“Stay-At-Home” Order Extended Through April 2020

The Fort Bend County’s “Stay-At-Home” order dated March 12, 2020 has been extended through the end of April 2020.

All playground equipment shall remain closed.

The order does encourage outdoor activity, like walking, biking, hiking, or running. Please enjoy the park responsibly.

Announcement From PGMUD’s Trash Collection Company

Please share this news with your neighbors who may not be getting these email blasts and may not be reviewing the website.

At WCA our highest priority continues to be the health and well-being of our customers and staff during an evolving situation. Last night we learned that one of our drivers has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. As a precaution the helpers and other drivers who have been in close contact with this driver have been quarantined.

How This Will Affect Your Service

For now, our priority will shift to collect the normal household waste first. This is the material that begins to breakdown and decompose first in the Houston heat. This means that residents need to separate their normal household waste from their bulk waste to ensure proper and timely collection.

A two-item maximum for bulk, per home, will be picked up on your scheduled service day. WCA will not be collecting carpet or construction materials as regular collection related to this event.

We are suspending recycle service until further notice.

  • As an alternative the Fort Bend Recycle and Environmental Center, located at 1200 Blume Rd, Rosenberg, Texas, will accept the following on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as self-serve drop off only between the hours of 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
    • Acceptable Items
      • Cardboard
      • Paper
      • Glass
      • Plastics number 1 & 2

Please note suspended services due to this event will not be made up or pushed to another service day.

WCA Waste Services made these decisions due to the severity of the conditions, and safety concerns to our community and the WCA family. We thank you for your partnership and for your patience and continued trust in WCA/VF Waste Services.

Pecan Grove Park on Pitts

The park will be closed tomorrow Tuesday, March 24th and Wednesday, March 25th for more park improvements.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Fire Hydrant Flushing Delay

Fire hydrants in Pecan Grove are flushed annually.

Flushing was scheduled for this week, but because flushing can increase the presence of iron in your home water and the brown tinge to the water, we are delaying the flushing for about a month.

Of course, the longer we wait the more iron will appear in your tap water.

This delay is in conjunction with the increased number of residents who are home due to the corona virus epidemic.

We appreciate your understanding and we will update this site when we know when the hydrant flushing work is rescheduled.

Park Update

Thank you for your patience as we have worked to beautify Pecan Grove Park on Pitts Road.

The planting of the donated trees from Fort Bend County is complete and the park is again open for public use.

While enjoying the parks amenities, please refrain from pulling, hanging, climbing and touching the newly installed trees. We want to allow mother nature to take its course and allow the trees to establish solid roots.

As always, we appreciate your understanding while we improve our park facilities to benefit our residents.

Notice to Residents: Levee Construction Adjacent to Mason Road

Pecan Grove Municipal Utility District would like to notify all residents of the upcoming construction on the levee adjacent to Mason Road and Oyster Creek. The construction limits is from north of the intersection of Mason Road and F.M. 359 to where Farmers Road crosses Oyster Creek.

During this time, there will be heavy construction activity that will impact the residents’ use of the walking trail and portions of the parking at Belin Park. The contractor is in communication with the Country Club and with Grove HOA regarding the facilities and is working to minimize impacts to the residents as much as possible.

All residents are instructed not to walk on the trail during this time of construction to ensure the safety of the residents.

The District anticipates this construction will last approximately two months. We will update the residents as conditions change.

We appreciate your patience during the construction of this important improvements to our levee system.

CDC Update: Water Transmission and COVID-19, Drinking Water, Recreational Water and Wastewater: What You Need to Know

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. Conventional water treatment methods that use chlorine disinfection, such as those in Pecan Grove Municipal Utility District’s drinking water system, should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.

More Information

EPA Update: Coronavirus and Drinking Water and Wastewater

There is no higher priority for EPA than protecting the health and safety of Americans. EPA is providing this important information about COVID-19 as it relates to drinking water and wastewater to provide clarity to the public. The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies. Based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low. Americans can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual. For details, visit:  https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-drinking-water-and-wastewater

Park Closure Tuesday and Wednesday

The park will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday for planting of new trees donated by Fort Bend County. We apologize for any inconvenience. Our goal is to create a safe and fun environment for our residents.

WCA Trash Issues

WCA, the District’s trash service provider, is currently experiencing difficulties with their operating systems and in some cases their phone service. Normal collection service may be delayed and communication may be limited while they work to restore their normal operations. WCA appreciates your patience and will provide updates as they come available.

February 2020 News & PGMUD Board Meeting Highlights

WHY IS DIRT PILED UP ON FM 359?

The dirt piled up on FM 359 was excavated from the bank of Jones Creek in order that a gabion basket system of bank stability control could be installed. The dirt will be returned to the bank soon and grass will be seeded at the end of construction.

MAY 2020 PGMUD DIRECTORS ELECTION CANCELED: The election previously scheduled for May 2, 2020 will not be needed because only the current directors submitted applications for a place on the ballot. Continuing to serve as directors for new four year terms will be Chuck Bertrand, Steve Crow and Jean Gobar.

