Welcome to the Steeplechase community!

For Retail Certificate, call the SHOA Treasurer at 817-878-3207.

Steeplechase residents enjoy a country setting with easy access to major highways in all directions. The Community operates as a Home Owner Association that maintains the entrances and common areas and monitors the established Covenants.

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RESIDENTS, DEPOSIT YOUR DUES ONLINE!

Many residents have asked about electronic deposits of annual dues to the Steeplechase HOA bank account. This represents a secure method of bill payment. Arrangements have been made with our Chase Bank Account to make electronic deposits using the Zelle system. Residents can use any bank in the Zelle Network. Steps to do this are as follows:

  • Check with your Bank to verify they use the Zelle Network.
  • If so, go to your Bank Account and access “Pay Bills” using the Zelle System.
  • Identify the Chase SHOA account with the phone number 817-691-6529.
  • Make your payment of $72 as annual dues or whatever you owe.
  • Residents can make the payment on a recurring basis by inserting the recurring date which must be prior to December 31 of each year.
  • Under “Memo”, be sure to insert your residential address to insure payment credit.
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Steeplechase Marqees

The two marquees at our entrances are under alteration. First comes a power wash to remove years of grime. Next, the shrubby at Coker Valley will be removed because it covers up the ID and the area for both marquees filled with attractive florals. As of October 22, the Coker marquee has been power cleaned by a local contractor, Casey Haddock (817 696 7690) whose charge was extremely reasonable. He let it be known that he would apply the same attractive rates for any Steeplechase homeowner to power wash garages, sidewalks, and driveways. If you want a comparison, check out the driveway and sidewalk at 1254 Elmbrook Drive (power washed in January).

Covid-19 Explanation

From John’s Hopkins Hospital regarding the Covid-19 virus…

  * This virus is not a living organism. It is a protein molecule (RNA or DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular (eyes), nasal (nose) or buccal mucosa (mouth), changes their genetic code (mutates) and converts into aggressor and multiplier cells.

  * Since the virus is not a living organism, but is a protein molecule, it cannot be killed. It has to decay on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.

  * The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat, and that is the reason why soap or detergent is the best weapon. The foam CUTS THE FAT (that is why you have to scrub for 20 seconds or more, to create lots of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down.

  * HEAT melts fat; this is why it is necessary to use water above 77 degrees for hand washing, laundry and cleaning surfaces. In addition, hot water makes more foam, making it more effective.

  * Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ALL FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.

  * Any solution with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaking it down from the inside.

  * Oxygenated water increases the effectiveness of soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein.However, because you have to use it in its pure form, it can damage your skin.
 
  * NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC WILL WORK because the virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive.
 
  * The virus molecules remain very stable at colder temperatures, including air conditioning in houses and cars. They also need moisture and darkness to stay stable. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade the virus faster.
 
  * UV LIGHT on any object that may contain the virus breaks down the protein. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin.
 
  * The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.
 
  * Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.
 
  * NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is only 40% alcohol, and you need a minimum of 65%.
 
  * LISTERINE is 65% alcohol.
 
  * The more confined the space, the higher the concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.

  * You have to wash your hands before and after touching any commonly used surfaces such as: mucosa (mouth area), food, locks, knobs, switches, remotes, cell phones, watches, computers, desks etc…and don’t forget when you use the bathroom.

  * You have to MOISTURIZE YOUR HANDS due to frequent washing. Dry hands have cracks and the molecules can hide in the micro cracks The thicker the moisturizer, the better.
 
  * Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.

 
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PARKING OF LARGE VEHICLES

Both the City of Kennedale and Steeplechase C&R’s prohibit parking of large vehicles overnight on the streets and driveways within Steeplechase. The Steeplechase Board of Directors has decided to reduce enforcement and permit time to upload and download large vehicles such as RV’s, motor homes, moving vans, and large trailers that require maintenance and uploading/downloading. The time allotted as determined by the Board is 72 hours. Residents utilizing this time will be required to report in advance to the Board the arrival and departure times by email, text or letter. If these times are exceeded, residents will be subject to the fine schedule posted on the website.

Note that the City of Kennedale may or may not adhere to this enforcement reduction. If the City chooses, they may assess a fine of up to $500.00. Until such time an agreement is made, it is suggested that homeowners also coordinate parking with the City in advance.

