Click on the numbered topics below to go to that section of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
1. Architecture Control
How do I get Architectural Approval for New Construction and/or Additions to Existing Construction to include Swimming Pools?
For property owners in River Mountain Ranch planning new or modified construction projects. Here is a summary of the process:
Please download and read Policy # 2 – Obtaining Architectural Approval & Required Construction Deposit in River Mountain Ranch, effective 18 May 2012. The policy may be viewed in your browser or downloaded from the Documents page of this website.
Additionally, you may go to the Architecture Control page of this website for additional information.
Is a construction deposit required when doing any type of construction in RMR?
Effective 10 October 2009, the construction deposit will be $1000. Recent events regarding the dumping of construction waste and debris (i.e., concrete and tile) along our common roads has been extremely troubling and has resulted in the Board unanimously voting on 8 October 2009 to increase the construction deposit to $1000.
Please download and read Policy # 2 – Obtaining Architectural Approval & Required Construction Deposit in River Mountain Ranch, effective 18 May 2012. The policy may be downloaded from the Documents page of this website.
This deposit is required prior to receiving final architectural approval for the construction of new homes, additions to homes, garages, and pools. The deposit amount was instituted as a result of construction vehicles causing damage to RMR POA owned roads and common areas as well as to some privately owned property.
Under the provisions of the RMR Covenants & Restrictions (see Documents page) paragraphs A – Land Use and C – Landowner’s Agreement, it is the responsibility of the owner of the property to ensure that their builder is physically removing construction debris from River Mountain Ranch.
Architectural Control will notify the property owner if a violation of the Covenants & Restrictions has occured either verbally by phone call or in writing by email or letter. The property owner will be given a reasonable deadline to remove the offending debris. In the event that the property owner does not comply within the allowed time frame, the POA Board will take action, under the provisions of the Covenants & Restrictions, to clean up the debris. The cost of the cleanup will be deducted from the construction deposit. If the cost is greater than the construction deposit, the POA will bill the property owner for the difference. Please contact Architectural Control if you have any questions (see Board Page for contact information).
Are building permits required and what are the Building Inspection requirements for Unincorporated Areas?
Hays County Property Owners must file a Development Authorization with Hays County Development Services Department prior to any construction on their property. They may be contacted at 512-393-2150 or at http://www.co.hays.tx.us/development-regulations.aspx. This applies to all land modification activities except for fencing.
Who do I contact if I am purchasing property, refinancing, and/or building in RMR?
Are you planning on purchasing property, refinancing, or building in RMR? If you have questions or need documentation, please contact the RMR Bookkeeper, Helen Davidson, at 512-517-9576 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the proper documentation. She can also be reached via regular mail at: River Mountain Ranch Property Owner’s Association, P.O.Box 182, Wimberley, TX 78676. You must also contact the Architectural Control Committee if building (see item 1 above).
How do I get a Re-sale Certificate?
Resale certificates are also available through Helen and then must be signed by a Board Member. Please contact the RMR Bookkeeper, Helen Davidson, at 512-517-9576 or via email at email@example.com to get the proper documentation. She can also be reached via regular mail at: River Mountain Ranch Property Owner’s Association, P.O.Box 182, Wimberley, TX 78676.
USPS Mail Box Guidelines?
So what makes a good mailbox?
From the wear and tear of daily use to constant assault from the elements, these guidelines will help you set up a mailbox that stands up to it all.
If you’re buying a new mailbox, look for the Postmaster General’s seal of approval; every new mailbox design should be reviewed and approved before it goes to market.
If you opt to construct your own mailbox, you should run your plans by your local postmaster. Overall, the mailbox you build will need to meet the same size, strength, and quality standards as manufactured boxes.
The house or apartment number should be clearly displayed on your mailbox. And, if your mailbox is on a different street than your house, the street name should appear on it, too.
Your local postmaster must approve the location of your mailbox.
Put a roadside mailbox where a carrier can reach inside without leaving the truck. That means positioning it about 41″ to 45″ off the ground and back about 6″ to 8″ from the curb. For more information from the USPS, please go to the following website:
2. Agriculture Leases
How do I get an AG Lease (new or renewal) to Submit to the Hays County Appraisal District or Have Questions Regarding the Cattle in RMR?
Why are those Cattle grazing all over RMR?
The River Mountain Ranch Property Owners Association (RMRPOA) has a cattle grazing arrangement with River Mountain Ranch Cattle Company (RMRCC). The cattle have grazing rights throughout RMR on those properties (approximately 1500 of the 2200 acres of RMR) that are unfenced and meet the requirements for an Agricultural Exemption as established by the Hays County Appraisal District. Please contact the Appraisal District if you have any questions at 512-268-2522. http://www.hayscad.com.
How Do I Get Keys to the RMR Blanco River Water Park?
The following change has been made relative to keys for the new lock currently installed at the River Park. There will be 2 park keys issued at no cost to each lot owner. If you did not pick your keys up at the annual January meeting, you can pick them up from the current Parks Chair (see Board page for contact information) to arrange a time. Additional keys will be available only on Board approval after review of a written request. Keys will be shipped by request on receipt of suitable prepaid pre-addressed shipping container (Fed Ex or other) sent to the current Parks Chair.
I noticed that the RMR Blanco River Water Park does not have a permanent rest room facility. Does the POA put in a temporary facility?
