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PUBLIC NOTICE:

A public meeting is being held on January 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm at 10777 Westheimer Road, 1st Floor General Conference Room (Room 135) discuss the North Fort Bend Water Authority’s proposed project to expand the tertiary treatment to an existing wastewater treatment facility and installation of 52,000 linear feet of 12-inch purple pipe to facilitate a reclaimed water distribution network ( Grand Lakes Reclaimed Water System) at Grand Lakes MUDs 1, 2 and 4. One of the purposes of this hearing is to discuss the potential environmental impacts of the project and alternatives to it. The total estimated cost of the project is $11,052,000. The estimated monthly bill for a typical resident is currently $30.00. A user rate increase of $0.00 will be required to finance this project. In addition, a connection fee/tax/surcharge/other fee of $0.00 will be required. An application for financial assistance for the project has been filed with the Texas Water Development Board, P.O. Box 13231, Austin, Texas, 78711-3231. An Environmental Information Document for the project has been prepared which will be available for public review at 10777 Westheimer Road, Suite 400 Houston, TX 77042 between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm for 30 days following the date of this notice. Written comments on the proposed project may be sent to 10777 Westheimer Road, Suite 400 attention to Public Works Department or to the Texas Water Development Board.


Harvey Storm Debris Pick-up Suspended

Please be informed that Fort Bend County is no longer picking up storm debris. They have stopped a few weeks ago and any debris remaining will be left up to each homeowner to remove.

In addition, what is being placed out for pick-up is construction trash from the rebuilding and remodeling of homes. This will also be the responsibility of each homeowner to have removed as it will not be picked up by Best Trash during the routine scheduled pick-up.

Please see the following for helpful links regarding guidelines / frequently asked questions for Best Trash:


Information on Harvey

Residents,

At the October 9th Board Meeting, the Board and attendees discussed the devastation of Harvey within the community. Link,http://www.grandlakeslife.com/documents.asp?id=460170&page=1, of maps for MUD 1, 2 & 4 provided by Costello Inc. that attended the meeting on behalf of your MUD Boards of Directors (MUD 1, 2, & 4).

The Association would like any resident that experienced flooding to contact us via email with you name, address, and contact information. We are collecting a database and will be reaching out to various entities such as FEMA and Fort Bend County. 

We know that a number of residents have had their debris removed. And properties assess by FEMA inspectors within the community. However, we’d like reach out on your behalf as well.

Below are a few phone numbers of entities discussed at the October 9th meeting:

FEMA
(800) 621-3362
Hours of Operation: 7am -11pm EST

Fort Bend County Emergency Operations
(281) 342-6185

Governor Gregg Abbott
Info@GregAbbott.com
(512) 463-2000

Senator Joan Huffman
(512) 463-0117

Representative Mike Schofield
(512) 463-0528

Please continue to check the www.grandlakeslife.com for updates and information. Like the information below:

Harvey Disaster Recovery Resources

Fort Bend County Resources

Fort Bend County Recovers

http://fortbendrecovers.org/

How to get help, how to give help.

Report Damage - Fort Bend County
http://fbcoem.org/report-damage/
 

This form will not get you reimbursement from the government, but will serve as a way for Fort Bend County to estimate the amount of damages within the County, which may help us make a determination for a disaster declaration.

Fort Bend County MUD Inquiry Tool

http://fbcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.html?appid=037aaf9baae54782b176a22b4c76c279

Interactive map to determine which MUD you are in. (MUDs handle water, sewage and trash collection in Grand Lakes)

Fort Bend County Evacuation Map

http://fbcoem.org/map-for-evacuation-zones-mapa-de-zonas-de-evacuacion/

Interactive map reflecting orders of evacuation for Fort Bend County.

Separating Debris Guidelines (Fort Bend)

http://fbcoem.org/separating-your-debris-separando-sus-escombros/

Guidelines for separating debris for county collection.

State of Texas Resources

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (Texas)

http://www.twc.state.tx.us/jobseekers/disaster-unemployment-assistance

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) provides unemployment benefits for individuals who lost their jobs or self-employment or who are no longer working as a direct result of a major disaster for which a disaster assistance period is declared, and who applied but are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits. See the Eligibility section for details.

Federal Government Resources

Tips on Returning Home

https://www.ready.gov/returning-home

Tips on do's and don'ts when returning to a damaged home or area.

