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Christopher Kotran

President, Miramar Lake HOA

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.

Current Projects Under Review

The following projects, which are subject to available resources such as people and money, are subject to change without notice.  The board is reviewing each of the projects carefully so as to make informed and responsible decisions for our community as a whole. Projects may be implemented, tabled, or cancelled at the boards discretion based on available resources.

  • Gazebo – graffiti, security, trash, and vandalism. – COMPLETED
  • Entrances – reader board lighting for night-time readers. – Research Continues.
  • Lake peninsula – repair and / or re-positioning of lighting. – Research Continues (Not Cheap).
  • Playground – Security improvements (lighting and / or cameras). – Research Continues (Not Cheap).
  • Walking trail drainage / mud issues. – Research Continues (Not Cheap).

If you know of a concern or item which would benefit our community, please send your constructive thoughts to the board via this form.

Private Neighborhood Social Communications

Residents of Miramar Lake utilize Nextdoor for its online neighborhood social communications. Neighbors are able to share community events, recommendations, items for sale/free, crime/safety concerns, ideas about how to make our neighborhood better, and more. Please join us to build a better neighborhood! To visit and/or join the site, please click here.

DISCLAIMER: This site is separate from the Miramar Lake HOA and was started by residents for residents and is not under the direct control of the board of directors even though they are members as well.

Cats… The good, the bad, and THE PROBLEM

Several residents have been complaining about all the cats in the neighborhood lately (with lately being loosely defined). With that in mind, please observe the following:

1. Review the following regulations:

http://www.hcphes.org/vph/Animal_Laws/An…

2. If you are the custodian or owner of a cat, please keep it indoors so that it does not get trapped and sent to animal control for processing.

3. If you are fed up with all the stray cats running around, urinating and dropping feces in your yard not to mention all the other issues, I/we urge you to help the situation by following the instructions located here:

http://www.hcphes.org/vph/Pdfs/Trapagree…

4. The HOA, HOA Board, and Sterling are not the source of the cat problem and do not have jurisdiction over the cats. However, the Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services does have jurisdiction with your cooperation and assistance:

http://www.countypets.com or http://www.hcphes.org/vph/

5. One (1) or more homeowners are requesting that the HOA Board and Sterling institute a harsh fine policy backed by legal action against any and all homeowners who contribute to the cat issue. Please see item four (4) above.

Miramar Lake Assessment and Payment Coupon For 2013

The Miramar Lake HOA board of directors is pleased to announce that due to diligent research, hard work, and vendor negotiations the homeowners assessment for 2013 remains at $605.00. On or about 11/05/2012 a mail out was sent to every member of the association which included the following items:

  • Agenda for the annual meeting to be held on 12/18/2012 at 7PM in the Schultz Elementary cafeteria
  • Proxy form for election of one (1) member who has an expiring term
  • 2013 Maintenance Assessment Notice and Payment Plan Coupons
  • Miramar Lake HOA Fee Breakdown as Budgeted Summary
  • Important Announcement from our management company

For your convenience you may download a PDF copy of the following document(s) by clicking on them.  You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed to open, print, or view the file.

If after at least seven (7) business days from 11/05/2012 you have not received the mail out or you have additional questions, you may contact the management company for additional assistance.

The Grand Parkway

For more information on The Grand Parkway, the new toll road being built near Miramar Lake and surrounding neighborhoods, please visit the following website.

http://www.grandpky.com/

The segment that will be closest to Miramar Lake is segment F-2.

http://www.grandpky.com/segments/f-2/