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Williamson County launched a new online tool inmid- September. One of the rst of its kind in Texas, the system allows registered voters who have requested a ballot bymail to track the status of their ballot.

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BY OLIVIA ALDRIDGE & TAYLOR JACKSON BUCHANAN

Round Rock resident Edward Monk will vote by mail for the rst time in the 2020 presidential election. He qualies to do so because he is over the age of 65. For voters like Monk, nervousness over risks posed by the coronavirus pandemic is contributing to a higher number of voters choosing to cast their ballots by mail for the rst time. “These days, I don’t get out much,” Monk said. “But I’ve also always voted. That’s important to me.” In fact, both Williamson County and Travis County elec- tion ocials are preparing for record-setting numbers of bal- lots by mail in the upcoming election. Williamson County Election Administrator Chris Davis said as of Sept. 15 the county had processed 23,709 appli- cations for ballot by mail—more than double the previous record-setting amount in November 2018. With several weeks remaining before the Oct. 23 dead- line to request a ballot, Davis said he anticipates a total of 40,000-50,000 applications. That represents 11%-14% of the CONTINUED ON 24

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PFLUGERVILLE NOWOPEN 8 The Patio opened as a seasonal indoor-outdoor dining and entertainment venue at Typhoon Texas on Sept. 16. Lo- cated at 18500 SH 130, Pflugerville, The Patio offers live music and children’s ac- tivities during the water park’s off season. 512-782-2592. www.thepatioatx.com 9 Queen Nails & Spa opened in July at 1501 W. Pecan St., Ste. 103, Pflugerville. The salon offers services such as acrylics, nail art, waxing, pedicures and facials, among others. 512-202-3547. http://queennailsspapflugerville.com 10 Real estate agent Christie Hall opened Homes with Hall Realty at 15901 Central Commerce Drive, Ste. 201, Pflugerville, on Sept. 1. The real estate brokerage specializes in residential buy- ing, selling and leasing. 512-488-9849. www.homeswithhallrealty.com 11 Changing Lanes CDL School opened in September at 100 W. Pflugerville Park- way, Ste. 111, Pflugerville. Classes begin Oct. 5 for individuals seeking a commer- cial driver’s license. 512-598-9405. www.changinglanescdlschool.com COMING SOON 12 Ceramics N More will open at 101 W. Pecan St., Ste. B, Pflugerville this fall. The paint-your-own pottery studio offers ceramics, clay, fused glass and wheel projects. The studio also offers classes and camps. Due to the coronavirus, the studio will operate at 25% capacity, and

Rock, on Sept. 21. The animal boarding and day care center is a sister business to Firehouse Animal Health Center, an Aus- tin-based veterinary chain. 512-310-7387. www.firehousepetresort.com 5 The fall session for Round Rock/Hutto Moms on the Run , a structured outdoor fitness program for women of a variety of ages and fitness levels, began Sept 20. The business offers a learn-to-run 5K training program as well as intermediate and advanced training programs. Outdoor classes are held at Old Settlers Park Trail, located at 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 512-635-1074. www.momsontherun.com/hutto COMING SOON 6 Pinky & Co. Beauty Bar is expected to open before the end of the year at 17220 Smyers Lane, Round Rock. The nail salon is under construction in The Point at 620. www.instagram.com/ pinkycobeautybar EXPANSIONS 7 The Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department partnered with the People and Parks Fund to launch Bench Fit by TrekFit at its Round Rock West Greenbelt in early September. Located at 1202 Deep Wood Drive, Round Rock, the Bench Fit program replaced aged equipment now removed from the greenbelt as part of trail improvement efforts. Residents can use QR codes posted on signage to access instructional videos while on the trail. www.peopleparksfund.org

