News From the Grogan's Mill
Application for 2018 GMVA Scholarship Available
The application for the 2018 GMVA Scholarship is available for download on the GMVA Website. Instructions for the scholarship are included in the application.
Applications are due April 15, 2017.
Each year, the Grogan's Mill Village Association, serving on behalf of the residents of the community, raises funds for and awards several $1,000 scholarships to outstanding local students pursuing higher education. This scholarship is intended to recognize and encourage a spirit of community involvement and good citizenship among students residing in the village.
Scholarships are open to all graduating high school and current college students who are residents of Grogan's Mill at the time of application. Applicants must also be in good standing at their school at the time of application. Applicants may attend either a two or four-year college or vocational school.
SELECTION CRITERIA: Scholarships will be awarded based on your application with emphasis on the following criteria:
A strong sense of community involvement and good citizenship.
Extra Curricular or other activities and accomplishments.
Counselor and academic administration recommendations.
GMVA Annual Meeting
During the GMVA Annual Meeting on Monday, March 19, 2018, the board nominated, voted, and elected the following executive committee:
Marie Brannen - President
Edmund Chapman - Vice President
Bob Leilich - Treasurer
Emily Hoppel - Secretary
New GMVA Board Members
The GMVA has gained four new board members: Alana Ashley, Emily Hoppel, Curt Hammock and Steve Potlock. Click their picture to learn more about them
Community Contributor Award
The GMVA Board of Directors awarded Marie & Randy Brannen a Community Contributor Award. In recognition of their contribution and commitment to the Grogan’s Mill Community and to their family, the Grogan’s Mill Village Association honored them with a certificate and plaque along with a contribution to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in their name.
If you would like to nominate a Grogan's Mill Village resident who has made an impact on the community, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with their name and the reason you are nominating them.
The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch invites you to participate in the Village Challenge for Hands-Only CPR training. The Villages with the top three percentages of residents trained will receive a donation for their scholarship fund from our program sponsors. Every participant over the age of 10 counts.
Free drop-in training opportunities will be offered at each of The Woodlands Fire Stations. Each training session lasts only about 20 minutes. There are four sessions still available:
April 7 10:00 – noon Station 4 7900 Bay Branch Drive
April 7 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Station 2 9303 Gosling Road
April 14 10:00 – noon Station 8 11800 Gosling Road
April 14 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Station 5 10100 Branch Crossing Drive
Additional Training Events: Any business or organization interested in hosting a training event at their location should contact The Woodland’s Township Neighborhood Watch at 281-210-3800 or at email@example.com
These events will be scheduled based on the availability of staff and equipment.
What is a MUD?
Mark your calendars for the MUD elections in May.
MUD elections will be held on May 5, 2018, with early voting the week before. Voting takes place as the WJPA offices at 2455 Lake Robbins Drive The Woodlands, TX 77380.
A Municipal Utility District (MUD) is one of several types of special districts that function as independent, limited governments. The purpose of a MUD is to provide a developer an alternate way to finance infrastructure, such as water, sewer, drainage, and road facilities. Managed by a Board elected by property owners within the MUD, a MUD may issue bonds to reimburse a developer for authorized improvements and the MUD will utilize property tax revenues and user fees received from water and sewer services operated by the MUD to repay the debt. As the MUD pays off its debt, more of its tax revenue can be directed to other services. Originally, MUDs were very limited in what they were allowed to finance and what services they could provide. Over time, MUDs began taking on more responsibilities and providing enhanced services for their residents such as parks and recreation, deed restriction enforcement, and solid waste service. MUDs rely on the County to provide police and road maintenance services and Emergency Service Districts (ESDs) for providing fire protection. Currently within The Woodlands, there are 10 MUDs (including Creekside).
A MUD can be created by either (1) adoption of a district creation bill by the Texas Legislature or (2) by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) following a petition and consent process described in the Texas Water Code.
Each MUD in The Woodlands is responsible for the maintenance of water and sewer service lines to residences and businesses and the maintenance of stormwater drainage ditches, excluding those maintained by the County (along roads) and the SJRA (main drainage channels). MUDs have the authority to regulate sewer rates and taxes and issue bonds (up to authorized amounts approved by taxpayers). Each MUD has five elected directors who serve four-year terms on a two-year staggered basis. Each MUD elects a trustee which, together, establish and oversee a uniform policy for all MUDs. The Woodlands Joint Powers Agency, whose 30 employees perform the physical and administrative work for each MUD, are managed by and report to MUD directors and trustees. MUD Boards and Trustee's typically meet monthly, directors are paid a fee of $150 a meeting.
For additional information check out www.wjpa.org.
Thank you to everyone that came out and volunteered to help clean up our community. Your time and effort are very much appreciated. It is people like you that help make our community such an amazing place to live.
Maine-ly Sandwiches is so excited to finally be in The Woodlands!
Maine-ly is a family-owned and operated business that serves authentic, Maine Style, Italian sandwiches and lobster rolls from the shores of Maine, right here in Houston! Our menu has a great variety of items, from our homemade whoopie pies to our crab and lobster rolls, we are sure to have something that will satisfy every taste! We make our authentic lobster rolls exactly like you'd find in Maine, with fresh steamed lobster tossed in a little mayo and served on a warm, butter-toasted roll. If you're looking for something different, try some of our delicious "New England" style fried clams with a side of fries, or one of our other 15 different sandwiches.
Maine-ly Sandwiches also offers catering so you can bring the authentic taste of Maine to your next business meeting or family gathering! Maine-ly Sandwiches is your ticket to the best of New England cuisine, prepared with the freshest and finest ingredients. Good...is an understatement!
Smarter About Water Seminar
Saturday, May 12, 2018
This Smarter About Water Seminar will offer "nuts and bolts" training on soil improvements for water conservation, creating functional as well as beautiful landscapes, best irrigation choices and ways to monitor your success in attracting beneficial wildlife and pollinators. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited and registration required (link below). Contact Teri MacArthur at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or call 281-210-3800.
The GMVA hosts The Woodlands Farmer's Market in Randall's Parking lot EVERY Saturday, rain or shine from 8a-12p. Be sure to come out to support local vendors and ensure the GMVA can continue these traditions!! If you want to know what to expect each weekend, sign up on our website for our weekly newsletter.