February 2020 News & PGMUD Board Meeting Highlights

WHY IS DIRT PILED UP ON FM 359?

The dirt piled up on FM 359 was excavated from the bank of Jones Creek in order that a gabion basket system of bank stability control could be installed. The dirt will be returned to the bank soon and grass will be seeded at the end of construction.

MAY 2020 PGMUD DIRECTORS ELECTION CANCELED: The election previously scheduled for May 2, 2020 will not be needed because only the current directors submitted applications for a place on the ballot. Continuing to serve as directors for new four year terms will be Chuck Bertrand, Steve Crow and Jean Gobar.

PROPOSED ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY: Pecan Grove MUD was recently approached about the feasibility of obtaining District services for a proposed assisted living facility at 3525 Farmer Road, Richmond, TX. This property is approximately 9 acres and located north of Oyster Creek on Farmer Road. The board directed its engineer to work with the developer to determine what additional facilities would be needed from PGMUD in order to for the board to make an informed decision.

BONDS REFINANCED: Earlier in February the District obtained a bond rating of A1 and on February 27 PGMUD sold bonds at a net effective interest rate of 1.99%. The proceeds of this sale will be used to refinance $10,885,000 of bonds issued in 2013. This action will save District taxpayers $1,629,263 in interest payments.

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION BUILDING: The District has hired a firm to do a preliminary design and cost estimate for a multi-purpose building to serve the District and its residents. The structure would be located in Pecan Grove Park on Pitts Road. It is envisioned that the building would have a room suitable for the District’s public meetings as well as private meetings and events sponsored by District residents. The building would have a catering kitchen, large conference room and offices for the District’s operator, park manager and a place for residents to make water bill payments.

PECAN GROVE FIRE DEPARTMENT responded to 103 calls last month, 68 of which were in PG. Fire chief Woolley advised that three members of the department’s volunteers will soon be attending the Texas Certified Firefighter Program. They will sign a minimum two year commitment with the department. He also said that PGVFD has purchased two electric positive pressure smoke ejector fans to be installed on each engine. They replace the gasoline powered fans that ejected smoke from a residence but added their own exhaust fumes.

SECURITY: Sheriff deputy Bennett advised the board that last month there were 190 calls for service in PG, 69 traffic stops and 0 burglaries . She reported catching 3 young adults riding motorized dirt bikes and a golf cart on the levee on the east side of Pitts Road near the park. Warning citations were issued.

PECAN GROVE PARK: A shade cover for the playground equipment has been ordered and should be installed by mid-April. The location for 58 new live oak trees in the park has been determined and the trees are expected to be delivered by Fort Bend County during March. The District will extend existing irrigation lines to support the new trees. Park manager Marcus Campbell reported that he has been seeing a pack of six coyotes in the park before sunrise many mornings as he opens the park. They disappear at sunrise.

OVER CONVERSION CREDITS: Fort Bend County Subsidence District has advised that PGMUD now has 1,507,892,000 in over conversion surface water credits. As you may know, cities and utility districts are required by the subsidence district to convert a substantial portion of their water consumption from well water to surface water. Pecan Grove MUD took prompt action when this mandate was enacted and contracted for Brazos River water and built a surface water treatment plant. As a result we were able to reduce our use of ground water more than the law required and the result has been the accumulation of over conversion surface water credits. These credits may someday be sold and in any event they can be used to cover failure to meet the surface water use requirement (e.g. if the surface water treatment plant goes off line for an extended period of time).

SIDEWALK REPAIRS PREVIOUS MONTH:

2714 Millers Falls Ct Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole
2555 Lake Dale Ln Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole
2508 Colonel Court Dr Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole
2551 Lake Dale Ln Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole
2515 Lake Dale Ln Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole
2015 Misty Falls Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole
1903 Misty Falls Ct Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole
2615 Millers Falls Ct Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole
1902 Hanover Sidewalk Replacement Around Manhole
2518 Crystal Lake Ct Sidewalk Replacement 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 request your sidewalk be considered for repair.

TEXAS HYDRANT SERVICE WILL BE IN THE DISTRICT THE WEEK OF MARCH 23 TO FLUSH ALL FIRE HYDRANTS.

NUMBER OF SUBSCRIBERS TO PGMUD’S NEWS AND ALERTS EMAIL SERVICE: 3,306 (+22).

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 March 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 Summer 2020.

Segment B, location near the pump station, is complete, with only minor items remaining as part of close out of the entire project.

On Segment A, the area immediately behind the residences, the Contractor has completed installation of the soldier piles (drilling operations) and is beginning installation of the soil anchors.  Lower portions of the gabion baskets are under construction.

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 replaced 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 was 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 plant did commence in February and is expected to be complete in April 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 March 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 advertising to receive construction bids 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.

Construction was awarded to Electrical Fields Services and Programming Contract was awarded to Prime Control.  Notice to Proceed will be issued in early march and construction is expected to commence shortly thereafter.

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.