Traffic calming, road widening and a $50 million lawsuit: 3 takeaways from Bee Cave City Council

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Here are three takeaways from Tuesday’s Bee Cave City Council meeting.

1. Legal action taken against city of Bee Cave

The city of Bee Cave has been served with a lawsuit related to the recent decision to deny an amendment to the developers of the Backyard music venue, Mayor Caroline Murphy and city staff confirmed to Community Impact Newspaper. Council members could not discuss what was described as a $50 million suit during an executive session with legal counsel because three members of council broke quorum, Council Member Tom Matzen said during the public portion of Tuesday’s meeting before Murphy adjourned the proceeding. The lawsuit names as defendants the city of Bee Cave, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Goodwin and Council Members Monty Parker and Kara King. City staff said the case will be heard in the 419th Travis County District Court.

2. City will pay to widen RM 620 to six lanes 

City Council voted to contribute $5 million toward a $60 million Texas Department of Transportation proposal to widen 6.3 miles of RM 620 from Hwy. 71 to north of Lakeway.

Lakeway City Council passed a similar resolution in 2016. The Lakeway council plans to discuss making the contribution subject to voter approval at its Jan. 29 meeting, records showed.

Bee Cave’s funds would likely come from a future budget appropriation, council decided, during the same fiscal year the road project would get underway. TxDOT will bring the proposal to the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, which will decide how much money would be allocated for the project and when funding would be available.

The $60 million would be for construction only and exclude preliminary engineering and environmental studies, a TxDOT staff member said during the meeting.

3. Draft traffic-calming policy accepted

Council voted to accept a revised traffic-calming policy aimed at updating a policy written by a city engineer in 2008. Approved changes include giving council final authority to decide if traffic-calming measures are needed on city streets following studies performed by police and fire authorities. Residents in affected neighborhoods would need to create a petition showing at least 66 percent support for adding traffic-calming devices to slow or control traffic.

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Rob Maxwell joined the world of print journalism and Community Impact in Sept. 2017 as editor of the Lake Travis - Westlake edition. He previously enjoyed a successful and rewarding career in radio and television news. In his spare time, Rob can be found scoping out area climbing walls and hiking trails. He lives in Cedar Park with his wife and daughters and looks forward to receiving his LCP edition of Community Impact Newspaper every month.
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