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Moms see career, role changes in pandemic

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Cedar Park mom Ana Giles found herself with two new full-time jobs in 2020—virtual school teacher and parent caregiver. Giles said her family chose to keep their three daughters in virtual school for family health reasons. Last April, her 82-year-old mom moved just a few blocks away from her house, relocating from Chicago to be closer to family. Giles is one of many parents, and moms in particu- lar, who have paused their careers in the last year and added the roles of caring for older parents and coor- dinating virtual classes due to the coronavirus pan- demic. Mothers are more than three times as likely as CONTINUED ON 30

MOTHERS ARE MORE THAN 3X AS LIKELY AS FATHERS TO BE RESPONSIBLE

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Ana Giles (right) takes her daughters to her mother’s Cedar Park house most days each week. TAYLOR GIRTMANCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Februarystormhighlights Leanderwater struggles

High peak summer demand and a power outage caused a notice in July. Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority Water Treatment Plant went oine in December after a break in the raw water intake pipe.

WATER PLANT WOES The city of Leander is behind on infrastructure to accommodate its growth, and major recent event have created larger issues for its customers. Notices ranged from a handful to a few thousands of customers. SOURCES: BRUSHY CREEK REGIONAL UTILITY AUTHORITY, CITY OF LEANDERCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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The Texas winter storm caused power outages at the Sandy Creek Water Treatment Plant diminishing systemwide capacity.

During the February winter storm, Mark Greene’s Leander home was without water for about three days and without “meaningful” water pressure for ve days, leaving him to question why his city was under a boil water notice and without water while neighboring cities were better o. Last July, a water treatment plant failure coupled CONTINUED ON 32

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Businesses that have recently opened or are coming soon, relocating or expanding

exams; contact lenses; and glasses for men, women and children. 512-995-7670. www.myeyelab.com 6 Local restaurant chain One Taco cel- ebrated the opening of its new location at 12233 N. RM 620, Bldg. C, Austin, in the Anderson Mill area on Feb. 10. One Taco serves breakfast and lunch tacos and sells fresh, handmade tortillas by the dozen. www.onetaco.com 7 A new RE/MAX office opened March 31 at 1335 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. Y200, Cedar Park. RE/MAX 1 has a team of licensed real estate experts and support staff members. 512-337-2043. www.yourremax1.com 8 Texas AC Supply had its grand open- ing March 15 at 1633 US 183, Ste. 100, Le- ander. The business sells air conditioning and heater parts, supplies, equipment, filters and more. 512-900-3921. https://txacsupply.com, www.facebook.com/texasacsupply COMING SOON 9 Buff City Soap will open a Cedar Park location in May at 2800 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 225, Cedar Park. The company sells handcrafted soaps with ingredients such as gardenia petals, lemon zest, hemp seed oil, shea butter, charcoal and tea tree oil. A soft opening is scheduled for May 5. www.buffcitysoap.com 10 No. 1 Boba Tea will open its first Texas location later this year at 1335 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 130, Cedar Park. The company is based in Las Vegas, Neva- da, and sells a variety of boba tea drinks. www.no1bobatea.us 11 Pet Paradise has filed to build a facility in Cedar Park. The 20,225-square- foot location will include a vet clinic, grooming, a day camp, indoor kennels and outdoor play areas, according to state records. The company has not yet confirmed an opening timeline. It will be located at 1204 Arrow Point Drive, Cedar Park. www.petparadise.com 12 Woks It 2 U will expand with a second Leander restaurant in early May at 1093 US 183, Leander. It will have a drive-thru window with an express menu of popular menu items. The Chinese restaurant’s first location opened in 2017

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NOWOPEN 1 Balloons by Jolie, a party supply store, opened March 29 at 200 Butter- cup Creek Blvd., Ste. 114, Cedar Park. The store specializes in balloons but also sells same-day decorations, garlands and bouquets. Monthly classes are also planned. 512-956-1550. https://balloonsbyjolie.com 2 BB Shine’s Express Car Wash held its grand opening Feb. 6-7 at 11560 Hero

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Way West, Leander. The car wash offers top-of-the-line equipment and chemi- cals. Monthly memberships are available. 512-528-4040. www.bbshines.com 3 Dog House Drinkery and Dog Park reopened March 1 at 3800 CR 175, Le- ander. The business temporarily closed due to coronavirus-related effects in November. Dog House Drinkery and Dog Park has 1/2 acre of fenced off-leash dog area. 512-291-6664. www.doghousedrinkery.com