FEMA Claim

https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

Apply for FEMA assistance on the web or call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585

FEMA Claim (mobile app)

https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app

Link to install the FEMA mobile app. One feature of the app allows registering for assistance.

Nutrition Assistance

https://www.fns.usda.gov/disaster/disaster-assistance

FNS provides food assistance to those in need in areas affected by a disaster. This federal assistance is in addition to that provided by state and local governments.

General Resources

Associa Cares

http://www.associacares.com/

Associa’s non-profit Associa Cares has grants for you (on first come first serve basis).

Post Disaster Recovery Resources Document

A 28 page PDF document detailing resources available via Congressman Pete Olson

Document Your Damage

http://fbcoem.org/document-your-damage/

Tips on documenting damage for FEMA claims

United Way Donations

https://www.unitedwayhouston.org/flood/flood-donation

Website for monetary donations.

Disaster Assistance Center (Small Business Administration)

https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/manage/prepare-emergencies-disaster-assistance

Disaster assistance loans for business and personal. May also call 1-800-659-2955

Find Towed Vehicle

http://www.findmytowedcar.com/

Enter license plate or VIN to locate cars towed

Mold after a Disaster

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/mold/index.html

Identification and prevention of mold after a disaster.

Connect with Evacuees

https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

List yourself or search for others.

Red Cross Shelters

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter

Interactive map to find a shelter in your area. You may also call 1-800-733-2767 for assistance.

Crisis Cleanup

https://www.crisiscleanup.org/

For property cleanup assistance such as mucking and gutting, Crisis Cleanup is available to help coordinate your needs with volunteer relief organizations ready to assist you. To register, please call 1-844-965-1386

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program

Home Elevation Check

https://www.distancesto.com/elevation.php

Website includes the ability to check elevation by address or latitude and longitude coordinates.

Water Alerts (Barker Reservoir)

https://water.usgs.gov/wateralert/subscribe2/?site_no=08072500&parm=62615

Web form allows registration to an alert system (mobile phone or email) when the surface elevation of the reservoir falls meets the criteria you enter.

PRESS RELEASE 

  Muscovy Duck Update

Over the past several years, the population of Muscovy ducks has increased significantly in the Grand Lakes community.  Related to this rapid population growth, many residents and retained professionals have raised several concerns and issues about the ducks and their impact on the community.

 

In order to address the concerns over the uncontrolled population growth of Muscovy ducks and related issues, the Board of Directors empaneled a Wildlife Committee to investigate options for a more harmonious co-existence between the wildlife of Grand Lakes and the community.  The Wildlife Committee carefully considered input from hundreds of residents, closely reviewed published studies, and consulted with wildlife professionals.  Based on this collective effort, the Wildlife Committee made three recommendations to the Board of Directors to help control the Muscovy duck population and foster a balanced existence between ducks and the community.  These recommendations (which only concern Phase 3 of our community at this time) included: complete removal and relocation of all Muscovy ducks, reduction of Muscovy duck population, and removal and relocation of Muscovy ducks joined by a replacement with an appropriate number Mallard ducks.

 

After carefully considering all of the options recommended by the Wildlife Committee as well as opinions expressed by residents, both online as well as in several public hearings, the Board elected to remove and relocate the Muscovy ducks from Phase 3 and replace them with a small population of Mallard ducks based on the quantity assessment appropriate for the area.  Mallard ducks are more compatible to shared environments, such as Grand Lakes, because they reproduce at a much more sustainable rate, leading to more feasible population control.  The Board believes this option strikes a balance between the desire to retain ducks in our community with exercising sensible population control so as to achieve a more harmonious co-existence.

 

Naturally, populations fluctuate, including duck populations.  As such, the Wildlife Committee will continue to evaluate duck needs and population, as well as that of other wildlife, in our community, and the Board will continue to carefully monitor the needs of the wildlife and community with regard to such issues.

 

2017 Tennis Court Policy/Rules 

The Grand Lakes community has instituted new rules and regulations that govern the use of the tennis courts of our community.

 

Although we appreciate the efforts of teachers to continue to develop the game of tennis, it has become a hindrance to our residents to be able to play tennis on the courts where they actively pay dues to play.

 

Therefore, please be advised that the Grand Lakes community is now enforcing the tennis court rules in their entirety effective May 1st 2015; a copy of which is attached. All the tennis courts in Grand Lakes are for use by residents and their guests only.

