Crime Prevention Tips

The holiday season is upon us and while we are all preparing for family festivities, criminals are preparing for opportunities to take advantage of your holiday shopping spree!  The December holiday season historically sees an increase in criminal activities, but motor vehicle theft is one of the most common criminal activities that takes place year-round.

As a homeowner there are a few things you can do to help avoid being the victim of this type of activity:

  • Always remove your keys, roll up windows, and lock your car. Never leave your keys in the car while you are away, even if your car is parked in your garage.
  • Do not leave valuables in your car, even if they are out of sight. If you must leave something valuable in your vehicle lock it in the trunk.  If a criminal sees items of value in a vehicle then they are more likely to break into that vehicle.
  • The most common items stolen from vehicles are:
    • GPS Devices
    • DVD Players
    • Handguns
    • Money
    • Briefcases
    • Laptop Computers
    • Purses
    • Smartphones
    • Tools
  • If possible, park your car in your garage, next best alternative is your driveway. Try to avoid street parking, cars parked on the street are broken into more frequently than cars parked in a driveway.
  • Always activate your car alarm if you have one.
  • Report any suspicious activity immediately to the Sheriff’s or Constable’s Office.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office also offers a number of great tips for improving security measures of a residence, as well as a check list of items to be considered before leaving for vacation.  Click on or type the following link to view this information:  https://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/government/departments/administration-of-justice/sheriff-s-office/community-services/crime-prevention-tips.

To report suspicious activity or non-emergency criminal activities you may call:

Fort Bend County Constable Precinct 4 – (281) 242-4014

Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office – (281) 342-6116

Update on Annexation of Approximately 55-Acre Tract

In early 2020, a developer, Meritage Homes of Texas, approached the Fort Bend County MUD No. 146 (District) Board of Directors (Board) requesting that the Board consider annexing into the District an approximately 55-acre tract west of the existing District boundaries. The developer was seeking to develop the tract with approximately 167 single-family homes, which would need to be provided with public utilities, including water supply and distribution, sanitary sewer collection and treatment, and drainage facilities. The preliminary land plan and plat for the development are shown below.

Because the tract borders a substantial portion of the District’s western edge, the District is very interested in ensuring that any development on this tract is compatible with and beneficial to the existing Long Meadow Farms community. To that end, the developer signed an agreement and deposited funds for  the District’s engineer and financial advisor to perform analyses to determine whether it is feasible for the District physically to construct the public water, sanitary sewer, and drainage facilities required to serve the tract, and whether it made sense financially for the District to do so. The analyses showed that the annexation is feasible, so the District and the developer began negotiating terms for a proposed annexation.

One of the District’s longstanding conditions for any annexation request, including this one, is that the developer ensure that the new development share a similar “look” and “feel” as the existing community.  Although at this time the new development will not be part of the Long Meadow Farms Homeowners Association, the District is working with the developer to ensure that development standards consistent with the existing community are incorporated into deed restrictions that can be enforced by the new homeowners association that the developer will create for the tract.

In addition, following discussions in the fall of 2019 with Fort Bend County regarding traffic and other concerns relating to Winding Path Way, the County abandoned the stub out at the end of Winding Path Way located on the western edge of the District.  As a result of the abandonment, Winding Path Way will not connect through to the new development, and the District is working with the developer on a plan to modify the paving and landscaping in the area to remove the stub out and round off the existing cul-de-sac, which was required by Fort Bend County as a condition of agreeing to abandon the connection.

Many residents also have expressed concern regarding the status of the approximately 40-foot reserve along the western edge of the District generally behind Beverly Chase Drive and Crescent Knolls Drive.  The District plans to maintain the 40-foot reserve, including preserving the mature trees located on the District’s property where possible.

The District has not yet annexed the tract into the District. The District, however, has finalized its agreement with the developer for the annexation and is working through the required process with the City of Houston to allow for the annexation to be completed, most likely sometime in the spring or summer of 2021.

The District understands that this issue is of great interest to the community and welcomes all public input. All interested members of the public are invited to attend the District’s Board meetings, which currently are occurring via telephone conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The meeting agendas are posted at the Welcome Center and on the District’s website, http://www.fbmud146.org, at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.  Written comments and questions can be submitted to the District, via http://www.fbmud146.org/contact.

