May 26, 2020

Archives for July 2012

Kudos to Austin Police Department

I was assaulted and robbed on Saturday 7/21/12 in broad daylight at about 5:30pm. Here is my story. Karen ( my wife ), Debbie ( wife’s friend ) and I had just finished a meal at Gueros Taco Bar on South Congress Avenue. After the meal we all proceeded south on the west side of congress visiting various shops. I told Karen that I was going to walk down the street to get a cup of coffee. I was just about to enter Cafe Italiano when I received a phone call. I answered the phone and turned facing north towards the capital. The next thing I know is someone hits me in the side of my face holding my phone and grabs my iPhone. I was momentarily startled. I saw a young black man running away with my phone in his hand. I followed him around the corner as he headed west on Milton and realized there was no way I could catch him since I had sandals on. The assailant was with three other men ( two black and one hispanic ). There was also a man walking east on Milton with a small child who was talking on his phone. I asked him to call 911. I was amazed that the Austin police arrived in about 2 minutes. The police then swarmed the area looking for the assailants. They also dispatched a helicopter. They quickly caught three of them and had the last one blocked into a particular area. They next called in K-9 and they got the last one of them. I next had to ID them and go to the police station to fill out a report and meet with a detective.

The police recovered my iPhone.

My face is swollen and sore where I was hit but other than being shook up – I am fine.

I was amazed at how well the Austin police worked as a team to catch the bad guys! They were very courteous and treated me very well. I would like to commend the following police offices for an outstanding job:
Air-2 (helicopter)
K-9 Units
K. Perrydoe badge 7228
J. Perkins (D302)
R. Ranger badge 7228
J. Brown badge 5610
A. Milam badge 7248
R. Smith badge 4501
D. Leija (D390)
A. Edwards (D406)
Kunkel (D501)
J. Hernandez (D504)
Sanders (D505)
Sadien (D507)
Hawkins (D590)

My apologies if I missed anyone.

Here are some addition security tips for your iPhone.

Make sure you have a security code enabled on your phone.

Be sure to install a free app named Find My iPhone. When the app is installed you can type in your apple ID and password into any OTHER apple device that has this app installed and it will show you the location of the iPhone. Be sure to use the police to retrieve your phone if it was stolen.

Board of Directors Meeting Scheduled for 8/27/2012

Scofield Farms Residential Owners Association
Board of Directors Meeting Agenda

Meeting Date: Monday, August 27, 2012
Location and Time: Certified Management of Austin @ 6:00pm

Certified Management of Austin
9600 Great Hills Trail, Suite 100E
Austin, TX 78759

Call to order

Present – Shelley Karn,  David Negrete, Emmett Bills, Paul Maine, Debbie Southerland

Community member’s forum- Input allowed from homeowner/members

Approval of Prior Minutes

Review and approve minutes of the Board meeting held June 28, 2012.

Committee Reports

Neighborhood watch

Treasurer’s Report

Financial Review
Delinquency Review & Attorney Collection Status

Old Business

Bylaw and CCR amendment status
DRV updates

New Business

ACC approval guidelines through CMA

Recommendation from the Pool Committee to change pool maintenance companies

Discussion of trimming trees and quotes for trimming

Fencecrete update

Other Business

Discussion of CMA’s fee for Resale Package

Discussion of possibility of approving board meeting minutes earlier via email, and clarification of what must be contained in minutes

Next Meeting


Executive Session

Movie Night in Scofield Farms Park – Saturday, August 11 at 8 pm

Pack your picnic basket and blanket, enjoy a complimentary sno-cone and relax under the stars while enjoying Kung Fu Panda 2 on a 40-foot screen!  Our neighbors, UFCU and Scofield Ridge HOA, have worked together to bring our community a fun family event.  Blue Moon Cinemas will project the movie on a 40-foot screen. Residents in attendance will also receive a complimentary sno-cone. Movie starts at DUSK (8pm-ish).   Children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.   Dogs must be on leash at all times.   Alcohol is prohibited.
(Rain date: Aug. 18th)



Useful Links/Phone Numbers from the City of Austin

General Reference:


Austin Customer Service Directory

The Customer Service Directory contains information about municipal departments and their services, phone numbers and email addresses. This directory also contains some information about key state, county and federal services useful to residents of the greater Austin area.


Austin 311 – Online Service Request

This site allows the citizens of Austin to request selected (non-emergency) city services online.


Specific Issues:


Abandoned Vehicle

To report an abandoned or junked vehicle, please call 512-974-8119.

Make an online Report of Abandoned/Nuisance Car.


Animal Bites

Call 911 if a person has been attacked, bitten or scratched by a domestic or wild animal and they need emergency care. Call 311 to report the incident if a person has been attacked, bitten or scratched by a domestic or wild animal, but emergency care is not required.


Common City Code Violations

This page contains general information about code violations. For more detailed information or exact wording, consult Austin’s Code of Ordinances. Report suspected violations by calling 311 or filing a complaint online.


