*Editor's note: It was originally reported that the May 6 general election was called for Lakeway during the March 20 City Council meeting; however, the election was called in February, the ordinance related to the election on March 20 was to confirm the polling locations and sites for early voting and election day.

Items approved by Lakeway City Council during a March 20 regular meeting include ordinances related to a general election and the city’s transportation bond.

General election ordinance amendment

A general election May 6 has been called for the mayor of Lakeway and three Lakeway City Council members. Lakeway Mayor Thomas Kilgore and Mayor Pro Tem Gretchen Vance are both running for re-election.

There are five declared candidates running for City Council member positions, including Vance; the top three candidates selected by the voters will win the election and a seat on the council.

Lakeway takes next steps toward road improvements

Lakeway City Council authorized up to $350,000 in general fund reserve money for city staff to begin preconstruction engineering and design for projects related to the $17.5 million transportation bond approved by voters in November.

Council also authorized an ordinance during the March 20 city meeting to reimburse itself for any money spent on the engineering and design process for the transportation bond projects.

The projects the city hopes to target with preconstruction engineering and design includes mill and overlay improvements on Lakeway Boulevard with the addition of an 18-inch ribbon curb on both sides of the street, according to city documents.

Lakeway Drive improvements to repair potholes will also be a priority along with other areas with damage that extends into the road base material, the city said.

Lohmans Crossing will also receive a 2-inch mill and overlay and the addition of an 18-inch ribbon curb on both sides of the street.

The city’s bond adviser has advised staff to not go out for bond bids or try to sell the bond debt until May, Lakeway City Manager Joseph Molis said.

By May, staff should have a preliminary estimate from the tax appraisal office of what the city’s tax roll is going to be, which will let them know what the city's income is going to be in the next tax year, he said. As a result, the city will not start the bond bidding process until May with the money expected to be made available to the city in June or July.

“It would be advantageous to have preconstruction engineering and design completed early so the projects can be completed [or substantially complete] before school starts in August,” the city said.