Mayor Pro Tem Laurie Higginbotham
City Council passed a resolution appointing Laurie Higginbotham as Mayor Pro Tem on May 20. The City Charter provides that the City Council shall appoint one of its members to act in this capacity for a period of one year. The Mayor Pro Tem acts and has the duties of the Mayor whenever the Mayor is absent or incapacitated or if the office of the Mayor becomes vacant.

Remembering our heroes at the Spirit of Freedom Monument
Annually, the Heritage Committee adds the names of past and present Lakeway residents to the Spirit of Freedom Monument. The monument honors those residents who have served in the armed forces during specified periods of war. Names of residents must be submitted by August 15. The tax-deductible donation cost for an engraving on the monument is $160 for veterans of World War II-Vietnam and $175 for post-World War II, such as the Gulf War, Iraq, and post 9/11 conflicts.

The public is encouraged to visit the Spirit of Freedom monument this Memorial Day weekend, or anytime, to pay tribute to our brave service men and women. 963 Lohmans Crossing Rd.

Monthly Police Update
May is mental health awareness month. Lakeway Police Department has trained all of its patrol officers as Mental Health Officers. These officers have received special mental health training to provide crisis intervention services and to act as liaisons to the mental health system. A Certified Mental Health Officer can improve the crisis response system by diverting people in need of behavioral health crisis services from hospitals and jails to community-based alternatives that provide effective behavioral health treatment at less cost. Mental Health Officers are specially trained in crisis intervention through Texas Commission on Law Enforcement who work collaboratively with the community and the crisis-response teams of local mental health facilities.

Fifty years ago, the Apollo program began as a demonstration of America’s technological, economic and political superiority to communism. Join Lakeway’s Heritage Committee on Tuesday, June 4 at 7:00 PM at the Lakeway Activity Center as we kick off our City’s tribute to the Apollo Mission and reveal contributions to the success of Apollo made by Lakeway residents. "Fly Me to the Moon" is not only the theme of this year's annual July 4th parade, it is also the theme for many of the Heritage Committee's upcoming events. Watch for additional activities recognizing Apollo achievements throughout the rest of 2019.
City Council awarded two funding requests for the use of Hotel Occupancy Tax at their regular meeting on May 20. TexARTS was approved $20,000 for an advertising campaign and $30,000 for promotion of the arts. TexARTS four professional productions include 50 total performances and will primarily be held Wednesday through Saturday evenings between July 2019 and March 2020. The Lake Travis Film Festival was awarded $20,000 for advertising, $16,000 for promotion of the arts, and $4,000 for registration of delegates. The festival is set to run from February 27, 2020 to March 1, 2020, and will feature film panel discussions, film screenings, and exciting social events. Both funding requests total $90,000 which will paid from the Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund.
June 7, 8:30 p.m.