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OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER
OF THE

ROBINDELL CIVIC CLUB/HOME OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION

March/April 2009

Maintenance Fees are Now Due!
Civic club meetings March 19, May 21 March newsletter deadline April 30 Trash pickup Every Tuesday Heavy trash March 23 (NOT the 4th Tuesday)—Tree Only April 28—Junk/Waste Curbside recycling March 13, March 17, March 31, April 14, April 28 All homeowners need to be sure that their 2009 Robindell Maintenance fees are paid before March 31. After that date, an additional $10 late fee will be added. You may ask how the money is used. This collection goes into the general operating budget of the association to provide things such as mosquito spraying in the warmer months, mowing along the esplanades, deed restriction violation enforcement, supplies for the operation of the association, this newsletter, and other benefits of living in Robindell. The Association does not foreclose on residents with unpaid dues, however, it may put a lien on the property. As most of you realize, some associations charge hundreds of dollars a month, so take comfort that the Robindell fees is on $25 a year. Please be a responsible homeowner and pay your fee on time. The payment form is located on the back page of this newsletter for your convenience.

State of the Neighborhood—President’s Update
Things are buzzing around the neighborhood as springtime approaches. And bees aren't the only thing buzzing. The Board of Directors is reviewing a landscaping proposal for the esplanade on Beechnut. Due to the severe condition of the soil in the median, we will be voting at our meeting on the 19th regarding additional funding. Please attend to express your opinion in this important improvement to Robindell. As warmer weather approaches, I see more and more residents out cleaning and working in the neighborhood. What a great group of people! As mentioned last newsletter, please take a moment to "Review, Refresh, and Revive" the neighborhood. The storm in September and the cold weather has taken its toll on some of our neighborhood homes causing paint to peel and landscapes to need some major attention. Please take care of these situations quickly to protect your property from further damage due to lack of maintenance. It's also time to get back in the swing of a regular schedule for mowing your lawn. Several lawns around Robindell look quite ragged at this time. Spring is a time for weeds to take over a yard if it is not mowed regularly. Please ensure that your lawn has a healthy start and is a contribution to the overall beauty of Robindell. The elected Board is here to help Robindell. If you have a situation where you need help or answers, please feel free to contact us via email or phone as listed in this newsletter. Remember, we're all here to help each other.

Next Meeting Bayland Comm. Center 6400 Bissonnet Thursday, March 19th 7:30 pm

PROGRAM Deputy A.C. Lemon Harris County Sherrif’s Dept. “Protecting Yourself from Crime at Home in Robindell”

Gary Teeter, President
Spring has come early at the home of Linda Cook, 6214 Indigo. Linda won Robindell Yard of the Month for March with a wide variety of blooming flowers. Linda has been a Robindell resident for three years and enjoys working in her yard. With the assistance of her son, Ben, she has created several free form flower beds in her front yard. Included in the beds are blooming spring bulbs, butterfly iris, gerber daisies, geraniums, roses, sunflowers, beautiful ferns, fragrant rosemary and many other varieties of plants. Linda has several decorative items in her yard as well. She cast her own concrete benches with inlays of blue china pieces. Thank you, Linda and Ben, for keeping Robindell a beautiful place to live. Thank you Southwest Fertilizer for sponsoring our Yard of the Month! by Dana Keith

Freelightingcorp.com
I’d like to tell you about my experience with Freelightingcorp.com. Last summer, I heard about this free service at a Continuing Education seminar on green design. I called, probably sometime in July, and they came January 8. I was told it would be a while, but the more people in a given area that sign up, the faster they come. This is a service free to you, funded in part by investorowned utilities and by grants, as I understand it. The important part is that it is free to you! They come out and do some simple things to weatherize your house. At my house, they did a test with a fan to identify where the air leaks are, and put weatherstripping on my exterior doors, caulked some windows, and taped the gaps in the vents in the ceiling where the sheetrock did not meet the vents. They also sealed the cold air return. The biggest surprise was all the new compact fluorescent light bulbs they installed, leaving the incandescent light bulbs that were replaced all around my house! If I don’t like the new light bulbs, I can always put the old ones back in. In all, they spent about 2-3 hours helping lower my light bill. I’m told they will also put in insulation, if need be. I urge you to visit their website and then call (866-484-3519) to sign up! You have nothing to lose except the time it takes to make a phone call. by Lisa Nixon Sparks

It’s the first of March and the BSN Council has finished the process of submitting our Super Neighborhood Action Plan. It consisted of the following items: • Re-striping Bissonnet from US 59 to Hillcroft

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Adding Pedestrian Signals at the following intersections Fondren & Bissonnet Hillcroft & Beechnut Hillcroft & N. Braeswood

