Following a vote at a March 25 meeting, Round Rock City Council members will consider a measure to repeal the city’s face covering ordinance at its April 8 meeting.
Council members went to executive session to discuss the city’s emergency ordinance mandating face coverings be worn in the city during the COVID-19 pandemic. After the March 25 session, the council voted 7-0 to have the city manager place the question to repeal the ordinance on the next agenda. Until a decision is made April 8, the mask mandate remains in place. The emergency ordinance was originally adopted until April 29.
Also on the agenda at the March 25 meeting was a construction project for the South Creek A/C Waterline Rehabilitation Project. A resolution was approved for the annual water replacement program to replace asbestos water pipes in the south creek neighborhood. There are 98 miles of pipe left to replace; 12 miles were completed last year.
Council also approved a three-year agreement with Charter Commutations to support the police facility and public training center. According to the resolution, the center at 2701 N. Mays St., Round Rock, will receive upgraded Spectrum internet to 1 gigabyte fiber. The cost was $2,250 a month, and it will now be $1,799 a month.
Utilities Director Michael Thane presented seven related resolutions, all of which were passed, for Phase 2 of the Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority raw water delivery project. The BCRUA has noted the public necessity to construct a raw water line and electric utility improvements for the cities of Round Rock, Cedar Park and Leader.
Now that the resolutions have been passed, the city of Round Rock will need to enact eminent domain to acquire several properties for the project. The parcels of land range from a 0.120-acre tract of land to a 0.759-acre tract, including one currently owned by AC Sandy Creek Yacht Club Marina.