Northwest Austin Edition | May 2021

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10 acres of new parkland

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ConnectedBull CreekGreenbelt closer to reality When a family who owns a 10-acre plot of land o Bull Creek in Northwest Austin reached out to the city about selling the property, it was a call Randy Scott waited decades to eld. remaining puzzle pieces to nish a continuous Bull Creek Greenbelt. “These are the last two pieces that we are pur- suing,” Scott said. “I’ve been working on acquiring this property for 23 years.” BY IAIN OLDMAN

Scott, the park development coordinator with the city of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Depart- ment, told Community Impact Newspaper that he has been eyeing the property as one of the last

Austin City Council voted in late March to begin negotiations on this parcel of land near Spicewood Springs Road and Loop 360. According to council

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A woman hikes through Bull Creek at St. Edward’s Park on May 9. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

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10616 MellowMeadows Dr #24D, Austin, TX 78750 Philip Barton | 512-965-4344

9525 N Capital Of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78759 Amy Bernhard | 512-534-8847

13005 Debarr Dr, Austin, TX 78729 Tony Alayon | 512-814-6644

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2320 Gracy Farms Ln #1034, Austin, TX 78758 Shelley Cartier | 512-820-0959

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13218 Villa Park Dr, Austin, TX 78729 Carrie Mendez | 512-784-9020

7800 Lonesome Dove Cv, Austin, TX 78729 Brooke Steele | 512-483-4794

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

COMING SOON 13 International fashion house Gucci is building a storefront in The Domain at 11601 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin, and plans to open by early 2022. Gucci makes designer handbags, clothing, jewelry and other fashion accessories. This will be the rst full Gucci storefront in the Austin area. www.gucci.com 14 Local dog care center Mud Puppies is opening a third Austin location Aug. 1 at 12196 N. MoPac, Austin. Mud Puppies, which started almost two decades ago in the Lakeline area, provides play care, boarding, grooming and dog wash ser- vices for pet owners. www.mud-puppies.com 35 15 Anthony Vince Nail Spa will open a location in The Domain at 11600 Century Oaks Terrace, Ste. 100, Austin, in sum- mer 2021, according to the company’s website. The spa oers a full menu of nail care and cosmetic services, includ- ing waxing, massages, facials and more. www.anthonyvincenailspa.com 16 Jeweler Brilliant Earth is coming soon to 11700 Domain Blvd., Ste. 132, Austin, in Domain Northside. The store sells responsibly sourced ne jewelry with distinct designs made by in-house jewelers. 800-691-0952. www.brilliantearth.com 17 Nationwide bakery chain Cinnaholic is opening by late fall inside The Arbore- tum at 10000 Research Blvd., Ste. 136, Austin. Cinnaholic oers gourmet cinna- mon rolls with ingredients such as banana cream, raspberry jam, chai seasoning and more. The bakery also serves brownies, cookies and scoops of cookie dough. 833-246-3726. www.cinnaholic.com 18 The Sele Galleries will open this summer in The Domain at 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza, Austin. The self-described “sele museum” will oer several rooms with dierent themes, including LED and hedge walls, for customers to take Insta- grammable-photos. 512-505-8292. www.theselegalleries.com 19 Italian restaurant Pizza Roma is aim- ing to open June 15 at 10401 Anderson Mill Road, Ste. 108A, Austin, according to owners Nderim and Lindita Lena. Pizza Roma will serve pies baked on pizza stones and will have a daily pickup special for customers. 737-300-1003 20 Dermatology spa LaserAway is opening in late August at 11011 Domain Drive, Austin. LaserAway oers hair re- moval, tattoo removal, skin rejuvenation services and more using state-of-the-art laser technology. 888-965-2737. 21 Regard Jewelry in early May began a liquidation sale at its current location at 8127 Mesa Drive, Ste. 301, Austin, be- fore it relocates. According to the com- pany, it is expanding into a new space at 6800 Burnet Road, Ste. 4, Austin, because it has outgrown its current loca- tion. The move is several months away, and Regard Jewelry will be running its liquidation sale up until the move. 737-300-2686. www.regardjewelry.com www.laseraway.com RELOCATIONS