It was later determined that the pedestrian signals would have to be submitted to 311. We have since learned that the pedestrian signals at Hillcroft & Beechnut and Hillcroft & N. Braeswood have been approved and are going through the bid process. The pedestrian signal at Fondren & Bissonnet is caught somewhere in the system and Dawn Hurd, in Councilmember Khan’s office, is keeping us updated on the progress. We have also submitted our ideas for Capital Improvement Projects to both Council members Khan and Clutterbuck. These projects include the following • Speed Humps on the following streets

Robindell Citizen Patrol
The Robindell Citizen Patrol program is well into the 3rd year of volunteers “watching” our neighborhood. We are proud and grateful for this group of residents who give their time and fuel costs to make our neighborhood safer. These awesome folks log between 80 – 100 hours per month to heighten awareness and deter criminals from targeting our property. It is difficult to compare crime statistics but it is clear from Houston Police monthly reports that crimes in Robindell are not increasing at the rate of some of our neighboring subdivisions. Please give our volunteers a wave and thank you when you see them on the streets. We would like to increase the eyes and hours dedicated to Citizen Patrol. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the team, please call for more information at 713772-1371 or 832-423-3948.

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Wanda Lane between Fondren and Brays Bayou Dr. Braewick between N. Braeswood and Beechnut Drainage Improvements in Bonham Acres Full Replacement of the pavement, curbs and gutters of Bissonnet between US 59 and Hillcroft

You will notice that there are 2 separate items regarding Bissonnet. The BSNC originally discussed the replacement of Bissonnet last Fall. It was thought that we should wait on such a large project. During the CIP process, it was learned that the Westwood Super Neighborhood was asking for a full replacement of Bissonnet from US 59 to Beltway 8. It was decided that this would be a good opportunity to request the improvements to Bissonnet since an adjacent Super Neighborhood was asking for similar improvements. We have to go through a further process for the speed humps in the 2 areas. We need a resident of each street to help spearhead this process. A petition must be signed by the majority of the property owners adjacent to each street. The petition must be submitted to the City of Houston before April 1, 2009. Please contact Dean Lowry at dlowry9003@gmail.com if you are interested in helping with these projects. Don’t forget, the monthly meeting of the Braeburn Super Neighborhood Council is the first Monday of every month at Bayland Community Center. Bayland is located at 6400 Bissonnet. You can also find out more at http://www.braeburnblog.blogspot.com/ . by Dean Lowry

by Mary Hendricks

Parking Violations in Robindell
Please note that officers from Houston Parking Management regularly drive through Robindell issuing parking tickets during both day and night shifts. The three most common violations in Robindell are parking on or over the sidewalk, parking on the wrong side of the street (potentially very dangerous when pulling away from the curb), and parking so as to block fire hydrants. We all probably have better things to do with our money than to pay parking tickets, so hopefully everyone will park appropriately from now on.

Latest Area Reported Crime Statistics
DATE 1/17/09 1/18/09 OFFENSE Burglary of a Motor Vehicle Burglary of a Motor Vehicle STREET 8500 Bob White 8500 Bob White

Robindell Civic Club Treasurer’s Report as of Feb 28, 2009
Accounts CD 22743=CD 14384 CD 182-1062868-2 CD 5025 CD 16843 CD 16846 CD 16849 Money Market Checking # 1 TOTAL Checking # 2 As of 2/28/09 $11,588.94 11,459.21 11,510.89 10,494.21 10,858.69 12,440.49 16,903.55 1.00 $85,757.01 Beginning Balance $7,859.51 Total Available Funds Income: Maintenance Fees Late Fees Liens Transfer Fees Attorney Fees Beautification Pool Donations Newsletter Ads Mosquito Control Citizens on Patrol Mtg Room Refund Miscellaneous TOTALS Expenses: Newsletter Mosquito Spraying RCC Files (every 6 mo) Beautification Deed Enforcement Telephone Office Expenses Public Relations Mailbox Rental State/Federal Filing Fees Insurance Pool Donations Citizens’ Patrol Refunds Miscl. Expenses TOTALS Feb Net Income Budgeted for 2008 $17,000.00 0.00 0.00 1500.00 0.00 400.00 0.00 200.00 0.00 2,000.00 100.00 0.00 $19,200.00 $ 2,000.00 2,000.00 650.00 16,000.00 7,000.00 600.00 4000.00 1,000.00 100.00 25.00 4,000.00 0.00 400.00 0.00 100.00 $37,475.00 Ending Balance $9,204.02 $94,961.03 As of 12/31/08 2050.00 20.00 0.00 100.00 0.00 50.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2200.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 102.50 53.99 0.00 0.00 100.00 0.00 619.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 $875.49 $1344.51 Community Bank Notes matures 6/17/09 Washington Mutual matures 9/08/09 matures 9/12/09 matures 9/13//09 matures 11/13/09 Bank of Texas Washington Mutual

