City of Katy

The Search is on for a New Ward A City Council Member

By George Slaughter The search is on for a new Ward A city council member following the resignation of Gary Jones, which became official Tuesday. The council now has 20 days to find a replacement, a Ward A resident, who would be nominated by Mayor Chuck Brawner and approved by the council. Brawner said those interested in filling the seat should either visit with him or another member of the council. Jones himself was first […]

Council Member to Resign Tuesday

J. Gary Jones

By George Slaughter Ward A Council Member Gary Jones said Saturday that he will resign from the Katy City Council for what he described as “very personal family matters.” The city council will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday to formally consider and accept his resignation. It is the only item on the agenda for that meeting. Jones said things came together “fairly quickly” to persuade his decision. “This is a very personal […]

Congressman Praises Hurricane Rebuilding Efforts on Anniversary of Storm

City Administrator Byron Hebert, Mayor Chuck Brawner, U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul, Police Chief Bill Hastings, and Fire Chief Russell Wilson at a Monday news conference - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul praised Katy and other Texas leaders for their efforts to rebuild following Hurricane Harvey Monday, the one-year anniversary of the storm. McCaul praised Harris County voters, who on Saturday passed a $2.5 billion bond package focused on flood risk reduction projects. McCaul described the bond as a “force multiplier” to make sure the Cypress Creek watershed reservoir would be built as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Katy voters in […]

City Hires Emergency Management Coordinator

Greg Goedecker - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Greg Goedecker has been appointed the city’s new emergency management coordinator. In a memo to the Katy City Council urging his appointment, Fire Chief Russell Wilson cited Goedecker’s experience as an emergency management specialist and planner with the City of Irving, as well as his experience during the 2009 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In his role, Goedecker will be working with the city’s Office of Emergency Management and its committees on […]

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, […]