UNIVERSITY OAKS LUMINARIES


University Oaks Holiday Luminaries

As most UO residents know and some will soon find out, UO places luminaries curbside on Christmas Eve and we always need help with this UO holiday tradition.  For many years volunteers cuffed about 450 paper bags, placed sand and a candle in each and then stored them.  On December 24th they were placed curbside at each of our 200+ residences and then each candle was lit at dark. THEN…….we hoped for no rain or wind!  We now use plastic luminary bags and plastic battery-operated tea lights (both of which are collected on December 25th and reused).  We need volunteers on December 24th to place the luminaries curbside (two per lot) and to switch on the tea lights at dark.  Please volunteer for an entire street (or perhaps more than one street, as this can be quite an overscheduled date for many) by contacting newsletter@universityoaks.org and the supplies will be delivered to you. 

A few volunteers are needed very early on December 25th to switch off the tea lights and to collect the bags and lights for next year’s use.  Please volunteer for this by also contacting newsletter@universityoaks.org

 

 

*For those who wish to use the paper bag-wax candle method, UOCC has 53 remaining cuffed paper bags which you can request via newletter@universityoaks.org. 

 

 

Houston Curbside Recycling Resumes on Tuesday, Nov. 21st

posted Oct 29, 2017, 6:43 PM by UOCC Admin   [ updated Oct 29, 2017, 7:00 PM ]

Curbside recycling will resume for University Oaks on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

The City of Houston would like everyone to help with this continued service by remembering these seven items about curbside recycling: 

1. No Hurricane Harvey Debris should be in the recycling cart, even if residents used their carts to haul demolition material to the curb after Harvey. Material of that type is not recyclable and is considered trash and should be taken from the green recycling bin and transferred to the black trash bin for collection.

2. Recycled items should be loose and not bagged when placed in the green bin. Loose material speeds the processing line and ensures that contamination is kept at a minimum.

3. Glass is not accepted at this time and should be taken to a convenient drop-off site.

4. Junk Waste and Yard Waste services remain suspended until further notice as crews work on Harvey debris removal.

5. All city drop-off locations continue to work on a seven-day schedule. The sites include the Neighborhood Depositories, Westpark Recycling Center and the Environmental Service Center. Remember to check with 3-1-1 or the department's webpage for operating hours. 

6. The Recycling Collection Schedule can be found here

http://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/Recycle_Cal.pdf


7. All Solid Waste Services Collection Day Information can be found here

http://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/service_schedules.html

Residents can enter their address to see the schedule.

 

Large Tree/Junk Waste Pickup Still SUSPENDED

posted Sep 18, 2017, 7:58 AM by UOCC Admin   [ updated Oct 29, 2017, 6:34 PM ]

Due to the damages caused by the flooding associated with Hurricane Harvey, monthly large trash collections are still suspended until further notice in a citywide effort to collect the large quantities of trash from those homes which sustained flood damage. 





October UO Fall/Halloween Get-Together Thank You

posted Sep 17, 2017, 6:21 PM by UOCC Admin   [ updated Nov 6, 2017, 2:11 PM ]

It is difficult enough trying to "pull off" an outdoor party when the weather is beautiful and there are no competing activities.  This was not the case on October 31st.  It was not pouring rain, but it did decide to rain a bit and look threatening.  Add to this a World Series Game featuring our Houston Astros being played at about the same time and you have some difficulties.  Here's a great big thanks to Stewart Gwynn and his group of stoic volunteers who setup and worked through all of these possible bumps and detours.  

City of Houston:PROHIBITED YARD PARKING

posted Feb 13, 2017, 6:45 AM by UOCC Admin   [ updated Mar 6, 2017, 3:39 AM ]

On November 12, 2012 the UOCC applied for the City of Houston's Prohibited Yard Parking Program and this Ordinance was approved for our neighborhood on May 8, 2013.  University Oaks is a PROHIBITED PARKING ON FRONT OR SIDE YARD under Ordinance # 2013-0417.

Penalty 
 Any person who violates any provision of this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $150.00. Each day a violation of this article shall continue shall constitute a separate offense. Please report violations to the city's 311 number.

The Prohibited Yard Parking Program is intended to protect neighborhood property values, prevent damage to the City of Houston’s underground infrastructure, and to stop the degradation of the aesthetic appearance of single-family residential areas. Parking of vehicles on the front or side yard within single-family residential areas will be prohibited where a Prohibited Yard Parking Requirement Area has been established.
 

UOCC December 2017 Meetings

posted May 3, 2016, 12:48 PM by UOCC Admin   [ updated Dec 2, 2017, 3:59 PM ]

The University Oaks Civic Club (UOCC) meetings are held during the year from September through May.   The recent 5 years have seen our December meetings very poorly attended (very short of even a quorum) due to an event and task filled month for many of our homeowners.  At the October 2017 UOCC meeting, a vote was taken and it was unanimously decided to cancel the December 2017 meeting.  We will catch up on old and new business at our January 2018 meeting, to be held on Wednesday, January 10th. Hope to see you there.

