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September 24, 2014

During the on site office construction, the temporary office will not be able to fax or receive faxes. Please email all correspondence to Nikkole Luna, Association Manager at nluna@houcomm.com or Gigi Ginardi, Assistant Manager at nginardi@houcomm.com.

Thank you for your cooperation and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Coyotes in Greatwood – Judy Holy
September 17, 2014

There have been reports of coyotes being spotted in Greatwood. I called Animal Control and they said that coyotes are very common in Fort Bend County. With the recent building and clearing of land behind Greatwood it is very possible that they’re being displaced. Animal Control will rent traps but they do not come out themselves and apparently the traps are not effective. It might be a good idea to lock dog doors at night if you’ve spotted activity near your home.

I also called Texas Parks and Wildlife.

• The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department provides expertise and advice on urban wildlife issues, but does not implement nuisance coyote control.
• The following are tips from Texas Parks and Wildlife
• Urban and suburban coyotes, like urban deer, are symptoms of a broader issue. People continue to expand housing subdivisions and other human development into what used to be open range wildlife habitat, especially on the expanding fringes of large metropolitan areas. This is increasing the potential for encounters and conflicts between people and wildlife.
• Trapping and similar nuisance control actions cannot eliminate urban coyote problems, although this can be part of the solution in some situations.
• The real solution and the greater need facing Texans right now is public education. We need to inform and empower people to take steps to coexist with coyotes and other urban wildlife.
• There are some common sense precautions people can take to manage coyotes:
◦ Do not feed coyotes! Keep pet food and water inside. Keep garbage securely stored, especially if it has to be put on the curb for collection; use tight-locking or bungee-cord-wrapped trashcans that are not easily opened.
◦ Keep compost piles securely covered; correct composting never includes animal matter like bones or fat, which can draw coyotes even more quickly that decomposing vegetable matter.
◦ Keep pets inside, confined securely in a kennel or covered exercise yard, or within the close presence of an adult.
◦ Walk pets on a leash and accompany them outside, especially at night.
◦ Do not feed wildlife on the ground; keep wild bird seed in feeders designed for birds elevated or hanging above ground, and clean up spilled seed from the ground; coyotes can either be drawn directly to the seed, or to the rodents drawn to the seed.
◦ Keep fruit trees fenced or pick up fruit that falls to the ground.
◦ Do not feed feral cats (domestics gone wild); this can encourage coyotes to prey on cats, as well as feed on cat food left out for them.
◦ Minimize clusters of shrubs, trees and other cover and food plants near buildings and children's play areas to avoid attracting rodents and small mammals that will in turn attract coyotes
◦ Use noise making and other scaring devices when coyotes are seen.

Temporary On-Site Office Move
September 16, 2014

Effective Wednesday, September 17, 2014 the on site office will be located at 19901 Southwest Frwy in the Tower Executive Suites which is one of the office buildings in the front of Greatwood off the 59 feeder. We will remain in this temporary office until the on site office renovation/expansion is completed. You may visit us at this temporary location; we will be located in Suite 244. The Greatwood phone number will remain the same, (281) 545-1134.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you,
Greatwood Board of Directors
Greatwood Management

Mosquito Control and the County – Judy Holy
September 11, 2014

I was always under the impression that Greatwood was supplementing County spraying for mosquitoes. Some of our residents have contacted Fort Bend Road and Bridge, and were told that the County does not spray Greatwood because we have a contract with a private company.

I contacted Road and Bridge this morning to make sure this was correct and, it is. However…Fort Bend has just started spraying, FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR, on Monday, September 8, thus the reason for Greatwood’s contract with a private company. Our company sprays Greatwood from April through October and we call them if there is a need for increased service. They are now spraying 4x a week and there is a noticeable decrease in the number of mosquitoes.

Greatwood Mosquito Spraying
September 10, 2014

Spraying of Greatwood has been increased to 4x a week.

City of Sugar Land News Release: Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus
September 10, 2014

Sugar Land, TX ¬– The City of Sugar Land has confirmed the presence of West Nile virus at mosquito traps located in the Sugar Land Business Park and the Sugar Creek subdivision.

The mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile on Sept. 9.

The City increased mosquito spraying to twice per week this summer and has been working closely with the Texas Department of State Health Services to trap and test mosquitos for the presence of the West Nile virus. The traps supplement the City’s larvicide and mosquito spraying operations.