Preliminary Land Plan (PDF)

Land Plat (PDF)

The Scoop on Poop!

Did you know the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that just 3 days’ worth of dog waste from 100 dogs can contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay and all watershed area to swimming or shell fishing within 20 miles? You may think “I’m not planning to drink or eat shellfish out of Oyster Creek”, but Oyster Creek flows into the Brazos River which then empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Many communities now draw water for drinking out of the Brazos River and millions of people along the Gulf Coast and the nation eat fish and shellfish caught in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to LiveScience, approximately 40% of dog owners claim they don’t pick up their pets poop for a variety of reasons (lazy, don’t feel like it, small dog=small waste, etc.), but the main reason is they think the poop will eventually go away. Although the poop will eventually break down on its own, it can take a long time. Once the poop has broken down, it doesn’t mean the bacteria and parasites disappear. Other animals and humans can be exposed to these pathogens directly or it eventually gets washed into storm sewers or Oyster Creek and enters the surface water system.

Environmental Concerns

When pet waste is left behind, it gets washed into storm drains and creeks by the rain. From there, unlike the separate sanitary sewer system that collects wastewater in your home from your sink, toilet and other appliances, water and other substances deposited in storm drains head straight to local rivers, lakes and bays with no filtering or cleaning. As pet waste goes through the chemical process of decomposition, it uses up large amounts of oxygen in the water. This oxygen reduction is harmful and sometimes fatal to many aquatic species. In addition, the process by which the pet waste is broken down produces by-products that encourage weed and algae growth, which also can be detrimental to aquatic and marine life. Stories of fish kills from algae blooms come to mind.

Health Concerns

One pound of dog waste can contain 10.5 billion fecal coliform bacteria. The average dog excretes .75 lbs. of waste per day—or 274 lbs. of waste per year. As you can see, dog waste is a very significant host of bacteria, and those bacteria can be harmful to human health if the waste is not disposed of appropriately. Some of the more common diseases caused by pet waste are Campylobacteriosis, Cryptosporidium, Toxocariasis, Toxoplasmosis and Salmonellosis. And it is not just bacteria—dog waste sometimes contains parasites, too, which can include hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, tapeworms and giardiasis. Oh, by the way, dog waste is a major food source for rats, which brings the health concern to a whole other level. It should be no surprise now that pet waste can create serious health concerns!

What to do with Pet Waste

We can pretty much gather by now that simply leaving pet waste where it lies is not an acceptable solution. The best way to deal with pet waste is to collect it and flush it down your toilet so that it undergoes the same treatment as human waste from your home. The next best option is to collect the waste and dispose of it in biodegradable bags along with your other garbage. If no biodegradable bags are available, collect it in a plastic bag and dispose of it in the same manner.

What not to do with Pet Waste

Under no circumstances should pet waste be dumped into storm sewers, as that only hastens its trip to the waterways and oceans. Because of all the bacteria that can be contained in pet waste, it should never be used in compost piles or for fertilizer in gardens. It takes chemicals or extreme heat to kill the bacteria and parasites found in dog waste and composting generally does not generate enough heat.

One of the leading sources of water pollution in communities across America is entirely preventable and can be completely eliminated overnight. Dog owners simply need to take responsibility and pick up after their pets.

So, let’s not only be healthy and environmentally conscious neighbors, let’s be considerate, respectful neighbors and pick up after our pets. After all, it’s the right thing to do.

Reforestation Program – Oyster Creek Greenbelt and The Nature Preserve Initiative

In November 2016, the Parks Committee and the Board of Directors approved a program that allows residents living adjacent to the Oyster Creek Greenbelt and the Nature Preserve, a mechanism to install new trees in these District common areas.  At the request of the residents living adjacent to these areas and the recreational users of these common areas, the Parks Committee developed a program whereas residents can pay for the purchase and installation of a native tree in a location mutually agreeable to the resident and the District. So far over 31 trees have been planted through this program. Because of the interest in this program, the District is extending it for the Fall 2020 planting. Orders will be taken through October with planting sometime in mid-November.

