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Four New Township Board Members take Oath of Office, Dr. Ann Snyder elected Chairman

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The Woodlands Township Board of Directors held a Regular Board Meeting on November 30, 2022 at 6 p.m. at the office of The Woodlands Township. A large turnout of residents filled the public meeting space, including numerous public officials and community leaders.

Watch the video of the meeting and view the agenda and presentations on The Woodlands Township website at https://woodlandstx.new.swagit.com/videos/190349.

In the public comment portion of the meeting, residents shared thanks to outgoing board members for their service and welcoming messages to the new board members.

The four outgoing directors were recognized and honored with proclamations, on behalf of Community Leadership Appreciation Day on November 30, for their efforts including Jason Nelson, John A. Brown, Bruce Rieser, and Gordy Bunch.

The four newly elected Directors of The Woodlands Township, including Brad Bailey, Linda Nelson, Richard Franks, and Kyle Watson, took an Oath of Office led by Commissioner James Noack.

Photo by Jennfer Bruse / Hello Woodlands; Commissioner James Noack swears in newly elected Directors (left to right): Richard Franks, Kyle Watson, Linda Nelson, and Brad Bailey.

The Election of Officers for the Board of Directors for The Woodlands Township was then conducted. Nominations were accepted before the vote and the following representatives and positions were elected: Dr. Ann Snyder – Chairman, Kyle Watson – Vice Chairman, Linda Nelson – Secretary, and Richard Franks – Treasurer.

After taking the Chairman seat in the center of the Board, Dr. Ann Snyder shared her thanks to her fellow directors, mentors, community and her husband for their support and being elected Chairman of the Board of Directors.

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Reports from the Village Association representatives were received.

  • Alden Bridge: 1100 residents attended the ABVA Fall Festival and $700 from vendors were added to the Scholarship fund; Residents volunteered at 3R Bazaar and will volunteer at The Woodlands Flea Market; Next meeting will be held on January 10 (2nd Tuesday each month)
  • Cochran’s Crossing: CCVA is currently accepting online nominations for Holiday Lighting contest (until 12/7); Residents have concerns about widening of Research Forest Dr and shared thanks to Commissioner Noack addressing concerns; Next meeting will be held on January 24
  • College Park: CPVA Fall Festival was a success; Lighting contest winner will be announced on 12/14; College Park is the smallest and dissected Village; Next meeting will be held on January 23 or the 3rd Monday of the month
  • Grogan’s Mill: Encouraged residents to visit Farmer’s Market to shop local with 60+ vendors every Saturday; Residents volunteered at 3R Bazaar; hosted a Cleanup event on 11/15 in the Shopping Center – picked up and audited trash; Concerns in shopping center vacancies and maintenance; Next meeting January 16 or the 3rd Monday of the month
  • No representatives made an appearance from Creekside Park, Indian Springs, Panther Creek, and Sterling Ridge
  • On behalf of all Villages, it was announced The Woodlands Flea Market will be held on Saturday, December 3 at the Town Center Parking Garage.

Interviews for candidates for appointments to the Development Standards Committee were conducted openly, each candidate giving a speech and members of the Board took the opportunity to ask questions to each candidate and about the DSC. Candidates are running for two positions and three candidates appeared at the meeting in front of the Board. It was then explained by legal counsel Bret Strong that the Township Board has no power over the DRC, with exception of the appointment of the DRC, and compared the DRC as the “supreme court” of covenants and governance.

The newly elected Directors of The Woodlands Township were then appointed to The Woodlands Township Economic Development Zone (EDZ) Board of Directors, since the Township Board and EDZ Board are made up of the same members. Next, it was noted that Township Board Committee appointments would be made at the December meeting.

Presentations for The Woodlands Township Financial Report, highlighting Sales Tax and Hotel Tax revenue, and The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation were made. A public hearing will be held in January (or in Q1 2023) regarding the proposed fee changes at the Rob Fleming Recreation Center.

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In the 2022 Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment, the Board approved previously projects in the community including amenities in Capstone Park (Cochran’s Crossing) and Sundance Park (Alden Bridge). The Board voted and approved the proposal from the Public Restrooms Company which includes the project and construction cost of the public restrooms, having an estimated project total of $604,018 or $302,009 per restroom. The Board then approved and awarded a bid for pool chemicals and approved to reject bids received and rebid for reforestation services, tree stock, and tree installation.

The Board recessed to Executive Session to discuss matters, as noted in the agenda, relating to real property, deliberation of economic development negotiations, personnel matters, IT network or critical infrastructure security, and to consult with The Woodlands Township’s attorney.

Once the Board reconvened in public session, Director Dr. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs made a board announcement reminding that on Thursday, December 1 there will be a Regional Transportation Plan Public Meeting will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Magnolia Event Center located at 11659 FM 1488 in Magnolia. The meeting will discuss 2425 regional transportation plan which will include the widening of Research Forest. For more information, visit h-gac.com.

The next The Woodlands Township Board of Directors meeting will be held on December 7, 2022.

Following the regular Township Board Meeting, the Economic Development Zone Board of Directors held a Special Board Meeting. A financial report was presented for the EDZ, including data on Sales Tax. As of September 2022, the EDZ owes The Woodlands Township $4.9 million, which was noted has decreased through the years.

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