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April 1 to 30th 2014 Woodlands Area Updates
New: Bosma no-show at debate challenge
04.02.14 By Catherine Dominguez, The Villager

New: 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
New: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion expands relationship with Huntsman
03.31.14 Community Report, The Courier

New: First candidate announces plans to seek position on Conroe ISD board
03.28.14 By Brian Walzel, Impact News

New: Festival to turn waterway into giant outdoor arts gallery
03.27.14 By Lindsay Peyton, Ultimate Woodlands, Chron.com

New: 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 make The Woodlands, Texas, 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

Surprises, runoffs likely in primary races
03.03.14 By Associated Press, The Villager

Continued CVB funding mulled by Township
03.01.14 By Catherine Dominguez, The Villager

Cool running marks 2014 marathon
03.01.14 By Russell Ledbetter, The Villager
Posted on 03 Mar 2014 by cwh
February 2014 Woodlands Area news
Important Township Meetings: The Woodlands Township holds February 26 Board meeting-Summary
* The Woodlands Township approves a Comprehensive Community Services Agreement
* Agenda for The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors and Members Meeting on March 5
02.28.14 Above items posted on The Township website http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/
Note by Claude: While his opponent is trying to find things to criticize proven community leaders, Chairman Tough is taking care of the business of The Woodlands and our region. Its interesting that County records indicate his opponent has only voted once in a Primary Election.

New: SJRA pipeline project looks to avoid conflicts with upcoming triathlons-includes pipeline status
02.26.15 By Brian Walzel, Impact News
* Marathon attracts nearly 8,000
02.26.15 By Jonathan Garris, The Courier

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

Brady to help conservatives battle IRS
02.20.14 By Howard Roden, The Villager

Township board questions 911 call center switch
02.20.14 By Catherine Dominguez, The Villager

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

Bank robbery suspect ID’d; one still sought
02.21.14 Staff Report, The Villager
* MCSO searching for Woodlands bank robber
02.20.14 By≈

Brady continues conservative fight in DC, earns Courier endorsement
02.16.14, The Villager

‘Energy to Grow’ touted at Economic Conference
02.14.14 By Russell Ledbetter, The Villager
* The Woodlands Township Video-Showcased at the 2014 Economic Outlook Conference.

Committee eyes new Park and Ride buses
02.14.14 By Jonathan Garris, The Villager

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

Woodlands Parkway facing problems, delays
02.12.14 By Brian Walzel, Community Impact News

Brady, ExxonMobil officials to speak at Economic Outlook Conference
02.11.14 Staff Report, The Villager

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

Shadowbend Park to get a new look
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

Students show off their skills at 24th annual math and science fair
02.01.14 By Russell Ledbetter, The Villager

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
Craig Doyal Knocks Opponents in his bid for Montgomery County Judge.
01.29.14 by Jim Fredericks
* Montgomery County Tax Abatement Facts
* Montgomery County Tax Abatement Bi-Annual Report

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!

Tough is the proven conservative in District 15 state representative race.
01.30.14 by Lloyd Matthews; Letter to Editor, The Villager

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

Black Forest Ventures breaks ground on final Technology Park building
01.21.14 By Matt Stephens, Community Impact News

Primary is way to shape county politics
01.21.14 By Lindsay Peyton, Houston Chronicle

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

ExxonMobil senior advisor to give keynote at Economic Outlook Conference
01.10.14 By Woodlands Online

The Woodlands Township ranked again among best-selling communities.
01.07.14 By Brian Walzel, Community Impact News

Woodlands Development Company breaks ground on Creekside Village Green
01.09.14 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

$20M Camp Strake deal good for Montgomery County. 11.27.13 Craig Doyal, Guest Columnist, The Villager
* Camp Strake sale finalized
11.25.13 Nancy Sarnoff, Ultimate Woodlands

Second half of Grogan’s Mill Road up next for SJRA lane closures. 11.25.13 By Brian Walzel, Impact News
* Woodlands Road/Lane Closure Information -Updated frequently on the SJRA & The Woodlands Township Websites

