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May 2011

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Late Fee Policy Di d y o u k n ow So u t h g a t e has a late fee policy for annual assessments? Assessments received after January 31st in the year that they are due are subject to an initial $25 late fee and $10 per month thereafter. Late assessments are also charged 18% interest beginning on February 1st in the year they are due. Our annual assessments are only $200, significantly less than all surrounding communities. Our assessments pay for maintenance of our common areas and the upkeep of our entrances. Assessments not paid after 3 months can be turned over to the attorney for collections, up to and including foreclosure! You can review our Late Fee Policy at Click on HOA Docs then Deed Restrictions and Other Docs. If you haven’t paid your assessments for 2011, contact LPI TODAY!

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Frequently Asked Questions Q: Do I have to get approval for any exterior work? A: Yes Q: Am I required to get a permit for my project? A: Most likely, YES. Check with the City of Pearland before beginning any project. You may be required to undo your work at your expense if you don’t have the proper permits. Q: I’m only doing the same upgrades my neighbor did. Why do I need approval if they already got approval? A: It’s possible your neighbors didn’t obtain ACC approval. If their upgrade was not approved, they may need to remove it at their expense. If you proceed with your project without approval, you may need to remove it at your expense. Q: Are you saying I may need to remove or undo my work, at my own expense if I don’t obtain approval?

A: Yes. If your project violates the deed restrictions or is denied by the ACC, you will be asked to remove it. Q: What if I refuse to remove it? A: You may be taken to court. If you lose, you will be ordered by a judge to remove your project and will be required to pay all court costs. Q: Do the deed restrictions REALLY give the ACC the power to deny my ability to perform exterior maintenance on my home? A: Yes Q: I never received a copy of the deed restrictions. Am I still bound by them? A: Yes. Every homeowner should have received a copy of the deed restrictions when they bought their home. If you need another copy, they are available on our website at

Homeowners Meeting Our semi-annual Homeowners meeting is scheduled for May 18th, 2011 at Shepherd of the Heart United Methodist Church from 6:30 to 8:30pm. The address is 12005 County Road 59, just a few blocks west of our subdivision. We hope to see you all there!

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Southgate Important numbers Emergency Emergency........................................................................911 Poison Control................................................. 800-764-7661 Pearland Police................................................. 291-997-4100 Schools Laura Ingalls Wilder......................................... 281-245-3090 Mary Marek..................................................... 281-245-3232 Manvel Junior High......................................... 281-331-1416 Alvin Senior High............................................ 281-331-8151 Manvel High.................................................... 281-245-2235 Alvin ISD......................................................... 281-338-1130 Utilities Reliant Energy.................................................. 713-207-7777 Center Point..................................................... 713-659-2111 Trash Removal . ............................................... 281-652-1600 City of Pearland City Hall.......................................................... 281-652-1600 Water Dept Billing........................................... 281-652-1603 Animal Control................................................ 281-652-1100 Post Office....................................................... 281-485-2132 Southgate information Articles....................................... [email protected] BOARD.......................................... [email protected] Web...................................... LPI Mgmt Company........ 281-412-2580 or [email protected] Publisher - Peel Inc...................................... Advertising....................................................1-888-687-6444

Article Submissions Interested in submitting an article? You can do so by emailing [email protected] or by going to http:// All news must be received by the 8th of the month prior to the issue. So if you are involved with a school group, scouts, sports etc – please submit your articles for The Southgate Gazette. Personal news for the Stork Report, Teenage Job Seekers, special celebrations and military service are also welcome.

Common Violations

Below is a list of common violations in our subdivision. 1) Parking a vehicle in the street overnight 2) Storing garbage cans under the Porte Cochere. Garbage cans must be stored out of site. 3) Storing other items under the Porte Cochere. 4) Unkempt yards (tall grass, weeds, weeds in flower beds, yard not edged) 5) Trees – Each yard is required to have 2 live trees at least 4 inches in diameter in the front yard. Yards may have more than 2 trees, but at least two of the trees must be at least 4 inches in diameter. Homeowners are reminded to adhere to all deed restrictions to avoid fines and possible legal action. For a complete list of deed restrictions, please visit our website at http://southgatecommunity. info

Save Money on Homeowner’s Insurance Did you know you can save money on your homeowner’s insurance simply by living close to a fire station? You’ll need to contact your insurance agent and let them know that Pearland Fire Station #5 has opened at 3100 Kirby. All of our homes are between 0.6 and 1.4 miles from this new firestation. Call your agent today to start saving money!

