Thanksgiving Greeting from Doug Tate

Thanksgiving morning in Beau Chene will be marked with crisp temperatures in the mid-40s. The sun will rise in the eastern sky and dads will scramble to clean their fryers for the impending turkey. Parents will be so busy preparing lunch they will not notice their kids playing fortnite, making slime, watching Andi Mack, or snapchatting. Moms will make their husbands drive to Rouse’s at the last minute to get marshmallows, rolls, a can of cranberry sauce, and extra ice. Those same kids will try and sneak some leftover Halloween candy before lunch because the turkey is taking so long. “When are we eating?????,” they will clamor.

When lunch is finally served, the menu in this great neighborhood will be epic; fried turkey from Aquistapace’s, shrimp mirliton cooked by grandma who made the trip from Algiers, gumbo made by your brother in law, fresh pecan pie cooked from a recipe on Pinterest, duck poppers drizzled with liquified pepper jelly, oyster dressing, chocolate meringue pie from Lea’s in Lecompte, green bean casserole, Bubba’s mashed potatoes driven in from SMU, roasted sweet potatoes, and the list goes on and on. Keto devotees will even take the day off and devour some buttered crescent rolls.

When the sun sets later in the day, the weather changes. The chance of ice cold beer and prosecco reaches 100% as the clock hits 7:20pm, kickoff for the Saints/Falcons game. An educated guess would be that almost 99% of the 1500 homes in the neighborhood will watch this game. Even though we will all be watching the Saints game, each resident has a different plan for Thanksgiving. I asked 3 residents for their Thanksgiving plans, and this is what they had to say.

The Griggs family (Garrett, Tammy, Harrison and Harper) plans to enjoy Thanksgiving with their family and friends at their Beau Chene home this year. Garrett Griggs will fry a turkey for the first time this year. The Griggs plan to take a sightseeing boat ride on the Tchefuncte River after their Thanksgiving lunch. This year is also a particularly exciting Thanksgiving because all of the Griggs’ family and friends will gather at their home Thanksgiving night to watch the New Orleans Saints also fry the Atlanta Falcons!

Keith Normand, John Guzzardo, and their son Tyler have been enjoying being back in Beau Chene since May of this year. As a family they decided to move back to Mandeville from New Orleans when John accepted the CEO position for Special Olympics Louisiana which is based on the Northshore. It was an easy compromise since Tyler was missing living in Mandeville, and Keith a Realtor with Gardner Realtors was already selling homes in St. Tammany Parish as well as New Orleans. They had a very busy summer overseeing the renovation of their new home while Tyler was busy making new and old acquaintances, as well as spending plenty of time in the pool and having brunch at the Country Club on Sundays. During the Thanksgiving holidays, they are looking forward to spending time with their families in their new home and neighborhood! Lunch reservations at the club on Thanksgiving Day are in store, then hopefully spending time enjoying the beautiful outdoors scenery in the neighborhood.

Cristina Donovan had this to say. This season has always been my favorite time of the year. I love the cooler weather, fall colors, family gatherings, turkey dinners with all the trimmings and football games. But most of all, I love pausing from my busyness to reflect on all the blessings in my life. This year my family is gathering together for dinner on Thanksgiving Day at a niece’s home. It seems the baton has passed to the next generation. My husband, Marty, and my son, Sean, and I also love to play a family fun round of golf here at Beau Chene. I am grateful for this place that we call home, Beau Chene! I wish everyone a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving.

As for myself and my family (Alexandra, Preston and Lucy) we have family coming in from Chicago and Dallas. We are having the traditional Thanksgiving lunch at my newly painted home in Beau Chene. After looking at 950 different shades of white and years of feet dragging by yours truly, we painted the brick on the outside of our home, and all the credit goes to my wife because it looks great. We are then having dinner in Kenner with my mother in law who is from Cuba and my father in law who is from Spain. That means no turkey, but we will be dining on paella complete with real saffron, aged chorizo, albarino wine, manchego cheese, and a questionable yuca dish. We are going to sit my little sister from Chicago, who will be sporting some form of “Beto 2020” paraphernalia, with my Trump-fundraising cousin and let them work out the immigration situation.

As residents of Beau Chene we have much to be thankful for. Every home in this neighborhood is unique with its own style, the yards are manicured, the 2 golf courses are open and looking great, the Beau Chene Marina is undergoing a major revitalization, the tennis program is among the best in the deep south (the men qualified for state in USTA, a feat not accomplished since 2003), younger residents are buying homes and completely renovating them, the HOA balance sheet is solid, the walking paths are striped and being used all the time, and the new marina gate complete with new exit and entrance lanes is currently being designed by Matt Voelkel.