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NOWOPEN 1 Flagship Restaurant Group in late April announced that New York restaura- teur and “Chef’s Table” star Ivan Orkin is serving Ivan Ramen out of a ghost kitchen space inside Blue Sushi Sake Grill, located at 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Ste. 144, Austin. Local customers are able to order Ivan Ramen’s signature ramen bowls as well as classic Japanese appetizers through takeout or delivery on Ivan Ra- men’s website. www.ivanramen.com 2 Summer Classics Home is celebrating its grand opening May 20-22 with live mu- sic, food and giveaways at 9900 RM 620, Austin. The showroom oers both outdoor and indoor interior home collections in timeless styles. 512-953-2650. www.summerclassics.com/sc-stores/austin 3 Waterloo Swimming opened its sec- ond location at 3200 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, on April 16. Toddler through adult swim lesson classes are oered at the new location, which owner Mike Varozza said includes two indoor heated pools. 512-401-3404. www.waterlooswimming.org 4 Cosmetics spa Personique on the Spot opened late April at a temporary

clinic at 3220 Feathergrass Court, Ste. 132, Austin. The clinic oers non-in- vasive beauty treatments for customers and will open a permanent location at another address in The Domain in the coming months. 512-306-1217. www.personiqueonthespot.com 5 Northwest Austin seafood spot Salty Cargo in April opened a new food trailer at Celis Brewery, located at 10001 Metric Blvd., Austin. Salty Cargo, with another location in Hana World Market o Parmer Lane in North Austin, serves poke, tori katsu, pork ribs and more out of this trail- er location. www.saltycargo.com 6 Vehicle dealership Twisted Automo- tive opened in late April at 3306 Esper- anza Crossing, Austin, in The Domain. The car company sells modied models of the Land Rover Defender. 800-832-8841. www.twistedautomotive.com 7 Smokers Buzz Smoke Shop opened in late April at 8303 Burnet Road, Austin. The store sells smoking accessories, vape machines, hookahs and more. 737-202-4878. www.facebook.com/ smokersbuzzatx 8 Lake Travis Pizza on May 3 held a soft opening for its newest location

at 10815 RM 2222, Unit 213, Austin. The brick oven pizza parlor, which sells signature pies, calzones and subs, is oering delivery out of this location. 512-266-2287. www.laketravispizza.com 9 Local Life Realty opened this spring at 3220 Feathergrass Court, Ste. 120, Austin. The real estate rm provides in-house realty, design, lending and branding services. 512-502-5117. www.localliferealty.net 10 Chili’s Grill and Bar in April opened its newest Austin location at 7710 N. RM 620, Bldg. 2, Austin, in the Four Points area. This Chili’s location oers curbside pickup service, delivery through Doordash and alcohol to-go. 512-642-8100. www.chilis.com 11 Apparel retailer Faherty opened in early May at 11700 Domain Blvd., Ste. 100, Austin. The store sells shirts, outerwear and blankets made from sustainable 12 High-end clothing company Goodlife on March 12 opened at 11701 Domain Blvd., Ste. 130, Austin. Goodlife sells shirts, activewear, hats and more for men and women. 737-273-3930. www.goodlifeclothing.com materials. 512-758-7937. www.fahertybrand.com

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IN THE NEWS 22 Through a partnership with ARA Diagnostic Imaging, Lone Star Circle of Care in late spring is bringing back the Big Pink Bus , a mobile mammography service operating in Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties. The bus will provide aord- able, accessible mammography for unin- sured and underserved Central Texans, according to a news release. LSCC has three Northwest Austin locations at A 12201 Renfert Way, Ste. 220; B 11111 Research Blvd.; and C 8913 Collineld Drive. 877-800-5722. www.lonestarcares.org 23 With construction of its new $1 billion campus still underway at 6800 W. Parmer Lane, Austin, Apple Inc. announced the project’s rst employees will move into the space in 2022. The

Ascension Texas on May 13 started construction on its upcoming Dell Children’s Medical Center North campus in far Northwest Austin.

international tech giant provided the update in an April 26 news release that outlined its plans to invest hundreds of billions in jobs and infrastructure nation- wide. In the news release, Apple stated it is investing billions in 5G technology

