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Ocevacancies riseas residents work remotely

More than ever, county’s appraisals drawprotests

Oce outlook Experts said the COVID-19 pandemic has lessened commutes and led to more remote work options among oce employees.

BY MATT DULIN & HUNTER MARROW

Over 415,000 Harris County property owners appealed their values last year—a record number and part of an upward trend of residents pushing back on their property tax bills. “People think the process is intimidating, but it’s not,” said Michael Howard, a property tax consul- tant with BR Lawson & Co. “If you have the time, you should do it.” While protesting is becoming increasingly popular, results are mixed; the process frustrates some home- owners; and some neighborhoods appear to be more successful than others. For example, 80% of protests in the Cinco Ranch area are successful, according to data fromJanuary Advisors, but areas such as Old Katy have a success rate of about 66%. Protests oer homeowners one tool to reduce their tax burdens. Meanwhile, some state lawmakers are CONTINUED ON 24

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of Katy-area residents worked from home prepandemic.

was Katy-area residents’ average commute time in 2019.

BY MORGAN JONES & DANICA LLOYD

Fewer than 8% of Katy-area residents worked from home before the pandemic upended the norm and forced many oce employees into a full-time telecommuting arrangement, accord- ing to the U.S. Census Bureau. By the end of March 2020, about 24% of Hous- tonians were scanning into their workplaces using a key card or similar technology, according to Kastle Systems, which oers managed secu- rity services to more than 40,000 businesses nationwide. A year later, that number was up to about 39%, meaning more than 6 in 10 oce workers in the Greater Houston area continue to work remotely. “People want to return to a work environment that they feel is safe, and so I think people are just more cautious until the vaccine gets fully rolled out,” said Mike Slauson, a Houston-based general manager with Kastle Systems. Commercial real estate experts said they expect to see an uptick in Houstonians returning to in-person work as the spread of the coronavi- rus diminishes. But aftermonths of using remote collaboration platforms, that return will likely look dierent than it did prepandemic. CONTINUED ON 22

Prepandemic perspective

Few local residents worked from home in 2019, when the average commute to work was 35 minutes.

Worked fromhome prepandemic 13%

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workouts, held their grand opening May 15 at 6615 W. Cross Creek Bend Lane, Ste. 300, Fulshear. The tness studio empha- sizes motivation, innovation and results for a workout that is eective and fun. 281-375-3180. www.f45training.com COMING SOON 6 Bluewave Seafood will open at 6211 Barker Cypress Road, Ste. 126, Katy, in early June. The restaurant specializes in high-quality seafood, including fresh oys- ters. It also boasts a large patio. 832-427-5858. www.facebook.com/ Bluewaveseafoodkaty 7 The Chipper , a British-inspired restau- rant, will open a location at 1251 Pin Oak Road, Katy, in June, pending permitting approval. The Chipper serves sh and chips and other traditional British fare. www.facebook.com/The-Chipper- 180993825876680/ 8 La Borra Del Café, a Mexican coee chain, is expected to open in Villagio Town Center at 22764 Westheimer Parkway, Ste. 620B, Katy, in late 2021 or early 2022. La Borra Del Café’s menu includes a variety of Mexican pastries as well as frappes, Mexican hot chocolate and coee. www.facebook.com/BorradelCafe 9 El Tiempo Cantina is opening a new location in Katy at 20095 Katy Freeway, Katy, by the end of 2021. The Tex-Mex restaurant, which has more than a dozen locations throughout the Houston region, serves fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas and other dishes and has an extensive drink menu including margaritas and cocktails. www.eltiempocantina.com 10 The Social Pub and Grill will open its

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NOWOPEN 1 Haidilao Hot Pot celebrated its soft opening at 23220 Grand Circle Blvd., Ste. 100, Katy, in May. The restaurant, which claims to be the “Ferrari of hot pot restau- rants” and has more than 600 locations worldwide, specializes in Szechuan hot pot and also serves seafood- and vegeta- ble-based dishes. 832-802-6666. www.haidilao.com 2 Cherry Block Craft Butcher + Kitchen ,

a meat and seafood store focused on using responsibly sourced food, held a soft opening at 5305 Highway Blvd., Katy, in May. The business aims to bring craft meats and seasonal Texas cooking to the area. The market features a dry-aging room, custom bacon, custom seasonings and chef-prepared meals. 346-257-4566. www.cherryblockbutcher.com 3 BB’s Bake &More , a specialty bakery and catering business, had its grand open- ing in mid-March at 23955 Franz Road,

