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Increased vaccination rates spur the return of public events Organizers in Round Rock, Pugerville and Hutto consider COVID19 safety during planning

Anyone 16 years old and older in Texas is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. SOURCE: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICESCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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director, said Round Rock had around 300 arts events per year with an atten- dance average of 250,000 people. Attendees would contribute to the city’s economy beyond the purchase of a ticket, with an estimated spending of around $31 per person on expenses such as gas and eating out.

After several months of pandem- ic-related cancellations, the cities of Round Rock, Pugerville and Hutto are preparing to start citywide events again, with evolving safety measures shaping how they will look. Before the pandemic, Scot Wilkin- son, Round Rock arts and culture

Chalk Walk Arts Festival guests can join artists by creating sidewalk chalk murals.

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Capacity added in anticipation of growth Hutto ISDMemorial Stadium upgrades tobecompleted this fall

$15.86million: total cost for the stadium renovations

$60.8million: total amount allocated for Hutto High School

A $194 million Hutto ISD bond was passed in 2019 for elementary, middle and high school renovations as well as technology and transportation facility improvements. About $60.8 million of the bond was allocated for Hutto High School, including renovating Hutto Memorial Stadium. The overall guaranteed maximum price for the project is $15.86 million

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As enrollment increases and the district plans ahead for future schools, renovations to Hutto Memorial Stadium to expand seating, add restrooms and concessions, and create a multilevel press box, will allow the stadium to serve more than just the Hutto High School Hippos. Todd Robison, Hutto ISD director of communications and community relations, said the project is being done CONTINUED ON 24

The new stadiumwill accommodate the growth in enrollment.

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same-day appointments, online sched- uling and transparent pricing for men’s primary care. 512-318-2174. www.totalmens.com 7 The Clear Creek residential develop- ment is underway at 2511 Sam Bass Road, Round Rock, and presales are planned to begin this summer. The residential com- munity will feature single-family homes. 512-640-2601. www.brohnhomes.com/ 8 Texas Physical Therapy Specialists moved from its previous location at 1700 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, to its new location at 1150 Satellite View, Round Rock, on March 29. Texas Physical Therapy Specialists provides personal- ized physical therapy services, including manual physical therapy, performance physical therapy and hand therapy. 512-354-4067. www.texpts.com communities/clear-creek RELOCATIONS MAP NOT TO SCALE N and Mario Sorto opened their rst location in Caldwell. 512-716-1332. www.facebook.com/masfajitas3 FEATURED IMPACT RELOCATION Masfajitas relocated from 1700 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, to its new location at 3050 Joe DiMaggio Blvd., Round Rock, on March 25. In 1997, brothers and co-owners Alberto

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serves homemade Peruvian cuisine, such as the seafood dish ceviche mixto, meat options such as arroz chaufa limeno, and plantains. 512-820-4085. www.facebook.com/brasasperuanasrr 4 The gas station and convenience store Xpress Stop opened its location at 2451 Forest Creek Drive, Round Rock, on April 17. Xpress Stop oers refrigerated beverages, road snacks and more. 512-291-6636 COMING SOON 5 Via 313 will open a location at 2111 N. I-35, Ste. 380, Round Rock, next to Tumble 22. The restaurant specializes in Detroit-style pies and serves pizza, salads, appetizers and desserts as well as houses a full bar, co-owner Brandon Hunt said. The restaurant is expected to open in mid- to late 2021. www.via313.com 6 A Total Men’s Primary Care will open mid-May at 2200 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Unit 118, Round Rock. Total Men’s oers

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1 Athletic studio Regymen Fitness celebrated its grand opening April 3 at 3021 S. I-35, Ste. 150, Round Rock. The high-intensity interval training group t- ness program oers classes with a variety of equipment usages, training styles and focuses. Classes are categorized as burn, box, build or rumble. 512-234-1941. www.regymentness.com/round-rock 2 The rst Chipotle Mexican Grill that features a drive-thru pickup lane for to-go orders in Round Rock opened at 17100 N. RM 620, Round Rock, on April 21. 512-582-1239. http://locations. chipotle.com/tx/round-rock/1700-n 3 The Peruvian restaurant Brasas Peruanas opened its downtown Round Rock location at 206 N. Mays St., Round Rock, in late March. Brasas Peruanas

