Friday, April 19, 2019

Storms, Meetings and Signs + More!

Good Friday is upon us!  It looks like a BEAUTIFUL Easter weekend - the Lord is smiling down on us!  Praise the Lord!

The stormy night brought us some much needed rain to the area.  Hopefully nobody experienced any damage from the winds.  It doesn't appear we got any of the threatened hail.  We did get about an inch of beneficial rain and some nice cool mornings.  There was some damage from the storms last week.

City Council had a special meeting April 8th.  Here is a link to that agendaHere is a link to the council packet - more info here.

3) A proposal was accepted and awarded to G. Creek Construction for $352,584 for improvement of the Lower Restroom at City Park.  The award included addition of a trail to the restroom.  Unanimous.


The packet included a sheet on the solicitation process.  One council member questioned that, he must not have read the packet.

4)  A HOT Funding request was granted to the Lakeway Resort and Spa for $20,000 to fund 50% of a  Google Pay Per Click campaign.  These funds are available to all the local Hotel's and businesses that can meet the state requirements for the money.
Unanimous

5)  An access agreement was granted to the Williams property next to the Bee Creek Sports Complex - this was to give secondary access to the property.
Unanimous

6)  The ordinance calling the May 4, 2019 election was amended because of updates on early voting dates and places.
Unanimous

The regular meeting was closed at this point and a work session was started to receive a report on the citywide facility needs assessment.  Here is a link to the video.  For the needs assessment go to Item 7-8.  This is an attempt to determine what is needed to keep the city services going in the long term.  Discussions on remodeling the old Justice Center for expansion of Courts and use by BDS.  Also discussion on enlarging the City Hall complex and Public Works complex along with other facility improvements.  These projects are estimated to cost about $1M per year.  
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City Council met in regular session on April 15th.  Here is a link to the videoHere is a link to the agenda and here is a link to the council packet with more info.

On item 4, Code "Compliance" is moving forward, the Solid Waste and Recycling Contract will eventually get signed and the Police Station had a hiccup.

5)  The Police Station is pretty much done, there was an IT issue and the move in date has been moved until next week. 

***** There have been questions on social media about the blue lights around the city.  Our police force does an outstanding job of protecting our citizens!  With all the attacks from the media going on, we partnered with the Lowe's in Bee Cave (Stephanie Samuels was the manager then) to furnish LED blue bulbs to citizens to use in yard lights and porch lights to show support for the police.  It was a GREAT success and you can still see the results.  If you want to join in, order some blue lights (LED works best) and show your support!
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Items 6-7 were postponed.

8)  SUP was granted to Lake Travis ISD for Portable buildings at their main campus for the Lake Travis Educational Development Center.  Approved unanimously.

9)  SUP was granted for a Short Term Rental at 219 Corinthian Dr.  This locations permit was pulled a little over a year ago for violations (noise and parking).  They have made required corrections, waited the mandatory year and have now been granted a SUP.  Approved unanimously.

10)  SUP was granted for a STR at 1300 Sparrow Lane.  Approved unanimously.

11)  SUP was requested for a convenience store by Quick Trip at RR 620 and Debba Dr.  Although this was approved unanimously by ZAPCO, council decided to delay for 60 days to do a Traffic Study and look at repairs on the city's portion of the street.  This will all be redone with the 620 road project.  The complaints were mostly about county facilities and those residents are not in the City.

12)  SUP was granted for a Medical Office for the property in front of the Middle School on Bee Creek road.  Restrictions were applied to the SUP for type of facilities.

***** I posted a question in a previous blog as to why a SUP is required for a medical facility next to a school.  This was prompted a few years ago because of a proposed facility next to Lakeway Elementary.  That facility was Recovery Ways - a drug+ rehab facility that would have brought in folks that council felt was not in the citizens and neighbors best interest.  That issue eventually went to court and was one of two cases I am aware of that the city did not win.  Because the BDS Director was new and most of the ZAPCO membership is new, that issue was not addressed at ZAPCO.
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13)  The PUD amendment was withdrawn.

