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Information Regarding November 3, 2020 Director Election

Date posted: 11/1/2019  link

“The District is governed by a Board of five members that serve staggered four-year terms.  In accordance with Texas Water Code § 49.103, director elections are held on the November uniform election date, or the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, in even-numbered years.  The District’s next director election will be held on November 3, 2020 at the polling places for each election precinct within the District established by Williamson County, Texas.  A person that desires to be a candidate in the District’s next director election must be qualified to serve as a director and must timely submit an application for a place on the ballot to the District.  To be qualified to serve as a director, a person must be at least 18 years old, a resident citizen of the State of Texas, and either own land subject to taxation in the District or be a qualified voter within the District.  The first day and time that a candidate may file an application for a place on the ballot is 8:00 a.m. on the day that is 108 days before the election and the last day that a candidate may file an application for a place on the ballot is 5:00 p.m. on the day that is 78 days before the date of the election.  The deadline for a declared write-in candidate to file an application is 74 days before the date of the election.  For the November 3, 2020 director election, the first day and time that a candidate may file an application will be 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2020; the deadline for filing the application for a place on the ballot will be 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 17, 2020; and the deadline for a declared write-in candidate to file an application will be 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2020.  Applications may be obtained from the District at the Walker House, Attn: Jacquelyn Smith, 2600 Block House Drive South, Leander, Texas 78641 or from c/0 Armbrust & Brown, PLLC, Attn: Denise Motal, 100 Congress Ave., Suite 1300, Austin, Texas 78701, (512) 435-2345 or an application may be downloaded and printed from the Texas Secretary of State’s website at  https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/index.shtml. Completed applications may be filed in person or by mail at the following address: Block House Municipal Utility District, c/o Armbrust & Brown, PLLC, Attn: Denise Motal, 100 Congress Ave., Suite 1300, Austin, Texas 78701.

El Distrito está gobernado por una Junta de cinco miembros quienes sirven mandatos escalonados de cuatro años. De conformidad a la Sección 49.103 del Código de Agua de Texas, las elecciones de directores se llevan a cabo en la fecha uniforme de la elección de noviembre, o el primer martes de noviembre después del primer lunes de noviembre, en los años de números pares. La próxima elección de directores del Distrito se llevará a cabo el 3 de noviembre de 2020 en los lugares de votación para cada precinto electoral dentro del Distrito establecido por el Condado de Williamson, Texas. Una persona quien desea ser candidata en la próxima elección de directores del Distrito debe ser calificada para servir como director y debe presentar al Distrito una solicitud oportuna para ser colocada en la boleta. Para ser calificado para servir como director, una persona debe tener por lo menos 18 años de edad, ser ciudadano residente del estado de Texas, y ser dueño de tierra que esté sujeto a los impuestos del Distrito o ser un votante calificado para votar dentro del Distrito. El primer día y horario en que un candidato puede solicitar ser colocado en la boleta es a las 8 de la mañana en el día que es 108 días antes de la elección y el último día en que un candidato puede solicitar ser colocado en la boleta es a las 5 de la tarde en el día que es 78 días antes de la fecha de la elección. La fecha límite para presentar una declaración de candidatura por escrito es 74 días antes de la fecha de la elección. Para la elección de directores del 3 de noviembre de 2020, el primer día y horario en que un candidato puede solicitar ser colocado en la boleta será el sábado, 18 de julio de 2020 a las 8 de la mañana; la fecha límite para presentar una solicitud para ser colocado en la boleta será el lunes, 17 de agosto de 2020, a las 5 de la tarde; y la fecha límite para presentar una declaración de candidatura por escrito será el viernes, 21 de agosto de 2020, a las 5 de la tarde. Las solicitudes se pueden conseguir del Distrito en Walker House, Attn: Jacquelyn Smith, 2600 Block House Drive South, Leander, Texas 78641 o de c/0 Armbrust & Brown, PLLC, Attn: Denise Motal, 100 Congress Ave., Suite 1300, Austin, Texas 78701, (512) 435-2345 o una solicitud se puede descargar e imprimir del sitio web del Secretario de Estado de Texas a https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/index.shtml. Las solicitudes completadas se pueden presentar personalmente o por el correo en la dirección siguiente:  Block House Municipal Utility District, c/o Armbrust & Brown, PLLC, Attn: Denise Motal, 100 Congress Ave., Suite 1300, Austin, Texas 78701.”




Calling All Gardeners!

Date posted: 2/19/2020  link

The Block House MUD community garden subcommittee is working to get the garden set up for spring planting. Dirt has been delivered and garden clean-up days have been scheduled this weekend (February 22 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops will be assisting with the clean-up during this time. All gardeners are welcome and asked to attend the cleanup day event.

