Culvert Replacement Project on Tete L’Ours Drive Commencing Monday, September 17, 2018

BCHOA Public Works

Starting on Monday, September 17th, the BCHOA is scheduled to start the culvert replacement project on Tete L’Ours Dr. (between Catalpa Lane and Bayou Villas I & II). Starting early Monday morning (between 7:30 am and 8:00 am) we will be closing a section of the roadway in both directions. This section will remain closed approximately a week to perform the work. During road closures, all condominium driveways will be accessible for residents. Grand Cheniere & Bayou Villa III condominiums will be accessible from the intersection of Longwood Dr. and Tete L’Ours Dr. Bayou Villas I & II condos will be accessible from the intersection of N. Beau Chene Dr. and Tete L’Ours Dr. There will be NO Thru Traffic on the 600 block of Tete L’Ours Dr.

The work will include:
• Removal of the asphalt road and old culverts
• Installation of new polymer coated metal culverts
• Fill in and pack with limestone and clay material and allow to compact. During compaction the roads will be fully opened again.
• The final step is to replace the asphalt roadway during our 2018 scheduled asphalt repaving project planned to commence later in October or early November.

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 Dave Vinson at 985-231-6285.

Cristina Donovan
CAO

Culvert Replacement Project on Tete L’Ours

BCHOA Public Works

Based on current weather forecasts for the next week, the culvert replacement project on Tete L’Ours will be delayed again.  We are looking at the week of September 17th at the earliest to start.  Further information will be communicated regarding all road closures several days before the actual closures to allow residents to plan their routes around the work.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding these projects, please contact Dave Vinson at 985-231-6285.

Cristina Donovan
CAO

Tropical Storm Gordon

The BCHOA is monitoring the forecasts for Tropical Storm Gordon. The storm is predicated to impact us sometime early Wednesday morning. There is the potential for winds up to 40 mph and rainfall of up to 4-6 inches.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch to be in effect Tuesday and Wednesday across all of southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi.

Beau Chene Homeowners Association (BCHOA) has several forms of communication in place if we are impacted directly by a hurricane. The BCHOA website is www.bchoa.org. Messages and updates will be posted to the site when access is available and on our member only Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BeauCheneHOA/
and our public Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BeauCheneCommunity/ .

The Beau Chêne Homeowners Association’s hotline phone number is 1- (314)–272-0288. Please make note of this hotline phone number. This is a message only hotline to keep residents – especially evacuated residents – informed of conditions in Beau Chêne and is only active during storm events. Please refrain from leaving messages when calling this number.

To be informed of current conditions in the Parish please visit their website at: http://www.stpgov.org/residents/emergency-preparedness.

Keeping You Informed: September 2018

  • Labor Day Schedule for the Beau Chene Homeowners Association Office

Our offices will be closed on Monday, September 3rd in observance of Labor Day. Garbage/trash pickup will occur as scheduled. 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

  • Culvert Replacement Project on Tete L’Ours Drive – ROAD CLOSURE

Starting Tuesday, September 4th our staff will be replacing the culverts on Tete L’Ours Drive between Bayou Villa III (Catalpa Lane) and the driveway to Beau Chene Country Club’s (BCCC) maintenance building. Our staff and outside contractor will be removing the asphalt roadway and the old culverts and replace with new recommended polymer coated metal culverts. During the road closure, all condominium driveways will be accessible by residents.
There will be no through traffic on Tete L’Ours Drive from N. Beau Chene Drive to Longwood Drive. Road Closed and Detour signs will be placed to alert drivers of the road closure.

We estimate the project will take approximately two (2) weeks to complete. All work progress will be subject to weather conditions.

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

  • Beau Chene Homeowners Association (BCHOA) Annual Meeting Minutes Are Now Available

The meeting minutes from the May 16, 2018 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

 

Louisiana has country’s highest rates of West Nile Virus

***From Louisiana Department of Health***

Baton Rouge, La. (August 22, 2018) – The Louisiana Department of Health is urging the state’s residents to take precautions to guard against West Nile Virus after Louisiana has reported the most cases of the virus in the country.

According to the most recent surveillance report, for the week ending on August 11, 2018, Louisiana has had 53 total human cases. The state has also reported two deaths.*

Of the 53 human cases, 9 were asymptomatic, 13 developed West Nile Fever and 31 developed neuroinvasive disease. In comparison, the Department reported 21 West Nile virus cases at this time last year

West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease is the most serious type of illness associated with the virus. It infects the brain and spinal cord. Neuroinvasive disease can lead to death, paralysis and brain damage.

West Nile Fever is a milder viral infection in which people experience flu-like symptoms.

The majority of people who contract West Nile will be asymptomatic, which means they show no symptoms. These cases are typically detected through blood donations or in the course of other routine medical tests. Note: Nine blood donors have tested positive for WNV.

Each week, the Department will update and post the Arboviral Report with more detailed information about West Nile virus infections in Louisiana. The reports are available here.

Protect Yourself for Mosquitos
If you will be outside, you should wear a mosquito repellent containing DEET. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that repellents should contain no more than 30% DEET when used on children. Insect repellents also are not recommended for children younger than two months. CDC recommends that you always follow the recommendations appearing on the product label when using repellent.

•Apply repellent on exposed skin and clothing. Do not apply under your clothes or on broken skin.
•To apply repellent to your face, spray on your hands and then rub on your face.
•Adults should always apply repellent to children.
•Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors for long periods of time.
•Avoid perfumes and colognes when outdoors for extended periods of time.
•Make sure that your house had tight-fitting windows and doors, and that all screens are free of holes.

