Letter from POA President

Dear Riverwalk Property Owners: I would like to address some ongoing issues and situations that have come up recently. My hope is to clarify some misunderstandings regarding our Governing Documents, permit requirements, and our volunteers. First, a little about myself. My Wife and I moved to Riverwalk in 2015. Upon moving here, we made a choice to be actively involved in our community. Having lived here for only a few years, I have no first-hand knowledge of any of the conflicts that may have happened in the past, nor do I care to keep bringing up issues from the past. My responsibility as your current POA President is to take the tools that are in place and use them to ensure that the integrity of our neighborhood is preserved going forward.

Governing Documents

Our Governing Documents consist of our Deed Restrictions, Bylaws, and Guidelines. All of which can be found on our Riverwalk POA website and our CIA Riverwalk neighborhood page. These documents in their current filed, recorded, and published forms are the rules we must all follow. They outline the restrictions on our properties, outline how we are to run our neighborhood, and give us the instructions to follow to insure all improvements to our properties fall within our deed restrictions. Upon accepting my position as POA President, one of the first things I did was confer with our Legal Counsel to ensure that all our documents are in good standing and properly filed. I have been assured that they are. Any changes to these documents must go through the proper legal channels to be changed and filed before they become effective.

ACC Permits

Most property improvements are going to require an ACC Permit. New hemes, home additions, fences, pools, barns/outbuildings, and removal of trees over 10" in diameter, all require a permit before work can be started. If you are planning any projects around your home, please refer to our Deed Restrictions and Guidelines for instructions on how to proceed. If you are not sure of something, reach out to CIA or any of the members on our ACC Committee and they will be glad to assist you. If your project conflicts with our current Deed Restrictions and Guidelines, there is an appeal process to ask for a variance. That Variance must be requested and approved before any work begins. That being said, I would like to clarify to everyone that no one individual, either on the ACC Committee or the POA Board has the authority to exempt you from obtaining any required permits. If you fail to request a permit and proceed with the work, there could be fines assessed against your property. So please consult with CIA or our ACC Committee if you have any questions.

Community Volunteers

The last thing I would like to discuss is our community volunteers. Every member of our ACC Committee and our POA Board are volunteers. Most of them have full time jobs and perform neighborhood duties in their spare time. We are lucky to have each and every one of them! These ladies and gentlemen go above and beyond to ensure that things are done properly and to help preserve the integrity and value of our neighborhood. They work hard and conduct themselves in a very professional manner and treat every owner and contractor with courtesy and respect. In return, they deserve to be treated in the same manor. At the end of the day, we are all neighbors and need to treat each other as such. If a permit decision is made that you are not in agreement with, there is an appeal process. There is no call for yelling, screaming or using profanity towards any of our volunteers ever! These people are our neighbors. They are voluntarily working for us to help preserve our neighborhood and our property values. We as property owners need to show them the same courtesy and respect that they bring to the table. I want to add one other thing. With everything that has been going on in our society lately, any verbal or physical threats towards any of our volunteers will absolutely not be tolerated! We cannot afford to take these things lightly and if it happens, the incident will be reported to the proper authorities to be investigated. There is no excuse to treat any of our neighborhood volunteers in such a manor. These ladies and gentlemen work hard for the benefit of all Riverwalk Property Owners and they deserve better than that!

In closing, I just want to remind everyone this is our community and we are all neighbors. It is up to us all to preserve what we have and strive to make it better. Volunteer when you can, participate in our community functions, and above all else treat others in the same way you want to be treated!

Thank you for your time!
Glen Hollis
Riverwalk POA President
(832)993-9842


Amenity Survey

Residents in attendence at the April monthly Board meeting asked that a survey be put together for all property owners to give suggestions for new and improved amenities in our neighborhood. The survey was put in place by CIA Services and handed out at the May quarterly meeting as well as an online option placed on the CIA website. The survey was open until July 1st.