Ste. B, Katy. The bakery serves a variety of pastries including beef sausage rolls, meat pies and jelly-lled sugar balls. 832-497-7234. www.bbsbake.com 4 Imperio Wine & Spirits , a fami- ly-owned and -operated liquor store, opened March 30 at 25824 Clay Road, Ste. D, Katy. The business sells a variety of li- quor, beer, wine and spirits. 346-387-9243. www.facebook.com/imperiowinespirits 5 F45 Training Fulshear , a tness stu- dio that emphasizes team-based training

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16 The Paris Saint-Germain Academy, a European soccer academy that seeks to provide professional-level soccer training to participants, is opening at 20212 Franz Road, Katy, this summer. The academy has locations worldwide and oers soccer training to ages 3-16. 281-717-4704. www.psgacademyhouston.com 17 SilverCrest, A Senior Living Center will open in the fall at 7002 Settlers Village Drive, Katy. SilverCrest was co-founded by a woman with more than 15 years of senior living nursing experi- ence. The SilverCrest team also includes a nurse practitioner with 15 years of experience. 281-305-8878 www.silvercrestseniorliving.com RELOCATIONS 18 Midway BBQ Junior held its grand opening at 6191 Hwy Blvd., Ste. 302A, Katy, on May 4. The original Midway BBQ had to close in February after an over- night re destroyed most of the facility. The new location will temporarily house the brand until a restaurant can be rebuilt down the street at the original location, 6025 Highway Blvd., Katy. 281-391-2830 www.midwaybbqkatytx.com NAME CHANGES 19 Sapore Ristorante Italiano has changed its name to Sapore Detroit Piz- zeria at the beginning of May. Located at 6734 Westheimer Lakes N. Drive, Ste. 112, Katy, Sapore Detroit Pizzeria uses home- made Detroit dough, its own red sauce and Wisconsin cheese. 281-394-5999. www.detroitpizzeriakaty.com

second location at the end of the summer at Cross Creek Commons in Fulshear. The 6,237-square-foot facility will be the rst full-service dining establishment in Cross Creek Commons. Its menu features burg- ers, sandwiches, appetizers and a variety of bar food. www.thesocialpubandgrill.com 11 Ambriza Social Mexican Kitchen is opening a new location at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy, in late May or early June. This will be Ambriza’s third location with the rst two being located in Houston and Cypress. Ambriza Social Mexican Kitchen serves authentic Mexican dishes, margaritas and other drinks. www.ambriza.com 12 Howdy Hot Chicken is opening a Katy location at 1473 Mason Road, Katy, in late May. The restaurant’s menu features chicken sandwiches, tender baskets and loaded chicken fries along with macaroni and cheese, coleslaw and wae fries. www.howdyhotchicken.com 13 Pappa Gyros will be opening its second location in Katy in August. With a menu focused on a variety of Mediterra- nean fare and sandwich options, the new location will be at the northwest corner of Mason Road and Franz Road. 281-574- 7764. www.pappagyros.com 14 Lim’s Chicken, a new Korean fried chicken restaurant, has plans to open at 1215 Grand West Blvd., Ste. C4, Katy, toward the end of the summer. 15 Wingology will open in June at 25810 Westheimer Parkway, Katy, where Zoner’s once was. The wing restaurant—which also oers french fries, onion rings and cheese sticks—will also oer catering services. www.wingologyrestaurant.com

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON The rst Texas location of PopStroke , a Florida-based golf entertainment facility designed by Tiger Woods, is coming to the Katy area in 2022. PopStroke will be built on a 3.2-acre tract at Katy Grand. “PopStroke is the most innovative family-oriented golf concept in today’s entertainment category. Choosing Katy Grand for its agship location in Texas is an incredible honor,” said Je Hayes, managing partner of NewQuest’s land and tenant advisory services. The facility will consist of two 18-hole golf courses designed by Woods at a variety of skill levels. It will also host a full-service restaurant, an ice cream parlor, and a bar featuring signature cocktails and craft beer. The complex will also boast other outdoor games and a playground area. “It is family fun for all ages with something for everyone,” Hayes said. “Katy is a perfect location because it’s a strong community with a love for sports and recreation.” The technologically advanced golf entertainment concept will use a customizable mobile app for delivering food and drink orders to any spot on the golf course. The app will also showcase scores on a digital scoreboard and enroll players in a rewards program. Guests

will also receive a commemorative golf ball from Bridgestone Golf—Woods’ preferred manufacturer for two decades. “This is a high-prole win for Katy, West Houston and NewQuest’s project,” said Heather Nguyen, development partner in the Houston-based brokerage rm. “PopStroke puts Katy Grand on the map and speaks to the strength of the location.” PopStroke has properties in Port St. Lucie and Fort Myers in Florida and recently announced additional locations headed to Florida and Arizona. “PopStroke’s facility will add another dimension to Katy Grand. It’s rewarding for NewQuest to have created a ve-star dining and entertainment destination that has drawn so many new brands to

