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!

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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.

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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
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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Weather, Council, WAC and More!

The folks that spread fertilizer expecting a light rain last night are going to be disappointed - we missed it.  No measurable rain, just a little mist and fog late last night.  Looks like the best chance of rain is the middle of next week.  Pretty seasonable temperatures - maybe a little warmer than average.  As always, the current weather is available at https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=KTXLAKEW14  

There's a lot going on in the city - blink and you'll miss it, you might say - What Happened?  When we moved to Lakeway, the reason folks paid the higher prices was because of the rules and regulations and sound governance that made the little city a beautiful oasis on the outskirts of Austin.

The population was about 4,000, lots of retired folks and a good portion of retired military.  A significant percentage worked for the city in various volunteer and elected positions.  They understood that the strict regulations kept the city clean and in demand - this kept property values high and protected their investment.  Average age was in the 70's.

Now we have about 14,000 - the average age is in the 40's.  The way folks look at things has changed and it is starting to show.  One of the largest issues was with code enforcement and the way they were interfacing with citizens.  There were undoubtedly issues.

 These were rectified with employee changes and management changes.  Now Council has embarked on re-writing many of the ordinances to clarify meanings.  Good?  Bad?  Everyone can make their own decision.  Think of the upcoming election and choose wisely.  

Council and staff are re-branding "Code Enforcement" to "Code Compliance".  Does that make you feel better?  It's the new way.  There are cost associated with this but it sounds better?  

There were complaints about times for setting out trash cans.  They were allowed to be out the day of pickup.  They changed that to allow you to put cans out after 6 PM the day before pickup.  I think a lot of residents were doing that already, this makes it legal. 

Complaints about boat parking / storage.  One of the things that sets Lakeway apart is the lack of trailers and boats stored outside and in view.  There was much discussion on this topic.  How long can a boat be in the drive for loading and cleaning?  Can visitors with a motor home or trailer park in a driveway and how long?

I'm not sure what the answers are - used to be OK for a couple of hours or when actually connected to the towing car.  Now they are looking at an hour limit - will be very hard to enforce.  Why not be reasonable, if its hooked up to a car and folks are working on it loading, unloading or cleaning - that's OK.  Letting a boat sit for days is a problem, same with Motor Homes or Trailers.  We are an upscale residential community and it is part of the reason we are different.

Complaints about "speeding" on Lakeway Dr.  The City has done several speed studies with tubes they put on the road and found the average speed was less than 30 mph.  There are violators.  Now you might have noticed the "speed indicator" signs installed - two so far that indicate the speed you are going along with a speed limit sign.  About $2500.00 each + installation, work on solar power - with the lack of sunshine, they haven't been working.  They also painted "SLOW" signs on the road.  Traffic calming measures.  We'll see if it helps.  


The Police Station is nearly done.  Construction Trailer will be gone soon.  I think it is about time for the hand off and furniture.  Still on time and under budget.  This facility will last the city from now on. 

Council declared a vacancy on Council because Council Member Bertram failed to attend 3 of the last 6 regular meetings.  timing on this is interesting since the election is in May and she would be replaced anyway.  Too bad, Bridge was an asset to the Council and I appreciated her input on many issues over her terms.  I guess one of the new council members wanted her out.  Watch your back!

There was some discussion on the 86th Legislative Priorities and potential bills.  The one that will affect the city is lowering the "roll back rate" to 2.5% - that one could get sticky.  They had excluded cities with a budget under $15M, I've heard this has been dropped.  I wish the attack on the large cities that have exorbitant tax rates could be contained to them.  This is all under the guise of over taxing homeowners.  They should look at the school finance program.  The city tax rate is about $0.14 per $100 evaluation.  Lets put that into perspective.  For an average home in Lakeway ($500,000) the city tax would be about $700.  That has stayed pretty constant for the last 20 years.  The school tax on the same house is about $7,050.  Their rate is about $1.41 per $100 evaluation.  The city lowers their tax rate to accommodate the increase in value - the school stays at the max.  If the value of your house increases, your taxes go up.  It's not their fault, they are required to send millions of dollars to robin hood.  Fix school finance and leave the small cities alone.

There were two Executive Sessions, the only action I saw was to offer Mr. Kilgore a $1 settlement in lieu of appealing the judgement he won concerning payment of attorney fees to Mayor Cox.
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The WAC (Wildlife Advisory Committee met Thursday evening.  A presentation was done on sterilization methods and limitations.  Information on tubal ligation, ovariectomy and castration was given along with the issues with each method.  The deer still have to be trapped and handled, darting is very problematic.  There is also the issue of deer proof barriers around the city.  No one in Texas is permitted to do sterilization.  Parks and Wildlife is not a fan.  

There was a vote to bring in Dr. DeNicola of White Buffalo Inc. to do a presentation to the committee.  They will pay his airfare and expenses.  Dr. DeNicola is familiar with Lakeway's issue and visited in around 2000.  I personally had discussions with him about our situation.  At that time he felt like the current process was working well and was only interested in working on areas that trapping was not a viable process.  We'll have to see what he says.

This is the last weekend to fill out the Parks Survey - if you haven't done it yet here is a link.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/lakewayparks


The LCC (Lakeway Civic Corporation) is working on an update for the Lakeway Phone Directory.  If your phone or address has changed or you just aren't in it, here is a link to do updates and more information.  www.lakewaydirectory.com 

Don't forget the Brown Bag Luncheon Concert at 12 noon on February 28th at the Activity Center.  This month features The Second Line Jazz Band and should be a lot of fun.

If your interested in the Oscars this weekend, the Lakeway Resort and Spa is holding a Red Carpet Watch Party.  Tickets are $15 and include appetizers.  Here is a link to more info.

That's all for today - if your interested in your own domain for mail and hosting, the domain is about $18 a year and the hosting is less than $50 a year - get a permanent email address.  Email me if you have any questions - JB Hosting

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