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offering service repairs for hot tubs. 512-465-2722. www.bigstarbackyards.com COMING SOON 4 Restaurant chain 54th Street Grill will open a Pflugerville location in late 2021 or early 2022, company represen- tatives confirmed in a March 24 email. The upcoming restaurant will be located at 19109 Limestone Commercial Drive, Pflugerville. 54th Street Grill’s menu features more than 150 items, including craft burgers; steaks; sandwiches; and Southern comfort food dishes, including fried steak, ribs and jambalaya. www.54thstreetgrill.com 5 Located at 1604 W. Pecan St., Pflugerville, where a CVS Pharmacy

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PFLUGERVILLE NOWOPEN 1 Southern comfort food restaurant The Avenue Southern Cuisine opened at 15424 FM 1825, Ste. 280, Pflugerville, on April 17. The business includes a patio and an events venue space for live music and dancing. Menu items include fried pork chops and bourbon chicken and waf- fle sandwiches. 737-212-0377. www.theavenuetx.com

2 Neighborhood sports bar 685 Back- yard opened Feb. 27 at 19903 FM 685, Pflugerville. The bar is both kid-friendly and dog-friendly. Features include out- door live music, bean bag toss games and a daily happy hour. 512-699-6417. www.685backyard.com 3 Big Star Backyards opened a sec- ondary warehouse location at 4701 Priem Lane, Pflugerville, in April. Customers can visit by appointment to see hot tub models. Big Star Backyards, also located at 8315 Burnet Road, Ste. A, Austin, sells hot tubs and swim spas in addition to

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES RM620 improvements project enters Phase 2 alongwith ChisholmTrail Road roundabout

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roundabout at RM 620 and Chisholm Trail beneath the new overpass, according to the TxDOT website. Widening lanes, adding frontage roads, and improving bicycle and pedestrian accommodations are also detailed in the plans. To maintain access to businesses and residences near the construction, ground-level local access roads are part of the plan, according to the city of Round Rock’s website. Construction for the project cost $27.4 million, funded by TxDOT. Round Rock and Williamson County funded the development of the project, Wheelis said. Williamson County contributed $4 million to the project, Williamson County multimedia specialist Lauren Gammon said. Round Rock contributed $9 million to the project, which includes funds from the Round Rock Transportation and Economic Development Corp., according to the city’s nance department. Part of the funds paid for the purchase of the Commons retail facility in anticipation of need- ing additional right of way and the water and wastewater line relocation expenses. In 2018, $931,000 in funds were used for the Stagecoach Inn relocation from 901 RM 620 to 750 Chisholm Trail Road. [on city surveys], and that’s simply because everybody hates being tied up in trac,” Round Rock Director of Transportation Gary Hudder said. In 2017, City Council approved a transportation master plan that revealed $1.2 billion worth of needed road improvements across the city. The city identied several funding sources in 2019, including roadway impact fees and issuing certicates of obligation. This debt diers from general obligation bonds that require voter approval. According to Hudder, the pan- demic did not set the city back in the program as design work was able to proceed on projects. In 2020, the city broke ground on some of the proj- ects, including University Boulevard and Logan Street.

RoundRock invests another $30M in transportation Wheelis said. Community Impact Newspaper previously reported the anticipated completion time to take 28-30 months from the groundbreaking. The project will also add two overpasses; one over Chisholm Trail Road and Lake Creek Drive and a information ocer for the Texas Department of Transportation’s Austin division. Work on the Union Pacic overpass is also expected to begin during this phase. While Phase 2 is expected to be complete by February 2022, con- tractors do not always move from phase to phase in a sequenced order, Widening roads, roundabout construction and work on the Union Pacic railroad overpass are all part of Phase 2 of the RM 620 roundabout project near I-35. This is part of a ve-phase project, which began in March 2020, to address the high trac volume and trac congestion on RM 620 from I-35 to Deep Wood Drive. Phase 2, which started in October, includes widening North Lake Creek Drive, constructing portions of the Chisholm Trail Road roundabout and constructing the eastbound main lanes and eastbound frontage roads, according to Brad Wheelis, public

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The project is currently in Phase 2, which includes the widening of North Lake Creek Drive, construction of portions of the Chisholm Trail Road roundabout and construction of the eastbound main lanes and eastbound frontage roads. Overall, the project will add two overpasses, one over Chisholm Trail and Lake Creek, and a roundabout at RM 620 and Chisholm Trail beneath the new overpass.