Yard of the Month Congratulations to the April Yard of the Month Thomas & Patricia McMilan of 11214 Harris. The Yard of the Month winner receives a well-deserved Home Depot gift certificate.

Congrats Neighbor!

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Southgate Tax Time

Is Right Around The Corner. Are you paying too much in property taxes? Do you wish your property taxes were lower? If you answered yes to these questions, you should protest your property taxes. The deadline for protesting your taxes is May 31st, 2011. You can find your property appraisal value and download protest forms at It only takes about 15 minutes to protest your taxes. You don’t need to hire an attorney. And you can save real money this year, next year and EVERY year you live in your home. The more homeowners that protest their taxes, the better the results for EVERY ONE OF US! If you feel your taxes are too high, make a pledge to protest your property taxes and get your neighbors involved too.

Homeowner 2011 Maintenance Assessments Thank you for your 2011 Maintenance Assessments. If you haven’t already paid your 2011 maintenance assessment, it is late. The invoices were sent out in early December 2010 and payment was due December 31st, 2010. If payment was received after January 31st, 2011, 18% interest is added to the bill, and late fees are assessed monthly, in addition to all legal expenses. Several homeowners have asked us if assessments are necessary and if there are repercussions if you don’t pay – the answers to these questions are “yes” and “yes”! Your annual assessments are used to maintain the landscaping and lighting of our entrances and common areas and other items including deed restriction enforcement. The management company, LPI, maintains all bank accounts, generates billings, pays bills, and coordinates all other administrative needs of our community. The Board of Directors also directs funds into long-term reserves each year for use on larger projects that may need replacement or repairs in the future. Examples of these projects include the sidewalk behind Harris Street and the maintenance of the entrances on County Road 59. Bad debt associated with residents who did not pay their assessments or who suffered bankruptcy also plays a critical role in the budget. Our attorneys continue to monitor these accounts daily. Failure to pay can and will lead to foreclosure and eviction. If you were unable to pay your assessment in full by the January 31st, 2011 deadline, contact LPI immediately. Thank you for caring about our community.

Board Of Directors Meetings

The Southgate HOA Board of Directors meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at the Cervelle Model home in Southfork Subdivision from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. All homeowners are welcome to attend. Copyright © 2011 Peel, Inc.

Home Safety Tips Do you have a home safety tip to share? If so, please send an email to [email protected] Include the words “Home Safety Tip” in the subject of the email. We’ll do our best to include these tips in future newsletters.

Community Weekly Bible Study/Prayer

Do you have questions about the Bible? Is there anything you would like us to pray about? We will be praying for the needs of the community, along with a short, encouraging Bible Study. 11409 Harris Avenue (we are on lake side of Southgate) Fridays @ 7:30 p.m. For more info, email [email protected]

Bashans Painting & Home Repair Commercial/Residential Free Estimates

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• Interior & Exterior Painting • Hardi Plank Installation • Wood Replacement • Sheetrock Repair • Interior Carpentry • Cabinet Painting • Wallpaper Removal and Texturizing • Pressure Washing • Fence Repair/Replacement • Garage Floor Epoxy • Custom Staining • Roofing • Gutter Repair/Replacement • Faux Painting References Available • Fully Insured No PAymENt UNtIl ComPlEtIoN [email protected] The Southgate Gazette - May 2011

Southgate Foundation for Foreign Study Families from all over the Houston area are opening up their homes and lives to foreign exchange students through the EF Foundation for Foreign Study. EF Foundation is a leader in high school foreign exchange, bringing more students to the United States than any other exchange program. A nonprofit committed to promoting global awareness for over 30 years; EF Foundation leverages a committed network of local coordinators to connect thousands of students with caring American families each year. EF exchange students come from more than 30 countries around the world and are between the ages of 15 and 18. The majority of students stay for a full high school year. In the past, exchange students have come to live in Texas from as far away as Germany, Hong Kong, Australia and Norway, to name a few. I am an International Exchange Coordinator for EF Foundation. I will be working with the community to secure host families for a number of students this year. In order to raise awareness of this life-changing opportunity, we need the community to see local narratives of the wonderful families and students who have had unforgettable experiences through the program.   


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Southgate Yard Tips

The following Lawn Care Schedule is from Teas Nursery. This schedule is for St. Augustine Grass. May 15

Fertilize with slow release 2 1-7-14 fertilizer (2 pounds N per 1000 sq. ft.)

