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Councilmember Dan Smith

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Operating as usual

12/25/2022

Wishing you all the blessings of the season... Merry Christmas from our family to you and yours!

Freezing temps will be here this evening. Thankfully we have not seen any warning signs from ERCOT, and this cold snap s...
12/22/2022

Freezing temps will be here this evening. Thankfully we have not seen any warning signs from ERCOT, and this cold snap should be nothing like Winter Storm Uri in Feb 2021.

That being said, please do protect the people, pets, plants, and pipes in your home. This is also a great time to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly or anyone who could use a little help.

Stay safe and warm, Katy!

Subfreezing temperatures are expected beginning Thursday night and into Friday morning following the passage of a strong cold front. City of Katy Departments have been planning and taking actions to prepare for this hard freeze. We strongly encourage you to take the time to prepare and to Protect the Four 'P's: People, Pets, Pipes, and Plants!

Additionally, you should also practice fire safety. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep flammable objects at least 3 feet away. Turn off your space heaters before you go to bed. Do not use fuel-burning devices such as grills, they release deadly carbon monoxide.

We are closely monitoring the storm for any changes in the forecast. Follow this page and our City of Katy Office of Emergency Management page for local weather updates. Sign up for alerts at www.cityofkaty.com/KTAlert

With Midway BBQ back home after rebuilding from the devastating fire, we are thrilled to see the re-opening of Crown Piz...
12/16/2022

With Midway BBQ back home after rebuilding from the devastating fire, we are thrilled to see the re-opening of Crown Pizza. Check them out on HWY 90 across from KHS.

It’s been a BUSY December! Thank you to everyone who has shared their excitement and generosity throughout the Santa Tou...
12/16/2022

It’s been a BUSY December! Thank you to everyone who has shared their excitement and generosity throughout the Santa Tours. This is definitely my favorite Katy tradition!!

Love seeing Katy get decorated for Christmas! Thank you Keep Katy Beautiful for continuing this awesome tradition.Hope t...
12/01/2022

Love seeing Katy get decorated for Christmas! Thank you Keep Katy Beautiful for continuing this awesome tradition.

Hope to see a big crowd at the Official - City of Katy Christmas Tree Lighting tonight!

I am seeing many questions about the Houston's water boil notice. This does NOT impact the City of Katy. See below for m...
11/28/2022
City of Houston - Houston Public Works

I am seeing many questions about the Houston's water boil notice. This does NOT impact the City of Katy. See below for more information.

Houston Public Works Houston Public Works is the largest and most diverse public works organization in the country. Houston Public Works is responsible for streets, drainage, producing and distributing water, collecting and treating wastewater, and permitting and regulation of construction. Accredit...

11/24/2022

Happy Thanksgiving Katy!!

What’s cooking?

Happy Election Day! Please get out and vote! Here are the locations in the city limits:Fort Bend County: Merrell CenterH...
11/08/2022

Happy Election Day! Please get out and vote! Here are the locations in the city limits:

Fort Bend County: Merrell Center
Harris County: Katy Library
Waller County: Katy VFW Hall

Always wonderful seeing all the smiling faces at the Rice Festival Parade!! Don’t forget Rice Festival starts on Friday....
10/01/2022

Always wonderful seeing all the smiling faces at the Rice Festival Parade!! Don’t forget Rice Festival starts on Friday. Have a great weekend Katy!

This is not a storm we are expecting to impact Katy, but it is a good reminder that hurricane season is still in full sw...
09/20/2022

This is not a storm we are expecting to impact Katy, but it is a good reminder that hurricane season is still in full swing, lasting until Nov. 30th. Please ensure your family has a plan, follow City City of Katy Office of Emergency Management subscribe to KTAlerts at http://bit.ly/KTALERT

Good morning. Houston has one more week of exceptionally hot September weather before the pattern should change, with an increasing likelihood of a decent front pushing into the region. In this post we’ll also discuss the potential for a tropical system to move into the Gulf of Mexico next week.

https://spacecityweather.com/houston-to-sizzle-this-week-and-tracking-a-new-tropical-system-headed-to-the-caribbean-sea/

Just another day of Keep Katy Beautiful keeping Katy beautiful. 😍😍😍🙌🏻🙌🏻Awesome job KKB!!
09/19/2022

Just another day of Keep Katy Beautiful keeping Katy beautiful. 😍😍😍🙌🏻🙌🏻

Awesome job KKB!!

Hey Katy, there's something new on Pin Oak Rd... have you seen it yet?

Timeline photos
08/29/2022

Timeline photos

📢Mandatory water restrictions within the City of Katy will no longer be in place for Stage 3 Drought Contingency. We ask that everyone please stay vigilant and continue to practice water conservation. Every drop still counts.

