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Trash Service Update- 2/24/2021 @ 5:00 p.m.

The team at Waste Management is excited to be back on the streets serving our communities this week. Both your waste and recycle collection services will be provided as regularly scheduled.

The goal for this week is to utilize all resources available to serve as many people as possible. To ensure every customer is serviced, WM will only collect your regular allowable limits.

Also, it is important to remember to separate your winter storm debris from your regular household garbage. Winter storm debris such as furniture, flooring, carpet, sheetrock , pipes, etc. is not included in your regular service. They are working with local authorities and municipalities to determine who will remove the winter storm debris and will post information as soon as it is available.

they will be working hard to serve the needs of all of our communities and appreciate your patience.

Bulk Collection Specifications:
BULK TRASH COLLECTION : Two (2) items on Thursday
Acceptable items include moving boxes (please break them down and bundle them), old furniture, appliances, grass clippings, leaves, branches and tree trimmings.
Important! For the safety and protection of our employees and equipment, we do require that branches and tree trimmings be no greater than three inches (3″) in diameter and be cut, tied and bundled in four-foot (4′) lengths weighing no more than forty to fifty pounds (40-50 lbs.)

Please note! WM can no longer dispose of CFC refrigerant containing items (i.e., refrigerators, freezers, etc.) without certification that the Freon has been properly removed and recycled, pursuant to current Federal law.

UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS

  • Construction Debris (i.e. paint, sheetrock & carpet)
  • Lithium Batteries
  • Electronic Waste (i.e. Televisions/Computer monitors)
  • Gasoline & Oil (cans/filters)
  • Large Pieces of Metal
  • Landscape Rock
  • Vehicle Tires
  • Glass (i.e. Windows, bathroom mirrors resulting from construction projects)

HAVE QUESTIONS:
Our Customer Service Department is here to help:
Call 1-800-800-5804
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
E-mail us: cssatex@wm.com
Find us online: www.wm.com/us/local/tx/montgomery-co-mud-018/residential

Trash Service Update- 2/24/2021 @ 5:00 p.m.2021-03-05T09:39:41-06:00

Winter Weather Service Update

Waste Management has planned to resume collection service beginning Thursday, February 18th. Your regular scheduled waste and recycle collection will be serviced tomorrow, Thursday February 18, 2021. Service times may be delayed and carry over into Friday in the event of any delays on the roads or upon disposal at the landfill and recovery facilities. Please place your containers at the curb by 7:00am and keep the area around containers clear for access by the collection truck.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this winter weather event.

General updates are available at our website, www.wm.com, by following the link to, “Severe Weather Updates”.

Winter Weather Service Update2021-03-05T09:40:19-06:00

Waste Management- Severe Weather Update

Waste Management has implemented its severe weather response plan on Friday, February 12 in response to the potential winter weather threat to the area. We are continuing to monitor the weather and will provide you with any updates in the event that the weather may cause hazardous road conditions resulting in postponed or delayed collection service.

Waste Management will restart curbside collection as soon as roadways and streets become safe to navigate. The company will expand its routes to additional areas as more streets become safe for our trucks.

I will be sure to send you an update as information becomes available. In addition, general updates are available at our website, www.wm.com, by following the link to, “Severe Weather Updates”.

Take care and stay warm!

Waste Management- Severe Weather Update2021-03-05T09:40:31-06:00

Freeze Watch

Montgomery County MUD 18 residents, it is time to prepare for colder temperatures! There is a Freeze Watch in effect for Sunday night through Tuesday morning, February 14th – February 16, 2021. Temperatures are expected to drop to freezing levels overnight.

How can District residents prepare? Practice the “Four P’s” as the cold fronts set in:

People:

  • Dress in warm clothing, wear coats and gloves when outdoors.
  • Protect children and the elderly. Never leave them in a cold place or vehicle.
  • Temperatures are predicted to be in the teens Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Pets:

  • Bring your pets indoors.
  • Provide a warm, safe place for them to eat and sleep.

Pipes:

  • Prevent frozen pipes and damage to your home by opening the cabinets under the kitchen and bathroom sinks to allow warm air to circulate and warm the pipes.
  • Insulate outdoor faucets and exposed pipes and be sure to disconnect and drain hoses from outdoor spigots.

Plants:

  • Protect plants from freezing by covering them with plant-cover fabric, or a light blanket with plastic sheeting on top of it.
  • Hydrate plants early so they can absorb and stay healthy through the cold.

