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VOL. 1    ISSUE VIII
We are excited to announce that the community pool  will be open  on  weekends  through the month of  September.  

New Pool Hours-
September 1st -2nd   
10:00 am - 8:30 pm 

September 3rd- 30th   
Weekends only 
10:00 am- 8:30 pm

 
The HOA is seeking energetic civic minded youth ages 13-17 to serve on a Junior HOA Board.

These individuals will assist with annual events and brainstorm other community volunteer opportunities for their neighborhood. We need 10-15 volunteers to fill this board.
These volunteers will receive community service hours in return for their assistance. Many of our neighborhood youth are involved in NHS /NJHS  or other school/church groups that require community service hours. Even if they don’t belong to a group requiring hours, they will still receive a letter or certificate with their hours they can use for college applications or just because they want to aid the community.

Requirements:
Must be a resident of The Lakes of South Shore Must be available to meet one evening a month for an hour Must be willing to work with others to better our neighborhood Must be 13-17 years of age.
Please visit the website for more information
BOARD HIGHLIGHTS
“Working to build a better communication network with our residents.”
By: Claudia Foutz, Resident
***Disclaimer:  This newsletter column  was prepared by a volunteer homeowner and is not an official communication from the Association or its Board of Directors.  It is intended to be an unofficial neighborhood informational update and is not intended to be a part of the books and records of the Association.  For official records of actions taken by the Board of Directors, please refer to the official Board meeting minutes as posted on the Association’s website.

Welcome to the first Board Highlights article provided to you within a week of a board meeting.  As context and background, The Lakes of South Shore Harbor is a 477 acre community containing 1500+ homes in 11 neighborhoods.  (Summer Shores, South Point, South Lake, Waterside, Waterside north, Oak Harbour West, Oak Harbour, Shoreline Cove, Compass Cove, Sunset Cove, South Bay Village.) The community dedicated 2.7 acres to a pool, two lighted tennis courts and playground area, a .7 acre neighborhood park, 10.7 acres of greenbelts, 53 acres of water retention, and a 3rd lake owned by the MUD #7 district, 24.3 acres of high banks at the lakes, and paths on 38.8 acres. A third play area is being added to a green space off Woodcock Street in the South bay Village neighborhood.
The homeowner’s association (HOA) is the cornerstone of our community and through its governance structure preserves the communities architectural integrity and beauty and its common elements.  It further protects the property values through its governance.  Through its financial oversight, the Board ensures liquidity of the HOA and provides funds for future community maintenance and enhancements.
The purpose of the “HOA Board Highlights’ is another communication vehicle to help keep the residents quickly informed of the work of the board. The Highlights are planned to be distributed by email blast, so make sure your email address is on file.  In addition to these highlights, you can check the HOA website for official copies of board agendas and approved board minutes.  Those can be found at https://thelakesofssh.com.   In addition to this communication you can also receive the new Board Newsletter keeping you informed of upcoming events and information from MUD meetings, by signing up on the website.  You can also find past copies of the Newsletter on the website under “Community Newsletters”.  But plan to attend the Board meetings and become involved in your community.
The following are highlights from the most recent meeting of the board.
The Annual HOA meeting has been tentatively  scheduled for October 23rd, 2018.  The location will be announced during the September board meeting.  There will also be the election of new board members Information on the board election will be provided at a later date.  So check out the website to be kept informed. The Board also approved the accounting firm of John F. Coggin, Seabrook office, to conduct the board’s first annual audit since terminating the contract with the association management firm.  The audit  reports will be presented at the Annual meeting.  In addition, the board hired Canady & Canady  to provide bookkeeping services to the board and was approved at the last board meeting.  Financials were not yet completed and will be presented as they are available.  Annual financials will also be provided at the Annual meeting.
Status of the South Shore Blvd sidewalk project was reported on.  The area has been cleared and construction has begun with a completion date around October.  For those of you driving down South Shore Blvd, you can see completion is in sight!!  The Landscape committee has continued their work of general maintenance recommendations contained in the Landscape rejuvenation report provided earlier this year.  Of special note is the eradication of greenspace weeds in the grass areas.  Tru Green has been hired to begin a weed eradication methodical process.  They made their first organic application in July, with a second application in August and a final application scheduled for late September or early October.  Pruning has continued.  Special attention to clean up will begin on the fencing at 96 and Columbia memorial in the next 30 days. 
The board continued discussion of the erosion happening at the Kroger Lake site.  The board maintained that the erosion issue needs to be addressed by the MUD#7 and that inquiries should be directed to the MUD board for resolution.  MUD agendas and minutes are posted under the MUD7 tab on the website.
The board approved a proposal for a new Junior Board that will help high school students earn volunteer hours by providing cleanup projects, and support social activities.  
Residents in the Woodstock area will be pleased to learn the board is moving forward with placing a small play yard in that neighborhood.  Some play equipment was selected and cost estimates will be presented at the next board meeting. For those of you who embrace the beauty of our community the board moved to accept a proposal to start recognizing the efforts of residents who take pride in their home and landscape and inspire others to do the same.   The landscape committee was charged with implementing a “Yard of the Month”  program for both the East and West neighborhoods  on either side of South shore Blvd.  The recognition program will be starting next April and run through December. 
Upcoming social events were noted as follows:  National Night out, which is an annual community building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live is scheduled for October 2nd.  Check out the website for updates and information. The Fall Garage sale is scheduled for  October  20th.  Again, check out the website for current information. Information will also be provided in the monthly Newsletter. 
 
