Highlights of Pecan Grove MUD Meeting – March 30, 2021

Trash and Recycle Information (WCA)

To report a recycle or trash problem please go to the District’s home page at www.pecangrovemud.com.

Recycle and trash hauling trucks look the same – BUT GO TO APPROPRIATE DESTINATIONS. Crews work from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (or later on heavy load days). Crews are not allowed to accept trash in a recycle container. WCA has been acquired.  Trucks markings and color may change.

Operator’s Report for the Board (EDP)

Management Summary

  • Significant Repairs From Previous Month: 19
  • In-Progress Water Distribution, Sanitary Sewer and Storm Water Repairs: 4
  • Water Plant #2 Generator Emergency Repair – On March 22nd, we had an emergency repair to the water plant #2 generator radiator. The estimated cost for replacement is $38,000.00 with a 6-8 week lead time. The radiator was found to be cracked and leaking following an extended run time during the freeze.

District Website

We continue to send updates to the website as needed. As of February 26, 2021, there are 3,613 email subscribers (+73).

  • Visitors to Customer Service Office: 313
  • Visitors to District’s Website Period Ending March 18:  1515
  • Customers Receiving News and Alerts: 3,632

 Parks Report (Time and Season, Inc.)

  1. T&S lowered the flags to half-staff from March 18th thru 22nd at Pecan Grove Park and Memorial Park in honor of the tragedy in Atlanta.
  2. T&S lowered the flags to half-staff from March 23rd and set to raise on March 27th at Pecan Grove Park and Memorial Park to honor the victims in Boulder, CO.
  3. T&S replaced broken parts on the flags pole at Memorial and Pecan Grove Park.
  4. Due to COVID-19, T&S completed additional cleaning as per the approval of the board for the month of February.

Action Item Request & Updates

T&S was authorized at the October meeting to fertilize and herbicide the new trees at Pecan Grove Park. This has been completed. We have also pruned the trees. Stakes have been removed and mulch is scheduled for first week of April. CDC fertilized and herbicide the parks and levee. The Pecan Grove Park was also treated for fire grass.

T&S also mulched all the trees along Mason Road and Memorial Park.

T&S reported last month the water was off at Pecan Grove Park following Winter Storm Uri due to numerous leaks in the building. We repaired 10 leaks within the plumbing in the wall, water fountain and toilet leaks. See pictures attached. We will paint the repairs on the wall the week of March 29th.

February  2021 PGVFD  Report

Contract Deputy Report

For the month of March:

Click here to view Projects Under Construction and Design.

News and February 23 Board Meeting Highlights

Extracts from Report by the District’s Operator (EDP)

Winter Storm Uri Effects

On Friday, February 12th, our operator, EDP, initiated our Emergency Response Plan in preparation for Winter Storm. On Tuesday, Feb 16th around 8:00 p.m. the District lost power in many sections of Pecan Grove. During this period water plant #2 (WP#2) and the waste water treatment plant changed over to generator power and continued to function as they should. The surface water treatment plant also switched to generator power, but that only powers the main building, so no water was able to be produced. The big concern was the loss of WP #1 which put the entire district’s water needs on WP #2. With water only being supplied by one water plant, pressure in the system did decrease quickly, but the plant programming kicked in and all booster pumps turned on to maintain system pressure. However, keeping all booster pumps running was unsustainable as it would have drained the ground storage tank faster than the well could refill it. At that point we decreased the pressure settings to just above the minimum required (35psi) and began looking for a way to get another plant online. In normal conditions, our pressure settings for the system are 55-60psi.

We determined the only viable alternative was WP #3, which has a generator, but was off line for maintenance. Our engineers, Odyssey Engineering Group was alerted and they contacted W. W. Payton, the contractors performing the maintenance, to see how close WP #3 was to being operational. Their team responded promptly and met us on site. We were able to run through the last few items to get the plant up and running around 1:00 AM on Wednesday, Feb 17th. Getting a second water plant on line resulted in minimal time of lower than normal, but safe, pressures throughout the system. Maintaining this pressure spared Pecan Grove MUD customers the Boil Water Notices experienced by many surrounding communities.

Due to Winter Storm Uri, Pecan Grove MUD was not able to read the water meters on February 15th. Therefore, we have billed each customer the same usage as their January bill. When we read meters in March, we will be able to correct any discrepancies. Please note, the February 15th date was prior to any leaks experienced due to the winter storm. If you had a pipe break at your house, please email customerservice@pecangrovemud.com to advise when the leak occurred and when it was repaired.

  • Significant Repairs From Previous Month: 19
  • In-Progress Water Distribution, Sanitary Sewer and Storm Water Repairs: 2
  • Lift Station #3 Lift Pump #2 Replacement: Authorization was requested to replace lift station #3 lift pump #2 for an estimated cost of $9,200.00. The current pump is out of production and replacement parts cannot be found.
  • Sidewalk Improvements From Previous Month: 1900 Block of Misty Falls Ln. Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole
  • Emergency Water Interconnect Usage: Harvest Green purchased water from the District Feb. 15 and 16.
  • Meter Replacement: We continue to replace meters as they approach the one and one half million gallon mark as well as hard to read and stuck meters. There is a total of 5,009 meters replaced to date, with 5 meter(s) replaced this month.
  • Water Production Period Ending January 15: 39,397,000 gallons
    • Ground water: 113,000 gallons
    • Surface water: 39,284,000 gallons (99.7%)
    • Adjusted Accountability 99.4%
  • Visitors to Customer Service Office: 401
  • Visitors to District’s Website Period Ending February 18: 2,725 (new record)
  • Customers Receiving News and Alerts: 3,601

Trash and Recycle Information (WCA)

Recycle and trash containers are not required to be placed in the street. They may be placed on the sidewalk or as close to the curb as practical.

To report a recycle or trash problem please go to the District’s home page at www.pecangrovemud.com. Leave the container near the street until it is picked up.

Recycle and trash hauling trucks look the same – BUT GO TO APPROPRIATE DESTINATIONS.

Crews are not allowed to accept trash in a recycle container.

Crews work from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (or later on heavy load days).

Operation of the Parks (Time and Season)

Winter Freeze – T&S was able to open the park during the freezing temperatures. On Wednesday, we received a call regarding a water leak in the park. Upon arrival, we found water coming from the bathroom building. Currently the water is off and we are scheduling a plumber to investigate all leaks.

T&S replaced all flags at Pecan Grove Park and Memorial Park.

T&S lowered the flags to half-staff from February 8th thru 10th at Pecan Grove Park and Memorial Park in honor of Congressman Ron Wright.

Due to COVID-19, T&S completed additional cleaning as per the approval of the board for the month of January.

T&S was authorized at the October meeting to fertilize and herbicide the new trees at Pecan Grove Park. This has been completed. We have also pruned the trees. Stakes and mulch will be completed in March.

T&S was authorized at the November meeting to move forward with tree trimming along area B (Pitts Road to Levee turns south); area C (Plantation Road South and around to end of area B – chain link fence); area A (FM 359 to Pitts Road) and area D (Timothy Ln to the north). This work has been completed.

Pecan Grove VFD Report for January

Sheriff’s Office Report for January 2021

There were a total of 5 BMV’s with 4 of them being in the Apartment complex. Most were unknown entry.

Click here to view Projects Under Construction and Design.

Freeze Protection Suggestions

With the temperature over the weekend beginning February 12 and into early next week expected to reach record lows, we would like to remind everyone to take the time to inspect and insulate their household water lines.

Below we have a diagram and instructions on how best to prevent damage to your irrigation system and back flow preventer.

Protect Your Backflow Preventer

Step 1:  Turn off the shut-off valve

On most residential backflow devices, there are two shut-off valves. These are typically covered in blue rubber and are located before and after the actual backflow device.

