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Westminster Village March 2018

IMPORTANT COMMUNITY

IMPORTANT COMMUNITY NUMBERS ACMP Management Company 15840 FM 529, Ste. 104 Houston, TX 77095 281-855-9867 www.acmpinc@acmpine.com SCHOOLS Cy-Fair School District Admin. 281 897-4000 Metcalf Elementary (K-5) 281 856-1152 Kahla Jr. High (6-8) 281 345-3260 Langham Creek High 281-463-5400 Bear Creek Library 281 550-0885 Harris Co. Children’s Protective Services (24 hours) 713-394-4000 Poison Control (24 hours) 1-800-764-7661 U. S. Post Office (Bear Creek) 1-800-275-8777 State Highway Department 713-802-5076 Harris County Animal Control 281 999-3191 RABIES CONTROL 281 999-3191 NEWSLETTER PUBLISHING/ADVERTISING Krenek Printing Company 7102 Glen Chase Ct. Houston, Tx 77095 281 463-8649 Fax# 281 463-2425 www.krenekprinting.com Articles email: news@krenekprinting.com Ads email: ads@krenekprinting.com STREET LIGHTS The streetlights are owned and operated by Center Point. If the light is on all day, flickering, not coming on at all, leaning or got hit by a car: Please report it to 713-207-2222 or online at www.centerpointenergy.com/outage. It will normally take 3 to 5 business days to repair or 2 to 3 weeks if the pole needs to be replaced. A REMINDER TO ALL WESTMINSTER VILLAGE RESIDENTS Do not mail anything to 17042 or 17046 Westminster Village Ct. Westminster Village’s mailing address is: Westminster Village H.O.A. 16650 Pine Forest Ln. Houston, TX. 77084 Any mail sent to 17042 or 17046 Westminster Village Ct. will be forwarded by the post office and may result in a delay in responding to your questions/requests. MONTHLY BOARD MEETINGS Monthly meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 PM at the MUD 16 Recreational Center located at the end of Westminster Landing. Copies of the Agenda and minutes are placed at the entrance Marquise in front the Gazebo and from time to time are mailed to you. It’s good for neighbors to take care of one another. ACC REQUESTS Friends, we respectfully request that you submit an ACC request to the Westminster Village HOA, Inc, for changes to your yard or home. Things like sheds and back yard patios, visible from the street, require prior approval from the ACC committee. Changes to your yard, including even minor landscaping, rocks and bushes require approval from the Home Owner Association. The rule of thumb is you can’t make any changes to your yard or home that are visible from the street without prior approval. Please help keep expenses down by first getting permission to make changes instead of the HOA having to mail you a deed restriction letter. ATTENTION! PET POOPS / YOU SCOOP Please be respectful of community grounds and neighbors’ yards. If your pet poops during your walk, be prepared to scoop and trash. Come with a scooper and a recycled grocery bag or anything else. It may not be the most fabulous way to walk your pet, but it does show your respect for every homeowner and our beautiful community. VETERINARY PUBLIC HEALTH DIVISION (Formerly called Harris County Animal Control) The Veterinary Public Health Division posts photos of all animals found on their website and updates it twice daily. If you have lost your pet, please check this website, www.hcphes.org/vph. Have you lost a pet? Start your search immediately, don’t wait to make flyers. Contact all possible animal control or animal welfare agencies in the area. Visit each location at least every other day. Call your pet’s veterinarian and the microchip company to make sure they have current contact information for you. A citizen may try to call the veterinarian’s office or microchip company themselves from your pet’s tags. Call all the veterinarians in your area to alert them to the description of your lost pet in case someone brings it to their clinic. Check with your neighbors, especially families with children and ask if they’ve seen a pet that looks like yours. Search your neighborhood on foot, your pet maybe be nearby but is injured and unable to get back home. Leave a towel or article of clothing with your scent on it outside of your home. Your pet may be disorientated and will be attracted by your scent. Have you found a pet? First, think of the animal as lost and not abandoned and make every effort to reunite the animal to an owner. Contact the HCPH VPH office by telephone and report the animal as found. Bring the animal to the HCPH VPH facility or check with a local veterinarian to scan the animal for a microchip. Return to the place where you found the animal and put up a found pet poster near that location. If you find the owner, especially off a newspaper or website posting, ask them to provide a picture of the animal and meet in a public place like a police station. More information about Microchips & Microchip companies A microchip is a small device (size of a grain of rice) that is permanent and implanted with a needle under the skin of pets. Pets do not have to be given any pain medication or anesthesia to implant a microchip. Microchips are not likely to move or need repair if implanted correctly. Microchips, when scanned, show a unique code. The microchip must be registered with the corresponding microchip manufacture to record any owner and animal data. Microchips do not work like GPS locators or LoJack and cannot give a signal to find the location of your lost pet. 2 March 2018 | Community Newsletter