masks will be required for customers when not seated. 512-633-8644. www.cnmpottery.com 13 Cowboys Fit is set to open a Pflugerville location in the facility formerly occupied by 24 Hour Fitness. Cowboys Fit, headquartered in Frisco, is a luxury gym affiliated with the Dallas Cowboys. An opening date has not yet been announced for the Pflugerville gym, which will be located at 1401 Town Cen- ter Drive, Pflugerville, and will include a cycling studio, a basketball court, indoor and outdoor pools, a 40-yard turf field and group fitness classes. 737-787-3777. www.cowboysfit.com 14 Prost Alehouse will open a brewery in downtown Pflugerville in the coming months, owner Troy Dudley confirmed in an email to Community Impact Newspa- per . Located at 115 E. Main St., Pfluger- ville, the brewery will specialize in craft beer, Dudley said. www.prostalehouse.com 15 Austin Oral Surgery will open a Pflugerville location this fall. Located at 1601 E. Pflugerville Parkway, Bldg. 2, Ste. 2101, the office will be run by Dr. David Szalay. Austin Oral Surgery specializes in a range of dental surgeries, including wisdom teeth removal, corrective jaw sur- gery and dental implants. 512-956-4466.

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When Round Rock resident Orieta Ender rst moved to the city more than a decade ago, she was transxed by the natural environment sur- rounding Hairy Man Road. A cultural site of the Tonkawa tribe, the area is also home to wildlife such as the Jollyville Plateau salamander. Now she said she fears a planned extension of Wyoming Springs Drive—which would bisect the area— will put both its historic legacy and natural environment at risk. “Being in this community for 11 years, the majority of people that live in this area are really, really against this project,” Ender said. “This is considered a very historical part of Round Rock.” Paving theway The Wyoming Springs project would extend the existing road from Creek Bend Boulevard to Old Settlers Boulevard, adding bridges over Dry Fork Creek and Brushy Creek. The extension would be a four-lane divided road with shared-use paths for pedestrians and cyclists. The project has been on the table since 1998, when the city’s rst trans- portation master plan was ocially adopted, said Transportation Director Gary Hudder. As the city’s population continues to grow, the need for additional connectivity has only magnied, Hudder said. “From a volume standpoint, we expect that it’s necessary,” he said. “Beyond that, it’s been more than 50 years since there’s been a new crossing of Brushy Creek in this area.” Navigating natural environments However, the city has acknowl- edged environmental concerns surrounding the project, which have also captured the attention of area residents. Ender founded local activist group Save the Trees on Hairy Man Road in December in an eort to preserve historic trees and tree canopies in the northwest area of Round Rock. The group has since garnered more than 3,000 members. “They can show us how much the

Plans call for two bridges, one over Dry Fork Creek (shown above) and one over Brushy Creek. (Renderings courtesy city of Round Rock)

ROADWORKAHEAD Planned improvements along Wyoming Springs Drive are more than 20 years in the making, Round Rock Transportation Director Gary Hudder said. Proposed enhancements and project features are as follows. Description: The Wyoming Springs project will extend the roadway from Creek Bend Boulevard to Old Settlers Boulevard, including adding bridges over Brushy Creek and Dry Fork Creek. Plans show a four-lane divided road with a shared-use path for pedestrians and cyclists. Status: The city of Round Rock held a transportation open house Sept. 1 with public feedback gathered through Sept. 22. The project is currently in the design phase. Timeline: construction on the project is estimated to begin in late 2022 or early 2023 Cost: $15 million

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area is growing, but we still don’t think there’s a need for this project, taking into consideration the impacts on the environment and the histori- cal value of this road,” Ender said. In addition to raising concerns about historic trees, Ender’s group is concerned about threatening the habitat of the Jollyville Plateau salamander. Native to Travis and Williamson counties, the salamander has been listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act since September 2013. Gauging public feedback The city of Round Rock hosted a transportation open house Sept. 1 with public feedback accepted online through Sept. 22. Hudder said the city is open to facilitating comments, critiques and concerns from residents as this is

an early and evolving stage of the project. The project requires approval from local and state agencies regard- ing any potential environmental concerns, Hudder said. Funding for the roadway will be provided through the city of Round Rock’s Type B funds, a dedicated portion of city sales tax, and William- son County’s 2019 bond program, he said. At this time, the project costs are estimated at $15 million. The project is currently in the design phase, with construction anticipated to begin late 2022 or early 2023, Hudder said. “It’s a very complex project because of not only the development that we’re impacting that has been there for years, but also, it is environ- mentally sensitive,” Hudder said. “We knew that going in, and so we have to be sensitive to all those things.”