Step 2: Release the water pressure

Now that you have shut off the water valve, you must release the water that is in the device so that it doesn’t expand when it freezes and crack the device. With a flat head screwdriver, loosen the two bleeder valves (#3 and #4 as illustrated). The bleeder valves are usually located just under the plastic top of the backflow. Sometimes, they have rubber inserts you have to remove before you can see the flathead screw. When opening these, be aware that the water will spew out for a few seconds and your hands will get wet.  NOTE: If the water doesn’t stop spitting out after a couple minutes, you haven’t fully turned off the water in step 1.

Step 3: Leave the smaller bleeder valves open

This will allow the water to expand and freeze without being hindered and causing damage.

 Step 4: Insulate your Backflow

At almost all home improvements stores, they carry backflow preventer insulation materials.

Additionally, if your service line to your house is exposed to the air you should ensure that it is properly insulated. With an extended hard freeze a strong possibility the chance of an exposed service line freezing, cracking and then bursting when thawed is much higher. Taking these precautions now can save you time, money and a mess later.

News and January 26 Board Meeting Highlights

Trash and Recycle Information (Trevor Royal of WCA)

Recycle and trash containers are not required to be placed in the street.  They may be placed on the sidewalk or as close to the curb as practical.

To report recycle or trash problem please go to the District’s home page at www.pecangrovemud.com

Recycle and trash hauling trucks look the same – BUT GO TO APPROPRIATE DESTINATIONS.

Crews are not allowed to accept trash in a recycle container.

Crews work from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (or later on heavy load days).

Operation of the Parks (Marcus Campbell of Time and Season)

T&S lowered the flags to half-staff from January 10th thru 13th at Pecan Grove Park and Memorial Park in honor of US Capital Police Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood.

Due to COVID-19, T&S completed additional cleaning as per the approval of the board for the month of December.

T&S was authorized at the October meeting to fertilize and herbicide the new trees at Pecan Grove Park. This has been completed. We have also pruned the trees. Stakes and mulch will be completed in March.

T&S was authorized at the November meeting to move forward with tree trimming along area B (Pitts Road to Levee turns south); area C (Plantation Road South and around to end of area B – chain link fence); area A (FM 359 to Pitts Road) and area D (Timothy Ln to the north). This work is in process and expected to be completed by end of week January 25th

T&S was authorized at the September meeting to move forward with new playground equipment and “kiddie cushion” surface material for Windmill Park. These  improvements have been received and installed. T&S was also authorized at the November meeting to repair and paint the pavilion. This has been completed. See playground photo below.

Pecan Grove VFD Report for December (Chief Joe Woolley)

COVID-19 protocol continues as written.

Our PPE stock is in good shape for now.

Our call volume has increased each month over the last year, mostly due to our population increasing as Harvest Green fills up and Covid – 19 also plays a part. We are responding to positive cases sometimes daily, about 5 to 6 per week.

We have had about 17 volunteers take the Covid vaccine. Duty crew members are either taking it through their full-time department or declining to take it at all. Most are refusing the vaccine.

In December we had 3 duty crew members become positive and missed some work, they have all recovered and back to work.

I am still closing out 2020 but we responded to just over 1,100 calls for service, another record for PGVFD

Stay Safe and Healthy.

Joey

Sheriff’s Office Report  (Lt. W. Hasted)

Four of the BMVs occurred at the Apartment Complex. Two smashed windows, one unlocked and one unknown how entry was made.

Extracts from Report by District Operator (EDP)

Adjusted Water Accountability: 96.1%

Customer Visits to District Office:  365

Water Sources for Period Ending December 15:

  • Wells – 7,078,000 gallons, 15.5%
  • Surface – 38,471,000 gallons, 84.5%

Drinking Water Testing

We collected 15 bacteriological samples in the month of December 2020. Daily distribution system disinfection testing confirmed the drinking water system met the state and federal compliance standard for disinfection.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Effluent

There were no permit excursions for the month of December 2020. The Wastewater Treatment Plant is operating at 47% of the design flow.

Surface Water Treatment Plant Membrane Health Check

I was authorized at the October meeting to initiate an overall membrane system health check to be performed by PALL Water at the surface water treatment plant. This is scheduled for completion the week of February 17th.

Surface Water Treatment Plant Ammonia Monochloramine Analyzer Replacement

I was authorized at the November meeting to purchase and install a new 5500sc Ammonia Monochloramine analyzer. The analyzer has been delivered and we are scheduling installation and start up.

Surface Water Treatment Plant Low Range and Ultra High Range Turbidimeter Replacement

I was authorized at the November meeting to purchase and install three new TU5300sc low range and three new TU5400sc ultra high range turbidimeters. The turbidimeters have been delivered and we are scheduling installation and start up.

Surface Water Treatment Plant TCEQ Required Program Modifications

On January 13th, we moved forward with program changes to the PALL membrane system’s DIT (Direct Integrity Test) recording system for an estimated cost of $7,900.00. TCEQ has mandated that by April 2021 the DIT parameters shall change to record and report the lowest pressure of the test not the final reading. This was approved so that we would be at the front of the line of plants to be in compliance.

In-Progress Water Distribution, Sanitary Sewer and Storm Water Repairs: 10

Significant Repairs From Previous Month: 18

Water Meter Replacement

We continue to replace meters as they approach the one and one half million gallon mark as well as hard to read and stuck meters. There is a total of 5,004 meters replaced to date, with 2 meter(s) replaced this month.

Sidewalk Repairs

No sidewalks were repaired in December to minimize disruption of sidewalk traffic, Christmas decorations, etc.  However, next month sidewalk repairs will resume.

Visitors last month to PGMUD website: 1965

Subscribers to PGMUD News and Alerts: 3546

Click here to view Projects Under Construction and Design.

 

 

Tax Transparency

Information about the District required by Section 26.18, Texas Tax Code, created by Senate Bill 2 (also known as the Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act of 2019), is available below:

Section 26.18, Texas Tax Code

News and December 29 Board Meeting Highlights

Trash and Recycle Information (Trevor Royal of WCA)

Christmas tree recycle pickup dates:

Thursday, January 7th and 14th

Trees must be 5 ft or less in length (base must be removed) and free of flocking, lights, ornaments, etc.

Trash and recycle containers are not required to be placed in the street.  They may be placed on the sidewalk or as close to the curb as practical.

Problem reports or questions may be sent directly to WCA from the District’s home page at www.pecangrovemud.com.

Crews work from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (or later on heavy load days).

Recycle and trash hauling trucks look the same – BUT GO TO APPROPRIATE DESTINATIONS.

Crews are not allowed to accept trash in a recycle container.

Operations of the Parks (Marcus Campbell of Time and Season)

Due to COVID-19, T&S completed additional cleaning as per the approval of the board for the month of November.

T&S was authorized at the September meeting to move forward with new playground equipment for Windmill Park. The equipment has been received has been installed  The pictures below show the park on January 1.  All equipment is new and the remaining work is installation of Kiddie Cushion under the play equipment which should be completed by January 5, 2021.

T&S was authorized at the November meeting to repair and paint the pavilion at Windmill Park. This has been completed.

T&S was authorized at the October meeting to fertilize and herbicide the new trees at Pecan Grove Park. This has been completed. We were also authorized to prune, remove stakes, and mulch the new trees, this is pending completion.

T&S was authorized at the November meeting to move forward with tree trimming along area B (Pitts Road to Levee turns south for $9,750.00) and area C (Plantation Road South and around to end of area B – chain link fence $9,500.00). This work is in process. We were also authorized to herbicide and clean the toe of levee to fence line. This has been completed.

T&S is requesting authorization to move forward with tree trimming along area A (FM 359 to Pitts Road for $11,500.00) and area D (Timothy ln to the north for $2,500.00). We are also requesting authorization to hand clean the levee debris for $7,000.00. These items are included in the annual budget.

Pecan Grove VFD Report (Chief Joe Woolley)

There were 99 calls for service:

66 in Pecan Grove

15 in Waterside Estates

16 in Harvest Green

8  mutual support or  out of our service area

On Christmas day there was a kitchen fire at a residence on Pitts Road.  It was contained with minimal damage.

Our PGVFD staff is at full strength.