⁉For any questions or concerns, please call Public Works at 281-391-4820 or email at [email protected]

Officer Walker is a rock star! We are blessed to have him protecting and serving Katy!💙💙💙
08/28/2022

Officer Walker is a rock star! We are blessed to have him protecting and serving Katy!
💙💙💙

We would like to congratulate Officer Walker for all his hard work and dedication to the citizens of the City of Katy! Officer Walker was the recipient of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Association, Rookie of the Year. Congratulations Officer Walker! 🚔⭐️

This is good information for all Texas taxpayers. For City of Katy residents, you should know that the NO-NEW-REVENUE ta...
08/20/2022

This is good information for all Texas taxpayers.

For City of Katy residents, you should know that the NO-NEW-REVENUE tax rate Senator Bettencourt is referring to for the city is $0.465575 per $100.

We are currently looking at a rate of $0.44 per $100 - 5.5% lower and of course accompanied by a balanced budget!

The Cavalry is coming over the Hill for Texas Homesteads this Fall, just like in an old John Wayne movie! While inflation is up at 8.6%, Homestead ISD property tax bills are NOT! Despite massive appraised value increases statewide, over 3.5 Million under-65 homeowners with homesteads should get an average property tax cut this Fall. This is because we are bringing in nearly $500 of property tax relief which means a real tax cut for homesteads!

My office is estimating 16 pennies of total property tax relief and an overall $482 savings compared to last year’s tax rate. A survey of the top 25 ISDs bill calculations shows an actual range of cuts between $107 to $8 year-to-year on an average $301,000 taxable value home. Plus, more property tax rate cuts are coming from Cities and Counties adding up more than $100 in year-to-year cuts for sure.

I’m calling on Cities and Counties to adopt the no-new-revenue-rate this Fall because it will save the taxpayers money too!

Great presser to read up on. Click below.

https://senate.texas.gov/press.php?id=7-20220819a

Finally, Property Appraisals are rising in Texas’ booming economy; however, Taxpayers can rest assured that property tax rates are on the way down to offset these increases. This is astonishing news for Texas Homesteaders!

-Senator Paul Bettencourt

08/20/2022

The City of Katy is beginning the process of delivering another Balanced Budget AND
Reduced Tax Rate.

🤩🤩Community Development🤩🤩💥Outstanding article in Community Impact on the action taken this week by City of Katy City Cou...
08/10/2022
Katy creates community development department to support economic growth

🤩🤩Community Development🤩🤩

💥Outstanding article in Community Impact on the action taken this week by City of Katy City Council to create the Community Development department. This puts City Planning, Permitting, and Inspections under a single director whose focus will be ensuring outstanding service to the public from these departments and executing our new comprehensive plan.

💥I have advocated for strong leadership in economic development that focuses on providing great customer service and creates a more resident and small-business friendly city since day 1 of my campaign. I am thrilled to see this come to life and I want to thank Mayor Dusty Thiele, my fellow Councilmembers, and City Staff for everything that went into this. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

The structure of the city of Katy’s departments and staff is changing to include a newly created community development department.

Tonight was a very exciting step toward realizing a truly revitalized and vibrant downtown. City Council voted unanimous...
07/26/2022

Tonight was a very exciting step toward realizing a truly revitalized and vibrant downtown. City Council voted unanimously to approve full design services based on a conceptual drawing that has been agreed upon by city staff and the downtown advisory group.

I am thrilled to see this project move forward. The new design pays homage to many of the wonderful things that make Katy unique. I can't wait to see this project come to life!

Who’s ready for the return of Midway?👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
07/12/2022

Who’s ready for the return of Midway?

👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Happy Independence Day!This is a great year to leave the fireworks to the professionals. Join us at Typhoon Texas or Kat...
07/04/2022

Happy Independence Day!

This is a great year to leave the fireworks to the professionals. Join us at Typhoon Texas or Katy Mills Mall for a great show!

We are excited to celebrate our Independence today and to see you tonight at our Katy Freedom Celebration Fireworks Display at Katy Mills Mall/Typhoon Texas at 9 p.m.!! To see more info on the event visit: https://fb.me/e/1xPve88tP

Special THANK YOU to all those in the community that makes this display possible.
Typhoon Texas Houston
Rotary Club of Katy
Sky Wonder Pyrotechnics
H-E-B
Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union
Gateway Church Houston
No Label Brewing Co.
Iron Supply Powersports
24/7 Plumbing Co.,LP
ClearWater Express Wash
Katy Mills
Kev Marine Solutions
KT Galvanizing Co., Inc.
Spanish Learning Castle
Texas Hot Taps
Tigerland Daycare
A & P Brothers Wrecker Services Inc
ARKK Engineers
Arthur Pertile II & Renita King Katy Village Investment LP Katy Steel Co. Katy Hardware McDonald's Schmidt Funeral Home and Steel Trading Corporation of America
Brookshire Brothers
Bugs Incorporated
Clay & Leyendecker, Inc.
Greg Dalton Law
Franz and Miller Partnership

*For more information on sponsoring the Freedom Celebration please contact [email protected] See less

Need your help - especially Sunday. Please skip watering your lawn and washing your car. Most importantly - spread the w...
06/26/2022

Need your help - especially Sunday. Please skip watering your lawn and washing your car. Most importantly - spread the word to your neighbors who may not see this.