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Round Rock’s Driving Progress program aims to complete $240 million in transportation projects. On April 22, City Council approved issuing another $30 million in certicates of obligation, or public debt. Projects breaking ground in 2021 1 University Boulevard expansion between A.W. Grimes Boulevard and SH 130 2 Kenney Fort Boulevard extension between Forest Creek Drive and SH 45 N 3 Gattis School Road widening between Via Sonoma trail and Red Bud Lane

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The city continues to invest in the Driving Progress program that aims to improve capacity on Round Rock roads. On April 22, City Council approved issuing $30 million in certicates of obligation debt for the program, which came out of an eort to address residents’ concerns over trac congestion and to chip away at the city’s list of transportation needs. “Trac congestion and road chal- lenges always score very, very low

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3 FM 1660 and Limmer Loop through lane This project will add an additional through lane, a lane designated for through trac, along FM 1660 in each direction as well as dedicated left- and right-turn lanes. Left- and right-turn lanes will also be added in both directions on Limmer Loop. Timeline: construction end date estimated for mid- to late summer Cost: $6.2 million Funding source: city of Hutto 2018 road and drain- age bond funds

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2 Pecan Street at FM 685/Dessau Road turn Construction began April 19 to add a displaced left turn to the intersection. A displaced left turn allows vehicles to make unopposed left turns at an inter- section by crossing trac over to the other side of the road prior to the intersection using an exclusive lane, according to the city of Pugerville’s website. Timeline: estimated completion by December 2021 Cost: $4.3 million Funding source: city of Pugerville, U.S. Depart- ment of Commerce, Texas Department of Transpor- tation, Pugerville Community Development Corp.

Construction is underway at the SH 130 and Pecan Street intersection.

Through lanes will be added in each direction along FM 1660 and Limmer Loop.

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OLD SETTLERS BLVD.

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Once the project is complete, Logan Street will extend to A.W. Grimes Boulevard.

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5 Logan Street extension

4 University Boulevard expansion Crews will widen the eastern end of roadway from two to four lanes between A.W. Grimes Boulevard and SH 130. Other components include adding a raised median and left-turn lanes. The construction contract has been awarded, and work could begin in May. Timeline: spring 2021-late 2022/early 2023 Cost: $11.1 million Funding sources: city of Round Rock Type B funds, Capi- tal Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Williamson County Road Bond Program

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6 Kenney Fort Boulevard extension Construction is underway to extend the road from the south end of the multipurpose sports complex at Old Settlers Park to connect with the Meritage Homes development entrance at Chandler Creek Boulevard. This work is part of a larger project that will expand Kenney Fort to six total lanes between Old Settlers Boulevard and Joe DiMaggio Boulevard. The next phase is in design. Timeline: anticipated completion May 2021 Cost: $3.5 million Funding sources: development and Type B sales tax revenue

The project aims to improve access and connectivity as well as improve emergen- cy response times in the surrounding neighborhoods. Crews are extending the road from Green- lawn Boulevard to A.W. Grimes Boule- vard. The two-lane

road project also includes a bridge over Dry Branch Tributary 1, sidewalks and a connection to Heritage Springs Trail. Timeline: summer 2020-June 2021 Cost: $2 million Funding source: Round Rock Type B sales tax revenue MAP NOT TO SCALE N

The extension of Kenney Fort Boulevard is underway north of Hwy. 79.

This spring kicks o the changes to University Boulevard, including expanding the roadway to four lanes.

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Round Rock, Pugerville & Hutto ISDs

RoundRock ISDupholds currentmaskpolicy

BY AMY DENNEY

MASK UP

TY COBB PL.

ROUND ROCK ISD After an hour and a half of public testimony and more than an hour of board discus- sion, Round Rock ISD trustees voted 5-2 April 15 to keep the existing mask policy in place. Under the district’s policy, masks can only be removed at recess or during a P.E. class. Those who remove a mask should socially distance from others.

