By Elsa Maxey
A flyer insert in last week’s “Fort Bend Star” may have been the crowning blow that led to the resignation of Chad Howard from the board of directors of the Fort Bend Water Control and Improvement District #2. Long-term board member Howard was the subject of a campaign that developed in the Stafford community to get him to step down since he relocated to Pecan Grove recently “with his new blended family,” read the flyer.
This is what caused some furor from some water district customers, who were upset about the reference of his family as blended, according to water district office sources, who said they were told it was a racist attack. Howard is Caucasian and his wife is Hispanic.
According to a water district official, the board was intending on discussing Howard’s residential move outside the district at its next board meeting this month. Instead, a special called meeting will be held this Friday to accept Howard’s resignation and fill his unexpired term which ends next year in May.
Johnny Nunez, who is listed as the Chairman of the Committee of Concerned Citizens to Protect Stafford’s Water, stated many allegations in the flyer, including a property purchase by Howard that would justify his staying on the board to continue to collect director’s meeting fees. It says Howard “entered into a convoluted scheme to purchase property in the District,” so that he could stay on the board. A deed without a warranty on acreage for drainage, two percent interest in an easement, and not a house and lot was alleged.
Before Howard could be reached for comment, he submitted a letter of resignation to the water district’s board and sent a letter to the editor. Howard said, “If some members of the public feel my resignation is in the best interest of the District and its residents, then I will step down without hesitation.”
The flyer also addressed the water district’s bond election. “You are being asked to give the Board a blank check,” it states and recommends voting against the bond proposition.
General Manager Owen Matherne said the Committee that sent out the flyer has not contacted the district about those concerns nor has Nunez. Matherne said the district sent its customers a newsletter and held a public meeting on the proposed bond referendum that was also televised for Stafford’s METV. He also said that some of the bond projects from previously approved bonds are not yet completed, but in a development stage towards that end. He believes there may be some misunderstanding on the part of those opposing the upcoming bond election since there will be no tax increase incurred.