Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Special - Shelter in Place Order and Letter From BSW

*****Latest Order*****

Well, the Mayor has issued a "Shelter in Place" order - just like Austin and Travis County.  Here's a link to the official order - it must have taken a lot of attorney time to make it so confusing.  So let me condense it a little, I'm no attorney - but I have at least read it.  

Basically, you are to stay at home.  You can go to the doctor, grocery shopping and work around your home.  All businesses are closed except for "essential business" which includes grocery stores, liquor stores, residential and commercial construction, lawn care, etc.  Everyone should comply with "Social Distancing".  Restaurants can provide drive through, pick-up or delivery service.

All elective medical procedures are prohibited.  

All the Boards and Commission meetings are cancelled except for ZAPCO, CBC and the Charter Review.  

Parks are open but playground equipment is off limits, the golf courses are closed.

No visitors in nursing homes, retirement and long term care facilities except for certain exclusions.

You can engage in outdoor activities as long as you maintain social distancing.

If you get caught and convicted of breaking the law you can be fined up to $500.  That will be interesting since the list of essential activities is very large.  Go to the full order to see the full list of essential activities - here's the link.

Went into effect at midnight on March 24, 2020.  

So, stay at home and only get out for necessities and practice social distancing.
*****Baylor Scott and White Update*****

Here's a letter from Philippe Bochaton, President of the hospital:

Dear Friends –
As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to increase in the Travis county region, I want to provide you with a brief update about ongoing efforts at Baylor Scott & White Health and share some guidance for those who have questions or concerns about their risk of infection with COVID-19.

Our hospital is here to serve the people of Lakeway with an unwavering commitment to the health of our patients, our staff, and the community.

Our hospital and clinic teams regularly receive education and training for the identification and treatment of high-consequence infectious diseases, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and recommendations. This includes rapidly identifying and isolating patients whose symptoms and contact history are consistent with COVID-19.

We have been continuously evaluating opportunities to build additional capacity in our hospitals in
anticipation of future needs related to the treatment of patients diagnosed with COVID-19. As a result, we have been cancelling or rescheduling clinically non-emergent procedures and surgeries as appropriate – balancing our ability to respond to patients in need with preparedness efforts needed to sustain our service to the community during this time.

To protect the safety of our patients and staff, and in accordance with new local regulations surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we recently moved to a no visitor policy. We will be offering limited exceptions to the policy, including one parent, spouse or caretaker over the age of 16 for a pediatric or NICU patient, laboring/post-partum patient, patients with disabilities or impairments, patients requiring surgery or other medical procedures and patients requiring end-of-life care. You may notice that our main entrance is now closed so that we can direct visitors and patients to our emergency department entrance where they must be screened before entering the facility.

A number of educational resources are available online at We now have an online
screening questionnaire that you can find on the MyBSWHealth app and online at Simply text BETTER to 88408 to have the app sent to your phone.

This screening questionnaire is for patients not experiencing a medical emergency. In the event of an
emergency, we ask patients to call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.

The results of this questionnaire may give reassurance about low risk with recommendations for hygiene and social distancing or may recommend further evaluation for those with more significant risk.

If you receive notification to seek additional evaluation, MyBSWHealth gives options for next steps. For example, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., eVisits with providers can be conducted on the
MyBSWHealth app and online at

If a provider advises that testing for COVID-19 is necessary, specimen collection can be arranged. However, it is important to note that in line with CDC guidelines, patients who are experiencing mild symptoms suspected to be related to COVID-19 infection are being given guidance to treat at home with rest and hydration and to take precautions for distancing and isolating from others, when possible.

At Baylor Scott & White Health, there is nothing more important to us than the well-being of our patients and staff and the broader health of our communities. An unprecedented community effort is necessary to slow the transmission of the virus. Please follow the guidelines of the CDC and health and government officials. These guidelines are there to not only protect you, but some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

During this time of great uncertainty, we are here to care for you. We are in it together. Please do not
hesitate to reach out if my team and I can help address some of your concerns.

With much appreciation,

Philippe Bochaton

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Lakeway


So, that's about it.  Be careful, obey social distancing and stay healthy.  We will get through this and I expect sooner than later.  If you have questions, I'll try to find out.  If you want to be added to my email list, send a note to and I'll get it done.

