COVID-19 Update
Travis County posted a new Order this past weekend, which took effect on August 16, and will last through December 15. The new Order is basically a combination of the previous county Orders regarding the current physical/social distancing guidelines, like limiting gatherings not to exceed 10 people (with a punishable fine not to exceed $1,000), the mandatory use of face coverings when around others not in your household (with a second violation to not exceed a $250 fine), and for businesses to develop a health and safety policy (with a punishable fine not to exceed $1,000). The updated Order also includes Austin Public Health requirements (Exhibit B) and recommendations, which offers guidance for schools, day cares, and further health and safety recommendations for businesses and vulnerable populations. Click here to review the updated Order.

For those still seeking unemployment assistance, Governor Abbott announced yesterday that the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) applied for additional unemployment benefit funding that could provide an additional $300 per week in benefits for qualifying Texans receiving unemployment. This could happen as early as August 23, and would be backdated to the benefit week ending August 1. Click here for more information.

The number of new reported cases in Travis County has risen slightly over the past week, while hospitalizations in Central Texas have declined. There is an average of around 27 daily hospitalizations over a seven-day period in the region (compared to around 33 this time last week). The County currently does remain in Stage 4 at this time even though average hospitalizations are near the middle of what could trigger Stage 3. Click here to learn more about the five stages and risk-based guidelines. There are currently 227 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 in our five-county area, down from 274 last week. Click here to review the latest information on hospitalizations.

There have now been a total of 25,353 cumulative COVID-19 cases in Travis County. That number is up by 1,635 compared to this same time last week, 1,462 the week before that, and 1,791 the week before that one. It's estimated there are around 669 active COVID-19 positive cases in the county according to the state dashboard, compared to 903 last week. For the three zip codes associated with Lakeway (78734, 78738, 78669), there have been 476 cases identified to date, which is up by 25 compared to the same time last week, and up by 30 comparing with the week before that. Click here for more details and to view the tracking tool, which includes an interactive map to see cases by your zip code.

Please continue to wash your hands regularly, practice physical/social distancing, and wear a proper face covering in public. Thank you for helping keep our community safe during this difficult and unusual time.




City Council Proposes New Tax Rate
At Monday evening's City Council meeting (August 17, 2020), Councilmembers voted 6-1 in favor (with Councilmember Smith against) to support a proposed 3.5% not to exceed city tax rate increase. The 3.5% proposed tax increase would still need to be approved by City Council in September after a public hearing, and would be the maximum possible increase. City Council could still vote on a lower rate. The increase would average about $24 more per year for the average Lakeway homeowner, and help support important new city positions like a planner, grant writer, emergency coordinator, and fleet maintenance staff member. Additionally, it would help update our current fleet of vehicles in the City. Overall, the city portion of your Lakeway property tax bills is between 6% to 9% depending on which area of the city you live in. That percentage of your property tax bill helps fund important city services such as police, parks operations and maintenance, city landscaping, city events, local road maintenance, code compliance, permitting, court operations, and much more. The public hearing on the proposed tax rate will take place in September. For more details about the tax rate, please visit our website or click here.
Alphabet Hide & Seek Virtual Game
Have you spotted a few letters in our city parks this past week? It's part of a new virtual game from our Parks & Recreation Department! Several letters (A through Z) have been placed throughout our parks with numbers attached to them. Take a snapshot of those letters and match the corresponding numbered letters to uncover the mystery phrase on our website. If you discover the phrase, send an email to events@lakeway-tx.gov and you could win a special prize! We've already provided one clue to the puzzle in the picture =). The hunt ends on August 30, so take your family this weekend or next to compete. Click here for more information.
NEW: Fire Danger High

The hot, dry weather is expected to continue (unless a tropical system impacts Texas), creating fuel for potential fires. Lake Travis Fire Rescue (LTFR) has reported an uptick of roadside fires, including off Stewart Road earlier this week. These fires can lead to larger wildland fires. LTFR would like to remind our readers of the following:
  • Do not discard smoking material out your car window.
  • If you need to pullover, do so on paved surfaces.
  • Maintain proper tire pressure - tire rims can create sparks.
  • Maintain your brakes.
  • Secure trailer or tow chains so they don't drag on the road.
  • Never park where dry grass could touch the catalytic converter.
For information about how to help protect your home from the potential for a wildfire, click here.
NEW: Meet Our New Officers

The Lakeway Police Department would like to introduce you to our five newest officers sworn in over the past several weeks. These officers are part of just over 30 in Lakeway to help protect and serve our residents and guests. This includes more than 20 assigned patrol officers, 5 detectives and 4 executives (2 Lieutenants, 1 Captain, 1 Police Chief). Our five newest members to the Lakeway Police Department come to the city with several decades of combined police experience with other cities and organizations, including some with Criminal Justice degrees and even military service. We're very excited to have them on board! Click here to learn more about our newest officers, and our city police force.
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY (August 16 - 22):
  • 295 BC: First temple to Venus, Roman goddess of love dedicated
  • 1458: Pope Pius II becomes 211th Pope
  • 1692: Five executed after a conviction of witchcraft in Salem Witch Trials
  • 1849: Austria launches balloons against Venice in first reported Air Raid
  • 1851: First America's Cup is won by the yacht, America
  • 1866: President Andrew Johnson formally declares end of American Civil War
  • 1882: Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture debuts in Russia
  • 1888: The first successful adding machine in the U.S. is patented
  • 1897: American automobile manufacturer Oldsmobile is founded
  • 1902: Cadillac Motor Company is founded
  • 1902: Theodore Roosevelt is first President to make public appearance in an auto
  • 1909: Indianapolis Motor Speedway opens for auto racing
  • 1920: 19th Amendment ratified guaranteeing women's right to vote
  • 1934: First All-American Soap Box Derby held in Ohio
  • 1954: First issue of Sports Illustrated published
  • 1975: NASA launches Viking 1 towards Mars
  • 1977: NASA launches Voyager 2 spacecraft
  • 1989: Nolan Ryan becomes first MLB pitcher to record 5,000 strikeouts
  • 2010: Operation Iraqi Freedom ends
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