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in the Cold Springs Marketplace at 15609 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Ste. B230, Leander. 512-456-0770. www.woksit2u.com RELOCATIONS 13 Domino’s Pizza , located at 306 S. Bell Blvd., relocated March 1 to 2116 E. Park St., Cedar Park. The location has a pickup window, delivery and carryout op- tions. 512-651-3512. www.dominos.com 14 Facilities Resource Inc. broke ground on its headquarters’ relocation to Cedar Park from Austin on Feb. 11. The new headquarters, located at 1619 Scottsdale Drive, Cedar Park, will be a 25,000-square-foot building and feature an office showroom with public-use meeting space, an event center and a warehouse. Construction is expected to be complete in September, according to Darren Ross, the company’s business development manager. 512-371-1232. www.facilitiesresourceinc.com 15 Rebecca Ross Insurance Agency, a State Farm insurance agency, moved its office March 11 to 1908 Yaupon Trail, Ste. B202, Cedar Park. It was previously at 1701 Bagdad Road, Cedar Park. 512-260-7199. www.beckiross.com ANNIVERSARIES 16 Parinama Academy will reach its five-year anniversary May 6. The Cedar Park business is an education startup that

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provides affordable tutoring for students in kindergarten to eighth grade and course training for high school students and adults. The center is located at 3109 Kenai Drive, Ste. 103, Cedar Park, but virtual classes are also available. 512-586-7824. https://parinama.academy NEWOWNERSHIP 17 St. David’s HealthCare announced it acquired Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch, located at 10625 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. D400, Austin, on March 1. The clinic has been rebranded to St. David’s CareNow Urgent Care and will offer health care services for nonemergency illnesses and injuries, including flu-like symptoms, minor burns, vaccinations, checkups and more. Walk-ins are welcome at this clinic loca- tion. 512-733-9400. www.carenow.com

Honda Leander will be located northeast of 183A Toll and Hero Way West.

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Leander City Council approved the concept plan in December 2018. Other Central Texas Honda locations are in Round Rock, north Central Austin and South Austin. www.hondaleander.com

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FARMTOUR ISLE ACRE FARM

Learn about Isle Acre Farms in Leander during a public farm tour. Visitors will learn about how to farm without chemicals, the history of the land and more. The farm’s new creekside nature playscape will also be open. Tours are limited to 15 people. 2-3:30 p.m. $10 (age 3 and up). Isle Acre Farms, 11327 Hero Way West, Leander. 512- 763-5293. https://isleacrefarms.com (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

23 SAVORY FARMERSMARKET AT BRYSON Held in the Bryson community on the fourth Friday of each month, the farmers market oers rotating vendors with items such as fresh produce, microgreens, beef, chicken, pastries, locally handcrafted jewelry, soaps and candles. Attendees are encouraged to bring cash for some vendors. This will be held at The Backyard Community Center. 3-7 p.m. Free. Bryson Community, 1960 Pleasant Hill Road, Leander. 512-850-8828. www.liveatbryson.com 24 CAREGIVERSWORKSHOP Learn about the basics of hospice care in a virtual seminar called “Breaking the Ice: A Hospice Conversation for Caregivers” with a Baylor Scott & White Health hospice care consultant. This is part of AGE of Central Texas’ workshop series about family members caring for older adults. Registration is available by phone or online. 10-11:30 a.m. Free. 512-600-9275. www.tinyurl.com/ageapril2021 24 SUNSETMUSIC SERIES Leander hosts monthly music events at the Robin Bledsoe Amphitheater. Attendees can bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic food. Pets are allowed on leashes, but glass containers are prohibited. Food and craft vendors may be present. Other series events are scheduled for May 22 and June 26. 6-9 p.m. Free. Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander. 512-528-9909. www.leandertx.gov 30 LIVING LEANDER Living Leander Community & Career Expo attendees can learn about career opportunities and local businesses, as well as learn more about Leander. A $500 scholarship will be given to a local student, and door prizes will be awarded during the expo. The Leander Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual event. 4-8 p.m. Free. Premier Athletic Complex, 8220 183A Toll, Leander. 512-259-1907. www.leandercc.org

