Fort Bend County will be making an additional and final sweep of the District on Monday, October 2, 2017 to pick up heavy debris from flood damaged homes. Please move any remaining flood debris to the curb.
The Pecan Grove Municipal Utility District will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2017 on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Pecan Grove Country Club located at Highway 359 at Plantation Drive, Richmond, TX 77406. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.
Due to Hurricane Harvey, the Pecan Grove MUD Board moved its regular meeting from the last Tuesday of August to Friday September 8, 2017, at the Pecan Grove Baptist Church. The meeting focused on the flooding that occurred in Pecan Grove MUD as the result of the unprecedented 44+” of rain that fell in a 72 hour timeframe and the remedial measures taken by the District during Hurricane Harvey. These rainfall totals surpassed all previous records for the contiguous United States. The Board is asking its consultants and other experts to help determine whether the MUD’s facilities operated as anticipated and if other improvements should be made to improve the capabilities of the facilities.
The Board opened the meeting to receive public comments and Bob Jones, founder of the District’s engineering consultant firm, Jones & Carter, Inc, presented Jones & Carter Inc.’s preliminary observations and opinions regarding the flooding and the District’s facilities. Mr. Jones discussed how the 3 new detention ponds worked as intended for the first 2 ½ days by providing out of District storage space for the flood water to gravity flow to the outside of the levee through culverts that pass under the levee. Based on preliminary data from Jones & Carter, it appears the Plantation Sections 4 and 5 detention pond (“Pond 4/5”) would have continued to function as anticipated if not for the over flow of flood water from either or both Bullhead Bayou and Oyster Creek. The Board and Mr. Jones answered questions and received comments from the public for a couple of hours.
During Hurricane Harvey on late Sunday night August 27, your MUD operating company, EDP, began measures to obtain special inflatable plugs to stop the flow of flood water into Pond 4/5 from Bullhead Bayou and/or Oyster Creek. These plugs had to be located, installed and inflated into three pipes in the Pond 4/ 5 detention pond. Installation of these plugs could only be accomplished by certified divers. Despite valiant efforts and many calls to Fort Bend County OEM and the City of Richmond Fire Department Emergency Dive Team, locating available certified divers took until Tuesday. Much of the Greater Houston Area had impassable roads and it took time to gather the plugs, and for the dive team to make their way to Pecan Grove. The first two plugs were installed that afternoon, with the smallest of the 3 pipes being installed by Wednesday morning. EDP reported these efforts stopped the over flow waters from Bullhead Bayou and Oyster Creek from entering the District.
Unfortunately, there appear to be about 40 to 50 houses that had some level of flood waters in them. Not all of these houses are in the area near the intersection of Plantation and Bittersweet Drives. We are preparing maps showing the locations of any home that took on flood water, including amounts, to help us investigate where flooding occurred. If your home had flood water and you have not previously reported it, please go to our website www.pecangrovemud.com or call EDP at 281-238-5000.
The Board met in executive session after the public comments portion of the abbreviated meeting on Friday, September 8, and, after reconvening in open session, voted to look for outside, third party expert advice. The Board decided to interview several engineering firms to determine their qualifications to assist the Board in investigating the causes of the flooding, the performance of the District’s drainage system, and possible improvements to same, if warranted. Because these engineering firms may act as experts for the District in any potential or threatened litigation, the Board will conduct the interviews with their attorney present in executive session. No action can be taken in executive session; all votes to hire an expert consultant will take place in open session.
The Board expects its information gathering efforts to take a little bit of time. It is important to get accurate information and do careful study. We are only at the beginning of the fact gathering stage. This is a priority for the Board and we will get answers and solutions as quickly as we can.
Also at the Friday September 8 abbreviated meeting, there were questions about the pickup of debris removed from flooded houses. Director Ryan Yokubaitis is the Board’s garbage liaison and he has been working with WCA, our garbage contractor, for special debris removal. The MUD contracted before the storm with Fort Bend County for debris removal, but the County has been unable to schedule its contractor to pick up in our area. Therefore, Director Yokubaitis worked with WCA for this heavy debris removal. After some failed efforts of WCA to procure the special trucks, WCA managed to pick up some storm debris in Pecan Grove and committed to us they would continue pick up daily until all debris already placed outside was collected.
The Board will post updates as additional information is gathered.
FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS — Fort Bend County residents affected by Hurricane Harvey and the recent floodwaters are hard at work cleaning out their homes and property after the storm. County Emergency Management Officials will begin collecting residents storm debris starting this week.
