NEWS AND UPDATES

Sugar Mill 052320 Pool Statement
Many of you have asked about our 2020 Sugar Mill pool season.  We are as anxious as you are to get things rolling, but as we begin the summer pool season,  we have been in many meetings to clearly define how this might happen from the safest standpoint, and  we are finding more questions than answers.

As of today, May 23rd, 2020, your Sugar Mill pools will not be opening as we had hoped for the Memorial Day weekend.  Well beyond the logistics of social distancing, the biggest issues center around proper training of our lifeguards and regulating facility operations to maintain a healthy environment for our residents.  Playing it safe is not always the most popular option, but at this date we have chosen to do so.

The Sugar Mill Board continues to work closely with our pool company and our association attorney regarding the mandated compliance and changes that will need to be made before the pools can be open.  There are numerous factors we must consider and numerous new rules and compliance changes that our HOA will have to consider and abide by.

The Board met with our attorney on Thursday May 21st, 2020.  During that meeting we came to a consensus that the pools will remain closed.  With that said, we will continue to update our Sugar Mill residents on a regular basis. Look for those communications to go out on our various social media platforms.  We are treating the continued threat of this virus very seriously.  As always, if you have any questions or comments, please do so through our Sugar Mill resident portal, or by calling 866-473-2573 and speak with Maria Leal. 

Guidance on parks and recreational areas under partial reopening of Texas, May 1, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott announced a partial reopening of Texas, effective today Friday, May 1.

Regarding Parks and Recreational Facilities, the City of Sugar Land’s parks and trails will remain open. Playgrounds, pavilions and basketball courts will remain closed as well as pools and splash pads.

Amenities that will reopen are: tennis courts, with the rule of no more than four people playing on the court at one time; and park benches not located near pavilions.

While the City of Sugar Land and Fort Bend County cannot require neighborhoods to close sections of your parks, we strongly encourage you to close playgrounds, restrooms, pavilions, outdoor fitness equipment, basketball courts, dog parks and drinking fountains.

Walking, jogging and non-contact sports are allowed in the parks.

For questions or concerns about the City’s response to the Governor’s orders, please contact 311:

Dial 3-1-1- or 281-275-2900
Email: 311@sugarlandtx.gov
Access Online: https://www.sugarlandtx.gov/1298/Report-a-Concern (COVID-19 Regulation Question)
Access by Mobile App: Download MySL on Google Play or Apple AppStore (COVID-19 Regulation Question)

For the most up-to-date information on the Coronavirus/COVID-19 from the City of Sugar Land, please visit: https://www.sugarlandtx.gov/1905/2019-Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19-Informat


CoVid19 Trash/Recycling Update
Hopefully you are staying safe and adjusting to our new way of life. A couple of things to note. First, if you did put out materials for pick up on our heavy trash day for April, please note they will not be picked up. Many of you have already removed those items, but some remain. Please remove those items from your curb. Second, as we are in the season of cleaning up our yards, please make sure that any green waste is kept off the curb until the day of pickup. Finally, we have an update from Republic Services on how they are taking care of our trash/recycling at this time. Take a moment to read their response to CoVid19 and let's make sure we all work together to keep our neighborhood looking great. Here is the press release from Republic. Solid Waste and Recycling With the constantly changing COVID-19 situation, the City wants to ensure residents have the most up to date information regarding our solid waste program. City staff remain in constant communication with our service providers to ensure that all collection services are restored as quickly as possible. For the time being, residents receiving collection from Republic Services should follow the guidelines provided below. Residents should continue to place their garbage and recycling carts out for collection according to their normal schedules. For the safety of the employees collecting the material, we ask that everyone continue to follow cart collection guidelines and not place loose garbage or bags outside the carts. During this time, Republic Services will be collecting garbage and recycling together. This modification allows for equipment and resources to be reallocated to address the increased volume of garbage being generated due to the Stay Home to Save Lives Order passed by Fort Bend County Judge K.P. George. This also ensures that household garbage collection continues throughout this unprecedented event. Residents looking for an option to continue recycling their material during this time should visit our Drop-Off Center webpage for information on available resources. Green waste material will continue to be collected according to normal schedules. Textile collections, provided by Simple Recycling, have been temporarily suspended state-wide. This suspension applies to all Sugar Land residents. Bulk waste collection has been temporarily suspended. This is another modification being made to ensure that household garbage collection continues throughout this event. Residents that have already scheduled HHW collections through April 23rd will have their items picked-up; however, no new collections are being scheduled at this time. Please do not place HHW items in your garbage cart for collection, as this is a common cause of truck fires and potential contamination. The City maintained drop-off center for tires and used cooking oil collection is still open to the public during normal business hours.


