The HPCA Board of Directors has accepted Gayle Minto’s resignation from her position as Board President. We are beyond grateful for Gayle’s tireless leadership and devotion to our community, having served on our Board for the past 25 years. She and her husband Jim moved into their Bear Creek Village home on Sylvan Glen 35 years ago, and raised four children there. As Jim neared retirement, the Minto’s were planning to relocate to property in Bastrop eventually, but Harvey accelerated the timeline for their move. Gayle’s knowledge, expertise, and history with our neighborhood and her love for all things Bear Creek have been invaluable to HPCA in helping us to begin rebuilding what Harvey destroyed. She will be greatly missed!
The Board is pleased to announce that long-time resident Jill Yeager has been appointed to the HPCA Board, to fill the vacancy.
RESIDENTS: E-check and credit card payments can be made online by clicking on the link below. You will need your account number, which is listed on any statement you receive from HPCA. For further assistance, call the office at 281.463.1216 during regular business hours.
HPCA Board Meeting
Thursday, November 8th, 6:30 PM at HPCA Community Center
HPCA Board Meeting
Thursday, December 13th, 6:30 PM at HPCA Community Center
|Bear Creek Swimming Pools|
IMPORTANT POOL NOTICE: Wightman Pool will be closed for the remainder of the season.
Swimming Pool Card Pick Up: In an effort to verify eligibility and streamline the workload on our staff, HPCA makes pool cards available for pick-up each year free of charge during well-publicized dates and times. The free pick-up days, April 26, 27, 28 & May 5, have passed for this year.
After May 5th: Pool cards cost $10.00 each and will not be issued out of the HPCA office. Upon receipt of application, payment, and documentation, cards will be mailed out. After emailed applications are received pool cards are only mailed out on Tuesday afternoons.
Click here to download the following HPCA Swimming Pool documents for 2018:
All fees must be paid in full to obtain access to our swimming pools. Homeowners are asked to show a current ID and proof of residency. Renters must also show a copy of their current lease. Only those specifically listed on the lease will be authorized to use the Pools, and must be members of the same family and live at the property.
For a complete schedule of pool hours, click on the SWIMMING POOLS menu.
|Trash Pickup Notice|
Trash Pickup Schedule
WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS
TRASH CANS MUST BE STORED OUT OF VIEW
ON NON-PICKUP DAYS.
WCA is our trash provider. Service is set up through WCA and fees are directly paid to WCA by each resident household. Service days are Wed and Sat, recycle on Wed, heavy trash both days. Please have your polycarts out at the curb by 7am on those days, facing the street but not in the street. Do not use the smaller gray polycart for anything but recyclable materials. Should you have any service or billing questions about your trash service contact WCA directly at 281-368-8397.
|News of Note|
DEBRIS REMOVAL: Construction debris will need to be cleared from the front of your home in a timely manner. WCA will not removed construction debris, bagged or not. Rent a dumpster or contract a removal service. Share the expense with a neighbor. Dumpsters are allowed in the driveway or yard, not in the street. WCA will remove tree or shrub limbs or branches only if it is bundled in 4 foot lengths.
ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL REMINDER: All structural changes, including roofing, painting, structural additions, etc. to your home whether you flooded or not must be submitted to the HPCA office for review and approval. The turnaround time for approval is very quick. In many cases you can submit things like paint colors and roof style/materials via email for the fastest response. Reminder - fence pickets can be no higher than 6 feet with a 6 inch rot board. (See DR #12, Page 3.)
NEIGHBORHOOD RESOURCES: Many questions you have concerning the neighborhood, trash service, street lights, security, etc., are answered here on our website: BearCreekNetwork.org. Residents may also email our office staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SECURITY: Always call constable dispatch at 281-463-6666 concerning any suspicious activity you see. Do not wait. If you want to also report it to the HPCA office, always call constable dispatch first.
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
HHW Info Hotline: 281.560.6200 (Español: 281.560.6232)
Click here to see what qualifies as HHW.
How to drop off your HHW items:
Harris County provides free disposal of HHW at the following location:
6900 Hahl Road (290 & North Gessner - less that 10 miles from BCV)
Every Wednesday - 9AM - 3PM
Second Saturday of each month: 9 AM - 2 PM
For additional dates and holiday closures, go to: Harris County Engineering
QUICK LINKS for UPDATES ...
