Feb 20

A family in the neighborhood lost their two dogs yesterday.  Please let me know if you see or have them, one  is a red doberman and the other is a black Schnauzer with a shirt on,

Jan 31

FYI:
New Texas law requires one car sticker, but sows multiple questions

American-Statesman Staff
Texas drivers, get ready for a new kind of sticker shock.

Starting March 1, vehicles will no longer need both a registration sticker and a safety inspection/emissions sticker, thanks to a state law passed in 2013. Instead, owners of cars and trucks whose registration month is March or later will be issued only the registration sticker - but it’s contingent on first getting the vehicle inspected. The inspection will go into a database that officials will check before granting the new registration sticker.

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After March 1, drivers will need just one sticker on their car: the registration sticker. But an inspection will still be required.
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But the transition from two stickers to one could get complicated if your inspection date isn’t lined up with your registration date.

To avoid charging people twice within a year for an inspection, the state decided that car owners with a registration that comes due at least a month before their next inspection can forgo the inspection until their 2016 registration. But that’s only for registration renewals after March 1.

“This is new,” said Travis County Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant, whose office has to collect the inspection and registration fees and then send most of the revenue to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles and the Texas Department of Public Safety. “It’s going to be confusing.”

Aside from eliminating one piece of clutter from the lower left side of Texas windshields, the new law is mainly intended to force drivers to get their vehicle inspections in a timely way. Under the current system, vehicle owners could be months overdue on their inspection and, with the two processes unlinked, still get their car registered for a new year. No more, beginning March 1.

Some questions, and answers, about the new law:

What if my inspection is supposed to be this month or February - before the new rule goes into effect in March - and my registration is due later in the year? Do I still have to get an inspection and the extra sticker now?

Yes. But when your registration month comes up later in the year, that inspection will suffice for this first year and you won’t have to get a second one.

Ever?

No, no. Just for registration months between March 2015 and February 2016. After that, everyone’s registration and inspection months will be “synced up,” to use the DMV’s terminology, and from then on everyone will have to get an inspection within 90 days before the end of their registration month.

What if my inspection month is after March 1, but before my registration month? For instance, my inspection month is March and my registration month is April, or my inspection month is June and my registration month is September.

You’ll have to do the inspection during the month on your sticker, and as above, you won’t have to do it again when your registration month comes up. It’ll be on file with the state as valid. However, unlike inspections before March 1, you will not get a sticker. Instead, at the inspection station you’ll get a “vehicle inspection report” on paper.

Officials say your inspection will hit their computer system quickly (overnight, they said), and that should suffice when you’re trying to register your vehicle later in the year. But they advise you to keep that vehicle inspection report, just in case.

What if my inspection month and registration are both after March 1, and are already synced up? For instance, both are in June?

You will have to get an inspection before renewing your registration. Again, you won’t get an inspection sticker for your windshield, just a paper report and a gold star in the state database.

After the transition year is over, starting in March 2016, this will become the process for everybody.

So if I bought a new car recently and got one of those two-year inspection stickers, will it somehow expire prematurely because of all this change, forcing me to get another inspection before that date?

No, according to DMV spokesman Adam Shaivitz. Even an inspection expiration date deep into 2016 or for the first two months of 2017 (if you buy a new car now or next month) would remain valid, allowing you to keep registering your vehicle until it expires.

Should I remove an inspection sticker that is still valid after March 1?

No. The DMV recommends leaving the sticker on there until it expires. If nothing else, it will remind you when the inspection is no longer valid.

If I do have to get an inspection sometime after March 1, will anything be different about how I go about it?

Mostly not. The certified inspection stations will be the same, and they’ll still make the same examination of your vehicle. But the fee will change. Currently in Central Texas, passenger cars pay $28.75 at an inspection station. The station owners, under state law, keep $18.50 to compensate them for conducting the inspection and send $10.25 to DPS as a fee.

After March 1, car owners will pay the inspection station only $18.50.

