Back to School – Traffic and Safety Reminders

August is back to school month for children residing in Beau Chene. The school buses are back running through the community and the children are out waiting to be picked up or dropped off at their bus stops. This is a great time to remind everyone of traffic and safety concerns.  Our speed limit throughout the entire community is 25 MPH for vehicles.  School buses are in the community to pick up children from 6:00AM to 8:30AM and drop-off between the hours of 2:45PM and 4:45PM. It is never acceptable to pass a stopped school bus in either direction on our roads!  Please drive with care and follow all posted traffic signs.

Although our streets are private within Beau Chene, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriffs Department has the legal authority to enforce speed limits, stop sign and yield sign violations, parking violations, driver’s license violations and other violations of parish motor vehicle laws. This authority goes back to a 1979 ordinance passed by the St. Tammany Parish Police Jury at the request of the BCHOA Board of Directors and updated in 2002 by an ordinance passed by the St. Tammany Parish Council.

The Sheriff’s Office sends patrols, including patrols from the Traffic Division, into Beau Chene on a regular basis. In addition, BCHOA pays for extra Sheriff Deputy Details on Friday and Saturday evenings and we are continuing the extra paid deputy details a couple of mornings per week during select weeks when schools are in session.  These extra patrols are here to help remind all of us to drive with care.

-Cristina Donovan, CAO

BCHOA Officers & Committees

Every year, immediately following the Annual Meeting and election process, the BCHOA Board meets to determine officers, committee chairs and committee members as necessary. At the most recent organizational meeting, June 9th, the Board elected officers for 2017-2018 as follows:  Paul Angelle, President; Doug Tate, Vice President; Jay Capouch, Treasurer; and Jay Whealdon, Secretary.

In addition to the eleven-member Board of Directors, BCHOA has seven (7) standing committees providing the association with a cross-section of experience and knowledge. The committees serve as an excellent training ground for future Board members and contribute continuity to the decision-making process.  Functioning committees enhance their members’ sense of belonging, while providing the board with specific recommendations and expertise.

The Standing Committees, Chairs and their members include:

Community Enhancement Committee (CEC)

Chair, Doug Tate; Members: Leslie Boudreaux, Ann Jacobson, Donna Kiesel, deShea Richardson, Louise Rusch, Susan Sarason, Will Trist and Rob Rovira

Environmental Control Committee (ECC)

Chair, Chuck Turner; Members: Paul Angelle, Pete Burkhalter, Greg Peace and Lynn Springmann

Finance Committee

Chair, Jay Capouch; Members: Chip Comila, Jimmy Devane, Chuck Turner and Louise Rusch

Governance/Legal Committee

Chair, deShea Richardson; Members: Sean Burke, Sandra DuBroc, Charlie Laird and David Parnell

Infrastructure Committee

Chair, David Pesses; Members: Tom Abernathy, Jerry Biddleman, Andy Englande, Daniel Kelly, John Sherlock and Bob Weaver

Insurance Committee

Chair, Jay Whealdon; Members: James Richardson, John Pasqua and Rowland Stalter

Security Committee

Chair, Geoff Hingle; Members: Joe Corrizo, Marty Hennegan, Lee MacKenzie, Bill McInnis, John Palmer, Connie Seitz and Lance Rase

We thank all the Board and committee members for volunteering and investing their time and talents to preserve Beau Chene as the premiere residential community on the Northshore.

Cristina Donovan

CAO

Guard of the Quarter – 2nd Quarter 2017

We are pleased to announce the recipient of the “Guard of the Quarter” for 2nd quarter of 2017 as Kenyatta Magee. Kenyatta has been a guard at Beau Chene since August of 2014. She is usually working at the Marina Gate from 6:00 am till 2:00 pm. With her tenure, Kenyatta knows many of our residents in the Marina section of Beau Chene and greets everyone with a big smile despite her diminutive frame of only 4’9” in stature.

