Category Archives: Beau Chêne

COVID-19 Update

Dear Homeowners and Residents:

I want to thank all of our residents in following the safety guidelines issued by the CDC, state and parish in order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.  Staying home and keeping an appropriate social distance from non-family members is helping during this crisis. In addition, I want to thank all of our healthcare workers, first responders and essential workers that are working on the front lines of this pandemic.  I speak for the entire community; we are very grateful for your efforts and sacrifices. You are all our Heroes!

Beau Chene Homeowners Association (BCHOA) provides essential services to our community, including water and wastewater systems, security and garbage collection.  Our main objective is to continue to provide these essential services at a high level to ensure the safety and well being of our residents.  I want to recognize and thank our entire staff for all their efforts keeping our community and essential services running. We remain operational but have made the following changes to safeguard our employees and our residents:

  • BCHOA office remains closed to the general public but we are maintaining our regular office hours, 8 am till 5 pm Monday thru Friday, and will respond to phone calls, emails and other inquiries.
  • If you have a new vehicle and need a vehicle decal, you may complete the Vehicle Decal Form on our website by clicking on the button at the top of any page on the website.  Complete the form and hit the Submit button at bottom. Our office receives the form via email. We will contact you to determine the method of delivery. You may also call during our regular business hours to receive assistance in completing the form.
  • Our Public Works staff members are very busy maintaining essential services.  We have flexed hours to provide coverage 7 days a week with added safety precautions to keep our staff safe and healthy.  This does limit our ability to handle some non-essential services. For water, sewer, and drainage questions please call:
    • Lindsey Adkins at 985-231-6285 ext. 3 
  • The changes we made for Entry procedures for visitors at our gates have been working very well.  As a reminder the changes include:
    • Left lane/visitor lane gate arms at the East and Main entrances remain in the DOWN position 24/7.  The security officer manually opens the arm after clearing each visitor.
    • Marina entrance has only one entrance lane open.
    •  Between 8pm and 7am, any non-essential guests seeking entry into the neighborhood will require to be cleared by a resident of Beau Chene.  The resident seeking to bring in a guest should call the gate (or gates) in advance to advise the guard of the individual guest’s name.  

Continue to Stay Safe and Stay the Course!

Regards,

Cristina Donovan, CAO

Stay At Home Order: Change to entry procedures

Dear Homeowners and Residents,

In light of the recent mandatory Stay at Home Order from both the state and the parish, we are making a few changes to our entry admittance procedures for guests and visitors. These changes will impact drivers of vehicles without a Beau Chene decal and/or RFID tag that also do not have a valid temporary pass. Per the order, we are all to shelter at home unless we fall into the categories of either those providing essential services, or those leaving home in search of essential services.  Essential services include home health care, food and grocery delivery, mail and package delivery, and include many critical trades like plumbers, electricians, HVAC and other services.

Consequently, all non-essential, non-resident guests and visitors (I.e. anyone without a decal, RFID tag or valid temporary pass) will be allowed entry into Beau Chene as per the following:

Between 7am and 8pm, any non-essential guests seeking entry into the neighborhood must be able to provide the security guards at the gate with the name and property address of the resident who they are desiring to visit or are members of the Beau Chene Country Club.  Common sense would dictate that if they cannot provide this basic info, then they are either unexpected, or have no real reason to access our subdivision.   

Between 8pm and 7am, any non-essential guests seeking entry into the neighborhood will require to be cleared by a resident of Beau Chene. The resident seeking to bring in a guest should call the gate (or gates) in advance to advise the guard of the individual guest’s name.   If this is not done, the guest will be denied entry and instructed to exit the subdivision. Any potential guest denied entry during this time should be able to contact the resident they are seeking to visit and have them call the security officer at the appropriate guardhouse to gain clearance.  

Security Guards at:

Main Guard Gate 985-845-7560

East Guard Gate 985-845-8495

Marina Guard Gate 985-845-7022

Here is a link to the Governor’s Stay At Home Order for your reference: https://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/93

Beau Chene Country Club -Curbside Pick-Up

Curbside pick-up will be available Tuesday – Saturday from 11am to 8pm and on Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Delivery service (for a fee) – to Beau Chêne Residents only – will begin tomorrow – Thursday, March 19. In addition to the To Go menu we are also able to offer packaged beer and wine for takeout and delivery. We are offering the convenience of our curbside service to ALL Beau Chêne residents regardless if you are a member or not. A service charge will be added to all non-member curbside purchases. Please call 985.845.3571 to place your order.

