City of Katy

City Annexes 150 Acres, Expects Commercial Development Announcement

By George Slaughter The City of Katy has been active in recruiting commercial firms, such as the Amazon Fulfillment Center, to settle on the western side of the city. In this way, the city has brought in sales tax revenues that can not only meet its needs but also enable it to at least keep residential property taxes stable. In recent years, the city has been able to cut property taxes. Monday night, the Katy […]

Katy Finance Director Leaving for Job in Central Texas

Mayor Chuck Brawner poses with former Finance Director Becky Wilkins - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter The City of Katy is looking for a new finance director after Becky Wilkins accepted a similar job with the town of Liberty Hill in Central Texas. City Administrator Byron Hebert, who preceded Wilkins in the job, will serve as acting finance director while the city looks for a full-time replacement. The job description has been posted on the city web site. Wilkins leaves with good wishes from her Katy co-workers. At […]

Texas Department of Transportation Awards Money to City for Hurricane Harvey Claims

By George Slaughter The City of Katy took receipt of two award letters for Hurricane Harvey FEMA claims from the Texas Department of Transportation Monday night at City Hall. City Administrator Byron Hebert said the money will be put into the city’s financial reserves. The city had to go into its financial reserves and spend unbudgeted money last year when dealing with Hurricane Harvey. The first of the two checks, for Category B emergency protective […]

City Council Updates City Construction Standards

Keep Katy Beautiful presented the Katy Proud Business Award to Colburn and Angie McClelland, owners of Willy Burger and Crown Pizza at Tiger Square, 6191 Highway Blvd., Monday night at City Hall. Pictured, left to right are, Sharon Rhoads, Kay Callender, Jamie Wolman, Mayor Chuck Brawner, Colburn and Angie McClelland, Cynthia Madison, Jennifer Stence, Council Member-at-Large Chris Harris, and Jess Washburn - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night passed an ordinance to update city construction standards by adopting the 2015 International Building Codes and the 2017 National Electrical Code. The ordinance goes into effect January 1. In a note to the council urging adoption of the updated codes, Building and Standards Commission Chairman Ricky Burch wrote that many of the code revisions allow “for the most flexibility to builders while at the same time […]

Katy Rice Festival Looks to Return to Its Roots This Weekend

By George Slaughter City of Katy and Rotary Club leaders have been working since the summer to organize the annual Katy Rice Festival, which takes place Saturday and Sunday in downtown Katy. City leaders and festival organizers said the goal for this year’s festival is to return the festival to its original form. The emphasis will again be on quality art and craft vendors, along with live music, family activities, and food and drinks. Mayor […]

City Honors Friendship Garden Club

Keep Katy Beautiful and the City of Katy honored the Friendship Garden Club Monday at City Hall. Pictured are, left to right: Ruth Ann Casci, Myra Jones, Sherry Hunter, Kay Callender, Lisa Hinks, Keep Katy Beautiful President Flora Tiedt, Mayor Chuck Brawner, Jean Bays, Pat Williamson, Jamie Wolman, and Kathy Wiesner – George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night honored the Friendship Garden Club for its 60 years of work in promoting the environment and volunteering in the Katy community. In a brief presentation citing the club’s work, Keep Katy Beautiful board member Jamie Wolman said the club encourages civic beautification and recycling activities and has, in the past, brought educational programs by horticulture professionals. Wolman said that today, club volunteers are involved in presenting […]

New Council Member to Focus on Public Safety and Flood Issues

New Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll, left, poses with Council Member at Large Chris Harris - photo courtesy Chris Harris

By George Slaughter Frank Carroll, the newest Katy city council member, said Monday his priorities would be on public safety and flood mitigation efforts. He came on the council at an important time. At Monday’s meeting, his first as a member, the council adopted a $28.5 million budget for 2018-19. The budget provides for the hiring of seven police officers, three firefighters, and one fire investigator, among 19 new total positions to be filled. The […]

City Adopts 2018-19 Budget

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night adopted a $28.5 million budget for 2018-19, and kept the tax rate to fund it the same as last year’s rate. The budget is an 8.5 percent increase from the 2017 budget of $26.1 million. It includes a three percent cost-of-living increase for city employees. City officials have said that the competition between cities is intense for qualified employees, particularly police officers and firefighters. The budget […]

City Council Appoints Attorney to Succeed Jones

Frank Carroll - photo courtesy Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey law firm

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Friday afternoon appointed attorney Frank Carroll to the Ward A city council seat left vacant by last month’s resignation of J. Gary Jones. Carroll will serve out the remainder of the term, which expires next May. He was appointed earlier this year to serve on the city’s board of adjustment, which deals with zoning issues for the city. Carroll is a partner and shareholder with the Houston law […]

City to Demolish Downtown Square Water Plant as Part of Renovation Project

By George Slaughter The Katy Square renovation project continued Monday night with the  Katy City Council Monday awarded a $94,080 bid to Cherry Demolition of Houston for demolishing the downtown Katy square water plant. The plant demolition is part of a larger project to renovate the Katy Square across the street from Katy City Hall. The renovation project, approved by the council in April, will include creation of a visitor center, public restroom, and open […]