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FEATURED IMPACT IN THE NEWS Ascension Texas on May 13 celebrated the groundbreaking on construction of the upcoming Dell Children’s Medical Center North to be located southeast of the intersection of US 183 and Avery Ranch Boulevard. The 187,000-square-foot, four-story hospital is scheduled to open in November 2022. According to Ascension, the rst oor of the hospital will house an emergency department oering Level III trauma

care with two trauma bays, imaging services and a pharmacy. The second and third oors will house operating rooms and 36 beds for pediatric care. 9010 N. Lake Creek Parkway, Austin 512-324-0000 www.dellchildrens.net

and silicon engineering in Texas. 408-996-1010. www.apple.com COMMUNITY

24 Harmony Science Academy-Cedar Park , located at 12200 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, has been selected as Na- tional School of Character by Character. org, a nationwide education advocacy organization, according to a May 11 news release from Harmony Public Schools. Only ve other campuses statewide and less than 50 schools nationwide received the award this year. 512-494-5151. www.hsacp.harmonytx.org

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May-June events

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PRESERVATIONAUSTIN’S HOMES TOUR VIRTUAL

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USWNT FRIENDLY ANDAUSTIN FC HOME OPENER Q2 STADIUM

The nonprot’s annual fundraising event, held virtually this year, will highlight homes in the Rogers-Washington-Holy Cross historic district, which encompasses the intersection of Chestnut Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in East Austin. The event will explore the homes of some signicant historical gures, including Tuskeegee Airman Norman Scales and former Huston-Tillotson University President Dr. John Q. Taylor King. 7 p.m. $20-$25. 512-474-5198. www.preservationaustin.org

Before Austin FC plays its rst home game, Q2 Stadium will host the U.S. Women’s National Team for an international game. The USWNT takes on the Nigerian women’s squad on June 16. After starting its inaugural season on the road, Austin FC will then host the San Jose Earthquakes June 19. Several breweries around the stadium are hosting watch parties for the game. Both games are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. CST. Q2 Stadium, 10414 McKalla Place, Austin. 512-572-8932. www.austinfc.com

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$139-$259. Auditorium Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive, Austin. www.captextri.com JUNE 04 MAUDIE’S MOONLIGHT MARGARITA RUN Participants in the run, which is being presented virtually this year, can register online and submit results for their 5k race anytime before May 31. Then, on June 4, they can pick up their race packet, which includes a t-shirt, a frozen margarita and food. Proceeds from the annual event benet the Trail Foundation. Various times. $30. 855-448-7245. www.thetrailfoundation.org/mmr 05 THROUGH06 AUSTIN POND SOCIETY’S ANNUAL POND AND GARDEN TOUR The Austin Pond Society is hosting its annual tour of notable ponds and gardens throughout the Austin area to raise funds for its organization. Times vary. $20-$25. Multiple locations. www.austinpondsociety.org 05 AND JUNE 12 LIVEMUSIC AND PAINTING AT THE ARBORETUM Shoppers can enjoy free live music and

painting from local artists every other Saturday throughout mid-June. Austin painter Kathy Meador is the featured artist June 5. 1-3 p.m. Free. The Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd., Austin. 512-338-4755. www.thearboretum.com 10 THROUGH 13 ROT RALLY BRINGS BIKERS BACK TO TOWN The Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally features music, vendors, food trucks and more for bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts. After its cancellation last year, the event returns for its 25th anniversary and will feature performances from Artimus Pyle of Lynyrd Skynard and rock group Blackberry Smoke. Various times. $89 (daily pass), $149 (four-day pass). Circuit of The Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Austin. www.republicoftexasmotorcyclerally.com 11 THROUGH 13 VINTAGEMARKET DAYS This three-day special event features a market with vintage goods. Vendors will sell antiques, original art, jewelry and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. $10-$15. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. www.vintagemarketdays.com

WORTH THE TRIP MAY 2930 WIMBERLEYMEMORIAL DAY RODEO This annual rodeo raises funds for the Wimberley 4-H Buyers’ Pool, which supports projects for the town’s local 4-H club. Rodeo events include team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, mutton busting and more. Shows start at 8 p.m. General admission $10, $5 for kids. VFW Arena, 401 Jacob’s Well Road, Wimberley. 512-423-8035. http://wimberleyrodeo.org

