News + March Board Meeting Highlights

Due to the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration the PGMUD Board Conducted Its March 28 Meeting By Teleconference.  The meeting began at 5:30 p.m. and ended at 7:38 p.m. In addition to all the District’s consultants, two members of the public signed on for the meeting.

GARBAGE AND RECYLCING UPDATE

Residents may now report trash pickup problems on line.  Go to www.pecangrovemud.com.  At the top of the home page you will see a “Report Trash/Recycle Problem”.  Click that link and complete the form that appears.  When “send” is clicked your report will go to WCA as well as the PGMUD office.  We expect this system to result in faster, even more reliable resolution of the few trash collection problems that are reported each month.

MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

PG Volunteer Fire Department:  Two firefighters are quarantined but services will not be affected.  During previous month 74 calls (49 in PG) were answered.  The fire department requested and received PGMUD approval to hold a public hearing required in order to complete refinancing of loans taken out to pay for the land and building of station two on Farmer Road.  Interest rate will drop from about 5% to about 1.95% and save approximately $48,000 over the remaining 10 years.

Sheriff’s Report:  There were 283 dispatches, 66 traffic stops, 1 arrest, 25 alarm calls, 3 burglaries (2 unlocked cars and 1 house).  A woman on Wren Meadow was robbed on her driveway.

Parks Report:  Play equipment has been taped off and is not to be used in order to help prevent the spread to COVID-19 virus in accordance with County Order. The board approved refund of an April pavilion reservation deposit. Irrigation has been installed to support the 58 live oak trees recently planted. Sanitation frequency of restrooms and water fountains has been increased but you should use at your own risk.  However, visitors are reminded to wash hands after touching surfaces in public areas. The board passed an informal resolution thanking park manager Marcus Campbell for his hard work keeping the park safe and overseeing the tree planting project. The transfer of Windmill Park to PGMUD awaits resolution of questions about reserved parking.

Administration Building:  The board authorized its building planning firm to complete concept drawings (not construction drawings) of an approximately 4,000 square foot building.  This would be a multi-purpose building providing space for public meetings, District administration and private parties (on a rental basis).

Water Line Flushing Has Been Postponed.  This postponement was taken to avoid inconvenience to residents who had just been ordered to stay at home.  It is expected the annual flushing of the system will occur sometime after the emergency orders are lifted.  Advance notice will be given via water bill inserts, email and the District’s web page.

Do Not Flush Wipes, Paper Towels or Kleenex will be the subject of the next water bill insert.  Residents should avoid flushing these items because they do not dissolve as completely as toilet paper does.  They have the potential to clog the customer’s own sewer line and thus cause toilet backups and expensive plumber calls.  Those that get through to the waste treatment plant have the effect of “gumming up the works” at that vital part of our sanitation system.

Miscellaneous District Information:   Total connections 4,486, walk-in customers at EDP 463, water meters replaced 2, subscribers to District news and alerts 3,296, PGMUD website visitors 1,243.

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 filling behind the void under the existing slope paving.  The District has obtained approval from FEMA for this project.

Construction has commenced and expected to be substantially complete in April 2020.

Jones Creek Slope Rehabilitation

Construction continues 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 continued to work on installation of gabion baskets.  The District received a 60-day contract extension from the NRCS to meet federal grant requirements.  Project is expected to substantially complete in early June 2020.

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.

Levee Drainage Improvements adjacent to Harvest Green

Construction continues 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.

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

Construction is underway. Contractor has completed material placement on section between golf course and Belin park and is preparing for installation of asphalt road.  Contractor is working on material placement from Belin Park to Farmers Road.  Construction is expected to be substantially complete in May 2020.

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

South Pump Station Automation

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

Notice to Proceed has been issued and construction is expected to commence in May 2020.

South Pump Station Access Road Improvements

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

Notice to Proceed was issued and Contractor has mobilized to begin construction operations.

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

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.

Construction has commenced on the project and expected to be completed in late May 2020.  The District understands that the construction activity is loud and is working with the Contractor on ways to reduce the noise level of construction.

Electrical Improvements and Generator at Water Plant No. 2

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

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

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

PROJECTS UNDER DESIGN

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.

District received bids on the project and awarded the project to Rally Construction, Inc. Notice to Proceed is expected to be issued in June 2020.