Handy information for home owners and renters

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Approved Exterior Colors for Alexandra Meadows Homes


Dear Homeowners:

This notice is a reminder that no illegal dumping of trash (including household, landscape debris, or bulky items) is permitted within the neighborhood.   Please respect your neighbors and dispose of trash in your own trash bins, or take your waste to the city dump.

Leaving trash in a neighbor's yard, or in the common areas, creates a negative impact on the entire community.   It lowers property values, can create serious health issues, and is simply disrespectful.

In addition, trash cans should be removed and hidden from view after trash pick-up.   Many homes have their trash cans stored in the driveway; however, all trash cans should be hidden in the garage or completely out of sight.   This is a courtesy to your neighbors, greatly improves the look of the community, is required by the Alexandra Meadows deed restrictions, and is a city ordinance.
Remember, the trash days for Alexandra Meadows Owners Association are as follows:
      Regular trash pick-up is every Tuesday.
      The next bulk pick-up week is Monday, October 7, to Saturday, October 12.

There are also many resources available through the City of Fort Worth for excess trash, and the following information (and more) can be found on their website at http://fortworthtexas.gov/solidwaste.

Let's all strive to maintain a respectable neighborhood we can be proud of!   We love our community, and we know you do, too!   Thank you for your cooperation.

If you have any questions, please contact Spectrum Association Management at contact@spectrumam.com.
Regards,
Board Directors


New hours for Water Department's call center

The Water Department Customer Service Call Center hours are now 7:00am - 7:00 pm Monday - Friday.   Automated phone payments and online account access is available 24/7 at www.FortWorthTexas.gov/h2online.   For water or sewer emergencies, call 817-392-4477 anytime.



Reprinted from the Fort Worth City Times - Vol. 35 No. 12 - December 2018


Recycle right, recycle more during the holidays

The holidays are a great opportunity to recycle more.   Let's face it, recycling helps preserve the longevity of our landfill and gives a second life to items made from plastics, paper, cardboard and aluminum.

Fort Worth makes it easy to recycle with curbside collection as well as providing four drop-off stations for larger items, donations and household hazardous waste.

Drop Off Drop Off


Drop off for chemicals, paint, motor oil, electronics, smoke detectors, etc.   301 Hillshire Dr. 76052

Here's a quick guide to remind you what goes where:

Bag it for the brown garbage cart

Toss it in the blue recycling cart

Take to a drop-off station

Items that CANNOT be dropped off

Learn more at FortWorthTexas.gov/solidwaste


Admission fees to help improve Botanic Garden;   numerous options ensure entrance for everyone

The City Council approved a general admission fee for the Fort Worth Botanic Garden that will help fund the needed improvements at the 85 year-old garden.   However, the Council directed city staff to reassess the fee schedule and consider periods of free admission before it is implemented on July 19, 2019.

Entrance fees will be $12 for adults, $6 for children 6-15 and $10 for senior citizens;   children under 6 will be free.   These admission fees will replace the fee currently being charged for the Japanese Garden and the Conservatory.

Similar admission fees at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge and major botanic gardens across the country have been shown to dramatically improve the physical spaces and the programs at these cultural assets.

The admission fee is intended to help defray more than $15 million in deferred maintenance at the garden and also position the city to work with fundraisers in the philanthropic community to improve programming and features at the garden.   Officials expect the fee − along with the city's current annual subsidy of more than $3 million, future bond programs and philanthropic support − to help insure the garden's financial sustainability into the future.

Numerous options will make the gardens accessible to all residents:


☀   Lone Star Card discounts (SNAP/WIC Card).   Discounted annual family membership cost $30, or $2.50 per month, includes reciprocal admission to other gardens.   The Museum4all program allows family visits for $1 admission per adult member;   children under 18 enter for free.
☀   MusePass.   Free family passes available in the Fort Worth Public Library branches, including the option to check them out electronically.
☀   Sponsored field trips.   Sponsored third - grade field trips for FWISD schools.   One free family pass would be included per student.
☀   Blue Star Program.   Free admission to families of active military members Memorial Day through Labor Day.
☀   Community-based free family passes.   Free family admission vouchers will be distributed to locations that specialize in meeting the needs of undeserved populations.   This program has been highly successful at the Fort Worth Zoo.



