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Leander ISD changes course on growth plan after failed bond

Forecasting the Future

Leander ISD is expected to receive an in ux of more than 9,000 new students by the 2031-32 school year. This upcoming school year alone LISD is expected to serve roughly 1,900 new students. Actual Projected High school opens Elementary school opens Middle school opens

BY ZACHARIA WASHINGTON

As Leander ISD continues to project enrollment growth year over year, o- cials are nding new solutions to plan facilities and keep up with the growth in the wake of last year’s failed bond propositions. LISD has its focus set on opening North Elementary School in the Bryson community and developing a long- range facilities plan to prepare the dis- trict for future growth. To that end, the district formed the Long Range

Planning Committee, whose primary goal is to develop a 10-year facilities plan that takes into account population changes over time, facility optimization and scal responsibility. This committee was formed after two out of three of the bond prop- ositions in the November election failed. One of the failed propositions was heavily focused on the construc- tion of new schools and facilities CONTINUED ON 34

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LISD’s Early College High School to serve rst class of freshmen

principal for LISD’s New Hope High School and Virtual Learning Academy, has helped envision the design and logistics of the district’s rst ECHS. “They are going to be able to go out in the commu- nity and be leaders,” he said. “When we talk about the families that will be impacted by this, this is going to move mountains inside of our community.” Creating opportunities Planning for the ECHS began during the 2019-20 school year, but it was put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, ECHS Assistant Principal CONTINUED ON 37

“WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE FAMILIES THAT WILL BE IMPACTED BY THIS, THIS IS GOING TO MOVE MOUNTAINS INSIDE OF OUR COMMUNITY.” CLAY CURRIER, EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

BY CHLOE YOUNG

Through a partnership with Austin Community Col- lege, a select group of Leander ISD high school students will earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree by the time they graduate. The Early College High School, located at the ACC San Gabriel Campus in Leander, will welcome its inau- gural class of incoming ninth graders Aug. 17. ECHS Principal Clay Currier, who also serves as the

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Sweet Cupfé. She owns the bakery with her husband, Kenneth Allen Jr. The Sweet Cupfé is located at 305 S. US 183, Lean- der. 512-528-4286. www.facebook.com/thesweetcupfe 3 Moonie’s Burger House Leander opened June 1 at 109 N. US 183, Lean- der. This marks the restaurant’s Žfth Austin-area location, and its Žrst with a full bar. The Moonie’s menu includes more than a dozen gourmet burgers. Furthermore, the Moonie’s in Cedar Park closed around the same time and is being demolished. However, General Manager Tyrae Gonzalez said the chain plans to open another Cedar Park restaurant in a dierent location, but an address was un- available as of press time. 512-528-4288. www.mooniesburgerhouse.com 4 Honey Pig Korean BBQ , known for smoky meat “barbecued Korean-style,” held a soft opening July 5 in the H-Mart shopping center at Lakeline Boulevard and US 183. This is the Žrst Austin loca- tion, with other locations in Virginia and Maryland. The menu includes barbecued beef, pork, squid, octopus, chicken and shrimp. All barbecue entrees come with a bowl of rice and two sides. It is located at 11301 Lakeline Blvd., Ste. 7, Austin. www.honeypigbbq.com 5 Mexican restaurant Taconmaye opened a third location in Cedar Park at Lakeline Mall on July 1. Tacomaye is known for its authentic Mexican fare, which includes al pastor tacos, Diablo and Cali burritos, birria tacos, the Mexi-burg- er, nachos and the torta. In addition to the Cedar Park location, Taconmaye has a food truck in Georgetown and is located inside the kitchen at Red Horn Coee House and Brewing Co. on Scottsdale