Township board OKs $64K to address safety concerns, maintenance. 11.25.13 By Cahterine Dominguez, The Villager

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

Woodlands Township Board of Directors welcomes McMullan, bids farewell to Blair-Bruce Tough continues as Board Chairman. 11.20.13 By Jonathan Garris, The Villager

Tough announces candidacy for District 15 state Representative
11.11.13 By Matt Stephens, Community Impact News
Tough files to run for vacant District 15 seat
11.11.13 By Howard Roden, The Villager

The Woodlands Township to hold Special Board of Directors Meeting-Thursday, November 14 at 9 a.m.
* Special Meeting Agenda and Public Meeting Book
* Unofficial summary of previous (Oct. 23) Board Meeting
* Unofficial summary of October 17 Board Meeting

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.

November 5 Township Election Results-Unofficial
The Woodlands Township Website
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

The Woodlands, Conroe supplement Friendship Center funding deficit
09.22.13 By Chris Cotelesse, The Courier

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

Annual Public Safety Awards given to 16 local ‘heroes’
09.07.13 By Kimberly Sutton, The Villager
* August Woodlands Township Community Policing Report & Statistics

Immediate solutions to improving traffic flows
09.04.13 By Robert H. Leilich, Guest Columnist, The Villager

The Woodlands property tax rate will be reduced again
09.03.13 By Lindsay Peyton, Ultimate Woodlands
Posted on 08 Sep 2013 by cwh
August 1 to 31: Woodlands Township Area News Updates
The Woodlands Township holds August 28 Board meeting
08.29.13 Woodlands Township Website
* Click here to download Public Meeting Documents for August 22 and 28 Township meetings

Interfaith announces 2013 Hometown Heroes honorees. Keith Brumfield, Shelli Moran, Gil Staley, Susan Vreeland-Wendt and CB&I are the honorees.
08.28.13 By Keith Brumfield, The Villager

Township recommends park and ride fare increase
08.28.13 By Chris Cotelesse, The Villager

The Woodlands Township longtime director Blair will not run. Directors Bruce Tough and Peggy Hausman unopposed.
08.27.13 By Lindsay Peyton, Ultimate Woodlands

The Woodlands Financial Group plans 2014 convention. 08.28.13 By Chris Cotelesse, The Courier

The Woodlands Township holds Board meeting, adopts budget, sets tax rate
08.23.13 Woodlands Township Website

North Harris County reports mosquitoes positive for West Nile Virus
08.23.13 Woodlands Township Website

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.

Select Township Pools remain open for post-season weekend use-click for more information.

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

Fire marshal: Three teenagers allegedly exploded acid bombs. 08.15.13 By Howard Roden, The Courier
* Pair sought after nine acid bombs found in The Woodlands-includes photo
08.14.13 By Robert Stanton, Ultimate Woodlands-Chron.com
* Investigators seek individuals involved in acid bomb incidents. 08.13.13 Staff Report, The Villager

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

'Heart and soul' in plans for Springwoods Village
08.07.13 By Erin Mulvancy, Houston Chronicle
* Springwoods Village Town Center phase one plans underway
08.06.13 By Liza Winkler, Community Impact News
* Springwoods Village will have Town Center with apartments, retail and hotel
08.06.13 Houston Chronicle

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

Entergy cutting 800 jobs — 60 in Woodlands
07.30.13 By Chris Cotelesse, The Villager

Woodlands Township proposes 2.33 cent decrease in tax rate, significant budget initiatives
07.30.13 By Matt Stephens, Community Impact Newspaper

Pediatric urgent care company moving headquarters to The Woodlands
07.30.13 By Matt Stephens, Community Impact Newspaper

Woodlands Township OKs lower property taxes
07.26.13 By Chris Cotelesse, The Courier

‘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 approves tax rate for 2013 to fund proposed 2014 budget

Township pays debt early, saves $5.6 million
07.25.13 By Chris Cotelesse, The Villager

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

The Woodlands Township holds monthly Board Meeting and Town Hall meeting
07.25.13 By The Woodlands Township
* Summary of July 18, 2013 Township Board Meeting