Reprinted from the Fort Worth City Times - Vol. 35 No. 9 - September 2018

New animal ordinances cover micro chipping, leash law, other aspects of responsible pet ownership

The city will no longer require pets to be licensed if they have a microchip that's registered with a national database.   Pet owners who object to a microchip can get a collar-attached city license and pay a three-year ($100), five-year ($150) or life-of-pet ($200) fee.   The fee schedule is set to keep city expenses to a minimum (fee renewals) while maximizing savings to the residents through a life-of-pet option.

Multifamily pet requirements.   Landlords must verify microchip, rabies vaccination and intact-pet status or permit.

Dangerous dogs.   The new ordinance defines dangerous dogs as those that attack humans.   This is consistent with state law.

Aggressive Dogs.   Dogs that attack other domestic animals are now recognized as aggressive dogs and are subject to a new criminal violation for known aggressive dog attacks.

Quarantine.   In the past, a veterinary practice is where most rabies quarantines occurred.   The new ordinance allows for home quarantines consistent with state law.

Pet waste pickup.   Previously, pet owners were only required to "scoop poop" on the owner's property.   Now, pet owners have a responsibility to clean up pet waste in all public areas in addition to private property.

Intact-pet fees.   The intact-pet permit fee remains at $50.   If an intact dog is impounded at the shelter, and owner does not want to spay/neuter their pet, they can pay $500 and apply for an intact-pet permit.   The permit application must be approved.

Leash law.   The updated ordinance requires owners to have immediate control of a dog by leash or through voice, gesture or other means.   Exceptions include residential zones where a leash would be required and at special events and parks where agreements or other ordinances set requirements.

Retail sales.   The ordinance prohibits the retail sale of dogs or cats anywhere other than where the animal was born (for example at the home of the licensed breeder).   An exemption applies for non profit organizations, rescue groups or certain dog shows.

To learn more, call 817-392-1234 or go visit FortWorthTexas.gov/animals.


Significant news development concerning the nearly 8 acres of land west of Kristen Dr.

News Flash:
For a while I believed DR Horton owned the land designated a flood plain/drainage ditch between Alexandra Meadows (Fort Worth) and the City of Blue Mound.   Now DR Horton sent me a Deed showing they transferred the land to the Alexandra Meadows HOA.   Take a look at this document.   This was done in 2014.   Who was the president of the HOA and property manager at that time? PDF             PDF


Dear Homeowners:

We would like to bring some important information to your attention.  For the safety and protection of our community, Alexandra Meadows Owners Association had hired off-duty police officers to do additional patrols in the Alexandra Meadows subdivision.

On Saturday night, there were two car burglaries with neither case showing signs of forced entry.  With that in mind, the police have asked us to please remind the community to ensure that vehicle doors are locked.  There was an additional incident early Monday morning.  Officers said that it appears the offenses are occurring around 3:00 a.m.

While on patrol, one of the officers noted that multiple garage doors were left open at night.  The police are also asking that homeowners please ensure that their garage doors are closed, and doors are locked, which helps reduce the likelihood of crime in the area.

The officers were able to obtain some information due to a doorbell camera on a property.  If anyone has cameras in the neighborhood and would like to help the police department, please feel free to register the camera on the city website.  All this does is put a dot on the map for police investigators, and when a crime is committed in that area, the investigator can contact the homeowner with the camera, ask to review the footage, and if any leads develop, they would then have a copy of the video for evidence.

If anyone is interested in registering their cameras, please go to:  http://www.fortworthpd.com

Regards,

Board of Directors
Alexandra Meadows Owners Association



 

I will post the 2020 pool Swim Schedule in the Spring.