Great, I’m saving money!

Uh, no. That $10.25 fee for DPS will now be added to your registration bill from your county’s tax assessor-collector. So instead of a bill only for $64.25 for registering the vehicle (or more for trucks), the bill will be $74.50. The assessor-collector will then send the money to the various agencies that get pieces of the registration and inspection fees, including county government. In the end, you will pay the same total.

Once you have paid the combined fee - in Travis County that can be done online, by phone, by mail or in person at the assessor-collector’s office - you’ll get a registration sticker in the mail and, as before, put it on the inside of the windshield on the lower left side.

Still confused?

The Texas DMV has set up a special website for the change -http://twostepsonesticker.com - and it includes a handy box to help vehicle owners know what to do during this transition year. Users can enter their registration renewal date and inspection date, and the tool will tell them whether another inspection is needed.

Inspection and Registration — Together At Last! | Two Steps. One Sticker. Texas DMVBeginning March 1st 2015, Texas vehicle inspection and registration stickers are partnering up.TWOSTEPSONESTICKER.COM

Jan 25

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Jan 25

“It has been Asked”

When there is a holiday  that falls on a Thursday  or if trash is not picked up on Thursday for whatever reason,when is the next Pickup day…The next trash pickup is always on the following Friday

Oct 13

AMBERWOOD NEIGHBORS, DON’T FORGET , THIS MEETING IS IMPORTANT…

“Mark your Calendar”

October 22, 2014

7:00PM (Sign in begins at 6:30)

Chapa Middle School - Cafeteria - 311 Dacy Ln, Kyle Tx 78640

Just a Friendly Reminder: It is “very, very, VERY” important that someone from your household attend this meeting.

Bring your (PROXY), SEND IT WITH A NEIGHBOR etc,  Board members will be elected and some of you may want to step up to the plate.

Either way, your vote is needed, and will count for what happens in Amberwood.

Thank you!

See you at the Meeting.

Oct 8

THANK YOU..

TO ALL AMBERWOOD RESIDENTS THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE 2014 NATIONAL NIGHT OUT EVENT….

Also Thank you to Kyle PD, Kyle Fire Dept, City Officials  and County officials for joining Our Event.

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Oct 5

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Sep 25

Public Health Notice

Rabies Alert

Seton Hospital

6001 Kyle Parkway

Staff, Guests, Visitors, and Passersby:

DO NOT TOUCH OR HANDLE GROUNDED BATS!!!

On September 22, 2014, a dead bat was found at approximately 10:00 AM on the sidewalk on the west side of the building at 6001 Kyle Parkway in Kyle. The bat was tested by the Department of State Health Services and was found to be positive for rabies.

If you think that you or someone else may have come in physical contact with this animal, please call:

Kyle Animal Control                                   512-268-8800
Department of State Health Services
Zoonosis Control                                        254-778-6744

Sep 21

 

A GOOD NIGHT TO GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS

 

You are invited to Amberwood’s annual night out against crime!

DATE:        Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Time:         6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location:  Amberwood Pool Parking Lot

Event Specifics:

  • Pizza and soft drinks served
  • BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair)
  • Bounce House
  • Face Painter
  • Live DJ
  • Pool will be open6:00 to 8:00 p.m.(weather permitting)
  • Prizes for the kids
  • Police and Fire Departments will be by to visit
  • Bring a neighbor
  • RSVP to Diane atdhervol@austin.rr.com

National Night Out is an annual event designed to strengthen our communities by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with their local law enforcement partners.  The goal is to heighten crime prevention awareness, build support and participation in local anti-crime programs, and most importantly, send a message that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.  It’s also the perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbors even better.  SEE YOU THERE!

For more information, visit:   http://www.nationaltownwatch.org/nno/

Sep 8

FYI Information:

Residents of Amberwood Community,

The link below is where you will find all information about your property and more.  Documents, payments etc.

http://realmanage.com/

Click on {Resident Portal} and sign up

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