14)  Enlarged the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee to appoint two new council members and appoint Massa and Trecker as resident members. 

21)  Executive Session - A committee will be formed to audit all the existing PUD agreements.

22)  Executive Session - Kilgore v.s. Lakeway - Motion to direct the city attorney to formalize a settlement agreement with the following terms:
1.  City will not appeal
2.  City will not pay fees to Sandra Cox
3.  Affirmation that Kilgore was justified in bringing his suit and the city wrongfully opposed it
4.  The city will pay $1 in lieu of paying attorney fees.

Vote was 3-2, Mastrangelo, Smith and Higginbothem for and Massa and Trecker against.  Although I disagree with this I will only say that I think this sets a precedence that leaves elected officials at risk when named in lawsuits while performing their duties.
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 I attended the Wildlife Advisory Committee meeting April 11th.  Warren Bluntzer (Consultant) gave a presentation including data from 2 surveys about the appropriate herd size for Lakeway.  Per the two surveys, the herd size has increased from about 1 deer to 6-7 acres to 1 deer per 5-6 acres.  The suggested size would be somewhere above 1 deer per 8-9 acres.

The meeting was attended by the committee members, about 6-8 CAFA members and myself.  Maybe one other attendee.  After the presentation, the CAFA members argued the data collection process and felt like they were not being heard.

There were also discussions on other wildlife issues including skunks, coyotes and other animals.

They also discussed signs and deterrents to deer crossing the roads.

The meeting lasted about 2 hours and no decisions were made.
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The 2019 values have been posted on the Travis County Appraisal District web site.  Check out how much yours have increased.  Remember, this is the value your taxes are based on, if it goes up 5% you can expect your taxes to go up 5% - just sayin.  Their website is http://propaccess.traviscad.org/clientdb/?cid=1

In case you haven't noticed, Live Oak Golf course is getting a face lift.  They have currently killed off the grass in preparation for renew the fairways and greens.  I'm told some of the cart paths will also be fixed.  Here is a link to what it looks like now on 15.

Signs, signs and signs.  Do you think candidates for elected offices should follow the ordinances or should they be exempt?  Some of them must feel they are exempt.  Signs can only be put on PRIVATE property with permission of the owner.  No signs should be on pubic right of way, period.  The top two violators are Mr. Kilgore and Ms. Butler.  Her are a couple of examples, certainly not all inclusive.  There are many more examples.


Here is an example on interior streets.  I was told this morning that the signs are down on Maul Hill except for 1.  All these were in the right of way - no idea if they blew down or were removed.

I'm told there is a blow up on Next Door about the purchase of the Police Facility property.  Let me give an overview about this property:

During the process of developing a plan for the facility five locations were being looked at.  Requirements were central location, size and access.  There were only 5 locations that met these requirements.  We settled on the current parcel and purchased it from Legends.  It was part of the land under contract with the Lakeway MUD.  We paid $950K for the property that was appraised by an independent appraiser at $1.4M.  This was a prime part of the parcel if you look at the full 82 acres.  Legends closed on that parcel and another that was split out of the total parcel to allow the city to go ahead with the project.  We got about a $500K discount.  These purchases are complex, don't be misled by people that have PART of the picture.

It's a beautiful day and I'm getting ready to enjoy it.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend.  Thanks to everyone for all the support.  If you have questions or comments, I'm always listening.

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Some Rain, ZAPCO, A Question and More!

Well, here we are on Saturday and we are finally getting a little rain.  We are already considered "dry" for the year because there has been little rain, especially in March.  So far about a half inch today, the weather forecast says maybe a little more.  You can check the rain totals at my weather station.  It's been a little intermittent because Weather Undergound is doing upgrades on their equipment.

ZAPCO met in regular session Wednesday, April 3rd.  Here is that agenda.

