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Posted on December 1, 2018 9:00 AM by CRSWCC Board of Directors

Presenting, the 2019 Calendar of Community Events

The Cinco Ranch Southwest Community Council Board of Directors is pleased to announce our lineup of community events for 2019.  We have many returning favorites, as well as a few new ones!  This schedule, as well as more information, can also be found at mycincoranch.com/upcomingevents

Ongoing Events:

Food Truck Friday – third Friday of the month, January through October

Farmer’s Market at Food Truck Friday – March – October

Dinner & a Movie – March and October Food Truck Fridays

Garage Sales – March 30 and October 5

Summer – Super Summer Cinco Discovery!

Special Events:

Family Bingo – January 25 and May 31

Adult ONLY Bingo – March 23 and November 16

NEW, Happy Hour – February 9, with 3 more TBA

Summer Camp Open House – March 23

Spring Eggstravaganza (AM) – April 6

Adult ONLY Easter Egg Hunt (PM) – April 6

Family Dive-In Movies – June 14 and August 9

NEW, Teen & Adult Dive-In Movie – date TBA in July (this WILL be a movie rated PG-13 or R)

4th of July Jubilee – July 4

Back-to-School Blowout – date TBA

Zombie Walk – October 27

Family Fest – December 8

In 2019, we will support these local charities:

January and February – CAP

March and April – The Ballard House

May – Food Drive

July through mid August – YMCA Operation Backpack

September – Lunches of Love

November through early December – toy drive

 

Stay tuned for more events and activities in Cinco Ranch!

Posted on November 14, 2018 9:00 AM by Admin

It’s time to start thinking about hanging lights and decking out your front yard with creative and festive decorations for the holidays.  The Beautification Committee is sponsoring the second annual Holiday Decorating Contest for all homes within CRRA2.  Due to the size of the community, the Committee will group neighborhoods into three separate sections.  Judging will be done by the Committee members starting the week of December 3rd, and one home from each section will be selected as a winner.  Winners will have a sign placed in their yard and receive a special gift.  Let your creative juices start flowing and get ready for the holiday season!      

Posted on November 13, 2018 12:00 AM by CRRA2 Board of Directors

The general 2019 assessment has been set at $1,150.00 which represents a 4.5% increase over the 2018 assessment rate.  The Association’s goal in Cinco Ranch II is to provide the best possible services, aesthetics, and upgrades while maintaining affordable and reasonable assessment rates.

2019 ASSESSMENT BREAKDOWN

Landscaping

$678.66

Utilities

$274.61

Community Amenities & General Maintenance

$107.29

Allocation to Replacement, Operating, and Capital Funds

$84.96

Management Services

$69.30

Administrative Costs

$27.05

Patrol Services

$14.88

All Other Expenses

$7.32

Less Revenue Offset (Revenue Other Than 2019 Maintenance Fees)

($114.07)

2019 Assessment Rate

$ 1,150.00

 

 

Should you have any questions or need to discuss payment plan options, please do not hesitate to contact our management company, C.I.A. Services, Inc. at 713-981-9000 or via e-mail at customercare@ciaservices.com. Assessments can be paid via mail, online (fees do apply for credit card payments; eCheck payments are free), or at The Lake House.  Assessments are due January 1st, and become delinquent after January 31st – assessments not paid on time will result in late fees, and can result in the loss of use at community amenities if they remain delinquent. 

 

Posted on October 22, 2018 9:00 AM by Admin
Categories: General

Trick-Or-Treating, Safety Tips

The following information is from safekids.org and the American Pediatric Association (APA) and provides some valuable information to ensure that we all have a happy, and safe, Halloween.

Walk Safely

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up, and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit, and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
Posted on October 1, 2018 9:00 AM by Admin
Categories: General, HOA

Cinco Ranch II - Role of the Management Company

 

Have you ever wondered exactly what it is that C.I.A. Services, Inc., the management company, handles for Cinco Ranch?  The management company has a much bigger role than sending residents a letter when the deed restrictions have been violated. 

