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This month in Block House!

Date posted: 12/1/2017  link

Dec 2: BHCOA Holiday in the Park and Reindeer Run

Dec 6: Recycling Pick-up

Dec 9: Neighborhood Garage Sale

Dec 16: Large Item Trash Day, Jumano Park 9:00AM

Dec 15: Outdoor Decorating Contest Judging

Dec 16: Cocoa Christmas, Walker House, 3-6:00PM

Dec 20: Recycling Pick-Up

Dec 20: MUD Board Meeting, Walker House, 6:30PM

Dec 25-26: MUD office closed for Christmas



Cocoa Christmas Coming Soon!

Date posted: 11/30/2017  link

Saturday, December 16

3:00-6:00pm

Bring your camera to catch Santa arriving by firetruck at the Walker House! 

This year we will have cookie decorating, a fun photo booth, all the hot cocoa you can drink, and bilingual Santa! More details to come!



MUD Update Now Available!

Date posted: 11/30/2017  link

Four pages of the latest MUD news are now online! Read the new issue of the Update here.











Winter Water Averaging Period

Date posted: 11/30/2017  link

Save money on your 2018 water bills by conserving water this winter. Waste water billing for 2018 will be based on your average water usage from December 1 through March 2.

Since outdoor water use decreases in the winter and most water used during these months is household water that finds its way into the waste water system, the basis for determining waste water charges for the entire year is average water use during the winter months.

Conserve water now and save money for the next year!

UPS Golf Cart Deliveries

Date posted: 11/9/2017  link

UPS deliveries will be arriving in a much smaller vehicle this holiday season! The MUD Board has worked out an agreement with UPS for packages to be delivered by golf cart as a service to Block House residents. Please be aware of these street legal carts in the District beginning next week, and exercise caution.





Important Traffic Reminders for Vehicles, Pedestrians, and Bicyclists

Date posted: 10/31/2017  link

Did you know that pedestrians walking or running on Texas streets must use a sidewalk if there is one provided and accessible, and NOT the street? It’s the law! As stated in chapter 552 of the Texas Transportation Code:


(a)  A pedestrian may not walk along and on a roadway if an adjacent sidewalk is provided and is accessible to the pedestrian.

(b)  If a sidewalk is not provided, a pedestrian walking along and on a highway shall if possible walk on:

(1)  the left side of the roadway; or

(2)  the shoulder of the highway facing oncoming traffic.

If you are riding a bicycle, you must ride WITH the flow of traffic (on the same side). If you are moving slower than the other traffic on the roadway, you must ride as near as practicable to the right curb or edge of the roadway. 

Also, when turning right onto 183A from Scottsdale Drive (leaving Block House Creek), you must come to a complete stop when the light is red. Be aware of the crosswalk, and use the dedicated lanes for right turns.


Thanks to Dewayne Buratti





First Responder Appreciation Day

Date posted: 9/25/2017  link

September 25, 2017 has been proclaimed by the MUD Board of Directors as First Responder Appreciation Day in the Block House Municipal Utility District. We publicly salute the service of law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responders in our community and in communities across the nation. All District residents are invited to attend this week's Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, September 27 at 6:30pm in the Walker House for a special presentation.



Tumlinson Slide Out of Order

Date posted: 8/9/2017  link

The tube slide at Tumlinson playground is out of order. We are in the process of determining how to repair or replace the slide, but in the meantime, please help keep your children away from the area. Thanks for your understanding.











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Storm Cleanup Underway

Date posted: 7/25/2017  link

Monday's storm caused significant damage to many trees in Block House Creek. The District's arborist and landscapers have been hard at work since last night, and cleanup will continue throughout the day. Please exercise caution, and notify the MUD office at 512-259-0959 or walkerhouse@blockhousemud.com if you notice damage to District property that has not been addressed, or if you have questions about who is responsible for repairing fences.






Congratulations Tidal Waves!

Date posted: 7/9/2017  link

Congratulations to the Tidal Waves swim team for winning the Division IV Championship yesterday! A great deal of dedication and hard work went into their incredible victory and we are so proud of our team!