5) Annexation request was postponed.  
6)  Final Plat was postponed.
7) Special Use Permit was approved for Lake Travis ISD to put in portable buildings at the Lake Travis Educational Development Center.  Unanimous 
8)  Short Term Rental SUP at 219 Corinthian Dr.  Passed Unanimously - this location had their permit revoked a year ago because of parking and noise issues.
9)  Short Term Rental SUP at 1300 Sparrow Lane - Passed Unanimously
10)  SUP for Quick Trip convenience store at 620 and Debba.  This is the location of Guarantee Automotive.  Passed Unanimously
11)  SUP for medical office use at 4900 Bee Creek Road in front of the Lakeway Middle school - Passed Unanimously
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Question:  Who knows why a SUP is required for a medical center near a school?  What prompted that ordinance?  I don't think any ZAPCO member knew because it was not addressed. 
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12)  A PUD Amendment was requested for part of the land on Lohmans between the Water Tower and the Police Facility to allow for a change from office/retail to storage unit.  There was much discussion on this issue and several residents spoke against it.  This change was denied. Unanimously

13)  Variance was requested from LTISD for installation of artificial turf on the existing playground at LT Elementary.  Although there was a lot of discussion and residents spoke against this variance, it turns out this turf was permeable and no rubber pieces are part of the turf.  Variance passed.

14)  Variance requested for a sign variance (larger than allowed) for business located at 2303 RR 620 A, Unit 170.  Variance was denied.
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The April 4th Campaign finance reports are online.  Here is a link to that page.  Scroll down and click on the names - it is interesting reading.  One mayoral candidate reported expenses of $26,139.60.  That is a LOT of money for a volunteer job.  $450 has been contributed to this candidate.

Take some time and read through these reports - it is interesting reading.
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The Police Facility is substantially complete and they are working to get the electronics and 911 facilities up and running.  I understand they will move in on or about April 15th.  It will allow the police to do the job we pay them to do including interviews in a private room, a training room, detention facilities and forensic investigation.  It will be a permanent facility and will accommodate growth through the build out of Lakeway.

The facilities they are leaving will house an expanded court system and when I left was planned for offices for Parks and Recreation.  There is a Special meeting Monday that will probably address some of the issues of facilities needed due to the growth.  Here is a link to that agenda.

3)  RFP for a Lakeway City Park Lower Restroom Improvement Project.  Looks like they are ready to award this contract.
4)  Lakeway Resort and Spa is requesting $20K from the HOT tax fund for advertising.  This is what this fund is designed for and is funded completely by taxes on visitors to the area hotels.
5)  An easement for access to property across the Bee Creek Sports Complex.
6)  An amendment to the election ordinance to true up dates and early voting locations for the May election.
7)  Report on City wide needs assessment done by Huitt-Zollars, Inc.  "The update will include a review of the facility condition assessment performed on the Justice Center
and a short-term and long-term projection of staffing and space needs for city departments to include
Administration, Finance, Solid Waste, Parks & Recreation, Public Works, Building and Development Services, and Municipal Court."

It looks like this meeting will start at 2:00 p.m.  They may get done before midnight.....
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Been doing some pictures out near Bergstrom Airport for the Humble Origins Hospitality Management (HOHM) Group.  They own several facilities - including the Lakeway Hampton Inn.  

If you need aerial pictures of a business or residential property, please give me an opportunity to do them for you.  Here's a link to my website - Sky Pictures .  Thank you for those using my service, it is an honor!

I've also picked up a couple of new clients for web hosting and email.  JB Hosting   

Thanks again for all the support.  If you would like to be added (or removed) from my email list send a note to lakeway@bain.us and I'll get it taken care of.

Have a great weekend, look out for the rain (sun's out now) go figure!

Joe Bain
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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Council Meeting Results, Wildflowers and More!

Did I imagine the forecast of rain?  Forecast or not, no rain.  It is Spring though and the warmer weather has brought out the best in Lakeway, Oak leaves and blooms are starting so get the allergy meds ready.  I'm going to forecast no rain and the sprinkler system is on.

City Council met Monday evening - here is that agenda, and here is the meeting packet.  The meeting lasted until 12:30 a.m.

City's finances are in good shape, tax collections are on schedule and expenses are good with some savings due to vacancies in positions.

