Lakeway to conduct second community survey

Lakeway Communications Director Jarrod Wise addressed City Council during the Feb. 18 meeting. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lakeway Communications Director Jarrod Wise addressed City Council during the Feb. 18 meeting. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Lakeway Communications Director Jarrod Wise addressed City Council during the Feb. 18 meeting. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

About 32% of residents are retired. Roughly 54% of all households have two people. Almost 69% of all residences have no children under the age of 18 living in them.

The above statements constitute a small snapshot of results from a Lakeway community survey issued in late September and early October 2018.

That survey had a little over 2,400 respondents who answered questions ranging from how they receive information on the city to what their favorite Lakeway amenities are to the effectiveness of city services.

City staff now plans to issue another survey similar to the first in order to track progress of the answers from 2018. A city document states additional questions have been added to address residents’ feelings on traffic and city appearance.

Lakeway Communications Director Jarrod Wise discussed the survey during the Feb. 18 City Council meeting, at which officials voted to add questions to be presented at an upcoming meeting.


Lakeway resident Tom Kilgore spoke during public comment and said he would like to see a more diverse sampling of respondents on the new survey, and he suggested reaching out to more areas of the city and trying more online strategies employed.

"If we're only preaching to the choir, we get a lovely song back, but we don't know what the rest of the congregation is thinking," Kilgore said.

Wise said there are opportunities for the city to expand its reach, including on the city's website and added he is amenable to council suggestions such as employing strategies to attract younger respondents.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.


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