Winter Weather Advisory- Office Closing Early


Dear Homeowners and Residents,

The Beau Chene Homeowners Association office will be closed at 3:00 PM today, Friday, December 8th, 2017 for inclement weather. For any water or sewer emergencies please call our main number at 985- 231-6285 and press #3 for Lindsey.

In addition, we advise that in the event of a Hard Freeze Warning, all residents should take the necessary precautions, like wrapping their pipes, to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting.

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

Cristina Donovan
Chief Administrative Officer

Main Entrance Roadway Work December 11, 12 & 16, 2017


Dear Homeowners and Residents,

Starting on Monday, December 11th, our contractor will be stamping the concrete speed control device in both of the exit lanes at the Main Gate. One Exit lane will be closed at a time leaving the Exit open in a single lane through Tuesday, December 12th. On Saturday, December 16th the entrance lane speed control device will be painted and stamped. The left entrance lane will remain open and entering vehicles will be allowed to enter under the porte cochere Please drive cautiously and obey the directions of flagmen directing traffic and/or road signs.

Please contact the BCHOA office at 985-231-6285 or via e-mail at cristinad@bchoa.org with any questions.

Cristina Donovan
Chief Administrative Officer

Dear Homeowners and Residents,

Our 2017 scheduled road overlay project will commence Wednesday, October 25th.  This process will involve milling the existing asphalt (the removal of 1.5 inches of existing roadway pavement) and relaying a 1.5-inch layer of asphalt. 

The milling will start at the corner of N. Beau Chene and Tete L’Ours on Wednesday, Oct. 25th, and continue around the country club onto Beau Chene Drive towards the Main entrance.

On Thursday, October 26th, the milling will be performed on Beau Chene Blvd. (Main Entrance).  There will be intermittent entrance and exit lane closures with one-way traffic only throughout Thursday.  The entering lanes will be shut down for a period of time allowing ONLY exiting traffic then the exit lanes will be shut down allowing ONLY entering traffic during this process on Thursday.

After the Main entrance is milled, the milling will continue down Beau Chene Drive to 832 Beau Chene Dr. on the marina side of the subdivision.

On Tuesday, October 31st, the Main entrance lanes will have a new layer of asphalt applied. Again, there will be intermittent entrance and exit lane closures with one-way traffic only throughout Tuesday, October 31st.

The Main entrance will remain open throughout this process but expect lane closures with one-way traffic, short delays and rerouting traffic to other entrances. If possible, use the East and Marina entrances on Thursday, Oct. 26th and Tuesday, Oct. 31st.

Weather permitting, the estimated completion of the milling and asphalt work is Friday, November 3rd, with speed humps, painting and road stripping to follow.

Please drive cautiously and obey the directions of flagmen directing traffic. Please contact the BCHOA office at 985-231-6285 or via e-mail at cristinad@bchoa.org with any questions.

 

Cristina Donovan

CAO

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