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Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old activist for the Black Lives Matter movement, was found dead ve years ago in police custody at the Waller County jail after being arrested by a state trooper. Here is a timeline of events. EVENTS LEADING TONEWLAW SOURCES: ATTORNEY CANNON LAMBERT OF KARCHMAR & LAMBERT PC, ABC 13COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

DPS trooper Brian Encinia pulls Bland over for failing to signal a lane change and takes her into custody. JULY 10, 2015

Bland is found dead in her Waller County jail cell. Her death was ruled a suicide. JULY 13, 2015

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Encinia is indicted on perjury charge and red by the DPS. Encinia turns himself into jail.

Bland’s family settles civil lawsuits against Encinia for $1.9 million. SEPT. 15, 2016

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Encinia pleads not guilty to the perjury charge. State Rep. Garnet Coleman introduces the Sandra Bland bill.

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SANDRA BLAND ACT • mandates county jails to divert people with mental health and substance abuse issues to treatment • requires independent agency to review jail deaths • makes it easier for defendants with mental illness to receive personal bond

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Legislators ask Gov. Greg Abbott to prioritize police reform during the 2021 legislative session. Abbott declines to commit. JULY 2020

Sandra Bland Act is signed into law. JUNE 15,2017

The perjury charge is dropped against Encinia after he agrees to never work in law enforcement again.

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Bland, who died in police custody at the Waller County Jail in 2015. Bland, 28, was found hanging in her jail cell three days after state trooper Brian Encinia arrested her after a

routine trac stop July 10, 2015. Her death was ruled a suicide. Encinia stopped Bland after she failed to signal a lane change, and the CONTINUED ON 30

Recent protests sparked by the death of George Floyd have resurfaced other cases of police brutality against Black Americans, including Sandra

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SYED MUBASHIR, OWNER OF KATYAREA M&M REALTY “EVENWITH THE ENERGY INDUSTRY GOINGDOWN, WE’RE STILL SUSTAINED BYNEWPEOPLE COMINGANDMOVING.”

BRAD EVANS, KATYAREA REALTOR WITH HOUSTON PROPERTIES TEAM “ARECORD LOW MORTGAGE RATE IS ONE OF THE BIG REASONS THAT HOUSING IS STILL DOINGASWELL AS IT IS.”

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The coronavirus pandemic has aected nearly every aspect of everyday life, includ- ing the local residential real estate market. Several experts discussed how the Katy- area home market has fared during the coronavirus pandemic along with what could happen in the next few months.

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elcome to a place where nature’s beauty overflows from its verdant creek to its historic streets. League City is marked by towering oaks, meandering bayous perfect for fishing and kayaking, and thriving locally-owned shops and eateries. Whether you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway or an unforgettable family vacation, League City is an ideal destination. This waterside gem is just minutes away from some of Texas’s greatest attractions and most iconic history.

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COASTAL CONNECTIONS With a total of four marinas, League City’s location on Clear Lake is a haven for boating activities, and is home to over 7,000 recreational boats (the third-largest concentration in the country). Enjoy a day on the water with a fishing charter, watch the sunset on a romantic dinner cruise, schedule a sailing lesson, or rent a boat and explore the lake at your own pace. HISTORIC CHARM Take a stroll beneath the sprawling oaks of Main Street, where parks and gardens offer relaxation among 100-year-old homes that now serve as shops and eateries. Immerse yourself in the lush beauty of Helen’s Garden—in the heart of League City’s Historic District—and shop the charming boutiques in Founder’s Square. PICTURESQUE PARKS AND TRAILS League City’s scenic and well-kept trails wind between tall oaks and

under bridges, alongside creeks and bayous, and through gorgeous subtropical vegetation. While you explore the trails, you’ll likely spot native wildlife including deer, turtles, and hundreds of bird species. Spread out a picnic on the grass at one of the many public parks throughout the city, and pause to savor the serene creek-side views. With 620 acres of public park land, there’s plenty of green space to enjoy. BIRDING BLISS Experience birding at its best. League City is part of the Clear Lake Loop portion of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, which includes more than 220 species of birds that flock to this area throughout the year. Grab your scope and binoculars and get ready for some of the best birdwatching of your life! Some hotspots among the 15 sites within the loop are the Dr. Ned & Fay Dudney Nature Center, Walter Hall Park, and Challenger 7 Memorial Park.

