Lakeway City Council to hear update on wildfire prevention at June 28 meeting

Work crews from the the Texas Conservation Corps remove fallen and dead tree debris from Hamilton Greenbelt. The team is under the direction of Lake Travis Fire and Rescue and the City of Lakeway. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)
Work crews from the the Texas Conservation Corps remove fallen and dead tree debris from Hamilton Greenbelt. The team is under the direction of Lake Travis Fire and Rescue and the City of Lakeway. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)

Work crews from the the Texas Conservation Corps remove fallen and dead tree debris from Hamilton Greenbelt. The team is under the direction of Lake Travis Fire and Rescue and the City of Lakeway. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Lakeway City Council is scheduled at its June 28 meeting to hear an update on wildlife prevention efforts in the Hamilton Greenbelt before holding a workshop on the 2021-22 fiscal year budget.

The wildfire prevention update will be given by Chris Rea, a wildfire mitigation specialist with Lake Travis Fire and Rescue. The project is split into two major phases with a budget of $350,000. Current estimates indicate the project will complete in the first quarter of 2022, according to documents on file with the city.

The work underway in the greenbelt is intended to construct shaded fuel breaks, which are designed to prevent fire from easily traveling through wooded areas. These breaks are gaps and clearings between trees that slow a potential wildfire by keeping it close to the ground and away from the high branches, or the crown, of trees.

Work in the greenbelt also is intended to move dense trees 30 to 100 feet away from private property lines. Hamilton Greenbelt totals about 90 acres, but due to rough terrain, 75 acres fall under the scope of the project.

Also scheduled for discussion by Rea is a future project to perform wildfire prevention adjacent to North Lakeway Village off Clara Van Drive.


After this update, Lakeway City Manager Julie Oakley is scheduled to lead a work session on the 2021-22 budget. The City of Lakeway typically holds a series of public sessions on the budget, leading up to adoption of the budget in late September, according to information posted on the city’s website. The FY 2020-21 city budget totals $15.06 million.
By Greg Perliski

Editor, Lake Travis/Westlake & Northwest Austin

Greg joined Community Impact as an editor in November 2020. In the communities he covers, Greg reports on local government, transportation, real estate development and business. He has written for newspapers, online publications and corporate communications teams. Greg earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.



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