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Volunteer Julie d’Ablaing teaches about the prairie at the Katy Prairie Conservancy’s preserve. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

Local entitieswork to balance development, prairie ‘We can build in such a way that is more friendly to the Katy Prairie,’ expert says

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The land’s atness and ability to hold water originally attracted rice farmers to the area—and eventually subdivisions, shopping centers and oces followed—said Mary Anne Pia- centini, the president and CEO of Katy

Prairie Conservancy, a nonprot land trust working to protect and restore the Katy Prairie.

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Long before the railroad and rice farming, the Katy area was lled with grass, prairie mounds, wetlands and wildlife as part of the 1,000-square- mile Katy Prairie.

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Today, 36 out of 172 acres in the Katy area are undeveloped, according CONTINUED ON 26 Katy to implement new technological layer of security

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Despite some privacy concerns, locals say they want to remain safe

Reviewing Katy Crime SAFety The Katy Police Department provided stats covering the 1.5-mile radius around Katy Mills mall to show the need for license plate readers in the area. Numbers show data for 2020 as of Feb. 18.

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Total calls : 2,161 Total arrests: 148 License plate readers to be installed: 22

Number of ocers : 72 Number of marked patrol vehicles : 36 Average salary for one ocer : $46,000 Cost to implement license plate readers : $44,000 Number of cars read by test reader : 15,000-20,000 per weekend

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Katy Police Department Chief Noe Diaz said he wants to keep residents as safe as possible as the city grows. Diaz will add a layer of security to increase the rate of solved crimes and to discourage individuals from com- mitting them at all. In January, Katy City Council approvedDiaz’s proposal to install 22 license plate readers around the Katy Mills business district and inside some neighborhoods where the department receives the most calls for service.

Due to the fast-changing nature of coronavirus in the region, readers should visit communityimpact.com to nd the latest coverage on announcements, case numbers, school closures and event cancellations.

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PUBLISHERS AND FOUNDERS John and Jennifer Garrett PUBLISHERHOUSTONMETRO Jason Culpepper ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Kristina Shackelford GENERAL MANAGER Susan Rovegno, srovegno@communityimpact.com EDITORIAL EXECUTIVE EDITOR Joe Lanane MANAGING EDITOR Marie Leonard EDITOR Jen Para

FROMSUSAN: This month we look at two unique investments in the Katy area. We look at the benets of conserving the Katy Prairie (see Page 26), and in our Higher Education Guide (See Page 19), we look at the latest programs from local institutions. Susan Rovegno, GENERALMANAGER

FROMJEN: If you enjoy gardening, check out our inside information on planting a pocket prairie (see Page 29). By growing native species, you can help enhance biodiversity while creating a space for community members to relax out of the hustle and bustle of their day. There are at least six pocket prairies in the Katy area you can check out for inspiration. Jen Para, EDITOR

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Businesses that have recently opened or are coming soon, relocating or expanding

NOWOPEN 1 Crumbl Cookies opened in early February at 23730 Westheimer Parkway, Ste. J, Katy. The business bakes gour- met cookies, such as chilled peppermint Oreo, caramel apple and chocolate cake. The brand has more than 70 locations, including two in the Greater Houston area in Cypress and Humble. 281-937-4101. www.crumblcookies.com 2 Shipley Do-Nuts’ newest store in Ful- shear opened Feb. 19 at 6300 FM 1463, Ste. 100. The Houston-based chain bakes over 40 varieties of doughnuts, including with sprinkles and icing or filled with cream. Guests can also purchase bear claws, apple fritters and cinnamon twists. 281-505-0712. www.shipleydonuts.com 3 Main Squeeze Juice Co. opened at 6230 FM 1463, Fulshear, Feb. 21, ac- cording to a press release. The location is owned and operated by Fulshear resi- dent Justin LeBleu, and the chain crafts cold-pressed juices, smoothies, fruit bowls, coffee and tea as well as shots of espresso, wheatgrass and coconut wa- ter. Juice flavors include Detox, which has lemon, agave and charcoal water as 4 VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa Cinco Ranch opened March 5 at 9930 Gaston Road, Katy, according to a press release. The two-story, 130,000-square- foot fitness club includes a spa, sauna, several pools, cardio machines and free weights. There is also a 12,000-square- foot children’s activity area, a cafe, group classes and personal fitness trainers. The luxury fitness chain has two other Texas locations in Cypress and The Woodlands. 346-322-2468. www.villasport.com/ cinco-ranch 5 Hair By Zara held a grand opening on Jan. 16 at 814 East Ave., Ste. E, Katy. The salon is owned by Zara Bazargan, and she and her stylists provide haircuts, styling, coloring and highlights. 281-665-2414. www.zarabazargan.com 6 BancorpSouth Fulshear Branch held a grand opening celebration Feb. 26 at 27200 FM 1093, Fulshear, according to the Fulshear Chamber of Commerce. Ban- corpSouth provides a variety of financial services, such as checking accounts, sav- ingredients. 281- 845-6878. www.mainsqueezejuiceco.com

