Katy City Council

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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. […]

Brawner to Seek Second Term as Mayor

Chuck and Marcy Brawner

By George Slaughter Mayor Chuck Brawner announced Thursday that he would be seeking a second term as mayor. “Serving Katy has been a distinct honor and I would be humbled to serve one more term to complete the work we have begun together,” Brawner said in a news release. “The families of Katy were at the center of my campaign when I ran for mayor and our Katy families remain the center of my re-election […]

City Annexes 150 Acres, Expects Commercial Development Announcement

By George Slaughter The City of Katy has been active in recruiting commercial firms, such as the Amazon Fulfillment Center, to settle on the western side of the city. In this way, the city has brought in sales tax revenues that can not only meet its needs but also enable it to at least keep residential property taxes stable. In recent years, the city has been able to cut property taxes. Monday night, the Katy […]

Texas Department of Transportation Awards Money to City for Hurricane Harvey Claims

By George Slaughter The City of Katy took receipt of two award letters for Hurricane Harvey FEMA claims from the Texas Department of Transportation Monday night at City Hall. City Administrator Byron Hebert said the money will be put into the city’s financial reserves. The city had to go into its financial reserves and spend unbudgeted money last year when dealing with Hurricane Harvey. The first of the two checks, for Category B emergency protective […]

City Council Updates City Construction Standards

Keep Katy Beautiful presented the Katy Proud Business Award to Colburn and Angie McClelland, owners of Willy Burger and Crown Pizza at Tiger Square, 6191 Highway Blvd., Monday night at City Hall. Pictured, left to right are, Sharon Rhoads, Kay Callender, Jamie Wolman, Mayor Chuck Brawner, Colburn and Angie McClelland, Cynthia Madison, Jennifer Stence, Council Member-at-Large Chris Harris, and Jess Washburn - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night passed an ordinance to update city construction standards by adopting the 2015 International Building Codes and the 2017 National Electrical Code. The ordinance goes into effect January 1. In a note to the council urging adoption of the updated codes, Building and Standards Commission Chairman Ricky Burch wrote that many of the code revisions allow “for the most flexibility to builders while at the same time […]

City Honors Friendship Garden Club

Keep Katy Beautiful and the City of Katy honored the Friendship Garden Club Monday at City Hall. Pictured are, left to right: Ruth Ann Casci, Myra Jones, Sherry Hunter, Kay Callender, Lisa Hinks, Keep Katy Beautiful President Flora Tiedt, Mayor Chuck Brawner, Jean Bays, Pat Williamson, Jamie Wolman, and Kathy Wiesner – George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night honored the Friendship Garden Club for its 60 years of work in promoting the environment and volunteering in the Katy community. In a brief presentation citing the club’s work, Keep Katy Beautiful board member Jamie Wolman said the club encourages civic beautification and recycling activities and has, in the past, brought educational programs by horticulture professionals. Wolman said that today, club volunteers are involved in presenting […]