Joe Bain

Monday, March 23, 2020

A Little Weather and Corona Virus Update!

*****Weather Update*****

It's been a real dreary few days, kind of went along with the general feeling with all the Virus updates and issues.  We got about 1.6 inches of rain over the last week and a lot of cog and cloudy conditions.  It was cooler than normal and now it's going to warm up - temperatures in the 90's??? this week with a little more rain.

*****Corona Virus*****

As I'm sure you are all aware, it's getting worse.  Travis County is planning to issue a "Shelter in Place" order tomorrow, Tuesday.  That will pretty much bring everything to a standstill.  Government and essential services will be allowed - that includes medical, grocery shopping, and other events that contribute to the health or safety of the people - all while maintaining "Social Distancing".

Paper Isle at HEB
You will notice changes in HEB - they are restricting the number of people in the store and are sanitizing all carts before you pick one up.  You will be required to "Social Distance" when checking out.  One has to wonder where everyone is storing all the paper goods.

BSW is working hard to monitor the situation in Lakeway - they have gone to a "no visitor" policy and are cancelling non emergency procedures.  Governor Abbott has pretty much shut down all other "optional" medical proceedures - dentists included.

Many banks are closing their lobbies.  Austin Telco Federal Credit Union has closed their lobbies and has shortened hours.  You can  still do almost any transaction on line and in their case, all the phone lines are open and manned.

Garbage collection will continue with some changes.  Container waste will be picked up along with recycle in the bin.  No bags or extra pieces will be loaded.  Public Works will accept brush, trimmings and leaves Monday thru Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  Apparently some people did not get the message because there are bags left on driveways.


Here's the latest from the Lakeway Church Construction.  When we

go to "Shelter in Place", my guess is the pictures will be on pause for a while.

It really hit home last Sunday when when the parking lot was bare at church time.  I know it's necessary, but it is striking to observe the lack of people in all the parking lots around the city.  Another striking change is the traffic reduction.  

Please take all the suggested precautions including "Social Distancing", hand washing and isolation.  We will get through this hopefully sooner than later.  

Let's keep a positive attitude and look for the best in the near future.  Thanks for all the support on the blog and let me know if you need information - I'll try to get it out.  If you want to be added to my email list, send a note to and I'll get you added.

Joe Bain

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Weather, Coronavirus, Council and More!

Lots of things going on!  I haven't written anything for a week or so because I didn't know where to start!  So here goes, lets start with a little weather...

Interesting week, cold, hot, cold, rain, warm, cool.  Texas Spring.  Looks like more chances of rain for the rest of the week with a little cooler weather this weekend.  Actually back in the 40's for Saturday.  


I guess this all really came to light when I went by the Lakeway Church Sunday and the parking lot was empty during church hours.  This is obviously a significant event that we all will have to live through.  If you haven't heard, all restaurants and bars are now closed but many are offering pick up / take out and delivery - looks like at least until May 1 right now.  The Activity Center and Swim Center are closed along with many other businesses in Austin, Lakeway and Bee Cave.  

Just received word that Austin Telco Federal Credit Union is closing their lobby's today as will many other financial institutions.  they are not closing and I can tell you that most transactions and business can be conducted by phone or on line.  Many restaurants are offering delivery or pick up. There is no reason to panic buy at the groceries.  They will be open and supplies will be available.   

Lakeway, you and your neighbors will be fine.  Precautions do need to be taken to protect yourself.  Stay home, stay away from groups, if you are in a high risk group (ugh), take special care.  Listen to what Travis County and the State do, they trump the City and the city really has little say in what happens.  Here's a link to Travis Counties web site and here's a link to the state info.  Chill and don't panic.

*****Council Meeting*****

16)  Meeting started out normally with the pledge.  They then went straight to item 16, a briefing from Chief Abbot of LTFR.  They spent the next hour and forty minutes deciding what the city was going to do and making decisions that were overridden almost as soon as they passed the ordinance.  Everyone gave their opinion, on multiple occasions asked for Abbott's opinion.  One has to ask why they didn't just pass an ordinance to follow Federal, Travis County and the State's laws and requests.  Could have saved about an hour and a half and a lot of pontificating and pandering.

