The Woodlands Township Board of Directors is expected to make an appointment to the Development Standards Committee and consider candidates for replacing one board member during the Thursday regular meeting of the board — which will again be hosted remotely via ‘Zoom’ video conferencing technology.
On the agenda for the regular meeting is consideration of candidates and a process for a temporary replacement director to fill the Position 2 seat on the board, which was unexpectedly vacated on April 9 after the resignation of Director Brian Boniface.
The board will also consider an appointment to the township’s Development Standards Committee, which has only six members due to the resignation of Bala Iyer, the newest member of the committee, who tendered his resignation in February.
Boniface resigned his seat on the board effectively immediately at the end of the April 9 virtual meeting, telling directors and online viewers that he had been activated the U.S. Army Reserves to serve a six-month humanitarian mission to assist with the response to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic.
Boniface is a captain in logistics in the Army Reserves, a role that has required him to miss other meetings over the more than three and a half years he has been on the board.
The directors are expected to decide on how to replace Boniface and also unveil potential candidates for consideration, the names of which are due to the township by the end of the day Wednesday.
Boniface’s term expired in November and whomever is tabbed to replace him will have the option of seeking the seat permanently by filing candidate papers in July or August.
DSC appointment expected
The other main item on Thursday’s agenda is the possible appointment of a replacement on the DSC for Bala Iyer, who recently resigned from the seven-member committee after a series of missed meetings.
Iyer had only been appointed to the DSC in December 2018, officially joining the entity that oversees township covenants and exterior design standards in January 2019. Iyer was often missing from meetings, which occur twice a month at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, but did not explain his resignation in a brief February email to the township.
Three candidates are in consideration for replacing Iyer, all of whom had previously applied to fill three spots on the committee in November 2019, but were not officially appointed. The three candidates are: Mary Funderburg, Vince Fredrick and Randolph Schulze.
In December, Funderburg and Frederick were initally appointed to the DSC but they never joined the committee.
The DSC is composed of four members appointed by the township and three members are appointed by The Woodlands Develpoment Co.
In December an agreement extension between the township and development company had not been approved so the temporary appointments were a back-up in the event the agreement was not extended. On Dec. 31, the two entities renewed the pact leading to the rescinding of the initial appointments.
Mary Funderburg is the only woman who applied to join the DSC and resides in The Village of Panther Creek. She has been a township resident since the early 1990s. In addition to numerous jobs in engineering over her several decades-long career, she has multiple advanced degrees in industrial engineering. She is a member of the Professional Women in Petroleum society as well as an active volunteer with STEM-related educational entities.
Fredrick is a long-time resident of The Village of Grogan’s Mill and was a member of the Grogan’s Mill Residential Design Review Committee — a more hyper-local version of the DSC — for 20 years, serving as chairman or vice chairman over five of those years. Fredrick has an extensive engineering resume, is a Certified Safety Professional and was the Township Volunteer of the Year in 2015.
Schulze is currently the chairman of the Alden Bridge RDC and has an extensive resume with experience interacting professionally with the city of Houston and Bellaire Planning and Zoning boards. He is also a Certified Safety Professional, with a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering, and is a Certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer.
The new appointment to the DSC will serve the remainder of Iyer’s unfilled term, which was slated to end on Dec. 31, 2020.
The board will also discuss several other issues, including the now-halted incorporation planning studies and receive public comment.
Residents can watch the meeting live on the township’s website.
Any residents interested in making public comments can do so by telephone via a special number that is published each week in the online agenda packet. Calls will be taken in the order the calls are received and only during the “public comment” agenda item.
The meetings can be viewed online at http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/778/Meeting-Videos.