Main Gate Traffic Delays Wednesday Oct. 11

Dear Homeowners and Residents,

Today, Wednesday, October 11, 2017, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm The Earnest Corp.’s contractor will be pouring concrete for the new driveway going into Beau Chene Office Park I. 

We do not anticipate any major interruption with traffic flow entering or exiting the subdivision.  However, there might be minor delays entering the subdivision while the cement is being poured.  Residents might want to use another gate to enter to avoid any delays.  Please contact the BCHOA office at 985-231-6285 with any questions. 
 
Cristina Donovan
CAO

BCHOA Covenants Clip – Tree Policy

Periodically a section of our Covenants, By-Laws or Environmental Control Committee (ECC) Guidelines will be highlighted to inform our residents, both new and old, of our governing documents.  These documents may be found on our website at http://www.bchoa.org/information/documents-forms/   In addition, copies can be obtained at the BCHOA office.

The section being highlighted this month comes from Article VIII, Section 1 (i) of the Restrictive Covenants for Beau Chene: “except for those trees that must of necessity be removed in order to clear any lot or portion of a lot for purposes of the construction of improvements thereon, no sound hardwood trees measuring in excess of six (6) inches in diameter two (2) feet above the ground shall be removed from any lot without written approval of the Association acting through its Board of Directors or duly appointed committee.  The Board of Directors of the Association may from time to time adopt and promulgate such additional rules and regulations regarding the preservation of trees and other natural resources and wildlife upon The Property as it may consider appropriate.”

This section of the Restrictive Covenants coupled with Section R of the ECC Guidelines are referred to as the BCHOA tree policy.

The only trees that are covered in the policy are sound hardwoods.  What is a hardwood tree?  Hardwood trees usually have broad, flat leaves as opposed to coniferous, needled, or scaled tree foliage.  Another name for a hardwood tree is, appropriately, broadleaf.  (https://www.thoughtco.com/common-north-american-hardwood-trees-1343221)  A few examples of hardwood trees common to this area include oaks, birches, and willows.  In contrast, a few examples of softwood trees common to this area include pines, cypress and junipers.

The Environmental Control Committee (ECC) is the duly appointed committee from whom Homeowners must receive written approval for removal of a sound hardwood (over 6 inches in diameter measured 2 feet above the ground) on developed lots.  Committee approval is required prior to the removal of sound hardwood trees.  The ECC Guidelines, Section R (Replanting Hardwood Trees) requires when such a hardwood is removed it must be replaced by a hardwood tree at least 2 inches in caliper width and at least 6 feet tall within a year somewhere on the lot.

Submitted by Cristina Donovan

Board Member Spotlight

Meet Rowland Stalter

 

Rowland and his wife Michelle moved to Beau Chene in 2000 and are the proud parents of four children; Lacey (age 29), Molly (age 21), Matthew (age 17) and Libby is 13. Rowland is a licensed commercial insurance broker, has experience in property development and has served on various civic and professional boards throughout his career of over 30+ years. His hobbies include activities with the family, biking, snow skiing and fixing things around the house.

With a finance degree from LSU, Rowland started his career in the insurance industry gaining licenses in property, casualty and health insurance and a contractor’s license.  For the last ten (10) years, Rowland has worked for Hub International, a national insurance brokerage firm, as Senior Vice President of the Gulf South affiliate.  Additional education and designations include:

  •                Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
  •                Associate in Marine Insurance Management (AMIM)
  •                Certified Insurance Consultant (CIC)
  •                Certified Risk Manager (CRM)

Rowland first got involved with the BCHOA in September of 2014 as an inaugural member of the just formed Insurance Committee.  A few months later, a Board position became vacant and, with a desire to get involved and serve his community, Rowland responded to requests by the Board for applicants and subsequently was appointed to fulfill the remaining term of the recently vacated position.  In May of 2016, Rowland was elected to the Beau Chene Homeowner’s Board.  In addition, he still serves on the Insurance Committee.

When recently asked if he enjoys being on the board, Rowland answered “Yes, I enjoy being on the board, I have enjoyed getting to know the other board members, they all are committed to continuing to make Beau Chene an even better community to raise a family.  Being a board member allows me the ability to represent our membership and their views on issues.  I hope during my time on the board I can help to continue to create a positive, creative atmosphere in how the leadership of Beau Chene address the challenges of the future.  I hope to help the board continue to improve our community by adding positive features to our community which were suggested by the studies done in the past, such as creating bike and walking path, providing playground equipment for our younger children and finishing up the “rebuilding of our gates project.”

Rowland welcomes any input from residents and may be reached at Rowland.stalter@hubinternational.com.

Road Work Alert

Dear Homeowners and Residents,

Due to the break in weather, construction crews will be installing the speed hump in the entrance lane of the Main gate starting this Friday, September 1st, and continuing thru Sunday, September 3rd.  The entrance will remain open, however, all entering vehicles will be directed to cross over the new turnaround (limestone road base) in front of the guardhouse and continue to Beau Chene Drive on temporary two-way lanes on the Exit side.

Entering vehicles will only be allowed to turn right onto Beau Chene Drive.  This route will not accommodate 18-wheelers or other oversized semi-trucks. The route will be marked with cones, directional signs and flagmen.

Please drive cautiously through the construction zone and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment. 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 –September 2017

  • Labor Day Schedule for the Beau Chene Homeowners Association Office
    Our offices will be closed on Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day.  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

  • Status of the Main Gate Entrance Reconstruction
    The wet conditions have delayed our project a few weeks but construction is continuing at the Main entrance.  Remaining work scope includes the installation of copper roofing, construction of speed hump on entrance side of guardhouse and road paving.  We are estimating the completion date at the end of September or early October.  Please be on the lookout for future messages regarding lane closure dates.
  • Road Repaving Program for 2017
    This year we have budgeted for the resumption of our road overlay program expected to start in late September.  Our road overlay program allows for a 10-12-year replacement schedule and even longer with the addition of an asphalt crack sealing program.  This year’s project includes streets that were last overlaid in 2002.  In addition, the streets designated as part of our walking paths will be stripped to include two 10 ft. vehicular/bicycle shared lanes and one 4 ft. designated pedestrian walking path.  Crosswalks will also be stripped at major intersections to connect the walking paths.
  • Beau Chene Homeowners Association (BCHOA) Annual Meeting Minutes Are Now Available
    The meeting minutes from the May 17th Annual Meeting are now available on our member access website.  Our website has a member login tab that provides members secure access to their homeowners billing, personal information, and community information.  To get logged in go to our website at  www.bchoa.org and click the tab “login” in the upper right corner on the home page.  You will be prompted for an ID# and password to gain access.  The ID# is your Homeowner member number (five or six digits).  This member ID# is printed on the payment coupon books for member dues and can be obtained from the BCHOA office at 985-231-6285.  If you experience any difficulty in logging into your secure member access site please call the BCHOA office at 985-231-6285 and ask for Myrna or Misty.

Cristina Donovan
Chief Administrative Officer

 

 

 

 

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