COMITE HILLS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS
CHWHOA IS YOUR ASSOCIATION!
TAKING PRIDE IN SUPPORTING IT
IS PART OF BEING A "GOOD NEIGHBOR"
TO YOURSELF, YOUR FAMILY AND OTHERS.
THERE IS A NEW ADDITION TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD!
It's a Little Free Library at 10912 Suncrest Avenue,
the home of Eric and Jan Anderson.
The purpose of the library is to "take a book, leave a book"
and just possibly meet and greet a neighbor or two.
There is a notebook inside to leave your comments and suggestions.
If you have books you've read, enjoyed and want to share, here's your chance!
We especially would like to have more children's books in our library because
we really love encouraging them to enjoy reading.
...Jan (library caretaker) and Eric (master builder)
HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS THAT ARE GOOD IDEAS YEAR-ROUND
This time of year, more cars are parked at shopping areas or at home while their owners are out shopping or attending parties, offering criminals more opportunity to break the law. To help prevent vehicle thefts and thefts of items in vehicles, police offer these tips:
Remove your keys from the ignition and take them with you.
Lock your vehicle.
Never hide a second set of keys in your vehicle.
Park in attended lots.
Park in well-lit areas.
Never leave your vehicle running, even if you will be gone for only a minute.
Completely close all windows of parked vehicles.
Do not leave valuables or paperwork in plain sight.
To eliminate drawing unwanted attention to contents in your vehicle, place packages or bags and other tempting items—especially cell phones and other electronic equipment—out of sight.
At home, park your vehicle in a locked garage, if you have one.
Back a rear-wheel-drive vehicle into your driveway to make it more difficult to tow.
When parking on the street, turn your wheels turned toward the curb to make your vehicle more difficult to tow.
Set the emergency brake to make a parked car more difficult to tow.
To reduce the threat of theft or identity theft, follow these tips.
When shopping, do not leave purses or bags unattended in shopping carts. All it takes is a split second for a thief to walk by, remove your bag and flee undetected. Shoppers should keep their bags or purses on their person and zipped or snapped shut.
When paying for merchandise, be wary of openly displaying checkbooks or credit cards, as they contain vital financial information that identity thieves can write down or photograph with smart phones. If paying with cash, avoid openly displaying the contents of your wallet.
When approaching your vehicle to load your purchases, keep at least one hand free to open your trunk or doors. While loading your packages, don’t leave your handbag or purse unattended.
Do not leave any papers with personal information in your car. Even blank papers might tempt a thief to break into your car in an attempt to steal your identity.
CHWHOA BOARD MEETING - December 14, 2015
Clockwise: Jim McCurry, Jeffery La Cour Sr., Alice Washington, Rhonda Robillard,
Tim Verkaik, Alvin Thomas III and Hank des Bordes
Not pictured, but present: Antoinette Brown, Mark Lecour and Dick Webb
COMITE HILLS WEST HOMEOWNERS' ASSOCIATION 2015 ANNUAL MEETING
The Annual Meeting of the Comite Hills West Homeowners' Association was held at 3:00 PM Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the Central Branch Library. The agenda included a treasurer's report (posted on this site under Documents and e-mailed to all website members), election of board members, reports of committee activities, neighborhood security and amendments of the subdivision restrictions and covenants.
Recently, all residents received by mail a copy of the proposed amended restrictions. It keeps all of the covenants and restrictions that affect your property now. It adds the Comite Hills West Homeowners' Association, Inc. as the organization authorized to maintain, administer and enforce the covenants and restrictions. It also provides for mandatory dues, which in the past have been voluntary. The restrictions currently affecting your property are posted on this site under Documents. The proposed restrictions document, the voting process needed to adopt the amended restrictions and other attendant questions were discussed extensively.
In conclusion, those homeowners present at the Annual Meeting voted, with one dissention, to authorize the current Board of Directors of the Comite Hills West Homeowners' Association to proceed with an official voting canvass. Approval of the proposal will require a 2/3 vote of all property owners (not simply residents). Persons owning two or more lots will have one vote per lot.
Information and contacts regarding the canvass will be forthcoming from the CHWHOA Board.
Follow-up report from Jim McCurry on concerns from the Annual Meeting regarding truck restrictions and STOP signs:
Signs restricting truck weight have been placed on Tynewood Ave; one at
the entrance into CHW and one in Hampton Village coming into CHW. This
should stop the heavy trucks like lumber and cement deliveries and earth
Three-way STOP signs are to be placed at Tynewood and Lake Comite and at
Tynewood and Burtcliff. Next week Central Public Works will set up
signs informing residents of the pending installation of the
"three-ways." These will give residents a week or two to get accustomed
to stopping at these intersections.
TWO RECENT MATTERS OF ONGOING CONCERN TO ALL COMITE HILLS WEST RESIDENTS
1) Since many of us in the original section of Comite Hills West live near Lake Comite and issues often arise with those who think that the lake is an open property of the subdivision available to all, this posting is to make it clear that is not the case, by quoting the actual legal subdivision restriction: "First Filing: 6. A servitude of use, for swimming, boating and fishing only, over the entire “Private Lake” shown on the official plat of Comite Hills West Subdivision, First Filing, is hereby created in favor of Lots 63, 64, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 79 and Tract B."