IKKICON RETURNS IKKiCON, an annual convention celebrating Japanese pop culture, returns with virtual and in-person programming for attendees. This year’s event, includes three days of panels, cosplay events, art contests and more. Times vary. $39.99-$109.99. Marriott Downtown Austin, 304 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin. www.ikkicon.com 29 QUESOFF RETURNS TO BENEFIT CENTRAL TEXAS FOOD BANK The queso cook-o which features restaurants, chefs, home cooks and more will be back after it was canceled due to the spread of COVID-19. Participating restaurants include Better Half, Eldorado Cafe, Olamaie, Comedor and La Condesa. 5-8 p.m. $16. Mohawk Austin, 912 Red River St., Austin. www.mohawkaustin.com 31 CAPTEX TRIATHLON This triathlon begins with a 1,500-meter swim in Lady Bird Lake, followed by a 24.3-mile bike ride through downtown to the Texas Capitol, then concludes with a 6.2-mile run through Butler Metro Park. The post-race party will be held at Auditorium Shores. 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES NorthAustin I35 exit ramp closure to last 4months Driving routes have changed on the interchange at I-35 and US 183 in North Austin as the Texas Department of Transportation has opened sections of

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The Texas Department of Transportation on April 26 closed the ramp connecting northbound I35 to northbound US 183. (Courtesy TxDOT)

NEWTRAFFIC PATTERN TOKNOW For the next four months, the ramp connecting northbound I-35 to north- bound US 183 is going to be closed as TxDOT reconstructs the yover to make it less steep. While the ramp is closed, trac trying to connect to northbound US 183 will have to take a detour along the I-35 frontage road and take a U-turn at Rundberg Lane. TxDOT said detoured trac will have its own dedicated lane that will not be open to local trac in order to manage trac ow. After motorists have made the U-turn at Rundberg, they will use the recently opened southbound I-35 to northbound US 183 yover.

a yearslong construction project. TxDOT on April 26 opened the southbound I-35 to northbound US 183 and southbound I-35 to southbound US 183 yovers. These new ramps mark the rst substantial milestone in the I-35 at US 183 yover project. TxDOT broke ground on the $124million project, which will deliver a total of four new or reconstructed yovers connecting the twomajor highways, in January 2018. An hour before state crews opened the new southbound I-35 yovers, TxDOT additionally closed an exist- ing ramp o northbound I-35 for a planned long-term closure. The northbound I-35 to northbound US 183 ramp is closed for the next four months as TxDOT crews reconstruct the ramp. State ocials said the recon- struction is necessary to decrease the incline on the ramp, which will make it easier for vehicles to ascend. “We’re going to lessen the grade of that yover to make it easier for trac to climb it,” said Diann Hodges, public information ocer for TxDOT. The state ocially closed the ramp at 10 p.m. April 26. Vehicles wanting to enter north- bound US 183 from northbound I-35 will have to take a detour using the

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Rundberg Lane exit, or exit 241 on I-35. The detour will take drivers around the U-turn at the Rundberg and I-35 intersection. According to an April 22 TxDOT news release, this U-turn is closed to local trac in order to manage trac ow at the intersection of Rundberg and the I-35 frontage road. TxDOT trac counts from 2019, the most recent data available, show approximately 142,000 vehicles on an average daily basis drive on US 183 between I-35 and North Lamar Boulevard. Just east of I-35, that number drops to 91,992 vehicles. That

means that around 25,000 vehicles get onto northbound US 183 from I-35 on any given day. Hodges said motorists taking the exit detour have a dedicated ramp connecting the U-turn to the recently opened yover connected to north- bound US 183. The state is currently working on the last new yover at the inter- change, which will connect north- bound US 183 to northbound I-35. Hodges said TxDOT anticipates that yover, the last substantial connec- tion in this project, will open to trac sometime this fall.