PROPOSED ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY: Pecan Grove MUD was recently approached about the feasibility of obtaining District services for a proposed assisted living facility at 3525 Farmer Road, Richmond, TX. This property is approximately 9 acres and located north of Oyster Creek on Farmer Road. The board directed its engineer to work with the developer to determine what additional facilities would be needed from PGMUD in order to for the board to make an informed decision.

BONDS REFINANCED: Earlier in February the District obtained a bond rating of A1 and on February 27 PGMUD sold bonds at a net effective interest rate of 1.99%. The proceeds of this sale will be used to refinance $10,885,000 of bonds issued in 2013. This action will save District taxpayers $1,629,263 in interest payments.

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION BUILDING: The District has hired a firm to do a preliminary design and cost estimate for a multi-purpose building to serve the District and its residents. The structure would be located in Pecan Grove Park on Pitts Road. It is envisioned that the building would have a room suitable for the District’s public meetings as well as private meetings and events sponsored by District residents. The building would have a catering kitchen, large conference room and offices for the District’s operator, park manager and a place for residents to make water bill payments.

PECAN GROVE FIRE DEPARTMENT responded to 103 calls last month, 68 of which were in PG. Fire chief Woolley advised that three members of the department’s volunteers will soon be attending the Texas Certified Firefighter Program. They will sign a minimum two year commitment with the department. He also said that PGVFD has purchased two electric positive pressure smoke ejector fans to be installed on each engine. They replace the gasoline powered fans that ejected smoke from a residence but added their own exhaust fumes.

SECURITY: Sheriff deputy Bennett advised the board that last month there were 190 calls for service in PG, 69 traffic stops and 0 burglaries . She reported catching 3 young adults riding motorized dirt bikes and a golf cart on the levee on the east side of Pitts Road near the park. Warning citations were issued.

PECAN GROVE PARK: A shade cover for the playground equipment has been ordered and should be installed by mid-April. The location for 58 new live oak trees in the park has been determined and the trees are expected to be delivered by Fort Bend County during March. The District will extend existing irrigation lines to support the new trees. Park manager Marcus Campbell reported that he has been seeing a pack of six coyotes in the park before sunrise many mornings as he opens the park. They disappear at sunrise.

OVER CONVERSION CREDITS: Fort Bend County Subsidence District has advised that PGMUD now has 1,507,892,000 in over conversion surface water credits. As you may know, cities and utility districts are required by the subsidence district to convert a substantial portion of their water consumption from well water to surface water. Pecan Grove MUD took prompt action when this mandate was enacted and contracted for Brazos River water and built a surface water treatment plant. As a result we were able to reduce our use of ground water more than the law required and the result has been the accumulation of over conversion surface water credits. These credits may someday be sold and in any event they can be used to cover failure to meet the surface water use requirement (e.g. if the surface water treatment plant goes off line for an extended period of time).

SIDEWALK REPAIRS PREVIOUS MONTH:

2714 Millers Falls Ct Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole
2555 Lake Dale Ln Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole
2508 Colonel Court Dr Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole
2551 Lake Dale Ln Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole
2515 Lake Dale Ln Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole
2015 Misty Falls Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole
1903 Misty Falls Ct Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole
2615 Millers Falls Ct Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole
1902 Hanover Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole
2518 Crystal Lake Ct Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole

Please keep in mind the District does not own nor maintain sidewalks, driveways and curbs and is unable to spend tax payer dollars to fix private issues. However, the District can make repairs to a sidewalk in the event there is a failed district utility in the area of the sidewalk and the deformation is substantial. Please call the customer service office to request your sidewalk be considered for repair.

TEXAS HYDRANT SERVICE WILL BE IN THE DISTRICT THE WEEK OF MARCH 23 TO FLUSH ALL FIRE HYDRANTS.

NUMBER OF SUBSCRIBERS TO PGMUD’S NEWS AND ALERTS EMAIL SERVICE: 3,306 (+22).

PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Main Channel Rehabilitation

The District is rehabilitating the south bank of Main Channel at its confluence with Jones Creek.  During Harvey a portion of this bank eroded causing cavities behind some of the existing slope paving.  Repairs will include rebuilding the slope, installation of an erosion control mat, and grout filing behind the void under the existing slope paving.  The District has obtained approval from FEMA for this project.

Construction has commenced and expected to continue into March 2020.

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.

Segment B, location near the pump station, is complete, with only minor items remaining as part of close out of the entire project.

On Segment A, the area immediately behind the residences, the Contractor has completed installation of the soldier piles (drilling operations) and is beginning installation of the soil anchors.  Lower portions of the gabion baskets are under construction.

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.

Drainage Improvements to Serve Victoria Garden Drive

The District replaced the existing storm sewer from the intersection of Victoria Garden Drive and Old South Drive to the outfall into Bullhead Slough with a larger storm sewer to improve drainage in the area.

Project is complete and was accepted by the District at the February 2020 Board meeting.

