April City Council Meeting Wrap
City Council met in regular session this past Monday, April 19 at City Hall. Here are a few highlights from that meeting:

FINANCIAL REPORT: The City Finance Director gave an update on city revenue and expenditures showing so far this fiscal year a positive variance of $473,706 in revenue, and a savings in expenditures of $191,065. It was indicated that the additional revenue was mainly due to better than anticipated sales tax revenue.

FLINT ROCK ZONING CHANGE: City Council approved a zoning change request with amendments. The request is to change R-1 and C-1 to PUD. This location is at 15617 Flint Rock Road. Legacy DCS is proposing 126 detached single-family residential homes on the approximately 22.859 acre parcel of land in this location near the intersection of Wild Cherry Drive and Flintrock Road. This action followed a recent traffic study conducted along Flintrock Road by Huitt-Zollars. Click here to see the draft of that traffic study.

OAKS PUD/MAIN STREET: Stratus Properties, Inc. gave another update on the undeveloped portion of the Oaks Planned Unit Development, which is located just behind H-E-B. It's a section that would include the future extension of Main Street. Two options were presented Monday night to include R-2 homes and another with multi-family housing and 26 acres of parkland. The options would also include the building of the middle section of Main Street. City Council made a motion to have Stratus work with city staff to better define the multi-family option. Expect more discussion and details in future meetings. Click here to review the renderings, see some common questions/answers about the proposed projects and offer feedback.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN: The City Manager along with the Police Chief, Parks & Recreation Director and Public Works Director presented the first draft list of projects to be considered for the Capital Improvement Plan, which outlines large city projects and purchases that could take place over the course of the next five (5) years. The draft list includes several park improvement projects, road maintenance projects and equipment for the police department. For the first phase, City Council did approve three parks projects that were within the parks budget for this fiscal year. Those approved projects to be completed this year include an updated all-inclusive playground for City Park, a Hurst Creek Sculpture Garden sidewalk and a mobile LED screen trailer for various events. A more formalized draft of the Capital Improvement Plan will be presented at an upcoming City Council meeting for projects outlined in future fiscal years.

If you're interested in watching the meeting from Monday evening or viewing the agenda, click here.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month is observed in April and is an opportunity to focus on community awareness related to the causes and risk factors of sexual assault. It is also a time to empower individuals to take steps to prevent sexual assaults from happening.

Here are some statistics related to sexual assault:
  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 67 men have been raped at some time in their lives.
  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys is sexually abused before age 18.
  • In more then half of rape cases involving female victims, the perpetrator was an intimate partner.
  • The estimated financial loss due to rape is an estimated $123,000 per victim, and includes medical costs, loss of productivity, criminal justice costs and other associated losses.
  • Sexual harassment, assault, and abuse happens in all communities, including online spaces.

Victims of sexual assault have options here in Lakeway. The victim may make a report to the Lakeway Police Department to file charges and receive Victim Services support. The sooner a report is made, the probability of collecting substantial evidence for the cases increases. Forensic exams are normally performed within 120 hours of the assault. You can call (512) 261-2800 or click here to file a report online.

The victim may also choose not to report the assault to law enforcement, but still pursue evidence collection through a SAFE exam. The victim in this case can still reach out to Victim Services for support. Evidence collected may be stored at the Teas Department of Public Safety lab for two years.

Counseling and support groups are also available and recommended for victims of sexual assaults. Help is available here locally or nationwide. It is imperative that victims do not go through this trauma alone. Click here to connect with our police department page.
COVID-19 Update: Vaccinations Available This Weekend
If you still need a COVID-19 vaccine, there is an opportunity this weekend. Yesterday it was announced that no appointments will be required for a vaccine event happening this weekend at the Circuit of the Americas located at 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. Anyone age 16 and above will qualify to get their free first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The event is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here for details.

A total of 81,600 cases have been reported to date in Travis County. Data was not available this week from Austin Public Health on reported cases by zip code. There are currently 952 active cases at this time in Travis County (down from 1,093 last week) and 144 individuals hospitalized in the region (up from 131 last week). Click here to review the COVID-19 case dashboard. Click here for more details on hospitalizations. Click here for helpful links on vaccinations.

NEW: Register For May Blood Drive

The next Lakeway Community Blood Drive will take place on Saturday, May 22 starting at 8 a.m. at the Lakeway Activity Center (105 Cross Creek). This drive will once again be by appointment only. No walk-ins will be accepted. Masks will be required, and attendees will need to practice other COVID-19 safety protocols as well. If you're interested in scheduling an appointment, please visit the We Are Blood website and search for Group Code A197. You may also contact the drive coordinators at lakewaycommunityblooddrive@gmail.com with any questions. If appointments fill up, you may be added to a short waitlist. Click here for more information and to connect to the We Are Blood registration website.
NEW: Streaming Video Service

Lake Travis Community Library (LTCL) members can now enjoy thousands of free videos through Kanopy, a platform that streams high-quality films to inspire, educate and entertain. The service also includes "Kanopy Kids," which includes a curated selection of thoughtful entertainment for children preschool-aged and up. There are close to 30,0000 free streaming videos available through the service, which also includes award-winning indie films, timely documentaries, foreign films, popular cinema features, children's shows and much more. The streaming service is easy to use through computers, tablets, smartphones and smart TV devices. It's also advertisement free. Click here to learn more.
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