FACILITIES BOND REFERENDUM UPDATE -

A note from Commissioner Meyers:

I would write a longer recap about today's special workshop on the proposed bond referendum, but I think that Michelle Iracheta, the Houston Chronicle reporter who was in attendance, has said it all.

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"Spent my morning at a Fort Bend County Commissioners Court Facilities Bond workshop where -no joke - several commissioners were visibly distraught over the topic of mobility in Pct. 3." https://twitter.com/cephira/status/1151942482512531456

"Commissioner Meyers was not backing down from the idea that his constituents wanted traffic problems solved now (not next year) and other commissioners were just not having it. Pictured above: Prestage rubbing his head repeatedly during the discussion." https://twitter.com/cephira/status/1151943362297159683

"He later told the commissioner, “You can’t have it both ways,” when Meyers said mobility and flood mitigation were bigger concerns than new facilities." https://twitter.com/cephira/status/1151943847590748160

I'm disappointed by how this process has broken down and am looking hard for ways to salvage it. It's not a joking matter to the taxpayers. I keep getting comments from the press and other county / city elected officials about how chaotic this process looks, and I can understand how it looks even worse to the taxpayers.

Precinct 3 remains the only office that has held public town hall meetings and public surveys to gauge taxpayers interest and gather input on this process. I shared the results to date with the Commissioners today, defending the right of Precinct 3 constituents to have their voices heard when challenged by the county judge.

The other commissioners offices have been unable to provide sufficient specifics up to this point. Precinct 4 is still lacking details and making changes. Precinct 1 commented that they will not have mobility projects identified until next year. Precinct 2 admitted that we are adding projects above and beyond. The County Judge has brought down the sticker shock of his initial estimate on the OEM building, but it is still high.

There was one big item of positive news that I can report from today, and it is a victory for the taxpayers. I reiterated the need to continue reducing the county's tax rate, and there appears to be a path forward for doing so this year in 2019. Our budget workshops take place next Thursday and Friday, and I will be working just as diligently next Thursday to identify ways to lower the tax rate, as I am doing with this bond referendum process.

There will be one more special workshop meeting of the commissioners court on August 1st to come up with a final bond referendum package. Much work remains to be done to sell this to the public, and to this particular county commissioner.


NEW CINCO RANCH BAYOU DESILTING

Many of you driving on the Grand Parkway have already seen the Fort Bend County Drainage District at work, desilting the bayou from the deposits and islands that have formed after repeated heavy rain events. This is an additional desilting project happening concurrently with the project inside the Barker Reservoir on the same waterway.

Restoring channel capacity and original design is a key focus of the FBC Drainage District, and this work will be ongoing this summer to move this silt back into upstream locations where it has eroded from repeated high water events. As silt is removed and it is dried, the material will be removed by trucks and those trucks will stay within the bayou on its banks to use the material to restore original channel design.

A bit of a history lesson - Commissioner Meyers gets a lot of questions about the hydrology of this work, and why it's needed. As many of the original Katy area residents remember, the Willow Fork of Buffalo Bayou used to be a winding waterway in its natural state.

Illustrative photos for comparison from Google Earth historical records, show the significant change that has occured how much it has changed.

Illustrative photos for comparison from Google Earth historical records, show the significant change that has occured how much it has changed.

The decision that was made almost 40 years ago was to alter the bayou into a man-made route, but it came with a tradeoff of sorts.

When the Willow Fork Drainage District was created, the engineers and developers came up with the design that changed the natural path of the bayou into more of a straight line for the water. The purpose of this design was to dramatically increase the speed and flow of water draining through the Cinco Ranch and Grand Lakes area.

By speeding up the flow of the water through the bayou, the erosive nature of those waters cuts away the banks of the bayou much faster than it did a generation ago when the bayou was in its natural state. Further exacerbating the erosion and siltation, the Willow Fork Drainage District also created a diversion channel for the water that is designed to help with high water events. This diversion channel starts just east of the Peek Road bridge, and much like the Willow Fork itself - it also needs desilting work downstream as it moves towards and into the Barker Reservoir.

