PGMUD August 27th Board Meeting Highlights

Highlights of PGMUD Board Meeting, August 27, 2019

1. The average appraised value of all the residential properties in PGMUD has stayed almost the same. The average fell from about $244,000 last year to $243,000 this year.

2. The PGMUD tax rate will be increased from $0.61½ to $0.63½ per hundred dollars of appraised value. This is a 3.25% increase. The biggest reason for the increased taxes is the impending loss of revenue from selling water to Harvest Green, which amounted to about $1 million in fiscal 2019. Harvest Green is completing their own wells and will not be buying water from Pecan Grove in the near future. The new tax rate will also provide funds needed to cover principal and interest for $8,385,000 in new bonds to be sold September 24, 2019. The new bonds are for the first set of projects identified in the recent bond election. The expected interest rate is 2.5% or less – a very good rate for PGMUD. The expected rating by Moody’s is A1.

3. The sheriff’s deputy contracted to Pecan Grove reported there were a few cars burglarized in August. The only cars broken into were those unlocked and one even had keys left inside it.

4. The possible Windmill Park transfer from the POA to PGMUD is waiting on legal issues related to paperwork that is missing.

5. The board voted to: increase the deposit fee to $125 with an additional $100 deposit charged per disconnection up to a maximum of $600; increase the reconnection fee to $75; and add charges of $10 each for delinquent letters and termination tags delivered to the customer. Click here to see the entire rate order.

6. Fire Chief Wooley informed the board that the Smith Estate bordering Harlem Road, where the brush has been cleared and a fence installed is going to be used as ranch land. It was also noted that the County’s Harlem Road park is planned as a baseball park.

7. Two sidewalks were repaired or raised in August: 1411 Roundstone Dr. and
2814 Greens Ferry Ct. Remember that PGMUD only addresses those sidewalks where district property (like manholes or water line leaks) have caused or contributed to the sidewalk moving substantially. Anyone with a sidewalk issue should contact the MUD office, 281-238-5000.

8. Water connections in PGMUD remained steady at 4484 (South Grand Apartments counts as one connection).

Please find below a partial list of projects in various stages of completion now underway in Pecan Grove MUD. This information is being provided so that you can stay up to date on these projects which are discussed at every meeting of the board of directors. If you have a question or comment about any topic, please call EDP, the district’s operator, at (281) 238-5000. And as always, if you would like to address the district’s engineer or the board, please join us at the next regular meeting September 24th at the Pecan Grove Baptist Church starting at 5:30 p.m.

Projects Under Construction

  • Bent Creek Court Drainage Improvements
  • Improvements to Raw Water Tanks at Surface Water Treatment Plant
  • Lift Station No. 4 Rehabilitation
  • Main Channel Rehabilitation
  • Jones Creek Slope Rehabilitation
  • Culvert Rehabilitation at Mayweather
  • 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 Improvements
  • Rehabilitation of Lift Station 7

Additional Information

For a complete description of all of the current projects taking place in Pecan Grove MUD, visit the Construction Projects page of the website.

Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate

The Pecan Grove Municipal Utility District will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2019 on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. CDST at the Pecan Grove Baptist Church, 1727 FM 359, Richmond, TX. 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.

Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate (PDF)

PGMUD June 2019 Project Highlights

Please find below a partial list of projects in various stages of completion now underway in Pecan Grove MUD. This information is being provided so that you can stay up to date on these projects which are discussed at every meeting of the board of directors. To view the status of a particular project, please visit the construction projects page. If you have a question or comment about any topic, please call EDP, the district’s operator, at (281) 238-5000. And as always, if you would like to address the district’s engineer or the board, please join us at the next regular meeting July 30 at the Pecan Grove Baptist Church starting at 5:30 p.m.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Motor Control Center (MCC) Update for Water Plant No. 2
  • Bent Creek Court Drainage Improvements
  • Improvements to Raw Water Tanks at Surface Water Treatment Plant
  • Lift Station No. 4 Rehabilitation
  • Levee Drainage Improvements Adjacent to Harvest Green
  • Mason Road Levee Improvements
  • Main Channel Rehabilitation
  • Jones Creek Slope Rehabilitation
  • Culvert Rehabilitation at Mayweather
  • Drainage Improvements to Serve Victoria Garden Drive

Board Meeting – May 28 Highlights

  • A Girl Scout troop came before the board and asked for permission to build a butterfly garden in Memorial Park. Each of the 12 scouts shared telling the board about the project and permission was enthusiastically granted.
  • Greg Lentz of Masterson Advisors informed the board that certain outstanding portions of the District’s Series 2010 Bonds have been successfully refinanced about one week ago. This refinancing will save the residents of PGMUD $3,920,743 in interest without extending the length of payback.
  • Justin Ring of Odyssey Engineering Group updated the board on many projects in various stages of completion:
    • Work to start in June to install a flap gate that will protect homes on Bent Creek Ct. from water backing up when water level in main Channel rises.
  • Storm Water Solutions’ Karen Sears reported that as of mid-May they had they had re-anchored and cleaned the 8 aerators serving Bullhead Slough.  One aerator is temporarily out of service waiting for a damaged power cord to be replaced.

