NEWS & UPDATES
On Saturday, June 19th we held the Membership Gathering at the Seguin Power Plant. Without a doubt, the event exceeded our expectations (even on Father’s Day weekend). About 75 members attended and came away with a lot of important information about our plans, both immediate and long term. This written summary cannot fully detail what was presented, including the Q & A session, so we encourage you to listen to what was discussed by clicking on the YouTube link below AND SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. We will also post this video link on our FACEBOOK page, https://www.facebook.com/NolteDam, so please “Like” and Share it.
YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/XFPeTblLDIc
MLNDA’s plan continues to be LOCAL OWNERSHIP (versus GBRA maintaining ownership & operation, but not paying for the replacement/repairs).
We are very grateful to Seguin City Manager Steve Parker for facilitating communication with GBRA. GBRA has agreed to transfer ownership of Nolte Dam to a WATER CONTROL AND IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT (WCID), should the ML property owners vote to form it, but with two stipulations: (1) we can prove that the financial model is viable and (2) that the plan abides by all Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) regulations. We also agree that both of these items are necessary! Since this communication with GBRA has opened up, they have been very cooperative in providing all necessary information that we have requested.
While the Comprehensive Engineering Study will guide us as to what the actual costs will be, we have a level of confidence through preliminary engineering work already completed that it will be in the range of $6-8 Million. A number of unknown variables still exist that could impact cost (increase or decrease). In order to identify, understand and accurately obtain these “unknowns” we must proceed with the study. The Study is crucial and comprehensive – we don’t want any “surprises” after work begins.
Following completion of the study, MLNDA will then have an accurate capital improvement cost in order to move forward with developing a solution for financing. This will include an agreement with the city for an annual contribution, potential revenue streams from hydroelectricity and recreational development at Nolte Island, State and Federal funding through grants, and property taxes from the District. So, it is not just working out the variables from the engineering side, but also the financing side, to truly understand what the tax rate will be. MLNDA would not be moving forward if we didn’t think we had a solution that the large majority of property owners would support (all Board Directors are property owners themselves). As highlighted in the meeting, MLNDA is committed to providing the facts to membership, and it will be up to membership to decide if we move forward with forming a District. What MLNDA’s Board is asking is to let us work to provide the most accurate information possible in order for membership to make a proper decision.
What are the costs for this initial phase and WCID creation? We need $180,000 to get the point that we can return to membership with exact facts on the technical requirements and financial obligations that property owners would incur through taxes. This includes the following Professional Services:
$120,000 for the Comprehensive Engineering Study – MLNDA has been in continual communication with Freese & Nichols (FNI), which will be conducting the study. This is a very reasonable amount for the extensive information that we will receive.
$20,000 for the Property Survey – this will “set the boundaries” and detail exactly which properties will be included in the District.
$30,000 in legal efforts to establish the WCID. McGinnis Lochridge specializes in District formation and has been retained by MLNDA.
$10,000 to engage professional grant writing services to assist with accessing and applying for relevant state and federal funding with the potential to have a substantial impact on the final tax rate to the District.
How will we get the funding for the $180,000 “initial phase – pre WCID creation period”?
We are asking YOU, our members, for donations. As property owners it’s important that WE have “skin in the game”. This is the first time we have reached out to you for funds (other than your $50 membership fee that pays for Association operating expenses). Some of you have asked why we hadn’t had a major push for fundraising previously, but we didn’t want to do so until we had gotten “all of our ducks in a row”. Now is the time.
We will request monetary offerings from the City of Seguin and GBRA.
We will reach out to local businesses and others because the preservation of Meadow Lake is crucial to health and economy of our community (e.g. Realtors, Banks, Manufacturers, Principal Gift Givers, etc.)
How much of a donation is expected from members for their contributions?
No amount is required. A suggested “guideline” is in the area of $300 for every $100,000 in property value. For example, a property valued at $400,000 would equal a $1,200 donation ($300 x 4). If every single property owner on Meadow were to participate in this donation effort, we would immediately raise the $180,000 required to move forward.
We know that some of you may not be able to donate this much, while others will have the capability of offering a higher amount.
You can send your donations to our Treasurer, Roxanne Henricksen 40 E Hampton Dr, Seguin 78155. For further info: email@example.com. PayPal/Credit Card payment is also available through our website, www.mlnda.org
A professional brochure outlining details on WHY TO INVEST IN SEGUIN AND SAVE MEADOW LAKE will be sent to you in the next update (coming very soon). We encourage you to use this when reaching out to others in the community.
