The Board of Directors of the Hidden Springs Ranch Homeowners Association thanks Marvin and Merlene Myers for their invaluable contributions regarding the repairs to Old Highway 290. The Myers, new Hidden Springs Ranch neighbors but long-time residents in Dripping Springs, strongly encouraged the City of Dripping Springs and the Texas Department of Transportation to resolve the ownership issues and make lasting repairs to County Road 320 (Old Hwy 290). The Myers worked directly with TxDoT and the city to see that title to Old 290 got transferred to the city. They also worked with the City Planning Director to prioritize the necessary roadwork. Thanks in large part to their efforts, Old 290 is now safer for all of our neighbors.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Road work on Old 290 (County Road 320) was completed on Friday, May 17. The east end of the road received a new hot seal surface to eliminate the potholes and the road edges were cold-patched to mitigate the drop-offs on either side of the road.
The Hidden Springs Ranch Homeowners Association Board of Directors thanks all Phase I and II residents who contacted the city and supported the necessary road work. The board also thanks the City of Dripping Springs for acting so promptly once the underlying title issues were resolved.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Repairs to Old 290 (CR 320) will begin Friday morning, May 17, at 9:00AM. The city will be laying a new hot seal surface on the east end of Old 290 and making repairs to the road edge where erosion has created significant drop offs.
Neighbors are encouraged to use the west end of Old 290 to enter and exit the neighborhood while repairs take place. Please also use extra caution when entering or exiting the neighborhood from either direction.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Welcome as it is, the Spring growing season always seems to catch us by surprise. Many of our lots need extra attention during the Spring months. Members are reminded to keep their lots groomed and to remove fuels and debris from their lots before Summer sets in and the fire dangers increase.
Members are also reminded that trailers are not permitted on neighborhood lots unless they are obscured from view. Neighbors that need to park a trailer on their lot for a short period (to aid in moving, renovations, improvements, etc.) are encouraged to contact the Architectural Control Committee.
The drought is setting in once again. On May 3rd, the The Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (HTGCD) updated the district’s drought status from ‘Alarm’ to ‘Critical’. The change, effective June 1, won’t directly effect on our neighborhood but it is a good indication that the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) is will also increase their drought declaration in the next 30-60 days, forcing Dripping Springs Water Supply Corporation (WSC) to further restrict water usage.
WSC has currently implemented Stage 2 watering restrictions which limit automatic irrigation systems to 2 days per week. If WSC is required to implement Stage 3 watering restrictions, automatic watering will be limited to 1 day per week. All Hidden Springs Ranch residents are encouraged to review their watering schedules and to comply with WSC restrictions.
Thanks to the efforts of many of our members, as well as our neighbors in Phase II, the City of Dripping Springs has agreed to resurface the eastern end of Old 290. According to Jon Thompson, City Planning Director, the last major hurdle to the City’s efforts was cleared when the Texas Transportation Commission adopted an order conveying the ROW to the City on April 25.
With the order in hand, Mayor Purcell approved the effort to repair the eastern portion of Old 290 (CR 320) on May 7. Check back for announcements regarding the construction schedule.