ings accounts, credit cards and loans for individuals and businesses. The national bank brand has two other branch loca- tions in the Katy area. 281-944-5686. www.bancorpsouth.com 7 Sugaring NYC Organic Waxing and Lash Studio opened Feb. 9 at 4020 FM 1463, Ste. 102, Fulshear. It will host a grand opening celebration March 27. The beauty salon provides a hair removal service that uses an organic sugar paste. It also offers lash extensions and a keratin lash lift and tint. 281-665-3402. www.houstonsugaring.com 8 Stretch Lab opened at 6300 FM 1463, Ste. 200, Fulshear, on Feb. 17. At Stretch Lab, flexologists help customers attain a deeper stretch through group classes and personalized one-on-one training sessions. 832-557-0517. https://local.stretchlab.com/locations/ katy 9 Blockhouse Coffee & Kitchen opened its second location March 5 at 9910 Gaston Road, Ste. 170, Katy. The coffee shop offers a menu of coffee drinks made from Amaya Roasting Co. and Fort Bend Coffee Roasters. Breakfast and lunch dishes will also be served. Block- house’s first location is at 611 Jackson St., Ste. C, Richmond. 281-766-4866. www.blockhousecoffee.co 10 Checkers and Rally’s planned to open a new location at 29625 Highway Blvd., Katy, on March 17, according to a press release. The chain offers a menu of burgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, chicken sandwiches, chili, fries and wings. The menu also includes slushies and ice cream treats. A phone has not been connected as of press time. www.checkers.com COMING SOON 11 Street Play Museum will open a new location at 9910 Gaston Road, Ste. 120, Katy, in March. The children’s museum, which is not a day care, provides play opportunities, such as arts, crafts, toys and educational exhibits. 281-666-4217. www.psmkaty.com 12 Imagine Early Education and Childcare is planning to open in late March at 24210 Cinco Terrace Drive, Katy. The facility housed Children’s Learning

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Adventure, a company that filed for bank- ruptcy and must surrender the premises by March 27. Officials with Lasco Devel- opment Corp. said the new operator will offer similar services, including child care from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. A phone number is not available as of press time. www.imaginechild.com 13 Ivy Kids of Cross Creek held a groundbreaking ceremony Feb. 3 for its new 15,484-square-foot facility at 6407 Cross Creek Bend Lane, Ful- shear, according to a press release. The Pearland-based business provides day care, preschool, before-school care and after-school care for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years. Ivy Kids is eyeing a September opening date. The brand has 15 other locations. 281-505-0011. www.ivykids.com 14 Elmer Swim School plans to open its 25th Texas location in the Katy area at 6823 S. Fry Road, Katy, on May 4, according to a press release. The business offers over 20 swim classes for children and adults. The new 4,900-square-foot location will have a 4-foot-deep, saltwater pool that is heated to 90 degrees. 855- 232-2006. www.emlerswimschool.com/ location/katy/ 15 Texana plans to open its new Ful- shear campus located near the intersec- tion of Wallis Street and FM 359 in late summer. The first phase will have a new building with the Texans Bistro & Bou- tique to train individuals with disabilities to work in retail establishments such as a cafe or a shop. The building will also have two classrooms, one of which will house the Children’s Center for Autism’s third location. The other classroom will

host Texana’s Center for Advancement to provide training in a college-like setting. The 14.5-acre campus will have additional phases to expand Texana’s heath care

services. 281-239-1300. www.texanacenter.com RELOCATIONS

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games oers a variety of arcade games for children and adults.