Sugar Mill Annual Meeting Postponed
Our world is facing some difficult challenges at this time.  Here in Sugar Mill we are all doing our best to maintain the safety and health of our families and neighbors.  By practicing social distancing, not making unnecessary trips to stores and businesses, and just using common sense, we can each help in the fight against this virus.  You may not have heard but our annual meeting was cancelled.  At this time we have not established a new date for the meeting, but we will update you as soon as we can realistically make that determination.  We have also postponed the issuance of pool tags for the new year, and again, when it makes sense to do this, we will let you know.  Our world has been disrupted.  Although it's a challenge, we remain strong in faith.  Don't hesitate to reach out if you need help.


mportant Update From RealManage to Residents Regarding Response To COVID-19
Please click here to read an important update from RealManage to residents regarding response to COVID-19.


Update from Mayor Joe Zimmerman
​Watch at this link http://bit.ly/3cQ86Wy for a COVID-19 update from Mayor Joe Zimmerman.

To protect the public and help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the greater Houston region, the city of Sugar Land has declared a disaster declaration that follows guidelines issued by Fort Bend County and actions taken by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. 

The following community mitigation initiatives take effect immediately and will extend through March 27, at which time the restrictions will be reevaluated.   

•        Any event of more than 250 people sponsored or permitted by the city of Sugar Land will cease.
       -This includes The Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land.
       -This also includes Constellation Field.
.       Municipal Court appearances, trials and arraignments are canceled. All cases will be reset.
·        The T.E. Harman Center is closed due to its members being at greater risk.

      -Other gatherings of seniors or other people at higher risk of severe illness should be canceled or postponed.  Those at higher risk include people 60 and older, people with underlying health conditions (e.g. heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, mellitus, cancer, hypertension, etc.), people who have weakened immune systems and pregnant women.
·        Washing hands and cleaning surfaces remains important, so the city of Sugar Land will not discontinue water service for anyone through March 27; however, outstanding bills will not be waived.
•        Any event greater than 250 people held at private facilities are urged to cancel but should make those determinations within their organizations and with staff of those facilities.
·        Events under 250 people should be considered for postponement.
•        Nursing homes and senior living centers should limit visitation of the public within their facilities.
·        Employers should take steps to make it more feasible for their employees to work in ways that minimize close contact with large numbers of people. Maximize telecommuting options and consider staggering start and end times.
·        Senior living facilities, assisted living facilities, and other facilities with populations at higher risk for COVID-19 should limit interactions with the general public. This includes reducing large gatherings, limiting programs with external staff, consider having residents stay inside, limiting visitors and screening people entering the facility.
·        Faith-based organizations and communities should implement social distancing measures such as reducing activities like group congregation and religious services, especially for organizations who are at increased risk.

The International Art and Kite Festival is scheduled for after March 27, but it has been canceled.

The Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department is managing the local response. The city continues to work closely with the health department and Sugar Land’s local health authority and meet on a daily basis to ensure city leaders have all the facts and make decisions based on advice from health experts. At this time, the health department says the threat in Sugar Land and Fort Bend County remains low, so the city remains open for normal business; however, non-essential meetings and activities are being curtailed.

For accurate and reliable information, please be sure to visit the following resources. They are the authoritative sources of information.

•   Texas Department of Health and Human Services
https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
•   Fort Bend Health and Human Services
https://www.fbchealth.org/ncov 
•   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus


Michelle Riesmersma Resignation Letter to Homeowners

December 11, 2019

Dear friends of the Sugar Mill Community Association,

It is with regret that I am writing to inform you of my decision to resign my position as the board president of the Sugar Mill Community Association.

My other commitments have become too great for me to be able to fulfill the requirements of my position on the board, and I feel it is best for me to make room for someone else with the time and energy to devote to the job. So as of today, December 11, 2019, I officially place this resignation in your care.

It has been a pleasure serving alongside of each of you. I am so proud of all we have accomplished in the past year and a half and I have learned so much, the past 3 years while serving on the board of directors. I have no doubt the board will continue being successful while working for the betterment of the community.

As always, I am still your neighbor and friend and my assistance to help will always be available, especially during the time it will take to fill the position. Please don’t ever hesitate to ask, because you know I will be here to help you through.

I will provide an “action list” and will deliver all property to Maria Leal with RealMange, by Friday, December 13, 2019. 

I would ask that you please post my resignation clearly for the community of Sugar Mill to see, for I wish for full disclosure of my actions today. 

With most sincerest regards,
Michelle M. Riemersma
Former Sugar Mill Community Association, Board President
Please click here for the letter in PDF format.


7th Street – Project Updates Muirwood Lane – Partial Closing
Partial closure of the northbound lane of Muirwood (around the area of 7th Street) will take place on November 18 through February 20, 2020. During this time, all homes will have access to their driveways until work begins in front of their driveway, (approx. 5 driveways at a time). For 2 weeks, the residents of these 5 homes will be unable to access their driveways/garages, but they will be allowed to park down the street in the section that is not under construction. By the end of the 2nd week the portion of the street will be completed and driveway access will be restored. We appreciate residents' patience and cooperation.  In addition, we request 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. Check out the 

CIP Story map for more information about this project.

Project: Covington Woods Drainage Improvements - Sugar Land MS/Sugar Mill Relief Line (DR1801)
Project Manager: Jorge Alba (281) 275-2275
Engineering Department: (281) 275-2780


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).


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.


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.


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.