CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News)—The Katy Fire Department has an aerial ladder fire truck built in 2004. It’s in the shop now, awaiting parts that must be manufactured because the truck is 15 years old and the model is essentially obsolete. Last year, Assistant Fire Chief Kenny Parker said, the truck was in the shop at various times for a total of 128 days.
Monday night, the Katy City Council authorized up to $1.5 million in financing for the purchase of a new aerial ladder fire truck and related equipment. The new truck is expected within 10 months.
Mayor Chuck Brawner said that a new truck is needed not only to ensure fire protection, but to keep the city’s ISO rating. Ward A Council Member Frank Carroll said when reviewing the matter, he learned that a higher ISO rating for the city means homeowner insurance rates go down.
When the city takes delivery of the new truck, it will be housed at the fire station at 1417 Avenue D. Parker said the older unit is expected to be used as a substitute engine when events warrant.
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Other Actions Taken
In other action, the council:
– Listened to a presentation about the Katy High School Prairie Project by Kelly Knight and Rhonda Burrough.
– Observed the presentation of the Katy Proud Business Award from Keep Katy Beautiful to Katy Hardware, 559 Pin Oak Rd.
– Reviewed the fiscal year 2018-2019 first quarter investment report, bank statement, and check register through December 31.
– Approved the Katy Half Marathon, Katy 5K Run and Katy Kids 1K Run for Saturday. The event will start and finish at Katy Mills Mall.
– Approved a $15,000 dues payment to the Katy Area Economic Development Council.
– Approved a $5,000 dues payment to the Greater Houston Partnership
– Approved a $500 membership payment to the Texas Economic Development Council.
– Accepted $200 in donations to Keep Katy Beautiful for a memorial in honor of Grant Carroll.
– Authorized a $59,193.20 change order for reconciliation of all bids for Water Well No. 9.
– Authorized a $30,000 change order for Pine Forest subdivision drainage improvements.
– Updated the city’s emergency operations plan.
– Updated the city’s court code of ordinances for building regulations
– Updated employee classifications and job descriptions for selected fire department positions.