Kelly censured, Chaparral Ice to open Aug. 1, Bell Boulevard update: Cedar Park news roundup

(John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)
(John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)

(John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)

Here is a weekly roundup of Cedar Park stories.

City council censures Council Member Tim Kelly

In a 4-3 vote, City Council censured Kelly for making derogatory remarks on social media about educators.

Chaparral Ice to open new location Aug. 1

Chaparral Ice will open in The Crossover—a 240,000-square-foot multisports and retail complex—this weekend.


Bell Boulevard realignment road construction to begin in late August

The project relocates the part of Bell between Buttercup Creek Boulevard and Cedar Park Drive to the alignment of Old US 183.

City road projects see mixed funding outcomes

Several upcoming road projects are critical to major developments coming into the Cedar Park area.
By Taylor Girtman
After interning with Community Impact Newspaper in 2019, Taylor Girtman became a reporter for the Cedar Park and Leander edition in Feb. 2020. She covers the Cedar Park and Leander city councils.
By Brian Perdue
Brian Perdue is the editor of the Cedar Park-Leander edition of Community Impact Newspaper. A native of Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, he has been a journalist since 1992, living and working in Virginia, Washington D.C., Hawaii's Big Island, Southern California and Florida before moving to Austin in 2019.


MOST RECENT

Williamson County saw a big drop in daily reported coronavirus cases Aug. 5. (Screenshot courtesy Williamson County)
Williamson County sees big drop in daily reported coronavirus cases Aug. 5

The county did report three additional coronavirus-related deaths.

The Confederate Soldiers Monument stands on the south grounds of the Texas Capitol. A group of Democratic lawmakers have called for its removal, along with other statues and portraits honoring the Confederacy. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
State legislators seek removal of Confederate monuments at Texas Capitol

The decision may ultimately lie with Gov. Greg Abbott and the rest of the State Preservation Board, which last year authorized the removal of a plaque in the Capitol that said slavery was not an underlying cause of the Confederate rebellion.

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Cedar Park, Leander begin FY 2020-21 budget discussions

Leander and Cedar Park will begin discussions of their FY 2020-21 budgets on Aug. 5 and Aug. 6, respectively.

Here is the Williamson County COVID-19 case update for Aug. 4. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Williamson County confirms 98 new COVID-19 cases Aug. 4

The county reported no additional deaths.

The Commissioners Court also voted to set a maximum total tax rate of $0.458719 per $100 valuation, which is the current tax rate. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County commissioners accept $390.37 million recommended budget for FY 2020-21

The Commissioners Court also voted to set a maximum total tax rate of $0.458719 per $100 valuation, which is the current tax rate.

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Cedar Park preschool starts program to help elementary students learn virtually

The program will create a "school-like" classroom for virtual students to learn safely outside their homes.

In the last year, Whataburger launched a new, modern restaurant design and began offering curbside and delivery services for the first time amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the release. (Courtesy Elizabeth James for Whataburger)
Whataburger to celebrate 70th anniversary, unveil food truck, expand into 3 states

Nine more new Whataburger locations are planned by year's end, and 35 new restaurants are proposed for 2021.

The project will reverse the northbound I-35 entrance and exit ramps at the SH 45 intersection to alleviate traffic congestion, according to an Aug. 4 Texas Department of Transportation news release. (Courtesy Fotolia)
I-35 construction from Grand Avenue Parkway to SH 45 now underway

The project will reverse the northbound I-35 entrance and exit ramps at the SH 45 intersection to alleviate traffic congestion, according to TxDOT.

The U.S. Census Bureau will halt its counting operation a month earlier than expected. (Courtesy U.S. Census Bureau)
U.S. Census Bureau to halt counting operation a month earlier than expected

The self-response deadline has moved up to Sept. 30.

The total number of reported COVID-19 cases more than doubled in Williamson County in the month of July, according to Williamson County and Cities Health District data. (Graphic by Chance Flowers/Community Impact Newspaper)
See how COVID-19 impacted Williamson County in July

The total number of reported COVID-19 cases more than doubled in Williamson County in the month of July, according to Williamson County and Cities Health District data.