Special BOD Meeting
January 27th, 2020 at CIA Services office meeting room located at 8811 FM 1960 Bypass Rd, Suite 200 in Humble, TX 77338. Closed session 4p.m., Open session 5:20p.m.
ELECTION VOTE RESULTS
According to CIA Services, the overall results are: 350 ballots were received in a record turn out.
Prop 1 - Yes – 240, No – 108
Prop 2 - Yes – 262, No – 87
Prop 3 - Yes – 255, No – 92
We reached the 25% quorum requirement in order to conduct a members meeting and conduct an election. However we did not have enough participation to legally pass propositions 2 and 3. We would need on average about twice the amount of votes in favor to reach the Texas property code minimum legal requirement to change the DEED restrictions.
Prop 1 did not meet the current bylaw requirement to pass but received strong participants approval.
Where do we go from here?
- Restated Bylaws: Remains in effect as approved by the BOD supported by strong support from the membership.
- PATROL FEE:
The Board has decided unanimously to keep the voluntary patrol fee at $100 since there was strong support from the participants in the vote. We will see what the percentage of collections are within 2 weeks (end of the January 2020.) If financially possible the patrol will go to 7 days a week.
Obviously it would have been better to have more participation so the membership could have decided clearly on this subject and make our budget predictable.
This is a transition year. Again the Patrol resolution did not pass even though we had over twice the amount of votes received in favor comparing to the last attempt (2011). We need to cover the remainder of our contract with the constable. All options for cost cutting are on the table in order to balance our budget. But in the end the board will have to decide primarily based on the budget and the result of the election since the membership did not (not enough participation). The BOD intends to look at ways incorporate this patrol budget in our yearly general assessment. Please note that we are limited to a 10% annual increase and the voluntary contributions will be critical during the transition period.
- New DEED restriction proposal: We see that it’s hard to pass a new restriction even one that seems as benign as the one we proposed.
- Raffle: The raffle incentive was not worth it and will not likely be tried again! $1,500 was given back by the first 2 winners and $2,000 still need to be awarded as we ran out of time to do so at the meeting.
A special thank you to all participants,
The Riverwalk BOD
Bylaw Amendments Presentation
This presentation was made with a PowerPoint presentation that Thibaut Moutier, President and Mag Moutier, Communication Committee made and was presented to the members during the August 2019 Members Meeting. Since the quality of the recording of that presentation wasn't good, we asked the POA's attorney, Mr. Cagle, to present it to you. Thibaut went to Austin to tape him as to limit cost.
Special BOD Meeting
Special BOD meeting on November, 18th at 4:30pm (closed session) 5:30pm (open session) until 6:00pm. The meeting will be located in CIA Services conference room at 8811 FM 1960 Bypass Rd, Suite 200, Humble, TX 77338.
Summer Fun Day
Thank you to everyone who made it out for Summer Fun Day! The kids had a blast! We saw lots of new faces... Hope to see you around the neighborhood soon! Over 100 children attended the event and they played hard! The winner of the children’s Tug-O-War contest were the Northside Kids (North of Riverwalk Dr) and all the kids fought hard. The winner of the adult Tug-O-War contest was the Southside (South of Riverwalk Dr.) Your team names will appear on the Riverwalk Champions Trophy which will be kept at the guardshack. Great job everyone! A huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped out on an amazing event including Crystal Christopher, Mindy Larson, Lauren Miller, Holger & Christine Butzelar, Theresa & Gene Theobold, Mag Moutier & the Moutier girls, Rich Hutchinson, Gail Landry, Christi Onda, Shane Hoppes, Jay MacClintock and Amanda Casteel. Thank you to the entire board for supporting this family friendly fun day at the park!
Summer Fun Day coordinator
Check out the Gallery for photos of the event
Mr. Cagle's Presentation
1. Meet Mr. Cagle
2. Short presentation
Meeting Minutes for Special Board Meeting on April 2nd, 2019
Board Elections - Recount Results
The vote recount which was requested after the Annual Meeting on Saturday, February 16th was completed on Wednesday, March 13th. The election results are the same, Gene Theobald and Rich Hutchison received the most votes and will fill the 2 positions. Congratulations to both candidates!
The annual Bass Tournament will be held at the Lake Park on Saturday, April 6th. You do not have to be a resident to fish. Kids under 14 fish free. See flyer for the details. If you have any questions, contact Rich Hutchison at (281)330-8214 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Easter Egg Hunt
Join us at the Lake Park for our 2nd annual Riverwalk Easter Egg Hunt! The egg hunt will be organized by age and staggered so parents can enjoy watching all their kids of various ages collect their eggs (exact times TBA). We will have a bounce house, games, face painter, rock hunt, photobooth, and the Easter Bunny will make an appearance! Don't forget your baskets and cameras! This event is free for the whole family. Bring a picnic lunch to keep the fun going!
If you would like to donate filled plastic eggs please drop off at the guard shack. Search "filled Easter eggs" on amazon to save time. PLEASE no chocolate and all candy MUST be individually wrapped.
We are looking for volunteers to fill empty eggs from last year Thursday April 4th at 6:30pm at 22928 Moselle Drive (kids welcome, they can play while we stuff eggs).
We also need volunteers to help set up the day of at 8:30am
Volunteers will also be needed the day of to run games. Most of those setting up this event have small children who will be participating in the event and we would love to watch them - so please help with the games if you can! Games will be run from 10-12. If you can help or have questions, contact Mindy Larson 281-928-0281.
Natural Gas in Riverwalk
Sean Diamond, our Riverwalk neighbor spoke at the Annual meeting on Saturday, February 16th. He has been the contact between us and Gateway Energy to obtain natural gas throughout Riverwalk. Sean has done a fantastic job working with Gateway. He noted we have gotten more letter of intents, but still would like everyone to spread the word and have people turn them in. This letter does not commit you to anything, it only states to Gateway that there is an interest here for another option. If you have questions for Sean, he can be reached at email@example.com
Deputy Nick Lalli will be leaving his Riverwalk duty and will now be serving the rest of Montgomery County. Our new deputy was introduced at the January monthly meeting. Welcome deputy Tyler Dartez to our neighborhood!
The project to install more street lights initially started almost 2 years ago. After some lengthy delays due to personnel issues within Entergy, the Board has gotten confirmation that there will be 49 new street lights installed throughout the neighborhood. The locations chosen were intersections, cul de sacs, long sections of streets with bends and curves or long distances between lights (more than 5 poles). All the new lights will be the LED 100 watt cobrahead streetlight at a cost of $7.33 per light, per month. More lights will be added as the budget allows. Thanks to the Board members for their persistance in this much needed project.
Yard of the Month
It's not too early to start planning your Spring landscaping. The Riverwalk Garden Club will once again be awarding prizes for Yard of the month which will begin in April. Along with the sign placed in the winners yard the award will increase this year from a $75 gift card to $100 gift card.
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 Gardez) 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
Garden Club - Yard of the Month Guidelines
The Riverwalk Garden Club has put together some guidelines for the Yard of the Month program. See attached document and don't forget, you can always nominate yourself!
Residents in attendence at the April 2018 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.
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.
- Walking trail - 65 votes
- Splash pad - 53 votes
- Pavilion - 46 votes
- Sports Field - 18 votes
- Extra play equipment - 7 votes
- None - 22 votes
Please note 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).