Unofficial Results of Election

Thank you to our voters who came out to Saturday’s bond and maintenance tax authorization election. We appreciate those of you who took the time to educate yourselves on the issues and vote.

Fort Bend County has reported the results to us, but they are unofficial until the Board canvassing the returns May 10. However, we have received word from the County, that even if the outstanding mail in ballots are returned before today’s 5 pm deadline, the results will not change.

Our proposition to vote bonds to improve our water sanitary sewer, drainage and levee facilities passed by a 64% margin – 246 for and 137 against.

Our proposition to be authorized to increase the maintenance tax to 75 cents passed by a slim margin – 196 yes to 190 no votes. There are 4 mail in ballots that still could arrive before the deadline, but even if those ballots are returned to Fort Bend County before the deadline, the favorable outcome will not change.

(NOTE: THERE ARE NO PLANS BY THE BOARD TO INCREASE THE MAINTENANCE TAX FROM 25 CENTS TO THE VOTED MAX OF 75 CENTS… this is just a voter authorization for the future.)

The Board plans to proceed as soon as possible with a bond application to the TCEQ to construct additional drainage improvements. We hope to sell bonds before the year end. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing some of you at our monthly meeting.

Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday

This weekend is the 2019 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday in the State of Texas. You can purchase certain emergency preparation supplies tax free beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, and ending at midnight on Monday, April 29. There is no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase, and you do not need to issue an exemption certificate to claim the exemption. Please visit the Texas Comptroller’s Website for more information, including a list of qualifying and excluded supplies. Hurricane Season is just around the corner. Don’t wait until the next storm is in the Gulf before preparing yourself and your family.

Resident Awareness Open House

All residents should have gotten a notice with their most recent water bill about the open house scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at the Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club.

We will be on the second (2nd) floor, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; residents are encouraged to come at their convenience any time during that window to speak with resident directors and the district consultants and review the exhibits.

If you have any further questions regarding the open house event or the upcoming election, please use the contact form on the website for “election information”.

We look forward to seeing you!

Pecan Grove MUD – Resident Awareness Open House Invitation (PDF)

District Infrastructure Survey Work

In the coming weeks, the District will begin gathering detailed survey information of existing District infrastructure. During this information gathering, you may see representatives obtaining this information utilized GPS technology to survey the location of existing manholes, fire hydrants, valves and other District infrastructure. Please contact EDP should you have any additional questions:

email: customerservice@edpwater.com
phone: (832) 467-1599
website: https://www.edpwater.com/contact

Important Harvey Relief Program for Homeowners

Here is important information about a new program the State is administering to help with reimbursement for Hurricane Harvey related repairs. Please contact the GLO office directly if you need help, or Congressman Olson’s office for assistance.


Do you have out-of-pocket expenses from home repairs from Hurricane Harvey? If so, the Texas General Land Office (GLO) just announced they have a program that may help you cover the cost!

The GLO will start accepting applications THIS THURSDAY for the new Homeowner Reimbursement Program. With this program, eligible homeowners can apply to receive up to $50,000 to cover out-of-pocket expenses from Harvey repairs. Folks in Fort Bend and Brazoria Counties who have completed their repairs prior to the application launch date (Thursday, February 28, 2019) are encouraged to apply. Residents of Harris County and the City of Houston are not eligible, but both the city and county will have a similar program for homeowners. Please visit the GLO’s website for more information and to apply. Funds are limited, so folks are encouraged to apply as soon as the application goes live, on Thursday, February 28, 2019. The website has a list of the documents you will need to include with your application. You can also email cdr@recovery.texas.gov or call 1-844-475-5000 if you have any questions about the program. Also, please contact my office at 281-494-2690 if you have any Harvey recovery related questions. My staff is happy to help however they can.

I’m honored to represent you in Congress. For more information or to sign up for my E-newsletter, please visit my website, www.olson.house.gov.

