UHCA Dues are now due
Another year has passed. It's been an eventful one for our Association. Bill Gallegos and other neighbors have completed the new bus/rest stop at our front entrance. It's a beautiful construction, which will serve and delight us for many years to come. Board members and volunteers have also been busy trimming our beautiful oaks and assuring that the holly bushes, grass, and irrigation system remain viable and healthy. We continue to maintain our Association website and have now an official Facebook page. Remember that our Board members and volunteers are not paid for their work hours. They volunteer because they are proud of our neighborhood and desire to keep it safe, friendly and beautiful.
We still have lots of work to do. Our second Fall Festival in November was a grand success and we're planning a third. Then there are always the broken items to take care of - the bollards, plants and street signs periodically damaged or destroyed by vehicles. While these things are a nuisance, we've grown accustomed to expecting a certain number of them each year. That, in part, is why it is so important to collect our annual dues of $45.
Please do your neighbors a favor by paying your dues as soon as possible. You can do so by dropping a check in the mailboxes of either Bob Skapura (548 Polytech) or Elisabeth Spanhoff (515 Delgado) or by visiting our web site, UHCA70808.net and paying electronically. You can also view there a list of those who have paid. Note that our University Hills Civic Association dues are one of the best bargains around. Sampling surveys of some other Civic Association yearly dues are: Garden District - $120, White Oak Landing - $600, Country Club of LA - $1200.
Please help us get the word out. We have some new neighbors who need to be joining with us. If someone lives near you and they haven't gotten on our email list, encourage them to take part so they can take advantage of our emergency notices and news communications. Let them know that we only use their email addresses for neighborhood use and send out blind notices for their protection. Make them feel welcome!
Bob Skapura (President)
Check Out Our New Facebook Page
On January 2, 2018, we launched our official Facebook page. From now on, whenever we post an important item on our official web page, it will be copied to Facebook, as well. This way, you can easily share it and follow what is happening in your neighborhood. Check us out!
Fall Festival 2017
Happy Autumn, everyone! The date has been set for this year's fall festival. Please mark your calendars for November 5th (it's a Sunday this year to avoid any conflicts with LSU games). Plan to come to the front of the neighborhood from 11 to 2. Last year was a great success, and we hope it's even bigger this year!
First: Please RSVP through this site's Contact Form (if you did not receive your email announcement). Tell us the number of people coming, so I can keep track and plan the refreshments.
Second: Plan to have fun! We'll have games available for family fun and a LIVE BAND playing during the party.
Third: We will have some jambalaya, but there was way too much of that last year. We will scale that back a bit, but would love for everyone to bring something again. It worked great.
If your last name starts with A-H, please bring a starter, appetizer, dips, chips; I-N: veggies, fuits, salad; O-S: casseroles, meatballs, cheesy things, meaty things; T-Z: brownies, cookies, pies, cakes.
Just suggestions, but you get the idea.
Lastly: Tell your neighbors. Let's get everyone out there to have a great time and meet new neighbors!
See you there!
P.S. Don't forget to bring a chair.
Security Cameras for University Hills?
Every year or so, especially after an episode of vandalism or theft, some residents urge the Association to invest in security cameras for the neighborhood. The issue has surfaced again, as of this week; so we will be addressing the pros and cons at our next board meeting (to which you are all invited), April 25 at 7 p.m. at the home of Bob Skapura, 548 Polytech Dr. Meanwhile I reproduce here the assessment by Bob Benedict, a long-time expert in the field to get the discussion going. See you at the meeting.
CAMERAS FOR NEIGHBORHOODS.
BOB BENEDICT June 29, 2015
This is a list of the main reasons NOT to try to cover neighborhood entrances with cameras, but rather to concentrate on individual homes or areas. I make these comments with confidence because, as the only Certified Protection Professional in Louisiana in the 60’s, I pioneered the design and installation for security purposes in banks, retail outlets, plants, homes, etc in Louisiana and beyond. Along with others, I learned a lot of lessons the hard way, but experience added to common sense was a great teacher. There are a great number of specific factors and reasons involved, but most of them could be considered as details of the following:
The initial cost of a system sufficient to come even close to providing adequate coverage of our entrance/exit area is prohibitive. So are the replacement and maintenance costs after some of the initial equipment has been vandalized, stolen, or simply foiled.
The money, time and nerves required to monitor the system, respond to neighbor’s enquiries, communicate effectively with agencies and other neighbors, explaining why you can’t really provide them with satisfactory help, is equally prohibitive.
Should the neighborhood vote to have the board take a special collection to procure such as system, you can believe there will be an increasing number of residents who will want to hold the board (that means officers and members) responsible for their individual security.
You can be certain that, if such systems were cost effective, they would be all over town by now.
Points regarding a system for your property:
A system protecting your premises is much easier to design and a very small fraction of a neighborhood system.
It will be much more effective, both for you and your neighbors, as it stands a greater chance of actually getting a crook off the street.
Shop carefully. Get a demonstration and references.
Think TRAP the crook. Use a mix of obvious and hidden cameras. Keep them as low as possible. Cover a key traffic point INSIDE your house or other protected area. RECORD or don’t waste your money.
Fake cameras and signs have very limited levels of effectiveness against crooks.
Robert C. Benedict
Certified Protection Professional, Retired
628 Polytech Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808