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Administration

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.

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.

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