This means that ONLY homeowners with lots immediately tangential to Lake Comite have access to it for swimming, boating and fishing. You may stand in a public street to view the lake [and we all enjoy its beautiful visual ambience] BUT, you may NOT walk across the properties of lake homeowners OR go onto their docks without their express permission. That is TRESPASSING and all of us homeowners have rights that protect us against trespassing on our properties. Our neighbors are welcoming persons, so if you have a purpose, such as returning an errant, lost box turtle or duckling to its home, they generally are happy to have you perform such a random act of kindness IF you ASK them first. Likewise, when lake homeowners DO give ongoing permission to others to use their lake area, it would be a prudent courtesy on their part to advise neighbors in the adjacent properties--some of whom may participate in the Neighborhood Watch Program or be law enforcement officers--that those seen coming and going to their frontage of the lake are not trespassers to be reported.
2) Laws regarding the responsibilities of animal owners in Comite Hills West are NOT a matter of personal opinion, conjecture or established habitual behavior. The statutes of the State of Louisiana and East Baton Rouge Parish, as well as the subdivision restrictions, are VERY specific. The subdivision restriction: Filings 2/3: 10. "Owner shall be permitted to have on the premises domestic animals, including but limited to dogs, cats, horses and cows, provided that such animals shall not be raised or maintained on the premises for commercial purposes, or in such numbers or conditions as may be offensive to other property owners in the subdivision. Further, this provision shall not permit any owner to maintain any animal or animals that become obnoxious to the community."
Link to the Louisiana Leash Law Statute [adopted in 1918]:
Link to the Regulations for Owning An Animal in East Baton Rouge Parish:
It is our intent that this information will be useful to the many CHW residents who have made inquiries about specific issues related to these matters, either by phone or messaging the website. The above information will be e-mailed to all members of the website as well, and we respectfully ask that you please forward, distribute and otherwise share it with others. Thank you!
A NEW "OLD" YARD OF THE MONTH SIGN
Over the years, we have repaired the old Yard of the Month sign,
which we believe was designed originally by
neighbor Roxanne Leachman.
The last frame finally disintegrated and the wood backing on the sign was rotting.
Mary Behrens at Central Graphics was able to enlarge and reproduce the design onto
double-layered aluminum Signabond, mounted into a very sturdy metal-rod kick frame.
The new sign will be both long-lasting and easy to place.
CONGRATULATIONS to the YARD OF THE MONTH Recipients for 2016!
JANUARY: FRANK and LOUISE SMITH - 6759 W. Flintridge Place
These YARD OF THE MONTH photos for 2015
will remain online through January before being archived.
DECEMBER: BRYSON and KAY CAILLOUET - 6521 Bretshire Drive
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER: CHARLES and MARSHA PRATHER - 7134 Burtcliff Drive
SEPTEMBER: DONALD and PAT JOHNSON - 11226 Landfair Avenue
AUGUST: ALVIN III and PAT THOMAS - 6812 Stoneshire Drive
JULY: JOHN and TONI EVANS - 7028 Lake Comite Drive
JUNE: LIONEL and PAMELA JAMES - 6750 Stoneshire Drive
MAY: JON and JUDY BEESON - 11221 Suncrest Court
APRIL: MIKE and CINDY WATTS - 10858 Tynewood Avenue
MARCH: CASEY BRADFORD - 6730 Stoneshire Drive
FEBRUARY: LEROY and ANNIE GEORGE - 11338 Landfair Avenue
JANUARY: ALBERT and LAUREN AGUINIGA - 11138 Landfair Avenue
HELP PROMOTE OUR WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE!
Remember, joining the website is open to ALL Comite Hills West residents--a few simple clicks and that's it. If those of you who already are users would set a goal of inviting at least one neighbor/family to join, we could increase our outreach significantly. While we have a good number of users, that extra critical mass would enable us to make meaningful use of the online survey tool to seek opinions on subdivision concerns and also be more effective in communicating emergency, lost and found, legal concerns and other matters. The personal information on your profile is visible publicly only if you choose that function. The system is secure and no addresses are shared with businesses, commercial or governmental entities. Only YOU know your password. CHWHOA also has a Facebook page, but it is not getting the activity we had hoped. You can post your photos and comments and enjoy it as you would any other Facebook page.
Log on, check it out, LIKE it and use it--it's up there at your request!
PLEASE UPDATE YOUR WEBSITE INFORMATION PERIODICALLY
Your connection to our CHWHA Website is a benefit of your membership. Nearly every time an important message is sent to you from the Association, there are e-mail addresses that bounce back as undeliverable. Anytime your information has changed, there are two ways you can correct it. 1) You may send it in an e-mail message to email@example.com and we will correct it for you. Remember, your e-mail address also is your User ID, so when a change is made, after that you will sign in with your same password but with the corrected e-mail address as your User ID. 2) You also may update your profile and change your User ID and password at any time by clicking on Update Your Information at the bottom of the Menu Bar on the left side of the page. [As a security precaution, only YOU can change your password.] For those of you who are not yet registered on the website, simply click on the request link. Please note that if you have listed a second or third e-mail address in your profile for another person in your home, they also automatically will receive any blast e-mail notices that are sent out by the Association, so if they change, please update them as well. This will save a lot of trouble when messages are returned and we need to track the incorrect addresses, since only the registered member's address appears on the register for sending mail. Any additional addresses appear in your profile, which has to be searched separately. Should you have questions, please contact me. Thank you for staying current so CHWHA can keep you informed.
Richard Webb, Webmaster
CHWHOA deed restrictions prohibit the posting of temporary signs anywhere in the entrance median area. Also, NO PARKING on the median. If you wish to post signs or balloons for a garage sale, party or other event, you may put them on either side of the entrance, but NOT on the island. Signs or other materials placed on the island will be removed. Thank you for your cooperation!