Jumano Community Center Reservations

Date posted: 6/26/2017  link

Reservations are now being accepted for use of the Jumano Community Center this fall. The building is located back in Jumano Park, near the Community Garden and the large item trash drop-off location, and is typically used by scout troops, the BHCOA recreation committee for classes, and other community service groups or organizations. Residents in good standing on their MUD account may also rent it for private gatherings.

Contact the MUD office at 512-259-0959 or email walkerhouse@blockhousemud.com for more information.



Creek Clearing Underway

Date posted: 5/18/2017  link

Creek clearing is now underway in the Susan Lane and Apache channels.

Next, work will move to Tumlinson Bridge on Block House Drive.



Fence Repair Scheduled

Date posted: 5/16/2017  link

Repair work will begin soon on the perimeter fence along the 3-mile loop of Block House Drive and Creek Run Drive. The scope of the project is large and will take some time to complete. If your property will be affected, you will be notified several days in advance so that you can make any necessary arrangements. 

All residents and guests are asked to please use caution near the construction areas. Call the MUD office at 215-259-0959 if you have any questions.



Use Caution at Apache Playscape

Date posted: 5/11/2017  link

One of the pod steps at the Apache playscape is broken. Please ask your children to stay away from that area of the playscape until the new step (which has been ordered) is installed. Thank you! As a reminder, the playscape is for young children and is not designed to handle the weight of larger children, teens, and adults.





Practice Field Reservation Procedure

Date posted: 2/1/2017  link

Reservations for teams or groups wanting to practice at the Luther Chance Practice Field at Tumlinson Park and the soccer fields at Tonkawa Park are now being accepted. Only residents of Block House MUD in good standing with their water utility account are permitted to make a reservation. Reservations may be made for up to two hours per day, one day per week (weekdays only), at all three fields, and are required for all teams wishing to practice in the District. Saturday practices are not permitted.

Organized teams may reserve one time slot per day, one day per week, per field. Preferred time slots should be indicated on the Application to Reserve District Recreational Facilities Other Than Pools or on a separate note included with the application.

Applications can be printed from the District website and should be submitted IN PERSON at the Walker House during office hours. Residents making a reservation should bring a photo ID, and water utility accounts will be checked to confirm that they are current. If teams wish to practice outside of the above listed time slots, they may do so subject to availability and park rules without a reservation. The fields close at dusk.

Any questions regarding field reservations should be directed to walkerhouse@blockhousemud.com or 512-259-0959.

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Annexation Basics

Date posted: 11/29/2016  link

A document summarizing the procedural steps required for a city to annex a MUD has been prepared by the MUD's attorney. View the document here.



Reporting Suspicious Activity

Date posted: 10/17/2016  link

Austin-area home invasions have been in the news lately, making this a good time to refresh your family’s safety and security practices.
 

If you spot suspicious persons in the District at any time, please report them to Williamson County Sheriff’s Office at their non-emergency line: (512) 864-8282. If you believe a crime is in progress, call 911 immediately.

 
Some tips to improve your home’s safety and lower the appeal to would-be thieves:
 
  • Install solid core doors with heavy duty locks.
  • Lock all windows and doors at all times.
  • Use a peephole or window to check to see who is outside before answering your door. If you don’t know them and weren’t expecting them, don’t open it.
  • Turn on your exterior lights after dark.
  • Never rely on a chain latch as a barrier to partially open your door.
  • Alert your neighbors to suspicious solicitors in the area. Social media is an excellent tool for this.
  • Discuss your family’s safety rules with your children and babysitters.



Update on 2600 Tumlinson Fort Drive (the burned house)

Date posted: 9/1/2016  link

The Block House MUD Restrictive Covenants subcommittee has been working with counsel to expedite remediation of the current conditions at 2600 Tumlinson Fort Drive. The Board of Directors approved litigation and a petition was filed against the owner. On August 30, 2016 the District sent a demand letter to the property owner and his legal counsel. Interested residents can follow the case using Cause No. 16-0624-C368, 368th District Court, Block House MUD v. D&S Realty Investments 2600 Tumlinson Fort Drive.