Katy's original residents never had to deal with these types of erosion and siltation problems, but it is unlikely that the flat ranch land and rice fields could ever have been developed from a rural agricultural area to the large suburban area of today, if these improvements had not been made.

HARLEM ROAD PARK UPDATE

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This week, our county Parks and Road & Bridge departments are hard at work pulling together both the field lighting and parking additions to the new Harlem Road Park just east of Pecan Grove Texas.

If you haven't driven down Harlem Road lately, you'll be amazed at the progress. The new park facility housing the future concession stand / restrooms / storage was completed in May. Well and septic systems are operational. Today at a site visit, we watched our crews carefully maneuvering and installing the light poles for the new athletic fields (2 baseball and 2 multi-purpose). Final grading and surfacing will soon follow.

The full site plan for the Harlem Road Park layout is below. This parcel of land has played such an important role the last couple of years, when it was used to help with staging and debris removal during the height of Harvey recovery. Soon it will re-open as an important addition to our community's quality of life for years to come. Stay tuned for more announcements and details on a grand opening / ribbon cutting as the work reaches its final stages!

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SOLAR POWER SPEED SIGNS

Last Tuesday, July 2 Commissioner’s Court approved the placement of two solar powered speed signs on Falcon Landing Blvd near Northlight Lane. Commissioner Meyers priority is to partner with local MUDs and HOAs on various programs that benefit the community, and in this instance he partnered with MUD 185.

These signs are paid for without the use of property tax funds, with money that would otherwise be collected by, and spent in, the City of Houston. Commissioner Meyers is very proud of this program & believes it will slow drivers down and increases safety in the communities in which they are placed. We have even more locations coming online for speed sign placements in upcoming weeks and months across the community.

Commissioner Meyers like to thank Wes Noonan and the rest of the MUD 185 board for their partnership. Our MUDs a great asset to the community, and he is pleased that he can partner with so many of them to increase the safety, drainage, and mobility in Precinct 3.

FORT BEND MUD 124 TREE BEAUTIFICATION PARTNERSHIP

One of the recent and beautiful additions to Precinct 3 is the park project at the NE corner of Westheimer Parkway and Falcon Landing Blvd., where MUD 124 has converted an old drill site into a beautiful community facility with water features and a walking trail.

Precinct 3 is proud to have partnered with MUD 124 and their landscape architects to have transplanted 30 mature live oak trees from Bates Allen Park in Kendleton, here into the community. More such projects are coming online soon throughout our area as part of our ongoing partnerships with local MUDs and HOAs across Precinct 3!

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BUFFALO BAYOU DESILTING UPDATE:

The work to desilt the Buffalo Bayou inside of the Barker Reservoir continues to remove some 500 truck loads of material from the bayou every day. The operation out there is tremendous with the amount of manpower and tonnage that is being moved on a daily basis and Commissioner Meyers is GLAD for it.

Our bayou desilting project represents a very small fraction of the work that is ultimately being proposed by the Willow Fork Drainage District to deepen a portion of the Barker Reservoir nearest to the Canyon Gate and Grand Lakes subdivisions. We're somewhat of a test case for the WFDD, as they have proposed increasing the truck traffic many times over should that project be approved.

Two other items that we have been working on as the job continues:

1) the truck route through the bayou has been adjusted and re-adjusted and re-confirmed with the contractors and truck drivers to minimize disruption and keep trucks off of residential streets. There have been some times when the drivers have moved around from other jobs and gone off of their Google Maps or Waze routes, but several residents have alerted us when that happens here on Facebook and by phone / email. The contractors have been good partners and been responsive about having the large trucks follow the route Commissioner Meyers directed.