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Events in May & June

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Katy’s August Lakes is the rst of four stops in the 2021 Pro Wakeboard and Wakesurf Tour. (Courtesy Pro Wakeboard Tour) FEATURED EVENT ProWake Tour Championship The top 16 professional wakeboarders and six wakesurfers in the world will compete in the Pro Wake Tour Championship from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on June 12. Comprised of four cash prize events, the Pro Wake Tour showcases the top athletes from Europe, Australia, Canada, the U.S. and more. At each event the best wakeboarders and wakesurfers will compete for the top of the podium and their portion of a $30,000 prize purse. August Lakes, a 100-plus-acre residential water sports community in Katy, will host the event. There will be food and drinks available to purchase from food trucks. General admission and parking are free. Guests are encouraged to bring their own towels and chairs to sit on. The free event, sponsored by Supra Boats, is the longest-running professional wakeboard competition in the country. Pets, coolers and external food are not allowed. Social distancing protocols will be enforced.

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Held every Saturday, the Katy Farmers Market aims to provide the community a space to gather, learn and grow while patrons have the opportunity to support small businesses. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 9930 Gaston Road, Katy. www.katyfarmersmarket.org (Courtesy Katy Farmers Market)

05 JOSHABBOTT BAND This concert for age 21 and older will take place at the Wildcatter Saloon. The outdoor show will happen rain or shine, event ocials said. 6 p.m. $35 (general admission); $55 (general admission preferred, which guarantees audience members a spot in the pit by the stage); $100 (VIP, which includes private air conditioned bathrooms and private bar access by the stage). 281-392-2337. 26913 Katy Freeway, Katy. www.wildcattersaloon.com 12 COMMUNITY FOOD FAIR Hosted by Katy Christian Ministries and Parkway Fellowship, this monthly event takes place at Parkway Fellowship’s North Campus. The fair aims to end food insecurity in the Katy area. 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Free (admission). 281-391-1222. 5819 10th St., Ste. A, Katy. https://ktcm.org/foodpantry/ 19 STEAKAND BACONDOUBLE STEAK COOKOFF Hosted at the Wildcatter Saloon, this cook-o features cash prizes up to $1,000. The cook-o aims to raise money for Patient Housing Assistance, a nonprot organization that provides nancial assistance to cancer patients traveling to the Texas Medical Center. The event will include a Kids Que event with a $25 entry fee for competitors. Those interested in entering any of the cook-o competitions can visit https://steakcookos. com/event-3507933/ for entry details. 8-9 a.m. $5. 281-392-2337. 26913 Katy Freeway, Katy. https://.me/e/1Hk507H9z At Rose Therapeutic Farm & Goat Yoga in Brookshire, guests enjoy the company of baby goats and a margarita during a one hour and 15 minute basic yoga ow class. 2-3 p.m. $34. 1324 Peach Ridge Road, Brookshire. 281-789-6577. www.goatyogakaty.com (Courtesy Rose Therapeutic Farm & Goat Yoga)

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ARTISAN INDOORMARKET Hosted by Star Struck Vendor Events, the Artisan Indoor Market will be held indoors at Katy Mills mall during mall hours. Vendor space is limited, and anyone interested in being a vendor at the event can visit Star Struck’s website at www.starstruckvendorevents.com to apply. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (May 22), 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (May 23). Free (admission). 5000 Katy Mills Circle, Katy. 281-388-1957. The Farmers Market at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch has returned. Held on the fourth Sunday of every month, the Farmers Market boasts local vendors oering honey, cheese, fresh eggs, seasonal vegetables and art. 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Free (admission). 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy. 281-395-5533. https://.me/e/EUfvsVtM JUNE 05 ARTISANMARKET The monthly Artisan Market will take place at the Cottage Door in historical Old Katy. The market oers a variety of gifts, snacks and unique items from multiple vendors. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission). 281-391-1222. 1001 Ave. B, Katy. https://www.katy.com/events/event_ details.php?event_id=5184&event_date_id=21847 https://.me/e/1pLJ9dJI8 23 FARMERSMARKET

