Katy City Council to Consider Livestreaming Its Meetings

By George Slaughter

Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll is championing a proposal to authorize City Administrator Byron Hebert and city staff to gather information from other cities on how they livestream and archive the recordings of their meetings. With this information, Katy could issue a request for proposals for a similar setup.

Carroll is working with Mayor Pro Tem Durran Dowdle on the issue.

Carroll said the Fulshear and Houston city councils, along with the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees, livestream their meetings on the web. Their livestream recordings are available for viewing on their respective websites.

“We’re not reinventing the wheel here,” Carroll said. “We’re not going to be the first to market on this.”

Carroll said whatever proposals are presented to the Katy City Council would not necessarily be a “one size fits all” proposal.

“We want to find out what’s out there, and what works best for us, then go out and get a bid,” Carroll said. “We hope to initiate that process on Monday.”

Carroll first put the proposal on the May 13 agenda, the day before Mayor Bill Hastings and Ward B Council Member Jenifer Jordan Stockdick were sworn into office after being elected earlier that month. But the item was tagged, or delayed, until the next regularly scheduled meeting.

That meeting, set for June 10, was cancelled due to a lack of quorum, but the council agreed to meet Monday in special session. The next regularly scheduled meeting, set for June 24, is expected to be cancelled, also due to a lack of quorum.

Monday will be Hastings’s and Stockdick’s first council meeting.

Honoring the Lady Tigers Softball Team

Monday’s meeting will begin with a proclamation honoring the Katy High School softball team, which earlier this month defeated Klein Collins for the state championship. The championship is the second in the history of the Katy softball program.

Hastings said in an interview last week he couldn’t think of a better way to begin his first council meeting as mayor than to honor the state champions.

Reviewing a Special Use Permit Appeal

Monday’s agenda also includes an appeal by Roy Meadows for a special use permit to operate a bed and breakfast at 2650 Avenue D. According to the city’s planning and zoning commission, Meadows submitted his application after neighbors complained that a short-term rental home and event venue was operating at this address.

The property is zoned for single-family residential use, but city ordinance permits its use as a bed and breakfast if it has a special use permit from the city.

The commission on May 28 held a hearing and recommended denial of the special use permit.

To see the entire agenda for Monday’s meeting, see the city website.