2) We've been working with FBC Road & Bridge to have our crews out there during the pre-dawn hours to keep constant repairs going on Cinco Park Road from the amount of truck traffic it receives. That road is seeing 1000% more traffic than it has ever had, and when all of the desilting work is completed our Road & Bridge crews will be doing a complete overhaul to make it better than new. We're blessed that it's there to provide a straight shot out for the material being hauled out!

A special word of thanks goes out to the homeowners who live nearest to the work and who have seen / heard / or smelled all of the truck traffic from all of the crews hard at work to prevent future flooding and restore the channel. Your patience and your understanding are appreciated by all our community!

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NEW FULSHEAR LIBRARY LAND

L-R: Fort Bend County Judge  KP George, David Ginter, Dr. Glen Ginter, Commissioner Meyers, Tricia Krenek, and Ed Krenek at Fort Bend County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

L-R: Fort Bend County Judge KP George, David Ginter, Dr. Glen Ginter, Commissioner Meyers, Tricia Krenek, and Ed Krenek at Fort Bend County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

On Tuesday, June 25 Fort Bend County Commissioner's Court accepted the donation of five acres of land from Dr. Glen Ginter and his family. This land will be used to build a new, state of the art library for the residents of the City of Fulshear and the City of Simonton, Texas.

The library will be located just north of 1093, in between Cross Creek Ranch by Johnson Development and Fulshear High School. We're eager to start construction on this project and will soon be announcing a groundbreaking as engineers finalize the design.

Commissioner Meyers would like to thank the Ginter family for this generous contribution to the community. We’re blessed by their generosity and dedication and so grateful for their kindness to the citizens of Fort Bend County!

2019 Facilities Bond Citizens Feedback Meetings

On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court met at a special workshop to discuss a proposed list of projects for a 2019 Bond Referendum.

The draft list of projects contains 17 line items ranging in cost from $1 million to $100 million. Precinct 3 has not submitted any projects for the proposed facilities bond issue.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers has announced that he will begin a series of public events for residents to voice their feedback and opinions on the proposed Facilities Bond. The first event will be held on Thursday, June 27th at the Cinco Ranch Branch Library in Katy.

There is more information and an online feedback survey form available for residents at - http://precinctthree.com/facilities-bond

MOBILITY UPDATE: Right Turn Lanes @ Cinco Ranch Blvd. & SH 99

As another component to the mobility improvements being made in the SH 99 / Grand Parkway corridor, the Commissioners Court voted today (Tuesday 6/11) to approve the work for the management & engineering for right turn lanes on Cinco Ranch Boulevard at SH 99. When complete, these will add dedicated right turn lanes on both the eastbound and westbound side of Cinco Ranch Boulevard as illustrated in the map below.

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Last night, Commissioner Meyers attended the monthly board meeting of Cinco MUD 12 and was happy to report that the MUD agreed to work in partnership with us to fund a large portion of the costs of constructing these turn lanes - up to $600,000! Cinco MUD 12 covers the area near that intersection that includes LaCenterra. This is another amazing opportunity for us to work together as part of our great relationship! Special thanks to the board directors and attorneys who supported this deal! Work is already underway on design and we'll be on an expedited timeline to get these new turn lanes built within a year!

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PARTNERING WITH TXDOT / FM 1463 SCHEDULE

On Wednesday May 6, Commissioner Meyers went to the Houston offices of TXDOT and met with Quincy Allen, Houston District Engineer for TXDOT and Grady Mapes, TXDOT area engineer for Fort Bend/Waller. He was joined by Fort Bend County Engineer Stacy Slawinski for an excellent discussion regarding updates for on the timelines for key projects on FM 1463 and SH 99 / Grand Parkway.

Both the county and TXDOT left the meeting with a checklist of action items for the next couple of weeks on SH 99 / Grand Parkway and Commissioner Meyers expects that we will have major announcements coming in the very near future.

