The City of Sugar Land distributed the following updates today related to the COVID-19 pandemic:
· A message from Dr. Joe Anzaldua
City of Sugar Land Health Authority
The Centers for Disease Control  now recommends that everyone wear a cloth facemask when out in public areas to protect others in case they are unknowingly carrying coronavirus.

A summary of the CDC’s recommendation follows:
Cover your mouth and nose with a CLOTH face cover when around other people such as going to the grocery store or other essential activities.

The CLOTH face cover is meant to protect OTHER people in case you are infected.

Do NOT use a medical or surgical facemask intended for healthcare personnel, such as first-responders, doctors, nurses and other medical office or hospital staff.

CLOTH face coverings should NOT be placed on: 
    o   children under the age of two; or
    o   anyone who has difficulty breathing, unconscious or incapacitated as they may not be able to remove the face cover without assistance.

And remember…the CLOTH face cover is NOT intended to replace social distancing. Please continue to keep about 6 feet distance between yourself and others.  For more details, please visit the www.cdc.com.

· April 16th Quarterly HOA meeting has been cancelled

Due to the extended stay at home order, the April 16th Quarterly HOA meeting has been cancelled.

Please mark your calendars for the next meeting:
Thursday, July 16, 2020
8:00-10:00 a.m. in the Cane room at City Hall

· Reminder: Bulk Waste Collection Temporarily Suspended
This is a reminder that Republic Services has temporarily suspended bulk waste collection due to a surge in household garbage as a result of more people staying home during the COVID-19 situation. The temporary modification to suspend bulk waste service has been made to ensure that household garbage collection continues throughout this event.

The City wants to ensure residents have the most up to date information regarding our solid waste program. City staff remain in constant communication with our service providers to ensure that all collection services are restored as quickly as possible. Please click here for the service schedule for HOAs.

·Sugar Land Gifts for Gratitude!
Hey, Sugar Land students! Looking an opportunity to volunteer from the comfort of your own home, thank Sugar Land first-responders, medical professionals, hospitality workers, and show off your talent? Participate in the City of Sugar Land’s virtual volunteer opportunity “Sugar Land Gifts for Gratitude,” where volunteers show off their gifted talents and dedicate performances to those responding locally to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For example, if your piano recital, baseball season or quiz bowl was canceled, or you are part of a club or group who didn’t get to complete a competition or tournament, you can show off your gifts and talents for our Sugar Land heroes. Here’s how you can volunteer!

·       Upload a video of your performance to YouTube and include the dedication to the local front-line professionals of your choice
·       Email the YouTube link to volunteer@sugarlandtx.gov by 8 a.m. Monday, April 20, along with the name of the participants and group, if applicable
·       We’ll share your video with the people mentioned in the dedication!
·       We will share some submissions on our social media channels

Please continue to visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/coronavirus for information, as well as our social channels (Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor). The Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department is managing the local response. You may also visit the state health department’s COVID-19 website (https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/) and the Centers for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/).

The city continues to work closely with the health department and Sugar Land’s local health authority and meet on a daily basis to ensure city leaders have all the facts and make decisions based on advice from health experts. At this time, the city remains open for normal business; however, non-essential meetings and activities are being curtailed.

Update on the City of Sugar Land’s Solid Waste and Recycling
With the constantly changing COVID-19 situation, the City wants to ensure residents have the most up to date information regarding our solid waste program. City staff remain in constant communication with our service providers to ensure that all collection services are restored as quickly as possible. For the time being, residents receiving collection from Republic Services should follow the guidelines provided below.  