Very respectfully,
Pete Olson

Updated Taxes and Water Rate Dashboard

In an effort to clarify some of the tax and water rate details in anticipation of the upcoming bond authorization election, the PGMUD Board has coordinated with EVO to update our comparison dashboard. You can find the link to the Area Tax and Water Rates page under the “Water and Tax Info” drop-down menu, or you can view it directly here. The updated comparison shows Pecan Grove taxes and water rate for its residents compared to what neighboring and similar-sized district’s residents pay.

For more questions about the current rates and the goals of the upcoming bond authorization election, please contact us via the Contact page on the website, utilizing the “Bond Elections Questions” contact type.

Pecan Grove MUD Announces Election for Capital Improvement Funding

As many residents may be aware, Pecan Grove MUD (the District) and its infrastructure for water delivery and wastewater removal is reaching the end of its lifespan. This aging infrastructure will require improvements and rehabilitation to continue to serve the needs of the District.

To accomplish this goal, the Pecan Grove MUD Board of Directors has worked with their consultants to put together a capital improvement plan that attempts to anticipate all the projects needed to rehabilitate the district facilities, and make provisions for any unforeseen complications along the capital improvement plan.

As the District has not sought bond authorization in over 10 years and all previously authorized bonds have been sold, utilized, and are in the process of repayment, the Board has decided to move forward with a new bond authorization election to help fund these capital improvements. Additionally, the District has historically operated with a minimal maintenance and operations (M&O) rate compared to neighbors and similarly-sized districts. This rate is currently capped out, and may not be able to sustain the ongoing needs of the District moving forward. Pecan Grove MUD would like the flexibility to raise the M&O rate instead of solely increasing monthly water usage rates to cover operation and maintenance costs; thus, they have included the request for authorization to do so on the ballot.

The District’s engineer, Odyssey, with the assistance of the District’s legal team and financial advisor, has prepared a Bond Authorization Election Report with the financial details and historical data that helped the Board reach this decision. It is hosted on the website for your review and download.

Please note: this election would be to authorize the sale of bonds and authorize the ability to raise the M&O rate. It is the intention and goal of the Board to only sell bonds to or raise M&O when needed to accomplish the capital improvement plan, and try to be as efficient and conservative with any possible increases to resident taxes as possible.

Just like a classic car that needs repairs to run and maintain value, the district will need to make these improvements and rehabilitation regardless of the result of the election process. By taking the bond authorization and M&O rate route, the Board is trying to prevent an impact to the low water rates Pecan Grove residents benefit from by the District owning and operating its own facilities and water plant.

Over the course of the next few weeks, Pecan Grove MUD will be posting additional information regarding the district needs and its goals for the infrastructure rehabilitation, utilizing a number of digital and physical avenues to reach residents and keep them up to date and fully informed. There will also be portions of the engineer’s report that we will highlight and detail. Further, the District plans on hosting at least one open house event in April, prior to early voting, to make sure resident questions are heard and answered prior to the election.

If you have any questions regarding the election announcement or the capital improvement plan, please do not hesitate to contact Pecan Grove MUD via the website contact form.

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New Permanent Meeting Location

Dear PGMUD resident:

Just a quick update to let you know that effective January 1, 2019 regular meetings of the Board of Directors will be moved from the country club to Pecan Grove Baptist Church, 1727 FM 359 Road, Richmond, Texas. Regular meetings are held the last Tuesday of each month starting at 5:30 p.m. The Board welcomes and encourages you to attend.

Sincerely,

Board of Directors

Pecan Grove Municipal Utility District

FBC Severe Weather: Status Updates for 12/6/2018

As you may be aware, we are expecting some heavy rain and the potential for some severe weather to move through our area starting today and overnight into Saturday. As a recap from the National Weather Service/Hydro:

  • The rain will start in the evening hours on Friday (during commuting hours)
  • The bulk of the rain will hit FBC between midnight and 6am Saturday morning
  • Once the front moves through in the morning on Saturday, it will move through quickly
  • Most of the impacts to FBC will be flash flooding of streets, creeks, and bayous with the potential for some damaging winds (remember: there are lot of holiday decorations in yards this time of year) and tornadoes
  • We likely won’t see river impacts along the Brazos or San Bernardo until into next week
  • FBC EOC is currently at Level III (Increased Readiness). The FBC EOC will likely move to Level II (Limited Activation) with a partial activation of the EOC in the afternoon on Friday (12/7/2018).

Emergency alerts, if any, and other information regarding potential flooding will be issued by the Fort Bend Office of Emergency Management, and may be monitored at http://fbcoem.org.

