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.

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.

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.

PGMUD September 24th 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, (281) 238-5000 for answers to any questions you may have.

Odyssey Engineering informed the board that construction is scheduled to begin in early October to remedy slope failure on Jones Creek. This is a major project and is necessary to insure the long-term integrity of the levee wall protecting Pecan Lakes.  Details about this project can be found at www.pecangrovemud.com.

The District sold on September 24 series 2019A bonds (A1 rated) totaling $8,385,000.  The effective interest rate the District will pay is 2.68 percent – a record low interest rate.

The Pecan Grove Volunteer Fire Department responded to 81 calls during the most recent 30 days of which 58 were in Pecan Grove (Waterside Estates and Harvest Green are also served by PGVFD).

An Orienteering Course in Pecan Grove Park was dedicated on September 13.  This course was built by Eagle Scout candidate Jonah Haven whose home is in Plantation Meadows.  It consists of some 22 hidden brass markers that persons navigating the course using either a compass or GPS must find.  Successful navigation of an Orienteering Course is required for Scouts and ROTC, but can be enjoyed by anyone.  The documentation needed to navigate the course will be posted soon at www.pecangrovemud.com under menu item “Parks”.

The Butterfly Garden in Memorial Park is largely complete.  Soon to be installed is a bench donated by a PG resident in honor of a deceased relative.  The girl scouts who built the garden intend to build a decorative fence around it as soon as funds are available.

The board approved repair of aerator 7 on Bullhead Slough.  At future meetings a proposal to improve the reliability of the aerator system will be considered.  This would involve changing the type of aerators and anchoring them to the bottom of the channel.  BTW there are fish in Bullhead and fishing (with a Texas license) is allowed.

Windmill Park Potential Transfer:  The board was advised by its attorney that negotiations are ongoing  but that there are substantial difficulties dealing with provisions in the land title that must be resolved to the satisfaction of all parties before a transfer requested by the POA to PGMUD can be completed.

Sidewalks Most Recently Improved:

  • Tilman at Southern Place
  • 2439 Standing Oaks
  • 2422 Standing Oaks
  • 1814 Foster Leaf
  • 1935 Foster Leaf
  • 2539 Silent Shore
  • 2547 Silent Shore

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.

Water Meter Replacement:  EDP continues 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 4,828 meters replaced to date, with 23 meter(s) replaced this month.

Water Accountability

  • Percent Accountability 95.2 %
  • PGMUD Total Metered Water 96,511,000
  • Amount Produced 101,420,000
  • Amount Unaccounted for 4,909,000
  • Amount Used for Maintenance, Est. 50,000
  • Amount Lost Due to Known Leaks, Est. 150,000
  • Adjusted Accountability 96.3%

E-mail Alert Subscribers now total 3,227.

 

PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
  • Improvements to Raw Water Tanks at Surface Water Treatment Plant
  • Lift Station No. 4 Rehabilitation Is Complete
  • Main Channel Rehabilitation Contract Awarded
  • Jones Creek Slope Rehabilitation Begins In October
  • Culvert Rehabilitation at Mayweather Begins In October
  • Drainage Improvements to serve Victoria Garden Drive
  • Levee Drainage Improvements adjacent to Harvest Green
PROJECTS UNDER DESIGN
  • Mason Road Levee Improvements
  • North Pump Station Improvements
  • South Pump Station Automation
  • Electrical Improvements and Generator at Water Plant No. 2
  • Improvements at Water Plant No. 3
  • South Pump Station Access Road Improvement
  • Rehabilitation of Lift Station 7

 

Additional Information

For a description of all of the projects listed above, please visit the Construction Projects page of the website.