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Westlake Forest February 2018

TRASH PICK UP - BEST

TRASH PICK UP - BEST TRASH Monday Recycling & Regular Trash Thursday - Regular Heavy Trash both days Best Trash Phone: 281-313-2378 WESTLAKE & WESTLAKE FOREST HELPFUL NUMBERS MANAGEMENT COMPANY PCMI - Grand Parkway West 281-870-0585 2002 W. Grand Parkway N., Ste. 100, Katy, TX 77449 (PCMI • P.O. Box 219223, Houston, TX 77218) www.pcmi-us.com WCIA BOARD OF DIRECTORS WESTLAKE FOREST DIRECTORS Annette Baldwin, President 281-578-9118 David Bryant, Vice Presient 281-578-8376 Edmond Stachowski, Treasurer 281-578-3318 Kim Gugel, Secretary 713-589-2898 Christian Ubilluz, Director 281-312-9105 WESTLAKE DIRECTORS Chris Liles 281-578-1321 Kevin Sitzes 281-960-4356 Sherry Hume 281-578-6734 Rochelle Smith 281-579-8753 AT-LARGE DIRECTOR Lisa Kenny 281-733-0811 SHERIFF’S OFFICE LAW ENFORCEMENT COORDINATOR Annette Baldwin 281-578-9118 WESTLAKE GATORS SWIM TEAM www.WestlakeGators.com Published Courtesy of Krenek Printing 7102 Glen Chase Ct., Houston, TX 77095 281-463-8649 • www.krenekprinting.com FEBRUARY MEETING OF WESTLAKE CIA The Westlake CIA will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at 7 PM at the Civic Center located at the corner of Franz Road and Creek Meadow in Westlake Forest. Homeowners are invited to attend the Board meeting and then to participate in the Homeowners Forum which usually is held at about 7:30 PM. An executive meeting will be held on Monday, February 19, 2018 at the Civic Center. If you would like to visit privately with the Board at the executive meeting, please contact Annette Baldwin. Director’s phone numbers are in this newsletter on the important numbers page. FILE ACC BEFORE MAKING MAJOR CHANGES IN YOUR HOME All owners are required to file an ACC document when changing the paint, roof or altering the exterior of the home or any changes that can be seen from the street in any way. This form can be found on our website: www.westlakecia.org. Major changes that are initiated prior to filing an ACC form will be challenged in a court of law. HOLIDAY & CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS MUST BE Removed by January 31 st We thank all who participated in the holiday and Christmas decorating contest. Your efforts helped to bring much joy to our neighborhood. Please remember that all Christmas and holiday decorations must have been removed from the exterior of your home by January 31, 2018. Please remove all holiday lights and decorations now. www.westlakecia.org SECURITY Sheriff (Non-Emergency) 713-221-6000 Fire Dept (Information) 281-492-0560 Precinct 3 Commissioner Radack 281-463-6300 WATER/TRASH STE (Water) 281-398-8211 Best Trash 281-313-2378 IMPORTANT NUMBERS Harris County Public Health & Evir. 713-439-6000 Poison Control 800-764-7661 Animal Control 281-999-3191 Katy Christian Ministries Hotline 281-391-HELP Post Office - Bear Creek 281-550-4413 Post Office - Park Row 281-829-5062 Harris County Mosquito Control 713-440-4800 Centerpoint Energy (Street Light Repair) 281-391-5104 Centerpoint Energy (Power Outages) 713-207-2222 Comcast 713-341-1000 Seniro Citizen Info. 713-529-9991 SPCA Houston 713-869-7722 SPCA 24 Emergency Animal Rescue 713-780-4357 HOSPITALS Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital 281-644-7000 Houston Methodist West Hospital 832-522-1000 Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus 832-227-1000 SCHOOLS Mayde Creek Elementary School 281-237-3950 Stephens Elementary School 281-234-0200 Mayde Creek Junior High School 281-237-3900 Mayde Creek High School 281-237-3000 2 February 2018 | Community Newsletter

