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Stone Oak Park Dedication set for June 29


 Stone Oak Park will be officially dedicated and open to the public on June 29 at 10am.  Stone Oak Park is a 245 acre nature park, with parking, trail heads and hike and bike trails.  It is ADA accessible and the entrance is at 20395 Stone Oak Parkway, just before Canyon Ridge Elementary. 

The Friends of Stone Oak Park invite individuals, corporations and neighborhood associations to come out for the dedication and get involved with the park by making a donation to support conservation, education and management of the park.  the Friends of Stone Oak Park is an affiliate organization of the San Antonio Parks Foundation Friends of the Parks. 

Rate hike for waste collection in Stone Oak.

For the past twelve years, Stone Oak homeowners have dodged the rate increase bullet from waste collection contractor Allied Waste Systems.  Since 1995, the residents of Stone Oak have not paid more than $9.29 per month for their garbage and recycling pickup.  That is all about to change.

In a meeting of the Stone Oak Advisory Committee this past week, Hill Country Management officials discussed the proposed rate increase proposal from Allied Waste Systems.  AW is asking for a new 3-year contract beginning on May 1, 2007.  AW has provided the residents of Stone Oak with three viable options.  

Stone Oak...Get ready to pay more for your water!


BexarMet rates appear to be lower but not for the average user in Stone Oak. At a Special Board meeting Tuesday evening, the BexarMet Water Board of Directors adopted a new system-wide rate structure which will take effect June 1, 2007. The new rate structure will result in a rate reduction for approximately 75% of BexarMet customers.   However, if you live  in Stone Oak, your rates will more than likely go up. Especially if you use more than 17000 gallons per month.   The new rates follow a nine-month study conducted by a Denver-based rate analysis company of BexarMet’s current rate structure with a goal of making the utility’s rates more equitable, and creating a rate system that would encourage water conservation.

BexarMet Demand Management Plan

Nathan Riggs
BexarMet Water Efficiency Manager


The summer of 2006 lives in infamy in the minds of Stone Oak residents as well as BexarMet employees who worked to deal with the landscape watering restrictions and prohibitions issued between June and August of 2006.  A lot has changed in the months since, including plans for additional water and storage facilities for the BexarMet water system that includes Stone Oak, Sonterra, Greystone, Hill Country Village and Hollywood Park.


$550 million City of San Antonio Bond Proposal


On May 12, 2007, San Antonio voters will have the opportunity to consider the City of San Antonio’s $550 Million Bond Program. The program includes 151 projects designed to improve and enhance existing, as well as acquire or construct, new, local streets, bridges, sidewalks, drainage facilities, parks, athletics facilities, libraries and public health centers.

Five propositions supporting the bond program will be included on the ballot: Proposition 1 - Streets, Bridges and Sidewalks Improvements; Proposition 2 - Drainage Improvements; Proposition 3 - Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Athletics Improvements; Proposition 4 - Library Improvements; and Proposition 5 - Public Health Facilities Improvements. Voters will be asked to consider each proposition individually.

All sides of San Antonio will benefit from projects proposed in the bond program. Many projects address infrastructure needs in a specific area while several projects have a regional or city-wide benefit for all residents. A majority of the projects were recommended by four Community Bond Committees, comprised of 128 residents, who utilized a comprehensive public participation process to obtain community input on potential projects to be incorporated into the program. Ninety-three percent of the Committees’ recommendations were adopted by City Council as part of the bond program to be put before voters.

The $550 million program is the largest municipal bond program in San Antonio history. The program can be achieved without a property tax rate increase due to San Antonio’s expected strong economic growth and the City’s disciplined debt management plan. The bonds will be repaid with property tax revenue the City collects on an annual basis. Bonds will be issued, and each project funded, over a five-year period (2007 through 2012). Several proposed projects combine City bond resources with other entity funding to complete needed improvements.

Bush Middle School sends off 8th graders in style!


The Barbara Bush Middle School 8th graders are about to embark on their high school careers.  In recognition and celebration of their middle school years we are hosting a party in their favor.  It is Saturday May 5th, 2007 from 7-9:30pm at the Holy Trinity Banquet Hall on Huebner Road.  The theme is masquerade and the dress is semi formal—DRESS TO IMPRESS!!  There will be a DJ providing the music, as well as food, door prizes and tons of fun.  We encourage every 8th grader to attend—and bring all your friends!

We are still accepting donations from area businesses and individuals to help defray the cost of the party or to purchase the door prizes.  If you would like to make a contribution please contact Nancy Woodall at nwoodall@satx.rr.com  or 481-9431.

Texas fights to curb drunk drivers


Senator Wentworth column                                        Contact: Margaret Patterson


For immediate release/April 13, 2007                            (210) 826-7800


A Brief History of Socks


I don't know how much you may already know about handmade wool socks, but they are truly miraculous!

Handknitted stockings first appeared in Britain during the reign of Henry VIII. In 1560 his daughter Queen Elizabeth I received a gift of knitted silk stockings and declared she would never wear cloth stockings again because the knitted ones were so pleasant. Schools were created to teach knitting skills to children and the poor, and by the mid-seventeenth century people throughout the British countryside were knitting for income.  Throughout the nineteenth century, thousands of pairs of British stockings were exported to Europe & America.  

Report your Sonterra water pressure problems to BexarMet

We have been asked by BexarMet to obtain information from our Sonterra residents regarding water pressure problems experienced in our neighborhoods.  BexarMet needs information on specific addresses where these problems have occurred on a fairly consistent basis.  If you have had a problem at your residence with either high or low pressure during peak hours (the hours of 4:00 – 9:00 a.m. or 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.), or ongoing all-the-time, please reply to Tonja Condor at TCondor@hillcountrymgmt.com 

Stone Oak street With 8-Foot Drop-Off Repaired


Posted by:  Laura Berryhill

A neighborhood street divided by an eight-foot cliff has finally been fixed.

The uneven street was on Knights Cross off Stone Oak Parkway in far north San Antonio.

City Council says two separate developers built the street and never connected it. The eight-foot drop-off caused a problem for neighbors living on Knights Cross.

"It's quite inconvenient because we have children that go to Bush Middle School, " said Mikel Hill, who lives in Stone Oak. "We have to drive all the way around to get them to school."

After nearly a year of construction and a price tag of half a million dollars, Knights Cross is now connected. The repaired street opens to traffic today.