 

The term “resident” refers to homeowners and those in Grand Lakes with an active Resident Access Card (RAC). Please be aware, access readers will be installed on all tennis courts very soon.

 

The term “guest” refers to invited guests of Grand Lakes residents; as outlined within the attached tennis court rules. Unfortunately, it does not include instructors or other commercial, for-pay players.

 

As we are aware that instruction is currently conducted on the Grand Lakes tennis courts, please take this time between now and May 1st to reschedule your lessons to a more suitable location.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Principal Management Group of Houston at the contact information provided above. 

 

Grand Lakes Tennis Court Rules 

  1. Grand Lakes Tennis League play has precedence over other tennis play at all times.
  2. Courts are to be used by residents of Grand Lakes with a valid and working Resident Access Card. The Grand Lakes community and the Grand Lakes Homeowners Association are not responsible for any personal injury or loss or damage to personal property. ALL COURT USE IS AT THE RISK OF THE USER.
  3. Residents with a valid and working Resident Access Card may bring their guest(s) to play provided that they accompany their guests at all times.
  4. Any resident with a suspended Resident Access Card cannot be a guest of another resident.
  5. At least one person using the tennis courts MUST have a valid, working Resident Access Card; while abiding by Rule #4 above. The resident must produce proof of an access card if queried by a Grand Lakes Board member or associate of the Grand Lakes property management company.
  6. Absolutely NO commercial use for the tennis courts. Teaching professionals are not considered as guests.
  7. No children allowed on the courts unless they are playing tennis and in the presence of an adult (18+). Adults (18+) have court priority after 6:30 pm.
  8. If other residents are waiting to play: (1) you must limit your playing time to no more than 90 minutes; (2) your guest cannot be the guest of another resident immediately after you relinquish the court.
  9. While waiting for courts, please wait outside the gate and announce that you are waiting for the court to be free when the current players are finished.
  10. No more than 4 players on a court at any given time.
  11. Proper tennis attire required. Tennis shoes (non-marking), shirt, shorts, and other proper clothing.
  12. No animals, skateboards, skates, or bicycles allowed in the tennis court area at any time.
  13. Any objects or activities that may damage the court surface, fences, nets, etc. are prohibited at all times.
  14. No glass containers, alcohol or smoking allowed in tennis court area.
  15. Abusive language and radios are not permitted.
  16. Please clean up after yourselves, your children, or your guests. Place trash in proper receptacles.
  17. Please be courteous to others while playing tennis and keep balls on your own court. 

 

 

 

Do Not Feed The Ducks

As you may know, we are experiencing a large increase in the duck population on our lakes. These are Muscovy ducks, which are classified as a non-native invasive species by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which has stated that these ducks “create problems through competition with native species, damage to property, and transmission of disease”.

 

It is illegal to sell, transfer, propagate, or introduce Muscovies. It is also a violation of the Grand Lakes Restrictive Covenants to feed the ducks. According to the GrandLakes“Lake Use Rules & Regulations”, page 5, Section 18, Item 3, “Feeding and interaction with wildlife and/or waterfowl is prohibited”.

 

The Waterfowl Information document on the Grand Lakes Life website, states:

  • Waterfowl reproduce excessively
  • Feathers clog suction pumps in community pools
  • Feces cause health concerns & increased cleaning maintenance of common areas
  • Feces contribute significantly to the nutrient load in the water causing algae, weed, and bacterial concerns, as well as odors
  • Foraging at the soil-water interface disturbs the soil and accelerates erosion
  • Any waterfowl on the lakes become the property and responsibility of the homeowner’s association. If waterfowl causes damage to a resident’s property the association is responsible for these damages

 

In addition to being a violation of the restrictive covenants, there are other reasons for not feeding the ducks.

 

Experts agree that bread is bad for ducks because they have problems digesting it. The bread along with the feces degrades the water quality. Any artificial feeding is actually harmful to waterfowl, causing poor nutrition, water pollution, concentration, overcrowding, spread of disease, and costly management efforts. When waterfowl feed on scattered corn or bread they eat in the same place where they defecate. Most waterfowl die-offs in the past 10 years have involved artificial feeding. Waterfowl rapidly become conditioned to and dependent on handouts. This causes them to become more aggressive and to lose their wariness of humans.

 

Let’s all be good citizens and neighbors and help maintain the desirable nature of our neighborhood and all our property values.

 

The homeowner’s association is investigating means of controlling the duck population.