May/June/ July

Sod or plug St. Augustine grass; water daily for first week, then twice weekly

May/June/ July

De-thatch and core-aerate if required, while grass is actively growing; apply 1/4” of compost

The warmer weather also brings with it mosquitoes and fire ants. To protect against mosquitoes, please don’t leave standing water in your yard. Mosquitoes need standing water to lay their eggs. If you have a pool, keep it maintained. If you have a bird bath in your backyard, clean it out every couple of days. Don’t leave tarps outside or empty potting plants outside. For more tips on mosquitoes, go to http://www.mosquitoes. org/backyard.html. Fire ants are easily controlled using numerous fire ant control products available at Home Depot or Wal-Mart. The key to success against fire ants is to treat the entire yard, not just the mounds you see. Have a yard tip to share? Send your tips to [email protected] We’ll publish your tips (and give you credit) in our next newsletter. At no time will any source be allowed to use The Southgate Gazette's contents, or loan said contents, to others in anyway, shape or form, nor in any media, website, print, film, e-mail, electrostatic copy, fax, or etc. for the purpose of solicitation, commercial use, or any use for profit, political campaigns, or other self amplification, under penalty of law without written or expressed permission from Peel, Inc. The information in The Southgate Gazette is exclusively for the private use of the Southgate HOA and Peel, Inc. DISCLAIMER: Articles and ads in this newsletter express the opinions of their authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Peel, Inc. or its employees. Peel, Inc. is not responsible for the accuracy of any facts stated in articles submitted by others. The publisher also assumes no responsibility for the advertising content with this publication. All warranties and representations made in the advertising content are solely that of the advertiser and any such claims regarding its content should be taken up with the advertiser. * The publisher assumes no liability with regard to its advertisers for misprints or failure to place advertising in this publication except for the actual cost of such advertising. * Although every effort is taken to avoid mistakes and/or misprints, the publisher assumes no responsibility for any errors of information or typographical mistakes, except as limited to the cost of advertising as stated above or in the case of misinformation, a printed retraction/correction. * Under no circumstances shall the publisher be held liable for incidental or consequential damages, inconvenience, loss of business or services, or any other liabilities from failure to publish, or from failure to publish in a timely manner, except as limited to liabilities stated above. Copyright © 2011 Peel, Inc.

Upcoming Events Election Day When May 14 Where Westside Events Center (2150 Countryplace Parkway) JP Precinct 3/2 Courtroom (2436 S. Grand Blvd)

Races include Mayor, Councilman Position 3 & Alvin ISD Board Members

Southgate Homeowners Meeting When May 18 – 6:30 to 8:30pm Where Shepherd of the Heart Church, County Road 59 Movie Night Under the Pavillion Cats & Dogs When May 14, 8pm Where Pearland Town Center Legend of the Guardians When May 28, 8pm Where Pearland Town Center Shreck Forever After When June 11, 8pm Where Pearland Town Center Summer Concert Series When Fridays in May & June, 7-10pm May 6th Easy Money (Rock & Roll, Country & R&B) May 13th The Coconuts (Tropical, Caribbean) May 20th The Emotions (Texas Dance Hall Music) May 27th Level One Band (Motown, Soul, Disco, Classic Rock) June 3rd Mango Punch (Latin Rock & Salsa) June 10th Texas Unlimited Band (Texas Dance Hall Music) June 17th The Edge Band (Classic Country) June 24th Grateful Geezers (Blues, Soul, 70’s Funk & Classic Rock) Where Southdown Park (2950 Countryplace Parkway)

Enjoy good music and food. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs. The Southgate Gazette - May 2011

Southgate National Night Out Mark your calendar for the 28th National Night Out on Tuesday, October 4th. Most of the country will celebrate on August 2nd, but because of our heat Texas opted to change our date to October 4th several years ago. Go to to read the history of the event. Contact the board at [email protected] com if you want to serve on the committee. We could have block parties, or have an event at our new community park. Don’t forget to mark your calendar now! More information will be provided in future newsletters.

Doggie Dos And Doggie Don’ts Please practice responsible pet ownership. Keep your dog’s vaccinations up to date; keep them on a leash when outside; and always clean up after your pet. We’re animal lovers, too, and want to make sure our community is a safe and pleasant place for all of our residents.

Pearland Town Center Construction Pearland Town Center has begun another phase of development.  The additional housing units that were planned and approved for the property are currently under construction.  Sueba Construction, Inc. is building the mid-rise building units on two plots of land between the pavilion and the ring road. These buildings will add approximately 179 additional housing units.   Most of this work will take place during day light hours.  However, when they pour their slabs, the work will begin before the sun comes up. Sueba’s product is typically very classy and attracts a higher-end renter.   