Area Grand Parkway construction kicks off with groundbreaking
07.24.13 By Shawn Arrajj, Community Impact Newspaper

2014 Woodlands Township proposed budget information:
2014 Proposed Township Budget-731 pages -a very large file

Hughes Landing Master Plan

Vehicles found but not missing cash from bank robberies
07.16.13 By Howard Roden, The Courier

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

Hausman, Tough to run for re-election
07.10.13 By Chris Cotelesse, The Courier

Nominations being accepted for Hometown Heroes for 2013. 07.05.13 By Staff, The Villager

Woodlands lights up her slice of America
07.04.13 ByChris Cotelesse, The Villager

Woodlands resort named among top pools across North America. 07.02.13 By Carol Christian, Ultimate Woodlands

Indian Springs man creates winning floats for Fourth parades. 07.02.13 By Lindsay Peyton, Ultimate Woodlands

Google brings Virtual Tour to businesses in The Woodlands. 07.02.13 By Jonathan Garris, The Villager

DuBois remembered for commitment to fine arts, Pavilion’s outreach programs
07.02.13 By Howard Roden, The Villager
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

News Release/Summary of June 26 Township Board Meeting
* Public Meeting Book Information for Above Meeting
* News Release/Summary of June 20 Board Meeting

The Woodlands $9 million under budget06.26.13 By Chris Cotelesse, The Villager

Bronze deer statue stolen from The Woodlands’ Creekside Park. 06.25.13 By The Villager

GRP pipeline construction ongoing in The Woodlands
06.25.13 By 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?

Construction set to begin for Two Hughes Landing
06.23.13 Staff Report, The Villager
Construction set to begin for Two Hughes Landing in The Woodlands This Month
06.21.13 By Matt Stephens, Impact News

Woodlands considers Shadowbend Park renovations
06.20.13 By Matt Stephens, Impact News

Montgomery County approves 7-year abatement for Layne Christensen relocation
06.17.13 By Matt Stephens, Impact News
Commissioners OK tax abatement on 8-story building
06.17.13 By Howard Roden, The Villager

Community mourns death of wounded Woodlands veteran. 06.15.13 Staff Report, The Villager

Woodlands village of Panther Creek hosts biggest Flag Day picnic yet. 06.15.13 Jonathan Garris, The Courier

The Woodlands announces latest neighborhood for Creekside Park. 06.14.13 By Brian Walzel, Impact News
Building to begin in Woodlands’ Liberty Branch neighborhood. 06.14.13 Staff Report, The Villager

The Woodlands’ newest park opens in Creekside Park
06.14.13 Staff Report, The Courier

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

Important: For latest SJRA Waterline segment details, dates and maps see the GRP site at: www.sjra.net/grp -it is now in a holding state but when construction starts it will be updated weekly as construction starts to affect traffic
06.12.13 By Ronda Trow, Public Relations Manager, SJRA

Grand Parkway construction set for early summer
06.13.13 By Brian Walzel, Impact News

Township considering purchase of new buses for park and rides. 06.13.13 By Brian Walzel, Impact News

Woodlands leaders attend ExxonMobil relocation fair
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

Two-alarm fire in Woodlands displaces senior residents
06.12.13 By Jonathan Garris, The Villager

Woodlands environmentalist Pat Brown dies
06.12.13 By Elizabeth Evans, The Villager

Shenandoah looks to keep communication center as backup. 06.12.13 By Jonathan Garris, The Villager

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

The Woodlands Township to hold Ad Hoc Transportation Committee Meeting
* When: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 2 p.m. at The Township
* Agenda for above meeting

Township economic goals to be discussed
06.08.13 By Chris Cotelesse The Villager

Pool season officially opened in The Woodlands on June 7

Township to talk pros, cons of $20M purchase of buses
06.04.13 By Catherine Dominguez, The Villager

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

The Woodlands High School graduates look to the future. 06.04.13 By Brad Meyer, The Villager
College Park grads celebrate academic and life achievements. 06.03.13 By Jonathan Garris, The Villager