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Drive in Leander. Owners are Angie and Carlos Zuniga and Stephanie and Daniel Delgado. Taconmaye is located at Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, inside the food court. 737-202-4284. www.facebook.com/taconmayeatx 6 H-E-B Wellness Primary Care opened at 19368 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Ste. 100, Georgetown, in May. Called the Leander practice, the clinic provides virtual and in-person medical visits, including phys- icals, vaccinations, testing and dietitian services. H-E-B Wellness Primary Care aims to provide aordable options and monthly subscription rates but does not take insurance, according to a company spokesperson. This is one of two H-E-B clinics open in Central Texas. 855-803-9355. www.hebprimarycare.com 7 Montessori Kids Universe , an early childhood preschool that provides tra- ditional Montessori education, opened Aug. 1. Located at 10960 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander, MKU teaches children ages 8 weeks to 6 years old. Montessori education develops natural interests rather than using formal teaching methods. 737-304-6001. www.montessorikidsuniverse.com 8 Noir Nail Bar opened July 16 at 19368 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Ste 140, Leander. The nail salon oers pedicures, mani- cures, acrylic nails, dipping powder and waxing. 737-291-5228. https://noirnailbarleander.com COMING SOON 9 Oregon-based coee franchise Dutch Bros Co‚ee will be opening a Cedar Park

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NOW OPEN 1 Facing a growing demand in online shopping, a new H-E-B e-commerce fulllment center opened in Leander on July 20, according to Johnny Mojica, public aairs manager for H-E-B’s Central Texas Region. The 50,000-square-foot e-commerce center, located at the H-E-B Plus at 651 N. US 183, Leander, will assist with H-E-B’s curbside and home delivery services in Leander and neighboring Central Texas cities. The new Leander

facility is one of Žve H-E-B e-commerce fulŽllment centers that stock store goods for home delivery and curbside orders. www.heb.com 2 The Sweet Cupfé opened July 12 in Leander. The veteran-owned bakery oers custom gourmet cakes, cupcakes, scones, brownies, biscuits and more. Coee and other beverages are also available. Owner Lizzette Allen operated the business as a homebake bakery for years before deciding to establish The

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location by the end of this summer. Dutch Bros oers a variety of coee, blended drinks, iced or hot drinks, energy drinks, teas and smoothies. The Cedar Park lo- cation will also have the exclusive Dutch Bros Blue Rebel energy drinks and nitro- gen-infused cold brew coee, according to the company’s spokesperson. Sarah Ketchum is the operator of the Cedar Park location. Dutch Bros in Cedar Park will be located at 1224 E. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park. www.dutchbros.com 10 Eden Medical Spa is planning to open in the Shops at Walden Park near Lakeline Mall at the end of August, owner Amber Larsen said. Located at 10900 Lakeline Mall Drive, Ste. 100, Austin, the medical spa will provide a variety of services, including Žllers, body sculpting, laser hair removal, chemical peels and IV bar treatments. Eden Medical Spa is hosting a series of grand opening events, including some by invite only Aug. 26-28. 512-920-0728. www.edenmedspatx.com 11 Hill Country Volvo , a certiŽed dealer of new Volvo cars, including SUVs, sedans and crossovers, broke ground July 21 at RM 620 and Buckner Lane. This will be Volvo’s second Austin location and is expected to serve Lakeway as well as the Cedar Park and Lake Travis areas. The location is expected to open in fall 2023. It will oer sales as well as a parts and service center at 10600 N. RM 620,

ments. Firehouse is a veterinary hospital that oers immunizations, heartworm testing and prevention, dental care, physical examinations, X-rays, on-site surgical procedures, emergency assis- tance and more for pets and animals. Dr. Jed Rogers and Dr. John Faught are the owners of this hospital, and Dr. Sherry Hill will be the medical director. Located at 3219 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 300, Cedar Park, this will be Firehouse’s sixth hospital in the Austin area. 512-580-4801. www.Žrehouse.vet Valor Leander , a tuition-free classical charter school, will open in August 2023. Valor Leander will teach kinder- garten through eighth grade students humanities as well as advanced math and science. The headmaster of Valor Leander is Chris Ochoa, and the superintendent of schools is Steve Gordon. The upcoming Leander school is still Žnalizing where it will be located, and an address has not yet been conŽrmed. Other Valor Educa- tion locations in the Austin area include North Austin, South Austin and Kyle. 512-646-4168. www.valoreducation.org RELOCATIONS 13 Art Beat Dance Center will be relo- cating from its current location at 1420 Cypress Creek Road, Ste. 100, Cedar Park, to another Cedar Park location. The Žrst location closed Aug. 1, and the new loca- tion, just 1 mile down the road, will open Aug. 22. Art Beat Dance Center oers tap, ballet, jazz and hip-hop for children and adults. Owner Brenna Kuhn said the new location will oer more studio space, dressing and homework rooms for kids and a larger lobby. The new location will

