November 12 , 2009
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Grogan's Mill Village Association Newsletter 
 
November 12, 2009

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in this issue
Future of Our Water Supply
Flood Plain Maps
Village Elections
Township Bonds Approved
Hailey Elem. Needs Mentors
Holiday Lighting Contest
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Greetings!
 
We are interested in your concerns and comments. Please let us know what we should do to make Grogan's Mill a more vibrant community. Send your comments to: suggestions@gmva.org.
 
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Township Meeting update - Future Water Supply
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Jace Houston, Dep. Gen. Manager of the San Jacinto River Authority made a presentation on the need for and plans to use surface water.  By 2015, 30% of Montgomery county's water will have to be derived from surface water with Lake Conroe being the source. Lake Conroe is a man-made lake and was designed to be a reservoir.  The plan to accomplish this would have Conroe and The Woodlands getting 50 to 60% of their water from the lake. Both Conroe and The Woodlands are large users and have an integrated water distributions systems.  The county would achieve its 30% overall objective if this happens. 
 
There are 200 utility districts in the county who have to buy into the plan.  If they don't participate in the county plan, then they will have to do it on their own.  Participating in the plan county-wide would be the most cost effective.  It will cost over $500 million to accomplish this. Every water user in the county will be affected and the average water bill will go up by an estimated $20 a month for the average user.  (Current use is 220 gallons per person per day.)
 
Opposition to the plan has primarily been from residents living on Lake Conroe who are afraid of property values going down if the lake level lowers.  According to Jace, 7 feet of water are spilled each year to keep the lake at its design level.  The amount of water needed to fill our needs is only one foot per year for the first ten years going up to four feet in 2055, therefore the level of the lake would not be impacted by this plan.
Flood Plain Maps 
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Jim Stinson, head of the Woodlands Joint Powers Authority, made a presentation on the FEMA flood plain issue. The new flood plain map was put out in 2008.  The MUDs protested it in January 2009, and in Aprill  FEMA extended the appeals plan until August 2009.  Comments received from FEMA were not encouraging and JPA has gone to Rep. Kevin Brady and he is preparing a letter to FEMA.  Stinson is convinced that FEMA is wrong because of the subsidence that has taken place over the last 30 years. He suggests that homeowners not get involved in the process because of cost.  At this time we have to wait for a decision and any other appeals.
Online Village Elections Discussed
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It was recommended by the WCSC staff that village and RDRC elections for this February be done online.  Karen Dempsey of the WCS presented a plan on how it would be done with online registration for candidates and voters. Reasons for doing so: low voter turnout (1% of residents), costs, security questions have been solved. After considerable discussion the proposal was defeated.  We are interested in finding out what you think of having the RDRC and Village elections online.  Please let us know at suggestions@gmva.org.
Township Bonds Approved
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In the voting that was conducted this last Tuesday, the three bond propositions were approved with fire stations and refinancing enjoying a three to one margin and parks a two to one margin.  Almost 7,000 people voted--a strong turnout for an off-year election.
Hailey Elementary Needs Mentors
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Dr. Pat Nichol, Principal of Hailey, is looking for people who will mentor students.  This is a worhwhile experience for the mentor as well as the student.  If you have an hour a week that you can spare to listen to children read, we will find a place for you. If interested, please call the school office at 281-367-7344.
Holiday Lighting Contest 
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It's not too early to think about your entry for this year's holiday lighting contest.  There are no registration or entry requirements for The Woodlands Holiday Lighting contest. All you need to do is display your lights and/or decorations during the dates of December 3 - 9.  There will be an award for Best Home in the Village and Best Neighborhood in the Village.
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