payable to SNA and mailed to Serenada Neighborhood Association, P.O. Box 3000 PMB 48, Georgetown, TX 78627.
  • Kiersty Lombar presented the Treasurer’s Report.  The current balance in the account is $621.73.  If you would like a copy of the complete report, please contact Ann Marie Gardner or Tom DePalermo, SNA Treasurer.
  • Hugh Norris discussed the issues affecting Serenada residents in regard to the growth and changes planned for the Georgetown Municipal Airport.  He answered questions and invited everyone to attend the next meeting with the Georgetown Transportation Advisory Board on April 11, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., located at the Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Blvd., Georgetown.  For more information, please contact Mr. Norris at cnorris29@suddenlink.net.
  • At our next meeting, Kiersty Lombar and Tera Hampton will share insights on the real estate market in Georgetown, and tips on preparing your home for a quick sale.

Meeting adjourned:  7:15 p.m.

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SNA Advertising Policy

Policy Statement

Topic:
Advertising/promotion on the SNA web site and/or other SNA publications, and at SNA events or meetings.

Background
In keeping with the purpose and goals of the SNA (see below), this policy statement is prepared to provide guidance for advertising by businesses or individuals on the SNA web site or in publications, and on outside promotion at SNA meetings or events.

Policy
In general, SNA prohibits business/personal advertising or promotion in its publications or at SNA events, unless approved in advance by the president and one other board member.  Approval should be based on the following guidelines:

(We reserve the right to modify ads to conform to these guidelines.) 

  1. The ad/promotion will benefit the Serenada Neighborhood and/or its image within the broader Georgetown community.
  2. No political ads/promotions allowed, unless a meeting is held specifically for the purpose of meeting candidates in upcoming elections.  (All candidates must be invited.)
  3. No ad/promotion for full-time businesses conducted out of a Serenada home.
  4. No ad/promotion considered derogatory of or discriminatory to another person or business.
  5. No ad/promotion of a sexual nature or which contain profanity.
  6. Advertisers must sign a statement indicating that they are acting within the scope of their authority when placing the ad/promotion.
  7. No ad/promotion reproducing the trademarked or copyrighted material of any entity other than the one placing the ad.
  8. A service exchange may appear on the website for residents to promote neighborhood, non-full-time services they may perform (such as baby-sitting, alterations, lawn-mowing, tree trimming, etc.).  Bartering is encouraged.
  9. For ads/promotions meeting the approval of SNA, a fee schedule will be used to determine if and/or how much will be charged.

Approval
Approved by majority vote at the Serenada Neighborhood Association Board of Director’s meeting on October 8, 2013. Document was revised and signed             November 1, 2013

Ann Marie Gardner, SNA President

SNA Contact Information
Serenada Neighborhood Association
4217 Madrid Drive
Georgetown, TX  78628
serenadanews@gmail.com

Excerpt of Serenada Neighborhood Association Bylaws

III. PURPOSE

SNA will seek to improve the quality of life in the Serenada neighborhood and to foster a close, genuine community of neighbors. SNA will strive to preserve the historic and unique character, amenities, and ecology of the community of Serenada. SNA will provide a forum for pursuance of its stated purpose and goals through meetings of its membership and committees, as well as via its electronic forums and newsletters.

IV. GOALS

The goals of SNA include but are not limited to the following:

  1. To keep residents and property owners informed of issues vital to the neighborhood by appropriate communications and meetings.
  2. To preserve the integrity of the residential character of the neighborhood and defend the perimeter, with attention to compatibility with adjoining commercial zone uses.
  3. To observe and work on land utilization and zoning issues that affect properties within the boundaries of the Serenada neighborhood and its adjoining areas.
  4. To help educate residents and property owners regarding options related to issues of home ownership, zoning, and rights.
  5. To promote the beautification of the Serenada community, including development and preservation of trees and natural landscaping.
  6. To help establish mutual protection and safety for residences and residents.
  7. To improve safety of our streets through better traffic and parking control.
  8. To foster an awareness by homeowners of the appearance of their dwellings and surrounding property and its impact on the Serenada community.
  9. To promote a favorable vision of Serenada to those living outside its boundaries
  10. To promote neighborhood recreation and activities.
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Serenada School Buses and Safety (Commentary from SNA Pres)

ImageThis post is inspired by two personal experiences and a few conversations and I’d like to put it out there for people to consider before our December 2 SNA meeting.

I am suggesting we consider a street light solution for students who are waiting for their morning school bus in the dark. My son does not ride a school bus because his pickup time was scheduled for 6:30am. I don’t have a problem with how GISD schedules things, but we would be waiting for the bus for most of the school year in the dark so I drive him myself at 7:45. Eventually however, schedules may change and in October, our area is pretty dark until nearly 8:00am.

Second, a few weeks ago, before we turned the clocks back, I was leaving for a morning appointment and I passed a father drinking his morning coffee while waiting with his daughter at the corner, again in the dark. She was an older student but I don’t believe most parents want to send kids out into the dark at any age, especially as a routine. Had he not had a light colored mug in his hand, I might not have seen them as I was driving by.

I recognize Serenada enjoys a very low level of light pollution but I also understand there are options for exterior lighting that could be timed and scheduled by month to make sure that at least these few “stations” in our neighborhood meet some kind of safety standard without being “on” all the time. Lights would only be necessary if it is dark between certain hours during certain months and I believe preventing even one accident is worth it.

I am going to talk to Commissioner Covey about street light issues and how things work and will report back at the Dec 2 meeting. Would appreciate any input or suggestions. Naturally if anyone wants to get involved, you are welcome.

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