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.