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Election to decide future of Leander public transit Remaining in Capital Metro on ballot

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Leander voters will make a signiŽcant decision in the May 7 election on what the city’s public transportation future will look like. Voters will be asked if the city should continue as a mem- ber city in Capital Metro, the regional public transit entity that serves much of the Greater Austin area. Voters elected to join Capital Metro in 1985 and conŽrmed that decision with another vote in 2000. For a second time, Leander res- idents will be asked if they want to remain in the Capital Metro partnership. If a majority of voters say “yes” to staying in Capital Metro, bus, pickup and rail services will continue as normal. In addi- tion, the two entities will move forward with an inter local CONTINUED ON 24

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Capital Metro’s service in Leander includes rail and commuter bus. (Eddie Harbour/Community Impact Newspaper)

Cedar Park to face $158.8Mbond vote

The city of Cedar Park will have a general obligation bond on the ballot in May with voters deciding on three components. BOND BREAKDOWN

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addressed,” Council Member Heather Jefts saidat a Jan. 27meeting. “All areas of the city were a part of the process, had their say and a seat at the table.” The 2022 bond recommendations came from a bond advisory task force of 15 members. The task force was given a list of projects from city sta and taskedwith picking the projects of high priority. Over the course of several months, the task force then evaluated and reviewed the projects, discussed the Žnancial possibilities, provided oppor- tunities for community engagement and presented the Žnal report to City Council in January. CONTINUED ON 27

In an eort to accommodate the fast-growing city of Cedar Park, a $158.8 million general obligation bond focused on roads, parks and public safetywill go before the city’s voters in theMay 7 election. Thebondconsists of $86.6million in transportation projects, $42.2 million in parks and recreation projects, and $30 million for a new multi-agency public safety training facility. “I appreciate the fact that this entire bond package came together from a wide swath of citizens of the city of Cedar Park that came together and worked together over several months to make sure that all needs were being

TOTAL: $158.8 million in estimated project costs

Proposition A: Transportation,

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$86.6 million Proposition B: Parks and recreation, $42.2 million

Proposition C: Public safety, $30 million

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FROMDENISE: It is that time of year again—election time! There are many candidates vying for a seat on the Cedar Park and Leander city councils. This month we are also focusing on two important issues: Capital Metro in Leander and the Cedar Park bond. To make an informed decision, I encourage everyone to thoroughly read this edition, including our front- page stories, before you head to the polls May 7. Denise Seiler, GENERALMANAGER

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NOWOPEN 1 Cedar Park Breast Center opened March 1 at the Cedar Park Regional Medical Center. The practice, led by Dr. Edward Bombach, will provide surgical care for benign and malignant breast disease. Consultations and surgical pro- cedures will be performed in oce and at CPRMC. The surgical practice is located at 1401 Medical Parkway, Bldg. B, Ste. 412C, Cedar Park. 512-379-3850. www.cedarparkphysicianassociates.com 2 Crumbl Cookies opened a Cedar Park location March 24 in the 1890 Ranch shopping center. The cookie company of- fers over 120 rotating cookie ‡avors. The location is at 1335 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. H500, Cedar Park. 512-337-2914. www.crumblcookies.com 3 Leander Fit opened a Štness facility April 2 in Leander. The gym oŽers group functional Štness training at 651 N. US 183, Ste. 370, Leander. 253-220-7370. https://leandertxŠt.com 4 Mama Betty’s Tex-Mex y Cantina opened its Northwest Austin restaurant March 23. Co-owner Jason Carrier said the Tex-Mex menu is inspired by his childhood and young adult life eating and working at Ninfa’s, his mother’s Hous- ton restaurant. The restaurant replaces the now-closed Morelia Mexican Grill at 9900 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 220, Austin. https://ilovemamabettys.com 5 Rumaan Mediterranean Cuisine opened Feb. 9 at the Lakeline Mall in Northwest Austin. The restaurant spe- cializes in Mediterranean dishes, such as chicken shawarma, beef kebab, soups, salads, appetizers and more. Rumaan

