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The Woodlands Texas - Township recognizes employee achievements reviews Parks projects and more 20 May 2022 ( news )
The Woodlands , state Texas ( By Press Release office)
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THE WOODLANDS , TEXAS ( May 20 , 2022 ) – At its regular meeting on Thursday , May 19 , 2022 , The Woodlands Township Board of Directors discussed a Harper’s Landing pedestrian pathway connector , allocated funding for turf fields at Falconwing Park , and lent support to proposed improvements to Bear Branch Dam . Additionally , the Board recognized several Township employees and departments for recent accomplishments .
On the regular agenda , the Board heard a presentation about plans to construct a pathway connecting Harper’s Landing to the existing pathway system in The Woodlands . Township Parks and Recreation is working with Jones|Carter on the plan which requires collaboration between the Township , county agencies , TX - DOT , railroad companies , business owners and private individuals . The proposed cost of the project is $377 , 375 with a projected completion date of 2025 . The Board approved moving forward with Phase 2 which consists of coordination with various partner agencies involved , final schematic package and environmental analysis , with a more defined timeline to come in 2023 for Phase 3 .
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The Board also received a presentation regarding proposed plans to convert fields at Falconwing Park to artificial turf . The potential installation of turf would extend the availability of playing time for the fields , in addition to substantial savings in maintenance cost and water . Earlier this year , the Township Board accepted the plan for a major renovation of Falconwing Park and requested that staff return with a proposal for artificial turf fields in place of the grass fields that were originally proposed . Parks and Recreation indicated that there is support for a change to artificial turf based on user feedback and high demand for the fields by recreational groups and sports leagues . The Board approved the addition of all - weather turf to the Falconwing Park renovation project and allocated funding for the project which has a proposed cost of $1 . 446 million .
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The Board heard a presentation regarding a letter of support to Rep . Dan Crenshaw for a San Jacinto River Authority and Woodlands Water Agency application seeking federal appropriations for Bear Branch Dam improvements . The Board voted to extend their support to the project .
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The Board also appointed Director Dr . Ann K . Snyder to The Woodlands Road Utility District No . 1 Board of Directors . The role was previously filled by Director Bob Milner .
During Board discussion on the Administrative reports for Law Enforcement and Community Policing , which were taken on the regular agenda instead of the consent agenda , the Board indicated their desire to receive regular updates from law enforcement regarding drug overdoses in The Woodlands .
The Board also designated the Director of Finance as an authorized signer on the Township’s bank and investment accounts . This followed discussion with President / CEO Monique Sharp regarding the Township’s current policies which provide a system of checks and balances that has resulted in pristine audit reports consistently for the Township .
Other reports and business included administrative reports for Community Services , Transportation ( Park and Ride and Trolley System ) , and The Woodlands Fire Department , along with an award of bid for security guard services for Park and Ride facilities , an amendment to streetscape maintenance services with Brightview , and the purchase for replacement of Firefighter Bailout Systems . The Board also approved the minutes of the April 21 , 2022 , Regular Meeting and the April 27 , 2022 , Regular Meeting .
As part of the President / CEO’s report , the Board honored members of The Woodlands Fire Department who recently attained Urban Search and Rescue certifications from Texas A&M: Lt . Chris Mitcham , Driver/Operator Gerard van der Werff , Driver/Operator Chris Evans , Firefighter Kevin Wiens and Firefighter Triston Whitehead . Only 225 individuals hold this certification in the nation and nine of those are firefighters with The Woodlands Fire Department .
The Board also recognized the Township Environmental Services team for recently winning the 2022 Outstanding Public Education and Outreach Award by Keep Texas Beautiful for The Township’s Recycle Right program . The program , launched in 2020 , has reduced contamination of curbside recyclables by 30 percent ( 24 . 5 percent in 2019 to 17 . 2 percent in 2021 ) .
Members of the public addressed the Board at the beginning of the meeting . The Woodlands Township Board Meetings may be attended in person , watched live online or viewed later via recording at
www . thewoodlandstownship - tx . gov/meetingvideos
. The agenda and attachments may be viewed at
https://www . thewoodlandstownship - tx . gov/991/Agendas - Minutes - and - More
PHOTOS: The Woodlands Township Board of Directors recognized members of The Woodlands Fire Department who obtained their Urban Search and Rescue Certification . From left , The Woodlands Fire Chief Palmer Buck , Director Jason J . Nelson , Secretary Dr . Shelley Sekula - Gibbs , Firefighter Triston Whitehead , Driver/Operator Gerard van der Werff , Driver/Operator Chris Evans , Vice Chairman Bruce Rieser , Director Dr . Ann K . Snyder and Director John Anthony Brown .
The Woodlands Township Board of Directors recognized Township Environmental Services for winning the 2022 Outstanding Public Education and Outreach Award by Keep Texas Beautiful . From left , Director Jason J . Nelson , Secretary Dr . Shelley Sekula - Gibbs , Vice Chairman Bruce Rieser , Environmental Services Manager John Geiger , Environmental Education Specialist Zoe Killian , Waste Management Public Sector Solutions Manager Terry Woodson , Director Dr . Ann K . Snyder and Director John Anthony Brown .
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