  1. Residents should continue to place their garbage and recycling carts out for collection according to their normal schedules. For the safety of the employees collecting the material, we ask that everyone continue to follow cart collection guidelines and not place loose garbage or bags outside the carts. During this time, Republic Services will be collecting garbage and recycling together. This modification allows for equipment and resources to be reallocated to address the increased volume of garbage being generated due to the Stay Home to Save Lives Order passed by Fort Bend County Judge K.P. George. This also ensures that household garbage collection continues throughout this unprecedented event. Residents looking for an option to continue recycling their material during this time should visit our Drop-Off Center webpage for information on available resources. This can be found, here: https://www.sugarlandtx.gov/315/Drop-Off-Centers
  2. Green waste material will continue to be collected according to normal schedules.
  3. Textile collections, provided by Simple Recycling, have been temporarily suspended state-wide. This suspension applies to all Sugar Land residents.
  4. Bulk waste collection has been temporarily suspended. This is another modification being made to ensure that household garbage collection continues throughout this event.
  5. Residents that have already scheduled Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) collections through April 23rd will have their items picked-up; however, no new collections are being scheduled at this time. Please do not place HHW items in your garbage cart for collection, as this is a common cause of truck fires and potential contamination.    
  6. The City maintained drop-off center for tires and used cooking oil collection is still open to the public during normal business hours.


Residents in Greatwood receive collection services from Best Trash, which at this time has not modified their services. However, Best Trash collection may run later than normal, as they are also experiencing higher volumes of garbage being placed out for service. In order to protect Best Trash employee safety, please make sure all garbage is collected and tied up in plastic bags.  


Free drive-through COVID-19 testing, beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 31
United Memorial Medical Center will conduct FREE drive-through COVID-19 testing at Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd., beginning Tuesday, March 31st at 10 a.m. Free testing will continue at the site Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to  4 p.m.  Anyone experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms such as temperatures exceeding 100, shortness of breath and dry/persistent coughs may be tested at the site.  According to United Memorial, test results may take up to three days due to the current surge in lab testing; however, everyone will be called by the hospital whether they test positive or negative.

To accommodate efficient flow of traffic through the site, Oxbow at Lexington will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the testing operations. To access the test, motorists traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 59 should exit University Boulevard, take the turn-around under the freeway overpass to the northbound frontage road and turn right on Taborwood Avenue​.


Barrington Place Homeowners Association
MASC Austin Properties, Inc.
Coronavirus Response

In compliance with the “Stay at Home” order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to inform you of the decisions made within your community.


Suspension of Board Meetings

o Any necessary Board decisions will be made by email vote with actions ratified at the next meeting in accordance with the Texas      Property Code

o Upcoming Annual Meeting will be determined at a later date


Suspension of Community Events

o The Easter Egg Hunt has been cancelled 

o Upcoming “Annual Weenie Roast” will be determined at a later date


Closure of all Common Area Amenities

o No clubhouse usage will be allowed

o Pool Registration and pool opening will be determined at a later date

o Social distancing should be adhered to when using Summerfield Park. The playground equipment should not be used at this time.


Closure of Management Office Visitation

o We have several staff members working remotely and will be able to address many issues during this time.

o All calls will be answered by our 24 hour answering service and routed to the appropriate staff member for assistance.


We will continue to monitor this situation and keep you informed of any changes. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


MASC Austin Properties, Inc.


We have provided below several links to receive updated information on Covid-19.

City of Sugar Land Fort Bend County Health & Human Services www.sugarlandtx.gov/coronavirus

Fort Bend County Health & Human Services https://www.fbchealth.org/ncov/

State Health Department Centers for Disease Control  https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

Centers for Disease Control ​https://www.cdc.gov/


​"Stay Home To Save Lives" order issued for Fort Bend County
Read the full text of Fort Bend County's "Stay Home To Save Lives" order here: https://go.aws/2QICfxG The Fort Bend County Health & Human Services Department is managing the local response. The city continues to work closely with the health department and Sugar Land’s local health authority and meet on a daily basis to ensure city leaders have all the facts and make decisions based on advice from health experts. For accurate and reliable information, please be sure to visit the following resources. They are the authoritative sources of information: Texas Department of Health and Human Services https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/ Fort Bend Health and Human Services https://www.fbchealth.org/ncov Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus


Solid Waste, Recycling, Green Waste and Textile Collection Updates – March 24, 2020
Textile collection update for all residents, including Greatwood-

Simple Recycling provides textile collection to all residents, including those in Greatwood.  Effective immediately, textile collection services for all City residents will be suspended until further notice. These changes are being implemented due to COVID-19 precautions and a limitation in available resources. Full collection services will be restored as quickly as possible.  