WE ARE CONFIDENT IN OUR PLANS, but we cannot do anything further without the Engineering Study and District Formation so this local lake community can proudly own Nolte Dam.
Immediate: raise the $180,000 to cover this initial phase
If funded, move forward immediately with the Engineering Study and initial steps to establish the District
September 18, 2021: Annual Membership Meeting - we will present all info received. No further outlay of funds will be made without your approval, so it’s crucial that you attend this meeting! The venue has changed since our last update – we will meet at the GBRA Annex (more info to follow).
November 2021: WCID - District Creation through petition
May 2022: Election - at this time voters registered in the District will vote
Following a “FOR” vote, work on the Dam begins, and we are confident all will be completed by May 2023!!!
As you can see, things are moving swiftly. If we delay, then our timetable for preserving Meadow Lake is unknown; if we move forward now, then we are in control of our own destiny.
PLEASE HELP US MEET THIS TIMELINE AND PRESERVE OUR PRECIOUS MEADOW LAKE
TALK WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS & FRIENDS IN THE COMMUNITY – ENCOURAGE THEIR SUPPORT
Membership & Communications Committee
The Board has been diligently working on all fronts and is happy to report that we are on the cusp of realizing plans for the rehabilitation of Nolte Dam! Highlights of this work include:
May 4th – MLNDA had a very productive meeting with Freese and Nichols engineering firm (FNI) and the City of Seguin. Several issues need to be addressed before a well-defined scope of work is developed. We will continue to work closely with FNI in the upcoming weeks to resolve all of these issues before moving forward with the Comprehensive Engineering Study.
May 10th – The MLNDA Board met via ZOOM
The Board has reached out to other experts to assist us in the formation of the new Water Control & Improvement District (WCID), including legal and financial advisors. We are happy to report that Zachariah Evans of McGinnis Lochridge has been retained for legal counsel, and MLNDA is working closely with Samco Capital for financial consulting.
The Board is developing a detailed schedule/timeline for completing all activities required to allow for the creation of a WCID, with the goal of a bond election vote in May 2022. This timeline will be shared with members as we develop an overall plan and identify key milestones.
There will be a need for fundraising to pay for the engineering study and other legal/financial expenses. Members will be updated soon regarding this effort.
We urge you all to be educated on the Zebra Mussel infestation that is occurring on Lake Placid. Texas Parks and Wildlife signs explaining the dangers of zebra mussels have been posted at the different boat ramp locations around Meadow Lake. We need to be diligent so a similar situation doesn’t endanger our lake.
Annual Membership Meeting is Sat., Sept. 18th from 10 – 12 at a location TBD - PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Thank you all for your patience and support…the Board is very excited about where we are right now. We will continue to send frequent, written updates to members with more complete details as we move along in the process.
Please recruit new members if you know of others who would be interested in joining us to PRESERVE MEADOW LAKE.
Membership & Communications Committee
Invasive zebra mussels have devastating economic, recreational and environmental impacts. Because of this, state regulations require draining of water from boats and onboard receptacles when leaving or approaching public fresh waters. Please follow the recommendations from Texas Parks & Wildlife to protect Meadow Lake and the other lakes in Texas from invasive zebra mussels. More information can be found at
MLNDA Membership, Communications and Information Committee
First we want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. 2020 has been difficult for many reasons. While COVID has certainly become center stage, please know that the MLNDA Board has continued to work as best as we can on our situation.
In November the Membership Committee conducted an Outreach Drive, with emails and snail mails, encouraging new and renewal memberships. We are happy to report we now have 98 Household Members (with 165 Individual Members, since some couples pay for 2 memberships). If you know of any of your neighbors who would like to join our effort, please let us know.
We email updates to paid members detailing the steps we are taking to save Nolte Dam and Meadow lake based on the particular situation of our lake. We thank you all for your patience this year, especially knowing that the larger lakes have moved forward with their WCIDs. Please remember that they are larger and wealthier, thereby offering them options that we cannot afford.
We hope to offer you some positive reports in the next couple of months as we navigate the ‘waters’ with GBRA. In the meantime, we wish you a healthy and happy 2021, as we hopefully face some better times.
