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The Woodlands Area Updates-October, 2014
Early Voting Continues! Early voting begins with tough voter ID law in place
10.19.14 By Theodore Schlepper
* The Woodlands Township Board of Directors 2014 General Election
10.18.14 By The Villager Staff
* The Woodlands Township Election Guide 2014
Courtesy of: Community Impact News
* Bring your voter ID it is required
* High court balks at last-minute voting changes
10.18.14 By Mark Sherman, Associated Press

Important: 2014 Bond Referendum-Ballot measure aims to drive road funding in Texas
10.09.14 By: Brian Walzel, David Pollan, Impact News

Important: 2014 Lone Star College Bond Referendum-Learn about the Bond issue

Important: Voters Awareness Council-VAC's Mission is to:
* Inform and educate citizens on local elections.
* Improve the overall voting experience.
* Increase voter turnout.

Important: I-45 Lane Closures-SH 242 project
10.21.14 The Woodlands Township Website
* I-45 south closing for weekend construction
10.21.14 by Bridget Balch, The Villager

New: Houston Methodist Hospital breaks ground Tuesday
10.21.14 By Bridget Balch, The Villager

New: Demand letters cost Montgomery County $50K in settlements
10.20.14 By Catherine Dominguez, The Villager
Note: The Patriot Pac Tea Party and their elected clones apparently believe people they falsely accuse are guilty until proven innocent.

Township debates providing more funding for Greenway
10.20.14 By Bridget Batch, The Villager

Important: Position 2 — The Woodlands Township Board of Directors Election
10.19.14 By The Courier

Important: Position 3 — The Woodlands Township Board of Directors Election
10.19.14 By The Courier

Important: Position 4 — The Woodlands Township Board of Directors Election
10.19.14 By The Courier

Important: Conroe ISD board candidates address growth, upcoming bond
10.19.14 By Kimberly Sutton, The Courier

The Woodlands marks 40 years of hometown growth
10.19.14 By Brandon K. Scott, The Villager

The Woodlands faces a crossroads at 40
10.10.14 By Cindy Horswell & John Hardin, Houston Chronicle
Note by Claude: This article is very well written, except like many others it omits the fact that incorporation is not our only option. Binding legislation and regional participation agreements with both Houston and Conroe (Section 5.4) allow us to decide to either (1) incorporate or (2) adopt an ALTERNATE FORM OF GOVERNMENT. (bolding added). Sometime in the remaining part of our 50 year protection, other forms of local government may become available. Cities give up most of the County functions that unincorporated areas have, yet get no discount on county taxes. But a city then needs to duplicate or enhance services that were previously supplied and paid for via county taxes.

Embassy Suites Hotel joins Hughes Landing Roundup
10.17.14 By The Villager

Woodlands concert venue (Pavilion) ranks second in the world in ticket sales
10.15.14 ByHouston Chronicle-The Woodlands

Recusal hearing reset for judge in Adrian Peterson case
10.14.14 By Brandon Scott, The Courier

H-GAC reveals $1.6 billion worth of projects in study
10.09.14 By Brian Walzel, Impact News

Important: Effect of Water-Level Recoveries on Fault Creep, Houston, Texas Area
January 1987 Paper by Thomas Holzer and Robert Gabrysch
Note: Fault creep stopped or slowed in parts of the Houston area where ground water pumping reductions allowed water levels to recover. Creep continued across faults where heavy pumping continued. Increased fault creep rates in summer vs winter indicate higher summer water usage affects fault creep. Studies validate that subsidence and related ground faulting relate to mining of aquifers due to withdrawing more water than can be replenished. And, they indicate that recent discovery of fault activation, or moving of faults from earlier locations near The Woodlands, is likely related to overuse of water from aquifers in our area. Subsidence and related ground surface faulting relate to mining of aquifers due to withdrawing more water than can be replenished. And, the studies indicate that recent discovery of fault activation during the severe 2010-2011 drought, or moving of faults from earlier locations near The Woodlands, is related to overuse/wasting of water from aquifers by nearby residents. As earlier noted in my Houston Area Timeline, in 1954 the relationship of faulting, subsidence and withdrawal of ground water from the Evangeline and Chicot Aquifers was determined to be a factor or cause for surface fault activations in the Houston region. Starting about 1930 new, or newly activated, faults with fault creep affecting buildings, highways and other structures began in many areas of Houston. Since 1930 more than 300 new faults have been identified in the Houston area. Overuse/mining of aquifers results in compaction of water bearing strata and subsidence. The unusually severe drought helped identify several new fault lines in The Woodlands, especially in areas near or in-line with our overused water wells (cone of depression effect). These newly identified fault areas and resultant damages indicate an additional and urgent reason for accelerated action regarding conservation of water.