Round Rock ISDmask policy Masks are required for: • all students in pre-K-12th grade • teachers, sta and adult visitors Masks should be worn: • on buses, school vehicles

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Redbud Elementary School is located in the Ryan’s Crossing neighborhood. (Courtesy Round Rock ISD)

• inside school buildings • on school property, even outdoors

Name selected for 35th elementary school ROUND ROCK ISD Board members chose the name Redbud Elementary School on April 15 for the district’s newest school. Trustees selected the name from a list of three provided by the naming committee. The two other suggestions were Juanita Craft and Bright Lake. in the media center. Redbud was the top choice for most of the board members and the committee. The district’s 35th elementary school will open for the 2021-22 school year and be located at 1500 Ty Cobb Place, Round Rock, in the Ryan’s Crossing neighborhood near Old BY AMY DENNEY

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Teachers tosee 1%salary increase for 202122

BY AMY DENNEY

compensation based on years of service and increasing salaries for employees whose compensation falls below average market rates. The total cost of these changes is about $4.6 million or 1.4% of current costs for compensation. The increase is included in the proposed 2021-22 budget, which the board is slated to approve in June.

ROUND ROCK ISD In an eort to keep salaries competitive and main- tain morale, trustees unanimously voted to increase teacher pay by 1%. The board approved the increases April 15 along with other pay changes, such as raising the starting pay of rst-year teachers and librarians to $50,250, adjusting

Settlers Park. Funding for the campus was part of the district’s 2018 bond and will help reduce overcrowding at Herrington Elementary School. About $48.15 million from the bond was allocated for the new school.

The name Redbud was inspired by its location near Old Settlers Park, which is home to numerous redbud trees. Included in the design is a large tree that serves as a central focal point

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District projects 78% in student growth in next 10years

HUTTO ISD ON THE RISE

Round Rock ISD board of trustees Meets third Thursday at 7 p.m. 300 Lake Creek Drive, Round Rock 512-464-5000 www.roundrockisd.org Pugerville ISD board of trustees Meets third Thursday at 7 p.m. 1401 W. Pecan St., Pugerville 512-594-0000 www.psd.net Hutto ISD board of trustees Meets fourth Thursday at 7 p.m. 200 College St., Hutto 512-759-3771 www.hipponation.org MEETINGSWE COVER NUMBER TOKNOW $5MILLION The amount Pugerville ISD is anticipating in its budget shortfall for scal year 2020-21. The district is also anticipating a $14 million budget shortfall for FY 2021-22. In response, PfISD will reduce its central administration budget by 5% for FY 2020-21 and reduce positions at central administration by 14% for next year.

The district is projecting increases in overall student enrollment during the next 10 years. The data from the district shows the anticipated future student population growth.

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78% GROWTH from 202021 to 203031

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HUTTO ISD A demographic report highlighting predicted growth for future school years was presented during the April 8 board meeting. The report included a 10-year forecast of enrollment by campus compared to current building capacities. At the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, enrollment at Hutto High School was 2,403 students; the campus was built for a capacity of 2,400 students, according to the presentation given by Assistant Superintendent of Operations Henry Gideon. With the ninth-grade center set to open for in-person classes this fall, the student population in Hutto High School is expected to decrease to an estimated 1,822 students with the center projected to have 750 students. By the 2025-26 school year,

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total minimum price for the middle schools’ renovations during its March 25 meeting. “If there’s an elementary school in a development and it’s a hot market, and we’re helping to sell homes and we got developers competing for our attention. I think it’s reasonable to say, ‘You will donate 20 acres for a school-site set-aside,’” Gideon said.

enrollment projections are expected to exceed campus capacity in all of the schools except Howard Norman Elementary School. Board President Billie Logiudice said demographic numbers drive the discussion of renovation projects, such as the interior renovations of Hutto Middle School and Farley Mid- dle School. The board approved the

