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 281-633-7527.

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.

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 re-opened 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.

Levee Drainage Improvements Adjacent to Harvest Green

There have been several questions from residents regarding the clearing operation that is occurring on the levee located east of Colonel Court. This is a Pecan Grove MUD project titled “Levee Drainage Improvements Adjacent to Harvest Green Phase 2.” This project is a second phase of drainage improvement project that includes improvements to the drainage system located at the outside toe of the levee between Pecan Grove MUD and the Harvest Green community. This project was design by the District’s engineer, is a District contract and construction is being observed by the District’s engineer to ensure compliance with the project.

By improving the drainage on the toe of the levee, the District will benefit by preventing water from standing at the toe of the levee.

Should you have any additional questions, please contact the District at 281-238-5000.

PGMUD October 29th 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 at (281) 238-5000 for answers to any questions you may have.

Recently the District engaged the services of a e-commerce company to send to some 7000 Realtors in Fort Bend County a copy of the EVO Report. This report compares Pecan Grove MUD’s water and tax rates to comparable MUD districts in our area. Realtors were invited to bring their clients to our very favorable cost environment. The EVO report can be viewed on the District’s web site.

Deputy Watkins with the Fort Bend County Sherriff’s Department advised the Board that data collected from several speed monitoring devices deployed within Pecan Grove indicates that Mayweather is the only street where significant speeding (over 35 mph) is occurring. He promised extra vigilance by Sheriff’s deputies assigned to Pecan Grove.

Fire Chief Woolley of the Pecan Grove Volunteer Fire Department (“PGVFD”) reported average call volumes during the month of October, 2019. He said that Santa Claus will ride with PGVFD and visit all Pecan Grove neighborhoods, Waterside Estates and Harvest Green on Saturday, December 7, 2019 beginning at 7:00 a.m.

Park Manager Marcus Campbell proposed two projects for improvement of Pecan Grove Park: (1) a structure to provide shade for the swing sets; and (2) enhancements for the restrooms. The Board asked him to bring pricing information to the Board meeting next month. Mr. Campbell also reported that new soccer nets have been installed and irrigation for the butterfly garden has been completed in Memorial Park.

Jonah Haven has drafted detailed instructions needed to navigate the ORIENTEERING COURSE he installed at Pecan Grove Park. These instructions will be available on the District’s web site on or before November 8, 2019. Go to www.pecangrovemud.com and select “Parks”.

The Board is continuing to work towards potential transfer of WINDMILL PARK to PGMUD. At the last meeting, the District’s attorney reviewed a proposed Special Warranty Deed which, following the Board’s review, will be delivered to the parties whose agreement is necessary to transfer the park to PGMUD.

Excerpts from the EDP Operator’s Report

Sidewalk Improvements from Previous Month
  • 10/07/19 – 2431 Broken Elm Driveway Panel Around Manhole
  • 10/07/19 – 2511 Colonel Court Dr. Sidewalk Around Manhole
  • 10/07/19 – 2411 Woodwind Sidewalk Around Manhole
  • 10/07/19 – 2122 Thompson Crossing Sidewalk Around Manhole

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.

Meter Replacements

We continue 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 4,840 meters replaced to date, with 17 meter(s) replaced this month.

Water Distribution Lines

Water distribution lines within the District are in relatively good condition. There has been no concentration of repair on any of the lines. Repeated repairs of leaks in a section of a distribution line would tend to indicate a deterioration of that line’s condition. The district will continue to closely monitor the status of our distribution lines to keep them in reliable operating condition.

Harvest Green Water Treatment Facility

Harvest Green advised the District that as of October 24 their water treatment facility was fully operational and that effective immediately they would no longer purchase water from Pecan Grove MUD. The board asked the Operator to be sure to place a lock on the interconnect valve.

Odyssey Engineering Report

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.

Bids for construction were opened and the contract was awarded to Aranda Industries, LLC. Construction by mid-November, 2019.

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.

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, 2019. Traffic lanes will be open at the end of the work day. Construction 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. The Project is expected to last through the end of 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. The Project will include adjustments to the existing parking lot at Belin Park which will include new paving in portions of the parking lot. The 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. The Project also includes automation of the pumps based on level of water in Bullhead Slough. The 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. Design is being completed and project is advertising to receive construction bids.

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 with 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. The Project is currently advertising, and construction is expected to commence in early 2020.

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.