The FM 1463 construction schedule was a specific topic of discussion. Grady Mapes confirmed that the construction timeline begins in June 2020 for the north part of the FM 1463 widening project (between I-10 and Tamarron Parkway) and January 2021 for the south part (from Tamarron down to FM 1093.) The road engineering design is at 90% completion and Mapes indicated that the road will be expanded to as many as 8 total lanes between I-10 and Kingsland, 6 lanes at other major intersections, and 4 lanes (2 in each direction) for the main travel lengths..

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Weather Related Update & Resources for Fort Bend County

While we are thankful for the break in rain, this is a long-haul event & we expect the rain to continue into the weekend and potentially early next week. Overly saturated grounds from yesterday’s rainfall means any additional rainfall could be quick to flood once again today. There will be a risk of strong to severe storms today through Friday.

We will continue to provide updates, and encourage you to follow:

  • https://www.facebook.com/CommissionerMeyers/

  • https://www.facebook.com/fbcoem/

  • https://www.facebook.com/judgekpgeorge/

  • https://www.facebook.com/FortBendConstable3/

  • https://www.facebook.com/FortBendCountySheriffsOffice/

As of 12:30 PM on Wednesday, May 8 our key area for concern continues to be for those in the vicinity of the Brazos River. Due to the unexpected amount of heavy rainfall received around Fort Bend County last night, the river predictions have once again changed. The Brazos River at Richmond is now at flood stage level of 46.84 feet. The new prediction for the crest is at 47.2 feet on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 1:00 PM.

For the rest of the precinct, the break in rain has helped with localized flooding, and street flooding, but we ask that all remain weather-aware over the next few days. To help you with that, we’ve pulled together a comprehensive list of resources and links to help you stay informed on what's happening in your area.

Weather Forecasts/Updates:

  • https://origin.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/metwatch/metwatch_mpd_multi.php?md=0208&yr=2019

  • https://www.facebook.com/NWSWestGul

  • https://spacecityweather.com/

  • https://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=hgx

  • https://www.weather.gov/hgx/

Estimated Rainfall:

  • https://www.fbcdd.org/estimated-rainfall-1

  • https://twitter.com/usgs_texasrain/

Traffic/Road Closures:

  • https://traffic.houstontranstar.org/.../roadclosures.aspx...

  • https://twitter.com/hou_roadweather

  • https://twitter.com/FBCTraffic

  • https://drivetexas.org

  • https://www.waze.com/livemap

Barker Reservoir Updates:

  • https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv?site_no=08072500

  • https://waterdatafortexas.org/reservoirs/individual/barker

  • https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv?site_no=08072500

  • Subscribe to Water Alerts Updates via text/email:

    https://water.usgs.gov/wateralert/subscribe2/?site_no=08072500&parm=00045

Near-Real Time Data for Reservoirs Flood Stage:

  • https://waterdatafortexas.org/reservoirs/flood

  • https://waterdatafortexas.org/reservoirs/municipal/houston

  • https://www.waterdatafortexas.org/reservoirs/statewide

Upstream Reservoir Data:

  • http://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/cgi-bin/rcshtml.pl?page=Reports&report=fish

Brazos River:

  • https://www.BrazosBasinNOW.org.

  • https://www.facebook.com/Brazos-River-Authority-

  • https://fbcoem.org/fort-bend-county-waterways-rivers/#brazos

  • https://www.simontontexas.gov/services/pages/flood-resources

Other River Gauges:

  • Major Flooding Forecast:https://www.weather.gov/wgrfc/

  • https://fbcoem.org/fort-bend-county-waterways-rivers/

  • https://www.fbcdd.org/gauges

Local Cities:

If you have an emergency situation please call 911.