Please make sure you get your plot reserved by filling out an application form and dropping it, along with a payment check (rates listed on form), into the utility billing box at the kiosk in the circle drive at the Walker House. The form can be accessed at this link - click the "Community Garden Contract and Guidelines" hyperlink on the left side of the page and it will download to your computer. A tour of the garden can be scheduled by emailing a request to gm@blockhousemud.com with a proposed day and time noted for the tour. If you are on a mobile device or otherwise having difficulty accessing the application form, please email gm@blockhousemud.com to have it sent to you.




Register for Masters Swim Class

Date posted: 2/7/2020  link

MASTERS SWIM is an all-skill-level inclusive group exercise class offered by Lifeguard4Hire (the MUD’s pool management company) that provides participants with new workout routines every week to help build endurance and improve stroke technique. Adults of all swimming abilities are welcome. If you’re looking for a way to participate in a fun group exercise program while improving your swimming skills, Masters Swim is the place for you.

Classes held: February 17-April 3 (no classes during Spring Break March 16-23) Mon/Wed/Fri from 6:00-6:45 PM
Cost: $30/participant total for 6 weeks (the MUD is using swim team revenue to subsidize the cost)

Classes are held at Apache Pool. There must be a minimum of 10 registrants for the class to be held. All registrants must be Block House residents age 18 or older. There will not be a proration of the class if a resident registers for the class after classes have already started or misses a class.

To register: visit www.tinyurl.com/BHCmasters and complete the registration form. You must fill out the form completely to reserve your spot. A PayPal invoice will be emailed to you. Don’t delay: registration deadline is Friday, February 14. Have questions? Email instructor Vaughn Stockton at vaughn@lifeguard4hire.com.



February MUD Update

Date posted: 2/6/2020  link


The February issue of the MUD Update newsletter is now available. Click here to read it!

Links for this month's issue:

Masters Swim Registration

Practice Field Rules and Regulations



Disc Golf Course Update

Date posted: 2/3/2020  link


Due to course rule violations, a portion of the disc golf course will be temporarily closed beginning March 1st. A town hall is currently being organized for residents to get together and brainstorm ways to continue the disc golf amenity. More information will be sent out via email and the MUD website in the coming weeks.

We understand the majority of the disc golf players abide by the park rules, but there are violations that need to be addressed for the safety of our community.

One note: the basket at Hole 8 has been removed because it was damaged and presented a safety hazard. This is not related to the portion that will be temporarily closed beginning March 1. 



Have you lost something?

Date posted: 1/27/2020  link


There is currently an assortment of lost items in the MUD office at the Walker House. If you have lost anything in the parks (cell phones, keys, eyeglasses, hats, frisbees, jackets, baseball gloves, toys, etc.), please stop by the office during scheduled office hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, and Wednesdays by appointment). Bring ID and a utility bill, and be able to identify the item. You can also call 512-259-0959 or email walkerhouse@blockhousemud.com. If you find objects in the parks, bring them in to the Walker House. (Note: items lost and found at the pools are kept at the pools.)



Anyone recognize this bicycle?

Date posted: 11/5/2019  link


This bicycle was left in a bike rack approximately three weeks ago and has been secured.

If you recognize or have any information about this bicycle, please contact MUD staff at 512-259-0959.



Energy Conservation Tips from Girl Scout Troop 1804

Date posted: 9/30/2019  link

4th Grade Girl Scout Troop 1804 has been researching energy and energy conservation. We would like to give a special thank you to Christy Uzer from Cool Atmosphere Heating and Air for visiting our troop and teaching us how to have a more energy efficient home. Do you ever look at your electricity bill and think “Wow, this is expensive!”?  Here are some tips from your local Girl Scouts about how to save energy and lower your bill.
  • Don’t keep your AC set too cold. –Paige
  • AC can only cool your house to be 20 degrees lower than the outside temperature, so have realistic expectations. –Audrey
  • In a two story house, don’t make each floor really different temperatures. –Audrey
  • Keep your windows and doors closed as much as possible. –Audrey
  • Check the seals around your doors and windows. – Ms. Amanda
  • Use solar panels – Samantha
  • Don’t leave your refrigerator door open. Open and close the door quicky. –Ellaina
  • Don’t leave all of your electronic devices plugged in all the time. –Delilah
  • Change your air filters regularly. –Ms. Amanda
  • Don’t leave all the lights on when you’re not using them. - Savanna
  • Keep a full freezer because it uses less energy. –Olivia
  • Your dishwasher actually uses less water than washing by hand. –Ms. Amanda
  • Keep windows covered in summer and winter. –Samantha
  • Use fans to keep cool. –Delilah
  • If you invite 10 people to your house, lower your AC by two degrees to stay comfortable. –Paige
  • AC uses the most energy in your house. Use it wisely! –Olivia
  • Newer AC systems have a higher SEER rating and use less energy. -Ms. Amber


New Walker House Office Hours

Date posted: 9/12/2019  link


The Block House MUD Board of Directors approved new on-site office hours 

at its August 28, 2019 Board Meeting.

