Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District 11


District Updates
Please remember to visit www.greatwooddistricts.com regularly for up-to-date information regarding your municipal utility and levee improvement districts. This website is also a great resource for important information during severe weather or emergency events, such as storms and hurricanes. Also, please sign-up at www.greatwooddistricts.com to join our mailing list and receive updates directly in your inbox.

Please note that during high water events, such as the one experienced during Memorial Day weekend, information may not be updated daily as river crest projections often do not change from the initial projection. The website will be updated if and when new information is available. Also, Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 11 has an emergency action plan in place for such events and the District is monitored on a regular basis during an event.

Also, during high water and emergency events, Fort Bend County posts regular updates. Visit that website at www.fbcoem.org for information and updates.


Notice – Garbage/Recycling Collection Holiday
November 1, 2016

Garbage and recycling will not be collected on Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 24th). Neighborhoods with Monday/Thursday service will resume garbage service on Monday, November 28th, and will resume recycling service on Thursday, December 1st.

Christmas Day falls on Sunday, December 25th, so residents will not experience an interruption in garbage or recycling collection services.

New Years Day falls on Sunday, January 1st, so residents will not experience an interruption in garbage or recycling collection services.

To see when garbage collection occurs in your neighborhood, please refer to the map image on the “trash” page of this website.

Greatwood MUDs and LID Adopt 2016 Tax Rates
October 11, 2016

The Greatwood MUDs are pleased to announce that due to several years of careful planning, fiscal responsibility and increases in value by the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District, all MUDs and the LID lowered their tax rates for the 2016 tax year. The chart below shows the 2016 tax rates adopted by the MUDs and LID.

 
FB MUD 106
FB MUD 108
FB MUD 109
FB MUD 117
FBL 11
New 2016 Tax Rate
$0.30
$0.19
$0.34
$0.43
$0.20
2015 Tax Rate
$0.345
$0.29
$0.44
$0.48
$0.205
2016 Reduction Total
$0.045
$0.10
$0.10
$0.05
$0.005


Fort Bend County Levee Systems Functioning as Designed
June 3, 2016

Fort Bend County, TX – Amidst flooding of the Brazos River, Social Media is reporting breached levees in several areas of Fort Bend County. FBC OEM would like to reassure citizens that ALL levees are working as designed with no issues expected. Areas surrounded by levees may experience access issues as streets leading in and out of the area are outside of the levee. Levee Improvement Districts are working day and night to ensure proper function of the elaborate levee systems in place all over the county. Citizens are asked to monitor Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management’s Facebook Page for verified information updates, visit fbcoem.org, or call 281-342-6185.

http://www.fbcoem.org/go/doc/1528/2837058/

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Brazos River Update
June 1, 2016

With the severe weather and flooding events in our area, Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 11 would like to update you regarding the current status, as well as the steps being taken to protect the community. Our Emergency Action Plan is in place and will be followed accordingly. Coordination with the City of Sugar Land and Fort Bend County is still taking place so our operator and engineer are in constant communication with them.

Based on what we are seeing, the Brazos River is holding at an elevation of 54.71' at the closest measuring point (Richmond, Texas), which is a record. Everything is still looking very good. We have water on the bottom of the levee, but we have plenty of freeboard (extra height) still to go and are seeing no signs of any issues. Our operator, LMS, made inspection rounds throughout the day yesterday, last night, and into the morning and will continue that schedule until all water has receded from the levee.

The National Weather Service is forecasting anywhere from 3 to 8 inches of rain in the Fort Bend County area over the next few days. There could be isolated pockets of heavy rains. With this rainfall, the river will likely rise to 55’. There is a small possibility that these rains could cause the river to rise as high as 56’. With this forecast, there will still be plenty of freeboard on the levee. Residents may see levels in the detention ponds and channels rise rapidly during these storm events. The channels and ponds are designed to store the water during these events. The water will slowly drop as the storm water pump station pumps this water into the Brazos River. Ponding water in the streets is possible during these events. Please avoid driving through these areas if possible and do not park your cars on the street.

For your safety, please do not stop on any bridges over the Brazos River to look at the flooding. Look out for dangerous wildlife that has been displaced due to the floods: snakes, fire ants, etc. Do not approach any wildlife that may be in the area, including deer.

How Brazos River Levels are Measured
June 1, 2016

The engineer of Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 11 provided the following explanation, which may help better explain how Brazos River levels are measured:

The Richmond gauge is not an elevation. If it reads 50, that correlates to an elevation of 77.94 feet at Richmond. Also, the river water surface is on a gradient or slope. Therefore the elevation at Richmond will not be the same as the elevation in Greatwood. The Brazos River is expected to crest at gauge height 53.5, Richmond (elevation 81.44 feet), but when it reaches Greatwood about 10-12 hours later, the elevation will be 73.75 feet. The lowest top of levee elevation in Greatwood is 77.1 feet which is along the back side adjacent to Rabbs Bayou. The elevation in Rabbs Bayou is lower due to its connection to the River downstream of Greatwood. The highest levee elevation of the levee in Greatwood is 80.70 feet, which is along the frontage of the river. Even with the projected crest of 53.5 feet, the levee in Greatwood will still have approximately 3 feet of free board (the amount of distance from the water to the top of the levee).