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URBANAATMEADOWLAKE Urbana at Meadow Lake will build a subdivision comprising approximately 280 single-family homes and duplexes for rent. Urbana communities include on-site management and maintenance staff. Residents have access to amenities that can include a community pool, walking trails, playscape areas and fenced pet parks. Size: 47.54 acres Timeline: TBD

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release. “It’s been a challenging year, and what better way to get away from the worry and enjoy time having fun together as a family and community.” Kalahari representatives said the company intends to hire 700 employees by the end of the year, including lifeguards, culinary staff, managers and information technology professionals. Size: 350 acres Timeline: resort is expected to open Nov. 12

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions is on schedule to open the largest indoor water park in the country Nov. 12. Located across from Dell Diamond on Hwy. 79 in Round Rock, the 350-acre resort will include 975 hotel rooms, five restaurants, and 10,000 square feet of retail and commercial space. A 200,000-square-foot convention center will be available for conferences, meetings, receptions and other large-scale events. The resort’s 223,000-square- foot water park will feature 20 pools and whirlpools; 30 waterslides; and attractions, such as rock walls, bars and cabanas. “We can’t wait to open our doors and welcome the Texas community to the Kalahari experience this fall,” Kalahari owner Todd Nelson said in a Sept. 15 news

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HAVENAT TERAVISTA A 30-home residential community is nearing completion at 5160 A.W. Grimes Blvd., Round Rock. The townhomes, which are being built by Schwartz Custom Homes, range in size from 1,629 square feet to 1,777 square feet and are available in three different floor plans, per a news release. Size: 30 units Timeline: initial move-ins will begin in October

AMAZONDISTRIBUTION CENTER Amazon is in the process of building a distribution center along Pecan Street in Pflugerville. The company will hire 1,000 full-time employees to work at the center. Construction on the site began in February following rezoning approval by Pflugerville City Council. Size: 93.5 acres Timeline: expected completion in summer 2021

PRESIDIUMTHE PECANDISTRICT Construction on the 272-unit apartment complex concluded in September. This marks the first of 10 phases for the Pecan District, a mixed-use development south of Pecan Street in Pflugerville. Amenities at Presidium The Pecan District include a pool, a fitness studio and coworking spaces. Size: 272 units Timeline: phase 1 concluded in September

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NUMBER TOKNOW Henna family, has been rezoned for future mixed-use development in Round Rock. 46acres Land owned by the

Sheri indicted by grand jury, awaiting trial for charge of evidence tampering

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Zoning change clears way for futuremixed- use development has no intention of resigning while the case continues to trial, which is expected to begin Nov. 30. “I look forward to prevailing in the election, be exonerated of these false charges, and continue to protect and serve the people of Williamson County,” Chody said. Robert Chody

felony. Jason Nassour, general coun- sel to Williamson County Attorney Dee Hobbs, was also indicted on similar charges. Grand juries determine whether there is enough evidence to bring criminal charges against an individ- ual. They vote in secret. Chody has maintained his inno- cence in the matter.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY Sheri Robert Chody was indicted Sept. 25 for evidence tampering following the death of Javier Ambler, a Black man who died in the Williamson County Sheri’s Oce’s custody in 2019. The charges stem from a report that video evidence of the incident was destroyed. This is a third-degree

CITY HIGHLIGHTS ROUND ROCK The second

phase of the McNeil Street project concluded in mid-September. Crews extended McNeil from Burnet Street to Georgetown Street. PFLUGERVILLE City Council approved a $1.3 million construction contract Sept. 22 with QA Construction Services Inc. for rehabilitation work on Heatherwilde Boulevard. HUTTO City Hall and the public library reopened on Oct. 1. Capacity limits and safety provisions are in place, city sta said. MEETINGSWE COVER Round Rock City Council Meets second and fourth Thursday, 6 p.m. 216 E. Main St., Round Rock 512-218-5401 www.roundrocktexas.gov Pugerville City Council Meets second and fourth Tuesday, 7 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Pugerville 512-990-6101 www.pugervilletx.gov Hutto City Council Meets rst and third Thursday, 7 p.m. 500 W. Live Oak St., Hutto 512-759-4033 • www.huttotx.gov Travis County Commissioners Court Meets Tuesdays, 9 a.m. 700 Lavaca St., Austin 512-854-9020 • www.traviscounty.org Williamson County Commissioners Court Meets Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. 710 S. Main St., Georgetown 512-943-1550 • www.wilco.org

