Friday, February 16, 2018

Election News, Council Meeting, Ground Breaking's, Police and More!

After spending nearly two decades serving the City of Lakeway in various commissions, committees, city council and as mayor, I have decided to retire from political office at the end of my term in May.  It has been my honor to serve during this time of unprecedented growth. Lakeway is a wonderful community and one that my wife and I are proud to have called home for 30 years. 

We are lucky to have the best run City in Texas, we have a  a low tax rate and wonderful amenities and even better citizens. I am proud of being instrumental in open government, a youth sports center, traffic improvements with a plan for the future and a police station that will serve the city forever.

I am proud to have the privilege and honor of serving this community.  Thank you.

Now for the news.

We have a Mayoral and Council Race!

For Mayor - Sandy Cox, Tiffany McMillan and Jean Hennagin.
Council, two positions - 6 candidates.  Steve Smith, Keith Trecker, Judy Holloway, Christopher Forton, Tammy Stanley and Louis Mastrangelo. 

Monday we held a Council work session to look at how appointments are made to commissions and committees in Lakeway.  I am glad to report that the consensus was to use the method I and previous mayors have followed in the past.   I and other mayors have talked to commission / committee chairs and the liaison and have taken that input to make appointments.  I have gone a step further to ask possible appointee's to attend at least two meetings so they and the chair and liaison could better decide if it was in the best interest of all for the appointment.  Then, as always, council has the responsibility to vote on the appointment.  We are going to make this a procedure that will be followed on future appointments. No charter changes will take place.

I have been working with CAMPO and TxDOT to assure that the 620 improvement project will be funded and will continue to proceed through the engineering phase.  I think we are in a good position on that and I plan to attend the meeting were CAMPO will vote on the project.  More to come on this.

Tuesday I was honored to be invited to attend the ground breaking ceremony for the new middle school behind the bus facility off Vail Divide.  This will be a great project and they are using the same plans used for the middle school on Bee Creek Road - it seems like it was yesterday that school opened!  This will be another great project that will continue to keep our district rated as one of the best in the state!

Friday we held a small ground breaking ceremony for our new police facility.  I am amazed at the progress already made and am looking forward to seeing this project come to fruition. 

Tuesday will be the next council meeting - Monday is a holiday.  Usual time - 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.  Here is the agenda.

Looks to be an easy meeting - 

Item 4 is a Short Term Rental application at 833 Sunfish - the owners live in the house when it is rented, a wonderful way to manage this type of use.

Item 5 is a revision to the preliminary plan for the Lakeway Church - it is moving some facilities and there are no really big changes that I can see.

Item 6 is an amended plat for property owned by the Lakeway MUD.

Hope to see you there!

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LPD Officers conducted 354 traffic stops, responded to 10 alarm calls, handled 14 animal calls, responded to 5 collisions, answered 14 suspicious circumstances calls and handled 104 other types of calls for service for a total of 501.

Routine traffic stops resulted in the following charges; Driving while License Suspended X 1. 

LPD officers responded to and handled one mental health related call during this reporting period. 

Officers were dispatched to a Casa Verde Street address in reference to a disturbance call. Officers arrived to find that members of a family had been assaulted by one person on scene. After investigation officers placed a subject under arrest for assault family violence. The subject was transported to the Travis County Jail.  

Officers responded to a Lohman’s Crossing assisted living facility in reference to an assist EMS call. Upon arrival, officers learned an elderly female resident had passed away.  After consulting with the family the subject was released to the funeral home.

*** UPDATE *** Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of a Theft in the 5300 block of Serene Hills Drive. According to the victim, who resides out-of-state, he purchased merchandise from the suspect (via the internet), but never received the items. Detectives discovered the suspect has a history of similar activities and were able to collect enough evidence to establish probable cause. Detectives have since obtained an arrest warrant (Theft, Class A Misd.) for the suspect who remains at large. 

*** UPDATE *** In June 2017, Detectives were assigned to investigate what was initially reported as a theft in the 900 Block of RR620 South. According to the complainant, a former employee accessed a company financial account and transferred a large sum of money ($38,000) without effective consent. Detectives issued multiple subpoenas and collected various forms of evidence in the case. Detectives staffed the case with prosecutors from the Travis County District Attorney’s Office White Collar Crime Task Force who determined the case to be a civil matter. The case has since been closed as unfounded. 

