Lake Travis - Westlake Edition | June 2021

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Bee Cave City Council Meets second and fourth Tuesdays MEETINGSWE COVER emergency rental assistance was established in April with $10.7 million from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021. While 1,099 applicants have applied for assistance, county sta and consulting company Guidehouse also had to process more than 6,000 backlogged applications from a 2020 emergency rental assistance program. Around 3,000 of those applications are still under consideration for assistance. Meets rst Mondays, if needed, and third Mondays at 6:30 p.m. online. 512-314-7500 www.lakeway-tx.gov Rollingwood City Council Meets third Mondays at 6:30 p.m. online. 512-327-1838 www.cityofrollingwood.com West Lake Hills City Council Meets second and fourth Wednesdays at 7 p.m. 512-327-3628 www.westlakehills.org Instructions for meeting attendance are at each city’s website. at 6 p.m. 512-767-6600 www.beecavetexas.gov Lakeway City Council HIGHLIGHTS LAKEWAY City Council voted to accept the nal plat for 11.03 acres of parkland in the Lakeway Highlands subdivision. Although the park is named Rough Hollow Community Park in current city documents, Bill Hayes, chief operating ocer of Legend Communities and representative of the developer of the tract of land, told council the park can be renamed whenever it is ocially dedicated to the city. Hayes said the site will be graded and leveled sometime before early 2022. The future park is east of Crosswind Drive, adjacent to Rough Hollow Elementary School, according to city documents. TRAVIS COUNTY Emergency rent relief to tenants with unpaid rent due to pandemic-related nancial issues will begin in Travis County. This round of county QUOTEOFNOTE WE ARE NOT SAYING ‘NOT EVER.’ WE ARE SAYING ‘NOT NOW.’ BEE CAVE MAYOR KARA KING ON WHETHER THE CITY SHOULD BUILD A CONNECTING ROAD FROM CENTRAL PARK TO THE NEIGHBORING BACKYARD DEVELOPMENT

DEC I S ION TIMELINE City of Austin sta need more time to develop homeless campsites. J U N E J U LY A U G U S T Rene camping site search; identify funds Bid for campsite operations Open rst campsite

SOURCE: CITY OF AUSTINCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Austincitystarequestmore time, directiononhomeless camps

BY BEN THOMPSON

be eligible for encampments. Among council’s issues with the 40-plus locations provided by sta in a preliminary list was the inclu- sion of city parks, which ocials have since said were unlikely to ever be pursued. Grey said sta’s adherence to cri- teria provided by council “severely limits” which locations t the city’s needs. More time and guidance are needed to develop a shortlist for possible camps, Grey said, and sta requested additional direction from

council by June 10. Grey said the evaluation of city-owned and private campsite options is expected to continue through June. Planning will then move forward in July with the leasing of private sites, if any have been identied outside of the city’s own holdings, and the launch of a bidding process to contract campground services for two years of temporary operations. Grey said sta would look to nego- tiate agreements so that at least one campsite is running by August.

Lakeway votes to accept resignation of Police Chief Radford In a June 1 memo to city ocials, Homeless Strategy Ocer Dianna Grey wrote that the public site selec- tion hit a wall in part from feedback from members of council limiting which city-owned properties could AUSTIN Austin’s next steps in planning for sanctioned homeless encampments are coming into focus with a potential deadline for the launch of at least one camp, although city sta are grappling with where such sites may be located.

Rollingwood seeks solutions to ease Zilker Park trac

BY AMY RAE DADAMO

BY GREG PERLISKI

ROLLINGWOOD City Council members met May 19 to discuss solutions for increased Zilker Park trac through city limits. Council Member Amy Patillo said high volumes of trac exit Zilker Park, specically between 4-7 p.m. on the weekends. Patillo said one factor causing the trac is the large grass parking area on Stratford Drive, which serves thousands of park visitors. When those cars exit Stratford, many make a left turn on Riley Road, where commuters enter Rollingwood’s city limits. This could be prevented by installing a semidiverter in the northbound lane of Riley, which acts as an extension from the curb and would prevent left turns onto Riley. Council members gave city sta the green light to explore the costs of a temporary and permanent barrier to prevent left turns on Riley, which will be shared at the June meeting.

LAKEWAY City Council voted unanimously May 17 to accept the resignation of Lakeway Police Chief Todd Radford—a resignation that Radford said he was asked to submit by Lakeway’s city manager and sta. “I am just shocked that we are here, but it is part of the business; I wasn’t expecting it,” Radford said after addressing the council and thanking his sta for their support. “I was called in to ask to resign, and I did.” Radford said he was told May 13 that city sta was going in a dierent direction from his leadership. When asked about the chain of events that led to Radford’s resigna- tion on May 14, City Manager Julie Oakley said she had no comment. Prior to council voting to accept his resignation and approving a separation agreement, Radford addressed the council and a group of about 50 people gathered in city council chambers. “I’d like to thank rst and

Lakeway Police Chief Todd Radford greets supporters. (Greg Perliski/ Community Impact Newspaper)

foremost the men and women of the police department,” he said. “Our accolades are numerous; our rewards are numerous; and our respect is plentiful. In a time when law enforcement is no longer seen that way in many communities, this is not one of those.” Those in attendance gave him a standing ovation as he left the council chambers after his remarks. After the council meeting, Oakley told Community Impact Newspaper the process for nding a replace- ment for Radford is in its early stages. Daily operations of the police department are under the direction of Capt. David Crowder, she said. Radford had been police chief of Lakeway since 2009, and his resigna- tion became ocial June 7.

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