Election Q&A: Katy Ward B candidates talk plans on managing growth, flooding

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Two candidates are running for Position 1 in Ward B in Katy this May. Community Impact Newspaper asked candidates what their plans are to fix issues facing the city, including drainage and preparing for the next big storm. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order, and their responses have been edited for length and clarity.

Steve Pierson

Phone number: 832-661-8800
Email address: N/A
Website: N/A
Occupation: Retired law enforcement
Top priorities: Flooding, public safety, traffic flow
Years in Katy: 38 years

What will you do to ensure the city’s drainage is properly maintained and upgraded?
I will perform onsite reviews and inspections and follow-up with citizens who contact me. I will work with the administration and mayor’s office to maintain and upgrade the existing drainage and add sufficient drainage if needed.

What can the city of Katy do to manage ongoing residential and commercial growth?
The various city boards should be working with each other to ensure everyone is on the same page. Additionally, transparency from the city administration and mayor’s office is required. Council members should assure the people that they are being heard by carrying their concerns to city hall and staying on top of the issue and not letting it go by the wayside. The mayor’s office and the various departments must improve their priorities by communicating and assuring the citizens.

What makes you the best person for this position?
My experience and my love for Katy is what makes me the best person for this position. I love Katy. I have always strived to represent the citizens and assist them however I can. When a citizen contacts me, I research and find an answer to their questions, and I call them back with my results. My experience speaks volumes and it is proven.

In conversations with Katy residents, what issue has been brought up the most?
The concerns that have been mostly brought up to me are flooding and traffic.

How can the city best prepare for the next big storm?
Continue upgrading and improving but expedite the work. Work with the neighboring governmental entities to improve the drainage for the city of Katy.

What is the biggest challenge facing the city of Katy and how do you plan to address it?
Flooding; the city must continue to work the existing waterways by grading and widening, keeping the waterways clear of debris and working with the Brookshire Katy Drainage District to monitor and make the necessary improvements to Cane Island Creek. Also, making sure every citizen has adequate and proper drainage and working with state and federal officials.

Jenifer Jordan Stockdick

Phone number: 281-391-4314
Email address: jenstockdick@gmail.com
Website: www.facebook.com/jeniferjordanstockdick-forkatycitycouncilwardb
Occupation: Regions Bank branch manager IV, vice president
Top priorities: Flood mitigation; public safety and being resident focused. I’m am also focused on the budget; financial efficiency is my specialty.
Years in Katy: 42 years

What will you do to ensure the city’s drainage is properly maintained and upgraded?
I will work to keep improving our relationship with the Katy Brookshire Drainage and Fort Bend Flood Control. I will help to ensure ditches and storm drains are clear of debris before major storms and continue to look at other ways we can work on drainage issues, especially in our older neighborhoods.

What can the city of Katy do to manage ongoing residential and commercial growth?
I’d like to keep commercial growth along the I-10 corridor, our industrial park and other already established commercial areas. Katy will continue to be a growing community. We can control our economic growth and protect our residents at the same time.

What makes you the best person for this position?
I’ve lived in Katy my whole life. I love to serve, [and have] a heart to volunteer and love for people. I’ve been serving on boards in this community for over 15 years. I’m so excited for and encouraged by the future of Katy. With my financial background, I believe I can be a strategic resource on City Council.

In conversations with Katy residents, what issue has been brought up the most?
Flooding and drainage seem to be the biggest concern on everyone’s mind. The past two floods—The Tax Day Flood and [Hurricane] Harvey—were both absolutely devastating to our city.

How can the city best prepare for the next big storm?
We will have all first responders and city employees properly trained and ensure that an emergency plan is in place. The city recently hired a new director for the Office of Emergency Management who will oversee all of this, we purchased a high-water rescue truck and have a full-time paid fire department. The residents and administration have had two natural disasters to learn from, so we are more prepared and wiser. We’re all personally motived because we were all affected by them. One of the highest priorities we have is the safety of our citizens in our community.

What is the biggest challenge facing the city of Katy and how do you plan to address it?
The biggest challenge facing the city of Katy right now is flooding and working on drainage improvements. The city recently adopted some stricter codes (Harris County Flood Control District)—these have more stringent detention requirements. This means that with new construction—either residential or commercial construction—detention ponds will now have to have a larger capacity. We will continue working with other entities to get the third reservoir completed.

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Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Jen has written about business, politics and education since 2013. Prior to CI, Jen was the web producer at Houston Business Journal.
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