April 2018 Updates

April 2018 Updates

Architectural Control Committee (ACC) Statement – With all of the new residents we have gained lately (and, with some of our long-time residents, as well), it may be helpful to remind everyone that all new building and most improvement projects in the community require a submission of the project plans to the ACC before those projects are started. Failure to make the proper pre-construction submission could result in fines and penalties or, in the worst cases, a demand that the project be stopped and/or removed.

What kind of projects are we talking about? Well, obviously, the construction of a new home; but, also the construction or installation of a shed or workshop, the addition of a garage or carport, construction and installation of outdoor kitchens, patio and driveway extensions, boat docks, and the addition or replacement of fences, gates, or retaining walls. This list does not cover each and every instance where the ACC needs to be involved, but you get the idea.

Basically, you can clear your property, level it, spread sod or throw out grass seed, even have a building pad laid down and, unless what you have done materially affects the existing drainage and water runoff of the property, you do not need to clear it with the ACC. However, once you “go vertical” (that is, erect foundation forms or cause something to rise above the land), you need to have approval from the ACC before starting that project.

The ACC is not here to make life difficult for you; it is, however, tasked with trying to ensure that the community covenants (which everyone should have received a copy of when closing on their property) are complied with. Please help the ACC to help you by involving them before your project begins.

The standard submission form to use when requesting permission to start a project is available on the website. If you’re unsure about just what you want to do on your project, there is also an “Inquiry Form” available which you can use to have your preliminary questions. The inquiry form is not a formal and final approval of your proposed project; it is preliminary in nature and non-binding. The standard submission form, however, is final and binding.

Community Meeting about Bond Election – On Wednesday April 25th at 6:00 p.m. an informational meeting about the upcoming school bond will be held at the clubhouse.  A presentation about the plan will be presented and Erath County Tax Assessor, Jennifer Carey will be there to answer questions about tax impact, frozen values, etc.

Beacon Lake Open – With the March rains Beacon Lake was re-opened to motorized boats on March 8th. If the water level drops below the rip-rap that protects the dam from erosion the lake will be closed again. Sailboats, canoes and kayaks are always allowed on the lake since they do not make a substantial wake.

Beacon Lake Committee Update – The committee will be contacting owners near Beacon Lake about water rights. Their purpose and scope of work has been approved by the board. Emails will be from beaconlake@mountainlakestx.com. The committee continues to explore many areas to ensure Beacon Lake is usable for years to come.

Quarterly Breakfast – Saturday, April 28th – This is a great way to meet new owners and make new friends.  Serving starts at 9:00 a.m. in the clubhouse and kid activities will be on the picnic table. Help is always appreciated!

Contact Jade Neely at 254-243-0514 or Candice Schuff at 817-675-3799 if you want to help.

Weather related problems – in addition to two major water line breaks earlier in the year the RV Storage Area gate operator was struck by lightning. The extensive repairs are expected to be completed by month end.

R V Storage Applications Required – Owners are required to complete an updated application each year if they store trailers, boats, or RVs in the Storage Area. The form can be found on the website under the Forms section. This is important since several units appear be have been abandoned. Failure to update your application each year will result in your unit being moved when needed (because we can’t determine the owner ) and access to this area restricted.
 **Mail or scan completed paperwork to the management company **

Swim Lessons – The negotiations with a certified swim instructor to offer group and private swim lessons on selected mornings at the community pool have not been finalized. More information will be available after the agreement has been approved.

Rental Storage Units – Just a few units remain that measure 10’ x 10’ x 10’ with 8’ doors in the RV Storage Area. Rent is $65 per month with a deposit of $65 and the application can be found on the website. Contact the management company.

Kayak / Canoe Rack – Space is still available for $25 per year. Application forms (MLR small boat rack) can be found on the website. Beacon Lake rack will be built in the coming months.

Website Calendar -Watch the calendar of events on the website for events such as Family Movie Nights, Quarterly Breakfast, Board meetings, Monthly Kids Club and if the Clubhouse is available to rent!

Future Board Meetings set – The next two board meetings will be held on Wednesday May 9, 2018 and June 13, 2018. Meetings are held at the clubhouse and begin at 5:00 p.m.. Owner attendance is encouraged and each meeting has a scheduled time for comments. Minutes of previous meetings are posted on the website once approved.

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Mountain Lakes Ranch Property Owners Association

PO Box 189

Bluff Dale, Texas 76433


(817) 559-7524