Leander-based Sharks Burger is celebrating its ve-year anniversary in August.

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FEATURED IMPACT ANNIVERSARIES Burger joint Sharks Burger will be celebrating the ve-year anniversary of its rst location Aug. 22. The original Sharks Burger is located inside the Shell convenience store at 12681 W. Hero Way, Leander. Known for its burgers and chicken sandwiches, popular orders at Sharks Burger include the Great White Bacon Cheddar Burger, the Jalapeno Jack Burger and the Jalapeno Ranch Chicken Sandwich. All burger patties weigh a third of a pound and are made with fresh Angus beef. Owners of the small, family-owned restaurant are Diego Bullara, Pete Bullara and Chris Piccininni. The restaurant’s second location is in the Cold Springs Marketplace on Ronald be located at 2051 Cypress Creek Road, Ste Q, Cedar Park. 512-258-2232. www.artbeatdancecenter.com 14 Mondee Holdings , a group of tech, content and service companies, moved its headquarters to Northwest Austin in July. The business produces travel technology and operates the platforms TripPro, Rock-

Reagan Boulevard in Leander. The business will host an anniversary party at its second location at 15609 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Ste. C100, Leander, from 6:30-8:30 Aug. 19. The event will include face painting, snow cones, music, balloon art and photos with Lola the Shark. 512-259-5200. https://feedingthefrenzy.com

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etrip and TripPlanet, among others. The new headquarters is located at 10800 Pecan Park Blvd., Ste. 315. Mondee was founded in 2011 by Prasad Gundumogula and has 17 o©ces in the U.S. and Canada with operations in India, Thailand and Ireland. The headquarters was previously located in San Mateo, California. 650-646-3320. www.mondee.com

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TASTE WINES WITH FELLOW WOMEN 100 N. BRUSHY ST., LEANDER

The Leander Chamber of Commerce is hosting Women’s Network: Wine Down Wednesday Guided Wine Tasting. This event will include wine tasting and shopping for boutique wines provided by WineShop at Home. All of the wines that will be featured at the event are handcrafted from holistic and organic vineyards from around the world. All participants must register for this event as space is limited. The rst tasting will be at 4:45 p.m., so attendees are encouraged to arrive on time. 4:30-6 p.m. Members ($10), nonmembers ($20). 512-259-1907. www.leandercc.org

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AUGUST 12 WATCH A DOCUMENTARY Generations Church is showing a screening of the feature documentary lm “Free Burma Rangers.” Released in 2020, the movie highlights the humanitarian eort to aid people living in the conict zones of Burma, Iraq and Sudan. 7-9 p.m. Free, $5 per child for child care. 1461 E. Woodview Drive, Leander. 512-616-7000. www.generationschurch.net 13 PREPARE FOR BACK TO SCHOOL Family Emergency Room is welcoming the community to its Back- to-School bash for a celebration and fun prior to the start of school. The family- friendly event will have food trucks, a Kona Ice stand, carnival games and grab bags. Both for-pro t and nonpro t businesses are welcome to have a stand and sell products at the event at no cost. 5:30-8 p.m. Free. Family Emergency Room at Cedar Park, 3620 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park. https://familyhospitalsystems.com 14 CREATE CALLIGRAPHY Sip & Script will be at Whitestone Brewery to host Brews and Beautiful Letters, a session on modern calligraphy for beginners. Participants will get the opportunity to learn the basics of calligraphy with a pointed dip pen and ink. The class will feature one and a half hours of instruction, Sip & Script’s beginner’s calligraphy kit and materials to write on. Attendees will be able to keep everything at the end of the event. 4-5:30 p.m. $65. Whitestone Brewery, 601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 500, Cedar Park. 512-765-4828. www.sipandscript.com 19 THROUGH 20 WORSHIP WITH JOYCE MEYER Headlined by Joyce Meyer Ministries and musical guest Pat Barrett, the Joyce Meyer Conference Tour is coming to Cedar Park. Christian author and speaker Meyer will deliver messages from her

