City of Katy

City Hopes to Reduce Stray Dogs with Television Camera in Katy Dog Park

By George Slaughter In an effort to reduce stray and abandoned dogs in Katy, the Katy City Council Monday authorized the installation and operation of a television camera at the Katy Dog Park, 5414 Franz Road. “I’m very passionate about animals and pets,” Ward B Council Member Rory Robertson said. “When I learned that there were many instances of pets being abandoned at the dog park, I knew we had to do something immediately.” Robertson […]

Katy City Engineer David Leyendecker Dies

By George Slaughter Long-time Katy city engineer David Leyendecker died Wednesday, the city announced in a statement. Cause of death was not given. Funeral arrangements are pending. As engineer, Leyendecker’s key responsibilities include subdivision plotting and construction plan review and inspections. He was also responsible for overseeing the design of the city’s infrastructure, including streets, drainage systems, water and sanitary sewer systems. Mayor Bill Hastings, in a statement, said Leyendecker had served the city for […]

Harris Reappointed Mayor Pro Tem

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday reconfirmed Council Member-at-Large Chris Harris as mayor pro tem. Ward B Council Member Rory Robertson, who was elected last month, praised Harris’s service. “I’m confident he will continue to do a great job,” Robertson said. Hastings said with so many events and meetings, he cannot attend them all, so Harris, as mayor pro tem, often serves as a stand-in. “He’s represented the city wonderfully,” Hastings said, adding […]

City Awards Bid for Water Plant Improvements

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday awarded a $1.3 million bid to Tidal Construction of Sealy for plant improvements to its Water Plant #7, which serves the Young Ranch subdivision. The figure includes the contract bid amount, contingencies, engineering, and inspection, and will be funded through the city’s enterprise reserve funds. In other action, the council also heard a presentation by Mariga CPA, a consulting firm, on the status of the Coronavirus Aid, […]

Council Appoints Dusty Thiele to Ward A Council Position

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Wednesday accepted the resignation of Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll and appointed Dusty Thiele, an insurance executive and former Ward B council member, to take his place. Thiele will serve the remainder of Carroll’s term, which expires in May. In 2013, Thiele was appointed to serve in the Ward B seat held by then-Council Member Fabol Hughes, who resigned to seek and win the mayoralty. Thiele served […]

Corte, Robertson, and Harris Sworn In; Thiele Expected to be Appointed Thursday

Rory Robertson (Rory Robertson photo)

By George Slaughter Katy City Council Members Janet Corte, Rory Robertson, and Chris Harris were sworn into office Tuesday at City Hall. Corte and Harris were both reelected to second terms as Ward A council member and council member-at-large, respectively. Robertson was elected to his first term as Ward B council member. Their terms expire in May 2023. In keeping with social distancing conventions during the ongoing pandemic, Katy Municipal Judge Jeffrey Brashear swore in […]

Council, School Board to Canvass Election Results and Swear-In New Members This Week

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council and Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees will canvas their respective election results Tuesday afternoon. The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to canvass the city election results. Katy Municipal Judge Jeffrey Brashear will swear in Janet Corte, Rory Robertson, and Chris Harris. Public attendance at council meetings is virtual only during the pandemic. To access the meeting, visit the zoom page and use the 827-8627-2121 […]

Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll Resigns

Frank Carroll (City of Katy photo)

By George Slaughter Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll resigned his position Friday after selling his house and moving to a family farm in Waller County. “Our house closed, and we had to make a decision as to whether to save the family farm or let it be sold to someone else, and we decided it was important to preserve that legacy,” Carroll said. After the council accepts Carroll’s resignation, it will have 20 days […]

Council Bans Parking Along Northern Portion of Pederson Road

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday passed an ordinance to make parking illegal on the east and west sides of Pederson Road between the south right-of-way of Highway 90 and the north right-of-way of Interstate 10. City Engineer David Leyendecker, in a note to City Administrator Byron Hebert urging passage of the ordinance, wrote that he checked parking problems on Pederson Road at Hebert’s request. “I understand that there has been several accidents […]

Council Establishes Capital Improvement Fund

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday authorized the creation of a capital improvement fund, a short-range schedule of public improvements planned to occur over a three- to five-year period. City officials described the plan as having three areas: The capital improvement project fund uses about $2 million of current reserve funds for capital improvement projects that exceed budgetary allowances. Staff must recommend, and the council must approve, these projects. Examples include restoration of […]