Next week things improve with lower temps, chances of rain, and our newest water plant coming online.

Thank you Katy!

Despite requests for voluntary restrictions our water pumpage continues to climb and may result in increased stage and mandatory restrictions. Please do your part!

‼It is CRITICAL you do your part to conserve water in the City of Katy‼
• DO NOT water your landscaping over the weekend. (A voluntary choice now can avoid a mandatory restriction later.)
• DO NOT wash vehicles, pressure wash, or any other nonessential water usage for the time being.
• DO NOT drain and refill swimming pools.
• DO NOT attempt to establish new landscaping until after the drought passes.

Please help us conserve water this weekend.
06/24/2022

Please help us conserve water this weekend.

⚠⚠Water Consumption is at an all-time high – we need your help!

It is necessary that everyone cut back on water usage over the weekend to help the City avoid Stage 3 Drought Conditions (which would require mandatory water restrictions).

For more information contact the City of Katy Public Works Department at (281) 391-4820 or by email at [email protected].

Thank you and we appreciate your cooperation.

Congratulations Katy Heritage Society!
06/21/2022

Congratulations Katy Heritage Society!

Katy Heritage Society is honored to announce that you all have chosen Katy Heritage Society, and the historic homes and post office as the #1 BEST MUSEUM IN KATY. Thank you, Katy Times for this opportunity and honor. Thank you, Katy area and visitors from around the world for supporting this organization since 1979.

Please visit us soon + the other great museums in the Katy area; VFW Museum, MKT Depot Museum, Art Museum TX, Johnny Nelson Museum.

Please be aware of the actions the city is taking and how you can help.
06/16/2022

Please be aware of the actions the city is taking and how you can help.

Drought Conditions - Stage 2: How You Can Help

The City of Katy is currently experiencing Stage 2 (moderate) drought conditions. This is due to extreme heat conditions with no rain forecast in the near future. The City of Katy is asking residents to assist the City with conserving water based on the City’s Drought Contingency Plan.

To assist, residents and businesses should:
- Continue exercising voluntary reduction of water usage as previously posted during Stage 1
- Reduce watering and/or irrigation to three (3) times per week
- Refrain from establishing new landscaping until the current drought has passed
- Reduce water use for power washing of buildings, sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, or other hard surfaces

To assist, the City of Katy is:
- Halting landscape irrigation use at all City facilities
- Halting nonessential government water use including: street cleaning, vehicle washing,
operation of ornamental fountains
- Halting the establishment of new landscaping
- Limit hydrant flushing (except for water system repairs)

Please help spread the word… great opportunities for kids of all ages!
06/03/2022

Please help spread the word… great opportunities for kids of all ages!

‼️It's not too late‼️

For many parents, summer has already begun, but our summer camp registration has not ended! 🌞

Katy Parks and Recreation is hosting different camps each week of the summer. Take a look at the schedule below and register for your top choices here: www.cityofkaty.com/parksandrecprograms

Camps are held at Katy City Park and Woodsland Park Community Center in Katy.

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🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸God bless our soldiers who paid the ultimate price in service to the USA. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸Today I am also remembering the 22...
05/30/2022

🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸God bless our soldiers who paid the ultimate price in service to the USA. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Today I am also remembering the 22 veterans a day we lose to su***de in this country. These are brave soldiers who fought for our country but sadly brought war home with them. They may not have been wearing their uniform physically, but mentally they were in a fight for their lives - and tragically lost. We are in a mental health crisis right now and we are losing far too many.

If you are a veteran in crisis, or you know one who is, please get immediate assistance from The Veterans Crisis Hotline 24/7, via phone, text, or online chat. Call 800-273-8255 and press 1. Chat online at veteranscrisisline.net, or text 838255.

Congratulations Graduates!
05/20/2022

Congratulations Graduates!

This week we unfortunately had a rash of vehicle break-ins across multiple neighborhoods in Katy. Thanks to the amazing ...
05/14/2022

This week we unfortunately had a rash of vehicle break-ins across multiple neighborhoods in Katy. Thanks to the amazing work of our Katy Police Department using the Flock Camera System and resident cameras, there were suspects in custody and stolen property was recovered within hours.

These crimes tend to increase in Summer months. The best way to protect yourself is to LOCK YOUR VEHICLE. The vast majority of these break-ins occur on unlocked vehicles. However, these criminals will break windows if they see something of value. In this week's case, that happened for something as small as a set of Apple AirPods. Completely hide or remove anything of value, including bags.