The County will coordinate debris removal efforts for all unincorporated areas and with our partnering jurisdictions. It is important that residents abide by the debris sorting guidelines provided at http://fbceom.org/debris. These guidelines include separating your debris into categories (Separating Your Debris) never using trash or plastic bags for this debris, placing debris piles at the curb or roads edge, and restrictions on county officials entering private property.
“Please put your debris as close to the curb and the sidewalk as you possibly can.”, said Marc Grant, Fort Bend County’s Debris Management Coordinator, “If you put it past the sidewalk, we cannot go on private property to pick up your debris. If you have more debris past the sidewalk we will pick up as much as we can and then we will have to come back once you’ve moved the rest of your debris to the curb line.”
Grant added that if you have a roadside ditch in front of your property, follow similar guidelines but treat the ditch like you would the sidewalk. Place your debris along the roadside so that it does not impede traffic or the flow of water in the bottom of the ditch. Items that are on your private property side will not be picked up on the first trip through by our trucks, but we will return once you have moved the remaining debris out to the roadside.
The restriction of the use of trash bags to contain the debris is something many residents may not know. Storm debris is compiled and processed differently than normal household garbage, and bagged storm debris will not be picked up by county debris removal trucks. If you have already placed debris at your roadside, please reference the guidelines at fbceom.org and remove trash bags from these debris piles.
It is also important not to park vehicles in locations that block our access to debris piles. If a vehicle is parked on a roadside in front of a debris pile, workers will have to move on and return at a later date to retrieve the debris.
Fort Bend County officials will be working hard for many weeks to collect and properly dispose of the Hurricane Harvey debris. We greatly appreciate your help in making this process a success.
September 3, 2017
WCA Residential Customers:
“Limited household waste” pick-up on Monday for customers that are serviced on Monday.
Residents MUST follow the following steps to have trash picked-up:
1. Only household waste will be picked up.
- Household waste MUST be in containers, bags or WCA provided carts.
- DO NOT PUT OUT ANY LAWN WASTE or MIX IN LAWN WASTE.
2. There is a limit of 4 bags only. ONLY 4 BAGS will be picked up per house.
- Or, (1) Customer owned container
- Or, (1) WCA provided cart
3. Trash must be placed at the street BUT not on the street.
- KEEP ALL ROADWAYS ACCESSIBLE FOR THE TRUCKS AND EMERGENCY VEHICLES.
4. Do not put out trash until Monday morning. Trash must be out by 7:00 am.
5. If you have yard waste currently bagged at the street, you don’t need to move; however, it will not be picked up. Please make sure it is NOT placed in the street.
This is a limited service only. Our goal is to pick up the waste safely and as much as possible. We will resume normal operations as soon as possible.
WCA Commercial Customers:
Our commercial collection service is operating and making every attempt to service all customers so that we can get back on the regular schedule of service. Crews will be working on Monday.
Thank you for your business and patience.
WCA/VF Waste Services
Good Morning neighbors.
We have the best news yet – according to the latest updated graphs from the National Weather Service (NWS), the Brazos River appears to have crested at the Richmond gauge at a high of 55.19! This is a still new record, up from last year’s record level of 54.7′. We know projections can still change and we aren’t completely out of the woods until the river level goes way down. But at the new lower projected peak level, our levee system will be able to handle this level.
Our operators have been out and inspected our plugs and pumping and everything appears to be stable. There is no evidence of additional infiltration.
As the water is pumped out, now that the Brazos River appears to have crested, our lake, channel and street ponding levels will return to near normal more quickly.
Thank you to our board members, consultants and operators for their commitment to our safety through this challenging event.
Please continue to check fbcoem.org for the latest official Fort Bend County updates.
The Pecan Grove Park on Pitts Road will be closed until further notice.
WCA has confirmed that they will not collect trash or recycling on Monday, August 28 and requests that you don’t place any trash or recycle bins at the curb to keep the roadways clear. Service will resume on the next scheduled pickup day. We will update our website as we have additional information.
WCA has informed the District they have not yet made a decision for collection of trash on Monday, August 28. They have informed us that they are monitoring Hurricane Harvey closely and will provide the District daily updates. They have advised collection on Monday “does not look good” but they will give us official word over the weekend. We will update our website as we have additional information.