Levee Drainage Improvements adjacent to Harvest Green

Construction has commenced on improvements to the drainage of the outside toe of the levee adjacent to the Harvest Green development.  This project will clear out the trees and vegetation that prevents adequate drainage on the toe of the levee.

Project is complete.

Improvements to Raw Water Tanks at Surface Water Treatment Plant

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

Notice to proceed has been issued and materials have been ordered by Contractor.  Construction at the plant did commence in February and is expected to be complete in April 2020.

PROJECTS UNDER DESIGN

Mason Road Levee Improvements

The District is working on raising the levee along Mason Road from the intersection of FM 359, north along Mason Road, then east along Oyster Creek to Farmers Road.   Plans include adding up to an additional one (1) foot of height to the levee between Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club and Farmer Road where it crosses Oyster Creek.  Project will include adjustments to the existing parking lot at Belin Park which will include new paving in portions of the parking lot.

Project was awarded to TLC Construction.  Construction is expected to commence in March 2020.  Construction schedule will impact parking at the Belin Park.  District will update residents as information is available.

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.

Project is currently under advertising to receive construction bids and construction is currently planned for mid-2020.

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.

Construction was awarded to Electrical Fields Services and Programming Contract was awarded to Prime Control.  Notice to Proceed will be issued in early march and construction is expected to commence shortly thereafter.

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).

Project was awarded to McDonald Electric at the January 2020 Board meeting.  Notice to proceed will be issued in March 2020 with construction expected to commence in Summer 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.).

Project was awarded to WW Payton at the January 2020 Board meeting Notice to proceed will be issued in March 2020 with construction expected to commence in Summer 2020.

South Pump Station Access Road Improvements

The District is improving the access road to the south pump station to install a concrete driveway.

Project was awarded to Rodriguez Construction at the January 2020 Board meeting. Notice to proceed will be issued in March 2020 with construction expected to commence that same month.

Rehabilitation of Lift Station 7

The District is rehabilitating and updating the electrical controls at Lift Station No. 7. The pumps, concrete wet well, valves, electrical components and other appurtenances have reached the design life.

Project has been awarded to Gilleland Smith and construction is expected to commence in March 2020.

January 2020 News & PGMUD Board Meeting Highlights

Pickleball court construction was discussed: Approximately 10 pickleball enthusiasts led by PG resident Steve Lutz urged PGMUD to seek county financial assistance to construct pickleball courts. County Commissioner Andy Meyers, who attended the PGMUD board meeting January 28, expressed strong support for construction of courts either at PGMUD’s Pitts Road Park or at a proposed new county park that may possibly be developed on the 43 acres labeled “Old South Tract” shown on the map below. This land is contiguous to Frost Elementary School and PGMUD’s surface water treatment plant and west of Belin Field across Mason Road.

PGMUD Board approved acceptance of approximately 60 large live oak trees offered by Commissioner Meyers from Fort Bend County’s tree nursery. The trees will be planted in Pitts Road Park as well as other sites owned by PGMUD.

Transfer of Windmill Park from the Property Owners Association to PGMUD may be getting closer. A representative of the successor to Belin Development (the original developers of Pecan Grove) approved the terms contained in a proposed transfer deed, but says his attorney has additional comments. So discussions continue. Stay tuned.

Video cameras at entrances into Pecan Grove were urged by PG resident Jennifer Lewis who asked PGMUD to lend financial support for such a project. During discussion PGMUD’s attorney Hannah Brook advised that under Texas law no MUD is permitted to spend public money on passive security monitoring of the type suggested. She said that such monitoring is within the authority of homeowner associations and that many HOAs have employed such devices with success deterring criminal activity and apprehending perpetrators.

New Sheriff Deputy Hillary Bennett was introduced. She is part of the contract deputy group serving PG. She said (among other things) last month there were 271 dispatched calls and 17 alarm calls.

Motorized vehicles on the levee (motor bikes and ATVs) are being seen with increasing frequency according to a resident who lives on Plantation Springs Dr. near Harvest Green. Deputy Bennett suggested that when such violations are spotted residents should immediately call the sheriff’s office so that an officer can be dispatched to the area. The PGMUD board instructed its operator, EDP, to survey the levee and make sure that signs prohibiting motorized vehicles are posted conspicuously with special attention to whether they are visible to newly developed areas such as Harvest Green.

PGVFD responded to more than 800 calls last month and more than 1,000 calls for the year (a new record). The fire department expects to take delivery of a high water capable vehicle very soon.

PGMUD board authorized its bond advisor to pursue refunding of $10,885,000 in bonds issued in 2013. If long term interest rates remain the same as today and the refunded bonds are sold March 10, 2020, PGMUD will save $833,700 over the 20 years to maturity. If rates increase to the point of making a refinancing uneconomic, PGMUD can abort a sale with only the cost of obtaining a credit rating.

PGMUD produced 45,673,000 gallons of water last month with adjusted accountability of 97.4%

Total water connections within the District remained steady at 4,485 (the apartments count as one connection).

