Spring Shadows Civic Association Inc.

10355 Centrepark Drive, Suite 220
Houston TX 77043
Office Hours: 8:30am - 3:00pm; Monday-Friday
713-460-1718 ... Fax 713-460-2399
E-mail - sscaoffice@yahoo.com


May 10, 2016

Dear Neighbor:

As you may know, the City of Houston Drainage and Paving Project for Westray in Spring Shadows WILL INCLUDE the installation of sidewalks. If you live off of Westray between Talina Way and Palo Pinto and do not want sidewalks in this area, a majority of the homeowners must petition the City not to install sidewalks. Without a majority of the homeowners signing the Petition, sidewalks will be installed.

It is our understanding that for most areas, the streets will narrow by 1 foot, those houses with garages closer to the street will lose the ability to park in their driveway, trees in the easement will be lost, and the homeowners are responsible for the maintenance of the sidewalks.

If you do NOT want sidewalks in this area, please print and sign the Petition (under the SSCA FORMS tab) and mail it to the office, drop it off at the office (mail slot available for after hours) or call and we will pick it up. The office address is 10355 Centrepark Drive, Suite 220, Houston, Texas 77043, between 8:30 am and 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday (713-460-1718). Please complete the petition by May 31, 2016.

Thank you.

PIP Meetings - Positive Interaction Program

Mark your calendars! All are invited- notify your neighbors, friends, and family!

Location: 8009 Long Point- “Faith Center- sanctuary”
Time: 7:00pm
Questions: contact Sr. Police Officer C. Engelhardt- 832-394-0100

June 21, 2016- County Attorney Vince Ryan - Mr. Ryan will present the topic “Introducing the County Attorney’s Office and How We Serve the People of Harris County”. This informative meeting will present information on game rooms/spas and other habitual criminal activity areas to keeping Harris county citizens safe from environmental violators- check out the $100 million lawsuit against Volkswagon!

July 19, 2016- Identity Theft- We have an corporate industry expert, Chuck Andrews, will be out to share tips to secure all your information and transactions.

August 16, 2016- Active Shooter update- HPD Stephen Daniel will present this valuable information with updates on recent activities around the globe that we continue to learn from.

**Northwest Division Captain A. Anderson will be addressing the meetings regarding crime updates **

**for crime stats- see crimereports.com **

June 1, 2016

Dear Homeowners:

Heavy Trash (Junk/Tree Waste) collection for Spring Shadows is on the Fourth Friday of each month. The City alternates each month between the collection of Junk Waste and Tree Waste. June 24th is a JUNK WASTE collection day. For more information visit the City of Houston website at www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste

Security Alert
June 9, 2016

Dear Homeowners,

Although we know that there are several Centerpoint subcontracting crews working in the area, please be aware that imposters are posing as Centerpoint employees. You have the right to ask for identification. Please do not open the door unless they can verify who they are working for. If they do not want to verify who they are working for, you can call the Constables at 281-463-6666 or call Centerpoint Energy at 713-207-2222.

Below are some tips from your Patrol and Safety Committee:

1. Be aware of your surroundings – look around the parking lot before heading to or from your vehicle.
2. Lock your car, carry or pocket your keys and carry your purse with you when walking to an ATM or when pumping gas.
3. Carry only the cash and cards you will be using that day.
4. Don’t flash large sums of money at the cash register. That’s a good way to be singled out as a potential robbery victim.
5. Don’t forget to put away your credit card as soon as you and the clerk have dealt with it.
6. Ladies – don’t carry your purse on the side facing traffic. Hold your purse tightly or use a cross over strap.
7. Secure your purse with the child safety strap in your shopping cart. Always keep your purse closed or zipped and never leave it unattended.
8. If you feel uneasy or see suspicious activity ask for an escort to your vehicle. Most malls have that service.
9. Shopping in the evening? Park beneath a light or in a well-lit section of the lot, as close to entrance as possible.
10. Place your purse and your children in your vehicle before putting packages in the trunk.

Regarding the deliver of packages any time:

1. Arrange a time with the vendor for a delivery date.
2. Let your neighbor know that you will be expecting a delivery if you will not be home.
3. Request an email or phone call when the package has been deliver to your home.
4. Have the package delivered to your place of employment, if allowed.

Don't fall for these scams....
1. where two individuals pose as City of Houston contractors. One individual will distract the homeowner while the other rummages through the home for valuables. You have the right to ask for identification or verification of anyone who comes onto your property. You also have the right not to answer the door to someone you do not know.
2. Phone Scam One, where a relative is injured or arrested and needs money sent to them
3. Phone Scam Two, is where an IRS agent is calling for payment of back taxes or that money is owned to the IRS
4. Phone Scam Three, is where the caller is posing as a police officer and tells you that you have outstanding warrants that must be paid or you will be arrested, and
5. Phone Scam Four, the caller is claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House and you must send money in order to collect the winnings.

If you received one of these scam calls, please contact the Constables immediately at 281-463-6666.

In a weekly meeting with the Patrol and Safety Committee, the question always comes up, "what can the Committee do to help educate and or do for the subdivision to make it safer"?

You can go to the “Forms” tab and print off an inventory list “OPERATION IDENTIFICATION” or go to http://www.tdi.texas.gov/pubs/consumer/cb086.pdf and print off an itemized room by room list. These forms should be filled out with as much information as is available. When completed, store the forms in a safe place or save it on a flash drive in case it is needed.

Both of these lists are invaluable to have in your possession if something should happen to your home such as a crime, fire and or other natural disaster. Your insurance company will always ask for a list of items and the value of those items that have been stolen or damaged.

Law Enforcement Officers get called to make reports of stolen property on a daily bases. When the Officer arrives to one of these types of calls, he/she will record all the information available at that time. The Officer will ask the homeowners to provide any of the reported stolen items, with serial numbers, model numbers and values. This information is critical for the homeowners to have readily available. There are some things that are priceless such as family heirlooms. Items such as these should be photographed or video recorded. To have this information readily available might enhance the possibility of the homeowner getting their property returned and the prosecution of person(s) responsible.

Remember, Lt. Hutter will do home inspections at no charge and will give you recommendations to secure your home (see information below).

FOR HOME SECURITY INSPECTIONS, A FREE HOME INSPECTION SURVEY, TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR HOME INSURANCE OR GET SIMPLE SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO BETTER SECURE YOUR HOME, CALL THE PCT 5 CONSTABLE’S OFFICE AT 281-463-6666 AND ASK FOR LIEUTENANT MITCH HUTTER. You can find more information on the Harris County Precinct 5 website at www.constablepct5.com.

Lastly, make sure alarm permits are current, that you activate your alarm and inform your alarm company to make the Constables your first emergency contact.

Report all suspicious persons and vehicles to the Constable's office at 281-463-6666. Your cooperation is always appreciated.

Sincerely, Sgt. Gonzales

Deed Restrictions and Bylaws are now available on-line.
We need volunteers for the Board or Directors (see here for openings) and for all the committees.
AC/DR application is now available on-line.