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MARKET TEAM GENERAL MANAGER Susan Rovegno, srovegno@communityimpact.com EDITOR Jen Para REPORTER Nola Z. Valente GRAPHIC DESIGNER José Dennis SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Tracy Drewa METRO LEADERSHIP PUBLISHER Jason Culpepper ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Kristina Shackelford MANAGING EDITOR Marie Leonard ART PRODUCTIONMANAGER Tessa Hoee SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Anya Gallant CORPORATE LEADERSHIP PUBLISHERS AND FOUNDERS John and Jennifer Garrett GROUP PUBLISHER Traci Rodriguez EXECUTIVE EDITOR Joe Warner John and Jennifer Garrett began Community Impact Newspaper in 2005 in Pugerville, TX. The company’s mission is to build communities of informed citizens and thriving businesses through the collaboration of a passionate team. Today we operate across six metropolitan areas, providing hyperlocal, nonpartisan news produced by our full-time journalists in each community we serve. BECOMEA#COMMUNITYPATRON CREATIVE DIRECTOR Derek Sullivan SALES DIRECTOR Tess Coverman WHOWE ARE

FROMSUSAN: In our annual Real Estate Edition, we take a look at how the pandemic is changing the way we view our homes (see Page 26). And as you’ve been stuck at home and discovered a ton of issues you want to x, check out our Home Improvement Guide on Page 21.

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FROMJEN: A front-page story in this issue examines the legacy of Sandra Bland, a Black woman who died July 10, 2015, in police custody in Waller County Jail (see Page 30). A state law named in her honor was passed to help divert people with mental illnesses from jails, but it did little to address racial proling, experts said.

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include burgers, pasta, salad and sh. 832-349-0446. www.theunionkitchen.com 8 The Toasted Yolk opened a new location at 6727 FM 1463, Ste. 150, Fulshear, on June 29, according to a press release. The breakfast, lunch and brunch restaurant oers dishes such as churro donuts, omelets, pancakes, sandwiches and salads. Curbside pickup is also avail- able for guests. There are about 10 other Toasted Yolk locations across the Greater Houston area, including one at 98 W. Grand Parkway S., Ste. 100, Katy. 832-437-5474. www.thetoastedyolk.com 9 H-E-B opened its Spring Green Market on June 24 at 9211 FM 723, Richmond, near Fulshear. The grocery store oers curbside and delivery options for shopping. Depart- ments at the location include a bakery, deli, ower shop, pharmacy, meat and seafood market, produce, beer and wine, and healthy living with vitamins and sports nutrition needs. 346-239-3500. www.heb.com/heb-store/US/tx/richmond/ spring-green-market-h-e-b-749 10 Atmos CBD & Smoke Shop opened May 19 at 26440 FM 1093, Ste. 310, Richmond, near Fulshear, store man- ager Yez Owen said. The business sells CBD products that have been lab tested and signed o by a doctor. These items include tinctures, lotions and gummies. Additionally, the store sells smoke acces- 11 Houston Axe Throwing held grand opening activities for its newest location at 1718 Fry Road, Ste. 110, Houston, in mid-June, owner Sarah Sed said. However, the location temporarily closed in July due sories. 346-257-4441. www.atmoscbd.com

crab pus, spring rolls and chicken dish- es. 832-437-9958. www.littleteahousekaty.com 4 Taste Buds Cereal Bar , located at 1801 N. Mason Road, Katy, held a soft opening June 19. Guests can order cereal bowls with milk topped with snacks, such as bananas, marshmallows or chocolate. Nondairy milk is also available. Addition- ally, the cereal bar oers cereal-infused ice-cream shakes such as Fruity Frenzy and Cinnamon Craze. 346-387-6235. www.tastebudscerealbar.com 5 Taco Bueno opened June 16 at 20995 Katy Freeway, Katy, District Manager Ahsan Ahmed said. The eatery oers a Tex-Mex menu of tacos, burritos, que- sadillas and nachos. It also oers salads and bowls. The Abilene-based restaurant chain rst opened in 1967, and it has sev- eral additional locations across East and North Texas. 281-676-4239. www.tacobueno.com 6 Gr8 Plate Hospitality opened a new Jax Grill at 9910 Gaston Road, Ste. 200, Katy, on June 8. It is the third location in the Greater Houston area and the rst Jax Grill to open in more than 25 years, according to a press release. The eatery features a scratch kitchen and live re mesquite grill to serve typical Texas meals, such as the half-pound Jax Burger. 346-571-3968. www.jaxgrillhouston.com 7 The seventh location of The Union Kitchen in the Greater Houston area opened in Katy on June 16. The new 5,100-square-foot restaurant is located at 9920 Gaston Road, Ste. 100, at Sta- bleside at Falcon Landing in Cinco Ranch. The eatery oers global cuisine featuring local favorites in each location. Dishes

