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Grogan's Mill Village Association Newsletter 
September 18, 2014
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We are interested in your concerns and comments. Please let us know what we should do to make Grogan's Mill a more vibrant community. Send your comments to: suggestions@gmva.org.

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in this issue
South County Mobility Meetings
Panther Creek Branch Erosion Meeting
Township Taxes Lowered
Elections
The Woodlands 40th Anniversary - We Need Your Help
Public Safety Expo
The South County Mobility Study Public Meetings
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The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is managing three concurrent transportation studies in Montgomery County to prepare the area to accommodate the growth that is occurring.

One of them, The South County Mobility Study, has been in progress for over a year.  It is a joint effort of the H-GAC, TheWoodlands Township, Shenandoah, Oak  Ridge North,

Montgomery County and The Woodlands RUD.  H-GAC will be presenting the proposed alternatives to mitigate congestion in South County including improved connectivity, local circulation, access to Grand Parkway, alternatives to I-45N and improved traffic flow.  Some major additions to existing roads are being considered.

 

There will be two meetings to discuss these plans that should be of interest to everyone.  The first was held on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.  A quick summary of the major ideas presented is shown below, and the data package handed out at the meeting is posted on the GMVA web site.
  • Population growth has been great and is expected to continue to grow with the population of Montgomery county growing from 450,000 in 2010 to over 1,150,000 in 2040.  Traffic growth will increase at a similar place.  Most of our roads are carrying more traffic than they were designed for.
  • I-45 cannot be increased beyond the addition of the planned HOV lanes without being elevated.  As a result additional capacity needs to be developed on alternative North/South routes such as 2978 which is in progress.  
  • Additional capacity needs to be added to accommodate traffic into Town Center and in particular along Rayford/Sawdust road.
  • A short-term, five-year plan, suggests having new flyovers and connections at all major road junctions with I-45, widening of many roads, overpasses on Rayford at the railroad crossing, Lake Woodlands and Research Forest over Grogan's Mill.
  • Grogan's Mill from Woodlands Parkway to Research Forest, and Lake Woodlands from Grogan's Mill to I-45 would go to six lanes.
  • In the long term plan, six to 25 years out, many other changes would be made including expanding Grogan's Mill to six lanes, connecting it to Sawmill and building a bridge taking the road to the Grand Parkway.
  • Outlines of a possible bicycle plan were shown.
  • The cost of the five-year plan would be $355 million and the total plan $1.5 billion.  How this would be funded was not discussed. 
The second meeting will be Thursday, September 25, from 6-8 p.m. at the Shenandoah Municipal Complex29955 Interstate 45Shenandoah, TX 77381.  The public will be allowed to address and pose questions to the representatives of the participating agencies at this meeting.
Panther Creek Branch Erosion Meeting
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Panther Creek flows from the Lake Woodlands dam, through the golf course, down Glen Loch, along the east side of Grogan's Point and in back of High Oaks before it meets up with Spring Creek near I-45.  There has been some erosion in the creek raising resident concerns since a new development is going in along the creek where Sawdust Road makes a 90 degree turn.  

 

The Woodlands Joint Power Agency will be hosting a community meeting regarding this floodplain. The meeting is slated for 6 p.m.,Thursday, October 2 in The Woodlands Township Board Room. Representativefrom the new developer, as well as the SJRA and WJPA will be there. We recommend that you try to attend this meeting if this issue is of concern to you and your neighbors.

 
Township Taxes Lowered
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The Woodlands Township Board of Directors voted to reduce the tax rate from 29.4 cents per hundred dollars of valuation to 24 cents, a 15% reduction.  This means that for almost everyone there will be a lower total Township tax this year than last year even though property valuations have risen by 10% or more. The total budget will be $119 million.


Elections
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Federal, state, county and Township elections will be held on November 4th. Three of the four Township positions are contested. You must be registered to vote.  You can get a voting registration application online and mail it to the local administrator at Elections Administrator, P.O. Box 2646, Conroe, Texas 77305-2646. Registration must be done by October 6th.  Early voting begins October 20 and ends on October 31.  


The Woodlands 40th Anniversary Celebration Will be October 19th
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The GMVA will be participating at the 40th Anniversary Celebration to be held at Northshore Park from 3 to 8 pm.  We are currently looking for pictures, momentos and artifacts from the early days of Grogan's Mill that can be displayed at our exhibit boothHopefully some of our longtime residents will be able to loan us such items, which will be carefully handled and returned after October 19th. Please contact Pat Goodpastor at vicepresident@gmva.org if you have anything you would like displayed.


Public Safety Expo, September 20th
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On Saturday, September 20, 2014, from Noon to 3 p.m. at Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive.  Free admission

Experience the lights and sirens of public safety by coming out to the National Night Out Community Safety Expo in The Woodlands!

 

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