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Westfield Community February 2018

WESTFIELD COMMUNITY

WESTFIELD COMMUNITY HELPFUL NUMBERS Spectrum Association Management 281-343-9178 281-752-5482 Fax 16690 Park Row • Houston, TX 77084 Ja’Lisa - Manager JMosley@spectrumam.com WESTFIELD BOARD OF DIRECTORS Tom Clark - President Mary Carpentier - Vice President Jacque Freeman - Secret Secretary / Treasurer, Landscape / Irrigation & Newsletter Marian Miller - Director Richard Salce - Director Abraham Montemayor - Director Nick Niccoletti - Director, ACC WCA Waste 281-368-8397 Ricewood M.U.D. 281-579-4500 Mayde Creek M.U.D. 832-467-1599 Community Center Reservations 281-492-1769 Sheriff Office (non-emergency) 713-221-6000 Fire Dept. (non-emergency/events) 281-578-2518 WCA 281-368-8397 Ricewood M.U.D. 281-579-4500 CenterPoint Energy (gas) 713-659-2111 CenterPointEnergy (elec) 713-207-7777 Light Outages 713-207-2222 report online at http://cnp.centerpointenergy.com/outage Power to Choose (elec) 1-888-797-4839 SCHOOLS Rhoads Elementary 281-237-8500 McRoberts Elementary 281-237-2000 McDonald Jr. High 281-237-5300 Morton Ranch HS 281-237-7800 KISD Administration 281-396-6000 HARRIS COUNTY NUMBERS Poison Control 1-800-764-7661 Animal Control 281-999-3191 Mosquito Control 713-440-4800 Commissioner Radack 281-463-6300 US Post Office 1-800-275-8777 Katy Library 281-391-3509 Katherine Tyra Library 281-550-0885 GET CONNECTED Sign up on the Spectrum website: Go to spectrumam.com Click on Homeowner Assistance Click on Create an account Follow Instructions After signing up, you will receive e-blast on all upcoming events Facebook Page Make a friend request on Westfieldhoakatytx Join Nextdoor.com WESTFIELD ANNUAL DUES It’s that time of year again. You should have received your yearly invoice for the Westfield Annual Dues by now, which is due by January 31 st . If you are not able to pay your dues by the due date, you may request a payment plan to avoid having your account sent to the attorney for collections and save yourself a lot of extra money and possible judgment and foreclosure. Unlike many other subdivisions, there is no charge for a payment plan if you enter into a payment plan before being turned over to the attorney’s office for collection. If you have not received your invoice, please contact Spectrum Association Management at 281-343 9178. CURB REPAIR Need Curb Repair?? Do you have a broken curb in front of your home... Did you know that Harris County Precinct 3 will come and fix it? It is as easy as going to their website and filling out the service request form. They will come and fix it for free (well, that is your tax dollars at work)! They will not fix the curved part that attaches to your driveway, that is the homeowner’s responsibility. You can go to www.harriscountytx.gov/ServiceRequestForm/ Default.aspx?Pct3 and fill out the service request form if you have a broken curb that needs repaired. HOMEOWNER HOT LINE There is help for your homeowners association! The Greater Houston Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) has launched a free HOA Hotline, a resource for homeowners and Board members owning homes/units in condominium, townhome and subdivision community associations and have questions about the operations of their association. The Hotline is staffed with local non-attorney experts knowledgeable in community association best practices. Please contact the Hotline by calling 832-251-1874. We urge homeowners to take advantage of this free resource. After all, isn’t it better to resolve issues quickly and reasonably now before they get out of hand later? *Please note, the HOA Hotline panel, as well as CAI Staff will NOT give out legal advice. If seeking legal help, please contact the appropriate attorney or legal service. LegalLine is a free legal service, open to any Harris County citizen. It is held on the first and third Wednesday of every month, from 5-9 PM. To reach a volunteer attorney, call 713-759-1133. This program is by telephone only. For Spanish speakers, Consejos Legales is the first Thursday of the month from 6-8 PM. To reach a Spanish speaking volunteer attorney call 713-759-1133. 2 February 2018 | Community Newsletter

