President’s Message, January 2021

 

Dear Friends and Neighbors:
 
I wish everyone a happy new year and hope you are staying safe. As we start a new year here in Browning Creek, I thought this would be a good time to review what we did in 2020 and also give you a few other updates. I’m pleased to say the Board of Directors never had to cancel any of our quarterly meetings during 2020. We met by Webex during our scheduled meetings throughout the year and will continue to do so until it’s safe to once again meet as a group. Below are just some of the improvement items/projects we completed in 2020:
 Within the retreats we completely relandscaped the water drainage system and added rock to help with the flow of water and make it more visually appealing.  The entire gate mechanism at the entrance/exit on West Lakeshore Dr. onto Robinson Rd. was completely replaced.Several of the street signs needed updating so we added two new speed limit signs, replaced the “Stop Here” signs at some of the gates and also replaced some of the road name signs.The lake emergency spillway has never fully worked correctly. Therefore, we contracted with a dirt company to modify the spillway so that when it rains heavily, the lake water will no longer back-up into neighbors’ yards as it has done for years. There was a new book exchange box added at the Pavilion for everyone in the neighborhood to use and share books. We contracted with an outside engineering firm to review our entire sewerage system. They identified what changes were needed to help alleviate the pressure in the system. Based on their recommendations, we added two new unground pressure release valves in strategic locations around Browning Creek. Adding those additional valves significantly reduced the pressure within the system. There was new sand added to the beach at the Pavilion  
We have our website updated with the financial statements through October of 2020. Once the Board meets later this month and approves the November and December statements, they will also be posted online. We’ve also posted all the Board meeting minutes as of the September meeting. Again, those records are posted on our website at Browningcreek.net. If you need the passcode for the secure part of our website please email: browningcreek1@gmail.com and include your full name and the address of your property here in Browning Creek so we can confirm your access. You can also use this email for any correspondence you need to have with the Board of Directors or our on-site manager. 
 
Our finances are in really great shape as of the end of the year, and we remained within our budget again for 2020. With the new year starting, the Board is working on our budget for 2021 and will continue to take our responsibilities seriously and be good stewards of the HOA funds that we receive.  
We have a number of new neighbors within the community and we welcome all of them to Browning Creek! For all of our neighbors, I encourage everyone to review the Browning Creek covenants on a regular basis to verify we are all staying within the rules of our community. 
 
Finally, once a decision is made about our annual meeting, which is generally held in April of each year, I will certainly let everyone know. 
 
Thanks for your continued support of our community and our Board, and it is my pleasure to serve as your Board President. 
 
Respectfully, 
 
Perry McGaugh 
Browning Creek Board President
 
 
 

President’s Message

Dear Friends and Neighbors:I certainly hope everyone is staying safe and well during these challenging times. As spring turns to summer here in Browning Creek, I wanted to take this opportunity to give everyone a few updates on some of the projects the Board has approved for our community.We have contracted with a new company to help manage our gates. Security Solutions out of Columbus will maintain the gate database along with all the mechanical repairs that are needed from time to time. Furthermore, they will be replacing the entire gate mechanism that controls the west gate off Robinson Road. The parts have been ordered, and we are hoping it will be operational again very soon.The Retreat’s Board has contracted with Four Seasons Landscaping to do some needed repairs to many of the water drainage ditches in the Retreat’s area. They will be cleaning out and replacing a lot of the rock to help with the flow of water during rain storms.We are having more speed limit signs installed around Browning Creek to remind drivers of the need to slow down. The new post and signs will match the current ones installed around the lake.We are having more sand brought in and placed on the beach at the pavilion. Furthermore, we have been working on getting bids to redesign the drainage of water off the gravel road above the pavilion to help control erosion.We are having a LARGE fireworks show again this year at the south end of the lake. We have a contract with a new company, and they are going to provide a show that is twice as long as prior years. The show will be on July 3rd and once a time is determined, we will let everyone know.The Board has not rescheduled the annual meeting but will do so once social gathering is permissible. The Board is meeting by conference call when needed but most of our work is done by email.Again, I hope everyone is staying safe, and please don’t hesitate to contact me or any other Board member with questions or concerns.Respectfully,Perry McGaugh

June 2019 A Message from the President

Message from the President: Perry McGaugh
Dear Friends and Neighbors:
We move into the summer of 2019 in a much better position than we were in last year. Our community had to overcome in 2018 a devastating tornado and the impending collapse of the culverts on the road leading into Browning Creek. Today, the pavilion and culverts have been repaired/replaced and our community remains on solid financial footing. Paving has taken place on the worst of our roads. Special thanks go out to your Board of Directors, our property manager Paul McKinney and our resident manager Eddie Martin for their efforts on behalf of our community.
The Board of Directors will be having a meeting in May and one of the topics of discussion will be to identify our goals for the coming year. One goal that will be a given will be to maintain our strong financial position. I think everybody would agree that this remains priority number one of our community. As to setting other goals for 2019, we would love to hear from you. Browning Creek is your home, your community.
I hope to continue the good work of our past presidents to push our community forward and make it the best it can be. Please do not hesitate to contact one of your Board of Directors, Paul or me to offer your thoughts on how to improve what already is the best community in the Starkville area.
Perry

April 2018 President’s Message

Message from the President: Mimmo Parisi

Dear Friend and Neighbors:

I wish I had better circumstances under which to introduce myself as your newly elected president. Unfortunately, this weekend, our neighborhood has been hit by a tornado/twister. I am pleased to announce that nobody was hurt. Our marina, though, suffered severe damage. The cleanup and recovery of the boats began right away. Before I get into the details of where we are and where we are going, I hope you all will join me in expressing our deepest gratitude to all those who volunteered to get us through this natural disaster. A special thanks goes to our new property manager, Paul McKinney. Also, a very special thanks goes to our neighbor, Shannon Hammett who brought out his tow truck from City Alignment. And, of course, a special thanks to everyone who came out to help. It truly showed the spirit of the Browning Creek community. Here are a few facts for you to know. We will keep you posted.