There will be a closed Board meeting on Monday, December 4, 2017 to vote on four policies (Collection, Open Records. Payment Plan and Records Retention Plan Policies) required by the State of Texas.

2017 UO Maintenance Fees

posted Jan 4, 2016, 11:51 AM by UOCC Admin   [ updated Feb 13, 2017, 6:03 AM ]

The UOCC maintenance fee for 2017 has been increased by 5%*.  The 2016 fee will be $185.00 and will be reflected in the upcoming invoices that will be mailed to UO homeowners during the week of February 14th.
 
 
* Section 7.2 allows for the maintenance fee to be increased by 5% or less above the previous year's fee without the vote of a majority of Civic Club Members.

UO Permitted Parking: Synopsis and Update

posted Dec 9, 2015, 8:06 AM by UOCC Admin   [ updated Dec 14, 2015, 6:24 AM ]

The Program

The city of Houston has a  program that establishes parking permit areas in residential neighborhoods with documented parking problems due to "spill over" parking from nearby nonresidential activity centers (such as the University of Houston). University Oaks qualifies for this program due to our proximity to the University of Houston.

 Information about this program and forms can be found at http://www.houstontx.gov/parking/res-faq.html

History

In about 2010, the streets with the largest parking problem were Varsity, Harvest, University Oaks, Rockwood and Fiesta.  Three residents (non-UOCC Board Members at the time) inquired about the program and began informing residents and collecting the signatures on the provided petition (evidence of resident support). A parking survey, conducted after the survey was submitted, indicated that 60% of the on-street parking spaces are occupied and that 25% or more of those on-street parking spaces are used by non-resident vehicles.  Therefore the five streets qualified for permitted parking. This entire process took about 6 months.

Why wasn’t permitted parking requested for all the streets in UO at that time?  When the five longest streets were available for parking, there were not many vehicles parking on Faculty and Graduate Circle (North MacGregor does not allow for on-street parking).  Therefore, the survey would not have found need on Faculty and Graduate Circle in 2010.  As time passed and the permitted parking program became effective, the parking problem was "pushed' to Faculty and Graduate Circle.  The residents of those streets then became interested in this program for their streets.  In 2013, a petition to establish permitted parking for Graduate Circle and Faculty was completed.  Unfortunately, when the survey was done, the two streets did not meet the threshold of 60% of the on-street parking being occupied.

Current Need

Many residents have suggested that it is time to try again.  With the VUE II opening soon, parking is likely to get worse.  The process will need to be started from the first step--the petition.  It is not necessary for the Civic Club to initiate this process.  In fact, as the three residents who gathered petitions on the first five streets found out, this can best be done by residents of the street(s) who know their neighbors and can communicate the need for this program effectively.  The UO Civic Club will pay the fees from our treasury and are available to give advice on items such as the timing of the survey (obviously, our summer months do not have the biggest parking problems), what days and times to request, etc.  Also two separate applications, one per street, may be best.  As we found out for the first five streets, the program "pushed" vehicles to park on the next, closest-to-UH, available street, with that next street now being able to pass the occupancy survey.

RENTALS IN UNIVERSITY OAKS

posted Aug 7, 2014, 11:52 AM by UOCC Admin   [ updated Aug 8, 2014, 3:14 PM ]

University Oaks is fortunate to have in place deed restrictions, written and enforced to provide a safe, attractive and hospitable neighborhood for our single family homes.  Recently many new rental signs have been noticed in University Oaks. The UO Board would like to remind all that our deed restrictions not only define the physical condition and appearance of our yards and houses, they also restrict the number of people who can reside in our single family homes.  The deed restrictions are available online to review and can also be requested from all UO board members.  The UO Board recommends that homeowners contact Shawn Coleman with questions regarding these occupancy restrictions.  The UO Board also recommends that potential renters contact Shawn with questions before signing any rental agreement in order to ensure that the number of occupants has been explained correctly and that you will be in compliance.

PERMITTED PARKING

posted Feb 11, 2011, 9:19 AM by UOCC Admin   [ updated Dec 2, 2013, 2:40 PM ]

A permit is requred to park on Rockwood, University Oaks, Varsity, Harvest and Fiesta in  University Oaks during the hours of 7 am to 7pm Monday through Friday. PLEASE REMEMBER TO UPDATE YOUR PERMITS AT THE END OF EVERY YEAR AS THEY EXPIRE ON DECEMBER 31ST. 
 
Attached are two documents for your reference - the announcement letter that was sent to all residents by the City of Houston and a parking permit application form.

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