*** UPDATE *** In November 2017, Detectives were assigned to investigate a Forgery after a victim stated a known associate stole two money orders from her residence. Detectives issued multiple grand jury subpoenas to several different entities and tracked the money back to the suspect’s bank account. Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant (Forgery, State Jail Felony) for the suspect who has since been apprehended. 

*** UPDATE *** Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of Forgery that occurred in the 3200 block of RR620 South. According to the complainant, a suspect entered their financial institution and attempted to cash a forged check. Detectives were able to positively identify the suspect in the case and have since issued an arrest warrant (Forgery, State Jail Felony) for the suspect who remains at large.

Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of an Assault. The victim stated, during a dispute with the spouse, the spouse had drug the victim out of their bedroom which caused bodily injury. Following the assault, the victim self-transported to a local hospital for treatment where a report was taken by patrol officers. Following the victims discharge from the hospital, they returned home where they were involved in another dispute with their spouse. During this altercation, the suspect assaulted their child causing bodily injury. The suspect was arrested by patrol officers and served with an Emergency Protective Order. Detectives collected enough evidence in the initial assault case to have another charge of Assault (Class A Misd.). 

On February 11th the local chapter of the Young Men’s Service League, Lake Travis Chapter visited the police department. They had their quarterly meeting and spoke with Chief Radford and Lt. Gavit about a variety of issues that affect them. It was great to see such enthusiastic young men working to make themselves all they can be!  

On February 13th several police officers assisted the Lions Club with their fundraising spaghetti dinner. It was a good time and was fairly well attend. Thanks again to all who came out to support the Lions Club.

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That's all for now - I'm sure there will be more soon!  Thanks for all the support - if you would like to be added to my email list, send a note to lakeway@bain.us and I'll take care of it.

Joe Bain
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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Weather, Service League, LCC and Much More!

Another busy week around the city and it looks like it's going to be winter again!  The wind is out of the NE and the temperature has already dropped from about 63 to 50 - they say it's going to be cold tomorrow!  Maybe icy?  Link to weather station.

Monday was a busy day - all our folks made it in after the Superbowl.  The city received the appraisal for the Stratus Property behind the Oaks and have sent it to Stratus and have requested a conversation about the possible purchase.  I will keep you posted on the results of the negotiations.

The city has started communications with folks at Ft. Hood to see if we can possibly hire some of the vets that are leaving the military.  Many of the veterans have training that would make them good fits for jobs in the city - an example would be police officers.  They have good training and we are looking at ways to utilize those resources.

Tuesday morning I spoke at the annual meeting of the Lakeway Area Service League - what a GREAT group!  They give of their time and energy to help folks in the area.  They loan all types of medical supplies, wheel chairs, crutches and many more items folks need after medical happenings.  They loaned my family several items after my son was injured in Austin and needed to convalesce for a few weeks at our home.  Here is a link to more info and a way to reach them.

Tuesday evening the LCC (Lakeway Civic Corporation) held their annual meeting and dinner.  The LCC does a lot of great work for the city.  It was formed by the original developer and received funds from the sale of lots in certain areas of the city.  They manage these funds and use the proceeds to fund projects around the city for the betterment of the community.  Here is a link to more info.  We enjoyed a BBQ dinner and after dinner there was an awards presentation for outstanding people in the community.  

The first award was a Meritorious Service Award presented to Vicki Taylor for her amazing work in many different functions and committees that have improved many lives in the community.

Second a Meritorious Service Award was presented to "Friends of the Parks" for their significant efforts to improve the parks and trail systems of Lakeway.  Congratulations to all those that have volunteered and worked in this organization.

And for the finale, the Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award was
Vickie Taylor - Dave Benson - Dave DeOme
presented to former Mayor Dave DeOme for his long and outstanding work to make Lakeway a better place to live.  Congratulations Mayor - you are an example for all of us.


There was a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday for WestSide Landing in Rough Hollow - it will be the last development on the lakeside and looks like it will be a great area with great views.

Monday City Council will meet in Special Session to discuss appointments to Boards, Commissions and Committees.  Here is a link to the agenda item.

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From the Chief:
Patrol
Lakeway Police Department Officers conducted 305 traffic stops; responded to 20 suspicious circumstances calls, 17 collisions, 14 animal calls, 11 alarm calls; and handled 110 other types of calls for service for a total of 477.

Lakeway Police Officers actions resulted in eight arrests for the time frame.  Two Assault arrest, one out of jurisdiction warrant arrest, one Possession of Drug Paraphernalia arrest, and four local warrant arrest.

