Katy City Council

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 […]

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) […]

City Officials to Consider Proposed $32 Million Budget

By George Slaughter Katy City Administrator Byron Hebert described the city’s proposed $32 million budget Friday as a good one that also provides for a decrease in property taxes. Proposed revenues are $32.2 million, which is a $3.7 million, or 13% increase, from last year’s budget. Of this, officials expect that $10.8 million will come in property tax revenue, which is an estimated $1.7 million, or 19% increase, from last year. The proposed property tax rate […]

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 Council Postpones Mayor Pro Tem Vote

Frank Carroll

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday postponed a vote on Mayor Bill Hastings’s choice of Council Member-at-Large Chris Harris to serve as mayor pro tem. Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll tagged, or postponed, the item until the next council meeting, set for August 12. Carroll’s move came after proposing that the current mayor pro tem, Ward B Council Member Durran Dowdle, remain in that role until after the city budget process in […]

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 […]

Katy to Explore its Options for Livestreaming its Council Meetings

Mayor Bill Hastings reads a proclamation honoring the Katy High School softball team Monday at City Hall – George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll said he hoped to get the ball rolling on the city livestreaming its city council meetings. Monday night, the council voted to authorize City Administrator Byron Hebert to begin gathering information for review and discussion. Hebert and selected city staff will present the information at a workshop, the time and date for which are yet to be determined. Council members will use this information to decided […]

Katy City Council to Consider Livestreaming Its Meetings

By George Slaughter Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll is championing a proposal to authorize City Administrator Byron Hebert and city staff to gather information from other cities on how they livestream and archive the recordings of their meetings. With this information, Katy could issue a request for proposals for a similar setup. Carroll is working with Mayor Pro Tem Durran Dowdle on the issue. Carroll said the Fulshear and Houston city councils, along with […]