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RM 2222 improvements State crews in mid-April began pav- ing new eastbound lanes from River Place Boulevard to an upcoming bypass road connected to RM 620. Crews will next work on installing curbs and sidewalk. Timeline: late 2018-summer 2021

New sidewalks have been completed along Anderson Mill Road. (Courtesy Austin Transportation Department)

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CITY&SCHOOLS Hot housingmarket is reflected in 2021 property appraisals CITY&SCHOOLS News from Austin, counties, Texas & schools

District to receive $156M in federal COVID-19 support

BY OLIVIA ALDRIDGE

PROPERTY APPRAISALS BY THE NUMBERS

TRAVIS COUNTY The Travis Central Appraisal District sent out 2021 notices of appraisal to Travis County property owners in April for a collective $323 billion of appraised value—a 12% increase in its appraisal roll since 2019, when TCAD last updated appraisals. The increase points to a highly active Austin housing market and rapid population growth, a TCAD representative said. “That’s being driven by substan- tial increases in the residential market. It’s a mixed increase in commercial sectors,” TCAD Chief Appraiser Marya Crigler said in a May 4 presentation to Travis County commissioners. While the values for some com- mercial properties have decreased over the past year, office buildings have shown moderate appreciation, Crigler said. The value of residential prop- erties, however, has skyrocketed across the board as low housing

The Travis Central Appraisal District in April distributed its valuations to property owners. Here is a breakdown of the updated appraisals.

BY NICHOLAS CICALE

AUSTIN ISD Gov. Greg Abbott announced April 28 that the Texas Edu- cation Agency would be distributing a total of $11.2 billion in federal funds to public schools, with Austin ISD set to receive approximately $156 million in COVID-19 relief funding. AISD Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde said the $156 million is less than what the district was expecting, but it will nonetheless help support students. Some of the money will go to recoup the almost $55 million AISD has already spent on relief. Beyond that, Elizalde said there will be a primary focus on direct services to students that could help eliminate learning losses that were seen during the pandemic. Some future costs, such as main- taining technology that was distrib- uted over the past year, are already anticipated by the district.

Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area median home price was $425,000 in March

$323 billion of appraised value That is a 12% increase since 2019

Residential properties are 57% of taxable value in Travis County in 2021

57%

SOURCE: TRAVIS CENTRAL APPRAISAL DISTRICT/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

likely pay a larger share of the county’s taxes. “In 2020, residential represented 53% of the overall taxable value in the county, and commercial represented 42%; in 2021, we are showing that residential is going to represent 57% and commercial will represent 39%,” Crigler said. TCAD will send certified esti- mates to taxing entities by late July.

inventory collided with heightened interest in single-family homes in Austin. From January 2020 to January 2021, the level of housing inventory in Travis County reduced from 1.6 months to 0.4 months. As of March, Austin-Round Rock- area home prices had hit a median $425,000, an all-time high. Conse- quently, residential property owners will see higher appraisals and will

Police academy training to restart in June

CADET TRAINING TIMELINE

The Austin Police Department is set to restart its academy next month. Here is a timeline of the events leading up to this decision.

BY BEN THOMPSON

council, with District 4 Council Mem- ber Greg Casar voting against and District 1 Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison abstaining. The acad- emy is set to launch June 7, according to the city, barring any changes over the coming weeks. Training of new APD cadets was put on hold over a year ago in the wake of a series of reports and investigations into toxic and racist aspects of the APD academy and its leadership.

AUSTIN The Austin Police Depart- ment will once again train new cadets this year after City Council’s May 6 majority vote to commence a pilot, “reimagined” training academy with increased oversight and communi- ty-based input. A resolution directing City Manager Spencer Cronk to move forward with final preparations for APD’s train- ing of its 144th cadet class passed

December 2019: council votes to conduct investigation of discrimination in Austin Police Department June 2020: city pauses training of 144th class of the Austin Police Academy October 2020: most recent cadet class graduates May 6: council votes to restart academy with new recom- mendations June 7: next cadet class to start

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SOURCE: CITY OF AUSTIN/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

New roles announced for health care officials leading local COVID-19 efforts

DR. MARK ESCOTT • Previously: interim health authority of Austin and Travis County • Now: chief medical officer for the city of Austin STEPHANIE HAYDEN-HOWARD • Previously: Austin Public Health director • Now: assistant city manager with city of Austin DR. DESMAR WALKES • Previously: local health authority for Bastrop County • Now: Austin medical director and health authority NEWROLES FORHEALTHOFFICIALS

County’s fight against COVID-19 since the first cases of the virus were confirmed. Dr. Desmar Walkes will take over as the city’s next medical director and health authority May 31. Since 2007, Walkes has served as the local health authority for Bastrop County, where she has been the point person for the county’s response to COVID-19.