Updates for Simonton:

  • https://www.facebook.com/City-of-Simonton-TX

  • https://www.simontontexas.gov/

  • If you need assistance please contact the following:

    • City Administrator: (346) 257-7877

    • City Secretary: (346) 257-7887

    • Mayor: (346) 257-7876

  • Sign up for emergency alerts:

    • https://www.simontontexas.gov/home/pages/emergency-notifications-powered-nixle?fbclid=IwAR0UJMnSWWSXndZIzjmTl_EWCyuismjeuDAwsClJVQJRqJjuI4bZ6Jywxj0

Updates for Fulshear (including Redbird Lane)

  • https://www.facebook.com/CityofFulshear

  • http://www.fulsheartexas.gov/

Updates for Katy:

  • https://www.facebook.com/cityofkaty

Updates for Richmond:

  • http://www.richmondtx.gov

  • https://www.facebook.com/City-of-Richmond-Texas

Updates for Sugar Land:

  • https://www.facebook.com/SugarLandTXgov

  • https://www.opentownhall.com/portals/114/Issue_7497

Updates for City of Weston Lakes:

  • http://cityofwestonlakes-tx.gov/

  • City of Weston Lakes Emergency Management Coordinator:

    • Barrett Shepherd 281-612-3977

PCT 3. Schools & School Districts:

  • https://www.facebook.com/Katy-ISD-113148448705253/

  • https://www.facebook.com/LamarCISD/

  • https://www.facebook.com/FortBendISD/

  • https://www.facebook.com/simontonchristian/

  • https://www.facebook.com/HSAKaty/

Other resources:

  • https://www.fbcdd.org/lids

  • https://www.fbcdd.org/maps

Fort Bend County Announces Plans to Pursue Only State / Federal / County Funding for Jones Creek Watershed Flood Mitigation

No community consensus after several additional days of comments / petition gathering.

FORT BEND COUNTY - During the community meeting of residents and landowners within the Jones Creek watershed on Saturday, March 15th at the Pct. 3 J.P. Courtroom, citizens both for and against the creation or development of a Jones Creek Flood Control District requested additional time to solicit letters from the community. After a full week, it is evident that no consensus exists in the community to support creation of the district. As was promised by State Representative Dr. John Zerwas and County Commissioner Andy Meyers during the meeting, HB 4011 will no longer be pursused by Dr. Zerwas and it will not proceed further into committee hearings. This effectively kills the bill, and all county officials are in agreement with Dr. Zerwas that no further action will proceed for creation of any proposed Jones Creek district.

In January 2019, Fort Bend County made applications to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to seek federal hazard mitigation grants for unincorporated communities who experienced significant damages from flooding over the last five years. An application was submitted for the Jones Creek watershed and is under TDEM review. Any such federal grants under the program, requires a 75% / 25% split between federal funding and the local match.

"The efforts to secure federal flood mitigation funding will continue because these residents have ongoing and immediate needs to help protect their homes and property," said Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers. "As has been discussed in multiple public meetings since 2017, there are avenues available for funding these mitigation projects and current TDEM applications require a 25% local match. In securing a local match, most Fort Bend County citizens have three boxes that are checked off - 1) the possibility of the State Legislature making an appropriation, 2) the possibility of a countywide flood bond, or 3) funds from a special district. In the last week, the community residents I've heard from can only agree on checking off the first two boxes. I promised that I would only support this bill if there was consensus and there is not. HB 4011 will not proceed under any format and the County will continue pursuit of the TDEM application working towards covering a potential local match via the state or county if the application is successful."

With over 300 special districts and the large number of cities and municipalities in Fort Bend County, it is particularly difficult for the 6% of residents in unincorporated Fort Bend County who do not live in a city or a special district, to compete with the same voice and resources that special districts can utilize. However, as Commissioner Meyers and Representative Zerwas stated in the public meeting, there are several options and parallel tracks available to communities in seeking federal and state grants for flood hazard mitigation. The decision to create a flood control district and issue debt for the local match is one option used across the majority of Fort Bend County. Such a district would have required local voter approval to create and any bonded indebtedness by that district would have required a public vote in an identical process to existing special districts in the county.