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Mediterranean Cuisine is located at 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Ste. F18, Cedar Park. 512-551-3500. www.rumaancuisine.com 6 Twin Liquors opened its second Leander store March 7 on Ronald Reagan Boulevard. The Texas-based liquor store company oŽers a variety of wines and spirits. Orders can also be placed online for delivery or in-store pickup. Stores are open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The new store is located in the Bar W Marketplace 512-260-8946. www.twinliquors.com 7 Via 313 opened its Cedar Park location March 28 in the 1890 Ranch shopping center. The Austin-based pizze- ria’s menu includes Detroit-style pizzas, bar-style thin-crust pizzas, salads, ap- petizers and desserts. Brandon and Zane Hunt opened the Šrst Via 313 in Austin in 2011. The restaurant is located at 1335 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 200, Cedar Park. www.via313.com COMING SOON 9 Chi’Lantro , a Korean-inspired bar- becue restaurant, is planning to open in late August or early September at 12129 N. RM 620, Austin. The restaurant, which claims to be the home of the original kim- chi fries, primarily serves ssams—utilizing a ‡our tortilla— and bowls with a base, proteins like Korean BBQ steak or mari- nated tofu, veggies, toppings and sauce. 512-800-9098. www.chilantrobbq.com 10 Fajita Pete’s will open its second Austin-area location in Cedar Park this summer. The to-go restaurant is sched- uled to open in July at 2800 E. Whites- tone Blvd., Ste. 130, Cedar Park, accord-

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mer and will be an addition to nearly 600 Texas locations. www.dqtexas.com RELOCATIONS 8 The iconic Texas barbecue chain Smokey Mo’s BBQ began relocating its headquarters to Cedar Park from Leander at 1320 Arrow Point Drive, Ste. 301, in the La Jaita Business Park on March 31. Smokey Mo’s BBQ opened its Šrst loca- tion in Cedar Park and is returning to the city to facilitate growth and expand its franchise strategy following the purchase of the company by private equity Šrm Switchback Capital LLC. www.smokey- mosbbq.com EXPANSIONS 15 Blue Water Homecare expanded the Leander-based company’s services in March with at-home hospice care across Central Texas. The in-home care provider also provides home care with dementia care and a Parkinson’s program. Blue Wa- ter Homecare is located at 660 S. Bagdad Road, Ste. 210, Leander. 512-872-2955. www.bluewaterhomecare.com IN THE NEWS 16 A new restroom facility is open at Southwest Williamson County Region- al Park in Leander. Williamson County ocials held a ribbon-cutting for the new facility Feb. 25. The restroom is near the parking area for the disc golf course and Jim Rodgers trailhead. The $432,554 project was funded by the county’s 2019 voter-approved park bond. The park is located at 3005 CR 175, Leander. www.wilco.org/parks

ing to franchise owner Michael Blalock. The menu for the Houston-based chain includes fajitas, ‡autas, queso, margar- itas and more. Orders can be placed for delivery, catering and pickup. https:// fajitapetes.com 11 Hill Country Anxiety will open its Cedar Park oce in April at 1210 Cottonwood Creek Trail, Ste. 510, Cedar Park. The practice began seeing patients in March with telehealth appointments. Dr. Melissa McHugh Dillon sees children, teens and young adults. 512-528-3131. www.hillcountryanxiety.com 12 PJ’s Coee of New Orleans will open a shop in Leander in late 2022 or early 2023. The coŽee shop will have a variety of coŽee, espresso, frozen and blended drinks, tea, smoothies and other drinks. PJ’s CoŽee also has a food menu of pas- tries, breakfast sandwiches, beignets and lunch sandwiches. PJ’s CoŽee will open in the Shops at Hero Way at 11500 Hero Way West, Leander. www.pjscoŽee.com 13 VeraBank plans to open a Leander branch in April or May. The branch will have interactive ATMs and services for commercial lenders, change orders, mon- ey orders, fraud claims and safe deposit boxes. VeraBank’s Leander location will open at 1695 N. US 183, Leander, where an IBC Bank was located. 512-515-6300. www.verabank.com 14 Dairy Queen is coming soon to Le- ander and will be located at 141 W. Metro Drive. Dairy Queen has a Texas-speciŠc menu that features Tex-Mex selections, specialized burgers and the restaurant’s popular ice cream Blizzards. The Leander location is expected to open in early sum-