Lakeway Police Department staffing levels were affected by the flu during this time period and some 167 hours of sick time was utilized.

Lakeway Police Officers initiated a traffic stop in the 1700 block of RR 620 South that resulted in an arrest of a subject who had an outstanding warrant out of Travis County.   
Lakeway Police Officers responded to a residence on Bonaire Court in reference to a Family Violence Assault.  The subsequent investigation resulted in an arrest of a 34 year old male for physically assaulting his father.

Lakeway Police Officers initiated a traffic stop in the 1300 block of RR 620 North that resulted in an arrest of a subject who had two outstanding warrants from the City of Lakeway.

Lakeway Police Officers responded to 413 Seawind in reference to a burglary of a residence.  The victim was just released from jail and reported that numerous items, including several televisions, a vehicle, a gun, art, and paperwork were taken.  There is a possible suspect in this case, it is being investigated. 

Lakeway Police Officers responded to 325 RR 620 South in reference to a theft.  Stolen was an electronic cigarette valued at $95.00.  A suspect has been identified by video.

CID
Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of a Forgery in the 300 block of Regatta Court. According to the victim, two money orders were stolen from her residence and cashed without her consent. After serving multiple subpoenas in the case, Detectives were able to positively identify the suspect and obtain an arrest warrant (Forgery) for her. The suspect remains at large. 

Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of an Assault that occurred in the 300 block of Belforte Ave. During the investigation, Detectives made contact with the alleged victim who stated she no longer wanted to prosecute the suspect. The case has since been closed without prosecution. 

Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of a Forgery in the 3200 block of RR620 South. According to the complainant, a subject entered the bank and passed what appeared to be a forged check. Detectives were able to positively identify the suspect in the case and have since issued an arrest warrant (Forgery). It was discovered the suspect was likely a resident of the ARCH in Austin and had been paid by an unidentified subject to cash the check. This was based on at least three other similar incidents in the Austin -Travis County area during the same time period. Detectives are working with the Austin Police Department Financial Crimes Unit in efforts to identify other parties involved in the scheme. 

Detectives were assigned to what was initially described as a Forgery in the 100 block of Cheerful Court. However, during the investigation it was determined the victim’s checking account was likely hacked by unknown suspect(s). The victim has since been reimbursed and the account closed by the banking institution. There were no leads in the case, which has since been closed without prosecution. 

LPD administration and selected staff will be assisting with serving spaghetti at the Lions Club spaghetti dinner on February 13th, 5pm-8pm. Look forward to seeing folks at this fun event! 


Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Richardson Police Department who lost one of their officers this week. Officer David Sherrard was murdered responding to a disturbance call. He leaves behind a wife and 2 daughters. 
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That's all for now, more soon I'm sure.  If you would like to be added to my email list, send a note to lakeway@bain.us and I'll get you added.

Joe Bain
lakeway@bain.us





Saturday, February 3, 2018

Rain?, Council Meeting, TxDOT Resolution, Police and More!

Another week has flown by!  Lot's going on in around town. A little rain today (heavy on the little...).  So far I'm showing about .03 inch on my gauge

Let's start with the much delayed council meeting Monday evening.  Here is the agenda for the Special Meeting.

This meeting was to discuss Charter Changes to be submitted to voters in the May election - specifically Charter Sections 7.01 and 7.07.  These sections deal with the way Commissions and Committees are appointed.  After significant discussion, it was decided by a 4 (Powell, Massa, Haley, Bain) to 3 (Hennagin, Trecker, Bertram) vote that these two sections would be retained as currently written and if changes need to be made in the selection process it would be done by ordinance as prescribed by the charter.  There will be another work session scheduled to look at proposed changes including term limits on commission and committee members and selection and appointments of members by committee.  Currently appointments are done by the Mayor with input and approval of council.  Here is a link to Article VII that is in question, it may be a minority position, but I feel the current process has served the city well.  My goal has always been what is the best for Lakeway.  I will have more on this before the next Work Session.  

Regular Session Meeting - Here is the agenda for that meeting.  Council and attendees received an update on the Police Facility Project from the SpawGlass Project Manager David Paden.  The project is moving forward as expected and is on time and on budget.

City Manager Steve Jones gave a report on expected time line and process of the Comprehensive Plan and expectations.

Item 6 was a renewal on a Special Use Permit for a Short Term Rental at 219 Corinthian.  Because of past issues and violations, this SUP was denied and that property is no longer on the STR list.

