Message from the Board – November 2020

The HOA Board met on Monday, October 12, 2020 at 6:30 pm via Zoom.  All board members except Leo Furman were in attendance, along with Becky Salinas from Sterling ASI.  We also had one homeowner, Royce Phillips, who joined the meeting to inquire about volunteering.  Mr. Phillips will be taking care of the neighborhood flags and we are very grateful for his help.  Homeowners are always welcome in the monthly HOA Board meeting and we invite you to join us on Zoom.

We have scheduled Movie Night for Saturday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the tennis court.  The movie to be shown is How to Train your Dragon – The Hidden World.  There will be snacks and water available, but you are also welcome to bring your own.  Please bring your own chair/blanket and sit on the marked places for families in order to be socially distant.  We encourage you to wear a mask and if you are feeling sick, please stay home.

Water Logic, through MUD 41, performed an irrigation evaluation of Village of Oak Lake around mid-September and we are waiting on the results of that inspection.  They will be providing results to the MUD, HOA and landscaping company, LMC, and that information will be included in the next Message from the Board.

LMC has changed out the color in our neighborhood for the Fall/Winter.  The flowers and beds are nicely done and with the recent irrigation repairs we hope they will thrive through the entire season.  The mulch will also be replaced in November.  The lawn crew is on an every-other- week schedule now and will resume weekly service in March of 2021.

The Board has asked Becky Salinas with Sterling ASI to get quotes on a bi-monthly clean-up of West Airport, to include trash and bandit signs.  These issues seem to be getting worse the more traffic we have going through our neighborhood.  Even though some of us pick up what we can, it has become too much for just a few of us to keep up with.  This item is on the November HOA meeting agenda for further discussion.

November has brought us some cooler weather which makes it nice to be outdoors.  The two main holidays this month are Veteran’s Day which is on Wednesday, November 11th and Thanksgiving which is on Thursday, November 26th.  Veteran’s Day is a day to honor those who have served in the armed forces and Thanksgiving is an annual national holiday in the United States and Canada celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year.  Even though 2020 has been a rough year for some of us, there is always something to be thankful for.

Assessments are 96% collected for 2020.  If you have not paid your 2020 assessment or if you need assistance, please contact Sterling ASI. Remember that unpaid assessments accrue late fees until they are paid.

Around the House – November 2020

Bandit Signs

Village of Oak Lake is in an unincorporated part of Sugar Land and therefore, we do not fall under any city ordinances that regulate bandit signs.  However, our deed restrictions cover such signs as follows:

Declarations of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions; Village of Oak Lake

Except for signs owned by Declarant or other Builders advertising their model homes during the period of original construction and home sales, no sign, advertisement or billboard, or advertising structure of any kind other than a normal “For Sale” sign not to exceed nine (9) square feet in total size may be erected or maintained on any Lot in said Subdivision.  Declarant, the Association, or its assigns, will have the right to remove any sign, advertisement or billboard or structure that does not comply with the above, and in so doing shall not be subject to any liability of trespass or other sort in connection therewith or arising with respect to such removal.

Rules regarding bandit signs vary by state, by city and town, and even by subdivision and community. These rules not only cover the “scammy” signs, but also legitimate signs posted by well-meaning people.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation – Rules for Posting Campaign Signs: During campaign season, the landscape blooms with a special kind of flower – the political sign. Unlike wildflowers that are welcome anywhere, putting campaign signs on public lands is illegal. So, before you plant that sign, learn the law and keep Texas beautiful.

What you need to know:

  • It is illegal to place any sign on or within the right of way. This includes posting signs on trees, telephone poles, traffic signs and other objects on the right of way.
  • Campaign signs along Texas roads can be placed on private property with the owner’s permission. Signs must be made of lightweight material and be no larger than 50 square feet.
  • Campaign signs may be posted as early as 90 days before an election (no earlier) and must be removed within 10 days after the election.

One of the biggest complaints about bandit signs is that they are eyesores. They can be distracting to drivers and make an intersection look unsightly.  In addition, some bandit signs are the handiwork of scammers who are not legitimate.

If you are a person who posts bandit signs, please follow the rules/guidelines/laws for the area you are placing your signs.  The VOL HOA Board is discussing the trash and sign issue in our neighborhood and we hope to have a solution in the very near future.

Message from the Board – October 2020

The HOA Board met on Monday, September 14, 2020 at 6:30 pm via Zoom.  All board members except Joe Hernandez were in attendance, along with Becky Salinas from Sterling ASI.  We also had one homeowner who just wanted to observe the meeting and would like to thank her for attending.  Homeowners are always welcome in the monthly HOA Board meeting and we invite you to join us on Zoom.

The tennis court windscreens seem to be down more often that they are up with all the wind and rain we have had the past several months.  They are designed with zip ties and clips to break away when there is heavy wind to keep them from tearing.  However, most of the zip ties are missing and they have had trouble staying attached.  The Board asked Becky to look into replacement screens and we approved a bid from Classic Sports for new ones with more openings in the screens to let the wind pass through more easily.  We hope this will take care of the problem.

The lighting in the tennis court area has been an issue for a while.  We recently found out there are several ballasts that have gone out and need to be replaced.  We have asked Becky to get bids and are waiting on those to come in so we can get the lights working properly again.

A MUD 41 Board member provided the HOA Board with an update that there would be an irrigation evaluation of Village of Oak Lake on September 15, 2020. The evaluation was performed to assess the effectiveness of the current setting/system and provide recommendations for improvement.  This was done at no charge to the HOA and the HOA is under no obligation to carry out the recommendations provided in the assessment. The results will be reviewed with LMC (the landscaping/irrigation company for VOL) and the HOA Board around mid-October.

The road work along West Airport seems to be nearing completion as of the end of September.  There was some concern about the previous mudjacking process used to repair the street and it was determined by the County that was not going to solve the problems with the road failures.  The County then sent in crews to repair the road properly.  With all the traffic on West Airport now, the Board is hopeful these repairs will hold up to the volume of cars traveling through our neighborhood each day.

We had a meeting with LMC on September 16th to discuss the state of Village of Oak Lake.  Some of the issues discussed were irrigation, plant material, ants, weeds and trash.  For the past couple of months, we have had a lot of minor irrigation problems all over the neighborhood that lead to big problems with the plant material dying but those have been addressed.  The color beds will be changed out at the end of October or beginning of November depending on the onset of cooler weather.  The mulch will also be renewed around that same time.  We do have a lot of ant mounds due to the extreme heat and rain we have gotten over the past couple of months.  The ants have been addressed but LMC is limited on the type of bait they can use and it takes some time to get rid of the ants.  The mounds are treated every week and should be knocked down every other week the landscapers are on property. The crews should be picking up the trash as they mow and addressing the weeds each time they are on the property and have been reminded of our concerns regarding these issues.

October is an interesting month this year as there will be two full moons.  The first full moon of fall – in this case the Harvest Moon – will appear on Thursday, October 1st.  The second will appear on Saturday, October 31st just in time for Halloween. If you are planning to go trick or treating, please be safe while out and about on the streets of the neighborhood.  We want all of our littlest residents to have a Happy Halloween.

Assessments are 94% collected for 2020.  If you have not paid your 2020 assessment or if you need assistance, please contact Sterling ASI. Remember that unpaid assessments accrue late fees until they are paid.