Important Community Announcements:
Spring Happenings in Grand Lakes
- Volunteer Litter Pickup - March 23 - 8:45-11am - Kickoff at Alexander Elementary. Residents and scouts are invited to come out and help keep Grand Lakes beautiful! Event is hosted by the Grand Lakes Green Committee; more information here. Service hours available for teens.
- March Board Meeting - March 25 - 6:30pm - 23610 Seven Meadows Parkway, Katy TX 77494
- Easter Festival - April 6th from 9am-11am
- Spring Community Garage Sales - April 13th from 7am-2pm. The registration form can be found at the following link. The last day to register is April 11th; registering ensures that your items and address are listed on the community garage sale list that is emailed out to residents. If you do not have a garage sale sign, you will need to provide your own. De-clutter or come on out and find some bargains!
- Spring Recycle & Donation Drive (same day as garage sales) - April 13th - recycling noon-4pm, donations 1pm-2:30pm - Alexander Elementary inlet by the dumpsters. For the 3rd year in a row the Grand Lakes Green Committee will host an electronics/worn clothing recycle drive the afternoon of the garage sales. New this year Katy Christian Ministries will be onsite 1pm-2:30pm to accept donations of items in good condition that you no longer need. A list of accepted items from both CompuCycle and KCM can be found at the following link.
- April Board Meeting - April 22nd (tentative) - 6:30pm - 23610 Seven Meadows Parkway, Katy TX 77494. Date to be confirmed after March meeting.
- Free 'Simple Recycling' Curbside Clothing, Shoe, and Home Good Recycling Service Starts in Grand Lakes - April 25. Help our community divert textiles and select home goods from landfills! Residents will receive a mailer with collection bags and instructions on how to participate in this free weekly curbside service from Simple Recycling. Simply use the bags provided to recycle accepted items in any condition and place next to your recycle bin on our regular recycle day (Thursday). Simple Recycling will pick up the goods and leave replacement bags for you. It's that simple!
SIMPLE RECYCLING COLLECTION INFORMATION
Grand Lakes residents can now recycle clothing, shoes, and various home goods curbside thanks to a contract between the Grand Lakes Community Association and Simple Recycling. This program complements the existing Best Trash recycling program and items accepted do not overlap.
If you currently donate unwanted textiles and home goods to charitable organizations for tax or philanthropic purposes, you are encouraged to continue to do so. Katy Christian Ministries, Clothed by Faith, Goodwill, St. Vincent de Paul and other IRS designated non-profit organizations depend on donations to continue their good work in the community. If you aren’t currently donating these items, Simple Recycling will accept them as well as the worn-out or non-working items that Goodwill and KCM, et.al. cannot accept. Simple Recycling makes money on the items it collects, allowing the Grand Lakes Community Association to pay no costs associated with this service and be compensated $20 for every ton of material collected.
To utilize the program:
- Place clothing, shoes, and accepted home goods (in any condition) into the orange bags provided by Simple Recycling.
- Place your bags at the curb on your regular recycle day (Thursday) next to your Best Trash recycling cart.
- Simple Recycling will pick up your bags and leave replacement bags behind.
For further information or to request additional bags:
Just a reminder regarding pets: According to Article XI, Section 5. Animal Husbandrv. No sheep, goats, horses, cattle, swine, poultry, dangerous animals (the determination as to what is a dangerous animal shall be in the sole discretion of the Board), snakes or livestock of any kind shall ever be kept in or upon any part of the Property, except that (i) dogs, cats or other common household pets may be kept by the Owner or Occupant of any Living Unit, provided they are not kept for any commercial purpose, and (ii) animals may be kept in a pet store, veterinarian's office or pet boarding facility located on any Commercial Lot. Any allowable pet that is kept in a household must be confmed to its Owner's Lot either by constraints of a backyard fence or a leash, or kept within the Living Unit. No animal shall be permitted to run freely away from its Owner's Lot and must be controlled by a leash. All applicable leash and licensing laws in effect in Harris County or Fort Bend County (whichever are more restrictive) shall, to the extent more restrictive than this provision, also apply to this animal husbandry provision and shall be complied with by all Owners and Occupants of Residential Lots.
Grand Lakes Homeowners:
We hope everyone had a joyous and happy holiday. We wanted to let you know that the 2019 assessment statements have been mailed and should have been received. Your assessment payment is due January 1, 2019 and considered late if not received by January 31, 2019.
If you have already made your payment, thank you. The 2019 assessment charges have been posted on your account and on January 1st it will reflect on TownSQ; you may also log on to your account to confirm the Association received your payment or to make a payment.
If you have not made your payment yet, you have three options to pay your assessment:
- Mail check or money order
- Online bank payment
Click here for payment option specifics.
Muscovy Duck Update
Over the past several years, the population of Muscovy ducks has increased significantly in the Grand Lakes community. Related to this rapid population growth, many residents and retained professionals have raised several concerns and issues about the ducks and their impact on the community.
In order to address the concerns over the uncontrolled population growth of Muscovy ducks and related issues, the Board of Directors empaneled a Wildlife Committee to investigate options for a more harmonious co-existence between the wildlife of Grand Lakes and the community. The Wildlife Committee carefully considered input from hundreds of residents, closely reviewed published studies, and consulted with wildlife professionals. Based on this collective effort, the Wildlife Committee made three recommendations to the Board of Directors to help control the Muscovy duck population and foster a balanced existence between ducks and the community. These recommendations included: complete removal and relocation of all Muscovy ducks, reduction of Muscovy duck population, and removal and relocation of Muscovy ducks joined by a replacement with an appropriate number Mallard ducks.
