Katy City Council

Council Approves Construction of New Cell Phone Tower

By George Slaughter Katy will soon get another cell phone tower, as the city council Monday approved a special use permit to enable construction of a 150-foot wireless communication facility issue at 5364 Franz Rd. The tower will be installed on land owned by the Katy Independent School District and is zoned R-1, single-family residential. The site sits between Hutsell Elementary School, 5360 Franz Road, and Katy Junior High School, 5350 Franz Road. Eco-Site II […]

Corte, Dowdle Draw Challengers in Upcoming City Election

By George Slaughter Katy Ward A Council Member Janet Corte and Ward B Council Member Durran Dowdle have drawn opponents for the May 2 Katy city election. Their colleague Chris Harris, the council member-at-large, drew no opponents. The deadline for filing for office was Friday afternoon. Early voting will be April 22-26, and April 28-29, in the Cypress Room at Katy Hall, 901 Avenue C. The election is May 2. The Ward A polling place […]

Callender, Schmidt Honored by City for Keep Katy Beautiful Service

The Katy City Council honored longtime Keep Katy Beautiful Board volunteers Sandy Schmidt and Kay Callender Monday - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Keep Katy Beautiful volunteer leaders Kay Callender and Sandy Schmidt were honored by the Katy City Council Monday for their years of service to that board. In addition to having Monday being proclaimed Kay Callender Day and Sandy Schmidt Day in Katy, Keep Katy Beautiful planted trees in their honor. The city council passed an ordinance appointing Callender and Schmidt as emeritus members of the Keep Katy Beautiful Board of Directors. “I […]

City to Purchase 20 Electronic License Plate Readers to Aid Law Enforcement

This map shows where the 20 new electronic license plate readers will be placed - courtesy Katy Police Department

By George Slaughter Katy Police Chief Noe Diaz said his department essentially added 20 new police officers through a Katy City Council-approved purchase of 20 electronic license plate readers Monday night. Diaz said the readers are to help police share information with neighboring cities and counties. They would capture license plate information and are advanced enough to identify vehicle makes and colors. Diaz said the readers would be installed in business areas around the city. He […]

Public Hearing for Proposed Katy Cell Phone Tower to Continue at February 10 Council Meeting

Attorney Bebb Francis addresses the Katy City Council Monday night at City Hall - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter After Katy City Council members expressed their concerns Monday night, plans to build a 180-foot cellular telephone tower between two Katy schools are going back for further developer review. The council voted unanimously to continue a public hearing on the tower, which was to be built at 5364 Franz Road on property owned by the Katy Independent School District and zoned R-1, single-family residential. The site sits between Hutsell Elementary School, 5360 […]

Council Denies Planned Development District Application

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council, citing residential/commercial mix concerns, denied an application to create the 25K Morton Park and Silver Park Estates Planned Development District Monday. Developers intended the site, approximately 46 acres, for both single-family residential and commercial use. The proposed district is bordered by Heritage Park West subdivision to the north, Morton Road on the south, and Katy Hockley Cutoff Road to the east. The land east of the Katy Hockley […]

Katy City Council Briefed on Updated Recycling Policies

Katy Police Officer Steve Kelleher reins in the department’s new police dog, Kiko, at Thursday’s City Council meeting as Chief Noe Diaz, back to camera, briefs the council. Photo courtesy Chris Harris

By George Slaughter The City of Katy’s recycling policy has changed in recent months due to national events. Katy City Council members Thursday received a briefing about the recycling processes used by the city’s recycling vendor, as well as information about what could and could not be recycled. In September, the city announced it would no longer accept glass as an item for recycle. The city said the change was due to the decline in […]

Katy City Council Honors Retiring City Secretary

Mayor Bill Hastings reads a proclamation honoring retiring City Secretary Missy Bunch Monday at City Hall, as Bunch’s granddaughter, Daphne, assists the mayor – George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Katy City Secretary Missy Bunch retired from her job Monday, and the Katy City Council, along with other city employees and well-wishers, honored her at a reception before the city council meeting. She was also honored at the end of the meeting itself. City Administrator Byron Hebert said Bunch began working for the city 38 years ago. “It was much different then,” Hebert said. “She has told me stories of past councils […]

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 […]

City Adopts $32 Million Budget; Appoints Harris Mayor Pro Tem

Chris Harris (photo courtesy Chris Harris)

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night adopted a $32 million budget for 2019-2020, a 13% increase from last year’s budget. It also slightly reduced the property tax rate from last year. The budget provides for four new positions in the fire department, four new positions in the police department, two new inspectors in the permits and inspection department, and a city project manager. The budget also calls for a 3% cost-of-living increase for […]