The Beau Chene Homeowner’s Association is thankful for many things, but most importantly we are thankful for the great residents of Beau Chene.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Doug Tate
President Beau Chene Homeowner’s Association

Thanksgiving Schedule for the Beau Chene Homeowners Association Office

Our offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22 – 23 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

Keeping You Informed – November 2018

 

  • Remember to Vote –  Tuesday November 6th

Tuesday, November 6th is election day.  Congressional midterms, Fire District #4 millage renewals and parcel fee and several Louisiana Constitutional Amendments are on the ballot.  Your Vote Counts!

  • America Recycles Day – November 10th

First ever America Recycles Day event will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Fontainebleau State Park from 9 a.m. – 12p.m.  This event is sponsored by Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, Fontainebleau State Park, Keep Lacombe Beautiful, Keep Mandeville Beautiful and Republic Services.  For a complete list of what will be accepted, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/events. To volunteer for this event email kstb@stpgov.org.

  • Status of the Marina Gate Entrance Renovation

We have moved from the planning to the design phase for the Marina entrance improvements. This involves engineering plans, LADOTD approvals and permits, St. Tammany Parish approval and permits, design drawings for a new guardhouse and many more details.  We have finalized the plan for roadway widening at the Marina BC entrance. The Pavement Addition Plan reflects widening the exit lane to allow a second exit lane at the traffic light at Hwy. 22 and widening the entrance lane coming in to allow two full lanes of entering vehicles.  We have submitted a request to LADOTD for a permit to reconstruct the existing access connections to Hwy. 22.  Design plans are underway for a new guardhouse and signage.  Some of the other improvements include:

  • Improved security cameras
  • 2-3 parking spaces for security guards on the western side (right of the exit lanes)
  • Automated gate arm on the right-hand member only entry lane

As soon as additional information is available we will announce via Facebook, e-mail and website the status change and progress reports.

  • Second Security Gate Arms to Be Installed 

Within the next 60 days, we expect to have the second security gate arms installed in the left-hand entrance lanes at the Main and East Gates. These second gate arms will be operated by the security officers onsite. They will not be automated arms.  Procedures for gate arm operation are currently in the works by BCHOA staff and Security Committee members.  Additional information regarding the operations of these gate arms will be announced via Facebook, e-mail and website as soon as it is available.

America Recycles Day: November 10th

PARISH NEWS
America Recycles Day Coming to St. Tammany on November 10th

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced the first ever America Recycles Day event will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Fontainebleau State Park from 9 a.m. – 12p.m.  This event is sponsored by Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, Fontainebleau State Park, Keep Lacombe Beautiful, Keep Mandeville Beautiful and Republic Services.

“This event is the first of its kind in our community, and we are excited to offer a way for people to properly recycle their items. We hope residents will take this opportunity to do this,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President.

Residents can bring plastic, aluminum, tin, newspaper and cardboard. Please no glass. For a complete list of what will be accepted, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/events. To volunteer for this event email kstb@stpgov.org.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is the following weekend on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Fritchie Park, in the Slidell area, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.  To read the flyer containing specifics for this collection day, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/events.

Halloween Trick or Treat


This Wednesday, October 31st is Halloween! Please be aware of our children Trick or Treating during the evening hours. We will have an extra security officer at each of our entrances to assist with check-in of visitors and guests. If you are expecting guests this Wednesday evening, please advise them to provide your name and address to the security officer.

A few safety tips:
• All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
• Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
• If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
• A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds
• If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you
• Agree on a specific time children should return home
• Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street

Cristina Donovan
Chief Administrative Officer

Keeping You Informed: Fire Hydrant Flushing

As part of Beau Chene’s Public Works Operation and Maintenance program, water system operators will be flushing fire hydrants beginning Monday, October 8th and continuing through Friday, October 19th, as necessary. This operation will be conducted at night between the hours of 11:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

The purpose of flushing the fire hydrants is to remove loose mineral deposits from the water system distribution pipes. Flushing operations are performed on a bi-annual basis, normally early in the year and then again immediately before the local fire district conducts required hydrant flow tests for firefighting and insurance rating purposes.