www.WESTLAKECIA.ORG HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION… Save Money On Your Property Taxes… File Now Filing for the Homestead Exemption on your property will save money on property taxes. (You must occupy the home to qualify for this exemption) An exemption removes part of the value of your property from taxation and lowers your taxes. For example, if your home is valued at $100,000 and you qualify for a $20,000 exemption, you pay taxes on a value of $80,000. An Application for Residential Homestead Exemption (same form for over-65, disability, over-55 surviving spouse or 100% disabled veteran homestead exemptions) can be found by hovering over Forms Page at www.hcad.org, choose popular forms, then choose form #11-13, which is the 1 st form on the list. Homestead exemption, General Residential, over 65, disability, over 55 surviving spouse. Follow the instructions on the form. You can now file for this exemption online. Follow the instructions on the hcad.org website. To check your property to see if you have the homestead exemption, go to hcad.org, hover over property search, then choose search by address and fill in your address. (You will have better success if you do not use dr. cir. pl. etc.) Look about halfway down on the left under Exemption Type, this will show the type of exemption you have or none if you do not have any exemptions. There are videos to watch for complete instructions to fill out the homestead exemption form and the documents you will need to send in with the application. You can contact the Harris County Appraisal District at 713 957-7800. NUISANCE ABATEMENT ENFORCEMENT CONTINUES IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS The Harris County Sheriff’s Office has an overall Nuisance Abatement program for neighborhoods, such as ours, which have suffered from severe neglect during the sub-prime foreclosure crisis. Empty homes with junk and clutter in the front and back yards, eyesores for the community, inoperable vehicles, health and safety hazards… these and much more are addressed under Texas law as it applies to Nuisance Abatements in the Traffic Code and the Health and Safety code. All contract units are trained in every Nuisance Abatement law on the books. Each law will be enforced quickly. Once again, we are putting a burden on the Sheriff’s Office that rightfully belongs on other agencies and the homeowners’ associations, but this is the most expeditious way of solving the many problems we are seeing in both Westlake Forest and Westlake. So, if you know of a home that is abandoned, has a junk vehicle in the driveway or street, trash, debris, high grass, a dangerous swimming pool, etc., please email Annette Baldwin at info.westlake@gmail.com or call her at 281-578-9118. She will forward the information to our deputy or the district nuisance abatement deputy who will act on it immediately. This program began in 2011 following the training of all deputies. New deputies who bid into contracts are trained in Nuisance Abatement prior to their new assignment. The vehicle Nuisance Abatement and parking code are enforced in an ongoing policy for Westlake and Westlake Forest. The health and safety laws will supplement that for further improvement in our neighborhoods. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Harris County Health Department and the County Attorney in an effort to clean up these problems. WARN YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT SURFACE WATER IN BAYOUS & SPILLWAYS Please warn your children not to swim in any surface water bayous or spillways in Harris County. Most MUD districts dump “gray water” into the surface water of Harris County. “Gray water” is partially processed waste water from sewers and contains lots of bacteria. Recently we have seen younger children wading in the spillways and teenagers in the waters of the bayous. In addition to the bacteria, our bayous are home to a number of animals such as alligators and snakes. Just to be safe, have a conversation with your children about our waterways. CALL IT IN… CALL IT IN A quick review of our calls for service in 2017, has demonstrated that our residents are not calling the Sheriff’s Office on suspicious persons and suspicious vehicles as well as crimes such as burglary of a motor vehicle, etc. If you don’t call to report a crime or suspected criminal activity in progress or suspicious persons or vehicles, no arrests will be made, the crime or criminal activity will continue and the Sheriff’s Office will not know that anything is going on. Yes, we have those rare occasions where a deputy, by pure luck, drives up on a crime or suspicious activity in progress. But why rely on luck when you have a telephone? The number to call is 713-221-6000. This is the phone number for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. If there is an emergency, call 9-1-1. We live in HARRIS County. If you would like a magnet for your refrigerator so that both these numbers are readily available to you, stop at the Franz Road Fry Store Front and pick one up. Do NOT call the Franz Road Store Front for a deputy or in an emergency. These deputies are with the Crime Prevention Bureau. The phones are answered during weekdays only. You can go to the Store Front to file a minor report such as the theft of a bicycle or to pick up information or complete a Vacation Watch form. However, this office does not dispatch deputies. GARAGES AND CARS ARE MADE FOR EACH OTHER While parking on the street and in the driveway is legal, it is amazing how many people do not use their garages for vehicle parking. If your garage is full of junk, this might be the time to clean it out, throw it away or put it in the attic. If you must park on your driveway, please remember to lock your vehicle. Before leaving your vehicle, take out items that might attract a criminal (major or minor) such as CDs, tapes, computers, cell phones, cash, credit cards, bags containing unknown items and anything that might attract a crime of opportunity. If you leave items in your vehicle and your vehicle is unlocked, don’t be surprised if your property is missing the next day. Recently, we have reports of catalytic converters, wheels and tailgates of pickups being stolen from various vehicles parked both on the street and in driveways. All of these are expensive replacements, minimally requiring a deductible payment on vehicle insurance and often raising your rates with a claim. It would seem wiser to empty the garage and park the cars there overnight. Community Newsletter | February 2018 3