Dripping Spring City Council swears in new councilors, appoints commission members, declares proclamation for mental health awareness

Lettie Hastings (front and center) suggested recognizing mental health on a city-wide level to Dripping Springs City Council.

Lettie Hastings (front and center) suggested recognizing mental health on a city-wide level to Dripping Springs City Council.

Dripping Springs City Council kicked off its May 21 meeting by swearing in the councilors who were newly re-elected this month: Taline Manassian, Bill Foulds and Travis Crow. After the swearing-in ceremony, the council also unanimously voted for Foulds to serve another year-long term as mayor pro tem.

Recognizing mental health awareness

With the sponsorship of Council Member Manassian, the city issued a proclamation declaring May to be “Mental Health Month” in Dripping Springs. The proclamation came about when 17-year-old Lettie Hastings approached the council and encouraged it to adopt such a measure.

“I did this to honor the life of a friend that I lost,” said Hastings, who was presented with a certificate acknowledging the proclamation at the council meeting. "And also to create awareness in our community surrounding mental health and end the stigma.”

Appointing a new utility commission

The council selected five individuals to serve staggered terms on a new utility commission, which will have a role in overseeing progress on the upcoming expansion to Dripping Springs’ wastewater treatment facility. According to Foulds, the commission was organized based on public feedback requesting such an organization.

“We have some really good people who are going to be working with us,” said Foulds.

Commissioners include Chuck Miller, Troy Jamil, Jim Langford, Megan Lind and Roger Kew. Langford will serve as chair.
By Olivia Aldridge
Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition. She graduated from Presbyterian College with a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing in 2017. Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio in Columbia, South Carolina before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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