Katy City Council

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 […]

Robertson, Corte, and Harris Win Katy City Council Seats

Chris Harris (photo courtesy Chris Harris)

By George Slaughter Katy city voters Tuesday elected Rory Robertson, and reelected Janet Corte and Chris Harris, to the Katy City Council. Robertson, a registered investment advisor, won the Ward B council seat. In unofficial results, Robertson received 2,355 votes, or 51.6 percent, to avoid a runoff with incumbent Durran Dowdle, Sam Pearson, and Steve Pierson. Dowdle received 872 votes, or 19.1 percent. Pearson received 756 votes, or 16.6 percent. Pierson received 581 votes, or […]

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 […]

Meet the Katy City Council Candidates: Steve Pierson

By George Slaughter Steve Pierson, a former city council member, is seeking a seat on the Katy City Council. He is seeking the Ward B seat presently held by incumbent Durran Dowdle. Pierson held the other Ward B council member from 2001-2007 before stepping down due to term limits. He served in the at-large role from 2012-2018, again stepping down to term limits. Last year, Pierson attempted a comeback last year for that seat, but […]

Meet the Katy City Council Candidates: Durran Dowdle

Durran Dowdle (City of Katy photo)

By George Slaughter Durran Dowdle, a project manager, is seeking his fourth term on the Katy City Council for Ward B. When he was first elected in 2014, the Katy City Charter provided that a mayor or council member could serve up to three consecutive two-year terms. Dowdle was reelected to two-year terms in 2016 and 2018. Katy voters approved a change to the charter, which became effective in January, that extended a term of […]

Meet the Katy City Council Candidates: Rory Robertson

Rory Robertson (Rory Robertson photo)

By George Slaughter Rory Robertson, a registered investment advisor, is seeking his first term on the Katy City Council. He is seeking the Ward B seat presently held by incumbent Durran Dowdle. Dowdle is seeking reelection. Sam Pearson, a retired peace officer and minister who serves on the city’s planning and zoning commission, and Steve Pierson, a former council member, have also filed for the seat. Term of office is three years. 1. Why do […]