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Residents encouraged to have a safe New Year’s celebration

December 31, 2018

Here we are, on the verge of a new year. The greater Katy area will join the rest of the world in ringing in the New Year with the last day of 2018 on Monday.

If you plan on celebrating, do so with caution. If you drink, do not drive. Law enforcement agencies will be out in force to catch those who choose to drive while under the influence.

Also, per city ordinance, residents should be aware that it is illegal to possess fireworks within the city limits. Article 5.07 of the city charter addresses fireworks and states: “Except as otherwise specifically provided in this article it shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture, assemble, store, transport, receive, keep, sell, offer or have in his possession with intent to sell, use, discharge, cause to be discharged, ignite, detonate, fire or otherwise set in action any fireworks of any description.”

Fireworks stands are visible outside the city limits but using the pyrotechnics is illegal within the city. Those found in violation of the city’s policy on fireworks are subject to a $200 fine.

It is also illegal to discharge weapons into the air.

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2019 will be the Year of the Pig, bringing with it fortune and luck. However, be advised that the Year of the Pig will not technically begin until Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.

Have a safe trek into 2019.

Hydrant flushing

The city of Katy Water Department will be flushing hydrants and lines throughout the city beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2. The hydrant flushing will take place between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Residents should be aware that “flushing may cause low water pressure as well as some discoloration of water. This does not represent a health hazard. If you experience discolored water, run the cold water in all your faucets for approximately 5-10 minutes or open the outside faucet closest to your water meter for several minutes before using the water.”

Staining of clothes could occur if the water is not clear before washing. If clothes are stained in the washing machine, residents should wash the clothes again before attempting to dry them.

Tree recycling

With Christmas in the past and we move into 2019, the city is encouraging people to recycle live Christmas trees. The Public Works Department will be picking up and recycling Christmas trees on Monday, Jan. 7. Trees should be place curbside by 8 a.m. All decorations, ornaments, tinsel, lights and stands must be removed to be recycled. Flocked trees cannot be recycled. Due to the volume of trees, the pick-up may take a few days.

Anyone unable to recycle on the collection day may bring their trees to:

Living Earth-Katy West, 27733 Katy Freeway, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7 a.m.-noon Saturdays.

New Earth, 6205 FM 2855, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Holy Day

Monday, Dec. 31, is a holy day of obligation and St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church will hold the Mary, Mother of God service at 5 p.m. On Tuesday, Jan. 1, the church will hold mass at 8:30 a.m. in English and 10:30 a.m. in Spanish. The parish office will be closed both days.

St. Bartholomew is located at 5356 11th St. in Katy. For more information, go to https://st-bart.org.

Rotary Club of Katy

The Rotary Club of Katy will meet on Thursday, Jan. 3. The club meets each Thursday at 11:45 a.m. at The Club at Falcon Point, 24503 Falcon Point Dr. For more information, go to https://katyrotary.com.

40 Days of Fasting

The annual 40 Days of Fasting begins Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Grace Community Fellowship. According to the church, “The intent of the 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting is specifically focused on God moving GCF West more into what He has called us to be. The church meets at Exley Elementary, 21800 Westheimer Parkway in Katy. For more information, go to http://gcfwest.org.

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