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MAILBOX RESTORATION OFFER !!!
Posted on Nov 10th, 2020 Comments (0)
Good Morning Manchac Place Homeowners !!!
One of my goals this year besides making the MPHOA financially solvent was “enhanced community engagement”.  My feeling is that the MPHOA should engage with individuals as fellow homeowners first. When issues cannot be resolved, then the authority of the MPHOA should used to benefit the best interests of all homeowners. Having a well kept neighborhood benefits all of us and invites others to move in. Nowadays, people have so many places to choose from as to where to live. I love our location, because we are in Ascension parish, but not too deep in Ascension parish. I love that my commute does not begin somewhere down Hwy 42 or Hwy 73.  As saddened as I was about the Great Flood, I was happy that I didn’t live on the other side of the overpass on Bluff Road that was closed off and also didn’t have to worry about flooded streets.
My point is, when potential buyers and realtors drive into the subdivision, there first impression is the common area, and then the rest of the responsibility is borne on the 230+ homes that make up the subdivision. While we have been fortunate this year with great home sales (more info at the annual meeting), there is room for improvement in exterior upkeep. Upkeep costs time and money. Because, I was able to turn things around financially, I would like to invest back into the community. Hopefully, this will be a catalyst for homeowners that may have been putting off some “curb appeal” cleanups and this can also set the tone of how the MPHOA invests back into the subdivision going forward.
There are many mailboxes that are in need of repair. It’s one of the first things that you see when you drive through the subdivision. As a result, I am offering the following which was approved by the MPHOA board.
 
MAILBOX REFURBISH OFFER
The first 40 homeowners (current on 2020 dues) to send an email to manchacplace@gmail.com will receive a reimbursement of up to $35 toward a mailbox refurbish.
In the subject line write “Mailbox Offer” and include your name and address.
This includes homeowners that have already had their mailboxes refurbished as early as October 1st.
I will post a notice on the Manchac Place Facebook Page and the Manchac Place website once the limit of 40 has been reached.
There are two vendors that have been performing work in the subdivision, you can choose one of them, choose another vendor, or do it yourself.
Once the 40 are selected, the work can be completed between now and December 31, 2020. I will just need a picture of the refurbished mailbox and a receipt for reimbursement.
 
 
The two vendors currently working in the neighborhood are:
 
1.       Preston Denn – Red Flag Mailbox Restoration 225-485-9073
Price: $35 or $40 restoration includes sanding, cleaning, and painting the post, mailbox, numbers and flag. Missing numbers are priced at $7 per number. From there, prices vary for hinge and latch replacement, etc.
 
2.      Jennifer Gilbert - Ascension Mailbox & Accents 225 363-8841
             (see attached flyer) Ascension Mailbox
 
 
Thanks,
Derek
MPHOA President
 
ANNUAL HOMEOWNERS MEETING
Posted on Oct 29th, 2020 Comments (0)
Dear Homeowners -
Just in case any of you did not receive the mailer announcing the annual homeowners meeting, it is on Thursday November 19th at 6:30 p.m. 
 
 
Also, I have not received any emails nominating anyone for the board. There will be 3 slots open and we have 3 members that are currently interested in running again, but that does not mean that new blood is not welcomed. If you are interested or want to nominate someone, please do so by Sunday November 1, 2020.
 
Thanks,
Derek
Annual Meeting - Board Member Elections - 2021
Posted on Sep 28th, 2020 Comments (0)
 
Good Afternoon Homeowners - This has been a tough year for so many people, for so many reasons. The MPHOA has been no exception, as this year the primary efforts have been to get us back on track financially and start re-engaging with the community. Without going into the details now, I have got us back on track financially. As a result, 2021 can be a fresh start for board members without having to worry about money.
The annual meeting will be held in November (date to be announced). Please see the board resolution outlining the justification. Social distancing requirements will be in place for those that want to physically attend and plans are to stream the meeting, as well.
 
I will not be returning to the board next year and am asking for nominations (please email them to manchacplace@gmail.com). There are a couple of members that will be running again this year . The plan is to have THREE board members.
2021 would be the perfect year to serve and continue to move the community forward.
 
Thank You For Your Support,
Derek
 
 
Covenants - Restrictions
Posted on Sep 14th, 2020 Comments (0)
Good Morning -
As we move toward the end of this term, we are working on egregious conditions that the MPHOA is able to pay for, if the homeowner does not correct the issue. Primarily, conditions that are "standing out" and are being identified by potential buyers/real estate agents. This week we will continue to address broken down vehicles. I know there are some conditions that are eyesores to homeowners. However, during this first stage, we may not be able to address all of them, since the objective will be to pay for the expense and charge the homeowner.
With that being said, we have a situation that we have addressed with a homeowner, but have not had success. We are now at the point, where we need to file a judgement to be able to access the property and perform the clean-up. If there is anyone that can assist with this process or walk us through it, please email me at manchacplace@gmail.com.
Thanks,
Derek
Fountain - Lake A
Posted on Sep 14th, 2020 Comments (0)
Good Morning !
If you are wondering why the fountain is off in Lake A. The float is being replaced/repaired. We are just waiting for the vendor to come out and fix it.
Thanks !!
GUIDELINES FOR POOL RESERVATION
Posted on Aug 21st, 2020 Comments (0)
 
1.      A deposit of $100 is required 5 days in advance of the reservation date for homeowners that are current on their assessment dues.
2.      The reservation is for the covered area and the BBQ pit area and is NOT for the exclusive use of the pool.
3.      The deposit is refunded if the area is cleaned up after the event.
4.      MPHOA will post reservation times and dates on the Manchac Place Website and the Manchac Place Homeowners Facebook page.
 
