A Message from the Board of Directors

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.

Restrooms at the Pecan Grove Park

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.

Parking Lot at Pecan Grove Park

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.

A message from Chad Howard, President of the Board of Directors

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.

Fort Bend County Commissioners Court’s Meeting June 5th

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.

Plantation 7 – Plantation Work

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.

A message from Chad Howard, President of the Pecan Grove Municipal Utility District Board of Directors regarding Owens Road Town Hall Meeting with Commissioner Patterson on May 22, 2017

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.

Pecan Grove – Chromium Results

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.

Pecan Grove Chromium Results (PDF)

New Board Meeting Time

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.

Plantation 7 Drainage Notice

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.

Tax Payment Notice

Taxes must be paid by 01/31/2017 to avoid penalties and interest.

If you do not escrow your taxes and have not received a tax statement, please contact the tax office at (281) 499-1223 or visit their website at www.taxtech.net.

Plantation 7 Drainage Improvements Project

Pecan Grove Residents,

Construction of the Plantation 7 Drainage Improvements Project will be starting during the week of December 5. This construction area for this project will include work on Hole Nos. 2, 3, and 9, along with underground infrastructure within the Right-of-Way of Plantation Drive, Old South Drive, and Rambling Stone Drive. An increased amount of heavy truck activity will occur at the golf cart crossing on Old South Drive and Plantation Drive. The contractor’s expected completion date is April 1, 2017. We appreciate your patience as we continue to improve the drainage infrastructure in the MUD.

The Contractor will be restricted to only working on the golf course until the first week of January. This is being done to minimize the disturbance of all residential activities during the Christmas holiday.

Road Improvements on Morton League

Fort Bend County Road and Bridge will be working on road improvements on Morton League beginning October 3, 2016. The first section will be from Plantation to Austin Colony. The second section will be from Austin Colony to Pitts Road. Paving will stop before Thanksgiving and continue in January, 2017, if necessary.

Labor Day

The Pecan Grove MUD Customer Service Office will be closed and there will be no garbage or recycling pick-up on Labor Day, September 5th. Normal pick-up will resume on Thursday, September 8th.

PGMUD Park

The park will be closed Friday, August 19th due to gate repairs and maintenance. You may access the park by foot but no cars will be able to gain access. We are sorry for any inconvenience. For any questions, please call Park Management at 832-818-5600.

PGMUD Board of Directors

New Payment Options

You may now pay via credit/debit/prepaid card or eCheck.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa are all accepted.

Listed below are our available options for your convenience:

Web Payments

Log onto https://pecangrove.firstbilling.com to access the online payment portal. You can register your account, OR pay as a guest.

Automatic Monthly Payments

Log onto https://pecangrove.firstbilling.com or contact PGMUD Customer Service Office at (281) 238-5000 to sign up for auto payments. You can select your payment method, enter your desired payment recurring due date (no later than the 28th) and either a fixed payment amount or amount of the current bill. Each month, you will receive an email confirming the payment was successful. If you are currently signed up for Bank Draft, please be aware that your payment will no longer be drafted. Please access the payment portal to register for the new Auto Pay services.

Live Agent Assisted Payments

Call our office during normal business hours.

By Mail

Enclose payment stub with your check or money order in the return envelope provided.  Please allow ample time to ensure delivery before the due date. Mail your payment, addressed to Pecan Grove MUD, P.O. Box 1149, Richmond, TX 77406-1149.

In Person

Our office location is 2035 FM 359, Suite K, Richmond, TX  77406

Night Drop Box

Our office location has a drop box slot on the side window. Please insert a check or money order, along with the payment stub, in the return envelope. Our payment processing department will post the payment the following business day.

Online Bill Pay through Your Financial Institution

Payments can be made via your at-home internet service. Please allow 7-10 business days, prior to the due date, for the payment to be received.

First Billing Services assesses a convenience fee for each credit, debit, prepaid card and eCheck transaction. Card transactions will be assessed a 3.99% fee. One-time eCheck transactions will be assessed a $1.99 fee, and recurring eCheck transactions will be assessed a $1.00 fee.

For more information or assistance with registration,
Call the Pecan Grove Customer Service Office at (281) 238-5000
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. closed for lunch from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Brazos at Richmond

The most recent forecast for Richmond continues to show the Brazos receding from a peak elevation of 54.81’. The most recent observation is 49.15’ at 2:15pm indicating a drop of approximately 5’. The Brazos River at Richmond is now below NWS major flood level and the current forecast calls for it to be below minor flood level early Friday morning. For reference, the River has been elevation 30’+ since mid-April.

