River Mountain Ranch POA

Welcome

Burn Ban status can be obtained by visiting the Hays County web site – https://hayscountytx.com/

Hays County Emergency Information –  haysinformed.com

Welcome to River Mountain Ranch – Wimberley, a wonderful countryside community nestled in the Texas Hill Country just east of Wimberley, Texas. River Mountain Ranch is a beautiful location where Lone Man Creek flows into the Blanco River. The River Mountain Ranch Property Owners Association is an enthusiastic group providing positive support for a continued superior neighborhood. We hope the information furnished is helpful and we welcome your suggestions and comments.

The picture below shows our entrance on FM3237 at River Mountain Road –

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The picture below shows our inner gate that is approximately one mile up River Mountain Road –

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For additional information about Wimberley, please click on this link to the Chamber of Commerce.

POA Board Quarterly Meeting

The POA Board held its next quarterly  meeting on 8 September.  The agenda may be viewed by clicking this link – Quarterly Meeting September 2020

The minutes from the 8 September POA Board meeting may be viewed by clicking this link – Minutes Quarterly Meeting September 2020

RMR Roads to Hays County – FAQs

Here are some of the more common questions we’ve been getting from RMR residents, along with answers that have been verified with our county commissioner and/or county attorneys.

RMR interior road maintenance transfer to Hays County FAQs:

1. Will the transfer of our roads to the county affect our Ag Exemptions?

No. Our county commissioner has documented other neighborhoods with free range livestock on county roads, which has had no effect on their Ag Exemptions. There is no issue with livestock wandering on the roads, and there is no issue with our Ag Exemptions.

2. Will we still be able to drive our ATVs and golf carts around the neighborhood?

Yes. For the purposes of ATV/golf cart enforcement on county roads within RMR, we are all considered “ranchers” by the sheriff’s department. Which means we are allowed to operate them within RMR, since that is well within the 25 mile ATV operating exemption for ranchers. Also, there are other neighborhoods in Hays County with county roads that have freely operated ATVs and golf carts for years with no issues.

3. Will we still be able to put up an entrance gate to RMR, turning this into a gated community?

Partially. We would be able to restrict access from late at night to early morning, but not during the day. Mountain Crest off of RM12 is an example of this.

4. Are we still able to restrict parking at the cul de sac in front of the water park gate?

Yes. It is common for neighborhoods with county roads to restrict parking in some areas. Our commissioner has offered to recommend to the commissioners’ court any no-parking areas within RMR that we would like. Once the court approves, those areas would be posted as no-parking, enforced by the Sheriff’s office.

5. Would this open up RMR to solicitation?

No. Currently there are two No Solicitation signs on River Mountain Ranch road leading up to our entrance. Those would not change, nor would the designation of RMR as a No Solicitation neighborhood. Any resident is also free to post “No Trespassing” signs on their property, which are more restrictive than No Solicitation. Religious groups, for example, are not considered solicitors, but would be restricted from entering a No Trespassing posted property. There are many examples of neighborhoods with county roads and No Solicitation ordinances.

6. What if this doesn’t get approved? Can’t we just maintain the roads ourselves?

The issue we have is that we have not been assessing the property owners for long term road maintenance, such as resurfacing or road base repair. We have only been assessing for spot road patches here and there on an annual basis. The result of that is what you see today – a road system of patchwork repairs.  To maintain our roads properly, and for the long term, we would need to pass a special assessment, which would require a 2/3 vote of the property owners, and would most likely be about $4000-5000 per property. And we would need to do this about every 10-15 years. It is unlikely this would be supported by our membership, and its even less likely that everyone would pay it.

So our realistic choice is between 1) do nothing and let our roads deteriorate further, or 2) transfer maintenance to the county.

7. When would the county assessment start?

The assessment would start when all of the repairs to RMR roads are complete. This is estimated to be about 24 months from now, but we would have a schedule from the Hays County transportation department once the ballot measure passes.

8. Will this affect our mailboxes?

No. The county has determined during their survey that all of our mailboxes are fine where they are. There were no mailboxes that were determined to be in the road right of way.

9. Will our HOA dues go down?

Maybe, but not materially. Currently our dues are less than $14 a month, and while its true that the biggest line item in our annual budget is road repair, we also have some other capital improvement projects we’d like to get to, like cameras at the entrance, water park maintenance and upgrades, no parking zones, etc. So we’re probably going to be around the same level for the next couple of years. Also, keep in mind the road repair from the county won’t start for a couple of years, so we’ll need to keep a reserve for any road repairs we need to do until then.

10. What exactly will the county do to our roads? New asphalt? Even the steep hill going down to the river park?

That is their plan, and that’s what they estimated for the total job cost. If this passes, we will have someone from the county road commission come out to spell out their timeline and construction plan.

I’ll add to this as more questions are raised. (from Joe Dalton, RMRPOA Roads)

NOTE:  The POA membership has voted in favor of the County taking over our interior roads and the election has been validated by the Hays County Commissioners Court.

Where to Find the Agendas & Minutes for Board Meetings Plus Financial Reports

On your computer, just go to the DOCUMENTS page and find the MEETINGS ARCHIVE.  All of the associated agendas and minutes can be found and downloaded in PDF format. Additionally, links to FINANCIAL REPORTS may also be found there just under the MEETINGS ARCHIVE.

On a mobile device, you should see a MENU button on the WELCOME page. Just hit that button and a drop-down menu will show  MEETINGS ARCHIVE.  All of the associated agendas and minutes can be found and downloaded in PDF format. Additionally, links to FINANCIAL REPORTS may also be found just under the MEETINGS ARCHIVE.

 River Mountain Ranchettes

Women of RMR, come meet your neighbors! The River Mountain Ranchettes are a welcoming, enthusiastic, social group for the women of River Mountain Ranch. We meet once a month September – May, typically the 2nd Tuesday of the month. We also host RMR couples and family social events. We send out an Evite every month announcing the time and location of the meeting. To get the latest information, please contact: Leigh Peterson leighp7@icloud.com Donna Pisani Donnapisani25@gmail.com or Celia Clowe chfam@att.net

We look forward to seeing you soon!

RMR Warning for Runners & Walkers

It is awesome to see so many runners and walkers starting to get out and about as we have a few cooler mornings and evenings.  Please note that River Mountain Road is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS for running or walking, especially between the first and second cattle guards. There is very little visibility, no shoulder and residents tend to travel faster on that road than the interior roads.  A few runners have been seen on this road recently. If you want a mega workout and good hills to climb, Bluffview and Water Park South are just for you!  Drivers please keep runners, walkers and our latest batch of baby calves in mind as you travel our roads. We have a 30 mile an hour speed limit sign at the second cattleguard that I will adjust so that it’s more visible. Stay safe everyone!

TESPA Updates

For continued updates to TESPA & its fight to “Save Our Water” please go to the TESPA’s website:  https://tespatexas.org/

Letter from RMRPOA Board to BSEACD

The RMRPOA Board of Directors sent the letter linked below to the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District. It may be viewed by clicking this link:  Letter to BSEACD

FIREWORKS IMPORTANT !!!!!

All fireworks are banned in River Mountain Ranch at any time of year.  You will find this in our RMR Covenants & Restrictions document, Section A. Land Use, 5. No hunting shall be permitted on any lot of less than seventy-five (75)  acres and no fireworks shall be permitted on any lot.  Please observe this restriction so that our lives, homes and property can all stay safe here in the thickly wooded and often dry hill country.