City Council Passes Ordinance Restricting Parking Near Katy High School During School...

City Council Passes Ordinance Restricting Parking Near Katy High School During School Hours

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By George Slaughter

The Katy City Council Monday night passed an ordinance that restricts parking during school hours on school days on selected residential streets near Katy High School.

The ordinance comes after complaints from residents who live near the school. Students have been parking their cars in front of those residents’ homes, which prevented garbage and recycle pickup and mail delivery.

Safety was another issue, as students would have to walk across US Highway 90 to get to school.

The new ordinance affects the following streets:

  • On either side of First Street from Carolina Street rail road crossing to Victoria Lakes Drive.
  • On either side of Fern Street from Ash Street to Patricia Lane.
  • Along the entire length of Eva Drive starting from the intersection of First Street.
  • On either side of Dogwood Street from First Street to Patricia Lane.
  • On either side of Carnation Street from First Street to Patricia Lane.
  • On either side of Blue Bonnet Street from First Street to Cedar Street.
  • Along the entire length of Aster Street starting from the intersection of First Street.
  • On either side of Bartlett Street from First Street to Cedar Street.
  • On either side of Dollins from First Street to Pop Oman Street.
  • Along the entire length of Shetland Lane starting from the intersection of First Street.
  • On either side of Ash Street from Fern to Bartlett Street.
  • On either side of Cedar Street from Fern Street to Bartlett Street.
  • On either side of Patricia Lane from Burnet Street to Mert Street.
  • On either side of Birch Lane from Dogwood Street to Bartlett Street.
  • On either side of Pop Oman Street from Bartlett to Dollins Street.
  • On either side of Rice Street from Bartlett Street to Shetland Lane.
  • Along the entire length of Carolina Street south of US Highway 90.
  • Along the entire length of Alabama Street south of US Highway 90.
  • Along the entire length of North Woods Lane starting from FM 1463.
  • On either side of Woods Lane from North Woods Lane to South Woods Lane.
  • Along the entire length of South Woods Lane starting at FM 1463.

Lawbreakers will be charged with a misdemeanor and subject to a fine up to $200.

The issue must now be reviewed and approved by the Katy Independent School Board of Trustees, who will authorize district police to enforce this ordinance in the affected neighborhood.

This map shows streets affected by a new city ordinance that sets no parking zones during school hours on school days. (City of Katy)

In other action Monday, the council:

  • Presented a certificate of recognition to the Katy Lady Cavaliers lacrosse team.
  • Presented a certificate of recognition to the Katy Disciples Under 8 Blue baseball team.
  • Observed the presentation of the Katy Proud Business Award to Purser Architectural Inc., 5702 4th St., by the Keep Katy Beautiful Board.
  • Approved meeting minutes from the June 12 and June 26 council meetings
  • Approved a street closure request for the fourth annual Katy Half Marathon to be held February 3, 2017.
  • Approved a $1,000 annual dues payment for the West I-10 Chamber of Commerce.
  • Authorized Mayor Chuck Brawner to sign an interlocal agreement (also known as an affiliation agreement) with the Katy Independent School District Emergency Management Services Education Program.
  • Authorized Brawner to sign the auditor’s engagement letter for the fiscal year ending September 30 with Whitley Penn, LLP, certified public accountants.
  • Authorized Brawner to accept a water line and sanitary sewer easement from Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc.
  • Authorized Brawner to accept a utility easement, sidewalk easement and temporary construction agreement from Amegy Bank.
  • Authorized Brawner to sign an agreement with Ambassador Services, LLC, of Houston for janitorial services in Katy municipal facilities.
  • Called a joint public hearing of the city council and the city planning and zoning commission to amend the city’s zoning ordinances. The hearing will take place at city hall but the time and date have not yet been set.