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Rep. John Bucy III, DCedar Park, said he hopes part of the state legislative session will be online to allow for community input despite COVID19 regulations. SESSIIOONN 8877 TEXAS LEGISLATURE LAUNCHES AMID PANDEMIC E LAUNCHES

COURTESY EJAZ KARAMALI

Williamson County state legislators set priorities as session begins As Texas’ 87th legislative session is now underway, Williamson County elected ocials are setting their top priorities in what they said will be a tough budget year. The largest task the legislators will have to com- plete is setting a budget that will carry the state through the following two years. Made up of 31 sen- ators and 150 House members, the biennial Texas Legislature began Jan. 12, and the biggest obstacle will be addressing the increasing costs of the corona- virus pandemic. Texas received approximately $11 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding. So far, Texas has allocated money for housing and legal assistance for those facing eviction and to local jurisdictions that did not receive direct allocation from the federal government, according to the gover- nor’s oce. But local elected ocials saidmany addi- tional relief eorts will need to be funded, including in education and health care. “[COVID-19 has] been a challenge to all areas of government, but those two areas in particular— our health care system and our public schools—are CONTINUED ON 22 BY ALI LINAN

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consultants can help brides find dresses, veils and accessories, according to owner Kasey Schultz. The boutique has four private bridal suites and is located at 115 S. Lakeline Blvd., Ste. 350, Cedar Park. 512-368-4270. www.laceandgracetx.com RELOCATIONS 5 HitMaker Music School opened its new Leander school Dec. 14 after relo- cating from Cedar Park to 1640 Highland Falls Drive, Ste. 201, Leander. The school teaches over 250 students with in-person or online lessons. 512-549-2454. https://hitmakermusicschool.com 6 Texas Pride Custom Floors relocated its showroom to 1501 Leander Drive, Ste. 110, Leander. It was previously located at 11840 Hero Way W., Ste. 200, Leander. Texas Pride offers a selection of hard- wood, waterproof flooring, stone, tile and laminate, according to the business. 512-817-4107. www.texaspridecf.com ANNIVERSARIES 7 This fall, local vintner Bent Oak Win- ery marked five years of business at 2000 Windy Terrace, Bldg. 2B, Cedar Park. Bent Oak makes its wines with grapes sourced from across Texas, including grapes from its own backyard vines. 512-953-8094. www.bentoakwinery.com 8 Cedar Park Public Library will reach its 40th anniversary Jan. 17. The library first opened at the Cedar Park Plaza Shopping Center in 1981 and moved to a remodeled laundromat later in the year. The library moved to its current location at 550 Discovery Blvd. in 1990 and ex-

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NOWOPEN 1 Hermosa Village Apartments , a 238- unit, garden-style apartment complex, is now open following the completion of construction in September. The apart- ments are farmhouse-inspired, and one-, two- and three-bedroom unit options are available. It is located at 11680 Hero Way W., Leander. 512-273-7622. www. hermosavillage.com

2 Oh K Dog opened in early December at the food court inside H Mart at 11301 Lakeline Blvd., Ste. 124, Austin. The restaurant sells popular Korean street foods, such as egg toast and its signature rice hot dogs, which are deep-fried and filled with mozzarella cheese, squid ink and other ingredients. www.ohkdog.com 3 ROI opened Oct. 26 at The Crossover in Cedar Park. The 7,000-square-foot facility offers physical therapy, strength

and conditioning training, nutrition consultation, recovery and massage. It is located at 1717 Scottsdale Drive, Ste. 220, Cedar Park. 512-962-9141. https://teamroi.com COMING SOON 4 Grace & Lace Bridal Boutique will open Jan. 31 and offer a large collection of wedding dresses, including plus-size dresses, that cost $2,000 or less. Bridal

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Leander Police Department announced a new app Dec. 9 that will help connect residents to the police. People can sub- mit tips, contact the department, see sex offenders in the area, receive instant push notifications and more. The app, “Leander Police Department TX,” is now on the App Store and Google Play. 512-528-2800. www.leandertx.gov/police Richard Semple was named the new chief information officer for Williamson County, according to a release. Semple served as the county’s IT operations director for 15 years. Nancy Hill will start Jan. 8 as the new executive director for The Williamson Museum. Hill previously worked as the executive director of the Diastole Schol- ars’ Center at the University of Missou- ri-Kansas City. The museum is located in Georgetown and preserves the history of Williamson County. 512-943-1670. http://williamsonmuseum.org CLOSINGS 11 Dog House Drinkery permanently closed Nov. 29 due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Nov. 16 Facebook post. The dog park and bar was located at 3800 CR 175, Leander.