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES UpcomingGreenbuschRoad project to improve mobility, give ‘old, old road’ a needed upgrade

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Road is one of the Fort Bend County’s older roads, residents are looking forward to the upgrade, said Robert Pechukas, manager of policy and administration with Fort Bend County Precinct 3. “Greenbusch is one of the old, old roads there, in that part of the county,” Pechukas said. “Residents are ready for it.” Fort Bend County plans to advertise for the project in May, Pechukas said, and ocials expect construction on the road to begin this summer. The Greenbusch Road widening project is expected to take approximately one year to complete. The project has a price tag of $8 million, which will be paid for with Fort Bend County mobility bond funds.

An upcoming project to repair and widen Greenbusch Road will improve mobility and provide a much-needed facelift to one of the oldest roads in Fort Bend County, according to county ocials. The upcoming project, which aims to improve mobility in the area, will construct a four-lane concrete road on Greenbusch between Gaston Road andWestheimer Parkway and a new bridge over Bualo Bayou. The road currently is two lanes wide and has ditches on both sides. Increasing the width of the road from two lanes to four lanes will help improve mobility and decrease congestion in the area, according to Fort Bend County ocials. Additionally, because Greenbusch

In addition towidening the road, the project will include the construction of a newGreenbusch Road bridge over Bualo Bayou. (Morgan Jones/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Construction on the Texas Heritage Parkway project connecting FM 1093 to I-10 should be nished in July. The 6.4-mile-long, 200-foot- wide thoroughfare will have four lanes, a median and 10 roundabouts. Timeline: June 2020-July 2021 Cost: $55 million Funding source: 48% from public entities, 52% privately funded

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Signal at FM 1463 and Pine Mill Ranch Drive The county will install a temporary signal at FM 1463 and Pine Mill Ranch Drive until a permanent one can be added. Timeline: summer 2021 Cost: $175,000 for design and construction Funding source: Fort Bend County Assistance District funds

Katy Flewellen Road project Construction to turn Katy Flewellen Road from Willow Lane to Gaston Road into a four-lane road began in March. Timeline: March-October Cost: $8.2 million Funding source: Fort Bend County mobility bond funds

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PEOPLE Mark Sloan Harris County Homeland Security and Emergency Management coordinator The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30, and any number of storm events could aect the Houston/Galveston area. Community Impact Newspaper spoke with Mark Sloan, coordinator for Harris County Homeland Security and Emergency Management, on what residents should do to stay prepared ahead of any hurricanes or other tropical weather events. He also spoke about common misconceptions he has heard in his time with the emergency management team and what advice he would have for residents new to the area. The conversation has been edited for length and clarity. BY HUNTER MARROW

Mark Sloan is the coordinator for Harris County Homeland Security and Emergency Management. (Courtesy Harris County Homeland Security and Emergency Management)

Hurricane checklist Consider these items when preparing for the storm season. Water: at least seven-day supply (1 gallon per person per day) Food: at least seven-day supply of nonperishable/canned food (change out stored water and food supplies every six months) First aid kit Flashlight with extra batteries Battery-powered radio Medications and special items (pain relievers, diapers, etc.) Tools and supplies Sanitation (toilet paper, personal hygiene items, etc.) Change of clothes and bedding Cash Important family documents (birth certicates, insurance/ bank account information, etc.) Food, water and medicine for your pets Kennels or crates for pets

HOWCANA COMMUNITYBEST PREPARE FORANDRESPOND TOAHURRICANELIKE EVENT? It starts with the individual. If I can take care of myself and my family and protect my property, then I am in a much better position to not ask for assistance, but to be able to provide it. And that assistance may be as simple as checking on our neighbors because they might be seniors who have sustained damage on their property, or they may need a meal or some availability of water. There are just so many little things that we can do for each other. There have been success stories over the years going back to [hurricanes] Katrina and Rita, and it’s been about neighbors helping neighbors. We’ve always said that, and it’s something we take pride in, especially in the Houston-Harris County region. AFTERAHURRICANE, INWHAT WAYS COULDANEIGHBOR HOODMOVE FORWARD INTHE RECOVERYPROCESS? As we work through an emergency situation or disaster, it’s about