many Biblical teachings. The event will also feature a worship portion with Pat Barrett and band. Doors open two hours prior to the event, and seating is available on a rst-come, rst-served basis. 7 p.m. (Aug. 19); 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. (Aug. 20). Free, no registration required. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-600-5000. WAVE ‘80S MUSIC The Haute Spot will be hosting Lost ‘80s Live, a 20th anniversary concert featuring live music from the 1980s. This show will be packed with fan- favorite 1980s songs by notable bands and artists such as A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Naked Eyes, Missing Persons, Stacey Q and more. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. 5-10 p.m. $49-$169. Haute Spot Event Venue, 1501 E. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park. 512-986-7411. https://hautespot.live 23 LEARN ABOUT THE WILCO PRESERVES www.hebcenter.com 21 LISTEN TO NEW Williamson County Conservation Foundation will host the Leave No Trace Williamson County Preserves Class, which covers the seven principles of Leave No Trace. The class will also place an emphasis on mindfulness while hiking at Williamson County Preserves. Participants are required to complete an online awareness activity before the class. The class will meet at the boulder pavilion near the splash pad in Southwest Williamson County Regional Park. 9-10:30 a.m. Free. 219 Perry May eld Blvd., Leander. 512-943-1921. Eventbrite: Williamson County Conservation Foundation 24 BUILD YOUR NETWORKING SKILLS Wilco Workspaces + Events and Chris Mero will be hosting The Table Network, an event focused on networking and building relationships with dierent types of people and groups. At this event, attendees will

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AUGUST 20 SHOW YOUR PRIDE Austin Pride 2022 is a series of events, parties and activities. This year’s festival will include drinks, food, photo booths, more than 140 vendor booths with products from local businesses supporting the LGBTQ community, a lineup of performances by musical artists and pop culture icons, and more. The Pride Parade begins at 8 p.m. There will be celebrations and parties after the parade near Fourth Street. Festival gates open at 11 a.m. Free (age 6 and under), $10 (ages 7-17), $20 (general admission for festival tickets). Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse Segovia St., Austin. 512-956-0234. https://austinpride.org/pride-2022 27 ENJOY BAT SIGHTINGS AT BAT FEST Attendees will get the chance to see 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats go out for their nightly œight at this year’s Bat Fest, presented by Roadway Productions. Along with the bats, this event will feature drinks, food, over 50 arts and crafts vendors,

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SHOW UP FOR SHOES LIFE CHURCH

Hill Country Community Ministries will be hosting its eighth annual Laces Back to School Shoe event. Since the program’s inception, this event has distributed 4,000 pairs of shoes to local students. The nonpro t organization is in need of volunteers to help out during the event and to help set up the day before. Hill Country Community Ministries operates a community cupboard and a thrift store in Leander. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free, volunteer help is encouraged. 1393 E. Woodview Drive, Leander. 512-259-0360. https://hccm.org

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Austin Pride 2022 will be held on Aug. 20.

