REMINDERS TO HOMEOWNERS -
ALL Homeowners in Frenchman's Bend Subdivision
are governed by it's Covenants and Restrictions. As a
homeowner/resident you are expected and required to follow the
A few reminders are....
The HOA first and foremost wants to be a friendly neighbor. We
do not want to be the "police", but at times when the C&R's are not
followed and the results affect other homeowners, the HOA will take
As we continue to grow, there are more and more homeowners who are not
following the rules of the C&R's, or the approval process.
Please review the C&R's for your specific unit, especially BEFORE starting any construction project.
1. ALL construction projects
must be submitted and approved by the Homeowners Association.
This includes (but not limited to) home additions, out buildings, patio
covers, sunrooms, outdoor kitchens, storage buildings, garage
additions, changes to the exterior of home, etc. Please
review the requirements and submit plans to the HOA.
2. PARKING vehicles
should be limited to your paved driveway. Do not park in yard/on
lawn, in utility easements (under power lines), or on empty lots.
3. Boats, trailers, golf carts, and other vehicles
should be stored in your garage, or where permitted per your units
covenants. This location and distance from street varies by
unit. Please check your unit requirements before parking your
is permitted. However, golf course lot fencing cannot obstruct
the view of any other golf course lot homeowner. In other
words, they need to be an "open" fence. No fences on the golf
course should be solid or primarily solid, and they should preferably
be made of metal/iron. If you have any questions, or if
there is any variance to the covenant requirements, the fence MUST BE APPROVED by the HOA PRIOR to construction. If you have any questions, please contact the HOA PRIOR to building a fence.
5. Yard signs for
"businesses" are not allowed to placed in yard. This includes
signs from construction companies (roofing, pools, heating,
a/c, remodeling, etc.), personal businesses, or advertising for
any other business.
We do allow "temporary" non-profit event and political
signs. Also, real estate signs are allowed. Please see the
C&R's for size allowed and further requirements.
Submitting plans to the HOA, or discussing a project with a board member, is NOT the same as being approved. The HOA must review the plans (usually within a few days), and reply to you with written approval. The HOA has up to 30 days to approve/reject your plans (in writing), so please plan ahead.
Again, the members of the HOA are also you neighbors. We
are not an outside administrative company. We sincerely ask
for your help and cooperation in these matters.
Plans can be submitted through this website, or by contacting us at 318-388-4499.
Thank you..... the Frenchman's Bend Homeowners Association
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July 4th Fireworks and family day of fun is just around the corner.
ALL homeowners are invited to our annual July 4th Family Fun Day.
Come and enjoy this fun event with your friends and neighbors!
4th Starts at 4:00 pm
Homeowners Fireworks… at dark
- Face Painting
- Snow Cones
- & more…
The “club” pool will be open (to residents only).
Food specials will be available.
1st Annual “Family
Fun Day” Golf Outing - JULY 4TH
This event is for ALL Frenchman’s Bend homeowners
-- individuals and
(You do NOT need to be club members to join in
welcome seasoned golfers AND those with no experience.
9-holes of golf and a cart will be provided
at no charge
- You must provide clubs and ball
- Family groups encouraged (up to 6 per group)
- Prizes to be awarded
-- Check-in starts at 4:00 – Play starts at
Please stop by or call the clubhouse/pro shop (387-2363) to sign up -- prior to
July 4th please.
HOA Needs Your Email Address -The HOA is asking that ALL homeowners provide us with a current email address. We are compiling a complete e-mailing list of all homeowners. This list will ONLY be used by the HOA to
e-mail future newsletters, timely news and event updates, etc. Information will not be given out to anyone for other uses.
We are discontinuing mailing paper copies of newsletters. This will save on postage costs and time spent printing and mailing. The only way to receive future newsletters is to provide us with your email address.
PLEASE FILL OUT and RETURN THE INFORMATION CARD THAT IS ENCLOSED WITH YOUR ANNUAL BILL.
Frenchman's Bend Homeowners Annual Meeting -
Date: Monday, June 25th
Time: 6:30 p.m.
All homeowners are invited to
the annual association meeting. Come
and hear the latest news on neighborhood upgrades, events, topics of concern,
Anyone wanting to join the
Homeowners Association Board should attend this meeting.
