NEWS AND UPDATES

Sugar Mill Road/Drainage Update
As you might have noticed, the construction crews are working hard to bring the upgrades to our community. Here is the latest news. From the City of Sugar Land – Timeline Update of the construction schedule for 7th Street: Phase I – Drainage Improvements at the City-owned park and 7th Street reconstruction (from the Park to West Green Belt) – Completed 7th Street segment (in front of the Middle School) - Completed on August 14, 2019 Park drainage, sidewalks and parking lot – Completed on October 2, 2019 Phase IIA – Drainage Improvements and 7th Street Reconstruction (West bound from West Green Belt to Woodlake Circle) October 2019 to January 2020 Phase II B – 7th Street Reconstruction (East bound from Woodlake Circle to West Green Belt) January 2020 to May 2020 Phase III A – Drainage Improvements and Muirwood Lane Reconstruction (North bound from 7th Street to cul-de-sac) November 2019 to February 2020. Phase III B – Muirwood Lane Reconstruction (South bound from 7th street to cul-de-sac) March 2020 – May 2020 One lane of 7th street will be always open to traffic during the duration of the project, but traffic will be only eastbound. When working on the eastbound lane (adjacent to the home driveways), the contractor will install temporary access to driveways, and no more than 5 driveways will be restricted from access at the same time, not exceeding 1 week. The affected residents will be able to park their cars in the segment of the road closed to traffic not far from their homes. Simultaneously with the work on 7th Street, the contractor will be completing the water line replacement from Wood St. to the Park and from West Green Circle to Eldridge Rd. (The segment in front of the Middle School was already replaced during Phase I of the project).



Traffic Update – Railroad Crossing Closure at Eldridge Rescheduled
The railroad crossing at US 90 and Eldridge is scheduled for complete closure on Wednesday, October 9 at 6 a.m. through October 10 at 5 a.m. Union Pacific Railroad (UPR) will be doing maintenance work on the crossing. Motorists are asked to seek alternate routes or follow traffic control plan as traffic will not be allowed over the crossing. Residents are asked to be mindful of work crews, expect traffic delays, and when possible, avoid the area to prevent traffic congestion. Visit its.sugarlandtx.gov for more information on Sugar Land travel time data.


Fall Road Construction in Sugar Mill
Thanks to Martha Adkison for passing this information along. Our contact with the city, Jorge Alba has been doing a great job of answering our questions and keeping us up to date with the road construction in Sugar Mill. So now we are experiencing the construction phase on the westbound lane of 7th Street. We are going to be living with some disruption, dust, dirt and mud for the next several weeks, with the anticipation of better drainage and a nice new street. One thing I would like to ask of all drivers. Please obey the signs that indicate the road westbound is closed, with a do not enter sign and an arrow telling you to turn right at the road closure. And some good advice for those who might ignore it, you just might find a friendly police officer at the other end of the road closure waiting for your arrival. Seriously, those one way signs are put up for our safety. With that said, here is an update on the road construction. Phase I – Drainage Improvements at the City-owned park and 7th Street reconstruction (from the Park to West Green Belt) – Completed 7th Street segment (in front of the Middle School) - Completed on August 14, 2019 Park drainage, sidewalks and parking lot – Completed on October 2, 2019 Phase IIA – Drainage Improvements and 7th Street Reconstruction (West bound from West Green Belt to Woodlake Circle) October 2019 to January 2020 Phase II B – 7th Street Reconstruction (East bund from Woodlake Circle to Wes Green Belt) January 2020 to May 2020 Phase III A – Drainage Improvements and Muirwood Lane Reconstruction (North bound from 7th Street to cul-de-sac) November 2019 to February 2020. Phase III B – Muirwood Lane Reconstruction (South bound from 7th street to cul-de-sac) March 2020 – May 2020 One lane of 7th street will be always open to traffic during the duration of the project, but traffic will be only eastbound. When working on the eastbound lane (adjacent to the home driveways), the contractor will install temporary access to driveways, and no more than 5 driveways will be restricted from access at the same time, not exceeding 1 week. The affected residents will be able to park their cars in the segment of the road closed to traffic not far from their homes. Simultaneously with the work on 7th Street, the contractor will be completing the water line replacement from Wood St. to the Park and from West Green Circle to Eldridge Rd. (The segment in front of the Middle School was already replaced during Phase I of the project).