BY OLIVIA ALDRIDGE

the city, and Austin Public Health Director Stephanie Hayden-Howard will become an assistant city manager. Escott and Hayden-Howard have been the two most visible leaders of Austin and Travis

AUSTIN Dr. Mark Escott will step down from his position as interim health authority of Austin and Travis County to take on a new role as chief medical officer for

SOURCE: CITY OF AUSTIN/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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QUOTE OF NOTE

UTILITY SAVINGS PfISD is looking into a utility conservation program that may save millions of dollars.

MEETINGSWE COVER Austin City Council meets Thursdays at 10 a.m. at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St., Austin. 512-974-2250. www.austintexas. TEXAS Public school districts, counties, cities, public health authorities and government officials cannot require people to wear masks after June 4, following a May 18 executive order from Gov. Greg Abbott. Current mask- wearing guidelines may remain in place through June 4. HIGHLIGHTS AUSTIN A federal judge in early May struck down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium on evictions, which previously were scheduled to be in place through June 30. Neither Travis County’s nor the city of Austin’s orders will be affected by the ruling, according to representatives from the county and the mayor’s office. AUSTIN Following the passage of Proposition B, city staff on May 18 presented council with a list of more than 40 city-owned parks, utility facilities and other properties that could house designated encampments for people experiencing homelessness. WILLIAMSONCOUNTY Alvin Lankford, the chief appraiser of the Williamson Central Appraisal District, said the county is expected to experience a $14.6 billion year-over-year increase in taxable property value, a 19% jump. In 2020, the year-over-year increase was $4.59 billion from the year prior. “WE DIDHEAR FROMA LOT OF FOLKS INOUR COMMUNITY ... THAT THERE IS A LOWLEVEL OF TRUST INAPD. IT’S JUST NOTWHEREWEWANT IT TOBE ANDWHERE IT SHOULDBE TOKEEPOUR COMMUNITY SAFE.” ALISON ALTER, AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT 10 gov/department/city-council Travis County Commissioners Court meets Tuesdays at 9 a.m. at the Travis County Administration Building, 700 Lavaca St., Austin www.traviscountytx.gov Williamson County Commissioners Court meets Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at the Williamson County Courthouse, 710 Main St., Georgetown 512-943-1100. www.wilco.org

TOTAL: $2,433,000 Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 SOURCE: CENERGISTIC/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER $367,600 $491,600 $513,600 $530,600 $529,600

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PFLUGERVILLE ISD District officials are looking into a pro- gram that they hope will help the district save millions on energy utility costs. A representative from Cen- ergistic, a Dallas-based energy consumption consultancy, on May 6 told the Pflugerville ISD board of trustees that the district could save more than $2 million in utility costs in the next five years. “We go after waste and energy consumption based off behavior methods and usage methods,” Cenergistic Regional Vice President Doug Bilyeu said. According to Bilyeu’s presenta- tion, the district can accumulate savings through establishing con- servation behaviors districtwide and tracking real-time utility data from across its facilities. The plan includes some cost-saving measures, such as shutting off utilities in sections of buildings that are not occupied and finding ways to conserve energy through- out campus kitchens. According to projections from Cenergistic, PfISD would save $367,600 in energy cost savings under the first year of its conser- vation program. Over a five-year plan, PfISD would see a total net savings of $2.43 million to its energy budget. Trustee Brian Allen said that amount of money equates to eight or nine teacher salaries for the district.

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Online Appointment Scheduling covid19.austintexas.gov Phone Scheduling

Call 3-1-1 or (512) 974-2000 and leave your name and phone number. APH will call you back to schedule an appointment. Walk-Up (No Appointment) Clinics* Delco Activity Center 4601 Pecan Brook Dr Southeast Library 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd Little Walnut Creek Library 835 W Rundberg Ln For walk-up (no appointment) clinic days & hours, see the upcoming events on austintexas.gov/COVID-19 or call 3-1-1 or (512) 974-2000. Mobile Vaccination Program If you are homebound, call 3-1-1 or (512) 974-2000, leave your name and phone number, and APH will schedule a visit for you, your caregivers and household. Other Providers Visit VaccineFinder.org for other vaccine providers and availability near you.