Water meters replaced at 1.5 million gallons last month: 42

Visitors to PGMUD website last month: 1,516

Subscribers for news and alerts from PGMUD: 3,285

Pecan Grove rates for both tax and water continue to be lower than neighbors (see chart below). This chart can be found at www.pecangrovemud.com “Water and Tax Info”. While there please sign up for once a month news and alerts.

Victoria Garden at Old South drainage improvements are complete. Storm water drain capacity was greatly increased with the goal of preventing this intersection from becoming impassable when torrential rains occur.

The next regular PGMUD board of directors meeting: February 25, 2020 at Pecan Grove Baptist Church. The public’s attendance and comments are invited and welcome.

PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Main Channel Rehabilitation

The District is rehabilitating the south bank of Main Channel at its confluence with Jones Creek. During Harvey a portion of this bank eroded causing cavities behind some of the existing slope paving. Repairs will include rebuilding the slope, installation of an erosion control mat, and grout filing behind the void under the existing slope paving. The District has obtained approval from FEMA for this project.

Construction has commenced and expected to continue into February 2020.

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 2020.

The Contractor has begun drilling operations associated with repairing the bank of Jones Creek. This activity will be loud at times and we appreciate the patience and understanding of nearby residents.

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.

Drainage Improvements to serve Victoria Garden Drive

The District is replacing the existing storm sewer from the intersection of Victoria Garden Drive and Old South Drive to the outfall into Bullhead Slough with a larger storm sewer to improve drainage in the area.

Project is complete and expected to be accepted by the District at the February 2020 Board meeting.

Levee Drainage Improvements adjacent to Harvest Green

Construction has commenced on improvements to the drainage of the outside toe of the levee adjacent to the Harvest Green development. This project will clear out the trees and vegetation that prevents adequate drainage on the toe of the levee.

Project is complete.

Improvements to Raw Water Tanks at Surface Water Treatment Plant

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

Notice to proceed has been issued and materials have been ordered by Contractor. Construction at the Surface Water Treatment Plant is expected to commence in January 2020.

PROJECTS UNDER DESIGN

Mason Road Levee Improvements

The District is working on raising the levee along Mason Road from the intersection of FM 359, north along Mason Road, then east along Oyster Creek to Farmers Road. Plans include adding up to an additional one (1) foot of height to the levee between Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club and Farmer Road where it crosses Oyster Creek. Project will include adjustments to the existing parking lot at Belin Park which will include new paving in portions of the parking lot.

Project was awarded to TLC Construction. Construction is expected to commence in February 2020. Construction schedule will impact parking at the Belin Park. District will update residents as information is available.

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.

Project is currently under design and construction is currently planned for mid-2020.

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.
District is working to obtain construction bids for the project. Construction is expected to commence in early 2020.

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).

Project was awarded to McDonald Electric at the January 2020 Board meeting. Notice to proceed will be issued in March 2020 with construction expected to commence in Summer 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.).

Project was awarded to WW Payton at the January 2020 Board meeting Notice to proceed will be issued in March 2020 with construction expected to commence in Summer 2020.

South Pump Station Access Road Improvements

The District is improving the access road to the south pump station to install a concrete driveway.

Project was awarded to Rodriguez Construction at the January 2020 Board meeting. Notice to proceed will be issued in March 2020 with construction expected to commence that same month.

Rehabilitation of Lift Station 7

The District is rehabilitating and updating the electrical controls at Lift Station No. 7. The pumps, concrete wet well, valves, electrical components and other appurtenances have reached the design life.

Project has been awarded to Gilleland Smith and construction is expected to commence in March 2020.

Jones Creek Rehabilitation Construction Notification

The Contractor has begun drilling operations associated with repairing the bank of Jones Creek. This activity will be loud at times and we appreciate the patience and understanding of nearby residents.

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.

During this time, please remember this is a construction site and stay safe! Please keep out of the construction area and instruct children not to play in or around the construction site.

If you have any questions about the work, please contact the District office at 281-238-5000.

December 17, 2019 Board Meeting Highlights

Residents are invited to recycle CLEAN Christmas trees by placing them curbside by 7:00 a.m.  The dates for tree recycling are:

Thursday, January 2nd

or

Thursday January 9th

Please remove your tree base and make sure your tree is not over 5 feet in height.  Trees with flocking, lights, ornaments or other decorations CANNOT BE RECYCLED. Thanks for doing your part to reduce unnecessary use of landfill space.

PGVFD plans to purchase a high water capable vehicle – possibly in January.  Last month the fire department responded to 107 calls (67 in PG).  As usual 80% were medical related.

Possible transfer of Windmill Park to PGMUD:  a deed has been drafted and is currently being considered by the successor to Belin Development and by the POA, both of whose approval is needed before PGMUD can accept the park from the Property Owners Association.

Lease of surplus surface water:  PGMUD has concluded a one year renewable agreement to lease surplus surface water rights. This will bring in approximately $100,000 of additional income for the District.

Plans for the installation of a shade structure over playground equipment in Pecan Grove Park are being developed.