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Moonie’s Burger House will open its sixth location in mid-May at 109 US 183, Leander, according to Craig Cohen, the Central Texas chain’s president. According to Cohen, the Leander location near Old Town—formerly Maria’s Mexican Restaurant—will be more focused on a sit-down dining experience and could potentially have a full bar in addition to its craft-focused beer o„erings. The opening of the Leander store will also coincide with the shuttering of the Moonie’s in Cedar Park, which is being demolished as part of the larger Bell Boulevard redevelopment. Cohen said the chain will aim to reopen a new

location in Cedar Park in the fall once a suitable site has been secured. Moonie’s was established in 2006 and also has locations in Liberty Hill, Marble Falls and two in Northwest Austin. www.mooniesburgerhouse.com

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TODO LIST

April & May events

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The 10th Annual Leander Bull riding Shoot Out will feature a full slate of bull riding and mutton busting in an event beneting the Rouse Future Farmers of America. Broken G Rodeo, a mobile rodeo service based in Leander, will host the event, and belt buckles will be awarded to winners at all levels. 7 p.m. $7-$15. 2255 US 183, Leander. 512-680-9975. www.brokengrodeo.com (Courtesy Broken G Rodeo)

APRIL 09 THE CEDAR PARK FAMILY KITE FESTIVAL will be held at Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park. Hosted by Angie ATX Realtor, the event will oer families the opportunity to gather in a family- and pet-friendly environment. 3-8 p.m. Free. angiegzz@gmail.com 10 TAKE THE KIDS ONAN EGG HUNT Children ages 3-10 can enjoy the city of Leander’s annual Eggstravaganza event to be held at Benbrook Ranch Park with over 30,000 eggs to ‹nd. There will be nine start times for egg hunting based on age groupings as well as an exclusive time for special needs children under 18 and food vendors on-site. Ages 3-18. Noon-4:30 p.m. Free. 1100 Halsey Drive, Leander. 512-528-9909. www.leandertx. gov/parksrec 15 LISTEN TO SOME DOWNHOME COUNTRYMUSIC San Antonio-based Kin Faux will take to the stage at Wild West in Cedar Park with its brand of red dirt country music. The band, featuring ‹ddle and steel guitar, has toured Texas numerous times. Ages 18 and up. 7 p.m. $15-$130. 401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-986- 7464. https://wildwestcedarpark.com 16 BRING YOUR CANINE TOA CRAWFISH BOIL Doghouse Drinkery is partnering with HooDoo Craw‹sh, an Austin-based catering company, to host a craw‹sh boil at the Leander dog park bar. Craw‹sh will be sold at $11 per pound until sold out. 1 p.m. Free (adults), $7 (dogs). 3800 CR 175, Leander. 512-219-6664. www.doghousedrikery.com 16 TAKE A RUN TOHELP OTHERS The Re-Mission Run will start at Brushy Creek Lake Park in Cedar Park. The family-friendly event, which will bene‹t Austin Food Bank and the Wounded Warrior Project, will feature a kids 1K, a 5K and a 10K. 9-10 a.m. $20-$35. Brushy