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NOWOPEN 1 Lozano’s Mexican-Latin Cocina opened May 5 at 1251 Pin Oak Road, Katy, chef and owner Jose Lozano said. The restaurant serves made-to-order menu items that include fresh ingredients. The restaurant also serves margaritas. Guests can dine-in or order food for delivery or to go. 281-665-8639. www.facebook.com/ pages/category/Restaurant/Lozanos- Mexican-Latin-Cocina-113829366993286/ 2 Pablo’s Restaurant and Club opened May 1 at 25757 Westheimer Parkway, Ste. 130, Katy. The menu includes interna-

tional dishes such as Korean fried beef, ceviche, burgers, tacos, atbread pizza, lamb kebab, salmon and curry. It also of- fers a drink menu of wine, beer and mixed

drinks. 281-215-3400. www.clubpablo.com

3 The Little Teahouse opened in early June at 4031 FM 1463, Ste. 60, Katy, owner Jailene Salgado said. Its menu includes a variety of cream, fruit, classic and yogurt tea avors, such as green, passion fruit, honeydew, rose, lychee, black and matcha. Coee and smoothies are also oered, and The Little Teahouse has a food menu with grilled dumplings,

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to slow business and plans to reopen in August. At Houston Axe Throwing, guests throw axes that weigh about 1.5 pounds at a 12-foot distance. Trainers also provide safety tips and instructions on how to throw. The rst location is in Bellaire at 6734 Lakewood Drive, Ste. B, Houston. Houston Axe Throwing also hosts an Axe Throwing League. 832-930-2937. www.houstonaxe.com 12 CBD American Shaman at Park Row opened June 19 at 18006 Park Row Blvd., Ste. 300, Houston, co-owner Nekisha Thompson said. The business sells CBD products for health and wellness such as tinctures, edibles and lotions. 281-206-7181. www.cbdasparkrow.com 13 Rapid Express Car Wash-Fulshear opened in late May at 5746 FM 1463, Katy. The business provides car washes as well as free vacuums to customers. There is one other location of Rapid Express in the Greater Houston area at 10470 Hu- meister Road, Houston. 346-707-8296. www.rapidexpresscarwash.com 14 Newton Nurseries is now open at 322 Buc-ee’s Blvd., Katy, according to a June 9 press release. The 153,000-square- foot, wholesale nursery oers trees, shrubs, owers, bedding plants and other landscaping items. The gated location also includes a 7,000-square-foot greenhouse and 20,000-square-foot shade area. 832-772-5212. www.newtonnurseries.com 15 Apara Autism Center opened at 2051 Greenhouse Road, Ste. 160, Houston, on May 18. The health care business has a location in Sugar Land and provides applied behavior analysis through one- on-one therapy for children on the autism spectrum. Amid the coronavirus, the

clinic is oering telehealth services, in- home services and part-time sessions for

patients. 844-272-7223. www.aparaautism.com

16 The Coalition of African American Pastors opened its west business oce located at 5757 Flewellen Oaks Lane, Ste. 503, Fulshear, and hosted grand opening activities with the Fulshear Katy Area Chamber’s rope-cutting event on June 25. CAAP is a national faith-based non- prot that supports religious freedom, marriage and family, but it is not aliated with a religious denomination. Bill Owens and his wife, Deborah Owens, founded the organization in 2003 and have a You- tube channel with shows related to its mission and values. 281-346-8459. www.caapusa.org 17 A new location of Restore Hyper Wellness + Cryotherapy opened in early July at 23116 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy. The health care business oers services that include cryotherapy, IV drip and other therapies such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy and compression therapy. Two other locations of Restore are within the Greater Houston area in Sugar Land and in the River Oaks area. 832-390-0755. www.restore.com 18 Thaicoon Restaurant & Pub began soft opening activities July 11 at 1223 Grand West Blvd., Ste. B101, Katy. The new restaurant, located near Katy Asian Town, has dishes such as pad thai, steamed mussels, tom yum shrimp, as well as curry. It also has crafted dessert and cocktail menus. 281-206-7680. www.facebook.com/Thaicoon- Restaurant-Pub-101993281382438