SJRA aims to deliver surface water by summer 2015
10.09.14 By Jesse Mendoza, Impact News
... and we can begin to enjoy softer, better water quality and less fault creek and subsidence problems!

Township hires 9 additional law enforcement personnel
10.09.14 By Julie Butterfield, Impact News

Mobility planners consider options at Research Forest, Grogan’s Mill Road
10.09.14 By Abigail Allen, Brian Walzel, Impact News
Note: Obstruction attitudes that aim to prevent needed mobility improvements are the cause for increased traffic congestion. Mr. Smith of Shenandoah needs to consider that underpasses flood in conditions which periodically occur in our area, resulting in drowning deaths. The record is clear in Beaumont and Houston's history-many historic drownings in underpasses. A few inches of water over a roadway looks the same as eight feet of water depth for motorists during a rain storm.
Posted on 18 Oct 2014 by cwh
May to September 2014 Woodlands Area Updates
Settlement calls for complaint against Noack to be withdrawn
09.16.14 By Catherine Dominguez, The Villager

Woodlands Parkway contractor fired
09.09.14 By Bridget Balch & James Ridgway, Jr.,The Villager

Judge Case withdraws order for internet crimes against children documents
09.09.14 Staff Report, The Villager

Court rules relief from ‘unlawful orders’ in Judge Kelly Case’s district court
06.26.14 Staff Report, The Courier

Noack denies discrimination allegations
05.30.14 By Catherine Dominguez, The Courier

A second discrimination claim filed against Noack
05.27.14 By Catherine Dominguez, The Villager

Houston Methodist plans new hospital in The Woodlands
05.29.14 Community Report, The Courier
Houston Methodist announces new hospital in The Woodlands
05.29.14 By Jessie Mendoza, Community Impact Newspaper

Parkway bridge project months behind schedule
05.30.14 By John D. Harden, Chron.com

Doyal to take reigns as new county judge
05.27.14 By Catherine Dominguez, The Courier<

Doyal, Metcalf, Riley, Clark win in county races
05.27.14 Staff Report, The Courier
* TEC says new Tea Party has followed campaign finance rules. 05.27.14 By Catherine Dominguez, The Courier
Note by Claude: The above two article incorrectly state the Texas Patriots PAC is Woodlands-based. It is NOT. Their President's home and voting address and their place of business are not within The Woodlands Township. Apparent collusion between This PAC's leadership and Mr. Bosma as Head of County Infrastructure has mislead The Courier and other news media as well as many voters by incorrectly showing that PAC's address as The Woodlands. Mr. Bosma should be immediately fired by Commissioner's Court. Dishonesty for personal gain is not a trait that should be tolerated.

Nothing fake about freedom of speech
05.26.14 Letters to Editor in The Courier
* Statement from Commissioner Craig Doyal regarding lies about Woodlands Parkway extension
* Texas Patriots PAC Misrepresentation-Ethics
* Voter Intimidation-Texas Patriots PAC favorites Mr. Wertz and Mrs. Keough illegally campaigning inside the 100 foot line at early voting

Attorney wants Noack post as evidence
05.24.14 By Catherine Dominguez, The Courier
Note: The Patriot PAC's finest! And some voters trust their PAC's self appointed "experts" for advise on who to vote for in every race?

Remaining 3 in voter fraud case sentenced
05.23.14 Staff Report, The Courier
* Jury finds two women guilty of voter fraud in The Woodlands. 04.3.14 By Howard Roden, The Courier

Noack Facebook post draws ire from students
05.22.14 By Catherine Dominguez, The Courier

Noack accused of discriminationt
05.9.14 By Catherine Dominguez, The Courier

TxDOT plans to collect bids for HOV lane extension
05.16.14 By Abigail Allen, Impact News

CHI St. Luke’s announces 23-acre medical complex in Springwoods Village
05.09.14 By Matt Stephens, Impact News
* St. Luke’s plans $110M medical campus near Springwoods Village. 05.09.14 Community Report, The Villager

