2013 News Archive

2013 NEWS

 

District Response to Town of Westlake Offer
November 26, 2013

On November 26, 2013 the District responded to an offer from the Town of Westlake to buyout the Solana area. The letter outlines omissions and deficiencies noted in a preliminary review. The letter can be viewed by clicking here.

 

Joint Press Release
November 8, 2013

On November 8, 2013 the Town of Trophy Club and Trophy Club Municipal Utility District No. 1 issued a joint press release about working together on the long term utility contract for service to the PID (Public Improvement District).

 

Petition from Maguire Partners – Solana Land LP
November 1, 2013

On October 28, 2013 Maguire Partners – Solana Land L.P. delivered a letter to the District with a petition to exclude the land for new development (not the existing development) in Solana from the Trophy Club Municipal Utility District No. 1. The District replied on October 31, 2013.

Read the October 31 reply from the TCMUD1.

Read the October 28, 2013 letter from Maguire Partners – Solana Land L.P.

Response from Town of Trophy Club Regarding PID service
October 30, 2013

In a letter dated October 1, 2013, TCMUD1 requested formal notification from the Town of Trophy Club regarding their intent to continue purchasing wholesale water and wastewater services from TCMUD1 to serve the Town customers in the Town’s Public Improvement District (PID). TCMUD1 is planning an upgrade to the wastewater treatment plant due to regulatory requirements issue by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). For this reason TCMUD1 needs to know if the upgrade should be constructed to serve Town customers as well as customers of TCMUD1. The Town responded to the letter on October 25, 2013 that they would like to continue receiving wholesale service from TCMUD1 if an agreement can be reached that includes certain Town requirements.

Read the October 1, 2013 letter from TCMUD1 to the Town of Trophy Club.

On October 25, 2013 the Town of Trophy Club “Town” provided notice to the District that they desired a wholesale contract for water and wastewater services for their Public Improvement District “PID”.

Read the October 25, 2013 letter from the Town of Trophy Club.

Please see Response from Town of Trophy Club Regarding PID Service on the News page. The video replay of the October 23, 2013 Joint Meeting discussing this request is available on YouTube. Read “Wholesale vs. Retail”, a summary prepared for the Board of Directors and Town Council at the time of the contract negotiation, to learn more about the difference between a wholesale and retail contract. In short, a wholesale contract means that the Town Council is the elected body to represent PID residents, and the Town sets the rates for PID customers. PID residents please see the Town’s ordinance for your rates.

Meter Size Monthly Base Rate Gallons Used Rate per 1000 Gallons
5/8″ & 3/4″ $12.99 0 to 6,000 $3.03
1″ $20.39 6,001 to 17,000 $3.53
1.5″ $32.23 17,001 to 25,000 $4.09
2″ $46.43 25,001 to 50,000 $4.75
3″ $79.58 50,001 plus $5.52
4″ $126.93
6″ $245.29
Base Rate Volumetric Rate
Residential
All Residential $15.35 0 to 18,000 gallons $2.63/1,000 gallons
Commercial
All Commercial $15.35 All $2.63/1,000 gallons

 

Rate Study Presented to Board of Directors
October 24, 2103 – update

J. Stowe & Co. presented the Water and Sewer Rate Study to the Board of Directors at the October 15, 2013 meeting.

 

“Trophy Club residents attend MUD open house” Times Register Article
October 16, 2013

Click here to read the Times Register article about the September 30, 2013 MUD Open House.

 

Financial Letter to Customers
October 11, 2013

Trophy Club Municipal Utility District No. 1 mailed a letter to its customers providing more information about its reasons for rejecting the Town’s proposal to consolidate. Read the letter for details about this issue.

 

Westlake Sanitary Sewer Spill Overflow Update
October 9, 2013

The Town of Westlake will be purchasing water from TC MUD 1 to refill the ponds at the Hogan’s Glen subdivision. The water will be drawn from a fire hydrant, metered and billed so the town can pay the established rates like any other customer. As required by TCEQ, the water will be dechlorinated before being added to the pond. Westlake anticipates using around 500,000 gallons of water, but this will come from a large main over the next several days and should not affect resident water pressure.

 

Westlake Sanitary Sewer Spill Overflow Update
October 5, 2013

On Friday October 4, 2013, the Town of Westlake notified the Town of Trophy Club of a sanitary sewer overflow impacting the creek behind Brook Hollow Lane and the ponds in the Hogan’s Glen subdivision in Trophy Club. A mechanical failure of a lift station owned and operated by the Town of Westlake caused approximately 200,000 gallons of sewage to flow downstream into the pond in Hogan’s Glen.