Our “Guard of the Quarter” program is meant to recognize superior performance by a security guard. Performance areas considered include:  Consistency, Communication skills, Judgement/Rationality, Reliability, Trustworthiness, and Appearance. Consistent and reliable security service is important to Kenyatta. Her husband is a nine- year NOPD detective and she has two daughters, ages 9 and 12. Family is very important to her and Beau Chene’s security needs fit in with Kenyatta’s consistent approach to her work.

When asked what would help her perform her duties, Kenyatta said having a barrier gate arm added at the Marina Gate would help her to stop and verify the visitors. Please join us in congratulating Kenyatta for this special recognition. Kenyatta was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation and a $50.00 gift card.

Kenyatta is pictured here with Cristina Donovan, CAO and Vinson Guard Service, Inc.’s Utility Supervisor, Chrystal Jacobs.

Submitted by Cristina Donovan

Main Gate Lane Closure Notice


Dear Homeowners and Residents,

Construction crews will be installing the speed hump device in both exit lanes of the Main gate starting early Monday, August 7th, and continuing thru early Wednesday, August 9th, weather permitting.

The entrance will remain open to all entering vehicles, however, both exit lanes will be closed to vehicular traffic.  Exiting vehicles will need to use either the East gate or Marina gate during this road construction.

Please drive cautiously through the construction zone and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.  BCHOA appreciates your patience.

Please contact the BCHOA office at 985-231-6285 or via e-mail at cristinad@bchoa.org with any questions or concerns.

 

Cristina Donovan

CAO

Keeping You Informed- 4th of July Holiday Notice

Dear Homeowners and Residents,

The Beau Chene Homeowners Association office will have special hours on Monday, July 3rd from 8:00am – 3:00pm and closed on Tuesday July 4th in observance of Independence Day. We will be open regular hours 8:00 AM till 5:00 PM (closed one hour for lunch) the rest of the week.

For any water or sewer emergencies please call our main number at 985- 231-6285 and press #3 for Lindsey.

For all other emergencies call the Security Guards at:
Main Guard Gate 985-845-7560
East Guard Gate 985-845-8495
Marina Guard Gate 985-845-7022

Enjoy a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!
Cristina Donovan
Chief Administrative Officer

 

BCHOA Joins The Beau Chene Oak Tree Project

We are very pleased to join The Beau Chene Oak Tree Project, started by the Beau Chene Garden Club, by identifying qualifying southern live oak trees growing on BCHOA property and registering them with The Live Oak Society. The BCHOA has a total of eight (8) live oak trees that qualify, having a girth of at least 8 feet.  Three (3) of the live oak trees have a girth of at least 16 feet and qualify to be registered as Centenarian Trees.

Four of the BCHOA live oak trees, including the 3 Centenarian trees, are located along Plantation Drive. Two of the BCHOA live oak trees are located at the Main entrance, one in the middle of the median and the other on the property adjacent to the exit side.  Of the remaining 2 trees, one is in the median of Marina Blvd. and the other is in the median of N. Beau Chene Dr.

 

We held a “Name the Oak Contest” to involve our residents in selecting the names for the two live oak trees at the Main entrance. The name that received the highest votes was “The Tranquility Oak”.  This name has been given to the tree in the middle of the median.  The name that received the second highest number of votes is “The Sentinel Oak”.  This name has been given to the tree on the exit side of the Main entrance.  Both trees are identified with blue ribbon.

Two of the Centenarian trees along Plantation Drive were selected to each be named in honor of individuals that have contributed greatly to our association. “The Dave Vinson Oak” is located at the bend of the road on Plantation Dr. and has a girth of 17 feet.  “The Bill Maier Oak” is located west of the Plantation Dr. circle and has a girth of 16 feet 10 inches.  Dave has been working for the association and the developer, Morgan Earnest, since 1977.  He is currently the Director of Public Works and oversees all work with the water and wastewater systems, drainage, swale and road maintenance.  Bill Maier has been at Beau Chene since 1985.  Bill coordinates all Environmental Control Committee (ECC) activities, oversees enforcement of HOA rules and regulations, oversees security services and garbage & trash services for the BCHOA.