Montgomery County to consider updating tax abatement policy. 05.07.14 By David Pollan, Jesse Mendoza, Impact News

242 flyovers expected to open by end of year
05.07.14 By Christine Hall, Impact News
Posted on 10 May 2014 by cwh
April 2014 Woodlands Area Updates
Bosma no-show at debate challenge
04.02.14 By Catherine Dominguez, The Villager

Jury finds 2 women guilty of voter fraud
04.02.14 By Howard Roden, The Villager
* RUD trial resumes with mom, daughter
04.01.14 By Howard Roden, The Villager
Note: They reportedly also illegally voted in The Woodlands Township and in one of The Woodlands MUD elections.
Posted on 02 Apr 2014 by cwh
March 2014 Woodlands Area News
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion expands relationship with Huntsman
03.31.14 Community Report, The Courier

The Woodlands lands Costco store
03.27.14 By Brian Walzel, Impact News
* Township grants $2.3M to Costco for new location in The Woodlands
03.26.14 By Catherine Dominguez, The Villager

Woodlands wins Ironman for additional five years
03.24.14 By Catherine Dominguez, The Villager

The Woodlands Fire Department earns prestigious ISO 1 rating. 03.20.14 Community Report, The Villager
* Alan Benson-Fire Chief
03.12.14 by Matt Stephens, Impact News

Township board split on ‘sustainability’
03.20.14 By Catherine Dominguez, The Villager
Note by Claude: Between 1821 and 1836, Texas was a viable part of Mexico. As a part of Mexico it was not sustainable! Several Patriot Tea Party supported Board Members apparently want to change The Woodlands, Texas, to a non-sustainable entity.

Township opts to pursue plans to purchase new park and ride buses
03.12.14 By Brian Walzel, Community Impact News

H-GAC completes public input phase of The Woodlands transit plan
03.12.14 By Kelli Ainsworth, Community Impact News

Brady set for 10th term as US Rep
03.04.14 By Catherine Dominguez, The Villager
* Keough defeats Tough as District 15 State Representative
03.04.14 By Matt Stephens, Impact News
* Bosma, Doyal headed for runoff in Montgomery County Judge race
03.04.14 By David Pollan, Impact News
* Harmon, Riley to vie again
03.04.14 By Howard Roden, The Courier
* Unofficial Cumulative Primary Election Results
03.04.14 By Montgomery County Election Central

Continued CVB funding mulled by Township
03.01.14 By Catherine Dominguez, The Villager
Posted on 03 Mar 2014 by cwh
February 2014 Woodlands Area news
Township to apply for HGAC grant to fund new buses-Better savings
02.27.15 By Catherine Dominguez, The Villager

Important: Township prepares for possible incorporation
02.25.15 Video link in story by Catherine Dominguez, The Villager
Note: Although our special legislation (SB 2515) allows us 43 more years to decide whether to incorporate or to adopt an alternate form of government, evaluating the process of incorporation now is wise. We are currently an alternate form of government. But to be permanent, that form of government likely needs definition and acceptance as an alternate by the Texas legislature.

Trolley use is one hot topic in The Woodlands
02.25.14 By Lindsay Peyton, Ultimate Woodlands

County approves tax increment policy
02.24.14 By Howard Roden, The Villager

RUD 7 trial resumes on March 31
02.23.14 By Howard Roden, The Villager
Note: Last sentence in article should read: Cook is the daughter of Sybil and Jim Doyle.

Hyatt Place a big part of hotel surge in The Woodlands
02.23.14 By Jonathan Garris, The Courier

LMC focuses on water conservation
02.20.14 By Catherine Dominguez, The Villager

The Woodlands Township Video-Showcased at the 2014 Economic Outlook Conference.

