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Welcome
 
 
The Manchac Place Subdivision Homeowners Association web-site was created to serve the community and provide a central location for all information and activities associated with the neighborhood.
 
Manchac Place Subdivision - A Better Place to Be.
 
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HOMEOWNER UPDATE - JUNE 29, 2020
Posted on Jun 29th, 2020
 
HOMEOWNER UPDATE - June 29, 2020
 
Good Afternoon Homeowners -
A half year has gone by and if we don’t have any more major surprises, we should be able to finish the 2020 fiscal year without a deficit.  Each month, beginning in February, I have scrutinized finances, identified opportunities where we could save money, not only for the particular month, but for future months as well.  Like I mentioned at the annual meeting, my goal would be to “take us back to the basics”. This involved ensuring that core responsibilities were maintained such as lawn care, pool care, insurance, etc., then determining what we could afford and managing the timing of when expenditures could be made in conjunction with assessments received.
While I have done my part, there are still approximately 45 homeowners that have not paid their 2020 dues. You now have good stewards over your assets and paying these dues are an essential part of moving into a solvent 2021 where the contingency fund can be fully funded, more core responsibilities can be budgeted for, and there can be some realistic discussion about a reduction in annual assessments.  With respect for what families may have been experiencing during the “Stay at Home” order, collection efforts were put on hold. However, collection efforts will resume over the next few weeks. I encourage those that have not yet paid, to pay and contact the board, via the MPHOA website, if you have any questions.
 
FINANCIAL POLICIES
To continue to effectively manage spending going forward, the board has adopted Financial Policies (See Link). I will also post our financial position as of June 30, 2020 within the next few weeks.  
 
 
Sincerely,
Derek Williams,
Manchac Place, HOA President/Treasurer
LAKE B Fountain
Posted on Jun 24th, 2020
Lake B Fountain
Currently, there is an issue with the fountain in Lake B. Weather permitting, service is scheduled for Friday June 26th.
Thanks,
Derek
HURRICANE SEASON - UPCOMING STORM
Posted on Jun 7th, 2020
Hurricane Season officially began June 1, and already there's a named storm heading our way! We hope that everyone stays safe over the coming days.
Please visit the following link for info on sandbags: https://www.wbrz.com/news/ascension-parish-offering-pre-filled-sandbags-to-prepare-for-tropical-storm-cristobal/
In anticipation of the weather, the fountain in the front lake has been turned off. As well, a couple of boards were removed from the drain box, which enabled the water level to come down over a foot so far.
This week new sod was laid along a small portion around the front lake. We don’t anticipate the lake to crest above the bank and impact the recent work. We will monitor the situation, and if an issue arises, then we will work to remove the sod very quickly.
Again, we wish everyone well as the storm moves through!
 
Josh Rosenstern
MPHOA Board 
PMOL RESIGNATION
Posted on Jun 5th, 2020
Good Afternoon Homeowners - 
 
As of today Property Management of Louisiana is no longer the management company for the subdivision. As a result, do not contact them or make payments to them either by mail or through their portal. I will post more details this weekend. 
 
Thanks,
Derek 
MPHOA President 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – HOMEOWNER COMMITTEE
Posted on May 21st, 2020
Good Morning Homeowners -
 
As things are somewhat settling down, the MPHOA can start moving forward on some things.
 
We are looking for 3 volunteers for the Homeowner Committee (formerly the Architectural Committee).   
 
The form has been revised and includes a section for 1) construction changes and a section for 2) non-construction changes.
 
J. Reed Luneau, current board member, will be available to the committee as an advisor for construction changes, but will not be a voting member of the board.
 
I have also developed a resolution for the board to adopt at the next board meeting which outline guidelines for the new committee.
 
Here is an excerpt:
 
1.       When reviewing plans, objectivity should be paramount and an appreciation should be given to different styles and tastes of Manchac Place homeowners. The objective is not to police every detail of every change, but to provide oversight to ensure that committee decisions reached are prudent and, changes do not have a materially negative effect on the appearance of the subdivision.
 
If anyone that has not served before and is interested, as well as those that have served, and would like to be involved again, please send me an email form the Manchac Place website.
 
Thanks,
Derek
 
MORE COST SAVINGS
Posted on May 15th, 2020
Good Afternoon Homeowners -
 
As part of the continued cost cutting efforts, this weekend, we will start transplanting/ removing plants from the flowerbed that is located behind the planter box as you exit the subdivision on Manchac Place Drive. We will be leveling MOST of that bed and replacing it with sod and possibly two trees.  
 
If you are interested in giving some of the plants a new home, please send me an email from the Manchac Place website. Select “Contact Us” and let me know which plants you are interested in.
 
The choices are:
 
Knockout Roses
Drift Roses
Boxwoods
 
The knockout roses require a couple of extra steps in the transplanting process and I will be picking up some loaner pots from the nursery in the morning for that purpose.
 
 
Thanks,
Derek
 
Pool is Leaking
Posted on Apr 27th, 2020
Good Morning - I received a message this morning that the pool is leaking. I contacted the pool company and they indicated that the leaking is not serious. The damage is a result of kids throwing rocks at the "Strainer Pot". The "Seal Plate" is what homeowners are seeing that is leaking. He is going to repair it when the part comes in. When he cleans the pool today, he will confirm that it's not serious enough to close the pool.
Thanks,
Derek
Drive With Caution
Posted on Apr 15th, 2020
Sorry, this post is a little late but still relevant. As kids are out of school, parents are home, etc, there is a lot more activity (walking, riding bikes, etc) during the day. Please use extra caution when driving through the subdivision. 
 
A homeowner informed me that they have witnessed individuals driving fast on Pine Ridge and Manchac Drive and most recently probably prevented an accident from occurring after a kid ran out in the street after a ball.
Thanks,
Derek
Homeowner Update – April 15, 2020
Posted on Apr 15th, 2020
Hope everyone is well and managing as best as possible through this COVID-19 crisis. I just wanted to give you a quick update. The good news is that a budget has been established, costs have been cut, and bills are being paid on time. My delay in providing you the details is that I am having some challenges with the property management company relative to their accounting system, etc. I have been working through this issue since February and we are somewhat further along, but not where we need to be. They have determined that their primary accounting system cannot provide the BASIC reports that I need. As a result, they have moved everything over to Quickbooks. However, the transition has not been smooth and I’m working on getting them to resolve the discrepancies. I am anxious and look forward to providing you reliable and accurate data as soon as possible.
 
Thank You for your patience,
Derek
 
Dog Walking
Posted on Mar 4th, 2020
A homeowner has reached out to me with concerns about other homeowners walking their dogs and allowing the dogs to “use the bathroom” in their yard. I reviewed some posts on “Next Door” where residents of some other subdivisions are expressing the same concerns. I brought this subject up at work yesterday and it resulted in a healthy discussion.
 
I believe that there is a balance in most things. Manchac Place should be a place where residents should enjoy the community by getting out and doing normal things such as jogging, walking their dogs, etc., and not feel restricted, but also be respectful of other residents and their property. So, I am not sure if we have a pervasive issue or one where a handful of dog owners need to be more respectful. Based on my observations of playing tennis at City Park and driving through the Garden District going to and from work, I notice that a lot of dog walkers in that area carry pooper scoopers or plastic bags.
 
As a result, I would like some feedback on the subject. Should I get a focus group of residents together (dog owners and non-dog owners) and discuss the issue and establish some ground rules for our subdivision or should individual homeowners handle these instances on a case by case basis?
 
Thank You and looking forward to your responses,
Derek
 

 
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