Township seeks PSAP proposals for area 911 calls
06.03.13 By Chris Cotelesse, The Villager

Record month for sales tax in The Woodlands
05.31.13 By Chris Cotelesse, The Villager

Expert: Good chance for major hurricane
05.31.13 By Howard Roden, The Villager
Posted on 03 Jun 2013 by cwh
May 1 to 31, 2013 Woodlands Updates
The Woodlands Township holds second monthly Board meeting-5/23 Press Release/Meeting summary
* Public Meeting Bood for May 22 meeting
* The Woodlands Township holds Board meeting on May 16
05.17.13 Press Release
* Township OKs new fire truck, architectural services
05.18.13 By Catherine Dominguez, The Courier
* Boston bombs prompt K-9 purchase
05.17.13 By Catherine Dominguez, The Courier

Second Hughes Landing office building nears start
05.20.13 by Matt Stephens, Community Impact News

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

2013 LMC class celebrates success
05.15.13 By Catherine Dominguez, The Villager

Woodlands on track for another sale tax revenue increase. 05.12.13 By Howard Roden, The Courier

Expansions, relocations signal energy boom in The Woodlands. 05.09.13 By Matt Stephens, Impact News

PetroQuest Energy announced for One Hughes Landing
05.07.13 By Matt Stephens, Impact News

The Woodlands celebrates Travel & Tourism Week
05.03.13 By 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.

Township to spend up to $22K on survey
04.28.13 By Catherine Dominguez, The Villager

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

News Release: Summary of April 24 Township Board of Directors Meeting
* Public Meeting Book info for above meeting
* News release/summary of April 18, 2013 Board Meeting

Township, HGAC to move forward with Transit Plan
04.21.13 by Catherine Dominguez, The Courier

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?

Exxon Mobil campus overview: It's big. Site north of Houston taking shape, with room for workforce of 10,000
04.21.13 by Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle

Township creates Bicycle Advisory Task Force
04.20.13 by Catherine Dominguez, The Villager

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.

South Montgomery County entities name projects for transportation study
04.11.13 by Matt Stephens, Impact News

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

Home sales grow in South County area-Recent trends and positive growth in real estate have real estate agents in The Woodlands excited about what the future has in store for the area.
04.02.13 by Nicklaus Lovelady, Ultimate Woodlands
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

Stream Realty announces second phase of Class A project in The Woodlands
03.25.13 Brian Walzel, Impact News

Commissioners seek reduction in 2013-14 budget
03.25.13 By Howard Roden, The Courier

Job growth continues in The Woodlands
03.23.13 Staff Report, The Courier

Township debates $5.5 million reserve fund
03.22.13 By Catherine Dominguez, The Courier

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

Woodlands Fire Department wants to be No. 1
03.21.13 By Lindsay Peyton, Ultimate Woodlands

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

South Montgomery County officials identify projects for transportation study
03.20.13 By Matt Stephens, Impact News

Video of Woodlands Township March 21 Board Meeting
* Board Meeting Agenda and Information Book
* Planning Retreat Agenda-held following board meeting

Woodlands rowing clubs agree to pull together
03.19.13 By Lindsay Peyton, Ultimate Woodlands

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.

The Woodlands, H-GAC study transit options
03.14.13 By Matt Stephens, Impact News

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 Township wants residents to ‘GreenUp’ area.
03.14.13 By Jonathan Garris, The Village

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.

Renovation of Shadowbend Park is in design stage
03.12.13 By Lindsay Peyton, Ultimate Woodlands

The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center prepares for $60 million makeover
03.13.13 By Lindsay Peyton, Ultimate Woodlands
Major renovation of Woodlands Conference Center announced. 02.14.13 By Brian Walzel, Impact News

SJRA pipeline construction will affect roads
02.14.13 By Matt Stephens, Impact News

The Woodlands sales tax revenue rises 12.5 percent in February. 02.11.13 By Matt Stephens, Impact News

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.

Burglaries on the rise in The Woodlands
02.05.13 By Catherine Dominguez, The Villager
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.
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