City of Katy

City Sets Bond Election for May

Katy Mayor Chuck Brawner presents an “Above and Beyond” citation to Buc-ee’s senior vice president Richard Sebastian for his company’s efforts serving first responders during Hurricane Harvey rescue and relief operations. (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night set a bond election to raise $19.5 million for repair and prevention measures needed following Hurricane Harvey last year. Voters will be asked to review and approve three propositions. The first proposition, for $4.25 million, is for street work to elevate the 1st Street bridge and the Katy Hockley Road (Avenue D). The second proposition, for $10.25 million, is for drainage projects for the Fortuna and […]

Former Katy Mayor Nelson Laid to Rest Thursday

A portrait of former Katy Mayor Johnny Nelson at Katy City Hall (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter Former Katy Mayor Johnny Nelson was fondly remembered Thursday as an impact player who brought the Katy Mills Mall to the Katy area. Nelson served as mayor from 1983-87 and as city administrator from 1994-2014. He died Sunday. He was 79. In his homily, the pastor Dr. Charles Wisdom recalled how he and Nelson first met. Wisdom had just moved to Katy from San Antonio, where in addition to his ministry he […]

Former Katy Mayor Johnny Nelson Remembered by Colleagues

A portrait of former Katy Mayor Johnny Nelson at Katy City Hall (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter Katy city leaders Monday remembered former Katy Mayor and City Administrator Johnny Nelson as a great icon who did a lot of good for the city. Nelson died Sunday. He was 79. During his tenures as mayor (1983-87) and city administrator (1994-2014), Nelson played a key leadership role in Katy’s transformation from rural town with dirt roads to blossoming urban area with subdivisions and shopping centers. City Administrator Byron Hebert, who succeeded […]

City Council Considering Garbage Collection Issues

By George Slaughter For the past several years, Republic Services, the City of Katy’s garbage removal contractor, has picked up bags and trash in addition to what would be put in its blue carts. Such bags or personal trash cans might be filled with grass clippings, leaves, or other trash. Ward B Council Member Jimmy Mendez said Republic Services had been doing more than its contract specified in performing this additional work. But with costs […]

Brawner, City Looking Forward as New Year Begins

Mayor Chuck Brawner

By George Slaughter A new year brings with it new goals. But for the city of Katy, its storm water management goals come from last year’s hurricane. “It’s time to implement the planning that has been going on for the past six months,” Mayor Chuck Brawner said in an interview. Costello, the firm hired by the city to develop the storm water management plan, expects to provide the city with a design in March. Brawner […]

City Breaks Ground on New Fire Station

An artist's rendering of the new Katy Fire Station (City of Katy)

By George Slaughter Katy city officials are smiling today, for good reason, about Wednesday’s groundbreaking for a second fire station. The new station is to be built at Bell Patna Drive and Katy Mills Circle, near Katy Mills Mall. It will be a three-bay, approximately 14,000 square-foot structure. It has a guaranteed maximum price of $3,650,828. The station is expected to be finished within a year. In an interview following Monday’s city council meeting, Mayor […]

Hurricane Relief Leader Honored at City Hall

Mayor Chuck Brawner offers some Katy "swag" to Colonel Scott M. MacLeod at City Hall Monday (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy community helped lead the way in the Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts. Monday night at City Hall, Mayor Chuck Brawner honored the Texas National Guard colonel who led those much of those efforts from a makeshift headquarters in the Katy High School Library. Brawner presented an “Above and Beyond” citation to Colonel Scott M. MacLeod, commander of the 136th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. MacLeod and his task force oversaw relief […]

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lit in front of City Hall

The Mayor's Christmas Tree, fully lit, in front of Katy City Hall (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter Santa Claus stopped in Katy to help Mayor Chuck Brawner and his wife Marcy light the Mayor’s 45th annual Christmas Tree Thursday night in front of City Hall, 901 Avenue C. Before Santa made his appearance, the ceremonies included performances by the Katy Youth Choir and a dance team from Juleigh Holley’s School fod Dance, 27025 Highway Blvd. For his part, Santa did more than help light the tree, or talk about […]

Mayor Honors Local Heroes for Rescue Efforts During Hurricane

Mayor Chuck Brawner, second from left, honors, from left, Doug Johnson, Pat Lester, and Lane Johnson for their rescue efforts during Hurricane Harvey (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter When Hurricane Harvey hit the Katy area in August, volunteers joined the first responders in helping their neighbors in peril, some even risking their own lives under dangerous conditions. Now that the storm has passed and rebuilding efforts are underway, the city is recognizing some of those “Harvey’s Heroes.” At the start of the November 13 city council meeting at City Hall, Mayor Chuck Brawner issued three certificates of recognition to Doug […]

Groundbreaking for New Katy Fire Station Expected Early Next Month

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night selected Bass Construction Company to build the long-planned second Katy fire station. Mayor Chuck Brawner said the groundbreaking is expected early next month, with the station expected to open in October. The new station will have a guaranteed maximum price of $3,650,828. The new station is to be built at Bell Patna Drive and Katy Mills Circle, near Katy Mills Mall. It will be a three-bay, […]