Humans can contract West Nile virus from a mosquito bite. Infected mosquitoes get the virus from feeding on infected birds. The virus can cause serious illness or death. There have been three confirmed cases of people with West Nile virus in Fort Bend County since July 30.

Dr. Joe Anzaldua, the City’s medical director and health authority, urges residents to take precautions to reduce West Nile exposure.

“Residents should use insect repellent whenever they are outdoors and avoid going outside at dusk and dawn,” said Anzaldua. “People over 50 years old and those with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if infected with the virus. If people have symptoms that cause them concern, they should contact their healthcare provider immediately.”

There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent West Nile virus infection. Symptoms may include a stiff neck, vision problems, body tremors, mental confusion, memory loss and seizures. The milder form of the illness is West Nile Fever. Symptoms may include fever, headache, muscle and bone aches, nausea and drowsiness. People with the milder form of the illness typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for several weeks. Up to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms and will recover on their own. Anyone with questions or concerns should contact their doctor.

The Texas Department of State Health Services recommends practicing the "Four Ds":
• Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
Dress in long sleeves and long pants when you are outside.
• Stay indoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
Drain standing water where mosquitoes breed. Common breeding sites include old tires, flowerpots and clogged rain gutters.
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Critters in Greatwood
*This is a reprint of an article that appeared in last July’s Greatwood News.

Greatwood is a heavily wooded community, backing up to the Brazos River and Rabbs Bayou. It’s not surprising that we have critters, of all sorts, sharing our yards and common areas. Occasionally, they become a nuisance, digging up plants, walking on our roofs, gnawing on fascia boards and, in the case of skunks, being carriers of rabies to say nothing of the smell.

If you find that you have chronic issues with the wildlife there are methods you can try to help resolve the problem. Read more...

E-Mail Blast
Your HOA is encouraging Greatwood residents to sign up to receive e-mail alerts by registering on our community website. This is an effort to provide our community with timely information.

This is an information only service. There is no way to respond on this site. If you have any question about a post, please feel free to contact our Management Company at 281-545-1134 or any HOA Board Member.

To sign up for this service go to our community website:

www.mygreatwood.com

There is a box on the top of the home page for you to register for e-mail alerts.

We are hoping that this will be a good way to keep our residents current on anything that can’t wait for the newsletter.

MANAGER’S CORNER – Nikkole Luna, Association Community Manager
A few months ago I wrote an article about the deed restriction violation process. I am now writing about the consequences if a deed restriction violation is ignored. Should you ignore your notices, your account will be turned over to the attorney for legal action. If you have a violation, you will receive an initial notice; if the violation continues, you will receive a certified letter. Then, 30 days after receiving the certified letter and the violation still exists, the Board will make the decision to turn the account over to the attorney for legal action. Once that happens, you then begin to incur legal fees. The best way to avoid legal action and legal fees is to contact the Greatwood office as soon as you receive the first notice to inform us of your situation if you are unable to comply. Some violations may be easily fixed, some violations may take time and money, and we understand that. You may contact the office to ask for an extension of time based on your circumstances. The Association will work with you. But if you continue to ignore the notices, you will incur more and more legal fees and collection costs. The Board will not waive any of these fees. The Association pays the legal fees up front, which means all of the Greatwood residents pay those legal fees.

The key is COMMUNICATION between you as the homeowner and the Association. Again, we are here to work with you.

Contacting Your HOA

In order for your HOA to better serve the Greatwood Community, here is what you, the homeowner, can do to help. If you see something that needs attention, whether it is a pool or landscaping issue, or even an issue within your neighborhood, please email Nikkole Luna at the Management Office at nluna@houcomm.com with your concerns. The office number is 281-545-1134. Please give them a reasonable amount of time to address the issues.

We Can’t Fix What We Don’t Know About
. Please help us to keep our community Great!

October Meeting Dates

10/9: Manor Annual Meeting

10/9: Shores Annual Meeting

10/14: Springfield Annual Meeting

10/14: Tuscany Annual Meeting

10/16: Brooksmill Annual Meeting

10/16: Estates Annual Meeting

10/30: Monthly Board Meeting


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Pool Cards and Tennis Court Key
If you have recently moved into Greatwood and have not received your Pool Card, or have lost your card, please contact Nikkole Luna with the Management Company at 281-545-1134 or via email at nluna@houcomm.com.

There is a $25 replacement fee for lost cards.

Greatwood Office Hours

Located at Recreation Center #2
Monday and Wednesday 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Greatwood Community Association On Site Office
8802 Greatwood Pkwy.
Sugar Land, TX 77479