City of Katy

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 […]

City Council Delays Consideration, Enables Further Review of Proposed District

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night voted to delay consideration of an ordinance that would create the 25K Morton Park and Silver Oaks Estates planned development district. The council is expected to revisit the issue at its March 12 council meeting. Monday’s vote came after an extended public hearing in which citizens, council members, and the attorney representing the developer expressed concerns about the proposed district. LIA Engineering, the developer, submitted a […]

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 […]