Town of Westlake officials report they worked through the night pumping out contaminated water from the pond and hauling it offsite to a TRA wastewater treatment plant. Additionally, TCMUD1 is allowing them to discharge some of the wastewater into a manhole that flows to the TCMUD1 wastewater treatment plant for treatment. TCMUD1 is closely monitoring the wastewater plant to ensure operations are not negatively impacted by the discharge. Allowing the discharge will assist in Westlake’s efforts to quickly remediate the spill and ensure public health and safety. Representatives of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality are also monitoring the remediation efforts.

TCMUD1 provides water and wastewater service to an area in Westlake known as Solana. However, the wastewater from Solana is served by a different lift station which is owned and operated by TCMUD1. The TCMUD1 lift station did not contribute to the sewer overflow under remediation by the Town of Westlake.

Click here to read the article by the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

 

TCEQ Collection Inspection Resolved

September 30, 2013

We have received the letter from TCEQ regarding the recent inspection of the collection system. This letter indicates that all outstanding issues were resolved.

 

MUD Open House

September 30, 2013

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Open House! If you weren’t able attend, or if you would like the handouts in electronic format, please click below to learn more about:

The District Manager’s presentation

Why the Board rejected the Town’s proposal

How the MUD benefits the Town of Trophy Club

How to find us on Facebook and Twitter

An area rate comparison

Facts about your MUD

History of the Trophy Club MUD

Your MUD Board of Directors

Our Superior rating from TCEQ

Proposition 6 Overview (State Water Plan)

If you would like to view the video from this event or other meetings please visit the Agendas & Meetings page.

 

Citizens Advisory Committee Appointed
September 19, 2013

The Board of Directors appointed the Citizens Advisory Committee at the September 17 meeting. The committee will be reviewing the water and sewer rate study and the financial impact of consolidation with the Town. The first meeting date and time will be announced soon. Thank you and congratulations to the new committee members:

  • Mike Buck
  • Wallace Carlson
  • Jim Hase
  • Lawrence Hoover
  • Pete Reincke
  • Neil Twomey

TCEQ Exit Interview and Response

September 18, 2013

TCEQ recently conducted an inspection of the Collection system. Several items were noted and were fully addressed within one week. A letter from TCEQ should be forthcoming indicating that all items were resolved. Read the response letter and exit interview here.

You’re Invited to an Open House
September 13, 2013

The Board of Directors invites you to an Open House on Monday, September 30 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Trophy Club Municipal Utility District No. 1 Fire Station. There will be a presentation at 6:30 pm followed by questions and answers. Light refreshments will be served and there will be door prize drawings throughout the evening. Click here to view the invitation.

 

TCEQ Reissues Superior Public Water System Recognition

September 11, 2013

For over ten years Trophy Club Municipal Utility District has been designated a Superior Public Water System. Recently the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), successor to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC), reissued the Superior recognition.

As a Superior Public Water System:

  • The District’s physical facilities comply with all state requirements and are well maintained.
  • The District exceeds personnel requirements both in number of personnel and in the level of their certifications.
  • The District’s microbiological record for the previous 24 months shows no violations of the drinking water standards.
  • The quality of District water exceeds both primary and secondary drinking water standards.
  • District operations comply with state statutes and exceed minimum acceptable operating practices.
  • District capacities exceed minimum water system capacity requirements.
  • The District has sufficient wells and water pumps to provide average daily consumption with the largest well or pump out of service.
  • The District provides clean, safe water to our customers at one of the most economical rates in the region.

Click here to read the letter from TCEQ.

Click here to go to the District’s Drinking Water Watch page from TCEQ.

Letter to Our Customers
September 11, 2013

The Board of Directors recently sent a letter to District customers about the long-term contract for water and wastewater services for the PID. You can read the letter here.

 

Westlake Offer
August 29, 2013

A letter was hand-delivered to the Town of Westlake on August 29th in response to an offer letter the District received from them on August 20th.

The District’s response letter can be viewed here.

The Town of Westlake’s original correspondence can be viewed here.

 

Citizens Advisory Committee
August 29, 2013

Trophy Club Municipal Utility District No. 1 is forming a Citizens Advisory Committee to engage customer participation in the analysis and assessment of financial issues that will be considered by the Board of Directors and will directly impact District customers. The Committee will also provide feedback regarding particular policy initiatives that may affect the District. Initial tasks include:

  • Reviewing the results of a water and sewer rate study and making recommendations to the Board regarding possible rate structures.
  • Reviewing the financial and operational aspects of consolidation with the Town of Trophy Club and making recommendations to the Board.

To qualify for the Citizens Advisory Committee, applicants must receive water services from the District or be a registered voter of the District. The Board of Directors will accept applications from interested candidates until 12:00 pm on Monday, September 16, and will vote to appoint at least six members to the Committee at the September 17 meeting. Members will serve until all tasks are completed.

