Saturday, January 6, 2018

Cold!, Traffic Light, ZAPCO and Brush Schedule + More!

Well, it looks like the snow, ice and freezing weather is over for now.  In December 1989 Lakeway had several days below freezing also, a low of 5° (brrrr) and a couple of days with highs in the teens.  There were a lot of frozen pipes that year!  Hopefully we are done with real cold weather for a while - January and February are generally the coldest months though.

We had few issues from the freezing weather last week.  Public Works did an outstanding job of sanding roads and keeping us safe!  Thank you!

They are also working on striping the crosswalk on Trophy Dr. and installing push button rapid flashing crosswalk beacons at this location.

I got an email this week about the light at Dave Drive and 620 - seems it wasn't ever giving a green signal for Southbound traffic to turn left onto Dave.  I have reported it to TxDOT and it should be fixed soon if not already.

Be sure to watch out for scams - it seems now they are saying they are PEC representatives  and having folks put money on cards to pay a bill - don't fall for this and never put money on cards for payment.

It was a short week around the city.  Staff is working on projects for the new year.  BDS is of course always busy - here is a report on the weeks activity.

ZAPCO met in regular session Wednesday evening.  Here is that agenda.  Items 5, 6 and 7 were approved in the consent agenda.  Item 8 was approved using ordinance dictated size.

Item 9 was a renewal for a Short Term Rental SUP and was denied.  Commissioners felt there were too many issues with this property.

Item 10 was for a variance for a larger sign at 3102 RR 620 and was denied.

Item 11 was approved to allow a "maintenance road" on some Serene Hills property.

Item 12 was tabled until more info was available.  The meeting was over about 7:30 p.m.
I've asked for a resolution supporting the 620 improvement project with TxDOT and it will be on the next council agenda.  This will move the process forward for a presentation to CAMPO for dedication of monies on this project.  The city will need to contribute about $5M to this project subject to voter approval.

I have a tentative schedule for Saturday Brush Recycling drop off in 2018.  Currently is will be scheduled for January 20, April 21, July 21, and Oct. 20.  It will run from 8 a.m. until noon on those days.  You must be a Lakeway resident (must show proof of residency) and a maximum of 1 pickup size load per resident.  The regular Thursday brush drop off's will continue with the same rules.

CBC will meet in regular session next week on Jan. 11 at 9:00 a.m.  Here is their agenda.

From the Chief:
LPD Officers conducted 258 traffic stops, responded to 14 alarm calls, responded to 14 animal calls, handled 8 collisions, answered 32 suspicious circumstances calls and handled 121 other types of calls for service for a total of 447.

Routine traffic stops resulted in the following charges; Out of Jurisdiction Warrants X 1, Possession of a Controlled Substance X 3, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon X 1, Possession of a Dangerous Drug X 2, Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon X 1, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia X 1. 

Officers were dispatched to Barrie Drive in reference to illegal dumping. Upon arrival, officers found items that had been dumped along the roadway. A report was taken and will be forwarded to Lakeway Code Enforcement for follow up. 

Officers were called to an assisted living facility for a mental health evaluation. Upon arrival, officers found that a resident had harmed themselves and was threatening to continue to harm themselves. Officers completed a mental health evaluation and a Peace Officer’s Emergency Detention was filed. EMS transported the patient to Baylor, Scott & White hospital for treatment. 

Officers were dispatched to a Sailmaster Street address in reference to an accident.  Upon arrival, officers found an unoccupied vehicle had rolled from a driveway, and struck the home across the street. Officers conducted an investigation and filed a report in reference to the accident. 

Officers were dispatched to a RR 620 S. business, reference a disturbance call. Upon arrival, officers located several people believed to be involved in the disturbance. After an investigation, the officers arrested one suspect for public intoxication and issued criminal trespass warnings to six other individuals. The arrested subject was transported to Travis County Jail and the others were released and asked to leave the business. 

In December, Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of Criminal Mischief that occurred in the 100 block of Bella Tuscana after property management officials discovered property damage in community restroom area. Detectives were able to obtain video surveillance footage of two suspects entering the area during the same time frame the damage occurred. Using this footage, Detectives identified the two suspects who were known to frequent the area. During an interview, one of the suspects admitted to being present during the offense, but stated the second suspect was responsible for the damage. Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant (Criminal Mischief, Class B Misd.) for the second suspect, who remains at large.   

Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of Credit Card Abuse after a victim discovered his credit card had been used several times without his consent. The card was used several times at a Home Depot in North Austin to purchase gift cards. The case remains active as detectives continue to investigate and collect evidence.  

Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of possible Identity Theft that occurred in the 15000 block of Oak Grove Blvd. According to the complainant, a guest used someone else’s rewards points to reserve a hotel room. Detectives have made contact with, and interviewed, a person of interest in the case. The investigation remains open and active.  

Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of an Assault that occurred in the 15000 block of Barrie Drive. According to the complainant, the victim was assaulted by their spouse during an argument at their residence. Detectives are in the process of interviewing the parties involved and collecting evidence as the case remains active.
It's election season again.  There will be 2 council seats and the mayor seat on this ballot along with charter changes.  Here is a link to more election information.

That's all for this week!  Hope you are having a GREAT New Year start and are looking forward to 2018.  Thanks for all the great support and be safe out there!

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Joe Bain

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