Sugar Mill Road Construction Update
Some folks might be wondering when road construction will resume in Sugar Mill. The city has provided us with this update. I am including contact names just in case you have any questions or comments. Drive safely, and obey the road signs as we look forward to the road and drainage upgrades in Sugar Mill. Dear Sugar Mill Residents Sugar Land, Texas Re: CIP No. DR-1801 Covington Woods Drainage Improvements at Sugar Mill Relief Line & Seven Street Reconstruction Dear Resident: WadeCon LLC continues working on the drainage improvements, street reconstruction and water line rehabilitation along 7th Street between the City-owned Park and Bournewood Drive. Phase I of the project (in front of the Sugar Land Middle School has been completed) and WadeCon LLC. is ready to initiate Phase II of the project from West Green Belt Dr. to Bournewood Dr. on September 30, 2019. To complete the work at the intersection of 7th Street and West Green Belt Dr., it will be necessary to close this intersection from Monday September 30 to Friday October 18, 2019. During this period, all traffic along Green Belt Dr., Sugar Plum Circle, Palm Grove Circle and Wood Bridge Circle needs to enter and leave the neighborhood via Bournewood Drive. Please call with any questions or concerns. Jorge L. Alba Project Manager (281) 275-2275 jalba@sugarlandtx.gov Geoff Cummings Construction Inspector (281) 615-1811 gcummings@sugarlandtx.gov Thank you for your patience and cooperation. We look forward for the successful completion of this important neighborhood drainage improvements project.


Final Weekend of the Pool Season for Sugar Mill
The water is a little cooler but lots of families are still taking advantage of a splash at our Lake Center Pool. Remember, this will be the final weekend of the season for the Sugar Mill Pools. This Saturday and Sunday head to the Lake Center Pool, as the 7th Street Pool is already closed for the season. Saturday hours are 10 AM-9 PM. Sunday hours are 12 Noon-8 PM. Thanks to our friends at Trident for helping us hold onto summer a little bit longer. And thank you for making this an incredible Sugar Mill pool season.


Sugar Land Citizen Task Force on Mobility Needs. Are you Interested?
Citizens are being asked to help identify the framework for future mobility needs. The city of Sugar Land is accepting applications for a Mobility Master Plan Citizen Task Force. The citizen-led task force of at least 18 members is intended to build on years of mobility planning and investments. Members will be selected to ensure diverse mobility interests are represented such as drivers, cyclists, walkers, transit users, seniors, parents of school children, people with disabilities, major employers and local businesses. Part of the process will be to combine three existing mobility plans – the master thoroughfare plan, pedestrian and bicycle master plan and comprehensive mobility plan. Residents continue to identify mobility as the city’s top priority. The city’s most recent Citizen Satisfaction Survey again stressed the need for continued mobility improvements. The goal is to create a new consolidated mobility plan that combines all modes of transportation and provides high-level strategic guidance for mobility. This consolidation effort will improve implementation and document clear policy guidance across all modes of transportation in one plan. It will also create a separate planning process to address neighborhood and corridor specific issues that are difficult to address during a city-wide planning effort. The process is expected to result in multiple areas and corridor plans to address specific solutions and projects based on policy guidance established in the Mobility Master Plan. “We are changing our approach to addressing mobility issues by shifting our focus from moving vehicles to moving people,” said City Engineer Jessie Li. “Superior mobility includes multiple modes of transportation that provide residents, visitors and tourists with options. It’s an initiative that’s consistent with the Sugar Land Way, a commitment to bold and thoughtful thinking designed to make life sweeter and more refined for the people and businesses that call Sugar Land home. These continued investments in mobility are consistent with the needs and expectations of our community.” The work of the task force is expected to begin in March 2020 with monthly meetings scheduled during a three-year period. Applications will be accepted from Sept. 20 through Oct. 18. Two information sessions will be held at the Sugar Land Regional Airport, 12888-B Highway 6 South, on Oct. 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Those interested may apply at www.sugarlandtx.gov/MobilityTaskForce.


