Upcoming board meeting: January 7, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m. at Community Center.
Pine Trails Office will be CLOSED: December 25, 2019 and January 1, 2020.
Reminder: Christmas decorations and lights are to be taken down by January 15, 2020.
Election Results: Incumbents Amy Benedict, Myrtis Lester and new member, Norma Martinez were elected to the Board at the 2019 October Annual Members’ Meeting.
2020 Maintenance Fee: Dates to Remember Jan 2 $250 payment is due. Jan 14 Delinquent Notice mailed; $25 admin/mailing fees charged. Feb 14 Last day to pay without Late Charge and arrange a payment plan.You may make partial payments prior to the cutoff date but account must be paid in full by Feb 17, 2020 to avoid the late fee. Feb 17 $50 Late Fee charged to accounts with a balance due. Mar 9 Liens filed on all delinquent accounts; $150 filing fee charged to account Apr 20 Legal Action; all delinquent accounts may be referred to the O’Neal Law Firm for collection. If you have not received your invoice, please call the office to confirm your billing address. Also, please provide your current address and email for ease in future communications. Your information is private and will not be shared with anyone.
Selection for repair is prioritized based on most terrible condition, use, accessibility, safety, need for County or Aqua involvement and availability of funds.
Food Distribution: The Houston Food Bank is partnering with Cunningham Middle School to distribute food to the community. Visit the PAW PANTRY at CMS, 14110 Wallisville Road, for fresh produce, grains, dry beans, meat, and a variety of shelf items. For details, dates and time, call the school at 832-386-4470. Transportation: Have you seen the signs? Beginning, December 2, 2019, Harris County Transit Bus Route 11 will run every hour along Purple Sage Drive to various local destinations. Rides are FREE until FEBRUARY 3, 2020. Costs; $.50-1.00. Riders will also be able to connect to other routes and to Metro Buses. Visit the Pine Trails website (www.pinetrailscia.com) for a map of the Routes and Connections or call 832-927-4950 for additional information. Notice: Shell Pipeline Company is in the neighborhood conducting repair and maintenance work around the Dartwood pipeline. Expect to see related traffic through the neighborhood for probably ninety days. All possible safety precautions are being taken.
WHY Complete an Architectural Control Committee (ACC) Form?There are many types of common improvements, such as adding a fence, pool, storage building, repairing driveway or remodeling that residents like to make to their homes. To protect everyone’s property values and to minimize the impact that your improvements may have on neighbors’ property all projects like these and others that change the exterior of the home or lot require advance approval from the Architectural Control Committee (ACC). This is to ensure changes are in compliance with guidelines such as fence/storage height, materials used, easements, boundaries, etc.Obtaining ACC approval for your project is very easy. Your project’s description should be submitted using the necessary drawings and specifications to completely describe the plans. If you have not submitted the proper ACC form, prior to beginning the work, you may receive a “cease-and-desist” notification which only means you need to complete the form before you go any further. While someone in the neighborhood may have a like or similar structure that you want to build using the same material does not necessarily mean they are in compliance and have not received a violation notice. Once all of the necessary documentation is made available to the Committee, they must approve or deny a project within 30 days. In practice, the time is much shorter. Also, Harris County requires homeowners to obtain a permit from them BEFORE pouring concrete…they have inspectors who monitor neighborhoods.
2020 Census- The census is taken once every ten years. It counts our population and households, provides the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting and distributing federal funds to support states, counties and communities. The census impacts housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.Get ready and be prepared to accurately complete the census forms you receive in the mail. The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for workers to assist with the 2020 Census count. For temporary work visit… 2020Census.Gov
Homestead Exemptions: REMEMBER…A homestead exemption removes part of the value of your property from taxation and lowers your taxes. You may get an additional exemption if you qualify as 65+ or if you are disabled. You should file your regular residential homestead exemption application between January 1 and April 30. If your application is postmarked by April 30, this will allow the district time to process it before your tax statement comes out in the fall.
PTCIA FINANCES: INCOME 2020 Budget10/30/19 YTD Bank Interest $900 $2,143 Maintenance Fees (current/past) $321,800 $297,713 Community Hall Rental $8,700 $8,150 Admin/Misc. Income $30,000 $27,592 Transfer Fee/Recovery Costs $18,700 $15,002 Other Income $9,000 $7,028 Late Fees $6,000 $5,785 Transfer from Capital $118,334__A__ TOTAL INCOME $513,434$363,413 EXPENSES Salaries/P/R Taxes$56,180$52,555 Administrative: Bank Service Charges $60 $1,460 Dues/Subscriptions $1,500 $1,121 Insurance $26,000 $25,196 Office Supplies/Misc. $6,060 $4,286 Postage $7,200 $7,562 Accounting/Audit $10,000 Community Hall Supplies $1,500 $796 Computer Expense/Internet $2,520 $2,400 Legal/Liens $14,100 $14,838 Newsletter $4,020 $4,801 TOTAL ADMINISTRATIVE $72,960$62, 460 Utilities: Telephone $1,380 $1,252 Electric-Office $2,520 $2,327 Water $1,560$1,472 TOTAL UTILITIES $5,460$5,051
Street Lights $78,000 $67,135 Total Alley Repairs $40,000 $10,380 Maintenance: Office $200 $70 Community Hall $600 $13,377 Capital Expense-Office $500 Miscellaneous ____ TOTAL MAINTENANCE $1,300$ 13,447 Grounds Maintenance: Mowing $48,060 $45,256 Bids & Contract $45,000 $44,260 Dump/Landfill Expense $1,500 $794 Beautification $1,020 $835 TOTAL GROUNDS MAINTENANCE $95,580 $91,145 Security Service$145,764 $115,803 Other Operating Expenses: Deed Restriction Mileage $420 $444 Block Captains Expense $1,800 $1,072 Playground Expense $1,500 Property Taxes $450 $23 Community Service YOM $1,020 $1,184 Capital Expense- Community Events/Other $13,000$22,336 TOTAL OTHER OPERATING $18,190$25,059 TOTAL EXPENSE $ 513,434$ 443,035
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