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)

Notice Regarding Playgrounds

Fort Bend County MUD No. 146 is continuing to monitor developments related to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. In accordance with state and local reopening guidance, the playgrounds will reopen on Friday, June 12, 2020. However, please be advised that park and playground equipment is not disinfected; use is at your own risk. Further, the District encourages all residents to continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and all local public health officials for the most up-to-date information.

The District appreciates your cooperation in exercising good hygiene and best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce ways the virus is transmitted.

How to Protect Yourself from No-See-Ums — Biting Gnats, Midges, and Sand Flies

Just when you think it would be nice to go out and enjoy some pleasant warm weather these pesky insects show up to spoil your fun. Complaints have been numerous so far this year and many contribute it to the fact that we didn’t really have much of a winter. The unseasonably warm weather and rain we have had so far has given them a jump start on the season. Biting gnats like moisture and they thrive when temperatures climb above 60 degrees.

The female No-See-Um lays her eggs on water, mud or wet sandy areas. The time for a complete life cycle from egg to adult varies from 6 to 15 weeks with up to six generations in a year. The warmer the temperature, the more accelerated the life cycle. It’s no wonder we have such an abundance of these little devils.

Unlike mosquitoes, gnats are not as easily controlled by preventive measures. Mosquito larva need to surface for oxygen, thereby making them susceptible to insecticides that can coat exposed water preventing the larva from breathing. The larva of the gnats have gill mechanisms allowing them to extract oxygen from the water, not requiring them to surface for air. In addition, gnat larva can also breath air and don’t require submergence in water to hatch. The eggs can be laid in moist sand or mud (even moist potting soil) and hatch and develop. Direct contact of the adult with an insecticide will kill them. Now your gnat free, until the next hatching which could be within the hour. Now you begin to see the problem with controlling them, particularly in large areas where water and moisture are abundant.

Here are some suggestions for protecting yourself from the annoying bites:

  1. Clothing. By covering as much exposed skin as possible, you minimize the areas where they can bite. Long sleeve shirts, long pants and head coverings will all help to reduce bites. Gnats tend to like the soft areas (ears, eyes, nose, backs of hands, etc.) so pay special attention to protecting those areas.
  2. Although you can find gnats any time of day, they are particularly active at dawn and dusk. By avoiding outdoor activities at those times, you can reduce your exposure to these pesky insects.
  3. Repellents. Here are recommendations from John Gordy, Fort Bend County Extension Agent “…mixtures of DEET with other repellents like MGK 111, MGK 264, and MGK 326 appear to be better against blackflies than DEET alone. Some products that contain the above repellents include Avon Skin-so-soft Bug Guard, Coleman Skin Smart, Deep Woods Off, Sawyer picaridin repellent, and Cutter Backwoods.” Some home remedies also include vanilla oil (not synthetic), lavender oil and lemongrass oil. Fishermen swear a little dab of vanilla extract behind the ears keeps the gnats at bay.
  4. Control gnats in your yard. Gnats, like mosquitoes, are attracted to you by the carbon dioxide that you expel. In more controlled spaces carbon dioxide mosquito traps have proven very effective in reducing gnat populations. For more of a home remedy try mixing one forth cup of dish soap with 1 cup of brown apple cider vinegar. The gnats are attracted to the concoction and, once in the liquid, can’t free themselves. Remember to empty the container and replenish often.

So, as we begin our “gnat season” early this year, let’s remember the three R’s:

  • Reduce exposed skin
  • Repel with a recommended repellent
  • Remove from your yard by means of commercial or home remedy for exterminating the gnats

Recommendations for Park Users and Observing Social Distancing Minimums

Fort Bend MUD #146 is actively monitoring developments around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and how it is and may impact District parks. The District is asking residents to adhere to all guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local public health officials for the most up-to-date information. To maximize the safety and health of all Fort Bend MUD #146 residents, visitors to District parks should adhere to the following guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to parks and trails – wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use parks or trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
  • Avoid gathering in groups of 10 or more.
  • All District park playgrounds are closed until further notice. Park equipment is not disinfected. Unauthorized use is at your own risk.
  • Observe at all times the CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
  • Warn other park and trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance, and step off trails and sidewalks to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
  • Bring water or drinks — public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.

While District Parks remain open, we ask that all residents visiting these public spaces to exercise good hygiene and best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce ways the virus is transmitted.

Useful Links

CDC Update: Water Transmission and COVID-19, Drinking Water, Recreational Water and Wastewater: What You Need to Know

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. Conventional water treatment methods that use chlorine disinfection, such as those in Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District 146’s drinking water system, should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.

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