The City of McLendon-Chisholm is conducting a surplus items auction for the following items:

Seal of The Texas Public Utilities Commission.

McLendon-Chisholm Filed An Application to Obtain or Amend A CCN Under Water Code Section 13.255 on Friday, September 29, 2023 with the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

Documents sent out by certified mail to RCH WSC as is required by statute.

VIEW RECEIPT (pdf)

X-treme green clean up event.

Location: Chisholm Baptist Church 1388 State Highway 205, Rockwall, TX 75032

Items Accepted:

  • Electronic Waste
  • Bulk Trash Items
  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • Appliances
  • Tires (no rims)

On-site document shredding is also available.

Open to all CWD customers in McLendon Chisholm. Driver’s license required for proof of residency.

Download the event map and a detailed list of accepted items (pdf).

Red Cross Certification Classes offered by MC FD.

Classes Held on 21st October 2023 & 16th December 2023

To Reserve Your Seat Call 972-524-2077 X209

The McLendon-Chisholm Fire Department’s Public Education Division is offering a free Red Cross certified CPR, AED and First Aid class.

Location: McLendon-Chisholm City Hall, 1371 W. FM 550 McLendon-Chisholm, TX 75023

With a half-million cardiac arrests each year, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can help save a life if a person’s breathing or heart stops. It’s not just for healthcare workers and emergency responders. In fact, CPR can double or triple the chance of survival when bystanders take action. This class helps train you safely, effectively and confidently, so you’re prepared for the minutes that matter the most.

Classes are provided for citizens of McLendon-Chisholm and class sizes are limited to 10 people. The classes are free with the only cost being the purchase of a Certified CPR card.

Dates for classes in 2024 will be announced January 2024.

 

RCH Water Tower
  1. What are the sections of the Texas Code to assert that RCH members will not get the proceeds of a sale to Aqua Texas?

RCH Water Supply Corporation is a nonprofit water supply corporation operating under Chapter 13, 49, 67 of the Texas Water Code, and Chapter 22 of the Texas Business Organization Code. Any transfer of the system must comply with the requirements in those laws.

Any transfer of assets or customers to another entity by RCH MUST be APPROVED by the Public Utility Commission before the transfer can happen (Tex. Water Code 13.301).

If RCH proposes to transfer all of its assets to an entity, two thirds of the members of RCH MUST VOTE to approve any resolution adopted by the board recommending the transfer of the system (Tex. Bus. Org. Code 22.164, 22.252).

Any money paid to RCH as a result of sale of the system must stay in RCH. State law PROHIBITS the payment of dividends to members of non profit entities (Tex. Bus. Org. Code 22.053).

Any property held by RCH at the time it winds up its business must be distributed only for tax exempt and public purposes to the state or a political subdivision of the state. The district court in Rockwall County is required to distribute the property in a manner that will best accomplish the general purpose for which RCH was organized (Tex. Bus. Org. Code 22.304).

  1. Where does water for McLendon-Chisholm residents come from currently?

Residents in the City of McLendon-Chisholm get their water from retail water providers that hold a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN), including RCH Water Supply Corporation (WSC), Blackland Water Supply Corporation and High Point Special Utility District (SUD). Map of Water Service Boundaries

One of those retail service providers, RCH is having difficulty providing continuous and adequate retail water services to its customers. RCH purchases wholesale water from the City of Rockwall. The City of Rockwall is a member of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD). For years, the City of Rockwall has encouraged its wholesale customers to find alternative wholesale water supplies because the City of Rockwall needs its NTMWD wholesale supply to serve City of Rockwall customers. Blackland, another wholesale customer of the City of Rockwall, has made arrangements through a NTMWD customer contract to transition its wholesale supply from the City of Rockwall to NTMWD. High Point receives its wholesale supply from the City of Forney and City of Terrell. RCH does not have an adequate wholesale supply of water.

  1. What is RCH?

Originally the letters stood for Rockwall, Chisholm and Heath. RCH is a non-profit water supply corporation created pursuant to the authority granted in the Texas Water Code Chapter 67. RCH was incorporated in 1961. RCH was granted a CCN to provide retail potable water to customers within its CCN service area. This nonprofit model has historically been used to serve rural water customers in Texas. As cities grow, however, communities need updated service models to best service utility customers.