Code enforcement v.s. code compliance - it appears that the city is changing from a "Courtesy Notice" to a "Courtesy Reminder" so no one is offended.  They are also dismissing warrants already issued to start fresh with the citizens because the city wants to start fresh.  Sounds like our rules were just too strict.

The Police fencing will be modified with a bar on top to protect the deer and all the children climbing over it since that is now the rule.

The Police project is on time and under budget, they will use some of that savings to fix the fence.  They reached the point of "substantial completion" on March 1st and are now getting everything ready for a move in on about April 10th.  

Council approved an agreement with CTWC (Central Texas Water Coalition) to continue with the annual contract to represent the city's interest in Lake Travis and the LCRA.

Epi Gonzales (TxDOT) gave an update on changes at Flintrock and 620.  There have been some delays because of contractor issues ant they are hoping to get that rectified soon.  That project is changing striping and lights to allow 2 lane turns both left an right onto 620.  They are also looking at medians through Lakeway on 620 and they are trying to come up with acceptable median cuts for businesses throughout the city.  Council is finding out this is not simple and takes time to make changes.  

The Audit Report was clean with no issues.  

Parks and Rec. Committee Chair presented the results of the survey done recently.  I linked a copy of that presentation on a previous blog.

The Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee made presented a report on their progress.  They have open houses scheduled along with other events to get citizen input.  Folks need to realize that nearly the entirety of Lakeway is already built out, has plans or is currently zoned.  One exception is the MUD property.  A Comprehensive Plan is a broad brush that suggests the expectation of the future of the city, it is not a micro development tool.

Item 11 - Boat and RV parking.  Council spent an enormous amount of time on an issue that only affects a very small, but vocal part of the population.  They decided to allow 2 days out of 7 for loading and unloading and cleanup of RV's and boats.  

Item 12, Final Plat approved for property on Clara Van and 620.

Item 13, Preliminary Plan Revision - approved with restriction that all promised park and pond improvements be done.

Item 14, Plan revision approved.

Item 16 - Capital Improvement Plan - Discussed dates and plan and schedule was presented.

Item 17 - This item changed two titles, one was Comptroller and now will be Finance Director, the other was to change Communication Coordinator to Communications Director.  For those that haven't heard, Devon Monk and Darren Henson resigned. 

Item 18 created the Charter Review Committee.  Appointments to be made in May.

Item 19 was 86th Legislative Priorities - one issue is SB 2 that caps the increase in city tax rates to 2.5% - this bill has not come to the floor yet and there is a question as to whether there are enough votes.  The other issue is a bill that would restrict the city from regulation of exterior building materials.  Several other items were discussed but no action was taken.

They had two Executive Sessions, started at 10:00 and went to 12:24 a.m.  The first session I suspect they discussed possible legal action against the previous City Attorney, they also did a mid year review of Steve Jones, City Manager and I'm not sure what else.

The second Executive Session discussed the ongoing lawsuit with candidate for Mayor Tom Kilgore and what to do about it.  I heard he was willing to drop the award if the city did not appeal the ruling but I also am told there were other strings attached.  I guess we will find out when they tell us.
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A couple of take aways from the meeting.  Council Member Higginbotham attended via video conference.  I feel the members should attend in person - in this particular case it appears there would have been a quorum issue since Council Member Trecker was also out of town.  Members are allowed 2 misses per 6 months but since they voted Council Member Bertram off they are short on members.

It also seems a lot of time is spent on changing rules for a small percentage of the population.  Council needs to remember that the population is about 15,000 now and changing ordinances because 20 or 30 folks are vocal doesn't necessarily represent the entire community - generally people are happy if they aren't complaining.  My opinion is they certainly shouldn't use a small survey taken from "Nextdoor" that certainly isn't representative of the community.  Social media is not representative of the general population.
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The Hill Country is in bloom!  Get out and enjoy the Indian Paints and Bluebonnets.  These were outside of Llano last weekend - they said we were about 2 week early.  More at Sky Pictures.  

The Lakeway MUD is repainting the water tower next to Lakeway Elementary.  