MLNDA Membership, Communications and Information Committee
The Board and various committees have been meeting regularly to work on efforts to preserve Meadow Lake. We have been in continual communication with the Seguin City Manager, who is coordinating with us to set up a new meeting with GBRA. As you already know, the three larger lakes are already on a path with GBRA to replace their gates using a solution that is completely out of our financial means, since we are not only a much smaller group of property owners, but also our valuations are much lower.
We have now written a “Roadmap” specifically tailored to our own situation to present to GBRA and are in the process of trying to set up the meeting, with the support of the City of Seguin. Members will be the ‘first to know’ as to the result of this effort…hopefully very soon.
If you haven’t yet sent in your dues, we ask that you please do so – there’s strength in numbers. Please go to the Contact/Payments page of this website for information on renewing by check, Venmo, PayPal or credit card.
The Board of Directors met for their regularly scheduled monthly meetings on Sept. 16th and Oct. 14th. A couple of action items were voted on that we want to inform you about:
1. Resolution - This was read at the Annual Membership Meeting on Sept 5th and voted on unanimously by the Board on Sept. 16th.
2. Bylaws changes - These were unanimously voted on at the Oct 14th Board meeting:
Mandatory requirement to inform membership of any bylaw changes
Clarified the forums in which the Board can meet (i.e, Zoom)
Clarified 1/3 of directors to be elected annually by membership
Other minor changes helping to clarify requirements within bylaws
The Resolution and Revised ByLaws can be found in the links below:
Our Annual Membership Meeting this morning was well attended, in spite of competing with COVID and the holiday weekend. We thank the City of Seguin for allowing special dispensation for us to gather and we thank attendees for complying with all requirements. Also, thank you to those government officials and candidates who attended – Representative John Kuempel ; Seguin Mayoral candidates Donna Dodgen and Francisco Herrera; and city council district 6 candidates Monica Carter, Wanda Rosales and Ricardo Sanchez. We appreciate you all taking time out from your busy schedules to hear MLNDA and the community’s concerns and our plan for preserving Nolte Dam for the Seguin community. Meadow Lake is an important part of Seguin and Guadalupe County, economically, ecologically and recreationally, and MLNDA is working hard to save this valuable resource.
For those of you who were unable to attend, we invite you to renew your membership and encourage new people to join us as well. WE NEED YOU! And if you are a property owner, you will want to have a voice in our plans to save Meadow Lake. A member application can be downloaded from here:
Please fill it out and send dues to:
Roxanne Henricksen, Treasurer
40 Hampton E
Seguin, TX 78155
Thank you for your support!
We have recently received many questions and emails regarding what we are doing to save our dam and lake. Most of these questions are coming after the news that GBRA and the other Hydro Lakes have settled their lawsuit. As you all know and realize, Meadow Lake has only 111 people that have property which touches this lake, whereas McQueeney has 600, Placid has 300 and Dunlap has 514. There is quite a difference, not only in numbers but in mean market value as well. Some of our folks can't stand to pay another $1 on their taxes, and we are cognizant of this. But just to let you know, we have not given up working on a solution and have been working hard on different action plans. Several of the board members met with our County Judge and County Commissioner last week, and next week we are meeting with several city officials in trying to come up with a game plan.
The Sutter lawsuit is still continuing on behalf of all the lakes. Those property plaintiff property owners, including some MLNDA members, are receiving continual legal updates. As MLNDA itself isn't part of the lawsuit, we can't impart info regarding it's status.
Our MLNDA President, Jacy, is working hard, and he too has not given up. He has met with engineers, dam builders and the list goes on and on. We are in a difficult situation on Meadow Lake, but we plan to keep our MLNDA members better informed in the coming months. All of this takes lots of time and sometimes it takes weeks for people to get back to us. MLNDA has a hardworking Board and we are proud of the work we’ve done so far. Some of the Board Member terms are up so we will need you to step up and join us.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Also, we need you to come to our annual meeting on September 5. We need your help in figuring out what you want to do to save the lake. Our MLNDA secretary, Sydney, will be sending out reminders, but the meeting is 10:00 a.m. at Starcke Park East, right on our river, in that huge covered pavilion. Bring a chair so we can social distance. Please wear those mandated masks too.
The regularly scheduled monthly board meeting of MLNDA took place on Wednesday, May 13 via Zoom. All board members were in attendance except for M. Terry, who had a previous engagement.
