TomKilgore Lakeway’s new mayor addresses current topics facing the city
BY GREG PERLISKI
Mayor Tom Kilgore is a retired U.S. Army officer, energy executive and community advocate. He was elected mayor of Lakeway in the recent municipal election held in May. Following a special charter amendment election in 2020, the mayor of Lakeway now serves a two-year term.
DURINGYOURRECENT CAM- PAIGN, YOUNOTEDPUBLIC SAFETYASAPRIORITY. GIVEN THIS,WHATQUALITIESARE YOU LOOKING FOR INLAKE- WAY’SNEXTPOLICE CHIEF? While the job has not yet been posted, there are some key require- ments. We will be looking for a proven leader. Someone with the requisite administrative skills to run a depart- ment. We will be looking for a leader who is also a good team player with our courts and other city depart- ments. Finally, we will want a strong advocate whose first selfless priority will be the safety, training and welfare of the officers. Editor’s note: Lakeway City Council voted May 18 to accept the resignation of Lakeway Police Chief Todd Radford. DO YOU SUPPORT THE IDEA OF BUILDING A COMMUNITY CENTER IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LAKE TRAVIS ISDAND THE YMCA? The idea is too conceptual at this point to offer a definitive opinion. Nei- ther I nor the residents have enough information. It certainly seems like a good idea, but we must fully under- stand the costs and benefits to the city, and to our existing gymowners who were terribly hurt by the COVID[-19] restrictions. Editor’s note: the city of Lakeway has authorized funds to study the issue. DOYOUSEEANY CONCERNS WITHTHE PROPOSALS THAT STRATUS PROPERTIESAND LEGENDCOMMUNITIES HAVE BROUGHT TOTHE CITY CONCERNINGMAINSTREET DEVELOPMENT? Yes. However, I am supportive of the continued discussion to negotiate a definitive solution to the matter. Editor’s note: Stratus Properties and Legend Communities own property
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necessary for extending Main Street beyondMedical Drive. DOYOUTHINKTHERE ISSUFFI- CIENTAFFORDABLEHOUSING IN THEAREA? IFNOT, HOWSHOULD THISPROBLEMBEADDRESSED? How large of an area? In the city of Lakeway, no. And we are running out of land to build affordable housing in the city. There are likely areas in the [extraterritorial jurisdiction] that would benefit from such develop- ment and annexation into the city. GIVENRECENT CONCERN ABOUTBLUEALGAE FOUND INLAKEWAY’S CITYPARK ALONG LAKE TRAVISANDTHE ONGOINGDEVELOPMENTNEAR ROUGHHOLLOWCOVE,WHAT ROLE SHOULDTHE CITYPLAY IN ADDRESSINGWATERQUALITY ISSUESWITHLAKE TRAVIS? I don’t think it is proper to conflate the Lake Travis algae issue and RH cove development. Nonetheless, the recently restated RH development agreement added stricter water control measures to protect our lake. Editor’s note: The referenced agreement with RH Lakeway Devel- opment Ltd. requires the developer to build retention ponds in specific areas of the Lakeway Highlands subdivision that meet requirements of the Lower Colorado River Authority. “WEWILLWANT A STRONGADVOCATE WHOSE SELFLESS PRIORITYWILL BE THE SAFETY, TRAININGAND WELFARE OF THE OFFICERS.” TOM KILGORE, MAYOR OF LAKEWAY
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LAKE TRAVIS - WESTLAKE EDITION • JUNE 2021
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