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panded from 7,300 square feet to 25,500 square feet in 2001. 512-401-5600. www.cedarparktexas.gov NAME CHANGES 9 Shepherd Nelson Realty has been renamed Thrive Realty and is now under the ownership of Katie Hanner and Shanan Shepherd. The office remains at 2006 S. Bagdad Road, Ste. 190, Leander. 512-379-7553. www.thriverealty.com IN THE NEWS 10 Jon Calvin was named the new CEO of Lone Star Circle of Care effective Dec. 1, according to a press release. Calvin previously served as the chief financial officer for Lone Star. There are three nearby locations at A 1730 E. Whites- tone Blvd., Ste. 101, Cedar Park, B 1401

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CEDAR PARK JOHN COXCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

LEANDER COURTESY CITY OF LEANDER

The city saw a 28.79% increase in growth since 2014. Like neighboring Leander, the median age is 34.4, similar to both the county and state’s shared median age of 34.6. About half of Cedar Park residents over the age of 25 have a bachelor’s degree or higher, and about 96% have at least a high school diploma. *HISPANICLATINO IS NOT A RACE, BUT THE HISPANICLATINO PERCENTAGE BELOW MAY INCLUDE MULTIPLE RACES LISTED. THE RACES LISTED, HOWEVER, DO NOT INCLUDE HISPANICLATINO RESIDENTS.

The city’s population grew by 78.81% over the past ve years, compared to Williamson County’s 19.77% and the state’s 8.3%. The median household income has gone from $75,983 in 2014 to $101,872 in 2019. The county’s median household income rose only from $72,118 to $73,822 in the same ve year time frame.

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Cedar Park

Leander

Williamson County

State of Texas

POPULATION CHANGE

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME $79,323 $104,019 2014 2019

AGE ANALYSIS

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$75,983 $101,872 $72,118 $73,822

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LOCAL DEMOGRAPHICS*

EDUCATION LEVEL High school diploma or higher achieved

**EMPLOYMENT FOR AGE 16 AND OLDER LARGEST EMPLOYMENT SECTORS** 1 Oce and administrative support 2 Computer and mathematical 3 Management 4 Business and nancial operations 5 Educational instruction 1 Management 2 Sales and related 3 Oce and administrative support 4 Educational instruction 5 Computer and mathematical

20.3% 64.3%

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SHOPPINGAND SERVICES

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FITNESSSPORTS ACTIVITIES 8 Barre3 Cedar Park 12160 W. Parmer Lane, Cedar Park 737-717-3033 www.barre3.com/cedar-park 9 D1 Training 1717 Scottsdale Drive, Ste. 110, Cedar Park 512-394-4437 www.d1training.com/cedar-park 10 D-BAT Cedar Park 1202 BMC Drive, Ste. 800, Cedar Park 512-540-3228 www.dbatcedarpark.com 11 Chaparral Ice 1717 Scottsdale Drive, Cedar Park 512-252-8500 https://cp.chaparralice.com 12 Fit Body Boot Camp 14005 N. US 183, Ste. 300, Austin 979-732-1997 www.lakelinebc.com 13 Hill Country Card Club 601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 304, Cedar Park 512-986-7878 www.hillcountrycardclub.com 14 Leander Taekwondo America 901 Crystal Falls Parkway, Ste. 207, Leander 512-575-3319 www.leanderta.com 15 Reach Outcomes 1717 Scottsdale Drive, Ste. 220, Cedar Park 512-962-9141 https://teamroi.com 16 Spenga 14010 N. US 183, Ste. 560, Austin

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5 The Montessori Inclusive School 901 Royal Lane, Cedar Park 512-520-5948 www.inclusivemontessoriatx.com 6 The PREP School of Crystal Falls 3361 N. Lakeline Blvd., Leander 512-240-7737 www.theprepschools.com/locations/ crystal-falls 7 The PREP School of Journey Parkway 3421 Journey Parkway, Leander 512-546-7737 www.theprepschools.com/locations/ journey-parkway

www.shivajewelers.com DAY CARESPRESCHOOLS 3 Creative World School Leander 10840 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander 512-337-6080 https://creativeworldschool.com 4 Champion Kids 805 Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander 512-923-4282 www.championkidsdayout.com

