Donated flood recovery supplies including water, canned goods, bug spray and more will be available for pick up at Simonton City Hall Saturday, July 2 from 8:00 am to noon.
Please take notice that repair, remodel, or construction without a permit can cause all area residents to lose ability to purchase flood insurance.
We want to make you aware that the City of Simonton will require a NO FEE Flood Damage Permit prior to any repair work. The application documents are included here. A permit will be required and by working without this permit you could be found in violation of Building Ordinance Sec. 8-21. Enforcement and penalty for violation of article Sec. 1-14 (1) – General penalty (1) Violations of municipal ordinances that govern fire, safety, zoning, public health and sanitation, other than the dumping of Each day violation shall constitute a separate offense.
Simonton Ordinances can be found on the City website: Simonton Ordinance
City Inspectors from Richmond, TX are here starting tomorrow (06/27/2016) to help with the inspections in Simonton. They are authorized to be here and will be wearing shirts identifying who they are. They are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Two locations in Fulshear, TX have supplies that you can pick up as needed; including water, bleach, trash bags, disaster relief boxes, and toiletries.
MAS Solutions is located at 29810 FM 1093 Suite C. Fulshear, TX 77471
Phone number- 281-494-4874
Texas Insurance Agency is located at 30417 5th St. Suite A. Flushear, TX 77471
Phone number- 281-533-9067
WATER WELL TEST UPDATE – this will be the last week for 3 day pickups at Fulshear City Hall for water testing…
Effective June 29, 2016, we will discontinue the three day a week Water Well Sample Courier Service and go to only to a one a day a week (Wednesdays only) schedule.
The one a day a week service will be discontinued at the Fulshear location July 27thh (the last Wednesday in July).
In times of great amounts of rainfall along the Brazos River basin, the Brazos River seems to take on a life of its own.
Because the Brazos is predictably unpredictable, the Brazos River Authority, along with the USGS, operates gauges at strategic locations on the Brazos River that we can use to anticipate the rates of flow as well as the volume of water that may be headed toward Simonton.
Using the USGS Gauges, Simonton residents can monitor the river on their own and take any actions that they feel are appropriate to ensure the safety of their family. Link to the Brazos River Authority Website: Gauges that you can monitor:
- All Gagues (Simonton is within the Lower Brazos River Basin)
- San Felipe
NEW: Fort Bend County has a great mapping tool called the “Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map”.
Mixed Well Water Testing Results
The City of Simonton has been notified that some well water tests are showing mixed results. The City has determined that it would be beneficial to begin tracking the residential properties that have shown mixed test results from testing their water well. Please fill out the form below to report your results. Mixed results include well tests that began negative and now have changed to positive readings. This information will help the City assist residents.
For residents that have treated and continue to have positive results, the following list are suggestions:
- Check the type of bleach. Some bleach does not have enough sodium hypochlorite (unscented chlorine laundry bleach containing 5 to 6% sodium hypochlorite). Not all bleaches will work.
- Do not use bleach that is scented or odorless—it should have a sharp chlorine odor.
- Use a bleach that has a NSF seal or says “meets NSF Standard 60” on the label.
- Are you using enough bleach to disinfect? The safewell (002) document has a chart and please refer to the “Post Flood” amounts to use. This is considered as “Shocking “ the water to effectively treat.
- Are you allowing enough “contact time” for the bleach to sit in the well and “shock” or treat? The bleach should sit for at least 24 hours or longer if so needed. If the bleach is at the correct strength, it must have time to make contact with the bacteria to be effective.
- It may take 4 or 5 good “shocks” for a water well to respond. So, you should keep treating until the sample confirms a negative result.
If you continue to have mixed testing results or struggling to get a negative result, we suggest hiring a licensed well service provider to evaluate the system.
Steps in Flood Damage Permitting
Building Permit Process:
NOTICE: DO NOT BEGIN CONSTRUCTION OR DEMOLITION OF YOUR BUILDING BEFORE YOU ARE PERMITTED BY THE CITY. THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE INITIAL DEBRIS REMOVAL FROM YOUR RESIDENTIAL BUILDING. IF YOU NEED CLARIFICATION CALL CITY HALL AT 281-533-9809.
