Corte, Dowdle, and Harris Sworn into Office

Chris Harris takes the oath of office as Katy City Council member-at-large – George Slaughter photo

CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News)—Three city council members, two of them newcomers, were sworn into office Monday at City Hall.

Chris Harris, elected to the at-large position, and Janet Corte, elected to a Ward A position, are beginning their first terms on the council. All three were sworn into office by Municipal Judge Jeffrey Brashear.

Janet Corte takes the oath of office as Katy City Council member for Ward A – George Slaughter photo

Harris defeated former Council Member Larry Gore for his seat, which was vacated by incumbent Steve Pierson under term limits. Corte defeated incumbent Ray Boothe for her seat.

Durran Dowdle takes the oath of office as Katy City Council member for Ward B – George Slaughter photo

Durran Dowdle, from Ward B, was sworn into his third and final term under term limits. He won his re-election bid against challenger Sam Pearson.

The oaths were administered after the votes in those races were officially canvassed and declared official. Votes on the three bond propositions, all of which were approved by voters, were also officially canvassed and declared official.

Mayor Chuck Brawner renominated, and the council confirmed, Dowdle as mayor pro tem. In this role, Dowdle presides in the mayor’s absence.

Mayor Chuck Brawner honors Joe Gargan as 2018 Senior Citizen of the Year – George Slaughter photo


Mayor Chuck Brawner awards “Above and Beyond” citations to Katy police officers Matthew Newport, left, and Dustin Garcia – George Slaughter photo


Paulette Nelson, widow of former Mayor Johnny Nelson, accepts recognition after the city council voted to rename the Katy Heritage Museum in honor of her husband – George Slaughter photo

In other action, the council:

– Issued a proclamation recognizing May 2018 as Older Americans Month and recognizing Pat Gorman as the 2018 Senior Citizen of the Year.

– Issued “Above and Beyond” citations to Katy police officers Dustin Garcia and Matthew Newport. The officers performed CPR on an unconscious driver and have been credited with saving her life.

Keep Katy Beautiful recognized The Cottage Door Boutique with the Proud Business Award. From left are: Albert Thompson Jr., Jacalyn Warner, Sandy Schmidt, Carrie Singletary, Mayor Chuck Brawner, Shae Walker, Dr. Allen Walker, Angela Walker, Garrett Walker, Emma Walker, Rachel Walker, Jess Washburn, Jamie Wolman and Kay Callender – City of Katy photo

– Watched a Keep Katy Beautiful presentation of the Katy Proud Business Award to Angela Walker, of The Cottage Door, 1001 Avenue B.

– Amended the zoning ordinance to permit the location of a HUD-code manufactured home within a municipal utility district for a 12-month period. The home is required as part of the development of the Village of Katy, a new 84-acre commercial development district.

– Amended the zoning ordinance to allow the renewal of a special use permit at 541 Pin Oak Rd. This permit was twice approved for one-year periods in the past. The council’s approval Monday was for a five-year period.

– Reviewed the FY 2017-18 second quarter investment report, bank statement, and check register through March 31.

– Approved appurtenances, paving, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and water improvements for Young Ranch.

– Approved a final plat for the Reserve at Katy Reserve in Fort Bend County.

– Approved a final plat for the Katy Boardwalk in Fort Bend and Harris Counties.

– Approved final plats for three detention ponds for Cane Island in Waller County.

– Authorized Brawner to sign an interlocal cooperation agreement with Fort Bend County Tax Office for collection of taxes in Fort Bend and Waller counties.

– Authorizing the issuance of $1,360,000 in tax bonds by the Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District Number 2.

– Authorized the issuance of $3,190,000 in tax bonds by the Harris-Waller County Municipal Utility District Number 2.

– Authorized Brawner to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Greater Harris County 911 and Fulshear Volunteer Fire Department.

– Amended the list of authorized city representatives for the Texas Local Government Investment Pool (TexPool/Texpool Prime) to include City Staff Accountant Kelli Preston.

– Renamed the carrier Katy Heritage Museum to honor the late former mayor and city administrator Johnny Nelson. The museum will now be called the Johnny Nelson Katy Heritage Museum. The museum was damaged by floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey but has undergone restoration. The city will dedicate the museum at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 24.

– Passed an ordinance to change the job description of the emergency management coordinator.

– Passed an ordinance to permit the sale of alcoholic beverages near a church or school to Crown Pizza, 6191 Highway Blvd.

– Appointed Eric Paulsen to the both the Katy Development Authority and the Reinvestment Zone, Number One position. He succeeds Harris, who resigned upon his election to the council.

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