May 2018 Updates

May 2018 Updates

The weather is heating up and we have some Community Updates we need you to be aware of!!!!

Updates: May 2018

Special program at Clubhouse – Tuesday May 15th at 6:00 pm the MLR Kids Club will have a snake expert give a program on the snakes of North Texas. Kids of all ages and adults are welcome. Actual snakes will be on hand to view and the Social Committee will provide drinks.

Annual Picnic – This year’s annual picnic will be held on Saturday June 9th from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at Beacon Lake Park. BBQ and drinks will be provided for the first 100 owners. Bring a lawn chair as picnic table seating is limited to about 30 people. Snow cones will be dessert! In case rain is forecasted, the picnic will be moved to the clubhouse.

Beacon Lake Status – The lake level on Beacon Lake is below the rip-rap that protects the dam from erosion. The Beason Lake Committee has posted “No Wake, No jet skis, No skiing” signs and will allow the lake to stay open unless owners violate the request. Sailboats, canoes and kayaks are always allowed on the lake since they do not make a substantial wake and trolling motors can be used so that fishing can still occur.
The Lake Committee may close the lake without notice if violators do not follow the postings.

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 The committee continues to explore many areas to ensure Beacon Lake is usable for years to come.

Annual Meeting Set / Call for Candidates – The POA annual meeting will be held on Saturday August 4th at the Bluff Dale School. The meeting will begin at 2:00 pm and a couple of elected officials will be invited to talk briefly about current events. Door prizes including 2019 assessment waived will be drawn for owners present. One ticket per lot up to two tickets.
Anyone interested in serving on the Board, Lake Committee, Neighborhood Watch, or RV committee should contact the Management Company with their willingness to serve.

Second Annual Photo Contest – submit your best photograph taken since August 2017 to the management company to enter this year’s contest. Deadline is Friday July 13th. Owners can vote for their favorite on Facebook between July 16th and July 31st. All entries will be shown at the annual meeting and two prizes will be awarded during the meeting.

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 and the application can be found on the website.

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!

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 **

Covered RV storage spaces are available to rent, contact Anna at Mgmt Co for details.

Future Board Meetings set – The next board meetings will be held on Wednesday June 13, Wednesday July 11th and Wednesday July 25, 2018. Meetings are held at the clubhouse and begin at 5:00 pm. Owner attendance is encouraged and each meeting has a scheduled time for comments. Minutes of previous meetings are posted on the website once approved.

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.

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Mountain Lakes Ranch Property Owners Association

PO Box 189

Bluff Dale, Texas 76433


(817) 559-7524