Applications may be submitted by mail or in person to the District at 100 Municipal Drive, Trophy Club, TX 76262, or emailed to info@tcmud.org. For more information please contact the District at (682) 831-4600.

 

Open Letter to Our Customers
August 28, 2013

The Board of Directors recently published an Open Letter to Trophy Club MUD No. 1 Customers and Trophy Club Citizens. We hope you can join us at an open house event on Monday, September 30 to talk with directors and staff and learn more about our operations. More details coming soon!

 

Water Intake Work August 19 Completed

August 19, 2013

Trophy Club Municipal Utility District appreciates your cooperation in conserving water during the intake shutoff today. Thanks to your efforts, all four storage tanks were full when the work began this morning and reserves have declined only slightly since. In order to increase the amount of water we can take in from our main supplier, contractors have successfully installed a new valve. This valve allows a higher rate of intake and reduces the amount of time it takes to refill the storage tanks.

During the next phase of the project a bypass will be installed to ensure emergency operations for the future. In the next few weeks there will be one additional water intake shutdown, but customers will be notified well in advance. This project is moving ahead of schedule and under budget, and allows the District to continue to provide clean, safe water to all our customers at one of the most economical rates in the region.

 

Fort Worth water rates may increase 5% (Star Telegram)

August 16, 2013

The Star Telegram reports that a typical Fort Worth resident may see a 5% increase in water rates. Trophy Club Municipal Utility District No. 1 purchases the majority of its water from the City of Fort Worth under a wholesale agreement.

 

Fort Worth water, sewer rates may be headed up in 2014 (Star Telegram)

August 13, 2013

According to an article in the Star Telegram, the Fort Worth Water Department is recommending an increase in water rates to retail and wholesale customers. The City of Fort Worth’s rate for raw water from the Tarrant Regional Water District is also expected to increase in 2014. Trophy Club Municipal Utility District No. 1 purchases the majority of its water from the City of Fort Worth.

 

Notice to Customers Regarding Water Intake Shutdown on August 19

August 5, 2013

To better serve our customers, Trophy Club Municipal Utility District No. 1 will be upgrading the main water intake. The upgrade will require disconnection from the main water supply coming from the City of Fort Worth for approximately six (6) hours. Work will begin at approximately 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 19, 2013. Customers will continue to receive water service from water stored in tanks and should not encounter any issues related to water service. However, because additional water cannot be received from the supplier to refill the tanks until the work is completed, water supply is very limited. Customers are asked to conserve water during this critical time. Please postpone pool filling, car washing, laundry, and other non-essential use until after the work is complete.

Outdoor watering is always prohibited on Mondays. Beginning at midnight on Monday, August 19th enforcement efforts will be increased. Violators will be immediately notified to turn off any outdoor watering system and are subject to additional enforcement action. The District will send a reminder to customers using the emergency notification system on August 16th, August 17th, and August 18th. To sign up to receive this notification via phone please subscribe to the Connect CTY service. To receive District emails please subscribe to our Email Delivery Service. Should weather or another event prevent the upgrade on August 19th, the alternate date is scheduled for Monday, August 26, 2013.

Trophy Club Municipal Utility District No. 1 apologizes for any inconvenience you may experience from this service interruption. Should you have any questions, please email us at info@tcmud.org or call the District

Town’s Government Consolidation Proposal Rejected By Board of Directors

June 19, 2013

At their meeting on Tuesday, June 18th, Trophy Club Municipal Utility District’s Board of Directors considered the Strategic Interlocal Agreement received from the Town of Trophy Club. The agreement was received late last month and proposed abolishing the District and consolidating water and sewer services under Town government. After careful consideration, the Directors voted to reject the agreement and continue to operate as a municipal utility district. Before the vote, Director Kevin Carr stated:

“The District will continue to provide services to its customers in the same quality and low cost manner they have grown accustomed to over the past 35 years. The District is committed to working with the Town to assist in meeting their needs, but not at the expense of District customers. The District will not enter into any agreements that increase cost to customers and decrease the level of service enjoyed by customers. The District will continue to take all steps necessary to satisfy TCEQ requirements.”

Director Carr then moved to reject the Town’s proposal and directed the District Manager, Jennifer McKnight, to notify the town of the District’s position. By a unanimous vote the motion was approved.

Click here to read the Notification Letter Provided to the Town.

Click here to read the Letter to Customers Regarding Consolidation Rejection.

 

Wastewater Improvements Presentation

June 19, 2013

Click here to view District Manager Jennifer McKnight’s presentation to the Board of Directors on Wastewater Improvements – How We Got Here and Where Do We Go Now.