MUD 7 Update
July/August 2018

By: Claudia Foutz

NOTE:  The MUD tax rate for 2018 will remain at $.39% per $100 of assessed value. 
This article will cover actions and discussions of the July and August, meetings.  The MUD#7 board met on July 10 and August 14, 2018 at 2525 South Shore Blvd, Suite 207b, League City, Tx 77573. The
  statements in her article are based on her personal observation of a MUD meeting and do not reflect any opinions of the HOA board.

The following was covered at the July meeting:  The Engineer reported that the detention repair work was completed and the HOA was billed for their share of the expense ($12,000).  There was nothing to report on the HOA president’s recommendation to plant irises for erosion control on the Kroger Lake.  Next he reported on information concerning Tucker Lake, which is owned by the MUD. It was acquired through a prior bond issuance and that there is a Detention Pond Maintenance agreement between the District and the Lakes of South Shore Harbour Association for four detention sites, including Tucker Lake. In 2012 the MUD authorized installation of no parking and no trespassing signs to quell problems with teenage drinking and unauthorized use of the lake.  Those signs appear to have been taken down.  To address more issues in 2014 the MUD leveled some large mounds that obscured the activities of teenagers.  Although the HOA requested consideration of fencing the area, the MUD declined that option.  The board tabled further discussion of the lake issues to the next meeting in August, noting that HOA board member involvement in the discussion is necessary to properly resolve resident issues.  The Tax collector provided a report noting that 99.47% of the 2017 taxes have been collected on a taxable value of $361,856,335. The certified property values will be completed by July 23rd and reported at the August meeting. The bookkeepers report was provided and issued checks reviewed.  The District’s account balances for all funds was provided noting $611,386.59 in total operating funds and $4,712,601.30 in the debt service funds, noting that a debt service payment is due on Sept 1.  
The following was covered at the August meeting:  The most significant reporting and recommendation was made by RBC Capital Markets as it related to the MUD#7 tax rate for 2018 and is to remain at $.35 per $100 of assessed valuation and a collection rate of 97% for debt service, and $.04 per $100 for maintenance tax rate, making a combined rate at $.39 per 100 which is unchanged from the 2017 rate..  The recommendation was based on the 2018 assessed valuation of the District as certified by the Galveston Central Appraisal District.  A detailed analysis was provided for the duration of the MUD and based on current market analysis for the next 15 years and included early pay off the 2008 bond which will be completed in September and noted in prior reports.  The rate was approved and the board authorized the Tax Collector to publish notice of the adoption and schedule public hearing as provided by law. Next the MUD discussed issues relating to erosion at Kroger Lake and issues pertaining to Tucker Lake. The board directed the engineer to obtain estimates from a landscaper familiar with iris planting to test certain areas for erosion control.  Those estimates are not to exceed $5,000 for sampling.  The board also asked that I advise residents, through this column to contact the MUD office with their concerns about Tucker Lake specifically by emailing awalker@philbinlaw.com so that the district will be made more aware of resident concerns.  The MUD reiterated their desire to always work with the HOA on issues such as this, to ensure the continued integrity and beauty of our community.   Until the MUD can have more deliberative discussions on these issues, the Tucker Lake issue was held for further consideration.  The board approved the annual operating budget and moved forward with the 2008 bond payment.  Lastly, the Board approved and scheduled the financial audit for 2018, and will engage the firm of BKD CPAs & advisors of Houston. 






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