City of Katy

City Counterproposes Lawsuit Settlement Offer

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday voted to make a counteroffer on a proposed settlement with a former city emergency management coordinator who sued after her March 2018 firing. Maria Horn Galvez filed suit in September 2018 in state district court. Her suit alleged invasion of privacy or intrusion of seclusion in that city officials reviewed her Facebook Messenger posts, some of which were personal in nature, to obtain information to terminate her […]

Katy Rice Festival Enjoys Good Crowds

City Hall is the backdrop for Katy Rice Festival booths along Avenue C – George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Katy residents and visitors had much to enjoy at the annual Katy Rice Festival, which continues through tomorrow. Friday evening featured live music, food trucks, a beer garden, and a carnival. Saturday’s events began with a parade that ran east on 10th Street to Drexel Drive, when it turned south and proceeded to 5th Street. There, it turned west, passing by the judges’ stage, at the East Avenue intersection, and then turned […]

Nobody Testifies at City’s First Public Hearing on Proposed Property Tax Rate

Mayor Bill Hastings presents a proclamation to, from left, Ellen Swepston, Laurel Cull, and Stephanie Kinghorn of the Star of Destiny Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution – George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Nobody testified at the first public hearing Monday on the City of Katy’s proposed property tax rate to fund its proposed $32 million 2019-2020 city budget. The proposed property tax rate is $0.48 per $100 valuation, a decrease from last year’s $0.48672 per $100. The rate decrease comes as overall property tax revenues increase due to continued residential development in Cane Island, Falls at Green Meadows, Lilac Bend, the Reserves of Katy, […]

Hebert’s City Administrator Contract to Be Extended

Byron Hebert - City of Katy photo

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday authorized a three-year extension with City Administrator Byron Hebert to remain in his post. Hebert has served as city administrator since 2014. Hebert’s contract extension will include a 3% cost-of-living increase that other city employees will receive if the proposed city budget gets approved. “I’ve known Byron Hebert for 19 years, ever since he came first here under (then-city administrator and former mayor) Johnny Nelson and (then-mayor) […]

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

City of Katy

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, cityofkaty.com. 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 […]