Lakeway officials vote not to pursue May bond election

Parks and Recreation Director Andra Bennett addresses City Council during the Feb. 3 special meeting. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Parks and Recreation Director Andra Bennett addresses City Council during the Feb. 3 special meeting. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Parks and Recreation Director Andra Bennett addresses City Council during the Feb. 3 special meeting. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

During a special meeting Feb. 3, Lakeway City Council voted to table any bond considerations indefinitely meaning officials will not pursue a bond for any projects for the May 2 general election. This vote was the culmination of a process that began largely during summer 2019 when Lakeway City Council members began looking into needed transportation and infrastructure projects.

Council appeared to unanimously agree the timing was not right to pursue a multimillion-dollar bond at this time for a number of reasons, including the fact that more information is needed on costs as well as the upcoming widening of RM 620, for which the city of Lakeway has pledged $5 million to help expedite the project.

Prior to council's vote, the projects up for consideration included a $1.2 million two-lane expansion of Main Street, a $4.5 million shared-use path, a $2.1 million remodeling of the city’s old Justice Center, $3.15 million for sidewalk connections, and $2.02 million in renovations and improvements for the Lakeway Parks and Recreation Department.

The parks and recreation costs contained line items for parking lot, engineering, restroom and utility improvements for open acreage at the Serene Hills development off of Hwy. 71 at a price tag of $1.2 million, as well as an all-inclusive play structure and safety surface material for an unspecified park that topped out at $500,000 and a $325,000 bridge and sculpture garden project at the lawn of the old Justice Center on 104 Cross Creek Drive where City Council recently authorized the installation of a $150,000 sculpture called "The Game."

Broken down, the bridge and sculpture project included a $250,000 pedestrian bridge over Hurst Creek leading into the Hamilton Greenbelt, with the remaining cost going toward landscaping, signage and the installation of a sidewalk.

Parks and Recreation Director Andra Bennett addressed City Council during the Feb. 3 meeting, stating beyond the park additions and improvements, the sculpture garden upgrades would serve as a fitting pedestrian amenity for the city.
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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