BCHOA Offices Temporarily Closed

Beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Beau Chene Homeowners Association’s administrative offices will be closed to the general public until further notice.  However, our staff will continue to work our normal hours (Monday – Friday from 8 am to 5 pm) and are available by phone, email and website inquiry. We are making this change to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our residents, visitors and staff members through this coronavirus outbreak. Please use our drop box in the parking lot if you want to hand deliver your dues payments.  You may also contact us via our website: https://bchoa.org/ at the lower right of the screen by hitting the CONTACT button.

BCHOA OFFICE CONTACTS:

Main phone number:  985-231-6285

General Info Email:    info@bchoa.org

Myrna Carroll, Admin.myrnac@bchoa.org (Work orders for mailboxes, property transfers, vehicle decal & RFID tag questions, and general inquiries)

Rachel Kidwell, Accountingrachelk@bchoa.org (Member account questions)

Bill Maier, BCHOA Managerbillm@bchoa.org  (Security questions, ECC applications & questions, and general questions)

Dave Vinson, Dir. Public Worksdavev@bchoa.org (Drainage, sewer and water system questions)

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

SECURITY GUARDS:

Main Guard Gate   985-845-7560

East Guard Gate    985-845-8495

Marina Guard Gate 985-845-7022

For all other emergencies call 911 

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office non-emergency number 985-898-2338

Sincerely,
Cristina Donovan, CAO

  

The BCHOA office will be closed on Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 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: 

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

Have a safe and happy Mardi Gras!

APPOINTMENT OF NEW BOARD DIRECTOR

The Beau Chene Homeowners Association is very pleased to announce the appointment of Taylor Capouch to the Board of Directors.  Due to Paul Angelle’s recent resignation from the Board, the Board of Directors filled the vacancy at their meeting on Friday, January 31, 2020. Taylor will serve as Director for the remaining term which ends in May of 2022. The Board is very excited to have Taylor as a member.  He has a passion for the neighborhood having grown up in Beau Chene and has now found his way back home to raise his family here.   

Taylor attended the local public schools including Mandeville Elementary, Mandeville Middle, Chinchuba (now PES), Mandeville Junior High and Mandeville High School. 

I have many fond memories of growing up in Beau Chene, including the day I learned to ride my bike on two wheels, learning how to play golf, making best friends, exploring the woods, fishing, and playing basketball in the driveway. As I got older, I remember hosting Mandeville High School spirit meetings ahead of football games, the first day I drove a car by myself out of Beau Chene and mowing the lawn to my favorite music.  All in all, Beau Chene was where my fondest family and social memories were made.”

After attending college at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Taylor stayed in Wisconsin to start his career.  Gaining valuable management and sales experience, Taylor chose to relocate back to Mandeville to focus on his growing family.  Taylor and his wife, Shannon, have two children. Their son, Kenny, is 5 years old and their daughter, Elizabeth, is now 21 months old.   

Taylor is now the Executive Director of the Kelly Gibson Foundation where he is able to focus on benefiting first responders and military personnel as well as youth athletic programming through the game of golf.  

 “I believe that Beau Chene currently is in a position of strength compared to other neighborhoods on the northshore regarding location, assets and people, and I want to take a leadership role in helping sustain and steer the neighborhood to new heights.”

BCHOA Christmas Schedule

Dear Homeowners and Residents:

Our offices will be closed Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th for the Christmas holiday. There will be NO trash pick up on Wednesday.

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

I hope everyone of our residents get to spend time with family and friends during this special time of year.

Have a very Blessed Holiday Season!

Cristina Donovan
Chief Administrative Officer

Thanksgiving Office Hours

Dear Homeowners & Residents:

Our offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28 – 29 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

BCHOA Fills Open Board Position

ERNST DEN HARTIGH APPOINTED TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Den Hartigh to fill remaining term ending in May 2021

The Beau Chêne Homeowners Association is proud to announce Ernst den Hartigh as a newly appointed Director to fill the recently vacated open Board position. Ernst was approved by the Board of Directors at their meeting on Friday November 15, 2019 and will complete the remaining term which ends May of 2021. The Board is very excited to have Ernst as a member. He has a tremendous amount of leadership and board governance experience in many organizations, including oil and gas industry, non-profits and social clubs and will contribute greatly to the oversight of our association.

Ernst has been a resident of Beau Chêne for a total of fourteen years and is retired from Shell International and Shell Deepwater US. He is currently the co-founder of an oil and gas start-up exploration & production company. He has been married to Sonja den Hartigh for thirty-six years and they have two sons, Jasper and Dennis. Jasper lives in Austin, TX. and Dennis lives in Atlanta, GA. Ernst and Sonja have been members of the Beau Chene Country Club since 2003 and enjoy playing golf and participating in the social events.

