Williamson County began issuing same-sex marriage licenses June 29  after initially holding off from doing so June 26.

The county clerk’s office issued 21 marriage licenses by the end of the day, including four for same-sex couples, according to the county Public Affairs Manager Connie Watson.

While some Texas counties began issuing same-sex marriage licenses immediately following the 5-4 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which made same-sex marriage legal throughout the county, the Williamson County Clerk Nancy Rister waited to receive legal advice on how to proceed, according a statement from Williamson County Attorney Dee Hobbs.

Read more
Wine bar and restaurant The Rotten Bunch will open in Avery Ranch in fall 2015.

Wine bar and restaurant The Rotten Bunch will open in Avery Ranch in fall 2015. Denise Seiler

Wine bar and restaurant The Rotten Bunch will open at 14900 Avery Ranch Blvd., Bldg. B, Ste. 100, Austin, in the fall.

Co-owners Arik Williams and Alan Thomas, who also co-own Bartlett’s restaurant in Austin on Anderson Lane, will offer “wine-friendly” foods at The Rotten Bunch, such as cheese and charcuterie plates, risotto and handmade desserts including chocolate truffles and lemon icebox pie, Williams said. The bar will offer wine and beer, including 10 Texas-made beers on tap.

Austin-based McCray & Co. is the design firm Williams and Thomas hired to help with the decor of the wine bar and kitchen. The firm has designed restaurants including Ramen Tatsu-ya and Noble Sandwich Co., he said.

Read more

The Cedar Park Center may have better visibility from drivers before the Texas Stars hockey season begins this fall after Cedar Park City Council approved a bid to install a sign by Toll 183A.

City Council approved the construction bid of $498,249 during council’s June 25 meeting.

Garrett Bonn, project manager with the Cedar Park Department of Engineering, said the city originally planned to build the sign when it built the entertainment venue, which opened in September 2009. But only this year did the arena’s new manager, Northland Properties Corp., and the city agree to split the cost to install a new sign by the Toll 183A access road, Bonn said.

Read more

Austin City Council’s protest of property valuations will delay the city of Cedar Park’s usual planning and approval of a property tax rate and 2015-16 budget by a few weeks.

Austin leaders decided to protest not to the Travis County Appraisal Review Board but to Travis County District Court, City Manager Brenda Eivens told Cedar Park City Council during a June 25 meeting. That means Cedar Park will need to wait longer for certified property values, though not as long as the months-long delay Cedar Park staffers first expected, Eivens said.

“That puts us back in a timeline where we can present a tax rate and a budget to the city council,” before the city’s 2015-16 fiscal year begins in October, she said.

Read more
 

Williamson County is seeking input on whether community residents are prepared for natural disasters in a survey available online until July 13.

Local emergency managers are hoping to hear information such as how prepared residents are for tornadoes or house fires, or which community houses are located in flood plains. The county will use the information to update the hazard mitigation plan, according to a county news release.

The Texas Colorado River Floodplain Coalition prepared the original plan to included Williamson County and 16 others, though the updated plan will focus only on hazards identified within the local county. The information provided could help reduce the risk of injury or property damage in the future, according to the news release.

Read more