Community News

New Community Additions

Hello Neighbors!

We wanted to make you aware of some of the new additions to our common areas.

A fish feeder has been installed at the back center pond of the pavilion for our residents to feed our Castlegate fish for only $.25 cents and enjoy the pond.

Additionally, three new metal trash cans have been placed along the walkways in our community to help keep our neighborhood beautiful and clean.

HOA Candidate Information

Please see the attached file to familiarize yourself with the candidates wishing to take part in serving our community. If contacting us via e-mail, please do so at office@hoapartners.net.

Fling for College Station City Council

Good Afternoon Neighbors!

I wanted to update you all that the College Station City Council filing period closes August 21, (not the 24.) We apologize for this error. For more information on filings and elections, details can be found at http://cstx.gov/elections.

Thank you,

Barbara Moore, MPA
City of College Station
Neighborhood Services Coordinator
(979) 764-6262

A Message from the CSPD Community Enhancement Unit

The College Station Police Department needs your help! You are the eyes and ears of the Police Department and we need your assistance in preventing crime. When you see or hear suspicious activity, immediately contact the College Station Police Department at 979-764-3600. Together we can make a difference in our community! For further information on Crime Prevention tips please contact the College Station Police Department Community Enhancement Unit at 979-764-6259 or e-mail us at communityenhancement@cstx.gov.

UPDATE: Found Dog - Husky/Husky Mix

HUSKY REUNITED WITH FAMILY

 

A resident in the community found this sweet girl wandering up and down Ravenstone and then taking up residence in the shade of their flower beds this afternoon. She appears to be a husky/husky mix and the finders are going to check to see if she is microchipped. If this is your dog, please contact our office at this e-mail address or the finder at (979)703-4141 or (214)680-4500. Please see the attached photo and help us find her family!

Missing Female Cat

A resident in Castlegate II is missing her female cat Lola. She is white/grey/ black and is wearing a collar. Please see the attached picture for more information.

Contact Rita at 979-739-3635 or 979-703-6658.

Summer Fun Program - George Bush Library

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is proud to host the College Station Noon Lions Club's "I Love America" Fourth of July Celebration on July 4. The museum will be open with free admission from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Concessions begin at 5:30 p.m. and live music entertainment at 6 p.m.  The Kids’ Zone, complete with games and bounce houses for children, will be open from 6 - 8:30 p.m. The evening will culminate with a performance by the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra and a fireworks show. For more information visit Bush41.org or call 691-4014.

BUSH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Grab your pearls and crazy socks and join us as we celebrate the birthdays of both President and Mrs. Bush on June 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Museum visitors are invited to join in the celebration for free birthday cake, Blue Bell Ice Cream, popcorn and refreshments in the rotunda. There is no cost to participate in the festivities in the rotunda, but regular museum admission will apply. For more information call (979) 691-4014, or email reservations.bush@nara.gov.

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION 
On June 15 join the Bryan-College Station community celebration of Juneteenth with the annual Freedom Walk and interactive storytelling program. The walk begins at the Lincoln Center at 9:00 a.m. The Bush Presidential Library welcomes the Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Troop as presenters.This event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. The program is free, but reservations are encouraged. To make reservations email Bush.Education@nara.gov.
MOVIES BY THE POND
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs as we enjoy the film, “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey" on June 16. Games and free refreshments will begin at 7 p.m., and the movie will start just after sundown. You may bring your coolers, but please no pets or glass containers.

For more information call (979) 691-4014, email to reservations.bush@nara.gov, or click here to register. Special thanks to Pepsi for providing the drinks!

Margraves Ranch Developement

Fellow Castlegate residents:

Many of you may have seen the notice on Green's Prairie regarding a re-zoning meeting. The Castlegate Board of directors would like to share the following letter (which has also been sent to the residents of South Oaks, Nantucket and Indian Lakes) from Karen Pitts, a South College Station resident, regarding an upcoming meeting later this week:

 

Dear Neighbors,
We have alerted you in the past to the City's land use changes that will negatively affect our neighborhoods along Arrington Road.  College Station's City Council has passed two multifamily apartment complexes (CapRock 10 near Blue Baker to generate over 1,600 cars/day and The Ranch near South Oaks to generate 1,800 cars/day).  The next attempt to rezone involves the Margraves ranch across from the Arrington and Harpers Ferry intersection, with an anticipated 9,000 to possibly over 14,800 cars/day that will push Arrington beyond  its capacity.  The intent is to change zoning from estate homes to restricted suburban/townhomes/possibly school and retail. The traffic overload that will follow does not include our existing traffic.  We must stop the City's rezoning before it impacts the safety of our neighborhood!

Please make your voices heard at the Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing on Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, at 1101 Texas Ave. S. and at the City Council public hearing on Thursday, May 25, at 7 p.m. in City Hall as well.  If you cannot attend, please email your opposition to the Margraves rezoning (stating your wish to maintain estate homes on the tract) to City Planner Jenifer Paz at jpaz@cstx.gov before the P&Z meeting.  Final approval for rezoning will be at the City Council meeting.  For the City Council meeting email any City Council member or City Secretary Sherry Mashburn at smashburn@cstx.gov, requesting that your statement be included in the City Council minutes.

