Keeping You Informed: Water Well Maintenance 2022

Water Well Work – Lower Water Pressure the weeks of May 9th thru May 16th  

BCHOA has two (2) water wells that provide drinking water for the entire community.  On a periodic basis, the two hydropneumatic pressure tanks, one at each of our two water wells, are internally inspected.  The interior condition of each tank is assessed for the need to be reconditioned with AWWA and LDHH approved coatings.

This effort began this week at Well 3, at 681 Tete L’Ours Drive. The pressure tank was determined to be in good condition but does require minor reconditioning. This process involves sand blasting, coating, curing time for the coatings, disinfection, and bacterial sampling before the well can be brought back online. 

Once Well 3 is back online, we will move on to inspect the tank at Well 4, at 817 Beau Chene Drive.  During this time the water system will be supplied by only one well, and periods of lower-than-normal water pressure may occur.  This should not affect in any way the quality of the water supplied by your BCHOA water system.

We request that you limit your irrigation usage during this time to between the hours of 10 PM and 5 AM.

Sincerely,  
Cristina Donovan
Chief Administrative Officer

Keeping you Informed – Culvert Replacement

Culvert Replacement Project on Beau Chene Drive

Commencing Monday, March 28th at 9 AM 

Our Public Works staff are working on a planned project to replace culverts (drainage pipe) that are approximately 35-40 years old.  The culvert being replaced Monday runs under Beau Chene Drive between homes at 532 & 534 on the south side and homes at 535 & 537 Beau Chene Drive on the north side of the road.  There will be a one-day road closure during the work to replace pipe underneath the roadway.  During road closures there will be NO Thru Traffic on this section.  

 The work will include:

  • Removal of a section of the asphalt road and old culvert underneath road
  • Installation of new LA DOTD approved arch metal coated pipe 
  • Fill in and pack with limestone and clay material and allow to compact.  During compaction the roads will be fully opened.
  • The final step is to repave the asphalt roadway section next year.  

All work progress will be subject to weather conditions.  Residents and guests will need to plan their routes around the work area.  The work area will be identified with road signs indicating road closure and detours. 

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding these projects, please contact Lindsey Adkins at 985-231-6285 ext. 3.

Cristina Donovan
CAO

Keeping You Informed – Gate Lane Closures Due to High Winds

Dear Residents:

In anticipation of strong winds and the potential of tornadoes, we are closing the right-hand member lanes at the MAIN, EAST, and MARINA gates today, Tuesday, March 22nd starting at 1:00 PM.

They will remain closed until 7:00 AM tomorrow, Wednesday, March 23rd. This measure is to prevent wind damage of the automated gate arms.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Cristina Donovan
CAO

Mardi Gras Office Schedule

Happy Mardi Gras
 

Dear Homeowners and Residents:

The BCHOA office will be closed on Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 for Mardi Gras Day. We will be open regular hours 8:00 AM till 5:00 PM (closed one hour for lunch) the rest of the week.

For any water or sewer emergencies please call our main number at 985- 231-6285 and press #3 for Lindsey.

For all other emergencies:

Security Guards at:
Main Guard Gate       985-845-7560
East Guard Gate         985-845-8495
Marina Guard Gate   985-845-7022

Sheriff’s Office:
Non-emergency        985-898-2338
EMERGENCY             911

Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Cristina Donovan
CAO

Marina Entrance Security Gate Arms Activated

We are pleased to announce the activation of the security gate arms at the Marina Entrance on Friday, February 4th.  The procedures for entrance with the gate arms are the same as already in place at both the Main and East Entrances. 

  • The gate arm in the left (Visitor) lane will stay in the down position with the on-duty security officer opening the arm after clearing each visitor.  Vehicles with a current Beau Chene decal or a current Temporary Pass will also be admitted through this lane.
  • The right (Member) lane will also stay in the down position and the gate arm will respond to vehicles with activated RFID tags.  The gate arm takes approximately 3-4 seconds to raise in the UP position once it has been activated.  The gate arm does not have a sensor to return to the UP position for a following vehicle (with or without a RFID tag) that is tailgating (piggyback) too close to a vehicle already entering.  DO NOT TAILGATE.  If the gate arm and other property at the gate is damaged by drivers that tailgate and/or ram the gate arm, they will be responsible for the repair costs.

Due to the short distance between Hwy. 22 and the Marina guardhouse/gate arms, there may be times when the security officer on duty will manually open the gate arms to allow quicker entry to avoid stacking vehicles onto Hwy. 22.

RFID Tag/s are available at the BCHOA office.  Members may request the RFID tag/s via our website or in person.  Via the website:  go to www.bchoa.org and click the blue “RFID Tag Form” button at the top of any page, complete all fields of information (all mandatory fields must be completed) and click “submit”.  You will then be notified by email or phone when your RFID tag is ready for pick up. There is a $10.00 fee for each RFID tag.  Due to the delicate physical nature of the RFID tag, it will only be issued in person at the BCHOA office.

