Friday, June 14, 2019

Weather, BS&W Award, Movie's, Town Hall and More!

R. Hoffman

Interesting weather this week / month!  About 3.42 inches of rain so far in June, lots of wind on the 6th with lightning and tree limbs down around the city.  High temperature of 100° and a low of 62° during the month.  The low humidity has been nice for the last couple of days but get ready - hot and humid is back in the forecast!  Stay hydrated and don't get too hot!


Congratulations to Baylor Scott and White here in Lakeway - they were just awarded the American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Award - this is the highest recognition for a facility.  Another great service provided to our community!

Tonight's "Movie's in the Park" feature is "Ralph Breaks the Internet" rated PG.  Starts at 8:45 with FREE popcorn - that's a heck of a deal if you've gone to the movies lately!  Here's a link to the full schedule.


Another "Town Hall" this week for the MUD property development.  Here is a link to that meeting.  Unfortunately the audio is still low, turn up your volume and you can hear most of it.


They're going to talk about RM 620 South!  TXDot is conducting an open house Wednesday, June 26th from 5-7 p.m. at the Bee Cave City Hall, 4000 Galleria Parkway, Bee Cave, TX.  They will be talking about making 620 a 6 lane divided road, adding raised medians and a bicycle / pedestrian shared use path...

Yesterday I avoided 3 cars texting, speeding and weaving all over our roads.  It appears that many cars have inoperative turn signals too.  It doesn't matter how good the roads are and how safe, if we don't start using good sense and good driving habits, no matter how much money we throw at the issues, it will not get better.  

City Council will meet in regular session June 17th at 6:30 p.m.  Here is a link to the agenda.  Looks like they again have a full agenda.  More Executive Sessions on lawsuits and an interesting Session on real property discussions - municipal building and parkland.  


Wildlife abounds in Lakeway, take some time to enjoy whats around you.  Here's an example of our little friends - they are beautiful to watch and feed.  Lots of fawns learning about cars and traffic too.  I have coyotes, skunks, foxes and more that visit almost every night.  It's a joy to watch them!  Click on the images for larger views.



Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Master Pilot Award, Mighty Mujer Triathlon - with a video!

Let's start with the weather, a little like what we have come to expect on Memorial Day! We received about an inch of rain but the straight line winds were pretty wild.  There were limbs and trees down around town but we escaped the really bad weather.  My peak wind gust was 29 mph, but I'm sure there were higher ones in other areas.  I don't think anyone was hurt and that's a good thing!

 Saturday morning, Mayor Emeritus Charles Edwards received an award from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) for Master Pilot.  
Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award


The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61. This award is named after the Wright Brothers, the first US pilots, to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as "Master Pilots".

It is an honor to have known and flown with Mayor Edwards - if you get a chance congratulate him on his long and illustrious flying career!

The City was host to the Mighty Mujer Triathlon at the Lakeway Park.  This is an all women triathlon that included a 500 meter swim, a 10 mile bike route and a 2.5 mile run through City Park.  
Here's a picture of the participants getting ready for the start of the 500 meter swim. 





And here is the finish line.  Here is a link to a 7 minute video of the race - it was a great success!  A special thanks to Peri Kowal for her hard work managing this even and a special thanks to all the sponsors that included the city of Lakeway and of course our 



very own HEB!

Enjoy the cold front and have a GREAT week - 

Joe Bain
lakeway@bain.us


Friday, June 7, 2019

Bit of Rain, Master Pilot Award, Quarter Century Club and More!

Another week has flown by!  We had a bit of rain, about 1.75 inch depending where you are in Lakeway.  Here's a picture of one of the storms that moved through Thursday - featured on KVUE weather at 10 p.m.  Beautiful cloud formation with the sun glowing through.  Here's a link to more pictures.  Looks like we are dry until next week.  Here is a link to the weather station at Live Oak 15th Tee is online to check on the current conditions.

Lakeway Airpark is holding its annual meeting on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Activity center - I mention this because Mayor Emeritus Charles Edwards will be honored by the FAA with a Master Pilot Award.  Join us to honor Mayor Edwards!

Today I was once again honored to attend the 20th anniversary of the Quarter Century Club.  Nancy and I have been here since 1988 and were invited to the club 6 years ago.  It's always a wonderful experience visiting with the residents that are the reason Lakeway is the exceptional city it is today.  Peggy Point is the volunteer that keeps this group going, thank you Peggy!  Another example of the volunteer spirit that makes Lakeway great.  A short presentation on the 1st 10 years was given and BBQ from It's all good was served for lunch.  If you get a chance, go by the Heritage Center and take a look at the pictures taken to memorialize our history.  Maybe some of our current elected officials should study the history and think hard about changing the rules that have kept this a great place to live for over 50 years.