COMPILED BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN APRIL 13 CEDAR PARK CANDIDATE FORUM The Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce will host a virtual candidate forum with all six City Council candidates invited. The forum takes place on Facebook Live and will be moderated by Chamber President and CEO Tony Moline. 6:30 p.m. Free. www.facebook.com/ cedarparkchamberofcommerce 17 LEANDER CANDIDATE FORUM Leander City Council candidates meet with residents for a community forum at Lakewood Park. The event will meet at the playground near the park entrance. Residents in the Cold Springs, Hazlewood and Crystal Springs neighborhoods are organizing the event. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Lakewood Park, 2040 Artesian Springs, Leander. 980-333-2951. Facebook event: Meet the Candidates: Leander, TX upcoming elections 17 MASONDAYS Visit the Mason Homestead for the city of Leander’s annual pioneer demonstrations of blacksmithing, rope making, rug hooking, candle making, woodworking, beekeeping, food and more. 2-6 p.m. Free. Mason Homestead, 1101 Bagdad Road, Leander. 512-528-9909. www.leandertx.gov 18 NIGHT FLIGHT CHOCOLATE TASTING Delysia Chocolatier hosts a virtual chocolate tasting that represents the avors of Austin for International Bat Appreciation Day. Flavors are inspired by Lucy’s Fried Chicken, brisket and other Austin food traditions. Chocolates are shipped to one’s home. The tasting will take 45 minutes with a 15-minute question session. 4 p.m. $24.95. 512-413-4701. https://delysia.com/shop/night-ight- virtual-chocolate-tasting-april-18

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RECENTLY COMPLETED 1 CR 290 at Hero Way West intersection This project added left- and right-turn lanes on CR 290 and allows westbound cars to turn onto Hero Way West when there is another vehicle at the intersec- tion, per the city. Leander City Council approved a construction contract with Austin Underground Inc. on Nov. 5, and the project was substantially completed by Feb. 24, said Ellen Maas, the city’s cap- ital improvement program manager, at the March 4 Leander City Council meeting. Cost: $236,701 Timeline: December 2020-spring 2021 Funding source: Leander capital improve- ment program fund 2 Intersection projects The group of four intersection projects across the city was substantially completed as of March 4, Maas said. A At Lakeline Boulevard and Crystal Falls Parkway, an access driveway was added. B At Leander Drive and Crystal Falls Parkway, a lane was added to im- prove the turning ability for large trucks. C At Crystal Falls Parkway and Ronald Reagan Boulevard, a turning lane and pedestrian crossway were added. D At Journey Parkway and Ronald Reagan Boulevard, a right-turn lane and pedestrian crossway were added.

Cost: $1.04 million Timeline: March 2019-spring 2021 Funding source: Leander traffic impact fee fund UPCOMING PROJECTS 3 183A Toll Phase 3 Construction on Phase 3 of the 183A Toll expansion is expected to begin in April. The project will extend the toll road from Hero Way West to Hwy. 29 with two tolled lanes in each direction. The Cen- tral Texas Regional Mobility Authority, which operates Central Texas toll roads, received a $448.38 million loan from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau for the project, ac- cording to a March 2 release. The federal loan allows for financing of the 183A Toll Phase 3 project as well as a refinancing of loans for the now-complete US 183 South and Hwy. 290 East Phase 3 projects. Cost: $260 million Timeline: April 2021-24 Funding sources: Mobility Authority revenue bonds, U.S. Department of Transportation

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Board, officials talk book club selection, reviewprocesses

Pre-Kprogramopens for some3-year-olds

Pre-Keligibility State eligibility criteria for prekindergarten includes:

BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN

• unable to speak and understand English; • eligible for free or reduced lunches; • homeless; • child of active-duty military member or reservist on active duty; • child of person injured or killed while on military active duty; or • has ever been in the conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

LEANDER ISD Three-year-olds who qualify under state criteria will be able to join Leander ISD’s prekin- dergarten for the 2021-22 school year. The program will combine classrooms for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds at 15 early-childhood community sites. Existing staff and allocations will be used with minimal additional materials needed, district officials said.

BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN

review for support. Chief Academic Officer Matt Bentz said the student-choice book clubs do not replace the English curriculum. Bentz said there will be a public, published list and description of book titles in the future and a method for parents to work with teachers to ensure comfortable titles for their students are available. “Student-choice book clubs are meant to supplement our curriculum with more independent reading and student choice—not supplant it,” Bentz said. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Jennifer Collins said the district’s next steps are to continue review cycles, develop instruction policies with the board of trustees, improve the parent communication plan and create a website with more information on the English-lan- guage arts program.