After carefully considering all of the options recommended by the Wildlife Committee as well as opinions expressed by residents, both online as well as in several public hearings, the Board elected to remove and relocate the Muscovy ducks and replace them with a small population of Mallard ducks based on the quantity assessment appropriate for the area. Mallard ducks are more compatible to shared environments, such as Grand Lakes, because they reproduce at a much more sustainable rate, leading to more feasible population control. The Board believes this option strikes a balance between the desire to retain ducks in our community with exercising sensible population control so as to achieve a more harmonious co-existence.
Naturally, populations fluctuate, including duck populations. As such, the Wildlife Committee will continue to evaluate duck needs and population, as well as that of other wildlife, in our community, and the Board will continue to carefully monitor the needs of the wildlife and community with regard to such issues.
Tennis Court Policy/Rules
The Grand Lakes community has instituted new rules and regulations that govern the use of the tennis courts of our community.
Although we appreciate the efforts of teachers to continue to develop the game of tennis, it has become a hindrance to our residents to be able to play tennis on the courts where they actively pay dues to play.
Therefore, please be advised that the Grand Lakes community is now enforcing the tennis court rules in their entirety effective May 1st 2015; a copy of which is attached. All the tennis courts in Grand Lakes are for use by residents and their guests only.
The term “resident” refers to homeowners and those in Grand Lakes with an active Resident Access Card (RAC). Please be aware, access readers will be installed on all tennis courts very soon.
The term “guest” refers to invited guests of Grand Lakes residents; as outlined within the attached tennis court rules. Unfortunately, it does not include instructors or other commercial, for-pay players.
As we are aware that instruction is currently conducted on the Grand Lakes tennis courts, please take this time between now and May 1st to reschedule your lessons to a more suitable location.
If you have any questions, please contact Principal Management Group of Houston at the contact information provided above.
Grand Lakes Tennis Court Rules
- Grand Lakes Tennis League play has precedence over other tennis play at all times.
- Courts are to be used by residents of Grand Lakes with a valid and working Resident Access Card. The Grand Lakes community and the Grand Lakes Homeowners Association are not responsible for any personal injury or loss or damage to personal property. ALL COURT USE IS AT THE RISK OF THE USER.
- Residents with a valid and working Resident Access Card may bring their guest(s) to play provided that they accompany their guests at all times.
- Any resident with a suspended Resident Access Card cannot be a guest of another resident.
- At least one person using the tennis courts MUST have a valid, working Resident Access Card; while abiding by Rule #4 above. The resident must produce proof of an access card if queried by a Grand Lakes Board member or associate of the Grand Lakes property management company.
- Absolutely NO commercial use for the tennis courts. Teaching professionals are not considered as guests.
- No children allowed on the courts unless they are playing tennis and in the presence of an adult (18+). Adults (18+) have court priority after 6:30 pm.
- If other residents are waiting to play: (1) you must limit your playing time to no more than 90 minutes; (2) your guest cannot be the guest of another resident immediately after you relinquish the court.
- While waiting for courts, please wait outside the gate and announce that you are waiting for the court to be free when the current players are finished.
- No more than 4 players on a court at any given time.
- Proper tennis attire required. Tennis shoes (non-marking), shirt, shorts, and other proper clothing.
- No animals, skateboards, skates, or bicycles allowed in the tennis court area at any time.
- Any objects or activities that may damage the court surface, fences, nets, etc. are prohibited at all times.
- No glass containers, alcohol or smoking allowed in tennis court area.
- Abusive language and radios are not permitted.
- Please clean up after yourselves, your children, or your guests. Place trash in proper receptacles.
- Please be courteous to others while playing tennis and keep balls on your own court.
Do Not Feed The Ducks
As you may know, we are experiencing a large increase in the duck population on our lakes. These are Muscovy ducks, which are classified as a non-native invasive species by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which has stated that these ducks “create problems through competition with native species, damage to property, and transmission of disease”.
It is illegal to sell, transfer, propagate, or introduce Muscovies. It is also a violation of the Grand Lakes Restrictive Covenants to feed the ducks. According to the GrandLakes“Lake Use Rules & Regulations”, page 5, Section 18, Item 3, “Feeding and interaction with wildlife and/or waterfowl is prohibited”.
The Waterfowl Information document on the Grand Lakes Life website, states:
- Waterfowl reproduce excessively
- Feathers clog suction pumps in community pools
- Feces cause health concerns & increased cleaning maintenance of common areas
- Feces contribute significantly to the nutrient load in the water causing algae, weed, and bacterial concerns, as well as odors
- Foraging at the soil-water interface disturbs the soil and accelerates erosion
- Any waterfowl on the lakes become the property and responsibility of the homeowner’s association. If waterfowl causes damage to a resident’s property the association is responsible for these damages
In addition to being a violation of the restrictive covenants, there are other reasons for not feeding the ducks.
Experts agree that bread is bad for ducks because they have problems digesting it. The bread along with the feces degrades the water quality. Any artificial feeding is actually harmful to waterfowl, causing poor nutrition, water pollution, concentration, overcrowding, spread of disease, and costly management efforts. When waterfowl feed on scattered corn or bread they eat in the same place where they defecate. Most waterfowl die-offs in the past 10 years have involved artificial feeding. Waterfowl rapidly become conditioned to and dependent on handouts. This causes them to become more aggressive and to lose their wariness of humans.
Let’s all be good citizens and neighbors and help maintain the desirable nature of our neighborhood and all our property values.
The homeowner’s association is investigating means of controlling the duck population.