Finally, and most importantly, know that the #1 thing these criminals are looking for is fire arms. Guns are valuable, small, and easy to sell. It is much better to keep your firearm on your person than in your vehicle. If you do choose to keep it in your vehicle, please consider a lock box.

At our regular City Council Meeting last night, I was privileged to present the proclamation for National Police Week to...
05/10/2022

At our regular City Council Meeting last night, I was privileged to present the proclamation for National Police Week to the fine men and women of our Katy Police Department on behalf of Mayor Bill Hastings. We also recognized National EMS Week and National Public Works Week.

These are the folks that make Katy a wonderful place to live, and I encourage everyone to find opportunities to show them gratitude for their service. These are 24/7/365 jobs that they do, as Mayor Hastings put better than I could, "in every condition and natural disaster the Good Lord can throw at them".

Happy Mother’s Day to all the incredible women out there doing the hardest job in the world!
05/08/2022

Happy Mother’s Day to all the incredible women out there doing the hardest job in the world!

Today kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week.  We all owe such a huge debt of gratitude to teachers at all levels who conti...
05/02/2022

Today kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week. We all owe such a huge debt of gratitude to teachers at all levels who continue to navigate the most complex and challenging environment many have ever seen. I am personally beyond thankful for the wonderful teachers we have been blessed with this school year!

Thank you teachers!

He is risen. ✝️
04/17/2022

He is risen. ✝️

Dear Moquitos,Please die. Respectfully,Everyone. Literally all of us.
04/04/2022

Dear Moquitos,

Please die.

Respectfully,

Everyone. Literally all of us.

In an effort to control the mosquito population, the City of Katy will begin providing mosquito spraying services on April 11th, 2022. This service will continue through October. Adjustments to this schedule may occur due to mosquito increases or inclement weather. Each part of the city will be covered once per week- Monday thru Thursday. For questions regarding this service, please contact Public Works at 281-391-4820 or [email protected].

For more details and information on what you can do help, check out our News Story 👉 https://bit.ly/37hj89a

Thank you KPD for helping Katy "Light it up Blue" for autism awareness today!
04/02/2022

Thank you KPD for helping Katy "Light it up Blue" for autism awareness today!

Congratulations Keep Katy Beautiful!!  This is another huge accomplishment for this amazing group. I can’t wait to see w...
03/24/2022

Congratulations Keep Katy Beautiful!! This is another huge accomplishment for this amazing group. I can’t wait to see what y’all do next. Thanks for everything you do to continue improving Katy 🤩

Please stay weather aware tonight.
03/21/2022

Please stay weather aware tonight.

Dangerous and severe storms are firing up to the west of Katy near the I-35 corridor.

Eventually the severe weather will make its way into our area. Make sure you stay weather aware this evening.

We will continue to post updates through out the night to keep you informed.

If you haven’t completed this survey please do… we want as much resident feedback as possible to be part of our new Park...
03/18/2022

If you haven’t completed this survey please do… we want as much resident feedback as possible to be part of our new Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Thank you!

Our Master Plan Survey is still open, and we need everyone’s feedback! 🔊

Help us make sure the children in our parks get to share their voices too! 🤾‍♀️🤸‍♀️🏃‍♀️

You can impact our plans by completing the survey below 👇 and by attending our next Public Engagement Session on March 23rd from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Civic Center on Avenue C.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KatyParksTrailsRecreationMasterPlanSurvey

Follow our City of Katy-Parks and Recreation page for more details and additional updates!

03/01/2022

Happy Election Day friends, please vote in the primaries!

Please take a moment to give the city your feedback and insight on Katy parks!  We are committed to improving the city i...
03/01/2022

Please take a moment to give the city your feedback and insight on Katy parks! We are committed to improving the city in this area and have hired a consultant to build a master parks plan that will help inform decisions for years to come. Part of that process is getting resident feedback.

Thank you!

We're getting ready to dive deeper into our Parks, Trails, and Recreation Master Plan process with Kendig Keast Collaborative and we need your feedback!

Whether you frequent the park down the street or drive miles to enjoy your favorite outdoor space, we want to learn more about what our community needs in our parks, trails, and programs.

We can only do that if you tell us more by being a part of our plans and completing this survey! 🔊

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KatyParksTrailsRecreationMasterPlanSurvey

02/25/2022
Critical Incident Video at 2500 Hutchins Street

While this situation occurred in nearby Houston and not Katy, I am sharing it for one reason… watching officers run TOWARD the danger is a reminder of what each of these brave men and women are willing to put on the line for us each and every day. Peace officers are truly servants of the public and they deserve our utmost respect and especially our prayers for their safe return home after each shift.

God Bless our first responders.

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