Drainage election, City Council candidates: 10 things to know in Cedar Park and Leander this week, Jan. 29-Feb. 2

Executive Director Cheryl Schneider from the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is seen with Charger, a dog currently awaiting his forever home at the shelter.

Executive Director Cheryl Schneider from the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is seen with Charger, a dog currently awaiting his forever home at the shelter.

Here are 10 recent topics in Leander and Cedar Park, from the Leander mayor's State of the City Address to Williamson County's burn ban.

1. Leander’s State of the City Address and Reception held Jan. 30
On Tuesday, Mayor Chris Fielder will provide an update on the city. 5 p.m. $7. Hill Country Bible Church Leander, 11880 Hero Way West, Ste. 600, Leander. 512-259-1907. www.leandercc.org

2. Williamson County property taxes due Jan. 31
Williamson County property owners must have paid their 2017 property taxes in full by the end of January to avoid paying penalties and accruing interest.

3. Cedar Park calls sales tax reallocation, charter amendment election
In May, Cedar Park voters are set to decide on whether to reallocate a portion of sales tax revenue from one of the city’s economic development boards to fund drainage improvements and street repairs in the city.

4. Candidates file to run for office in Leander and Cedar Park
Several candidates have filed to run for city council positions or for mayor in the cities of Leander and Cedar Park. Filing ends Feb. 16, and the election will be held May 5.

5. Volente City Council outlines village priorities for 2018
The village of Volente City Council officially adopted a list of priorities and goals for 2018 at its meeting Jan. 16.

6. Officials break ground on Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter expansion project
After coping with overcrowding issues, the Williamson County Animal Shelter Is on its way to moving into a brand-new facility in spring 2019, officials said.

7. Block House Creek neighborhood dealing with mailbox vandalism
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed it has responded to five calls of vandalized mailboxes in the area since November.

8. Energy tech company Hyliion may bring up to 229 jobs to Cedar Park
The company plans to relocate from Pennsylvania to the Brushy Creek Corporate Center.

9. Visual history book of Leander Police Department published
The book commemorates the department’s 40th anniversary.

10. Williamson County issues burn ban
In the wake of multiple fires in the past few weeks, Williamson County commissioners voted last week to issue a burn ban.



James Avery Artisan Jewelry sells women’s and men’s jewelry designed in Kerrville, Texas. (Courtesy James Avery Artisan Jewelry)
James Avery Artisan Jewelry relocates Cedar Park store

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Kyle City Council voted 6-1 and approved the new citywide trail master plan that will utilize 2020 bond election funds for trails that will help connect Austin to San Antonio. (Courtesy Pexels)
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Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde said Sept. 23 though the district has been awarded emergency funding, it has only had access to a fraction of it. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD superintendent lays out barriers to receiving emergency funding

Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde said while it seems that the district has received "millions and millions," it has been able to use a fraction of granted emergency funds.

Wayback Burgers specializes in cooked-to-order burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. (Courtesy Wayback Burgers)
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Perfect Game plans to build 16 new turf baseball and softball fields with seating and amenities on 80 acres northeast of RM 1431 and Ronald Reagan Boulevard. (Screenshot courtesy city of Cedar Park)
Perfect Game headquarters, 80-acre complex coming to Cedar Park

Perfect Game will build 16 new turf baseball and softball fields and a new headquarters facility in Cedar Park.

Jeremiah's Italian Ice, a Florida-based company, sells gelato, Italian ice and soft ice cream treats. (Courtesy Jeremiah's Italian Ice)
Jeremiah's Italian Ice shop coming to Leander

Franchise owners Bob and Terra Carilli expect to open the store in 2022. 

Several parents of New Caney ISD students spoke at the district's Sept. 20 board meetings about recent allegations that a student brought a firearm to Porter High School's Sept. 18 homecoming dance. NCISD Superintendent Matt Calvert stressed that no gunshots were fired at the event, and that the district is investigating the allegations. (Wesley Gardner/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Flights between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and London-Heathrow will resume Oct. 13 for the first time in 17 months. (Courtesy Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)
British Airways to resume service from Austin to London in October

The flights will run three days per week and include COVID-19 safety measures for passengers.

The Austin metropolitan statistical area surpasses COVID-19 pandemic job losses. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin regains all pandemic job loss, San Antonio nearly misses top 10 best performing metros in the country

The Austin and San Antonio metropolitan statistical areas continue their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wilco Workspaces offers coworking, meeting, event and studio spaces for small and large groups. (Courtesy Wilco Workspaces)
New coworking spaces open, plus 3 more Cedar Park and Leander updates

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