Ernst believes that “Beau Chene has matured over time into a very precious living environment where space, comfort, nature and sports (particularly golf) co-exist in harmony and where personal safety is of the highest standard. Essential for maintaining this, is a vibrant homeowner’s community and healthy social club (Country Club).” Ernst is highly motivated to help maintain this environment and strengthen the link between the homeowners and the social/sports club.

Beau Chêne was established in 1974 and is considered one of the premier residential communities in Louisiana. As a private, gated community comprised of 1,550 home and condominium lots in the northern part of the New Orleans Metropolitan Area, Beau Chêne has an approximate population of 4,500 persons. Located just outside the city limits of both Mandeville and Madisonville Louisiana near Lake Pontchartrain and the Tchefuncte River, Beau Chêne is also surrounded by two renowned 18-hole golf courses and a Marina.

For more information please visit www.bchoa.org

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Halloween 2019 – Doug Tate Letter to Homeowners

Dear Homeowners and Residents:

The time has come.  Residents will flock outside, breathe the crisp air, and see neighbors they have not seen in months. Soccer moms will yell at their husbands to stop eating all the good candy. Kids will be chomping at the bit.  Of course, I am talking about Halloween. Since scores of young families with kids have moved into Beau Chene, we can assume that 2019 will be a record year for costumes and candy hauls. My 11-year old daughter, Lucy, will be dressed as a Dr. Pepper can, and we are deep in negotiations with our 14-year-old son, Preston, but the idea of a costume is not looking good.  So, I asked some families in Beau Chene to tell us what their plans & costumes are.
 

Ellie and Trey Maddox had this to say, “We are looking forward to our first Halloween in Beau Chene!  Our kids are excited to cover as much ground as possible to overflow their candy bags. We have close friends all throughout the neighborhood so having the option to use our golf cart is a major plus to living in the Beau Chene community!  We will be Trick-or-Treating from Marina Oaks Drive all the way back to our house on Evangeline Drive and many streets in between. Be on the lookout for our (4) kids…our 2 sons will be on the streets in their super real-life Spiderman costumes, our oldest daughter will be Mal from Descendants 3 and our baby daughter will be Wonder Woman!  As we are excited, but we cannot overlook the dangers of a high traffic neighborhood and the use of golf carts with MANY children present. We have warned our kids of the dangers that exist as you can never be too careful. Happy Halloween to all of Beau Chene & Geaux Tigers!”

Chris and Lauren Parks told me that their 2 cute boys are going to be Flash and Mickey from Mickey and the Roadster racers. 

Alex Tate says, “Lucy is super excited and looks forward to going to a house down the street where she has gotten socks and a full-size Snickers bar in previous years.  My husband will dress as Willie Nelson for the millionth time and he will eat every Butterfinger he sees.”

Mark Inman commented, “Every year at Halloween we put on a pot of chili and fire up the Halloween decorations which features Susanne’s addiction to the Lemax Halloween Village on our dining room table.  The kids will trick or treat with our neighbors on Audubon and West Ruelle, which means Alston is running the streets in an all-black ninja outfit (primed for an inattentive driver’s bumper) and Lucie is dressed as a White Witch like an evil princess throughout the night.  In either case, we hope people drive carefully and use their golf carts for street driving that evening since they are slower moving vehicles. We usually make time to hit a party at one of the neighbor’s homes on West Ruelle or in a neighboring cul de sac to connect with our neighbors.”   
 

Brittany and Kenny MacMaster added, “On Halloween this year, we will be having friends and family over to our house to eat, drink, and trick or treat. Mason will be in a blow-up dinosaur costume, and Hunter will be masked as a Fortnite skeleton. While we are fortunate to live in a neighborhood that allows us to enjoy the use of golf carts, I would urge parents and kids to please be careful and take your time while traveling around the neighborhood as there are plenty of kids dressed in dark clothing enjoying the freedoms of walking the streets.  Happy Halloween to all” 

The Beau Chene Home Owners Association is grateful, humbled, and excited that so many young people have decided to raise their new families in Beau Chene, the best sub-division in Louisiana.  As the president of the Beau Chene HOA I would like to give the ceremonial keys to the neighborhood to all the costumed young kids in Beau Chene. The keys will only work on Halloween, so please use them wisely and make sure your mom and dad get a few Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Happy Halloween,

Doug Tate
President, Beau Chene HOA