Meyers said, "We have listened to a lot of passionate residents on both sides of this topic since Saturday. Since the bill notice was publicly filed, Dr. Zerwas' office had received a 30 to 1 response from residents in favor of HB 4011. During the last week, the number of opposing residents outweighed those in support as both sides of the topic weighed in. I know that they’ve contacted Dr. Zerwas’ capitol office in Austin, and after giving out my cell phone number at the meeting, I and my staff have personally talked with even more residents, many of which couldn't be at the meeting. There is no consensus, and without it, the legislative creation of a district won't happen. Residents still need help and protection from future events, so the county will continue seeking federal hazard mitigation funding through the TDEM application, and we will continue to pursue a state appropriation to help cover the local match should our application be successful."

"Our citizens in the unincorporated area deserve to have their ongoing flooding issues addressed in a meaningful and transparent way. The ability of homeowners who are outside of cities and districts, to compete against the large developer-controlled special districts, is becoming an increasing problem to address with the exploding growth and population. My office continues to look for sources of funding and legislation to support their needs and protect their homes and property."


For questions / inquiries – contact Commissioner Andy Meyers, Precinct 3 – 281.238.1400 - andy.meyers@fortbendcountytx.gov

March 16, 2019 Jones Creek Watershed Meeting

Between 120-140 people participated in the Jones Creek community meeting requested by residents of the Jones Creek watershed to discuss flood mitigation projects and the funding sources to fulfill a local match for the potential receipt of federal funding from a TDEM hazard mitigation application. The meeting was held at 10:00am at the Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace courtroom at the County North Annex.

A short presentation was made to discuss the process of the TDEM application, the powers of a proposed special district, the powers of the federal, state, and local governments to assist in flood mitigation, and the potential impact of ATLAS 14 changes upon development, flood mitigation, and the flood plain maps. That presentation is available in PDF format online via PrecinctThree.com at this link.

During the meeting, the residents asked dozens of questions that chiefly focused on the subject matter of a proposed flood control district in the Jones Creek Watershed, and the legislative bill that has been filed by Dr. Zerwas that would give voters the option to create such a district. That bill has been filed, but has not been referred to a committee or moved forward in the legislative process and Dr. Zerwas indicated that he would not do so without clear consensus from the community. The link to HB 4011 via Texas Legislature Online can be found here.

The majority of comments and questions from residents in attendance were against the creation of such a district. Copies of a large stack of signed petitions against HB 4011 were delivered to Dr. Zerwas, and multiple residents in attendance have asked for more time to collect more petitions and all the elected officials agreed to honor those requests to allow a few more days for that process.

Several residents requested an online form to register their support or opposition. That form is available via PrecinctThree.com at this link.

Multiple comments and questions were asked in regards to receiving a full list of available opportunities for public interaction and information regarding HB 4011 and other flood control discussions. Over 70 residents in attendance filled out information cards with their contact information and email addresses. The office of Commissioner Precinct 1 and Commissioner Precinct 3 promised to share the full list of those names. A full list of contact numbers was printed out and provided for meeting attendees and a full list of social media accounts for the Precinct 3 office follows at the end of this update. Additionally, Commissioner Meyers shared his personal cell phone number with meeting attendees.

Elected officials and county representatives in attendance included: State Representative Dr. John Zerwas, Commissioner Precinct 3 Andy Meyers, Commissioner Precinct 1 Chief of Staff Robert Quarles, County Attorney Roy Cordes, FBCOEM director Mark Flathouse, Drainage District Chief Engineer Mark Vogler, FBC Engineering First Assistant Rick Staigle, and other staff members from these respective offices.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Office - 281-344-9400 | Twitter | Facebook | vincent.morales@fortbendcountytx.gov

Precinct 3 Commissioner Office - 281-238-1400 | Twitter | Facebook | andy.meyers@fortbendcountytx.gov

State Representative John Zerwas - (512) 463-0657 or (888) 827-1560 | Twitter | Facebook | john.zerwas@house.texas.gov

Fort Bend County Announces Plans to Pursue Only State / Federal / County Funding for Bessie's Creek Watershed Flood Mitigation

