News from Round Rock, Pugerville, Hutto, & Williamson & Travis counties
HIGHLIGHTS ROUND ROCK Craig Morgan was re-elected as Round Rock’s mayor in an uncontested race in the Nov. 3 election. Candidates Michelle Ly and Frank Ortega have joined Round Rock City Council as Place 1 and Place 4 members, respectively. PFLUGERVILLE Omar Peña will continue as mayor pro tem of Pugerville City Council following council approval Nov. 24. Peña has served as mayor pro tem since 2015, with the position lled each year as new council members join. The mayor pro tem acts as mayor when the mayor is absent from a meeting. HUTTO Robin Sutton was elected to Place 1 of Hutto City Council in the Nov. 3 election after incumbent Scott Rose resigned from his council seat in September. Incumbent Peter Gordon was re-elected to Place 4 of Hutto City Council after running in an uncontested race. MEETINGSWE COVER Round Rock City Council Meets second and fourth Thursdays, 6 p.m. 216 E. Main St., Round Rock 512-218-5401 www.roundrocktexas.gov Pugerville City Council Meets second and fourth Tuesdays, 7 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Pugerville 512-990-6101 www.pugervilletx.gov Hutto City Council Meets rst and third Thursdays, 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
BY OLIVIA ALDRIDGE Travis County prepares for COVID19 vaccine distribution TRAVIS COUNTY Ocials in Travis County are preparing for the distri- bution of the COVID-19 vaccine after
week of Dec. 14, per a statement from Abbott’s oce. Local ocials have not specied a date the vaccine will become available in Travis County, or who will be eligible to receive it. “It’s not clear yet how prescriptive the state’s going to be for the phases of the distribution, but our hope is that we can cover those high-risk
individuals early on,” said Dr. Mark Escott, Austin-Travis County interim health authority, on Dec. 2. Abbott has said health care workers who “provide direct care to COVID-19 patients and other vulnerable resi- dents” will likely access the vaccine rst, followed by high-risk individuals and front-line workers.
Gov. Greg Abbott announced Dec. 2 that Texas is set to receive its rst shipment of over 1.4 million doses. Voluntary vaccinations for high-pri- ority groups in Texas will begin the
DougGaul resigns as Huttomayor Nov. 5
Pugerville residents push for EMS services
SOURCES: PFLUGERVILLE PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION, TRAVIS COUNTY ESD. NO. 2COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER Number of signatures to include a new emergency services district proposal on the May 2021 ballot FEELING THE HEAT 100 Minimum number of petition signatures required to kickstart an election process 4,700
BY KELSEY THOMPSON
BY KELSEY THOMPSON
PFLUGERVILLE In a Nov. 13 letter to Pugerville City Council, the Pugerville Fire Department said it might have to discontinue emer- gency services, including ambulance transport, due to continued funding depletion. Over 4,700 Travis County voters and property owners signed a petition to include a new emergency district proposal on the May 2021 election ballot.
HUTTO Mayor Doug Gaul announced his resignation from city leadership eective at 5 p.m. Nov. 5. In a statement posted to his mayoral Facebook page, Gaul said the decision allows him to focus on his family and business endeavors. “I have decided that my time as Mayor has come to an end,” Gaul wrote. Following Gaul’s resignation, Mayor Pro TemMike Snyder assumed mayoral duties for city meetings, city spokesperson Stacy Schmitt said. A resolution to call for a special elec- tion, anticipated to be held March 6, was included on Hutto City Council’s Dec. 3 agenda.
NorthMays Street widening approved
BY KELSEY THOMPSON
will take one year to design. A construction timeline is not yet available.
ROUND ROCK Improvements are in the works along North Mays Street following unanimous approval of a resolution by Round Rock City Council on Nov. 24. Director of Transportation Gary Hudder proposed a resolution to widen North Mays. The road will expand to four lanes from Paloma Drive to SteamWay. The project
CALL FOR VOTE A special election must be called within 120 DAYS of the mayoral oce’s vacancy.
SOURCE: TEXAS LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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ROUND ROCK PFLUGERVILLE HUTTO EDITION • DECEMBER 2020
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