City of Katy to Provide Services to Willow Creek Farms MUD Residents

CITY OF KATY (CoveringKaty)—The City of Katy will provide water, wastewater, garbage, recycling services and the application of city development standards to the Willow Creek Farms Municipal Utility District following the passage of an ordinance by the Katy City Council Tuesday night.

The ordinance arranges for a strategic partnership between the city and the MUD.

To pay for the utilities, users living in the MUD will make payment to the city as city residents would, and at the same rates.

To pay for the public safety services, the city will charge an annual $275,000 fee, which will be paid through the imposition of a one-percent sales and use tax for items purchased within the boundaries of the MUD.

The city will apply its half of the collected tax to paying the fee. If the share of the sales and use tax exceeds the $275,000 fee, the MUD owes no more money and the city keeps the surplus.

The city has already been providing EMS and fire services to the MUD through a separate contract.

Mayor Fabol Hughes said that under the partnership, MUD residents are getting “everything but the ability to vote.” Both Hughes and Council Member J. Gary Jones described the partnership as a “win-win” for the city and the MUD.

The MUD is located south of Interstate 10, and bisected by Pederson Road, in Waller County.

To pay for the utilities, users living in the MUD  will make payment to the city as city residents would, and at the same rates.

The council passed the ordinance following a second public hearing on the matter, held Tuesday. It was the only item on the agenda for that meeting.

The first public hearing, in which City Attorney Art Pertile, III, gave a presentation about the partnership to the council, took place at Monday’s regularly-scheduled council meeting.

In other action Monday, the council:

  • Approved meeting minutes for the August 25 special council meetings, and the September 12, September 26, October 10, and October 24 regular council meetings.
  • Approved a $690 dues payment for the Harris County Mayors and Councils Association.
  • Approved a $3,000 dues payment for the Waller County Economic Development Partnership
  • Approved a $35,000 tax grant for the Katy Jazz Association for the Katy Jazz Festival, scheduled for April 21-22, 2017, at the Katy High School campus.
  • Approved a $35,000 tax grant for Ainsley’s Angels of Southeast Texas for the Katy Half Marathon, scheduled for February 4, 2017, at the Katy Mills Mall.
  • Approved a $21,095 expenditure for television advertising for the City of Katy. The advertising ran in September on KUBE Channel 57.
  • Approved a $15,000 dues payment at the Board of Governors level for the Katy Area Economic Development Council, Inc.
  • Approved a final plat for two sections of Cane Island. The first approval is for 421.74 acres in section 21. The second approval is for 417.05 acres in section 24.
  • Accepted public drainage and paving improvements for the Spring Green Boulevard Phase 2 Mobility Project, from South Firethorne to Morgan Parkway.
  • Accepted public drainage and paving improvements for the extension of South Firethorne from the Firethorne Subdivision to Spring Green Boulevard.
  • Passed an ordinance for emergency repairs to Water Well No. 5 at Water Plant No. 3, 25815 Kingsland Blvd.
  • Adopted a resolution approving an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for the temporary closure of portions of the state Right-of-Way on Highway 90 and FM 1463, and the City of Katy Right-of-Way on Katyland Drive, for the annual Katy Independent School District Future Farmers of America Parade on Saturday, February 18, 2017.
  • Adopted a resolution authorizing application for assistance to firefighters grants program for equipment and facilities modifications in an amount up to $275,000.
  • Adopted a resolution authorizing the mayor to sign a COBRA services agreement with P&A Administrative Services, Inc., to provide COBRA health care plan administration.
  • Adopted a resolution authorizing the mayor to sign a contract with Linebarger Goggen Blair & Simpson, LLP, for fines and fees collection services for the Katy Municipal Court.
  • Adopted a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute an agreement with Turner Duran Architects, LP, for design renovations of the council chambers located at 910 Avenue C and the City Annex located at 5718 2nd St.
  • Adopt a resolution designating the Franz Road Phase 2–Mobility Project as a Katy Development Authority Project approving the construction plans and authorizing the authority to fund the project.
  • Passed an ordinance appointing Connie Miller as a member on the Katy Social Services Advisory Board.

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