In trying to keep you
informed and have an open line of communication with the neighborhood, I
was hoping to inform you about a few situations currently happening in
the neighborhood. I have been quite busy getting acclimated to the
position of LCPOA Board President, and I look forward to accomplishing
tasks that will help secure and improve the unique character of Lake
First of all, I appreciate meeting
many of you at our events, conversing through phone calls or emails, and
seeing you at the playground or boat launch facility. I appreciate your
support and know that together we can progress in continuing to
make Lake Country a great neighborhood to live in. The following are some
situations I wanted to let you know about. Please feel free to call or
email me seeking further information or to provide suggestions.
You probably already have
noticed, CVS Pharmacy bought Pioneer Grocery and some land from Lake
Country Church. CVS is hoping to open their new store in October. LCPOA
worked with the developer to reach an agreement on our fountain area at
the entrance located at Lake Country Drive and Boat Club Road. The future
plans of Boat Club Road look to include a turn lane which would make the
fountain go away as the road would be widened. LCPOA will then work to
construct a new wall and water feature that would be suitable to the
remaining area at the intersection. I can assure you that the LCPOA wants
to continue making it known that the intersection is an entrance to Lake
There were many responses
in the survey I put out in March that requested we improve the
landscaping to our neighborhoods. We are in the process of looking at
ways to update our entrances.
crime in Lake Country is minimal compared to the overall crime rate in
the city. Even though the crime rate is statistically low in Lake
Country, LCPOA has taken the stance that keeping Lake Country safe and
secure is one of our top priorities.
We are currently installing
an additional light pole and more signs at the boat launch facility. We
are also considering the requirement that members be issued parking permits
for vehicles utilizing the amenities so that it can be determined if the
vehicle should be there. The reasons for these changes are because the
waterfront park and boat launch facility has become a meeting area for
some drug use, fight clubs, and vandalism. We also need to think about
what these people causing crime are looking at as they drive through the
neighborhood to meet at our private amenities that are funded by members.
If criminals know they do not have a place to meet in Lake Country, they
are less likely to even enter the neighborhood.
We have been able to get
more patrols from the FWPD and have hired police officers at peak times
to curb this activity. Mike Fisher (LCPOA Board Member) and I are
currently going through the Code Blue Citizens on Patrol Training.
We hope that the
combination of lighting, signs, parking permits, police presence, and
volunteers involved with Code Blue will continue to deter crime in Lake
Country. I would encourage you to stay up to date on crimes and criminals
in our area. You can access this information through the Neighborhood
Patrol Officer (NPO) link on our website at www.elcpoa.org
The Easter Egg Hunt was
well attended. Even after a couple rain delays, we were finally able to
hold the Easter Egg Hunt on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. I think the
kids had a great time!
We had our first ever LCPOA
Family Night in the Park on May 16th. LCPOA served burgers and
hotdogs. There were bounce houses for the kids and fun was had by
everyone. There were many positive responses, and I hope for more
neighborhood gatherings like this so that we can all get out and meet
The upcoming LCPOA events
are the Fishing Tournament on June 7th and of course the July
LCPOA enforces the Deed
Restrictions that are assigned to our property in Lake Country. Please
understand that we are just trying to maintain our property values and
keep Lake Country as a desirable place to live for all residents.
The Deed Restrictions are assigned to the property that we all purchased
when we chose to move to Lake Country.
There are volunteers that
monitor the neighborhood for violations to the Deed Restrictions. The
volunteers try to be objective when looking for violations. The statement
“my violation is not that big of deal” is something that the volunteers
enforcing the Deed Restrictions cannot afford to entertain. LCPOA is
trying to treat all residents as the same and not show any favoritism. We
often hear “what about that guy down the street that has been in
violation for years”. I can assure you that every resident is being
treated the same. If you receive a violation notice, please just contact
us or correct the violation.
As you may know, there were
several residents of Lake Country that challenged in court whether or not
LCPOA has the right to enforce Deed Restrictions. This lawsuit slowed the
ability of LCPOA to continue enforcing Deed Restrictions but the court
ruled in favor of LCPOA saying that we can enforce the Deed Restrictions.
The appeals court has also affirmed that decision.
LCPOA recently sued one of
the residents involved in this lawsuit because of the camper and trailer
parked on their property. We tried to settle with this resident before
the case went to court before thousands of dollars were spent. In the
state of Texas, a resident found guilty of being in violation of Deed
Restrictions is required to pay all legal fees for both sides. The
resident refused our settlement offer. Subsequently, the court ruled in
favor of LCPOA and awarded us $10,000 to pay for legal fees. There
will most likely be more of these situations as some residents refuse to
correct their violation. We do not wish to see all these legal situations
but believe it is necessary to maintain property values and keep Lake
Country as a desirable place to live for all residents. We live in
a neighborhood for many and hope that we can all understand that my
property affects my neighbor.
In closing, I want to thank
our members and volunteers of the LCPOA that put in a tremendous amount
of time to help make Lake Country great. Without you, I believe Lake
Country would deteriorate greatly because there would not be enough
people to maintain our great neighborhood. If you have not joined LCPOA
this year or want to get involved, I encourage you too! By working together,
we can look forward to enjoying our special neighborhood for years to