LEANDER ISD Parents, students, community members, board mem- bers and district staff of Leander ISD voiced concerns, gave support and raised questions about the title options students are given for book clubs at the March 15 board meeting. While some opinions supported the diversity of books offered, others condemned the “inappropriate” content available to students. Following parents’ concerns last fall, LISD began a literature review process in November with teach- ers, parents and staff members to examine books allowed in high school book club curriculum. The LISD Community Curric- ulum Advisory Committee had completed three of eight review cycles as of the March 15 meeting. Books can be kept, removed from book clubs or require additional

SOURCE: LEANDER ISD/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

District considers delaying Elementary School No. 29opening

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LEANDER ISD After seeing pandemic-related drops in student enrollment, Leander ISD is con- sidering delaying the opening of Elementary School No. 29, previ- ously projected to be needed for the 2022-23 school year. The district is now discussing whether to hold off its opening for another year. The school would be located in the Bryson community in Leander. If it were to open in August 2022, construc- tion would begin in April 2021. Chief Facilities Officer Jimmy Disler said the district and school board would need tomake a decision soon. Enrollment projections consider if students who left the district will return next year or never return to LISD.

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BOOKS IN QUESTION

Here are the six books that have been removed from book clubs, and three that are pending further review based on committee reviews.

Leander ISD board The board of trustees typically meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 6:15 p.m. Public comment begins around MEETINGSWE COVER 7 p.m. Learn more at www.leanderisd.org. Austin Community College The board of trustees typically meets the first Monday of the month at 3 p.m. Learn more at www.austincc.edu.

Books removed from the 2020-21 book clubs: “Kiss Number 8” “Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me” “Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery: The Authorized Graphic Adaptation” “The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel” “V for Vendetta” “Y: The Last Man Book One”

Books pending further review: “The Nowhere Girls” “My Friend Dahmer” “Speak: The Graphic Novel”

SOURCE: LEANDER ISD/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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News from Leander, Travis County & Williamson County

City opens public dialoguewith quarterly citizen roundtable

FIRE STATIONS

SAN GABRIEL PKWY.

The city’s fifth station will serve the western area of the

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city. Here are the existing fire stations in Leander.

unanimously approved the proposed discussions March 18. “This is the ability for the citi- zens to have dialogue with their elected officials, so it’s a two-way street,” Shaw said. Topics would be listed in the agenda, but discussions would not be limited to agenda items, City Attorney Paige Saenz said. Currently, public comments can be given at the start of council meetings, but council members cannot respond in a back-and- forth conversation with speakers.

LEANDER In an effort to openly talk about issues with citizens, Leander City Council will begin hosting quarterly roundtable discussions at its meetings. At the second council meeting of the month in May, July and November, citizens and council members can have a roundtable discussion about city-related issues. The first discussion will be May 20. Council Member Jason Shaw proposed the idea, and council

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SOURCE: CITY OF LEANDER/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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Fire StationNo. 5 slated to open inMay

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The project, located at 2800 Travisso Parkway, was budgeted to cost about $4 million, but several change orders increased the cost to $4.3 million, which is funded through 2018 certificates of obligation, city officials said. City Council voted in January 2018 to plan and design the new facility in anticipation of nearby development and growth. At the time, the station was expected to open in May 2019, according to city documents.

LEANDER The city’s fifth fire station is expected to complete con- struction in April for a May opening, according to the city. The new station will have at least three new-hire firefighters and serve the western side of the city including Travisso, Crystal Falls and the Name- less Road area, officials said. A police substation is also part of the project; it will be a place for officers to do administrative duties when not on patrol, according to the city.

SAVE THE DATES Town halls will be held during City Council meetings at 201 N. Brushy St., Leander. Here are the currently scheduled dates:

SOURCE: CITY OF LEANDER/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER MAY 20 • JULY 15 • NOV. 18

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QUOTEOFNOTE “THIS IS THE ABILITY FOR THE CITIZENS TOHAVE DIALOGUEWITH THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS, SO IT’S A TWOWAY STREET.”

