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Message from the Constables

Harris County Urges Residents to Prepare in Advance of Potential Hurricanes

In light of the potential tropical storm forming in the Gulf, we want to remind all residents about the importance of being prepared for an active hurricane season. Throughout the season, the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) will be promoting preparedness and offering safety tips.

“Now is the time to make sure you have an emergency plan in place for you, your family, your pets and your business,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “We have been spared from major storms for several years now, but it is only a matter of time before another storm threatens our area."

HCOHSEM works with local, state and federal emergency management partners to prepare our communities for disasters of all types, but it is up to each person/family to know their risks and plan for their individual needs. Some safety precautions include:

HCOHSEM’s ReadyHarris app sends emergency alerts, provides a step-by-step guide for building a personalized family disaster plan, offers survival tip sheets, maps evacuation routes and locates local emergency services. Download this free app from the App Store or GooglePlay.

“Every minute counts when severe weather, or any emergency, threatens our community,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “The ReadyHarris app empowers residents to make a personal plan and receive life-saving information at their fingertips.”

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, but it got an early start with the formation of the short-lived Tropical Storm Arlene in April. This rare tropical storm is a reminder that potential severe weather events are not governed by the calendar. Harris County residents are faced with natural and man-made threats daily, so preparedness is important every day of the year.

Go to ReadyHarris.org to sign up for emergency alerts and follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Disaster Supply Basic Checklist


Lock Your Car Doors!

The Constables have asked us to request that everyone check and double-check that your car doors are locked at all times. Further, be sure to remove any valuables from the car as a deterrent. In many cases, your trunk can be accessed from the car, so don’t leave valuables in your trunk!


WELCOME TO WEST MEMORIAL

West Memorial, Katy TexasWest Memorial is an established suburban development in West Houston between S. Mason Road and the Grand Parkway (SH 99), I-10 and Kingsland. 

Situated in Katy ISD, we have an Elementary and Junior High School in the center of the subdivision, both within walking distance of virtually the entire community. Our high school is Katy HS, one of the premium high schools in Texas.

Our proximity to amenities is second to none. We are minutes away from the Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, the Texas Children's Hospital - West Campus, the Methodist West Houston Hospital, the Methodist St. Catherine Long Term Acute Care Hospital and all types of clinics and doctors and medical facilities. We are close to Katy Mills Mall, the Houston Energy Corridor and the Mason Road/Grand Parkway (SH 99) shops, stores and restaurants including La Centerra.

We are a quiet, safe neighborhood with wide, shady sidewalks and a friendly atmosphere. We have an active community association with a pool (open during the summer), a clubhouse and a lovely park with play areas and a pavilion.


WMCA BOARD MEETINGS

The WMCA Board meets at the Clubhouse at 22415 Kingsland on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 8:00 PM. All homeowners are welcome to attend.

Board Meetings Schedule 2017
Tuesday, January 24 2017
Tuesday, February 28 2017
Tuesday, March 28 2017
Tuesday, April 25 2017
Tuesday, May 23 2017 - Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, June 27 2017
Tuesday, July 25 2017
Tuesday, August 22 2017
Tuesday, September 26 2017
Tuesday, October 24 2017
Tuesday, November 28 2017

If you have a specific issue that you would like to address with the Board, please email High Sierra seven days before the meeting to be put on the agenda.


 

TWRC Wildlife CenterTWRC Wildlife Center is a non-profit organization that helps area communities by rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife and assisting the public on how to live in harmony with wildlife. TWRC admits nearly 5,000 animals every year. Learn more about us and how you can help at www.twrcwildlifecenter.org

DID YOU KNOW THIS IS ILLEGAL?
by Cheryl Conley

Did you know this is illegal?

Little did Ernesto Pulido know that he was breaking the law when he disturbed the nests of egrets and black-crowned night herons while trimming trees for the U.S. Postal Service in 2014. He was charged with a misdemeanor violation of the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 and because he showed remorse, was only fined $3,000 to cover the cost of rehabilitating the injured baby birds. He could have been fined $15,000 and faced six months in jail.