The purpose of the Reforestation Program is:

  • To provide individual residents the opportunity to install a tree behind their home
  • To promote the installation of new native trees along the greenbelt to ensure a native population of varying maturity
  • To educate the community regarding the positive environmental impacts of reforestation
  • To preserve property values
  • To enhance the quality of life for recreational users of the OCG and the Nature Preserve
  • To maintain or enhance wildlife habitat
  • To sequester carbon dioxide

For pricing or to place your request please contact us at http://www.fbmud146.org/contact/ or by calling 281-306-0206.

Process for Determining Ownership and / or Reporting Sidewalk Problems

General

Homeowners living in Long Meadow Farms Community Association are responsible for the maintenance of sidewalks within the street right-of-ways adjoining their property. According to the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Long Meadow Farms (CC&R’s), Article VIII. Architectural Restrictions, Section D.:

Before the construction of any residence is complete, the Builder shall construct in all adjacent street rights-of-ways a sidewalk four feet (4’) in width, parallel to the street curb in accordance with local standard and ordinances and the Building/Residential Design Guidelines. The sidewalk will extend the full width of the Lot. On corner Lots, the sidewalk shall extend the full width and depth of the Lot and up to the street curb at the corner and finished with the complement of required curb ramps. Sidewalks shall be kept in a well-maintained condition at all times. Cracked or broken concrete shall mean that the sidewalk is not in a well-maintained condition. The maintenance of all sidewalks is the responsibility of the owner.

Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 146 (the District) owns and is responsible for maintaining concrete sidewalks in and adjoining District owned common areas. The District also owns underground water, sewer, and storm sewer facilities throughout the District.

Safe sidewalks and proactive maintenance of District facilities is a top priority for the District Board of Directors. To that end, the District has established a program to help residents identify ownership of sidewalk problems in the District. When the District can determine that the sidewalk problem is located on or adjoining District property or is caused by a District facility, the District will prioritize and schedule sidewalk repairs using the District’s public funds.

Procedure

Residents are encouraged to determine property ownership by visiting County maps available on-line through the Fort Bend County Appraisal District at https://www.fbcad.org/interactive-map. When visiting the map site, you simply enter the street address in the search box on the screen or navigate on the map to the location of your sidewalk problem. Once you find your location of concern, you simply click on the parcel adjoining the sidewalk problem. The parcel that you clicked on will be highlighted and an information box will appear on the screen. The property owner’s name will appear at the top of the box. Per the Long Meadow Farms CC&R’s, the adjoining landowner is responsible for maintenance of the sidewalk.

If the parcel adjoining the sidewalk problem is owned by the District or if the sidewalk is located within a parcel owned by the District, contact us and a District representative will investigate your concern and report back to you.

To request assistance from the District, contact the District by clicking on the following link: http://www.fbmud146.org/contact. The District will:

  • Confirm ownership of the property adjoining the sidewalk problem.
  • If the sidewalk is owned by the District, then the District will schedule an inspection of the sidewalk to confirm the sidewalk condition. The location and type of repair will be recorded and
    the location will be logged onto the list of identified District sidewalk repairs. Repair locations are prioritized based on the observed conditions and based on priority repairs are scheduled by the District.
  • If sidewalk maintenance is determined to be the responsibility of the Resident or a landowner other than the District, the District will check for existing District facilities at the reported problem location that could be a contributing factor in the sidewalk problem.
  • Once the maintenance responsibility is confirmed, based on the Deed restrictions, and the District has determine whether there is a possibility of a District facility contributing to the problem, the District will update the Resident with the findings of the District.
  • It is the District’s goal to report these initial findings to the Resident within ten (10) days of receiving the Resident’s request.
  • If a District facility is present, then the District will further investigate the request to determine if the District facility is contributing to the sidewalk problem. An inspection by the District will be scheduled within fourteen (14) days of the District’s initial report to the Resident.
  • Upon completion of the District’s inspection, a determination will be made establishing whether the District has any responsibility for making the repair. If the District has the legal authority to make the repair, then, the repair location will be recorded, prioritized, and the appropriate repair will be scheduled for a future repair.
  • Upon completion of the investigation and field inspection, the District will provide a final report to the Resident identifying the responsible party for making the repair and, as appropriate, any plans that the District has for completing the identified repairs.
  • At the request of the Resident, investigations by District personnel may be referred to the District Board of Directors for review.

Process for Determining Ownership and / or Reporting Sidewalk Problems (PDF)