Round Rock - Pflugerville - Hutto Edition | November 2020

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QUOTEOFNOTE “AS OUR CUSTOMERS’ NEEDS HAVE EXPANDED, SOHAS OURNEED FORA GREATER FOOTPRINT.” ANDY SALO, CEO OF EAST WEST MANUFACTURING, ON EXPANSION CITY HIGHLIGHTS Pugerville City Council approved its downtown district overlay, or downtown code amendments Oct. 27. The changes apply to future development and redevelopment standards and do not rezone existing properties, city of Pugerville Planning and Development Services Director Emily Barron conrmed. RoundRock As of October 2020, just over 119,000 people live within Round Rock city limits, according to Round Rock’s monthly Planning and Development Services population estimates. Based on 2010 Census projections, more than 158,000 residents will live in the city by 2030, and nearly 216,000 will live in the Greater Round Rock area. Hutto On Oct. 15, City Council approved a $1.37 million agreement for the construction of a new lift station and additional improvements for Lakeside Estates and future developments. The project’s contract was awarded to Bell Contractors Inc. The approval will take the existing line and move the service from a wholesale agreement with Pugerville to Hutto. 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

EastWestManufacturing to bring 60 jobs toRoundRock

Pugerville utility rates increase for customers inNov.

BY TAYLOR JACKSON BUCHANAN

BY KELSEY THOMPSON

ROUND ROCK A new manu- facturing facility is in the works following action by Round Rock City Council and the Round Rock Transportation and Economic Development Corp. on Oct. 22. Atlanta-based East West Manu- facturing will construct a facility at 1974 SteamWay, Round Rock. The approximately 43,000-square-foot building is expected to be complete by August 2021, said Nichole Vance, the director of business attraction for the Round Rock Chamber. East West manufactures

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PFLUGERVILLE The city of Pugerville announced new water and wastewater rates Oct. 14. Beginning Nov. 1, the average residential customer will pay an additional $20 each month for their utility bill, according to a city news release. Commercial customers will see a $38.82 monthly increase on their utility bill this November, per the release. An analysis conducted by NewGen Strategies and Solutions reported the need for a rate increase “to maintain the existing system and increase capacity,” per the release. The analysis factored in the $500 million in “critical infrastructure projects” included in Pugerville’s ve-year capital improvement program. The average residential customer uses 8,000 gallons of water and 5,000 gallons of wastewater each month, per the release. The approx- imate $20 monthly hike is broken into a $5 monthly increase for water services and a $15 monthly increase for wastewater services. The average Pugerville commer- cial entity will see a raise of $38.82 each month to its water and waste- water bill Nov. 1. The city’s last utility rate study was conducted in 2017.

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electronics, medical devices and parts such as motors, fans, pumps and blowers, according to the company’s website. The company will invest at least $5 million into the facility, according to an economic inventive agreement approved Oct. 22.

Yonders Point, a plaza and outdoor seating area, will be built on a eld southwest of Harrell Parkway and Aten Loop. (Rendering courtesy city of Round Rock)

Plaza, outdoor seating area among improvements planned for Old Settlers Park

BY TAYLOR JACKSON BUCHANAN

Atkins, Round Rock’s parks and recreation director. “We found out during the pandemic that we have a lot of users who want to come out to the park and relax and be in open spaces,” Atkins told Round Rock City Council members during an Oct. 20 meeting.

ROUND ROCK From hiking trails to soccer elds, visitors to Old Settlers Park nd no shortage of outdoor activities underway. However, a lack of “purposeful pas- sive space”—comfortable places to read or enjoy a picnic—is becoming increasingly apparent, said Rick

NUMBER TOKNOW utility bill, beginning Nov. 1 SOURCE: CITY OF PFLUGERVILLE COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER $20

the average increase to residential customers’

106,654 ballots cast in early voting

TOTAL TURNOUT More than half of early votes were collected in the rst week, with over 56,000 recorded in the three cities.

BY KELSEY THOMPSON

Pugerville had a total of 34,306 votes cast, per the Travis County Clerk’s Oce. In Hutto, 13,386 votes were cast between Oct. 13-28, according to Williamson County data. Election Day is Nov. 3. Residents can vote at any polling site in Travis and Williamson counties.

From Oct. 13-28, 106,654 ballots had been cast at Round Rock, Pugerville and Hutto’s early voting polling sites as of press time, Oct. 28. Early voting ran through Oct. 30. In Round Rock a total of 58,962 votes were cast, per the Williamson County Elections Department.

Round Rock: 58,962

Pugerville: 34,306

Hutto: 13,386

SOURCES: TRAVIS COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE, WILLIAMSON COUNTY ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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