SURVEY EXAMPLE

The results of the survey which had approximetely 180 votes were announced at the July 19th monthly Board meeting. As noted by Board President, Glen Hollis, these are ideas of what residents would be interested in and what they would like to see in the future. Any and all suggestions would take serious consideration due to cost, maintenance, and short and long term expenses. It gives us a great idea of how to improve our community.

Survery Results:

  1. Walking trail - 65 votes
  2. Splash pad - 53 votes
  3. Pavilion - 46 votes
  4. Sports Field - 18 votes
  5. Extra play equipment - 7 votes
  6. None - 22 votes

Yard of the Month - August 2018

Riverwalk Yard of the Month

Riverwalk Yard of the Month

Congratulations to the August Yard of the Month winners, Bill and Lori Coldiron located at 19610 Desna. Go by and see their beautiful house and landscaping. The Riverwalk Garden Club will announce a winner monthly for the next few months. Each winner receives a $50 gift card to a garden center as well as the Yard of the Month sign displayed in their yard. We have some beautiful landscaping in Riverwalk, thanks to all who make our neighborhood so beautiful!


Quarterly Board Meeting

The next Board meeting will be held Saturday, August 18th at Sorters Mill Elementary in the Cafetorium. The meeting will begin at 10am.


Neighborhood Night Out

Family time at the Lake Park - (Neighbor Night Out has been changed from Norman's Piano Bar to the Lake Park)

Come out with your family and spend some time with your neighbors on Saturday, August 18th from 4pm to 7pm. Bring a covered dish/snack to share and a drink of your choice. There will volleyball for those that are up to it, a water balloon toss and wet sponge race for the kids and young at heart. If you have any games you would like to play please bring them. Hope to see you on the 18th!


July 4th at Lake Park

July 4th, Independance Day at the Lake Park, was a fun evening with a spectacular fireworks show. Thank you to Pete Oliver, our volunteer Fireworks Director. This is Pete's 11th year putting on the show. It is a big endeavor and every year the show gets better. Pete spends over 60 hours getting ready, wiring and programming then he and his crew spend another 8 hours clearing the island, loading everything up, wiring up the displays and checking that everything is ready for the evening. See pictures in the GALLERY.


Summer Fun Day

The Summer Fun Day held at the Lake Park was a great time for all the kids. The waterslide and sno-cones were a big hit. Thanks to Crystal Glass Christopher, Bre Tobias, Toni-Reading-Hoppes and Mindy Larson and all the other volunteers that made this event a success. Credit to Mindy Larson for all the wonderful photographs in the GALLERY.


River Access

Board President Glen Hollis would like to bring to everyone's attention that the acreage along the San Jacinto River behind Riverwalk has been leased to a private individual. If you or someone you know has been accessing the river, please note they are posting No Trespassing signs. You may find yourself on the wrong side of the law. The 346 acres will be used as a private hunting lease.


Septic Systems

As we are all aware, our neighborhood is not connected to a public sewer system. Per the Riverwalk deed restrictions, each home must be equipped with a septic tank or other sewage disposal system meeting all applicable laws, rules, standards and specifications. A requirement of the septic permit that is issued for new home construction by Montgomery County is that the owner enter and maintain a current septic maintenance contract. Typically, a septic alarm that is continually sounding means the system has not been maintained, or there is an issue with the system that needs to be addressed.

To report issues with odors, alarms or other matters as related to a septic system in the community, you may contact Montgomery County Environmental Health at (936) 539-7839 or at http://www.mctx.org/departments/departments_d_-_f/environmental_health/complaints.php.


Vacation Watch

Sergeant Jim Slack posted on Nextdoor a reminder that all Vacation Watch requests should be processed through the Precinct 4 website. Do NOT turn them in to the Guard Shack. The online request is there for ease and efficiency. If you are not familiar with the Vacation Watch program, it is a free service that the Constable's office provides to patrol your home while you are on vacation. Not only does our Riverwalk deputy (Deputy Lalli) patrol but other officers will come by as well.