16 Katerra Exotics relocated its store- front March 2 to Katerra Ranch at 26532 Stockdick Road, Katy, owner Patrick Bierschwale confirmed. The business’s last day at its downtown Katy location at 5627 Third St., Katy, was Feb. 29. The market sells natural, Texas-made products, such as bison meat, produce and dairy. The storefront opened in 2016. 281-222-4958. www.katerraexotics.com CLOSINGS 17 Burgerim closed its location at 24811 Katy Freeway, Katy, in early 2020. The brand served American fare, such as burgers, fries and milkshakes. The location’s phone has been disconnected as of Feb. 20. The California-based brand opened a new location in November in the Katy area on Westheimer Parkway. 832-437-6972 (Westheimer Parkway location). www.burgerim.com 18 Legends Coffee & Cafe located at 25707 Westheimer Parkway, Katy, closed Feb. 25. It opened in March 2019. The restaurant offered a coffee selec- tion, breakfast options and a lunch and dinner menu of sandwiches, soups and salads. Legends’ website and Facebook page are still operating, but its phone has been disconnected. www.legendscoffeecafe.com

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Businesses that have recently opened or are coming soon, relocating or expanding

5 GiAu Bar n Bites began soft opening events Feb. 1 at 1215 Grand West Blvd., Ste. C7, Katy. The restaurant serves a menu that includes Vietnamese crepes, crab udon, pork belly tacos and crawsh. It also has a cocktail menu with drinks such as Watermelon Soju, Matcha-cha and the Cucumber Diablo. 281-944-9169. www.facebook.com/giaubarnbiteskaty/ 6 Karp Bao Coee Tea opened in late February at 1223 Grand West Blvd., Ste. B108, Katy. The business oers a variety of gourmet drinks such as coee, smoothies and milk-based specialty drinks as well as a food menu with bao sandwiches, salads, loaded fries, spring rolls, rice bowls and noodle bowls. 281-206-7463. www.facebook.com/ pages/category/Restaurant/Karp-Bao- Coee-Tea-102206397984397/ COMING SOON 7 Taco Bueno will open its rst Greater Houston area location at 20995 Katy Freeway, Katy, on the rst week of April. The eatery will oer a Tex-Mex menu of tacos, burritos, quesadillas and nachos. It will also oer salads and bowls. The Abilene-based restaurant chain rst opened in 1967. The restaurant has sev- eral additional locations across east and north Texas. 832-728-3582. www.tacobueno.com 8 New apartment complex Territory at Greenhouse will begin welcoming residents May 1 at 2500 Greenhouse Road, Houston. The complex oers one-, two- and three-bedroom units starting at 639 square feet. Monthly rent begins at $990. Amenities include a pool with a beach entry and lap lanes, a cabana, grill stations, an outdoor amphitheater as well as a clubhouse with a bar, a lounge and a billiards table. 979-658-8341. www.territoryatgreenhouse.com/terri- tory-at-greenhouse-houston-tx/?utm_ knock=g 9 Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy will open a new location near the intersec- tion of Mason and Clay roads at 3902 N. Mason Road, Katy, by early April. 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 curriculum promotes social, emotional and brain

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NOWOPEN 1 Royal Arm African & Caribbean Restaurant held a grand opening Feb. 1 at 23010 Highland Knolls Drive, Ste. C, Katy, a space formerly occupied by The Maples Restaurant. This new restaurant serves a menu of West African dishes. 281-665-8511. https://royal-arm- restaurant-african-and.business.site/ 2 New residents began moving into apartments at Radius West , at 721 Greenhouse Road, Houston, in Janu- ary. The complex oers one-, two- and three-bedroom units ranging from about 600-1,500 square feet. Monthly rent begins at $1,079. When construction is nished next year, the complex will have 361 units. Amenities include a tness

E R center, a pool, cabanas, a dog park, a grill area, a clubhouse game room, a business center, a conference room, garages and storage spaces. 281-559-6265. www.radiuswestapartments.com 3 Hunan Plus Cafe opened in Feb- ruary at 23227 Mercantile Parkway, Katy. The restaurant oers a menu of Chinese dishes with chicken, pork, seafood, vegetables and tofu. It oers 1093 soup, fried rice and noodle bowls. 281-665-8638. www.facebook.com/ Hunan-Plus-108947210648261/ 4 Tasty Point opened in December at 23227 Mercantile Parkway, Ste. A4, Katy. The restaurant oers a menu of hot-pot dishes lled with noodles, meat, vege- tables, sh and seafood. 832-913-3017. www.facebook.com/tastypointkaty/