Fences

STEEPLECHASE HOMEOWNERS

After about 6-10 years weathering in the extremes of Texas weather, our wood fences age to the degree that it is a detriment to the beauty of our homes. A tour around the neighborhood reveals that many homes’ fences are in a state of disarray. Polycarbonate fences in various colors are now an option and their attractiveness adds to the beauty of our community. Check out the attractive brown fence at the corner of Elmbrook and Crosscreek.

Enforcement of C&R Violations

COVENANTS & RESTRICTIONS ENFORCEMENT

Dear Steeplechase Homeowner,

As most of you know, the Board of Directors has successfully collected thousands of dollars of delinquent homeowner dues via Foreclosure Proceedings. Texas State Law permits foreclosure procedures to be instigated on homeowners for delinquent dues and assessments. These proceedings were filed on homeowners who exceeded three years delinquency. All foreclosure proceedings exceeded three years in delinquency, some up to 10 years and a couple who had never paid dues. Hundreds of attempts have been made by the Board in the past 20 years to collect past dues with little success. The Board will continue to instigate foreclosure proceedings as they exceed three years delinquency. All delinquencies will incur ten percent interest.

The Board has received numerous complaints over the years about homeowners who ignore the Covenants & Restrictions even after warning by the Board and by the City of Kennedale. Rules and Laws are ineffective if there are no consequences for violations. As a result, the Board plans to set up procedures to access automatic fines for those who ignore warnings of violations. Texas State Law permits fines in the same category of late dues and assessments regarding interest. A schedule of fine assessments will be published within a few days. A residence cannot be sold, conveyed or transferred until the debt is cleared.

In addition, the following will be adopted by the SHOA as per Texas State Law: Payment plans will range from 3 months to 18 months and will be filed along with the Real Property Records. Failure to adhere to an agreed plan will negate another payment plan. An administration fee will be assessed to handle the plan retroactive to August 2019.
Please review Article II, Section 1-C and Article VI, Section 2 of your C&R and 2019 Texas State Law regarding HOAs for verification of the above.

Your Board is dedicated to maintain the beauty and attractiveness of our community. These enforcement proceedings will serve to ensure our community is well maintained. We appreciate your cooperation and concern regarding its maintenance. Please report any thing that degrades the beauty and serenity of our community to the Board.

Sincerely,

SHOA Board of Directors

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August 19, 2019

FINES FOR C&R VIOLATIONS

Attention Steeplechase Homeowners: Pursuant with the August 15 posting, the Board of Directors has set fines for C&R violations in the amounts of $20 to $50 per month until cleared. Residents will be given 30 days notice to correct the violation. Chronic and Repeat violations will be subject to Fines immediately upon discovery.

Many residents may wonder why the Board has decided to assess fines after years of apparent ignoring the violations. Actually, they were not ignored as hundreds of letters, many certified, were mailed but ignored by the resident. With no enforcement method, the Board was somewhat helpless. Recent State Laws has given HOA Boards more latitude to encourage all residents to abide by the C&Rs.

Consequently, those residents who have been in violation for years claiming “grandfather privilege” will no longer be allowed to do so.

Again, please cooperate with our community Board of Directors and report what you deem a C&R violation.

Creek Maintenance

ATTENTION STEEPLECHASE TRAIL AND COKER VALLEY HOMEOWNERS ADJACENT TO THE CREEK

Several neighbors have complained about the blockages along the creek behind homeowners’ houses. It is indeed an eyesore which needs to be cleaned up. The SHOA Board of Directors have viewed this debris and have taken the following steps to help neighbors in this cleanup. With the understanding of your responsibility to maintain your yards in a neat and proper manner, it represents a violation of our Covenants and Restrictions and acts as a possible blockage of water flow.

  1. The City Manager of Kennedale has been contacted regarding
    responsibility of maintenance of the creek area. In their reply, the City provided Plats of the Subdivision which were filed with Tarrant County at the time the subdivision was created. According to the Plats for the Subdivision (http://steeplechasehoa.us/production/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Plat.pdf), the drainage areas of the Creek are designated as a special Easement and the property owners are responsible for the maintenance of the Easement.
  2. Article 5 Section 13 of the HOA Covenants and Restrictions specifies
    that Lawns be kept in a neat and attractive manner. Otherwise the HOA can solicit cleanup and demand reimbursement by the owner.

Affected Homeowners, please inform the Board of Directors of your schedule for debris removal and mowing of your responsible areas.

Your cooperation will be appreciated.

Best Regards,

SHOA Board of Directors