Snack foods and drinks will be
Lunch with the Easter Bunny -
Our annual "Lunch with the Easter Bunny" is Sunday, April 1st. NEW this year -- Easter Egg Hunts (during each seating).
Garage Sale -
annual neighborhood garage sale has been scheduled for Saturday, May
5th --- 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The HOA will place a newspaper ad and have Sheriff's Officers on duty during the event.
July 4th - FAMILY FUN DAY
Homeowners Association will be sponsoring a day of family fun on
Wednesday, July 4th. All residents are invited! You won't
even need to leave the neighborhood to have a great holiday.
will be having family and childrens activities in the afternoon/early
evening (jumpers, games, face painting, treats, etc). The Club
will be offering special deals on food. Also in conjunction with
the Club, the pool will be open for the day to all Residents.
There will be a fireworks show to complete the day.
There will also be a Family Fun Day golf outing. Everyone can join - singles or families -- any ages. Best of all...it's free. There will be prizes.
if you are not a club member, or have never golfed before, this is your
chance to experience 9 holes of fun golf. It's an opportunity
for you and/or your children to experience their first game of golf. As
usual, there will also be room for experienced golfers.
More details to come for these events...come back and check in.
2011 (and earlier)
Breakfast with Santa -
Update - Another wonderful breakfast spent with Santa.
with be stopping by Frenchman's Bend for breakfast on Saturday,
December 10th. Be sure to bring your kids or
grandchildren. Bring your camera for this great photo
Children 12 years old and under eat for free. Breakfast will be available for adults.
Please call the club for reservations - 10 or 11 a.m. seating.
Holiday Decorating Contest -
Update - Thank you to all who participated and to the winners. Congratulations!
again, the HOA will be sponsoring a holiday decorating contest.
Join in and decorate your home. Awards will be given by
category and unit, and also a grand prize will be awarded.
Decorations will be judged in one of two categories - The Beauty of Christmas, or Through a Child's Eyes.
Judging is scheduled for the evening of Sunday, Decembe 18th. Please have your lights on by 6:00 p.m.
Yard Signs -
As a reminder
- NO BUSINESS SIGNS are allowed to be displayed in any yards.
This season has brought on an onslaught of
allowable political signs. There has also been an
in "business" signs being displayed. "Business"
Per the covenants and restrictions, ONLY yard signs
for home sales and signs advocating support for a candidate are
allowed. The maximum size is 4 sq. ft.
for local businesses, contruction companies, tree-services, roofers,
mosquito abatement, and the like, shall NOT be displayed/posted on any
do allow short term posting of signs for "non-profit" type
(ie Race For The Cure, Spring Market, Community Theatre,
Political Forum -
co-sponsored Candidate Political Forum will be held on Thursday,
September 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at Sterlington Elementary School.
Candidates seeking election as Sheriff of Ouachita Parish and to the
Louisiana House of Representatives District 16, will be in attendance.
All five candidates
Ouachita Parish Sheriff will attend: Joe Brady, Cam
Douglas, Larry LaBorde, Jay Russell and Ron Schleuter.
three candidates for House District 14 will also attend: Incumbent Rep.
Sam Little and challengers Michael Echols and Jay Morris.
Thank you to the Sterlington Chamber for organizing this forum.
Homeowners Meeting - July 25th
The Annual Frenchman's Bend Homeowners meeting was held on July 25th.
Thank you to those that attended in the meeting.
Updates (and discussion) were given on many issues and projects
happening within the neighborhood, such as the potential for sidewalks,
the neighborhood park project, speeding, HOA financials, etc.
Four new names were added to the HOA board...
Shelly Harrell, Christophe Nouvellet, Richie Garrett, and Jim Wilson.
Homeowners Dues - 2011
annual dues have been mailed out and are now PAST
due. Your prompt payment is
HOA board meetings are normally held at 6:30 p.m. on the first monday
of each month. Please check the calendar of events above to
verify meeting dates. They do change due to holidays and
major conflicts. Board members should receive an email
prior to each meeting.
Celebration in the Bend"
second annual 4th of July celebration and fireworks were held
3rd. Thank you to all that attended, and all that helped to
event a fun one for all in the neighborhood to enjoy. It was
filled with face painting, jumping castles, live music, fireworks, food
See you next year!
