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STATUS UPDATE - GBRA

October 15, 2021

GBRA continues working to raise the number 1 gate on the Lake Placid dam however at of this point has been unsuccessful.

Additionally, gate number 2 has began losing buoyancy over the last 24 hours


CULP Annual Meeting

10/2/2021

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For questions, call Jeanette West at (210) 710-4917 or email j.west57@sbcglobal.net

If you have any questions that you would like publicly answered during the meeting by the CULP Board, Lake Placid WCID, or GBRA, please email inquiries at least 72 hours prior to meeting to cpweldon@sbcglobal.net


To the Lake Plaid Community

July 2021

The CULP Board of Directors wants to be able to disseminate estimated timing information on the process of engineering and construction of the Lake Placid Dam, but the truth is we are well into the process, but it has proven difficult to get any commitments on firm time frames.

We are at the mercy of those performing the engineering and other entities involved in the planning and construction as we proceed, so this information should not be used for any purpose other than getting some baseline information out to the CULP membership and other stakeholders of the lake.

We know how it should go and have reason to believe that it will be something close to the estimated schedule stated below:

*Engineering / design phase is approximately 60% complete at this time and should be completed in October 2021.

*Final design will be submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) for approval.

*Upon approval of plans and specifications by TWDB and TCEQ, GBRA will issue a Request for Proposals. Proposals (bids) should be received and a contractor selected within 60 – 90 days.

*GBRA will execute a construction contract with the selected contractor. GBRA will submit the executed contract to TWDB for approval to issue Notice to Proceed. The construction timeframe will not commence until this Notice to Proceed is issued.

*At the time the construction contract is executed, GBRA will initiate the lowering of the lake. The lake lowering will be performed over a period of several days in collaboration with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. This is anticipated to occur as soon as January 2022 but GBRA will provide CULP and the Lake Placid WCID as much advanced notice as possible.

*Once the Notice to Proceed is Issued, the estimated construction time should is about 22 to 24 months assuming no flood events or other major weather delays occur during the course of construction.

Please keep in mind that this is a very rough schedule and may change significantly based on a myriad of factors necessary to construct a dam like ours, particularly weather delays.

Another key element is that GBRA has secured $40 million in bond funding at below market rate interest on behalf of the Lake Placid Dam project.

It is a slow process, but the good news is progress is being made and we are assured of having a new dam.

Thank you to all our CULP members and all the stakeholders of Lake Placid!

*Items confirmed by GBRA


The Water Control Improvement District (WCID) has been resoundingly approved!

July 2020

The board of directors of CULP is pleased to formally announce that all the ballot propositions for the creation of the Lake Placid Water Control Improvement District #1 (WCID) has been resoundingly approved. Over 88% of the lake front property owners voted FOR all three propositions and the slate of directors for the new WCID. This is exciting news as it means Lake Placid, as we know it today, and have known it for generations, will remain the beautiful lake we cherish. Congratulations to the five CULP members who were elected to the board of the Lake Placid WCID #1.

They will be working diligently to ensure that our interests are protected as they go through the process of engineering, bidding, and repair construction on our dam. An enormous number of hours have been dedicated to this process by the CULP board of directors, their families and friends and many other waterfront property owners and their dedication to this cause is deeply appreciated and applauded. On a final note, we would like to express a special THANK YOU for those who gave so generously with their hard earned dollars to make this possible. We could not have fought the good fight to keep the lake full and to come to a workable solution without you. Again, THANK YOU! This is a Good Day for Lake Placid.


CULP Members Work Out Deal with GBRA

July 30th, 2020

Dear Lake Residents and Friends of Lake Placid, We hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe. As you know, many months of hard work, litigation and negotiations with GBRA have culminated in a deal announced last week that will help secure the future of Lake Placid. We need your support.

We must now refocus our energy with an eye on the next steps in this long process. Over the next 3 months, we will be working with the lake property owners in formalizing the District and seeking approval by the property owners of the District to levy a property tax sufficient to service the debt necessary to fund the dam repairs. Our efforts will also focus on ensuring that the repairs to our dam are completed in as little time as possible and to minimize disruptions to our residents’ lives and properties. Another top priority is securing the lowest interest rate possible for the loan needed to complete the repairs.

With GBRA’s assistance, the Lake Placid Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 (District) has already filed an application to try and secure a 0% interest, 30-year loan through the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). We can access low interest loans thanks to our newly negotiated agreement with the GBRA, but not all TWDB loans are 0% interest. There is a lot of money at stake and there are a significant number of entities throughout Texas that have or will be requesting funding or loans from TWDB. A 0% interest loan would result in a significant savings to the District in the financing of the repairs to our dam. For example, 0% interest on a $40,000,000 loan would save the District – and all of Lake Placid property owners – up to $700,000 a year, or more.