 

C.I.A. Services was hired by the Homeowners Association (HOA) and is charged with making sure the day-to-day business of the community is handled.  One of the management company’s most well-known contractual obligations is the enforcement of the deed restrictions.  The enforcement procedure followed is approved by the Board and meets any requirements of both the governing documents and local, state, and county laws.  The procedure for Cinco Ranch II requires advance approval by the Board of Directors before any issues are sent to the attorney.  The process often takes time and each owners’ due process must be afforded to them. 

 

Another area handled by C.I.A. Services is financial management.  The commonly known aspect of financial management is the collection of assessments.  However, it also includes issuing checks for payable items, preparing monthly financial reports, and presenting an annual budget for Board approval.  The yearly budget is set by the Board, and funds are expended at the Board’s authorization.

 

Another item handled by C.I.A. Services is the coordination of common area maintenance.  Two Maintenance Coordinators are assigned to the community to regularly inspect the common areas, solicit bids, issue work orders for maintenance needs, and negotiate contracts for landscaping, pool management, and pest control. 

 

C.I.A. Services processes architectural control applications and communicates decisions to homeowners.  They also schedule and prepare information packages for Board meetings and answer homeowner questions received either via email or phone.

 

Things C.I.A. Services does not do include changing or modifying deed restrictions, attending to street light outages, or reporting street and curb issues.  They are not the decision makers; rather, they are the facilitator of the Board’s decisions. 

 

Anytime you have questions regarding Cinco Ranch II, do not hesitate to contact C.I. A. Services.  The management team assigned to Cinco Ranch II includes Laura Tate, General Manager; Kim Cowart, Community Manager, Norris Daniels and Anderson Campbell, Maintenance Coordinators; Kassye Deggs, Administrative Assistant; Lindsay Scholfield, Community Coordinator; and Ryne Williams, Community Assistant.  The team is supported by a full Customer Service department that is available to assist with any community need.  The On-Site staff at the Lake House can be contacted via phone at 281-394-7195; messages left off hours will be returned during Lake House business hours.  C.I.A. Services can be emailed at through their website at www.ciaservices.com or at CustomerCare@ciaservices.com.  You can also call at 713-981-9000; Customer Care offers extended customer service hours from 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Friday. 

Posted on September 26, 2018 10:00 AM by Admin

The Board of Directors for Cinco Southwest MUD No. 3 are pleased to announce the installation of smart meters in the District.  The smart meters replaced your old positive displacement water meter.  Please note, installation should be completed by end of October 2018.  Once your meter has been replaced it takes 5 – 10 business days to provision before you can start utilizing the data.  On the back of your water bill is the notification regarding how to set up your “Eye on Water” account.   The enrollment process is less than five minutes, this will allow you to monitor your usage and set up a leak alert.  The leak alert will notify you via test or email if the meter detects continuous usage for a 24 hour period.  If you have any questions regarding setting up the “eye on water” account or the changeover, please email elizabeth.reeves@inframark.com.

If you are unsure as to which MUD you reside in, please see the MUD Map at the Community Maps page

Cinco SW MUD 3 encompasses the following area:

Posted on August 22, 2018 9:00 AM by Admin
Categories: General, HOA
CINCO RANCH RESIDENTIAL ASSOCIATION II COMMITTEES

Committees play a vital role in any community as they are able to provide additional input to the board so that the most informed decision possible can be made on issues relevant our community and community amenities. The Association established several Committees in 2015 and are in the process of establishing more Committees. Newer Committees are in need of volunteers, while other committees have an established core of volunteers.
 
Parks and Recreation Committee – The Parks and Recreation Committee was established with the primary purpose of advising the board on issues relating to the usage of community parks and recreation facilities. The Committee also reviews information from residents and special interest groups, such as the swim team and tennis leagues. This committee consists of 5 to 9 residents in good standing with the Association. We are seeking volunteers to for the Parks and Recreation Committee. The time commitment is expected to be an average of 1 – 4 hours per month.
 