PGMUD consumed 60,806,000 gallons of water (66.2% was surface water) in the period ending November 15. The surface water treatment plant will be taken offline on December 18 for its annual maintenance cycle.  The plant is expected to be back online before January1.

Water meters replaced at 1.5 million gallons last month: 32

Sidewalk improvements from previous month:  2508 Colonel Court Dr.

Please keep in mind the District does not own nor maintain sidewalks, driveways and curbs and is unable to spend tax payer dollars to fix private issues.  However, the District can make repairs to a sidewalk in the event there is a failed district utility in the area of the sidewalk and the deformation is substantial. Please call the customer service office to have your sidewalk investigated.

Number of subscribers for PGMUD’s news and alerts:  3263

Number of visitors to www.pecangrovemud.com last month:  1188

Next PGMUD regular board meeting:  January 28, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. Pecan Grove Baptist Church.

PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Main Channel Rehabilitation

The District is rehabilitating the south bank of Main Channel at its confluence with Jones Creek.  During Harvey a portion of this bank eroded causing cavities behind some of the existing slope paving.  Repairs will include rebuilding the slope, installation of an erosion control mat, and grout filing behind the void under the existing slope paving.  The District has obtained approval from FEMA for this project.

Construction has commenced and expected to continue into January 2020.

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. The project should be completed in the first half of 2020.

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.

Drainage Improvements to serve Victoria Garden Drive

The District is replacing the existing storm sewer from the intersection of Victoria Garden Drive and Old South Drive to the outfall into Bullhead Slough with a larger storm sewer to improve drainage in the area.

Project is nearly complete.  The District appreciates the residents’ patience during construction and the road closures.

Culvert Rehabilitation at Mayweather

Construction has commenced on the rehabilitation of existing culverts on the west side of Mayweather, where they discharge into Main Channel, in addition to minor slope paving repairs.

Project is complete.

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Levee Drainage Improvements adjacent to Harvest Green

Construction has commenced on improvements to the drainage of the outside toe of the levee adjacent to the Harvest Green development.  This project will clear out the trees and vegetation that prevents adequate drainage on the toe of the levee.

Contractor has completed clearing operations and has started grading of the new swales and drainage improvements. Construction is expected to last through January 2020.

Improvements to Raw Water Tanks at Surface Water Treatment Plant

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

Notice to proceed has been issued and materials have been ordered by Contractor.  Construction at the Surface Water Treatment Plant is expected to commence in January 2020.

PROJECTS UNDER DESIGN

Mason Road Levee Improvements

The District is working on raising the levee along Mason Road from the intersection of FM 359, north along Mason Road, then east along Oyster Creek to Farmers Road.   Plans include adding up to an additional one (1) foot of height to the levee between Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club and Farmer Road where it crosses Oyster Creek.  Project will include adjustments to the existing parking lot at Belin Park which will include new paving in portions of the parking lot.

Project was awarded to TLC Construction.  Construction is expected to comment in February 2020.  Construction schedule will impact parking at the Belin Park.  District will update residents as information is available.

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.

Project is currently under design and construction is currently planned for mid-2020.

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.

District is working to obtain construction bids for the project.  Construction is expected to commence in early 2020.

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).

Design is underway and expected to be completed shortly with construction anticipated in early 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.).

Design is underway and expected to be completed shortly.  Construction anticipated in early 2020.

South Pump Station Access Road Improvements

The District is improving the access road to the south pump station to install a concrete driveway.

Design is underway and expected to be completed in 4th Quarter 2019 with construction anticipated in early 2020.

Rehabilitation of Lift Station 7

The District is rehabilitating and updating the electrical controls at Lift Station No. 7. The pumps, concrete wet well, valves, electrical components and other appurtenances have reached the design life.

Project has been awarded to Gilleland Smith and construction is expected to commence in early 2020.

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 2nd
  • Thursday, January 9th

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 cannot 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.

Update: Victoria Garden Drive Road Closure Notice

The District would like to notify the residents that due to construction related to drainage improvement, Victoria Garden Drive will experience temporary closures for the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, December 19, 2019
    The southern lane of Victoria Garden Drive will be closed from 12:00 a.m. on December 19 and will re-open by 5:00 p.m. on December 19.
  • Monday, December 23, 2019
    The southern lane of Victoria Garden Drive will be closed from 12:00 a.m. on December 23 and will re-open by 5:00 p.m. on December 23.

At all times during construction, there will be traffic control measures, including flaggers directing traffic to ease congestion in the area.

The District appreciates the patience that the community has shown throughout the construction process to improve drainage in the District. Construction activities are concluding.

Should construction delays due to unexpected conditions or weather change the expected dates and times, we will notify the community via the website.

If you have any questions, please contact the District office.

Monday, December 16th and Tuesday, December 17th

The southern lane of Victoria Garden Drive will be closed from 12:00 a.m. on December 16 and planned through end of day on December 17 to all traffic. The north lane will remain open during this time. This closure will allow the contractor to pour the removed sections of concrete roadway with fast-cure concrete pavement.

The road is expected to be fully open no later than the morning of Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

Should construction delays due to unexpected conditions or weather change the expected dates and times, we will notify the community via the website.

