Saturday, February 3, 2018

Rain?, Council Meeting, TxDOT Resolution, Police and More!

Another week has flown by!  Lot's going on in around town. A little rain today (heavy on the little...).  So far I'm showing about .03 inch on my gauge

Let's start with the much delayed council meeting Monday evening.  Here is the agenda for the Special Meeting.

This meeting was to discuss Charter Changes to be submitted to voters in the May election - specifically Charter Sections 7.01 and 7.07.  These sections deal with the way Commissions and Committees are appointed.  After significant discussion, it was decided by a 4 (Powell, Massa, Haley, Bain) to 3 (Hennagin, Trecker, Bertram) vote that these two sections would be retained as currently written and if changes need to be made in the selection process it would be done by ordinance as prescribed by the charter.  There will be another work session scheduled to look at proposed changes including term limits on commission and committee members and selection and appointments of members by committee.  Currently appointments are done by the Mayor with input and approval of council.  Here is a link to Article VII that is in question, it may be a minority position, but I feel the current process has served the city well.  My goal has always been what is the best for Lakeway.  I will have more on this before the next Work Session.  

Regular Session Meeting - Here is the agenda for that meeting.  Council and attendees received an update on the Police Facility Project from the SpawGlass Project Manager David Paden.  The project is moving forward as expected and is on time and on budget.

City Manager Steve Jones gave a report on expected time line and process of the Comprehensive Plan and expectations.

Item 6 was a renewal on a Special Use Permit for a Short Term Rental at 219 Corinthian.  Because of past issues and violations, this SUP was denied and that property is no longer on the STR list.

Item & was a resolution supporting TxDOT's design and construction plans for improvements to RR 620.  Lakeway committed $5M (subject to voter approval)  - Bee Cave has also committed $5M - this will be our cities part of the $100M project.  Steve Jones and I will attend the next CAMPO meeting to request this projects addition to the TIP that will get the ball rolling.  We have been working for years to get to this point and I'm looking forward to moving the project forward.

Items 8-9 were passing ordinances to allow call the elections in May for 2 Council Members and a Mayor and the election to decide on Charter changes.

Item 10 was a resolution to move the ZAPCO meetings back to their original time on the first Wednesday.  We previously moved the time to 6:30 p.m. in the hopes that more citizens would attend and become involved.  The Chairman of the commission reached out to me saying attendance was actually down and some commission members had requested the time to be moved back to the morning.  This passed 6-1 with Council Member Hennagin the dissenting vote.

In citizens participation, several residents spoke against the deer management process.  Ms. Cross passed out a partial report from a wildlife biologist that was hired to do a census.  This was only a raw count of deer spotlighted on 3 occasions.  Here is the full report - although I'm not sure of the calculations and the way they are done it is good data that the city is happy to use in their complete assessment of the process.  The biologist is not willing to talk to the City because of confidentially issues.
One candidate for Mayor was contacted by BDS because of a sign complaint.  The sign was found to be in the right of way and was also displayed before ordinance allows.  We have also received an Open Records Request from that candidate that is in process at this time.

From the Chief:
LPD Officers conducted 284 traffic stops, responded to 11 alarm calls, responded to 16 animal calls, responded to 10 collisions, answered 14 suspicious circumstances calls and handled 94 other types of calls for service for a total of 429.

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

Officers responded to a Sailmaster address in reference to a disturbance call. Officers arrived to find a brother and sister were involved in a verbal argument and the brother was damaging the property. The brother was in need of medical treatment from a previous injury, he was transported by EMS to Baylor, Scott & White. No charges were filed in this case. 

Officers responded to a Serene Hills Drive apartment complex in reference to dog at large call. Upon arrival, officers learned a woman and her child were chased by a large dog running loose in the complex. The woman advised the owner of the dog refused to talk with her and left the area. Officers believe the dog owner lives in the complex. Animal Protection is investigating this case. 

Officers responded to Lakeway City Park in reference to a suspicious circumstance. Officers learned a motorcycle had been parked and left in the parking lot for a couple of days according to the caller. Officers were also told a helmet and gloves were found near the lake. Officers checked the area and did not find anything further. Officers were able to contact the registered owner of the motorcycle who advised he had sold the motorcycle. The new owner was contacted and removed the motorcycle from the park. 

Officers responded to a RR 620 S. grocery store in reference to a possible robbery in progress call. Officers were advised by a caller that a subject dressed in black, wearing a face mask and carrying a backpack had entered the store. Officers confronted and detained the suspect as he exited the store. After investigation it was found that no crime was committed. The suspect used poor judgement by wearing a mask, after dark into a store and causing alarm. He was advised and no charges were filed in this case.   

Detective Proctor was a special guest at the 2018 Child Sex Trafficking seminar (The Heart of a Child Survivor of Sexual Trafficking) which was hosted by the Women’s Ministry and the Lakeway Church. The program is designed to help people learn how to recognize human trafficking and was planned in recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Month. 

Detective Proctor was a guest speaker at a Personal Safety for Young Women seminar, which was hosted by the National Charity League of Lake Travis. Detective Proctor provided personal safety tips and advice to a large group of high school aged attendees.     

Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of Credit Card Abuse in the 2100 block of Lakeway Blvd. According to the victim, his debit/credit card was used without his permission to make several unauthorized ATM withdrawals. Detectives were able to work closely with the victim’s bank and also obtained video footage of the suspect. Using this information, Detectives positively identified the suspect and obtained an arrest warrant (Credit/Debit Card Abuse, 3rd Degree Felony) for the suspect who has since been apprehended.

Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of Harassment in the 900 block of Vanguard. According to the victim, she received multiple obscene and harassing phone calls from an ex-boyfriend. Detectives collected enough evidence in the case to have an arrest warrant (Harassment, Class B Misd.) issued for the suspect who has since been apprehended.

Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of an Assault in the 4900 block of Bee Creek Rd. According to the victim, who is employed at the Lake Travis Middle School, the suspect assaulted the victim by throwing a chair at her, causing minor injuries. The incident was witnessed by other staff members who provided corroborating testimony. The subject who has a history of violent physical aggression was identified and charged with Assault on a Public Servant.

Detectives were assigned to investigate a report of Forgery which occurred in the 3200 block of RR620 South. According to the complainant, a suspected entered their financial institution and attempted to cash a forged check. Detectives were collecting evidence in the case and will likely identify the suspect. The case remains active. 

Lt. Gavit, assisted by Officer Garza, and K-9 Officer Banta conducted 19, 45-minute lectures for the 5th graders of LTISD over this past two weeks. The topic addressed issues related to the use of Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs. This is a yearly event and it is very well received by the students and staff, plus the officers enjoy the interactions as well! 

That's all for now - more soon!

Have a GREAT weekend, as always, I am always available for questions.  If you would like to be added to my email list, send a note to and I'll get you added.

Joe Bain

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