Fort Bend County Announces Plans to Pursue Only State / Federal / County Funding

for Bessie's Creek Watershed Flood Mitigation

Absentee landowners refuse to partner with the community for flood mitigation

FORT BEND COUNTY - Following several discussions, two of the largest absentee landowners in the Bessie's Creek watershed have informed Fort Bend County that they will not voluntarily participate in the creation or development of a Bessie's Creek Flood Control District. Therefore, as was promised to the community at the Saturday, March 8th meeting in Simonton - the county has decided to step back from any and all efforts to pass legislation that would allow the community the option of creating the special district.

"It is unfair to the taxpayers, in my opinion, to ask local residents to pay for the absentee landowners' share of the project when those large developments would see significant benefits from any flood mitigation project," said Commissioner Andy Meyers. "If they refuse to be a partner, or to pay a proportionate share of the cost for a Flood Control District, then there is no way in heck that residents should be asked to carry those costs for them. I understand their resistance to these partnerships, because it bucks the standard practice of expensing their development costs to current and future area taxpayers. Instead of open discussion in well-attended community meetings, these types of financial decisions for the taxpayers are normally made in the boardrooms of downtown law firms. This proposed Bessie's Creek Flood Control District has been a wakeup call to the general population about why those "standard practices" are usually made many miles outside of the community."

In January 2019, Fort Bend County made applications to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to seek federal hazard mitigation grants for unincorporated communities who experienced significant damages from flooding over the last five years. An application was submitted for the Bessie's Creek watershed and is under TDEM review. Any such federal grants under the program, requires a 75% / 25% split between federal funding and the local match.

With over 300 special districts and the large number of cities and municipalities in Fort Bend County, it is particularly difficult for the 6% of residents in unincorporated Fort Bend County who do not live in a city or a special district, to compete with the same voice and resources that special districts can utilize. However, as Commissioner Meyers and State Representative Dr. John Zerwas stated in the public meeting, there are several options and parallel tracks available to communities in seeking federal and state grants for flood hazard mitigation. The decision to create a flood control district and issue debt for the local match is one option used across the majority of Fort Bend County. Such a district would have required local voter approval to create and any bonded indebtedness by that district would have required a public vote in an identical process to existing special districts in the county.

Meyers said, "the County will continue to pursue the federal grant, and we are hopeful that TDEM will respond favorably to the application. We will also continue efforts to get the state and/or the county to fund the 25% local match. The State Senate has placed SB 7 on the intent calendar for Tuesday, March 18th, which is a bill that would provide up to $3 billion for covering the local match for flood / hazard mitigation grants. If that bill ultimately is signed into law this session, Fort Bend County will pursue funding from this appropriation for the 25% local match if the Bessie's Creek application is successful."

"Our citizens in the unincorporated area deserve to have their ongoing flooding issues addressed in a meaningful and transparent way. The ability of homeowners who are outside of cities and districts, to compete against the large developer-controlled special districts, is becoming an increasing problem to address with the exploding growth and population. My office continues to look for sources of funding and legislation to support their needs and protect their homes and property."

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For questions / inquiries – contact Commissioner Andy Meyers, Precinct 3 – 281.238.1400 - andy.meyers@fortbendcountytx.gov

Simonton Community Church Meeting on Bessie's Creek Flood Mitigation

On Saturday morning, a standing room only crowd met at 10am at the Simonton Community Church for a community meeting regarding flood mitigation and potential solutions and sources of funding for the Bessie's Creek watershed.

Commissioner Meyers and staff were joined by State Representative Dr. John Zerwas, as well as County Attorney Roy Cordes, Fort Bend County Drainage District Chief Engineer Mark Vogler, Fort Bend County Assistant Engineer Rick Staigle, and Scott Wieghat from Fort Bend County Road & Bridge, as well as several mayors and city council members from the watershed.

During the meeting, a short visual presentation was made to attendees and that presentation is available here in PDF format for download.

