City of Katy

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, […]

City Bond Election in the Works as Engineering Firm Makes Recommendations for Pine Forest Subdivision Flood Protection

Mayor Chuck Brawner

By George Slaughter Voters in the City of Katy can expect a bond election next spring to pay for needed engineering work to mitigate flood danger. The bond will coincide with next May’s city election. Mayor Chuck Brawner said he was not sure of what the final figure would be, though he estimated it would be in the $10 million range. Of this figure, $3.3 million would be earmarked for the four recommendations given to […]

Engineering Firm Makes Flood Prevention Recommendations to City

Mayor Chuck Brawner

By George Slaughter A city-hired engineering firm presented a series of recommendations for future flood prevention Monday night. The firm, Costello, Inc., a Houston-based engineering and surveying company, made its recommendations at the Katy City Council meeting. The recommendations for the city included: Continuing with planned short-term projects to improve local rainfall capacity within the city limits. Working with the Texas Department of Transportation and Union Pacific on possible expansion of the railroad and US […]

Annual Rice Harvest Festival Underway for Katy Residents and Visitors

Katy City Hall provided a backgrop to some of the Katy Rice Festival vendor stations (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter One might say that the annual Katy Rice Harvest Festival, which began Saturday and concludes today, has something for everyone. Attendees had plenty of attractions from which to choose. These included arts and crafts for sale, children’s attractions and rides, live performances on two stages, food, and well-placed beverage stations—no small issue Saturday, given the warm temperatures. Booths were set up by local businesses, professional networking and social organizations, and churches, among […]

City Recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting

City Finance Directory Becky Wilkins, left, accepts the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from Mayor Chuck Brawner (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded the City of Katy a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting. City Finance Director Becky Wilkins accepted the award on behalf of the city at Monday’s city council meeting. According to the association, this award has been or has gone to the individuals or department designated by the government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning comprehensive […]

Officials Working to Develop Reservoir to Mitigate Future Floods

Mayor Chuck Brawner, U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul, state Rep. Mike Schofield, and U.S. Army Col. Lars Zetterstrom (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter Federal, state, and local officials know some things take time to get done. But U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul said time was “not on our side” when it comes to developing a Cypress Creek reservoir to mitigate future flooding after Hurricane Harvey. At a Friday news conference at Katy City Hall, McCaul, Mayor Chuck Brawner, state Rep. Mike Schofield, and Col. Lars Zetterstrom of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spoke about plans […]

City of Katy Adopts 2017-2018 Budget

J. Gary Jones

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Friday afternoon voted to reduce local property taxes by two cents per $100 valuation while adopting its 2017-2018 budget. Even though there will be a tax rate decrease, the city will generate 12 percent more in total revenues because there will be more homes on the tax rolls in the coming year. This is the fifth consecutive year the city has given a property tax cut. The city’s […]

School District and City Request Reappraisals for Hurricane-Damaged Property

By George Slaughter Both the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees and the Katy City Council Friday asked for reappraisals of hurricane-damaged properties within their respective limits. At separate meetings Friday, the district and city passed resolutions making this request to the Fort Bend County Appraisal District, the Harris County Appraisal District, and the Waller County Appraisal District. A city official said two governmental entities must make such a request for an appraisal district […]