27 SING ALONG TO A MUSICAL Cedar Park Public Library will be screening “The Greatest Showman,” a 2017 musical about circus magnate P.T. Barnum. 2 p.m. Free. Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-401-5600. www.cedarparktexas. gov/departments/library

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be able to gain peer mentors, grow networking skills and learn how to foster bene cial relationships. Lunch will be provided for participants. 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $20-$25. 1615 Scottsdale Drive, Ste. 200A, Cedar Park. 737-279-0350. www.facebook.com/wilcoworkspaces

two stages with live music, children’s activities, a bat costume contest and more bat activities. 4-11:59 p.m. Free (children 8 and under with an adult), $25 (general admission), $250 (VIP tickets). 100 S. Congress Ave., Austin. 512-441-9015. www.roadwayevents. com/event/bat-fest

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TRANSPORTATION UPDATES

COMPILED BY ZACHARIA WASHINGTON

Right-of-way acquisition stalling Leander project The city of Leander provided updates about the Raider Way and East Woodview Drive roadway continuous vehicle flow. “As someone who has [driven]

UPCOMING PROJECTS

RONALD REAGAN BLVD.

standards are complete. City staff is expected to receive the €inal design by the end of August. The bid package for construction proposals is anticipated to be €inalized by the end of this year. “I think this is obviously a long-standing project that’s been kind of a thorn in everyone’s side. But, at the same token, I think it’s a good one,” Beverlin said. “If we could do this, we could do everything.”

down Raider Way since 2016, I am super excited for this,” Trustee Anna Smith said at the meeting. Although the city began the project in late 2020, it has been delayed in part due to right-of-way acquisitions, City Manager Rick Beverlin said. As of mid-July, the city has acquired 95% of the land needed. “This project had been on the books and has been critical,” Beverlin said. “One of the delays, really quite honestly, was the right of way.” The city of Leander budgeted $9.8 million for the Raider and Woodview projects, which include the design and construction of both roadways as well as water line improvements. As of mid-July 80% of the design changes necessary to bring the project in compliance with drainage

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improvement project at its July 14 joint meeting with Leander ISD. Located near two LISD campuses, the project involves widening both roads to four lanes. Additional improvements include adding dual- use sidewalks, turn lanes, street lighting and storm sewers. The project will also include a roundabout at the Raider and Woodview intersection and a new traf€ic signal at Crystal Falls Park- way and Raider. Improvements to Raider will be from Crystal Falls to Woodview and on Woodview from Raider to the 183A Toll access road. The project is intended to mitigate the heavy traf€ic that occurs during morning arrivals and afternoon departures at Rouse High School and Wiley Middle School by improving safety and allowing for

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San Gabriel Parkway Phase 3 Phase 3 of the San Gabriel Parkway project will connect San Gabriel Parkway from Palmera Blu to CR 270 in Leander. While the new road will eventually be a four-lane divided parkway, only the two southern-most lanes will be constructed at €rst. The city said once additional development moves into the area, the other two lanes will be constructed. Timeline: 2024-25 Cost: $4.1 million Funding source: city of Leander

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Bagdad Road improvements Williamson County is planning a proj- ect to reconstruct and realign Bagdad Road, also known as CR 279. The project adds a continuous center turn lane, a shared-use path and shoulders. Design is expected to be completed this summer, according to the county. Timeline: fall 2023-fall 2025 Cost: TBD Funding source: Williamson County

Main Street road closure in Cedar Park due to area water line repairs Starting Aug. 1 and

intersection, contrac- tors will be working extended hours. Workers are expected on the roadway Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. The city is encourag- ing people who take this route to allow extra time during their commute and drive with caution through this area.

pavement above a water line along New Hope between Bagdad Road and Discovery Boule- vard, according to the city. The repairs will last through September. During this time, there are lane closures along New Hope in the area. To speed up the process to reopen this

continuing throughout the month, Main Street at New Hope Drive in Cedar Park is closed. Those turning onto or from Main from New Hope will be detoured to Enchanted Rock Drive. The closure is due to the Brushy Creek Regional Utility Author- ity making repairs to the

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DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Projects underway in Northwest Austin, Leander