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CLOTHINGACCESSORIES 1 Burlington 1335 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. D100, Cedar Park 737-843-9582 www.burlington.com 2 Shiva Jewelers 11066 Pecan Park Blvd., Ste. 520, Cedar Park 512-567-6372

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MEDICAL OFFICES 25 AustinMD Aesthetics and Wellness 13635 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Ste. 200, Cedar Park 512-593-5605 https://austinmdclinic.com 26 Castle Dental 1295 S. US 183, Ste. 103, Leander 512-690-2868 www.castledental.com 27 Cedar Park Pulmonology 1401 Medical Parkway, Bldg. B, Ste. 412, Cedar Park 512-379-3636 www.cedarparkphysicians.com 28 Family First Express Care 1295 US 183, Ste. 101, Leander 512-337-7537 https://familyrstexpress.com 29 Leander Foot & Ankle 1820 Crystal Falls Parkway, Ste. 320, Leander 512-643-7419 www.leanderfootandankle.com 30 The Smile Doc 1633 N. US 183, Ste. 110, Leander 512-240-7200 www.thesmiledocatx.com 31 The Vessel lV Bar ATX 1717 Scottsdale Drive, Ste. 120, Cedar Park 512-337-7722 https://vesselivbar.com 32 WellMed 601 Crystal Falls Parkway, Ste. 100, Leander 512-259-5111 www.wellmedhealthcare.com 33 Zygo Sport and Spine 10824 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Ste. 302C,

512-277-3963 https://austinlakeline.spenga.com 17 StarCycle 1310 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 580, Cedar Park 512-986-7696 www.starcycleride.com 18 The Crossover 1717 Scottsdale Drive, Cedar Park 888-377-2786 www.crossovertx.com 19 The Truth Family Fitness 1717 Scottsdale Drive, Cedar Park 512-922-1220 https://truthfamilytness.com COMING MARCH 2021 HAIRBEAUTY 20 Amazing I-Brow and Beauty Salon 251 N. Bell Blvd., Ste. 108B, Cedar Park 512-608-4010 www.facebook.com/amazingibrowbeau- tysalon 21 Cedar Park Barbershop 401 Cypress Creek Road, Ste. 300, Cedar Park www.cedarparkbarbershop.com 22 Gambuzza’s Barbershop 5001 183A Toll, Ste. G400, Cedar Park 512-220-0177 www.gambuzzas.com 23 Salon by LBS 11066 Pecan Park Blvd., Ste. 525, Cedar Park 512-382-7446 24 Sit Still Kids Salon 14005 N. US 183, Ste. 550, Austin 512-906-0046 www.sitstillkids.com

Leander 512-270-8351 www.zygosportandspine.com NONPROFITS 34 Trotter House 1150 S. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park 512-476-7774 www.trotterhouse.org OFFICES 35 Beginnings Inc. 660 S. Bagdad Road, Ste. 220, Leander 512-788-4337 https://beginnings-inc.com 36 Innovation WorkSpaces 1205 BMC Drive, Cedar Park 512-675-0031 www.innovationworkspaces.com RETAIL 37 Foodie’s Corner and Weikel’s Bakery 11340 183A Toll, Leander 512-456-7448 www.weikels.com 38 H-E-B 19348 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Leander www.heb.com COMING FALL 2021 39 Onyx Wellness Boutique 111 N. Bell Blvd., Ste. B, Cedar Park 512-713-3919 http://onyxwellnessboutique.com 40 Savory Farmers Market 2437 Travisso Parkway, Leander 512-817-3359

A number of businesses opened in Cedar Park and Leander in 2020. Several others grew their services or relocated within or to the area this year.

