Kingwood residents should soon be able to enjoy a new entrance into the community. Dee Price, president of the Kingwood Service Association, or KSA, announced at a meeting on July 17 that construction is finally under way. “The project has started, beginning with draining the lake.” Plans for the project have been available since last summer for a new replacement pylon in the man-made lake on the north side of the intersection, bearing “Kingwood” in large letters. Two blade walls will become a part of the landscaping plan. The new entrance is a joint project between KSA and TxDOT. State financial issues had previously delayed construction. A completion date for TxDOT’s portion of the entrance project has not yet been determined. Price said that TxDOT’s involvement in the area involves more than the Kingwood entrance, and extends from the San Jacinto River to north of Northpark. “KSA’s portion is scheduled to be completed in October,” said Price. Construction of the Kings Crossing entrance beautification project is also well under way. Kings Crossing representative Rick Alspaugh said that concrete had been poured on July 17. “You look at something in a picture for four years, and think that looks pretty good,” Alspaugh said. “They actually start building it, and it looks pretty big.” When asked about a completion date, Alspaugh responded with humor. “It was scheduled for completion about three years ago.” Current timelines indicate that the project should be finished in 60 to 90 days. Alspaugh explained that stones should be set in place within the next week. In a separate agenda item, KSA approved a refund of dues to Kingwood Place Village. An oversight had caused the association to double-pay fees for at least two years. Of the 30 or more villages that pay fees to KSA, Kingwood Place is the only organization that also pays a commercial association. The double payments are a result of this situation, as residents were paying dues to both KSA and the management association. In April, the board approved a refund of $14,102.28 for funds expended in 2007. Further research indicated that refunds were also necessary for 2006. The exact amount has yet to be been determined. In other business, the former board vice president Howard said goodbye to KSA. Active in community organizations for over 20 years, Pitman recently resigned following issues concerning pool safety in his local community association. “I felt I could no longer serve,” said Pitman. Members of Kings Forest association had voted to eliminate lifeguards at the community pool in favor of passkeys. “We sought legal counsel and it was indicated that there might be some liability,” said Pitman. Although Pitman told KSA that he bears no ill will, he resigned shortly thereafter. The resignation from the Kings Forest association made him ineligible for a seat on the KSA board, and for his position as vice president. Price expressed gratitude for Pitman’s years of service. “On behalf of the board, thank you for your commitment to the community.” A replacement for the position of vice president has not been determined. The Kingwood Service Association board meets quarterly. For more information, see their Web site at Photo: Concrete has been poured for the beautification project at Town Center. Photo by Kim Melchor

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