Venomous Snake in Pecan Grove Park

Pecan Grove MUD has recently received reports of the presence of a venomous snake in the Pecan Grove Park off Pitts Road. Time and Season is monitoring the situation and following the guidance and regulations set by the Texas Parks Wildlife Department.

Alligator Sighting in Pecan Lakes Detention Pond

Pecan Grove MUD has recently received reports of the presence of an alligator in Pecan Lakes Detention Pond. Pecan Grove MUD is monitoring the situation and following the guidance and regulations set by the Texas Parks Wildlife Department.

Pecan Grove MUD requests that residents report any sightings of alligators to its operator, Environmental Development Partners, at (281) 238-5000. Please share this information with your neighbors and visit pecangroveud.com for more details about the District.

New Community Center in Pecan Grove Park

The Pecan Grove Municipal Utility District broke ground recently, in the Southeast corner of Pecan Grove Park, on a new Community Center. The District has completed the majority of the groundwork including digging the detention pond and laying the necessary pipework. Next steps include pouring the concrete slab for the Center.

The District had $1,000,000 in undesignated surplus funds remaining from their Series 2010 Bonds. Additionally, the District had approximately $752,000 in undesignated surplus funds originating from their reimbursement from a Natural Resources Conservation Service Grant. The NRCS grant was a reimbursement from the state for the Jones Creek Project.

In total, the District has allocated the $1,752,000 to be used for the new Community Center. Any unused funds remaining after the completion of the project will remain as surplus in the District’s account and could be used for future projects. The estimated cost of the Community Center project at completion is $1,634,000.

The Community Center will be used for both official District activities and public usage. There will be space for community rentals and activities. In addition, the Pecan Grove’s administrative office will move to the new Center and there will be space for the monthly District board meetings.

Currently, Pecan Grove Park has a pavilion that is often rented out. The Community Center will give the community an alternate space to use during less advantageous weather conditions.

The new Community Center will be completed by the fourth quarter of 2021.

New Federal Flood Insurance Information

New FEMA Risk Rating 2.0 for Flood Insurance Premiums

Change Effective 10/1/21

Pecan Grove MUD residents,

A question that many residents have asked Pecan Grove MUD, is “Even though I live behind a levee, should I still buy flood insurance?” While each resident must make that decision for themselves, Pecan Grove MUD strongly recommends that every homeowner purchase flood insurance. Whether you have insurance already or are considering purchasing insurance, there is new information that you need to know.

Historically, FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, would determine the flood risk of property based on published Flood Insurance Rate Maps. The maps, or FIRMs, would show different flood factors and flood risk potential which they would use to set the rates of flood insurance. This methodology has not changed in over 50 years, but the change is coming, effective October 1, 2021.  FEMA’s new method called Risk Rating 2.0 utilizes newer technology available to assess the flood risk of a property.

Using Risk Rating 2.0, FEMA estimates that 14% of Texas residents with an existing flood insurance policy will see an immediate decrease in their flood insurance premium; 79% of Texas residents with an existing flood insurance policy will see an immediate increase in their flood insurance premium that could be as much as $120 per year; 3% of Texas residents with an existing flood insurance policy will see an immediate increase in their flood insurance premium of $120 to $140 per year; and 4% of Texas residents with an existing flood insurance policy will see an immediate increase in their flood insurance premium greater than $240 per year. These FEMA estimates are for the first effective year and are averages only.

We do not yet know how Risk Rating 2.0 will impact flood insurance prices in Pecan Grove MUD. We do not know which category of premium change will include the District or your home.  However, if you already have flood insurance, FEMA says you will be grandfathered into how fast your flood insurance premium can increase. Under current law, it is federally mandated that a flood insurance premium cannot increase by more than 18% per year and FEMA indicates that they will abide by this rule.

However, we cannot guarantee any specific information about FEMA’s program or how future increases will be applied.

As Board members, we encourage you to get flood insurance now. Contact your home insurance provider. Since a flood insurance policy takes 30 days to go into effect, you must purchase your policy by September 1, 2021, for your policy to become effective prior to the effective date of Risk Rating 2.0.

Additional information regarding Risk Rating 2.0 can be found at Risk Rating 2.0: Equity in Action | FEMA.gov. We encourage you to visit the FEMA website and/or talk to your insurance agent as soon as possible.

 

Tax Transparency

Information about the District required by Section 26.18, Texas Tax Code, created by Senate Bill 2 (also known as the Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act of 2019), is available below:

Section 26.18, Texas Tax Code

Park Hours

The Pecan Grove MUD park will close at 5 pm on Halloween, October 31, 2020 and effective November 1, 2020 the park will close at 6 pm.

FEMA Urges Flood Insurance Purchase

Recently PGMUD received a message from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) asking the District to suggest that residents purchase flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). They asked that Pecan Grove residents be made aware of these informative websites:

Please be aware that Flood Insurance must be purchased 30 days prior to any flooding event in most cases.

Windmill Park

Pecan Grove Municipal Utility District recently acquired Windmill Park from the Property Owners Association (POA). We realize there are repairs needed at the park and we will work diligently to address more urgent items first. We ask that during this process, our customers be patient and we will do our best to address all the repairs needed to bring our new park to the standard you have come to know and love for your families enjoyment.