The Simonton Building Permit Office is open Monday-Thursday 7:30am-5:00pm and Friday 7:30am-12noon. A notary is on staff Tuesday-Thursday 7:30am-5:00pm and Friday 7:30pm-12noon. City of Fulshear has a notary available to notarize the owner and contractor affidavit Monday 8am-5pm.
Please fill out the Flood damage permit RW
Please fill out the Contractor Registration Form RW REV.2016.6.5
Please fill out the Owner affidavit flood damage permit RW
Please fill out the Contractor affidavit flood damage permit RW
(the owner on the contractor affidavit is the contractor signature)
Email the forms to email@example.com
After the removal of the debris fill out the Flood Damage Permit Application. There is no charge to the resident for this form. The City contracted Inspector Michelle Killebrew to preform one inspection on the building before the rebuilding process. All Contractors need to register with the City before beginning construction.
IMPORTANT UPDATE CONCERNING REBUILDS ASSOCIATED WITH THE MAY 2016 FLOOD EVENT:
As we move through the steps of recovery as dictated by FEMA guidelines, it is necessary and critical that ALL residents and contractors MUST follow these steps:
- ALL residents MUST submit Owner’s Affidavit: Substantial Improvement or Repair of Substantial Damage. This document MUST be notarized.
- ALL residents regardless of whether they have flood insurance, or performing the rebuild process themselves or use a contractor, MUST submit a City of Simonton Application for Flood Damage Permit. NOTE: There is no charge to the resident. The resident/contractor MUST INCLUDE THE COST OF THE PROJECT.
Items to be Included:
- All structural elements, including:
- Spread or continuous foundation footings and pilings
- Monolithic or other types of concrete slabs
- Bearing walls, tie beams and trusses
- Joists, beams, subflooring, framing
- Floors and ceilings
- Attached decks and porches
- Interior partition walls
- Exterior wall finishes (brick, stucco, siding) including painting and moldings
- Windows and doors
- Re-shingling or retiling a roof
- All interior finishing elements, including:
- Tiling, linoleum, stone, or carpet over subflooring
- Bathroom tiling and fixtures
- Wall finishes (drywall, painting, stucco, plaster, paneling, marble, etc.)
- Kitchen, utility and bathroom cabinets
- Built-in bookcases, cabinets, and furniture
- All utility and service equipment, including:
- HVAC equipment
- Plumbing and electrical services
- Light fixtures and ceiling fans
- Security systems
- Built-in kitchen appliances
- Central vacuum systems
- Water filtration, conditioning, or re circulation systems
- Cost to demolish storm-damaged building components (a.k.a.Remediation)
- Labor and other costs associated with moving or altering undamaged building components to accommodate improvements or additions
- Overhead and profits
- The value of all volunteer labor including the homeowner must be included in the costs.
- The value of all donated or discounted materials must be included in the costs.
Items to be Excluded:
- Plans and specifications
- Survey costs
- Permit fees
- Post-storm debris removal and clean up – (Debris brought to road)
- Carpeting and recarpeting installed over finished flooring such as wood or tiling
- Plug in appliances such as washing machines, dryers, stoves, etc.
- Outside improvements, including:
- Yard lights
- Swimming pools
- Screened pool enclosures
- Detached structures (including garages, sheds and gazebos)
- Landscape irrigation systems
This Permit Application is for repair of residential type structures where the repair is less than 51% of the total valuation of the structure as listed by Ft. Bend County Appraisal District. The City contracted Inspector Michelle Killebrew to perform one inspection on the building before the rebuilding process.
- ALL contractors MUST submit a Contractor Registration Form.
- ALL contractors MUST submit a Contractor’s Affidavit: Substantial Improvement or Repair of Substantial Damage. This document MUST be notarized.
If the Flood Damage Permit Application is denied or the building needs to be improved structurally or rebuilt entirely, the resident will be notified by the inspector. If this situation exists, the resident will need to fill out additional permits and fees will apply.
HELPFUL WEBSITES TO REFERENCE:
Step Two (if applicable) :
If the Flood Damage permit application is denied or the building needs to be improved structurally or rebuilt entirely, you will be notified by building Inspector Michelle Killebrew. At this point you will need to fill out the following building permit and flood plain permit applications. There is a fee associated with the residential and flood permit applications. The fee varies depending on the structures valuation.
Please fill out the Residential Permit Application RW 2
Please fill out the flood plain permit adopted 20141021