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We would love to hear from anyone interested in submitting articles for consideration in our newsletter.

Please send all articles to the RCPOA Communications Committee.

Topics can include anything of interest to you personally, varying broadly from visiting a local restaurant... to traveling abroad, from rafting down the Guadalupe... to gardening, or maybe you have a hobby that you would like to share with us, like woodworking or quilting.  We also encourage adding a few photos to entice our readers' interest.

Newsletter content will also include, but is not limited to:

Committee information (including Common Areas, ACC, Capital Improvements, Events, Emergency Services, etc.); Clubs (Gardening, Water Aerobics, etc.); yard sale information; human interest stories; pets; wildlife experiences; military enlistments, deployments, returning from tour of duty; RCPOA information (common areas, homeowner dues, etc.); the possibilities are endless!

Guidelines for Submittals:

  • Newsletters will be published:  Quarterly
  • Submissions are due: First day of every quarter
  • Email distribution:  By the 15th day of the first month of every quarter
  • Email your newsletter article to:
  • Email your questions to:
  • All submittals must include the date and the author’s name and contact information (for any questions or validation that may be required).  Unless otherwise requested by the contributor, the author’s name and date will be printed with the article.

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February 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

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May 2011

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March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

December 2010

November 2010






Welcome to the River Chase POA Community News

We will periodically post news items on this page. The newest items apear at the top. You can filter articles by selecting a category on the right.

Feeding Deer… Don’t!

Click here to read about "The Don'ts and Don'ts of Feeding Deer", by Jan Wrede per the Cibolo Nature Center

Wildland Fire Prevention and Evacuation Kit

(Click on image to download the flyer...)



According to WUI (Wildland Urban Interface), one third of U.S. homes are located in an area where wildland vegetation (forest/woodlands, brush/shrubs or grassland) meets or is located throughout the residential developments.  Does that sound like River Chase?  If you think so, then continue reading

How can we make our own home defensible?  By zoning areas around the home.

  1. 0 - 5 feet  The area closest to the house requires careful selection and management of the vegetation and other materials.  By installing hard surfaces (concrete walkway), using rock mulch and avoiding wood, bark or rubber mulch that are combustible, and landscaping with low growing non-woody plants (herbaceous) and/or irrigated lawn helps discourage fire access.  Trees should have all lower limbs and any hanging across the roof plus any dead plant material removed.  No firewood piles should be located in this area. The greatest hazard is to plant next to combustible siding, foundation vents or under/next to windows or under eve vents. 
  2.  5 - 30 feet  Prevent fire from climbing into the crown or top portions of trees or shrubs and stop the fire from coming directly up to your home.  Trees and shrubs should be well spaced and well maintained.  Eliminate ladder fuels by spacing plants or groupings so that fire cannot move into the crown and also eliminate horizontal movement.  Embers can ignite islands of plants.  Out buildings should be located 30 feet from the back of the house when possible or at least create the same defensible space as the 0 - 5 foot recommendations.  30 - 100 foot trees should have 10 feet between the crowns.  Dead trees and shrubs should be removed.

Are you located on a slope?  Wildfires burn up slopes faster and with more intensity than on flat ground.  The steeper the slope, the faster moving the fire.  If you are located at the top of a slope, your setback should be a minimum of 15 feet for one story homes or 30 feet for two story homes.  If located mid-slope, utilize an enhanced fuel modification zone 150 - 200 feet for slopes greater than 40%.

Other suggestions from WUI, insurance companies, Firewise:

  1. Decks - do not store combustibles (firewood/lumber) underneath the deck.   If open or lattice covered, enclose if possible to prevent embers from getting underneath.  Do have some screened venting to prevent moisture related problems.
  2. Patio furniture - most is combustible, so removed from the deck or porch if a wildfire threatens.
  3. Fences, if combustible, should be separated from the structure by a metal gate.
  4. Roofs/gutters - Keep free of debris.  Embers love these areas.  Plug openings with noncombustible material.
  5. Vents are the most likely entry for embers.  Cover openings with 1/8" metal mesh screens.
  6. Propane tanks - Ideal placement is at least 30 feet from the house or have it buried.  If less than 30 feet, create a 10 foot noncombustible zone and keep debris free in that area.
  7. Weep holes around house - fill with mesh screening to prevent embers (and bugs/critters) from gaining access.

Preplanning prior to any threat of wildfire will reduce the need for last minute action if we ever do have threat.


Firewise Update


To remain a Firewise Community we MUST submit proof each year that we are keeping our landscapes mitigated and clear of debris.  Any hours or dollar amounts you have spent having someone else do the work is acceptable.  These are totaled and submitted as hours and amount spent.  We also include the amount spent on landscaping for the subdivision.  Names/lots are not included in the report.

(Just an FYI)  We were the first Firewise Community in Comal County and would like to remain one.

Please submit your information to  by December 1st.

Thanks for your assistance,
Susan Shirley-Menzel
Emergency Services

FM306 Update

FM_306.docx (from November 21, 2013)

It's official, mark your calendars for January 22, 2014 at 7pm at the River Chase Clubhouse.  Josh Donat, our TXDOT contact, will be here to present an update of FM 306.

Many of you have had questions regarding the stages of the construction and projected dates of each stage.  If you can forward any questions to me, I will consolidate them and submit ahead of time to Josh.  Hopefully it will assist him so that the presentation can flow more easily than if each of us wanting our "hands answered next."  Call with any questions.

Also, if possible, send an RSVP so that we can have sufficient seating.  We may have standing room only as we did at one of Ben's presentations.