Item & was a resolution supporting TxDOT's design and construction plans for improvements to RR 620.  Lakeway committed $5M (subject to voter approval)  - Bee Cave has also committed $5M - this will be our cities part of the $100M project.  Steve Jones and I will attend the next CAMPO meeting to request this projects addition to the TIP that will get the ball rolling.  We have been working for years to get to this point and I'm looking forward to moving the project forward.

Items 8-9 were passing ordinances to allow call the elections in May for 2 Council Members and a Mayor and the election to decide on Charter changes.

Item 10 was a resolution to move the ZAPCO meetings back to their original time on the first Wednesday.  We previously moved the time to 6:30 p.m. in the hopes that more citizens would attend and become involved.  The Chairman of the commission reached out to me saying attendance was actually down and some commission members had requested the time to be moved back to the morning.  This passed 6-1 with Council Member Hennagin the dissenting vote.

In citizens participation, several residents spoke against the deer management process.  Ms. Cross passed out a partial report from a wildlife biologist that was hired to do a census.  This was only a raw count of deer spotlighted on 3 occasions.  Here is the full report - although I'm not sure of the calculations and the way they are done it is good data that the city is happy to use in their complete assessment of the process.  The biologist is not willing to talk to the City because of confidentially issues.
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One candidate for Mayor was contacted by BDS because of a sign complaint.  The sign was found to be in the right of way and was also displayed before ordinance allows.  We have also received an Open Records Request from that candidate that is in process at this time.

From the Chief:
LPD Officers conducted 284 traffic stops, responded to 11 alarm calls, responded to 16 animal calls, responded to 10 collisions, answered 14 suspicious circumstances calls and handled 94 other types of calls for service for a total of 429.

Routine traffic stops resulted in the following charges; Driving while License Suspended X 1, Lakeway Warrants X 1, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia X 1. 

Officers responded to a Sailmaster address in reference to a disturbance call. Officers arrived to find a brother and sister were involved in a verbal argument and the brother was damaging the property. The brother was in need of medical treatment from a previous injury, he was transported by EMS to Baylor, Scott & White. No charges were filed in this case. 

Officers responded to a Serene Hills Drive apartment complex in reference to dog at large call. Upon arrival, officers learned a woman and her child were chased by a large dog running loose in the complex. The woman advised the owner of the dog refused to talk with her and left the area. Officers believe the dog owner lives in the complex. Animal Protection is investigating this case. 

Officers responded to Lakeway City Park in reference to a suspicious circumstance. Officers learned a motorcycle had been parked and left in the parking lot for a couple of days according to the caller. Officers were also told a helmet and gloves were found near the lake. Officers checked the area and did not find anything further. Officers were able to contact the registered owner of the motorcycle who advised he had sold the motorcycle. The new owner was contacted and removed the motorcycle from the park. 

Officers responded to a RR 620 S. grocery store in reference to a possible robbery in progress call. Officers were advised by a caller that a subject dressed in black, wearing a face mask and carrying a backpack had entered the store. Officers confronted and detained the suspect as he exited the store. After investigation it was found that no crime was committed. The suspect used poor judgement by wearing a mask, after dark into a store and causing alarm. He was advised and no charges were filed in this case.   

Detective Proctor was a special guest at the 2018 Child Sex Trafficking seminar (The Heart of a Child Survivor of Sexual Trafficking) which was hosted by the Women’s Ministry and the Lakeway Church. The program is designed to help people learn how to recognize human trafficking and was planned in recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Month. 

Detective Proctor was a guest speaker at a Personal Safety for Young Women seminar, which was hosted by the National Charity League of Lake Travis. Detective Proctor provided personal safety tips and advice to a large group of high school aged attendees.     

Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of Credit Card Abuse in the 2100 block of Lakeway Blvd. According to the victim, his debit/credit card was used without his permission to make several unauthorized ATM withdrawals. Detectives were able to work closely with the victim’s bank and also obtained video footage of the suspect. Using this information, Detectives positively identified the suspect and obtained an arrest warrant (Credit/Debit Card Abuse, 3rd Degree Felony) for the suspect who has since been apprehended.

Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of Harassment in the 900 block of Vanguard. According to the victim, she received multiple obscene and harassing phone calls from an ex-boyfriend. Detectives collected enough evidence in the case to have an arrest warrant (Harassment, Class B Misd.) issued for the suspect who has since been apprehended.

Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of an Assault in the 4900 block of Bee Creek Rd. According to the victim, who is employed at the Lake Travis Middle School, the suspect assaulted the victim by throwing a chair at her, causing minor injuries. The incident was witnessed by other staff members who provided corroborating testimony. The subject who has a history of violent physical aggression was identified and charged with Assault on a Public Servant.

Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of Forgery which occurred in the 3200 block of RR620 South. According to the complainant, a suspected entered their financial institution and attempted to cash a forged check. Detectives were collecting evidence in the case and will likely identify the suspect. The case remains active. 


Lt. Gavit, assisted by Officer Garza, and K-9 Officer Banta conducted 19, 45-minute lectures for the 5th graders of LTISD over this past two weeks. The topic addressed issues related to the use of Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs. This is a yearly event and it is very well received by the students and staff, plus the officers enjoy the interactions as well! 
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That's all for now - more soon!

Have a GREAT weekend, as always, I am always available for questions.  If you would like to be added to my email list, send a note to lakeway@bain.us and I'll get you added.

Joe Bain
lakeway@bain.us




Sunday, January 28, 2018

Art, Lakeway Vet, Medical Village and More!

Good evening!  It's Sunday evening and I'm over a week behind!  It was nice to take a week off but it's time to get back to business. 

It turns out Council's decision to allow the Lakeway Vet Clinic to remain open 24 hours a day for emergencies was a good call.  It turns out Dr. Doyle and his staff are averaging about 6 emergencies a day last week - that is a GREAT service for pet owners!  I appreciate the doctors enthusiasm to keep animals happy and healthy - Thanks!

Stop by City Hall and check out Sylvial Brazell's watercolor paintings.  They will be on display through Feb. 27 at the Lakeway City Hall Art Gallery.  Here is a link to more info.

The City Secretary has been accepting applications for the upcoming election in May.  There are two council seats up - one from Jim Powell who is termed out and the other from Keith Trecker who is running for re-election.  Steve Smith has signed up to run also.  So far two candidates have signed up for the Mayor's position, Sandy Cox who was a previous Council Member and on the Tex Arts Board and Tiffany McMillan who lost the council election last May.

Last week a developer came in with a proposal to finish the development of Lakeway Medical Village.  I understand he will come to ZAPCO with a plan in March.

It looks like SpawGlass has been busy on the Police Station project and has cleared the site of cedar.  They have their construction trailer in place on site and are rough grading including leveling the building pad and cutting the street and driveways.  They will give an update at the Council meeting Monday evening.

The Center for Child Protection opened a new facility in Lakeway this week on Lohmans Crossing.  This is a nationally accredited children's advocacy center.  They are the first stop for children in Travis County that are suspected victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect.

A permit was issued for work on the Bee Creek extension.  This will bring Bee Creek road to the traffic circle and enlarge the circle to accommodate the extension.

TxDOT has been working on traffic signal timing in recent months.  New plans were installed on SH 71 and 620 in November - they have been making adjustments since then.  TxDOT also purchased and installed new controllers for the signals - they are hoping this will improve throughput on RM 620.

From the Chief:
LPD Officers conducted 323 traffic stops, responded to 7 alarm calls, responded to 18 animal calls, handled 8 collisions, answered 15 suspicious circumstances calls and handled 101 other types of calls for service for a total of 472.

Routine traffic stops resulted in the following charges, Out of Jurisdiction Warrant X 1, Lakeway Warrants X 2, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia X 1. 

Officers responded to a RR 620 S. business in reference to an intoxicated person. Upon arrival, officers found a suspect matching the description outside of the building. After investigation the officers found the subject to be intoxicated. The suspect was placed under arrest and transported to the Travis County Jail. 

Officers responded to a Belforte Ave. address for an assist EMS call. Officers found that an elderly lady was a welfare concern for her family. Officers were advised a subject was having trouble contacting his mother. The elderly woman was found to be confused and in poor health. She was transported to Baylor, Scott & White for treatment.  

Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of a Forgery in the 3200 block of RR620 South. According to the complainant, a subject attempted to cash a forged check at this location. Using the information provided in conjunction with the video surveillance footage, Detectives were able to positively identify the suspect. Detectives have since obtained an arrest warrant (Forgery, State Jail Felony) for the suspect and will be working with Federal Parole Officers to apprehend the suspect. 


Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of a Theft in the 5300 block of Serene Hills Drive. According to the victim, who resides out-of-state, he purchased merchandise from the suspect (via the internet), but never received the items. Detectives discovered the suspect has a history of similar activities and are in the process of collecting additional evidence in the case. 
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Council will meet in both Special Session at 5:30 and Regular Session at 6:30 Monday the 29th.  Information can be found on those agendas on a previous post.  

Thanks for the continued support!  If you want to be added to my email list send a note to lakeway@bain.us and I'll get you added.

Joe Bain
lakeway@bain.us



Monday, January 15, 2018

** Special ** Council Meeting Cancelled, Police Report

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Because of the forecast inclement weather tomorrow City Manager Steve Jones and I have decided to cancel the scheduled meetings tomorrow evening.

Both meetings will be rescheduled for Monday, January 29 because of staff and council members availability.  This will give us plenty
of time to get past the weather and meet posting requirements.

Both Steve and I think it is best to avoid any chance of citizens, staff or council members trying to get to a meeting and taking chances with their safety.

Be safe out there and stay off the roads if possible.  Looks like there might be two events, Tuesday and Thursday depending on the temps and moisture.

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I have received the police report and am including it below:

From the Chief:
LPD Officers conducted 270 traffic stops, responded to 23 animal calls, responded to 9 collisions, answered 20 suspicious circumstances calls and handled 126 other types of calls for service for a total of 447.

Routine traffic stops resulted in the following charges; Out of Jurisdiction Warrants X 3, Lakeway Warrants X 1, Open Container X 2, Possession of Alcohol by a Minor X 1, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia X 3.

Officers were dispatched to a RR 620 S. grocery store in reference to persons refusing to leave the property. Upon arrival, officers learned that two subjects were on the property soliciting money for gas. They had been asked to leave by management but had refused. Officers issued two criminal trespass warnings and the persons left the property.

Officers were called to Baylor, Scott & White for a mental health evaluation in the emergency room. Officers were advised that a patient was threatening harm to themselves and others. After an evaluation was completed an Officer’s Emergency Detention Order was issued. The patient remained in the hospital for further treatment.

*** UPDATE *** Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of Credit Card Abuse after a victim discovered his credit card had been used several times without his consent. The card was used several times at a Home Depot in North Austin to purchase gift cards. The victim believed his card was compromised after visiting a restaurant in Lakeway, but detectives have been unable to substantiate that claim. Due to the card being used in the City of Austin, the case has been transferred to the Austin Police Department for further investigation.

Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of a Theft (shoplifting) that occurred in the 1400 block of RR620 South. According to the complainant, a subject was observed stealing an alcoholic beverage from the store. Detectives used the available surveillance footage and information from store management to identify the suspect. During an interview with the suspect, he admitted to stealing the merchandise and was issued a citation for Theft (Class C Misd.). 
  
In December, Detectives were assigned to investigate a series of vehicle burglaries in the Tuscan Village area. During the investigation, a firearm was recovered by concerned relatives of the suspect. With assistance from the ATF, Detectives were able to trace the firearm back to a victim who resides in Lakeway. The victim was unaware the firearm had been stolen from his unsecure vehicle. Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant (Theft of Firearm, State Jail Felony) for the suspect who has since been apprehended.

In December, Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of an Assault that occurred at Lake Travis Middle School. According to a staff member (teacher), she was assaulted by a student during school hours. Detectives were able to collect enough evidence in the case to file charges (Assault on a Public Servant, 3rdDegree Felony) on the juvenile suspect. He has since been processed and the case referred to Gardner-Betts Juvenile Justice Center for prosecution.


Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of Credit Card Abuse that occurred at multiple locations in the City of Lakeway and Bee Caves and on several internet applications. According to the complainant, her mother’s credit/debit card was used at several locations by an unknown suspect without her mother’s consent. Detectives were able to obtain video and audio footage of the suspect using the card at two of the locations and identified the suspect. Detectives located the suspect and discovered she had an outstanding warrant for her arrest on an unrelated Forgery charge. Detectives interviewed the suspect who confessed to using the victim’s credit/debit card without her consent. It was determined the suspect compromised the victim’s credit/debit card while working at a local business in which the victim frequents. The suspect was arrested on the existing warrant and further charged with Credit Card Abuse (3rd Degree Felony).
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More as I find out!