3)  Consent agenda was passed unanimously.  You can see all the items passed in the packet.

17)  Council heard from Chair Larry Harlan about the Comprehensive Plan.  Plan was accepted unanimously.  

13)  Financial Report - no surprises.

14)   Approved agreement with Central Texas Water Coalition for representation on the cities economic and public safety use of water from Lakes Travis and Buchanan.

15)  External audit was accepeted - no issues or corrections.

18)  Parkland dedication for Lakeway Estates park - passed unanimously.

19)  Passed ordinance amending Building and Development Regulations.  

***Editorial - The city has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars rewriting all of the ordinances that have served Lakeway well for over 50 years.  Why?  Well, the State has made some changes to State law that overrode some of the ordinances.  That needed to be done.  The rest is superfluous - the city is 95% built out, 99% of the land has been platted and approved.  Why change these ordinances for less than 1% of the remaining growth.  The city cannot annex any more area and is land locked.  My guess is the legal fees are nearly $750K or more.  Seems like a waste of time and effort and money to me - it's our tax dollars.

20)  Discussion of House Bill 3167 - it changed the timing on developer projects.  No choice, follow state law.  Spent 30 minutes on this.  This should be handled by the BDS Director and ordinance changes passed by council.  

21) Discussion of Citizen Survey Questions - postponed.

22)  Citizen Participation.  There was a swim instructor fired by Lost Creek Aquatics, the swim center rents pool space to them and about 20 people are upset about it and want the city to get into the middle of it.  From the list, it looked like many were not even residents of Lakeway.

Of more interest, Fred Newton wrote a letter (comment) to council about fees at the Activity Center.  One that stood out was LCC requested to use the piano for their Annual Meeting and were told there would be a $300-400 fee for its use.  Why is that interesting?  Because the LCC donated the money to buy the piano for the Activity Center.  The LCC has substantially supported the Activity Center for years - shouldn't the City take that into consideration?  I think so!

23-30)  Executive Session - It's really getting crazy, I'll give you my take, just assumptions...

23)  Some kind of issue with Rebel / Sailfish Park.  This has been done over and over again.  My guess is this is access from residents abutting the park that was attempted to be sold and failed on the ballot.  Just a guess.

24)  There is horse trading going on with property that the School and the MUD (under contract with Legend Properties) for some land.  My guess is this is for the possible YMCA - just guessing.

25)  Cherry Knoll case discussion - must still be going on.  I should be notified if it's settled since I am a witness.

26)  The Infamous Project Granite.  Secret Economic Development that has been met on for nearly a year now.  Really?  No big deal right now since the city and Travis county are literally shut down for at least 6 weeks.

27)  Still talking about Oaks Pud and Stratus Properties.  There are several issues and I'm not sure which ones are bubbling to the surface.  Road? Development? Impervious Cover issues?  Who knows.

28)  Lakeway MUD Property request?  No clue.

29)  YMCA MOU?  We did this about 5 years ago.  We asked for a survey (YMCA did it) to find out how many residents would use a facility of this nature vs non residents.  We shut it down then because we didn't feel it was right for 30% of the users (residents / citizens) to bear the full cost (100%) of the land and building that 70% of the non citizens would take advantage of.  I haven't heard of another study.  They should still have that info.

30)  Discussion of the Highlands / Rough Hollow Development agreement.  I suspect there is some dissent on some of the agreement.  

***Perspective - they have been meeting on mostly these items for a year, I can see the law suit issues.  The rest should have some explanation, especially if they intend spending tax dollars.  No action was taken or explained - the session lasted nearly 2 hours.  The meeting closed at 11:15 p.m.  Pretty much the norm now.
There was some excitement at the Lakeway Resort yesterday (Tuesday).  Fire trucks, Sheriff, EMS and Police.  They had some type of serious health issue.

Spring has sprung, if you haven't noticed, the oak leaves are falling and blooms are on all the oak trees.  That means yellow / green pollen all over everything and lots of bags out for the trash folks.  

It's also a good time for pictures.  If you need or know of someone that needs aerial photos, please send them to Sky Pictures and I'll get them taken care of!

If you would like to be added to my email list, send a note to and I'll get you added.

