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Bear Creek Plantation March 2018


BEAR CREEK PLANTATION IMPORTANT NUMBERS KPM MANAGEMENT Tracy Henry P.O. Box 6333 • Katy, TX 77491-6333 16360 Park Ten Pl - #310 - Houston, TX 77084 281-685-3090 • Fax 281-599-8822 BEAR CREEK PLANTATION BOARD Rick Bennett - President Don Coleman - Vice President Lindsay Bennett - Secretary Greg Shelly - Treasurer Reehan Malik - Director Police/Fire Emergency 911 Sheriff’s Office 713-221-6000 SCHOOLS Cy-Fair ISD Administration 281-897-4000 Cy-Fair ISD Transportation 281-463-5978 Jowell Elementary 281-463-5966 Kahla Middle School 281-345-3260 Cy-Springs High School 281-345-3000 UTILITIES CenterPoint Energy 800-376-9663 Street Lights - Not working 713-207-2222 Harris County MUD 239 (Water) 281-861-6215 WCA Waste (Trash) 281-368-8397 A-Beautiful Pools 281-376-6510 MAILBOX TAMPERING When a mailbox is put into use for the purposes of sending and receiving mail, it becomes federal property. Mailbox tampering is considered any act that interferes with another person’s letter box or other receptacle. This can include: • destruction of the mailbox itself • theft of mailbox contents • the placement of items in a mail receptacle by persons other than postal employees • any action intended to obstruct or damage mail or mailbox property In short, anyone, other than mail recipients and postal employees, should NOT touch a mailbox or its contents. RECREATION CARDS Bear Creek Plantation residents will now be able to apply for a recreation card online at through the community website. Our new application can be found, once logged in, under eforms. We will still accept applications which are emailed, mailed or faxed; they can be found on the website under documents. BE SURE ADDRESS IS CLEAR FROM THE STREET County officials want to remind residents of the Ordinance 5.3 requiring that addresses or building numbers be legible and visible from the street. The section states the numbers must be in Arabic numerals at least four inches in height and clearly visible. The number should be placed on, above or at the side of the main entrance so the number is clearly visible from the public right away. Whenever a home entrance is more than 50 feet from a public right away, a number should also be placed at the end of a driveway or property entrance. WATCH FOR KIDS WHILE DRIVING The roads are once again crawling with school busses, teenage drivers and kids in the crosswalk, so please slow down when going through the neighborhood. Now that kids will be back on their way to school, it’s time to double and triple check those intersections, just when you think it’s all systems go, a late for school student will magically appear out of nowhere and dart across the street when you least anticipate it. Thank you! BUDGET AND HOMEOWNER INPUT Your all-volunteer Board of Directors is here to serve you. Meetings are held monthly at the clubhouse on Greenhouse, always on the third Tuesday at 7:00 PM Please plan to attend in person and/or provide your input via email to or call 281-685-3090. Your input can be a driving force in the annual budget decisions, primarily helping the Board understand what the neighborhood would like to see in regards to future capital improvement projects. You can also influence all sorts of future decision making processes, simply by providing input at or before meetings. Finally, if you are truly interested in dedicating some of your time to our community, consider serving on the Board of Directors in the future. Let the management company know you are interested and if there is an interim opportunity, the Board might be able to elect you directly or you could get your name on the ballot for the annual meeting in February. See a need for a special committee or volunteer-driven project? Don’t hesitate to bring it up and help recruit additional help. PARKING CARS IN THE STREET We realize it is sometimes necessary to park your cars in the street. The neighborhood bylaws prohibit the parking of inoperable vehicles in the street and operable vehicles are expected to be regularly used/moved when parked there. We ask that you do your best to be aware of your neighbors’ driveways when parking streetside, so you do not block their ability to safely get in and out. Also, please try not to park directly across from a driveway, as this is a common cause of accidents. While we all should take extra caution when backing out, we are creatures of habit and we tend to get into a routine and in a hurry, so we might not notice that there is a new obstacle waiting for us across the street. That scene has played out on a number of occasions already. Thanks in advance for continuing to look out for each other. RECEIVE A DEED RESTRICTION VIOLATION LETTER? KPM Management is the company hired by our neighborhood association to manage many aspects of our deed-restricted community. They provide many accounting, administrative and consulting services that help to increase safety and maximize our property values, while working with the all-volunteer Board of Directors to keep our annual dues at a minimum. As a result, they are expected to patrol the neighborhood throughout the month, on varying days to look for deed restriction violations. In general, we ask them to generate the first “reminder” letter automatically when they see a violation or whenever they confirm one, which came from a neighbor complaint. If you have a unique situation, which might result in the need to temporarily violate the deed restrictions, please give them a call at 281-685-3090 and let them know the situation and the expected time frame, so we can avoid the issuance of any unnecessary letters. Keep in mind, occasionally mistakes are made and the wrong address receives a letter - the best thing to do in this and all other situations is to contact the management company to make them aware of the mistake and/or to let them know that you have either corrected the situation or need a temporary exemption from the covenant. 2 March 2018 | Community Newsletter

