On December 15, 2015, Jim Clement threatened sending out a maintenance fee to property owners within the Waterwood subdivision.
Clement has claimed since as early as Spring 2014 that he is the president of the Waterwood Park Property Owner’s Association (WPPOA). Property owners have asked him to show proof of the record that he was elected, as well as other WPPOA documents, but Clement refused to provide anything. Charlotte Rabe and Pedro Orduno also claim they are WPPOA board members, but they too have avoided answering information requests from property owners.
On January 16, 2015, the day after he called an illegal POA vote, Clement signed a special warranty deed, accepting the park land once owned by Waterwood Development Company.
At the City Council meeting on August 13, 2015, Clement was asked why he hadn’t handed over a document to the city. In response, Clement spoke about the people in Waterwood, saying
Since January 16th, more than 50% of the people who live in the Waterwood subdivision have failed to pay [the fee]. That’s why, and I’ll be perfectly honest with you, and I’m not going to pull any punches, the people who refuse to pay that $90 has caused the problem that we have here.
At the December 15th meeting the topic the City Council was addressing was the investigation of the park land by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Oil drums filled with an unknown substance had been buried in the park. Clement claims Jason Gale, son of GG Gale and part owner of the Waterwood Development Company, offered to remove the drums for Clement and that they were now gone.
Because Clement accepted the land under a special warranty deed, the responsibility of any contamination may fall on him and the WPPOA. Clement says the TCEQ is now wanting 3 to 5 soil samples and that each will cost approximately $1,000.
To pay for the cost of the samples, Clement said he plans on sending out a maintenance fee of $50 to Waterwood property owners.