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ROUND ROCK A 46-acre site near Mays Street and Hwy. 79 is being primed for a future mixed-use development. While no specic development application is on le at this time, Round Rock City Council approved a zoning request Sept. 24 for retail, oce, multifamily residential and hotel uses. Director Brad Wiseman compared the zoning to Austin-area develop- ments The Domain and The Triangle.

While the gym currently remains closed to the public, the center’s indoor track reopened Sept. 25. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Fitness room, indoor track reopen within renovated Pflugerville Recreation Center

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the rec center down for a little bit, and we just kind of started to re-envision the space,” Pugerville Parks and Recreation Director Shane Mize said. On Sept. 25, the lobby, tness room, changing facilities and indoor walking track reopened for public use. However other areas—including the senior activity room, the multi- purpose room and the gym—remain closed at this time.

PFLUGERVILLE In the six months during which the Pugerville Recreation Center temporarily closed, sta utilized funds from the recreation budget to give the facil- ities several upgrades, including new paint, an upgraded game room, concentrated senior facilities and additional computer equipment. “When COVID hit, we had an opportunity where we had to shut

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DATES TOKNOW

WHERE TOVOTE Travis County residents can vote at one of 37 polling locations during the early voting period. Williamson County residents can vote at one of 19 polling locations during the early voting period.

OCT. 13 First day of early voting OCT. 23 Last day to apply for ballot by mail* OCT. 30 Last day of early voting NOV. 3 Election Day *DATE RECEIVED, NOT POSTMARKED

SAMPLE BALLOT

*Incumbent

D Democrat

G Green

I Independent

L Libertarian

R Republican

Supreme Court, Place 8 R Brett Busby* D Gisela D. Triana L Tom Oxford Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3 R Bert Richardson* D Elizabeth Davis Frizell Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 4 R Kevin Patrick Yeary* D Tina Clinton Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 9 R David Newell* D Brandon Birmingham LOCAL U.S. House District 10 R Michael McCaul* D Mike Siegel L Roy Eriksen U.S. House District 17 R Pete Sessions D Rick Kennedy L Ted Brown U.S. House District 31

Texas House District 50 R Larry Delarose D Celia Israel* TRAVIS COUNTY Commissioner, Precinct 1 R Solomon Arcoven D Jerey Travillion* District attorney R Martin Harry D Jose Garza District judge, District 460 R Georey Puryear* D Selena Alvarenga Sheri R Raul Vargas D Sally Hernandez* Tax assessor-collector R Marilyn Jackson D Bruce Elfant* L Erica Lockwood WILLIAMSON COUNTY County attorney R “Dee” Hobbs D Stan O. Springerley

Commissioner, Precinct 1 R Nikki Gonzalez D Terry Cook* Constable, Precinct 1 R Vinnie Cherrone D Mickey Chance* Constable, Precinct 4 R Paul Leal D Perry Travis Sheri

Place 6 JimMcDonald* David Rogers ROUND ROCK ISD Place 1 Kim Boen Mary Bone Lacey Mase Cornell Woolridge Place 6 Russell Winston Collins Christina Gándara Tianie Nichole Harrison David G. Schmidt Place 7 Jenn Grith Danielle Marie Weston PFLUGERVILLE ISD Place 6 Larry Bradley* Jean Mayer Place 7 Charlie Torres Cynthia Gee Jun Xiao Place 2

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HUTTO ISD Two open places Felix Chavez Mina Davis Christopher Parker Shara Turner

President R Donald J. Trump* D Joseph R. Biden L Jo Jorgensen G Howie Hawkins STATEWIDE U.S. Senate R John Cornyn* D Mary “MJ” Hegar L Kerry Douglas McKennon G David B. Collins Texas Railroad Commission R James “Jim” Wright D Chrysta Castaneda L Matt Sterett G Katija “Kat” Gruene Supreme Court, chief justice R Nathan Hecht* D Amy Clark Meachum L Mark Ash Supreme Court, Place 6 R Jane Bland* D Kathy Cheng Supreme Court, Place 7 R Je Boyd* D Staci Williams L William Bryan Strange III