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development. 832-646-7140. www.kidsrkids.com/mason-and-clay RELOCATIONS 10 Salon Victoria Make-up and Hair Lounge relocated to 23223 Red River Drive, Katy, from 2004 S. Mason Road, Katy, in late January. The salon oers ser- vices such as haircuts, coloring, tanning

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The Real Craftwives of Katy hosts its annual Crafts and Crawsh event at Cane Island. Attendees can eat crawsh and shop. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free (admission) 2100 Cane Island Parkway, Katy. 281-725-6555. www.facebook.com/events/cane-island/crafts-and- crawsh-2020/173685850521635/

The Katy Charity Bubble Run, formerly a color run, will host a 5K, 10K and children’s dash with bubble stations. Proceeds benet local nonprots. 8-11 a.m. $15-$45. 20555 Kingsland Blvd., Katy. 281-574-1540. www.runsignup.com/Race/TX/Katy/KatyColorRun5K

At the Home for the Holidays Spring Gift Market, attendees can nd spring gifts from over 100 vendors. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (April 4), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (April 5). $6 (general admission). 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy. 281-788-4297. www.homefortheholidaysgiftmarket.com

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28 SPRING COMMUNITY Keep Katy Beautiful is hosting a community garage sale. Households that would like to host a sale must register by 5 p.m. March 25. Shoppers can pick up a list of participating addresses May 27 at Katy City Hall and view the list on the city of Katy website and Facebook page. Times vary by home. Free (admission). Locations vary. 281-391-4717. www.cityoaty.com/garagesale 28 OPERATION SPOIL OUR TROOPS CRAWFISH BOIL Local organization Operation Spoil Our Troops is hosting its second annual crawsh boil. Proceeds from the event support Sgt. Steven Metcalf, a Richmond resident who served in the U.S. Marine Corp. In addition to all-you-can-eat crawsh, the event also includes drinks, live music from the Mike Donnell Band. A silent auction will also be held to raise money. 2-6 p.m. $15 (children 12 and younger), $40 (adults 13 and older). Wildcatter Saloon, 26913 Katy Freeway, Katy. 713-898-8380. www.facebook. com/events/775679839571250/ GARAGE SALE CANCELED

APRIL 02 CHIP& SIP TOPGOLF EVENT Aristoi Classical Academy, a local K-12 charter school, will host a fundraising event at Top Golf. Attendees can choose to participate in a tournament or to relax with other guests. A full meal is included in the ticket price. Additionally, the event will have a silent auction and a call to action for school donations to help the school’s teachers purchase classroom supplies. 6-9 p.m. $50 (eat and sip ticket), $125 (golfer ticket). 1030 Memorial Brook Blvd., Houston. 281-391-5003. www.aristoiclassical.org/topgolf/ 03 CELEBRATE HOMETOWN HEROES The Arc of Katy hosts its annual gala which will honor hometown heroes, an awards program that recognizes local community members for their contributions to the Katy area. This year’s honorees are Katy Wolf Pack Special Olympics team leaders Don Wolf and Sandi Dancel as well as local nonprot Katy Christian Ministries. Funds from the gala will support adults and teens

MARCH 21 KATYMARKET DAY The rst Katy Market Day of 2020 will be held in March. The monthly event includes 75 vendors who sell plants, antiques, jewelry, clothing and home decor. Food trucks and music will also be available. Attendees are also encouraged to check out brick-and-mortar stores in historic downtown Katy. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission). 5717 Second St. Katy. 281-391-1993. www.katymarketday.com 28 FAMILY FREEDOMFESTIVAL The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182 Auxiliary will host a family- friendly event with entertainment such as a magician show, balloon artist, face painting and museum tours. Attendees can also meet Miss Southwest Texas and a Kare 9 Dog from Lutheran Church Charities. A presentation for World War II veterans will be held at 1 p.m., and there will be free eye screens. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free (with a donated nonperishable food item or personal care item). VFW Post 9182, 6206 George Bush Drive, Katy. 281-391-8387. www.facebook.com/ events/894631724326594/