Creek Lake Park, 3300 Brushy Creek Road, Cedar Park. https://runsignup.com/ race/tx/cedarpark/remissionrun 16 HEAR A SEASONED BLUES HANDON GUITAR Howlin’ Waters is set to bring his blues guitar skills to Cedar Park at Shooters Billiards. An original member of Root Boy Slim’s band, Waters has toured nationally and plays regularly across Central Texas. 21 and up. 9 p.m. Free. Shooters Billiards & Sports Bar, 601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-260-2060. https://shootersbilliards.net 19 CHECKOUT CARS ANDA COOKOUT The Leander High School Air Force Junior ROTC booster club is set to host its 10th annual Car and Motorcycle Show & Cookout at Leander High School. Trophies will be awarded for Best of Show, Best Classic, Best Modern, Peer Recognition and more. Show participants can park from 9-10 a.m. Admission includes a lunch voucher, and there will also be a silent auction. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $12.50- $30. 3301 S. Bagdad Road, Leander. Eventbrite: Leander High School AFJROTC 22 HEAR EASYGOING, ROOTS COUNTRYMUSIC Cat Spring, Texas native Carson Jerey, will draw from his two albums, “Muchos Sonidos” and “Heart of This Man” at a concert at Wild West in Cedar Park. Ages 18 and up. 7 p.m. $15-$100. 401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-986- 7464. https://wildwestcedarpark.com 23 THE BLOCKHOUSE CREEK OWNERS ASSOCIATION will host the Shop Local Eco Fair at the Pavillion at Tumlinson Park. The event will feature food trucks, home businesses, games and more. Noon-3 p.m. Free. 2800 S. Block House Drive, Leander. blockhousecreekoa@gmail.com. Eventbrite: Shop Local Eco Fair 23 SHOP AND BROWSE AT A LOCAL CRAFT FAIR Shop handmade items from local vendors at the Be The Light Craft Fair. Items for

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MAGGIEMAE’S LEANDER 105 W. Willis St., Leander FB: MaggieMaesLeander APRIL 15 Pete Henry, 7 p.m. 22 David Houston, 7 p.m. SHOOTERS 601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park 512-260-2060 https://shootersbilliards.net APRIL 29 The Clutch Kings, 9 p.m. 30 The Weak Knights, 9 p.m. WHITESTONE BREWERY 601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park 512-765-4828 www.whitestonebrewery.com APRIL 16 Jennifer Foster and Robert Parker Jr., 6 p.m. 22 Sean Soto, 9 p.m. 23 Maxband, 9 p.m. 23 The Rhythm Dawgs, 6 p.m. 30 Nowhere Family Band, 6 p.m. MAY 07 Los Juanabes, 6 p.m.

The Good Lot hosts live music several nights a week. (Community Impact Newspaper)

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Disney on Ice will bring eight performances over ve days to the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park. Titled “Let’s Celebrate,” the show will feature over 50 Disney and Pixar characters from 14 di™erent lms, all hosted by Mickey Mouse. Times vary by date. $25-$63. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-600-5000. www.hebcenter.com (Courtesy Disney on Ice)

THE GOOD LOT 2500 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park 512-986-4037 https://thegoodlotcp.com APRIL 08 Kaylin Karr, 7 p.m. 09 Morgan Obenhaus, 7 p.m. 15 Let Flo Go, 7 p.m. 16 Radha School of Music, 2 p.m. 16 John Taylor, 7 p.m. 22 Jason Van Meter, 7:30 p.m.

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sale include paintings, pottery, bread, salsa, soap, decor and more. The fair will be held outdoors under a pavilion. Vendor fees and silent auction proceeds will bene‹t Twin Lakes YMCA Summer Camps. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Anderson Mill West Park & Pavilion, 2900 El Salido Parkway, Cedar Park. www.bethelightcraftfair.com

Leander parks and recreation will host its annual Kite Festival at Devine Lake Park. The family-friendly festival will include kite events and food and craft vendors. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 1807 Waterfall Ave., Leander. 512-528-2997. www.leandertx.gov/parksrec

23 Earle Nelson, 7 p.m. 29 Isabel Suarez, 7 p.m. 30 Kyle Reed, 7 p.m.

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MAKING A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN The city of Cedar Park’s mobility plan will combine aspects of three previous plans related to the movability of residents:

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Cedar Park City Council authorized an agreement March 10 for a city mobility master plan. The new plan will update the city’s 2010 Trails Master Plan and the 2015 Transportation Master Plan and also incorporate the 2020 Transit Study. The completed plan will integrate all three plans into one comprehensive mobility plan. Randy Lueders, the city’s director of engineering and capital projects, said this meets a council strategic goal to create a mobility plan that will develop a vision for a diverse transportation system and a plan to

