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VCL Lakeside March 2018


HEY NEIGHBOR… We live in an HOA. Whether we agree with the deed restrictions and covenants or not, the rules and guidelines exist. As members of the association, owners are responsible for the upkeep on their properties, following the guidelines of landscaping, paint, fences and most importantly being a good neighbor. Homeowners are required to maintain the properties, while not making changes without approval. When you need to replace a fence, do it, but it must be an exact replacement; Not taller, shorter or a different style. The idea is that the community looks consistent and well planned. This is appealing to new buyers and makes for good neighbors, etc. • Vehicle storage is not allowed on your lot, please have current registration stickers on all your vehicles. They are supposed to be drivable. Covering with tarps won’t help! The disabled cars parked in the driveway are in violation of HOA guidelines and will initiate letters to homeowner. Any disabled vehicle parked on the street is a county offense and should be reported to the Constable. • Inspect your fence for any missing or damaged fence pickets. • Trash cans are not to be visible from the street and out only on garbage pickup days. ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL COMMITTEE So you’d like to build an igloo? Or paint your house red and blue to pay tribute to your favorite sports team? These are easily identified as requests that would not be allowed in our neighborhood. But what are the kinds of things for which you need to submit a request for approval to the HOA? Basically, if you are making a change to your home or yard, you are required to submit a request. Some common requests are: • Installing a pool • Replacing windows, doors or shutters • Building a covered patio • Installing a storage unit • Installing an irrigation system • Replacing your roof • Painting your home/trim • Removing/replacing the trees in your front yard REPLACING YOUR FENCE. This one is a little more complex. If you are replacing your fence with EXACTLY the same fence (in the same place with the same size boards and the same pattern), then you don’t need HOA approval. However, if you are CHANGING anything - the pattern of the fence (including installing rot board at the bottom), moving it, adding a gate or changing the material of your fence, then you need approval of the HOA. Keep in mind that approval may take up to 30 days - plan ahead! Submit your application early, so that your project is not delayed. The ACC committee is made up of volunteers and our goal is to provide a beautiful and consistent look to our neighborhood. Whether you’re a home owner and therefore a member of the Association or a renter, the deed restrictions of Lakeside apply to you. We all want our neighborhood to look good, feel like home and keep up the value of our properties. Many of us moved here to get out of the city and city-like areas that aren’t quite up to the standards we want to set for our families and kids. We need to keep it that way! ‘BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR.’ Whether you’re a homeowner and therefore a member of the Association or a renter, the deed restrictions of Lakeside apply to you. We all want our neighborhood to look good, feel like home and keep up the value of our properties. Many of us moved here to get out of the city and city-like areas that aren’t quite up to the standards we want to set for our families and kids. We need to keep it that way! Association by-laws, deed restrictions, Architectural changes, etc can be found on our website 4 Whether at a Board meeting, email, phone or one-on-one conversations, there are a number of requests and complaints that come from the neighborhood residents, both members and non-members alike. Most of these can be summed up into: • Keep down the noise! Barking Dogs, loud music. • Walk your dog, respect other folk’s yards, take along your “poo-pickup” bags and clean up the mess. • Speaking of yards, clean them up. Plant new, remove old. Mow as needed to keep the neighborhood looking well kept and desirable to live in. • Power wash that mildew off your house. •SLOW DOWN!!! This is a neighborhood! 30 MPH may be too fast. The kids on the street are much more important than any excuse for fast and or reckless driving. KID ACTIVITIES We, as a community, have few amenities. Pool, Splash pad for small children, playground for small children. Pretty much nothing for teenagers or tween-agers 12 to 16. Any suggestions you may have would be greatly appreciated. What can we, as a community, do to give our kids activities they can be a part of, enjoy and be clean, courteous involvements. Remember, these are your kids. The Board meets every month on the first Monday. Bring your ideas. THANKS TO OUR VOLUNTEERS! We would like to build a bank of volunteers to help with various activities throughout the year! Poolside holiday events, National Get Out and Meet Your Neighbors night. Your time and effort will be greatly appreciated by all! The more volunteers we have, the more events that can take place. Events that are meant to bring our community together just don’t happen without these folks who give up their time and efforts for you. Unfortunately, they are many times taken for granted, when in fact, they are much appreciated by the Board. CONSTABLE PATROL 281-376-3472 As a reminder, the Association has a patrol contract with Harris County Precinct 4 Constable, through MUD 391. Please add the dispatch number to your cell phones or post in a visible place at home in case you need support in a non-life threatening situation. 