Play Street Museum Katy opened in June. (Courtesy Play Street Museum Katy) and children’s activities opened in the Katy area. 4

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19 Imagine Early Education & Child- care opened June 22 at 24224 Cinco Terrace Drive, Katy. The center oers programming for social and academic development in children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Age-appropriate extracurric- ular activities include foreign language, dramatic play, art, physical tness, gar- dening, culinary arts, music and science. The facility formerly housed Children’s Learning Adventure, a company that led for bankruptcy earlier this year. 281-574-7109. www.imaginechild.com 20 Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy opened the doors June 15 to a new location at 3902 N. Mason Road, Katy. The business provides day care, before- and after-school care, and summer camps for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years old. Program cur- riculum promotes social, emotional and

brain development. There are ve other locations of the learning academy in the Katy area. 281-398-1740. www.kidsrkids.com/mason-and-clay 21 Play Street Museum Katy opened June 1 at 9910 Gaston Road, Ste. 120, Katy. The museum is designed to nurture children’s independence, exploration and creativity. The business also oers party and event services. 281-666-4217. www.psmkaty.com 22 Romp n’ Roll Katy held a grand opening July 13. The children’s gym is lo- cated at 4030 FM 1463, Ste. 106, Katy, and oers classes for children 3 months to 5 years old. Courses include gym, music and art, and they promote the development of cognitive and physical

abilities. 281-899-8714. www.rompnroll.com/katy

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COMING SOON 1 Family-owned and -operated Texas Republic Veterinary Hospital will open at 25011 Lakeview Road, Katy, this summer, said Jessica Buvinghausen, the clinic’s manager. Mark Buvinghausen, her hus- band, is the veterinarian, and the practice services small companion animals such as cats and dogs. Mark is making house calls for clients as the vet clinic waits for the final permits to open. 832-437-8002. www.texasrepublicveterinary.com 2 Delta Life Fitness will open at 23021 Morton Ranch Road, Ste. J, Katy, in August, said Kellyan Hull, who is opening the gym with her daughter, McKen- na Hull. Presales for the gym—which is designed for women and includes 30-minute workout programs—began in mid-June. Child care will be available at 3 Peek Dentistry will open in mid-Au- gust at 3011 W. Grand Parkway N., Ste. 200, Katy. Joshua Peng and Bowen Li are the dentists at the practice, which will provide teeth cleaning, dental implants, teeth whitening and orthodontics for children and adults. 832-409-4949. www.peekdentistrytx.com 4 St. Peter’s United Methodist Church held a groundbreaking ceremony June 20 for a new west campus at 4700 FM 1463, Fulshear, said lead pastor Rev. Pat Sparks and Alex Zeisig, pastor to the west the gym. 832-915-0776. www.katydeltalife.com

campus. The approximately 11-acre prop- erty will house a roughly 1,200-square- foot building that will include a worship space for 300 people and Sunday school classrooms, Zeisig said. Construction is expected to be completed in February 2021. 281-492-8031 (Kingsland Boule- vard location). www.stpkaty.org 5 Long Coffee plans to open a new location at 1321 N. Westgreen Blvd., Katy, but has not settled on a date yet due to the coronavirus pandemic. The first location is at 10611 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, and it serves a menu that not only includes hot and iced coffee, but also items such as Thai tea slush, Mango Mania with boba, Royal Milk Tea Slush and Royal Artichoke Juice. The food menu has pastries, pasta and rice dishes. 281-983-5700. www.longcoffeeus.com RELOCATIONS 6 Reform Pilates and Fitness moved to 535 E. Fernhurst Drive, Ste. 212, Katy, from 3750 S. Mason Road, Ste. 700, Katy, on June 1. Owned by Victoria Sandoval Knutar, the studio specializes in one-on- one and small-group Pilates instruction, and it helps clients with injuries, chronic pain and surgeries as well as clients who are antepartum and postpartum. 832-441-4622. www.reformpilateskaty.com

