May City Council Meeting Wrap
The regular City Council meeting for May was this past Monday, May 17 at City Hall. Here are a few highlights from that meeting:

SWEARING IN:
Mayor Tom Kilgore took the oath of office, along with Councilmember Keith Trecker. Councilmember Sanjeev Kumar and Councilmember Gretchen Vance were also sworn in to serve another term. Each will serve at least two years. Councilmember Louis Mastrangelo was selected by City Council to serve as mayor pro tem.

RECOGNITION AND HONORS:
Sandy Cox received a special award from City Manager Julie Oakley in recognition for her service as mayor for the City of Lakeway from 2018 to 2021. Additionally, Doug Howell also received a special award from former Mayor Sandy Cox in recognition for his service as councilmember for the City of Lakeway from 2019 to 2021.

POLICE CHIEF RESIGNATION:
City Council formally accepted the resignation of Todd Radford as police chief for the Lakeway Police Department. Captain David Crowder will serve as acting police chief until a replacement is named.

FINANCIALS:
Finance Director Shereen Gendy presented the updated financials for this fiscal year. It shows $375,060 in additional city revenue so far this budget cycle. Additionally, expenses are running under budget in the amount of $242,420.

Click here to watch the video and review the full agenda from that meeting.

Memorial Day Service
The City of Lakeway along with the Lohmann's Ford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a special in-person Memorial Day service on Friday, May 28 starting at 10 a.m. The service will take place at Lakeway Church located at 2203 Lakeway Blvd. Welcome remarks will be by Mayor Tom Kilgore, and will include a presentation of the colors, invocation, memorial wreath presentation and speech by guest speaker General Vincent Brooks, U.S. Army (Ret.). This is a free event for the Lakeway community as we remember and honor those who died while serving in the U.S. military. Click here for more details.
COVID-19 Update: City Facilities Open Monday
This week, Governor Greg Abbott signed a new Order which prohibits governmental entities in Texas, including counties, cities, school districts, public health authorities, or government officials from requiring or mandating the wearing of a mask. This order takes place just before midnight this evening. Click here to review that order.

Based on that guidance, all City of Lakeway facilities will open to the public on Monday, May 24. Health and safety protocols will still be encouraged, but face coverings will no longer be required to enter a city facility. City staff will still wear a face covering around individuals who ask they wear one. Sanitization and other enhanced cleaning measures will also continue at city facilities.

Travis County moved to Stage 2 restrictions this week as well. The updated restrictions allow for fully vaccinated individuals to no longer be required to wear a face covering for indoor or outdoor private gatherings. Click here to review those updated guidelines.

If you still need a COVID-19 vaccine, Austin Public Health (APH) is offering another opportunity this weekend. No appointments will be necessary for another vaccine event happening today (Friday, May 21) through Sunday (May 23) at the Travis County Exposition Center located at 7311 Decker Lane. Anyone age 12 and above will qualify to get their first free dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The event is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For those who received their first Pfizer vaccine four weeks ago at the Circuit of the Americas location, the second dose will be at the Travis County Exposition Center. Click here for details.

A total of 83,495 cases have been reported to date in Travis County. There have been a total of 2,688 cases in the Lakeway area (zip codes 78734, 78738 and 78669) since the start of the pandemic (up 8 cases from the same time last week). There are currently 480 active cases at this time in Travis County (down from 674 last week) and 93 individuals hospitalized in the region (down from 106 last week). Click here to review the COVID-19 case dashboard. Click here for more details on hospitalizations.




NEW: Lake Travis Film Festival

The Lake Travis Film Festival is set to kick off on Thursday, June 10 at the new La Quinta in the Oaks at Lakeway. The festival will run from June 10 through June 13 and will include over 90 films, script readings, discussions with directors and a number of special events. The festival will end at Star Hill Ranch, where many of the films were created. "We are a nonprofit, run by volunteers, so we don't really measure success in monetary terms, but it's always been our goal to support our local businesses and provide an exciting community event," says Kat Albert, Lake Travis Film Festival Director. Click here for more information and to secure your badge.
NEW: Household Waste Event

The City of Lakeway along with the Lake Travis Regional Reuse & Recycling Center will host a Household Hazardous Waste Event on Thursday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The location of the event will be at 3207 Neidhardt Drive. Residents can bring a variety of items for recycling such as batteries, cleaning products, pool chemicals, oil, herbicides and pet products. Items such as light bulbs, tires, appliances, medical waste and electronics will not be accepted. A picture ID or water bill for proof of residency will be required at this event. If you have a specific time you would like to drop off items, you can also make a reservation. Click here for more information.
Saturday, May 22 @ 8 a.m.
Monday, May 24 @ 5:30 p.m.
Friday, May 28 @ 10 a.m.