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ELECTION

Results from elections in Northwest Austin

Election results: Austinites strike down strong-mayor proposition

Austin voters approved ive prop- ositions May and voted down three others, including one that would have phased out the city manager position and given additional respon- sibilities to the mayor. More than 85% of voters opposed the strong- mayor measure. BY OLIVIA ALDRIDGE & JACK FLAGLER

“We are not Chicago; we’re not Seattle; and we’re not Houston. We’re Austin, and Austinites saw that the clear strengths in our city is under the current form of government,” said Nico Ramsey, director for community engagement for Austin for All People, a citizens group that opposed the strong-mayor measure.

Voters stand in the rain at the Shops at Arbor Walk in North Austin on May 1. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)

Andrew Allison, campaign chair for Austinites for Progressive Reform, a group that supported the initiative, said while it was clear Austinites

did not support the strong-mayor proposal, he also believes community members “have concerns about the status quo.”

PROPOSITION A FIREFIGHTERS UNION CHARTER AMENDMENT

PROPOSITION B

PROPOSITION C

PROPOSITION D

REINSTATING THE HOMELESS ORDINANCES

APPOINTING THE DIRECTOR OF POLICE OVERSIGHT

CHANGING THE DATE OF MAYORAL ELECTIONS

YES

YES

YES

YES

90,424 (57.67%)

96,966 (62.87%)

102,138 (66.48%)

124,281 (81.03%)

NO

NO

NO

NO

29,085 (18.97%)

66,353 (42.33%)

57,256 (37.13%)

51,494 (33.52%)

If the Austin Fireghters Association and the city reach an impasse in collective bargaining negotiations, either side has the ability to force negotiations into binding arbitration.

Certain behaviors, including sitting or lying down in public areas, panhandling, sleeping outdoors or camping became criminal oenses.

City Council will create rules for appointing the director of police oversight through an ordinance.

The Austin mayor will be elected in presidential election years beginning in 2024. This means the mayor city residents elect in 2022 will serve a two-year term.

PROPOSITION F

PROPOSITION G ADDING AN 11TH CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT

PROPOSITION H

PROPOSITION E

ESTABLISHING RANKEDCHOICE VOTING

INSTITUTING A STRONGMAYOR FORM OF GOVERNMENT

CREATING AN ALTERNATIVE CAMPAIGN FINANCE SYSTEM

YES

YES

YES

YES

87,579 (57.96%)

21,793 (14.15%)

65,288 (43.34%)

65,544 (42.78%)

NO

NO

NO

NO

63,515 (42.04%)

132,234 (85.85%)

85,360 (56.66%)

87,669 (57.22%)

Austin will continue in a council- manager form of government. If this strong-mayor proposition had passed, the mayor would have become City Hall’s top executive.

Austin will not add an extra City Council district. The city’s redistricting committee is in the process of redrawing its 10 districts ahead of the 2022 election.

Voters rejected a program that would have distributed $25 taxpayer-funded vouchers to each registered voter in the city for each race the voter could cast a ballot in.

Austinites supported a ranked-choice voting system, which will allow them to rank up to ve candidates on their ballots in both City Council and mayoral races.

SOURCES: HAYS COUNTY CLERK, TRAVIS COUNTY CLERK, WILLIAMSON COUNTY CLERKCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

BY IAIN OLDMAN Aguirre wins Pflugerville ISD board of trustees contest by fewer than handful of votes

Travis County and another two in Williamson County, the only votes cast for the PfISD race in that county. “We realized in this election that every vote counts,” said Vernagene Mott, president of the PfISD board of trustees, on May 11 when the board canvassed the ocial results. After all votes were reported on May 1, Aguirre was leading the race by a total of two votes. However, three provisional or mail-in ballots had yet

to be counted in Travis County. The county ocially added those tallies May 7, extending Aguirre’s lead by one vote and ocially handing him the election win. According to the Texas Secretary of State’s Oce, a candidate can legally call for a recount if the dierence between the number of votes between the candidates is less than 10% of the number of votes received by the person elected. In

this race, that would mean 10% of the 2,968 votes received by Aguirre. That comes to 296 votes—far more than the gap between the candidates. Garcia chose not to le a petition for a recount in Travis or Williamson county, saying he wanted to allow Aguirre to “hit the ground running” in his job on the board. “I’m really proud of the campaign we ran. I wish [Aguirre] all the luck in the world,” Garcia said.

