Katy City Council

Tax Grant Approved for Katy Rice Festival

By George Slaughter A $75,000 Convention and Tourism Bureau hotel occupancy tax grant application for the 2019 Katy Rice Harvest Festival was approved by the Katy City Council Monday night. The festival, a local tradition since 1981, is scheduled for Oct. 11-13 in downtown Katy, between 1st Street and 4th Street and Avenue A and Avenue D. The city last year took over the festival sponsorship from the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, which declined […]

City Appoints Three to Keep Katy Beautiful Board of Directors

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night appointed Sharon Rhoads as an emeritus member, and Katy Heerssen and Kesley Moebes as regular members, of the Keep Katy Beautiful Board of Directors. Rhoads has been a long-time volunteer with Keep Katy Beautiful. Heerssen works for a travel agency in Katy. She has been a local volunteer and formerly worked at at Katy Mills Mall. Moebes is a kindergarten teacher at Bethke Elementary School. The […]

City Honors Firefighters for Saving Drowning Child

Katy Firefighters were honored Monday at City Hall. Pictured are, from left, Mayor Chuck Brawner, Harry Haynes, Rolando De Leon, Julio Garcia, Michael Ondruch, Taylor Kunicki, Neil Lange, Trey Lee, and Chief Russell Wilson. Not pictured, but part of the crew, are Christian Kugler and Geffrey Argao - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter The City of Katy honored firefighters Monday night for their efforts in saving a drowning child. On Sunday, March 3 at 6:33 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call for a drowning three-year-old male at the Homewood Suites pool. The Katy Fire Department responded out of Fire Station #2 and arrived at the hotel pool in just 47 seconds. Firefighters and EMS immediately performed CPR and was able to revive the child. The […]

Texas Ranger Noe Diaz Appointed Katy Police Chief

Noe Diaz

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night approved Texas Ranger Joel “Noe” Diaz Jr. as Katy’s fourth police chief. Diaz will be sworn in as chief Monday afternoon at City Hall. Diaz Discusses Goal to Grow Department Diaz said he hoped to make the police department “a little friendlier,” and that his top priority would be officer retention. He said he wants to see the department grow because the Katy community is growing. […]

Katy Police Chief Appointment Expected Monday; Diaz Receives Endorsement

By George Slaughter The Harris County Deputies’ Organization this week endorsed Texas Ranger Noe Diaz for Katy police chief. The Katy City Council is expected to approve his appointment at its Monday meeting. David Cuevas, the organization’s president, said in a memo to Mayor Chuck Brawner and the Katy City Council that the organization “wholeheartedly supports and endorses” Diaz’s appointment. Diaz will succeed Bill Hastings, who retired in January to run for mayor against Brawner. […]

City Postpones Police Chief Selection

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night postponed a vote on a permanent police chief following pushback over Mayor Chuck Brawner’s recommended candidate for the job. Brawner late last week decided to nominate Noe Diaz, a longtime Texas Ranger, for the position. But Ward B Council Member Jimmy Mendez said Monday he has received many calls expressing dismay both over the selection and its timing. Given that the city took a relatively long […]

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 […]