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 Constable’s Office will not know that anything is going on. The social communities that we use to communicate with each other is NOT monitored by the constables. Posting on any media site is not notification to get assistance. 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 281-376-3472. If there is a life threatening emergency, call 9-1-1. The Constable Patrol also offers a free vacation watch service, keeping your home under watch while you’re away. LOITERING AND VANDALISM Please help us to keep our recreation areas safe and clean by reporting any and all loitering after dark directly to the Constable and then to management. Please also remember to report any suspicious persons walking around the community or at the parks immediately to the Constable Patrol. Don’t call the management co or HOA Director, We’re NOT the law! Better safe than sorry! TRASH CANS BEST TRASH is the service for Lakeside Residential, your community. They can be contacted 281-313-2378. Check their website for holidays, remembering they will pick up on the next regular pick up day. • Please do not put trash out before the night before trash day and be sure to pick them up after collection. • Trashcans make the streets look very messy when not out for pick-up. • Trash cans have the most violation letters sent out. • Remember to place trashcans in the garage, backyard or behind a barrier by the house, that looks nice and hides the can. The new barrier must hide cans from street and be acceptable. Cans just stored by your house will get you a compliance violation letter. March 2018 | Villages of Cypress Lakes Lakeside

School News Pre-Schools EPIPHANY LUTHERAN SCHOOL 2018 SPRING CARNIVAL SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018, 10 AM to 2 PM 14423 West Rd., Houston, TX 77041, 713-896-1843 Free Admission Come on out and experience fun for the whole family! The children can enjoy games, face painting and food while the adults can shop at our onsite vendors. There will also be a silent auction that’s sure to include something for everyone as well as a live auction that will begin at 1:30 PM for those who are a little bit more competitive. Tickets for the attractions will be available for purchase the day of the carnival. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. Interested vendors can contact Heather at Please join us for some great family fun while raising money for the children of Epiphany Lutheran School! FREE COMMUNITY EVENT! 1 ST ANNUAL NORTHWEST PRESCHOOL PREVIEW Come learn more about NW area preschools. Representatives from multiple area preschools will be in attendance. This is a free interactive event, open to everyone! Date: Sunday, April 8, 2018 Location: Cypress Christian School 11123 Cypress N Houston Rd Houston, TX 77065 Time: 1- 3 PM ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON EDUCATIONAL DAY OUT SERVICES (S.E.E.D.S.) NOW REGISTERING Email admissions director, St. Elizabeth’s Educational Day-Out Services (S.E.E.D.S), is a developmentally appropriate Catholic Early Childhood Program at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church serving children 18 months to five years of age. We are Nationally Accredited through NAEYC and have been serving this community for over 25 years. Our program provides a well-rounded education in a spirit of exploration and discovery along with specialty classes-Music, Spanish and Science Enrichment Lab. We are now open for registration for 2 day, 3 day and 5 day session options along with before and after school care. If you are interested in enrolling your child in our quality program or just want more information about S.E.E.D.S, please contact our office at 281-855-2503 or visit www. We offer tours at your convenience, please call. BEAR CREEK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SCHOOL 16000 Rippling Water Drive, Houston, TX 77084 Registration for 2018-2019 School Year is open. BCUMCS offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum in a Christian environment for children 12 months through kindergarten. Call 281-463-2969 for a tour or check our website Private Schools COVENANT ACADEMY CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Covenant Academy is a classical Christian K-12, college preparatory school serving Cypress and the surrounding areas. We are a community committed to partnering with families to train and raise up the next generation of leaders equipped to impact our culture. We invite you to visit our school and to experience first-hand the difference a classical education can make! For more information and to RSVP, please visit or call 281-373-2233. The school address is 11711 Telge Rd near the intersection of 290 and Telge. Villages of Cypress Lakes Lakeside | March 2018 5