City of Katy

City in Talks to Assume Katy Rice Harvest Festival Sponsorship

By George Slaughter Katy city officials are speaking with their counterparts in the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce about the city’s taking over sponsorship of the annual Katy Harvest Festival. “We’re planning on having a Rice Harvest Festival,” Mayor Chuck Brawner said. “We’re planning to put it on. We’re taking the lead on keeping the Katy Rice Harvest Festival going.” Brawner said the festival is being planned for October, as it has been held in […]

City to Upgrade its Water Meters

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night adopted a resolution that will enable the city to upgrade its water meters, thus saving both time and labor when it comes to gather the information the meters track. In a memo to the council recommending the changes, Finance Director Becky Wilkins said that the city currently reads its water meters with a radio read drive-by system that requires city staff to drive around the city […]

City Renames Katy Heritage Museum to Honor Former Mayor Nelson

Paulette Nelson gives remarks at the naming of the Johnny Nelson Katy Heritage Museum. Surrounding her are former Mayor Hank Schmidt, former Mayor Doyle Callender, and Mayor Chuck Brawner – George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Katy city officials Thursday renamed and reopened the city-owned Katy Heritage Museum to honor the late former Mayor and City Administrator Johnny Nelson. The Johnny Nelson Katy Heritage Museum, 6002 George Bush Drive, was renamed for the former mayor and city administrator, who died in January at age 79. The museum, like many Katy homes and businesses, sustained considerable flooding damage from last year’s hurricane. Rehabilitating the building and its exhibits was […]

Dowdle Re-Elected to Katy City Council; Corte, Harris Elected

By George Slaughter Katy Ward B Council Member Durran Dowdle was re-elected to his post Saturday, while challengers Chris Harris and Janet Corte won their respective races for council member at-large and Ward A council member, respectively. Dowdle was re-elected to his third and final term under term limits. Harris and Corte were making their first bids for public office. The trio will take their oaths of office later this month. Ward B Dowdle drew […]

City Voters to Consider Bond Propositions on Ballot

By George Slaughter Following the 2016 Tax Day Flood and Hurricane Harvey last year, officials at all levels of government have been working on flood preventative issues for the Katy and Southeast Texas areas. The proposed Cypress Creek reservoir, for instance, is being addressed at the federal level. But for the City of Katy, Mayor Chuck Brawner said it was important that local officials focus on what they can do locally. “It’s important for us […]

Keep Katy Beautiful Receives Awards from Keep Texas Beautiful

Keep Katy Beautiful was recently honored at City Hall for being named a winner of the Governor’s Community Achievement Award. Pictured are, left to right, Albert Thompson Jr., Sharon Rhoads, Sandy Schmidt, Jamie Wolman, Jess Washburn, Kathy Wiesner, Mayor Chuck Brawner, Jennifer Stence, Kay Callender, Debbie Berger, Carrie Singletary, and Paula Taylor. (City of Katy photo)

By George Slaughter Jamie Wolman of Keep Katy Beautiful has been named recipient of the 2018 Keep Texas Beautiful Leadership Award. In a recent presentation to the city council, Jess Washburn, tourism and marketing assistant for the city, said that Wolman’s service and dedication never wavers. “Jamie has been instrumental in countless projects for KKB, where she has served for 23 years,” Washburn said. “She has also served on the board of directors for Keep […]

City Approves Planned Development District to be Called “Village of Katy”

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night passed ordinances to create a commercial development district that will be called the Village at Katy. It comprises approximately 84 acres, with land in both Harris and Fort Bend counties. The district will be at the northeast corner of I-10 and Pin Oak Road, bounded by I-10 to the south, Pin Oak Road on the west, and U.S. Highway 90 to the north. It will have […]

City Updates Its Garbage Collection Policy to Include Yard Waste

Mayor Chuck Brawner presents Fire Chief Russell Wilson a proclamation honoring Wilson's service to the city. Mayor Pro Tem Durran Dowdle applauds on right. (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night updated its garbage collection policy to include yard waste pickup twice a month. Under the new policy, the city will pick up yard waste, which includes leaves, grass clippings, small trimmings, and so forth, on the twice-monthly heavy trash days. In a presentation to the council, Kayce Reina, the city’s director of tourism, marketing, and public relations, said that up to 15 bags of yard waste […]

Major Redevelopment Planned for Katy Mills Mall

Mayor Chuck Brawner and Katy Mills Mall General Manager James Ross (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter Officials from the City of Katy and Simon Malls, owner of the Katy Mills Mall, announced a multi-million dollar mall redevelopment project Thursday morning at Katy Mills Mall. Katy Mills Mall is one of the city’s key attractions and economic generators. The announcement follows four years of discussions between city officials and Simon Malls of Indianapolis, which owns the mall. Officials declined to give a specific figure. Officials expect the changes, which […]

Texas Fire Chiefs Honor Katy Fire Chief Russell Wilson

Facebook photo, courtesy Katy Fire Department

By George Slaughter AUSTIN—Since his arrival as Katy fire chief in 2016, Russell Wilson has been a busy man. He’s been active in the development of a second fire station that is slated to open later this year at Bell Patna Drive and Katy Mills Circle, near Katy Mills Mall. The station will be a three-bay, approximately 14,000 suare-foot structure. He’s supervised the grant application that will help the city pay for the hiring and […]