July City Council Meeting & Budget Work Session Recap
City Council met in regular session this past Monday evening (July 19). City Council also participated in a budget work session earlier that afternoon. Here is a recap from those meetings:

Budget Work Session:
City Council received an update from the Arts Committee and Heritage Committee on their proposed budget items for FY 2022. Other committee proposed budgets were discussed as well. City Manager Julie Oakley also gave an update on city revenue explaining that sales tax increased from eight percent to nine percent comparing prior year actuals so far this budget cycle thanks to a strong July, along with strong revenue so far this year from fees collected through the Activity Center and Swim Center. More budget sessions will take place over the course of the next few months, with final adoption by City Council taking place the end of September and the next fiscal year beginning October 1. CLICK HERE to view the video and agenda from Monday afternoon's budget work session.

The City of Lakeway Finance Director gave an update on the financials so far this budget cycle. The FY 2021 budget cycle ends the last day of September. So far this cycle, revenue is outpacing projections by $932,093 compared to the budget, and expenditures are below projections by $629,571 thanks in part to salary savings.

Solid Waste Rate Increase:
The City of Lakeway received a petition from Waste Connections (the City's solid waste service) to increase the base rate for residential services from $17.61 to $17.80, an increase of 19 cents pursuant to an increase in their operating costs. The rate increase would not take place until October. City Council approved the contract addendum at the meeting Monday evening.

Liebelt Cabin Restoration:
City Council voted to accept an unconditional donation from Lakeway Civic Corporation (LCC) in the amount of up to $40,000 for the Liebelt Cabin restoration project. LCC will reimburse the City for costs of the restoration project up to that amount upon completion of the project.

314 Clubhouse:
City Council voted to approve the proposed development agreement with modifications between the City of Lakeway and 314 Clubhouse, LLC. The development agreement allows for the City to have more control over the construction process. Following last month's city council meeting regarding this item, the developer held meetings with the PUD/development committee and another virtual meeting with neighboring property owners to help address resident concerns voiced and received from the June City Council meeting.

City Code Revisions:
City Council discussed the priority on revising several codes including the short-term rental ordinance, camping ordinance, golf cart ordinance and building and development regulation ordinance. Because of the complexity in how the ordinances are intertwined in other city codes, it was discussed that the revisions will take time to complete. Councilmembers agreed to have staff start with revisions to the building and development regulation ordinance, then golf cart ordinance, along with the airpark ordinance next (new addition), then the remaining ordinance revisions will occur later in the fall.

If you're interested in watching the video from Monday evening, or reviewing the full City Council agenda, CLICK HERE.
Living with Lakeway Deer
Fawn season is coming to a close, but that only means to keep more of an eye out on area roadways as adult deer and fawns may cross quickly with little notice. Drivers, please remain within the city posted speed limits, and keep an eye out on both sides of the road for deer who may be grazing in the area.

Also, as a friendly reminder, feeding deer is prohibited in the City of Lakeway. Deer feed can not only be detrimental to the health of the deer population, but can also encourage deer to congregate in more populated areas, causing a potential road hazard and damage to property.

CLICK HERE for more details on the ordinance in place, and some helpful information about deer-resistant plants.
COVID-19 Update
COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are back on the rise as Stage 4 restrictions are imminent according to Austin Public Health officials. Travis County recently jumped to Stage 3 from Stage 2 of the risk-based guidelines due to an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations. CLICK HERE to review Stage 3 guidelines. Austin Public Health officials are urging the community to get vaccinated and recommending that people wear a face covering where and when appropriate. CLICK HERE for more details.

Travis County continues to offer multiple COVID-19 vaccine distribution pop-up events throughout the weekend. No appointments are necessary. CLICK HERE for those details and locations.

A total of 86,826 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date in Travis County. There have been a total of 2,818 cases in the Lakeway area (zip codes 78734, 78738 and 78669) since the start of the pandemic (up 36 cases from the same time last week). There are currently 1,315 active cases at this time in Travis County (up from 828 last week) and 191 individuals hospitalized in the region (up from 116 last week). CLICK HERE to review the COVID-19 case dashboard. CLICK HERE for more details on hospitalizations.

NEW: Heritage Trail Tour

Lakeway Heritage Committee is excited to bring back the annual Heritage Trail Tour on Friday, September 24. There will be three times available for the free bus tours including 9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Early registration is required. The bus tours begin at the Liebelt Cabin next to City Hall and then visit several other historical locations throughout Lakeway. A member of the Heritage Committee is also present on the bus tours to give insight into each location. CLICK HERE for more information on the tour and to register. Still have questions? Call the Lakeway Activity Center at (512) 261-1010.
NEW: Monument Engraving

The deadline is approaching for applications to be submitted to have veteran names added to the Spirit of Freedom Monument at Heritage Park for this year. The deadline is August 15. Collectively, there are over 1,100 past or present Lakeway residents who served in the armed forces. The monument currently honors those veterans who served in WWII, along with the Korean and Vietnam wars. Application forms are available at the Heritage Center, City Hall and the Lakeway Activity Center. If you're interested in applying to have a name added, please contact the Heritage Center by emailing history@lakeway-tx.gov or calling (512) 608-9533.
Monday, July 26 @ 5:30 PM
Monday, July 26 @ 6:30 PM
Sunday, August 1 @ 6 PM