The TWDB loan process is quite competitive, and other entities throughout the state are making similar pleas to the TWDB for 0% interest loans. We need to do everything in our collective power to demonstrate to the TWDB that we are united and committed to the District’s plan. To this end, we need your help.


HOW CAN YOU HELP?

We are asking that you and your neighbors send an email and/or letter to the TWDB as soon as possible to explain why this project warrants their financial support. Please tell them what Lake Placid means to you and your family and describe how the uncertainty regarding the dam has affected your property values and your lives in general.

Mailing Address: Email Address:


Jeff Walker, Executive Administrator
Jeff.walker@twdb.texas.gov
Texas Water Development Board
1700 North Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701

Peter M. Lake, Chairman of the Board
Peter.lake@twdb.texas.gov
Texas Water Development Board
1700 North Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701

Kathleen Jackson, Board Member
Kathleen.jackson@twdb.texas.gov
Texas Water Development Board
1700 North Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701

Brooke T. Paup, Board Member
Brooke.paup@twdb.texas.gov
Texas Water Development Board
1700 North Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701

General Support        Owners within WCID


News and Events for CULP Members

Citizens United for Lake Placid is organized to unite all members so that they may cooperate with each other in all activities necessary, useful, or expedient to the management and enhancement of the natural beauty of Lake Placid.

Furthermore, to promote the prevention or elimination of threats to the enjoyment and safety of Lake Placid and the members and the union will have greater strength in compelling the attention and assistance of Lake Placid property owners.




GBRA Injunction Granted Draining Stopped

September16, 2019

A temporary injunction was approved today after an agreement between the plaintiffs and the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority (GBRA) was reached. Under terms of the agreement there will be no de-watering of any lakes by GBRA. During the next 30 to 60 days, use of the lakes is prohibited while experts chosen by the plaintiffs and GBRA determine the proper no-go zones above and below each dam. After marking of those zones, use of the lakes will resume. It is expected that a county ordinance will be passed to allow for enforcement and fines for violations. The trial date for the lawsuit is currently scheduled for October 5, 2020, should the case not be settled before. This will allow time for discovery and continued efforts by lakefront owners, associations, and GBRA to come up with long term solutions for the dam repairs.


GBRA Sued for Draining Lakes

September 5th, 2019

The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority on Thursday was sued by two different groups of property owners ahead of its planned dewatering of four lakes along the Guadalupe River scheduled for later this month. Both suits are seeking a temporary injunction or restraining order to block the planned dewatering.


GBRA Town Hall in New Braunfels

June 5th 2019

A special town hall meeting has been called for June 5th at 6:30 p.m. At the City of New Braunfels Convention Center. GM from the GBRA along with others will be present to answer your questions. To be prepared for this meeting I am suggesting viewing the GBRA presentation to the Guadalupe County Commissioners (47 mins.)

Meeting Minutes


Dam Repair Update

Apr 1, 2019

Updated Dam repair schedule info is below. Bottom line, it has already been backed up 2 months!


Hydro Dam Repair Schedule Update

March 20, 2019

Rehabilitation continues to preserve the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority’s (GBRA) 90-year-old hydroelectric system. Recent heavy rain and inflows, flood releases from Canyon Dam and the identification of additional needed repairs delayed work to the various dams and spillway gates. Additional parts are currently being fabricated and temporary repairs are being made to the existing spillgates until a permanent solution can be funded and constructed. Current estimates project repair work to continue through Fall 2019 with lake elevations impacted through the recreational season.

Below is a status update on planned repairs. This revised schedule assumes no additional delays due to weather.

McQueeney Dam (Lake McQueeney) Repair crews will resume work at the site the first week of April, and repairs are expected to be complete in early August. The lake’s elevation will remain lowered for the duration of the repair work.

NNolte Dam (Meadow Lake) The contractor will resume work at the site the first week of April and expects their portion of the work to be complete in July. GBRA crews will then make additional repairs at all three spillgates which are expected to continue through August. The lake’s elevation will remain lowered until repairs are completed.

H4 Dam (Lake Gonzales) Repairs are projected to begin in July after the completion of work at Nolte Dam. The lake elevation will be lowered at that time. The contractor currently anticipates completing work at this site in October.

TP-4 Dam (Lake Placid) Similar to additional repairs identified at Nolte Dam, TP-4 will have additional work scheduled and work will begin after crews have finished at McQueeney Dam. Lake Placid’s elevation will be lowered by 18 inches at that time. The contractor currently anticipates completing work at this site in October.

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