COMPILED BY ZACHARIA WASHINGTON

UPCOMING MULTIFAMILY, MIXED USEPROJECT Developers broke ground on an upcoming multifamily housing and retail development to be located at 13621 Lyndhurst St., Austin, according to a July 7 press release from Cadence McShane Construction. The project, which has yet to be named, will include a total of 378 units with one-, two- and three-bedroom options available. Each of the two 4-story buildings will have retail space on the ground oor. Construction is expected to be complete by fall 2024. Apartments will have private balconies and upscale ˆnishings, according to the release. Community amenities for both buildings will consist of ˆtness centers, grilling areas and multiple pools. The retail portion of the development is planned to include a co‰ee-beer-wine shop, a restaurant, a small convenience store and outdoor seating areas, according to the release. The project’s developers noted its close proximity to the Lakeline Station MetroRail and bus hub—which connects to attractions such as Q2 Stadium and downtown—as well as the new Apple Campus on Parmer Lane. “Where someone lives is important. It becomes the epicenter of their life, and everything they do stems from that,” said

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LEANDER TRUCKING CO. Construction on a new food truck park called Leander Trucking Co. began July 15 at 1500 S. Bagdad Road, Leander. The 1-acre development will feature four or ˆve food trucks; a bar serving a variety of beer, wine and seltzers; and a pavilion. Additionally, owners Wade and Jack Funk said they hope to include a playscape for children, but they are in process of getting approval for that from the city. The food trucks that will be at the park include Jack Funk’s Texana Barbecue, a hot dog truck, a taco truck, and a co‰ee and dessert truck. Leander Trucking Co. will be family- friendly, and will have live music and TVs broadcasting sporting events.

The Funk brothers and their wives, Becky and Jennifer, are developing and ˆnancing the food truck park. Wade and Jack grew up in Georgetown and are supportive of growth in Leander. “I’m a huge proponent of Leander, and we need so much stu‰ in Leander,” Wade Funk said. “We determined this was a great location, because there’s such a lack of services in the area for food and drink.” Leander Trucking Co. is anticipated to open in October. It’ll have a “no frills, just chills” environment, Jack Funk said. “We’re looking for an atmosphere where people can come out and have a casual experience with family,” Jack Funk said. Space: 1 acre Timeline: July-October

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Billy Hooten, vice president and business unit leader for Cadence McShane, in the release. The project is a collaboration among Cadence McShane, Sabot Development, American Residential Group and STG Design. Space: 310,000 sq. ft. Timeline: summer 2022-fall 2024

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Stories from the Austin metro REGIONAL NEWS Samsung proposal for expansions in Taylor, North Austin total $192.1B; 10,000 new jobs

SEMICONDUCTOR SURGE Taylor ISD approved nine separate Chapter 313 applications—mechanisms that allow public school districts to oer tax incentives for businesses that invest in their communities—for additional facilities at Samsung’s Taylor location, and Manor ISD approved two for the Austin site. The proposed expansions total $192.1 billion. For comparison, the ƒscal year 2020-21 budget for the state of Texas was about $260 billion.

BY BRIAN RASH

estimated $167.6 billion in investment in addition to the $17 billion Samsung has already committed there. Additionally, the proposed expansions would bring about 8,200 net new jobs to Taylor over the next two decades. Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell, who was instrumental in helping to broker the initial deal to bring Samsung to Taylor, said while the proposed facilities are by no means “a done deal,” he is nevertheless excited for the possibilities. “The thought that the largest semiconductor facility, or complex, in the world could be built right here in Williamson County—it’s just humbling,” Gravell said. “Look, we’re talking about potential. Nothing is guaranteed. There is still a lot of work to get all of these agreements across the Œnish line.” Additionally, the new North Austin fabs would total $24.5 billion in new investment and add 1,800 net new jobs. Several entities still need to provide approval for the expansion, including TISD, Williamson County and the city of Taylor, and Samsung still has not committed to the project.