More information about Committees in Cinco Ranch II can be found at mycincoranch.com, under the HOA tab, in the page entitled, “Delegates & Committees Info.” If you are interested in becoming a member of these Committees, please contact any member of the Management team at 713-981-9000, or CustomerCare@ciaservices.com, or you can use the Contact Us feature located on this website.
Posted on August 1, 2018 8:00 AM by Admin
Categories: General
The curb appeal of our community depends on each resident maintaining his or her property as completely as possible. For those who keep their homes and yards well maintained, the Association thanks you for your efforts and good examples. We encourage all residents to pay particular attention to the following maintenance items.
  • Exterior paint - Paint is a quick and easy way to keep your property looking fresh, new and clean. It will also protect against corrosion, weathering and insects. This includes the paint on your siding as well as your garage door or front door (or stain if you have a natural wood stained garage door or front door).
  • Landscaping - Landscaping is extremely important to our community’s curb appeal, as well as staying in compliance with the Deed Restrictions. Please remove weeds, dead plants and branches. Keep shrubs properly pruned and flowers well-tended. Keep yards free of leaves and remove grass clippings after trimming regularly.
  • Roofs - Please ensure your roofs are properly maintained and cleaned.
  • Driveways and sidewalks - Please repair cracks, pitted or flaking surfaces and other concrete problems. Remove weeds from sidewalk joints and debris from driveways and sidewalks.  Do not use driveways for storage or auto repairs.
  • Gutters and downspouts - Please keep them cleaned out to prevent overflowing and flooding.
  • Mildew – the sub-tropical climate in the region is a perfect breeding ground for mildew. Please check all of your home, including siding, awnings, windows, fencing, decking, and garage doors, for any mildew that has spring up and may need to be pressure washed off.
 
Thanks for keeping our community looking sharp!
Posted on July 20, 2018 9:24 AM by CRSWCC Board of Directors

You’ve probably heard it before, but have no clue what it means.  So, what is the “Community Council,” you ask?  The Cinco Ranch Southwest Community Council is not affiliated, endorsed, nor sponsored by Cinco Ranch Residential Association II, however, they are the Association that hosts all events, activities, classes, and camps within Cinco Ranch II.  In other words, your HOA does not present the community events you regularly see, as they are handled by a separate entity. 

The Cinco Ranch Southwest Community Council is administered by a Board of Trustees and is part of the team planning and bringing you the wonderful events and various fitness and education classes held in or around the Lake House.  The Council is a separate entity from the Residential Association, which means the HOA does not have a hand in planning community events and classes whatsoever.  However, the Council does communicate and interact with the Residential Association Board because a very small portion of your assessment money goes to help fund community events and activities (approximately $8 per year).  In addition, the Council solicits support from our contractors and Katy area businesses in the form of in-kind or financial donations/sponsorships.  The individuals who serve on the Council Board are not elected per the legal documents, but instead are appointed by both the Residential Association Board and the Board Trustees of the Community Council.  We recently added two new resident members to the Council Board.  This means we now have four Cinco Ranch II residents appointed to the Council and three non-resident Trustees.  If you’ve been to any of the events recently, you’ve seen our enthusiastic Community Coordinator, Lindsay Scholfield.  Lindsay has suggested to the Trustees some new events that have already occurred or will be offered in the near future.  The first was the highly successful Alligator Education Seminar.  It was standing room only for that event.  Other new events are adults only casino and bingo nights, and more to come soon! 

Another role of the Council is to provide health and wellness programs to encourage fitness for all ages, and educational programs to develop skills that will help foster learning in children of all ages.  Over the last few months we’ve added new classes to the Lake House, including Zumba, Taekwondo, Drama, and we have amped up the schedules of a few of our existing classes, to better meet your needs.  We’ve also added several new camps to the Lake House lineup this year

Giving back to the community has really been stepped up under Lindsay’s leadership.  Every month we select a local charity to support.  For instance, this past winter, we partnered with The Ballard House, located in Cinco Ranch.  The Ballard House is a home away from home for patients and their families receiving medical treatment in the Katy/Houston area.  Our generous residents brought in household items, such as paper products and cleaning supplies to donate.  This was crucial for The Ballard House, as they recently re-opened after substantial flooding damaged the house during Hurricane Harvey. 

