Speed limits, capital improvement programs and 110 Westlake Drive proposals: 4 takeaways from Wednesday’s West Lake Hills City Council meeting

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Motorist around Ledgeway Street should watch their speeds after West Lake Hills City Council on Jan. 24 approved a speed limit change. Council also took action to create a capital improvement program for city infrastructure.

At the meeting council moved multiple items to the consent agenda, included approval of a commercial monument sign for Baylor Scott & White Clinic at 1001 Westbank Drive, approval of a wall hanging sign at Birds Barbershop at 3736 Bee Caves Road, and approval of a building permit for Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church at 3525 Bee Caves Road.

1. Ledgeway Street speed limit lowered

Council approved a code amendment to reduce the speed limits on Ledgeway Street, East Ledgeway Street and West Ledgeway Street from 30 miles per hour to 15 miles per hour.

Vicki Ortega, a project manager with engineering firm K. Friese & Associates, said a speed analysis based on the hills and curves on the road suggested the speed limit be reduced to 20 miles per hour, although 15 was the suggested speed in some specific areas of the road.

City Administrator Robert Wood said the city has received some complaints about cars going to fast through the neighborhood.

2. Criteria set for 110 Westlake Drive

Council created a list of criteria that will be used to judge the 12 proposals submitted for the vacant 110 Westlake Drive property. Proposals will be reviewed at a town hall meeting at city hall on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.

Criteria used to judge proposals included:

  •  a proposal’s traffic impact
  • potential noise and light pollution
  • how a proposal’s monetary offer compares to the fair market value of the property
  • a proposal’s green space, tree impact and drainage impact
  • a proposals impact to neighboring properties
  • how the proposal could impact city tax collection

3. Capital improvement program creation underway

Council approved a scope of work for K. Friese & Associates to develop a capital improvement program that would encompass a recent drainage master plan and a roadway pavement study the firm conducted for the city.

The capital improvement program would prioritize all potential projects in the city and then create a 10-year maintenance schedule, Ortega said. She suggested the city update the schedule about every five years to adjust priorities and add new needs.

Mayor Linda Anthony said that council could look at grouping the top priorities together in order to include them in the city’s expected upcoming bond issue.

4. May election called

Council officially called a general election for May 5, with the Place 2, Place 4 and Mayor seats set to appear on the ballot.

Council Member Brian Plunkett has already filed for re-election for Place 2, but  Anthony and Place 4 Council Member Darin Walker have yet to do so.

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Nick was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in writing and a minor in music. Nick was a journalist for three years at the St. James Plaindealer in Minnesota before moving to Austin to join Community Impact Newspaper in 2016.
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