If you have any questions, please contact the District office.

Victoria Garden Drive Road Closure Notice

The District would like to notify the residents that due to construction related to drainage improvement, Victoria Garden Drive will experience temporary closures for the following dates and times:

Monday, December 9 and Tuesday, December 10

Entire road will be closed from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. to allow the contractor to remove the existing storm sewer along the road and replace with the upsized storm sewer pipe. At the end of the day, the contractor will place steel plates over the removed sections of roadway and the road will be reopened for local traffic.

Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12

The southern lane of Victoria Garden Drive will be closed from 12:00 a.m. on December 11 and planned through end of day on December 12 to all traffic. The north lane will remain open during this time. This closure will allow the contractor to pour the removed sections of concrete roadway with fast-cure concrete pavement.

The road is expected to be fully open no later than the morning of Friday, December 13, 2019.

Should construction delays due to unexpected conditions or weather change the expected dates and times, we will notify the community via the website.

If you have any questions, please contact the District office.

Victoria Garden Drive Road Closure Notice

The District would like to notify the residents that due to construction related to drainage improvement, Victoria Garden Drive will experience temporary closures for the following dates and times:

Monday, December 9 and Tuesday, December 10

Entire road will be closed from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. to allow the contractor to remove the existing storm sewer along the road and replace with the upsized storm sewer pipe. At the end of the day, the contractor will place steel plates over the removed sections of roadway and the road will be re-opened for local traffic

Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12

The southern lane of Victoria Garden Drive will be closed from 12:00 a.m. on December 11 and planned through end of day on December 12 to all traffic. The north lane will remain open during this time. This closure will allow the contractor to pour the removed sections of concrete roadway with fast-cure concrete pavement.

The road is expected to be fully open no later than the morning of Friday, December 13, 2019.

Should construction delays due to unexpected conditions or weather change the expected dates and times, we will notify the community via the website.

If you have any questions, please contact the District office.

PGMUD November 19th Board Meeting Highlights

Dear PGMUD Resident:

Below please find a summary of the many activities underway within the District. Please feel free to call the District’s office at (281) 238-5000 for answers to any questions you may have. The next regular meeting of PGMUD’s board will be December 17.

  • Trash will not be collected Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28.
  • Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers Attended Meeting and Offered the County’s Financial Help Developing Park Land Owned by PGMUD.
  • Fort Bend County has Donated .9793 Acre to PGMUD at Mason and Farmer Roads.
  • New Day Shift Contract Deputy Assigned to Pecan Grove:  John Castillo.
  • PGVFD Responded to 111 Calls Last Month (61 in Pecan Grove). Year to Date the Department has Responded to 920 Emergency Calls – a New Record.
  • PGVFD Has 15 Volunteers. All Have Firefighter 1 Status.  Volunteers Work Weekends And Supplement The Usual 2 Person Duty Crew. Their Stipend is $50 for a 12 Hour Block of Time And $100 for 24 Hours. Volunteers are a Huge Benefit to the Community.
  • Santa Will Ride Through Pecan Grove and Plantation Place on December 7 Starting on Savannah Drive at 7:00 a.m. He Will Visit Pecan Lakes on Dec. 14.
  • Trees Bordering Harvest Green Have Been Cut to Make Way For a Drainage Channel at Toe of PGMUD’s Levee.  Harvest Green is Paying for This Channel and Cost of Maintenance Will be Shared Equally.
  • Sidewalk Improvements From Previous Month:
    • 10/24/19 726 Land Grant Dr Driveway Panel Around Manhole
    • 10/14/19 2114 Cannon Farm Hills Sidewalk Around Meter Box
    • 10/14/19 1831 Rock Fence Sidewalk and Driveway Around Valves

      Please keep in mind the District does not own nor maintain sidewalks, driveways and curbs and is unable to spend tax payer dollars to fix private issues. However, the District can make repairs to a sidewalk in the event there is a failed district utility in the area of the sidewalk and the deformation is substantial. Please call the customer service office to have your sidewalk inspected.

  • Water Meters Replaced at 1.5 Million Gallons Last Month: 15
  • Elevated Storage Tank Cleaning and Adding Pecan Grove to North Side of Tank Will be Considered at PGMUD’s December 17 Regular Meeting.
  • Number of Subscribers for PGMUD’s News and Alerts:  3241
  • Number of Visitors to WWW.PECANGROVEMUD.COM Last Month:  1399
  • Storm Drain Pipes Serving Victoria Garden at Old South are Being Increased From 30″ to 60″ Diameter to Better Drain That Intersection (Notice Man Standing Beside Pipe). See Projects Under Construction Below for More Information.

PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Main Channel Rehabilitation

The District is rehabilitating the south bank of Main Channel at its confluence with Jones Creek.  During Harvey a portion of this bank eroded causing cavities behind some of the existing slope paving.  Repairs will include rebuilding the slope, installation of an erosion control mat, and grout filing behind the void under the existing slope paving.  The District has obtained approval from FEMA for this project.

Construction expected to begin next week.