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Heritage Grove Road improvements The project will improve trac condi- tions for future commercial growth on Heritage Grove Road. The 1.5-lane road will expand to four lanes. New Atlas 14 study information, which provides rainfall data for stormwater infrastructure, required a project re- design. The design is 15% complete. Timeline: early 2023-early 2024 Cost: $3.2 million Funding source: Leander general obligation bonds, Leander Capital Improvement Project fund

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improve multimodal connectivity in the community. The plan will also improve bike and pedestrian connectivity between popular destinations and update design standards for bike and trail facilities, Lueders said. Public engagement will be part of the plan process. City Council authorized the city

manager March 10 to negotiate an engineering agreement with Kim- ley-Horn and Associates Inc. The agreement is not to exceed $275,000. Several council members expressed elation about the plan. “I’m so excited about this. I feel like I’ve been harping on this forever,” Council Member Heather Jefts said.

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Capital Metro announced March 21 the strategy for a new smart fare card and payment system that will provide fare capping and support an equitable fare structure for transit riders with lower income levels. The new plan was presented to the Capital Metro board of directors March 28 and will roll out in the next fewmonths, allowing customers to use a new Amp account to pay for fares within the Capital Metro app or an Amp smart card. The Amp branding is a way of paying tribute

to Austin as the live music capital of the world. Just like the existing system, customers can put credit in the card online or visit the 250 physical retail locations to load the card with cash. Enrollment in the Amp card plan will o’er “equifare,” or reduced cost of riding daily and monthly to those who qualify. Instead of paying up front for transit passes as they do currently, this allows riders to pay as they go. “We’re really excited, maybe amped up to see

Raider Way/Woodview Drive road improvements The project will improve trac near Wiley Middle School and Rouse High School. In 2019, about 95% of the project design was complete before FEMA required the project to adapt to the Atlas 14 study, which requires additional right of way and public easement access. The project is 80% complete in design. Timeline: winter 2023-fall 2024 Cost: $9.9 million Funding source: Leander general obligation bonds

Capital Metro has plans to cap fares for regular users. (Community Impact Newspaper)

how we can roll this out to the community,” said Brian Carter, Capital Metro’s chief experience and engage- ment o•cer. The standard fare is $1.25 per ride, and the agency will have a new proposed equifare of $1 per ride. The cap for a day pass will be

set to $2, meaning a rider will not be charged more than $2 per day, even if transit is ridden more than twice a day, Carter said. “Once [a rider] spends $33 on transit fares, they would not spend any more that month for additional transit rides.” Carter said.

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Projects underway in the area

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RENDERING COURTESY DELL CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER

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DELL CHILDREN’S NORTH MEDICAL CENTER Dell Children’s North Medical Center celebrated a construction milestone March 2 with the nal steel beam added to the new pediatric hospital in Northwest Austin. The hospital is scheduled to open in 2023. The steel beam, which was signed by the construction team, was added to the hospital during a ceremonial topping-out event. The hospital broke ground in May 2021 near the intersection of Avery Ranch Boulevard and 183A Toll. The development has two parts: a 187,000-square-foot, four-story hospital and a 60,000-square-foot medical o‡ce building for outpatient subspecialty services. The o‡ce building is expected

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in the second construction phase. Leander City Council approved a zoning change and annexation request for the 28-acre development March 3. The site’s zoning was changed from single-family rural to local o‡ce.

to open in fall 2022. The pediatric hospital will have 36 beds, trauma services, two operating rooms, endoscopy rooms, a Ronald McDonald suite and an additional šoor for growth of up to 72 more beds. Space: 187,000 square feet Timeline: May 2021-spring 2023

Texas-based Harmony Public Schools has plans to build its eighth Central Texas school on Hero Way in Leander. Harmony Science Academy Leander will be built at 3250 Hero Way. The public charter school is scheduled to open for the 2023-24 school year. The school will open with grades prekindergarten through second grade and sixth grade. It will expand each year with additional grade levels for a total future enrollment of 1,500 students, Harmony Public Schools spokesperson John Boyd said. The Harmony Science Academy Leander campus will be built in two phases with an initial elementary school building. A secondary school building will be added STAKED PLAINS DR.