Flash Flood Watch

Based on recent forecast maps for rain, our area could get between 3 to 6 inches of rainfall while the upper portions of the Brazos River watershed, especially the Brenham area, could see 5 to 6 inches of rainfall. There also is the possibility of isolated amounts of 8 to 10 inches. With these totals and the short duration, we have an increased risk of street ponding with local rises in our creeks and streams occurring Friday night. This is particularly the case in areas with a history of ponding and/or poor conveyance.

Currently the Brazos River in Richmond is at Gage 18.85 feet with no river forecast published. Based on the predicted rainfall, the Brazos River could rise through Fort Bend County; however, until we have more certainty on the location of these isolated higher rain amounts, the actual impacts to us will change. We will provide additional updates as necessary as things develop, but we encourage our residents to pay attention to local weather forecasts.

Our neighbors to the East, the Harris County Flood Control District, has issued information about a powerful storm system bringing high impact weather to TX starting later today. They have issued a Flash Flood Watch has been issued from noon Friday until noon Saturday for all SE TX counties. They advise Flash Flooding of streets along with significant rises on area bayous, creeks, and rivers to flood levels is possible.

HCFCD says: Powerful upper level storm system moving into S CA and NW MX this morning will track generally eastward and into TX over the next 48 hours. SW flow aloft is already spreading clouds across the area with currently best moisture return focused across SC/C TX where scattered showers have already developed. Activity will increase today from the coastal bend northward along the I-35 corridor where favorable moisture transport overlaps with short wave energy aloft. Some of this activity will likely affect our far western and southwestern counties this later this morning into the afternoon hours.

Friday-Saturday:

Excessive rainfall event likely Friday afternoon-Saturday morning resulting in flooding.

A surface cold front currently moving southward is now expected to reach our NW counties around College Station early Friday and then slowly move across SE TX during the day. This front will act as a strong lifting feature to promote widespread showers and thunderstorms within a very favorably moist air mass. In fact models continue to suggest near record/record moisture levels will be in place by Friday afternoon with PWS of 1.8-2.0 inches over much of the area. Forecast soundings show little instability, but loaded with plentiful moisture form the surface into the upper levels indicating convection will be very effective at heavy rainfall production. Unfortunately it appears the slow moving surface front will be nearing the US 59 corridor around the time that maximum parameters for heavy rainfall focus over SE TX. This includes a very strong 45-55kt low level jet which will transport copious moisture into the frontals slope. Additionally, winds aloft become increasing divergent helping to aid lift and vent near surface lift. Add in a slow moving surface boundary and a nearly “tropical air mass” and you pretty much have everything needed for excessive rainfall rates.

Rainfall Amounts:

Widespread rainfall amounts of 3-6 inches appear likely over nearly all of the area with isolated totals of 8-10 inches. It is still somewhat uncertain where those higher isolated totals may occur, but areas along and NW of US 59 may have a slightly greater risk than areas S of US 59. Much of the higher totals will tend to focus closely with the surface front and where it slows at times as it crosses the region. In addition to the overall totals, high hourly rainfall rates of 2-3 inches per hour will be possible which will lead to rapid urban flooding of street systems.

Hydro:

Forecasted rainfall amounts and the widespread nature of the rainfall pattern strongly support significant rises on area watersheds. Think most basins can handle 6 hour totals of 3-4 inches, but anything greater than about 4 inches in 6 hours is going to likely be cause for concern. Creek, bayou, and river flooding will be possible especially in the San Jacinto, Trinity, and Brazos basins. For Harris County, all of the creeks and bayous will likely see significant rises and exceeding of flood stage levels is possible on some of the watersheds depending on exactly where the heaviest rains fall. Greatest concern at the moment is for the watersheds over the northern half of Harris County, but think all watersheds have about equal chances of seeing significant rises and possible flooding. Usual common flooding locations on Little Cypress Creek and lower South Mayde Creek will likely experience flooding. Some structure flooding will be possible if watersheds exceed their banks or intense rainfall rates overwhelm street systems.

Decision Support

Timing: Friday morning College Station area, mid to late afternoon Houston area through Saturday morning

Amounts: 3-6 inches widespread isolated 8-10 inches

Watersheds: flooding of creeks, bayous, and rivers is possible

Street Flooding: high threat for street flooding

Severe: a few storms late Friday night may become severe near the coast with a tornado threat.

Forecasted Rainfall Amounts:

Friday-Saturday Excessive Rainfall Outlook:

Christmas In The Park

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM CST

Pecan Grove Park
800 Pitts Rd, Richmond, Texas 77406

Movie for the children on a huge outdoor TV screen. Movie TBA

DONT FORGET TO BRING YOUR LAWN CHAIRS AND BLANKETS.

Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

Special appearance from Santa Claus right after the movie. See Mrs. Santa Claus as well.

Sponsors:
Christ’s Church Foster Creek
Pecan Grove Plantation Property Owners Association (POA)
Minchew Family

Ft. Bend Constables Pct.3/PG Fire Dept on site for your protection.

Come join us for an evening of delight, fun and joy.

Santa is Coming to Town!

Hosted by Pecan Grove Volunteer Fire Department

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM CST

Santa is coming to town to ride on the Fire Truck!!! He will start his tour through the neighborhoods at 8am. Santa and his helpers will be on two trucks going through Pecan Grove, Waterside Estates, Harvest Green and Plantation Place. We will be keeping everyone updated on our locations throughout the day on our Facebook page.

Note: This year, due to safety concerns, we will NOT be entering cul-de-sacs. Please come down to the front of your street.

Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate

The Pecan Grove Municipal Utility District will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2018 on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. CDST at the Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club located at 3000 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.

FOR the proposal: R. Yokubaitis, S. Crow, B. Kluppel & J. Gobar
AGAINST the proposal: (none)
PRESENT and not voting: (none)
ABSENT: C. Bertrand

The following table compares taxes on the average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

Notice of Taxpayers’ Right to Rollback Election

If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code.

Questions or comments regarding this notice can be directed to Esther Buentello Flores at the tax office at (281) 499-1223.

New Online Customer Portal is now LIVE!

In 2018, we introduced a new online customer portal for making water bill payments. Customers can create an account by visiting www.edpwater.com and following the instructions below. Make individual or automatic payments online for a $1.00 fee, when paying by eCheck from a bank account or a 3% fee when paying by credit or debit card.

How to create an account:

  1. Go to www.edpwater.com
  2. Click on Pay Your Bill, select your water District’s name
  3. Click on PAY ONLINE NOW
  4. Click on Sign up now
  5. Follow online instructions beginning with your security code from your most recent water bill.

We hope you enjoy the new features which include:

  • Viewing real-time balance & transaction history
  • Viewing current and past billing statements
  • Viewing your water use history
  • Updating your mailing address
  • Signing up for eBilling

Changes to Our Auto-Pay Program

The auto-pay program has been moved to the Online Customer Portal. This change will not disrupt autopayments set up through our original payment program and no action is required. However, we encourage you to sign on to the new customer portal and confirm/update your account information.

For more information or assistance with registration, call EDP at
832-467-1599
Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm CST.
Visit www.edpwater.com for more information.

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Pecan Grove Park Restrooms and Pavilion

Update: The Pecan Grove Park Restrooms and Pavilion will be closed until June 10th.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please call PGMUD Parks Manager at (832) 818-5600. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Pecan Grove Park Restrooms

Pecan Grove Park, located at Pitts Road, bathrooms will be closed for the week of May 29th due to new flooring being installed. Should you have any questions or concerns, please call PGMUD Parks Manager at (832) 818-5600. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Board News

Fond Farewell to Chad Howard

It is with great sadness and gratitude that we say goodbye to PGMUD President Chad Howard and his family. Chad served on the Board from May 2012 to May 2018. He has sold his home in the District and is building a home in Needville. The Board will miss his service and leadership for the community.

New Director Appointed

The Board has appointed long time Pecan Grove resident Jean Gobar to fill the unexpired term of Chad Howard. Jean recently retired from service with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s office. While Jean served as Deputy, she was the security coordinator for Pecan Grove’s contract with the Sheriff’s office, so she knows our District well. She has attended many District meetings over the years. Although Chad’s role with the Board will be hard to fill, we look forward to the contributions that Jean will make to the district.

Election Results

Over 600 voters participated in the Pecan Grove MUD election during early voting and on Saturday May 5th. Fort Bend Elections Administrator certified the results on May 8th which re-elected Ryan Yokubaitis and Buddy Kluppel to the Board:

Ryan Yokubaitis – 490
Buddy Kluppel – 394
John Minchew – 218
Elizabeth Waltz – 124
Todd Johnson – 35
Total: 1,261

New Board Officers

The Board has re-organized. The new officers are:

Ryan Yokubaitis, President
Steve Crow, Vice President
G.E. “Buddy” Kluppel, Secretary
Jean Gobar, Assistant Secretary
Charles “Chuck” Bertrand, Assistant Vice President

Pecan Grove Park Playground

The Pecan Grove Park playground will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, while additional new playground equipment is being installed.