Most people are totally unaware of the Act and that it is one of the oldest wildlife protection laws on the books. Simply stated it’s a law that protects birds from people. In 1916 the United States entered into a treaty with Great Britain (acting on behalf of Canada) whereby the two countries agree to end the hunting of insect-eating birds and established hunting seasons for game birds. In order to implement the treaty, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act was passed in 1918 by Congress which makes it illegal to “pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill,” or “sell” a migratory bird or any of its parts, including nests, eggs, and feathers except under the terms of a valid permit issued pursuant to Federal regulations. The Act mostly came about because birds were needlessly being killed for their feathers which made great fashion accessories. Entire birds were stuffed and attached to the tops of hats. Birds were also being served in restaurants.

In 1936, the USA signed a similar treaty with Mexico. Japan and the Soviet Union were added in the 1970s. !n 1972 an amendment to the Act added protection for an additional 32 families of birds including eagles, hawks, owls and corvids. Since then more species have been added to include almost every native species in the USA with a few exceptions like the House Sparrow, the European Starling and the domestic pigeon. Some of the birds don’t actually migrate but are still protected under this Act. For a complete listing of protected birds just enter “MBTA List” in your browser and it will pull up the list from the US Fish and Wildlife website.

It wasn’t until 2013 that the Department of Justice enforced the Act for the first time by penalizing a wind farmer for killing Golden Eagles and other birds at two sites in Wyoming. The farmer was fined $1 million. A second wind farmer was penalized a year later and fined $2.5 million.

So what does all of this mean to you? Let’s say a bird builds a nest above your front door and drops poop everywhere. Can you remove the nest? NO—it’s illegal. Can my son take bird eggs to school for show and tell? NO—it’s illegal. We collect bird feathers. Is this okay? NO—it’s illegal. I found a nest and I brought it in the house. ILLEGAL. We found a dead Blue Jay and we want to have it “stuffed” for display. Guess what? ILLEGAL. We live on a farm and randomly shoot birds for fun. Is this legal? NO, NO, NO. In July 2007, a man was sentenced to six months in a federal halfway house, five years probation with no contact with firearms, and a fine of a $65,000 fine for killing protected birds on his property.

Although this law may seem a little silly to the average person, it does serve a purpose. It reminds us that we must learn to live in harmony with wildlife and not purposely disrupt or cause harm to other living beings.

If you have questions about wildlife, please call TWRC Wildlife Center at 713-468-TWRC. They are available to answer your questions and give you guidance on living in harmony with our furry and feathered friends.

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WM CONSTABLES
Our West Memorial constables patrol our subdivision 24/7. Please call them at 281-463-6666 to report any disturbance or to request vacation patrols.
Special Watch Form
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STRAY ANIMALS
Don't hesitate to call the Animal Control Officer at 281-391-4848 or the Harris County Animal Control at 281-999-3191 if you see animals roaming the neighborhood unleashed.

CLUBHOUSE RENTAL
The clubhouse is located at 22415 Kingsland Ave and is available for rental. You can download the rental agreement after you have confirmed your reservation date by email with High Sierra.
West Memorial Clubhouse Rental Agreement

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CAR STICKERS
West Memorial car stickers are now available if you would like to identify yourselves as West Memorial residents. Please email High Sierra for more details.

COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER
Your West Memorial Community Newsletter will be delivered to you monthly. To add or change items of interest please contact
Krenek Printing Company 7102 Glen Chase Ct,
Katy, TX 77095
news@krenekprinting.com

KISD HOME ACCESS CENTER
Katy ISD Home Access CenterThe Katy ISD Home Access Center provides an online grade book where parents and guardians can view helpful student information to support and guide their children through the educational process. From home or work, at any time of the day or night, parents can access the Web portal to track academic achievement. E-mail links are also available throughout the portal so parents can communicate with the school and teachers.

WM VOLUNTEERS
If you are interested in doing some volunteer work for West Memorial and the larger Katy communities or becoming involved with our West Memorial Civic Association Board, please email volunteers@westmemorial.org

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