Here is the rough timeline that MLNDA president Jacy presented in the Zoom webinar on June 4, 2022:
Engineering Study, Nov 2021 - On-Going
In November 2021, the Seguin City Council unanimously approved a resolution to partner with MLNDA to execute the engineering study for the repair and rehabilitation of Nolte Dam. MLNDA has fully funded the study. We received the results of the first phase of the study in late May 2022. The second phase of the study investigating the operations methodology is on-going.
MOU with GBRA, Dec 2021
In December 2021, GBRA Board of Directors authorized the development of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Meadow Lake Nolte Dam Association (MLNDA). Per GBRA, "The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority Board of Directors authorized the negotiation and execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between GBRA and the Meadow Lake Nolte Dam Association (MLNDA) on December 15, 2021. The purpose of the MOU is to indicate both parties intentions to continue discussions regarding the long-term sustainability of Meadow Lake. Continuing discussions may include additional engineering studies of Nolte Dam, the establishment of a Water Control and Improvement District (WCID) and the possible transfer of ownership." The entire MOU can be found here:
Loan Application to TWDB - April 2022
A Project Information Form (PIF) for initial application to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) for the Clean Water Revolving Fund was submitted and accepted by the TWDB for inclusion into Fiscal Year 2023’s Intended Use Plan. This will allow a WCID we set up to potentially obtain a low interest loan.
Property Survey, March - June 2022
In March, we began the survey process with HMT Surveying to map the lakefront property boundaries. This is a step necessary for the formation of a WCID and was completed at the end of June.
Zoom Webinar Update - June 2022
MLNDA President Jacy Robbins presented a comprehensive update on the progress of the Nolte Dam rehabilitation and answered questions. Please see the Meetings/Events tab to watch the webinar.
Internal Vote to Create WCID - June 2022
MLNDA members voted online on whether to move forward with WCID Creation. The results were as follows:
Yes - I think MLNDA should begin the steps to create the WCID: 161 votes (99.4%)
No - I do not think MLNDA should begin the steps to create the WCID: 1 vote (0.6%)
Yes - I think MLNDA should begin the steps to create the WCID wins with 99.4% of the vote. Votes tallied: 162.0
WCID District Creation through Petition - July 2022
We needed the notarized signatures of at least 50 property owners. We obtained 133 signatures and were able to to file the petition with the County on July 17.
WCID Creation Approved by Guadalupe County Commissioner's Court - August 22
On August 16, 2022, we received approval for the creation of the Meadow Lake WCID #1. The temporary Meadow Lake WCID #1 Board of Directors will have their first meeting at the GBRA annex building on August 19th at 2pm to call for the election. The WCID Board Agenda posting can be found here:
WCID Proposition A,B (& possibly C) Vote - Nov 2022
Propositions on the ballot:
• Proposition A: WCID Creation
• Proposition B: O&M Tax
• Proposition C: Sinking & Interest Tax Rate (Debt)
Propositions A&B must be approved by voters registered in Guadalupe at the same election to create the WCID. However, Proposition C can be approved together with A&B or approved at a subsequent election. MLNDA may recommend we wait on Proposition C (the WCID rate) until the Spring 2023 election. This would be on the ballot for property owners (designated by the survey) who are voters registered in Guadalupe County.
Each lake community has to develop the solution that is right for them. Meadow Lake faces unique challenges that other, more developed lakes do not. That’s why we needed to develop an approach that was realistic and actionable, including looking for ways to value-engineer a cost-effective solution. We won’t fully know costs until we complete this critical study, but we believe our approach will result in a solution that we can afford.
Our updated fundraising costs are as follows (crossed through amounts are currently being used):
What are the costs for this initial phase and WCID creation? We need 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:
$125,000 for the Comprehensive Engineering Study – MLNDA has been in continual communication with Freese & Nichols (FNI), is conducting the engineering study as well as Sorenson Engineering to develop the operational methodology. This is a very reasonable amount for the extensive information that we will receive.
$25,000 for the Property Survey – this will “set the boundaries” and detail exactly which properties will be included in the District.
$10,000 in loan application support.
$25,000 for an Economic Impact Study that would clearly show the city/county the estimated loss in revenue if Meadow Lake is permanently drained.
$20,000 legal cost of GBRA negotiations (based on cost to other lakes creating WCIDs).
How will we get the funding for the $215,000 “initial phase – WCID creation period”?
We are asking our members, for donations. As property owners it’s important that WE have “skin in the game”.
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 $215,000 required to keep moving 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.
Donations are tax-deductible as MLNDA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
You can send your donations to our Treasurer, Roxanne Henricksen 40 E Hampton Dr, Seguin 78155. Checks should be made out to "MLNDA". For further info: firstname.lastname@example.org. PayPal/Credit Card payment is also available through this website using the link below.