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Katy names risk management team

October 11, 2018

A newly appointed committee will work with Katy’s emergency management coordinator to assess and minimize natural and human-caused risks to the community as part of a plan with Harris County.

On Oct. 8, Katy City Council appointed Jason Rivera, assistant public works director, as the alternate contact for Greg Goedecker, who recently joined city staff as the emergency management coordinator. Named to serve on the local mitigation planning team are Elaine Lutringer, public works director; Cindy Kuykendall, code enforcement officer; Anas Garfaoui, city planner, and David Leyendecker, city engineer.

Goedecker wrote to council that his office will begin to update the city’s portion of the Harris County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Action Plan. “This plan will provide a vision to reduce risks from natural hazards and strategies to build a more resilient community,” he said.

In addition to approving the team, council also authorized the mayor to sign a letter of intent to participate in the project over a 14-month period.

Goedecker said risk assessment includes all risks going beyond the flooding that the city has experienced in recent years. Participation in the project will allow the city to go after funds to tackle projects, he said. Harris County will work with the city, he added.

In separate resolutions, City Council approved funds for the city’s portion of Community Development Block Grant allocations for drainage-related projects. The city authorized not more than $69,278 for its portion of a Harris County CDB grant for a Patna Drive drainage project and not more than $647,886 for its portion of a Fort Bend CDB grant for the berm at the sewer plant.

karen.zurawski@chron.com

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