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4501 183A Toll, Cedar Park 512-433-6006 www.tumble22.com $ H 4 Sharks Burger 15609 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Ste. C100, Leander 512-986-7799 www.feedingthefrenzy.com $ K 5 The Tasty Chicken

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CREOLE 19 La Joie 1500 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 200, Cedar Park 512-986-4300 www.lajoieaustin.com $$ $$$ B H COFFEETEA 20 Mojo Coee 12206 N. RM 620, Austin 737-900-3700 https://mojodrivethru.com $ K 21 HTeaO 804 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park www.hteao.com $

DOUGHNUTS 22 Round Rock Donuts 1614 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park https://roundrockdonuts.com $ COMING 2021 ITALIAN 23 Salerno Cucina Italiana 1310 Cypress Creek Road, Ste. 120, Cedar Park 512-351-9580 www.facebook.com/salernocedarpark $$ K 24 Slapbox Pizzicheria 9900 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. B100, Austin 512-994-2725 www.slapboxpizza.com $$

16 The Good Lot 2500 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park www.thegoodlotcp.com COMING 2021 BARBECUE 17 Stiles Switch BBQ 800 W. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. A1, Cedar Park 512-305-3611 www.stilesswitchbbq.com $$ CAJUN 18 Cajun Skillet 251 N. Bell Blvd., Ste.101, Cedar Park 512-243-5290 www.cajunskillet.com $$ B

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TOP TRANSPORTATION STORIES OF 2021

183A Toll Phase 3 construction to start up in April BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN

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Phase 3 of the 183A Toll project is scheduled to begin construction in April. The project will extend the toll road from Hero Way in Leander to north of SH 29 in Liberty Hill with up to three tolled lanes in each direction. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is facil- itating the $260 million project funded through revenue bonds and a federal loan, though the nal funding plan has not yet been completed. In September, the Mobility Authority board of directors awarded a $175.7 million design-bid-build contract to The Lane Construction Corp., which specializes in highway and bridge construction. US 183 lanes will remain open during construction, which will mostly take place within the existing right of way. Trac should not be aected, according to the Mobil- ity Authority, but minimal, temporary lane closures are possible. Messaging would be sent out ahead of closures. The Mobility Authority has not yet set toll rates, but the board will set rates ahead of the toll road’s expected opening in 2024, according to the agency. Other project features include a paved bicycle and pedestrian path with a future connection to the city of Leander’s planned South San Gabriel River Park near the San Gabriel River. Noise barriers will also be built near the park site.

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San Gabriel Parkway extension This project connects San Gabriel Parkway from CR 270 to Ronald Reagan Boulevard. The central portion of the roadway, or Phase 1, is complete. Phase 2 is in design. Timeline: November 2018-TBD Cost: $1.56 million Funding source: Leander general obligation bonds

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Tolls on Central Texas roads increase Toll rates will increase Jan. 1 by 1 to 2 cents per gantry per a 1.37% growth in the consumer price index. Each year, tolls on roads operated by the Central Texas Regional report on nancing for the project that would add toll lanes along US 183 from Leander to Liberty Hill. However, the board opted to stick with the lower increases. The board also kept the base toll rate on the MoPac express lanes BY JACK FLAGLER

Leandertransportation studyexpected tobe complete inearly2021

BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN

The city’s rst-ever transportation master plan is expected to be com- plete in early 2021. The study will impact the decisions of city sta and City Council on future road projects. The $250,000 transportation master plan study will look at how city growth is aecting Leander roads and will aid in planning future projects. The contract was awarded to Kimley-Horn and will be funded from trac impact analysis fees. Several council members called for independent data when approving road and other city projects. The city’s ve-year $248 million capital improvement project program presented in November included $15.66 million for projects such as San Gabriel Parkway Phase 2, Raider Way East and Woodview Drive.

Mobility Authority are increased to keep up with ination—specically, the consumer price index, which measures changes in how much consumers pay for goods and services over time. The Mobility Authority had an option Oct. 28 to raise the rates further, up to 2.3%, according to a

at $0.35 rather than adopting a scheduled 5-cent increase Jan. 1. The policy is to increase the base rate by 5 cents per segment each year to eventually align the MoPac rates with the $0.50 base rate on the forthcoming US 183 North toll project.

