Conroe - Montgomery Edition | May 2020

CONROE MONTGOMERY EDITION

VOLUME 6, ISSUE 2  MAY 20JUNE 16, 2020

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BY ANDY LI Businesses strategize safe reopening amid outbreak

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May 8, barber shops and salons were allowed to open with some restrictions, and as of press time May 13, gyms were slated to be able to open May 18. “It’s hard to get rid of this virus because it is so conta- gious,” Abbott said at an April 27 press conference. “So we’re not just going to open up and hope for the best. Instead, we will put measures in place that will help businesses open while also containing the virus and keeping Texans safe.” CONTINUED ON 16

Restrictions on businesses and restaurants in the Lake Conroe area aimed to curb the spread of the novel corona- virus were loosened in early May, allowing some businesses to open as the early phases of Gov. Greg Abbott’s reopening plan went into eect. Abbott’s guidelines that went into eect May 1 allowed establishments such as malls and restaurants to resume in-person operations with 25% capacity limitations. By

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“ALL OF US ARE GOING TODIE, BUT NOT ALL OF US ARE GOING TO LIVE.” JON BOUCHE, FORMER CANDIDATE FOR COUNTY CHAIR OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

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“IT IS INTERESTING JUST HOWMANY PEOPLE ARE NERVOUS ANDVERY CAUTIOUS EVEN THOUGHWE TALKABIG TALK ABOUTWANTING TO BE FULLYOPEN. ” SHANNAN REID, DIRECTOR OF MONTGOMERY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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Some Conroe-area residents protested restrictions in early May, but many business owners said they were not yet ready to open. (Photos by Andy Li/ Community Impact Newspaper)

FACES CHALLENGES IN TESTING Montgomery County

Years of ongoing litigation are cost- ing local entities millions of dollars, directly aecting the cost of water that is being passed onto consumers across the county. Depending on how lawsuits pan out, the San Jacinto River Author- ity—an entity that sells surface water from Lake Conroe to Conroe and other CONTINUED ON 18 Legal fees driving up water rates across Conroe,Montgomery BY EVA VIGH

E X P E N S E S To pay for its legal fees in its Groundwater Reduction Plan division, the San Jacinto River Authority has had to raise its water rates several times. The city of Conroe has also spent over $1 million on litigation related to water issues since 2015, but city ocials declined to comment on how this aects taxpayers.

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spent on legal fees for SJRA lawsuit $527.7K

spent on Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District lawsuit $1.3M

spent on legal fees $1.5M

budget for FY 2020-21 for litigation fees $2M

SOURCES: SAN JACINTO RIVER AUTHORITY, CITY OF CONROECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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