Additionally, there are a few vehicle-safety tips to observe during winter weather:

  • Keep your gas tank full.
  • Have tire pressure checked.
  • Have a phone charger, first aid kit, blankets, and jumper cables in your car.
  • Check local road conditions at www.houstontranstar.org. State highway information available at www.drivetexas.org.

Lastly, Fire Departments have provided some safety tips surrounding space heaters and other supplemental heating sources during the colder days:

  • Never leave a space heater unattended or a child unattended with a space heater.
  • Keep all combustible materials (including yourself!) at least three (3) feet away from the heater.
  • Never overload outlets or breakers.
  • Do not use extension cords for the heater.
  • Always turn it off if leaving the room and/or going to sleep.
Freeze Watch2021-03-05T09:40:38-06:00

Newsletter- Spring 2021

MUD 18 Newsletter
Spring 2021

Board of Directors: The MUD 18 Board of Directors consists of 5 members elected by registered voters in the District. No existing board terms are expiring in 2021 so no election will be held this year.

In December 2020, Rex Cambern stepped down as Board President and Susan McFarland was approved by the board as President. Mr. Cambern changed to Secretary and Gary Montgomery assumed the Treasurer position. Lou Tichacek remains Vice President and Nancy Busen as Assistant Secretary.

Annual Audit Report: Mark Eyring, CPC, PLLC, presented the annual audit to the board for the fiscal year ending on September 30, 2020. The audit was unanimously approved by the board at the January meeting. The audit is required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The board instituted a plan to deal with expensive maintenance requirements with recourse to bond issuance. The result has been the 5-year plan with a proactive approach to finances. Financial resources are principally derived from taxes. Property taxes in the district have remained stable over the past several years. The 2020 audit confirms that the MUD 18 budget and activities are consistent with the District’s 5-Year Plan.

Sewer, Trash & Recycling: As we move into spring, please bag leaves and/or yard clean-up and tie up trimmed tree branches for garbage pick-up. When left in the street, yard debris can block sewer drains. Waste Management picks up on all holidays but Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year. If trash pick-up falls on Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year on a regularly scheduled trash/recycle day, pick-up will occur on the next regularly scheduled day. Recycle pick-up only occurs on Thursdays. If a holiday occurs on a Thursday, trash will be picked up on Monday but recycle will not be picked up until the following Thursday.

Watch the Weather and Water Smarter! Texas springs vary in weather with average temperature highs from 70 to 83 degrees and lows from 55 to 61 degrees with intermittent rain. Some springs are hot and dry while others are cool and wet. Most homeowners in the District have automatic water irrigation systems. Set automatic sprinklers to coincide with the amount of rain. Residents are encouraged to have someone monitor their watering system while they are away. For more details, check Texas A & M website at http://aggieturf.tamu.edu.

Need to Report a Problem? Do not assume the problem has already been identified or reported. If you observe a water leak, sewer odor, discolored water, open manholes, alarms are sounding, or other problems, please help us by calling: Hays Utility Service @ 936-588-1166.
Hays has someone in Bentwater every day, seven days a week. They can and will respond 24 hours a day. Their general office hours are from 8:00AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday.

Sign-up for E-Blasts: If you are not receiving our E-Blasts, you are missing out on timely information. Go to our website at www.mcmud18.com and give us your email address. Your address will not be shared with anyone. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Meetings Open to the Public:
Our regularly scheduled monthly meetings are the 3rd Tuesdays at 9:30AM in the Country Club Cypress Room. Meetings are open to the public. The agenda is posted on our web site and the message board in the breezeway entrance to the Country Club Grill near the Golf Pro-shop. During the COVID19 restrictions, meetings of MUD18 have been conducted by Zoom. If you wish to attend a meeting, please contact Susan McFarland for the meeting ID code. Minutes from meetings are published on the MUD 18 web site.

Your MUD Board:

Susan McFarland – President
Lou Tichacek – Vice President
Rex Cambern – Treasurer
Gary Montgomery – Secretary
Nancy Busen – Assistant Secretary

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Newsletter- Spring 20212021-03-05T09:44:10-06:00

Newsletter- Fall/Winter 2020-21

MUD 18 Newsletter
Fall/Winter 2020-21

Hurricane Preparedness: We are currently in the hurricane season that runs from June 1 to November 30. Considerable damage has been sustained by our neighbors in Louisiana. Bentwater residents should be prepared for the effects of major storms. Educational information prepared by NOAA includes the following:

  • Determine your risk
  • Develop an evacuation plan
  • Assemble disaster supplies
  • Check insurance coverage
  • Strengthen your home
  • Help your neighbors

More specific guidelines from NOAA regarding hurricane preparedness can be found on the MUD 18 website at www.mcmud.com.

