Category Archives: River Place

Kristin McLain’s Get Out Girl Paddle Jam

“Putting First Responders First”

Four Points News

The 4th annual Kristin McLain’s Get Out Girl Paddle Jam will be held Sunday, Sept. 24 at the Steiner Ranch Lake Club where an estimated 100 women will paddle and raise funds and awareness for first responders.

The Get Out Girl Paddle Jam benefits Foundation 1023, a nonprofit organization created in honor of Kristin McLain, a Travis County STAR Flight nurse who was killed in a rescue accident in April 2015 in Austin. Foundation 1023 provides awareness and financial support for the mental and emotional wellness of first responders.

Paddlers at the 2015 Get Out Girl Paddle Jam on Lake Austin wave as a STAR Flight helicopter flies overhead. McLain was a STAR Flight nurse who lost her life in a rescue in April 2015.

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LISD continues permit pursuit for VHS road

Staff Reports

Leander ISD continued to work through the permitting process for an access road at Vandegrift High School, meeting last week with representatives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS).

District officials met with FWS on Sept. 13 to continue cooperatively working on a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) application.

LISD is seeking an Endangered Species Act (ESA) permit to construct the access road, supporting 3,700 students and staff who attend and work at Four Points MS and Vandegrift. The proposed route will run through a small portion on the edge of the Balcones Canyonland Preserve, if approved.

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Skotz, Action Marine to be affected by RM 2222 road changes

Some business owners on RM 2222 — including Skot Ingram of Skotz Inc. and Aaron Sher of Action Marine — say the proposed changes with the RM 620 bypass road will affect their business in a negative way.

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Some business owners on RM 2222 say the proposed changes with the RM 620 bypass road will affect their business in a negative way.

To help increase traffic flow in Four Points, Texas Department of Transportation is planning to create a connector road which would bypass the existing RM 620/RM 2222 intersection for traffic going to and from Steiner Ranch to McNeil Drive.

But some business owners say the issue is the road from the current RM 620 intersection to the new bypass road intersection. The changes would include replacing the center turn-lane with a divider or raised median. The current five-lane configuration, however, helps with getting big trucks and trailers in and out for some businesses.

“I’m very concerned about what’s going to happen,” said Skot Ingram. Fifty years ago, he bought the land where Skotz Inc. sits today and he has built the company to include 15 employees. “This is my livelihood,” he said.

Skotz is located next to Jiffy Lube at 11303 RM 2222 and creates steel products — some gigantic — for oil fields and wastewater projects, among other things.

Skot Ingram stands next to one of the pieces his company manufactures for the oil industry.

Skotz has large trucks including 18-wheelers and bobtails that load and deliver products each week or so. To safely move the oversized loads, RM 2222 is briefly closed in both directions. Ingram is concerned that the road barriers will make it impossible for him to move his product.

Action Marine, which is located near Target at 11118 RM 2222, will be affected too. Aaron Sher, who has been in his current location since 1992, has many customers each week stopping in for sales, service and parts.

“We have a lot of traffic coming in and out,” Sher said. “It is scary. I don’t know how (the new configuration) will affect business.” Continue reading

Steiner residents’ concerns heard at first town hall (read about it in Four Points Newspaper delivered tonight): Second town hall tonight

Tom Jacobs, 82, voiced his concerns at last week’s town hall meeting. He wants the SR Master Association board to be more transparent in making big decisions that affect the community. Photo by Lynette Haaland

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The Steiner Ranch Master Association town hall meeting on Thursday, Sept. 14 drew a crowd of some 60 homeowners who came to hear plans and give feedback on the board’s consideration of changing its current in-house community management.

Craig Smyser, who resigned from the board on Friday, started the meeting by sharing with the audience what the consultant provided to the board and his recommendations, which the board received the night before.

The consultant, who is based out of Pennsylvania, recommended a new onsite management model along with integrated software tools.

Board treasurer Robby Roberts also addressed the audience and shared a different perspective about the process so far. He feels the process is being rushed to make this big decision, especially when the board so recently received full control of running the community after Taylor Morrison’s exit.

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