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2021 Legislative Changes that Impact HOA’s

On May 31, 2021, the Texas Legislature concluded the 2021 legislative session. Although there were a significant number of bills filed that could have had a dramatic effect on the laws governing Texas homeowners associations, only a few bills were ultimately enacted. The most significant is Senate Bill 1588, which ultimately evolved into an omnibus bill with 27 separate sections that add or modify 3 chapters of the Texas Property Code. Such new and modified statutory laws are summarized as follows: HOUSE BILL 1659 – Reduced Application of Declaration Amendment Procedures under Chapter 209 House Bill 1659 modifies Section 209.0041…

New Trash Company Service Begins January 1 with new THURSDAY Pickup

Beginning January 1, 2019 trash pickup will be on Thursdays instead of Fridays and trash bins will be swapped out with new ones.  That’s because the City has changed the trash service contractor to Community Waste Disposal (CWD), the largest independently-owned solid waste and recycling company in the DFW area. Expect to see mailings from CWD soon regarding the transition to the new trash bins, which will utilize 95-gallon trash and/or recycling cart. In addition to this service, CWD will collect up to four (4) cubic yards of bulk/brush weekly. The new company will also be utilizing semi-automated rear load…

New Planned Route for 549 to & from 1139

View the engineering drawings  showing the new route of 549 at the curve where it intersects FM 1139.  The change is significant and will dramatically impact our route into Rockwall.  Crossing this 4 lane intersection will become much more dangerous as traffic volume on 549 increases.  Many are concerned about the safety issues. The ingress & egress points to and from 1139 from and to 549 is most alarming, as it will become necessary to zig zag as shown on the attached markup. The original TxDOT map (unmarked) and a larger view showing the new alignment on 549 are also attached. Click…

Turn Lanes to be Added at 205 & 549; Shoulders Added to FM 1139

ROCKWALL COUNTY – In an ongoing effort to enhance state roadways and improve safety, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) approved a contract to add additional pavement width and resurface 9.2 miles of various roadways including FM 549, FM 1139, SH 205 and SH 276 in Rockwall County. Funding has been approved to add turn lanes at both intersections of FM 549 & SH 205.  According to MC City Manager, David Butler, this project will be completed by August of this year! Shoulders will be added to FM 1139, however no date has been set for the project’s completion. SH…