Leashing Your Pets -
the beautiful spring weather, it is very tempting to open the door and
let your pets run free. This seems to be something that is
As a reminder, ALL dogs
in Frenchman's Bend MUST
be on a leash or kept restrained behind a fence...at all
NOT let your pets roam free. There is a "leash law" in
Ouachita Parish and is enforced by the Sheriff's Department.
the friendliest of dogs can be a nuisance to your neighbors. Not
everyone is comfortable around dogs. Some children and
are very fearful of dogs. A dog on the loose can create a very
frightening experience for many.
Free-running dogs are also a
nuisance to other dogs that are properly restrained within a
fenced yard. Dogs
should not be allowed on the golf course at any time. Protect
pet from moving vehicles by keeping them off the streets.
Please be a responsible
neighbor and pet owner... keep your dogs on a leash or behind a fence.
- Remodeling - Additions - Fencing
Plans for ALL
new construction and ALL
exterior renovations, exterior remodeling, building additions, fences,
etc.... MUST BE
Frenchman's Bend HOA prior to construction
This applies to ALL
construction in ALL units - 1 through
10. Plans need to meet the guidelines
listed in the
Covenants and Restrictions (per applicable unit).
contact the Association to submit your plans prior
to starting any construction -- applies to big projects and small
projects. It is a simple, but
Any questions, please
contact the HOA. Thank You.
Annual GARAGE Sale -
The annual Frenchman's Bend
neighborhood garage sale was held on Saturday, April 2nd.
Once again, it was a great success.
See you again next spring!
The HOA has
been working hard to start an "E-Newsletter" that will be downloadable
from this website and e-mailed directly to those residents who have
signed up to receive it. We hope to save on
printing and postal expenses, along with delivering news to you in a
more timely manner.
future "e-newsletters" and important news updates, please sign up by
registering your email address (upper left side of this
screen). Tell your neighbors about this site and
the upcoming "e-newsletters"... it's news we all want to know.
Bend Golf and Health Club
the HOA is a totally seperate entity from the Frenchman's Bend Golf and
Health Club, the success of the club benefits us
all. Your support of the golf and health
club is very important. A variety of
golf and social memberships are available.
Be sure to stop in the
clubhouse and discover for yourself all of the great new changes and upgrades
that have been made recently.
In addition to the
golf course being in the best overall shape that it has ever been in,
you will find a pleasing new interior with new furnishings, paint,
etc. The air conditioning and heating
system has been replaced. The pool has had some needed
repairs made to it, with new patio furniture on the way.
is open to everyone. If you haven't eaten there
yet, check out their successful specials on Tuesday and Thursday
evenings. They also have a complete lunch buffet on
Sundays in addition to serving lunch and dinner daily.
out the changes!!!
Trick or Treating -
October 31st (2010).
We do anticipate trick or
treaters in the neighborhood on Saturday evening, and most likely
Sunday evening also.
have been many
conflicting reports as to when neighboring communities would be
observing Halloween. Currently, Monroe sais to
treat on Saturday OR Sunday. Sterlington states trick or
treating is on Saturday.
This has put our neighborhood
in a tough position, as we get so many children visiting from
outside of Frenchman's Bend.
are attempting to hire extra Sheriff's security for Saturday night. We
want to deter the excess rowdiness and drinking in the streets that
occured last year.
Let's all make this a fun and
SAFE holiday for the children!
Drive slowly and be on the
lookout for trick or treaters all weekend long.
Through Frenchman's Bend
control your vehicles speed. Excessive speed
continues to be a problem in the
neighborhood. Frenchman's Bend is ALL
residential and the speed limit throughout is 25 mph.
Men and women, young and old, residents and non-residents, are ALL
guilty of speeding.
the safety of our children, pets, and property, PLEASE make a conscious
effort to lower your speed.
Welcome New Units to HOA - July 1st '09
Association would like to WELCOME the
Units entering the Association as of July 1st, 2009.
The Developer has handed over ALL units
in the subdivision to the HOA. The
HOA will now oversee and monitor compliance of the Covenants
and Restrictions for ALL units.
What does this mean to
you? If you have not previously been in the
Homeowners Association (Maison, Units 8, 9, 10) ... you are
now officially a part of the Association.
Find out more about this at the Annual Homeowners meeting on July 14th.
We will soon be
updating the website with the Covenants for ALL units.