City of Katy

City Will Enforce Face Covering Violation Order, But Not Fine Violators

By George Slaughter The City of Katy will not fine those violating a Harris County-wide order, made effective Monday, that requires the wearing of face coverings in Katy city facilities. Despite not issuing fines for violations, the city said in a news release that all city facilities will require face coverings for all city employees and visitors to city buildings. This requirement is keeping with the order, issued Friday by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, […]

City to Stage Scaled-Back Fourth of July Fireworks Show

By George Slaughter After some initial confusion Monday morning, Mayor Bill Hastings announced at Monday afternoon’s city council meeting that the Fourth of July Freedom Celebration fireworks show is on as scheduled. Hastings said the show, set for 9 p.m. July 4 at the Katy Mills Mall, will be scaled back. Social distancing will be encouraged as the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect Katy. “Considering the economic impact coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on local business, […]

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 […]

COVID-19 Issues Compel City to Postpone Election

By George Slaughter Citing public safety concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the Katy City Council Monday voted unanimously to postpone the Katy city election until November 3. The vote came in response to a COVID-19-related proclamation issued by Gov. Greg Abbott last Wednesday. In that proclamation, Abbott gave cities with upcoming elections, such as Katy, the option of postponing those elections until November. Abbott said last week that he encourages postponement so the focus can […]

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 […]

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 […]

Council Approves Construction of New Cell Phone Tower

By George Slaughter Katy will soon get another cell phone tower, as the city council Monday approved a special use permit to enable construction of a 150-foot wireless communication facility issue at 5364 Franz Rd. The tower will be installed on land owned by the Katy Independent School District and is zoned R-1, single-family residential. The site sits between Hutsell Elementary School, 5360 Franz Road, and Katy Junior High School, 5350 Franz Road. Eco-Site II […]