Important solid waste program update for Republic Services customers only-
Republic Services is experiencing an increase in the amount of residential solid waste as a result of residents spending more time at home. In an effort to mitigate these increases, while facing the challenges and limitations created by COVID-19, the following modifications will take effect Monday, March 30, 2020 and will remain in place until further notice. These modifications are temporary and full collection services will be restored as quickly as possible.

Bulky waste will be suspended until further notice. All other collection services will continue to run according to schedule with the following changes:

Residents should continue placing their recycling and garbage carts out for service according to their normal collection schedule; however, due to the need to reallocate collection resources, recyclable material will not be recycled at this time.  As this is a temporary change, we encourage residents to continue practicing good recycling habits to ensure a seamless transition once normal operations resume. Green waste collection will continue, however we anticipate delays in service. By taking the following steps, residents can help minimize these delays:

Mulch leaves and grass clippings instead of bagging them for disposal. Limit the amount of pruning and aesthetic tree trimming to only what’s essential. If utilizing a landscape company, ensure that all green waste is collected and hauled off by the contractor.

We will send information regarding any delays to the impacted areas through Nextdoor. Should your items not be collected by 7pm on your regularly scheduled day, please first check Nextdoor for any service notifications prior to calling 3-1-1 or 281-275-2900.

Sugar Land Parks Guidelines – March 24, 2020
We appreciate the physical and mental health benefits that parks help provide, and we also recognize the need to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With this in mind, the following guidelines have been put in place. While we want our community to continue to use our parks and trails, failure to comply with the below guidelines may result in further park closures.

All park playgrounds and restrooms are closed until further notice.
The virus can stay on surfaces for several hours and playgrounds and restrooms cannot be constantly disinfected.
The Pawm Springs Dog Park at Memorial Park and the skate park at City Park are closed until further notice.
Additionally, the following park amenities are closed until further notice:

Picnic pavilions and all picnicking facilities
Park benches
Drinking fountains
Basketball courts
Tennis courts
Outdoor fitness equipment

The city’s two splash pads were scheduled to open in April; however, they will remain closed until further notice. Do not use parks or trails if you are exhibiting any symptoms. Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.
Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor picnicking; pick-up sports games including but not limited to soccer, softball and volleyball; play dates and other group hangouts; and maintain proper physical distance at all times. Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space. While on trails, warn other users of your presence and step aside to let others pass.


Green and Bulky Waste Collection
From the City of Sugar Land: As many residents may be using their extra time at home to get a head start on spring cleaning or catching up on yard care, we ask that you limit the volume of bulky waste and green waste placed out for collection over the next few weeks. Our service providers are experiencing higher than normal volumes that could lead to potential delays in collection. We will send information regarding any delays to the impacted areas through Nextdoor, and via email to HOAs. Should your items not be collected by 7 p.m. on your regularly scheduled day, please first check Nextdoor for any service notifications prior to calling 3-1-1 or 281-275-2900. Any collections not completed according to schedule will be finished the following day. Residents using a landscape company for their green waste services should have all green waste collected and hauled off by the contractor.


March Board meeting cancelled

Please be advised the Board meeting scheduled for March 17, 2020 has been cancelled.  The Board is considering the cancellation of the Easter Egg Hunt but will make a decision closer to the event date.  Should the event be cancelled, notice will be posted on the website, sent by email blast and posted on the community signs.  If you have any questions, please contact our office.


Angela Austin-Connell
MASC Austin Properties, Inc.

713-776-1771


Annual Meeting

On Thursday, May 21, 2020, the Barrington Place Homeowners' Association (BPHOA) will hold its Annual Meeting at the clubhouse at 13318 Rosstown, 7:30 p.m. On that date the membership will elect two (2) Board of Director positions currently set to expire on May 21, 2020. The two Board position terms are for two (2) years. Al Lockwood and Kenneth Langer will be running for re-election for positions 4 & 5 respectively. 