 



New Office Hours

Date posted: 8/29/2016  link


Office hours at the MUD office at the Walker House have changed. The new hours are:


M, T, Th, F 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Weds 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Phones will be answered during those times, or feel free to leave a message (512-259-0959).

You may also email walkerhouse@blockhousemud.com for assistance at any time.

The office will be closed Monday, September 5 in observance of Labor Day.





Need to Load or Unload Your Boat, Camper, or RV?

Date posted: 8/29/2016  link

The Block House MUD Restrictive Covenants Subcommittee has initiated a trial program whereby District residents whose property is not within the BHC Owners Association may avoid receiving a violation notice for having their recreational vehicle(s) on site for the purpose of loading or unloading.

Residents should submit this form to give notice that a boat, camper, or recreational vehicle will be on property in the District. The form must be received by the management company a minimum of two business days prior to bringing the boat/camper/RV into the District, and the boat/camper/RV must not remain in excess of 24 hours. See form for more details.

THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO PROPERTIES WITHIN THE OWNERS ASSOCIATION

Not sure if you are in the OA? Click here and type in your address.



You Can Find it on the Website!

Date posted: 6/13/2016  link

Summer is here, and that means a schedule change for many Block House residents. If you ever find yourself in need of a reminder for a variety of questions, remember to check the MUD website!

Can't remember if it's a recycling week or not? It's on the website!

Not sure if an item should be trash or recycled? Check the website!

Notice that your street light is out? Report it on the website! (Be sure to include the pole number)

Wondering if your kids can go to the pool alone? All the rules are on the website!

There really is a wealth of information on the MUD site, and the management staff works hard to be sure it is current. When you have a question, check the website!



Board Votes to Approve Move to Stage 2 Water Restrictions

Date posted: 12/17/2015  link

At the Wednesday, December 16 MUD Board meeting, the Board voted to approve a move to Stage Two Twice-Per-Week Mandatory Outdoor Watering Restrictions. 

What does this mean?
Under Stage Two, outdoor irrigation with sprinklers is allowed twice per week, before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m., on your designated watering days:

  • Residential customers with address ending in odd number: Wednesdays and Saturdays, before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
  • Residential customers with address ending in even number: Thursdays and Sundays, before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.  
  • Commercial customers: Tuesdays and Fridays, before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.  

Please note that watering times are before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m. on your designated watering days. For example, if your watering days are on Wednesdays and Saturdays, you may water from 12:01 a.m.– 10 a.m. and from 7 p.m. – 11:59 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Any watering conducted outside of these times could result in a fine assessed to your utility bill.



MUD Newsletter Now Exclusively Electronic

Date posted: 10/26/2015  link

The Block House Municipal Utility District monthly newsletter is now being published electronically, with paper copies being mailed ONLY to residents who specifically request the service (the newsletter was formerly included with water billing statements). This change will save postage and over 25,000 sheets of paper annually!

If you prefer to receive a paper copy, please download and complete the form below (or submit your name, address, phone number, and email address in writing) and return it in one of the following ways:

  • Bring it to the Walker House (2600 Block House Drive South) during office hours,
  • Put it in the drop box out front of the Walker House,
  • Mail it to Block House MUD (PO Box 129, Leander, TX 78646), or
  • Email walkerhouse@blockhousemud.com

Download the address form here

Newsletters can be found here



Coyote Sightings

Date posted: 2/21/2014  link

In recent months, the Block House Municipal Utility District has received reports of coyote sightings within Block House Creek.

To address these reports, Jacob Hetzel, a Texas wildlife biologist with Texas Wildlife Services and APHIS, attended the May 22, 2013 Board of Directors meeting and spoke to the audience regarding wildlife, specifically coyotes, in the natural habitat areas within the District. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture responsible for protecting animal health, animal welfare, and plant health.

Mr. Hetzel provided information regarding urban coyotes and precautions that residents should take to help minimize the potential for danger associated with urban coyotes. Additionally, the agency identified coyotes on nearby land, and a number of coyotes were trapped and removed in October and November.

Reports of coyotes in the Central Texas area are not unusual. The presence of coyotes has been reported in residential areas throughout the state, including neighborhoods in and around Austin, Cedar Park, Leander, and Georgetown. Block House MUD continues to work with Texas Wildlife Services/APHIS to mitigate the impact of wildlife in the District's natural habitat.