Sheriff’s Office Report

  • Dispatched Calls: 253
  • Traffic Stops: 49
  • Field Contacts: 3
  • Property Checks: 206
  • Arrest: 4
  • Case Reports: 28
  • Alarm Calls: 18
  • 911 Calls: 1
  • House Watch: 29
  • Burglary Vehicles: 5
  • Burglary Habitation: 0
  • Burglary Building: 0
  • Arrest Information: POM & Family Violence

4 of the BMVs occurred at the Apartment Complex. Two smashed windows, one unlocked and one unknown how entry was made.

Extracts from Report by District’s Operator (EDP)

Adjusted Water Accountability 98.2%

Water Source Last Period:  Wells: 10,630,000 gallons, Surface: 47,133,000 gallons (81.6%)

We collected 15 bacteriological samples in the month of November 2020. Daily distribution system disinfection testing confirmed the drinking water system met the state and federal compliance standard for disinfection.

We were authorized at the April meeting to update the wastewater treatment plant lights with dark sky compliant shielding. The shielding has been installed and is providing the desired effect.

Sidewalk Improvements From Previous Month

  • 1900 Block of Hanover Springs Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole
  • 2400 Block of Colonel Court Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole

We replaced the missing “No Motorized Vehicles” sign where Farmer Road crosses Bullhead Slough as reported at the November meeting.

Significant Repairs From Previous Month: 15

In-Progress Water Distribution, Sanitary Sewer and Storm Water Repairs: 8

Grease trap inspections were completed on November 11th with no businesses failing.

We continue to replace meters as they approach the one and one half million gallon mark as well as hard to read and stuck meters. There is a total of 5,002 meters replaced to date, with 9 meter(s) replaced this month.

Walk-in customers to the District’s Office: 311

We continue to send updates to the website as needed. As of November 30, 2020, there are 3,507 email subscribers (+14).

Visits last month to PGMUD website: 1545

Click here to view Projects Under Construction and Design.

Pecan Grove Christmas Tree Recycle Days

Let Us Recycle Those Christmas Trees!

Once again, the District will pick up – and recycle – all clean Christmas trees placed curbside. The dates for recycling are:

  • Thursday, January 7th
  • Thursday, January 14th

Please remove your tree base and make sure your tree is not over 5 feet in height before placing your tree curbside. Trees with flocking, lights, ornaments or other decorations can not be recycled, so place only clean trees at the curb by 7:00am. Please do your part this Holiday season to cut down on the unnecessary use of landfill space. We also encourage you – throughout the year – to fill up those curbside recycling bins. For items not accepted in bins, call or visit the Fort Bend County Recycle/Environmental Center at 1200 Blume Road, on the western edge of the Rosenberg city limits.

Hours of operation at the Fort Bend County Recycle / Environmental Center are:

  • Recycling:
    • Monday through Saturday 8:00am – 4:00pm (except holidays)
    • Closed on Wednesdays
  • Household Hazardous Waste:
    • Mondays 9:00am – 6:00pm
    • 1st Saturday of each month 8:00am – 2:00pm

The automated Recycling / Household Hazardous Waste information telephone line is 281-633-7527.

More information can be found on our web site, www.pecangrovemud.com, where we have a link to the Fort Bend County Recycle / Environmental Center website.

News and November 24 Board Meeting Highlights

Trash and Recycle Information Update by Trevor Royal (WCA)

  • Crews work from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (or later on heavy load days).
  • Recycle and trash hauling trucks look the same – BUT GO TO APPROPRIATE DESTINATIONS.
  • Crews are not allowed to accept trash in a recycle container.
  • Trash and recycle containers may be placed in your yard as close to the curb as practical.
  • Problem reports or questions may be sent directly to WCA from the District’s home page at www.pecangrovemud.com.

Parks Management Report by Marcus Campbell (Time & Season)

T&S was authorized at the October meeting to fertilize and herbicide the new trees at Pecan Grove Park. This has been completed. We were also authorized to prune, remove stakes, and mulch the new trees, this is pending completion.

T&S was authorized at the September meeting to move forward with new playground equipment for Windmill Park. The equipment has been ordered and is pending delivery. The installing will be completed upon receipt.

T&S is requesting authorization to move forward with repairs and paint to the pavilion at Windmill Park for an estimated cost of $3,000.00. This was included in the annual budget.

T&S is requesting authorization to trim trees along area B (Pitts Road to Levee turns south for $9,750.00) and area C (Plantation Road South and around to end of area B – chain link fence $9,500.00). We are also requesting authorization to herbicide and clean the toe of levee to fence line for a total of $4,000.00. These items are included in your annual budget.

Note: All of the foregoing action requests were approved

Sheriff’s Office Report by Lt. Hastedt

The following statistics reflect activity by the contract deputies during October:

  • 255 Dispatched Calls
  • 32 Traffic Stops
  • 267 Property Checks
  • 3 Arrests: DWI, Family Assault, Warrant
  • 1 Burglary of a Vehicle
  • 0 Burglary of a Habitation

Pecan Grove VFD Report by Chief Joe Woolley

  • 90 calls for emergency service.
  • 55 calls were located in Pecan Grove.
  • 20 calls were located in Waterside.
  • 9 calls were located in Harvest Green.
  • 5 calls were located outside of our district.
  • 1 call were to mutual aid another agency.
  • House fire in Waterside on 10/29/20 caused a large amount of fire damage as well as smoke and water damage.
  • A portable building fire next to a house in Pecan Grove (CIA) 11/1/20; no extension to the house – just scorched paint.
  • Normal medical calls, motor vehicle accidents, fire/medical alarms.

We sold 178 racks of ribs. Thanks for all who purchased one and special thanks to EDP (District operator) and WCA (District waste hauling company) for their substantial purchases.

With the Holidays here and everyone putting up their Christmas cheer, remember to be careful not to overload your circuits. If your cords or breakers are getting warm you are overloading them, Get them checked by a licensed electrician.

Stay Safe and Healthy

Extracts from Report by District’s Operator (EDP)

  • Water Accountability: 100%
  • Surface Water Treatment Plant Capacity: 81%
  • PGMUD Total Metered Water: 58,736,000 Gallons
  • Total Connections: 4,487
    (The Apartments count as one connection.)

We continue to replace meters as they approach the one and one half million gallon mark as well as hard to read and stuck meters. There is a total of 4,993 meters replaced to date, with
1 meter(s) replaced this month.

Walk-ins to Customer Service Office: 416

Visits to PGMUD Web Site: 1474
Email Subscribers for News and Updates: 3493 (+27 from last month)

Status of Items Previously Discussed and Authorized

Surface Water Treatment Plant Membrane Health Check

I was authorized at the October Meeting to initiate an overall membrane system health check to be performed by PALL Water at the surface water treatment plant. I have given notice to
PALL and we are in the process of scheduling the dates for the inspection to take place.

Water Plant #2 Booster Pump and Motor Replacement

I was authorized at the January meeting to replace booster pumps #1, #2, #3 and #4 and booster pump motor #1, #2 and #3 at water plant #2. All booster pumps and motors are
working as intended. Water Plant #2 is online.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Dark Sky Compliant Light Replacement

I was authorized at the April meeting to update the wastewater treatment plant lights with dark sky compliant shielding. We have installed test shielding and it is providing good results. We
will have the final design fabricated and installed before the December meeting.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Waste Activated Sludge Pump #1 Repair

I was authorized at the September meeting to repair the wastewater treatment plant waste activated sludge pump #1. The pump has been installed and working as intended.

Surface Water Treatment Plant Sludge Well Pump #2 Repair

I was authorized in the August meeting to repair the surface water treatment plant sludge well pump #2. The pump has been installed and working as intended.

Sidewalk Improvements From Previous Month

  • Jane Long League Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole
  • Country Mile Ct Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole
  • Country Mile Ln Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole

Repair Items Requiring Board Authorization

Surface Water Treatment Plant Ammonia Monochloramine Analyzer Replacement

I am requesting authorization to purchase and install a new 5500sc Ammonia Monochloramine analyzer for an estimated cost of $21,000.00. The new analyzer was approved in the current budget and I would like to proceed with the replacement.