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Up to 3 Leander elementary schools to possibly see rezoning process ahead of the 202122 school year

BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN The opening of Leander ISD’s next two elementary schools may aect zoning plans for up to three elementary schools in the 2021-22 school year and two more schools in the 2022-23 school year. The zoning process should be completed in February, according to the district, ahead of Tarvin Elementary School opening in August and the likely opening of Elementary School No. 29 in August 2022. Parkside, Akin and Pleasant Hill elementary schools’ enrollment numbers could be aected by Tarvin Elemen- tary’s opening, but one of three proposed scenarios does not aect Akin Elementary. Larkspur and Plain Elemen- tary schools could be aected by No. 29 opening. Tarvin Elementary will open in the Palmera Ridge sub- division in Leander, and the unnamed Elementary School No. 29 is located in the Bryson subdivision o US 183. Leander ISD ocials and board members elected Oct. 22 to combine the two schools’ attendance zoning plans to lessen confusion for families and reduce overlapping changes. Zone boundaries will be set for both schools ahead of Tarvin’s opening. Zoning plans consider school size, proximity, minimized change and feeder patterns. Zoning is based on neighborhood codes. According to the annual demographic report presented Oct. 22, both schools are needed despite decreased elementary enrollment due to the coronavirus pandemic. Without the new elementary schools, portables may be required to account for the growing number of students in North Leander schools, ocials said. In a tentative schedule based on demographic data, ve

ZONING CHANGES These elementary schools may face zoning changes in August based Tarvin Elementary opening in 2021.

Graduation is May 27, 28 and 29. (Courtesy Leander ISD)

Tarvin Elementary

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Leander ISD should nalize its 2021-22 calendar Jan. 28 at the earliest, with an expected school year start date of either Aug. 11 or 12. District sta will present a calendar draft to the board of trustees Jan. 14. Here are dates to know for the remainder of this school year, including 14 early releases on Wednesdays. These dates were added to the calendar in October to give teachers dedicated planning time. Students are released two hours early on these days. May 27 was an existing early release day. JANUARY 13 : early release day 18 : Martin Luther King Jr. Day,

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more elementary schools may open in the district by 2026 in addition to Tarvin and No. 29. These schools’ locations are not yet determined. Jimmy Disler, the LISD chief facilities and operations ocer, said in a Dec. 16 zoning presentation that moving students from campus to campus is unfortunate but inevitable in a fast-growth district. “We all know it’s disruptive, but when you’re in a fast-growth district, especially in the fast-growth area of the district, ... it’s inevitable, but you get moved around a lot,” Disler said.

student/sta holiday 27 : early release day

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3 : early release day 10 : early release day 12 : end of six-week grading period 15 : student holiday; sta development day 24 : early release day MARCH 3 : early release day 10 : early release day 15-22 : student holiday; spring break APRIL 1 : end of six-week grading period 2 : student/sta holiday 7 : early release day 12 : bad-weather makeup day

State cancels AF systemratings

Graduations planned at Gupton Stadium

GRADUATION DATES AND TIMES Six ceremonies are planned in late May with morning and evening times.

BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN

BY ANNA LOTZ

Leander ISD high school graduates of 2021 can expect outdoor, in-per- son graduations at Gupton Stadium over three days in May. Ceremonies in 2020 were also held at Gupton Stadium in Cedar Park. “Because we anticipate COVID-19 continuing to be a concern in the spring semester, we believe that holding graduation at Gupton Sta- dium is our best option for providing the Class of 2021 the memorable graduation experience it deserves,” the district said in a release. Gupton Stadium is located at 200 Gupton Way Drive, Cedar Park.

The Texas Education Agency said Dec. 10 it will not issue AF account- ability ratings for this school year amid ongoing coronavirus disruptions. Students are still poised to take the State of Texas Assessments of Aca- demic Readiness this spring. STAAR results will give education leaders and policymakers an idea of how the pandemic has aected stu- dents and aid in making future policy. Schools also can remove STAAR results as a factor for teacher evalua- tions this year. Leander ISD does not use these results in its evaluations.

May 27 Vandegrift High School: 8-10 a.m. Leander High School: 8-10 p.m. May 28 Rouse High School: 8-10 a.m. Vista Ridge High School: 8-10 p.m. May 29 Glenn High School: 8-10 a.m. Cedar Park High School: 8-10 p.m.

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Coronavirus vaccine distribution underway inWilliamson County

READY, SET, VACCINATE Here is where Texas currently stands in its vaccine distribution plan.

