ACC Meeting NOTICE

The ACC (Architectural Control Committee) of Riverwalk will have the final 2018 meeting on Wednesday, December 12th. Please plan accordingly to have any plans and requests in before this date. Double check that you have all of the required documents, copies, fee, pictures or anything else needed for your approval. (The guidelines for submission and application can be found here). The committee of Riverwalk volunteers put a lot of time and effort into getting your approvals met on a timely basis. They meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise noted). The next few meeting dates are as follows: November 28th, December 12th, January 9th, January 23rd and so on. Meeting dates are also listed on the Calendar.


Christmas Decorations - Awards

Each year the Garden Club of Riverwalk awards neighborhood homes in Riverwalk for their Holiday Spirit during the Christmas season. This year the following awards will be given out:

Griswold, Most Wattage - This award is for the most lights, the biggest and brightest Holiday display. This may include blow ups, statues, figurines, anything goes! If you think of the Christmas Vacation movies with the Griswold family, this is that kind of over the top!

Most Outstanding Holiday Decor - This is for the more traditional offering of the Holiday. The best overall display with a basic traditional theme, well done lighting, etc. This may include many things other than lights but has a theme base to the display.

Best Original Decor - This is a new take on the basic Holiday offerings, something original in thought, but that captures the holiday spirit. As an example, picture flying Cajun alligators pulling a fishing boat with Santa flying through the night.

The award amounts for the above mentioned are $100.00 per awarded home. Only 1 home in each category can win.

We also award for Best Door Decor. This is a single award for the best door display in any category. The door must be highly visible from the street. Lighting helps, but is not required, but if it can't be seen from the street, we cannot judge it. This will be awarded $50.00.

Best Block Award - For this award, a block is NOT defined as an entire rural block, but rather a group of houses, no more than 10 and no less than 3, that display some type of holiday decor on a single street, or across from each other, or just generally physically located near each other in a group. Each home may be differently decorated but they would all be grouped physically near each other. There is no monetary award, however, each home will be given a visual award to be placed in their yard or near their mailbox.

All Riverwalk residents may nominate themselves or their neighbors. You can nominate using Nextdoor by private messaging me on the app or contact me (Sandee Chiles) at: 3126sjb@gmail.com. Please include a name if you know it and a street address. All nominations must be received no later than 8pm on December 20th. The judging committee will do their judging on December 21st and announcements will be made on December 22nd.

The neighborhood is looking fabulous already and we wish everyone the best of luck. Happy Holidays!


Entergy - Riverwalk Dr

The Customer Service Manager for the New Caney area has notified us that Entergy will begin clearing trees on a Utility Easement on Riverwalk Dr. very soon. The Utility Easement is 16 feet and it will be a substantial number of trees. The scope of the project is to clear out the 16 feet UE along Riverwalk Dr. so that construction can upgrade the lines and extend the circuit. If you have any problems or specific questions, you can reach Tracey Brodeur at (281) 362-4039.


Chili Cook Off Results

The Riverwalk Chili Cookoff was held Saturday, November 17th.

The 6 teams competing for best chili and team spirit were: Black Hat Society, Chili Chili Bang Bang, Chili Dawgs, Jalapeno Hot Girl, Mersey Killer Chili, Pistol Pit Cookers and Tomato Tasty.

The cash prizes went to the following:
1st place - Mersey Killer Chili - Nick Crowley
2nd place - Chili Dawgs - Barb Toney and friends
3rd place - Black Hat Society - Teresa Rucka and friends.
Spirit Award went to Mersey Killer Chili.

The Childrens awards went to:
1st place- Tomato Tasty - Blake Hoppes
2nd place- Jalapeno Hot Girl - Olivia Hoppes

Thanks to all the teams and judges who participated and to the Chairperson of the event, Alton Pearce. See GALLERY for pictures.


Letter from POA President

VIEW THE LETTER


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!

Yard of the Month Guidelines


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

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 1008 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!