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If you live in Harris County MUD 61 boundaries, the ballot you will vote on in November, 2016 will ask you to vote on a Park Bond authorization. The Park Bond authorization, if approved, will authorize the Board of Directors of MUD 61 to issue up to $14 million in bonds over the next several decades to pay for the purchase and construction of park and recreation facilities within and adjacent to the District. Under Texas law, the MUD is limited to selling bonds for Park purposes in an amount that does not exceed 1% of the assessed value within the District. Consequently, the MUD 61 financial advisors have informed your board that the sale of bonds to fund the purchase and construction of parks should require no tax rate increase over the 2016 rate of $0.49 per $100 of assessed value.
The MUD 61 board has developed a very long range park plan broken into multiple phases. Under the conceptual park plan, Phase I would include the acquisition and demolition of the commercial property on the southwest corner of Mason Road and Earl of Dunmore and development of park amenities, including walking trails, park benches, trees and landscaping, on that property as well as the surrounding land that has the power towers. Phase 2 would include the acquisition of additional land and the installation of walking trails, benches, trees and landscaping to create a park environment around the detention pond located on the south side of Colonial Parkway. Phase 3 would include acquisition of additional land on the north west corner of Colonial Parkway and Mason Road and the development of a walking trail system to link the Phase 1 improvements with the Phase 2 improvements, and would include additional tree plantings and landscaping. The actual park improvements undertaken with each phase will depend upon property availability, the ability to sell bonds to finance the land acquisition and construction of improvements, and the priorities established by your board of directors.
UPDATE (DEC 23, 2017): The shopping center property was acquired by MUD 61 in later October 2017. The property was immediately mowed and letters to vacate were delivered to the tenants. All tenants were on month to month leases. MUD 61 planned from the beginning and provided relocation assistance to the tenants provided that they abided by the terms of the notice. As of Dec 23, 2017, all tenants have vacated the premises. No trespassing signs will be posted shortly and cars parked on the property will be towed. Trespassers in the building will be arrested.
Demolition permits are in work and consist of two contracts. One being the demolition of the building and the other will be the removal of the underground fuel storage tanks. The soil has been tested and no contamination has been found. Once the tanks are removed and the land backfilled, then Phase I of the park plan will begin.
As most residents know, MUD 61 is upgrading the infrastructure it is responsible for in Williamsburg Settlement. Basically that means that all water meters are being replaced with electronic meters. All meters were replaced in early 2018 and is complete. In addition, all waterlines are being replaced in two phases. The first phase which began in March of 2018 will replace all of the waterlines, valves and fire hydrants in the oldest parts of Williamsburg Settlement. Phase two is currently in the planning stage and it anticipated to begin later in 2018. Attached below is a drawing of the lines being replaced and the current planned date of work.