City of Katy

State, Insurance Officials Salute City’s Class 1 Insurance rating

Mayor Bill Hastings, center, is joined by former mayors Chuck Brawner and Fabol Hughes, along with Fire Chief Russell Wilson (right, in white shirt) and Katy firefighters, in accepting recognition of the city’s ISO class I insurance rating Monday – George Slaughter photo.

By George Slaughter State and insurance officials Monday honored the City of Katy for achieving a Class 1/1X ISO (Insurance Services Office) rating, which Katy officials expect will help local homeowners and businesses save money on insurance thanks to improved fire protection. Jesse Williams, a public protection classification officer with the state fire marshal’s office, and Hugh Gibson, ISO community hazard mitigation manager, presented the plaques to Mayor Bill Hastings and Wilson on behalf of […]

Katy City and Area Residents Encouraged to Enroll in Alert Notification System

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By George Slaughter Katy city and area residents and businesses are being encouraged to enroll in an automated alert notification system that will send emergency and official city information through email, text, and voicemail messages. Residents can enroll through the emergency notification page on the city’s website, With this new system, city officials can post weather alerts for area flood advisories and warnings, flash flood warnings and watches, and flood advisories and warnings. The […]

Katy Pathways Working with City on New Walkway Project

James Spring, leader of Katy Pathways - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter A local group is promoting a plan that, if implemented, could change how people get around Katy. City officials are looking into the plan. The local group, Katy Pathways, is proposing that the city build a lighted walkway along Cane Island Creek between VFW Park, 6202 George Bush Dr., to Thomas Park, 5919 Fourth St., and extending to the First Street bridge. The overall project calls for the development of walkways and […]

Stage II Water Restrictions in Effect for City of Katy

By George Slaughter Katy city residents and businesses are being asked to conserve water following the city’s implementation of Stage II water restrictions. The restrictions come in response to continued high temperatures and relatively little or no rainfall in recent days. Citizens are asked to intensify their efforts to keep water from running off into streets, drains, or ditches. They are also asked to repair water leaks as needed and reduce watering for lawns and […]

Mayor Pro Tem on Monday’s City Council Agenda

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council will again discuss and decide what to do about appointing a new mayor pro tem at its Monday meeting. The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. at Katy City Hall. At its last meeting, on July 8, the council voted 3-2 to reject Mayor Bill Hastings’s nomination of Council Member-at-Large Chris Harris for the position, replacing the current mayor pro tem, Ward B Council Member Durran Dowdle. The […]

Council Votes to Reject Harris Nomination as Mayor Pro Tem

Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll, left, poses with Council Member at Large Chris Harris - photo courtesy Chris Harris

By George Slaughter Mayor Bill Hastings will have to wait a bit longer to get the mayor pro tem he nominated, as the Katy City Council Monday voted to reject his nomination of Council Member-at-Large Chris Harris for that job. The mayor pro tem serves in the mayor’s absence and must be a council member. City Attorney Art Pertile said that under the Katy City Charter, a mayor nominates the mayor pro tem but the […]

Tan is Out as Katy Police Adopt New Uniforms

Katy Police Officer Eddie Garza - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Katy police officers are getting new uniforms and a new look. The familiar two-tone with tan is being phased out to a dark blue look. Police Chief Noe Diaz said the new uniforms are more cost-effective and easier to acquire. It’s becoming a trend around the Greater Houston area. Diaz said he couldn’t think of any other municipality in Harris County with a two-tone uniform. Even though the tan is being retired, […]

Katy to Explore its Options for Livestreaming its Council Meetings

Mayor Bill Hastings reads a proclamation honoring the Katy High School softball team Monday at City Hall – George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll said he hoped to get the ball rolling on the city livestreaming its city council meetings. Monday night, the council voted to authorize City Administrator Byron Hebert to begin gathering information for review and discussion. Hebert and selected city staff will present the information at a workshop, the time and date for which are yet to be determined. Council members will use this information to decided […]

Council Members Walk Out of Meeting, Preventing Consideration of Tabled Items

By George Slaughter Two Katy City Council members walked out of Monday’s meeting at City Hall to prevent discussion of two proposed city ordinances that were tagged, or delayed, until next month. Council Member-at-Large Chris Harris and Ward B Council Member Jimmy Mendez walked out following a vote to go into executive session to discuss the proposed city ordinances. The executive session was already on the agenda, but Harris and Mendez saw no need for […]

Relay for Life Set for Saturday at Katy City Park

By George Slaughter In keeping with this year’s Star Wars theme, participants in Saturday’s Relay for Life hope that the Cure is with them. The Relay for Life, sponsored American Cancer Society, is set for 5 p.m. Saturday at Katy City Park, 5720 Franz Road. While it’s called a relay, it’s a non-competitive, family-friendly event designed to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those who lost their battle with the disease, and raise money to help find […]