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vaccines—Pzer and Moderna—for distribution as of press time. Wil- liamson County has received both Moderna and Pzer vaccines. Vaccine distribution has been bro- ken down into multiple phases and sub-phases, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. As of press time, Williamson County continues to inoculate those in Phase 1A , including reghters who engage in 911 emergency ser- vices such as pre-hospital care, last responders who provide mortuary or death services to decedents with COVID-19, and school nurses. There are several vaccine dis- tribution points in the county at pharmacies, area clinics and hos- pitals. Checking with the provider for eligibility and availability is recommended.

LIMITED SUPPLY

Williamson County received coro- navirus vaccines in late December with rst responders receiving their rst dose at the close of the year, signaling the beginning of the end of the coronavirus pandemic. After a turbulent year of stay-at- home orders, mask mandates, school closures and more, the distribution of the vaccine is what Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said he is most looking forward to in 2021. “When we’re able to provide vaccines for our rst responders, for senior adults and then be able to dis- tribute it communitywide, you might see this judge doing the happy dance around the courthouse,” Gravell told Community Impact Newspaper . The U.S. Food and Drug Adminis- tration has approved two COVID-19

Phase 1A: direct care employees of hospitals, long-term care facilities, EMS 911, home health, outpatient, ER/urgent care, pharmacies, last responders and school nurses, as well as residents of long-term care or nursing home facilities Phase 1B: people age 65+ or 16+ with at least one chronic medical condition, including pregnancy Phase 1C: yet to be dened by DSHS Phase 2: yet to be dened by DSHS ADDITIONAL SUPPLY Phase 3: yet to be dened by DSHS BROAD SUPPLY FOR VACCINE DISTRIBUTION LOCATIONS, VISIT WWW.DSHS.STATE.TX.USCORONAVIRUS IMMUNIZEVACCINE.ASPX. SOURCE: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICESCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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River Ranch Park now slated to open 1,354-acre grounds in the spring After delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, River Ranch County Park is now scheduled to open in the spring. The 1,354-acre park will be dedicated to passive recreational activities including 10-12 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails as well as 25 spots for RV camping and 50 spots for tent camping of various kinds. It was initially scheduled to open in summer 2020. The park will be located at 799 Silver Creek Drive, Leander. What is on the May ballot? Three Cedar Park City Council seats, three Leander City Council seats and the Leander mayoral seat will be on the May 1 ballot. Cedar Park City Council recently discussed changing term lengths, term limits, required resignation from oce to run for a dierent elected seat and other changes to the city charter. To make these changes, Cedar Park voters would need to approve propositions. Specic language has not yet been approved as of publication. THESE ATLARGE SEATS ARE UP FOR ELECTION IN CEDAR PARK. THE TWOYEAR TERMS WOULD END IN 2023. THESE ATLARGE SEATS ARE UP FOR ELECTION IN LEANDER. THE THREEYEAR TERMS WOULD END IN 2024. PLACE 1 currently held by Tim Kelly PLACE 3 currently held by Anne Duy PLACE 5 currently held by Rodney Robinson MAYOR currently held by Troy Hill PLACE 2 currently held by Annette Sponseller PLACE 4 currently held by Christine Sederquist PLACE 6 currently held by Marci Canon

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Pzer’s and Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in December. Two other companies that have used dierent methods to develop vaccines have also entered third phase trials as of press time. Here are the distinctions among the four major vaccine candidates.

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Ecacy rate 95% 70.4% TBD 94.1%

Doses needed 21 days apart 2DOSES 28 days apart 2DOSES 28 days apart 2DOSES

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Ballotmay include city charter propositions

Proposed amendments consider city council term lengths, executive session discussion condentiality, vacancy appointments and automatic resigna- tion upon ling candidacy for another elected oce. If voter-approved, the term length would be extended to three-year terms from the current two-year term length, according to the proposed language. In the rst election following the amended charter, two council mem- bers would be elected to a two-year

term, and two other council members would be elected to a three-year term. Places would be determined by draw- ing lots. Then, future elections would include only three-year terms. Council also discussed amending when a council member is required to resign to run for another elected oce. Another amendment could also change how vacant positions are lled, and a fourth amendment would expand condentiality provisions in executive session discussions.

BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN

Cedar Park City Council has been discussing several changes to the city charter. Proposed changes would require voter approval in the next election, and a special election would be called in February if council approves ordinances in January seeking these changes.

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