Lakeway to create new positions for emergency management, grants program

Lakeway City Council
Lakeway City Council voted June 1 to create two new positions for the city. (Screenshot courtesy city of Lakeway)

Lakeway City Council voted June 1 to create two new positions for the city. (Screenshot courtesy city of Lakeway)

Lakeway City Council voted during a June 1 special meeting to create positions for an emergency management coordinator and a grants program manager.

City information states the emergency management coordinator position would have a pay range of $62,368-$93,552 and share the payroll cost with the Village of the Hills and the city of Bee Cave as part of an interlocal agreement.

The grants program manager position pay range, according to city information, would be from $51,310-$76,965.

"Costs from this employee can be reimbursed through certain grant applications," a city document states. "The grants awarded by adding this position will likely more than pay for the allocated salary."

Because the positions were approved by council, a budget amendment for fiscal year 2020 will come before officials at an upcoming meeting, according to city information, which also states the current occupant of the emergency management coordinator position, Lakeway Police Captain David Crowder, has a larger role that requires his attention.


City Manager Julie Oakley said during discussion of the item that one possibility for division of payroll from each municipality is to base each share on population.

Oakley explained to council the emergency management coordinator would serve in both an executive and an advisory capacity.

"The mayor should be able to take advice from this person who is a professional," Oakley said.

A job description of the emergency management coordinator includes coordinating emergency preparedness, response and recovery operations as well as developing city and regional management standard operating procedures.

"There's been a lot of lessons learned during this pandemic," Mayor Sandy Cox said. "We've been trying to rewrite portions of our emergency manual for about the last 18 months, and the bandwidth has not been there."

Oakley said staff would have to look at the budget carefully to determine funding for the position, and Cox said another possibility to fund the position for the first year could be through federal funding through the CARES Act.

"To get a person with the experience we're looking for, we may need to hire at midpoint [of the suggested pay range]," Oakley said.

Council voted to create the emergency management coordinator position and will then work on an interlocal agreement with the Village of the Hills and the city of Bee Cave before crafting a budget amendment to fund the position, according to Cox.

Regarding the grants program coordinator position, Oakley said the city has employed several different people to write grants for previous city needs, and Lakeway is in desperate need of such a position.

"I believe this position would pay for itself many times over," Oakley said, adding the city has likely missed out on many grant opportunities as a result of not having such a position.
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.


MOST RECENT

Stage 5 is not triggered by an exact number but could be triggered anywhere above 70 hospitalizations per day over the past seven days, depending on the recent rate of the increase. (Courtesy Travis County)
With 74.8 new hospitalizations per day over past week, Travis County could move into coronavirus risk Stage 5

Under Stage 5, Austin Public Health could suggest only essential businesses remain open.

A screen capture of a virtual meeting of the Travis County Commissioners Court, feauring Gerald Daugherty and Sam Biscooe sitting in the courtroom
Travis County sets legal team discussion on Tesla economic incentives for July 8

County commissioners will hear a briefing from Travis County's economic development staff and possibly take a vote when they reconvene July 8.

The Texas Education Agency released guidelines about on-campus activities, attendance requirements, and health and safety precautions for the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Education Agency issues guidelines for 2020-21 school year

The guidelines address on-campus activities, attendance requirements, and health and safety precautions that should be enforced at Texas schools this year.

Edward Logan is the new CEO of Sport Clips Inc. (Courtesy Sport Clips Inc.)
New Sport Clips Haircuts CEO to succeed founder

In his early work with Sport Clips, Edward oversaw the company-owned stores, taking many of them to top performers within the system.

The Woods of Westlake homeowners association has reported public intoxication and other safety hazards at its Barton Creek Greenbelt trailhead. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact)
Woods of Westlake calls for closure of its greenbelt access, citing public safety hazards

A petition approaching 1,000 supporters was drafted by the Woods of Westlake homeowners association in early June that seeks to characterize what the document describes as years of dangerous behavior and potential ecological damage.

In-person appointments for driver license renewal and replacement are now being offered at driver license offices across the state. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas driver license offices reopen for in-person renewal, replacement services

The second phase of reopening announced July 7 expanded services offered at driver license offices.

New guidelines released by ICE require foreign students to take mostly in-person classes to stay in the U.S. on education visas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
New U.S. guidelines require exchange students to take in-person classes this fall

The guidelines released by ICE require foreign students to take mostly in-person classes to stay in the U.S. on education visas.

The Texas Education Agency and Renaissance have partnered to give students unlimited access to enhanced digital books in English and Spanish. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas students given access to thousands of books, news articles for summer reading through TEA partnership

The Texas Education Agency and Renaissance have partnered to give students unlimited access to enhanced digital books in English and Spanish.

The State Fair of Texas is expected to return in 2021. (Courtesy Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas)
State Fair of Texas cancels 2020 season

This is the eighth time in the fair’s 134-year history that the event has been called off.

Interim President Jay Hartzell said in a letter to the UT campus July 7 that a staff member has died from COVID-19. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
University of Texas custodial services staff member dies from COVID-19

This is the university's first death related to COVID-19, according to a message from interim President Jay Hartzell.

Sales tax revenue totaled $2.67 billion in June, down 6.5% from a year ago. (Courtesy Pexels)
Conservative strategy a key factor in initial Lakeway budget strategy talks

Lakeway officials commenced budget discussions during the July 6 City Council meeting

Lakeway City Council has proposed several ballot propositions for the November election. (Courtesy Canva)
Ballot propositions on local elections see further advancement in Lakeway

Lakeway City Council has proposed several ballot propositions for the November election centered on, among other topics, term limits for its City Council and when the city’s elections are held.