Since I'm on history, I'll say a little about the 75th anniversary of D Day that we observed this week on June 6.  Many of the folks at the Quarter Century Club gathering also served their country in the military - that is really the group that formed our city and the structure that has kept our city in good stead for over 30 years.  Both my mother and father served in WWII and my dad in Korea also.  These people were in fact part of the greatest generation - one of my regrets is I didn't get my parents to tell me more of the time they spent serving the country - they didn't really want to talk about it, it was just a job they did.

Thanks to all those that served and kept our country free and let us never forget their sacrifices.  Thank your neighbors that served and sacrificed for our freedom!
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ZAPCO met in regular session on Wednesday.  Here is a link to the agenda.  Items 5, 6 and 7 went fairly quickly and were approved unanimously.  There was a lot of discussion on 8 & 9, these had to do with variances requested by Travis County for the Bee Creek Sports Complex.  Several folks living in Spicewood and the county had concerns about both the cut and fill locations and the lighting.  New technology is being used for lighting that should make this neighbor friendly.  Both items passed.

Suds Car Wash got approval for a new monument sign on 620 - this is the Arbor Car Wash that was sold.  The sign approved was slightly modified from the original request.  They also got approval for a wall sign.

The monument sign requested on item 12 was denied - commissioners felt it was too far out of line with ordinances - vote was 6-1 with Commissioner Harris in decent.

There was a lengthy conversation about the Lakeway Comprehensive Plan efforts.
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There was a town hall on the MUD property development on Lohmans - here is a link to the video - hint, if you turn up the sound all the way you can almost hear the audio.  It was fairly well attended, about 200 (not the 300 the paper reported).  Better than the Comprehensive Plan Town Hall that about 70 folks attended.  

The developer laid out two different proposals, one with standard zoning that would have a two lane road that feeds the community and the other with a little more density that would sport a little more park land and a 4 lane divided road to the Stratus property line.  My choice would be the second with the 4 lane road - if the other option is picked, the city will foot the bill for the road (more tax dollars) and it will take a lot longer.

That's about it for today - there's a Women's Triathlon this Sunday at the City Park - starts at 7 a.m. (UGH).  I'm going to try to get some pictures.

I hope everyone has a GREAT weekend - get out and enjoy the weather - it's going to be hot real soon!  If you want some pictures of your home or a business, drop me an email and Sky Pictures will make it happen.  

If you would like to be added to my email list, send a note to lakeway@bain.us and I'll get you added - thanks for all the support for the blog!

Joe Bain
lakeway@bain.us









Sunday, June 2, 2019

Weather (or lack of), Town Halls and More!

Happy Sunday!  No rain today they say - there is some North of us but it looks like it will stay there.  We got about .16 inch on Thursday morning, but the promised rain later that day and Friday didn't happen.  The lake's are full and really clear this year so far.  Let's hope we continue to get a little rain through the next few months to keep our yards looking good!

City Park is in GREAT shape - lots of water and events are ongoing - drive down and check it out.

A lot has happened since my last blog, council has had their first session with the new members - some interesting discussion with mostly unanimous votes.  The big deal is the budget coming up soon - that will be interesting.  Here is a link to the video if you have a few hours to spend.

The Comprehensive Plan Town Hall was held on May 16 at the Activity Center.  A whopping 70 folks showed up to see the presentation - here is a link to the video (no sound....) but you can watch the video.

Looks like the city has hired a Communication Director.  I look forward to seeing more information coming from the city on what they are doing.

Two more Town Halls are scheduled to look at Legend Communities options for the MUD property.  June 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m. and June 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Both at the Activity Center at 105 Cross Creek.  Here is a link to more info on the two options.  Hopefully this project can get off high center and move forward - it could be a great addition to the community.

Again, budget season is in full swing.  Here is a link to the Budget Calendar that the city uses.  

The Heritage Committee will have a kick off presentation on Tuesday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Activity Center.  It will feature our City's tribute to the Apollo Mission and reveal Lakeway Citizen's contributions to the success of the Apollo Mission.