with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 6-11 p.m. $150 (individual ticket), sponsorships available. Omni Houston Hotel at Westside, 13210 Katy Freeway, Houston. 832-754-9802. www.thearcoaty.org/programs-events/ detail?id=141 04 ANABELLE’S RUN Local charity Annabelle’s Amazing Graces will host its second benet with a 5K and 1-mile walk. Proceeds support research to nding cures for of G Protein Subunit Alpha O1, or GNA01, which is a rare genetic mutation that causes development delay and seizures. The charity is named after a local child who has been diagnosed with GNA01. The benet also includes a silent auction. 7:30-11:30 a.m. $25 (participants ages 3-20 years), $40 (participants 21 years and older). No Label Brewing Co., 5351 First St., Katy. www.annabellesamazinggraces.org 04 BASKETS AND BUNNIES CANCELED The city of Katy is hosting its annual Basket and Bunnies event at Katy City Park. The children’s event includes bounce houses, a petting zoo, Easter egg

These events were still on as of press time March 12, but may change due to coronavirus concerns. Check the website or call before attending. Find more or submit Katy events at communityimpact.com/communityimpact.com/event-calendar. Submitting details for consideration does not guarantee publication.

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hunt and photos with the Easter Bunny. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. 5850 Franz Road, Katy. 281-391-4840. www.cityoaty. com/Home/Components/Calendar/ Event/3624/161 04 KEEP KATY BEAUTIFUL TRASHOFF CANCELED Keep Katy Beautiful will host a clean- up event to teach residents how to prevent litter, recycle electronics and shred paper. All essential tools will be provided. 9 a.m.-noon. Katy High School, 6331 Highway Blvd., Katy. 281-391-4717. www.cityoaty.com/trasho 04 THIN BLUE LINE CRAWFISH COOKOFF The Hub City Chapter of the Thin Blue Line Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club is hosting its second annual crawsh cook-o. A ticket comes with all-you-can- eat crawsh and sides. Crawsh cooking teams are welcome to compete. The event’s proceeds benet law enforcement ocers and rst responders. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $20. The Wildcatter Saloon, 26913 Katy Freeway, Katy. www.facebook.com/ events/the-wildcatter-saloon/thin-blue- line-crawsh-cooko/510215619876607/ 04 JOY PROM The Cinco Ranch High School Student Council is putting on Joy Prom,

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a prom-style event for individuals with special needs. Volunteers are welcome to help, and attendees must register with Bruce Hayes, who teaches English at the high school and oversees student council. 6-8:30 p.m. Free. 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy. 281-237-5162. Email brucehayes@katyisd.org for more information or to register. 11 NO LABEL TRIATHLON The 10th annual No Label Triathlon includes a 300-meter pool swim, 13.9- mile bike ride and a 3-mile run. The event begins at Katy High School Natatorium and nishes at the local brewery, located at 5351 First St., Katy. 7-11 a.m. $36.66- $90. 6331 Highway Blvd., Katy. 281-693- 7545. www.trisignup.com/Race/TX/Katy/ NoLabelTriathlon 13 SWING FROMTHE HEART GOLF TOURNAMENT Local nonprot Katy Christian Ministries will host the 21st annual golf tournament, with a goal to raise $100,000 for its programs. The event will feature about 35 teams on an 18-hole course, a hole- in-one contest and a putting contest. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $175 (individual player), $700 (team of four players), sponsorships available. Weston Lakes Country Club, 32611 FM 1093, Fulshear. 281-391-5261 ext. 4014. www.ktcm.org/golf

MARCH 21, 28; APRIL 4, 11, 18 9035 Bois D’Arc Lane, Fulshear 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Meets every Saturday 713-703-4129 www.fulshearfarmersmarket.com FARMERSMARKET AT LACENTERRA MARCH 22 LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Meets the fourth Sunday each month 281-395-5533 www.lacenterra.com/event/Farmers- Market-at-LaCenterra/2145509027/ KATY FARMERSMARKET MARCH 28 Stableside at Falcon Landing, 9930 Gaston Road, Katy 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Meets the last Saturday each month 832-452-8238 www.katyfarmersmarket.org

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Intersection improvements In addition to widening Cane Island Parkway, Fort Bend County will improve the road’s intersections SOURCE: FORT BEND COUNTY COMMISSIONER PRECINCT 3COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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The Fort Bend County Engineering Department has begun new road construction in Katy. The county broke ground Feb. 18 on a project to widen Cane Island Parkway between I-10 and FM 1463, Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers said. The $6.3 million project entails widening the two-lane road into a four-lane road with a median and drainage improvements, county assistant engineer Ike Akinwande said. Additionally, crews will improve Cane Island Parkway’s intersections at I-10 and at FM 1463, Meyers said.