The board acknowledged with great sadness on the loss of board member, Karen Anderson in April. T. Bays mentioned that some of the folks that know Karen would like to give a memorial to MLNDA in her memory.
The following is a brief summary of the meeting. A detailed report will be emailed to the membership later.
Secretary, S. Burton, gave an update on our membership. We have 143 current members, with 118 household members.
A treasurer’s report was given to the board by R. Henricksen. Ms. Henricksen gave us an update that our Liability insurance is finalized and went into effect on February 18. She also stated that the tax return and audit requirements were filed as required.
T. Bays gave us an update on the proposed river cleanup project we had originally scheduled for April. A new date is on hold until further requirements and guidelines for COVID-19 are known.
J.Robbins, MLNDA President, gave an update on the Technical Committee on Dam Construction and on the Financing Committee. Detailed information will be emailed to our MLNDA membership soon.
As a point of information, M. Jones discussed some problems with the river signs that GBRA placed along Meadow Lake. The signs float and move and can be misleading. Additionally, some people are not following the guidelines that were set in place.
We discussed the meeting date for our yearly meeting, which will be held at the Seguin Public Library again, on September 5 at 10:00 AM. J. Hudson will oversee finalizing the date and time with the Library.
The next regularly held monthly board meeting will be held on June 10, either by Zoom or at First United Bank, depending on the COVID-19 situation.
The Guadalupe County Appraisal District released a study on lakefront property values which looked at the market value changes for the lakefront land and improved properties located along the Guadalupe River in Guadalupe County over the next four years. The full study can be found at www.guadalupead.org under the press release tab as well as in the link below. There is also an article on SeguinToday.com about this study which can be found here.
We had a great turnout for our first social event sponsored by the Texas Power Plant. A big thank you to the Power Plant for hosting this event. We plan to have our next social event sometime in January. We apologize for the poor acoustics, but the weather didn't cooperate with our plans to have it more privately on the covered patio area.
Since forming and having our first membership meeting back in August, the board, officers and committees have worked to research, gather information, and meet with city and county officials, state officials, GBRA, bond investors, attorneys, other lake associations, engineering consultants, lobbyists, newspapers, radio representatives and others. Oftentimes one door would close only to have another open with the plan constantly fluid and changing almost daily. From all of this a long term strategy has been developed which was summarized at the last social event and which is recapped briefly below.
Potential funding sources have been identified, and we will be proposing and working with both GBRA and the Texas State Legislature to further progress. The Texas Senate has recently been charged with studying a number of topics before the 2021 legislative session. The charges are an indication of the Lieutenant Governor’s priorities and those of the Texas Senate. Included is a commitment to “river authority infrastructure” by promoting infrastructure stability and maintaining the usability of these bodies of water. This is a great sign that the state is looking to save our lakes. Additionally, a number of grants have been identified, with a few being available to apply for immediately, and other applications beginning next year. While it is not likely the grants will cover the full cost of the project, the grants could provide funding to significantly progress the detailed engineering and other aspects.
We are also progressing by bringing on board an engineering consultant that will represent the best interest of our organization. The engineering consultant scope will include a design review for identifying and developing a strategy for complete dam rehabilitation that will bring all components of the dam, not just the spill gates, into regulatory compliance. From this report, an independent review of the projected cost will be developed. Understanding what to correctly budget for plays a critical role in evaluating the funding required and what funding sources are needed.
Our goal is to have the first major round of donations from members and our community to support the most critical objectives identified to date, namely:
• Lobbyists – support efforts with funding through Texas Legislature
• Grants – professional support in grant writing and applications
• Engineering Consultant – independent dam evaluation and development of projected costs
We expect to have the cost for the above confirmed within a month’s time and will be sharing those costs with membership and asking for donations at that time. Thanks again for your support and we will provide further updates as progress is achieved.
2019 Interim Legislative Charges - November 15, 2019
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has released 116 interim charges to the Texas Senate. Included are charges for the Natural Resources and Economic Development Committee and Water and Rural Affairs Committee which have been charged with “river authority infrastructure.” The description below is extracted from the charges document as a charge for the aforementioned committees:
Examine the roles and responsibilities of river authorities in maintaining their managed assets including, but not limited to, dams. Evaluate the impact on the economy, water supply, and flood control due to deferred maintenance. Make recommendations to promote infrastructure stability and maintain the usability of these bodies of water.
This is a great sign that the state is looking to support financially in saving the lakes.