Eliminate Mosquito Breeding GroundsReduce the mosquito population by eliminating standing water around your home, which is where mosquitoes breed.
•Dispose of tin cans, ceramic pots and other unnecessary containers that have accumulated on your property. Turn over wheelbarrows, plastic wading pools, buckets, trash cans, children’s toys or anything that could collect water.
•Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers. Drainage holes that are located on the container sides collected enough water for mosquitoes to breed.
•Check and clean roof gutters routinely. They are often overlooked, but can produce millions of mosquitoes each season.
•Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens can become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate.
•Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used. A swimming pool that is left untended by a family for a month can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide complaints. Be aware that mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on swimming pool covers

*Explanation of Deaths: Because, the reporting of deaths caused by West Nile virus is not mandated by state law, so there is inconsistently in reporting. Deaths are limited to being included in this report to only those deaths occurring within two weeks for onset. For the preservation of confidentiality, the State does not report details about West Nile deaths (such as date, parish, gender and age).

About the Louisiana Department of Health

The Louisiana Department of Health strives to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state residents. The Louisiana Department of Health includes the Office of Public Health, Office of Aging & Adult Services, Office of Behavioral Health, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, and Healthy Louisiana (Medicaid). To learn visit www.ldh.la.gov or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or our blog.
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Contact: Sean Ellis 225-342-9010, sean.ellis@la.gov
or Kelly Zimmerman 225-342-7913, kelly.zimmerman@la.gov

www.ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/1930

BCHOA Public Works

BCHOA Public Works
Culvert Replacement Projects Commencing Friday, July 27, 2018

Our Public Works staff are working on two planned projects to replace culverts that are approximately 35-40 years old. The culverts being replaced run under Tete L’Ours Drive (between Catalpa Lane and Bayou Villas I & II) and under N. Beau Chene Drive (between Lake Villa #I and Lake Villa #2). This planned work effort will involve the following actions:

  • Our staff will be lowering the water lines in both locations to allow space to replace the culverts above the water lines. This work is currently in progress.
  • Atmos Energy (Gas) and Spectrum Charter both will be lowering cables as well to allow space to replace the culverts.
  • Once all of the above are lowered, we will be temporarily closing sections of the roadways (one site at a time) to remove the asphalt road and the old culverts and replace with new recommended polymer coated metal culverts. During road closures, all condominium driveways will be accessible by residents.
  • The work area will then be filled in with limestone and clay material and allowed to compact for several weeks. During this time the roads will be fully opened again.
  • The final step is to replace the asphalt roadway during our 2018 scheduled asphalt repaving project.

All work progress will be subject to weather conditions. Further information will be communicated regarding all road closures several days before the actual closures to allow residents to plan their routes around the work.

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

Cristina Donovan
CAO

 

 

 

Fourth of July Holiday Schedule

Dear Homeowners and Residents,

The Beau Chene Homeowners Association office will be closed on Wednesday July 4th in observance of Independence 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 call the Security Guards at:

Main Guard Gate
(985) 845-7560
East Guard Gate (985) 845-8495
Marina Guard Gate (985) 845-7022

Enjoy a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!

Cristina Donovan
Chief Administrative Officer

Guard of the Quarter – 1st Quarter 2018

 

We are pleased to announce Mr. William Hickman has been selected as the recipient of the “Guard of the Quarter” for the first quarter of 2018. Mr. Hickman has been with Vinson Guard Service and at Beau Chene for 15 months, becoming a full-time guard in June 2017. He currently works at the East Gate from 6 am until 2 pm, and at times works the outside lane at that gate from 3 pm to 6 pm.

Mr. Hickman is a Navy veteran, having guarded nuclear warheads on a destroyer and serving 3 tours overseas. Mr. Hickman said in the 6 months he has been at the East Gate, he has tried to improve service during his shift. He has noticed a general change in attitude, such that fewer residents are expressing dissatisfaction about the quality of service. He said recently when working the outside lane at the East Gate during peak traffic times, he had also been trying to alert the residents that the RFID entry system was about to go on line and that a RFID tag would be needed to use the lane.

Mr. Hickman has excellent attendance and is a consistent, reliable security officer. Please join us in congratulating him for his special recognition. William is pictured here with Chrystal Jacobs, Branch Operations Manager, Vinson Guard Service, Inc.

Submitted by Bill Maier

Memorial Day Schedule

Dear Homeowners and Residents:

The Beau Chene Homeowners Association office will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018, in observance of Memorial Day.  Regular business hours will resume Tuesday, May 29,2018 at 8 a.m.

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

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 and happy holiday weekend.

Cristina Donovan
Chief Administrative Officer

Golf Cart Dangers?

Summertime in Beau Chene means children out of school and more activity happening around the sub-division. A common activity during this time of year is more golf carts being driven by children. Driving golf carts on our roadways present many risks that the owners of golf carts need to be aware of.

According to a report from Reuters Health, new research has confirmed previous studies that golf cart crashes involving children can result in serious injuries and are usually the result of not enforcing safety rules or age restrictions. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-kids-golf-safety/children-risk-serious-injuries-on-golf-carts-idUSKBN1GW2CO)

Researchers found that children as young as nine years old were driving golf carts, often not wearing seat belts, and faced the risk of the cart overturning. The study co-author observed, that non-automobile vehicles – like ATVs, go-karts, golf carts and others – “are often viewed as harmless or safe by parents and communities. This is especially true for golf carts, which tend to be slower.”

Parents, please think about the above information before letting your child drive a cart. If your child drives, is he/she driving responsibly and not overloading the cart with riders? Every parent and every child needs to understand that golf carts can be dangerous.

Please obey the traffic laws and use your common sense. Let’s all have a safe community, particularly for our children.

 

Regards,

Cristina Donovan
Chief Administrative Officer