SOURCE Harris county Public Health Department, Veterinary Public Health (formerly called Harris County Animal Control), 612 Canino Road, Houston, Texas 77076, 281-999-3191, www.hcphes.org/vph. HARRIS COUNTY LEASH LAW Animals that are not properly restrained pose a threat to all our residents. While you may know your pet is friendly, an animal running at someone who is walking by is very scary for that person. Many children are afraid of animals and become frightened, which could result in the child getting hurt trying to avoid the animal. Harris County Animal Control advises, “All dogs and cats must be kept under restraint while in the unincorporated areas of Harris County, Texas. The custodian of a dog or cat is not authorized to have, harbor or keep any unlicensed dog or cat nor to allow any dog or cat to become a stray.” Restraint is defined as “the control of a dog or cat under the following circumstances: 1. When it is controlled by a line or leash not more than six (6) feet in length, if the line or leash is held by a human being, who is capable of controlling or governing the dog or cat in question 2. When it is within a fully enclosed vehicle 3. When it is on the premise of the custodian and the animal does not have access to sidewalk or street.” While it may be nice to have your animal out in the yard while you work or play, it is against the law, unless the animal is properly restrained. Let’s all help keep our community a safe and comfortable place for all our residents by being responsible pet owners. This will not only protect anyone who may be walking or bicycling in the area, but also the pet owner who could be held legally responsible or possibly sued for failing to properly restrain their pet. Please remember that cats fall under the same laws as dogs and must be licensed and kept restrained when not on the premises of the owner. We’ve been told that spreading moth balls in flower beds might keep cats away. To make a complaint or report an animal that is not properly restrained please contact: Harris County Precinct #5, Contract #87: 281-463-6666 Harris County Animal Control: 281-999-3191 Harris County Health Department, Rabies/Animal Control Section 2223 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027-3588 www.countypets.com PREPARE FOR TAX SEASON 2018 Here are 10 ways to get a jump start on your taxes now: • Figure out which forms you’ll need: There are many different tax forms for different financial situations. If you’re unsure which tax form to use, visit the IRS’s website or consult a professional. • Keep all receipts in the same place: If you’re someone who itemizes deductions, it is important to store all of your receipts together in the same place. If you lose any, it could cost you. • Store all tax returns together: Since we often have to reference the previous year’s return when preparing the current one, it’s a good idea to make sure you store them all in the same place. • Review/revise your W-4: If you’ve experienced any life changes from the previous year (adding or losing any family members), ask your employer if you can review your W-4. The IRS recommends doing this every year. • Do your research: If you plan to do your taxes on your own, make sure you educate yourself about the deductions you’re entitled to. If you plan to hire someone, check around and make sure they’re reputable. • Save your money: Unless you fill out the 1040EZ form and mail it in yourself, it’s going to cost you money to file your taxes. • Check your deductions: If you’ve had any major life events this year, you may be entitled to some sizable deductions. It’s a good idea to research all possible deductions to avoid overpaying your taxes. • Track all charitable donations: Charitable donations are tax-deductible, so if you have any monthly or one-off donations, make sure to keep track so that you can deduct these expenses from your taxes. From: USA today A/C & Heating 4 281-898-0965 TACLB52242E 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 Community Newsletter | March 2018 3