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HOA Board of Directors Meeting Schedule

The Miramar Lake HOA meets at least once per month to review and address the affairs of the association. Usually the meeting is held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month and begins at 7PM Central. Notice of the meeting is posted 72 hours in advance on the reader boards which are at the entrances on Boudreaux Rd and Dowdell Rd.

  • Tuesday December 12th, 2017 @ 7PM – There will be an annual HOA meeting at 7500 FM 2920, Klein, TX 77379 (Klein ISD Multipurpose Center). Click here for an online copy of the agenda.
  • 3rd Tuesday of each month @ 7PM – There will be a regular HOA meeting at the residence of Christopher Kotran (8226 Calico Canyon Dr). Click here for an online copy of the agenda. Should an exception to the schedule occur, announcements will be posted accordingly.

Since the Miramar Lake subdivision lies within the boundaries of the Dowdell PUD it is important for the homeowners to know what is going on and when.

  • Meetings usually occur on the 3rd Thursday of every month beginning at 6:00PM and are held at the office of M. Marlon Ivy & Associates, Inc. (19333 Haude Road)

2017 Annual Mail Out

A PDF copy of the 2017 Annual mail out can be viewed by clicking here.

Neighborhood Street Parking

We often hear on Nextdoor, Facebook, and in person about all the cars parked where individually we believe they should not be. Often times the main question is “Why is the HOA not doing anything about it?”. Often times the Deed Restrictions that are normally put into effect by an HOA are done so by developers and their attorneys. Unfortunately, the rules that they put into place do not always follow the laws in effect at the time or the future. Here in Texas public roads are regulated by the state, county, and cities when within their jurisdictions. The only time that an HOA can actually manage what does and does not occur on the roads is if they physically own and maintain them. The roads of Miramar Lake, The Preserve at Miramar Lake, and Willows Edge are owned by Harris County and in turn maintenance of them is performed by Harris County Precinct 4. What this means is that as long as folks are following the laws and regulations put forth by the State of Texas and Harris County, the HOA has zero (0) jurisdiction to say otherwise. Granted, neighbors should respect one another and come to reasonable arrangements to ensure that everyone has the ability to park and/or access their driveways. There are deed restrictions within the Miramar Lake HOA Deed Restrictions that are useless because state and county law override or trump them. For a refresher of state law, I encourage everyone to visit the following link which covers Chapter 545 of the Transportation Code; more specifically Section 545.302 as well as a few others.

http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/TN/htm/TN.545.htm

Our large neighbors to the North, The Woodlands Township, put out the following newsletter in an effort to help better manage their parking issues.

https://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4453

I would take note of the following sentence from the first paragraph on page one (1):

“While some of these parking habits may not be illegal, they can contribute to an unsafe environment in the neighborhood.”

So, as you can see, The Woodlands Township recognizes the problem as well but lacks the legal authority to do much about it other than to have their police enforce the rules that are already in effect.

In closing, if we all do a better job at working together as neighbors then many of our problems might just go away; emphasis on might.

Basketball Goal Complaints – Do’s and Don’ts

The Board and I have been receiving numerous complaints throughout the subdivision regarding basketball goals being kept in the street that which in turn create all sorts of issues. This post is being provided as a reminder of the following:

1) The streets are publicly owned and maintained by Harris County Precinct 4 Maintenance by everyones tax dollars.

2) Basketball goals can be a great way for kids and adults to exercise as well as socialize, however, the sport should be conducted in a manner that does not become a nuisance to your neighbors. IE: After 10PM, blocking the cul de sacs, blocking the roads, hitting vehicles, damaging property.

3) Basketball goals should be promptly removed from the streets immediately after the game has ended and stored.

4) Basketball goals should be stored out of site; not in your driveway or on the sidewalk. Based on the deed restrictions, the management company has the authorization to send deed restriction violation notices, assess fines, assess interest, and even go as far as getting the attorney involved for collections or even worse.

5) Should a homeowner choose to continue storing their basketball goal in the street, affected homeowners have a remedy to deal with the situation directly. Harris County Precinct 4 Maintenance has an online form that allows them to place a work request. Harris County will come out and physically remove the road obstruction. I have been told that they sometimes store the items pending claim by the owners and/or that they simply trash them. I myself have never utilized this method of enforcement however, if a homeowner is affected then this should be used as a last resort to resolve the problem.

http://www.hcp4.net/assistance/cad/worf

I would asked that everyone work together to provide a balanced and neutral place to live.