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CITY& COUNTY

News from Cedar Park & Williamson County

Cedar Park City Council Meets April 14 and 28, 7 p.m. 450 Cypress Creek Road, Bldg. 4, Cedar Park • 512-401-5000 www.cedarparktexas.gov Leander City Council Meets April 7 and 21, 7 p.m. • 201 N. Brushy St., Leander • 512-259-1239 www.leandertx.gov Travis County Commissioners Court Meets April 12, 14, 19, 26, 28 and May 3, 9 a.m. • 700 Lavaca St., Austin • 512-854-9020 www.traviscountytx.gov Williamson County Commissioners Court Meets April 12, 19, 26 and May 3, 9:30 a.m. • 710 S. Main St., Georgetown • 512-943-1100 www.wilco.org MEETINGSWE COVER CITY HIGHLIGHTS CEDARPARK The city announced Feb. 25 that its library received the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association’s 2021 Excellence in Libraries Award. The annual award was given to 59 public libraries in Texas “that demonstrate consistent excellence and outstanding contributions to public library services.”

River Ranch County Park project on track after yearlong delay

PARK PROGRESS Take a look at construction milestones over time for River Ranch County Park.

2008

County purchases parkland

BY CLAIRE SHOOP

to meet milestones outlined in the contract, failed to adequately super- vise the work that was performed, and failed to build improvements in accordance with the plans and speci‹cations. The county terminated its contract with Ritter, Botkin Prime Construc- tion Co. on June 2, 2021, according to the email. Because the contractor was bonded, Gravell said the county had to go through a bonding or surety company to replace the contractor—a process that stalled construction on River Ranch County Park for a year. Gravell described working with bonded companies as an insurance policy to ensure that the services promised in construction contracts are completed. “We never imagined it would take a year to get the bonding company to move [forward],” Gravell said.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY Work to complete River Ranch County Park is back on track after a yearlong delay caused by issues with the contractor, County Judge Bill Gravell said in an interview with Community Impact Newspaper. Gravell said the county had a contract in place with a construction company that “wasn’t measuring up” to the county’s standards for the park. The 1,354-acre park, located between Leander and Liberty Hill, will include 10-12 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails; camp- grounds; playgrounds; RV parking; pavilions; and an interpretive center. In an email, Williamson County con‹rmed it had sent a notice of default to Ritter, Botkin Prime Con- struction Co., the general contractor on the project, alleging it had failed

2018

NOVEMBER: Construction contract awarded to Ritter, Botkin Prime DECEMBER: Project breaks ground APRIL: County buys 350 more acres for park JUNE: County terminates construction contract FEBRUARY: County awards new design contract

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2022

L O C A L V O T E R G U I D E GUIDE Candidates and information for local elections

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D A T E S T O K N O W April 25 First day of early voting

W H E R E T O V O T E

May 7 Election day May 7 Last day to receive ballot by mail (or May 9 if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7 p.m. at location of election)

Williamson County voters can nd voting sites at www.wilco.org/elections. Travis County voters can nd voting sites at https://countyclerk.traviscoutytx. gov/elections. Voters can vote at any site in the county they are registered in.

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

*Incumbent

Proposition L: Selection of Auditor

Proposition H: Police Department Employee Evaluations Shall Section 7.06 of the City Charter be amended to provide that, instead of police department employee evaluations being reviewed, modied, and revised by the City Manager and submitted to the City Council for review, evaluations shall instead be subject to review only by the City Manager? Proposition I: Fire Department Employee Evaluations Shall Section 7.07 of the City Charter be amended to remove language that re department evaluations are subject to modication by the City Manager? Proposition J: Mayor Pro Tem Appointment Shall Section 4.02 of the City Charter be amended to clarify that the appointment of the Mayor Pro Tem occurs at the rst regular meeting following the canvass of the general election and any runo® election associated with that general election? Proposition K: Planning Commission Appointments Shall Sections 4.03 and 10.04 of the City Charter be amended to provide that each council member appoints a member to the planning commission without requiring a majority vote of council or a recommendation from the board selection committee, except that if the council position that appoints a planning commission position is vacant, the appointment shall be made by majority vote of council?