UPPER BRUSHY CREEK W.C.I.D. Place 3 Greg Brill Cary Cheshire

R Robert Chody* D Mike Gleason

ROUND ROCK CITY COUNCIL Place 1

Round Rock voters will see 7 city charter amendments on the ballot. Pugerville voters will see a bond package with 3 propositions on the ballot. Voters who live within the Upper Brush Creek Water Control and Improvement District will see a bond package with 2 propositions on the ballot. For the complete ballot language, visit communityimpact.com.

Michelle Ly Tina Steiner Place 4

Will Peckham* Frank Ortega

PFLUGERVILLE CITY COUNCIL Place 2 Ceasar Ruiz

Victor To Place 4 Rudy Metayer* Bob Reichenbach

R John Carter* D Donna Imam L Clark Patterson

Williamson County turnout

Travis County turnout

Williamson county Voter turnout for elections

Travis county

Texas

Williamson County

Texas

Travis County

Voter turnout for elections

67.5%

63.4%

64.3%

63.8%

62.8%

60.8%

70%

70%

60%

60%

40.8%

50%

59.4%

50%

38.2%

59.4%

58.6%

58.6%

32.7%

53%

53%

40%

40%

29.8%

30%

30%

33.7%

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20%

20%

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10%

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2014 gubernatorial

2016 presidential

2018 gubernatorial

2020 primary

2012 presidential

2014 gubernatorial

2016 presidential

2018 gubernatorial

2020 primary

SOURCES: TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE OFFICE’S WEBSITE, WILLIAMSON COUNTY COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

SOURCES: TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE OFFICE’S WEBSITE, TRAVIS COUNTY COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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In November 2020, the District will ask voters to consider an $85 million bond issuance to fund flood safety projects throughout the Upper Brushy Creek Watershed. Why Bonds? Since 2001, the District has leveraged the maximum voter-approved two-cent tax rate to slowly save funds for flood safety projects. While this system has allowed the District to implement projects over time, it takes years of saving to fund smaller rehabilitation projects and delays larger projects. In the same way that a mortgage allows homeowners to buy a home and pay over time, using bonds allows the District to fund flood safety projects now, paying off the debt with future tax revenue. With quicker construction periods, the projects are less likely to be subject to additional costs from deferred rehabilitation and inflation in construction and right-of-way costs. How will the bonds affect my tax rate? The District utilizes most of its current maximum two-cent tax rate to incrementally raise capital funds. Less than a third of the two-cent tax rate is required for ongoing Maintenance & Operations (M&O). The existing two-cent tax is currently projected to support debt payments for over $100 million of bond debt. It is also currently projected that the bond debt payments coupled with the M&O costs would not exceed the full two-cent tax.

Flood Mitigation Projects will mitigate flooding in two of the most at-risk areas in the County in accordance with the Flood Plan. These projects will also protect infrastructure and improve emergency access to the area. As bond capacity allows, the District will work with other communities to address regional flood mitigation risks identified in other areas. • Block House Creek is a proposed multi-phase project, in partnership with the City of Cedar Park, that plans for channel and other drainage improvements. • Lake Creek is a proposed multi-phase project, initiated in partnership with the City of Round Rock, including the construction of the new Dam 101. Dam Rehabilitation Projects come from the 2020 Study which categorized breach risk using the Joint Federal Risk Category method – an approach developed by multiple federal dam agencies for use in portfolio risk management (FEMA 2015). The Study prioritized rehabilitation projects to evaluate and implement the most cost-effective ways to alleviate current issues and protect against future ones. The District operates and maintains twenty plus dams across southern Williamson County, from Leander to Hutto, serving a population of over 400,000. If approved by the voters, the bonds would fund flood safety projects that were identified in the District’s 2016 Flood Protection Plan (Flood Plan) and 2020 Dam Assessment Study (2020 Study). The bond projects consist of two categories: Flood Mitigation and Rehabilitation

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