Items that are being addressed first:

  • Pest control
  • Cleaning of trash
  • Pressure washing
  • Adding sand and backfilling around uneven areas
  • Fixing broken playground equipment that can be fixed immediately
  • Replacement of signage

“Stay-At-Home” Order Extended Through April 2020

The Fort Bend County’s “Stay-At-Home” order dated March 12, 2020 has been extended through the end of April 2020.

All playground equipment shall remain closed.

The order does encourage outdoor activity, like walking, biking, hiking, or running. Please enjoy the park responsibly.

Pecan Grove Park on Pitts

The park will be closed tomorrow Tuesday, March 24th and Wednesday, March 25th for more park improvements.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Fire Hydrant Flushing Delay

Fire hydrants in Pecan Grove are flushed annually.

Flushing was scheduled for this week, but because flushing can increase the presence of iron in your home water and the brown tinge to the water, we are delaying the flushing for about a month.

Of course, the longer we wait the more iron will appear in your tap water.

This delay is in conjunction with the increased number of residents who are home due to the corona virus epidemic.

We appreciate your understanding and we will update this site when we know when the hydrant flushing work is rescheduled.

Park Update

Thank you for your patience as we have worked to beautify Pecan Grove Park on Pitts Road.

The planting of the donated trees from Fort Bend County is complete and the park is again open for public use.

While enjoying the parks amenities, please refrain from pulling, hanging, climbing and touching the newly installed trees. We want to allow mother nature to take its course and allow the trees to establish solid roots.

As always, we appreciate your understanding while we improve our park facilities to benefit our residents.

Park Closure Tuesday and Wednesday

The park will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday for planting of new trees donated by Fort Bend County. We apologize for any inconvenience. Our goal is to create a safe and fun environment for our residents.

Let Us Recycle Those Christmas Trees!

Once again, the District will pick up – and recycle – all clean Christmas trees placed curbside. The dates for recycling are:

  • Thursday, January 2nd
  • Thursday, January 9th

Please remove your tree base and make sure your tree is not over 5 feet in height before placing your tree curbside. Trees with flocking, lights, ornaments or other decorations cannot be recycled, so place only clean trees at the curb by 7:00am.

Please do your part this Holiday season to cut down on the unnecessary use of landfill space. We also encourage you – throughout the year – to fill up those curbside recycling bins.

For items not accepted in bins, call or visit the Fort Bend County Recycle/Environmental Center at 1200 Blume Road, on the western edge of the Rosenberg city limits.

Hours of operation at the Fort Bend County Recycle / Environmental Center are:

  • Recycling: Monday through Saturday 8:00am – 4:00pm (except holidays), closed on Wednesdays.
  • Household Hazardous Waste: Mondays 9:00am – 6:00pm; 1st Saturday of each month 8:00am – 2:00pm

The automated Recycling / Household Hazardous Waste information telephone line is 281-633-7581.

More information can be found on our web site, www.pecangrovemud.com, where we have a link to the Fort Bend County Recycle / Environmental Center website.

Update: Victoria Garden Drive Road Closure Notice

The District would like to notify the residents that due to construction related to drainage improvement, Victoria Garden Drive will experience temporary closures for the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, December 19, 2019
    The southern lane of Victoria Garden Drive will be closed from 12:00 a.m. on December 19 and will re-open by 5:00 p.m. on December 19.
  • Monday, December 23, 2019
    The southern lane of Victoria Garden Drive will be closed from 12:00 a.m. on December 23 and will re-open by 5:00 p.m. on December 23.

At all times during construction, there will be traffic control measures, including flaggers directing traffic to ease congestion in the area.

The District appreciates the patience that the community has shown throughout the construction process to improve drainage in the District. Construction activities are concluding.

Should construction delays due to unexpected conditions or weather change the expected dates and times, we will notify the community via the website.

If you have any questions, please contact the District office.

Monday, December 16th and Tuesday, December 17th

The southern lane of Victoria Garden Drive will be closed from 12:00 a.m. on December 16 and planned through end of day on December 17 to all traffic. The north lane will remain open during this time. This closure will allow the contractor to pour the removed sections of concrete roadway with fast-cure concrete pavement.

The road is expected to be fully open no later than the morning of Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

Should construction delays due to unexpected conditions or weather change the expected dates and times, we will notify the community via the website.

If you have any questions, please contact the District office.

Victoria Garden Drive Road Closure Notice

The District would like to notify the residents that due to construction related to drainage improvement, Victoria Garden Drive will experience temporary closures for the following dates and times:

Monday, December 9 and Tuesday, December 10

Entire road will be closed from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. to allow the contractor to remove the existing storm sewer along the road and replace with the upsized storm sewer pipe. At the end of the day, the contractor will place steel plates over the removed sections of roadway and the road will be reopened for local traffic.

Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12

The southern lane of Victoria Garden Drive will be closed from 12:00 a.m. on December 11 and planned through end of day on December 12 to all traffic. The north lane will remain open during this time. This closure will allow the contractor to pour the removed sections of concrete roadway with fast-cure concrete pavement.

The road is expected to be fully open no later than the morning of Friday, December 13, 2019.

Should construction delays due to unexpected conditions or weather change the expected dates and times, we will notify the community via the website.

If you have any questions, please contact the District office.