Zika Virus Information

Help control mosquitoes-borne viruses with free mosquito dunks


Free mosquito dunks are available to Fort Worth residents to help control mosquito populations and to fight mosquito-borne viruses.   The Code Compliance Department is providing dunks, which are small tablets of an environmentally safe larvicide that targets and eliminates mosquito larvae when placed in standing water.   All mosquitoes need to reproduce is a small amount of standing water.   Residents should place the dunks where standing water can collect - in places like flower pots, air conditioning units, stagnant ponds, empty containers and gutters.
Each household will be provided two free packages of dunks that can be picked up from the Consumer Health Office inside the Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave.

mosquito dunks

  Residents must show proof of residency, such as a utility bill or driver's license.   The product is not for resale and residents should follow the product label.
Mosquito dunks can be picked up 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.   Dunks will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.   Dunks are also available for purchase at local hardware stores.   Learn more about preventing mosquito-borne viruses on the city's information page, or contact the Customer Care Center, 817-392-1234.

Fort Worth

Reprinted from the Fort Worth City Times
KEEPING RESIDENTS IN THE KNOW
Control mosquitoes that spread harmful viruses


Aside from being itchy and annoying, the bite of an infected mosquito can spread the West Nile and Zika viruses.   Protect yourself to contain the spread of these viruses.

Protect yourself

Prevent mosquito bites

Use an EPA-registered insect repellent with one of these active ingredients: DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.   All EPA-registered insect repellents are evaluated to make sure they are safe and effective.

To learn more, call the Tarrant County Public Health Zika hotline 817-248-6299.



Just a note to Alexandra Meadows residents who live on the south side of Kristen Ct., or south of that point along the west side of Kristen Dr. and Missy Ln.   That drainage ditch/flood plain on the other side of your back fence is the property of the City of Blue Mound and is part of our 'Common Area'.   If you should need to contact the police in that city for any reason regarding that property, they will deny that fact and state it is Fort Worth property...   it is not.



Closest Fort Worth Public Library   Summerglen Branch Summerglen Branch


Location

Address:
4205 Basswood Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76137-1402
Telephone: 817-392-5970

Hours

  • Sun: Closed
  • Mon: noon-8 p.m.
  • Tue: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Wed: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Thu: Closed
  • Fri: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Sat: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Directions

Summerglen Branch is located Northwest corner of the intersection of North Beach and Basswood Blvd.   From Loop 820 NE, take the Beach Street exit and go north to Basswood.   From Interstate 35W, take the Basswood Blvd. exit and go east almost to Beach.
Bus Routes: 62E.
Vital Statistics:
Opened: November 11, 2000
Located in Council District 4
Size: 11,068 square feet
Fiscal Year 2017 circulation: 527,588

  • Special Collections
  • Games for all ages for use in library
  • Large Print Collection
  • Teen Collection
  • Vietnamese Collection
  • Special Services
  • Fiction Book Group
  • Friday Fun Time
  • Gaming
  • Homeschool Activity Day
  • Non-Fiction Book Club
  • Meeting Room Rental
  • Quiet Time
  • Story Time
  • Toll Tags
  • Youth and Adult Volunteer Programs
  • WiFi
 



View, download and print the Alexandra Meadows HOA Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions.   Click on this link.   PDF


Use all your senses to recognize a gas leak

To protect yourself and others, be aware of what to do if you ever smell natural gas and how to prevent incidents involving natural gas pipelines.

Federal and state regulations require utilities to odorize natural gas so that the gas is readily detectable by person with a normal sense of smell.   Technicians routinely monitor the odorant concentration with instruments throughout the pipeline system.

If you ever smell leaking natural gas, do not wait.   Leave the premises immediately.   Do not rely on your sense of smell alone to detect the presence of natural gas.   Use your other senses - smell, listen or look - to check for telltale signs of a leak.

If you think there's a leak

  • Leave the area immediately and tell others to leave too.
  • Leave any doors open.
  • Don't turn on or off any electric switch; this could cause a spark, igniting the gas.
  • Don't use a cell phone, telephone, garage door opener, doorbell or even a flashlight.
  • Don't smoke, use a lighter or strike a match.
  • Don't start or stop a nearby vehicle or machinery.
  • Don't try to shut off a natural gas valve.
  • Once you are safely out of the area, call 911 and Atmos Energy at 866-322-8667.   Do not assume someone else will report the leak.
  • Atmos Energy will send a trained technician immediately to investigate at no cost.

Here is a map of Alexandra Meadows including neighboring communities. Map

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