Go to these links to request the vacation watch:
Precinct 4 Constable website - http://www.mcco4.org/vacation-watch


Nextdoor - Social Media

The social networking service for neighborhoods, Nextdoor, has been a real asset to our community. This has allowed us to share information, events, and get to know our neighbors. As with all social media sites, there are guidelines and tips.

If you are new to Nextdoor and you would like to post a question or concern, go to the magnifying glass and search on your question or concern, It might have already been addressed and you can get your answer right away. Another tip is to make sure you are sending out your message to the right audience. You can select the neighborhoods that see your message. Once you click on the pencil and pad to compose your message, it will prompt you to choose your neighbors. If your post is really only for Riverwalk, just choose Riverwalk. This will prevent others from commenting on something that only our neighborhood should have an answer for or should be involved in. This will also reduce the amount of unwanted negativity that sometimes appears. Also, please be courteous to others, if you feel the post is not appropriate the Leads of Nextdoor can take care of it. One other tip is the use of the Urgent Alert on the posting. This post is really just that, for urgency, as an example when the water was out in the neighborhood or other similar events. The Urgent Alert post sends an immediate alert to phones and emails of those that joined. Please use this message post accordingly.

Thanks to all that are involved in our Nextdoor site. If you aren't a member, join today!


Property and Homes

Riverwalk is a diversified neighborhood with the amount and quality of builders that make up the current 800 homes. The property values of our investments continue to increase along with the current construction of which, we will see, for many years to come.

The Architectural Control Committee (which is made up of all volunteers from our neighborhood) continues to see the influx of people wanting the extra space that our 1186 lots provide. If you or someone you know are interested in purchasing property or are at the point of looking for a builder, do the research concerning your property, realtor and/or builder.

Riverwalk does not have any affiliation with ANY realty companies. Prospective purchasers are welcome to use any realtor or builder of their choosing.

The Architectural Control Committee (ACC) has a wealth of information from the years of overseeing and working with the builders and contractors.

Forward any questions to CIA Services at 713-981-9000 and they or a member of the ACC will respond with the appropriate answer.


Deputy Lalli

Deputy Lalli reported at the last monthly meeting that he has been busy working on the issue of speeders. Tickets have been issued to many that are in violation. He also reminded us to use the Non-Emergency number (936)760-5800 when reporting problems that do not need immediate assistance. He mentioned the Vacation Watch form that can be filled out online. Deputy Lalli as well as any other Deputy will check on your house while you are on vacation. Click on this link to complete request: http://www.mcco4.org/vacation-watch.


Garage Sales

Riverwalk residents may have up to two (2) garage sales per year. In addition, Texas law prohibits more than two (2) garage sales per year without a State Sales Tax permit. (If you have a permit, you are conducting a business which is prohibited in the Riverwalk Property Owners Association Deed Restrictions.) This is the law, please do not exceed the limit. If you have neighbors who are repeatedly exceeding the limit of 2 garage sales, please report it to the State Comptroller's Assistance line at 800-252-5555. It will be investigated.


Leash Law

There is a leash law in Riverwalk. Per the Montgomery County ordinance, Sec II, Subsection K, it states “that all dogs and cats shall be controlled by lead, line or leash that is secured to a secured object; or they must be restrained on the premises (household) of the owner; or securely restrained within a fence or enclosure”.

Riverwalk residents should not feel uncomfortable walking, riding bikes, or walking their own dogs. Please ensure that your animals are restrained at all times (per the ordinance) or the Animal Control Unit will be called.

For reference, the number for Animal Control is (936)442-7738 (press 2).


Nextdoor

Riverwalk is on the Nextdoor app!

There are currently 952 of our neighbors on here. This is a social app and a great tool for us to get information out quickly.

The app will let you set up notifications through email or alerts on your cell phone. Join today!

Nextdoor

The ACC is busy monitoring the construction of new homes, fences, storage buildings and most everything else that is being built in Riverwalk. They ensure that the deed restrictions are adhered to and they do a great job!

This Committee meets twice monthly. See the Calendar for specific dates.

Thanks to the volunteers of this committee!