Meeting Minutes 2018-09-13


SEPTEMBER 13, 2018

The Board of Directors (the “Board” or “Directors”) of Parkway Utility District (the “District”) met in regular session, at 6:00 p.m., at 12843 Tidwell Road, Houston, Texas, on Thursday, September 13, 2018, pursuant to notice of said meeting posted in accordance with Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code; whereupon the roll was called of the members of the Board, to-wit:

Brenda McNeil – President
Alphonso P. Rettig, Jr. – Vice President
Jennifer Balderas – Secretary
Ron Everhart – Assistant Secretary
Gloria M. Woods – Director

All members of the Board were present.  Also attending were:  Gary Syzek of Systems Project Management; Sergeant Terry Ganey of the Harris County Constable’s Office, Precinct No. 3 (the “Constable”); Bill Blitch of Blitch Associates, Inc. (“Financial Advisor”); Jamal Singleton of Direct Waste Solutions, Inc. (“Direct Waste”); Michael Murr of Murr Incorporated; Cody Wheeler of Harris County Precinct 1; Shannon Waugh of Off Cinco; Elliot M. Barner of Radcliffe Bobbitt Adams Polley PLLC (“Attorney” or “RBAP”); and all persons on the attached Attendance Roster.

The President, after finding that the notice of the meeting was posted as required by law and determining that a quorum of the Board of Directors was present, called the meeting to order and declared it open for such business as may come before it.

Public Comment

The President then opened the meeting to public comment.  As no public comments were offered, the President instructed the Board to proceed with the agenda.

Patrol Service Report

Sergeant Ganey presented and reviewed the Patrol Service Report for August 2018, a copy of which is attached hereto.  Sergeant Ganey first discussed certain changes being made to the report to provide more detailed statistics.  Sergeant Ganey then discussed activity in the District.  Sergeant Ganey noted that school is back in session and stated that the Rhoades School moved to Woodforest Drive.  Discussion ensued regarding abandoned vehicles in the Parkway Forest and Sierra Ranch Subdivisions.  In response to a question from Mrs. Benoit, Sergeant Ganey explained the Harris County (the “County”) nuisance abatement process for addressing nuisances such as substandard homes and abandoned cars.

Discussion next ensued regarding theft of air conditioning units in the Tidwell Lakes Subdivision.


Mr. Singleton presented the Direct Waste Report, a copy of which is attached hereto.  Mr. Singleton asked the Board for an update on the process for customer notification about recycling services.  Director Balderas stated that additional methods for notifying residents of the Direct Waste’s recycling services will be discussed with Ms. Waugh later in the meeting.

Mr. Benoit informed the Board and Mr. Singleton that garbage bins are being left in the street in front of mailboxes in the Parkway Forest subdivision, specifically Crystal Cove.  Mr. Singleton informed the Board that he will address the placement of such bins with his staff.

Presentation by Harris County Precinct 1

Mr. Wheeler introduced himself to the Board.  Mr. Wheeler first discussed the process by which the County allocates funding for road improvements in unincorporated Harris County, including the Sheldon area (“Sheldon”).  Mr. Wheeler then discussed parks and recreational facilities operated and maintained by Precinct 1, including Gene Green Park and El Franco Lee Park.

Mr. Wheeler next discussed the recent Harris County Flood Bond Election and the federal government’s process for matching funds for proposed drainage projects funded through such election.  An extensive discussion ensued about proposed projects in Sheldon and the effect of proposed projects in other areas of the County on drainage in Sheldon.  Mr. Barner recommended that anyone interested in more information about current, ongoing and proposed drainage projects visit the Harris County Flood Control District website.

Mr. Wheeler then reported that the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) has funding opportunities for low-to-moderate income for families recovering from Hurricane Harvey and those that are interested in more information should contact Precinct 1.


Michael Murr next presented a draft of the Master Park Plan (“Park Plan”), a copy of which is attached hereto.  Extensive discussion ensued.  In response to a question from Mr. Benoit, Messrs. Murr and Barner explained that information about the impact of a park bond issuance on the average home owner’s property taxes will be presented in the District’s upcoming Open House meetings.

Systems Project Management Report

Mr. Syzek presented the Systems Project Management Report, a copy of which is attached hereto.

Mr. Syzek first discussed the status of the traffic signal petition to Harris County Precinct 1 for a traffic signal near the intersection of the southbound Beltway 8 service road and East Little York Road.

Mr. Syzek then discussed brush and small tree maintenance at the Wastewater Treatment Plant Outfall Area.  Mr. Barner recommended Mr. Syzek contact Seaback Maintenance to determine the mowing schedule for such area.

Discussion ensued regarding the Parkway Forest Homeowners Association Fall Festival.  The Fall Festival is scheduled for October 27, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Baptist Church located on Tidwell Road and Deep Valley.


Mr. Syzek reported that the East Reach of the GBC will meet on September 19, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. at Sheldon Lakes.  Mr. Barner then mentioned the GBC Regatta, which will be held on October 13, 2018.  Mr. Barner informed those that were interested could find additional information on the GBC’s website.


Ms. Waugh discussed the District’s website compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and presented a Service Agreement, a copy of which is attached hereto.  Upon a motion by Director Balderas, seconded by Director Rettig, after full discussion and with all Directors present voting aye, the Board approved the Service Agreement to assess the current content on the District’s website to meet the requirements of the ADA.

Ms. Waugh next discussed traditional and digital media pricing, including postcards.


Director Rettig reported that Comcast Internet service will be installed on Friday, September 14, 2018, at the District Administration Building.


PASSED AND APPROVED this the 11th day of October, 2018.




Secretary, Board of Directors

September 13, 2018 Minutes Signature

September 13, 2018 Minutes Signature