Feral Hogs at Mountain Springs Ranch
The hogs are back, actually they probably never left. Many reports of their new activity are coming in. The committee has responded by placing traps near new activity. The large trap in the Preserve was activated several days ago when hogs signs were seen along Possum Berry Trail.
There are two methods of control available to the residents of MSR. One is traps. Traps are active and monitored and have been for quite some time. The committee had found an individual that would have erected a large cage trap (larger than the small traps we have been moving around the neighborhood). The trap site was chosen based on hog activity and their travel routes. The trap would have been on private property; however the property owner refused. Another site was selected, the property owner was agreeable to the trap, but our trapper is not currently available.
The other method is exclusion, either by permanent fence or temporary electric fence. One member of the committee has had success with laying fencing flat on the ground. Apparently the hogs are not comfortable walking on the fence.
Many residents have erected temporary electric fences. In all cases, as best as we can tell, they have been successful in keeping the hogs out. If you have an electric fence, please make sure it is functioning properly. The committee suggests that we as individual property owners must take responsibility for protecting our own property.
Grub control should also be exercised. Visit this site for more information about grubs: https://insects.tamu.edu/extension/publications/html/e211.html
If you have hog activity or have sighted hogs here is what the committee recommends:
- Please report activity or sighting to Wildlife Management Committee via the MSRPOA website. Information desired is what happened, your lot number and any contact information, other than your email, that you would like to provide.
- Begin the process of determining how to protect your property from future attacks as the hogs have a tendency to return. As mentioned fencing has been effective.
The committee will continue to do what has been effective in the past. Also, we are always searching for better ways to do things as limits allow. Any property owner may contact the Committee via the MSRPOA website if you have any questions or suggestions.
NOMINATIONS FOR MSRPOA BOARD
The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for three Board of Directors members to be elected at the Mountain Springs Ranch Property Owners Association (MSRPOA) Annual Meeting on March 28, 2015. Click here for a copy of the Statement of Interest form. Copies of the form are also posted on Association Bulletin Boards at the mailboxes.
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COMAL COUNTY BURN BAN IS OFF
The Comal County Burn Ban is OFF effective November 5, 2014 at 7:40 a.m.. For information on outdoor burning restrictions visit the Comal County Fire Mashal website:
MSR 2015 BUDGET AND ASSESSMENTS
Assessment letters with a copy of the Mountain Springs Ranch 2015 Budget were mailed to property owners on December 1, 2014. Assesssments were payable on January 1 2015. All unpaid assessment accounts were assessed a late fee on January 15, 2015. If you are a property owner and did not receive your assessment letter, please contact the Association by clicking on this link.
CANYON LAKE WATER SERVICE COMPANY
23.1% WATER RATE INCREASE FILED IN NOV. 2013
SETTLEMENT REACHED AND APPROVED
As Canyon Lake Water Service Company (CLWSC) reported in thier winter 2014 Newsletter, CLWSC and The Coalition for Equitable Water Rates (CEWR) did reach accord on a settlement for the 2013 water rate case. The settlement is now official as of December 18, 2014 with the apoproval of the PUC Commissioners and it provides the following benefits for rate payers.
- Reduction in rates beginning January 2015
- Small controlled annual increases through 2018
- CLWSC cannot file another rate case for about three years
- CLWSC drops their appeal of the 2010 Rate Case
CEWR Steering Committee members would like to extend their appreciation to those providing support during this rate case proceeding, either monetarily or with time and effort!
With this moratorium in place, CEWR's activity is expected to be limited over the next two to three years, but CEWR will continue to operate as needed. The CEWR website www.cewr.org with contact information will remain in place.
The Wildlife Commitee has recently received reporrts of feral hogs at Mountain Springs Ranch . If your property has been damaged by a visit from feral hogs, please contact the wildlife committee by clicking this link. Or you may click on committees and select wildlife committee so they can track movement through the neighborhood. The large trap in the preserve has been baited and will be active once cameras show that hogs are visiting the trap.
Please be aware that the wildlife committee cannot protect individual properties. Individual property owners are responsible for taking steps to protect their property. Temporary electric fences are recommended and have been quite successful to keep the feral hogs off of properties here at Mountain Springs Ranch.
MSR POOLS & PLAYGROUND
Winter hours begin on November 1 - 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
- The pools and playground are open to residents year-round.
- Please be aware pools and playground may be closed for repairs or cleaning from time to time.
For Pool Emergencies, dial 911 from your cell phone or the red emergency phone in the Pool Pavilion.
All trails in the Nature Preserve are open to property owners and their guests. Remember that from time to time, we will have equipment in the preserve, working on trails and mowing area along the trails.· For your safety, please stay away from equipment while it is being operated in the nature preserve.
PLEASE NOTE: No motorized vehicles (including ATVs) are allowed in the Nature Preserve. (Work vehicles authorized by the Nature Preserve Committee Chair are exempted.)
MOUNTAIN SPRINGS RANCH POA
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors of Mountain Springs Ranch POA are: Deena Clausen, Julia Doerle, Eric Engquist, Mike LaPlante, Clay Pilkilton, Michael Provost, and Mary Lu Zellers.
Violations Operational Guidelines and Fine Policy
Violations Operational Guidelines and Fine Policy
The Architectural Control Committee (ACC) meets the first Wednesday of each month. Applications must be submitted by the Monday before the meetings. Expedite fees of $100 will apply to ALL applications that owners want to have reviewed outside of the regular monthly meeting.
ADDRESS FOR MOUNTAIN SPRINGS RANCH POA
Mountain Springs Ranch Property Owners Association
3601 Comal Springs, Canyon Lake, TX 78133
(Note: This address is a mailing address only. Do not send packages for delivery by courier. Please call 1-866-364-0214 for delivery instructions.)
Phone and Fax:· 1-866-364-0214
SAFETY ON MOUNTAIN SPRINGS RANCH ROADS
Mountain Springs Ranch neighbors have reported some close calls with vehicles on our roads. Comal County posted speed limit on all county roads within Mountain Springs Ranch is 30 mph. MSR gated neighborhoods posted speed limit is 30 mph. Drivers: Please observe the 30 mph speed limit. Walkers and joggers, please run/walk on the left side of the street facing on-coming traffic.