Trash Provider Service Change – 032017

As many of you already know the past year has seen a significant decline in reliable service by WCA and in turn they were put on notice that if things did not improve that they would be loosing our business. In response, they allegedly did an audit of our account and claim that in order for them to provide the level of service that we are accustomed to that they would have to make changes. What were their proposed changes you ask? They cancelled our contract on March 1st with an effective date of March 31st and proposed a 47% rate hike with a new contract to begin on April 1st. Let that sink in for a moment before continuing…..

Effective Monday, April 3rd, 2017, Texas Pride Disposal will be your new solid waste collection provider at a cost increase of approximately 6%. Please find attached to this posting a two (2) page summary of the changes. Of specific changes to note:

Trash days will be changing to Monday and Thursday; the Board specifically found that Monday was a good option for those who do yard work over the weekend.

The recycle day will be changing to Thursday.

Heavy (bulk) trash pickup will be increasing from once per week to every normal collection day.

The types of waste to be picked up is also increasing. Remember some of the Nextdoor posts complaining about careless landlords dumping their house at the curb? This should help in more cases than before but landlords still need to be responsible.

HOA Reminder – Trash Cans

Today is trash day and in light of the fact that there were an estimated 31 accounts last month with trash issues I thought it might be helpful to remind folks of the deed restriction that applies here.

First off, many of you might not be aware of the location of the currently recorded copy of the Deed Restrictions from 2003. If you go to the Miramar Lake website of http://www.miramarlake.info followed by selecting the Document link and then Legal Documents you will find a link of “A PDF copy of the Deed Restrictions, as amended and filed on 04/21/2003 can be found here.”. If you click the word here your computer will then be prompted to either download or open a PDF copy of the Deed Restrictions.

Next, if you scroll down to page 31, it will provide you with the following text from Article IX (“Use Restrictions”) Section 19 (“Restrictions on Garbage and Trash”).

“No refuse, garbage, trash, lumber, grass, shrub or tree clippings, plant waste, compost, metal, bulk materials, scrap, refuse, or debris of any kind shall be kept, stored, or allowed to accumulate on any portion of the Property except within an enclosed container of a type, size, and style approved by the Board and appropriately screened from view, except that any such container may be placed in a designated area for garbage or trash pickup no earlier than six o’clock p.m. on the day preceding trash pickup of such garbage and trash and shall be returned to an enclosed structure or an area appropriately screened from view no later than midnight of the day of pickup of such garbage or trash.”

With all of that being said, and as I have said before, I know that life happens as well as honest mistakes thus I would never personally single handedly go after someone for such rare occurrences. As an Officer of the HOA however, I am required by law to ensure that the Deed Restrictions are enforced across the neighborhood in a manner which is fair, honest, and without discrimination of any kind. So to achieve those requirements I continue to support the need for our HOA to have a management company that is charged and trusted to carry out the enforcement of the Deed Restrictions. Some of you might point out that the management company makes mistakes and of course I must agree. However, do we not all make mistakes? When a difference of opinion or mistake occurs with regard to the management company it then becomes an escalation item for review by myself and the rest of the Board of Directors. If the Board finds in favor of the Property Owner then the management company will of course have to fix the issue. However, if the Board finds that the Property Owner is incorrect then the Property Owner will have to make resolution.

I appreciate your time and hope that I have shared some information that has been informative to everyone in a manner that has been respectful and fair.

Notice to Residents 081815

Upon recent property inspections of the community, I would like to remind all residents of deed restriction violations that are commonly overlooked. Click here for the full document.

Revised and Simplified – Exterior Improvement and/or Change Application aka Miramar Lake ACC Application

The new and simplified form of “Architectural Control Committee – Exterior Improvement and/or Change Application” has been approved for use by the board and posted on the Architectural Control Committee’s information page.

Change of Management

The Board of Directors for the Miramar Lake HOA are pleased to inform our fellow residents that as of May 30th, 2015 the services of Sterling ASI have been terminated. Effective June 1st, 2015 JDH Association Management Co. is the new management company for the daily operating and management functions of the HOA. For more details on how to contact JDH, please click here.

As the transition progresses through the months of June and July please expect further announcement of changes as necessary and appropriate.

Thank you,

Your elected and volunteer Board of Directors.

Garage Sale

October 4th and 5th from approximately 7AM until at most 7PM is the Miramar Lake Community Garage Sale.  Come one (1), come all (9999), drive safely, be polite, and most of all, bring your money :).

Miramar Lake Community Garage Sale Sign