Those wishing to run for a Board position should contact the management company, MASC Austin Properties, at 945 Eldridge Road, Sugar Land, Texas 77478, as soon as possible. 

The candidate may submit a candidate profile for publication in the March and April Banner. Candidates are requested to keep profiles to 400 words or less due to space allocation in the Banner. Should a candidate wish to submit a longer candidate profile, a notation will be made in the Banner that a more extensive profile is posted on the Barrington Place website. Candidate Profiles will be published in the Banner one time during the period covered by the March and April issues. All profiles shall be kept on the Barrington Place website from the date first published on the website until after the election. Changes to a candidate profile on the BP website may be made by a candidate as long as changes are timely made. All candidates are requested to avoid vulgarisms and profanity in their profiles.  Due to printing deadlines and the uncertainty of United States Postal delivery, it is questionable whether or not that the May issue of the Banner would reach the membership before May 21, 2020; therefore, no proxy ballots or candidate profiles will be published in the May Banner issue. 

DATES & DEADLINES FOR MAY 2020 ELECTION (FEB)

February Banner:  Announcement of May 21, 2020, Board Election. Management Company to take names of candidates for Board positions and any candidate profiles and forward same for publication in Banner.

March Banner - All submissions of candidate profiles and for listing of candidate's name on proxy ballot in March issue must be received by Monday, March 2, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. Submissions received after this deadline shall be published in next issue.

April Banner - All submissions of candidate profiles and for listing of candidate's name on proxy ballot in April issue must be received by Friday, March 30, 2020, by 5:00 p.m.  Submissions received after this deadline will not be published. After the deadline, no further changes will be made to either the candidate profiles or proxy ballots printed in the Banner or posted on the Barrington Place website. This does not mean that a person who did not announce his candidacy prior to March 30, 2020, cannot run for office, but they will not have an opportunity to present their candidacy through the use of the Banner and on the BP website.

Further inquiries should be directed to:
MASC Austin Properties, Inc.
Phone #:  (713) 776-1771
Facsimile #:  (713) 776-1777
E-Mail Address: aconnell@mascapi.com


CENSUS 2020 PLEASE PARTICIPATE!
Census Day is April 1, 2020. Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution.

Why a Census?
It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats (a process called apportionment that determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representative), redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and local communities’ vital programs - impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. Funding is distributed to states and communities each year.

Complete Count Committee
The City has formed a Complete Count Committee (CCC). The CCC is a resident committee responsible for education and outreach for the 2020 Census in Sugar Land. The purpose of the Committee is to inform residents about the importance and benefits of an accurate count. The Committee work began in September with an orientation and will extend through June 2020.

For more details, visit:
www.sugarlandtx.gov/1766/Census-2020


Splash Pad Is Coming To The Pool!
The Board is super excited about the improvements being done to the pool this offseason. Your Board of Directors have worked diligently to save the funds for this project over the last few years and spent many hours discussing and reviewing the many options for the best plan possible. Our community pool facility will be one of the Best in Sugar Land.


Improvements include:
• replacement of the chain link perimeter fence with Code compliant wrought iron style fencing
• extending the fence between the pool and clubhouse closer to the clubhouse to allow more room in the pool area
• the wooden deck will be removed and a cool deck installed in the pool area
• replacement of the pool coping and tile 

• a 1200 sq. foot splash pad will be installed in the corner next to the baby pool with several water features for kids of all ages (even the old kids) to enjoy
• new shade structures will be installed over the baby pool, splash pad area, and above the deck behind the deep end

We will keep everyone updated on the progress and will be cooking plenty more hot dogs at next year’s Weenie Roast to celebrate the new facility.


Boy Scout Troop #911 Entrance Flag Display

We are happy to have the Boy Scouts from Troop #911 displaying the United States of America flag at the community
entrances again in 2020. The Troop does not have the resources to offer individual home flag display but have graciously agreed to help our community show our love and support of our country. Thank you to all of the Scouts and their families.




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