Thanks for all the support!  I'm looking forward to a beautiful Spring and the ability to eat out again soon!

Joe Bain

Saturday, March 7, 2020

More Weather, Caronavirus, ZAPCO and some Fun!


Another crazy week!  Warm, Cold, Rain, Wind and Sunshine.  We got a total of about 0.86 inch of rain over the week.  Some lightning and thunder.  Get ready, Spring is almost here and Thunderstorms are around the corner.  Be ready!

A little cool and then a slow warming trend with the possibility of rain over the next week.  All in all, GREAT Texas weather.


Wash your hands for 20 seconds, don't touch your face and if your sick, stay home and go to the doctor.  Has anyone else tried to not touch your face?  Geeze, it's impossible!  It's like a cold with fever.

SXSW is cancelled!  What a hit to Austin and the SXSW organizers.  

The City is putting information on their website if you want to see it.  Here's a link.

If it were me, I think I would get my info from the CDC - here's a link.


ZAPCO met in regular session on Wednesday.  Here was their agenda / packet.

5)  Comprehensive Plan Update - supposedly 99% done now and changes went before ZAPCO.  They said only superficial changes, I thought the last council made substantive changes - maybe my timeline was wrong.  Sent to council unamously.  The 99% plan is in the packet if you want to go through it.

  • 6)  More Ordinance Amendments.  Court of appeals says Lakeway can't limit number of folks in a rental - says it limits peoples right to public gathering.  So now that limit is off.
  • They are also changing a couple of items in chapter 30.  Instead of variance applications for heights and size of structure going directly to Board of Adjustment, they will now go first to City Building Commission.  Should have been that way all along.
  • They then went through the sign ordinance.  Lots of changes including several working toward "dark sky" issues.  Signs in windows can't be more than 20% if total glass.  Some approvals moved from ZAPCO to code official.  More is in the ordinance - look in the packet for complete info.

*****Charter Review*****

Public hearing of the Charter Review Committee.  Even after all the hype on social media and emails, about 5 showed up with only 1 citizen speaking.  Members are working hard on this to make it right and with the best result for the city.   

*****Fun Things*****


I've seen lots of critters out here - foxes, nutria, coons, possums deer and more!  This is my first Porcupine!  About 2 a.m. in the morning.  Pretty rare in Central Texas but they are around.  Watch full screen for the best results.

March 6, 2020
March 6, 2020
The Lakeway Church Construction is moving forward.  Iron is going up and it is starting to look like a building.  

More on that as it continues.

Registration is now open for the Heritage Trail Tours.  Here's a link for more info.  There's only three bus tours so call them quick!

Lakeway MUD is putting on a show and tell about basic home plumbing.  Here's a link for more information!  March 17, 10:30 to 11:30 at the Lake Travis Community Library.

Have you seen the TV ad that Lakeway Police starred in on TV?  Here's a link to the article and video.

Last but not least, don't forget to move you clocks ahead tonight - it's spring forward for Daylight Savings Time - don't you wish they would just leave it one way or another?

Thanks for reading the blog - send it to your friends that might like to see it!  If you want to be added to my email list send a note to and I'll get it done!

Joe Bain

Friday, February 28, 2020

Obligatory Weather, Law Suit, Road Construction and More!

*****Obligatory Weather*****

Did it feel cool to you Thursday morning?  Well, it was!  It was 24° on the weather station.  I bet some of the blooms got nipped.  I thought we had a homeless camp in the neighborhood and realized it was plant protection.  Whew!  Don't want to be any more like Austin than we already are!  Look for a warmer weekend and dry until next week.  Leap year - 29 days in February - enjoy the extra day!

*****One Law Suit Down*****

If you've been following the city legal issues, you might remember that Mr. Kilgore sued the city over the election issues and their method to get past the problem.  The first court said he didn't have "standing" for the suit and he appealed.  Wednesday, ,Feb. 26th, the court upheld the lower courts finding and dismissed the suit.  Here is the opinion if you would like to read it.

There are still a couple of other suits moving along.  Cherry Knoll L.L.C. is suing the city and the city is suing them.  One down is good!

*****Council / No Council*****

Although the city sent out notice there would be a "Special Meeting" on 3/2, they have now cancelled that meeting.