Robindell Passings
Richard (Dick) Sohn, former Robindell Board Member, resident, and activist passed away the weekend of March 1, 2009. Few details are available at press time for this newsletter. Dick was an active member of the community for many years, often times doing things personally while ill and suffering. He contributed to the neighborhood many hours of his time, often without acknowledgement or recognition. Indications are that he also selflessly gave ultimately by leaving his body to science for study and research needs.

Robindell Civic Club 2009
713-995-4773 9639 Hillcroft, PMB 118 Houston, TX 77096 Email: robindellcc@gmail.com
Officers President: Gary Teeter Vice President: Robert Hastings Treasurer: Ron Crabb Secretary: Mary Ann Crabb Section 1 Leader: Dean Lowry ACC*: Leamon Murray Section 2 Leader: Sharon Gerstacker ACC*: Todd Barnes Section 3 Leader: Mary Thayer ACC*: Carlos Guerra Section 4 Leader: John Templeton ACC: Phil Thomas Section 5 Leader: Mike Martinez ACC*: Rolondo Roy *Architectural Control Committee (ACC)
Need a copy of the deed restrictions or architectural control guidelines? If you need new copies or have never received them, contact your section leader, leave a message with your name and address on the civic club phone or send an email to robindellcc@gmail.com.

Violations of Deed
Running Balance $5,250.00 20.00 0.00 150.00 0.00 228.00 100.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 360.00 $5748.00 $ 286.20 1,763.20 708.00 230.00 108.24 53.99 44.12 80.27 100.00 0.00 619.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 $3993.02

Below are the most frequent violations of the Robindell Civic Club's Deed Restrictions. Are you being a good neighbor and helping refresh the neighborhood to its pristine qualities? Article 4.02(c) states "No regular household or yard trash or garbage shall be placed onto the street curb or on the front or side of any Lot until 6 p.m. the day immediately before a scheduled trash pick-up. ...At no other time shall household or yard trash, garbage, or other waste or waste containers...be visible from any street." This defines the City of Houston black trash containers. Article 4.02(g)(1) of the Deed Restrictions states “Cars, passenger vans, motorcycles, trucks and commercial vehicles …that are in operating condition, and that have current license plates and inspection stickers may be parked in a garage, underneath a carport, or on a concrete or asphalt driveway.” Section 4.02 (b) States “Grass, living ground cover, shrubs and flower beds shall be cut, trimmed, edged and weeded as needed so as to maintain a neat, well-maintained appearance.” Do your part to keep Robindell beautiful.

Important Phone Numbers
Robindell Civic Club: 713-995-4773
Emergency:

Helping Robindell Look Nicer
A simple and free way to help our neighborhood look better is to store our trash cans and recycling bins out of sight. The also happens to be a City ordinance, and, according to the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department:
“Container’s must be removed from curb/public view by 10pm on day of collection and stored in a secure location.” “Violation of any provision of the ordinance is punishable by fine of no less than $50 nor more than $2000.”

911 (Ambulance, Fire, Police)
Nonemergency city:

713-884-3131
Houston Police Department 713-308-3200 Domestic Violence Hotline 713-528-6798 Burglary & Theft 713-308-0900

Please help to keep our neighborhood neat and

For any graffiti issues contact: michael.flores@cityofhouston.net 713-314-3908

2009 Robindell Homeowner's Association Maintenance Fee
The annual $25 maintenance fee is mandatory for all Robindell homeowners. Please detach this coupon and return it with your check made out to Robindell Civic Club. Mail to Robindell Civic Club, 9639 Hillcroft, PMB, 118, Houston, Texas 77096.

Names of Owners: Address: Home Phone: Emergency Phone: Work Phone (optional) : Optional: Beautification: Pool Donation:

Renter’s Name(s) _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ Phone: __________________________

Regular Homeowner Fee = $25 ― Late fee of $10 required after 3/31/2008.

Total Amount of Check = $ ___________________

Thank you.

If you would like to advertise in the Robindell newsletter, please send $30 per edition and your business card advertisement to the Civic Club address listed in this newsletter.

Lindhurst’s Construction Bat Exclusion Professional 8126 Braesview Lane Houston, TX 77071 (713)981-9576
Robindell Civic Club 9639 Hillcroft, PMB, 118 Houston, Texas 77096.


				
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