The Live Oak Golf course will be closing soon for renovations.  The work will start next month and the course will be completely closed from May till September.  New grass on the fairways, new greens and repair of the cart paths.  It should really look good once it is finished.

If you need a Vet for a pet, don't forget to check out Lakeway Vet on 620 - great folks and they really care about your animals! 

If you need aerial photos of your home, property or business, please consider Sky Pictures - we aim to please and I'd appreciate the business!  

If you want a domain hosted, a personal email or a web page for your business, please consider JB Hosting - personal help and great prices.

And if you just want the current weather in Lakeway - here's a link to the 15th Tee Box Station.

Thanks again for all the support and emails.  It is appreciated and lets keep our city GREAT.  Vote responsibly, if you want my opinion, send me a note and I'll give you my suggestion.  I can also add you to my email list for the blog.  lakeway@bain.us

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Plane Crash, Dr. DeNicola, Council and More!

Once again we are experiencing Winter....  Windy and cool, I think freezing is done.  We got about 1/2 an inch of rain last week, none of the thunder and severe weather they talked about.  A little bit of wind.  Currently 59° and the clouds kept it cool all day.

The big news of the week was the week of course was the small plane crash just South of the Airpark at the corner of The Hills Drive and Lakeway Blvd.  One fatality and one person still in critical condition.  My prayers are with the families, this was a real tragedy.  Our Airpark has a great safety record and is a community resource.  I'm sure we will hear more about the cause in the future.

The Wildlife committee met on Thursday evening.  Dr. DeNicola, founder of White Buffalo gave a presentation via Skype to the committee about his experience in deer population control.  One of his methods is sterilization - he has done about 1,000 over a 10 year period.  This is not recommended in Lakeway because there is a requirement for containment of animals that are sterilized.  The other issue is you still have to capture the deer (trap).  I talked to him several times and he was always very complementary of our program.

City Building Commission met Thursday morning - here is that agenda.

Items 4 and 5 were postponed because the height poles had blown down.  The rest of the items passed as presented.

City Council meets Monday evening at 6:30.  Here is the meeting packet.  

Item 5 is a report on the Police Station, on time and under budget.  They are in the stages of getting furniture put together and installed, getting the dispatch center set up and many other items before move in.  The planned move in date is April 10th, sometime between now and then the 911 dispatch will be forwarded to Travis County and the service will be moved and switched back on, so be ready for that.

Item 6 will be a discussion about funding a contract with Central Texas Water Coalition - they promote the City's position on sale and use of water from Lake Travis.

Item 7 is an update from TxDOT on 620 and Flintrock Improvements.

Item 8 will be a presentation of the annual audit.

Item 11 will be yet another discussion about how long and when you can park RV's and watercraft.  It's been working for 50 years but we are going to fix it now...

Items 12-14 are Plats and Plan revisions that have been recommended by ZAPCO.

Item 15 will be an update by the Comprehensive Plan Committee.

Item 16 is a presentation and discussion of the Capital Improvement Plan and the FY 2020 Budget process.  Let's see if our taxes are going up!

Item 17 pertains to the personnel budget.  

Item 18 creates the new Charter Review Committee.

I expect near midnight on this one once again.

And of course the now obligatory Executive Sessions to talk about litigation, personnel matters, and review of the City Manager.

One of the items is the litigation that involves the candidate for Mayor that is STILL has litigation against the City.  We need a report on that.
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It has come to my attention that Devin Monk, Communications Coordinator has resigned along with Darren Henson, our Controller.  Both will be missed.

That's all for the City right now, election season is in full swing.  Signs are popping up everywhere - some legal, some not.  

Sky Pictures is taking lots of photos.  I took some right off the end of the runway at AUS.  Double Click for a larger view - this one has a SW Airline in the background.  The weather didn't cooperate so I will be taking some of them again.

Thanks for all the continued support.  Let me know if you need photos or Web Hosting.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Weather, Sewer Update, Survey Results and More!

