Long Island Village Infrastructure Project
Laguna Madre Water District (LMWD) Bond Issue & Project Authority
Information sources include BOD Announcements and Public Records
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April 2022
May 2022
June, July 2022
August 2022
September, October 2022
December 2022
2021 LIVOA Annual Meeting Infrastructure Project
A $10 million Infrastructure Loan was approved during March 6, 2021 Annual Election Meeting. In accordance with LIV’s Bylaws and Declarations requiring owner approval to fund common expenses, 351 owners approved the loan, 91 voted against and 14 abstained. The ballot read:
In order to move forward with the infrastructure improvements that are needed, the Board is prepared to acquire a $10 million loan and encourages you to vote in favor of the loan acquisition. 
January, February, March 2022 BOD Meetings
BOD Vice President, Doug Synder, presented Infrastructure Bond Proposal information during January 26, February 23 and March 23, 2022 BOD meetings.  During the Feb. 23 BOD meeting, a motion submitted by LIV's VP was passed unanimously to pay all legal expenses related to LMWD's infrastructure project to be covered under infrastructure funds.
March 31, 2022 Town Hall Meeting
Laguna Madre Water District and SWG Engineering addressed LIV participants at a Town Hall Meeting, March 31, 2022. View the entire Town Hall Meeting (copyright Mike Farrell and Asst. Pet Smith)
April 2022 LMWD Email & BOD Releases
During April's Coffee, Director Duke reads an owner's questions and LMWD answers to Infrastructure Bond Issue.
LIV announces another Town Hall Meeting, April 28. Recording available soon. LIV sends the following announcement by email:
1) If the project comes in under budget, is the bond refundable to the tax payers, or can a payment be made toward the principal without penalty?
RESPONSE: Excess proceeds can be used to pay bonds debt service only, you can not prepay bonds. Normally issuers excess to pay debt service and the tax levy to aside for I & S fund balance. i.e. sounds like excess funds / surplus will reduce tax burden and be restricted to repay LIV debt only. Surplus will be invested in an interest bearing account in the interim.
2) Are the LIV tax bonds callable at any point?
RESPONSE: Yes. LMWD LIV Bonds will have a 10 year call.
A Special Bond Election held on May 7, 2022, resulted in 128 "yes" and 100 "no" votes approving Laguna Madre Water District the authority to issue $20 Million Bond Loan for infrastructure improvements at LIV. Only LIV owners registered to vote in Port Isabel, Cameron County, Texas were allowed to participate in the Special Bond Election. No BOD announcement about the Special Bond Election Results.
No Report from Infrastructure Committee during June and July BOD Meeting. BOD Committee Chair resigns.
During the Coffee with the Directors, Aug, 2022, Laguna Madre Water District representatives attended the coffee unannounced to patrons. Details on the denial of appropriating state funds to reduce LIV's $20M Infrastructure Loan was explained. The State of Texas awarded funds to the top 40 projects submitted. LIV's Infrastructure Project was ranked 79. Recording available soon. LIV sends the following announcement by email:
Dear Residents,
It has been recently brought to our attention that Long Island Village was not selected to receive any grant funds for the infrastructure improvements from the State of Texas. We are asking for your assistance in sending a letter of support to the Texas Water Development Board in hopes of changing this outcome. You can mail or email the following attached template letter with your signature to:
Mr. Mark Wyatt
Director, Program Administration and Reporting
Texas Water Development Board
P.O. Box 13231
Austin, TX 78711
Owners' questions to LWMD prompted an update detailing the status of the approved tax assessments for current and future bond projects for LMWD. Using information presented at March 31 Town Hall Meeting and the accompanying documents submitted in this email, tax assessments can be projected.
Director Guy Power was assigned as the new Chairman of the Infrastructure Committee.
September BOD Meeting: Director Power read the minutes of the two meetings the committee had held. He also stated that the LMWD had an upcoming meeting at which the LIV project will be discussed.
October BOD Meeting: LMWD awarded the Engineering contract to SWG.  At their Board Meeting on 10/26.  
No other information has been released.
On December 8th there was a meeting at LIV.  This meeting was requested by NADBank (North American Development Bank).  NADBank is the organization that LMWD applied to for the $20.8 million dollars needed for the LIV Infrastructure project.  This meeting was attended by representatives from NADBank, LMWD, SWG engineering, LIV Infrastructure committee, LIV Board President and LIV management team.  NADBank had requested this project site visit as part of their approval process required before finalizing their loan to LMWD.  NADBank explained that they provided funding for projects along the US/Mexico border necessary to improve the infrastructure in communities that had clearly defined need but had not received requested grants.  LMWD and SWG Engineering explained the LIV project and why the loan was needed.  LIV Management and the LIV infrastructure committee hosted a golf cart tour of LIV explaining how our community has grown over the years and why the planned project was so important.  The NADBank team was very pleased with their visit and said that they would recommend to their Board of Directors in April that the funding be approved.
On December 12 several members of the LIV Infrastructure committee were invited to attend a meeting held at the AEP offices in San Benito.  This meeting included representatives from AEP, SWG engineering and LIV infrastructure committee. Ron Miller & Romeo Rodriquez on the LIV Infrastructure committee are both retired AEP employees and have been communicating with AEP in an effort to get the electric grid in LIV upgraded in coordination with our fresh water and waste water infrastructure project.  This was an engineering meeting which I listened to but did not participate in.  However it was very obvious that AEP wanted to be a part of the project.  SWG provided a timeline for the project so plans could be made to order needed equipment.
Funding to be approved in April, engineering plans to be finalized equipment to be ordered and received and contractors to be hired prior to the end of 2023.  Construction to begin early January 2024 and project to be completed by the end of 2024.