Flood control needs, and other things from this week’s Katy City Council meeting, Oct. 9


The Katy City Council held its regular meeting Monday night, enacting two ordinances, awarding a contract for a diesel exhaust system for the Katy Fire Department and accepting a Hurricane Harvey recovery donation of $25,000. Here are the details:

1. Post-Harvey flooding needs assessment information to be released
City Council will hear the third and final report from Costello Inc.’s flood control needs assessment study Oct. 23, Mayor Chuck Brawner said.  The study was extended for the last several weeks in order to determine infrastructure needs after Tropical Storm Harvey flooded the city in late August and early September.

Costello has been conducting the study on the Cane Island Branch watershed, which receives water from Cypress Creek, since December. Brawner said over the summer that implementing mitigation tactics will need cooperation from Harris and Fort Bend counties, as well as the Harris County Flood Control District.

2. Fire station contracts awarded
The council awarded a $115,507 contract to Rossman Enterprises, Inc. to install a diesel exhaust system, which will protect the firefighters and emergency medical technicians from exposure to diesel exhaust fumes. Currently, the carcinogenic fumes can enter the station’s barracks via the fire engine bay by a swinging door, Fire Chief Russell Wilson said.

The council also authorized Brawner to sign a contract worth about $6,000 with Station Automation Inc. for maintenance software. The technology will track required maintenance for emergency vehicles and personal protective equipment.

3. Driving restrictions approved for Bell Patna Drive
The council passed an ordinance prohibiting through traffic on Bell Patna Drive, near Katy Mills mall, where Fire Station 2 is currently under development. The ordinance is meant to ensure emergency vehicles have unhindered access during emergencies.

4. Turn lane agreement for Katy Hardware approved
Brawner will sign an agreement with Katy Hardware to split the cost of a left turn lane into the business at 559 Pin Oak Road, Katy. The store is responsible for $12,500 of the estimated $25,000 construction cost.

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R. Hans Miller
R. Hans Miller joined the Community Impact team in June 2017. He is a recent graduate of Texas State University's College of Journalism and Mass Communication, a U.S. Army veteran, husband and father. He is originally from Montana. He has written for VoiceBox Media and the San Marcos Daily Record, among others. He covers city government, emergency services, local business development and other topics for the Katy area.
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