 

If you have any questions about the Community Council, please contact Lindsay at lifestyle@mycincoranch.com.  We look forward to seeing you at all of our community events, classes, and camps.

Posted on July 20, 2018 9:11 AM by CRSWCC Board of Directors
Categories: Classes, Events

Introducing the 2018-2019 Lake House Classes Lineup

The Cinco Ranch Southwest Community Council is proud to present our lineup of Lake House classes for 2018 – 2019.  We will be holding an informational night at the Lake House on August 24th from 6 – 8 PM, where you will have the opportunity to meet all of our returning and new classes!  More information about classes offered at the Lake House can be found at the Classes page

 

NEW CLASSES:

 

Drama Kids provides imaginative learning experiences that also include occasional fun class performances to enhance the experience.  Highly qualified and specially trained teachers engage participants in new creative lessons in each class, proven to be both fun and highly developmental. Drama Kids normally meets Tuesdays at 5:00 PM and Thursdays at 7 PM, with several sessions. 

 

Kindermusik is an established community of educators passionately committed to bringing the power of music to children and their families around the world. Since 1978, their research-based music-and-movement curricula have enhanced the lives of millions through the universal language of music, supporting whole-child development and providing the early foundations of future school success.  Kindermusik normally meets Tuesdays at 9:30 AM, with several sessions. 

 

STEM Drones mission is to inspire students to learn STEM by making it fun and cool.  The STEM Drones class was founded by the inspiration of students and the joy of teaching.  One day, a teacher flew a drone in class for fun and the students went wild with excitement.  STEM Drones normally meets Wednesdays at 5:30 PM.

 

RETURNING CLASSES:

 

Baby Boot Camp is an innovative stroller fitness program designed to balance the fitness needs of moms while spending time with their children. Created in 2001 by Kristen Horler, Baby Boot Camp strives to help moms regain or enhance their pre-pregnancy fitness levels and meet the physical challenges of parenting by emphasizing strength training in a supportive environment.  Baby Boot Camp normally meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, at 9:30 AM.

 

Carson’s Art School is a family owned and operated Art Instruction School focused on developing the individual talents imparted into each of our students, young and old. A desire was planted within them and it's our mission to nurture and grow that desire into a realized dream. Whether you're looking for a place to develop your creativity or you're seeking a career in art, we have the ability to further your art education. Carson’s Art School normally meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays all day, with multiple sessions during the day and evening.

 

Coder Kids Make Games in Scratch (Grades 3-8).  Learn to create simple computer programs using Scratch, a programming language developed for kids by MIT. We will start with simple animations and work our way into creating games. No programming experience is required. Returning students can pick up where they left off and continue with more challenging projects.  Coder Kids normally meets Wednesdays at 4:30 PM.

 

Rhythm India is ranked as one of the Top 20 Dance Schools in Houston, and provides the finest Bollywood dance training and performances. They cater to all ethnic backgrounds and age groups and pride themselves on making classes’ fun and challenging while committing to the long term development of our students.  Rhythm India normally meets Mondays and Wednesdays, at 5 PM, with several sessions.

 

Taekwondo Get fit, get focused, get enrolled and learn martial arts at an affordable price of only $79 per month!  They offer fun and exciting classes for all.  Taekwondo normally meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 PM, with several sessions.

 

Tippi Toes Dance Company offers exciting, fun energetic dance classes for boys and girls 18 months to 12 years old.  Tippi Toes normally meets Mondays at 5 PM, and Thursdays at 4:00 PM, with several sessions.

 

True Fit is a program designed for all fitness levels. Increase your strength, flexibility, balance & cardiovascular fitness.  True Fit normally meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, at 8:30 AM.

 

Zumba is brought to you by Hearty N Fit.  This exciting class is an aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance.  Zumba will resume classes this Spring.