Amazon buys Whole Foods, RRISD faces budget deficit and more things to know June 19-23 in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto

1. The city of Pflugerville held an eventful city council meeting last Tuesday when more than a hundred citizens from the Blackhawk area packed the city council chambers. The citizens were there in person to ask the city to purchase the golf course at Blackhawk. The owner of the course recently announced he would be selling the property, sparking uncertainty that it would remain a golf course. City council members indicated the purchase could potentially be a future agenda item at a meeting. The council also debated implementing a juvenile curfew for those ages 17 and under during school days and throughout the week.

2. Gov. Abbott took advantage of his executive power last Thursday by vetoing a total of 50 bills passed by the legislature. Bills vetoed include one that would have extended the life of the Women's Health Advisory Committee for an additional two years and another that would have allowed select small counties to conduct runoff elections via mail-in ballot. Abbott had a variety of reasons for vetoing bills.

3. Round Rock is in the midst of preparing for its first ever fixed-route bus system, starting August 21. The bus route will be operated through a partnership by Capital Metro and will travel as far north as the Round Rock outlets and as far south as the Howard Lane Park & Ride station in north Austin. Fares will be the same through both Capital Metro and the city of Round Rock.

4. Amazon announced it would be purchasing Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion. A news release announced the headquarters would remain in Austin and the grocery chain would continue operating under the Whole Foods Market brand.

5. Round Rock ISD trustees decided they would delay filling the vacant board seat, left open after trustee Paul Tisch announced he would step down from the board. The board will take further action on the topic at its June 20 meeting. In addition, RRISD Chief Financial Officer Randy Staats announced the district should expect a budget shortfall of $14.85 million for the fiscal year 2017-18.

6. The city of Hutto decided to finally take action on the reconstruction of East Street from Pecan Street to Farley Street. Councilmembers approved a deal to develop the area for $1.03 million at last Thursday's city council meeting. The project will create additional parking spaces in the downtown Hutto area.


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