Surface Water Treatment Plant Low Range and Ultra High Range Turbidimeter Replacement

I am requesting authorization to purchase and install three new TU5300sc low range and three new TU5400sc ultra high range turbidimeters for an estimated cost of $34,000.00. The new
turbidimeters were approved in the current budget and I would like to proceed with their replacement.

Note: All requested repair authorizations were approved.

Click here to view Projects Under Construction and Design.

News and October 27 Board Meeting Highlights

Report from Fire Chief Joe Woolley, PGVFD

Nothing big or out of the ordinary, Normal medical calls, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Fire/Medical Alarms.

  • 90 calls for emergency service
  • 59 calls were located in Pecan Grove
  • 19 calls were located in Waterside
  • 9 calls were located in Harvest Green
  • 2 calls were located outside of our district
  • 1 call was to mutual aid another agency

We have resumed in person training and meetings within CDC guidelines.

We would like to thank the community for their efforts in stopping the spread of the virus. Staying home, wearing face coverings and avoiding gatherings of 10 or more really helps us serve you.

Remember, if you experience a medical issue and feel like you need to be checked out, DO NOT wait to call because you’re afraid of the reports of the hospital situations. We will respond along with Fort Bend County EMS and evaluate your situation. If you do not need to go to the hospital, we will let you know. However, if it is serious and you do need to go, you will be transported. The important message here is don’t wait until it is too late.

In an effort to bring in some of our fundraiser dollars, we have put together a BBQ Rib sale. See below screen shot from PGVFD’s website.

We are selling a rack of ribs cooked and vacuum sealed by Harlem Road BBQ for $30.00 each. The packages vary in weight between 2.7 and 3.5 pounds. They will be ready for pick up at fire station 1 on Pitts Road Wednesday, November 25th from 4PM to 9PM. To order please go to www.pecangrovefire.org and click on “Pre-Order TODAY”. Deadline to order is November 17. For questions email bthompson@pecangrovefire.org.

I have a attached an e-mail I received from one of our residents. I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to brag a little. I feel Mr. Gaine’s e-mail gives a very accurate evaluation of your fire department.

Editor’s Note: The somewhat lengthy email praised PGVFD for their skill and professionalism in responding to an electrocution on September 18 when a person working on the gutters of a private home in Pecan Terrace was electrocuted and went into cardiac arrest. A passing motorist saw the panic situation and called 911. PGVFD arrived first followed shortly by Fort Bend EMS. Working as a team under great pressure these responders were successful in reviving the injured worker.

Report from Lt. Wayne Hastedt, FBC Sheriff’s Office

In the most recent reporting period there were 75 house watches, 0 burglaries, 25 traffic stops, 1 assault arrest, 2 warrant arrests and 1 car had its rear window broken out. The Sheriff’s Office will work closely with PG homeowner association leaders to keep traffic moving during the annual Christmas Lights Viewing season. Lt. Hastedt urges all homeowners to help keep traffic moving by using their driveways to keep parked cars off the streets as much as possible.

Operation of Parks

Flags were lowered to half-staff October 2 to honor National Fallen Firefighters Memorial and October 20 to honor Houston Police Sgt. Harold Preston.

The board approved purchasing new playground equipment for Windmill Park for an expected cost of approximately $68,000.

There were 4 pavilion reservations during October and it is reserved by the Cancer Walk for November 7

The board reviewed bids from five contractors for mowing of the parks and levee and for the performance of other functions related to maintaining the District. It was decided to accept the proposal of CDC Unlimited, LLC, the firm that has served the District for the past 20 plus years.

Excerpts from the Operator’s Report (EDP)

  • Total water produced last month 77,028,000 gallons (60.34% was surface water)
  • Adjusted water accountability 95.7%
  • Sidewalk replacements around manholes 7
  • Water meters which have reached 1.5 million gallons replaced last month 7

The board approved engagement of PALL Water to do an overall membrane system check at the surface water treatment plant at an estimated cost of $10,000. This check will consist of an onsite two-day review to help pinpoint problem areas and provide
recommendations to optimally operate the plant.

Each meter is read in 1,000-gallon increments and is recorded using only the first four numbers (shown in white). For the purposes of monthly reads and billing the numbers in black should be ignored.

If the small red dial on your meter is moving, there is some amount of water flowing through the meter and it may signify a leak on your private water line. To check for a leak, ensure that all water inside and outside of your house has been turned off and monitor the small red dial. Allow for the possibility that a refrigerator icemaker may come on or someone in the house may flush a toilet. But if the red dial continues to turn there may be a leak. Common sources of leaks are running toilets, dripping faucets, sprinkler systems and cracked or broken house lines.

District Administration Building

The board was advised by Method Architecture that construction drawings are almost complete for the proposed building which now measures approximately 4,104 sq. ft. Its exterior is planned to be a combination of natural stone and brick with parking in front and on the north and south sides. The building will be situated near the fire station in the front corner of the District’s park on Pitts Road. It is expected that construction bids will be opened November 17 and it is hoped that the board will be able to approve a contractor at its next regular meeting November 24, Once final decisions have been made on floor plan and exterior this data will be included in a future newsletter and posted on the District’s web site.

Click here to view Projects Under Construction.

Park Hours

The Pecan Grove MUD park will close at 5 pm on Halloween, October 31, 2020 and effective November 1, 2020 the park will close at 6 pm.

News and September Board Meeting Highlights

Public Hearing and Adoption of Tax Rate for 2021

PGMUD board president Ryan Yokubaitis opened the meeting conducted by telephone conference call and asked for public comment regarding the proposed tax rate for the coming year.  Paul Metcalf asked for clarification as to the exact rate and was advised that the proposed total tax would remain the same as last year at 63.5 cents per $100 of taxable value.  The board then adopted that tax rate by unanimous vote.

Report From Trash Hauling Company WCA

Trevor Royal representing WCA was asked why there had been a noticeable increase in garbage collection complaints in the previous 30 days.  He advised the board that in late August the company took delivery of six new trash hauling trucks and retired the old ones.  Unfortunately, all the new trucks required additional work and they were not able to be used on a full schedule.  Mr. Royal said the problems have been resolved and service errors should diminish sharply.

Report From PGVFD

Fire Chief Joe Woolley reported normal activity with no major fires or unusual events.  There were 85 calls for service as follows:  51 Pecan Grove, 18 Waterside, 10 Harvest Green, 6 Mutual Aid.

The fire department currently has 30 volunteers and is actively seeking to recruit up to 10 more.  Volunteers  should live in the PG area and be open to fire fighting training and once certified respond to emergency calls.  For information about the volunteer program go the PGVFD website:  www.pecangrovefire.org.

Report From FBCSO

Nobody from the Sheriff’s office was available to report.  However, the board voted to approve renewal of the patrol deputy contract for the new fiscal year beginning October 1.  The cost of the patrol contract is shared 20% by PGMUD and 80% by these homeowner associations which receive the patrol service :  POA, HOA and Grove CIA.

Report From Time and Seasons on Operations of the Parks

There were three pavilion reservations during September.

T&S lowered flags to half-staff on September 11, 2020 at Pecan Grove Park and Memorial Park in honor of Patriots Day.

T&S lowered flags to half-staff on September 19, 2020 at Pecan Grove Park and Memorial Park to honor Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Due to COVID-19, T&S completed additional cleaning as per the approval of the board for the month of August.

T&S is coordinating mowing proposals for District maintenance. I will present more information at the October meeting.

Excerpts From Operator’s Report  (EDP)

Water Accountability 99.5%

Total Water Produced 60,133,000 gallons (57.6% was surface water)

Action Items – Repair Items Requiring Board Authorization

The board approved new repairs totaling approximately $37,000.

Other Operational Matters

There were many water distribution, sanitary sewer and storm water repairs completed during the month

Meter Replacement:  EDP continues to replace meters as they approach the one and one half million gallon mark as well as hard to read and stuck meters. There is a total of 4,985 meters replaced to date, with 21 meter(s) replaced this month.

