HPCA Board Meeting
Thursday, August 9th, 6:30 PM at HPCA Community Center
HPCA Board Meeting
Thursday, September 13th, 6:30 PM at HPCA Community Center
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.
|Trash Pickup Notice|
New Trash Pickup Schedule
WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS
Due to circumstances beyond our control, our trash service will now be on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Recycle on Wednesday, heavy trash both days. Please have your cans out by 7AM on Wednesday and Saturday.
Our trash provider, WCA, has changed the service days. Although we attempted to negotiate, we were unsuccessful. The hurricane devastation changed the terms of our contract, which included a standard minimum resident participation clause.
Should you have any service or billing questions about your trash service, contact WCA directly at 281.368.8397.
|Welcome ... and Welcome Home!|
Dear Bear Creek Residents,
Hard to believe it has been 7 months since our world changed in Bear Creek Village. Slowly but surely we are coming back and coming back strong.
As if getting the inside of the house wasn't daunting enough, we know many are struggling with their yards as well and nothing will stop Mother Nature and Spring is here … and things are growing with a vengeance.
We know how hard everyone has been hit. However, the outward appearance of our homes is going to have to be addressed. We are asking that you please get your front yard cleared of weeds in the beds and mow what grass you may have. Clear the grass from the sidewalk cracks and edge. Also, cleaning out the gutter in front of your home will help the flow of water as well as keeping debris from getting into and clogging the storm sewers.
For the benefit of everyone, please work on getting this done as soon as possible. We will begin to send our standard deed restriction letters to all homes on May 1st.
Construction debris will need to be cleared from the front of your house as well. Since Harris County has already made their final pass through on Harvey tear out debris, and WCA will not pick up construction debris, all remaining debris is the homeowner’s responsibility. We are still allowing dumpsters in driveways (not on the street) to help with this process.
Our obligation is to the outward appearance of the homes here in Bear Creek Village. Keeping that in mind, we will work with anyone who contacts us at to let us know their personal situation. Feel free to email: email@example.com with concerns.
Your HPCA Board
|News of Note|
DEBRIS REMOVAL: Removal of remodeling debris is the responsibility of the home owner. Harris County and FEMA have permanently stopped Harvey debris pick-up as of mid-December. HPCA has contacted the appropriate offices on several occasions recently asking for reconsideration but to no avail. Confirm with your contractor if this is part of your agreement. If it is not, you must hire a service to have it removed. You may want to consider working with your neighbors to hire a debris removal company or rent a dumpster as a group.
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.
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: We are continuing extra constable patrols at this time while the neighborhood is in transition. 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.
Harris County Debris Removal Hotline: 713-274-3880 (Harris County Engineering)
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 Sept. 13th. Residents seeking more info about this program are encouraged to complete the interest survey. Go to Congressman Poe's website to connect with his office. See more links to the Harris County Flood Control District listed toward the bottom of this page for program specifics.
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! HPCA is temporarily removing deed restrictions on all items that might be required for your recovery, such as: trailers, RV’s, campers, storage pods, dumpsters, sheds, etc. The only requirements are that these items need to be placed in your driveway or on your lawn (not it the street) and that no items pose public health of safety issues. And … YES – you may park or place trailers, campers, storage PODS, etc. in your yard. The “no parking on the grass” deed restriction has also been suspended for the foreseeable future. NOTE: Our Constables may ticket vehicles or items put in the street that block emergency vehicles or utility trucks.
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.
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.
|Bear Creek Swimming Pools|
IMPORTANT POOL NOTICE, 06/12/18 ...
Wightman Pool is closed until further notice.
The pool needs to be closed, drained, and assessed. There is water between the surface and the plaster below and water between the linings. Once drained, we will be given a better timeline for the repairs. The Swim Team will finish their season's practices at the Fairway pool. There are no more swim meets scheduled.
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.
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.
|Flood District Information|
Flooding Information & Call to Action
The Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) held an open meeting on June 21, 2018, for residents living in the Addicks Reservoir Watershed, which includes Bear Creek Village. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the Harris County $2.5 billion bond election. As HCFCD's governing authority, Harris County Commissioners Court was granted approval by Governor Abbott to hold an emergency bond election on August 25, 2018.
HCFCD outlined some of the projects they want to undertake with the bond fund. But, more importantly, they asked for input from the public on what plans WE think should be considered in the future.
This, neighbors, is a great opportunity to be heard. Please click here, 2018 HCFCD Bond Program, for all of the details. Then, please take the time to let HCFCD know what you project YOU think the bond funds should support by completing the online “Addicks Reservoir Community Input Form.”
The HCFCD website contains a lot of great information, so please read it carefully. We are giving you an easy route to navigate to the main issues, but you’ll find that all of the HCFCD information is important and enlightening.
Let’s be clear: as your HOA Board we are NOT telling you exactly what to write, or how to vote on the bond issue. Many of your neighbors have lived in Bear Creek Village for years and have seen the flooding issues change over time. Opinions vary widely as to why we are experiencing flooding more often than in the past. The following are simply thoughts that will not be new to most of you, and are not listed in any particular order:
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 HCFCD 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