Saturday, February 16, 2019

Weather, Election News, Ethic Complaint, Council and More!

Another week, another weather swing!  90° Friday and woke up to 42° this morning.  Had to replace the weather sensor last week and it is up and running.  It's always fun getting up on the roof....

See the conditions online - here is a link.

Lakeway's Park Survey is online.  If you haven't done it yet, go online and take the city's survey - here's a link.  It's important to be heard on what's important to you in our community.  The survey is open until February 25, 2019.

Friday was the last day to sign up for the upcoming city election for Mayor and three Council Members.  It looks like we have plenty to choose from.  This election actually will elect a quorum of the council.  Choose wisely!

Click on name to go to their application.

For Mayor:
Incumbent Sandy Cox  Resident 18 Years, 5 Months
Tom Kilgore  Resident 2 Years, 8 Months

Council Member:
Lisa Butler  Resident 11 Years
Doug Howell  Resident 5 Years 7 Months
Sanjeev Kumar  Resident 12 Years 6 Months
Marvin Meade  Resident 25 Years, 6 Months
Julie Reichert  Resident 2 Years, 9 Months
Sean Sutton  Resident 8 Years, 7 Months
Gretchen Vance  Resident 7 Years, 7 Months

I caution all of the candidates to be careful to follow the rules.  lately it seems that some of our distinguished citizens would rather file complaints with the Texas Ethics Commission than politely tell the candidate of the issue.  That was not the Lakeway way until just recently.

Election day is May 4th, early voting starts April 22 and ends April 30.
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The LTISD School Board election sign up also closed on Friday.  It will be an uncontested election - the incumbents all signed up with no others filing as of Friday at 5 PM.  Those candidates are:

Place 3 Jessica Putonti
Place 4 John Aoueille

Place 5 Kim Flasch 

Mayor Charles Edwards' ethic complaint by Ms. McMillan (aka Tiffany Bryce, aka Soccer Mom, aka Sloan Bryce) was dismissed by the Ethics Commission.  This complaint was filed on a letter written in 2003 by then Mayor Edwards about the overpopulation of deer to the TPWD.

The complaint was dismissed because of the Statute of Limitations.  It did not address the inaccuracies stated in the complaint and the report by the Lake Travis View.  

Ms. McMillan alleges that Mayor Edwards wrote that the City "installed three miles of fence".  The letter to TPWD stated that "three miles of fence" had been installed - and actually was by the Village of the Hills - no reference that Lakeway built it.  A slight oversight that neither the complainant nor the reporter for the View caught.  

There was also the issue that the Ethics Code did not contain any reference to Hinderance or Resources in it at the time and was not implemented.  Once again, it was explained that it was an "Ex Post Facto" issue - I say once again because it was an issue in previous complaints filed by her.

The followup article in the View although somewhat dismissive still did not tell the whole story.  The degradation of good folks reputation has to stop.  

It will be interesting where this goes.  Mistakes like this and publication of false statements have consequences.

Council meets in regular session Tuesday, February 19, 2019.  Here is a link to the agendaHere is a link to the meeting packet.

It looks like another long meeting.  

It appears item 6 is declaring a vacancy on Council.  Council Member Bertram has missed 3 meeting and will leave council.  I find the timing interesting on this with the election in May.

Council Member Bridge Bertram did a great job as Lakeway City Council Member and I appreciate her hard work.  Thank you for your service to the community!

Items 7-9 are pretty standard Special Use Permits and a Plan revision.

Item 11 changes a C-1 Ordinance allowing greater that 100,000 Sq. feet for residential purposes.  C-1 was restricted to 100,000 feet to prohibit big box stores in Lakeway.  Senior living and some residential were not part of that intention and now will be excluded.

14 and 15 pertain to BDS regulations. 

The rest is pretty standard stuff unless someone has issues with something.  Should be over before midnight....

I was asked about a picture of the entire Hospital District so here's what I came up with.  Double click to see a larger view or go to Sky Pictures to see it full size.  

I was honored to have lunch with Commissioner Daugherty last week.   We had a good conversation about the county's plans, CAMPO, traffic and the political issues we are all facing.  Commissioner Daugherty has always been very helpful in our part of the county.

As always, thank everyone for the continued support!  If you need photos or a website check out these pages - Sky Pictures and JB Hosting .  If you would like to be added (or removed) from the email list send a note to and I'll get it done.

Thanks again!
Joe Bain
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