Cinco de Mayo at Lake Park
Thank you to Jose and Cathy Sanchez for all their hard work organizing the 1,st annual Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Lake Park on Saturday, May 5th. Along with the Mariachis, there was great food from all the neighbors that donated their time and talent as well as good music and fun games.
The next Quarterly meeting will held on May 19th at 10am at Sorters Mill Elementary Cafetorium. If you would like to be on the agenda during the open forum, email your concern to email@example.com. We hope you can attend.
Riverwalk Bass Tournament
The Annual Bass Tournament had a great turnout on Sunday 4/8. There were 67 Fishermen and 11 of those were kids. We raised almost $800 for this event. All the proceeds go toward keeping the Lake stocked. Thanks to all of the Volunteers that came out and made this a fun event. See pictures in the Gallery.
Easter Egg Hunt
The Easter Egg hunt was a huge success! Thank you to Mindy Larson for chairing this wonderful event and to her great team including Toni Reading-Hoppes, Crystal Glass Christopher, Bre Tobias, Amanda Casteel, Mag Cara and to the many others that helped with set up, providing the games, cleanup and and all of the candy/toy donations. We can't wait until next year! See pictures in the Gallery.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
The 1st Annual St. Patrick's day was a huge success! Everyone had a great time! Thanks to Teresa Rucka for chairing the event and thanks to the Crowley's and Walker's for being such gracious hosts at the two parade route stops. The parade ended at the Lake Park where the fun times continued, meeting new neighbors and dancing in the street. See the Gallery for pictures of the event.
New Pier at Lake Park
The new pier at the Lake Park was completed on Thursday, March 15th. It allows for more room when fishing or just sitting and enjoying the area. The pier will also be a great spot for viewing the July 4th Firework show. Thanks to our Board for enhancing our amenities. See the Gallery for pictures of the event.
Former Board and ACC Members
A big Thank you to Pete Oliver for the 6 years of total dedication you gave our community by volunteering on the Board. Your commitment to detail and constant devotion is greatly appreciated. Also, Thank you to Kim Troxel for her many years of service on the ACC Board and then as Chair of the ACC. Your dedication has kept Riverwalk an upscale neighborhood. We welcome incoming ACC Chair Willie Pratt! Thank you for volunteering!
The Annual Assessments were due by January 1st and are considered late after January 31st. Additional fees will be added to your account after that. If you have not received your assessment letter yet, contact Linda Morris with CIA Services at (713) 781-9000. Attached is a copy of the letter and 2018 budget.
Board member 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.
For many years the community has struggled with the parking situation at the Lake Park during large events like Halloween and July 4th. The Board worked tirelessly to obtain the property next to the Park and on December 15th. The Board closed on the purchase of the lot. They have already met with landscape architects to determine where and how many parking spaces can be put there as well as installing a fence around the new property to incorporate it into the existing park property. Lighting will also be added.
The front entrance is getting an overdue facelift. The Guard Shack will be taken down and built back with a brand new structure which will also include an area for employee parking. The columns with the lighting will also be removed to make room for the pass through lane so there will be more room if someone is stopped at the Guard Shack. The security staff will be in the temporary building during construction which is estimated to take 6 weeks. Please be observant of the workers and cautious in the area.
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.
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 570 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 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 9(36) 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.
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).
Riverwalk is on the Nextdoor app!
There are currently 877 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!
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!