ABANDONED OR OVERGROWN PROPERTY Do you live next door or near someone who has abandoned or left a house vacant? Has the grass grown two or more feet high? Are there rodents and snakes coming from their backyards? Would you like to get the property cleaned up? Can you see over the back fence from your property? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you are the one who needs to make the first move in getting this matter resolved. Westfield Homeowner Association cannot call the Harris County Health Department at 713-439-6270. We need someone who will give permission for the Health Department to come on their property to view violations of neighbors. So please, help us get rid of dangerous conditions in our subdivision. GOING OUT OF TOWN? USE VACATION WATCH FILE A VACATION WATCH FORM WITH SHERIFF’S OFFICE The Harris County Sheriff’s Office offers a vacation watch program. Before going on vacation complete a vacation watch form and fax it to the District IV substation at 281-463-8246. Include an emergency contact number and any information that the deputy should know when checking your house. Our marked unit, district units and our unmarked deputy units will check your home throughout the day, evening and night for any unusual activity. SHERIFF’S PHONE NUMBERS The non-emergency phone number for the Harris County Sheriff’s Department is 713-221-6000 the number for the Clay Road station is 281-463-2648. But if you actually have an emergency and in need of assistance right away, please call 9-1-1. WESTFIELD BOARD OF DIRECTORS Tom Clark - President Mary Carpentier - Vice President Jacque Freeman - Secret Secretary / Treasurer, Landscape / Irrigation & Newsletter Marian Miller - Director Richard Salce - Director Abraham Montemayor - Director Nick Niccoletti - Director, ACC Members, thank you for volunteering. We look forward to an amazing new year. DUTIES OF OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS Our Board of Directors is charged with maintaining, preserving and enhancing the common assets of our association. In order to perform those duties our Board depends upon the advice and counsel of experts in various fields of community association management: our Management Company, attorneys, landscapers, insurance specialists, etc. increased that means they are increased for them also. If rules are enacted, that means they have to obey them, too. Being a Board member does not grant one community from the responsibilities of living in an association. In fact, serving on the Board reflects just how seriously they take that responsibility. So, please keep in mind that our Board members are actually doing “double-duty” for our community: they serve as Board member and neighbor...and they deserve a heartfelt “thank you” for all of their contributions to our community! WCA GARBAGE COLLECTION HOLIDAYS AND GUIDELINES Collection Days: Monday and Thursday Holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas • Please have waste ready for collection no later than 7 AM. • Refuse must be in bags or cans, weighing no more than 40 pounds. • Tree branches, brush, shrubs and fencing must be tied in bundles, weighing no more than 40 pounds and being no longer than 4 feet in length. • Branches may be no wider than 3 inches in diameter to avoid damaging equipment. • Per Federal Law, refrigerators, freezers and air conditioning units must be drained of all Freon and have an accompanying bill verifying Freon has been drained. • ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED: dirt, rocks, bricks, concrete, tires, batteries, motor oil, cooking oil, waste generated by a private contractor, hazardous/toxic chemicals or material, construction material, no more than 1 room of carpeting, bundled and less than 40 pounds. Items not collected will be tagged explaining reason for non-collection. Recycle Collection Guidelines The following items are accepted in our curbside recycling program: • Paper: Newspaper, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, envelopes, office paper, construction paper, colored paper, folders, paper bags, phone books, holiday cards and greeting cards. • Cardboard: Corrugated cardboard boxes, paperboard boxes (cereal, soda/beer, egg, shoe boxes) • Containers: Aluminum cans, tin cans, steel cans, empty aerosol cans, aluminum foil, plastics #1-#5 & #7 (milk, soda, water, juice, shampoo, detergent, pool supplies, pet food), metal pots and pans, copper, scrap metal (nails, screws, gutters), milk and juice cartons, aseptic packages. • Commonly Mistaken Unacceptable Material: PLASTIC BAGS, STY- ROFOAM, GLASS, wrapping paper, used pizza boxes, coat hangers, paint and solvent containers, light bulbs, mirrors, windows, dishes and cups, Pyrex pans, wet or soiled paper, paper towels, facial and toilet tissue, disposable plates and cups. When making decisions regarding our community, the Board is expected to consider all the facts and factors involved in the issue and make the best business decision possible. Sometimes those decisions may not appear to be in the best interests of all of the owners, however if each owner understood all of the underlying issues that go into making the decision; they would understand that the Board’s choice of action is usually the most practical and well thought out. In addition to dealing with insurance, maintenance, financial and contractual decisions, the Board must also balance their positions on the Board with their role as a homeowner. If assessments are Community Newsletter | February 2018 3