Traffic Update - Planned Railroad Crossing Closure at US 90 and Eldridge
The City of Sugar Land shared this important traffic info that will close this busy intersection. Please read carefully and adjust your travel plans. The railroad crossing at US 90 and Eldridge is scheduled for complete closure on Wednesday, starting September 18 at 6:00 a.m. through September 19 at 5:00 am. Union Pacific Railroad (UPR) will be doing maintenance work on the crossing. Motorists are asked to seek alternate routes or follow traffic control plan as traffic will not be allowed over the crossing. Visit its.sugarlandtx.gov for more information on Sugar Land travel time data.


Sugar Mill Extended Pool Dates
So, is it hot enough for you? As we wrap up the 2019 pool season, we have extended the opportunity to grab some cool in the pool. Just so you know, the 7th Street pool will be open through 9/14 and 9/15. The Lake Center pool will now be open weekends through 9/29/2019. Saturday hours are 10 AM-9 PM. Sunday hours are 12 Noon-8 PM. Once again, the 7th Street pool will be closing after the 15th and the Lake Center pool will be closing after the 29th. Thanks to our friends at Trident for helping us hold onto summer a little bit longer. And thank you for making this an incredible Sugar Mill pool season.


Message from Environmental & Neighborhood Services
The City of Sugar Land Environmental & Neighborhood Services was provided information through our local Agrilife Extension office. Water quality maintenance practices at the dog park follow Agrilife recommendations for maintaining conditions that are not conducive to blue-green algae.   Additionally, Parks staff has confirmed there is no visual evidence of the algae in the dog park pond.

More Information: 
Blue-green algae is naturally occurring and exists in waterbodies around the world. There are hundreds of species, and some produce toxins when hot and dry weather conditions create stagnant waterbodies. When this occurs, blue-green algae can begin to duplicate and exhaust the available nutrient supply. The release of toxins in certain species is a way of eliminating competition for nutrients. Testing is limited and can only determine if toxins are present at a specific point in time. Test results are not indicative of previous water conditions or future changes in conditions.

We can help limit algae blooms by reducing the amount of nutrients within stormwater runoff. Contributing factors include fertilizers, yard and pet waste and many soaps.  Be sure not to over apply fertilizers, and never apply right before a rainstorm. Collect yard and pet waste to prevent it from entering the storm drain and when possible, use a commercial carwash to keep your vehicle clean.

Pet Owners should be aware of this toxin and know how to identify bodies of water that are unsafe. Blue-green algae is known to cause poisoning in dogs, cats, livestock and wildlife. The swimming pond at the Sugar Land Pawm Springs Dog Park is replenished weekly with clean water and algal treatments in order to maintain water quality. Pet owners should stay informed and report any concerns to 311. 

Things to Look For:
Most likely to occur in bodies of fresh water when the weather is warm (over 75 degrees) and sunny
Bluish-green scum (may also resemble pea-green paint or slime on the surface)
Small, irregular, round or egg-shaped clumps of dark green or dark blueish green algae floating at the surface
Dead minnows, fish or other wildlife near or in the water

For images of blue-green algae and more information on identification please visit https://aquaplant.tamu.edu/plant-identification/category-algae/


We Need To Talk--
Code Inspector Gilbert Cipriano from the City of Sugar Land called regarding rodents ( rats, possums, mice etc) in our neighborhood ,according to a few of our neighbors. He wanted to share this information with the community so that the rodent issue can possibly be taken care of or limited . According to Mr. Cipriano, animals will come to a property for one of three reasons: food, water or shelter. The residents needs to eliminate these from their yard. For example – trimming tree branches 12 feet from the roof line, picking up all fallen fruit if there are fruit trees, not feeding pets outside and leaving food in bowls, not allowing outside shelters with gaps under decks, sheds, appliances, junk piles, old fences and walls. Keeping the property, including alleys and yards, clean and trash-free. He stated that there is a product called Natures Defense Organic Animal Repellent. You may have to order it online. It is a granule that is put down and then needs to be re-applied after it rains or 2 weeks after it is first applied. Sometimes it may take more than one application around the perimeter of the yard. Again, just a heads up. Sugar Mill HOA.