The General Manager will be available at the Walker House:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00am-2:00pm

Wednesdays by appointment

Please call 512-259-0959 to schedule an appointment.

Reservation forms may be placed in the drop box at the Information kiosk 

in the Walker House parking lot at any time.



District Irrigation Schedule

Date posted: 8/29/2019  link

Block House MUD is a commercial water customer of the City of Cedar Park, and, as part of its water purchase agreement with the City, the District is authorized to implement variances to the City’s commercial watering schedule.

In order to facilitate efficient watering of the common areas, the Board of Directors voted to approve a watering schedule variance in April 2019. Under the variance, the District’s irrigation system runs 7 days a week; however, each irrigation zone is watered only twice per week (before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.) as permitted under the current watering restrictions.

If you observe the irrigation running between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., please report the malfunction to Block House MUD through its website, www.blockhousemud.com using the “Contact” drop down menu on the upper (right side) navigation bar and selecting “Contact Us”, then “Water restriction: ask question or report violation” in the Purpose field. You may also report the malfunction by calling 512-259-0959.



Tonkawa Park Vandalism

Date posted: 8/7/2019  link

** $500 REWARD ******* $500 REWARD ******* $500 REWARD ******* $500 REWARD ******* $500 REWARD **

Block House Municipal Utility District is seeking information about the person or persons responsible for vandalizing multiple areas in Tonkawa Park with spray paint. The vandalism occurred between Monday night, August 5 and Tuesday morning, August 6, and caused expensive damages.

Damage to District property is a crime. The District will pay $500 for information information leading to the arrest or conviction of anyone vandalizing the District's property.  Persons causing damage to District property will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  To report such activity, please call the Williamson County Sheriff’s office at (512) 864-8282, option 1, option 1.  For emergency calls only, dial 911. The identity of those providing information will remain confidential. All residents are encouraged to remain vigilant in protecting our shared resources.



Protect Yourself and Your Neighbors By Checking Your Mail

Date posted: 4/15/2019  link

No one wants to be a victim of mail theft. Sadly, it's not always avoidable, but one of the most effective things you can do to help avoid theft is to check your mail every day. Do not allow mail to sit in the box overnight or accumulate over multiple days, even if you are out of town. The post office will hold mail for you if you won't be able to retrieve if for a period of time (set this up here). If you have the option, switch to paperless billing statements and payments to avoid sending sensitive, personal information through the mail. Try to find out what time your mail is typically delivered. Empty mailboxes are a deterrent for thieves. 

Unfortunately, sometimes vandals do strike our mailboxes. The best thing to do when you discover a vandalized cluster mailbox is to immediately file a report with the police. If you were expecting anything important in the mail, contact the sender. We each have a responsibility to help protect our community.



$500 Reward Offered - Sport Court Gate Vandalism

Date posted: 3/27/2019  link

Block House Municipal Utility District is seeking information about the person or persons responsible for vandalizing the basketball and tennis court gates in Tumlinson Park. The vandalism may have occurred between Thursday, March 21 and Sunday, March 24, and caused expensive damages to the gates that were only installed last month. The District is also still seeking information related to the vandalism to the memorial pergola in Tumlinson Park on or around Monday, March 4.

Damage to District property is a crime. The District will pay $500 to anyone providing information that leads to the apprehension and conviction of persons causing damage to District property.  Persons causing damage to District property will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  To report such activity, please call the Williamson County Sheriff’s office at (512) 864-8282, option 1, option 1.  For emergency calls only dial 911. The identity of those providing information will remain confidential. All residents are encouraged to remain vigilant in protecting our shared resources.



Reversed Traffic at Apache Park

Date posted: 1/14/2019  link


The signs have been installed and the ground has been painted, so traffic entering and exiting Apache Park and Pool is now following a REVERSED pattern. 

Please remember to enter the parking lot on the side furthest from the pool, and exit near the pool. This will eliminate the blind crosswalk caused when exiting on the opposite side. Thank you for your flexibility and willingness to help increase the safety of our Block House residents and guests.




Looking for a copy of the MUD newsletter?

