Civic Association

The Huntwick Civic Association

The Huntwick Civic Association, Inc. (“HCA”) is comprised of all Huntwick homeowners who are automatically members. It operates under the authority of our Restrictive Covenants (Deed Restrictions), its Articles of Incorporation as a tax-exempt entity, and its By-laws. It does not own operating properties, but does contract for security, waste disposal and maintenance of the Common Areas – essentially the esplanades in the subdivision and along Champion Forest Drive. The HCA is funded by a Maintenance Fee authorized by the Deed Restrictions and a Resident Service Fee authorized by the membership. The Maintenance Fee is billed annually.

Maintenance fee bills are sent in November and due by January 10th of each year. This fee funds routine operations as specified in the annual budget. The Resident Service Fee is included as a convenience in your monthly water and sewer bill. It funds security and waste disposal activities – about 85% of our total costs. Both fee levels are established by board resolution and voted on by the Huntwick Civic Association membership. All fees set by the board must be voted on by the homeowners at the annual meeting with the exception of the annual Maintenance fee.

Board meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. in the Huntwick Recreation Facility clubhouse the second Tuesday of every month. They are open meetings, and residents are encouraged to attend. There is also a very important annual meeting each February at which the community elects new directors, approves a budget for the next year, and votes on any other matters properly presented to the meeting. There are also a number of HCA committees which are always in need of volunteers. This is a great way to get involved within the Huntwick community.

Huntwick Annual Association Meeting

Our last annual meeting was held on February 15th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the Huntwick Recreational Facility clubhouse. Those who came early (say 6:45 p.m.), enjoyed free pizza and soft drinks with their fellow Association members and Directors. This was an important meeting, which was necessary to approve the budget, elect new directors and vote on other business (if need be). In the February issue of the Huntwick Herald, neighbors found a ballot, biographical material on each new nominee for the board and the proposed budget. If you have questions, please contact our HCA secretary.

The Huntwick Community Directory

New Residents – Become part of the Huntwick community by adding your name to the directory. The Huntwick Resident’s Directory lists resident’s names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and occupations. Please consider adding your families’ information. Inclusion is NOT automatic.

Current Residents – If you are currently listed in the directory and need changes made or there was an error in your listing, please fill in your name and the sections that require updating. If no changes need to be made, your information will remain printed.

New, updated directories will be delivered to you by your block captain. As soon as the printer finishes, they will be delievered to the Section Chairpersons who will then pass them on to your Block Captains for delivery. At this time the captains will also have the luminary order forms for you, so be sure and answer your door! A big “thank you” to all the Chairpersons and Captains for your service.

Annual Maintenance Fee

The Annual Maintenance Fee is an assessment that every property owner is required to pay. The rate is established annually by the Huntwick Civic Association Board of Directors. Payment of the Fee is secured by a vendor’s lien reserved in the Deed to each lot.

In early November 2016, the Huntwick Civic Association mailed the invoices for the Maintenance Fee for the year 2017. Invoices have been mailed to your property address or Mortgage Company, depending upon the instructions on file. If you have refinanced, paid off your mortgage or for any reason feel your mailing address needs to be updated, please call 281-586-9767.

If you have NOT received your invoice, PLEASE CALL 281-586-9767 and leave a message with your name and address and an additional one will be mailed to you.

Payments should be mailed to the address on your invoice. This is the address for the Huntwick Recreational Facilities. If you prefer, you may drop off your payment in the drop box/slot to the left of the front door of the clubhouse. Make sure it is labeled “HUNTWICK CIVIC ASSOCIATION”.

Homeowners Associations Continue to Grow

Data indicates that the number of community associations in the United States has grown to an estimated 309,600 communities comprising an estimated 24.8 million housing units and more than 62 million residents. This is up from 222,500 associations and 45 million residents in 2000. Homeowners associations and other planned communities account for 52-55 percent of these totals, condominiums for 38-42 percent, and cooperatives for 5-7 percent. In 1970, there were approximately 10,000 community associations and fewer than 2.1 million Americans lived in homeowner and condominium associations and cooperatives. In addition, there are an estimated 60,000 community association managers and an estimated 10,000 community association managment companies. It is estimated that 15-25 percent of the common-interest communities are self managed. The percentage of self-managed associations is highest in older urnban areas where many apartment buildings have been converted to condominiums or cooperatives.

Other statistics:

  • More than 1.75 million people serve on community association governing boards, with tens of thousands more serving as committee members.
  • There are at least 310,000 community association annual meetings every year, at least 2.5 million association board meetings and an estimated one million association committee meetings a year.
  • Combined, the estimated value of these homes in all community associations is estimated at $450 million. According to one estimate, about 26 percent of the eligible U.S. population volunteers at some point during a year; community  association leaders volunteer continuously during a year — a large percentage of them for many years.
  • In 2010, association boards supervised the collection of close to $40 billion in annual assessments and maintained investment accounts of another $36-37 billion for the long-term maintenance and replacement of commonly held property.estimated annual operating revenue for U.S. community associations is more than $41 billion.
  • This information is developed for CAI by Association Information Services. It is derived from U.S. Census publications, the American Housing Survey, IRS Statistics of Income Reports and other sources
    (information updated December 2010).

Zogby International conducted a nationally representative survey of community association residents in December 2009. The survey affirmed what Zogby learned from similar national surveys in 2005 and 2007:

  • Residents are satisfied with their community associations.
  • Association board members strive to serve the best interests of the community.
  • Community managers provide value and support to associations.
  • Association rules protect and enhance property values.
  • Homeowners value the return they get for their association assessments.
  • Residents do not want additional government intervention in their communities.