The MPCA Office will be closed for the holidays Friday, December 23rd through Monday, January 2, 2017.
We will reopen Tuesday, January 3rd with regular office hours.
Nominate your favorite Christmas light display! The HOA is searching for the Memorial Parkway's best and brightest holiday lights display as we look to crown this year's Clark Griswold Award winner.
There will be four awards given out... with the first place being The Clark Griswold Award - Given to the home that has so many lights you are not sure how they haven't blown the breaker!!
Texas Transportation Code, authorizes the Commissioners Court of a county to declare a speed limit lower than 30 MPH in a residence district, unless the roadway has been designated as a major thoroughfare. The Memorial Parkway HOA is considering petitioning the Commissioners court for a reduced speed limit of 25 mph within Memorial Parkway Subdivision. We would like to survey the members of the subdivision before making a decision. We have created a simple survey to see if there is support to have the speed limit lowered.
Based on the survey results, the HOA will request an engineering study from Harris County to determine which streets in the subdivision are eligible for 25 MPH speed limits. After receiving the study results and if the HOA Board chooses to move forward they should provide a petition to the Precinct Three Commissioners in the prescribed form. The petition must be signed (in person) by at least 51% of the owners or tenants of residences in the subdivision. There can only be one per household sign the petition. That means we will need 1,132 of the homes come and sign the petition.
Stay up to date with current HOA events and news through the online HOA Blog!! The HOA was recently removed from the Nextdoor forum, therefore we are no longer able to post meetings, events, news, etc on Nextdoor.
The best way to get meeting reminders, event reminders, and news is by subscribing to the HOA Blog at http://mphoa.org/index.php/news You can subscribe to the 'blog' by clicking on the envelope icon in the black menu bar. Every time we post something on the 'blog' it will send you an email with the post.
SECURITY REPORT November 1, 2016 to November 30, 2016
How to Avoid a Deed Restriction Letter from the HOA…
We have many wonderful homeowners and residents who do an amazing job of taking care of their homes and yards. The entire subdivision is regularly inspected for deed restrictions. The inspector uses the ACC Guidelines and the Declarations of Covenants for the guidelines as to which to determine if properties are in compliance.
Deadline Extended!! The last day to get on a payment plan with 'no plan fee' is December 22nd, 2016. If you are wanting to get on a payment plan for you 2017 HOA Dues, you must come by the office and fill out the paperwork for a payment plan. The plan will consist of 3 monthly payments of $125 (December, January, and February).
We want you to know that we have an "open door policy" for our homeowners. The five Board Members are elected homeowners who represent all the homeowners of MP. We have open meetings the first Tuesday of every month. The agendas for the meetings are posted on the website. We do have a lot of business to get to each month so we usually can only dedicate 30 minutes for residents questions. We have a office inside the neighborhood open 9am-5pm M-F, the office staff can also address questions and concerns that you may have.
We do schedule private meetings with homeowners throughout the month depending on the need. If you have a questions concerning how we operate/conduct business, on finances/budget, or policy procedures there are several different ways to go about getting explanations and answers to your questions. If it is a few simple questions, you can call the office or stop by the office. If you think it may take a while, we can schedule a specific time to dedicate to getting you the answers you are looking for.
All homeowners are invited to attend the next Board Meeting, Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 7pm in the Cimarron Parkway Clubhouse. The agenda for the Board Meeting will be posted under the top drop down menu titled 'Resident Information' one week prior to the meeting.
Thank you to all the homeowners who took the time to fill out a proxy and/or attend our Annual Meeting. We were very please to meet our quorum for the Annual Meeting. We had 318 homeowners fill out a proxy or vote in person at the Annual Meeting. Of those 318, 70 proxies were filled out for 'quorum only'.
We are happy to announce that William Pongrass was re-elected to a second three year term and Michael Olsen is our newly elected board member. We greatly appreciate all four homeowners volunteering to run for the two open positions that were open this year. We want to take this opportunity to thank Doug White for the many years of service and dedication to the HOA Board.
Deed Restriction violations unresolved as of November 8, 2016
Basketball goals 9
SECURITY REPORT October 1, 2016 through October 31, 2016
911 Hang-up 4
Our Annual Meeting of members is Wednesday, November 9th at 7pm at the Cimarron Parkway Clubhouse. Please, if you are unable to attend the meeting in person, fill out the proxy that was recently mailed to you and drop it off at the HOA Office at any time before the meeting. You can drop it through the mail slot in the door if the office is closed. You can also vote online via Survey Monkey.
We are legally required to get a quorum for the meeting so we can elect the Board members. If we don't get a quorum, we'll have to schedule another meeting and send out mailings again to everyone, costing the HOA hundreds of dollars.
If possible, please talk to your neighbors and collect proxies from them if they won't be able to attend the meeting. Thanks for your help in support of our community!
We have had several inquiries as to the reason for the increase in HOA Dues. The Memorial Parkway Board Members are homeowners in the subdivision just like you. Their goal is to always have the best interest of the homeowner in mind. They do not want to see cost go up any more than you do, because it also affects their own household expenses.
Due to the age of the neighborhood, the HOA Dues are the lowest around and we hope to keep them that way. Your annual dues go towards many items that you may not realize. The largest expense annually is the Constables Contract. We have three constables that are contracted with Harris County to patrol the subdivision. We feel that the security for the subdivision is well worth the cost to the homeowners. We pay the electricity for the street lights on every street throughout the subdivision. We pay for electricity to the tennis courts, pools, clubhouse, marquee lights of Memorial Parkway. We pay for mowing, water and landscaping of Highland Knolls and Westgreen Esplanades, the Center Point Energy Easement and all the common areas. We have two pools in the subdivision that are maintained by the HOA. We have a pool management cost that include lifeguards, chemicals and cleaning. We have 6 tennis courts, a basketball court and a playground. We are required to keep insurance on all the facilities which is over $30,000 annually. We have a small office that manages the HOA affairs and business which is an annual cost. We have several community events throughout the year that are paid for with your annual dues. We pay to fog the subdivision for mosquitos. We recently paid to have all the curb numbers repainted at a cost of $17,000 to the HOA. Every year we spend a percentage of the dues on capital improvements. These will vary each year depending on what facility projects are scheduled to be maintained. For example, in the 2016-2017 Budget we plan to replaster Highland Knolls Pool at a cost of $26,000.00.
Sign up to HOST your STREET!!
National Night Out is a great opportunity for citizens and law enforcement to partner up against crime. We invite you to host a get together for your street! Meet your neighbors and commit to helping law enforcement reduce crime in your community.
During the event, residents in neighborhood and across the nation are asked to turn on their porch lights, lock their doors and spend the evening outside with their neighbors, police officers, firefighters and EMS paramedics. Events such as cookouts, block parties and neighborhood walks will all occur simultaneously throughout Memorial Parkway.
You can join the National Night Out event by:
1.Getting all of your neighbors to turn on their porch lights
2. Organizing a block party or some type of event for your street.
In November, at the Annual Meeting, we will be having our an election for 2 positions on the Board of Directors for a 3-year term beginning January, 2017. You may vote by proxy before November 9th, 2016 or by ballot at the meeting on November 9, 2016. A proxy will be included in the annual letter mailed to all homeowners the first week of October. You may vote online via the online proxy https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HOABoardProxy2017
Please read more about the canidates who would like to be elected to the Board of Directors for the Memorial Parkway Homeowners Association.