Three men perpetrate Woodlands home invasion
02.13.14 Staff Report, The Courier

Woodlands Development Company announces plans for new Waterway hotel
02.13.14 By Brian Walzel, Community Impact News
New luxury hotel planned for The Woodlands Waterway
02.13.14 Community Report, The Villager

Water reduction plans address long-term overuse
02.12.14 By Matt Stephenl, Community Impact News

Fault lines in The Woodlands
07.11.13 By Brian Walzel, Community Impact Newspaper
* Whose Fault Is It? See following references. Recently observed faulting in The Woodlands and elsewhere along the Gulf Coast may be the fault of everyone who uses water or petroleum derived products. If we use significantly more ground water than nature can recharge (we do), subsidence and faulting are likely results. Thus, those who use or waste excessive water are prime contributors.
* See: Surface Faulting/Subsidence in The Woodlands and the Increased Importance of Water Conservation
By Claude Hunter, May 30, 2013 and July 20, 2012

Former Judge Fred Edward dies at age 63
02.11.14 Community Report, The Villager

Appeals court grants another writ against Judge Case
02.11.14 Staff Report, The Villager

Woodlands ambassador leaves legacy of love for area
02.04.14 By Lindsay Peyton, Ultimate Woodlands

Candidates differ on tax abatement policy
02.01.14 By Catherine Dominguez, The Villager
Note by Claude: Much higher property tax and other tax revenues brought to our area as a result of abatements help reduce tax burden on all residents and small businesses. Our county officials critically review each on a case by case basis to make certain of overall taxation benefits.

The Exxon Mobil effect
02.02.14 By Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle

LMC class explores public safety, criminal justice
02.01.14 Community Report, The Courier
LMC class enjoys joint government session with alumni
12.07.14 Community Report, The Courier

Texas Children’s to build in The Woodlands by ’17
02.01.14 By Kimberly Sutton, The Villager
Texas Children’s Hospital celebrates 60th birthday with groundbreaking ceremony-New pediatric hospital coming to The Woodlands
01.31.14 Woodlands Online
Posted on 01 Feb 2014 by cwh
January, 2014 Woodlands Township Area News
Save The Woodlands<
State Rep. District 15 candidates tout business savvy
01.29.14 By Howard Roden, The Villager
Note by Claude: State and Local Politics are equal opportunity. Some candidates demonstrate commitment to their voters by a proven record of long time relevant volunteer efforts to their area or district. Others suddenly decide to make idle claims about what they plan to do, with no proven record of accomplishments or voluntary service to the voters. Actions beat words every time!

2014 critical for roadways in The Woodlands area
01.28.14 By Lindsay Peyton, Ultimate Woodlands

Construction of Houston-to-Dallas high-speed rail could start in two years
01.27.14 By Brian Walzel, Community Impact News

Woodlands groups join forces for mobility project
01.15.14 By Brian Walzel, Community Impact News

The Woodlands Township ranked again among best-selling communities.
01.07.14 By Brian Walzel, Community Impact News
Posted on 28 Jan 2014 by cwh
November & December 2013, Woodlands Area Updates
Township addressing mobility challenges
12.25.13 By Bruce Tough, Chairman of The Woodlands Township Board; posted in The Courier

Seven figures in Woodlands is becoming more common
11.29.13 By Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle

Woodlands Central Fire Station wins top honors from Fire Chief Magazine
11.25.13 By Jonathan Garris, The Villager

Woodlands Central Fire Station wins top honors from Fire Chief Magazine11.23.13 By Jonathan Garris, The Villager

Whole Foods coming to Hughes Landing
11.07.13 By Matt Stephens, Community Impact News
Whole Foods coming to The Woodlands
11.07.13 By Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle

Note by Claude: On November 5, I attended the 2040 Houston-Galveston Area Council's Regional Plan Public Presentation in Conroe. I've previously participated in 2020, 2025, 2030 and 2035 public input sessions. Public input is very important in future planning for mobility, transit and overall regional planning.
* Visit www.ourregion.org for a virtual tour of the plan; to download a PDF copy of the draft plan.
Posted on 12 Nov 2013 by cwh
September 1 to 30 Woodlands Township Area updates
Watch Talk brings focus to synthetic marijuana
09.22.13 By Jonathan Garris, The Villager

On Monday, September 16, Mr. Keith Simon, Director of Development for Coventry Development Corporation made a presentation on Springwoods Village at the Houston-Galveston Area Council Brown Bag lunch meeting.
* You Tube video of Springwoods Village presentation
* Houston Chronicle Article: Woodlands-area community is off and running; 09.17.13 By Erin Mulvancy
* Springwoods Village already sold land for 500 homes in community. 09.16.13 Chron.Com Article
* Houston Planning Commission Major Thoroughfare Plan-Scroll to bottom three images showing major road changes planned, including future connection of Holzwarth Road (In Springwoods/Harris County) to Sawmill & Grogan's Mill Road in Montgomery County/The Woodlands area
Posted on 08 Sep 2013 by cwh
August 1 to 31: Woodlands Township Area News Updates
2013 Woodlands area traffic count map-shows daily traffic counts on Woodlands area roads. Includes data for past years.
* 2013 Woodlands area traffic count tabular data-same traffic count data in tabular format
Note: Some new traffic count areas have been added and some have been dropped. Construction accounts for some of the increases/decreases between years. Data for both formats are obtained during weekdays when schools are in session.

