The City of Lakeway launched a major campaign in 2018 to improve communication throughout the community.
A public engagement advisory committee was established and so far has addressed website improvements, town halls and created a baseline survey.
Per the data gathered in the survey, the committee made several recommendations to council: Create a plan for more timely and relevant communication streams across email and the website, and find ways to further improve current green spaces and consider more outdoor activities and gathering spaces for festivals, recreation and music in future planning.
The survey also established a model for other committees to use to conduct surveys of their own, Communications Coordinator Devin Monk said.
The parks and recreation and comprehensive plan steering committees are currently developing surveys and sometime at the beginning of this year the engagement committee will begin working with them to maximize public outreach efforts.
“I see 2019 as being a year where these intercommittee relations are established and strengthened,” Monk said. “It’s not that the committees didn’t want to talk to each other; they were so focused on what they were trying to accomplish, it may not have occurred to them there could be some synergies, and they could help each other out.”
Some committees have sent liaisons to others, which in turn reciprocated.
Mayor Sandy Cox gave a “state of Lakeway” address in the fall that included a question-and-answer session and was well-received, Monk said. An informal discussion about holding several town halls this year followed, he added, though no official timeline has been set yet.