City of Katy

Christmas Season in Katy Kicks Off with Tree Lighting Tonight; Several Events Planned Saturday

The Mayor's Christmas Tree was lit Thursday in front of City Hall - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Christmas season is here, and Katy-area residents have four family-oriented activities to consider as they make their plans to celebrate over the next few days. The first of these events is the annual mayor’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony, is set for 6 p.m. tonight. Here’s a brief overview of the events. Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting The city’s traditional mayor’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony is set for 6 p.m. tonight in front of […]

City Passes No-Parking Ordinances at I-10 Exits at Pederson Road

The Katy City Council prohibited parking along the access roads where Pederson Road meets Interstate 10. (City of Katy/Katy News graphic)

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday passed ordinances to prohibit parking in high-traffic areas as the city continues to grow. Parking is now prohibited between the south right-of-way line and north right-of-way line of I-10 North frontage road at Pederson Road from Exit 737 to the I-10 west entrance ramp. Also affected is the south right-of-way line and north right-of-way line of I-10 south frontage road at Pederson Road from Exit 737 to […]

City Purchases House to Be Used for Parks Department

The house at 5402 Franz will be part of the city's parks department. (Chris Harris photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday authorized the purchase of a historic home, and some equipment, to be used by the city’s parks department. The city will purchase the house, at 5402 Franz Road, for $350,000. The city will purchase the tractor and trailer for $22,750. The money for these purchases will come from the city’s reserve fund. The house sits on a 1.24-acre plot just east of the Katy Library. The site […]

City Authorizes Water Meter Replacement Project

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday authorized a $291,747.21 water meter replacement project with Aqua Metric, of Selma, Texas. According to the resolution authorizing the work, the city in August 2019 completed a water meter upgrade to the Sensus Flexnet System. However, the volume of water meters or radios that were not replaced, and those that not did not give good readings, was such that the city will be replacing more meters. Total […]

City Residents Enjoy Coffee with the Mayors

By George Slaughter It’s one thing to have coffee with the mayor. But it’s unique to have coffee with not just the mayor, but all his predecessors, too. That’s what happened Thursday morning at the Johnny Nelson Katy Heritage Museum. To hear City Administrator Byron Hebert tell it, the idea of a “Coffee with the Mayors” has been discussed for some years. Hebert said he told the staff that this year, it was time to […]

City Proclaims October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Mayor Bill Hastings poses with Aylin Bissonett, Adelene, Susan Hastings, Mar and Teresa Garcia (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday issued a proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which Mayor Bill Hastings will present later this month at a dinner honoring those who work to address domestic violence in the Katy area. Katy Christian Ministries hosts the Silent Witness Dinner, which is from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 28 at Westland Baptist Church, 1407 W. Grand Parkway S. The event is free, but RSVPs are required and […]

Katy National Night Out Set for Tuesday at Katy City Park

Freddy the Fire Truck made an appearance at National Night Out Tuesday at Katy City Park – George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Katy residents and friends will celebrate the annual National Night Out, which is set for 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Katy Play Station and Pavilion at Katy City Park, 5611 Gardenia Lane. Katy has held an event for the past several years. Katy’s first responders will be there to meet and greet the public, with food and beverages served. The forecast calls for clear and comfortable weather, and the public is encouraged […]

Katy Celebrates Rice Festival with a Parade

Some children enjoying the Katy Rice Festival Parade. (photo by Terry Carter/UD Photos.com)

By George Slaughter The Katy Rice Festival is set for next weekend, and held a parade Saturday to celebrate. After seeing the 2020 festival be put exclusively online due to the pandemic, festival organizers and participants are looking forward to an in-person event this upcoming weekend. The festival will continue to use the parking and shuttle setups as it has in the past. The shuttle service will transport festival-goers from the Leonard E. Merrell Center […]

Council Adopts 2021-22 City Budget, Tax Rate

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday adopted a $34.5 million city budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year, and kept its property tax rate the same in doing so. The budget reflects a $576,353, or 1.7%, increase from last year. The largest portion of the budget, public safety, comprises the budget for the police, fire, and animal control departments. Overall, those three departments will have an increased budget of $1.5 million, or 8.4%, from […]

Katy Boardwalk District Development Team Adds Retail Leasing Team, Architecture Firm

By George Slaughter The Katy Boardwalk Project development team has added two new partners as the project continues to evolve. One new partner, the Colliers Retail Team, will manage the project’s tenant leasing activities. The other, Method Architecture, will re-imagine the mixed use and retail site plan. The goal is to better maximize the appeal of the nature-inspired lake to showcase the region’s native trees, flora and wildlife. The Colliers team of Wade Greene, Kimberly […]