Sidewalk Improvements From Previous Month:  None

District Administration Building

At its August meeting the board reviewed proposed construction plans and decided to reduce the size of the proposed building and its parking area with the goal of making the total estimated cost be no more than $1,000,000.  The TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) has approved financing the building with $1,000,000 which is remaining from bonds originally issued in 2010 to pay for construction of the surface water treatment plant. The board was advised that the revised construction plans are 90% complete.

Visitors to the Pecan Grove MUD Website Last Month:  2,420

Report from the District Engineer (Odyssey Engineering Group)

PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Bullhead Slough Rehabilitation

The District is dredging silt out of Bullhead Slough and rehabilitating the side slopes which have eroded over time.  Project includes installing ShoreSox product at the water’s edge to stabilize and prevent future erosion.

Project includes eastern and middle sections of Bullhead.  Rehabilitation of the western section (nearest Mason Road) of Bullhead will be performed in the future with construction likely to begin in first quarter of 2021.

Contractor is complete with Phase 1 rehabilitation with only project clean up remaining.

Residents are reminded that, until contractor is completely demobilized, this will be an active construction site.  DO NOT enter construction site at any time.  Unauthorized access to the construction area places the unauthorized visitor and construction crews at risk.

Improvements to Raw Water Tanks at Surface Water Treatment Plant

The District is installing a floating mixer in each of the raw water storage tanks at the Surface Water Treatment Plant located off Skinner Road.  The mixers create constant movement in the raw water to limit sediment from settling to the bottom of the tank. In addition, stairs and walkways are being installed as part of this project to improve operator access to the tanks.

Project is under construction. Sediment in the west tank has been removed contractor will remobilize to complete construction on the project.

Electrical Improvements and Generator at Water Plant No. 2

The District is updating the electrical system including installation of a new generator at water plant no. 2 (located near the elevated storage tank).

Construction is nearing completion and the water plant is expected to be placed back in service in October.

North Pump Station Improvements

The District is improving the access to the north pump station by adjusting the headwall and grading modifications.  Project also includes automation of the pumps based on level of water in Bullhead Slough. The intent of this improvement is that if heavy rains cause water in Bullhead Slough to rise to a predetermined level and Oyster Creek is too high to allow gravity flow, the pumps will come on automatically and remove flood water into Oyster Creek (no manual intervention required).

Construction activity is nearing completion and expected to be fully complete in early October.

Improvements at Water Plant No. 3

The District is modifying the pumps and piping system at water plant no. 3 (located at the end of Willow Bend Dr.).

Notice to Proceed has been issued.  Contractor will mobilize in October to begin construction operations.

Completed Projects

Since the residents approved the bond authorization in 2018, the District has completed (or is nearing completion) of the following projects.

Upcoming Capital Improvement Projects

The following projects are included in the new fiscal year budgets and were authorized by the District to commence:

  • Automatic Transfer Switch for Water Plant 1 & Water Well 5
    Project includes installation of necessary components to allow the connection of a portable generator to provide electricity to the facilities, if the electrical grid is not providing the required electricity.
  • Epoxy Repairs on Structural Levee
    Project includes regrouting and applying of epoxy to maintain the structural levee walls in the District.
  • Bullhead Slough – Phase Two
    Project will dredge and rehabilitate the side slopes of the portion of Bullhead Slough between Oyster Creek and Farmer Road.
  • Main Channel Clean Out – Phase Two and Three
    Project includes dredging of the main drainage channel between Pitts Road and Plantation Road and the South Pump Station, located at F.M. 359
  • Purchase of Water-Gate Barriers
    District will purchase additional temporary flood fighting features to aid in deployment in key areas around the levee, specifically along FM 359.

The District has identified the following locations for deployment of the Water-gate barriers in the event of rising Brazos River flood waters:

  • Across F.M. 359 approximately 500-feet north of the intersection with Plantation Drive
  • Across F.M. 359 approximately 2,000-feet south of the intersection with Plantation Drive (just south of the Campanile at Jones Creek Senior Living Center
  • Across access road to District’s wastewater treatment facility
  • Across Southern Place Drive

Water-gate barriers will only be deployed in accordance with the District’s approved Emergency Action Plan (EAP).

The Water-gate barriers have many benefits and make deployment easier.  You can visit this website (http://www.hydroresponse.com/watergate.htm) to witness how the water-gate barriers work in rising flood waters.

Levee Survey

District will engage a surveyor to perform a full topographic survey of the levee, including redundant levee, structural levee and related storm sewer.

 

Pecan Grove MUD’s Water System

Many of our residents may have seen a news report about Brazosport area water being contaminated.

The water you receive is from PGMUD’s own water supply. PECAN GROVE MUD’s WATER SYSTEM IS NOT CONNECTED TO THE CONTAMINATED WATER FROM BRAZOSPORT.

Our water system is completely independent from either of these other systems and is regularly tested and exceeds the State’s requirements for water quality.

Tropical Storm Beta

Tropical Storm Beta is predicted to make landfall near Matagorda Bay without strengthening to a hurricane. As shown in the forecasts, TS Beta is likely to make landfall on Tuesday. We don’t expect this to be a severe wind event but because the current forecast and models continue to show TS Beta to be a relatively slow-moving storm, and the forecasted landfall west of the Houston metro area, there is potential for local flash flooding and street flooding.

Pecan Grove’s utility company, EDP, has enacted their Emergency Preparedness Plan. They are checking all of our facilities to confirm backup generator and alarm system operation. Their team will be out working the event when conditions allow for safe outside movement. EDP customer service staff will be answering phones at their main office (281-238-5000). If the forecasted conditions worsen they have the ability for the customer service staff to take calls remotely.

News and August Board Meeting Highlights

Excerpts From Operator’s Report (EDP)

Water Accountability
  • Percent Accountability 99.4 %
  • PGMUD Total Metered Water 64,457,000
  • Amount Produced 64,846,000
  • Amount Unaccounted for 389,000
  • Amount Used for Maintenance, Est. 50,000
  • Amount Lost Due to Known Leaks, Est. 150,000
  • Adjusted Accountability 99.7%

Water source last month: 75.6% surface (Oyster Creek) 24.4% ground (wells)

Lift Station #7 Fence Replacement

I was authorized at the May meeting to replace the lift station #7 driveway fence. The fence has been replaced and the work is excellent.

Sidewalk Improvements From Previous Month
  • 3102 Old South Dr Sidewalk Repair Surrounding District Manhole
  • 2203 Pleasant Shade Sidewalk Repair Surrounding District Manhole
  • 1915 Hanover Springs Sidewalk Repair Surrounding District Manhole
  • 1911 Hill Forest CT Sidewalk Repair Surrounding District Manhole
  • 1203 Mayweather Ln Sidewalk Repair Surrounding District Manhole
Action Items – Repair Items Requiring Board Authorization
  • Surface Water Treatment Plant Lobby Air Conditioner Compressor Replacement
    I am requesting authorization to replace the surface water treatment plant lobby air conditioner compressor for an estimated cost of $4,900.00. The current compressor is not able to hold a charge and repair is not possible.
  • Surface Water Treatment Plant Carrier Water Meter Replacement
    I am requesting authorization to replace the surface water treatment plant carrier water meter for an estimated cost of $4,000.00. The current meter is not reading correctly and repairing the current unit is not possible.
  • Surface Water Treatment Plant Sludge Well Pump #2 Repair
    I am requesting authorization to repair the surface water treatment plant sludge well pump #2 for an estimated cost of $7,900.00. The mechanical seals, bushings, and roller bearings are in need of replacement.
  • Surface Water Treatment Plant Forklift Repair
    I am requesting authorization to repair the surface water treatment plant forklift for an
    estimated cost of $3,000.00. The speed sensors and bearings for the rear wheels have gone bad and need to be replaced.
In-Progress Water Distribution, Sanitary Sewer and Storm Water Repairs
  • 08/07/20 1510 Giles Main Break Repair
  • 08/03/20 2015 Plantation Sewer Lateral Replacement
  • 07/28/20 1614 Mahan Service Line Repair
  • 07/27/20 2326 Woven Wood Dr Service Line Repair
  • 07/27/20 2915 Old South Dr Service Line Repair
Meter Replacement

We continue to replace meters as they approach the one and one half million gallon mark as well as hard to read and stuck meters. There is a total of 4,964 meters replaced to date, with 2 meter(s) replaced this month.