Samsung Austin Semiconductor, a company that has already committed to building a $17 billion semiconductor facility in Taylor, could increase its investment in Central Texas there by tens of billions of dollars and bring thousands of new jobs to the area. According to Chapter 313 applications released July 20 through the Texas comptroller’s website, Taylor ISD has approved nine separate applications for new fabrication facilities, or fabs, at the existing Taylor site. Samsung also received Chapter 313 application approvals through Manor ISD for two new fabs on unused land at its existing 640-acre site in North Austin on Parmer Lane. Chapter 313 agreements allow public school districts to o‰er tax incentives for businesses that invest in their communities, according to the Texas Comptroller’s O‹ce. TISD approved the Chapter 313 applications in late May, but speciŒc information was not released on the nature of the proposed expansion until the documents’ July 20 release. If approved, the Taylor facilities would bring an

Taylor site

Net jobs created: 8,200

New fabrication facilities: 9

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Total investment: $167.6 billion

Austin site

Net jobs created: 1,800

New fabrication facilities: 2

Completion dates: 2034 and 2042

Total investment: $24.5 billion

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Texas receives nearly 15,000 monkeypox vaccines as cases rise

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The Capital Metro board approved changes to its fare structure July 25. These policies are set to roll out in January.

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Max fare for low-income riders: Per day: $2, regardless of number of rides Per month: $33, regardless of number of local rides

BY HANNAH NORTON

that close contact with [others],” DSHS Media Relations Director Chris Van Deusen said. Supply of the monkeypox vaccine is limited, and further shipments likely will not be available until late August or early September, according to the release. The health department sent 5,120 vaccines to Dallas County. The other 9,660 doses will be sent to local health departments and regional DSHS o‹ces.

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As monkeypox cases rise, the Texas Department of State Health Services is distributing vaccines in the state. The DSHS received 14,780 doses of Jynneos, the monkeypox vaccine, according to a July 25 news release. The health department’s monkey- pox dashboard shows 338 cases in Texas as of July 29. Men accounted for 332 of these cases, and women accounted for six. Case counts are updated semiweekly. Williamson County was reporting four presumptive cases as of July 27, and Travis County had nine conŒrmed and 32 presumptive cases as of July 28. Many monkeypox cases are among men who have sexual contact with other men, according to the release. The virus is primarily transmitted through direct skin-to-skin contact. “I would caution anybody, whether you’re in that population or not—if you get sick or you develop a rash, to avoid

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Capital Metro approves changes to fare card, rate for low-income residents

BY TAYLOR CRIPE

The new smart fare card, or Amp card, will be a physical card with smart chip technology to reload money directly to an account; there will also be a smartphone app for customers to use. Stored money is protected in a registered account in case a card is lost or stolen. There are two proposals under the Amp card-based account system, a fare-capping program and an equita- ble fare structure for income-eligible participants.

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Capital Metro will now allow fare capping for Austin-area riders as approved by its board July 25. Board members unanimously approved a plan to roll out a new smart fare card and payment system. Catherine Walker—executive vice president, chief Œnancial and risk o‹cer for Capital Metro—said there is still work to do before the new card is ready for a systemwide launch, which is anticipated for January.

Texas has seen a total of 338 conrmed monkeypox cases with the majority in the Dallas and Houston areas. Travis County cases:

9 conrmed, 32 presumptive Williamson County cases: 0 conrmed, 4 presumptive

SOURCES: CITY OF AUSTIN, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES, WILLIAMSON COUNTY AND CITIES HEALTH DISTRICT” COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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CITY & COUNTY