 

Notice to Our Customers Regarding Administrative Penalty and Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements

May 28, 2013

Click here to read information from District Manager Jennifer McKnight regarding progress on the improvements to the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

 

Usage and Revenue Data from Solana, PID and MUD

May 2, 2013

At the April 16, 2013 meeting District Manager Jennifer McKnight presented information to the Board of Directors on Water Usage and Revenue from properties in the PID, Solana and MUD. Click here to learn more about the impact of these areas to tax and water rates.

 

Preliminary Engineering Report

April 19, 2013

The Wallace Group presented a Preliminary Engineering Report on the Wastewater Treatment Faciliy to the Board of Directors at the meeting on April 16, 2013. Click here to view Part 1 and Part 2 of the report regarding the proposed changes to the Wastewater Treatment Facility.

 

Governor Issues Proclamation Regarding Exceptional Drought

April 19, 2013

Governor Rick Perry has issued “A proclamation renewing the certification that exceptional drought conditions pose a threat of imminent disaster in a specified number of counties in the State of Texas.” Click here to view this proclamation.

 

New Water Management and Drought Contingency Plan

April 17, 2013

The Board of Directors passed the new Water Management and Drought Contingency plan at the April 16, 2013 meeting. Click here to view the document. The new plan is expected to go into effect on June 1, 2013.

 

Water Management and Drought Contingency Plan

April 4, 2013

The Board of Directors will consider an amended Water Management and Drought Contingency Plan at their meeting on April 16, 2013. To see a draft of the plan click here.

 

Storage Tank Analysis

February 19, 2013

District Manager Jennifer McKnight presented information and recommendations regarding water storage to the Trophy Club MUD No. 1 Board of Directors. Click here to view the presentation.

 

Governor Perry Again Renews Proclamation Extending Drought Emergency

February 2, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry has again renewed a proclamation extending drought emergency for specified counties due to the ongoing exceptional drought conditions across the state. The proclamation directs necessary resources be made available to aid response efforts and notes the ongoing strain on water resources.

Land Purchase Press Release

February 1, 2013

Trophy Club Municipal Utility District No. 1 recently purchased almost four acres of land in Trophy Club. The property is adjacent to the existing wastewater treatment plant at the far north end of Indian Creek Drive. The land purchase leads the way for expansion of the wastewater treatment plant. The District is currently conducting a preliminary engineering study to identify the most economical and efficient treatment methods to serve current and future customers. Once identified, the District will seek approval from the state regulatory agency, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and then immediately begin final design and construction.

The District is working to expand the plant to improve operations to meet new and lower discharge limits and to ensure available capacity to meet the rapid growth. Over the past four years Trophy Club has experienced tremendous growth, issuing an average of 241 new single family residential building permits per year. Trophy Club Municipal Utility District No. 1 provides water, wastewater, and fire services to the entire Town of Trophy Club and to the Solana area in Westlake.

2012 Audited Financial Statements

January 24, 2013

On January 15, 2013 the Trophy Club MUD No. 1 Board of Directors reviewed and approved the audited financial statements for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012. Certified Public Accountants LaFollette and Company PLLC conducted the audit. District Manager Jennifer McKnight submitted the report to TCEQ on January 24, 2013 in accordance with the annual filing requirements.

Click here to view the Audited financial statements for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012.

Good News Regarding Water Supplies

January 9, 2013

Trophy Club MUD No. 1 was informed this week that due to the recent rains and the resulting lower demand for water, the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) is no longer predicting Stage 1 drought conditions this month. Based on current forecasts, they are now anticipating that it will be mid- to late-February before water reserves drop below the Stage 1 levels. The winter temperatures and precipitation have helped to stabilize water reserves, but it will take some time to recover from last year’s warm, dry weather.

Trophy Club MUD No. 1 purchases most of its water from Fort Worth, which is part of the TRWD. Stage 1 drought conditions are triggered when water reserves drop below 75% of capacity. When Fort Worth implements Stage 1 drought measures, Trophy Club MUD No. 1 is obligated to follow.

Water Supplies Decreasing. Stay Informed!

January 2, 2013

The warm, dry weather last year means that water supplies have not recovered as they normally do in the fall months. 2012 is expected to be the warmest year on record for Texas and drought conditions in the area range from severe to extreme. According to the State Climatologist, the short-range forecast does not indicate an improvement.

Combined water reserves from our suppliers are declining and without significant rain they are expected to drop below critical levels by mid-January. Watch for further information in the near future regarding WATER RESTRICTIONS to be implemented this month.

In the meantime, please help conserve water by not overwatering your lawn. Once every TWO weeks is plenty in the winter and any rainfall we receive reduces the need to water.