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She + Geeks Out is hosting a virtual diversity, equity, and inclusion meetup. Attendees will talk about what it means to advance Black women and women of color in the workplace. 4-6 p.m. Free. www.shegeeksout.com

Chuckwagon BBQ & Burgers will host its fourth monthly car meet. Attendees are encouraged to park, walk around, check out cars and buy food. 6-9 p.m. Free. 4031 FM 1463, Ste. 50, Katy. 281-394-7784. www.chuckwagonbbqburgers.com

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JULY 28 LEARNABOUT REAL ESTATE Keller Williams Realty Professionals is hosting an online career event for locals to learn about career options in real estate. Topics include getting a real estate license, startup costs and ongoing expenses, training and coaching programs available and technology tools to run a business. Free. 971-303-9877. www.eventbrite.com/e/ keller-williams-realty-professionals-

career-event-tickets-101237640508?a= ebdssbonlinesearch AUGUST 08 VIRTUAL DATE NIGHT Houston Professionals United is hosting a virtual date night for professionals between ages 21-35. An experienced host will nd matches and prepare participants for their respective virtual dates. 8-8:45 p.m. $10-$15.

www.eventbrite.com/e/free-virtual-date- night-age-21-35-tx-tickets-103059959112 11 INFORMATION SESSION The University of Houston College of Nursing is hosting an information session in Katy. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with program advisers, faculty and other students to learn about admission and eligibility requirements. Those who are interested must RSVP to attend. Free. 10-11 a.m.; 11 a.m.- noon. 22400 Grand Circle Blvd.,

Katy. 832-842-8200. www.eventbrite. com/o/jo-ann-medina-12729479951 11 FINDA JOB Job Fair Pro and Best Hire Career Fairs are hosting a virtual job fair for jobs in the Houston area. The job fair will feature companies across industries, including accounting, advertising, fashion, health, media and broadcasting, technology, transportation and biotechnology. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. 855-562-7761. www.jobfairpro.com

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Notice Virtual Public Meeting US 90 from I-10 to FM 1463 CSJs 0271-09-025, 0271-09-026, & 0271-10-011 (CC) Waller, Fort Bend, and Harris Counties, Texas

Given the unique circumstance of the COVID-19 outbreak, along with our commitment to protecting public health during this national emergency, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Houston District is conducting this virtual public meeting to avoid in-person contact. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is proposing to widen United States Highway (US) 90 from Interstate Highway 10 (I-10) to Farm-to-Market (FM) 1463 in Waller, Fort Bend, and Harris counties, Texas. The virtual public meeting will be available on the TxDOT website beginning Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 5:30 P.M. through 11:59 P.M. on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. To log onto the meeting, go to www.txdot.gov, keyword search US 90 from I-10. The virtual meeting will consist of a narrated presentation by the project team, project exhibits and other information, and an opportunity to comment. If you do not have internet access, you may call (713) 802-5358 to ask questions about the project and access project materials at any time during the project development process. Formal comments may be provided by mail, online, or email, as explained below. The purpose of the public meeting is to present the proposed project to the public and receive comments. The proposed design would widen the existing US 90 from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane roadway with a raised median. Within the City of Brookshire, the improvements will add a center left-turn lane to the existing four-lane roadway. Sidewalks, shared-use paths and/or bikeways are proposed on both sides of the roadway. Any environmental documentation or studies, maps, and drawings showing the project location and design; tentative construction schedules; and other information regarding the proposed project are available online at www.txdot.gov, keyword search US 90 from I-10. TxDOT makes every reasonable effort to accommodate the needs of the public. The virtual public meeting materials and exhibits will be in English. The narrated project presentation will be in English and Spanish. If you have a special communication accommodation or need for an interpreter, a request can be made. If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can also be made to accommodate most needs. Please call TxDOT’s Public Information Office at (713) 802-5076 no later than Friday, July 24, 2020, to request special accommodations. Please be aware that advance notice is requested as some accommodations may require time for TxDOT to arrange. Written comments from the public regarding the proposed project are requested and may be submitted by mail to the TxDOT Houston District, Advanced Project Design Director, P.O. Box 1386, Houston, Texas 77251. Written comments may also be submitted by email to hou-piowebmail@txdot.gov or online at www.txdot.gov, keyword search US 90 from I-10. Please reference CSJ 0271-09-025 (CC) on all comments. All comments must be received by Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Responses to comments received will be available online at www.txdot.gov, keyword search US 90 from I-10 approximately three months after the comment period closes. If you have any general questions or concerns regarding the proposed project or the virtual meeting, please contact Zain Walkabout, project manager, at (713) 802-5358 or zaineb.walkabout@txdot.gov. The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by TxDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 9, 2019 and executed by FHWA and TxDOT.