BCHOA New Year’s Schedule


Our offices will close early on Friday, December 31st at 3:00 PM and remain closed on Monday, January 3rd in observance of the New Year.

Our regularly scheduled yard trash pickup for Saturday will still occur.  Christmas trees will be picked up with the yard trash on Wednesdays & Saturdays.  If your tree is 9 feet or taller, please cut the tree in half.

St. Tammany Parish Government will accept Christmas trees for recycling.  The trees are collected for use in cooperative marsh restoration efforts.  Bare (no flocking) trees can be brought to the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds at 1515 North Florida Street in Covington and The Old Levee Board Property at 61134 Military Road in Slidell, during daylight hours.  Trees must be stripped of all decorations: ornaments, lights, tinsel, etc. and the stands must be removed completely to be eligible for the program.  Flocked trees cannot be accepted at the drop-off sites as they cannot be used for the project.  Trees will be accepted until January 28, 2022.

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

Have a Safe & Happy New Year!

Cristina Donovan
Chief Administrative Officer

Keeping You Informed: Thanksgiving Schedule

Dear Homeowners & Residents:
 
Our offices will be closed on Thursday November 25th – Friday November 26th, in observance of Thanksgiving. Garbage pickup will still occur as scheduled, but please place your garbage out by 7 a.m.

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

 
Have a safe, healthy and Happy Thanksgiving

Cristina Donovan
CAO

Storm Debris Removal Update in Beau Chene

Dear Homeowners and Residents,

The parish debris contractor has suspended debris cleanup during the week of Thanksgiving. Debris cleanup will resume on Monday, November 29, 2021. Three of the large debris trucks will be returning on Monday, November 29th. In addition, the pickup of the construction & demolition (C&D) debris and white debris (appliances) will also resume this coming Monday.

There are a few streets and several cul de sacs that have not had vegetative debris removal due to the narrow width of the street and/or low overhanging tree branches that have prevented them from picking up some debris with the trucks. These streets include Plantation Lane, Plantation Drive, Magnolia Lane, Bonfouca Lane, Bonfouca Place, Kiskatom Lane and Audubon Lane. The contractor will be bringing in additional equipment (skid steers) to pick up debris piles in these areas. This effort will also start next week.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding throughout this recovery effort.

Sincerely,
Cristina Donovan, CAO

Keeping You Informed: Storm Debris Removal in Beau Chene

Dear Homeowners and Residents,

We have just received word from St. Tammany Parish that their debris removal contractor will pick up vegetative (green) debris in Beau Chene starting the week of October 18th.  

The different types of debris MUST BE SEPERATED in piles and placed near the curb and/or on the home side of the drainage ditches.  Debris contractors and Parish Public Works crews will not pickup bagged debris.  Any bagged debris must be separated and placed in an area where our waste management contractor, Northshore Disposal, will pick up on the designated trash days.

Here is a link to the St. Tammany Parish website debris removal page: http://www.stpgov.org/debris This page provides answers to frequently asked questions.

If you have any questions regarding the debris removal for Beau Chene, do not hesitate to contact our office via email at info@choa.org or call 985-231-6285.

Sincerely,
Cristina Donovan, CAO

Keeping You Informed – Storm Debris Removal in Beau Chene

Beau Chene’s storm debris removal is now covered under St. Tammany Parish’s debris removal contract.  We are awaiting news from the parish regarding a timeline to commence the debris removal in Beau Chene.  We believe it will start within a few weeks, if not sooner.  The parish’s goal is to have debris pickup completed by the end of October.

Debris pickup will include vegetative (green) debris, white debris (appliances), and construction and demolition debris (sheetrock, baseboards, etc…).  The different types of debris MUST BE SEPERATED in piles and placed near the curb and/or on the home side of the drainage ditches.  FEMA contractor will not pickup electronics, hazardous waste or household garbage in Beau Chene.

  • Do not place debris in the road, drainage systems, on top of water meters or against trees, mailboxes, fences, fire hydrants, utility poles or gas meters. The contractors are using very large pieces of equipment to pick up these piles. Placing debris piles by these structures make removal difficult and dangerous.

  • Place debris in large piles.

  • Combining multiple small piles from neighbors together to make larger ones is more efficient.

  • Vegetative (green) debris MUST NOT include plastic bags

Here is a link to the St. Tammany Parish website debris removal page: http://www.stpgov.org/debris This page provides answers to frequently asked questions.  Also, see the below FEMA guide to identify the different types of debris that must be separated.   

If you have any questions regarding the debris removal for Beau Chene, do not hesitate to contact our office via email at info@choa.org or call 985-231-6285.