Dead Animal Pick Up


Dog/cat waste on property – filing a complaint

Scoop The Poop Program


Garbage/Recycling (Austin Resource Recovery): 512-494-9400

            Resource Recovery: Trash, Recycling, Bulk/Brush Collection Schedules


Graffiti Removal

Call 311 or the graffiti hotline at 512-974-1028 to report graffiti on any building in the City of Austin.


Noise issues : 311


Power Outage: (512) 322-9100


Rodent/Mosquito Problem (Vector Control): 978-0300 rodent, 978-0370 mosquito or bee

Report Rodent/Mosquito Problem


Sidewalk/Street Repair : 311


Street Light Out : 311

Street Lighting Request


Storm Drain Maintenance : 311


Trees Near Power Lines:

If you are concerned about trees near power lines on your property, submit a Tree Pruning Request online or call Austin Energy at (512) 494-9400.


Water Restrictions


Other Miscellaneous Resources:


Austin City Code Online
This site contains Volumes I through IV of the Austin, Texas Code of Ordinances and is current through May 2012.


APD Crime Viewer

Helpful tool to search for crimes by date and address radius.


City of Austin – Police Frequently Asked Questions


Channel 6 Austin
Channel 6 is the City’s government access channel. Programming includes City Council meetings, public meetings, news conferences, CityView news magazine, Live from the Plaza concerts and educational programming about City departments and initiatives.


City Council Meeting Minute Archives

Detailed minutes (and some video) for many years of Austin City Council meetings.


Travis Central Appraisal District
Registered owners for last year’s tax cycle, appraised values, and links to plats.

Fourth of July Party Recap

From Maria Shelby:

The 4th of July signifies a lot of things, most importantly, independence for the USA. It is also means that there is a great celebration to look forward to. This year was no different as we had another successful pool party on this historical day.

The event games, targeted at entertaining children, were filled with watermelon relay races, coin dives, pie eating contests and badminton games. There were plenty of food and snacks for everyone. We also had raffle giveaways for the adults (one per family).

A big thank you to all the people who helped make the day a memorable one for our kids including our sponsors and volunteers and our HOA Board Members for supporting the annual community event. Those volunteers include Alan Shelby, our emcee, Marina Butts, Deborah & Nate Southerland, Tracy Johnson, the children who helped with the raffle drawings, Dan Frasier (our hot dog chef) and many others who helped with either setting up, assisted with running contests or closed shop that afternoon. It takes a group effort to make it right. Our neighborhood is blessed to have such a nice pool facility and friendly people to help make the party an enjoyable event for everyone.

We were also fortunate to have such great sponsors who donated items from their businesses to give away as raffles! In all, we had over 14 drawings and neighborhood winners. In addition, the kids won prizes for winning contests or finding certain coins in the nickel dives.

Please shop at our sponsors’ businesses because they continue to support our events and we wish them continued success. The sponsors and their donations include:

Frost Bank (Tech Ridge) – seven cases of water, two gift baskets
Which Wich (Parmer Lane) – three dinners for two coupons, t-shirt & Which Wich cup, multiple buy one get one free coupons
My Fit Foods (Tech Ridge) – $25 gift card, multiple buy one get one free coupons
Jenny Walker Realtor – two $50 McCormick & Schmick gift cards
Mattrezz Guys (Burnet Rd) – two jumbo memory foam pillows and mattress cover
Kevin Koym (Tech Ranch) – 1 seat to Tech5Venture program
Tracy Johnson (Thirtyone Consultant in SF) – one specialty bag with gifts
Fletch Realty Pflugerville (Brad Butts in SF) – three Starbucks gift cards
SFROA – Einstein Bros gift cards and two sets of four tickets to a Friday night Round Rock Express game with fireworks


Diving for coins!


Lining up for pie eating contest


After the pie eating contest


Thanks to our sponsors!



July 2012 Yard of the Month Winners

Congratulations to the Yard of the Month winners for July!  The overall winner, 1317 Braided Rope, will receive a $75 gift card to Lowe’s.  In addition, the winners for Scofield Main (12921 Scofield Farms), The Park at Scofield (1538 Tamar), and Withers Way (12735 Withers Way) will receive a $50 Lowe’s gift card.  Be sure to check out these outstanding yards as you make your way around the neighborhood!

Also, here’s a special message from the Yard of the Month Committee:

The judging is done on the first weekend of each month, and the judging is getting really tough!  There are a lot of beautiful yards, and our neighbors are showing a lot of originality and hard work.  We on the Yard of the Month Committee — Ronda Schultz, Leigh Ann Brunson, and Jacob Abdel-Qader, really appreciate nominations from our neighbors!  Please send an email to Ronda at, Leigh Ann at, or Jacob at

1317 Braided Rope
12921 Scofield Farms Drive
1538 Tamar Lane
12735 Withers Way