Leander to discuss CARES Act grant application, 148-acre annexation petition, possible private school May 21

City council will meet at Pat Bryson Municipal Hall for its second in-person meeting since March.
City Council will meet at Pat Bryson Municipal Hall for its second in-person meeting since March. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

City Council will meet at Pat Bryson Municipal Hall for its second in-person meeting since March. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

A 148.65-acre annexation next to Lakeline Boulevard; a possible city application for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant; and a public hearing for a Challenger School located at Crystal Falls Parkway and Toll 183A are on Leander City Council’s agenda for its May 21 meeting.

City Council will meet at Pat Bryson Municipal Hall for its second in-person meeting since March. The council chamber is limited to 25 attendees, and the public may speak in person or call in and the meeting will be available online. The regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m.


Council will consider accepting a petition for a 148.65-acre annexation located east of Lakeline Boulevard. If accepted, a public hearing and ordinance readings would be scheduled in June. The petition applicant will also present a concept plan, preliminary plat and planned unit development plan.

The city will also consider applying for the federal Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant, which includes $236 million for the U.S. Economic Development Administration's Austin region that covers five states. Leander may qualify for a $2.5 million grant, according to the agenda. Council will consider action on submitting an application for the program, which ends in September.

According to the agenda item, grant money may be used for:

  • construction or upgrade of public infrastructure including water, wastewater, roads, and buildings;

  • construction of business incubators;

  • activities that support the creation of businesses and jobs;

  • planning and recovery strategies for industry contraction and expansion; and

  • infrastructure to promote telehealth and remote learning for job skills.


Council will also hold a public hearing on the concept plan and subdivision of a private school at the corner of Crystal Falls Parkway and Toll 183A. Challenger School at Crystal Falls would be located on 15.63 acres. The private school group has four other Texas campuses with one in Avery Ranch and one in Round Rock.
By Taylor Girtman
After interning with Community Impact Newspaper in 2019, Taylor Girtman became a reporter for the Cedar Park and Leander edition in February 2020.


MOST RECENT

Courtney Manuel (center), I Live Here I Give Here executive director, and and board chair Kathy Smith-Willman (right) stand with Edward B. Burger, St. David's Foundation executive director, during Amplify Austin Day 2020. (Courtesy Trent Lee Photography)
Here's how to support Central Texas nonprofits during ninth annual Amplify Austin Day on March 4-5

The annual 24-hour giving campaign will begin at 6 p.m. on March 4.

People wait in line to receive a vaccine at an Austin Public Health vaccination site. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas offers COVID-19 vaccinations to school, child care workers

Educators, school staff and child care professionals are qualified to receive coronavirus vaccines effective immediately.

In response to Gov. Greg Abbott's March 2 announcement that Texas' statewide mask mandate and COVID-19-related business restrictions will be lifted as of March 10, the Texas Education Agency released updated public health guidance March 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Updated Texas Education Agency guidance allows individual school boards to determine mask policies

"Under this updated guidance, a public school system's current practices on masks may continue unchanged. Local school boards have full authority to determine their local mask policy," the release reads.

H-E-B will continue to require employees to wear face masks until further notice. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
H-E-B to require employees, ask customers to be masked despite upcoming expiration of governor's mandate

H-E-B officials announced their employees and vendors would still be required to be masked while on the job, and customers would be encouraged to wear masks while in stores.

Photo from inside a movie theater
Alamo Drafthouse files for bankruptcy, closes theaters in downtown Austin and New Braunfels

Most theaters will remain open under an asset purchase agreement to the company's senior lending partners.

Williamson County will follow Gov. Greg Abbott mask mandate changes. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County to follow governor's mask mandate changes

The change will go into effect March 10.

See how COVID-19 impacted Williamson County in February. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
See how COVID-19 impacted Williamson County in February

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases decreased significantly month-over-month in Williamson County.

reveal resource center car line
LIST: 22 Cedar Park, Leander nonprofits to donate to on Amplify Austin Day

The 24-hour annual giving event begins at 6 p.m. March 4.

Austin ISD and other districts in Central Texas are waiting for further TEA guidance on mask requirements. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
UPDATE: Most Central Texas school district say they will continue requiring students, staff to wear masks; updated TEA guidelines expected later this week

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates and business capacity restrictions will be lifted in Texas.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates and business capacity restrictions will be lifted in Texas. (Courtesy Office of the Texas Governor)
Gov. Greg Abbott lifts statewide mask mandate, business restrictions in Texas

With vaccine distribution increasing, Gov. Greg Abbott said "people and businesses don't need the state telling them how to operate." Some local officials are pushing back, saying the relaxed restrictions are coming too early.