Fort Bend County Commissioners Court awarded a $4.6 million con- struction contract on Feb. 11 to James Construction Group LLC to oversee the project. Akinwande said construction will last about 10 months with an estimated completion date for the rst quarter of 2021. The widening project is funded by Fort Bend County’s 2017 voter-ap- proved mobility bond. This is the second phase for Cane Island Parkway, Akinwande said. The rst $8.7 million phase extended Cane Island Parkway from I-10 to FM

1463. According to previous Commu- nity Impact Newspaper reporting, this new two-lane concrete road broke ground in July 2017 and opened to trac Aug. 31, 2018. This second phase for Cane Island will help relieve trac by widening the road and adding new turn lanes at major intersections, Akinwande and Meyers said. “This route has seen tremendous trac since it opened—demonstrating [its] huge value to the community and to the retail growth that has come into the corridor,” Meyers said in a blog post.

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ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF FEB. 21. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT KTYNEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. Jennifer Almonte said. Remaining work includes curbs and striping. Timelines: April 2019-March 2020 Cost: $4.4 million Funding source: Harris County Peek Road widening Crews placed all main lane concrete to widen Peek Road into a four-lane bou- levard between Clay Road and Grand Ventana Drive, Harris County engineer

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GUIDE VOTE

Candidates and information for local May elections March 3 primary results for Katy-area local and state races

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95% Gary Gates 5% Schell Hammel TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 28 Eliz Markowitz ran unopposed.

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71% Tom Ramsey 16% Brenda Stardig 14% Susan Sample

57% Andy Meyers 39% Wendy Duncan 5% Glenn “Harry” Gustafson

Winners go on to the Nov. 3 election. Results are unocial until canvassed, and percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number. 2020primary SOURCES: FORT BEND COUNTY, HARRIS COUNTY, WALLER COUNTY, TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

27% DianaMartinez Alexander 26% Michael Moore 23% Kristi Thibaut 10% Erik “Beto” Hassan

Hope Martin ran unopposed.

53% Mike Schoeld 47% Angelica Garcia TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 132

10% Morris Overstreet

35% Geneane Hughes 35% Eric Fagan 30% Holland Jones FORT BEND COUNTY SHERIFF 82% Trever Nehls 14% John Minchew 4% Siddiqi Muzaar

Gina Calanni ran unopposed.

4% Zaher Eisa

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49% Joe Danna 29% Paul Day 23% Randy Rush 72% Ed Gonzalez 19% Jerome Moore 9% Harry Zaora

59% Lacy Hull 32% John Flynn 8% Claver T. Kamau-Imani 47% Akilah Bacy 30% Jenifer Rene Pool 24% Josh Wallenstein

45% Troy Guidry 42% R. Glenn Smith 13% Dan Porter Cedric D.

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News from Katy ISD

MEETINGBRIEFS The Katy ISD board of trustees approved several construction- related items at the Feb. 24 meeting: • A job order contract to nd a rm to relocate and purchase portable classrooms for the 2020-21 school year. The project cost is estimated to be $3.5 million, funded by the general operating fund. • Two projects totaling $4.5 million to replace building management-control systems at three campuses, Leonard Merrell Center and the Education Support Complex. The projects are funded via TIRZ funds and the 2017 bond. • An interlocal agreement with Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 156 to install new playground equipment at Amy Campbell Elementary, at 3701 Cross Creek Bend Lane, Fulshear. Katy ISD usually meets the fourth Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. The next meeting is March 30. Board Room, Education Support Complex, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy 281-396-6000 • www.katyisd.org MEETINGSWE COVER

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million, according to the contract agreement with VLK. The district will pay VLK 6% of the total construction cost for its design services, per the contract. The funding will come from tax incre- ment reinvestment zone, or TIRZ, funds, which are an economic tool to help nance costs of development, according to meeting materials. The L.D. Robinson Pavilion was built in 2004 near the Leonard E. Merrell Center, per meeting docu- ments. It hosted the Katy ISD Future Farmers of America Livestock Show and Rodeo until February 2019.

