Voting at P. Terry's and possible new dams: Central Texas election news

The Upper Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District issued an $85 million bond proposal to fund several flood safety projects, including a new dam and drainage improvement efforts. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
The Upper Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District issued an $85 million bond proposal to fund several flood safety projects, including a new dam and drainage improvement efforts. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The Upper Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District issued an $85 million bond proposal to fund several flood safety projects, including a new dam and drainage improvement efforts. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

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Upper Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District

What voters from Hutto to Leander need to know about $85M Upper Brushy Creek WCID bond proposal

Voters from Hutto to Leander will consider whether to approve an $85 million bond in November. The Upper Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District issued the bond proposal to fund several flood safety projects, including a new dam and drainage improvement efforts.

Pflugerville


What to know about Pflugerville's 2020 bond package

As Texans begin early voting, Pflugerville voters will be tasked with deciding on which city council and school board candidates to vote for as well as whether to pass a three-proposition bond package. Texas' early voting runs from Oct. 13-30 with Election Day scheduled for Nov. 3.

Austin

Voting early? Learn about the 20 Austin City Council candidates vying for five seats

Depending on where they live, Austinites heading to the polls this year could have the opportunity to cast a vote in one of five Austin City Council races.

Breaking down the numbers for Project Connect: Here is what tax bills would look like for Austin homeowners

On Nov. 3, Austin voters will decide whether they want to raise the tax rate in the city in order to fund Project Connect—a plan to significantly expand Capital Metro's public transportation network with three new rail lines, an underground station and other improvements.

Hays County

Hays, Kyle voters to decide on $122 million in bonds

Early voting for the Nov. 3 general election begins Oct. 13, which means area residents will be able to vote on a $75 million Hays County bond, and combined with that, Kyle residents will consider an additional $47 million for two bonds.

Lake Travis-Westlake

P. Terry’s in Westlake one of several atypical Nov. 3 polling locations

Among Travis County’s 177 polling locations for the Nov. 3 election are a few new locations that stand out.

Voters wanting to vote during lunch—and maybe grab lunch at the same time—can cast their ballot inside P. Terry’s Westlake at 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.

New Braunfels

Lake Dunlap residents make final push to restore dam

The incident that occurred May 14, 2019, has left residents of Lake Dunlap with a complex choice Nov. 3: Finance a project that will repair the dam, bring water levels back to normal and subsequently increase their annual tax bill by several hundred dollars, or adjust to the new normal—a trickling creek where a lake used to be.

Lauren Canterberry, Taylor Jackson Buchanan, Kelsey Thompson, Christopher Neely, Jack Flagler, Brian Perdue and Warren Brown contributed to this report.


MOST RECENT

Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic. (Courtesy Qygen, Wikimedia Commons)
Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.

A lone runner jogs on a snow-covered road in Austin. Transportation projects across the city were briefly paused due to Winter Storm Uri. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT: Texas power system was less than 5 minutes from collapse during winter storm

ERCOT's CEO offered details into what led to the massive blackouts that left millions of Texans in the cold last week.

cars on snowy road
Texas Disaster Declaration opens door to federal aid for losses sustained during winter storms

Individuals and businesses who sustained losses during the winter storm are eligible for federal assistance, according to a Texas Disaster Declaration approved

ERCOT president and chief executive Bill Magness (left) was joined by the electric grid manager's senior director of system operations Dan Woodfin on Feb. 19 for a briefing on the company's emergency operations. (Screenshot via ERCOT livestream)
ERCOT chief: 'We are completely back to normal operations' as of Feb. 19

Officials with the Texas electric grid manager also said they are preparing for state and federal reviews of this week's power outages.

H-E-B stores across Texas have limited store hours and placed purchase limits on some high-demand products due to ongoing severe winter weather, H-E-B officials announced Feb. 19. (Courtesy H-E-B)
H-E-B, Central Market limit store hours, product purchases due to severe winter weather

H-E-B stores across Texas have limited store hours and placed purchase limits on some high-demand products due to ongoing severe winter weather, H-E-B officials announced Feb. 19.

Gov. Greg Abbott provided updates on the state's emergency response efforts during a Feb. 18 press conference. (Screenshot of April 17 press conference)
Gov. Greg Abbott: Power restored to nearly 2M homes in past day; statewide aid efforts continuing

While power generation has been restored to serve most Texas residents, Abbott said state agencies remain focused on water and food distribution Feb. 18.

Although tens of thousands of megawatts remain off the statewide power grid Feb. 17, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said relief is on the way for many Texans within the next 24 hours. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Abbott: Power restoration on the way for 1M households in next 24 hours

Although tens of thousands of megawatts remain off the statewide power grid Feb. 17, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said relief is on the way for many Texans within the next 24 hours.

Severe winter weather conditions led to outages throughout the Texas electric system this week. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
'Something that you could have planned for': How isolated Texas power grid, winter weather left millions without electricity

As of Feb. 17, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said it was still working to restore electric service to customers throughout the state.

An Austin Fire Department truck drives down Manor Road on Feb. 15. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texans urged to use caution as carbon monoxide cases increase during power outages

Carbon monoxide poisoning calls have increased as people look for ways to stay warm without power and heat.

Many in Texas are battling power outages amid frigid temperatures. (Courtesy Rico Daniels)
Gov. Greg Abbott calls for investigation of ERCOT, Texas' electric reliability council

As of 1:20 p.m., over 4 million customers were out of power, according to ERCOT.

graph showing power demand out pacing grid capacity
Texas enters second day of blackouts

Although outages were initially intended to last for less than one hour, local grid operators are reporting longer outages.