City and County Update–Big decisions in Katy

Big decisions made in 2014



Reorganization of the Katy Fire Department



Katy's force of volunteer firefighters was changed into a staff of paid firefighters. During November elections, a $5 million bond was passed to build the city's second fire station on Kingsland Boulevard.



Cane Island



The Katy City Council worked to approve the final plats of Cane Island, the city of Katy's first master-planned community that will feature more than 2,000 homes and open in the spring.



Top issues for 2015



Katy Mills boardwalk project



Plans are underway for the construction of a 2-mile boardwalk around an 80-acre retention pond behind Katy Mills. The site will feature a convention center, hotel and zones for residential, commercial and office use.



New City Hall



City officials broke ground on the new Katy City Hall Jan. 15. The 33,000-square-foot building will cost about $6.8 million–$7.3 million and will be built across the street from the old city hall on Avenue C. Construction is expected to last throughout 2015 with the building to open in spring 2016.



Terms and compensation



The mayor receives a salary of $1,590 per month



Council members receive a salary of $958 per month



The mayor and council members are elected for two-year terms



Ward A—two council members; Ward B—two council



members; At large—one council member



There is a three-term limit for council members



Meetings



The council meets at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of the month.



Katy City Hall



910 Ave. C, Katy



281-391-4800



www.cityofkaty.com




County Commissioners



Andy Meyers



Fort Bend County, Pct. 3



Big issue of 2014



Cane Island Parkway, Bellaire Boulevard



Two key mobility projects that got underway were the construction of Cane Island Parkway and the widening of Bellaire Boulevard west of the Grand Parkway.



Top issue of 2015



FM 1093



Work should begin in the late summer on FM 1093 to expand the road to eight lanes and add two feeder roads from the Grand Parkway to Spring Green Boulevard and to four lanes through Fulshear.



Meetings



The Fort Bend County Commissioners Court meets at 1 p.m. on the first, second and fourth Tuesday of each month.



Fort Bend County Courthouse



500 Jackson St., Richmond



281-341-8608



www.fortbendcountytx.gov




Steve Radack



Harris County, Pct. 3



Big issue of 2014



Grand Parkway, Segment E



The opening of the Grand Parkway north of I-10 has improved mobility around the Katy and Houston areas and encouraged economic growth and opportunity at sites along the highway.



Top issue of 2015



Managing growth, mobility



The constant increase in population, developments coming to rural areas and Katy ISD's expansion after the passing of its bond will create challenges in many ways, including improving mobility.



Meetings



The Harris County Commissioners Court meets at 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.



Harris County Administration Building





1001 Preston St. 9th Floor



713-755-6306











www.harriscountytx.gov




Justin Beckendorff



Waller County, Pct. 4



Big issue of 2014



Groundbreaking of Cane Island



Cane Island is a game-changer for Waller County. It's the type of development we strive to have here, and it has set the bar high for new housing coming to the area.



Top issue of 2015



Preparing for growth



Waller County has to continue to work with master-planned communities to bring them to our area, and we have to make sure we have the type of roads and infrastructure needed for such growth.



Meetings



The Waller County Commissioners Court meets at 9 a.m. Wednesdays.



Waller County Courthouse



836 Austin St., Hempstead



1-800-901-4412



www.co.waller.tx.us