Friday, February 16, 2018

Election News, Council Meeting, Ground Breaking's, Police and More!

After spending nearly two decades serving the City of Lakeway in various commissions, committees, city council and as mayor, I have decided to retire from political office at the end of my term in May.  It has been my honor to serve during this time of unprecedented growth. Lakeway is a wonderful community and one that my wife and I are proud to have called home for 30 years. 

We are lucky to have the best run City in Texas, we have a  a low tax rate and wonderful amenities and even better citizens. I am proud of being instrumental in open government, a youth sports center, traffic improvements with a plan for the future and a police station that will serve the city forever.

I am proud to have the privilege and honor of serving this community.  Thank you.

Now for the news.

We have a Mayoral and Council Race!

For Mayor - Sandy Cox, Tiffany McMillan and Jean Hennagin.
Council, two positions - 6 candidates.  Steve Smith, Keith Trecker, Judy Holloway, Christopher Forton, Tammy Stanley and Louis Mastrangelo. 

Monday we held a Council work session to look at how appointments are made to commissions and committees in Lakeway.  I am glad to report that the consensus was to use the method I and previous mayors have followed in the past.   I and other mayors have talked to commission / committee chairs and the liaison and have taken that input to make appointments.  I have gone a step further to ask possible appointee's to attend at least two meetings so they and the chair and liaison could better decide if it was in the best interest of all for the appointment.  Then, as always, council has the responsibility to vote on the appointment.  We are going to make this a procedure that will be followed on future appointments. No charter changes will take place.

I have been working with CAMPO and TxDOT to assure that the 620 improvement project will be funded and will continue to proceed through the engineering phase.  I think we are in a good position on that and I plan to attend the meeting were CAMPO will vote on the project.  More to come on this.

Tuesday I was honored to be invited to attend the ground breaking ceremony for the new middle school behind the bus facility off Vail Divide.  This will be a great project and they are using the same plans used for the middle school on Bee Creek Road - it seems like it was yesterday that school opened!  This will be another great project that will continue to keep our district rated as one of the best in the state!

Friday we held a small ground breaking ceremony for our new police facility.  I am amazed at the progress already made and am looking forward to seeing this project come to fruition. 

Tuesday will be the next council meeting - Monday is a holiday.  Usual time - 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.  Here is the agenda.

Looks to be an easy meeting - 

Item 4 is a Short Term Rental application at 833 Sunfish - the owners live in the house when it is rented, a wonderful way to manage this type of use.

Item 5 is a revision to the preliminary plan for the Lakeway Church - it is moving some facilities and there are no really big changes that I can see.

Item 6 is an amended plat for property owned by the Lakeway MUD.

Hope to see you there!

LPD Officers conducted 354 traffic stops, responded to 10 alarm calls, handled 14 animal calls, responded to 5 collisions, answered 14 suspicious circumstances calls and handled 104 other types of calls for service for a total of 501.

Routine traffic stops resulted in the following charges; Driving while License Suspended X 1. 

LPD officers responded to and handled one mental health related call during this reporting period. 

Officers were dispatched to a Casa Verde Street address in reference to a disturbance call. Officers arrived to find that members of a family had been assaulted by one person on scene. After investigation officers placed a subject under arrest for assault family violence. The subject was transported to the Travis County Jail.  

Officers responded to a Lohman’s Crossing assisted living facility in reference to an assist EMS call. Upon arrival, officers learned an elderly female resident had passed away.  After consulting with the family the subject was released to the funeral home.

*** UPDATE *** Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of a Theft in the 5300 block of Serene Hills Drive. According to the victim, who resides out-of-state, he purchased merchandise from the suspect (via the internet), but never received the items. Detectives discovered the suspect has a history of similar activities and were able to collect enough evidence to establish probable cause. Detectives have since obtained an arrest warrant (Theft, Class A Misd.) for the suspect who remains at large. 

*** UPDATE *** In June 2017, Detectives were assigned to investigate what was initially reported as a theft in the 900 Block of RR620 South. According to the complainant, a former employee accessed a company financial account and transferred a large sum of money ($38,000) without effective consent. Detectives issued multiple subpoenas and collected various forms of evidence in the case. Detectives staffed the case with prosecutors from the Travis County District Attorney’s Office White Collar Crime Task Force who determined the case to be a civil matter. The case has since been closed as unfounded. 

*** UPDATE *** In November 2017, Detectives were assigned to investigate a Forgery after a victim stated a known associate stole two money orders from her residence. Detectives issued multiple grand jury subpoenas to several different entities and tracked the money back to the suspect’s bank account. Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant (Forgery, State Jail Felony) for the suspect who has since been apprehended. 

*** UPDATE *** Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of Forgery that occurred in the 3200 block of RR620 South. According to the complainant, a suspect entered their financial institution and attempted to cash a forged check. Detectives were able to positively identify the suspect in the case and have since issued an arrest warrant (Forgery, State Jail Felony) for the suspect who remains at large.

Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of an Assault. The victim stated, during a dispute with the spouse, the spouse had drug the victim out of their bedroom which caused bodily injury. Following the assault, the victim self-transported to a local hospital for treatment where a report was taken by patrol officers. Following the victims discharge from the hospital, they returned home where they were involved in another dispute with their spouse. During this altercation, the suspect assaulted their child causing bodily injury. The suspect was arrested by patrol officers and served with an Emergency Protective Order. Detectives collected enough evidence in the initial assault case to have another charge of Assault (Class A Misd.). 

On February 11th the local chapter of the Young Men’s Service League, Lake Travis Chapter visited the police department. They had their quarterly meeting and spoke with Chief Radford and Lt. Gavit about a variety of issues that affect them. It was great to see such enthusiastic young men working to make themselves all they can be!  

On February 13th several police officers assisted the Lions Club with their fundraising spaghetti dinner. It was a good time and was fairly well attend. Thanks again to all who came out to support the Lions Club.


That's all for now - I'm sure there will be more soon!  Thanks for all the support - if you would like to be added to my email list, send a note to and I'll take care of it.

Joe Bain

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