News from Cedar Park, Leander, Travis & Williamson counties

Cedar Park City Council meets Aug. 11 and 25 at 7 p.m. at 450 Cypress Creek Road, Bldg. 4, Cedar Park • 512-401-5000 www.cedarparktexas.gov Leander City Council meets Aug. 18 and Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. at 201 N. Brushy St., Leander 512-528-2743 www.leandertx.gov Travis County Commissioners Court meets Aug. 9, 23 and 30 at 9 a.m. at 700 Lavaca St., Austin 512-854-9020 www.traviscountytx.gov Williamson County Commissioners Court meets Aug. 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 9:30 a.m. at 710 S. Main St., Georgetown MEETINGS WE COVER TRAVIS COUNTY On July 26, commissioners voted to conduct a performance audit on Central Health—a health district designed to use taxpayer money to provide care for low-income county residents—after members from the Austin Taxpayers Union, the NAACP and the League of United Latin American Citizens alleged Central Health has lacked –nancial transparency. In March, the NAACP and LULAC released a report outlining Central Health’s lack of –nancial controls and decreased services during the pandemic. HIGHLIGHTS LEANDER City Council swore in newly elected members and internally elected oŠcers during its July 7 meeting. David McDonald and Chris Czernek were sworn into oŠce for Place 3 and Place 5, respectively, after winning the runo’ election June 11. Leander City Council selected Council Member Na’Cole Thompson as the new mayor pro tem for 2022-23. WILLIAMSON COUNTY Ahead of the approval of the Williamson County budget for the upcoming –scal year, Commissioners Court approved a 5% cost-of-living raise for FY 2022-23 for elected oŠcials. The raises will cost the county $131,700 in the upcoming –scal year, according to information from the July 26 meeting. WILLIAMSON COUNTY The county will recognize Juneteenth as an oŠcial paid holiday in line with the federal government’s list of holidays in 2023. Juneteenth, short for June 19th, commemorates the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston with news of the Emancipation Proclamation. The county plans to take away a holiday set for June 3, 2023, so that the total number of paid holidays remains at 10.

New coordinator to focus on conservation

SOURCE: CEDAR PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT¤ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER Police launch online system for reporting nonviolent crime BY ZACHARIA WASHINGTON CEDAR PARK The police depart- ment announced the launch of an online reporting system July 5. The new system was designed to make ling police reports easier and more eƒcient for the public, and it also reduces the amount of time it takes for reports to be created and led for nonviolent crimes, according to a press release. “We are excited to o‡er this tool to the community to help stream- line the process so citizens can get back to enjoying the ability to live, work and play in Cedar Park,” the department said in the release. Step 1: Go to www.cedarparktexas.gov/police Step 2: Select “Contact Us” Step 3: Click “File a Police Report” BY TAYLOR CRIPE LEANDER Due to recent water issues and the city entering Phase 2 of its conservation plan, Leander hired Bill Teeter as conservation program coordinator. Teeter was introduced during the July 7 Leander City Council meeting. Originally from Horseshoe Bay, Teeter has about eight years of experience as a water conservation inspector. “He’s familiar with the area—the Lower Colorado River Authority—and working with those groups, so we’re really happy to have him,” Public Works Director Gina Ellison said. The coordinator is responsible for organizing water, energy and natural resource conservation programs, projects and plans. Teeter will promote water conservation to utility customers through educational programs and outreach e‡orts. Teeter has been “very busy” since he got here, Ellison said. One of the HOW TO FILE A POLICE REPORT

CONSERVATION CONCERNS

Phase 2 water conservation restrictions in Leander include: • residential watering one time per week; • commercial watering one time per week; and • watering only before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m.

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projects the Leander Public Works Department has been working on is checking high-usage accounts. Tetter said he saw the impact con- servation had on the Horseshoe Bay community. The savings residents saw from water conservation was pleasing to so many, he said. “One of the main messages was to help [the residents] learn about the bene ts of conservation. It’s not about sacri ce; it’s about using the right amount,” he said.

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CEDAR PARK City Council appointed and swore in Stephen Thomas to ll the vacancy for the Place 1 seat June 16. Place 1 became vacant after then-Council Member Jim Pen- niman-Morin won the mayoral race in the May election. Council decided to open applications for the vacancy May 26. Five candidates were inter- viewed at the June 16 meeting. Thomas previously served on City Council from May 2005- September 2009 and

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