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Katy Professional Fire Fighters Association Endorses Brawner

Mayor Chuck Brawner, center, poses with members of the Katy Professional Fire Fighters Association – photo courtesy Katy Professional Fire Fighters Assocciation

By George Slaughter Mayor Chuck Brawner Monday received the endorsement of the Katy Professional Fire Fighters Association as he seeks re-election against former police chief Bill Hastings. “Mayor Brawner has made the safety of Katy citizens his number one priority,” association president Harry Haynes said. “Thanks to the grant he initiated, Katy was awarded additional fire fighters, saving taxpayers more than $2 million over a three-year period. Thanks to Mayor Brawner’s fortitude, we are christening […]

Council Authorizes Waterline Replacement Project

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night authorized an agreement with HTI Construction of Rosenberg for a waterline replacement project. Streets where the crews will work include Bhandara Court, Cedar Street, Heritage Drive, Jessica Court, and Zareen Lane. The project is worth $579,410. Of this amount, $357,410, or 62%, will come from the city’s reserve water and sewer enterprise fund. The remaining $444,000, or 38%, will come from the city’s 2018-2019 budget. City […]

Downtown Square Renovation Underway

Ward A Council Members Janet Corte and Frank Carroll, Council Member-at-Large Chris Harris, Mayor Chuck Brawner, City Administrator Byron Hebert, and Tourism Director Kayce Reina make the ceremonial groundbreaking - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Katy officials broke ground Wednesday morning for the renovation of the Katy Square across the street from City Hall. When finished, the square will have a new visitors center, public restroom, and open space. The project is expected to be complete by the Katy Rice Festival in October. The iconic water tower standing on the square will remain, but only for decorative and historical purposes. It will no longer be used for […]

City to Purchase New Aerial Ladder Fire Truck

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night authorized up to $1.5 million in financing for the purchase of a new aerial ladder fire truck and related equipment for the Katy Fire Department. The new truck is expected within 10 months. Assistant Fire Chief Kenny Parker said the current unit, built in 2004, is now in the shop awaiting parts that had to be manufactured because the engine is an older model. Last year, […]

Tim Tyler Takes Charge as Interim Chief of Katy Police Department

Tim Tyler - Katy News photo

By George Slaughter With Bill Hastings’s retirement as Katy police chief last week, the city council turned to long-time assistant chief Tim Tyler to serve as interim chief. Hastings said the city’s growth, and the budget required to meet the needs coming from that, will be Tyler’s biggest challenges going forward. “We can’t fight the growth, but the city is going to have to monitor closely the needs of fire service, emergency management and the […]

City to Sign Agreement for Boardwalk Development

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night authorized a master development agreement for the construction of the Katy Boardwalk hotel, conference center, and parking facilities. Mayor Chuck Brawner said construction is expected to begin within the next 25 days. The city, through its Katy Development Authority, will contribute $18 million, or approximately 18 percent, of the $98 million cost for the hotel, conference center, and parking facilities. Money from the city will be […]

City Honors Retiring Police Chief Bill Hastings

Mayor Chuck Brawner, right, honors retiring Katy Police Chief Bill Hastings at City Hall - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Police Chief Bill Hastings is retiring today after nine years on the job, and the Katy City Council honored him for his service Monday. Hastings is the third police chief in Katy’s history. The first chief, Pat Adams, hired Hastings in December 1986 for the police department. Hastings worked his way through the ranks. Then-Mayor Don Elder, Jr., appointed Hastings chief, succeeding R.L. “Buddy” Frazier, who had held the job for 13 […]

Katy ISD High Schools Staging Plays and Musicals This Spring

Courtesy Taylor Playmakers

By George Slaughter Several Katy Independent School District high schools are staging spring musicals and plays for the public’s enjoyment. Here’s an overview of upcoming performances. January 16-19: A Midsummer Night’s Dream The play is being staged at Katy High School, 6331 Highway Blvd. The play is Shakespeare’s romantic comedy classic, which portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons. For time and […]

Carroll to Seek Election to Ward A Council Seat

Frank Carroll

By George Slaughter Katy Ward A City Council Member Frank Carroll said Friday he intends to seek a full term to the seat to which he was appointed last September. Carroll said his primary goal would be to preserve and fight for Katy’s small-town values. “It is these values that have made Katy the greatest place to live in America for over 100 years,” Carroll said. Carroll said keeping Katy’s small-town atmosphere while facing the […]

Retiring Police Chief Bill Hastings to Run for Mayor

Katy Police Chief Bill Hastings and his wife, Susan Denise Hastings - Facebook photo

By George Slaughter Katy Police Chief Bill Hastings, who announced his intention to retire as chief January 15, said Thursday he intends to run for mayor next year. “I just want to have everybody on the same page,” Hastings said. “All the city employees, subdivisions—I’m not sure how inclusive they feel. I want the city and citizens to all be as one. I want this to be a vibrant community that’s inclusive to everybody here. […]