For fairness’ sake, the Board of Directors asks the management company to call ‘em like they see ‘em, assuming they have received no advanced notice of extenuating circumstances, but in truth, they will not ever be able to identify every single possible violation on each and every drive through, nor do we think the scrutiny necessary for such is in the best interest of our community. The ultimate responsibility of the Board of Directors is to make decisions regarding situations where the homeowner simply refuses to comply with the community’s established covenants, in spite of repeated “reminder” attempts. We typically hope the individual can give us a defensible reason for giving an exception or temporary reprieve and the last thing any of us want is to be in conflict with any of our neighbors, but we are nonetheless tasked with the expectation that we uphold the community’s by-laws. With that said, on a typical week, less than 6% of the homeowners receive deed restriction letters and the vast majority have already taken or do quickly take action to correct them. As your fellow neighbors, we appreciate every one of you who have taken measures to correct any problems that may have arisen over the years. We also definitely appreciate your willingness to work with us to do whatever is in our community’s control to maintain the maximum possible property values for everyone. When we all work together, we minimize the cost and maximize the benefit for the community at large. Oh and by the way, no need to get offended if you do receive a letter, as many, if not most of us can relate to the experience for one reason or another. Thanks again! BE AWARE OF THEFT POTENTIAL Many of us have a habit of leaving the garage door open when we are working or relaxing in the backyard. Unfortunately, people in virtually every neighborhood lose property to opportunistic thieves this way every year. Bicycles and power tools are just a few of the commonly stolen things and keep in mind that it only takes a matter of seconds for something of significant value to “walk away.” Please keep those doors down when you are not in eyesight of the garage. ATTENTION RESIDENT-BUSINESS OWNERS Do you have a professional service or product that the Homeowners’ Association can utilize for community improvements? If so, please let us know what you have to offer and we will do our best to use your business for future improvements to our neighborhood when needed. We would rather the money from the annual dues go to benefit our own neighbors when possible, rather than using an outside business or vendor. We’ll also be happy to publicize your business on our community Facebook page. BEAR CREEK PLANTATION TEENAGE JOB SEEKERS LIST If you are between 12 and 18 and would like to be added to the teenage job seeker’s list, please fill out the form on our website (www., click submissions and choose Jobseekers) with your name, birthdate (mo. & yr.), phone number, year you will graduate and the name of your newsletter/subdivision. Check the list of jobs you want on your form. Please make sure your email is correct, we send emails in the summer to make sure all the info is still good and that you want to stay on the list. If we do not hear back from you after 3 tries, we will remove you from the list until we do. Must have parent(s) permission. DISCLAIMER Neither the subdivision, nor Krenek Printing is responsible for those listed on the Teenage Job Seeker List. Please ask for and check out references if you do not personally know those listed. This is just a list of teenagers from the subdivision who wish to find part time jobs. Responsibility for any work done by these teenagers is between those seeking helpers and the teens and their parents. CODE KEY: B - BABYSITTING, CPR - CPR CERT., FAC - FIRST AID CERT., RCC - RED CROSS CERT., SS - SAFE SITTER, SL - SWIM LESSONS, PP - PET/PLANT SITTER, P - PET CARE ONLY, H - HOUSE CARE, L - LAWN CARE, C- CAR CARE/DETAILING, T - TUTORING TEENAGE JOB SEEKER’S LISTMAY NOT BE VIEWED ONLINEAVAILABLE FOR PRINTED NEWSLETTERS ONLY Community Newsletter | March 2018 LIFEGUARDS NEEDED We at A-Beautiful Pools, Inc. are so excited to be your pool company this season. A-Beautiful Pools, Inc. is now hiring lifeguards for community pools in our area for the Summer 2018 season. Professional lifeguard training is provided as part of the hiring process. Please contact A-Beautiful Pools, Inc. for more information: 281-376-6510 or A/C & Heating 4 281-898-0965 TACLB52242E Full Service Pest Control Roaches • Fire Ants • Spiders • Rodents • Flea & Ticks Animal Trappings •Wasps & Hornets • Bedbugs Mosquito Control Mosquito System Installs & Repairs Termite Treatments & Inspections Lawn & Weed Control Call Now (281) 256-2600 or email Spring Special General Pest Control Service $69.95 NO CONTRACTS PLEASE CALL FOR DETAILS - EXPIRES 3/31/18 FREE TERMITE INSPECTION WITH ANY SERVICE RODENT/ANIMAL TRAPPING $25 OFF CHECK-UP RESIDENTIAL SERVICE C. Paul Shubert, P.C. Certified Public Accountants Income Tax Preparation • INDIVIDUALS • CORPORATIONS • PARTNERSHIPS • ESTATES Weekend and Evening Appointments Available 4654 Hwy. 6 N. Suite 101 281-556-1040 3