City of Katy

City Appoints Parker Fire Chief

Katy Fire Chief Kenneth Parker poses with his family after his appointment. Pictured are, from left, his stepdaughter Kayla Santos, his wife Angela, and daughters Kenzie and Kaileigh (Katy Fire Department photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday appointed Kenneth Parker as permanent fire chief. Parker had served as interim fire chief since last October, when former chief Russell “Rusty” Wilson took a similar position with the Mesquite Fire Department. “I’m excited,” Parker said in an interview. “I have been here in Katy and seen the growth. I feel very blessed to be given the opportunity to be chief for this city.” Parker said his […]

City Adopts Water Leak Adjustment Policy to Give Customer Refunds for Overcharges

Byron Hebert - City of Katy photo

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday adopted a policy that enables city water customers get their water bills adjusted during the recent winter storms, when many Texans found themselves with burst water pipes. In addition, the city will waive late fee penalties for all city water customers for February 14-March 15. The policy goes into effect immediately. According to the policy, an adjustment will happen when the usage for a water meter for […]

State Bill, if Passed, Would Enable City to Expand Magnolia Cemetery

State Rep. Mike Schofield (photo courtesy Mike Schofield)

By George Slaughter The City of Katy is supporting a bill, now before the Texas Legislature, that would enable the expansion of Magnolia Cemetery, 6801 Franz Road. “H.B. 1910 would have a direct impact on the City of Katy by allowing it to, by ordinance, authorize the establishment or use of a cemetery within the boundaries of the city upon application by a nonprofit organization,” wrote Katie Rutherford, an attorney, in a briefing paper to […]

Council Hears Updates on Animal Control, Downtown Plaza

By George Slaughter Katy city leaders Monday heard a presentation on several proposed changes to the Katy Animal Control Department, which has been the subject of recent public and social media scrutiny for its animal control practices. The police department oversees the animal control department. At Monday’s Katy City Council meeting, Police Chief Noe Diaz presented an overview of department activities and changes going forward. The most significant of these changes is the creation of […]

City Extends Disaster Declaration

By George Slaughter Katy city residents affected by last month’s winter storm can apply for federal funding thanks to a declaration of disaster issued last week. On Monday, the Katy City Council extended that declaration so those who wish to apply for that funding have more time to do so. The extension lasts until the council votes to terminate the declaration. Citizens affected by the storm can apply for disaster assistance at They can also […]

Council Honors Longtime City Engineer, Storm Relief Efforts

David Leyendecker (Henneke Funeral Home photo)

By George Slaughter In a special meeting Thursday afternoon, the Katy City Council recognized the late David Leyendecker, the longtime city engineer who died in December, as well as winter storm relief efforts by city staff. The council issued a proclamation honoring Leyendecker, and named the city water detention facility north of Morton Road and east of Pitts Road as “Leyendecker Landing.” Mayor Bill Hastings said the landing will be 66.8 acres that will be […]

Mayor Issues Declaration of Disaster, Enabling Residents to Apply for Federal Aid

By George Slaughter Mayor Bill Hastings Monday issued a declaration of disaster within the City of Katy, which makes federal funding available to city residents following last week’s winter storms. President Joe Biden Saturday declared 77 Texas counties eligible for federal aid. The three counties in which the city sits–Fort Bend, Harris, and Waller—are on that list. Citizens affected by the storm can apply for disaster assistance at They can also call the Federal […]

City Clarifies Permit Policies following Winter Storm

By George Slaughter Katy city residents or businesses impacted by broken pipes during the recent winter storm will not need a plumbing permit for emergency pipe damage repairs, the city announced Friday. However, a no-fee permit is required, along with an inspection, for water heaters and all other plumbing altercations, including gas pipe repairs and replacements. The city said the requirement is intended to protect city residents and their properties. To check whether the damages […]

City of Katy Remains under Boil Water Advisory, Will Resume Garbage Pickup Monday

By George Slaughter A boil water advisory remains in effect for the City of Katy as the weather improves from the frigid temperatures of earlier this week and power is restored around the city. In a statement released Friday, the city said it has achieved operable water system pressure. Now, it said it must disinfect the water and test its quality, in part through flushing the fire hydrants around the city. The city said it […]

Katy on Boil Water Notice; Katy ISD Closed through Friday

Winter Fun in the SNOW! (Photo courtesy of Brenda Cauthen )

By George Slaughter The City of Katy early Wednesday morning instituted a boil water notice in effect, until further notice, in response to the severe weather this week. Citizens are asked to boil and cool all water used for drinking, cooking, and ice making. The water should be brought to a vigorous boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, citizens may purchase bottled water or obtain water from other suitable sources […]