The POA has a contract with a local company to install and maintain a port-a-potty in the park from mid-April through mid-September of every year.
4. Miscellaneous Topics
How do I contact RMRPOA?
The POA does not have any physical offices or a phone number. Mail should be River Mountain Ranch Property Owners Association (RMRPOA), P. O. Box 182, Wimberley, TX 78676. Please use the contact information on the Board Page of the RMRPOA website to obtain the contact information for Members of the Board of Directors.
How can I get a copy of the RMR Bylaws and Covenants & Restrictions? What about documents pertaining to Hermosa-Paloma?
All of these documents are located on the Documents page of this website. These documents may be viewed in your browser or downloaded in PDF format.
How do I find out how to contact key government officials and/or offices?
The Services Page of this website contains a compilation of phone numbers and email addresses for key government officials and offices that pertain to the River Mountain Ranch and Wimberley area.
Where are the Agendas & Minutes for the POA Board Meetings located ?
The Documents page of this website contains links to each of meeting documents beginning in November 2010. Any agendas or minutes for meetings prior to that date may be obtained by contacting the POA Board Secretary.
I’m New to the Neighborhood, Who Do I Contact for Weekly Garbage/Trash Collection?
There are several garbage/trash companies that service the RMR neighborhood. It is recommended that you talk to your neighbors to get their recommendation. Additionally, when you are invited & accepted into the RMRPOA NextDoor social site, you may be able to easily ask & receive recommendations as to the best company. For information on how to subscribe to NextDoor, please contact a POA Board member.
I’m New to the Neighborhood, Who Do I Contact for Internet Service?
Internet services in RMR are either, Satellite, Wifi or Radio Frequency. Satellite services seem to have a lot of complaints for many reasons from connections during bad weather to running out of bandwidth during the month. Wifi services often slow down when many users are online. Radio Frequency to Fiber Optic Towers provide the best option for stable connections with unlimited data and potentially high speed connections. We tried for 5 years to get Spectrum to install cable in our neighborhood without success.
Here are a list of local services.
New: Invisalink, Radio Frequency to Fiber Optic.
New: Sprynet, Radio Frequency to Fiber Optic.
Anvil Communications, 512-847-1180, http://www.anvilcom.com
Texas Wireless Internet, 512-524-6363, http://www.txwinet.com
Village of Wimberley (VOW) Net, 512-847-8956, http://www.vownet.net
Hughes (not recommended)
The RMR point of contact for the internet and who may answer your questions is:
Jeff & Leigh Peterson
2251 Windmill Run
Wimberley, TX 78676
LOCAL NEWS, HELP, & INFORMATION, COMMUNICATE ON NEXTDOOR.COM – NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP EMAIL LIST
It is recommended that you talk to your neighbors to get their added to the group. You must be recommended. Additionally, when you are invited & accepted into the RMRPOA NextDoor social site, you may be able to easily ask & receive recommendations as to the best company. For information on how to subscribe to NextDoor, please contact a POA Board member.
Changes in Texas Laws (2011-2012) governing HOA/POA have not only resulted in required changes to governing documents (e.g., Covenants & Restrictions and Bylaws) will also allow electronic voting or eVoting effective 1 January 2012. Because of this change, the POA Board has contracted with a company that conducts eVoting in full compliance with the Texas Law.
All Regular Members have a choice when voting, i.e., Vote Online or Vote by Mail.
Please note that the Board is not forcing everyone to eVote if they don’t want to vote that way. eVoting is just more convenient. POA members that want to vote with paper ballots will still be able to do that. The paper ballots are typically mailed during the last week of December of each year.
A few key advantages of eVoting are:
a. It is very easy to register and to vote.
b. Your vote is automatically weighted if you own more than one lot.
c. You will be able to vote at any time of day since the voting website will be available 24 hours per day once the voting period is opened.
d. You will be able print out a receipt of who or what motion you voted for plus you will receive an email receipt with the same information.
The eVoting tutorial may be downloaded from the following link: RMRPOA e-voting Tutorial.
6. Disposal of Hazardous Household Waste
7. Information Related to the Proposed Transfer of RMR Roads to Hays County for Maintenance
This is an update on the status of our preparations for a Hays County managed election to turn over our roads to the County for maintenance. Attached, please find a one page roads financial analysis prepared by our Roads Committee for County maintenance vs. POA maintenance of our roads. Our update to the POA Board is also attached below for your review and information.
When reviewing the financial analysis, please keep in mind that the County option is only a not-to-exceed estimate, and actual cost could be less than the estimate. Property owners will be responsible for 50% of the actual cost after all work has been completed. If County maintenance is approved by the election, road repair by the County is expected to begin by the end of 2016. Assessments by County to property owners will not be made until all road repairs are completed, expected in 2017.
– Roads Committee is updating property owner information for the County to use to send election ballots to all owners by the week of 4/19.
– Once this information is provided to the County we will work with them to firm up the timeline and key dates for the election.
– We do not have current email addresses for all property owners and will be accomplishing a mass mailing of information to ensure everyone has the information they need to participate in the upcoming election. We will wait to accomplish this mailing until after the election timeline has been determined.
Please review the attached linked information (below) and feel free to contact me or anyone on the Roads Committee for further details at any time.
Kirby Hicks | Roads Chairman
River Mountain Ranch POA