As of noon today, Harvey has been upgraded to a Category 1 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 85 MPH. As shown on the forecast, Harvey will continue to move in a northwesterly direction making landfall early Saturday morning. Harvey will continue to strengthen and is predicted to hit landfill as a Category 3 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 125 MPH.
The models continue to show significant rainfall projected for the Texas Coast and this has remained unchanged for the past 24 hours. Harvey could bring widespread rainfall of 10 to 15 inches with isolated peaks of 20 to 30 inches throughout the storm’s impacted areas. The actual rainfall totals will depend on how quickly the storm moves across the area.
EDP has enacted our Emergency Preparedness Plan. Your facilities have been checked and generator operations have been confirmed. Operators will be out working during the event with others on-call as needed.
EDP also has on-call staff available for our customer service office if the need arises to man the phones. To contact EDP, please call (281) 238-5000.
The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management has provided the following update regarding Tropical Depression Harvey.
Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management (FBC OEM) is monitoring Tropical Depression Harvey in the Gulf. FBC OEM is currently at Level III (Increased Readiness).
Below is a summary from the latest National Weather Service information:
- The remnants of Harvey are now a tropical depression and will most likely soon become a tropical storm
- Harvey is forecast to be a strong tropical storm or weak hurricane
- A Tropical Storm Watch was issued at 10am for several counties, including Fort Bend County
- Harvey is forecast to make landfall on the mid Texas coast on Friday
- There is the potential for the system to slow down after landfall and then move slowly east or northeast – this will impact our area
- The earliest tropical storm force winds will impact our area is Thursday night but it more likely that we will begin experiencing these winds Friday morning
- It is likely that we will experience tropical storm force winds throughout the weekend and into Monday
- It should be noted that tornadoes are possible in the spiral bands mainly on the right side of the track – this includes our area
- With landfall and then a slow track east and/or northeast means we could experience periods of heavy rain Friday through Monday
- NWS thinks that coastal counties will get about 10-15 inches of rain with up to 20 inches of rain possible
- Counties well inland will experience less
- We will most likely begin to see rain from this system Friday afternoon
- Flash flood watches will be likely in our area as we get closer to the event
- It should be noted that there is still uncertainty in the track of the system, which will affect rainfall totals in our area – we hope to have a more refined forecast later this evening on in the morning.
PGMUD will be constructing flood improvement features along FM 359 over the next few months. This work includes construction in the road Right-of-Way which also includes areas adjacent to the pavement. To accommodate for the safety of the construction crew and road travelers, temporary traffic control features will be installed that will affect your commute during this construction period. Each of the three exhibits represent the traffic control plan for a separate construction activity which will occur at some point during the construction. The construction schedule may be modified depending on weather or unforeseen circumstances during construction. PGMUD appreciates your patience during this construction activity. Listed below are the details with the anticipated start time and duration of work.
The Fort Bend County Commissioners will conduct a workshop during the regular Commissioners’ Court Agenda on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at 401 Jackson Street, Richmond, Texas to discuss the proposed Mobility Bond Election for Fort Bend County (Precinct 3 projects and Owens Road, Segments 1 and 2 are included) and then call a bond election for November, 2017. You can access the agenda at http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/index.aspx?page=55 and view a proposed projects map and list at http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/index.aspx?page=344. The meetings are open to the public.
Due to a major leak inside the restrooms at the Pecan Grove Park on Pitts Road, the restrooms will be closed until Sunday, July 30th. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The parking lot at the Pecan Grove park located on Pitts Road will be under construction for approximately three weeks. Please check back here for updates on when construction will be complete.
The Fort Bend County Commissioners are planning a workshop on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at 401 Jackson Street, Richmond, Texas to receive public comments on the proposed Mobility Bond Election for Fort Bend County (Owens Road, Segments 1 and 2 is included). You can view proposed project maps and a list at this link http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/index.aspx?page=344. When the agenda for the special workshop meeting on July 25, 2017 is posted at the county, we will update the website to confirm the special workshop meeting of the Fort Bend County Commissioners and post the agenda link.
Pecan Grove Residents
Let Your Voice Be Heard!!
On June 5, 2017 the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court will hold a special meeting / workshop on the second floor of the Fort Bend County Courthouse located at 401 Jackson Street, Richmond, TX at 1:00 p.m. regarding Mobility Projects in Fort Bend County.
Let’s make a stand and be heard at this very important meeting.
Notice Regarding Special Meeting of the Fort Bend County Commissioners, Monday, June 5, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. to discuss Mobility Projects.
