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Lakeway Police Chief Todd Radford announces his bid for sheriff of Travis County during a Sept. 21 news conference in East Austin.

Lakeway Police Chief Todd Radford announces his bid for sheriff of Travis County during a Sept. 21 news conference in East Austin.

Lakeway’s top cop aims for sheriff seat


Lakeway Lakeway Police Department Chief Todd Radford formally announced his run for Travis County Sheriff on Sept. 21 at his campaign headquarters, 1211 E. 11th St., Austin.


Former Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell introduced Radford to attendees, including Adan Munoz, former executive director of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards; former Travis County Attorney Ken Oden; community leader Nelson Linder; and members of the Travis County Sheriff’s Officers Association.


Radford said as sheriff he would ensure Travis County deputies have body cameras, and not be “put in the position of acting as immigration agents”, adding the community would benefit from cross-training deputies as mental health officers.


“I’m running for sheriff because we all deserve a safe community, and that requires building and maintaining trust between law enforcement and everyone living in Travis County,” he said at the event. “But trust must be earned. You don’t just wish for it—you work for it.”







West Lake Hills to consider changes to burn ban rules


West Lake Hills After Travis County Commissioners Court enacted a burn ban July 28, West Lake Hills resident Dee Cook asked City Council to review its burn ban policies.


According to the Travis County website, outdoor grilling on contained, open flames is allowed in the county during a burn ban. However, the city permits outdoor grilling during a burn ban only on gas or propane grills.


Cook said state law does not ban charcoal grilling during burn bans, and city policy should match the state’s policy.


Council Members Taylor Holcomb and Darin Walker agreed with Cook, but Council Member Stan Graham said fire safety is a priority. 


Council did not act on the charcoal grill ban.







Rollingwood invites Google Fiber to add technology to city


Mayor Thom Farrell met with Google Fiber representatives Sept. 15 to discuss the possibility of using old conduit infrastructure as piping for Google Fiber lines.


According to Google Fiber, the company provides Internet at 1,000 megabits per second compared with current Internet providers, which average a speed of 9.8 megabits per second.


Building the Google Fiber infrastructure can take months, so city officials have asked Google representatives about running the Fiber lines through abandoned conduit, City Manager Charles Winfield said.


“There’s no guarantee whether they can use those or how many they can use,” he said.


The city is not on Google Fiber’s scheduled areas list, Winfield said.







Lakeway Firewise Committee honors its community volunteers at Sept. 15 event Lakeway Firewise Committee volunteers were honored with a community luncheon Sept. 15.[/caption]

Lakeway Firewise Committee honors its community volunteers at Sept. 15 event


Lakeway The Lakeway Firewise Committee celebrated three years of service to the community Sept. 15.


A luncheon honoring the volunteers was held at the Lakeway Activity Center with city Forester Carrie Burns addressing the committee’s history. The committee educates residents on how to make their homes more wildfire-resistant as well as clears brush from wooded neighborhood areas to decrease the risk of wildfires in the area.


Lakeway was the 900th Firewise Community in the U.S., Burns said. For more information about Lakeway’s Firewise program, visit www.lakeway-tx.gov/fire







Bee Cave honors decade-long city staffers Sept. 8 Bee Cave Mayor Caroline Murphy congratulates Police Lt. Vicente Montez on his service.[/caption]

Bee Cave honors decade-long city staffers Sept. 8


Bee Cave Mayor Caroline Murphy presented Bee Cave Police Lt. Vicente Montez and Human Resources Coordinator Brooke Winburn with proclamations Sept. 8 recognizing their 10 years of service to the city.


Winburn began her employment with the city of Bee Cave on Sept. 7, 2005.


Montez, who resides in San Antonio, entered employment with the city’s law enforcement agency Sept. 1, 2005.