Committee revisits Confederate statue placement

BY THE NUMBERS Here is what you need to know about the disputed charges. $14,794 amount disputed as of March 23 FEB. 16-19 The winter storm hits Central Texas. decision upon receiving more infor- mation provided by the committee members. On March 23, he said he will likely reduce the committee size to 10 members. to be relocated off the Georgetown Square, but it has since been delayed due to other pressing matters such as COVID-19 case spikes and vaccination plans, the 2020 election and the winter storm, he said. Now that much of that is under control, Boles said he would like the committee to be formed in the next 30-45 days, which would be late April to early May. “I know the court has been busy, and we continue to be busy,” Boles said. “But I do think it is something that we need to discuss sometime.” Boles’ initial pitch for the commit- tee was to have 15 members evaluate the history and potential options for a relocation, if the court chooses. The formation of the committee does not guarantee the statue will be removed or relocated, he said. Instead, the court will make a

BY ALI LINAN

WILLIAMSON COUNTY The committee to evaluate the history of the Confederate statue in front of the Williamson County Courthouse in Georgetown reappeared in the Commissioners Court agenda March 23, but no action was taken. Instead, Commissioner Russ Boles, who is spearheading the committee, used the agenda item to provide an update. “Nothing has changed frommy original intent,” Boles said. “I’m not looking for a long, drawn-out conversation today from the court or anything like that. ... My sole purpose is that it is still on my agenda.” The formation of the committee was first pitched by Boles in August after renewed cries for the statue

JASON SHAW, LEANDER CITY COUNCIL MEMBER

NUMBER TOKNOW This means outdoor watering is prohibited except for hand watering for all residential and commercial water customers. Fire hydrants, pool care and commercial washes are allowed, but other nonessential uses are prohibited. 3 The city of Leander is in Phase 3 of its water conservation plan. CITY& COUNTY HIGHLIGHTS CEDAR PARK The city’s economic development corporation was awarded the Economic Excellence Recognition award in February from the Texas Economic Development Council, according to a March 22 city release. The award recognizes “economic development organizations that meet a desired threshold of professionalism.” WILLIAMSON COUNTY Judge Bill Gravell predicts each county resident adult who wants a COVID-19 vaccine will have one by July 4. Vaccines are occurring at three hubs: the Georgetown ISD Athletic Complex, the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex and Dell Diamond. Cedar Park City Council Typically meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. 450 Cypress Creek Road, Bldg. 4, MEETINGSWE COVER Cedar Park • 512-401-5000 www.cedarparktexas.gov Leander City Council Typically meets the first and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. 201 N. Brushy St., Leander 512-259-1239 • www.leandertx.gov Travis County Commissioners Court Typically meets Tuesdays at 9 a.m. 700 Lavaca St., Austin 512-854-9020 www.traviscountytx.gov/ commissioners-court Williamson County Commissioners Court Typically meets Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. 710 S. Main St., Georgetown 512-943-1100 • www.wilco.org

The statue is located on the south side of the Williamson County Courthouse in Georgetown. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)

New judge’s order allows Travis County to keepmaskmandate in place

BY JACK FLAGLER

general’s office a temporary injunction, which would have forced local authorities to lift the order while the case was ulti- mately decided. “I cannot find that plaintiff met its burden to demonstrate the right to the relief it seeks,” Livingston wrote in her decision. Under the local health depart- ment orders, Austin and Travis County businesses are instructed to require masks for both staff and patrons. In Austin, all individuals must also wear a face covering outside the household. Statewide orders requiring masks have not been in effect since March 10, when Gov. Greg Abbott lifted them. When the governor made that announcement, many Austin busi- nesses shared on social media that their required mask policies would stay in place regardless of whether there was a state requirement.

TRAVIS COUNTY Local rules that require masks to be worn in public will continue after a district court judge denied a challenge from the state of Texas that would have forced Austin and Travis County to lift the mandates. Judge Lora Livingston of the 261st Civil District Court in Travis County made the ruling March 26 to deny the state attorney MANDATE ENFORCEMENT $500 Max Fine County employees designated by Travis County may issue a violation citation to those not wearing a mask where appropriate.

19 number of individual charges the county is disputing

SOURCE: WILLIAMSON COUNTY/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

County disputes $15K stormenergy charges

BY ALI LINAN

WILLIAMSON COUNTY Following the recent winter storm, Williamson County was charged at least $14,794 in added energy costs by Cavallo Energy Texas, which the county is disputing. The Williamson County Commis- sioners Court agreed to dispute the charges during a March 23 meeting. The charges are for buildings and infrastructure in the unincorporated areas of the county, officials said.

