Election Day, Round Rock ISD trustee appointment process and more: 5 things to know Nov. 6-10 in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto

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1. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7 throughout the state of Texas. There are a number of local and statewide initiatives on the ballot including six candidates for Pflugerville city council, running in three races; a funding question for Hutto’s Economic Development Corporation; a $185 million proposed Travis County bond; and seven statewide constitutional amendment questions. Voters in Williamson County and Travis County can vote at any polling location within each county. Voting will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in both counties. Follow along here for more election coverage.

2. Round Rock ISD will interview candidates for the vacant Place 6 trustee position at its specially-called Thursday night board meeting. The 6 p.m. meeting will take place at Round Rock High School. The four candidates being interviewed include John Grey, who was initially considered for the position in August, Jennifer Henderson, Steve Math and Kristine Parker. According to the meeting’s agenda, the board may name a finalist for the position following the interviews or schedule additional interviews. Trustees previously discussed including background checks in the appointment process.

3. The city of Round Rock will review a number of measures to further improvements to the city-owned golf course, Forest Creek Golf Course, at its Thursday night meeting. The improvements to this course were initiated in 2017 when the city contracted with KemperSports Inc. to make needed renovations to the course and clubhouse.

4. Hutto is moving forward on a number of major projects including breaking ground at the Gin at the Co-Op District and work on Schneider Boulevard near Titan Development’s Innovation Business Park . The Co-Op District will be the new home for Hutto City Hall, a 2-story, 40,000-square-foot building located on the far northern end of the development. Currently, plans are for the construction on City Hall to go vertical in April and a move-in date is set for December 2018.

5. Last week, it was announced the state of Texas would be locating the first ever state-run gold depository in nearby Leander. The Leander site was selected by Austin-based Lone Star Tangible Assets, the vendor hired by the State Comptroller’s office to build and operate the depository. The exact location of the site is being withheld for security reasons, but Matt Ferris, chair of Lone Star Tangible Assets, said the facility would be located near the Capital Metro railroad tracks in north Leander.

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Emily Donaldson

Emily Donaldson is a recent transplant to the Austin area from Houston, Texas, where she started with Community Impact Newspaper in May 2016. Donaldson started covering public education in Cy-Fair ISD, the third largest school district in the state of Texas, and then she transitioned into her role as the company's legislative reporter, providing statehouse coverage for all 22 editions. Currently, she reports on the city of Round Rock and Round Rock ISD for the Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto edition. Donaldson graduated from the University of Missouri with bachelor's degrees in magazine journalism and political science.

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