WHATARE THEMOST COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS YOUHEAR WHENDEALINGWITHHURRI CANE PREPARATION? That the hurricane will turn. ‘It won’t happen. It won’t impact me. It’s not as bad as they say it will be.’ What we need to do is prepare for the worst and hope for the best. A lot of times, everybody hopes that when the storms come this way, they turn and go towards Louisiana, and that’s what I’m hoping for. ... Hope is not part of our preparedness plan. I get that a lot, that question of, ‘Do I think it’s really going to get that bad?’ And after every storm, we hear all the time that this has never happened. That, ‘I’ve lived here for 30 years, and I’ve never seen this happen before, or I didn’t think it could be this bad.’ And the truth is, if you live in Harris County, you’re susceptible to ooding. Sometimes it doesn’t happen in our neighborhood, but it’s very important that we have ood insurance, especially as we come to hurricane season. You need to have policies in place 30 days prior to a ood event.

knowing where to get timely, accu- rate, actionable information. And that can be from their local emergency management oce, but it could also be fromwithin their neighborhood and if they have a homeowners association. Sometimes there is a website that provides information on what’s happening directly within their own little neighborhood or their homeowners association and their community. It could be from an apartment complex email account. Information from these sources could be about road closures that are in the area or even within their neighborhood to downed trees to information on just understanding the debris management process of sorting white goods and their vegetation ver- sus other products within their home as they begin that recovery process. So timely and accurate information is crucial. It can be from your local media source, but if you are without power, you might not be able to watch TV. It could be the sharing of informa- tion, sometimes via social media/text messaging, but understand that it has to be a trusted source.

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Katy ISD, city of Katy bond packages pass inMay 1 election

BONDBUSINESS Both Katy ISD and city of Katy voters

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PROPOSITION A: $591.37M Five new schools, school sites, and campus renovations and expansions PROPOSITION B: $59.76M Technology upgrades, new devices, cybersecurity improvements and more PROPOSITION C: $13.84M Natatorium for the district’s new high school

PROPOSITION A: $1.8M Fire department : Reimbursement for expenses of Fire Station No. 1 rehabilitation: $800,000 Construction of a training tower: $100,000 Expansion of city fleet maintenance facility: $100,000

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Fort Bend County officials approve use of federal relief funds Newcomer Rebecca Fox won the crowded race for the KISD board of trustees Position 6. Incumbent Dawn Champagne won her re-election bid for Position 7 on the KISD board of trustees with 72.99% of the votes. For the city of Katy, newcomers Dan Smith and Gina Hicks were elected to serve wards A and B on City Council. Smith received 72.17% of the votes for Ward A, while Hicks garnered 62.06% of the votes for Ward B.

KATY Residents in the Katy area sup- ported bonds and leadership changes in the May 1 election. All four propositions making up Katy ISD’s $676.23 million bond package received support from voters in the May 1 election, according to the final results. Additionally, city of Katy voters approved a $6 million bond package that will connect the community to downtown and repair buildings.

Police: Renovation of Katy Police Department facilities: $800,000

PROPOSITION B: $4.2M Hike and bike trail system from First Street to the ponds at Pitts Road: $4M Construction of a new parks administration building: $200,000

PROPOSITION D: $11.26M Facility and stadium repairs and component replacements BOND TOTAL: $676.23M

BOND TOTAL: $6M

Katy City Council meets the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is June 7. Katy City Hall, 910 Ave. C, Katy 281-391-4800 • www.cityofkaty.com Fulshear City Council meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The next meeting is June 15. Irene Stern Community Center, 6920 Katy Fulshear Road, Fulshear 281-346-1796 www.fulsheartexas.gov Harris County Commissioners Court usually meets Tuesday mornings twice a month. The next meeting is at 10 a.m. on May 25. 1001 Preston Ave., Ste. 934, Houston 713-755-5000 www.harriscountytx.gov Fort Bend Commissioners Court meets at 1 p.m. the first, second, and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The next meeting is May 25. 401 Jackson St., Richmond 281-342-3411 www.fortbendcountytx.com MEETINGSWE COVER

purposes, including providing assis- tance to households, small businesses, nonprofits or industries were hit hard by the pandemic. The county’s preliminary bud- get recommendation designates $27,000,000 to nonprofit partnerships. George said he was voting against the budget because he did not think the court should dictate which nonprofits should get funds and which should not receive funds. George suggested the county wait to vote on the budget and instead create a pot of money and allow nonprofits to apply before decisions are made about where to distribute the funds. He also said he thinks more research is needed to determine what items or projects are eligible for funding at all. “If we approve this [preliminary recommendation] as it is, I think it is a big mistake,” George said. Counties must spend the funds by Dec. 31, 2024.