Joe Bain
lakeway@bain.us
Weather Station



Sunday, January 14, 2018

Weather (Again), Grant Success, Upcoming Council Meetings

Good Day!  I'm a little late on this post, but here we go.  As far as weather, who would believe we would have snow twice this winter?  What about 3 or 4 times?  Get ready!  Forecasts are for snow, sleet or freezing rain Monday evening and again Thursday!  28 degrees this morning on my weather station - it's cold out there!  Weather Underground has been having some technical issues for the past couple of weeks - they say it's fixed now but the webcam pictures aren't updating.  Seems like the most of the weather items are working properly.

Don't forget the 4 p's.  People, Pets, Plants and Pipes.  It's a lot easier to do preventive care than fixing the issues after there's a problem!  Keep your pets inside or somewhere warm.

This Saturday the Lakeway Church has a program on Sexual Trafficking of children.  Here is a link to info, sign up and learn about issues that are closer to us than you might think!

The Governor's office awarded a grant to Lakeway PD for new vests for our officers - a total of $17,468.  This will provide rifle round protection for our officers - I hope we never need to use them!

Council will meet in regular and a special session on Tuesday evening.  Here is the special session agenda - here is the regular session agenda.

The Special Session is reviewing the Charter Review recommendations and possibly approving submission to the voters in the May election.

The regular session agenda will have lots of info.  

Item 4 - City Manager Steve Jones will give an update on the Police Facility Project.  As you might have noticed, the construction fence has gone up at the property and work is starting.

Item 5 - It's time to do an update to our Comprehensive Plan - City Manager Steve Jones will update the public (and council) on the process and what is planned.  We funded this in this year's budget. Here is a link to the current plan - I expect there will be a committee appointed, a consultant hired and a lot of citizen input.  

Item 6 - Short Term Rental Permit at 219 Corinthian.  This permit renewal was turned down by ZAPCO because of the multiple complaints.

Item 7 - A resolution will be discussed to provide support for TxDOT's design and construction plans for improvements to 620.  You might remember, while I was on CAMPO we got this project started, they are asking for support on a request for funding that Lakeway is co-sponsoring.  They are asking for local contributions of $5M from both Lakeway and Bee Cave.  The total cost of the project, 620 from Hwy. 71 to past Debba is estimated at $100M.

Item 8-9 - Council will be asked to pass an ordinance for the elections in May.

Item 10 is a resolution to move the time that ZAPCO meets back to 9:10 a.m. on the first Wednesday.  It was moved to 6:30 in the evening with the hopes of greater public participation.  That has not happened, in fact there has been significantly less.

As always, the full packet for the meetings is available on the city website.  
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I expect the appraisal that I requested on the Stratus Property to be in soon.  I will have another discussion about that and the MUD property when it comes in - expect that next month.  

I have heard that some folks want to zone both the Stratus property and the MUD property unilaterally to parkland.  This is not possible with current Texas law.  The Stratus property is already zoned as part of an existing "PUD".  Zoning the MUD property without a request from the owner would be considered a "Taking" under Texas law.  The city would be liable to both the current owner and the buyer that has the land under contract.

There was an issue with the light on 620 at Dave Drive - it was not going to a green arrow, only flashing yellow.  It has been corrected - I checked it out last week.

Be careful this week, it looks like the roads could be dangerous if the weather forecast is correct.  The city will have known problem areas sanded but slow down and stay home if you can.

That's all for now, if you would like to be added to my email list send a note to lakeway@bain.us and I'll get you added (or removed).  Thanks again for all the wonderful support!

Joe Bain
lakeway@bain.us
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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Cold!, Traffic Light, ZAPCO and Brush Schedule + More!

Well, it looks like the snow, ice and freezing weather is over for now.  In December 1989 Lakeway had several days below freezing also, a low of 5° (brrrr) and a couple of days with highs in the teens.  There were a lot of frozen pipes that year!  Hopefully we are done with real cold weather for a while - January and February are generally the coldest months though.

We had few issues from the freezing weather last week.  Public Works did an outstanding job of sanding roads and keeping us safe!  Thank you!

They are also working on striping the crosswalk on Trophy Dr. and installing push button rapid flashing crosswalk beacons at this location.

I got an email this week about the light at Dave Drive and 620 - seems it wasn't ever giving a green signal for Southbound traffic to turn left onto Dave.  I have reported it to TxDOT and it should be fixed soon if not already.

Be sure to watch out for scams - it seems now they are saying they are PEC representatives  and having folks put money on cards to pay a bill - don't fall for this and never put money on cards for payment.

