November Regular City Council Meeting Recap: New City Manager Appointed
The regular City Council meeting was held on Monday, Nov. 21 starting at 6 p.m. Here is a brief recap covering the highlights of that meeting (Mayor Pro Tem Vance attended remotely through video conference and Councilmember Szimanski was not present):
NEW CITY MANAGER
Joseph Molis was officially appointed by City Council (6-0) as Lakeway City Manager at the meeting Monday night. He was serving as Interim City Manager since the resignation of Julie Oakley in early September. He previously served as Assistant City Manager, and has been with Lakeway since late 2020. There were more than 20 applicants for the position, and a subcommittee of councilmembers narrowed those down to seven in September. The full City Council along with other Lake Travis leaders interviewed four finalists in October, and City Council further interviewed the final two finalists in early November. CLICK HERE to learn more about Joseph.
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY PROCLAMATION
Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karen Shultz was present to accept a proclamation by Mayor Kilgore announcing Nov. 26, 2022 as Small Business Saturday.
Lakeway Finance Director Aaron Daigle gave an update on the latest as it relates to the City's finances for the first full month of the FY 2023 budget, which started Oct. 1, 2022. Revenue is ahead of projected expectations by $139,729, and expenditures are reported to be under budgeted expectations by $12,295.
TRANSPORTATION BOND RESULTS
City Council approved (6-0) the final election results for City of Lakeway Proposition A, which showed approval of the transportation bond with 6,828 voters FOR (66.71%), and 3,407 AGAINST (33.29%). Adoption of the ordinance canvassing the election returns is the next step in the issuance of bonds up to $17,500,000, with the required taxes imposed, for streets, sidewalks, pathways, along with bike and pedestrian system improvements. CLICK HERE for more information on the bond that passed, including the 11 expected projects.
City Council approved (6-0) an agreement to contribute right of way funds to support TxDOT's future plans for improvements to RM 620. TxDOT's future widening project for RM 620 requires a contribution from the City of Lakeway of 10% of the total estimated costs of the project, which comes out to be $3,222,096.70.
COUNCIL TIME CHANGE
City Council voted (5-1) to change the start of the Lakeway City Council meetings to begin at 6:30 p.m. instead of the new 6 p.m. time that council voted on a few months ago in order to give residents and those working a better chance to attend meetings. The December meetings will still take place starting at 6 p.m., with the revised 6:30 p.m. start time beginning in January.
CLICK HERE to view the full agenda and city council meeting from Monday evening.