If as a result of either our hydrant flushing or fire district flow testing, you experience mineral deposits in your water, please open your outdoor faucet where water enters the house, and run water slowly until it is clear. Then slowly run your indoor faucets until your system is clear. Problems with deposits should be minimal as Beau Chene’s potable water system has been treated to sequester these naturally occurring well water minerals since 1996.

Very truly yours,

David Vinson
Public Works Director

Keeping You Informed: Mandeville Fire Department

Dear Homeowners & Residents:

There is an important matter that we would like to make you aware of, as it directly affects the safety of our residents. The Mandeville Fire Department (St. Tammany Parish Fire Protection District #4) provides all emergency response, including fire, emergency medical services, hazmat, etc. to our neighborhood. According to the Mandeville Fire Department, in recent years the department has struggled to meet the minimum emergency response time of 5 minutes, 20 seconds in several of the most densely populated areas of Mandeville, one of those areas being Beau Chene. This is due to rapid population growth, high call volume and increased traffic in our area. When the first responders struggle to meet the minimum response time, it puts lives and property at increased risk.

On November 6, citizens will be asked to renew two existing millages, which currently fund all emergency response services in District #4, and support a new $75 parcel fee, which will fund the building, equipping and staffing of two additional fire stations in District #4. One of these stations will be placed off Hwy. 22 near Beau Chene so that first responders can better service our general area. It is important to note that the Mandeville Fire Department receives no additional funding from St. Tammany Parish or the City of Mandeville, so the millage renewals and parcel fee are critical to maintaining reliable emergency services in our community.

Please visit www.mandevillefire.com/timetorespond for more information about this important issue. Early voting week is Tuesday, October 23 – Tuesday, October 30.

Cristina Donovan
CAO

BCHOA Public Works: Culvert Replacement Project on N. Beau Chene Drive


 

Starting on Monday, October 1st, the BCHOA is scheduled to start the culvert replacement project on N. Beau Chene Drive (between the driveways of Lake Villas I and Lake Villas II Condominiums). 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 two to three days to perform the work. During road closures, all condominium driveways will be accessible for residents. There will be NO Thru Traffic on this section of N. Beau Chene Drive.

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

 

 

 

Marina Beau Chene LLC Development Plans Update

At the Friday, September 21st BCHOA Board Meeting, the principals of Marina Beau Chene LLC, Jared Rieke and Garrett Griggs, presented their plans for the marina property in Beau Chene.  They recently acquired the marina from Marina Beau Chene Associates, Inc. earlier this year.  The new owners of the marina have been very communicative with the BCHOA regarding their plans.  Their plans are very different from the previously proposed plans by Tchefuncte Bluffs.  Their intention is to make improvements to the property to regain the status of being “the premier marina” in this area.

Jared Rieke provided a cover letter, a few maps of the marina area, and the original material from 1982 describing the Boathouse Condominiums.  The cover letter describes their plans and two of the maps illustrate the parcels involved and which parcels will be developed.  The letter and maps may be found on our Facebook page or by clicking here.

Their plans will require two zoning changes that have already been requested from the parish and are on the agenda of the upcoming October 2, 2018 St.  Tammany Parish Zoning Commission Meeting.  The requests are items #14 and #15 on the agenda.  The agenda may be found at the St. Tammany Parish website: www.stpgov.org (Select Planning and Development under the Department tab and then select Zoning Agendas.).  The two cases are #2018-1189-ZC and #2018-1190-ZC.  These requests mirror exactly the description of their plans in the cover letter provided to the board.

The Board does not have any specific concerns regarding these plans at this time.  However, we will be monitoring the process very closely to ensure the BCHOA will not have any negative consequences as a result of these plans.

Anyone with questions regarding these plans may contact Jared Rieke directly at 985-893-8873.  You may also contact Bill Maier or me for information involving the BCHOA and the marina development plans.

Cristina Donovan

CAO

The Culvert Replacement Project on Tete L’Ours Drive is Complete

Tete L’Ours Drive is now open for thru traffic. The culvert replacement project on Tete L’Ours Drive is complete except for the asphalt roadway replacement which is planned for later this year.

On Tuesday afternoon, September 25th, the old culverts will be loaded on trucks for removal. This may cause intermittent short delays for vehicular thru traffic, but the road will remain open.

The next scheduled culvert replacement project will be under N. Beau Chene Drive between Lake Villa #I and Lake Villa #2 condominiums.

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 Dave Vinson at 985-231-6285.

Cristina Donovan
CAO