Katy City Council

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Council Members Sworn into Office

Mayor Chuck Brawner awards “Above and Beyond” citations to Katy police officers Matthew Newport, left, and Dustin Garcia – George Slaughter photo

CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News)—Chris Harris, Janet Corte, and Durran Dowdle were sworn into office Monday night at the Katy City Council meeting. Harris defeated former Council Member Larry Gore for the at-large seat, which was vacated by incumbent Steve Pierson under term limits. Corte defeated incumbent Ray Boothe for her Ward A seat. Dowdle won re-election against challenger Sam Pearson for his Ward B seat. Harris and Corte are beginning their first terms […]

Dowdle Re-Elected to Katy City Council; Corte, Harris Elected

By George Slaughter Katy Ward B Council Member Durran Dowdle was re-elected to his post Saturday, while challengers Chris Harris and Janet Corte won their respective races for council member at-large and Ward A council member, respectively. Dowdle was re-elected to his third and final term under term limits. Harris and Corte were making their first bids for public office. The trio will take their oaths of office later this month. Ward B Dowdle drew […]

Katy City Council Candidate Q&A: Chris Harris

Chris Harris (photo courtesy Chris Harris)

By George Slaughter Chris Harris is an analyst with the U.S. Department of Justice and is making his first bid for elected office. He is facing businessman and former council member Larry Gore for the Katy City Council at-large seat. The incumbent, Steve Pierson, is stepping down due to term limits. For polling times and places, including absentee voting information, see the city’s election page. 1. Why do you want this job? There is a […]

Katy City Council Candidate Q&A: Ray Boothe

Ray Boothe (City of Katy photo)

By George Slaughter Ray Boothe, an insurance executive, is seeking his first full term on the Katy City Council. He was appointed as a Ward A council member last year when Chuck Brawner resigned to run for mayor. Boothe was elected in a special election to serve the remainder of the unexpired term. He is facing Janet Corte, a retired IT consultant, who is making her first bid for elected office. For polling times and […]

Katy City Council Candidate Q&A: Janet Corte

Janet Corte (photo courtesy Janet Corte)

By George Slaughter Janet Corte is a retired IT consultant. She is making her first run for the Katy City Council, where she is facing incumbent Ray Boothe, an insurance executive, for a Ward A council member seat. For polling times and places, including absentee voting information, see the city’s election page. 1. Why do you want this job? I have lived in Katy for 29 years and I love this town! My husband and […]