Common Code Violations in The City of Pearland

Violations concerning items with a registration number are investigated by the Pearland Police Department Sec.13-17 Weeds and other Vegetation It shall be unlawful for any owner , tenant, lessee, agent or occupant of any premises to permit any weeds, grass or brush to grow above the height of twelve (12) inches upon any premises owned, leased, occupied, or controlled by such person, or upon the unpaved portion of any street right-of way abutting said property. Ordinance No.1286 Junked / Abandon Vehicles  A junked vehicle, including a part of a junked vehicle, that is visible at any time of the year from a public place or right-of way is detrimental to the safety and welfare of the general public, tends to reduce the value of private property, invites vandalism, creates a fire hazard, is an attractive nuisance creating a hazard to the health and safety of minors. Ordinance No. 181-5 Sec. 12-2  A person, owner, tenant, agent or person responsible for any premises, occupied or unoccupied, commits an offense if said person maintains or places garbage/waste at curbside for collection prior to schedule collection date. Violation of this ordinance shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed 2,000.00 dollars.  United Development Code Chapter 2  Outside storage in the front yard is prohibited, except for storage within leased portable containers such as PODS for no longer than seven ( 7 ) calendar days. Complaint Line: Please call 281-652-1766 if you have a complaint about code enforcement issues such as health complaints, junk vehicles, vehicles parked in the street, etc. Leave a detailed message and phone number where you can be reached. The voice mails are checked daily and the necessary actions will be taken. Once your complaint is received, a Pearland Police Officer will investigate the complaint and, if requested, will respond to you within 48-72 hours.

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Shadow Creek Ranch ResidentSouthgate Runs for City Council Position #3

Hi Neighbor, I am Herb Fain and I am running for Pearland City Council Position 3 in the upcoming May election. I am a fiscal conservative who supports lower taxes, a friendly business climate that will drive quality growth in Pearland, and improved mobility on 288 and area roads. I presently serve as an elected member of the Board of Directors of Brazoria County Municipal Utility District No. 26. As a Director of MUD 26, I voted to pay for additional Pearland police to patrol Shadow Creek to protect our neighborhood and businesses because a safe city is good for businesses and families and I will continue to focus on security if elected to the Pearland City Council. I am a strong supporter of our police and fire departments and a member of the 100 Club. I am a retired Deputy Director for the City of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department. I have extensive experience in city government dealing with difficult municipal issues and I was responsible for the activities of approximately 4,000 employees. Along with my experience in the Public Works Department, I was recently appointed by the Pearland Mayor and City Council as Director on the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Board. I am also a member of the Pearland Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, the 288 Partnership and several other civic groups in Pearland. I would like to have the opportunity to use my experience to serve our community and I would be honored if you would vote for me. If you are interested in supporting my campaign, please call 888-574-3330 or visit .


• Fiscal Conservative- -As a MUD 26 Director, I voted for no tax increases and paying down debt early. I favor lowering the City of Pearland’s tax rate. • Maintain Pearland’s Good Business Climate We must remain a good place to do business and continue to have policies that encourage residential and commercial development. • Increased Public Safety-I voted for additional security patrols for the MUD 26. • Better Mobility for Pearland- As a member of the Pearland Chamber of Commerce 288 Partnership, I am working hard for the widening of 288 and I support improvements and upgrades to State Highway 35.


• Director, Brazoria County Municipal Utility District No. 26 (MUD 26). • Director, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 2(TIRZ). Appointed by Mayor and City Council. Former Deputy Director of Houston’s Public Works and Engineering Department.


• Construction Projects overseen:Utilities to serve Kirby at Broadway (tract C-24) • Water line to serve MF-3 • Utilities to serve commercial reserve 18A • Financial/tax rate actions • Adopted 2009-2010 budget • Voted to keep tax rate the same for 2009 as in 2008 ($.071 per $100 assessed value) • Voted to annul approximately $3,000,000 of the outstanding Series 2005 Bonds with cash on-hand to reduce debt service payments • Voted to diversify debt service funds by approving Depository Pledge Agreements with two additional banks


• Received proclamation from the Mayor of the City of Houston for maintaining a standard for superior customer service and for improving quality of life, and a citation from the Governor of Texas for commitment and caring. • Over 27 years of experience working with public works and municipal utilities, and it would be an honor to serve our community.


• Member, Rotary Club—288 Corridor • Member, Pearland Chamber of Commerce • Member, 288 Partnership dedicated to widening 288 • Member, Pearland 100 Club • Member, Association of Water Board Directors (AWBD) • Member, American Public Works Association—Southeast Branch • Member, Baptist Church

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