  • We have looked into our insurance and we are waiting for the adjuster to come and provide an assessment. At this time, we do not know if they will provide just a check or will bring their own contractor. In the event we receive a check, we will seek out a contractor according to the insurance policy requirements. We will share with everybody the plan for rebuilding the marina, fixing the pavilion, and removing the debris, including trees, as soon as we can.
  • All the boats have been turned right side up and anchored at the south boat launch. Thanks to Shannon and many others, there was no cost incurred in this recovery effort.
  • The floating debris from the marina have been almost completely taken care of. Everything recovered from the lake has been stored in the long-term parking area. Feel free to check for things you might be seeking. Please be careful.

Although a lot has been done, we would like for everyone to be extremely cautious when using the lake. Some of the metal debris are still in the water. Should you identify such debris, please inform our property manager immediately. Also, out of an abundance of caution, we are restricting access to the pavilion. We are placing a no trespassing sign and ask that everyone comply. This area is still considered unsafe.

Again, I wish I had better circumstances to begin my tenure as president. I am, however, extremely touched and proud of being your president as you have demonstrated to be a true community when it comes caring for each other. I look forward to serving as you president for the remainder of the year.

Mimmo

 

November 2017

Dear Neighbors,

I have several updates to share with everyone as we continue to achieve our goals and follow the business plan that was discussed during the annual meeting last April. Below are my updates:

  • Association members can now make their homeowner’s assessment and road fund payments online! To do so, go to browningcreek.net and select “Services” from the menu bar across the top of the page. From there, simply follow the online instructions and complete the setup. Please do NOT make your quarterly sewerage payments through this online process. Sewerage payments must be mailed to the address on the statement.
  • In my last message, I discussed the upgrade to the computer CPU and memory for the system that runs the gate. We have been working hard to get the database cleaned up so that it only includes current Browning Creek Association members. Based on the association address book and other records, we have almost everyone who is a member updated. However, some of you will be receiving a letter within the next week or so letting you know that we need some additional information from you about your fob and/or gate remote. Please be on the lookout for this letter and respond as quickly as possible. It is NOT our intention to prevent any current association member from gaining access to our community!
  • We have posted the July and August financial statements for Browning Creek on the secure side of our website. If you have any questions after you review them, please feel free to call or email me.
  • Our overall financial situation is looking better than anticipated as we near the end of the year. Furthermore, during the final closeout of the operating account with David Lane & Associates, it was discovered that we had $8,100 in the account of uncashed checks that went back many years. The Board decided to move those funds to the cash reserve account.
  • The new burn pile for Browning Creek is up and running! Please keep in mind that we do NOT have the capability to process large trees. The burn pile is only for small trimmings. If you take a tree down on your property or have someone else do it, please dispose of it somewhere else other than our burn pile.
  • I spoke with our attorney concerning the case against Slade Kracker. The deadline to file an appeal was October 2nd. Mr. Kracker did not file an appeal, and of course, I’m sure most of you have noticed that the road is still on his property. The judge had ordered Mr. Kracker to “remove the roadway/access and restore the property to its former condition”. Our attorney has sent a letter to Mr. Kracker’s attorney requesting that the road be removed asap. If the road is not removed, we will file a motion with the court.

Many of our neighbors are putting in a lot of time and effort to help keep our community looking great. A special thanks to everyone that helped put out all the fall decorations at the front entrance. They look great!

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about Browning Creek, please feel free to email me directly at kpm137@msstate.edu or by phone at (662)803-6200.

Warm Regards,

Paul McKinney

 

June 2017

Dear Neighbors,

Welcome to the new Browning Creek Home Owners Association (BCHOA) website! Our new website has been designed to meet the needs of our association while at the same time providing accurate and up-to-date information for everyone. The Association’s mission is to maintain a safe, friendly and enjoyable environment for the Browning Creek community and to preserve and enhance the value of their property. Browning Creek is a wonderful place to live and raise a family, and together we can make it even better as we continue to move forward in a positive direction!

The new Browning Creek Board of Directors (Board) that was elected during our April annual meeting has been busy following our business plan and working towards achieving our goals for 2017-18. Below is a quick update on some of the big changes we have made:

The Board has approved and contracted with the accounting firm, T.E. Lott to manage all the association’s financial/accounting. T.E. Lott is taking over for Ridgeway Lane and Associates beginning June 1, 2017.
The Board has approved and contracted with Ware Landscaping to service all of the association’s landscaping needs. Ware Landscaping will also service the Pavilion and our road maintenance needs.
New committees are being formed and others have already met. These committees will provide information to the Board to help them make better informed decisions about our community.

As the Board continue to make changes to the way we manage our neighborhood, I would like to thank everyone for the continued support and patience. We appreciate any feedback and welcome your ideas, thoughts, and suggestions. I want to encourage each resident to be involved as much as you are able to be. It is a great way to meet your neighbors while building a strong community.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments about anything pertaining to Browning Creek or the Board please feel free to email me directly at kpm137@msstate.edu or by phone at (662)-803-6200. I am very accessible and willing to meet with anyone.

I am honored to serve as your president, and I look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood!

Warm Regards,

Paul McKinney

President, Browning Creek Board of Directors