SOURCE: TRAVIS COUNTY/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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D A T E S T O K N O W

W H E R E T O V O T E

April 19 First day of early voting April 20 Last day to apply for ballot by mail (received, not postmarked)

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CEDAR PARK PROPOSITIONS

S A M P L E B A L L O T

*Incumbent

CEDAR PARK CITY COUNCIL Place 1 Jim Penniman-Morin Dorian Chavez Place 3

LEANDER CITY COUNCIL Mayor Troy Hil* Christine Sederquist Place 2 Mike Sanders Annette Sponseller* Esmeralda Traube Place 4 Nacole Thompson Donnie Mahan Place 6 Marci Cannon* Becki Ross

PROPOSITION A Shall Section 3.01 of the Cedar Park City Charter be amended to change the Mayor and Councilmembers’ terms of oce from two (2) years to three (3) years with such terms staggered such that 2 positions, 3 positions, and 2 positions are to be elected at each general election and provide for transition to 3-year terms over the 3-year period starting at the next general election after the adoption of this amendment? PROPOSITION B Shall Section 3.05 and Section 4.01(d) of the Cedar Park City Charter be amended to expressly authorize the City Manager to execute all agreements, conveyances, instruments, and documents as authorized or directed by the Council, or as reasonably necessary in the prudent administration of City aairs in accordance with the annual budget and this Charter? PROPOSITION C If three (3) year terms are adopted, shall Section 3.06(c) of the Cedar Park City Charter be amended to provide for lling of a vacancy on the Council with an unexpired term of 12 months or less by appointment by the City Council and for lling a vacancy with an unexpired term of more than 12 months by special election in accordance with state law? PROPOSITION D Shall Section 3.08(d) of the Cedar Park City Charter be amended to protect, in addition to attorney client privileged communications, condentiality of information that has been discussed in closed executive session pursuant to state law, to apply to the City Council and also appointees of City Boards, Commissions, committees, and task forces, and to provide for necessary exceptions? PROPOSITION E Shall Section 5.02(f) of the Cedar Park City Charter be amended to provide for automatic and immediate resignation by a Mayor or Councilmember upon their ling or candidacy for any public oce other than of the Cedar Park City Council, instead of requiring resignation at least forty-ve (45) days prior to the election, and renumbered as Section 5.07?

Anne K. Duy* Claudia Chavez Place 5

Kevin Harris Collin Klein

EARLY VOTING POLLING LOCATIONS

CEDAR PARK Cedar Park Public Library 550 Discovery Blvd. Cedar Park Randalls 1400 Cypress Creek Road

LEANDER Leander Public Library 1011 S. Bagdad Road

The above locations are for Williamson County residents. A full list of early voting polling locations for Williamson County can be found at www.wilco.org/elections and https://countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/elections for Travis County.

SOURCES: CITY OF CEDAR PARK, CITY OF LEANDERCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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CANDIDATE Q&A

Get to know the candidates running in the local election

Incumbent

Leander mayor

Why are you the best candidate for this seat?

We’re lucky we didn’t take an economic hit from COVID like some cities, but the winter storm highlighted issues that can’t wait another day to be addressed. Our critical infrastructure needs backup power and system redundancies. Additionally, the role of a mayor is to be in the Emergency Operations Center during a crisis. It didn’t happen this time, but I guarantee I would be there. were always low, and we kept our city oces and golf course open and had our best year ever. In regards to the storm, we have met with both Atmos and Pedernales Electric and have several things we will work together on in the future to avoid a recurrence. We also will look at the dedicat- ed power sources for each water plant. Leander came through COVID better than any city its size around us. Our active cases How will Leander recover from COVID-19 and the winter storm? How will Leander recover from COVID-19 and the winter storm? I will oppose any eort to shut down private businesses. My heart goes out to business owners and employees who lost everything because they were ordered to close their doors. I will improve communi- cations between city council and PEC board of directors to ensure critical infrastructure is better protected from any future rolling blackouts. I would like to see a well to the aquifer at one of our re stations. My focus, if elected, would be on support- ing, highlighting, and encouraging a “buy local” media campaign and also research- ing funding and partnership options for community programming to encourage activation of local businesses. Concerning recovering from the winter storms, I will continue to focus on securing our water infrastructure to provide reliability and long-termwater solutions. I have helped as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. I have also helped over 50 individuals get the vaccine as it is dicult to navigate the online systems. I want small businesses to ourish as we come to the end of COVID19. We need to rebuild our community and those businesses who have been hurt by the ice storms or COVID19. We need to help people with insurance claims from the ice storms.