  1. Why are there water shortages and restrictions in the RCH CCN service area?

RCH only purchased 2.1 million gallons of water each day (1,359 maximum equivalent of residential connections). The water needs of RCH customers exceed this amount. RCH cannot currently provide the amount of water families in our community need. While droughts do happen and conservation is always wise, frequently entering emergency water restrictions is not a long-term solution. Instead, we should move forward with a plan that allows for access to a more reliable wholesale water supply.

  1. Why are RCH customers subject to Stage 5 Emergency Water Restrictions when neighbors within the Blackland and High Point CCN service areas are not?

Notwithstanding water shortages last year and in prior years, RCH has failed to increase its wholesale water capacity beyond the 2.1 million gallons of water it contracted from the City of Rockwall. RCH first entered into a Wholesale Water Purchase Agreement with the City of Rockwall October 5, 2009. Section 3 of that agreement states: The City of Rockwall reserves the right to deny extending the contract if the City determines that RCH is not actively taking steps to obtain an alternate water source.

That 2009 original agreement was extended December 17, 2014, for a five year term ending December 31, 2019. The 2014 first amendment state that RCH may extend the wholesale agreement for a five year term beginning December 31, 2019, by providing Rockwall notice of RCH’s intent to extend. The City of Rockwall has been telling its wholesale customers, including RCH, to obtain wholesale water sources.

  1. What is the (short-term) solution to our water issues?

The best solution for a secure water future for our community is for McLendon-Chisholm to enter a customer contract with NTMWD that secures a long-term wholesale water supply for retail customers. See March 15, 2023 and August 8, 2023, letters from McLendon-Chisholm to NTMWD requesting to become a direct customer of NTMWD.

Unlike WSCs, SUDs and investor-owned utilities (IOUs), cities are able to provide retail water and sewer within their corporate limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) without a CCN.

  1. What about an immediate solution like an interconnect with another area provider?

An interconnect will require support of both the provider and their wholesaler. CCN holders are limited to providing retail service within their service area. In order for a CCN holder to provide wholesale service to another provider will require written permission (in the form of a contract amendment) from that retailer’s wholesale service provider. Once the wholesaler consents to an interconnect, the two retail providers will need to agree on both the connection point and the compensation (typically this is done by contract).

  1. What is the benefit of the City managing our water supply, as opposed to a third party vendor?

City ownership of the retail water system ensures that water customers are getting water for the lowest possible cost and the system is operated with the greatest degree of transparency. City services can take advantage of tax-exempt financing for infrastructure improvements and would allow for bundling of water, sewage and trash hauling bills for customers.

  1. Who are the members of RCH eligible to vote if there is an election?

Article VIII of the RCH Certificate of Formation (Articles of Incorporation) provides: “The Corporation’s members shall be a record owner of a fee simple title to property in an area served by the Corporation or a person or entity who is granted membership in the Corporation and who either currently receives or will be eligible to receive water service from the Corporation. All customers of the Corporation unless exempt of prohibited by law.” The RCH bylaws state: Any person, including any legal entity owning or having a real property right to property served or which may be served by the Corporation upon payment of the Membership fee and upon compliance the Corporation’s conditions for water service as provided for in its published charges rates and conditions for service. See RCH Articles of Incorporation and bylaws at this link.

  1. How to call, email and/or visit the RCH Board of Directors?

Email the board at: naylor@rchwatersupply.com, or fill out the “Contact Us” form on the RCH website. In addition, a list of board members can be found at Board Members.

NEW MONTHLY BOARD MEETING DATES. You can also show up at their regularly scheduled first Tuesday of the month meetings, usually, held at 4pm at Chisholm Baptist Church, 1388 S State Hwy 205, Rockwall, TX 75032.

11) Who are the City experts that are working with the City on water-related matters?

Water Attorney: Emily Rogers, Managing Partner of Bickerstaff  See resume here.
Engineer: Michael DeMotte, PE, CFME and Matt Atkins, Team Leader, Associate Principal of Teague, Nall & Perkins Engineers TNP
Water and Wastewater Management: Cameron Robinson, Account Manager, Inframark

RCH Water Tower

Effective immediately, the City is requesting all businesses and residents to stop all outdoor irrigation/sprinkler system watering. Residents may use water for essential needs, such as drinking, cooking and bathing. Officials are requesting residents also stop washing cars, trucks and boats and draining and re-filling pools. This short-term action will help relieve the demand on the RCH water system.

Thank you for your patience and we appreciate your cooperation in this urgent matter. Please continue to monitor the City website or contact the city administration to confirm updates.

