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Grogan's Mill Village Association Newsletter 
August 22, 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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Back to School Celebration at the Farmer's Market, Aug. 23
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Mark Your Calendars for August 23rd!
The Grogan's Mill Farmer's Market hosts our 2nd Annual "Back to School Celebration" this Saturday, August 23rd. We'll have Karla, the amazing Face Painter, along with a bouncy house, games and treats for the back-to-schoolers as well as for their younger siblings. Any child that brings their backpack to the market gets a $2 coupon (maximum 2 per family) to spend with any of our market vendors. Plus, parents can stock up on healthy produce and snacks for school lunches and after-school treats.
Aerial Mosquito Spraying Begins August 23rd
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Information provided by Montgomery County -

Montgomery County Commissioner's Court has approved aerial mosquito spraying in response to public health concerns of West Nile Virus. Click on Montgomery County, August 20, 2014, Press Release for complete details. 

 

Specific spraying locations are scheduled to begin the evening of Saturday, August 23 and continue through Saturday, August 30, 2014. Weather permitting; the aerial spraying will take place over the course of several nights, 45 minutes before dark (around 8:30 p.m.) through midnight. The areas to be coverd include Pct. 3, and portions of Pct. 2 and Pct. 4. Click on Aerial Spray Treatment Area Map for a map of the location.

 

According to the EPA, there is no special action required by residents within the treatment areas. However, any residents with concerns are advised to stay indoors with the windows closed during the application time. Click on Frequently Asked Questions about Mosquito Control Chemical Dibrom for information about the chemical.

 

For further information from Montgomery County Public Health District click on Prevention and Control of West Nile Virus.


Annual Splash Day was a Success
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Spash Day at Sawmill was an afternoon of fun! The GMVA sponsored a free pool day at Sawmill Park last Sunday.  If you were hungry, we had hot dogs, chips and snow cones. If you wanted games and fun, we had that too!  For more pictures from the event, please go to our Facebook page.

New GMVA Board Member
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The GMVA recently had two board members step down, so we have been seeking replacements.  Thomas Chumley came to our last meeting and gave his credentials and reasons for wanting to be a member.  He was elelcted and we look forward to working with him.  He and his family live on Box Oak.  Previously, he was active politically in South Carolina and more recently with Steve Toth.

 

Township Budget
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The Woodlands Township Directors Mike Bass and John McMullen attended the GMVA monthly meeting this past Monday.  They updated those present on the new budget.
The Township has approved a budget that will keep your taxes at the current level.  By reducing the tax rate they have offset the significant increase in the appraised value of homes over the past couple of years.  Included in the budget are some expanded items like maintaining the small neighborhood cup-de-sacs, which was a request made by the GMVA.  We thank all of you that contacted the Township Directors expressing your views on the cul-de-sac maintenance.  It made a difference.  

SJRA Update on Road Construction and Water Supply
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The new water supply from Lake Conroe is two-thirds complete and should be finished by next May.  Water from the lake, mixed on a 50/50 basis with existing ground water, will start being used next June. Every effort is being made to make the water as similar as possible to the water we currently use, the water from the lake will be very much like bottled water and it will be a little softer than the existing ground water.

Construction on Research Forest is complete and the barriers are being removed starting today. Construction on Grogan's Mill has been slowed by the recent rain and a shortage of concrete in Montgomery County due to the large amount of building activity.  Grogan's Mill between South Millbend and Sawmill will probably be finished in mid-September, south of Sawmill will be a couple of weeks later.  On South Millbend, east of Grogan's Mill a line is being put in that will not affect road traffic.

Landscape restoration will be done when the weather cools off a bit by the Township, this will bring work areas back to their pre-construction condition.  

The new system will hold 17 million gallons of water.  It needs to be pressure tested and be flushed before it can be used.  Starting in October flushing of the system will occur and there may be some large water runoffs near what look like black fire hydrants.

 For more detailed information visit the SJRA web site.

Register by October to Participate in November Elections

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There are more elections coming, ARE YOU REGISTERED?
There are important Township, County and State elections coming up in November.  
A sparse six percent of voter recently elected a new State Senator, Brandon Creighton.  

There are vital issues to be addressed in the near future that will have great impact on our local community.  Three out of four of The Woodlands Township's incumbent Directors are facing contested races for their positions.  If you want to participate in how the community is being managed, then register, if you are not already, and take the time to learn about the candidates and vote on November 4th.  

October 6, 2014 Last Day to Register to Vote
October 20, 2014 First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance
October 24, 2014 Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (received not postmarked; does not apply to federal postcard applications; personally delivered ballots must be received no later than October 20, 2014)
October 31, 2014 Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance
November 4, 2014 Election Day

 

Free Car Seat Check, Sept. 6
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On Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., certified tech´┐Żnicians from Safe Kids and Texas Children's Hospital will be checking the installation of children's car seats in the Target Parking lot at Pinecroft Center. Residents are encouraged to bring their children, car seats, vehicle and vehicle owner's manual.

 

Other activities at this event will include:
* Children's fingerprint recording.

* Visiting with the K-9 team of Deputy Marshall and Hap.
* Visiting with The Woodlands Firefighters and climbing aboard the fire truck. 

* Learning about valuable crime prevention resources and tools from Neighborhood Services, The Woodlands Watch.

 

Where: Target Parking Lot, 1100 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380
When: Saturday, September 6, 2014, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm

 

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