To report sightings of coyotes within Block House Creek, please contact Jacob Hetzel via email at: Jacob.Hetzel@aphis.usda.gov

Click here to read information on "Managing Suburban Coyotes" provided by the Texas Cooperative Extension -  Wildlife Services in cooperation with the USDA and APHIS.

For more information on urban coyotes, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife information page.



Water Restrictions in Effect

Date posted: 3/15/2013  link

As a water customer of the City of Cedar Park, the Block House MUD falls under the City's watering restrictions.

Please refer to the City's web site for details of the restrictions.

If you see a watering violation, please report it to Crossroads Utility Services using this online form.

The restrictions do state exceptions to the time restrictions for sprinkler systems that are being tested or are under repair. The District's common area irrigation system is tested for leaks monthly during the first week of the month, and the entire testing cycle takes about 22 hours to complete; so you may see those systems running during the middle of the day.



Who is going to fix the fence?

Date posted: 2/27/2013  link

The high winds that we have experienced this week have wreaked havoc on many of the fences in Block House Creek. Those who are faced with having to quickly repair or replace all or part of a shared fence may have a number of questions. How does a homeowner know if the fence is on their property or on the neighbor's? Is the cost of repairing or replacing a shared fence a shared responsibility? Who gets the "pretty" side of the fence?

Unless the fence sits entirely on one property or the other, the presumption is that the maintenance of the shared fence is a shared responsibility and obligation. The only way to know for sure whether the fence is entirely on one property is to have a survey done, which would cost as much or nearly as much as it would to replace the fence.

It is a common misperception that the owner whose property has the "pretty" side—the side with the pickets—is the owner of the fence. It is more likely that when the subdivision was under construction, the house that sold first got the "pretty" side. Sometimes, when one homeowner pays for replacement and the neighbor does not participate in the replacement cost, the pickets face the yard of the person paying for the fence. Which side has the pickets and which side has the posts is not an indicator of who "owns" the fence or who is responsible for maintenance and repairs.

Typically, when one homeowner is unwilling to participate in the repair or replacement of shared fences, the homeowner to whom it matters usually bears the financial burden. In situations where the issue of shared cost cannot be resolved, some homeowners have taken the matter to small claims court.

Homeowners may find that their insurance company has a different answer.

Please note: The guidelines provided for you here should not be construed as legal advice.



Cedar Park Amenities Available to Block House Residents

Date posted: 9/16/2011  link

Block House MUD's fire contract with the City of Cedar Park has a provision stating that all residents of the District are able to use the City of Cedar Park library and parks and recreational facilities and programs for the same rates as residents of the City.

You can find out more about what's available at these City of Cedar Park links:



Wildfire Safety Precautions from Texas DPS

Date posted: 9/6/2011  link

The Texas Department of Public Safety has published some great information that all residents should take to heart in the emergency wildfire conditions that we are experiencing.

They point out that 80% of wildfires occur within two miles of residential neighborhoods and suburbs. The recent Bois d'Arc, Moonglow, and Steiner Ranch fires are examples of how residential areas can be involved very quickly. Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the DPS's information.



Block House MUD Implementing New Billing System

Date posted: 5/25/2011  link

The Block House MUD Board of Directors has approved a new billing system that will be implemented to coincide with your May water bill. Effective May 20, 2011 (for the payment due June 10, 2011) MUD residents will have the ability to make payments online through the Crossroads website www.crossroadsus.com or the MUD website www.blockhousemud.com. Below is important information you need to know about the new system and your payment options.

ACCESS ACCOUNT ON LINE

You may view your account online 24 hours a day to check your balance, make payments, and review usage and billing history. You will need to set up a password to access your account by following the online instructions at “PAY MY BILL” on the Crossroads website, www.crossroadsus.com. The Your Water Bill page on the MUD website provides a link to the Crossroads website.