Pecan Grove Volunteer Fire Department Update

Fire chief Joe Woolley reported:

  • 118 calls for emergency service.
  • 70 calls were located in Pecan Grove
  • 28 calls were located in Waterside
  • 14 calls were located in Harvest Green
  • 6 calls were to mutual aid another agency or outside our area

Nothing big or out of the ordinary, but the volume of calls was noticeably higher than last month, Normal medical calls, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Fire/Medical Alarms.

Sheriff’s Office Update

Lt. Wayne Hastedt reported:

  • 215 dispatched calls
  • 0 burglaries or thefts (but 1 car left unlocked was ransacked)
  • 3 arrests
  • 1 traffic stop (officers have reduced contact to a minimum to avoid COVID-19 spread)

Renewal of Contract Deputy Contract

The PGMUD board reviewed a contract deputy budget proposal from Fort Bend County that would take effect when the next fiscal year begins October 1. That proposal calls for 3 deputies to be assigned to patrol Pecan Grove (but not Pecan Lakes which opted not to participate). The cost is expected to be $26,090 per month. Pecan Grove MUD would pay 20% of the cost and the 80% remainder would be shared by POA, HOA and CIA. The PGMUD board voted to approve the contract deputy proposal subject to approval by all three of the partner homeowner associations.

Update on Proposed Regional Park and Pickleball Courts

Commissioner Andy Meyers has led a push to develop the land north of Frost Elementary School and west of Mason Road into a regional park. That project got a big boost when Commissioners Court allocated it $2 million of the Parks Bond issue that voters will have an opportunity to approve in the upcoming November election.

Commissioner Meyers has also endorsed the building of Pickleball courts on land to be acquired adjacent to and just south of the Harlem Road park.

From Robert Pechukas, Manager of Policy & Administration, Commissioner Andy Meyers:

We have $2 million allocated in the parks bond for the potential regional park and another $250k for Harlem Road Park (for the pickleball courts). We have not moved forward with the Pickleball courts as of yet, but will get back on track after a few other items that are higher priority are finalized.

Operations of the Parks

Report by Marcus Campbell, Owner of Time and Season

  • Due to COVID-19, T&S (Time and Season) completed additional cleaning as per the approval of the board for the month of August
  • T&S coordinated with WCA to have recycle bins at the Pecan Grove Park. They were delivered on August 10th, and will remain until further notice by WCA. See photo below.
  • T&S treated fire ants at Windmill Park.
  • T&S is working with CDC to complete irrigation repairs and upgrades at Windmill Park. I expect this work to be completed by next week.

The Board reviewed the question of whether to change the name of Windmill Park. The consensus was to keep that name. The board also reviewed and referred to the Parks Committee the following suggestion made by Marilyn Ewing via the “contact” menu item on the District’s website. Her suggestions follow:

Place a picnic table in Gazebo, there are benches but no table. Update play equipment with bright and colorful and new design. Add on side or across street by basketball court. Adult outdoor exercise equipment. Parents or others can work out while kids play.

If you have a suggestion for an improvement or addition to any of the District parks, please send an email via the PGMUD website.

District Administration Building

The Board was informed that the building planning committee would meet August 26 with the architectural firm handling building design to further refine details for the building. The next step will be to produce construction drawings so that bids for construction can be obtained. This building is planned for the southeast corner of Pecan Grove Park on Pitts Road.

Bullhead Slough Silt Removal and Shoreline Stabilization

As previously reported, two sections of Bullhead Slough are being deepened and their shoreline fitted with a system to prevent erosion of their banks.

The brown object at the right center of the photo below is referred to as a dewatering bag. The bag(s) is filled by sucking silt from the bottom of the channel and storing it in a dewatering bag. Over approximately a 30 day period the water seeps out of the bag and finds its way back into Bullhead Slough. With the water gone what remains is dirt. To finish the job, the bag is cut open and the dirt removed and hauled away.

Miscellaneous Items

Current year to date collection of ad valorem taxes due: 98.35%

Last year to date collection of ad valorem taxes due: 98.40%

Total visitors to Pecan Grove Municipal Utility District website: 1,173

Total subscribers to News and Alerts: 3428

Construction Project Updates

Report From Justin Ring, Odyssey Engineering Group

PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Bullhead Slough Rehabilitation

The District is dredging silt out of Bullhead Slough and rehabilitating the side slopes which have eroded over time. Project includes installing ShoreSox product at the water’s edge to stabilize and prevent future erosion. Project includes eastern and middle sections of Bullhead. Rehabilitation of the western section of Bullhead will be performed in the future.

Contractor is complete with shore stabilization portion of the project and is approximately 50% complete with dredging operations.

Residents are reminded that this will be an active heavy construction site. DO NOT enter construction site at any time. Unauthorized access to the construction area places the unauthorized visitor and construction crews at risk.

Jones Creek Slope Rehabilitation

Construction is complete! The District wishes to thank the residents of Pecan Lakes for their understanding and patience during the construction of this project. The Contractor, Texas Wall & Landscape, did a great job in meeting the project goals and the project timeline.

Improvements to Raw Water Tanks at Surface Water Treatment Plant

The District is installing a floating mixer in each of the raw water storage tanks at the Surface Water Treatment Plant located off Skinner Road. The mixers create constant movement in the raw water to limit sediment from settling to the bottom of the tank. In addition, stairs and walkways are being installed as part of this project to improve operator access to the tanks.

Project is under construction. Sediment in the west tank will be removed in August and catwalk assembly will begin once that is complete.

South Pump Station Automation

The District is updating the electrical system to allow for the pumps at the south pump station to automatically turn on or off based on the water level in the main channel.

Project is complete.

Electrical Improvements and Generator at Water Plant No. 2

The District is updating the electrical system including installation of a new generator at water plant no. 2 (located near the elevated storage tank).

Construction has commenced; therefore, Water Plant No. 2 is currently non-operational due to construction activity. Due to improvements from Centerpoint that are required for the project, the plant is expected to placed back into service in later September/early October.

Improvements at Water Plant No. 3

The District is modifying the pumps and piping system at water plant no. 3 (located at the end of Willow Bend Dr.).

Notice to Proceed has been issued. Contractor is ordering the necessary components and construction is expected to begin once Water Plant No. 2 is back online.

North Pump Station Improvements

The District is improving the access to the north pump station by adjusting the headwall and grading modifications. Project also includes automation of the pumps based on level of water in Bullhead Slough.

Construction activity onsite has commenced. The contractor has completed the headwall that will improve operational access to the pump station and is currently grading the site.

Hurricane Laura Update

Due to the storm event and Waste Management closing their recycling center (for which they have no alternative), there will be no recycling service on Thursday, August 27. All other trash accumulations will be collected, i.e., household trash and bulk trash.

Your MUD District continues to monitor the conditions and changes in the forecast for Hurricane Laura.

We encourage everyone to stay informed by visiting your favorite local weather source, including the National Weather Service, the National Hurricane Center, and West Gulf River Forecast Center. If you have not ready done so, please remember to sign up for Emergency Updates from Fort Bend County.

Recycle and Bulk Pickup Resumed August 24

Effective Monday, August 24, recycle and bulk pickup service has been resumed.

Large recycle containers will remain in Pecan Grove Park on Pitts Road until Friday, August 28.

Pecan Grove MUD apologizes for this tardy notification. WCA informed us of the resumption of service a little after noon August 24.

Recycle and Bulk Pickup Suspended

We have been notified by WCA, our waste disposal company, that their work force has been negatively impacted by COVID-19 again.