Texas Weather?  Wait a few minutes and it will change!  So far in the last week we have had a high of 85.5° and a low of 24.8°.   Coldest day in the year this week....  And get ready, Spring is on the way - forecast possible storms this week and some rain?  Be ready just in case and you can track rainfall and temps on the Vanguard weather station.

Sewer Update - The Lakeway MUD is working on bringing sewer to the first sections of Lakeway.  The work has started in a couple of places, most recently on Vanguard Street.  A couple of houses had significant issues with their septic systems (one tank floated out of the ground) and LMUD has been working to get the sewer hooked up to those houses.

What does this mean?  Good news and bad in my opinion.  It will allow folks with septic to get out of that business - that's a good thing for many of them.  The bad news?  The lots in the first sections of Lakeway had small houses to allow for septic fields.  Once that is not an issue, there will be houses bought and torn down to make way for newer, larger houses.  We'll see how that turns out.

The Parks survey is in.  Here is a link to the presentation that was given last week.  It takes a couple of minutes to go through it, but it is interesting, especially the demographics.  The largest number of respondents were 40-49 years old followed by 60-69 years old.  Most folks have no kids living at home, and the largest group that answered have lived in Lakeway 5 years or less.  67% feel that the current facilities fulfill their recreational needs.  A lot of data there, take some time a check it out.

Signs, signs everywhere a sign - there's a song like that isn't there?  Get ready, it's started.  Just a hint, signs need to be behind the utility poles to stay out of the right of way.  

Think about how you are going to vote.  What are their intentions.  Are they concerned about our beautiful city or just interested in changing the city to fit their ideas.  

The Police Facility was handed over last week and the furniture has been delivered.  I understand it's being assembled now.  It looks like they'll be in in a month or so.  Proud to have been a part of that project.

The 620 improvement project is moving along.  Letters have been sent to business and property owners about the right of way that will need to be procured for the project.  It's grown a little.  Now law requires a 10' bike lane on each side (another 20' needed).  That is a huge expense for a small number of recreational riders.  

The Sports Park is also moving ahead.  I look for that to really get going in the next 6 months or so.  Commissioner Daugherty has been working hard to get the $20+ million to get this done.  Hopefully this will get a good start before he leaves office.  Thanks Commissioner for all your help on this project for area kids!

The Lakeway Blood Drive will be held March 16th at the Lakway Activity Center.  Here is a link to more info.  Give some blood and save a life!

ZAPCO met on March 6th, here was their agenda.

Item 8 was a sign request and was turned down.  Letter colors were not consistent, among other issues.

9, 10, 11 were all approved and were Sales Offices for Ash Creek Homes.

All the rest of the items were approved after discussion.

Here is a link to the video.
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That's it for today - If I forgot something I'll add it later.

If you enjoy the information published on this blog, please forward a copy to your friends and neighbors - let's get them on my mailing list.  

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I'll have more pictures next week if the weather allows.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Weather, Directory, Activity Center Events, Recycling and More!

I always start out with the weather and it's a mess.  I'll never complain about rain, but it has been foggy and wet for a week now.  We received about .24 inch of rain over the last 7 days, and the high temperature was 81.3° and so far the low has been 37°.  Very little cold weather this winter but I think we're going to get a dose of it this week - lows in the high 20's.  Cover up those plants!  As always for current conditions go to this link for current conditions.

You have a couple of days to get in the Lakeway Directory - it's a handy little book free to residents provided by the Lakeway Civic Corporation.  Go here to add your name or make a change www.lakewaydirectory.com

There is another Recycling Collection Event scheduled for Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 9 AM until noon.  Here's a link to more information.

The Cool Arts Party and Studio Tour is coming up on March 9 from 1 to 5 PM at the Activity Center and 3 studios will be open to the public on March 9 and 10 from noon till 6 p.m.  Here is a link to more info.

Here's a link to the Activity Center's activity.  There is lots going on so check it our and have some fun!

CBC met in regular session last Thursday.  Here was their agenda.   Item 4 was postponed because the height pole was not up the required time, 5 and 6 were approved and there was discussion on visibility of height poles from the street - that was send back to staff for wording.  All of the on-site visits passes except for number 8 - they need to paint some roof items.