 
POOL ISSUES - FOLLOW - UP
Posted on Jul 16th, 2020 Comments (0)
July 16, 2020
 
Good Morning Homeowners –
After putting a lot of thought to this and trying to strike a balance between enforcement and ensuring that the pool is a place where homeowners can feel comfortable and have minimal issues, here is the initial plan of action.
·         Starting today and lasting through the next 7 days, we are paying the camera company to review footage each day and provide footage that identifies any issues              that may be considered contrary to the posted pool rules.
·         For all issues validated by the Board, attempts will be made to identify those involved. This may include face recognition as well as a review of cards used to                    access the pool area during those identified times.
·         Once identified, homeowners will be contacted to either make them aware of what has occurred (in the case of guests using the card), issue warnings, etc.
·         I have contacted some homeowners who are home during the day that have agreed to make random stops at the pool during the next 7 days. If there are others              who would be willing to volunteer, please contact me.
 
While our pool rules indicate that each homeowner is responsible for enforcing rules and have the right to ask individuals to leave, everyone doesn’t feel comfortable doing that. As such, please contact me if faced with such a dilemma.  While it is impossible to be incident free, hopefully, what we have been experiencing over the last couple of weeks is not the norm. However, after this analysis, a determination will be made as to whether further steps need to be taken. If so, we will go from there.
 
Thank You for Your Patience and Understanding,
Derek
 
HOMEOWNER UPDATE - JUNE 29, 2020
Posted on Jun 29th, 2020 Comments (0)
 
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 Comments (0)
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
PMOL RESIGNATION
Posted on Jun 5th, 2020 Comments (0)
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 
MORE COST SAVINGS
Posted on May 15th, 2020 Comments (0)
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 Comments (0)
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 Comments (0)
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 Comments (0)
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 Comments (0)
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
 
MPHOA BOARD ANNOUNCEMENT
Posted on Mar 1st, 2020 Comments (0)
MPHOA 1st Quarter 2020 Newsletter
Posted on Jan 28th, 2020 Comments (0)
Attached is a link to the:
 
 
 
2020 MPHOA Annual Homeowners Meeting
Posted on Dec 17th, 2019 Comments (0)
Please be advised that the 2020 Annual Homeowners Meeting will be held at:
 
River Community Church
Tuesday January 28th
7pm-9pm.
 
All homeowners are encouraged to attend and participate.  Please be advised that homeowners must be current through 2020 assessments, with no outstanding assessments or fees in order to vote at this meeting.
 
More details to follow.
 
 
Green Seasons Hired for Landscaping and Lawn Mowing
Posted on Nov 18th, 2019 Comments (0)
Please be advised that Green Seasons has been Hired for Landscaping and Lawn Mowing for a three year contract.
 
The contract is available for review on the Key Links tab.
Professional Management Company Change
Posted on Nov 12th, 2019 Comments (0)
Please be advised that Manchac Place Homeowners Association has transitioned from Lewis Companies to Property Management of Louisiana.
 
Lewis Companies has resigned as of November 1st.
 
On November 6th the Board approved a contract with Property Management of Louisiana (PMOLA) thru December 31st 2021.
 
Going forward, Invoicing for 2020 assessments will begin shortly and assessment checks will need to be directed to Property Management of Louisiana.
 
Here is information regarding the new Manager for our Subdivision:
 
Nikiya Hudson
Commercial Property Manager
Office 225-442-1210
nikiya@pmola.com
website:  pmola.com
 
The address to be included on the assessment check.
 
Property Management of Louisiana
14461 Frenchtown Road
Central Louisiana, 70739
 
We ask for your help and appreciate your patience through this transition.
 
All the best,
 
The MPHOA Board of Directors
81% approval for 2019 Special Assessment and Annual Assessment Increase going forward.
Posted on Jun 15th, 2019 Comments (0)
Thursday Night the MPHOA held a Manchac Place Homeowners Special Homeowner Vote Meeting to vote on the $150 2019 Special Assessment and the $150 Annual Assessment Increase resulting in an increase:
 
From $300 to $450 for non-lake Lot Homeowners
From $500 to $650 for lake Lot Homeowners
 
The result of the Vote is that the special assessment and the increased annual assessment for all homeowners were both approved by the majority of Homeowners.
 
A QUORUM WAS PRESENT:
Of 234 Lots 20 were suspended, therefore the total possible voting lots were 214.  60% of 214 = 129 were required to attend either in person or by Proxy to establish that a quorum was present.
 
Lot Owners from 38 Lots attended the meeting.
Lot Owners from 146 Lots attended by Proxy.
184 lots exceed the required 129 lot threshold therefore a quorum was present.
 
BOTH ASSESSMENTS WERE APPROVED:
66.67% of the actual quorum must vote in favor of the assessment increases.  Therefore 184 x 66.67% = 123 Lots.
 
Total votes In Favor by Proxy = 134
Total votes In Favor voting in person =  15
Total votes In Favor = 149.
 
Total votes Against by Proxy = 12
Total votes Against voting in person =  22
Total votes Against = 34.
 
One [1] Homeowner who attended the meeting abstained, did not vote.
 
81% APPROVAL FOR BOTH ASSESSMENTS:
The 2019 $150 special assessment and the $150 annual assessment increase vote passed, and were approved by 149 / 184 = 81%.
Exterior Change Request Form
Posted on Apr 2nd, 2016 Comments (0)
All exterior changes to property within Manchac Place must be approved through the MPHOA Architectural Committee.
 
Click on the attached link for a copy of the MPHOA exterior change request form.