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KATY ISD The L.D. Robinson Pavil- ion may soon have a new purpose due to action by the Katy ISD board of trustees. In a 6-0 vote with Susan Geso absent, the board approved Tex- as-based VLK Architects Inc. to provide design services for repurpos- ing the 25,000-square-foot facility located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy, at its regular Feb. 24 meeting. Details about the future use of the pavilion were not provided. However, the construction estimate for the renovation is between $3 million-$5

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that we talked to was the need for an online portal to match campus needs with business interests,” Theis said. PIE selected Voly.org, powered by Volunteer- Now, a national volunteer matching platform, to help build this online portal where organizations can provide information on available resources and campuses can list their needs, Theis said. The school-business partnership program will be known as the Katy ISD Business and Community Partnerships to recognize the scope of the program encompasses all organiza- tions in the Katy area that volunteer with the district. Theis did not provide a timeline for when the portal will be available.

KATY ISD Many businesses and community members donate their time and resources at Katy ISD, and the district has been working on ways to improve these partnerships. Janet Theis—the KISD executive director of Partners in Education, which oversees these part- nerships—announced at the Feb. 24 regular board of trustees meeting that PIE’s school-business part- nership program will soon have a portal to better match volun- teers and resources with local campuses. “A common theme with all the groups

400 parents applied to the 2020 Community Bond Advisory Committee. so, which projects should be included, she said. “His role as committee chair will be to help guide the process to assist committee members and getting answers to ques- tions that they may have about projects or cost and presenting the nal recommendation should the committee determine a need for a bond,” Doyle said. She said there will be other participation oppor- tunities, such as observ- ing committee meetings or attending forums to provide feedback about ideas and projects.

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City of Katy to build a cell tower for better connection services

county residents are foreign-born, and she believes the county overall benets from its diversity. Approx- imately 412,000 residents who account for 10% of the county’s labor force are undocumented. These individuals have a signicantly higher chance of having successful cases when they have attorneys versus when they are forced to represent themselves, Hidalgo said. “Our estimate is there are around 18,000 immigrants that reside in Harris County who don’t have access to representation, and it would be impossible for the county to represent that enormous number,” she said. “But the idea is for this to help us chip away at a big problem that faces our own community because it leads to families being torn apart, and it leads to folks being plucked away from jobs that contribute to our economy and that are necessary to our economy.” Hidalgo said those in need of services would be prioritized based on income levels, and partnerships with area nonprots could also help support needs. Katy City Council meets the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is March 23. Katy City Hall, 910 Avenue 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 April 21. 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 meetings are 10 a.m. on March 22 and 26. 1001 Preston Ave., Ste. 934, Houston 713-755-5000 www.harriscountytx.gov Fort Bend County Commissioners Court meets 1 p.m. the rst, second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The next meeting is March 24. 401 Jackson St., Richmond 281-342-3411 www.fortbendcountytx.com MEETINGSWE COVER

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CITY OF KATY The city of Katy will soon have a new telecommuni- cations tower at 5364 Franz Road to improve coverage in the area. At the Feb. 24 regular meeting, Katy City Council approved a proposal by TMobile and Eco Site II representatives who said the tower will improve cellular coverage and call volume as the city’s population continues to grow. Council previously urged TMo- bile and Eco Site II representatives to gather more data regarding whether the tower could be smaller and better located. Bebb Francis, a representative of Eco Site II, agreed to build a 150-foot tower rather than the original proposal of a 180-foot

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HARRIS COUNTY Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo proposed establishing an immigrant legal defense fund for county residents at the Feb. 25 Commissioners Court meeting. The court pushed the resolution forth with a 3-2 vote as commissioners Steve Radack and Jack Cagle opposed the motion. Hidalgo said this program would “inject a measure of fairness into our justice system” for individuals and families who do not have access to legal services. “I’ve seen the impact of federal immigration system that is so broken and convoluted that folks are desperate just to have an answer to their case,” she said. “We need to make sure that if they don’t have a legitimate case, well then, they don’t deserve to be here, [but] if they do have one, that they continue to contribute to our econ- omy, and that we’re not tearing families apart unnecessarily when they have a legitimate case but no attorney to represent them.” In the resolution submitted for court consideration on Feb. 21, Hidalgo said more than 25% of

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