City of Katy

City of Katy Receives $2 Million Grant for New Firefighters

Pictured from From left to right, Lieutenant Carlos Valladares, Firemedic Edison Saunders, Firefighter Nick Bourdoumas, Firemedic Obayana Allen, Firemedic Kyle Fritsche, Mayor Pro Tem Durran Dowdle, Firefighter, Michael Ondurich, Mayor Chuck Branner, Engineer Operator Shay Theriot, Congressman McCaul, Captain Tom Walters, The Fire Chief Russell Wilson, Firemedic Adam Troncoso, Assistant Fire Chief Kenneth Parker, Engineer Operator Joe Villarreal, Firefighter Christian Kugler, Firemedic Krysten Lerchbacker.

By George Slaughter The City of Katy has been working to develop a second fire station. Now the city will receive a $2,181,579 federal grant to pay for the firefighters who will staff it. The grant, known as a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant, is awarded from the Department of Homeland Security. According to the FEMA web site, SAFER was “created to funding directly to five departments and volunteer firefighter interest […]

Katy City Council Appoints Volunteer Board and Commission Members

Chuck Brawner, Mayor of the City of Katy 2017

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council appointed volunteer members to 10 local boards and commissions Monday night. Mayor Chuck Brawner said these appointments are usually made within the first 60 days of a mayor taking office. He said current board and commission members who wanted to continue in their roles would do so as long as they wanted. While most positions are filled, Brawner said, some vacancies exist. Brawner said his goal was to […]

List of Appointees to Katy City Boards and Commissions

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night approved the following appointments to various city boards and commissions. Building and Standards Commission Ricky Burch, Chairman Vincent C. Morille, Jr. Bob O’Malley Malcolm Repka Steve Schilder Jim Lipka, alternate Troy “Monty” McGuire, Jr., alternate James A. “Alan” Williams, alternate City Planning and Zoning Commission Kenneth A. Berger Dan D. Burris Larry Gore Eric Paulsen, chairman Sam Pearson Paul Redmon William H. “Dusty” Thiele G. Alan […]

City Council Passes Ordinance Restricting Parking Near Katy High School During School Hours

This map shows streets affected by a new city ordinance that sets no parking zones during school hours on school days. (City of Katy)

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night passed an ordinance that restricts parking during school hours on school days on selected residential streets near Katy High School. The ordinance comes after complaints from residents who live near the school. Students have been parking their cars in front of those residents’ homes, which prevented garbage and recycle pickup and mail delivery. Safety was another issue, as students would have to walk across US Highway […]

Katy City Council Creates City Planner Position

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night passed an ordinance creating a new city planner position. By creating the position, City Administrator Byron Hebert said the city would have a “one-stop shop” for developers who want to pursue development projects. The planner would report to Public Works Director Elaine Lutringer. According to the job description, the city planner: Provides technical and administrative support to developers and citizens proposing development in the City of […]

Fire Chief Reflects on First Year in Charge

Posing in this picture are Katy Battalion Chief Jordan Smith, Fire Chief Russell Wilson, Firefighter Eric Valls, Equipment Operator Monica Shiller, Equipment Operator Tyler Ferguson, Firefighter Kurt Turner, Equipment Operator Matt Ondruch, Firefighter Ramirez, Firefighter Jarrod Bowen, Firefighter Carlos Lanzas, Lieutenant Shane Hughes, Captain Geffrey Argao, Assistant Chief Dana Massey, and Assistant Chief Kenny Parker (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter Third of a three-part series Describing the time when he interviewed for the Katy fire chief position in 2016, Russell Wilson said coming to Katy would be like coming home. He’s from Bridge City, which is near the Texas-Louisiana state line. He described both Bridge City and Katy as small towns with a passion for high school football. Wilson came to Katy in May 2016. It was his first position where he […]

Katy Fire Department Continues Its Evolution to a Full-Time Department

ESD 48 responded to the late night fire at the newly renovated El Tiempo Cantina on Kingsland and Mason Road. Harris County Fire Marshall Office is currently investigating the cause. Photo by Sharon Bowers Graf.

By George Slaughter Second of a three-part series With Katy’s continued growth, it is not surprising that the fire department would also grow from being a part-time, volunteer operation to something more complex, with firefighters needing skill sets besides just fighting fires. With a new station forthcoming, the city is looking for firefighters—but not just any firefighters. Candidates must have a structural firefighter certification, basic level or higher, from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. […]

New City Fire Station on Track Despite Delays

By George Slaughter First of a three-part series After unwanted delays, the City of Katy is proceeding with its plans to develop a second fire station, this one south of I-10. The new station will 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. City officials have been planning it for years. The site was the second choice. The original site […]

Katy City Council Confirms Durran Dowdle as Mayor Pro Tem

State Rep. Mike Schofield, left, presents Mayor Chuck Brawner with a resolution passed by the Texas House of Representatives congratulating Brawner on his election as mayor. The resolution was presented before Monday's city council meeting. (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night reconfirmed Ward B Council Member Durran Dowdle as mayor pro tem. In this role, Dowdle would preside in the mayor’s absence. Dowdle was nominated by Mayor Chuck Brawner and the council approved the nomination. Dowdle, a project manager at KBR, was first elected to the council in 2016. He was first appointed mayor pro tem by former Mayor Fabol Hughes in March. Dowdle succeeded Brawner, who had resigned […]

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Now that the signs have been pulled out of the yards and the elections have come to an end, I want to thank The Katy News for excellent coverage of the 2017 Mayoral and Council Member Ward B races. Thank you for giving each candidate equal coverage of unbiased facts. Also, thank you for sponsoring the first Katy News Forum at Midway Bar B Que. I want to congratulate Katy’s new Mayor, Chuck […]