Financial: As of September 2020, 99.1% of taxes have been collected for the District for 2019. The District approved the 2020 tax rate at $0.16 for debt service and $0.16 for maintenance and operations for a total tax rate at $0.32 per $100 taxable value. The tax rate for 2020 is down $0.01 from the previous year.

  1. Debt Service of $0.16 is down $0.01 from the previous year. The District has not needed to sell any new bonds since 2011 and such pay downs and pay offs of earlier bonds have reduced the amount required to meet Debt Service obligations.
  2. Maintenance and Operations (M&O) of $0.16 covers maintenance of all our facilities including water plants, waste treatment plants, lift stations, storm drainage infrastructure and distribution lines. Costs of M&O have been stable the past year.

You should receive your tax bill in October and payment is due by January 31, 2021.

Sewer, Trash & Recycling: As we move into fall, please bag leaves and/or shrub trimmings and tie up trimmed tree branches for garbage pick-up. When left in the street, yard debris can block sewer drains. Waste Management picks up on all holidays but Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year. If trash pick-up falls on Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year on a regularly scheduled trash/recycle day, pick-up will occur on the next regularly scheduled day. Recycle pick-up only occurs on Thursdays. If a holiday occurs on a Thursday, trash will be picked up on Monday but recycle will not be picked up until the following Thursday.

Winter Watering Tips: 1. Winter tips for watering: In the event of a freeze advisory, please be certain to run your irrigation to fortify your plants and flowers. It takes longer for well-watered plants to freeze. After watering, then cover all the plants and flowers that are susceptible to freeze damage. If some plants do get freeze damage, do not trim off the dead parts until late January, when most of the severe weather has passed. The dead parts will help protect the plants and flowers from another freeze. 2. The irrigation schedule can be set to once a week or less until February if the rainfall has been moderate. Contrary to popular belief, the winter is a very dry climate. The fact is that the cooling weather withdraws moisture from the plants, moisture which must be replaced to maintain your lawn and landscape in optimal condition.

In July 2020, the District approved an extension of a 12-inch waterline to be placed along FM1097 that crosses at the east end of the proposed new fire station. The new fire station will be located across from the Bentwater West Gate. The construction of the new waterline has been completed. Costs of the waterline were covered by the fire station.
Fencing additional property around Water Plant No. 1 was also completed in September.

Need to Report a Problem? Do not assume the problem has already been identified or reported. If you observe a water leak, sewer odor, discolored water, open manholes, alarms are sounding, or other problems, please help us by calling: Hays Utility Service @ 936-588-1166.

Hays has someone in Bentwater every day, seven days a week. They can and will respond 24 hours a day. Their general office hours are from 8:00AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday.
Sign-up for E-Blasts: If you are not receiving our E-Blasts, you are missing out on timely information. Go to our website at www.mcmud18.com and give us your email address. Your address will not be shared with anyone. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Meetings Open to the Public:
Our regularly scheduled monthly meetings are the 3rd Tuesdays at 9:30AM in the Country Club Cypress Room. Meetings are open to the public. The agenda is posted on our web site and the message board in the breezeway entrance to the Country Club Grill near the Golf Pro-shop. During the COVID19 restrictions, meetings of MUD18 have been conducted by Zoom. If you wish to attend a meeting, please contact Susan McFarland for the meeting ID code. Minutes from meetings are published on the MUD 18 web site.

Your MUD Board:

Rex Cambern President
Lou Tichacek Vice President
Susan McFarland Treasurer
Gary Montgomery Secretary
Nancy Busen Assistant Secretary

Please recycle this newsletter.

Newsletter- Fall/Winter 2020-212020-10-20T09:54:09-05:00

Newsletter- Summer 2020

MUD 18 Newsletter
Summer 2020
www.mcmud18.com

MUD 18 Website: The new website for MUD 18 was fully launched in 2020. Analytics are prepared monthly, and data indicates that the greatest usage occurs around holidays. The website is intended to provide the MUD 18 community with the most current information and to maintain compliance with State legislative requirements. Access to the MUD 18 website is www.mcmud18.com.