PRELIMINARY BUDGET BREAKDOWN

Fort Bend County commissioners on May 4 approved a preliminary budget recommendation for the $157.42 million in coronavirus relief funds.

BY MORGAN JONES

$36M

Public infrastructure: 

FORT BEND COUNTY In a 4-1 vote, Fort Bend County commission- ers approved a preliminary budget recommendation for the county’s allocation of $157.42 million in Amer- ican Rescue Plan Act coronavirus relief funds May 4. The recommendation, which officials said could change based on guidance expected from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, was approved in a vote with only County Judge KP George voting against it. The $1.9 trillion federal relief plan passed in March. According to the Texas Association of Counties, counties can use the funds for several

$31.5M

Economic recovery: 

$27M

Nonprofit partnerships: 

$21.22M

Public health response: 

$20M

Citizens assistance: 

$6M

Pandemic relief effort: 

$5.7M

Contingency: 

$5M

County reimbursement: 

$5M

Special purchases/CIP: 

SOURCE: FORT BEND COUNTY/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER Total funding: 

$157.42M

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Are you at risk? High blood pressure is the No. 1 risk factor for stroke. Other health conditions, like atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm), heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol or a BMI higher than 30, can also greatly increase your risk of having a stroke. Not every stroke can be prevented, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk: • Quit smoking • Maintain a healthy weight • Exercise regularly • Eat a healthy diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and whole grains It is important to see your primary care physician regularly to screen for conditions that may lead to a stroke, and to manage any chronic conditions you may have. Experience matters. When the brain is under attack by a stroke, finding the best possible care canmake a big difference. Memorial Hermann Health System’s dedicated stroke network provides high quality stroke care for complex cases and is Houston’s leader in treating themost stroke cases and themost complex cases. Primary Stroke Center (PSC) certification. Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital has received the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval as a Primary Stroke Center™.This certification is given to hospitals with a proven commitment to a higher standard of clinical service, excellence in care of stroke patients and improved patient outcomes. At Memorial Hermann Katy, our affiliated team of experienced and innovative specialists utilizes leading- edge technology to diagnose and treat strokes. Getting the right care quickly can help prevent long-term effects. Stroke Education and Support. Memorial Hermann Katy hosts support groups that offer resources and social hours for stroke survivors and caregivers.

A stroke is a life-threatening emergency. While it can happen to anyone, at any time, there are ways you can reduce your risk of a stroke or minimize the effects of a stroke, should one occur. Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States and is a leading cause of adult disability. During a stroke, getting the right treatment as quickly as possible is critically important. What is a stroke? A stroke is a “brain attack” caused by a sudden interruption of blood supply to the brain. When blood supply is reduced, the brain cannot get enough oxygen and brain cells will die. A stroke can affect speech, movement, balance and vision. There are two major types of stroke: Ischemic stroke: This is the most common type of stroke. It occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery, reducing blood flow to the brain. Hemorrhagic stroke: This type of stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts open (brain aneurysm), causing blood to leak into the brain. Know the warning signs. BE FAST. Recognizing the signs of a stroke can save a life andminimize lasting effects. A stroke requires immediate medical attention. If someone shows one or more of these symptoms, call 911 right away. B – BALANCE – Sudden Loss of Balance E – EYES – Sudden Double or Blurred Vision F – FACE – One Side of Face Drooping A – ARMS – Weak/Numb on One Side S – SPEECH – Slurred/Garbled, Trouble Repeating T – TIME – To Call 911 Now!

Stroke support groups are hosted in partnership with Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, every first and third Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., virtually via Zoom. You can register by emailing: MHKaty@ memorialhermann.org. Be proactive. Reduce your risk. Reducing your risk of a stroke, and knowing how to react if one should happen, can save your life or the life of a loved one. Having regular health screenings andmanaging chronic conditions can help reduce your chance of having a stroke in the future. Learn more about your health by taking the Memorial Hermann Stroke Risk Check! Visit memorialhermann.org/stroke Skilled Physicians.

Dr. Ankit Patel is a board-certified neurologist with a fellowship in neurophysiology, and serves as Stroke Medical Director and Medical Chair of Neurology at Memorial Hermann Katy. “It is possible to decrease your risk of s t roke ,” says Dr. Patel . “Monitoring high blood pressure and maintaining a healthy heart are critical to preventing stroke and many other dangerous health conditions. Get regular screenings

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