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 2020.

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.

 Drainage Improvements to serve Victoria Garden Drive

The District is replacing the existing storm sewer from the intersection of Victoria Garden Drive and Old South Drive to the outfall into Bullhead Slough with a larger storm sewer to improve drainage in the area.  In order to facilitate construction, there will be periodic road closures throughout November, starting November 6.  Traffic lanes will be open at the end of the work day.

Construction is ongoing and is expected to be completed in early December 2019.

Culvert Rehabilitation at Mayweather

Construction has commenced on the rehabilitation of existing culverts on the west side of Mayweather, where they discharge into Main Channel, in addition to minor slope paving repairs.

Project is expected to last through the end 2019.

Levee Drainage Improvements adjacent to Harvest Green

Construction has commenced on improvements to the drainage of the outside toe of the levee adjacent to the Harvest Green development.  This project will clear out the trees and vegetation that prevents adequate drainage on the toe of the levee.

Construction is expected to last through 2019.

Improvements to Raw Water Tanks at Surface Water Treatment Plant

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

Notice to proceed has been issued and materials have been ordered by Contractor.  Construction at the Surface Water Treatment Plant is expected to commence in January 2020.

PROJECTS UNDER DESIGN

Mason Road Levee Improvements

The District is working on raising the levee along Mason Road from the intersection of FM 359, north along Mason Road, then east along Oyster Creek to Farmers Road.   Plans include adding up to an additional one (1) foot of height to the levee between Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club and Farmer Road where it crosses Oyster Creek.  Project will include adjustments to the existing parking lot at Belin Park which will include new paving in portions of the parking lot.

Current schedule is for construction to commence in early 2020.

North Pump Station Improvements

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

Project is currently under design and construction is currently planned for mid-2020.

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.

District is working to receive construction bids for the project to commence in early 2020.

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).

Design is underway and expected to be completed by the end 2019 with construction anticipated in early 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.).

Design is underway and expected to be completed in 4th Quarter 2019.  Project is current advertising to receive bids by the end of December 2019.  Construction anticipated in early 2020.

South Pump Station Access Road Improvements

The District is improving the access road to the south pump station to install a concrete driveway.

Design is underway and expected to be completed in 4th Quarter 2019 with construction anticipated in early 2020.

Rehabilitation of Lift Station 7

The District is rehabilitating and updating the electrical controls at Lift Station No. 7. The pumps, concrete wet well, valves, electrical components and other appurtenances have reached the design life.

Project has been awarded to Gilleland Smith and construction is expected to commence in early 2020.

Levee Drainage Improvements Adjacent to Harvest Green

There have been several questions from residents regarding the clearing operation that is occurring on the levee located east of Colonel Court. This is a Pecan Grove MUD project titled “Levee Drainage Improvements Adjacent to Harvest Green Phase 2.” This project is a second phase of drainage improvement project that includes improvements to the drainage system located at the outside toe of the levee between Pecan Grove MUD and the Harvest Green community. This project was design by the District’s engineer, is a District contract and construction is being observed by the District’s engineer to ensure compliance with the project.

By improving the drainage on the toe of the levee, the District will benefit by preventing water from standing at the toe of the levee.

Should you have any additional questions, please contact the District at 281-238-5000.

PGMUD October 29th Board Meeting Highlights and Construction Update

Dear PGMUD Resident:

Below please find a summary of the many activities underway within the District. Please feel free to call the District’s office at (281) 238-5000 for answers to any questions you may have.

Recently the District engaged the services of a e-commerce company to send to some 7000 Realtors in Fort Bend County a copy of the EVO Report. This report compares Pecan Grove MUD’s water and tax rates to comparable MUD districts in our area. Realtors were invited to bring their clients to our very favorable cost environment. The EVO report can be viewed on the District’s web site.

Deputy Watkins with the Fort Bend County Sherriff’s Department advised the Board that data collected from several speed monitoring devices deployed within Pecan Grove indicates that Mayweather is the only street where significant speeding (over 35 mph) is occurring. He promised extra vigilance by Sheriff’s deputies assigned to Pecan Grove.

Fire Chief Woolley of the Pecan Grove Volunteer Fire Department (“PGVFD”) reported average call volumes during the month of October, 2019. He said that Santa Claus will ride with PGVFD and visit all Pecan Grove neighborhoods, Waterside Estates and Harvest Green on Saturday, December 7, 2019 beginning at 7:00 a.m.

Park Manager Marcus Campbell proposed two projects for improvement of Pecan Grove Park: (1) a structure to provide shade for the swing sets; and (2) enhancements for the restrooms. The Board asked him to bring pricing information to the Board meeting next month. Mr. Campbell also reported that new soccer nets have been installed and irrigation for the butterfly garden has been completed in Memorial Park.

Jonah Haven has drafted detailed instructions needed to navigate the ORIENTEERING COURSE he installed at Pecan Grove Park. These instructions will be available on the District’s web site on or before November 8, 2019. Go to www.pecangrovemud.com and select “Parks”.