Karen Pitts, Chair
Tracking Roads Advisory Committee

 

Please note that the HOA office is unable to field any calls or emails regarding this meeting. 

You may direct all questions, comments or concerns to the appropriate city officials as listed in this notice.

Also to clarify, an "estate home" designation is defined as a >1 acre lot and the "restricted suburban" zoning designation is a 8,000 to 10,000 square foot lot. 

The Margraves Ranch development will occur south of Castlegate directly across from Greens Prairie Road.

Thank you, the Castlegate Board of Directors.

Neighborhood News

Neighborhood News: Information on College Station events and services

Podcast: Why does Mayor Mooney want to walk in your neighborhood?

Mayor Karl Mooney has a new way to connect with citizens: a monthly "Walk With the Mayor." In this episode of the city podcast, Mayor Mooney said he especially wants to connect with residents who may not feel comfortable coming to city hall but still have issues or concerns they want the mayor to see and understand. To listen to the podcast of Mayor Mooney talking with Public Communications Director Jay Socol about his thoughts on "Walk With the Mayor", click here

New "My Neighborhood Guide" now available

Neighborhood Services and the Public Communications Department revised the manual used by neighborhood associations and HOAs to organize and manage associations. The original manual was published in the early 2000's. The manual needed to be revised and updated to reflect the more current state and needs of associations. The manual is meant to be a resource for association leaders and representatives.  For a hard copy, contact Neighborhood Services to arrange to pick up a copy or have one mailed. For an electronic version, click here.

Video available of April Code Enforcement Seminar Supper

Last month's Seminar Supper was on the topic of Code Enforcement. Code Supervisor Julie Caler was the guest speaker discussing all things code enforcement. Since this always one of the most important topics, this video of the seminar supper is now available for viewing.  To view the video, click here

Parks Summer Guide is now available

The Parks and Recreation Summer Guide is now available for download. Hard copies available at City Hall, Stephen C. Beachy Central Park, Southwood Community Center, Lincoln Recreation Center and Larry J. Ringer Library.  The electronic copy of the guide is available here for download.

Neighborhood Services Office is moving

The Neighborhood Services Office is to the old Human Resources Office in City Hall. The new office will be just a few steps down the hall from the old office near the elevator. The City's Human Resources Office moved next door to the old Fire Station at 1207 Texas Avenue and in doing so provided some much needed additional office space for various city employees. The move should take place the week of May 15.

Mosquito Dunk distribution to begin May 22

Mosquito dunk distribution will begin on May 22. Like last year, all HOAs will go through neighborhood services to receive dunks. Applications for dunks must be completed and turned in when picking up dunks. Please call before coming to pick up dunks from Neighborhood Services to be sure the Neighborhood Services Coordinator is in the office and available to distribute the dunks.  Residents not in HOAs can pick up dunks from the City Secretary's Office, also located in city hall. Mosquito dunks can be picked up in the City Secretary's Office beginning May 22, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  To get more information on the mosquito dunks, tips to keep safe during mosquito season and the application for HOAs to receive dunks, visit the Neighborhood Services webpage here and check out the Mosquito Abatement Program tab.

Seminar Supper - Tuesday May 16, 2017

Seminar Supper- TTI Community Meeting on Bush-Wellborn Intersection Project
Our next Seminar Supper is May 16 at 6:00 PM at City Hall Council Chambers
at 1101 Texas Avenue. We are pleased to have Dr. Tim Lomax, Research Engineer, with TTI and other staff join us to talk about the major changes coming to the George Bush and Wellborn Intersection in the next few years.
 
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) is working with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to identify improvements needed at the Bush-Wellborn intersection.
 
Specific goals for the BWX, or Bush-Wellborn Crossing, include enhancing overall safety for the thousands of motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians passing through the area daily while minimizing congestion at this critical intersection.
 
Improvements proposed nearly a decade ago would require a minimum of two years of construction to complete, with the Bush-Wellborn intersection partially or fully closed for at least six months of that time.
TxDOT and TTI are partnering to explore ways to minimize this disruption, and community input will be a meaningful part of this effort.
 
Over the next few months, TTI will be seeking comments, concerns and suggestions from the community regarding the Bush-Wellborn improvements. This input will be considered as the intersection design, construction timeline and work zone mobility plans are reviewed.
 
Another round of community engagement will follow to share project design options; construction staging and closure options; the impact on businesses, adjacent neighborhoods the campus and the community; mobility strategies during construction; and other innovative opportunities.
 
 A brief online survey is now available for you to share your suggestions and preferences before plans are drafted.
 
 All citizens are invited and encouraged to complete the survey at http://bwx-bcs.org

This Seminar Supper will allow citizens a look at the proposed project, what to expect and the opportunity to ask questions and engage with TTI staff as they prepare to begin work on one of the most important intersections in our city. 
 
If you plan to attend, click here to RSVP or call or send an email to me by Monday May 15.

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