How can water issues be xed to prevent future problems?

TROY HILL

Occupation: Mayor Relevant experience: Economic Development Committee, Capital Metropolitan Transpor- tation Authority board member 512-745-2813 www.troyhillmayor.com

I provide steady leadership and an orga- nized, intentional focus on the city’s needs as we grow. I understand that true economic development comes from attracting good paying jobs, not fast food. I pride myself on being a voice for the residents, not my own interests. And when things go wrong, I have the certication to take command of the city’s Emergency Operations Center and I won’t let the residents down. I’ve been in oce three years as Mayor. No one can argue about Leander’s rise. I have a BA in City Planning. Tax rates have been lowered each year. Revenue has risen. Our city is the most desired city in the nation to live. We opened 130 new businesses in 2020. We opened Lakewood Park, one of the best parks in Texas, and approved Old Town Park, as the focal point of Old Town. We have had 10 sit-down restaurants open since 2018.

We clearly need a backup generator. Construction has begun on the San Gabriel Pipeline Connection. Going forward, we need a long-range plan to fund a secondary water source to increase our resiliency. We also must do everything to ensure the BCRUA projects stay on time and have a se- rious assessment of our ability to continue selling water outside city limits and evalu- ate when we stop taking new customers. We do not have a water shortage, instead a delivery problem. We are hiring a director of infrastructure, who will focus on water, wastewater and transportation issues. We also will reviewmaintenance procedures at both plants, because the BCRUA plant we own has problems staying online. I have also spent two years meeting with people looking at additional sources, and know which ones are viable moving forward.

CHRISTINE SEDERQUIST

Occupation: Digital marketer

Relevant experience: Capital Area Council of Governments, Emer- gency Communications board 701-347-1719 www.christine4leander.com

Leander City Council, Place 2 Why are you the best candidate for this seat?

How can water issues be xed to prevent future problems?

MIKE SANDERS

Occupation: Electrical engineer Relevant experience: Nonprot boards and committees, weekly meetings with teams of diverse engineers 512-731-8789 https://mike4leander.com

I am the conservative choice for Place 2 on the Leander City Council. As an engineer, I regularly think outside the box, creating things that have never existed before. I have numerous ideas to help stop wastefully spending taxpayer money. Currently 50% of all sales tax revenue collected in Leander is given to CapMetro. In exchange we watch empty [buses] and trains arriving at and leav- ing the Leander Station. This must change. I have been part of the Leander community for over 10 years and I have signicant expe- rience working with our city through various volunteer roles with the city and other community organizations. In my time on City Council, I have immersed myself in learning about our infrastructure to secure our water system and improve trac management. I have a track record of working hard to get the job done and a willingness to learn. I feel I am the best candidate since I will listen to all residents of Leander. I bring dierent views to the city. I have a diverse background and work with people who don’t share my opinion. I feel I would listen to the commu- nity and ask questions to ensure we are not spending more on abandoned projects. I would ask questions about other initiatives that we are addressing. I will bring honesty and transparency.

We need to replace the older main pipes with newer, larger pipes feeding into Lean- der. We must have redundant water pumps at our water towers and provide electricity to those pumps on dedicated electrical lines that will never be turned o. We must take steps now, to prevent water from being removed from our citizens ever again. Also an alternate source of water is needed, other than Lake Travis and Sandy Creek. Our city needs to secure our water source, whether the best option is additional surface water, groundwater, reuse water or a combination. We need to increase our treatment capability through supporting expansions of the BCRUA and support increased distribution with redundancy. We need to create and implement long-range plans for our potential build-out, as well as, maintenance of our current system. The city has two water sources. We need to ensure both are producing enough to pro- vide for all residents. In the past year, we have had two major incidents with water quality/availability. We need to analyze the current water sources for issues with capac- ity and/or water transport. We need to plan for city water and many other critical items that need forecasting and proper planning. We need to plan for emergencies.

ANNETTE SPONSELLER

Occupation: Inside sales, reporting man- ager Relevant experience:

Planning & Zoning, Comprehensive Plan Committee 512-534-9522 www.annette4leander.com Occupation: Business architect at Dell Tech- nologies Relevant experience: Background in housing, volunteer in community 512-937-3438 www.esmeforleander.com ESMERALDA TRAUBE

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