The Board is continuing to work towards potential transfer of WINDMILL PARK to PGMUD. At the last meeting, the District’s attorney reviewed a proposed Special Warranty Deed which, following the Board’s review, will be delivered to the parties whose agreement is necessary to transfer the park to PGMUD.

Excerpts from the EDP Operator’s Report

Sidewalk Improvements from Previous Month
  • 10/07/19 – 2431 Broken Elm Driveway Panel Around Manhole
  • 10/07/19 – 2511 Colonel Court Dr. Sidewalk Around Manhole
  • 10/07/19 – 2411 Woodwind Sidewalk Around Manhole
  • 10/07/19 – 2122 Thompson Crossing Sidewalk Around Manhole

Please keep in mind the District does not own nor maintain sidewalks, driveways and curbs and is unable to spend tax payer dollars to fix private issues. However, the District can make repairs to a sidewalk in the event there is a failed district utility in the area of the sidewalk and the deformation is substantial. Please call the customer service office to have your sidewalk inspected.

Meter Replacements

We continue to replace meters as they approach the 1.5 million gallon mark, as well as hard to read and stuck meters. There is a total of 4,840 meters replaced to date, with 17 meter(s) replaced this month.

Water Distribution Lines

Water distribution lines within the District are in relatively good condition. There has been no concentration of repair on any of the lines. Repeated repairs of leaks in a section of a distribution line would tend to indicate a deterioration of that line’s condition. The district will continue to closely monitor the status of our distribution lines to keep them in reliable operating condition.

Harvest Green Water Treatment Facility

Harvest Green advised the District that as of October 24 their water treatment facility was fully operational and that effective immediately they would no longer purchase water from Pecan Grove MUD. The board asked the Operator to be sure to place a lock on the interconnect valve.

Odyssey Engineering Report

Projects Under Construction

Main Channel Rehabilitation

The District is rehabilitating the south bank of Main Channel at its confluence with Jones Creek. During Harvey, a portion of this bank eroded causing cavities behind some of the existing slope paving. Repairs will include rebuilding the slope, installation of an erosion control mat, and grout filing behind the void under the existing slope paving. The District has obtained approval from FEMA for this project.

Bids for construction were opened and the contract was awarded to Aranda Industries, LLC. Construction by mid-November, 2019.

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 2020.

Drainage Improvements to Serve Victoria Garden Drive

The District is replacing the existing storm sewer from the intersection of Victoria Garden Drive and Old South Drive to the outfall into Bullhead Slough with a larger storm sewer to improve drainage in the area. In order to facilitate construction, there will be periodic road closures throughout November, starting November 6, 2019. Traffic lanes will be open at the end of the work day. Construction is expected to be completed in early December 2019.

Culvert Rehabilitation at Mayweather

Construction has commenced on the rehabilitation of existing culverts on the west side of Mayweather, where they discharge into Main Channel, in addition to minor slope paving repairs. The Project is expected to last through the end of 2019.

Levee Drainage Improvements Adjacent to Harvest Green

Construction has commenced on improvements to the drainage of the outside toe of the levee adjacent to the Harvest Green development. This project will clear out the trees and vegetation that prevents adequate drainage on the toe of the levee. Construction is expected to last through 2019.

Improvements to Raw Water Tanks at Surface Water Treatment Plant

The District will install a floating mixer in each of the raw water storage tanks at the Surface Water Treatment Plant located off Skinner Road. The mixers will create constant movement in the raw water to limit sediment from settling to the bottom of the tank. In addition, stairs and walkways will be installed as part of this project to improve operator access to the tanks. Notice to proceed has been issued and materials have been ordered by Contractor. Construction at the Surface Water Treatment Plant is expected to commence in January 2020.

Projects Under Design

Mason Road Levee Improvements

The District is working on raising the levee along Mason Road from the intersection of FM 359, north along Mason Road, then east along Oyster Creek to Farmers Road. Plans include adding up to an additional one (1) foot of height to the levee between Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club and Farmer Road where it crosses Oyster Creek. The Project will include adjustments to the existing parking lot at Belin Park which will include new paving in portions of the parking lot. The current schedule is for construction to commence in early 2020.

North Pump Station Improvements

The District is improving the access to the north pump station by adjusting the headwall, grading and relocation of existing powerlines. The Project also includes automation of the pumps based on level of water in Bullhead Slough. The Project is currently under design and construction is currently planned for mid-2020.

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. Design is being completed and project is advertising to receive construction bids.

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). Design is underway and expected to be completed by the end 2019 with construction anticipated in early 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.). Design is underway and expected to be completed in 4th Quarter 2019 with construction anticipated in early 2020.

South Pump Station Access Road Improvements

The District is improving the access road to the south pump station to install a concrete driveway. Design is underway and expected to be completed in 4th Quarter 2019 with construction anticipated in early 2020.

Rehabilitation of Lift Station 7

The District is rehabilitating and updating the electrical controls at Lift Station No. 7. The pumps, concrete wet well, valves, electrical components and other appurtenances have reached the design life. The Project is currently advertising, and construction is expected to commence in early 2020.