Katy City Council

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Smith, Hicks Elected to Katy City Council

Gina Hicks (Gina Hicks photo)

By George Slaughter Katy city voters braved the rain Saturday to elect two new city council members, approve $6 million in bonds, and approve updates to the Katy City Charter. In the Ward A council race, Dan Smith, a territory senior manager, defeated Diane Walker, who works as a virtual assistant. Smith received 446 votes, or 72%. Walker received 172 votes, or 18%. “I am humbled by the results of the election and excited for […]

Council Tasks Advisory Board with Making Animal Control Department Recommendations

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday tabled a proposed $7,000 pilot program intended for providing animal vaccinations upon intake, choosing instead to await best practice recommendations from its new animal control advisory council. The vote to table came after both a recommendation from Mayor Bill Hastings and a contentious council discussion. Mayors in Katy do not vote on council agenda items. Hastings said he has never spoken either in favor or against a […]

Absentee Voting Begins for City, School Board Elections

By George Slaughter Absentee balloting began Monday for races and bond elections in both the City of Katy and the Katy Independent School District. Election Day is May 1, but the city and school elections have different end dates for absentee balloting. City of Katy Two seats on the city council, a $6 million bond issue, and updates to the Katy City Charter, are on the ballot. In the Ward A council race, incumbent Dusty […]

City Appoints Parker Fire Chief

Katy Fire Chief Kenneth Parker poses with his family after his appointment. Pictured are, from left, his stepdaughter Kayla Santos, his wife Angela, and daughters Kenzie and Kaileigh (Katy Fire Department photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday appointed Kenneth Parker as permanent fire chief. Parker had served as interim fire chief since last October, when former chief Russell “Rusty” Wilson took a similar position with the Mesquite Fire Department. “I’m excited,” Parker said in an interview. “I have been here in Katy and seen the growth. I feel very blessed to be given the opportunity to be chief for this city.” Parker said his […]

Meet the Katy City Council Candidates: Gina Hicks

Gina Hicks (Gina Hicks photo)

By George Slaughter Gina Hicks, a cybersecurity professional, is seeking a Ward B seat on the Katy City Council. She faces incumbent Jenifer Jordan Stockdick, a business owner, who was elected in 2019. In addition to the council race, voters will decide whether to approve a $6 million bond proposal. The proposal has two propositions: Proposition A, for $1.8 million, is for construction of improvements to municipal public buildings. These include reimbursement of expenses for […]