Water District 281.375.5978
Residential Trash Service 281.368.8397
HCFCD Voluntary Home Buyout Info: 713.864.4020
Congressman Ted Poe's note about Bear Creek Village and Voluntary Buyouts: Click here to read an email sent on May 25th.
IMPORTANT “FAQ’s” ... from HPCA for Bear Creek Village
Can I park a trailer/RV in my driveway while my home repairs are being made?
Yes only if you absolutely need them at this point. If you and your immediate family are able to live safely in your home we ask that the trailer or RV that you may have been using since Harvey be removed as soon as possible. Please contact the HPCA office and give us an estimate of how much longer you anticipate living in your trailer/RV.
What approvals do I need from HPCA for the repairs that I will be making to my home?
Interior repairs to your home do not require any approval from HPCA. If the exterior of your home remains the same as before the flood, you are good to go.
Items that need to be submitted for approval include: roof replacement materials & color, exterior paint selection and any changes to the exterior of your home. Please complete the Architectural Review Application and email to ACC@BearCreekNetwork for consideration. (If this document is opened in Adobe Reader – a free app – it can be completed online, saved, and emailed directly to HPCA.)
The Architectural Control Committee will answer your request as soon as possible. A few notes:
ROOF REPLACEMENT - Must be at least a 30 year, dimensional, architectural design shingle (Metal roofs will be considered.)
EXTERIOR PAINT - Color choices for house and trim must be listed by manufacturer and exact color number.
FENCE repair – 6 foot maximum picket; may also have a 6” rot board (If you are requesting to move your fence line, please include a detailed drawing.)
If you plan to rebuild your entire structure after a complete tear-down, your detailed building specifications will need to be reviewed by an engineer and will require more time for approval.
Trailers, PODS, and Dumpsters: We understand your need to use outside resources during your reconstruction projects. Please keep such items out of the street so that dump trucks and utility vehicles can easily pass. Such items will be allowed to be parked or stored on your lawn for several months. Once you no longer need these please have them removed as soon as possible.
UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFO: Please log in to your BearCreekNetwork.org account and make sure it is up to date, including telephone numbers, emergency contact info and pet details.This info is not available to the public, but can be of great use to law enforcement personnel and the HPCA office staff should there be any concerns with your property that requires them to contact you.
|National Night Out|
Tuesday, October 2nd is the National Night Out for 2018. Turn on your porch light, pull up a chair, and take the opportunity to meet up with your neighbors, new and old.
Harvey Assistance – The HPCA office has been given the following names of organizations that are still ready to assist those in need of all kinds of Harvey help. These websites detail what the groups have to offer as well as what type of documentation is needed. While HPCA does not specifically offer endorsements for these groups, we do know that help is still out there. Please contact them directly should you need additional information:
|Flood District Information|
How to Contact Public Officials about Flooding Issues ...
As your HOA, and also residents of this neighborhood, we have always been concerned about the flooding situation here. But as only one entity operating under specific bylaws, HPCA cannot effect change. However the HOA does certainly intend to pass along to residents the best information available so that, as a community, residents can urge public officials to take action
There are 1974 homes in this neighborhood. Individual letters, emails, and phone calls will be noticed. Some of your neighbors have been writing and calling for years. Now that the U.S. Congress and the State of Texas have publicly voted to have funds put toward flood prevention and reparation we can no longer be told that the money is not there. The public needs to '”help” the powers-that-be determine how to use those funds. In the meantime, on a more personal level, please make every effort to clean out the gutter in front of your home to help with the water flow as well as keeping debris from getting into and clogging the storm sewers.
The Harris County Flood Control District is asking us now what we think and we need to tell them. If there is another issue that we have not listed here, then write about it. But make contact. There is already money being made available and if this bond passes there will be even more.
In addition to completing the HCFCD Input Form, below is a list of other officials that have some area of responsibility for our flooding concerns. We urge you to email them directly with your ideas and expectations.
Harris County Flood Control District
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District
Addicks and Barker Dams and Reservoirs
Harris County Precinct 3
Commissioner Steve Radack
Harris County Precinct 4
Commissioner Jack Cagle
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner
City of Houston District A
Councilwoman Brenda Stardig
(Clay Road bridge is in this district)
Texas State Senate District 7
Senator Paul Bettencourt
Texas House of Representatives
Rep. Dwayne Bohac, District 138
United States Senate
U.S. Senator John Cornyn
United States Senate
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz
United States House of Representatives
Congressman Ted Poe, Second District