Commissioners approve Mitchell I-45 resolution
08.19.13 By Howard Roden, The Courier

More than a thousand pay tribute to Mitchell’s life, legacy
08.08.13 Kimberly Sutton, The Villager

Township building earns gold environmental rating
08.08.13 Chris Cotelesse, The Villager

More water may not make your grass greener
08.08.13 By Chris Cotelesse, The Villager

Money made in oil, Mitchell dreamed of the stars
08.01.13 By Eric Berger, Houston Chronicle
Posted on 03 Aug 2013 by cwh
July 1 to 31, 2013 Woodlands Updates
Invasion of the Tawny Crazy Ants
07.30.13 By Chris Cotelesse, The Villager

‘A brilliant man. A brilliant mind’
07.26.13 By Chris Cotelesse, The Villager
* The Woodlands founder George Mitchell dies at age 94
07.26.13 By Staff Report, The Villager
* Updated: Woodlands founder George Mitchell, 94, dies
07.26.12 By Brian Walzel, Matt Stephens, Community Impact News
* Oil giant, developer George Mitchell dies at 94
07.26.12 By Nancy Sarnoff, Ultimate Woodlands
* Statement from The Woodlands Township

Township Town Hall earns LEED Gold certification
07.25.13 By The Woodlands Township

Hughes Landing Master Plan

Fault lines in The Woodlands
07.11.13 By Brian Walzel, Community Impact Newspaper
* See also: Surface Faulting/Subsidence in The Woodlands and the Increased Importance of Water Conservation
By Claude Hunter, May 30, 2013 and July 20, 2012

Woodlands resort named among top pools across North America. 07.02.13 By Carol Christian, Ultimate Woodlands
Posted on 03 Jul 2013 by cwh
June 1 to 30, 2013 Woodlands Updates
RUD illegal voter headed for prison
06.29.13 By Howard Roden, The Villager
* Clarification, posted 07.10.13 in The Courier: Texas Rep. Steve Toth, said he has never been a friend of James Jenkins. Speaking on behalf of the defense during the trial, Toth said he met Jenkins at conservative political rallies over the past two to three years.
* Note: The illegal voting was more than tree years prior to Rep. Toth's testimony. He also said the RUD "puts an unnecessary burden on small business owners". Major taxpayer contributors to the RUD include Anadarko, The Woodlands Development Company, Black Forest Ventures, AON Hewitt, Huntsman and General Growth properties. Businesses and major companies in the Mall, Village Centers and connecting thoroughfares contribute a moderate RUD tax to help support the cost of roads to facilitate traffic to and from our business areas. Those who illegally voted apparently believe residents would rather pay increased taxes to fund those thoroughfares. Every court case so far on this issue has found that the group voted illegally in the RUD election. It appears most of them also voted illegally on The Woodlands Township and Metro MUD ballots.
* RUD challenger found guilty of illegal voting
06.27.13 By Howard Roden, The Villager
* Yollick set to testify at RUD trial
06.26.13 By Howard Roden, The Villager
* Jury testimony: Voters planned to pull plug on RUD
06.25.13 By Howard Roden, The Villager

Montgomery County is outgrowing its water supply
06.25.13 By Chris Cotelesse, The Villager
Note: Data from USGS indicate Woodlands per person water use in 2011 was ca. 2.3 to 2.9 times US average. Even prior to the 2010-2011 drought our average was about twice the US average. If you believe in The Woodlands philosophy of living in harmony with nature why waste so much water on irrigation of native plants?