*****Dr. Lancaster Replacement*****

I was honored to be asked to attend a LTISD Superintendent Selection Feedback Meeting Wednesday.  It was a great event where the folks were looking for what the community feels is important for the new Superintendent.  I was honored to be there with 15 others including Mayor Cox and Mayor Elect Kara King.  The group was about 90% teachers and administration, many had kids in school now.  They held 2 other meetings Thursday.


Lake Travis Community is having a Book Sale!  Check it out, Saturday (tomorrow) from 9 .am. until 4 p.m.  Here's a link for more info.

*****Road Construction*****

Looks like they are working on Hurst Creek Road right now.  They're putting in drainage pipe and will be re-constructing the road between Brooks Hollow and Lochan Ora Road.  Here's more info.


Been on RM 620 and down FM 2222 lately?  It's a mess.  They are widening 2222 and making another way to get to RM 620 South.  If you've noticed the dirt work on the right while going North on RR 620, that is where the bypass from 2222 will come into RR 620. 

It's in two separate projects.  Project 1, the part working on FF 2222 reconstructing the road from Bonaventure Dr to Ribelin Ranch Dr. was let July 2018 and estimated completing is May 2021. 

Although I was under the impression there would be a flyover, that is not the case.  There will be a light on FM 2222 where you will turn left on the bypass.  Looks like those Northbound on RR 620 will be able to get to FM 2222 without a light.

Project 2 is to construct a new connector from RM 620 to to Bonaventure Dr and widen RM 620.  This was let in July 2019 and completion date is February 2021.

Looks like it will be a mess for a while and I'm not really sure it's not just going to move the congestion further down RM 620.  
Here's a link to more information on the TxDOT website. 

There's a public meeting of the Charter Review Committee next Thursday, March 5 from 1-3 p.m.  There will be a comment section where interested parties can speak.  Here is a link to  the current Charter - please take the time to read it!  State law has many requirement that have to be met and the committee is trying to bring the current Charter into compliance.

Sounds like they are doing some software upgrades to the City System Monday, March 2.  Looks like the Court, Solid Waste and Building Development may be off line at times.  Be patient.

Parks and Rec., ZAPCO  and the Public Engagement Committee will meet next week - agendas when they are posted.

That's all for right now, let me know if you have questions or comments.  If you would like to be added to my email list, please send a not to and I'll get you added.

Weather is getting better, if you need or know of someone that needs photo's, please let me know or send them to Sky Pictures!

Joe Bain

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Weather, Lakeway Church Update, Court Award and More!

*****Weather Roller Coaster*****

Texas is GREAT!  Soggy rain for a few days (about .5 inch at my house total), a little cold and breezy.  Now it's a warming trend, mid 60's - eventually low 70's Monday with a chance of rain Sunday night and Monday morning.  Then a couple of cold fronts come through and a chance of a freeze mid week - some of the plants and trees coming out and looking pretty are likely to get nipped.  Then a warming trend again for the weekend - maybe 70's?

*****Church Construction Update*****

In Process - 2-17-2020
Taken 2-21-2020
Really starting to move along on the Sanctuary construction.  Most of the slab was poured last week.    I eventually hope to do a time lapse of the process - taking pictures every week.  Here's a 360° Video I took February 21, 2020.  Take a couple of minutes and check it out!


Thursday Feb. 27 - Noon - Brown Bag Luncheon Concert featuring the Second Line Jazz Band.  Here's a link to more info.

Have you done the Heritage Trail Tour?  It's coming up again, three tours on May 15, 2020.  Here's a link to more info.  It well worth the time to see some of the history of Lakeway.

Cool Arts Sales and Studio Tour - this event is coming up on Saturday, August 22, 2020 - mark you calendars.  Here's a link - check it out!

Summer Camp registration is going on at the Activity Center - here's more info.

*****Municipal Court Award*****

Lakeway Municipal Court is now an 8 time winner of the Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives (MTSI) award.  Judge Madison is doing a great job for the city!  Here's a link to more info.

*****No Oak Pruning*****

Oak pruning is now prohibited from now throught early Summer.  Protect our Oak Trees, pruning is not allowed from February through June because of fungal spore formation and beetle activity in these months.