Wishing all a Happy New Year and thanks to TXDOT for implementing this stage of FM 306 in such a timely manner, AND, that they might see fit to proceed with the rest of the FM 306 project that was presented to us over five years ago and is still waiting to be funded.

Susan Shirley-Menzel

If you SEE something, SAY something…

The following is adapted from a bulletin sent by Emergency Preparedness and Texas Citizen Corps Manager, Texas Association of Regional Councils, as forwarded by FEMA Region 6...


Please remember, “If you SEE Something SAY Something;” (

Whether you are at work or going about your normal day-to-day activities, you should report unidentified or unattended items (computer bags, lunch boxes, packages with no return address, etc.).  Each individual must remain vigilant and report suspicious activity.  Every day, members of the public work with law enforcement officers to help keep our facilities and communities safe by reporting activities that are out of the ordinary and suspicious.  An aware and engaged workforce that understands what constitutes unusual and suspicious behavior is essential to protecting our facilities from threats. 

You can review a poster on what constitutes suspicious behavior, by clicking here...

Maintenance Fee Proposal


Thank you for taking an interest in this critical topic:  "Required Maintenance Fee Increase"...


  • 400 new homes and families added since the last Maintenance Fee increase, yet only a very little additional maintenance revenue was realized, as most of the lots were already being billed
  • Increased number of families living in the community increases common area repair and maintenance costs
  • The POA is forecast to be forced to close several common areas and cancel some contracts in 2016 if there is no fee increase
  • Proposed fee increase by $50 per year beginning in 2014, which is about the cost of a tank of gasoline

Please see the following document, which summarizes our situation:

Proposed Maintenance Fee - DETAILED EXPLANATION

Master Land Plan

  • Master Land Plan (July 2012)
  • Architect Notes (reasons for placement)
  • STATUS REPORT (July 2012)

  • Capital Improvements Survey Results

    The Capital Improvements Committee has compiled the results of the 470 surveys received. These surveys represent 27% of the 1729 lots with voting rights.  The Committee felt this percentage and the resulting responses were a good representation. 

    Here are the results:

    • The majority of respondents, at this time, did not want an additional pool (including new pump house, new fencing, expanded restrooms, decking and shading) or an open air pavilion (including a parking lot, restroom expansion, grills and picnic tables)
    • The response was favorable for a playscape located near the existing pool, a full basketball court adjacent to the tennis court and shading around the current pool.

    The committee would like to thank those residents who took time to complete and return their surveys.  The results will help the Committee move forward with those capital improvements most desired by the community.

    Christmas Safety

    Please see the following Christmas safety information and have a wonderful holiday!



    Snake Infestation

    2011 Snake Alert

    Click here to open the alert...

    How to Water Trees During a Drought


    TXI Meeting Summary

    Click here to opwn the TXI Meeting Summary (April_2011)

    RBFCU Extends Membership to River Chase

    Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union (RBFCU) has approved the River Chase Property Owner Association as a field of membership.

    Access Cards

    River Park, Pool, and Weight Room Access

    If you have never obtained access cards, they can be picked up at the association office (at 1600 NE Loop 410, Ste 202, San Antonio). Alternatively, you can have them mailed to you for a fee.


    Fire: Please be aware that welding and similar tasks can spark a fire, and postpone welding on windy days. Be sure to have water or other fire extinguishing material handy when performing these activities.


    Pets: Help keep our walking path and parks clean! Bring along a couple plastic bags and pick up your dog’s “deposits”. Your neighbors thank you! If you’ve lost a pet, send a description, location, and contact information using the "classified ads" page. We’ll be glad to post it on the River Chase website.

    Mail Delivery Issues

    If you are having issues with your mail delivery please contact the USPS representative by calling 1-800-ask-usps (275-8777) - it is an automated system and the menu path is as follows:
    1. Push the initial prompt for "English"
    2. Push # 5
    3. Push # 5 again and that will take you to a live customer service rep.

    Why do I need to submit my floorplan to the ACC?

    In June’s Town Hall meeting, the question was raised as to why it was necessary to provide the floorplan as part of the plans and specifications provided for review and approval by the Architectural Control Committee. The action item was taken to submit the query to ACC for their response which follows: “Our review requires that we evaluate characteristics in addition to "exterior appearance". Section 4.01 (a) provides "… until the obtaining of the necessary approval (as herein provided) from the Committee of the construction plans and specification for the construction …". The floor plan is an integral part of the specification, and strictly from the requirement to comply with the covenants and restrictions, needs to be included. Often, the floor plan is necessary in order to correctly interpret the other views of the structure. It shows the location of stone facings and the presence of walls that may be obscured in other views. For example, it is often difficult, or impossible, to distinguish between a porch and a room strictly from the elevation drawing. The floor plan is necessary in order to evaluate certain requirements such as the "living area" and the size and location of the garage as specified in Section 3.01. It is also the only drawing that gives the dimensions of walls and openings. These dimensions are necessary in order to properly calculate the masonry coverage as required to evaluate the requirements of Section 3.11 The submitted plans are not available for general view. Once they are processed, they are kept in locked storage whose access is strictly limited. Only when an issue is raised that requires specific reference to the plans, are they retrieved, consulted, and returned to storage.”

    ** Snake Warning **

    Please be aware we have many varieties of venomous hill country snakes. Please check with your doctor about proper treatment of snake bites. Some advice for first aid can be found at: Local veterinarians have rattlesnake vaccines and anti-venoms for pets. Please contact your veterinarian for details.

    Welding Recommendations

    Recommended Fire Safe Practices For The Use of Cutting/Welding Equipment In the River Chase Subdivision CLICK HERE for more details: Welding Recommendations

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