It was a short week around the city.  Staff is working on projects for the new year.  BDS is of course always busy - here is a report on the weeks activity.

ZAPCO met in regular session Wednesday evening.  Here is that agenda.  Items 5, 6 and 7 were approved in the consent agenda.  Item 8 was approved using ordinance dictated size.

Item 9 was a renewal for a Short Term Rental SUP and was denied.  Commissioners felt there were too many issues with this property.

Item 10 was for a variance for a larger sign at 3102 RR 620 and was denied.

Item 11 was approved to allow a "maintenance road" on some Serene Hills property.

Item 12 was tabled until more info was available.  The meeting was over about 7:30 p.m.
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I've asked for a resolution supporting the 620 improvement project with TxDOT and it will be on the next council agenda.  This will move the process forward for a presentation to CAMPO for dedication of monies on this project.  The city will need to contribute about $5M to this project subject to voter approval.

I have a tentative schedule for Saturday Brush Recycling drop off in 2018.  Currently is will be scheduled for January 20, April 21, July 21, and Oct. 20.  It will run from 8 a.m. until noon on those days.  You must be a Lakeway resident (must show proof of residency) and a maximum of 1 pickup size load per resident.  The regular Thursday brush drop off's will continue with the same rules.

CBC will meet in regular session next week on Jan. 11 at 9:00 a.m.  Here is their agenda.

From the Chief:
LPD Officers conducted 258 traffic stops, responded to 14 alarm calls, responded to 14 animal calls, handled 8 collisions, answered 32 suspicious circumstances calls and handled 121 other types of calls for service for a total of 447.

Routine traffic stops resulted in the following charges; Out of Jurisdiction Warrants X 1, Possession of a Controlled Substance X 3, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon X 1, Possession of a Dangerous Drug X 2, Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon X 1, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia X 1. 

Officers were dispatched to Barrie Drive in reference to illegal dumping. Upon arrival, officers found items that had been dumped along the roadway. A report was taken and will be forwarded to Lakeway Code Enforcement for follow up. 

Officers were called to an assisted living facility for a mental health evaluation. Upon arrival, officers found that a resident had harmed themselves and was threatening to continue to harm themselves. Officers completed a mental health evaluation and a Peace Officer’s Emergency Detention was filed. EMS transported the patient to Baylor, Scott & White hospital for treatment. 

Officers were dispatched to a Sailmaster Street address in reference to an accident.  Upon arrival, officers found an unoccupied vehicle had rolled from a driveway, and struck the home across the street. Officers conducted an investigation and filed a report in reference to the accident. 

Officers were dispatched to a RR 620 S. business, reference a disturbance call. Upon arrival, officers located several people believed to be involved in the disturbance. After an investigation, the officers arrested one suspect for public intoxication and issued criminal trespass warnings to six other individuals. The arrested subject was transported to Travis County Jail and the others were released and asked to leave the business. 

In December, Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of Criminal Mischief that occurred in the 100 block of Bella Tuscana after property management officials discovered property damage in community restroom area. Detectives were able to obtain video surveillance footage of two suspects entering the area during the same time frame the damage occurred. Using this footage, Detectives identified the two suspects who were known to frequent the area. During an interview, one of the suspects admitted to being present during the offense, but stated the second suspect was responsible for the damage. Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant (Criminal Mischief, Class B Misd.) for the second suspect, who remains at large.   

Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of Credit Card Abuse after a victim discovered his credit card had been used several times without his consent. The card was used several times at a Home Depot in North Austin to purchase gift cards. The case remains active as detectives continue to investigate and collect evidence.  

Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of possible Identity Theft that occurred in the 15000 block of Oak Grove Blvd. According to the complainant, a guest used someone else’s rewards points to reserve a hotel room. Detectives have made contact with, and interviewed, a person of interest in the case. The investigation remains open and active.  


Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of an Assault that occurred in the 15000 block of Barrie Drive. According to the complainant, the victim was assaulted by their spouse during an argument at their residence. Detectives are in the process of interviewing the parties involved and collecting evidence as the case remains active.
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It's election season again.  There will be 2 council seats and the mayor seat on this ballot along with charter changes.  Here is a link to more election information.

That's all for this week!  Hope you are having a GREAT New Year start and are looking forward to 2018.  Thanks for all the great support and be safe out there!

If you would like to be added to my email address, send a note to lakeway@bain.us and I'll get you added.

Joe Bain
lakeway@bain.us