Town Hall Meeting Graphic

Learn how the City is addressing water issues, water supply system acquisition process, public benefits and water conservation efforts in a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday August 1, at City Hall, starting at 6:30pm.

The meeting is hosted by Mayor Keith Short and Mayor Pro Tem Adrienne Balkum and includes guest speakers. All are encouraged to attend.

Location:

City Hall, 1371 W. FM 550, Mclendon-Chisholm, TX 75032

Town Hall Meeting August 1, 2023 flyer

Photography Contest

Join this fun event for a chance to see your creativity hanging on the wall at City Hall, plus a cash prize.

WHO

All city of McLendon-Chisholm residents are encouraged and eligible to participate.  The age groups included are:

  • 12 years to 18 years old.
  • 19 years to 35 years old.
  • 36 years to 65 years old.
  • over 65.

WHAT

A city-wide photo contest – residents are encouraged to submit one (1) 8X10 photo (in a cardboard frame), Black and White or Color photos.  No computer generation is allowed.  Photos must be taken from a phone camera or a regular camera.  Only one photo is allowed per person.

Theme for the photos:  Why is McLendon-Chisholm a great place to live?

WHEN

The contest will be open for residents-only to submit photos from July 12 – August 11, 2023.

WHY

To provide community esprit de corps and a fun and enjoyable community event.  This event is intended to create more community unity.

WINNERS

Apanel of judges will select the top two winners in each age group category (4 categories X 2 winners each = 8 winners – 1st and 2nd place).  1st place in each category will get $150 and must allow the city of McLendon Chisholm to professionally frame the photo and display the photo in City Hall for up to one year.  Afterward, the framed photo will be returned to the winning photographer.  2nd place will receive $75.  All winners will be recognized and receive their awards at a City Council meeting.

RCH Water Towe against Cloudy Sky

ATTENTION RCH WATER SUPPLY CORPORATION CUSTOMERS:

At approximately 3:06 pm on June 29, 2023 RCH WSC’s water demand has exceeded the contractual amount of 2.1 million gallons. This could lead to a critical situation that will trigger Stage 4 of the RCH WSC Drought Contingency Plan.

Please help our community by taking time to ensure irrigation of landscaped areas shall be limited to designated water days between the hours of 6 am and 10 am and between 8 pm and 12:00 midnight and shall be by means of hand-held hoses, hand-held buckets, or drip irrigation only.

The use of hose-end sprinklers or permanently installed automatic sprinkler systems are prohibited at all times.

Fire Chief Simmons has coordinated with local partners to be on standby for mobile water tanker trucks to deploy when needed. Our first responders will provide exceptional services through responsive teamwork and serving our community with a mission to protect lives and property. Chief reached out to RCH WSC Director to be proactive on the Drought Contingency Plan and signage will be placed throughout the district very soon. The RCH Board is actively engaging with Chief Simmons to foster effective communication to the district.

Use of water to wash any motor vehicles/boats on the premises and not in the immediate interest of public health, safety and welfare is prohibited. Commercial car washes and service stations shall operate between the hours of 6 am and 10 am and between 6 pm and 10 pm only.

The filling, refilling or adding of water to swimming pools, wading pools and Jacuzzi-type pools is prohibited.

Ornamental fountain or ponds for aesthetic or scenic purposes is prohibited except where necessary to support aquatic life or where such fountains or ponds are equipped with a re-circulation system.

Learn more about the Drought Contingency Plan

Aerial shot of McLendon-Chisholm City Hall.

We desire the right to provide water service to the city limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction of McLendon-Chisholm. McLendon-Chisholm is complying with the provisions of Chapter 13 of the Texas Water Code, as applicable, and the corresponding Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) regulations.

RCH Water Supply Corporation no longer has any administrative employee, officer or agent to carry out its day-to-day operations and business affairs, including, but not limited to: repair and maintenance of its system, water meter reading, or water billing, and this has negatively impacted its ability to provide water service to the area and customers served by RCH.

McLendon-Chisholm will be able to accomplish a public purpose and is in the best interest of McLendon-Chisholm, its citizens and RCH customers to provide continuous and adequate service to consumers. Our plan is to make immediate operational management improvements to the pumping station, provide a meter reader solution and implement billing administration with quality customer service. In addition to accounting services our City Council will consider combining the water, wastewater and waste management services on a single billing statement.

We will work with our engineers to address infrastructure improvements and work towards becoming a direct customer with North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD).