Highlights of Pecan Grove MUD Meeting – February 28, 2023

The regular monthly meeting of the Pecan Grove Municipal Utility District was held at the Pecan Grove Community/Administration building on the evening of February 28, 2023. The next meeting is scheduled for March 28, 2023, in the PGMUD Community/Administration building at 3:30 p.m.

Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office
Monthly Contract Report for February 2023

PGVFD Report – February 2023

Parks Report

The new walking ramp at the back of Pecan Grove Park is in place and will need bollards and signage to restrict motor vehicle access.

One of the picnic tables in the pavilion will be replaced due to damage.

Rental activity of the Administration/Community building at Pecan Grove Park is increasing.

Operator’s Report

  • January 2023 testing showed that the drinking water system met the state and federal compliance standard for disinfection and there were no permit excursions for the month in wastewater.
  • The parts for the SWTP settling basin main shaft as well as for the primary chain are due on March 13,2023 and will be installed immediately after.
  • The SWTP high service pump #1 has been repaired and #2 pump is waiting for repair assessment.
  • The 16” intake line valve to the SWTP will be replaced by mid-March.
  • Water plant #3 booster pumps #3 and #4have been repaired.
  • The automatic transfer switch at Water Plant #3 repairs are complete.
  • The #1 booster pump at Water Plant #3 will be replaced when received.
  • The step screen at the WWTP will be repaired when parts come in mid-April.
  • The customer service number is 281-238-5000.

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Park Restrooms Closed

The Pecan Grove Park restrooms are closed until further notice due to broken pipes within the walls resulting from the recent winter freeze. We are working on repairs as diligently as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Fort Bend Flood Management Committee

Pecan Grove Municipal Utility District has joined the Fort Bend Economic Development Council (FBEDC) with other levee districts in the County to form the FBFMC (Fort Bend Flood Management Committee).

The purpose of this coalition is to come together to form a strong, collective voice to address federal, state, and local regulations and guidelines that affect leveed areas.  You can follow this committee on the FBEDC at the following link https://fortbendcounty.com/about-fbedc/committees/flood-management-committee.

The FBFMC has engaged consultants to work with the member districts to identify the issues and formulate legislative relief so we continue to benefit from the many years of successful flood management here in FBC.

In 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) changed how flood insurance (National Flood Insurance Program, NFIP) rates are calculated for your home and property.  A new rating system called Risk Rating 2.0 (RR 2.0) was introduced.  RR 2.0 supposably allows FEMA to determine premium rates per property based on factors such as proximity to a flooding source, 1st floor elevation, replacement cost of rebuilding, etc.  This is not a complete list because FEMA has not disclosed exactly how the rate engine is formulated.

In the past, premium rates were determined by mapped flood zones.  In the 100-year floodplain (aka, special flood hazard area or SFHA) federally-backed or regulated lenders must require that flood insurance be purchased and maintained.  Leveed districts in Ft. Bend County are accredited by FEMA, thus avoiding the SFHA designation. As a result, homeowners received Preferred Rate Policies, saving hundreds of dollars, and were exempt from this mandatory purchase of flood insurance.

Under the new NFIP RR 2.0, flood insurance has become a major concern as premium rates have increased, policy holder numbers across the country have started to decrease, and new guidelines are being implemented that potentially could have a negative effect on us and other levee districts.

Some of the current steps being taken by the EDC and FBFMC to address this concern are:

  1. Setting the goal of: Affordable, voluntary flood insurance for 100-year accredited levee protected areas,
  2. Requesting that accredited levees continue to exempt protected communities from SFHA designation and mandatory flood insurance purchase,
  3. Requiring FEMA to be transparent with the RR 2.0 methodologies and disclose the full actuarial premium on all NFIP flood insurance bills,
  4. Ensuring the data being used by FEMA to set RR 2.0 rates in leveed areas is correct.

Through our participation in the FBFMC under the EDC, this district will continue to monitor and challenge any change that goes against the best interest of our residents and businesses.

We trust you will stay engaged and support our efforts through this coalition on your behalf.