Proposition D: Resign to Run Shall Section 3.04 of the City Charter be amended to change the current provision that requires automatic resignation from Council any time that a council member announces candidacy for another ožce, to require automatic resignation only if there is more than one year and 30 days left on the council member’s term at the time of the announcement? Proposition E: Term of O‚ce Shall Section 5.12 of the City Charter be amended to provide that the City Council members elected by majority vote take ožce on the Tuesday following the canvass of the election and do not wait for a run-o® election to be concluded to take ožce, and that a Council member elected by majority vote in a run-o® election takes ožce on the rst Tuesday following the canvass of the run-o® election? Proposition F: City Manager Shall Section 7.01 of the City Charter be amended to provide a procedure for suspension and removal of the City Manager, which includes notice of the reason for suspension and removal and an opportunity for a hearing, that occurs after the City Council asks the City Manager to resign and the City Manager declines to resign? Proposition G: Department Director Appointments Shall Sections 7.04 and 10.07 of the City Charter be amended to remove the requirement that the City Manager’s appointment of department directors be approved by the City Council?

LEANDER CITY COUNCIL Place 1 Kathryn Pantalion-Parker* Trey Schisser Place 3 Juan Alanis Steve Hanes Roslyn Littles David McDonald Place 5 Annette Sponseller Chris Czernek* Bill Louden CITY OF LEANDER PROPOSITIONS Proposition A: Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Continuation Shall the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority be continued in the City of Leander? Proposition B: General Revenue Sales Tax (Conditional Upon a Majority “No” Vote on Proposition A) The adoption of a local sales and use tax in the City of Leander at the rate of two percent (2%) Proposition C: Term Limits Shall Section 3.03 be added to the City Charter to establish the following term limits: (a) three three-year terms for mayor; (b) three three-year terms for council positions other than mayor; and (c) a combination of three three- year terms for council and three three-year terms for mayor, regardless of the order served; unless the person has been out of ožce for at least one full term?

CEDAR PARK CITY COUNCIL Mayor Jim Penniman-Morin Claudia Chavez Mike Guevara Place 2 Collin Klein Mel Kirkland* Place 4 Eric Boyce* Dorian Chavez Place 6 Tim Kelly Heather Jefts* CITY OF CEDAR PARK PROPOSITIONS Proposition A The issuance of $86,600,000 bonds by the city of Cedar Park, Texas, for transportation improvements and facilities to include streets, sidewalks, pathways, bike and pedestrian system improvements, and other transportation facilities. Taxes sužcient to pay the principal of and interest on the bonds will be imposed. Proposition B The issuance of $42,200,000 bonds by the city of Cedar Park, Texas, for parks, recreational facilities, trails, open space improvements and projects. Taxes sužcient to pay the principal of and interest on the bonds will be imposed. Proposition C The issuance of $30,000,000 bonds by the city of Cedar Park, Texas, for public safety facilities for police and re protection, including training facilities. Taxes sužcient to pay the principal of and interest on the bonds will be imposed.

Shall Section 8.13 of the City Charter be amended to change the maximum period of time the City may contract with the independent auditor from three consecutive years to ve consecutive years? Proposition M: Mayoral Duties Shall Section 4.01 of the City Charter be amended to remove the following duties from the ožce of Mayor: (a) recommendation of appointees for boards and commissions; (b) submission of a recommended budget to council; and (c) taking command of the police in time of a declared emergency? Proposition N: Public Records Shall Section 13.06 of the City Charter be amended to remove the requirement that all applications for public records be stamped with a city seal and a copy of the application be provided to the applicant? Proposition O: Charter Review Commission Term Shall Section 13.08 of the City Charter be amended to remove the provision that states that the Charter Review Commission serves a six- month term?

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