Join us in celebrating the prestigious recognition of our trees’ membership in The Live Oak Society!

 

Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Residents

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1, 2017, and will end on November 30, 2017. According to The Weather Company, an IBM business, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to be less active than a year ago with the number of named storms and hurricanes near historical averages. A total of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes are expected this season. No matter what the forecast says, this is a good time to start your preparations.

Beau Chene Homeowners Association has several forms of communication in place in the event that we are impacted directly by a hurricane. The Beau Chêne Homeowners Association website is www.bchoa.org.  Messages and updates will be posted to the site when access is available and on our member only Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BeauCheneHOA/ and our public Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BeauCheneCommunity/

The Beau Chêne Homeowners Association hotline phone number is 1- (314)–272-0288. Please make note of this hotline phone number.  This is a message only hotline to keep residents – especially evacuated residents – informed of conditions in Beau Chêne and is only active during storm events.  Please refrain from leaving messages when calling this number.

Be prepared should a hurricane evacuation be ordered by the Parish. Make sure your car is ready in the event of a possible evacuation. Make sure to map out a route before you get on the road to your destination. To be informed of current conditions in the Parish please visit their website at: http://www.stpgov.org/departments/homeland-security-emergency-preparedness

 

 

 

To: Beau Chene Water System Customers

As part of Beau Chene’s Public Works Operation and Maintenance program, water system operators will be flushing fire hydrants beginning May 1st and continuing through May 12th, as necessary. This operation will be conducted at night between the hours of 11:30p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

The purpose of flushing the fire hydrants is to remove loose mineral deposits from the water system distribution pipes. Flushing operations are performed on a bi-annual basis, normally early in the year and then again immediately before the local fire district conducts required hydrant flow tests for firefighting and insurance rating purposes.

If as a result of either our hydrant flushing or fire district flow testing, you experience mineral deposits in your water, please open your outdoor faucet where water enters the house, and run water slowly until it is clear. Then slowly run your indoor faucets until your system is clear. Problems with deposits should be minimal as Beau Chene’s potable water system has been treated to sequester these naturally occurring well water minerals since 1996.

Very truly yours,

David Vinson
Public Works Director

Main Entrance Gate on Hwy. 22 Scheduled for Construction

The start date for the reconstruction of the Main Entrance, on Hwy. 22 across from the Goodwill store, is now scheduled.  Demolition will start this coming Tuesday, April 25th.   The Security Guards will move into the temporary guardhouse starting on Friday, April 21st.  The demolition will take a few days and the foundation work will follow. The timeline to completion is approximately 90 days from commencement with weather permitting.  The project includes a new turn-around in front of the guardhouse.  Once the construction is done the re-landscaping of the entrance median and shoulders will follow with new signage and landscape lighting.

We do not anticipate any major interruption with traffic flow entering and exiting the subdivision until the roadway asphalt work commences approximately 60 days into the construction.  We will be providing updates and details regarding any traffic pattern changes in advance of those changes taking place.

This is a continuation of the first step in our Master Plan to re-image Beau Chene. During the community-wide re-imaging workshops held in 2014, the entrances of Beau Chene, including the guard houses, were at the top of the list in need of improvements and updates.  As a result of the re-imagining meetings the BCHOA received a master plan that incorporates many items, including walking paths and lighting for street signs, in addition to the renovation of all three guardhouses and entrances.  The Board of Directors prioritized the projects based on urgency and financial costs. The renovation of the guardhouses is the first scheduled project from the master plan.

For more information on what is happening in the community please refer to the website at www.bchoa.org and our Facebook member only page at www.facebook.com/groups/BeauCheneHOA .

Please direct all concerns and inquiries to the BCHOA office.  Our lines of communication are open to all residents.