Brazos River Update
May 31, 2016

Based on what we are seeing, we are about 10 hours away from the crest of the Brazos River. Currently, the River is at 53.19' at the closest measuring point (Richmond, Texas), which is a record. The River is still projected to 53.5'. Everything is still looking very good. We have water on the bottom of the levee, but we have plenty of freeboard (extra height) still to go and are seeing no signs of any issues. Our operator, LMS, made inspection rounds throughout the day yesterday, last night, and into the morning and will continue that schedule until all water has receded from the levee.

With no rain in our area so far, internal water levels in our detention ponds and drainage channels have not been an issue and only minor pumping is taking place to relieve overnight runoff.

Brazos River Update
May 29, 2016

The District is using its storm water pump stations to outfall storm water from inside the levee if needed. The gates to the Brazos river are closed. All internal water levels in our detention ponds and drainage channels are at normal levels and the District is pumping as needed. Water level in the river has not reached the bottom of the levee. All flap gates are cleared and sealed. We have no issues to report at this time and no unmet needs.

Brazos River Update
May 28, 2016

The Brazos River is currently approximately 46 feet and still rising. The National Weather Service is projecting the River to crest at 53.5 feet late Monday night or Tuesday morning and is expected to stay above 50 feet for a few days after the crest before it starts to recede.

As of now, in our District (Fort Bend County LID 11), storm water pumping operations are underway. All gates leading out to the Brazos River are sealed tight and there are no signs of any issues or concerns. As the River begins to rise above 49 feet, you will see water on the bottom of the levee. The District's operator will continue to monitor the District and inspect for any potential issues. The District's operator has staged ATV vehicles throughout different parts of the Fort Bend County to allow travel to the District's levee should roads be impassible due to high water. In addition, our Operator has our emergency operations building ready and manned. The District's engineer and operator continue to coordinate with the City of Sugar Land and Fort Bend County. Even at the projected crest, the District's levee is built to exceed the 100 year flood plain. Per the District's operator, all resources are covered at this point, and the District does not currently have any unmet needs.

Severe Weather Update
May 27, 2016

With the severe weather in our area and surrounding areas, the Greatwood Districts and Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 11 (“LID 11”) would like to update you regarding the current status, as well as steps being taken to protect our community. Our Emergency Action Plan is in place, emergency signs are ready to be posted and our emergency radio system is ready to be activated, all if needed. Also, LID 11’s new emergency operations building is ready to be used by our operators during emergencies.

Up to date water levels and additional information regarding the Brazos River can be obtained at http://www.fbcoem.org. Currently, LID 11’s operator is monitoring water levels and drainage facilities within the District 24 hours a day. The District’s pumps will be turned on when necessary and all systems and facilities are functioning properly. Residents within the community should anticipate higher than normal water levels in the lakes and drainage channels. Ponding water in the streets should also be anticipated and is a normal part of the overall drainage and flood projection system. Please avoid driving through those areas and do not park your cars in your streets or driveways; cars should be housed in the garage to avoid rising water.

The Greatwood MUDs’ operator is monitoring the water and wastewater treatment plants to ensure they are functioning properly. Also, should there be a power outage, the Greatwood Districts have emergency generators to operate our water and sewer systems and our storm water pumps. These generators were recently topped off with fuel, are regularly tested and maintenanced, and are ready for action if needed. Please continue to check this website and the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management’s website at http://www.fbcoem.org for additional information as it becomes available.

Debris Can Cause Clogging of Storm Drains
May 5, 2016

When storm drains (also known as catch basins) clog with leaves and/or other debris, water can no longer drain from the street. This water can then pool along streets and flood intersections and homes.

Contrary to popular belief, pet wastes, oil and other materials dumped into catch basins do not go to the wastewater treatment plant, but instead flow directly into streams and rivers. Dumping debris and other material into the storm drain is not only illegal, but contributes pollution to our waterways and causes localized flooding.

It is important to keep catch basins free of obstructions to prevent street flooding, property damage, and hazards to the traveling public.

How should I dispose of leaves and debris?
When you are clearing your sidewalk or driveway, please do not rake or blow the leaves from your yard into the street. One option would be to sweep, collect, and bag grass clippings and leaves. Another option is to blow grass clippings back onto the lawn where they can become a mulch and a natural fertilizer. Further, consider raking or blowing leaves/debris into a compost pile, where they can decompose.

