Katy woman rallies support to stop toll road
plans but her information is lacking
A Katy area woman and resident of Fort
Bend County, is rallying the media and local residents to
her cause. She wants to stop the plan to make all of State
99 (The Grand Parkway) a toll road—although there is no such
plan, and she criticizes “Fort Bend County Commissioner Andy
Warner” although Fort Bend County has no such commissioner.
In an open letter to the media and
citizens of Fort Bend County, Amy Dopson says “I am a Katy
resident, a mom, and I am with Independent Texans trying to
help stop the Trans-Texas Corridor project. Political
affiliations aside - I have been watching TxDOT (Texas
Department of Transportation) like a hawk for quite some
Dopson goes on to claim that “TxDOT is
trying to make Hwy 99 a toll road from Hwy 59 in Sugar Land
to Franz Road in Katy.”
“I attended the TxDOT meeting on Tuesday
night May 22, only to have a brief discussion with Ft. Bend
Co. Commissioner Andy Warner in the parking lot - while he
was leaving the meeting early. He indicated to me that TxDOT
informed him that there was no other way to fund Hwy 99
unless it was made a toll road. Fort Bend Co. Commissioner
Andy Warner is in favor of Hwy 99 being made a toll road and
he also is proud to announce that he was one of the driving
forces behind the West Park Toll Road,” Dopson says in her
Oops—Fort Bend County Commissioner Andy
Meyers’ precinct covers the area and after I received the
mail out, I contacted him to see if he was the elusive
“Commissioner Warner.” Meyers said he thought he might be.
From that point on he disputed a number of issues in the
mail out sent by Dopson. For instance, he says he ran into
Dopson as he was leaving the meeting and she was arriving.
“She got there when the meeting was ending, I wasn’t leaving
early,” he said.
He also says he cannot understand why
Dopson changed his identity because she requested a business
card and he gave it to her,
In addition, Meyers said he told Dopson
repeatedly and “tried to make it clear to Amy that no part
of the completed portion of State 99 was going to be tolled
and there were no plans to do that in the future.”
Only new overpasses will be tolled and
motorists traveling the Grand Parkway will still have the
option of exiting and driving on feeder roads if they object
to the new overpass toll conditions, officials have said.
Dopson goes on to claim the tolling of
State 99 will impact school districts, decrease property
values, thwart new business and impede emergency responders.
However, there is no statistical information to back up her
claims of doom and disaster.
After reading the obvious misinformation
in the first portion of the mail out, it is real hard to get
fired up about the rest of the claims.
If you want to rally people to your
cause, the best way to do it is with good, sound information
and accurate identification of the government officials that
play a part in the plans you are fighting.
As for Andy Meyers, aka Commissioner Warner .. hey he’s
been called worse!