City of Katy

New Katy Assistant City Administrator Has Local Ties

Katy City Administrator Byron Hebert, left, and Mayor Bill Hastings flank new Assistant City Administrator Anas Garfaoui (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter Mayde Creek High School is not within the Katy city limits, but one of its alumni has a new role at Katy City Hall. On July 12, the city council appointed Anas Garfaoui as assistant city administrator. In this role, Garfaoui said his goal is to “take direction from the council and enact its vision for the city.” Garfaoui joined the city as a part-time administrative assistant following his 2012 graduation from […]

Council Authorizes $4.35 Million in Tax Bonds by Fort Bend-Waller Counties Municipal Utility District No. 3

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Wednesday authorized $4.35 million in tax bonds by the Fort Bend-Waller Counties Municipal Utility District No. 3. The council also authorized Mayor Bill Hastings to sign an assurance of compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, along with the U.S. Department of the Treasury Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Terms and Conditions. The council took these actions in a short, special meeting Wednesday because it would not […]

Katy News Q&A: Katy City Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Browne

Kevin Browne

By George Slaughter Kevin Browne, the city’s parks and recreation director, began his new job Monday. He comes from Missouri City, where he had been recreation superintendent and, before that, recreation manager. Previously, Browne worked with the City of Bellaire as a recreation specialist and supervisor. He earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation, park and tourism sciences at Texas A&M University. He earned his master’s degree kinesiology-sports management at Sam Houston State University. 1. How […]

2021 List of Appointees to Katy City Boards and Commissions

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night approved the following appointments to various city boards and commissions: Building and Standards Commission Ricky Burch, Chairman Jim Lipka Vincent C. Morille, Jr. Bob O’Malley Steve Schilder Matt Lawson, Alternate Troy “Monty” McGuire, Jr., Alternate Paul Redmon, Alternate James A. “Alan” Williams, Alternate City Planning and Zoning Commission Eric Paulsen, Chairman Paul Redmon, Vice Chairman William H. “Dusty” Thiele, Secretary Sam Pearson, Asstistant Secretary Jason Ward […]

City Approves Creation of New Planned Development District Near Clay Road, Katy-Hockley Cut Off

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday approved the creation of a new, mixed-use planned development district to be located south of Clay Road and west of the Katy-Hockley Cut Off road. The Katy Court subdivision will be approximately 110 acres. The tract immediately south of Clay Road will be zoned to restricted commercial. The remaining property is to be zoned single-family residential, with an open space recreation area to be zoned as residential. […]

Planning for 2021 Katy Rice Festival Underway

By George Slaughter Organizers of the annual Katy Rice Festival are preparing for an in-person festival this year, a welcome return following last year’s online event. “We’re definitely looking for sponsors,” Gary Moore, who takes over as festival director this year, said. “We’re filling up the vendor booths. It’s an ongoing process.” Last year’s festival went online because of the pandemic. The festival, set for October 8-10, brings tens of thousands of people to downtown […]

Financial Advisor Website Lists Katy as Top Place to Retire in Texas

The iconic Katy water tower has a "20" painting to honor the 2020 state champion Katy football team (City of Katy photo)

By George Slaughter Katy boosters are always quick to promote their community as a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Now, for the second time in three years, a financial advisor website says Katy is also a great place to retire. In fact, this year the website said Katy is the best place to retire in Texas. Ben Geier, who wrote the article for the SmartAsset.com website, said several factors were considered […]

Council Reconfirms Harris as Mayor Pro Tem

Chris Harris (City of Katy photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday reconfirmed Council Member-at-Large Chris Harris to serve as mayor pro tem. Harris, a U.S. Justice Department analyst, was first elected to the council in 2018 and reelected last year. Mayor Bill Hastings nominated Harris upon his election in 2019. The mayor appoints the mayor pro tem, who serves in the mayor’s absence, but the appointment must be approved by the council. Ward A Council Member Dan Smith […]

New HCC Campus to Open in 2022 on Colonial Parkway, Near UH-Katy Campus

By George Slaughter Houston Community College President Dr. Zachary Hodges provided the Katy City Council with an update Monday on the college’s plans to relocate its Katy campus further west, closer to the city itself. The new location will be at 22910 Colonial Parkway, across the street from the University of Houston Katy campus. HCC planned to have the campus opened by now, but weather and pandemic challenges have pushed out the opening to next […]

Smith, Hicks Sworn in as Katy City Council Members

Dan Smith (Dan Smith photo)

By George Slaughter Katy City Council Members Dan Smith and Gina Hicks were sworn into office Wednesday at City Hall. Smith was elected to a Ward A council seat, and Hicks was elected to a Ward B council seat. Their terms expire in May 2024. Katy Municipal Judge Jeffrey Brashear performed the swearing-in ceremony. Smith, a territory senior manager, defeated Diane Walker, who works as a virtual assistant. He drew 446 votes, or 72%, to […]