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.
PLEASE VOTE AND VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH THE VOTING ON BEHALF OF YOUR HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION! AT THE OCTOBER ANNUAL MEETING, THE MAJORITY OF PERSONS ATTENDING INDICATED THEIR APPROVAL OF MOVING FORWARD WITH VOTING ON THE PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT THAT HAS BEEN WIDELY DISTRIBUTED AND EXTENSIVELY DISCUSSED.
A POSITIVE RESPONSE IS CRITICAL TO THE LONG-RANGE SUCCESS OF THIS SUBDIVISION! MY PERSONAL EDITORIAL OBSERVATION AS YOUR WEBMASTER, HAVING BEEN INVOLVED IN THE POSTING AND DISTRIBUTION OF THE ACTUAL FACTUAL INFORMATION FROM THE BOARD, IS THAT FAR TOO MANY NEIGHBORS AS YET HAVE NOT PARTICIPATED BY RETURNING THEIR BALLOTS, WHEN THE STATED DEADLINE IS JUNE 1st. FURTHER, THERE ARE TOO MANY COMPLETELY FALSE MYTHS AND RUMORS BEING CIRCULATED ABOUT WHY ONE SHOULD VOTE NO. ONE IN PARTICULAR OF WHICH I HAVE BEEN MADE AWARE IS THAT IF THE CHANGES PASS, THE BOARD COULD INCREASE THE ASSESSMENT OF DUES AT ANY TIME. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT IS ABSOLUTELY INCORRECT! THE DUES SECTION OF THE AMENDMENT CLEARLY AND SPECIFICALLY STATES THAT ANY CHANGES WOULD REQUIRE A TW0-THIRDS VOTE OF LOT OWNERS. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU AVAIL YOURSELF OF THE CORRECT INFORMATION AND DO NOT RELY ON UNFOUNDED OPINIONS. YOUR VOTE IS YOUR PRIVILEGE TO CAST AS YOU WISH, BUT IT ALSO IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO DO SOMETHING FOR THE GREATER GOOD OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND ITS FUTURE. THANK YOU FOR THINKING BEYOND YOUR OWN PROPERTY. Richard Webb, CHWHOA webmaster, for the Board of Directors.
IMPORTANT UPDATE ON ZONING CONCERNS
Below is a copy of the letter sent to the City of Central Zoning Commission
by Board Chair Hank des Bordes, on behalf of the Board of the
Comite Hills West Homeowners' Association, Inc. Given the protocol of
the Commission meetings, the opportunities for response are time-limited, so
Hank and Board Chairs from the neighboring subdivisions will be on the Agenda
to speak. Nevertheless, it always sends a strong message when as many
residents as possible attend the meeting as a show of visible unity.
If you are able, please plan to be there this Thursday evening, April 28th, 6:00 P.M. at the
Kristenwood Meeting Facility
14025 Greenwell Springs Road
Central, LA 70739.
[Please note that the April 26, 2016, May 10, 2016 and May 24, 2016 City of Central Council Meetings will be held at: Central School Board Office, 10510 Joor Road, Central, LA 70818. All Schedules, Agendas and Minutes for City Government are posted at www.centralgov.com in PDF format.]
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL RESIDENTS FROM THE CHW BOARD
We have received the Agenda to be considered by the Central Zoning Commission at its meeting on April 28, 2016.
Under Residents in the Menu Bar to the left of this page, please click on Documents. On the Documents page, you will find a PDF file of the Agenda posted under the title R-2. Click on the underlined title to read the document. The principal concern is the proposed change in Item 9. The third page of the document is an explanation of R-2 zoning, taken from the official code. CHW Board Chair Hank des Bordes has been told that there will be a meeting at the Central Branch Library on April 14, 2016 at 6:00 PM for the developer to discuss the proposal. Since this may have far-reaching consequences of precedent, we will need to take a position when the item goes to the April 28th meeting of the commission. This information also will be sent as an e-mail [with the PDF file attached] to all residents who are registered on the website This is one of those times when the webmaster would wish to have that be ALL residents, because matters such as this can come up suddenly and we want not only to inform you, but also to have your input. If you know of neighbors who have not taken advantage of being on the website and its e-mail list, please urge them to do so and/or forward your copy of the e-mail message with the attachment to them.
TWO 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!
MAY: KEITH and DIANNE TALBOT - 6710 Stoneshire Drive
APRIL: BERVICK SPELL - 7217 Lake Comite Drive
MARCH: FRED and RHONDA ROBILLARD - 11126 Suncrest Avenue
- NO YARD OF THE MONTH FOR FEBRUARY -
JANUARY: FRANK and LOUISE SMITH - 6759 W. Flintridge Place
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!