VOLUME 8, ISSUE 7 MARCH 19APRIL 22, 2020
Preserving the Katy Prairie helps ooding and quality of life.
Original Katy Prairie Katy Prairie Conservancy
SOURCE: KATY PRAIRIE CONSERVANCY COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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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BY JEN PARA
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.
Today, 36 out of 172 acres in the Katy area are undeveloped, according CONTINUED ON 26 Katy to implement new technological layer of security
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.
BY NOLA Z. VALENTE
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
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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SOURCE: CITY OF KATYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPERcommunityimpact.com
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