MINUTES

REGION H WATER PLANNING GROUP MEETING

10:00 A.M.

FEBRUARY 3, 1999

CITY HALL, CONROE, TEXAS

 

MEMBERS PRESENT: James Adams, Chairman, Frederick Perrenot, Roosevelt Alexander, John Bartos, Robert Bruner, Mark Evans, Robert Hebert, Jack Harris, David Jenkins, Carolyn Johnson, Tom Manison, James Morrison, James Murray, Ron Neighbors, Tom Ray, Ernest Rebuck, Michael Sullivan, Steve Tyler, Danny Vance, Harold Wallace.

Sterling Cornelius is present as non-voting member.

ALTERNATES: Jimmie Schindewolf for Robert Eckels, Alan Rendl for Jack Searcy, Ed Feith for Carolyn Schmidt, and Jace Houston for William Teer.

PRESIDING:

James Adams, Chairman

APPROVE MINUTES OF JANUARY 6, 1999 MEETING:

Motioned by Judge Mark Evans. Seconded by Roosevelt Alexander. Motion carried.

DISCUSS LIABILITY INSURANCE AND ACT AS NECESSARY:

Motioned to accept insurance policy and pay premium by Judge Jack Harris. Seconded by David Jenkins. Motion carried.

BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION FROM LEGISLATIVE TRACKING SUBCOMMITTEE:

Report by Judge Mark Evans. Discussion followed regarding priority of water rights, interbasin transfers, and transfers within the same regional water planning areas.

Additional issues were discussed relating to matters regarding the operation of regional planning groups.

UPDATE ON GRANT AND ENGINEERING CONTRACT:

The approved Brown & Root contract was delivered to Chairman Adams.

A discussion was held regarding the proposed resolution to express the groupís concerns on the time schedule for completion of the regional water plan. One area of concern was the potential impact on the public participation component of the plan.

Judge Mark Evans motioned to approve the resolution. Seconded by John Bartos. Motion carried.

Brown and Root made a presentation on the first set of tasks and schedule of work.

Potential locations and number of public meetings to be held was discussed.

Motioned by Michael Sullivan to schedule four meetings. Seconded by Roosevelt Alexander. Motion carried.

Consultant noted that Texas Water Development Board has successfully used questionnaires preceding public meetings to elicit issues and concerns. Meetings will consist of presentations by consultants.

PRESENTATION BY DANNY VANCE, TRINITY RIVER AUTHORITY:

Presentation provided regarding the past, and present operations of the Trinity River Authority, including comments regarding potential future plans.

GENERAL DISCUSSION:

Updated address list was provided, including a request for corrections.

There was a general discussion regarding documentation required by consultants for billing purposes.

Letter received from Groveton regarding solicitation of funds. Groveton located within both Regions H and I.

TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD COMMUNICATIONS:

Water for Texas newsletter was distributed.

PUBLIC COMMENT:

None.

NEXT MEETING:

March 3, 1999

10:00 a.m.

Conroe City Hall, 6th Floor

Conroe, Texas

ADJOURN:

Motioned by David Jenkins. Seconded by Judge Mark Evans. Motion carried.