Date posted: 11/8/2018  link

If you would like a printed copy of the monthly MUD Update mailed to your house, please send your address to walkerhouse@blockhousemud.com or call 512-259-0959.

You can also pick up a copy inside the MUD office at the Walker House during open hours.

The General Manager will be available at the Walker House:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00am-2:00pm

Wednesdays by appointment

Please call 512-259-0959 to schedule an appointment.




Low-Hanging Branches in District

Date posted: 10/16/2018  link

The MUD Board and management are aware of low-hanging tree branches along Creek Run Drive and elsewhere in the District. The trees are full of seeds and water from the rain, and the goal of our landscaping team is to allow the seeds to drop and water to recede naturally, rather than trim back otherwise healthy branches. Thank you for your concern for these trees and your vigilance in protecting the neighborhood. Please use caution when driving throughout the neighborhood and while enjoying the parks.

As a reminder, residents are welcome to take the pecans that fall from trees in common areas, but thrashing or any similar action to remove the nuts from trees is not permitted.



What? No More Large Item Trash Days? ... and What Is Curbside Pick Up?

Date posted: 7/18/2018  link

That's correct - there will be no more monthly community clean up/large item trash collection days at Jumano Park! 

Instead, residents can call Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) for curbside pick up of bulky waste up to six times per year at no additional charge. To take advantage of this service, call TDS at 512-421-1340. When you call to schedule a pick up, you will be given a date (the first available Saturday) for pick up of your bulky waste at the curb right in front of your home! Residents should not place items at the curb prior to the morning of the scheduled pick up date

Household waste items that were accepted at the previous Large Item Trash Days at Jumano Park will be picked up at your curb. Exclusions also remain the same: no construction debris, no hazardous materials, no appliances containing Freon, etc.  If you are unsure about specific items that you need to dispose of, please call TDS at 512-421-1340

If TDS will not accept your waste, there are other options available to you. The Williamson County Recycle Center accepts household waste, including these hazardous chemicals, many of which are reused or recycled through their Reuse Program.

Why are these changes taking place? The MUD Board of Directors negotiated a new contract with Texas Disposal Systems (TDS), based in part on the results of a resident survey and other feedback. The new contract, which took effect on June 1, incorporates many of the most commonly expressed resident preferences for solid waste and recycling services.

In addition to curbside pick up of bulky items, under the terms of the new contract, recycling is collected weekly. Please remember to place your recycling cart out for pick up every week with your trash. Refer to the Collection Schedule to view holiday service changes and regular collection dates. 

Have questions about what can/cannot be recycled? Visit the MUD website at www.blockhousemud.com and click the “Contact” tab. Select “Service Providers and Other Links” or click here for a direct link to the Recycling Guidelines.

Current services, which include pickup of your roll out cart with up to four extra trash bags, yard waste bags, or bundles of tree, shrub and brush trimmings, will remain in effect under the terms of the new contract. Please study the included image to be sure your bundles meet the guidelines for pickup.

 

 



Sport Court Access Cards Available Beginning 6/26/18

Date posted: 6/25/2018  link

Beginning Sunday, July 1, the basketball court and tennis court in Tumlinson Park will be locked, requiring an electronic card key to access. Those keys are free of charge and available at the MUD office in the Walker House beginning on Tuesday, June 26. Office hours are as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Wednesday

2:00 - 6:00 PM


Residents are recommended to obtain a key and test it in advance, as there is no one in the office in the evenings and weekends. Be prepared to show a current MUD water bill and photo ID.

The hockey court will not be locked and no reservations are required or accepted for any of the courts. The courts close at 10:00 PM and the gates must not be propped open at any time. Call the MUD office at 512-259-0959 if you have any questions.



Newsletter Available Now!

Date posted: 4/23/2018  link


This may be the most important thing you read all summer!!

The latest issue of the Block House MUD Update is now available. It contains six full pages of key information regarding the change in trash and recycling services (which go into effect June 1), new pool tags and controlled sport court access, the MUD's fire protection and emergency services agreement (if you have been using - or want to use - the City of Cedar Park's pools and library at the resident rate, you MUST read this), and other important District notices.

Click here to read this issue!







Lose Something?

Date posted: 4/12/2018  link

Cell phones, keys, eyeglasses, hats, frisbees, and baseball gloves are all things that have been found in the parks and turned in to the MUD office. If you're missing something, stop in and see if we've got it! You can also call 512-259-0959 or email walkerhouse@blockhousemud.com. If you find objects in the parks, bring them in to the Walker House. (Note: items lost and found at the pools are kept at the pools.)





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.



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.



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.

 



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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