Welcome to Twin Forks Estates
A gated subdivision located on the Frio River in Real County, Leakey, Texas.
The Frio Communities Improvement Association (FCIA) Board of Directors and Twin Forks Neighborhood would like to welcome you!
As a courtesy to you and our fellow property owners, the Homeowners Association (HOA) is providing the following information regarding our history, the care of the property, the location of certain amenities, and the expectations of our Owners.
- Twin Forks was originally developed in the mid-Seventies and has seen an increase in building and in property sales. Developers recognized the beauty and potential of this old ranching area and sought to create a community that would continue caring for the environment and respect the tranquility and beauty of our river parks and common areas. Therefore, ByLaws, Deed Restrictions, Covenants and Policies govern our association today. The elected five-person Board of Directors (five-year term) has the responsibility of adhering to the governing documents as well as issuing Annual HOA dues. As of January 2021, FCIA charges $190 a year per lot, billed in February and due by May 1, and to meet future needs and according to Texas HOA Law, may increase 10% per year.
- NOTE: Twin Forks DOES NOT allow weekend, vacation or short-term rentals, and requires a 9-month lease for long-term rentals. (See Leasing Policy)
- The ByLaws were established by the original developers, with adjustments made in Policies to accommodate the needs of a growing community. Acknowledging the HOA rules and conforming to community standards help keep Twin Forks beautiful, safe and with strong property values.
- Twin Forks developed with three distinct sections: Unit 1, Unit 2, and Unit 3, each with some differences, such as camping and mobile homes restrictions. New constructions, fencing, in-ground swimming pools, add-ons or remodels, mobile and storage move-ins/move-outs, and driveway work all require FCIA board approval before starting construction of any kind. Failure to get board approval could result in a fine. Email us! (See Construction Fee Structure)
- We have two very nice, well-established private parks that are accessed through keyed gates. Cathedral Park is located where the “twin” East and West Prongs or “forks” of the Frio River merge, and is connected to Pioneer via a rocky pathway. All property along that pathway is private (the river is public), so entering such is trespassing against neighboring owners. Both parks are maintained by volunteers (including you), and both parks are protected by gates which we ask to remain closed and locked while you and your invited guests are enjoying the areas. Property owners are responsible for guests at all times. Owners are issued one park key per lot at no cost, by signature in our Key Log. (See HOA and Water Fees List for additional park key charges.) NO CAMPING, NO CAMPFIRES ALLOWED AT EITHER PARK. For the convenience of owners, a brush pile disposal is located near Pioneer Park for brush only (no non-combustibles or household garbage). Clean air and environment matter. NO DUMPING JUNK! Household garbage may be arranged for pickup by calling private waste collections companies (local) Rio Brewster Waste Management, or (not local) Knox Waste Management. Occasionally the Board opts to bring in a dumpster (for a limited time) placed near the brush pile to help Owners keep properties clean and tidy, we will notify you when such arrangements through email and Our Twin Forks Facebook. Two electric utility companies service the Twin Forks area: Bandera Electric Co-op (BEC) and American Electric Power (AEP).
- Your Twin Forks property will always be referred to by Lot Numbers when dealing with HOA issues. However, your delivery address for UPS, FedEx, etc) is the same as your 911 address, which were assigned in later years by Real County. The is no correlation between our Lot numbers and the assigned 911 addresses, and each individual Owner must contact Middle Rio Grande Development Council to acquire the 911 address assigned to their property. You will notice that many properties have two numbers displayed for this reason, one being the Lot Number and the other being the 911 identifier so the ambulance or fire truck can find you, as well as deliveries. Additionally, Lots with water meters have a separate Water Account Number (printed on water bills). Yes, three different numbers (Lot/911/Water Account)!
- Twin Forks is a private, gated subdivision. We value our security and our privacy, and we expect you to do the same (See 2015 Gate Policy) Every Owner is issued unique gate codes and/or an opportunity to lease remotes (clickers). Twin Forks/FCIA will accept no responsibility associated with entry/exit gates. We do not employ security guards, and board members do not act in law enforcement issues. We believe in effective neighborhood community watch and encourage neighbors to watch out after each other and dial 911 when an emergency arises. Surveillance cameras are installed and recorded on the entry/exit gates, and each of our Park gates, and information gathered on these devices will be provided to law enforcement. (See HOA and Water Fees List for surveillance review request fees.) If damage occurs to any gate equipment, email us immediately, replacement/repair costs will apply.
- The Helicopter Landing Zone near the HOA office Medi-Vac LZ Coordinates are: 29 deg 735634 N, and 99 deg 746689 W, and we recommend the AirMedCare Network (see their website for additional info.) Driving or parking on the HLZ is prohibited, but the zone doubles as a play zone for basketball.
- For information about pets and animals, see Pet Policy, which requires that you leash (and secure said leash) your dog(s) when off your property. Twin Forks is a private subdivision and we maintain all our roads, water plant/wells and amenities with our annual HOA dues and the help of volunteers. Our speed limit is less than 20 mph, with great emphasis placed on the safety of numerous pedestrians, bicycle riders, and slow-moving golf carts and ATV’s (which are asked to yield to normal traffic). It is recommended that young drivers on carts, ATV’s and scooters are monitored by Owners, have Driver’s Licenses and wear helmets as safety precautions. FCIA Twin Forks will accept no responsibility associated with vehicle-related accidents.
- FCIA Twin Forks owns and operates its own water plant with accountability to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and we employ licensed and experienced water operators who perform other water-related duties. Your property most likely is (or soon will be) equipped with a water meter which has a serial number, and you have a Water Account Number. We use a reliable computer software program called RVS which tracks and records your water usage, bills and payments. Water bills are mailed at the end of the billing cycle (around the 25th), and payments are due by the 15th or a $15 late fee is applied. You may pay your water bills by personal check, drop in the HOA office door slot, mail it, or set up Bill Pay with your personal online banking. (See How to Pay Water Bill for more info.) As of 2021, the monthly minimum for 3000 gallons or less is $29.12. Owners are responsible for all water maintenance and repairs on their property, the HOA is responsible for the maintenance of supply water lines and water meters. (See HOA and Water Fees for additional info.)
- Twin Forks began a sewer project in 2010 funded by the Nueces River Authority which will install updated sewer lines throughout and will do away with all septic systems, and completion is set for 2021. Monthly sewer rates of $46.88 will be added to water bills.
- A list of the FCIA Board of Directors and their phone numbers is located on the bulletin board at the HOA office at 259 Bud Danner. Normal regular monthly meetings are held at the HOA office at 9 am on the last Saturday of each month (except Holidays). Our traditional Annual HOA Meeting is held the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend, 10 am at Cathedral Park. However, Covid-19 Pandemic precautions are now in place until further notice. If you have any HOA issues you wish to present to the board, please feel free to contact us through our email, and replies will be prompt.
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