Another year is done! The weather isn't going out without a bang either! Some are forecasting up to 60 hours of below freezing temperatures in the next few days starting Sunday night (New Years Eve) and going through the middle of the week. There is a possibility of some freezing rain or drizzle as the weather comes in Monday morning. Be sure to keep a close eye on the weather if you are getting out for New Years celebrations. Remember the 3 P's, pets, plants and pipes. Sounds like a good time to stay warm in front of the fireplace. Here is a link to my weather station - get current temperatures and rain totals any time!
We have lots of ups and downs on the roads in Lakeway - the street department will be on call in case sand is needed on some of the roads - best thing to do is stay home!
The next "We Are Blood" drive will be January 20th from 8 until noon at the Activity Center - roll up those sleeves and donate the gift of life!
If your looking for some fun things for your kids next week, here's a link to what's available at the Activity Center - looks like some fun stuff!
Can you believe it? Parks and Recreation kicked off a healthy new year at the Lakeway Swim Center with the New Year's Swim Challange. 29 folks braved the winter cool and participated.
The Brown Bag Luncheon series begins Thursday, Jan 4, with the Mady Kaye Quartet. It's free and worth the effort!
Enrollment is going on for the 2018 Lakeway Citizens Academy - applications are available at the police department or online at this link.
There were a lot of great accomplishments this year including the completion of Flint Rock Road, the Bee Creek Sports Complex has moved forward and design should begin soon, the bond passed for a Police Station and our bond rating and timing allowed us to save millions on that project, we are also assured that the project will come in Under Budget and On Time. We also completed Lakeway Blvd. median improvements which included replacing an aging sprinkler system and new grass, Hamilton Greenbelt got a restroom and parking lot, Canyonlands and Dragon Park got new restrooms, and we were able to fund improvements to the median at Flint Rock and 620 to allow 2 left turn lanes.
For 2018 we are co-sponsoring an application with TxDOT to identify federal funding for lane additions on 620 from 71 to about Debba. We have money in the budget to update the comprehensive plan and are looking at Charter amendments that will be on the May ballot.
The city is investigating the cost of the property owned by Stratus for possible acquisition. There will be a lot of discussion about this if it is found to be feasible.
I expect to see more on the MUD property that is under contract to HSD.
Sounds like a busy year!
From the Chief:
Patrol / CID
Lakeway Police Department Officers conducted 224 traffic stops, responded to 16 alarm calls, responded to 6 animal calls, responded to 26 suspicious circumstances calls and handled 195 other types of calls for service for a total of 367.
Lakeway Police Officers participated in a Christmas Holiday Traffic Initiative along with The Travis County Sheriff’s Office, The Bee Caves Police Department, and the Department of Public Safety. This initiative ran from December 24th through December 27th. The statistics from that initiative are not yet available, but it is important to note that we had no fatalities on our roadways during this time frame.
Lakeway Police Officers conducted a traffic stop in the 1700 block of Lohman’s Crossing that resulted in the arrest of an individual for the possession of .08 grams of Cocaine and .04 grams of Marijuana.
Lakeway Police Officers took a report from a citizen who used his credit card to pay for lunch at Little Greek Restaurant at 2422 RR 6520 south and that credit card number was later illegally used at the Lakeline Home Depot. If you have frequented this business recently and have notice any unusual charges on your accounts, please contact LPD for assistance.
Lakeway Police Officers conducted a traffic stop in the 900 block of RR 620 North that resulted in the arrest of one subject for DWI.
Patrol Officers conducted a warrant service at 1113 RR 620 north, at the request of the Austin Police Department, resulted in the arrest of one subject who was wanted out of the City of Austin for Aggravated Assault Family Violence with a bond amount of $45,000.
Lakeway Police Officers conducted a traffic stop in the 200 block of RR 620 north that resulted in the arrest of one subject for two warrants, Theft of Service $20-$500 and Theft by Check $20-$500, both out of Travis County.
Lakeway Police Officers, at the request of the Manor Police Department, located a stolen vehicle at 428 Seawind. The vehicle was recovered and the suspect was arrested on two warrants out of Manor for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, bond $10,000 and Felony Forgery, bond $35,000. This is a result of the suspect reportedly buying a car with counterfeit money.
Lakeway Police Officers assisted Manor Police Department Officers and the Travis County Sheriff’s Office with the execution of a search warrant the next day at 428 Seawind in association with the above call. The search warrant yielded 8.9 grams of Methamphetamine and the arrest of a second subject.
Lakeway Police Officers took a report of a stolen purse which contained jewelry and credit cards. The victim was not sure if she misplaced the purse or if it was stolen from her vehicle at 207 Stowaway Cove.
CID reviewed multiple days of video footage which resulted in evidence for three (3) separate cases to include: Criminal Mischief, Theft, and Burglary of a Vehicle that occurred in different areas within Tuscan Village. Warrant was issued by CID for the suspect for Theft.
A subject of theft warrant was arrested and interviewed by CID. The interview revealed information related to additional crimes under investigation and incriminating statements related to the theft charge.
CID is investigating two (2) recovered firearms believed to be stolen property. A pending ATF trace will help to determine the owner. This case is remains open.
An owner of a stolen and recovered motorcycle was finally identified. Possible charges pending with additional investigation and written statement from motorcycle owner.
CID was assigned a Theft case that occurred at a construction site in the 100 block of Lodestone Cove. Several large appliances were removed from the residence under construction. Victim declined to prosecute.
That's all for this year (unless there is breaking news)! I hope everyone has a Great and Prosperous New Year - please be safe out there, especially wit the expected inclement weather.
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Happy New Year!