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Woodlands board appoints new DSC members, OKs adventure course logo

December 7, 2018

The Woodlands Township Board of Directors met for more than four hours on Wednesday, Dec. 5, in their only meeting of the month and the board’s final meeting of 2018.

On the long agenda were numerous items regarding a wide range of topics, including appointments to various boards and committees, consideration of a new logo for the new high trees, ropes adventure course, and other items. Here is a quick round up.

Three new DSC members tabbed

The board held a secret balloting process and chose three candidates til fill vacancies on the township’s Development Standards Committee, a seven-person committee that hears issues related to the township’s complex covenant system pertaining to exterior issues for homes and businesses.

The three applicants for the spots set by the township were: incumbent committee chairman Walter Lisiewski, newly appointed member Bala Iyer, and current committee member Arthur Bredehoft, who was appointed in spring of 2018 to fill another vacancy on the committee.

The terms for Lisiewski and Iyer are for two years, while Bredehoft’s term is for only one year. DSC committee members are not paid for their time and generally meet twice a month. In addition to the four members appointed by the township, the Woodlands Development Company places three representatives on the committee. Those members are Robert Heineman, Robert Adams and John Anderson — all three were reappointed for new two year terms.

Former committee member Brian Boniface had tendered his resignation from the committee, citing the need to spend more time with his family as well as constraints from a new job he recently started.

Lisiewski has been a member of the DSC for five years and was previously a member of the Village of Panther Creek Residential Design Review Committee for five years. He is also the secretary for Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 1. A U.S. Navy veteran, Lisiewski graduated from the University of South Florida and has more than 37 years experience as an executive in the engineering side of the oil and gas industry.

Iyer is the newest member, and admitted when he applied he had very little experience or knowledge of what the DSC does, but was eager to serve the community and would learn quickly. Iyer is a systems manager and project manager for Exxon, a position he has had since 1998. He has degrees in both electrical engineering and computer science.

Bredehoft has been on the DSC since spring 2018, when he was tabbed to replace Ron Harris. A resident of Alden Bridge, Bredhoft has an MBA in marketing and a graduate degree in business. He is a member of the Interfaith The Woodlands advisory board as well as the Alden Bridge Village Association board.

Two other residents had submitted applications to the township to be considered for a position on the DSC. Rennie Van Wyk, a member of the Village of Panther Creek RDRC, withdrew his application. John Mairena, a resident of The Village of Creekside Park, was not selected to join the committee.

Directors choose logo for new adventure park

The new high ropes, tree-top adventure course being built inside Rob Fleming Park has an official logo after township directors voted unanimously on a design presented during the Dec. 5 meeting.

The park is called Texas TreeVentures, and is currently under construction at a cost of $747,000. The course, which features an obstacle course that rises as high as nearly four stories and includes ropes, netting, kayaks, buckets and ziplines. Customers will receive some minor training before being allowed onto the course, and during their sessions will always be locked into a harness with safety ropes to prevent falls.

The new logo chosen is a mix of the park’s name with colorful graphics that show a person successfully completing the course, along with several trees, ropes and elements of the park. There were originally six logos proposed, but that list was whittled down to only two for the board to decide between.

The new park, which is currently closed and not open to the public, is scheduled to open sometime in spring of 2019.

Board sets appointments for committes, groups

The township board also made numerous appointments to a variety of committees, commissions and groups during Wednesday’s meeting.

* Directors Bruce Rieser, Carol Stromatt and Ann Snyder were appointed to the Ad Hoc Economic Development Committee

* Carol Stromatt was appointed to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Council

* Bruce Rieser was appointed to the Law Enforcement Advisory Council

* Jason Garcia, from the Waterway Marriott hotel, was appointed to the Booking and Blocking Committee

* Bruce Rieser was re-appointed as chairman of the Drainage Task Force. The task force was also renewed for at least another year by the board.

* John Anthony Brown, Bruce Rieser and township President Don Norrell were appointed to The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau, also known as Visit The Woodlands, Texas.

* The incorporation planning task force was renewed for a three-month period, with Directors Gordy Bunch, Ann Snyder and Bruce Rieser appointed to sit on the task force. Former member John McMullan was removed from the task force.

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