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES

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UPCOMING PROJECT

to the surrounding natural and built environment. It will now pursue this fourth option moving forward. TxDOT accepted public input on the fourth alternative until mid- June. The next steps for the project include considering the comments, completing preliminary design and environmental documentation for an environmental process review. Construction is expected to begin in 2025, with an estimated construc- tion of $120 million. The project was created to alleviate congestion and make the road safer, as crash rates in the area are higher than the Texas average, according to meeting documentation. In the urban section between the Grand Parkway and Katy Hockley Cut O Road, FM 529 would be widened from two lanes to six lanes, with a median as well as a 10-foot shared-use path on both sides of the roadway. The rural area of FM 529 would be widened from two lanes to four lanes with a median and sidewalks between Katy Hockley Cut O Road and FM 362, per meeting documents. Grand Parkway intersection turn lane The Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority nished a restriping project at the Grand Parkway and FM 1093 over the June 5-6 weekend. The project added a right-turn lane from southbound Grand Parkway to westbound FM 1093. Timeline: June Cost: $6,000 Funding source : FBCTRA

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TxDOT reveals fourth option for FM529 expansion project At its second public virtual meeting on the project June 9, the Texas Department of Transporta- tion revealed a fourth alternative for expanding FM 529 from Grand Parkway to FM 362. Plans for the road include expand- ing the existing two-lane undivided roadway with additional lanes and a median, but the nal design has not been selected yet. Three proposed build alternatives were presented in April 2019. The proposed build alternatives were to widen the north side of FM 529, widen the center of FM 529, or widen the south side of FM 529. Based on public feedback from the April 2019 meeting, TxDOT crafted a fourth build alternative which combines aspects from the previous three to minimize impacts

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SOURCE: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

ONGOING PROJECT

COMPLETEDPROJECT

Cane Island Parkway widening Construction is ongoing for a bridge’s bents and retaining walls to widen Cane Island Parkway from two to four lanes with a median and drainage updates between I-10 and FM 1463, assistant county engineer Ike Akinwande said. Timeline: March 2020-early 2021 Cost: $6.4 million Funding source: Fort Bend County

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Katy ISD

KISD trustees approve employee salary increase

Katy ISD meets the fourth Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. The next meeting is July 27. Board Room, Education Support Complex, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy 281-396-6000 • www.katyisd.org MEETINGSWE COVER

BY JEN PARA

uncertain times that we’re in and hearing that we’re looking at poten- tial budget cuts next year, yes, that is what started driving the conver- sation [for these salary increases],” Schuss said.

teacher with zero years of experience increased from $55,200 for the 2019- 20 school year to $55,525, according to documentation on the district’s website. Last year, KISD teachers saw up to an 8% increase in annual compen- sation because of state House Bill 3, the 86th legislative session’s school finance reform law, which required school districts to increase salaries districts across the Greater Houston area offering up to 2% annual salary increases for the next school year—is cautious of offering higher salary for most public school staff. Schuss said KISD—similar to increases because of the uncertainty the coronavirus pandemic may have on the state budget. “We want to do everything we can for our employees, but with the

KISD to offer virtual, in-person schooling for fall semester KATY ISD The board of trustees approved 2020-21 salary increases for district staff at the regular June 22 meeting. All KISD staff will receive a 1% annual increase to their salary, according to the plan presented by Brian Schuss, KISD’s chief human resources officer. Additionally, they will receive a 1% annual lump sum payment in December. The 2020-21 raises will be cal- culated based on the midpoint of an individual job category hiring schedule, Schuss said. He added the increases equate to an approximately $660 increase to teachers’ annual salaries along with another $660 lump sum payment in December, for a total increase of $1,320. Additionally, the salary for a KISD

THE COMPENSATION PLAN Katy ISD approved a new compensation plan for the 2020-21 school year that included the following changes: 1 % increase for all staff annual salaries $ 5 increase to the substitute daily rate

$ 55,525 starting salary for a teacher with 0 years of experience 1 % lump sum payment to all staff in December

SOURCE: KATY ISD/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Katy ISDexpands support for students

KISD media relations and multimedia manager, in an email. The Character Strong program focuses on students’ emotional wellness and health, and it was implemented at 22 KISD campuses during the 2019-20 school year, DiPetta said. For the upcoming school year, the program will be expanded to all cam- puses, DiPetta and Gregorski said.

3 THINGS TOKNOW ABOUT THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

BY JEN PARA

Students can choose to take classes online or virtually. The first day of school will be Aug. 19. There are no changes at this time to the 2020-21 instructional calendar. Instructional start and end times have changed to accommodate new safety procedures.

KATY ISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski announced in late May that Katy ISD will expand the Charac- ter Strong program and hire four additional social workers—bringing the district’s total to six—during the 2020-21 school year. “The district has seen an increased need for social, emotional and mental health support as well as legislative changes ... requiring districts to increase mental health support in schools,” said Maria Corrales DiPetta,

BY JEN PARA

KATY ISD Students at Katy ISD have a choice for in-person or online instruction for the 2020 fall semester, per the district’s July 13 reopening plan. As of press time, KISD has not announced any changes to the plan. A July 15 letter states KISD has not received official informa- tion from the state offering a longer period of time for online learning.

For students and families needing mental, emotional or social health help this summer, KISD has a webpage of available resources:

www.katyisd.org/Pages/Katy-ISD- Health-Update2.aspx

SOURCE: KATY ISD/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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CITY& COUNTY

News from the city of Fulshear, Fort Bend and Harris counties

Katy City Council meets the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is July 27. Katy City Hall, 910 Ave. C, Katy 281-391-4800 www.cityoaty.com Fulshear City Council meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The next meeting is Aug. 18. 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 10 a.m. July 28. 1001 Preston Ave., Ste. 934, Houston 713-755-5000 www.harriscountytx.gov Fort Bend Commissioners Court meets 1 p.m. the rst, second, and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The next meeting is July 28. 401 Jackson St., Richmond 281-342-3411 www.fortbendcountytx.com MEETINGSWE COVER

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Pledges needed to save SwitchHouse

BY NOLA Z. VALENTE

$175,000-$375,000, council said. “If you do continue to kick the can down the road, then be specic what we are asking the commission so that they know where to focus their energies and eorts,” Mayor Aaron Gro said. Committee member Heather Raphael said the committee is more than willing to fundraise. “If we need to pay for an architec- tural rendering, we will do so,” she said.

FULSHEAR City Council has granted a ve-month extension to the Fulshear Historic Preservation and Museum Committee to gather hundreds of thousands in pledges to fund the preservation of the histori- cal Section House, or Switch House. At the June 16 meeting, council agreed to let the committee gather pledges to equal 50% of the average cost of the three bids previously received, which is between

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program can assist is about 2,500, County Auditor Ed Sturdivant said. The program’s initial $22 million was estimated to help about 2,200 businesses. The approved amendment also expanded the eligibility criteria— such as annual sales requirement— so more business located within the county can apply. It also changed the grant amounts to range between $5,000- $25,000. Previously, grant amounts were limited to $10,000. Funding for the program comes from federal and county funds.

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FORT BEND COUNTY At the June 23 regular meeting, the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court approved an amendment to the Fort Bend County COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program to expand the program, which launched June 15. Under the amendment, the total amount of funds available for small-business grants has increased from $22 million to $38 million. With the expansion, the total number of businesses the grant

FORT BENDANDHARRIS COUNTIES Gov. Greg Abbott ordered all Texans to wear a face covering in public spaces beginning July 3. The order states Texans must wear a face covering “when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing.” No expiration date was provided. Previously, Harris County man- dated face coverings inside busi- nesses beginning June 22, and Fort Bend County issued a similar order beginning June 25. On June 30, the Harris County order was extended through Aug 26, and Fort Bend County’s order was extended through July 31. Fines will be issued if residents violate the orders.

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