Earth-Kind Landscaping Program

Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District NO. 146 (FBCMUD146) will be hosting an EARTH-KIND Landscaping Program on Saturday, October 6, 2018 beginning at 10:00am at the Covered Pavilion next to the Welcome Center and pool.  The program will last approximately one-hour and snacks will be provided.

The program is a cooperative effort between FBCMUD146 and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Master Gardeners Program.  Master Gardener Specialist, Peggy d’Hemecourt and Michael Garrett, will discuss using environmentally friendly management practices to produce landscapes that are beautiful, low-maintenance, and sustainable.  The goals of EARTH-KIND landscape are to conserve water and energy, reduce pesticide and fertilizer use and to recycle landscape waste.

This program will help satisfy requirements of the North Fort Bend Water Authority (NFBWA) Larry’s Tool Box program that incentivizes MUD’s to conserve and promote water conservation initiatives to their residents.  District’s receiving the necessary points are eligible for a discounted water rate the following year.

So please join us for this very informative program on Saturday, October 6th at 10:00am.  In addition to snacks, each attendee will receive a special gift and be eligible for the door prize drawing at the end of the event.  Prizes include rain barrels, gift certificates, plants and more!

To help us adequately plan for the number of participants, FBCMUD146 asks that you please register for this free program by emailing the District’s Common Area Manager sherrieknoepfel@mikestoneassociates.com.  Or you may click on the following website link to register also:  http://www.fbmud146.org/contact/.

Fire Protection Fee Increase

State law authorizes Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs) to enter into contracts to provide fire protection services for property located within the MUD. Pursuant to a written fire plan approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the voters of Fort Bend County MUD No. 146 (FBCMUD146), FBCMUD 146 has entered into a Fire Protection Agreement with the City of Richmond (the “City”) for the City to provide fire protection services to property located within FBCMUD146. FBCMUD146 generally receives fire protection services from the fire station on Mason Road approximately one mile south of the District. Under the Fire Protection Agreement, FBCMUD 146 collects from its customers and then pays to the City a mandatory monthly fee for fire protection services based upon the number of residential homes and apartment units and the square footage of non-residential property located within the District.

The terms of the Fire Protection Agreement provide for an annual inflation adjustment of the monthly fire protection fee, which is calculated based upon the change in the published Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, known as the CPI-U, and occurs each year on October 1st.

Based on this calculation, beginning on October 1, 2018, the monthly fire protection fee paid to the City by the District will be increased from $11.54/month per connection to $11.87/month per connection.

Click on the following link to submit questions/comments: http://www.fbmud146.org/contact/.

Community Improvements Suggestions for 2019 Fiscal Year

The Board of Directors (the Board) of Fort Bend Municipal Utility District No. 146 (the District) is considering its draft budget for fiscal year 2019, which will run from January 1, 2019-December 31, 2019. The District annually prepares a list of potential budget considerations and capital improvement projects to review at their budget workshop. These proposed budget considerations and capital projects have been identified by Board members, District residents, the Long Meadow Farms Homeowners Association, District consultants, and others.

One of the biggest factors affecting the initiation of budgetary enhancements and new projects is the availability of funds. At this time, the Board plans to consider these and other community improvement projects based solely upon funds available on hand each year.

The Board requests your feedback regarding any type of services and projects you would like to see implemented in 2019. Please click on the following link to submit your questions and comments: http://www.fbmud146.org/contact/.

Constable Vacation Watch Program

Residents on vacation or out-of-town for longer than 24 hours are encouraged to utilize the Constable’s vacation watch service. Deputies will check your property routinely throughout their shifts and pay close attention to your property during your absence. Upon your return, you will be mailed a list with dates and times your residence was checked, and a copy of your information. Once a homeowner registers for our house watch program they will be issued a number. The next time you leave town, simply call our office and reinstate your watch with the current information.

Call 281-242-4014 Monday – Friday, between the hours of 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, to request a house watch. Your request must be submitted at least 24 hours in advance. Please note that the office is closed on weekends and holidays. Therefore, any requests for weekend house watches must be submitted the preceding Thursday. Late requests will not be received until the following Monday.

Unauthorized Vehicles Using Community Trails

The District has received an increasing number of reports of unauthorized motorized or electric vehicles operating in various common areas throughout the District, and specifically along the trail in the Oyster Creek Greenbelt. Several residents also have reported damage to their private properties due to vehicle operators “cutting through” their driveways and yards to gain greenbelt access.

Use of the District’s trails and sidewalks is restricted to pedestrian, mobility support equipment (including wheelchairs), and / or bicycle traffic only. The operation of unauthorized motorized or electric vehicles is potentially hazardous not only to the pedestrians on the trail, but to the person improperly operating the vehicle on District property. Please report any unauthorized use to Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at (281) 341-4665. Violators may be subject to fines and prosecution. Let’s keep our community safe by abiding by the rules!