Enjoy the "almost" Spring weather.  Don't worry, it will change soon.  Women's Club of Greater Lakeway meets Monday and their guest speaker is Texas' First Lady Cecilia Abbott.  Should be a GREAT meeting.  She has worked hard for the citizens of Texas!

That's all for today, more soon!  If you or someone you know has need of a photo or video, check out Sky Pictures!  As always, you can reach me at with opinions and questions.

If you would like to be added to my email list for all the updates, send a note to and I'll get it done.

Joe Bain

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Weather, Church Construction, Council Results and More!


Well, they say the rain's coming!   Not much so far...  We've had about .06 inch at this posting.  Cool through Friday with a slight warming trend towards the weekend.  We can really use some rain, Lake Travis is at 670.47, down about 11 feet from full.  The islands are starting to show near the dam.  You can check the current conditions at the 15th Tee of Live Oak - here's the link.

*****Lakeway Church Construction*****

Things are moving along at the Lakeway Church.  They started to pour the new Sanctuary foundation Monday.   Here's a link to a short video - Great day for the Church!

*****Council Results*****

Started out almost normally, Mayor Cox was ill and Mayor Pro Tem Higginbotham ran the meeting.

Many items were on the consent agenda, a citizen spoke against item 11 - Short Term Rental at 19 Casa Verde.  This opened a discussion - Council Member Vance was concerned that the neighbor (speaker) had not been notified because the address was not on the list.  Council Member Kumar finally asked for her name and it turned out the notice was mailed to their residence on file - (they did not live in the condo next door, just owned it).  

My concern on this item was it didn't appear most of the Council had read the ordinance they were ruling on, at least the questions indicated that there was not an understanding of the Short Term Rental ordinance.

Another person spoke about the Film Festival that is coming up, and gave the city passes.  Since they are worth in excess of $100 each, I believe the rules won't allow any official (or employee) to accept them. 

15)  Officer Hector Almaguer was honored for his 25 years of service.  Great guy, wish him all the luck in his future endeavors.

16)  After about a 15 minute presentation by Vicki Taylor, Heritage Committee Chair, after discussion, council eventually gave the go ahead to attempt to get a grant and also start the process to rehab the Liebelt Cabin.  Initially they need $9,845 for studies to be complete by May 2020 and if $50K grant is approved by LCRA there will be a 20% match requirement.  Approved unanimously.

17)  Rezoning was approved for 704 Serene Estates Dr. from residential to park.  This was tabled previously - unanimous.

18)  Amend Sec. 24.03.003 of the code to bring it up to date with updates from the State.  Passed unanimously.

19)  45 minute discussion on the new process required by State House Bill 3167.  Shortens the time available and changes current process.  Council seems to want to micro manage this process, why not let the Department Director make necessary changes and bring to council for approval.  There was even discussion of changing the ZAPCO meeting date because of the shorter time frame.  No action was taken.

20)  Grant application for Victims of Crime Act Formula Grant Program was presented by Chief Radford.  Resolution approved unanimously.

21)  Approved interlocal agreement with Bee Cave for their use of the Crime Victim Services Coordinator.  Unanimous.

22)  Amend Chapter 10 Ordinance to allow food trucks in the City.  Do we really want food trucks in the city?  I guess so, they approved it 5-1 with Council Member Smith opposed.  I think this was pushed by the Film Fest.  

What do you think?  One comment was "All of Austin has Food Trucks" - I'm not sure I want to be Austin.

23)  New citizen Survey, lots of discussion on how to get data from other sections of Lakeway.  Ms. Higginbotham went into the deer issue, they are wanting to survey the whole city on an issue that is only an issue in specific areas.  This evolved into a deer discussion.  No action was taken.

24) No one spoke at citizen participation.

25-30)  9:10 p.m.Executive Session.  Project Granite was mentioned again....Maybe they are going to spend the Hotel Tax to bring in more business and traffic.

31)  Council returned at 10:30 p.m.  No action or discussion was done.  Meeting was adjourned.

That's all for today, more as I find out.  Enjoy the soggy weather!  If you know someone that needs photos, send them to Sky Pictures!  If you would like to be added to my email list, send a note to and I'll get it done.  Or just send me you thoughts, always like to hear other opinions.  

Joe Bain