Board of Directors: The MUD 18 Board of Directors consists of 5 members elected by registered voters in the District for staggered four-year terms. Candidates for the directors’ election scheduled for May 2, 2020 were certified as unopposed and no election is required. Pursuant to the Order of the Election of Directors, the candidates were declared elected at the May 2020 Board meeting. Nancy Busen and Lou Tichacek will serve another term.

MUD 18 Taxes: As of May 2020, 97.4% of 2019 taxes have been collected for the District. Although few, unpaid taxes are turned over for collection and homeowners are contacted by letter and phone calls.

Watch the Weather and Water Smarter: Texas summers are generally hot and dry. Water between Midnight and 6 AM to help maintain a consistent water pressure in our wells and to encourage your lawn to soak up moisture and avoid run-off. Run-off from watering a lawn can waste a significant amount of water. Avoid short, frequent periods of watering to encourage the roots of plants and trees to seek water at lower depths. With an automatic irrigation system, have someone monitor your watering system while you are away in case of rain For more details, check Texas A & M website at http://aggieturf.tamu.edu.

Trash & Recycling: The COVID19 pandemic affected the Bentwater community as residents complied with quarantine guidelines. Because more people dined at home, and children and adults were studying or working from home, household trash and recyclables increased almost 17%. Waste Management was able to keep to a regular schedule and very few pick-ups were delayed even though the company dealt with their own work restrictions.

Waste Management picks up on all holidays but Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year. If trash pick-up falls on Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year on a regularly scheduled trash/recycle day, pick-up will occur on the next regularly scheduled day. Recycle pick-up only occurs on Thursdays. If a holiday occurs on a Thursday, trash will be picked up on Monday but recycle will not be picked up until the following Thursday. To schedule a heavy trash pick-up, please contact Waste Management at 1-800-800-5804.

Upgrade of Fire Station No. 55 on FM1097 at the West Gate: Texas Department of Insurance has approved the upgrade of the Montgomery County ESD from a Class 4 to a Class 2 (Community’s Public Protection Classification) effective April 1, 2020. Homeowners in Bentwater should notify their insurance carriers of this upgrade as it may decrease your homeowner’s insurance rate. You and your insurance carrier can verify this upgrade at http://www.mcesd2.org/content/iso. This site will take you the Texas Department of Insurance Document that you will need for your insurance carrier.

Encroachments and Easements: Prior to building structures on any Bentwater property, residents should review the Bentwater Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions on the POA website. Sections 2.02-2.05 deal with easements. Residents may petition the MUD 18 board for Consents to Encroachment of water, sewer, and utility easements.
Need to Report a Problem? Don’t assume the problem has already been identified or reported. If you observe a water leak, sewer odor, discolored water, open manholes, alarms are sounding, or other problems, please help us by calling: Hays Utility Service @ 936-588-1166.

Hays has someone in Bentwater every day, seven days a week. They can and will respond 24 hours a day. Their general office hours are from 8:00AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday.

Sign-up for E-Blasts: If you are not receiving our E-Blasts, you are missing out on timely information. Go to our website at www.mcmud18.com and give us your email address. Your address will not be shared with anyone. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Meetings Open to the Public:
Our regularly scheduled monthly meetings are the 3rd Tuesdays at 9:30AM in the Country Club Cypress Room. Meetings are open to the public. The agenda is posted on our web site and the message board in the breezeway entrance to the Country Club Grill near the Golf Pro-shop. During the COVID19 restrictions, meetings of MUD18 have been conducted by Zoom. If you wish to attend a meeting, please contact Susan McFarland for the meeting ID code. Minutes from meetings are published on the MUD 18 web site.
Your MUD 18 Board:

  • Rex Cambern – President
  • Lou Tichacek – Vice President
  • Susan McFarland – Treasurer
  • Gary Montgomery – Secretary
  • Nancy Busen – Assistant Secretary
Newsletter- Summer 20202020-07-15T10:22:26-05:00

Newsletter- March 2020

MUD 18 Newsletter
March—May 2020
www.mcmud18.com

New MUD 18 Website: As of December 2019, a new website for MUD 18 was
launched. Created by 1190 Designs, the new website is intended to provide the MUD 18
community with the most current information and to maintain compliance with State legislative
requirements. Policies that govern the District have been reviewed and/or revised as of
November/December 2019 and are published on the new website at www.mcmud18.com.
MUD 18 Taxes: The MUD 18 Board approved the tax rate at $0.33 per $100 of
assessed property value. The certified value of property in the District remained relatively stable
from the prior year. The MUD 18 tax rate has remained even for the past four years. The tax
rate is composed of two components:

1. Debt Service of $0.17 is down $0.02 from the previous year. The District has not
needed to sell any new bonds since 2011 and such pay downs and pay offs of earlier
bonds have reduced the amount required to meet Debt Service obligations.
2. Maintenance and Operations (M&O) of $0.16 (up $0.02 from the previous year) covers
maintenance of all our facilities including water plants, waste treatment plants, lift
stations, storm drainage infrastructure and distribution lines. M&O expenses have risen
modestly due to the growth in our facilities and aging of the facilities requiring more
maintenance, repair and replacement.

