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Council Applauds Phased Reopening of Local Businesses

By George Slaughter Katy City Council members Monday applauded the phased reopening of business in Texas, set for Friday, as efforts continue to get through the global coronavirus pandemic. Under the guidelines issued by the governor today, all libraries, malls, museums, restaurants, retail, and theatres can reopen Friday at 25% capacity. “I’m looking forward to going and visiting some of our small businesses in Katy,” Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll said. “This is great […]

City Considering Its Options for City Health Authority

By George Slaughter Katy officials are considering their options for a city health authority as the city deals with the coronavirus pandemic. Katy, like other cities its size, has in its charter a provision for a city health authority. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services Public Health Improvement Program, the health authority position is filled by a physician that administers state and local public health laws. These laws include public health law […]

Mayor Issues, Council Extends Disaster Declaration

Mayor Bill Hastings - City of Katy photo

By George Slaughter Mayor Bill Hastings Monday issued a proclamation of disaster for the city, and the city council voted to extend it, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The proclamation said the city will follow its emergency management plan and an executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott last month. Abbott’s order requires Texans to avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people and avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and […]

Katy ISD School Board Postpones Election to November

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees Monday night voted to postpone its school board election until November. The vote came in response to a COVID-19-related proclamation issued by Gov. Greg Abbott on March 18. In that proclamation, Abbott gave local jurisdictions with elections in May, such as the school district, the option of postponing those elections until November. Abbott said he encourages postponement so communities can focus on addressing COVID-19 […]

Council to Decide Monday Whether to Postpone City Election

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council will vote Monday whether to postpone the municipal elections to November 3, in response to a COVID-19-related proclamation issued by Gov. Greg Abbott Wednesday. Under the law, elections are held on uniform dates, meaning that the city can hold its election on May 2 as originally scheduled, or November 3, which would coincide with the presidential election. “I strongly encourage local election officials to take advantage of these […]

COVID-19 Concerns Lead to Closing of City Facilities

NOTE: Story updated to reflect cancellation of reservations for city parks and recreation areas.  By George Slaughter Katy city officials Wednesday cancelled reservations for city parks and recreations, another reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, the city closed the Fussell Senior Center, Katy Visitor Center/Depot, and the Johnny Nelson Katy Heritage Museum until further notice. Last week the city cancelled or postponed community events through April in response to coronavirus concerns. Officials described these […]

How Far Will You Go to See Moana? It’s Live on Stage in Sugar Land! 

See Inspiration Stage bring Moana to life at the Sugar Land Auditorium March 27-April 5 SUGAR LAND, Texas (March 11, 2020) – Inspiration Stage is excited to announce its production of Disney’s Moana JR., at the Sugar Land Auditorium with eight shows over two weekends, March 27 through April 5. Disney’s Moana JR. is an adaptation of the 2016 Disney animated film, bringing the adventures of Moana and her village of Motunui to life onstage. Moana JR. features all the beloved […]

Coronavirus Concerns Compel Early Houston Rodeo Cancellation

By George Slaughter The Houston Livestock and Rodeo announced Wednesday afternoon it would close on orders from the City of Houston and the Houston Health Department, citing coronavirus concerns. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a news conference that he would sign a community health declaration for the city that would impact the rodeo, which will cancel its remaining shows. Until yesterday, Turner said, cases in the greater Houston region were tied to individuals who […]

City to Participate in Great Texas Warrant Roundup

By George Slaughter Katy will be a participant in the 2020 Texas Great Warrant Roundup. The program is a statewide warrant enforcement effort to find and arrest citizens with outstanding warrants for not paying or resolving overdue their traffic tickets with any Texas state court. To encourage case resolution, the Katy Municipal Court has arranged a safe harbor court date to enable all individuals with outstanding warrants to clear their cases without fear of being […]

Doyle, Three Other Candidates Withdraw from Katy ISD School Board Election

By George Slaughter Last Friday was the deadline to file for a place on the ballot in the upcoming Katy Independent School Board of Trustees election. The window for withdrawing from the race comes after that, and four people have done so. Positions 3, 4, and 5 are up for election May 2. Position 4 incumbent Courtney Doyle, who serves as the board president, is one of the four who chose not to seek reelection. […]