OPTIONS FOR PAYMENT OF WATER BILL

Payments can be made by cash (at the Crossroads office only), check, money order, credit card, or online (using a credit card, debit card or e-check). All credit and debit card payments will incur a 5% surcharge. All e-checks will incur a $1.00 service fee. Recurring credit or debit card payments and recurring e-check payments will incur the applicable 5% surcharge or $1.00 service fee for each payment. When paying by credit card (Master Card, Visa, Discover) or debit card, you have the option of paying your bill by phone or online. If by phone, call Crossroads Utility Services at 512.246.1400 or 512.259.0959, Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. If online, please use the link provided below.

If paying by U.S. Postal Service, your payment should be mailed to:

  • Block House M.U.D.
  • P.O. Box 4901
  • Houston, Texas 77210-4901

This is a bank lockbox. One advantage of the lockbox is that it allows payments to be immediately posted to the District’s account upon receipt. The payment stub MUST accompany the payment.

If payment is made by a bill pay company and the payment stub is not included, the FULL account number MUST be clearly stated on the check so the payment can be posted promptly and correctly to your account. Your full account number is on your statement and will consist of 15 numbers starting with 70605-0.

If you want to initiate automatic monthly payments by credit or debit card, please contact a Crossroads Customer Service Rep at 512.246.1400 or 512.259.0959. This option assures that your payment will be posted by the due date every month. You may set up an online account with your e-mail address to receive verification of payment. If you are already set up with automatic monthly payments from the previous billing system, and want to opt out of that set up, you must contact Crossroads Utility Services at customerservice@crossroadsus.com, or call 512.246.1400 or 512.259.0959, prior to the June 10th payment due date. Otherwise the 5% surcharge on credit or debit card payments will be charged to your card on file.

If you would like to pay your bill online, use this link to go to the secure payment site: https://www.eonlinebill.com/scripts/cgiip.exe/WService=crdbk/wp01.r

DUE DATE

Your water meter is read around the 1st of the month and the bill is mailed around the 20th. Payment is due and payable upon receipt and is past due after the 10th of the following month, unless this date is a weekend or holiday, in which case the due date is extended by one business day. All payments received after the due date will be assessed a 10% late fee.

TERMINATION OF SERVICES

If payment is not received by the stated termination date, water service will be terminated. An administrative fee of $30.00 plus a $100.00 additional deposit is required if payment is not received according to the instructions in the termination letter. For example, if the delinquent letter states that all fees must be paid by 5:00 p.m. on a certain date and the resident contacts the billing office after the time and date stated in the letter, in addition to the past due balance and the 10% late fee, the resident will have to pay the $30.00 administrative fee, plus the additional $100 deposit before water service can be restored. If reconnection is requested after 2:00 p.m., a fee of $60.00 is also assessed.

If you have any questions, please call Crossroads Utility Services at 512.246.1400 or 512.259.0959.



City of Cedar Park Urges Action to Protect Against Wildfires

Date posted: 4/29/2011  link

Properties within Block House Creek are within the City of Cedar Park ETJ. Block House Municipal Utility District contracts with the City of Cedar Park for fire protection in the District. The City has issued a press release advising residents to take precautionary measures to reduce the risk of wildfires and limit damages should a fire occur.



Block House Creek's 'Tom Sawyer Fence Project' a Win/Win

Date posted: 4/28/2011  link

Fence staining From the Hill Country News...

The recently completed “Tom Sawyer” fence staining project at Block House Creek was a success for everyone involved.

Block House Municipal Utility District worked with local community groups to complete a volunteer-driven re-staining of fencing along Creek Run Drive and Block House Drive, saving money and benefitting local non-profits.

Read the entire article at the Hill Country News website.



Please Be Safe When Grilling

Date posted: 4/26/2011  link

The following information has been provided by Cedar Park Fire Chief Chris Connealy:

Please be safe when grilling.

Uncontrolled sparks have caused many fires, especially during the extremely dry conditions we are seeing.

Safety tips for grilling include:

  • Place grill away from flammable materials
  • Have a water source or extinguisher nearby when grilling
  • Watch for flying embers especially when first lighting a fire
  • Never leave a fire unattended
  • Make sure your coals are completely out after you are done cooking

Remember fire safety is everyone’s responsibility!



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