You should have received your tax bill in October and payment is due by January 31, 2020.
As of November, 99.3% of 2018 and 12.6% of 2019 taxes have been collected for the District.

Watch the Weather and Water Smarter: Many homeowners in Bentwater have St. Augustine
grass. St. Augustine grass grows well in nearly all soil types and tolerates shade, heat, and
some drought but does not tolerate waterlogged soils. To keep your lawn healthy, water only
when the grass needs it. Wet the soil to a depth of 6 inches. Then don’t water again until the
grass shows symptoms of drought stress. This usually occurs in 5 to 10 days, depending on the
weather. When appropriately watered, the St Augustine grass will send out its roots deeper and
deeper into the soil in search of water as the topsoil begins to dry out.

Run-off from watering a lawn can waste a significant amount of water. The factors determining
how quickly run-off occurs are the type of soil and the application rate of the sprinkler system.
Do not apply water faster than the soil can absorb it. To prevent run-off: 1. Check the lawn while
watering. If water begins running into other surfaces, note how long it took before run-off
occurred. This is the maximum amount of time you should water at one time. 2. Stop watering
and allow the soil surface to dry (30 minutes to 1 hour). 3. Begin watering again and continue for
the time you’ve determined. With an automatic irrigation system, have someone monitor your
watering system while you are away in case of rain. http://aggieturf.tamu.edu.

Sewer, Trash & Recycling: Approximately half of the wastewater plant was refurbished in
2019 and the remainder will be completed in 2020. Phase I of the wastewater treatment plant air
diffusers was completed in 2019 with Phase II completion scheduled for 2020. The Hidden
Creek Lift Station was retired in September by redesigning and connecting the wastewater lines.
This saves operational and maintenance costs for the District.

Please bag leaves and/or shrub trimmings and tie up trimmed tree branches for garbage pickup. When left in the street, yard debris can block sewer drains. Waste Management picks up on
all holidays but Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year. If trash pick-up falls on Thanksgiving,
Christmas or New Year on a regularly scheduled trash/recycle day, pick-up will occur on the
next regularly scheduled day. Recycle pick-up only occurs on Thursdays. If a holiday occurs on
a Thursday, trash will be picked up on Monday but recycle will not be picked up until the
following Thursday.

Water: Water Plant No. 2 rehabilitation has been completed. The Cooling Towers, the water
well and the plant became operational again in August. Approximately one quarter of waterline
pigging was completed in 2018-2019 and with the remainder scheduled for 2020-2021. Line
pigging is an internal pipe-cleaning process used to remove the build-up of salts/minerals from
the inside of water pipes. Current water usage rates can be found on the MUD 18 website.

Need to Report a Problem? Don’t assume the problem has already been identified or
reported. If you observe a water leak, sewer odor, discolored water, open manholes, alarms are
sounding, or other problems, please help us by calling: Hays Utility Service @ 936-588-1166.
Hays has someone in Bentwater every day, seven days a week. They can and will respond 24
hours a day. Their general office hours are from 8:00AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday.

Sign-up for E-Blasts: If you are not receiving our E-Blasts, you are missing out on timely
information. Go to our website at www.mcmud18.com and give us your email address. Your
address will not be shared with anyone. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Meetings Open to the Public:
Our regularly scheduled monthly meetings are the 3rd Tuesdays at 9:30AM in the Country
Club Cypress Room. Meetings are open to the public. The agenda is posted on our web site
and the message board in the breezeway entrance to the Country Club Grill near the Golf Proshop. Minutes from meetings are published on the MUD 18 web site.

Your MUD 18 Board:

Rex Cambern – President
Lou Tichacek – Vice President
Susan McFarland – Treasurer
Gary Montgomery – Secretary
Nancy Busen – Assistant Secretary

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Newsletter- March 20202020-03-05T23:18:25-06:00
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