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CITY& COUNTY

News from Round Rock, Pugerville & Hutto

CampDoublecreek property to be recommended for rezoning

BY MEGAN CARDONA

After entertaining the idea of rezoning the property, the camp own- ers looked for someone who would be interested in the property and selected David Weekley Homes. Currently, the property is zoned C-1 for general commercial and SF-2 for single-family standard lot, according to the meeting agenda. Neal said the C-1 zoning was designated to the property in 1984 when there was no other zoning that made sense for the property at the time. When David Weekley Homes presented the zoning change request to the commission, the C-1 zoning got their attention because it no longer makes sense for the area, Neal said. Camp Doublecreek will eventually relocate from Double Creek Drive. For now, Neal said Camp Doublecreek plans to remain in its current location for the summers of 2021 and 2022. “We as a camp are going to

ROUND ROCK In a move initiated by the owners of Camp Doublecreek, the camp’s current property located at 800 Double Creek Drive, Round Rock, the city of Round Rock’s Planning and Zoning Commission recommended a zoning change that was approved April 21 and will now move to City Council. The zoning change would turn the camp’s property into a planned unit development for single-family detached and attached residences, according to the meeting agenda. Camp Doublecreek was founded in 1971 as an accessible summer day camp that oers a rural feel in a suburban area, said Dan Neal, Camp Doublecreek co-owner and director. Now the camp is surrounded by commercial and residential develop- ments, and the increased trac has become a safety headache, he said.

Camp Doublecreek was founded in 1971 as a rural summer day camp; today it is surrounded by residential and commercial lots. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)

continue, but we knew that this loca- tion was going to basically become something that might be not as good as a t as time went on,” he said. During the hearing, Neal said there were two hours of deliberation from neighbors making good cases against the change. Neal said the Camp Doublecreek team has loved its neighbors, but the eventual reloca- tion is a byproduct of city growth.

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Hutto City Council declares Place 5 seat vacant

CITY HIGHLIGHTS PFLUGERVILLE City Council approved a ve-year economic development performance agreement between the Pugerville Community Development Corporation and GT Distributers, Inc. April 27 to bring 90 jobs to the city and a capital investment of $11.2 million. PFLUGERVILLE On April 13, City Council approved funding for a project to widen East Pugerville Parkway. The $799,886 project spans from Colorado Sand Drive to Weiss Lane. The two-lane road will become a four-lane divided roadway. HUTTO On April 15, City Council approved an amendment for a partial tax exemption for people ages 65 and older. The amendment reduces the tax exemption to $30,000 of their assessed property value beginning in tax year 2021.

BY MEGAN CARDONA

HUTTO A declaration of City Coun- cil Place 5 vacancy was addressed by Hutto City Council during its April 15 meeting. Council declared former Council Member Patti Martinez’s Place 5 seat vacant following three consecutive council meeting absences. This is in line with section 3.06 of the city char- ter, which states if a council member fails to attend three consecutive council meetings, without being excused by council, City Council has to declare the seat vacant. City Council Places 2 and 5 are on the May 1 ballot, along with two Hutto ISD board of trustees spots.

Mayor Mike Snyder suggested Mike Arismendez, Hutto Economic Development Corporation board member, ll the seat. Snyder said he suggested Arismendez because of his experience on the EDC and his work on a legal government corporation. Arismendez previously served as a mayor of Shallowater, Texas, in Lubbock County. The charter requires council to ll the vacancy because the Place 5 seat needed to be lled for the remainder of the term since it ends in less than a year. Council voted 4-2, approving Arismendez to ll the Place 5 seat.

There is a vacant spot at Hutto City Hall where former Council Member Patti Martinez’s picture used to hang.

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MEETINGSWE COVER

Newplayground approved for Frontier Park

Tax credit application approved for 20-acremultifamily project

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

BY MEGAN CARDONA

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PFLUGERVILLE A developer can now seek tax credits for a 324-unit multifamily development called 138 Lofts. Pugerville City Council approved April 13 a resolution to submit an application for funding to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Aairs. The 20-acre development will be located in Pugerville extraterrito- rial jurisdiction, south of CR 138 and east of SH 130. NRP Group, the project’s devel- oper, is pursuing funding through the 4% noncompetitive tax credit housing program, NRP Group

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ROUND ROCK Round Rock City Council approved a resolution April 22 to purchase and install playground equipment at Frontier Park through the Community Development Block Grant Program. The project aims to invest in the revitalization of the Chisholm Valley Neighborhood. An agreement was approved with Fun Abounds Inc. to replace the playground with a unique structure, including equipment aimed at developing cognitive and problem-solving skills.

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