A few homeowners in Katy’s Nottingham Country subdivision have now filed 2 separate lawsuits against Kickerillo Company, Inc. — the successor company to the firm that originally developed the subdivision in the 1970s. In 2010, Kickerillo transferred a strip of land along the southwest side of Mason Creek to the Harris County Flood District; the agency plans to build a 10-ft.-wide, $3.25 million trail along the waterway. The trail would allow bikers and hikers a clear path from the Kingsland Park & Ride on I-10 near Mason Rd. to George Bush Park. In a couple of news reports covering the controversy last year, Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack declared that the land along the waterway, which passes beyond the backyard fences of many Nottingham Country residents, now belongs to the county. A county attorney said that homeowners’ claims to the property resulted from a “misreading” of the plat.
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But the lawsuits, filed in February and March, claim that the strip of land on that plat is shown as a “drainage easement” only, to “construct, install, alter and maintain surface and subsurface drainage facilities over, under, and across the above described property,” according to a recorded agreement. The lawsuits claim Kickerillo transferred to the county “property it did not own.”
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Photo of Oak Tree along Mason Creek near Leatherwood Dr.: Allen Shea