City of Katy

Proposed Katy City Budget Includes Cost of Living Increase

By George Slaughter Katy officials said the a cost of living increase for city employees is needed so Katy can keep talented city employees, and also to be more competitive with other cities as it seeks to hire qualified firefighters and police officers. The three percent cost of living increase is part of a $28.5 million budget proposal presented Friday morning at City Hall. City Administrator Byron Hebert, Mayor Chuck Brawner, and Police Chief Bill […]

City Traffic Signs Near Schools to be Updated

By George Slaughter Students in the Katy Independent School District return to school Wednesday observing new school hours. Monday night, the Katy City Council passed an ordinance to update those times on the school zone traffic signs in the city. Earlier this year, the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to change the hours for its schools. The updated signs will be at the following schools: Katy High School, 6331 Highway Blvd., 7:35 […]

Former Katy Police Chief Frazier Remembered as “Old School Law Enforcement”

Buddy Frazier - photo courtesy Schmidt Funeral Home

By George Slaughter Former Katy Police Chief R.L. “Buddy” Frazier was remembered Saturday as a great guy and “old school law enforcement.” Frazier died Wednesday. He was 77. “He was a great investigator,” Mayor Chuck Brawner said. “He was old school law enforcement. He expected you to do your job and stay busy and you’ll never have a problem with him.” Brawner recalled how one day he was working with a German Shepherd police dog, […]

City Council Awards Bid for Street Work

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night awarded a $373,175 to AAA Asphalt Paving of Houston for street rehabilitation work. Streets to be rehabilitated include: Clemson Street 5th Street from East Avenue to Katy Fort Bend Road Bartlett Road from Buffalo Bend to Franz Road, and from Buffalo Bend South and East, 10th Street Iris, Dahlia, and Delfren Streets and Avenue A Pin Oak road/Nelson Street Intersection Bartlett Street/Mert Drive Intersection The total […]

Katy Rotary Club to Play Leadership Roles with Rice Festival and Triathlon

By George Slaughter The Katy Rotary Club will be playing leading roles in two high-profile events this fall. The first event is the Katy Triathlon at Cane Island, set for September 23. The triathlon will be within the Katy city limits after previously being organized and staged at Firethorne, which sits outside the city limits in Fort Bend County. The Katy City Council Monday night approved a tax $75,000 convention and tourism board occupancy tax […]

City Awards Bid for Drainage Improvements in Pine Forest

By George Slaughter Mayor Chuck Brawner has described the Pine Forest subdivision as Katy’s “ground zero” for last year’s hurricane flooding. Monday night, the Katy City Council awarded an $4.4 million to Reytec Construction Resources of Houston for drainage improvements to the Pine Forest Subdivision. The neighborhood is bordered by Morton Road on the north, the Magnolia Ditch on the south, Cane Island Branch on the west, and Avenue D on the east. Last November, […]

Katy City Council Issues Street and Drainage Improvement Bonds

By George Slaughter While the Katy City Council Monday night passed an ordinance authorizing the issuance of $9 million in bonds for street and drainage improvements following last year’s hurricane, the city has been using its cash reserves to begin work on those projects now. Mayor Chuck Brawner has said that the bonds will help the city rebuild its reserves. Projects include elevating the 1st Street bridge and Katy Hockley Road (Avenue D), drainage for […]

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 […]