Effective Monday August 10, 2020, recycling will be suspended in Pecan Grove until they can get their employees back from illness.

As an alternative, by noon August 10 there will be large roll-off containers placed at the back of Pecan Grove Park on Pitts Road, just south of our levee.

You can place your recycling (no trash or bulk) in these containers any day of the week during daylight hours when the park is open.

In addition to no recycling, there will be no bulk waste pickup during this service suspension.

Thank you for your understanding during these difficult times.

Pecan Grove MUD

News and July Board Meeting Highlights

Excerpts From Operator’s Report

PGMUD Total Metered Water: 51,455,000 gallons

Amount Produced: 59,304,000 gallons

Adjusted Accountability: 87.1%

Sidewalk Improvements From Previous Month

  • 1806 Pilgrim Journey
Tree Removal

I am requesting authorization to remove a group of District owned trees along the property line of 902 Bent Creek Ct for an estimated cost of $5,200.00. The homeowner would like to replace their fence, but the trees have grown into the property line, preventing the work from being done. At the meeting the board approved this request.

Meter Replacement

We continue to replace meters as they approach the one and one half million gallon mark as well as hard to read and stuck meters. There is a total of 4,962 meters replaced to date, with 3 meter(s) replaced this month.

Message Language on Next Water Bill

The customer service office will be closed and there will be no garbage pick-up or recycling on Labor Day, September 7th. Normal pick-up will resume on September 10th.

If you have an outside leak or sewer problem, call us before calling a plumber. We are here to help 24/7.

Operation of the Parks

  1. Due to COVID-19, T&S completed additional cleaning as per the approval of the board for the month of July.
  2. Termite treatment was completed at Windmill Park.
  3. Mosquito treatment was completed at Pecan Grove Park & the Levee.
Action Item Request & Updates

I was authorized last month to make repairs to irrigation at Windmill Park. This has been completed.

The board discussed whether the park recently acquired from the Pecan Grove POA should continue to be called “Windmill Park.” It was decided to ask the parks committee to study the question of name and what additional facilities should be built. The public therefore has an opportunity to suggest names and improvements for the park. One easy way to accomplish this  is to go to www.pecangrovemud.com and on the menu line select “contact.” Scroll down and find the contact form. You can send your suggestion to individual directors or the entire board.

Pecan Grove Volunteer Fire Department Update

Fire chief Joe Woolley reported that according to Fort Bend County there are 36 active COVID-19 cases in the PGVFD coverage area: Pecan Grove, Waterside and Harvest Green.

The board reviewed and approved the PGVFD audit report for last year and the proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2020 which continues fire protection service fee at $11.00 per household.  As a part of the discussion about the budget it was observed that the service fee has remained constant for 5 years and there appeared to be a consensus among the PGMUD board members that beginning the fiscal year starting October 1, 2021 it would be reasonable for the fire department to request a rate adjustment in line with the consumer price index (CPI). Chief Woolley’s report continues below:

  • 81 calls for emergency service
  • 47 calls were located in Pecan Grove
  • 19 calls were located in Waterside
  • 12 calls were located in Harvest Green
  • 3 calls were located outside of our district
  • 0 calls were to mutual aid another agency

Nothing big or out of the ordinary, normal medical calls, motor vehicle accidents, fire/medical alarms.

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases, I have suspended in person training and meetings through the end of July. We will review the situation at the end of the month and make the decision to continue the suspension or open back up and at what level.

We would like to thank the community for their efforts in stopping the spread of the virus. Staying home, wearing face coverings and avoiding gatherings of 10 or more really helps us serve you.

Remember, if you experience a medical issue and feel like you need to be checked out, DO NOT wait to call because you’re afraid of the reports of the hospital situations. We will respond along with Fort Bend County EMS and evaluate your situation. If you do not need to go to the hospital, we will let you know. However, if it is serious and you do need to go, you will be transported. The important message here is don’t wait until it is too late.

It is the time of the year when the tropics fire up. Make sure you are ready, stock up on water, non-perishable food items, batteries, keep your vehicles filled with fuel etc. If you have a portable generator and we lose power, remember Safety First. Don’t run the generator indoors, not even in the garage. Carbon Monoxide is deadly. Also watch out for electrical shock.

Sheriff’s Office Update

No representative of the Sheriff’s office signed in to the meeting.

Bullhead Slough Improvements

The photo below illustrates two major improvements being carried out on two sections of Bullhead Slough. The floating platform in the waterway is directing a large hose which is sucking silt from the bottom to deepen the channel. The increased depth will improve Bullhead Slough’s capacity as a storm water detention facility. A deeper channel will also improve reliability of the aerators and help reduce growth of vegetation.

Also illustrated is the installation of a shoreline maintenance system called ShoreSox. The material is anchored in place along the shoreline and grass sod will be installed which will grow through the ShoreSox. The resulting system has been proven effective in maintaining the integrity of waterway shorelines in other areas.

Jones Creek Slope Repair Update

The work to stabilize the bank of Jones Creek adjoining Pecan Lakes has been completed.  The bank has been lined with steel cages of rocks whose purpose is to allow flood water that soaks the bank behind the baskets to drain quickly to the creek. The picture below was taken midway through the project and illustrates the rock-filled cages in place.

Administration Building Update

The board received a report that construction drawings would be delivered the week beginning August 3.  After these drawings are received, bids will be solicited for construction of the building.  It was decided to hire two contractors:  one to do the site preparation and the other to construct the building.

PecanGroveMUD.com Website Activity

Visits to the site last month: 1,862

Total subscribers to News and Board Meeting Highlights: 3,378

Odyssey Engineering Report on Construction Projects

Please click here:  www.pecangrovemud.com

Construction Project Updates

PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Bullhead Slough Rehabilitation

The District is dredging silt out of Bullhead Slough and rehabilitating the side slopes which have eroded over time.  Project includes installing ShoreSox product at the water’s edge to stabilize and prevent future erosion.  Project includes eastern and middle sections of Bullhead.  Rehabilitation of the western section of Bullhead will be performed in the future.

Notice to Proceed has been issued for July 6, 2020 and Contractor will mobilize shortly thereafter.  Contractor has begun stabilization of the side slopes and will begin draining and dredging Bullhead in August.

Residents are reminded that this will be an active heavy construction site.  DO NOT enter construction site at any time.  Unauthorized access to the construction area places the unauthorized visitor and construction crews at risk.

Jones Creek Slope Rehabilitation

Construction has commenced on the Jones Creek Slope Rehabilitation project, which consists of installation of gabion basket erosion protection system along the west side of Pecan Lakes, adjacent to Jones Creek.  Project is expected be under construction through Summer 2020.

Construction is substantially complete!  Contractor will continue to clean up the project site.

The Contractor is allowed to work from 7 a.m. until sunset for seven days a week. At this time, the Contractor does expect to work seven days a week in order to achieve the project delivery schedule.

Residents are reminded that this is an active heavy construction site.  DO NOT enter construction site at any time.  There has been unauthorized access to the construction area which places the unauthorized visitor and construction crews at risk.

Improvements to Raw Water Tanks at Surface Water Treatment Plant

The District is installing a floating mixer in each of the raw water storage tanks at the Surface Water Treatment Plant located off Skinner Road.  The mixers create constant movement in the raw water to limit sediment from settling to the bottom of the tank. In addition, stairs and walkways are being installed as part of this project to improve operator access to the tanks.

Project is under construction.  Sediment in the west tank will be removed in August and catwalk assembly will begin once that is complete.

South Pump Station Automation

The District is updating the electrical system to allow for the pumps at the south pump station to automatically turn on or off based on the water level in the main channel.

Notice to Proceed has been issued and Construction is nearly complete which will allow the Contractor to control the pump station remotely in times of inclement weather.

Electrical Improvements and Generator at Water Plant No. 2

The District is updating the electrical system including installation of a new generator at water plant no. 2 (located near the elevated storage tank).

Notice to Proceed has been issued.  Construction has commented.  Water Plant No. 2 is currently non-operational due to construction activity; however, the plant is expected to placed back into service in early August 2020.

