City Recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting

By George Slaughter

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded the City of Katy a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting.

City Finance Director Becky Wilkins accepted the award on behalf of the city at Monday’s city council meeting.

According to the association, this award has been or has gone to the individuals or department designated by the government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning comprehensive annual financial report.

Wilkins said it was a collaborative effort on everyone’s part in her eight-person department. Mayor Chuck Brawner said Wilkins does an outstanding job managing the city’s money.

Wilkins became finance director in 2014. She succeeded Byron Hebert, who became city administrator.

In other action Monday, the council:

Reviewed the bank statement and check register through August 31.

Approved meeting minutes for the August 14 and August 31 council meetings. The regular scheduled August 28 meeting was canceled due to Hurricane Harvey.

Approved a request from the Katy Rotary Club to stage its 25th Annual Triathlon on October 29. The start and finish of the triathlon will be at Firethorne subdivision.

Accepted public improvements for West 10 Business Park commercial reserves on Columbia Drive.

Awarded a $115,507.92 bid to Rossman Enterprises, Inc., of Cincinnati, for a diesel exhaust extraction system for the fire department.

Accepted a $25,000 donation from DR Horton for Hurricane Harvey recovery.

Adopted a resolution authorizing Brawner to sign an agreement for construction of public improvements on the turn lane on Pin Oak Road.

Adopted a resolution authorizing Brawner to sign a contract with station automation, Inc., for preventive maintenance schedule program for fire apparatus and personal protective equipment.

Adopted a resolution declaring surplus items for auction. The items are from the fire and public works departments.

Adopted a resolution designating Brawner and Council Member-at-Large Steve Pierson as representative and alternative representative, respectively, to the Houston Galveston Area Council 2018 General assembly.

Adopted a resolution authorizing the Katy Development Authority to enter into an economic development agreement with the Katy Mills Mall.

Passed an ordinance increasing the Keep Katy Beautiful Board of Directors to 13 members.

Passed an ordinance to amend the fire prevention and protection chapter of the city code to include a section on accessing the fire station under construction on Bell Patna Drive.