Friday, December 8, 2017

Saturday Recycle Collection, CAMPO News, Volunteers and More!

Big week and more coming!  Not only was it 85 degrees on December 4th, we got about an 1.33 inches of rain, and it snowed in Lakeway on December 7th.

Tomorrow will be the first Saturday Collection event at the Recycling center - 9a.m. until noon, December 9th.  Here is a link to more info.

This week I learned that Steve Jones was invited to serve on a regional planning board with CAMPO.  This board will look at the regions major arterial corridors (620 is one of them) and come up with a plan.  This regional study was one of the items we negotiated while on the CAMPO Board.  This is GREAT news!  It will give Lakeway direct input on the planning process.

I am also working with Terry McCoy, District Engineer with TxDOT to co-sponsor our 620 widening project.  We will attempt to get federal funds through CAMPO to enable the engineering to be done and continue to move forward on the 620 widening plan.  We are finally getting some traction to improve our traffic - nothing soon but at least it's happening!

Since we are talking about 620, we had two issues this week.  On the 6th, a light went out at the High School and caused massive backups on 620 - I'm told all the way to the Dam.  It took me almost an hour to get from my home to the Hospital for a meeting - of course all the feeders were completely backed up also.

On Thursday the 7th there was a major accident on 620 at Lakeway Blvd.  I've heard a gentleman driving on 620 had a medical emergency and crossed oncoming traffic before crashing.  Luckily, no one else was injured.  Although it created another significant backup, Lakeway police were able to clear the accident and do the investigation with DPS quickly and clear the roadway.

Police Station Update:  Today we closed on the Reed Tract property about 2:30 p.m.  This was the last piece of this puzzle, the city now owns all the property for the new police station project.  We expect construction to start in January.

Today I was honored to visit Serene Hills Elementary to call their annual Spelling Bee.  These kids are unbelievable!  The winner was Number 15, Cole Nguyen (5th grade) and runner up was  number 4, Luke Brown (4th grade).  Cole's sister Ella Nguyen (16) is also shown.  These kids really battled it out, we went through the regular word list and continued almost all the way through the second list.  I had to skip several words I couldn't pronounce!  Great job and congratulations!

Thursday night we held the annual Volunteer in appreciation for all the hours our volunteers donate to the city.  We also gave two volunteers "Unsung Hero" awards and honored the Volunteer of the Year!  The two Unsung Hero awards went to Bob Kirmse and Searcy Willis.  

Bob Kirmse (left) was instrumental in getting the Firewise group up and running and worked tirelesslyto keep Lakeway from having issues like the Steiner Ranch fires and the fires currently in the news in California.

Searcy Willis is our own "Vampire" and has worked since 2007 coordinating our Lakeway Blood Drives.  He has been instrumental in collecting 4,223 pints of blood that has potentially touched 12,669 lives and was part of 61 blood drives.  He and his wife were unable to attend and are not pictured.

Jim Hord (right) has had a long history of volunteerism in the city including serving the Lakeway Church in many capacities, positions at July 4th celebrations, and treasurer of his HOA.  He has attended the Lakeway Police Academy, served as vice chair on
the Lakeway Board of Adjustment, and two years as president of the Service League of Greater Lakeway.  He is now serving for the third year on the Lakeway Civic Corporation board and is the current president of the LCC.  Jim was honored as our Volunteer of the Year for 2017!

Congratulations to all the honorees and all the volunteers that have worked tirelessly to make Lakeway the great place that it is!

CBC will meet on December 14th next week - here is that agenda.

There is a new development starting across 620 on top of a ridge line.  It's called Honey Creek Condos.  Here is a link to the locationHere is a link to the proposed layout

ZAPCO met in regular session Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.  There was only one item on the agenda after item 6 was removed.  Plan revision #5 was approved for the Lakeway Regional Medical Center - it basically moved impervious cover credit to a new project.

Police Report:
LPD Officers conducted 189 traffic stops, responded to 9 alarm calls, responded to 19 animal calls, responded to 15 collisions, answered 26 suspicious circumstances calls and handled 104 other types of calls for service for a total of 362.

Routine traffic stops resulted in the following charges; Lakeway Warrants X 1, Reckless Driving X 1, Driving while Intoxicated X 1, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia X 3. 

Officer responded to a single vehicle crash on RR 620 Thursday morning. The driver of the car had a medical emergency which apparently contributed to the cause of the crashed. Upon arrival officer administered CPR and had to use the AED. The driver was able to be transported from the scene and was placed in the care of Baylor Scott & White hospital staff. 

Officers responded to a Morning Cloud address in reference to a missing person. It was learned that an elderly female had left the residence earlier in the day to go shopping. The female has been diagnosed with Dementia, and the family could not locate her. Officers took a report and activated a Silver Alert. The female was located near SH 130 in the city of Lockhart. She was unharmed and reunited with her family members. 

Officers responded to a disturbance call at a RR 620 S. restaurant. Officers found that an argument had taken place inside the restaurant between two subjects and continued in the parking lot. The argument was verbal only and no charges were filed. One person involved had active arrest warrants from Tom Green County. The subject was arrested and transported to Travis County Jail for the warrants. 

In June 2017, Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of a theft by a former employee of a local business. With the assistance of the company’s fraud department, Detectives were able to identify over $23,000 worth of unauthorized purchases by the suspect. Detectives further learned the suspect was on probation for a similar incident and was barred from working with money. After a thorough investigation, Detectives established enough probable cause to have an arrest warrant (Theft, State Jail Felony) for the suspect. Detectives were able to locate and apprehend the suspect in this case. After being released on bond, Detectives were notified that the suspect’s probation officer issued an arrest warrant (Violation of Probation, 2nd Degree Felony). Detectives worked with patrol officers who located and apprehended the suspect for the outstanding arrest warrant. 

Detectives responded to the Lakeway Resort & Spa to assist patrol officers with a possible incident of Credit/Debit Card Abuse. According to the complainant, an unknown subject reserved several rooms and attempted to pay for them with a possible stolen credit card. Officers located a subject in one of the rooms who was later interviewed. Detectives were able to identify the suspect in this case and served multiple subpoenas for phone lines, IP addresses, and an email address. Following a thorough investigation, Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant (Credit/Debit Card Abuse, a State Jail Felony) for the suspect who remains at large. 

Detectives with the CIU responded to the Lakeway Municipal Court following an internal distress alarm activation. City Marshal Fred Johnson was dealing with an unruly court visitor who refused to provide any personal information when requested and became belligerent. During the interaction, Detectives assisted Marshal Johnson with arresting the subject. The subject was charged by Marshal Johnson with Failure to Identify and Resisting Arrest. There were no injuries reported as a result of this incident. 

At the Capital Area Law Enforcement Executives Association meeting held last Friday, Police Chief Radford was unanimously selected to serve as the President of their association. This will be his sixth consecutive term as president.
That's all for right now, if I've left something out I'll get it to you.  Don't forget Breakfast with Santa tomorrow (Saturday) - there may still be some early tickets available.

Also, 827 Ray's has Brunch with Santa tomorrow (Saturday) from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

As always, if you would like to be added to my email list send a note to and I'll get you added.  Questions are always welcome too!

Joe Bain

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