Hilda Montgomery wins special election, no more managed toll lanes on I-35 and more: 5 things to know this week in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto


Before city officials head out for the holidays, a few government entities plan on meeting. Here are 5 things to know this week in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto:

1. Round Rock ISD will hold a meeting on Thursday, with official business starting at 7 p.m., to elect board of trustee officers, administer a ceremonial oath of office to new trustee Steve Math and go through some routine presentations. The board will approve innovative courses for the 2018-19 school year and adopt board operating procedures.

2. The city of Round Rock will meet at a special time — 5 p.m. — to go through a brief agenda. Council will authorize several purchase orders and consider resolutions to determine the necessity of using eminent domain for easements in connection with improvements to University Boulevard.

3. The city of Hutto will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday to approve some proposed replatting resolutions. In addition, council may go into executive session to discuss the appointment of Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone board members and some economic development negotiations.

4. After a special election that garnered under 6 percent of registered voter turnout, Hilda Montgomery has won the vacant place 6 on Round Rock city council, according to unofficial election results. Montgomery won with 55.81 percent of votes, with Hollis Bone coming in second with 41.89 percent of votes and John Montgomery finishing third with 2.30 percent of votes.

5. After opposition from the state level, the Texas Transportation Commission effectively eliminated plans to add four managed toll lanes onto I-35 from Buda to Round Rock. Austin officials continued to ask for the tolled lanes to mitigate traffic and population growth in the coming years.


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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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