Voting on Texas water strategy is a step forward
06.13.13 Fort Worth Star Telegram/Courier Guest Editorial

County to complete final section of Kuykendahl
06.13.13 By Matt Stephens, Impact News

Woodlands in the midst of a seller’s market
06.13.13 By Brian Walzel, Impact News

The Woodlands Township encourages residents to participate in survey about future growth
06.10.13 By The Woodlands Township

Understand water policy, education
06.04.13 By James Stinson, PE, Guest Columnist, The Villager

County toll road study a duplication of effort, cost
06.04.13 By Mike Bass, Guest Columnist, The Villager
Posted on 03 Jun 2013 by cwh
May 1 to 31, 2013 Woodlands Updates
Bill changes would revamp water agency drastically
05.19.13 by Associated Press/The Villager

Flyovers finally get off the ground
05.18.13 by Howard Roden, The Courier

Important: Surface Faulting/Subsidence in The Woodlands Township and the Increased Importance of Water Conservation By Claude Hunter, May 30, 2013 and introductory comments from July 20, 2012

The Ironman Foundation to give $100K to Woodlands area nonprofits. 05.15.13 Staff Report, The Villager
Posted on 04 May 2013 by cwh
April 1 to 30th Woodlands Area Updates
Important: Effect of Water-Level Recoveries on Fault Creep, Houston, Texas Area
January 1987 Paper by Thomas Holzer and Robert Gabrysch
Note: Fault creep stopped or slowed in parts of the Houston area where ground water pumping reductions allowed water levels to recover. Creep continued across faults where heavy pumping continued. Increased fault creep rates in summer vs winter indicate higher summer water usage affects fault creep. Studies validate that subsidence and related ground faulting relate to mining of aquifers due to withdrawing more water than can be replenished. And, they indicate that recent discovery of fault activation, or moving of faults from earlier locations near The Woodlands, is likely related to overuse of water from aquifers in The Woodlands area. The studies validate that subsidence and related ground surface faulting relate to mining of aquifers due to withdrawing more water than can be replenished. And, they indicate that recent discovery of fault activation during the severe 2010-2011 drought, or moving of faults from earlier locations near The Woodlands, is related to overuse or wasting of water from aquifers by The Woodlands residents. As earlier noted in my Houston Area Timeline, in 1954 the relationship of faulting, subsidence and withdrawal of ground water from the Evangeline and Chicot Aquifers was determined to be a factor or cause for surface fault activations in the Houston region. Starting about 1930 new, or newly activated, faults with fault creep affecting buildings, highways and other structures began in many areas of Houston. Since 1930 more than 300 new faults have been identified in the Houston area. Overuse/mining of aquifers results in compaction of water bearing strata and subsidence. The unusually severe drought helped identify several new fault lines in The Woodlands, especially in areas near or in-line with our overused water wells (cone of depression effect). These newly identified fault areas and resultant damages indicate an additional and urgent reason for accelerated action regarding conservation of water.

The Woodlands Township Fire Department opens new Central Station. 04.24.13 Township Press Release
* Woodlands Fire Department opens new central station
04.24.13 Staff Report, The Villager

Woodlands red light cameras terminated
04.20.13 by Catherine Dominguez, The Villager
Note: It appears that Commissioner Noack and Constable Gable incorrectly believe that enforcement of public safety related laws must show a profit. Would it cost less to station deputies at each of these traffic lights to ticket the 50 dangerous traffic law violators per hour?

TexCom suit remains in a holding pattern
04.13.13 by Howard Roden, The Villager
Note: The Woodlands, Shenandoah, Oak Ridge North and others who are downstream in the aquifers from the TexCom site are especially vulnerable.

Springwoods Village nearing home occupancy
04.11.13 by Brian Walzel, Marie Leonard, Impact News
Note: Commerce between The Woodlands and Springwood Village will be very important for the future of our region. Improvements in mobility between these two very similar planned communities needs greatly increased focus on mobility projects that facilitate that commerce.

Woodlands Resort and Conference center to undergo renovation. 04.11.13 by Brian Walzel, Impact News

Shenandoah maintains opposition to proposed Research Forest overpass
04.11.13 by Brian Walzel, Impact News
Note: It is clear that Shenandoah's current leadership wants to restrict access to Shenandoah businesses by the more than 105,000 residents of The Woodlands. That is the only plausible explanation for why they object to all mobility improvement projects designed to facilitate traffic movement on the northbound I-45 feeder road and into The Woodlands.

