Tall Tree Property Owners Association
60 Cypress Creek Drive • Mount Vernon, TX 75457 •  (903) 860-2694



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                                                 Tall Tree Property Owners Association
                                                  60 Cypress Creek Drive
                                                  Mt. Vernon, TX  75457

                                                Newsletter January, 2019

A new year is upon us and the Board is looking forward to accomplishing a number of tasks that will improve the appearance of and enhance operations of Tall Tree.  The past Board accomplished much but there is always more to do.  If you have questions or concerns regarding any aspect of Tall Tree’s appearance or operations, please feel free to contact any member of the Board or the Tall Tree Property Manager, Anthony Nelson, at (903)860-2694.

Board of Directors
Bill Miller, President                                            (903)860-3111                     (214)202-6175 (cell)
Ed Loutherback, Vice President                        (903)860-2237                     (972)345-3778 (cell)
Mark Jackson, Treasurer                                    (903)860-7131                     (817)266-8096 (cell)
Chris Glenz, Secretary                                         (903)860-7100                     (903)767-1172 (cell)
Mike Morgan, ACC                                                                                               (817)832-1976 (cell)
Ed Claypool, Roads                                               (903)563-2701                     (812)350-6862 (cell)
Tim Doell                                                               (903)860-7090                     (214)535-7788 (cell)

New Maintenance Fees and Road Assessments
The letter that listed the new board members and contained the invitation to the annual meeting also outlined the new maintenance fees and new road assessments.  In summary, the following changes were made:
South (properties on and south of Whispering Pine Trail North) – Maintenance Fees – Water Front Lots: $300/year; Interior Lots: $250/year (additional lots reduced by 50% each with the decrease frozen at 3 lots and the total fee capped at 5 lots).  Road Assessment - $150/year for the first lot with additional lots reduced by 50% each with the decrease frozen at 3 lots and the total fee capped at 5 lots.
North (properties on and north of San Saba – the area accessible via Cimarron) – Maintenance Fees - $200/year (additional lots reduced by 50% each with the decrease frozen at 3 lots and the total fee capped at 5 lots).  Road Assessment - $50/year for the first lot with additional lots reduced by 50% each with the decrease frozen at 3 lots and the total fee capped at 5 lots.
East (non-gated properties east of Hwy 2723) – Maintenance Fees - $220/year (additional lots reduced by 50% each with no further fees for lots in excess of 5.  No road assessment.

Feeding of Deer
Four years ago we asked property owners to not feed the deer.  One of the reasons for this request was to keep them from coming into close contact with humans and pets.  Deer are the reproductive host for deer ticks which are responsible for many known diseases in humans.  Now there is a more important reason for not feeding deer: feral hogs, which have become very prevalent in the area.  The feed placed on properties for deer can also attract feral hogs.  Feral hogs are very destructive and very dangerous.  PLEASE REFRAIN FROM FEEDING DEER.

Road improvements during 2018 included culvert replacements at the south Red Oak entrance and on Whispering Pine Trail South, significant paving on both north and south roads with road widening and cement base stabiliza-tion where needed.  The focus during 2019 will be to repair soft spots, complete ditching for water control where needed, crack and surface sealing and adding material where needed to maintain roads.  The road assessment funds in 2019 will be saved to focus on paving projects in 2020 and future years.  The north road assessment fund has a deficit of over $35,000 due to the cost of 2018 road improvements and this deficit must be erased before additional work is planned.  The restructuring of the north fees, i.e. maintenance fee decrease and road assessment increase (which virtually offset in total fee amount), should accelerate the reduction of this deficit.  The board will look at alternatives to asphalt paving for application on the side roads in the north.


Contractor Work Times
Tall Tree policy restricts contractor work hours to the following:
                Work days Monday through Friday:  7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
                Saturday:  9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
No contractor activity is permitted outside these hours, on Sunday or any holiday.  Construction general contractors are informed of this policy when a permit is issued and the general contraction is expected to convey this restriction to their subcontractors.  However, lawn maintenance and other similar contractors whose work does not require a permit may not know of this work time restriction.  It is the property owner’s responsibility to inform their lawn maintenance and similar contractors of this policy.

Restraining of Pets
Tall Tree policy states that all pets must be restrained, i.e. on a leash, when they are not confined to the property owner’s property.  This includes the pets of visitors.  The recent problem of vicious stray dogs in the area has been greatly abated because of the diligent efforts of county animal control personnel.  However, unless you have control of your pet when it is off your property, there is a real chance that your pet can attack another unrestrained pet which is on another property or become involved with wild animals that populate the development.  This involvement can cause serious injury to your pet and/or the pets of others.  You may be held financially responsible for damages done to other animals if you don’t comply with this policy.

Street Addresses
Every dwelling should have a street address clearly visible from the street, preferably at the street perpendicular to traffic flow.  Emergency responders must be able to see the address under all conditions.  The person making the emergency call may not be familiar with your area and know the address if it is not clearly visible.  If your dwelling is located on the water, it is also a good idea to place your street number and name on your boat house.  If you do not know your street address, contact the ARK-TEX Council of Governments at 1(888)373-9028.

Dead Trees
Even though 2018 has brought us a great deal of rain, past drought conditions have had a devastating effect on trees throughout the area.  Drought conditions can cause a tree to die many months and even years later.  Dead trees are a danger to passersby, property, power lines, and roadways.  Please inspect the trees on your property and have the dead or dying ones removed (permits are not required for removal of dead trees).  Note: Trees that fall onto roadways or easements will be returned to the property from which they fell.

Rental of the Clubhouse
The Tall Tree clubhouse is available for rental by property owners.  This beautiful building will accommodate up to 90 people and is ideal for family reunions, weddings, showers, birthday parties or any other get-together.  Contact the Tall Tree office for cost and availability.  It is rented on a first come, first served basis.

Contractor Gate Code and Dumpster Schedule
The contractor gate code for the first 6 months of 2019 is #1778.
The dumpster will be available for household trash and discards on the below listed dates.  Tires, batteries, air conditioners, liquids, etc. and contractor excess construction materials are not permitted.  When the dumpster is full, the gate will be locked.  The gate will be reopened if additional space can be made. If the gate is locked, do not leave additional material anywhere.

                Feb. 28; Mar 18; May 24; July 3; Aug. 30; Oct. 16; Nov. 27; and Dec. 23

Staying in “Touch” with Tall Tree
We strongly encourage you to visit Tall Tree’s website: www.talltreepoa.com and Facebook: TallTreepoa for updates affecting the Tall Tree community. The website contains a wealth of information regarding the rules, regulations and fees associated with the development and we encourage you to be familiar with them.
Board meetings are held monthly on the second Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Tall Tree clubhouse.  These meetings are open to all property owners and we encourage you to attend.