Leander mayor calls special council meeting July 7 after high volume of public comment requests

The July 7 special meeting will be held at Pat Bryson Municipal Hall, located at 201 N. Brushy St., Leander. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

The July 7 special meeting will be held at Pat Bryson Municipal Hall, located at 201 N. Brushy St., Leander. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Due to a large number of requests for public comment, Leander Mayor Troy Hill has called a special City Council meeting for July 7 to extend the city's declaration of disaster.

The July 7 agenda includes an ordinance to extend the city's disaster declaration, which would expire July 8 without action from council. Hill issued a new disaster declaration June 29 with his order to require social distancing. The current declaration went into effect July 1.

"Staff is concerned that public response to the disaster declaration item may prevent the public from participating on other agenda items during Thursday's meeting due to occupancy and teleconference limitations established since April in response to the coronavirus," according to the release.

City spokesperson Mike Neu said Hill will remove the disaster declaration item from the July 2 agenda during the meeting. Items cannot be removed from the posted agenda ahead of the meeting, Neu said.

City staff will notify people who submitted comment requests, according to a July 2 release. Online comment requests will be moved to the Tuesday meeting. Comments are limited to three minutes unless more than 10 people speak on one item, at which point a two-minute limit is set, according to the agenda.

The July 7 meeting will be held at Pat Bryson Municipal Hall, located at 201 N. Brushy St., Leander. The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. after early voting ends at 7 p.m. City Council meetings are streamed online.
By Taylor Girtman
Taylor Girtman became the reporter for the Cedar Park-Leander edition in Feb. 2020.


Volunteers of Austin Vaccine Angels gathered after becoming fully vaccinated. (Courtesy Jodi Holzband)
Grassroots groups aimed at vaccine outreach look toward the future

For the past five months, grassroots volunteer groups have been working to connect thousands of Central Texans to COVID-19 vaccines.

Leander ISD admin building
Leander ISD board passes $387M budget with 2% raises, new campus staffing

The budget includes 2% midpoint staff raises, campus positions for Tarvin Elementary opening in August, start-up positions for Elementary School No. 29 opening in 2022 and other district expenditures.

Leander ISD is expected to add over 12,000 students in 10 years to its current population of 40,761 students. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Committee suggests $933M bond project list to Leander ISD board

The $933.4 million reccomendation includes elementary school, middle school, high school and districtwide projects.

Leander Bryson farmstead
Leander to create plan to preserve Historic Bryson Farmstead

The city plans to improve the historic Leander property for public use.

The Bloomhouse—an 1,100-square-foot home in the hills of West Austin—was built in the 1970s by University of Texas architecture students for fellow student Dalton Bloom. It was featured in the Austin Weird Homes Tour of 2020. (Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Weird Homes Tour ends; Z’Tejas to close Arboretum restaurant and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

Leander homes
Cedar Park, Leander average home prices in May jump at least 40% from 2020

The average home price in Cedar Park was $563,335—a 56.2% year-over-year increase from May 2020.

Z’Tejas to close Arboretum restaurant, open new Avery Ranch spot in fall

The last day of service at Z'Tejas in the Arboretum is July 2.

Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center to get nearly $2M in federal aid for construction budget gap

The funds will go to help the Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center cover increasing lumber costs.

Candlewood Suites Northwest Austin
Williamson County declines lawsuit against Austin over Candlewood Suites saga—for now

Williamson County did not hold a vote to file a lawsuit against the city of Austin over the contentious Candlewood Suites property in Northwest Austin.

Washington Prime Group Inc. owns six area shopping centers, including The Arboretum. (Courtesy The Arboretum)
Owner of multiple Austin-area shopping centers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The company owns several major retail centers in Northwest Austin, Georgetown and Cedar Park.