The Board of Ethics met on March 7 and discussed changes to the ethics ordinance.

ZAPCO will meet in regular session on Wednesday March 6 at 9:15 a.m. in City Hall.  Here is their agenda.  Lot of items, may be a long meeting.

The Election Cycle is in full swing!  I've already seen some illegal signs on 620 and I expect we will see signage popping up everywhere.  I'm truly amazed there are candidates that have lived in Lakeway less than 3 years that have a new vision for our city.  Our city has been a great place for its residents for over 50 years, there is a lot of history and a lot of good people have made it that way over the years.  The laws and ordinances help keep it that way and were in place when most of our now 14K population moved here - are we sure we want to change it? 

One of the candidates has opened a "Campaign Headquarters" - wow, for a job that pays $0.   

That's it for today.  Bring up the firewood and cover the plants - it's going to be cold out there.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

LCC Meeting / Awards and More!

The Lakeway Civic Corporation (LCC) held their annual meeting and dinner at the Activity Center Tuesday evening.  The LCC has been instrumental in many improvements over the years.  They were formed by the original developer and have been funded over the years by a fee charged on all lots sold.  We thank them for all the wonderful projects they have helped fund.

Some of their many contributions include Heritage Center Mini Movies recording the history of Lakeway and update of the Bark Park.  LCC continues to fund projects like Breakfast with Santa,  "Meet the Candidates" forums, the Blood Donor Program and the Service League.  Over the years they have funded hundreds of thousands of dollars for the betterment of Lakeway.

President Jane Benesutti Chaired the meeting that started with the Pledge of Allegiance and an invocation given by Senior Pastor Larry Coulter of the Lakeway Church. 

Following the business meeting and a wonderful dinner provided by Pok-E-Joe's BBQ, the LCC awarded outstanding citizens several awards.  They are as follows:

Meritorious Service Award - Awarded to Ann Neighbors for her unending community involvement for many years.  Presented by Board Member Dave Benson.





Meritorious Service Award - Awarded to Daughters of the American Revolution, Lohmans Ford Chapter.  The award recognized the Chapter's continued support of the community and area Veterans.  Award was accepted 
President Paula Myer and presented by LCC Board Member Rick Zehrer.  Here is a link to their web site.

And the final and most prestigious award, Outstanding Citizen of the Year was presented to Jim Powell by Board Member Lana Brown for his significant work for not only Lakeway Citizens but many others that have suffered significant harm and damage due to unexpected events including floods, fires and other disasters.  Not only does he head up and manage several area charities but he also is a past Council Member and currently serves on the Lakeway Board of Adjustment.  It is a great honor to be considered one of his many friends!

All five of the former Mayors were present and many other city volunteers filled the event.  Current Mayor Sandy Cox, and Council Members Keith Trecker and Steve Smith were also present.  If you see one of the recipients, please join me in congratulating them for their service to the community!
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There are tears all over the area, many folks are going through serious withdrawal as you read this post.  Chick-fil-A has closed
 for remodeling for about 6 weeks.  Instead of a line of cars waiting for their orders, there are dumpsters and material containers.  Have faith, they shall return!


New pictures of Jason's Deli progress and Police Facility.  Here's a link to bigger pictures - SkyPict.com-Recent Pictures.  If you need aerial photos, please contact me at sales@skypict.com and I'll make it happen!

Please consider Lakeway Vet for your pet.  They are involved in the community, are passionate about animals, are open 24 hours a day for emergencies and have reasonable pricing to boot.  Check them out, here's a link to their web page.  Say hi to Dr. Doyle for me!

Thanks to everyone for your support.  This month I averaged over 6,000 hits on this blog.  If you feel this blog has worthwhile information, please consider telling your friends and neighbors and sending a link to them.  I will be happy to put them on my email list if they send a note to lakeway@bain.us.  Let's get more folks in the know!

Thanks again, I appreciate the support.  

Joe Bain
lakeway@bain.us