Sunday, August 28, 2011

HSR Pool Will Close for Renovations

The Hidden Springs Ranch board will set priorities, select vendors and establish a schedule for performing maintenance and renovations to the the swimming pool. The maintenance is required by the City of Dripping Springs to assure a safe swimming environment. Renovations will address age-related as well as safety issues.

As the swimming pool will be closed while the pool is under construction, the board is asking members for their comments regarding the timing of these activities (the board will meet on Monday, September 12, to finalize renovation plans). All members wishing to attend the meeting are welcome.

Questions and comments regarding the maintenance, renovations and time frames can be forwarded to

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Jenna Ryan's Force of Nature Coming to the Pavilion

It's official, Jenna Ryan's 'Force of Nature', the Ultimate Outdoor Workout, will be coming to the Hidden Springs Ranch Pavilion beginning Tuesday, August 30. The classes will be held twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00AM, for four weeks and is designed for all fitness levels and goals. The class costs $100 or $15 per session for those who can't commit to the entire four weeks.

Interested in joining her class? Take our neighborhood poll or contact Jenna by phone (512.563-2059) or email ( Not sure? Go ahead and try! The first class, Tuesday (Aug 30) is free to all participants!

Sunday, August 21, 2011


"Dr Mard Herrick has announced his resignation as Superintendent of Schools for the Dripping Springs Independent School District. An agreement has been reached which allows Dr. Herrick the ability to pursue other interests and permits the Board of Trustees to pursue hiring another Superintendent. The Board and Dr. Herrick have entered into the Agreement believing it is in their respective best interests and in the best interests of the District."

As reported on DS Babble and KXAN News

UPDATE: Dr Herrick's resignation is effective December 31, 2011 and was announced shortly after the school board voted to ask for a 9 percent increase in property taxes, intended to offset reductions in state contributions, and a multi-million dollar bond to shift expenses from the maintenance and operating budget to the construction budget.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Hays County Offers Extended Immunization Hours

The Hays County Personal Health Department is offering extended immunization hours at its San Marcos location August 1-31 to help ensure children receive required immunizations before school starts. Immunizations will be available mornings Mondays through Fridays from 8 to 11 a.m. and afternoons on Mondays from 1 to 6 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. at the 401-A Broadway, San Marcos location.

Immunizations are also available at the Kyle office, 150 Lockhart Road, are from 1 to 6 pm on Mondays and from 1 to 4 pm on Tuesdays. Immunizations are available on the first Thursday of every month from 10 am to 3 pm at the Hays County Precinct 4 office, 195 Roger Hanks Parkway in Dripping Springs.

Parents whose children or adolescents are in the Medicaid or CHIP program are asked to bring their child’s card with them. Otherwise, the fee is $10 regardless of the number of immunizations needed for children; for adults age 19 and over the fee is $25. Immunizations are a priority for PHD, and no one will be turned away because of an inability to pay.

For more information about immunizations and other services offered by the Hays County Personal Health Department, contact the Personal Health Department in San Marcos at 512-393-5520 or in Kyle at 512-268-1270, or visit Hays County Health and Community pages.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

'Suspicious' Fires Burn 30 Acres Here in Dripping Springs

Brush fires broke out Friday in Dripping Springs just before 2:30pm Friday. 20-30 acres and several residences were endangered, prompting Hays county emergency teams to evacuate homes along Sports Park Road and at Terry's Mobile Home Park near Highway 290 and RR 12. North Hays Fire Department, assisted by the Wild Land Task Forces One and Three, South Hays VFD, Star Flight, and Oak Hill FD, coordinated efforts to fight the fire.

"We had a cluster of about four fires come in all at once within about a 5-6 mile area of this location," said David Griffin, the North Hays Fire Department Battalion Chief.

Asked if so many fires at the same time indicates arson, Griffin said:

"It definitely raises the question. The Hays County Fire Marshall's Office is going to look into that and make the determination in the next few days, whether they were intentionally set, accidental or somehow related.

How Can We Help?
While there were no injuries or damage to residences, all Hidden Springs residents are urged to comply with the Fuels Abatement Policy, published July 13, 2011, to minimize fire risks in the neighborhood.

Original post courtesy of KVUE News (see entire story

Questions about this post, or the Fuels Abatement Policy, can be forwarded to the HOA Administrator ( or Board (

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Dripping Springs Watering Schedule

Dripping Springs is in the midst of an historic heat wave and drought. In order to ensure adequate amounts of water, the Dripping Springs Water Supply Corporation has mandated the following watering schedule for residential and commercial properties:

Odd Number Addresses: Wednesdays and Saturdays
Even Number Addresses: Thursdays and Sundays

Watering hours (for all residents): 7:00PM to 10:00AM

The full text of the announcement can be found on the Water Supply Corporation home page. Questions can be forwarded to the corporation at  512.858-7897.

Pool Safety

Summer is in full swing, and its time to remind parents to keep an eye out when their kids are at the neighborhood pool. Insurance and safety considerations require children under the age of 12 to be accompanied by an adult member at all times when using the pool and pavilion facilities.

In the interests of safety, and in accordance with neighborhood bylaws and rules, unaccompanied children will be asked to leave the pool and pavilion area. Questions about this policy can be forwarded to the Board of Directors or to the HOA Administrator.

Monday, August 1, 2011

School District Changes Bus Routes (Updated Aug 9)

Dripping Springs school bus routes and stops have been reorganized for this school year. Thanks to some research by our neighbors, we've learned that all of Meadow Oaks and Hidden Springs Ranch (I and II) will be served by two stops, evidently at either end of Old 290. Parents with questions can contact the school. Parents can also use the on-line bus stop indicator on the DSISD web site between August 1 and August 19.

For more information, see the district announcement.