In a race that tallied nearly 6,000 votes across two counties, David Aguirre was ocially declared winner of the election for Place 1 on the Pugerville ISD board of trustees May 7 when Travis County published its ocial election results. Aguirre in the end won the race by just three votes, collecting 2,968 tallies in Travis County. Challenger Marc Garcia collected 2,963 votes in

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BUSINESS FEATURE Floor King New leaders carrying decor company forward F ounded in Northwest Austin in 1986, Floor King had been under the leadership of Kurt Wade and John Surko for

BY GREG PERLISKI

then maintenance, said Brown, who is Floor King’s chief nancial ocer. “It is almost like an education, and that’s the best way to have a happy customer, is for them to know what they are getting into,” he said. Working with customers in a personalized fashion has positioned Floor King to face challenges brought by big business in the oor covering industry, which has seen big-box home improvement stores come into the market selling carpeting and ooring products. But the array of retailers and oor- ing products often brings customers to Floor King with more questions than answers, Wanslow said. “We see it as an opportunity to educate,” she said. “If you are pulling it o the shelf, then there’s no one explaining it. Our team is there to educate you on what is right for you.” And what is right, even for a single customer, can change over time. Carpeting is now reserved more for the bedrooms of a home, and more durable vinyl plank ooring has come into vogue in the main living areas as families with busy schedules and pets need durability, she said. Ultimately, having product variety along with customer knowledge has enabled the Floor King team to manage the changes. “In dealing with dierent customers, you deal with dierent styles and dif- ferent wants and dierent priorities,” Surko-Guerra said. “The ability to kind of conform to what that person wants in the few hours we have with them has remained constant.”

much of its history. In January 2020 the home design, decor and oor covering company transferred to new leadership. Now the business, which later this summer opens its newest location in San Marcos, is led by a second generation of Surkos, Jack and Kelly Surko-Guerra, and longtime Floor King teammembers James Brown and KimWanslow. Wanslow, Floor King CEO, said the group working together through the decades has made Floor King seem like family, especially considering the years of service that also can be found among members of Floor King’s installation team. One member, Alfredo Renteria, passed his trade to his son, Jorge, who is also part of the team.“It’s a family unit that we have developed,” she said. “We’ve seen each other’s kids grow up.” Floor King oers not only ooring and installation but also works with both retail clients and homebuilders on design. The service is particularly important with retail customers, as in-house experts guide customers on what works best for their individual lifestyle, Kelly Surko-Guerra said. “We get to know their lifestyle,” she said. “So that’s an opportunity to make sure they are getting a product that they are going to love and that they can live with.” The process continues from design to product choice, installation and

Floor King’s current leadership team has worked together over the past 20 years. Pictured from left are: KimWanslow, Kelly Surko-Guerra, James Brown and Jack Surko. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)

HOME DECOR TRENDS THROUGH THE YEARS The sales, design and installation team at Floor King has seen many changes in product trends over the years. 1990s • wallpaper used in bath, kitchen • backsplash built with 4x4 white tile • tiled oors are in entry, kitchen, bath • living areas carpeted in green, blue or burgundy 2000s • white-washed cabinets and wood ooring emerge as top choice • dark cabinets are popular along with travertine oors and walls 2010s • wallpaper fades in popularity • dark wood moves out of style • larger oor tiles require atter oors • bold-patterned oors are in vogue 2020s • durable vinyl and tile that appear like wood sweep market • digital design is common; customers see choices virtually

Today, carpet ismore commonly reserved for bedrooms. (Courtesy Floor King)

Vinyl plank ooring that looks likewood is nowpopular. (Courtesy Floor King)

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