Improvements at Water Plant No. 3

The District is modifying the pumps and piping system at water plant no. 3 (located at the end of Willow Bend Dr.).

Notice to Proceed has been issued.  Contractor is ordering the necessary components and construction is expected to begin in Summer 2020.

North Pump Station Improvements

The District is improving the access to the north pump station by adjusting the headwall and grading modifications.  Project also includes automation of the pumps based on level of water in Bullhead Slough.

Construction activity onsite has commenced with the contractor removing the existing concrete slope paving.

Bullhead Slough Rehabilitation

Scope of Work

Bullhead Slough (“Slough”) is a manmade channel that serves as an inline detention/amenity basin. The slough consists of three segments. All three segments are bounded on the north and south by Victoria Gardens Drive and Old Dixie Drive, respectively. The first segment, Eastern Pond 3, begins at Colonel Court Drive and ends at Old South Road. The second segment, Middle Pond 2, begins at Old South Road and ends at Farmer Road. The third segment, Western Pond 1, begins at Farmer Road and ends at the outfall into Oyster Creek. This project includes the first and second segments, or Eastern Pond 3 and Middle Pond 2. The third segment, Western Pond 1, will be rehabilitated under a different project in the future.

Existing Conditions

Over time the Slough’s side slopes have eroded. The diminished side slopes reduce the slope’s stability and can lead to worsening slope failures. Additionally, silt, or very fine dirt, has been deposited along the entirety of the Slough as a result of slope erosion and run-off. Silt has built up and reduced the depth of the Slough and created islands of vegetation growth. The shallower water leads to mosquitos, algae, and vegetation as well as reduces detention volume. Finally, the build-up of silt disrupts the fountains within the Slough.

Proposed Conditions

This project will resolve both of the existing condition issues of failed side slopes and silt build-up by removing the silt by dredging and restoring the side slopes with ShoreSOX installation. The dredged material is pumped into a dewatering bag to dry and then is hauled off-site and legally deposited. ShoreSOX re-stabilize shorelines using an open-ended containment system that is filled with locally sourced organic material. The ShoreSOX are then seeded to allow vegetation to grow through the sock and halt soil erosion.

Schedule

The Notice to Proceed will be issued on July 6, 2020 and the project is expected to be completed in November 2020.

Procedure

The Contractor, Storm Water Solutions, will begin by prepping the ShoreSOX along the edges of the most eroded side slopes. They will stage the primary dewatering bags on the northeast side of the Eastern Pond 3. They will also stage auxiliary/backup dewatering bags near the southwest side of Western Pond 1. The Contractor will then use a crane to place the hydraulic dredge into Eastern Pond 3. The dredge will remove silt via pumping into the dewatering bags. The dewatering bags will be surrounded by haybales as stormwater pollution prevention and to prevent any silt from reentering the slough. The dewatered material will be tested for acceptability for filling the ShoreSOX in lieu of imported soil/mulch. If unsuitable, the dewatered materials will be loaded into trailers and hauled off-site for legal disposal. This process will be repeated for Middle Pond 2.

The Contractor is allowed to work from 7 a.m. until sunset for seven days a week. At this time, the Contractor does not expect to work seven days a week in order to achieve the project delivery schedule. Weekend schedules will be approved on an as needed basis.

Residents are reminded that this is an active construction site. DO NOT enter construction site at any time.

News + June Board Meeting Highlights

Fourth of July Fireworks Postponed (Excerpts From PG POA Report)

After reviewing the latest rising trends with COVID-19 cases in the Houston area in the past two weeks, and considering the guidance of local health officials, the POA Board has decided to POSTPONE our scheduled July 4th Fireworks event until later this year.

We are thankful to Sky Wonder Pyrotechnics (Fireworks Vendor), PGVFD and MUD board for their efforts to help us pivot and keep the show going on at Pecan Grove Park off Pitts Road on short-notice…we ALL wanted to make this work for the community.

FEMA Urges Flood Insurance Purchase

Recently PGMUD received a message from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) asking the District to suggest that residents purchase flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). They asked that Pecan Grove residents be made aware of these informative web sites:

Please be aware that Flood Insurance must be purchased 30 days prior to any flooding event in most cases.

Flood Insurance Coverages and Claims

Flood Maps and Flood Map Changes

Excerpts from EDP Report (The District’s Operator)

  • Pecan Grove MUD has again this year continued the designation of Superior Water Quality from TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality).
  • Water Accountability: 99.3 % (Total gallons produced 59,908,000, Total metered 59, 507,000)
  • Water Source:  Surface water 75.7%,  Ground (wells) water 24.3%
  • Sidewalk Improvements From Previous Month
    • 1915 Hanover Springs Sidewalk Repair Surrounding Water Valve

We continue to replace meters as they approach the one and one half million gallon mark as well as hard to read and stuck meters. There is a total of 4,958 meters replaced to date, with 1 meter(s) replaced this month.

Report from Marcus Campbell of Time & Season (The District’s Park Manager)

  • Due to COVID-19, T&S completed additional cleaning as per the approval of the board for the month of June.
  • I was authorized last month to install Kiddie Cushion at the Pecan Grove Park. This is complete.
  • I was authorized last month to install sand in the volleyball area at Pecan Grove Park. This is complete.
  • T&S installed sand in the volleyball court and playground at Windmill Park. The pavilion and playground equipment have been cleaned.
  • I am requesting authorization to repair irrigation at Windmill Park for an estimated cost of $3,000.00.
  • I am requesting authorization to repair the expansion joints inside the pavilion as well as sidewalks at Windmill Park for an estimated cost of $7,000.00.

Report From Fire Chief Joe Woolley

  • 80 calls for emergency service.
  • 49 calls were located in Pecan Grove
  • 15 calls were located in Waterside
  • 11 calls were located in Harvest Green
  • 3 call were located outside of our district
  • 2 call were to mutual aid another agency
  • Nothing big or out of the ordinary, Normal medical calls, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Fire/Medical Alarms.
  • As most of you are aware, we have our annual 5 Miles My Way fun run coming up on July 4th. Over the past couple of weeks, we have been consulting with our county health officials discussing the rising numbers of Covid 19 cases, the precautions we need to put in place and recommendations to the public attending the event. The County Health Officials recommend that the department not hold the event due to the current spike in COVID-19 cases, the current hospital situation, the number of participants and the inability to maintain adequate social/physical distancing during certain times of the event.As your Fire Chief, it is my duty to do what is best to maintain the safety of the participants and residents of the community that we love and serve. Taking everything into consideration for the safety of our community and our personnel, I have decided to postpone our Annual 5 Miles My Way fun run to later in the year (date TBD, but possibly Labor Day or Thanksgiving Week).

    This was a very difficult decision to make. Our annual 5 Miles My Way fun run has been held for over 30 years and it brings our community together as we celebrate July 4th. This is one of two annual fundraisers that combined, provide approximately $40,000.00 to our annual budget. Both events have now been postponed as the safety of our community is our top priority.
  • Our Golf tournament has been moved to October 19, 2020. There will be more information coming out as this date gets closer.
  • Our annual audit has been completed and sent to Mrs. Miller, for your review.

Report From Trevor Royal of WCA (The District’sTrash Hauling Service)

  • Effective with the next contract year which begins October 1, the fee for trash hauling will be reduced from $13.14 to $12.98 per household.
  • An updated recycle flyer outlining permissible and non-permissible items is now available at  https://www.pecangrovemud.com/trash/  This flyer will be included as an insert with the next water bill.

Excerpts from Off Cinco Report (The District’s Website Provider)

  • Visitors to PGMUD’s website: 1570
  • Subscribers to News and Alerts: 3370

Odyssey Engineering Report on Construction Projects

FEMA Urges Flood Insurance Purchase

Recently PGMUD received a message from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) asking the District to suggest that residents purchase flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). They asked that Pecan Grove residents be made aware of these informative websites:

Please be aware that Flood Insurance must be purchased 30 days prior to any flooding event in most cases.