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Brazos River Update

Brazos at Richmond:
 
The most recent forecast for Richmond continues to show the Brazos receding from a peak elevation of 54.81’. The most recent observation is 50.34’ at 2:15 pm indicating a drop of over 4’ since the peak and approximately 1’ over the last 24 hours. The latest forecast shows the Riverfalling below major flood level this evening and below minor flood level on Thursday. Upcoming forecasts should continue to be monitored for any significant changes.

 

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Brazos River Update – June 2nd 9:00 pm

The elevation of the Brazos River has remained steady, if not slightly decreasing over the past few hours. It currently flows at an elevation of 54.66 with the last update recorded at 6:15 PM.

The District’s Operator continues to work inside the District and will continue frequent monitoring of the levee system. Even if the water level of the Brazos continues to slightly decrease, the County will still remain in a heightened flood alert because the water elevations are significantly above flood stage.

Trash collection was completed successfully with exception of Plantation Place, which was not serviced due to closure of FM 359. Trash collection will be collected on the next regularly scheduled day. 

Please continue to exercise caution and continue to look for updates from the County and your District representatives.

Pecan Grove / Brazos River General Flood and Drainage Information

As part of the on-going efforts to monitor the Brazos River by the Pecan Grove MUD Emergency Operations Team, we offer the following update on current conditions.

As of 7:00 AM this morning, the Brazos River – Richmond Gage had exceeded the previously recorded level.  The water at this location has been rising at a rate of approximately 1 foot per hour.  Gage reading at 7:00 was 50.56.

As of 10:15 this morning it was at 51.21.  The forecasted peak had been revised down slightly with the peak projected at elevation 53.4 tomorrow near noon.  This level would be close to the 50-year flood level on the Brazos River at this location.

Please note that the levee around Pecan Grove is designed to protect the subdivision from Brazos River levels with the Richmond Gage readings at a level of approximately 55 and will not overtop with levels as high as 58.  

As water reaches this level outside the Pecan Grove Levee, water may be approaching FM 359 in several locations and areas around Pecan Grove may see backwater effects as the Brazos River rises to its peak. The Brazos River is currently overflowing into Oyster Creek to the north of Pecan Grove.

Also note that additional rainfall may enter the area later this afternoon.  While the amount of rainfall would impact the Brazos River levels, there is some capacity without significantly raising the Brazos River levels.  Areas draining to the Brazos may have difficulty and may experience significant flooding (entirely dependent on the amount of rainfall.

Please note that the Pecan Grove Stormwater Pump Stations, internal drainage systems and storage areas have capacity to handle almost 12-inches of rainfall internallywithout flooding of homes.  But as happens without the Brazos River flooding if the rate of rainfall exceeds 1 to 2 inches per hour, there is potential for street flooding.  

Also, please avoid any “sight seeing” around the area to allow emergency personnel to perform their duties in keeping the community safe.

Pecan Grove MUD Emergency Levee Operation Status

Heavy rains in the Brenham area over the last 24 hours will have the Brazos River water levels on the rise again. As a result Pecan Grove MUD and EDP will initiate Level 2 Emergency Levee Operations. EDP is conducting daily site inspections of the levee system and pump stations to confirm operation capability. The current prediction model from the National Weather Service indicates that the water level on the river at the Richmond gauge is above 35 feet and is expected to rise to 50.2 feet by midday Monday. If there is local rain fall, ponding water in the streets should be anticipated and is a normal part of the overall drainage and flood projection system. Please avoid driving through those areas and do not park your cars in your streets or driveways; cars should be housed in the garage to avoid rising water.

As always, please call EDP at our in district office if you have any questions, at 281-238-5000. We will continue to keep you posted.

President’s Message About Recent Rain Events

Pecan Grove MUD Emergency Levee Operation Status for May 23, 2016

Heavy rains in the area over the past several days have got the Brazos River water levels on the rise again. As a result Pecan Grove MUD and EDP have initiated Level 1 Emergency Levee Operations. In general terms this means that we have raised our level of communication and awareness about the Brazos River. EDP is conducting site inspections of the levee system and pump stations to confirm operation capability. The current prediction model from the National Weather Service indicates that the water level on the river at the Richmond gauge is above 38 feet and is expected to rise to 40.2 feet by midday tomorrow. After reaching its peak tomorrow, the river level is expected to rapid fall and be less than 35 feet by this weekend. As always, please call EDP at our in district office if you have any questions, at 281-238-5000.