Highlights of Pecan Grove MUD Meeting – May 26, 2021

The regular monthly meeting of the Pecan Grove Municipal Utility District was held via conference call on the evening of May 26, 2021. Current plans for the meetings are to return to in person meetings beginning in June.

PGVFD

Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office – Monthly Contract Report

Electric Supply Contract

Dave Ciarella reported on the new contract with TXU that lowers are price per KW hour to about $0.41.

Parks Report

Marcus Campbell reported that there has been some vandalism in the restrooms at Pecan Grove Park that has been reported to the Sheriff’s office. The lighting at Windmill Park has been replaced. In May there were 16 pavilion reservations and June reservations are starting out strong. There also has been considerable interest in reserving the new community building for events when it is completed.

Operations

Accountability for April was high again as EDP still has some under production errors.



Annual fire hydrant testing begins the week of June 14th.

All water quality testing for the month was completed and showed that we meet all state standards.

The annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) will be mailed out in June.

We continue to maintain our website and send email blasts of important information to those signed up for emails. We have 3,663 email subscribers, up 32 from last month.

Click here to view Projects Under Construction and Design.

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.

 

Welcome Edward Gordon, Jr. to the Board

Pecan Grove MUD would like to welcome Edward Gordon, Jr. to the Board of Directors beginning this May as Assistant Vice President.

Mr. Gordon has been a resident of Pecan Grove for over 33 years and has served in Law Enforcement for 44 years. He is currently employed with the Fort Bend County District Attorney Office as the Chief Investigator.

Mr. Gordon is a Lifetime Member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and a member of FBI National Academy Associates. He is a graduate of the Central Fort Bend Chambers of Commerce Leadership class of 2020. Ed is also a rancher and loves to ride motorcycles.

Sanitary Television

Pecan Grove Municipal Utility District has contracted with Pro Pipe to conduct preventative maintenance by assessing the internal condition of select area of District’s sanitary sewer. Pro Pipe will be utilizing CCTV cameras and a method known as “smoke testing”.

Prior to performing CCTV inspection, Pro Pipe will clean the selected sanitary sewer segments. The cleaning process causes a vacuum in the sewer. This may affect some home that have inadequate or partially blocked drain vents. The vacuum caused by the cleaning process may cause “P-traps” to be sucked dry.

As a result, you may notice a sewer smell. To help minimize this effect, run a little water in your drains to refill the P-traps and it is recommended that you shut the water valve off to all your toilets, put the toilet seats down and cover floor drains with car mats on the days that sewer cleaning is scheduled. This will also minimize any possible splashing that of the P-trap water in homes that are poorly vented.

These same directions should be followed when smoke testing is being performed. The smoke testing will be performed after the cleaning and CCTV inspection. Smoke testing is utilized to determine where possible defects in the sewer main might exist. It is not uncommon for smoke to enter houses through the sewer lateral (service connection) and to exit through dry P-traps and other areas of the home where ventilation might not be superior.

Pro Pipe will be conducting CCTV in sections of Plantation 4 & 5 starting on May 19, 2021. The process should take no more than two days before Pro Pipe moves to another area within the District.

The current schedule is Plantation 12 &22, Outer section 2 of Pecan Lakes, Plantation 6 & 9 followed by Plantation Place.  Once the CCTV is performed the Pro Pipe will commence smoke testing and we will further update the notice.

If you would like further information, Pro Pipe’s on site representative is Robert Hueners and can be reached at 214-784-2360.

The Districts representative is Russell Piper who can be reached at 281-238-5000.