Video of the meeting was recorded and placed online on Facebook at the "Fulshear Forum" community page. Many attendees submitted written questions that were not answered in the meeting. Those questions from residents which were not answered because of the time will be answered by individual contacts by phone or email or office visits to answer all the submissions.

For any questions or to follow up on topics from the community meeting - please contact the Precinct 3 office at 281-238-1400.

Mobility Update - Re: Commissioner Meyers on-going sound mitigation efforts along major roadways in Pct. 3

We’ve had some questions brought to our attention this afternoon regarding sound mitigation along our major roadways & wanted to provide an update on how Commissioner Meyers has been working to address the need over the last several years.

Commissioner Meyers has worked with Fort Bend County Engineers and TxDOT to accelerate the construction of additional lanes of SH 99 sooner than originally scheduled.

Federal guidelines require the use of noise abatements because of the additional lanes and the projected decibel level to adjacent property owners. These noise abatements are federally mandated and will include new sound walls along SH 99, similar to the ones that Precinct 3 constructed along the NB feeder road between FM 1093 and Fry Road (**see attached image).

Commissioner Meyers has also accelerated two county mobility projects to build new southbound access roads along SH 99 to remove traffic from the main lanes. These two access road projects were approved by county voters and will also provide new entrance/exits to retail centers along Cinco Ranch Blvd, Westheimer Parkway, Fry Road, and FM 1093. These new roads will also be built with additional sound walls as part of their construction.

Commissioner Meyers and his staff have held several meetings with TxDOT to ask for study and consideration of other noise abatement solutions for SH99. TxDOT has been testing new technologies in roadway construction in the Houston area in recent years but the state engineers have rejected their use for our area. For those of you who are interested in the results of their findings – I can report that the sound-dampening asphalt (such as that used on US 59 near Loop 610) has been ruled out due to untenable maintenance costs. State engineers have also eliminated the use of “grooved” roadway cuts (such as that used on I-10 near Beltway 8) because this has proved to be a safety hazard for motorcycles and motorbikes.

Commissioner Meyers will continue to work with partners in the engineering community and at TxDOT to find solutions to dampen road noise and we will make sure to provide you with updates as we have them.

 

Attached picture is from November 2017 update on Commissioner Meyers work to dampen road noise and includes the county-built sound wall stretching northbound from FM 1093 to Fry Road. This was built by Pct. 3 to help mitigate road noise coming towards the residential properties.

Attached picture is from November 2017 update on Commissioner Meyers work to dampen road noise and includes the county-built sound wall stretching northbound from FM 1093 to Fry Road. This was built by Pct. 3 to help mitigate road noise coming towards the residential properties.

 

 

 

Freeze Warning issued for Fort Bend County beginning tonight.

 

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A freeze warning has been issued for our area beginning tonight. A freeze warning is issued when significant, widespread freezing temperatures are expected.

For those of us south of I-10, temperatures will likely end up dipping between 30-32°F beginning around midnight through 9:00 AM. Tomorrow’s high will bring temperatures into the 40’s, but we can expect to hit freezing temperatures again on Tuesday night...

As always it’s important to remember the 4 P’s when temperatures dip.

 People – bundle up and be smart about heater safety

Pets – keep pets indoors

Pipes – insulate pipes on your house and prepare your sprinkler system

Plants – hydrate and cover your sensitive plants.

 

 

Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Listening Tour..

Have a question or concern and live in Fort Bend County, Precinct 3?

Join Fort Bend County Judge, KP George, Precinct 3 Constable Wayne Thompson, Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Kelly Crow & Commissioner Meyers for Precinct 3’s Listening Tour at Parkway Fellowship Church.

THIS Thursday, February 28th - 6:15 PM - Parkway Fellowship Church (27403 FM 1093, Richmond 77406).

The evening will provide opportunities for Precinct 3 residents to ask questions and engage directly with the elected officials, county departments & services that play a vital role in our community.

We hope to see you there!