Katy City Council

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 […]

Hastings Sworn in As Mayor; Carroll and Stockdick Sworn in As Council Members

Bill Hastings - Katy News photo

By George Slaughter Mayor Bill Hastings, Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll, and Ward B Council Member Jenifer Jordan Stockdick were sworn into their respective offices before a standing-room-only crowd Tuesday night at City Hall. Hastings, a former Katy police chief, was making his first bid for elected office. He defeated incumbent Mayor Chuck Brawner to win the seat. Hastings becomes the 16th mayor in Katy history. He will serve a three-year term thanks to […]

Council Members Walk Out of Meeting, Preventing Consideration of Tabled Items

By George Slaughter Two Katy City Council members walked out of Monday’s meeting at City Hall to prevent discussion of two proposed city ordinances that were tagged, or delayed, until next month. Council Member-at-Large Chris Harris and Ward B Council Member Jimmy Mendez walked out following a vote to go into executive session to discuss the proposed city ordinances. The executive session was already on the agenda, but Harris and Mendez saw no need for […]

Hastings Elected Mayor; Stockdick Elected to Council

Mayor-Elect Bill Hastings

By George Slaughter Bill Hastings, the former Katy police chief, unseated Mayor Chuck Brawner in Saturday’s city election, polling 1,243 votes, or 60%, to Brawner’s 846 votes, or 40%. Hastings was appointed chief in 2009 and retired in January to run for mayor. This was his first run for political office. Hastings said he got very little sleep the last three days of the campaign, and joked if he could sleep late on Sunday—late being […]

Today is Last Day for Early Voting

By George Slaughter Today is the last day for early voting in the Katy city election and Katy Independent School District trustee election. City Election For polling locations and times, click here. Voters will decide the mayor’s race between incumbent Chuck Brawner and former police chief Bill Hastings. Ward B voters will decide between banking executive Jenifer Jordan Stockdick and former council member Steve Pierson. Incumbent Jimmy Mendez cannot seek reelection due to term limits. […]