The Kingwood Service Association (KSA) Parks Committee added a second hog hunter in late November to work in Kingwood due to recent surges in both reported feral hog sightings and residential property damage that began to worsen in August. The results in the first month of having two hunters instead of one indicate the extra effort is making a big, positive difference.
The number of hogs captured in December increased significantly while reports of hog activity in the residential areas went down.
Ethel McCormick of Kingwood Management Association reported the good news to the KSA Parks Committee at its January meeting.
“Things have really been so much better with two hog hunters working. [The KSA hog report] shows it has helped a lot. With Geraldo working in East End Park, he reported capturing 12 in the month of December and Mike, even while working in Harris County Flood Control areas, recovered and removed 20 hogs in Kingwood. That is really cool,” she said.
The December KSA hog report reflected a total of 14 sightings, down from 55 in each of the two previous months of November and October. At the same time, there were a total of 32 captures and removals made compared to 20 in November and 10 in October. The second hunter began in mid-November and McCormick noted this report represents a major turnaround in the trend of the numbers for the first time in over six months. She also reported the second hunter has been able to obtain cooperation with Kingwood golf clubs and with Friendswood Development Company to enable working on their lands in addition to those controlled by KSA, the Kingwood home owner associations, and the Harris County Flood Control District.
In other business, Dee Price of Sand Creek went over a review of the Parks Committee income and expenditures statements for 2019. She reported that while they had some overruns, the total expenditures were within the overall budget plan.
“Looking at the parks portion, we are going to be over budget by $12,082 but looking at the total Parks Committee budget, which is what the committee is responsible for, the entryways portion will be under budget by $55,729. We could not spend our money on the entryways because of all the construction going on, so we took the opportunity to spend some money in the parks that was badly needed. We will have a total underrun for the committee of $43,647,” she said.
Price explained she thought that the committee might want to put that $43,647 into the Reserve Account. The committee agreed and unanimously passed a motion to make that recommendation to the board.
In addition to providing the end-of-year report, Price announced total Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts since the storm occurred in September 2017 were nearly complete and will end up totaling about $348,600. She pointed out that those recovery efforts did not include the separately approved River Grove boat ramp dredging project in 2020 which is going to cost $500,000. She also noted the dredging project was now underway in that required permits have been submitted to the various authorities. Approval is expected in the next couple of weeks; the contractors have been notified and are expected to begin work staging their equipment and clearing out shoreline undergrowth as the first step within the month.
Bob Rehak of Kings Forest, who serves as steward for East End Park, noted the major recovery efforts at East End Park since Hurricane Harvey have resulted in the park now being in beautiful condition, even with the additional damage caused by Tropical Storm Imelda.
The committee also re-elected by acclamation both its current chairperson, Chris Manthei of Bear Branch, and Vice Chairperson Price to serve in 2020. There were no resignations or new volunteers for the various park and entrance stewards so they all remain unchanged for the coming year.
KSA Parks Committee meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the South Woodland Hills Community Room, 2030 Shadow Rock Drive in Kingwood. The public is invited to attend.