Lakeway to pursue restoration of 19th century cabin

Committee Chair Vickie Taylor addresses Lakeway City Council during the Feb. 18 meeting. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Committee Chair Vickie Taylor addresses Lakeway City Council during the Feb. 18 meeting. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Committee Chair Vickie Taylor addresses Lakeway City Council during the Feb. 18 meeting. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

As a historic cabin that in 2011 was relocated adjacent to City Hall continues to deteriorate, the Lakeway Heritage Committee has intervened with a request to conduct a due diligence study on the needs of the Liebelt Cabin that was built in 1869.

Specifically, the committee requested $9,845 for two studies to determine the scope of repairs needed for the cabin.

City Council did not authorize the expenditure during its Feb. 18 meeting. Rather, officials voted to support the restoration effort and will bring up the financial request for the studies at one of its upcoming meetings.

"We ask you to just consider what we're up against," committee Chair Vickie Taylor said to council. "We just want to make this cabin usable. We are asking your approval to let us go forward with our proposal. And to do that, we need to have some due diligence reports and analysis done."

Taylor said the due diligence studies should be complete by May in order to apply in time for a grant.


Information from the committee states it will pursue a grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority upon receiving results of the two studies in order to complete needed repairs.

“The structure continues to deteriorate from weather and requires emergency repairs to regain its already lost value,” a city document states. “Known defects include: missing roof shingles and ‘chinking’ between logs, partially rotten logs, security for doors, windows, and ADA accessibility.”

The document states the cabin has gained popularity over the last year thanks to media interest and its inclusion in the Heritage Trail Bus Tours, among other factors.

Should the committee pursue the LCRA grant, which could bring a maximum of $50,000, the city of Lakeway would need to budget 20%, or $10,000 for its 2020-21 budget.
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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