401 Jackson Street, Richmond, TX
Second Floor, Fort Bend County Courthouse
Construction activity related to the Plantation 7 Drainage Improvements Project on the property of the golf course has completed. All work activities on the golf course are now being conducted by the golf course ownership and not under the guidance of the MUD.
The MUD continues construction for the project along Plantation Drive. The work consists of installing the underground storm pipe along the south side of Plantation Drive towards Quarterpath Drive. It is estimated the work will continue through the middle of June, and is dependent on weather conditions. There will be lane closures along in the work area as the contractor progresses. Traffic control plans have been approved by Fort Bend County and will be implemented for the safety of the contractor and residents of the District. We appreciate your patience as we continue to improve the drainage infrastructure in Pecan Grove MUD.
Thank you to Commissioner Patterson, a representative from Commissioner Meyers’ Office and everyone else who came out last night to discuss Fort Bend County’s proposed realignment of Owens Road as it impacts the community and traffic on Plantation Drive.
Several of you asked how to best stay informed regarding this project and other Fort Bend County projects that impact the community. The Fort Bend County Commissioners Court generally meets in Regular Session on the first, second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 401 Jackson Street in the City of Richmond, Texas at 1:00 p.m. Meetings are open to the public. You can view the Fort Bend County Commissioner Court schedule at http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/index.aspx?page=56. Regular meeting agendas, as well as special sessions and workshop meetings scheduled for Fort Bend County Commissioners’ Court are generally posted the Friday before the scheduled meeting and can be viewed at http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/index.aspx?page=55.
WCA is running behind on today’s trash and recycling pick-up. All trash and recycling throughout the district will be collected today, but not as early as usually expected.
The Pecan Grove MUD car wash scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday March 11th, has been canceled.
Chromium is a naturally occurring metallic element. It is found in the ground and in rocks and, when located in water bearing aquifers, it will dissolve into the water. In recent years much attention has been brought to Chromium-6 (hexavalent chromium), which is one type of chromium. Chromium-6 contamination can be naturally occurring or caused by manufacturing processes.
Drinking water quality standards are set by the federal and state regulatory agencies. In Texas these agencies are the EPA and the TCEQ. When a contaminant is shown to cause adverse health effects, these regulatory agencies will set an Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL). MCLs are set at levels that are intended to protect the public health and be technologically and financially achievable for water systems. Currently the EPA and TCEQ have set an MCL of 100 parts per billion (ppb) for Total Chromium. The laboratory method for testing Total Chromium for Drinking Water Standards is required to have a minimum detection limit of 10 ppb. The Total Chromium results for Pecan Grove MUD’s drinking water quality testing have all shown levels of Chromium that are below the minimum detection limit.
The amount of Chromium-6 in the water is included with other types of chromium in the test result for Total Chromium. The EPA and TCEQ have not set an MCL for Chromium-6. However, the EPA is currently conducting a study to evaluate drinking water standards that may result in an MCL for Chromium-6. This EPA study is titled the “Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule” (“UCMR”). This study is being performed by collecting and analyzing samples from drinking water systems around the country for a large variety of contaminants including Chromium-6. Unlike most public water systems in the area, Pecan Grove MUD participates in this study and has collected several samples testing for Chromium-6. The Chromium-6 test results from this study range from 0.236 ppb – 2.69 ppb. The California MCL for Chromium-6 is 10 ppb. While the current MCL for Total Chromium testing has a minimum detection limit of 10 ppb, the testing performed as part of the UCMR is much lower.
Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least trace amounts of some contaminants. Pecan Grove MUD’s water currently meets and exceeds all state and federal drinking water standards and in fact meets the stricter Chromium-6 standard set in California.
Please note that the Board of Directors for Pecan Grove MUD has changed their regular meeting time on the last Tuesday of each month to 5:30 p.m. for all meetings going forward. Please mark your calendars accordingly. The District website has been updated to reflect the new meeting start time. Thank you.
Pecan Grove Residents,
Construction of the Plantation 7 Drainage Improvements Project has begun along Hole Nos. 2 , 3 and 9 on the property of the golf course. Crews that are running heavy machinery will continue working on the golf course from now until April 2017. For your own safety and the safety of the crews working, please remain off the course and off any golf cart paths near this work. Any trespassing on this site is extremely dangerous to yourself and you run the risk of being injured. The contractor has full authority to remove you from the site. We appreciate your patience as we continue to improve the drainage infrastructure in the MUD.