Debris and Storm Drains

Greatwood Districts New Meeting Places
November 20, 2015

The current meeting place of the Greatwood Districts will no longer be available beginning December, 2015. The Board of Directors of each district have selected new regular monthly meeting places, effective December 1, 2015, which are as follows:

Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 106:
Independent Bank, 19855 Southwest Freeway #100, Sugar Land, TX 77479

Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 108:
Independent Bank, 19855 Southwest Freeway #100, Sugar Land, TX 77479

Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 109:
Si Environmental, LLC, 6420 Reading Road, Rosenberg TX 77471

Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 117:
Independent Bank, 19855 Southwest Freeway #100, Sugar Land, TX 77479

Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 11:
RiverPark Subdivision Recreation Center, 5875 Summit Creek Dr., Sugar Land, Texas 77479

Meeting days and times will remain the same. All meeting places are open to the public. All residents and taxpayers of the District and all other interested persons are invited to attend any meetings of the Board of Directors at such locations and other locations previously established by the Board of Directors as meeting places of the District.

Greatwood MUDs and LID Adopt 2015 Tax Rates
October 19, 2015

The Greatwood MUDs and LID are pleased to announce that due to several years of careful planning, fiscal responsibility and increases in value by the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District, all districts lowered their tax rates for the 2015 tax year. The chart below shows the 2015 tax rates adopted by the MUDs and LID.

 
FB MUD 106
FB MUD 108
FB MUD 109
FB MUD 117
FB MUD 11
Adopted 2015 Tax Rate
$0.345
$0.29
$0.44
$0.48
$0.205
2014 Tax Rate
$0.46
$0.41
$0.62
$0.65
$0.225
2015 Reduction Total
$0.115
$0.12
$0.18
$0.17
$0.02


Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 11 (“LID 11”) approves proposal for eyelash bed plantings
September 4, 2015

In compliance with LID 11’s wetlands permit, the Board of Directors of LID 11 approved a proposal for the installation of new plants along the some of the District’s eyelash beds in the main lake. Planting will occur in the spring to optimize establishment. Below is a rendering of possible planting options as well as the locations of installation.

Click on the image below to see a detailed version of the eyelash beds:



Board of Directors

Justin Ring, President
In addition to working as a Senior Project Manager for Edminster, Hinshaw, Russ and Associates (EHRA), Justin is well known in the Fort Bend County community. He is currently President of Fort Bend County Levy Improvement District No. 11 (Greatwood’s LID 11); a member of the Board of Directors of the Fort Bend Economic Development Council; a founder of the Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance Infrastructure Committee and serves as President for the Association of Water Board of Directors – Texas, a state wide organization.

Justin lives in the Greatwood Arbor with his wife, Erin and children, Audrey (8) and Grayson (4). The family is active in the First United Methodist Church – Missouri City where Justin sings in the choir and the Chapel Singers, a select vocal ensemble group. He also chairs Friends of the Arts Committee which brings monthly music performances of all kinds to the church and is leading his church through a Visioning Campaign to help shape the next ten years of the church.

Jared Jameson, Vice President/Assistant Secretary
Jared Jameson, vice president and chief investment officer for WJ Interests, received his MBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993. He is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and a registered investment advisor with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Jared is active in the Fort Bend community. He has served in numerous capacities for the Sugar Land Rotary Club. He has been both President and Treasurer while serving on the board for the Fort Bend County Women’s Center and is on the OakBend Medical Center Board. Jared also serves on the boards for Sugar Land Town Square TIRZ and Fort Bend Green. He and his wife have one daughter.

Stuart Rimes, Secretary/Assistant Vice President
Stuart Rimes, DDS, NIS, has lived in Greatwood for the past 10 years, but has resided in Fort Bend County almost his entire life. Growing up in Quail Valley, he attended Dulles High School, Texas A&M University, and UTHSC at Houston Dental School. Following graduation he joined the United States Air Force and served for 8 years in Altus, OK, San Antonio, TX, and Ft. Walton Beach, FL.

He and his wife, Paula, have been married 20 years and have two daughters, Emily, 16, and Libby, 14. Emily is a junior at George Ranch High School and is actively involved in her school that includes volleyball and softball. Libby, an 8th grader at Reading Jr. High, enjoys playing volleyball year round.

Stuart has been actively involved in coaching both of his girls in their various sporting activities, but is now coaching Emily’s select softball team Texas Magic Gold. Since moving to Greatwood he has been actively involved with his neighborhood beginning with being a Neighborhood Representative. This was followed by serving on the MUD 106 Board and now is a member of the appointed LID 11 Board. Last year he was elected to the Greatwood HOA Board. Stuart’s “goal is to maintain Greatwood as a destination neighborhood where people can raise their families for years to come.”


Consultants

Levee Management Services, LLC, Operator
Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP, Attorney
LJA Engineering, Inc., Engineer
Myrtle Cruz, Inc., Bookkeeper
FirstSouthwest, a Division of Hilltop Securities, Financial Advisor
Tax Tech, Inc., Tax Collector
Tax Tech, Inc., Agent for Notice


Documents

04/07/16 to 09/08/14 - Energy Tracking (PDF)
01/01/16 - District Information Kit (PDF)
12/02/14 - District Registration Form (PDF)
10/07/14 - Notice to Purchasers (PDF)
01/30/11 - Rules and Penalties (PDF)
01/30/11 - Flood Prevention (PDF)


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