Legislators continue discussions on how to fund TxDOT. 04.11.13 by Karen Brooks Harper, Impact News

Board to study potential water saving projects
04.04.13 by Catherine Dominguez, The Villager

Veterans memorial marches on with new momentum
04.04.13 by Jonathan Garris, The Courier
Posted on 04 Apr 2013 by cwh
February 1 to March 31, 2013 Updates
Shenandoah officials still against overpass despite Noack’s support. 03.27.13 Jonathan Garris, The Villager
Note: Current Shenandoah city council members missed important Chamber Mobility Committee meetings in mid 2012 when this project was presented and unanimously approved with a recommendation for approval by the South Montgomery County Chamber - prior to submission to H-GAC

The Woodlands Development Company signs on as major program sponsor for Township programs
03.22.13 The Township News Release

Parks will get flags but Township board debates control. 03.21.13 By Catherine Dominguez, The Villager
Note: Volunteer organizations such as Scouting and Rotary are willing to help, but some board members feel bureaucrats must control things like pride in our flag.

Houston Historical Timeline and The Woodlands Texas. By Claude Hunter
Note: This timeline provides a summary of events in Houston's and The Woodland's history. Note that as early as 1954, the relationship between ground faulting and the withdrawal of ground water from greater Houston area aquifers was reported. This may partially explain fault lines, such as the Big Bear Fault, recently shifting from north of Jones Forest along FM 1488 and west of FM 2978, to areas in The Woodlands. Thus, those who waste excessive amounts of water may be a factor in effects claimed in the lawsuit referenced below.

Suit claims homes built on fault lines
03.19.13 By Catherine Dominguez, The Courier

Revenue from sales tax still on the rise
03.15.13 By Howard Roden, The Villager
Note: Sales and Hotel Taxes contribute over 50 percent of The Township's total budget and can result in continued lowering of residential taxes. Mobility improvements to keep abreast of growth will maximize this effect.

Township establishes new amenities program
03.14.13 By Matt Stephens, Impact News
Note: Mr. Bunche's amenity program is subsidized by those who do not use the extra amenities. Staff calculates the cost to provide the amenity program for a $100 pass is actually $158.

Township, Noack support overpass
02.21.13 By Catherine Dominguez, The Courier
The Woodlands Township Board of Directors supports road interchange project
02.22.13 By WOL Staff, The Woodlands Online

Woodlands' economy thrives despite national, global struggles. 03.10.13 By Matt Stephens, Impact News
Texas outpaces U.S. in economic recovery
03.08.13 By Catherine Domingue, The Villager
Note: These articles provide an excellent summary of the future for The Woodlands. The Impact News article includes a rendering of the new Hughes Landing Community project on East Shore. A key part of our region's success relative to other areas in the US is due to efforts by The Economic Development Partnership and their successes in bringing quality businesses to our area. See: www.edpartnership.net/business_climate.html for examples. Business activity and hotel taxes in The Woodlands pay over half our total operating budget, thus appreciably lowering residential taxes and providing high quality job opportunities and income for many residents.

Regional mobility plan moves ahead-Identifying different needs
02.05.13 By Catherine Dominguez, The Villager
Note: During most of the 30 past plus years of unprecedented growth in our region, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce Mobility Team has coordinated our area's mobility improvements. The Woodlands is served by four County Commissioners. All of them, plus the expertise of The Developer of The Woodlands and leaders of The Exxon Mobil/Springwoods Master-planned community south of The Woodlands, should be included to ensure continuity of success for our region. Redundant mobility committees primarily representing only part of our region may not be the most effective regional approach.

Note: Our best defenses against home burglaries are our active neighborhood watch programs working together with enhanced law enforcement. When residents see something unusual and promptly notify law enforcement, capture and conviction of criminals frequently results.

Important News items prior to January 2013

Flyover proposed for Research Forest irks Shenandoah officials. 08.28.12 By Catherine Dominguez, The Villager
Note by Claude: I attended essentially all Woodlands Area Chamber Mobility Committee meetings for many years past. I recall that Shenandoah officials failed to attend or participate in learning about these proposed projects in several mid 2012 Mobility Committee meetings when they were presented, openly discussed and voted to send them forward to The Chamber with a resolution to submit and support the projects. Perhaps they also missed full Chamber meeting(s) in which The Chamber voted to approve the resolution (dated July 27). The projects were then submitted in time for the August 1, 2012 deadline for the 2013-16 Transportation Improvement Program by the Houston Galveston Area Council.
Posted on 13 Mar 2013 by cwh
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