Mayor Emeritus Charles Edwards is being honored with a Master Pilot Award from the FAA!  It recognizes individuals that have exhibited professionalism, skill and aviation expertise for at least 50 years of active flying.  Mayor Edwards award will be presented at the Lakeway Airpark's annual meeting at 9:30 a.m. on June 8, 2019 at the Lakeway Activity Center.  Join us to celebrate this great distinction.

Reconstruction is underway on the Live Oak Golf Course.  Here is an image of the 15th fairway - the grass was killed and ground turned up.  The course is closed until September.


Since I don't play golf, tell me why they aren't doing the part between the tee and the fairway?  Double click for larger pictures.

That's all for today, I'm going out and take some pictures.  Get ready, July 4th is on the way and is a special time for Lakeway.  Lots of things to do to celebrate our GREAT Country!

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).

Have a great day!

Joe Bain
lakeway@bain.us







Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Rain, Police Facility, Golf Course Info and More!

Get ready!  Here comes the May rains.  So far we have had 3.58 inches of rain in May, about .5 inch yesterday and .04 as of 10:30 AM this morning and more on the way.  "Turn around, don't drown" is a good thing to remember.  There have already been rescues where folks have driven into a flooded low water crossing.  We don't have too many places that are an issue in Lakeway but it can happen.  Lakeway Drive near Lakeway Blvd.  can flood as can the Blvd. near the church.  Be careful, "Turn around, don't drown"!

You can check the current totals at https://www.wunderground.com/dashboard/pws/KTXLAKEW14
Stay Safe!

Congratulations to the winners of the election, I'm looking forward to seeing them in action leading our great city!  The Official ballot counts should be ready by Travis County this week and council will certify the election at a Special Meeting on May 15th.  The winners will be sworn in at the next regular meeting on May 20, 2019.  I also want to thank the retiring members for their service - they have done a GREAT job!

The Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the new Police Facility is scheduled for Saturday, May 11th.  Festivities start at 10 a.m.  Check out the new facility, it is beautiful, functional and will serve the community well.  Thanks to the committee and council that worked diligently for years on the project.  

For those that are wondering, the Live Oak Golf Course is undergoing a significant reconstruction.  The Live Oak Golf Shop and Food and Beverage station will now be closed until September 1st.  The Driving Range and back 9 will stay open for a while.

For you wildlife lovers, here's a short clip of a coyote that visited our back yard last Sunday morning.  I mostly catch foxes and skunks in the middle of the night.  It's great to see wildlife still in the area.

The Lakeway MUD is continuing their installation of sewer service to sections of Lakeway.  If you are interested in the project and want to hear more about it there are public meetings on Thursday May 9 at 10:30am and 5:30pm.  It will be held at the Lakeway Activity center and the same information will be provided at both sessions.  They can answer all your questions!

Don't forget to take the Comprehensive Plan Survey.  Here is a link:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Lakeway-2040-Vision

Enjoy the rainy weather - remember, we'll need it in July and August.  With the lake full (683.7 currently) they will most likely be sending two shipment of water to the downstream farmers.  Hopefully we will get some much needed rain later in the Summer months.

Don't forget, if you need some aerial photo's drop me a note at joe@skypict.com and I'll get it done.

Thanks for the support on the blog!  If you want to be added (or removed) from the email list send a note to lakeway@bain.us .

Stay Safe!

Joe Bain
lakeway@bain.us

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Final Results

The results are in!  

Mayor:

Cox - 1679
Kilgore - 905
(Definitely a MAJORITY)

Council:

Kumar - 1466
Howell - 1177
Vance - 1020
Sutton - 998
Reichert - 772
Butler - 694
Mead - 691

These are the final results except possibly mail in.  It looks like lawsuits and ethics complaints didn't work in the mayoral race - however we'll have to see what is in store for the winners next week. 

Congratulations to the winners, I am looking forward to a sensible council to lead Lakeway forward.  

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There is another survey in case you haven't heard.  The Comprehensive Plan Survey is on line - here is a link.  Let me know what you think - does it serve the purpose expected?  

Thanks for the support - if there are any substantial changes  I will post them.

Joe Bain
lakeway@bain.us

Early Election Results

The results of the early voting is in.  

Mayor:

Sandy Cox - 1244
Tom Kilgore - 604

 Council:

Kumar - 1106
Howell - 875
Sutton - 744
Vance - 715
Reichert - 524
Mead - 469
Butler - 443

This is just the early voting totals.  I will post the final as soon as it comes out.   It looks like Lakeway may survive!

Joe Bain
lakeway@bain.us