Assembling a disaster supply kit is one of the easiest things that can be done before a disaster occurs and is something that is good for not only hurricanes, but also severe rain or winter storms as well as earthquakes and other natural disasters. There are plenty of kit checklists and even pre-assembled kits available for purchase; however, your kit should be tailored to meet the specific needs for your family. For information on assembling a disaster supply kit, please visit http://floodriskonthebend.com/2018/05/08/assemble-disaster-supplies-may-8th/.
TIRE DRIVE!! GET RID OF OLD TIRES THAT HARBOR MOSQUITOS!!
Please click the link below for the May 5 tire drive hosted by the Fort Bend County Department of Health and Human Services.
Residents can deliver a total of 8 tires, however, only a maximum of 2 of the 8 tires may be agriculture tires.
Contact Public Health Emergency Preparedness (http://www.fbchealth.org/contact-us/) for any questions regarding the tire drive.
CRISIS COUNSELING AVAILABLE TO AREA RESIDENTS
Click link below for flyer regarding services available to our residents. Crisis counseling funded by FEMA.
Fort Bend Recovers is hosting a holiday party for you and your family Thursday, December 14th 7-8:30pm at the Irene Stern Community Center in Fulshear.
To see more details, click here !!
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Working without a Permit
It has been brought to the city’s attention, that some residents may be repairing their flood damaged homes without proper permitting.
Please note, if FEMA were to perform an audit (which is possible because of the frequency of flooding in recent years),and it is found that any home in the flood plain was not permitted to repair, the entire city could lose the ability to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Meaning no resident could secure flood insurance.
IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR FLOOD DAMAGE REPAIR PERMIT APPLICATION AND RECEIVED A LETTER FROM JONES AND CARTER STATING THAT YOU ARE NOT SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED, YOUR PERMIT IS AT CITY HALL, AWAITING PICK UP. YOU OR YOUR CONTRACTOR MAY PICK UP THE PERMIT DURING REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS (8a-12p, 1p-5p MON-THURS and 8a-12p FRI).
CITY HALL IS CLOSED 12-1PM FOR LUNCH DURING THE WEEK.
PLEASE POST YOUR PERMIT WHERE IT CAN BE SEEN FROM THE STREET. The city has inspectors in the area daily, and if the permit is not in plain sight, a STOP WORK ORDER may be issued.
Please click the above link to see the entire Notice of Application from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Important requirements regarding New Residential buildings in Simonton:
Elevation of structure:
For residential structures, the lowest floor (including basement) must be elevated to 116 feet above mean sea level (which is two feet above the base flood elevation) as determined by the flood insurance rate maps (FIRM) or 24” above the nearest road surface, whichever is higher.
Permittee will inform the administrator when construction of lowest floor is completed. Permittee must submit elevation certificate from a registered professional engineer, architect, or land surveyor to the administrator within seven (7) calendar days of completion of the lowest floor, verifying the specified elevation.
Fully enclosed areas below the lowest floor that are usable solely for parking of vehicles, building access, or storage in an area other than a basement and which are subject to flooding shall be designed to automatically equalize hydrostatic flood forces on exterior walls by allowing for the entry and exit of flood waters. A minimum of two (2) openings having a total net area of not less than one (1) square foot of enclosed area subject to flooding shall be provided. The bottom of all openings shall be no higher than one (1) foot above grade.
DID YOU KNOW???
NO FILL DIRT IS ALLOWED IN THE CITY LIMITS WITHOUT PROPER PERMITTING FROM OUR FLOOD PLAIN ADMINISTRATOR. WE REQUIRE A CERTIFIED ENGINEER TO PROVIDE A “NO RISE” CERTIFICATE TO VERIFY THAT ANY GRADING AND/OR ADDITION OF DIRT WILL NOT ADVERSELY AFFECT ADJACENT PROPERTIES.
ARTICLE IV. – FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION
Sec. 8-125. – Establishment of development permit.
A floodplain development permit shall be required to ensure conformance with the provisions of this article. It shall be unlawful for any person to commence new construction, substantial improvements, or another development within an area of special flood hazard within the jurisdiction of the city without having first received a development permit therefore issued in accordance with this article, to ensure conformance with the provisions of this article.*
Development means any manmade change to improved and unimproved real estate, including, but not limited to, buildings or other structures, mining, dredging, filling, grading, paving, excavation or drilling operations or storage of equipment or materials.*
*The information provided above can be found on the city website ( www.simontontexas.gov ) under government>ordinances or by clicking the following link. All of the city ordinances are in a searchable database for ease of access for our residents: https://www.municode.com/library/tx/simonton/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=COOR_CH8BUBURE_ARTIVFLDAPR_DIV1GE_S8-121MEREFLLO
Blackboard is a communication service that the City of Simonton uses to get information out to ONLY our residents in the city limits and the ETJ. It allows us to communicate community outreach, important information, and emergency notices. So if you have not already signed up, please either email your name, address, phone number(s) and email(s)* to email@example.com or just give us a call at 281-533-9809.
*Each address is one account and can hold up to 4 email addresses and 10 phone numbers, so if you have other adults in the household, you can add their information as well.
At its regular meeting held on November 26, 2013, the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court appointed Simonton Mayor Daniel McJunkin to the Board of Directors of the Fort Bend County Housing Finance Corporation for a two-year term beginning December 3, 2013, and ending Decembe 2, 2015. Mayor McJunkin’s nomination was submitted by Precinct 3 County Commissioner Andy Meyers. Congratulations, Mayor McJunkin.