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Absentee and Electronic Voting Update!! All Absentee and Electronic Voting must be received no later than Noon on Friday, Feb. 15th. Please disregard the prior deadline of Thursday 2/14 at midnight that was included in your ballot. That date/time was inaccurate.


Candidate Profiles - Online Voting

Two positions on the Board of Directors will be filled in this election to serve for a term of two years. Write in candidates will be accepted. Nominations will be accepted from the floor at the meeting.

VALIDATION. You must enter the 6 digit PIN from the written meeting announcement to validate your vopptste. Votes without a PIN or with an incorrect PIN will not be counted.

Link to Vote:
http://www.ciaservices.com/cia-community-election.php?id=64863&e=943

CANDIDATE PROFILES:


Roger Allgood

My family recently built in Riverwalk after owning our lot for a couple years. We love the community and the country feel it has while being close to everything. Honestly, I have available time and I'm happy to serve but don't feel like the community needs anything "done". I would like to see continued maintenance, and periodic upgrades as they make sense. I'm a business as usual guy, if you want that on the board.


Kevin Canaday

Over 35 years in petroleum operations management. Bachelors degree in business management. Currently managing an 80 million dollar construction project. Better oversight of HOA expenditures, development of additional public areas for residents, and better oversight of multifamily homes and home businesses currently in neighborhood.


Mark Chiles

My wife and I have been property owners and residents for the last 5 years. It is by far one of the best neighborhoods in the Greater Houston Area. I have been on the Board of Directors for the last two years. I started as an appointed officer with no voting rights, but provided input on the various issues presented to the board. At the end of 2017, I was appointed to the board to fulfill the remaining term of Randal Brooks position. Since that time, I have been involved in the decision making on all issues for all of 2018, and took an active role in revising the 2019 operations budget. I have been the driving force behind getting street lights added throughout Riverwalk. I have just completed the application process to have 49 more lights installed in our subdivision. I am the primary point of contact regarding all issues for the security operation of the subdivision, both our guards and the work of the constable’s office. My past experience involves 22 years of firefighting service with the Atascocita Volunteer Fire Department, 4 of them as Fire Chief managing a million dollar budget. I still work for the Federal Government, with 36 years of service to our country’s aviation industry. I am requesting your support in my re-election so I can continue to work on the already identified safety and maintenance projects our community needs. Thank you.


Toni Hoppes

Hello neighbors! In my 8 years as a resident, I’ve made some great friends and have been involved in co-chairing some neighborhood events. I have spent quite a bit of time volunteering in the community and I feel now is the perfect time for me to fill one of the positions on the board. I would love the opportunity to speak with you and see what your interest and concerns are for our neighborhood. Some topics I would like to see discussed further are... Input from property owners, in the form of a vote, on non-essential, non-maintenance for any projects, structures, purchases and/or amenities over $20K. Board meetings to make residents feel welcome, able to voice concerns and ask questions in an orderly fashion. I want to be your voice if you are unable to attend the monthly board meetings. I want to make sure all residents have a clear understanding of current topics and future plans. Transparency and a clear outline are important. As a mother, of two elementary age children, and a wife, I want to make sure everyone is informed about our neighborhood and that we continue to make sure Riverwalk stays a beautiful and safe community. Kind regards, Toni Hoppes


Rich Hutchison

I have been very involved with the Community over the 20 years we have lived here. I currently volunteer to maintain the Lake Park and Facilities, Chair the Bass Tournament and attend all neighborhood meetings and events. I have been retired over 5 years from the Fire Protection business where I have over 35 years management experience. Being retired, I have all the time needed to do a good job representing Riverwalk. I have met a lot of you, my neighbors, and I hope to meet and be able to help many more. I am running for a position on the Board because I would like to see the improvements of our Community continue as well as get more people involved with the events, decisions and new ideas that our great neighborhood needs. I love calling Riverwalk my "Home". I hope you vote for me. If you have any questions, just give me a call at 281-330-8214.


Jaime Knowles Youngblood

We will be building our home at 19318 Cabango within the next few months. I would like to serve on the board and support my community. I am a High School Counselor. I have my Masters in Educational Leadership and have been in education for 34 years. Before becoming an educator, I worked as a district manager for several retail outlets. I feel I have a lot to offer as I feel I am well rounded and a great listener. I want to become more knowledgeable about my new community and I am willing to work and support that community.


Gene Theobald

I have been an owner in Riverwalk for over 16 years. Let me be upfront by saying I do, in fact, have an agenda. I have no doubt that there will be many people who will oppose both me and my thoughts. MY AGENDA IS SIMPLE AND SHORT: my goal is to GIVE THE POWER BACK into the hands of the thousand plus homeowners (since it was taken away), and to establish transparency on how our money is spent. The bylaws, fees and fines, ACC guidelines were amended or changed without homeowners’ approval as required by the original governing documents. Getting harassed by the POA on items that are not part of the original deed restrictions is unacceptable. Every rule that is in contradiction with the original governing documents must be voted by the homeowners and can only pass if approved by a majority of 50% + 1 of the HOMEOWNERS. The board of directors is here to follow a property owners association’s governing ocuments, not to make them up. Thank you for your support! Gene



Natural Gas in Riverwalk

A representative from Gateway Energy will be at the Riverwalk Annual meeting on Saturday, Feb. 16th to answer all questions and concerns. Click on the Link to fill in the letter of intent. Even if you are happy with your energy provider (propane or electric) you can still sign the letter of intent. This does not commit you to anything, it helps those that want to have natural gas.

LETTER OF INTENT TO BECOME A NATURAL GAS CUSTOMER


Annual Riverwalk Meeting

Please plan to attend the Annual Riverwalk Meeting on Saturday February 16th. The meeting will begin at 10:00am at Sorters Mill Elementary School. There are 2 Board positions up for election. Vote for who you would like to represent our neighborhood. Note- All Board and Committee positions are on a volunteer basis. Please plan on attending to find out what is happening in your community.


Street Lights

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.

LIGHT LOCATION LIST


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.


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


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 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.

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.


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.


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 1040 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!