The Woodlands Edition | October 2020

THE WOODLANDS EDITION VOLUME 9, ISSUE 2 | OCT. 15-NOV. 11, 2019

9 outages since July each affected 100+ customers The Woodlands

17,156 customers without power Outages lasted up to 8 hours

Energy company Entergy said outages in south Montgomery County areas it serves have increased 49% since last year.

“THE TRUTHOF THE MATTER IS THAT IT IS AFFECTING EVERYONE IN SHENANDOAH.” –DAVIDMCMULLEN, SHENANDOAH RESIDENT

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9 outages from January to July each affected 100+ customers

2,756 customers without power Outages lasted up to 9 hours

Entergy workers replace a switch cabinet on Timberloch Place in The Woodlands, which takes about five hours.

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Power outages rising in The Woodlands, Shenandoah Entergy sets timelines to address service interruption in south Montgomery County

damages to his property. “We have had several outages this month,” McMullen said during the July meeting. “The truth of the mat- ter is that it is aecting everyone in Shenandoah.” Similar sentiments were expressed at The Woodlands Township board of directors Sept.  meeting, where resident Tom Chumbley said he is

lasting up to eight hours at a time and aecting up to , people at once, according to Entergy. David McMullen, a resident of the Silverwood Ranch neighborhood, has voiced frustrations about the issue at pubic meetings in Shenandoah since July. McMullen said the frequency of outages has cost him thousands of dollars, including the installation and maintenance of a generator and

BY ANDREWCHRISTMAN

Aer months of frequent blackouts aecting thousands of residents and businesses, elected ocials in both TheWoodlands and Shenandoah said they are meeting with local energy provider Entergy to nd solutions. Since July , the Shenandoah City Council has met with represen- tatives from Entergy twice to discuss the issues, which include outages

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POLLING LOCATIONS Where to vote this November CANDIDATE Q&A TheWoodlands Township INSIDE INFORMATION Constitutional amendments

State legislation brings change to local building aesthetics laws House Bill , a state law prohibiting local restric- tions on building materials, went into eect Sept. . The new law loosens Texas cities’ aesthetic control while potentially providing savings for new construction across the state. The law received support from most state lawmak- ers and building industry associations, who said a more open market for building materials could result in lower construction costs for buyers and builders. BY BEN THOMPSON

WHAT IS HB 2439?

The new state law restricts govern- ments from locally regulating build- ing materials used in construction.

NATIONAL STANDARDS APPLY EXCEPT FOR:

Construction under standards needed for state or federal fund-

Materials necessary for windstorm and hail insurance

ing, or housing programs

Some ordinances related to outdoor lighting

Buildings in designated historical or

cultural areas

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