Atascocita Municipal Utility Districts meet monthly and the following is a report of last week's meetings in two of the larger districts: Pictured is Glenn Boggs, president of HCMUD 109. Harris County MUD 109 A new Atascocita fire station, soon to be built in the district, was the topic of discussion at the meeting of MUD 109 on March 20. Land has been cleared to begin construction of Fire Station No. 3 on Oak Timbers Drive between FM 1960 and Green Timbers Drive. Some residents who live on Green Timbers Drive are concerned that the added construction behind their homes will threaten more flooding on their street. Those who live in the cul-de-sac have had water in the street, up their driveways, and almost into their homes during periods of heavy rain. Gene Daniel lives in the cul-de-sac and said, “About three times a year it gets up into the middle of our yards.” Daniel thanked board members for the opportunity to be heard at the meeting. He said he had lived in the neighborhood for almost 30 years and had never before been to a MUD meeting. Daniel told board members that when construction of businesses began on FM 1960, instead of the water draining toward 1960 or Timber Forest Drive, the water flows back toward the homes at the end of Green Timbers. He and several other residents in attendance are concerned that the addition of the fire station will cause even more runoff to drain toward their homes. Glenn Boggs, board president, also lives on Green Timbers. He said that the board would look into whether or not a retention pond would be needed. “We'll take it upon ourselves to have our engineer survey it ... get elevations,” said Boggs. “We will definitely get our surveyors out there this week or next week,” said Jason Svatek of Brown & Gay Inc., the district's engineering firm. Svatek said that the plans for the fire station allow for rain water to run into the parking lot, acting as a retention pond. “We're actually going to help y'all out,” said Atascocita VFD Chief Barry Coon. “We're making arrangements that it (rain water) will come toward our parking lot.” Resident Mecca Wilson asked, “Why would you have a parking lot that floods?” Svatek explained that it was not uncommon for parking lots to be designed to double as retention ponds during unusually heavy rainfall. “That's our retention,” said Coon. More information should be available at next month's meeting. Overall, the residents said they were pleased with the addition of the nearby fire department, they just want to be certain that their homes will not be jeopardized in the event of heavy rains. Wilson joked that she would put a gate at her back fence and have ready access to the fire station. “Whatever you can do, we appreciate. Your attitude about it is great,” said Daniel. In other business, the board authorized the addition of a 20 percent penalty on taxes remaining delinquent on July 1; tabled talk of approving a homestead exemption until more information is available in May; decided to wait to renew district insurance until three more bids could be considered; and authorized the disconnect of service to some delinquent accounts. MUD 109 meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at 5535 Green Timbers Drive. The district serves the Oaks of Atascocita, Atascocita West, Atascocita North, Kingwood Glen and Belleau Woods. Their Web site is www.waterdistrict109.com This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Harris County MUD 132 Harris County Municipal Utility District 132 held a special session at the Atascocita Branch of the Harris County Library. The tax assessor/collector’s report showed total receipts for the MUD 132 from June 6, 2006 to Feb 28, 2007 to be $1,367,065.55 and total disbursements were at $$1,346,340.12. Brown & Gay Engineers are working with Wells Fargo to obtain water meter easement and they are investigating drainage in section 4 of Kings River Estates. The Wells Fargo property is near H-E-B. Board president Ray Hughes focused on service by telling the board during a discussion drainage problems, “Tell the residents that if it is our responsibility, we’re on it. If it turns out to be the responsibility of flood control, we’ll stay on top of it.” Hughes also stressed the importance of policing the area in regard to silt fences that keep debris from entering the sewer system. Hughes said district communications were working on Volume 2 of the district’s newsletter. He said that he wanted what was produced to be current, practical and usable not just full of filler. He’s considering a meet your board members feature. MUD 132 meets on the third Thursday of the month at the Atascocita Library. Due to unavailability of the meeting room at the library, they will meet at the Atascocita Country Club in May, June, July and August. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. The district serves Pinehurst of Atascocita (sections one, two, three, four, seven, nine and 11) Atascocita Villas, Estates of Pinehurst, Island Greens, Club Point, Golf Villas of Atascocita, Atascocita Shores (sections one through six), Pines of Atascocita (sections one and two), Kings River Estates (sections two through six). This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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