I would like to provide an update and summary of information related to our Memorial Thicket neighborhood. For more detailed information please refer to our "Memorial Thicket Information Guide & Residents Directory" available to all residents and can be obtained at the guardhouse. If you should have any questions or comments that I haven't addressed, please contact me at 713.875.2895 or the appropriate officer. Regards to all and have a great 2021.
Memorial Thicket Officers for 2021
President Brenda Holden 713.875.2895 VP - Operations Rossitsa Nicolova-Dimitrov 913.481.2845 VP - Security Teresa "Reese" Brio 210.667.3870
Treasurer Greg Sergesketter 713.234.0604
Secretary Amy Gnau 913.481.6939
2021 Residents Directory
We are currently finishing the update of our residents directory so if your information has changed or you have not yet done so please stop by the guardhouse and review or complete an information sheet. All residents should complete and submit this form back to the guards so that we have the most correct information for all residents and the guards know how to reach you in case of an emergency. If you should have any questions regarding the directory, please contact the Secretary, Amy Gnau, at the number posted for her above.
The 2021 annual assessment of $1,800 was due January 1, 2021 with a grace period until January 31, 2021. If the payment for your lot is not received (received, not mailed) by the end of the month, a $25 administration fee will be added for each month in which your payment is not received. Your payment may be given to the guard on duty or mailed to our MTHA address at 702 Plainwood, Houston, TX 77079. If you have questions regarding the payment, please contact the Treasurer, Greg Sergesketter, at the number listed above.
Landscaping & Trash Operations for the neighborhood covers maintenance and landscaping for all common areas as well as trash collection and recycling. The costs related to these functions are paid for through your annual assessment. Our current contract with Texas Pride calls for "backdoor" trash collection on Tuesday and Friday of each week. Yard waste and bulky items should be placed at curbside no earlier than the evening before trash collection days. Recycling materials are being collected once a week on Tuesday and these items are to be clearly marked for recycling and visible from the street. You may obtain a recycling sticker/banner from the guards at the front of the neighborhood. Architectural Control Article VI of our DCCRs outlines the duties of the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) and the guidelines for approving exterior construction or remodeling, including fences, mailboxes, lamp posts, driveways, landscaping, drainage and pools. These provisions are too detailed to be reviewed here, but homeowners should consult and become familiar with them prior to undertaking any modification of their residences or properties. Changes or additions to properties have an impact on Memorial Thicket’s℠ appearance and ultimately on homeowners' property values. If you are contemplating changes to your property, please contact the Vice President of Operations, Rossitsa Nicolova-Dimitrov, at the number listed above prior to starting any work. If you have questions or comments regarding operations matters, you can contact Rossitsa.
Alarm Systems Memorial Thicket has a contract with a private security firm, Smith Thompson (713.492.1064), to provide monitoring services for homeowners' security systems. Our deed restrictions (DCCRs) require each home has a monitored functioning security system in place that notifies the guards when triggered. Your system not only protects you, but also protects your neighbors. Our contract with Smith Thompson includes payment of the monthly monitoring fee for those homeowners signed up with them. This cost is covered by your annual assessment. Installation and maintenance of the system is the responsibility of the homeowner and should be discussed with Smith Thompson. Of course each homeowner is permitted to select a security firm other than Smith Thompson, however, in that case all costs and monitoring fees are the responsibility of the homeowner. Please remember to check your alarm system regularly to make sure it is working properly. If you are unsure whether your system adequately protects you, your family and your property, have your security company do an assessment. When you do go out of town, please complete an out of town notice for the guards. For added security you may also request the guards walk your home’s perimeter while you are away. Car Decals As part of our overall security efforts for the neighborhood we ask that you obtain and display a Memorial Thicket decal in the lower left corner of the windshield of all autos that are normally "garaged" in Memorial Thicket. You may obtain decals from the guard on duty. Street Safety and Speeding We, and our children, sometimes are in a hurry to get to wherever we are going, but for the sake of each and every resident please try to monitor your speed within the neighborhood. We have a lot of walkers, children and pets out in our streets and sometimes we are not paying close attention. If we go just a bit slower (say 20 mph) it might prove to be very important someday. Also it would be appreciated by a vast majority of the residents if we don't park our cars on the street. It looks better and truly is much safer. Certainly we all have circumstances that dictate the need to park in the street occasionally but please keep it to a minimum. Also be aware that the City of Houston prohibits the parking of any vehicle on the street for longer than 24 hours. Yard Lamps All streets within Memorial Thicket are City of Houston public streets. Many years ago when our neighborhood was formed, the developers determined that individual homeowners would provide individual yard lamps for illumination rather than have city street lights installed. This was then written into our DCCRs. For the safety and security of all residents, each homeowner is required to have a functioning yard light within the parameters set forth by the ACC. Contact Please remain diligent. If you see suspicious activity, please contact the guards. They are here for our safety. If you should have any questions regarding our neighborhood security, please contact the Vice President of Security, Reese Brito, at the number listed above.
January 17, 2021
Brenda Holden President 731 Plainwood Dr. 713.875.2895