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City Council Recap: May 4, 2021

The City takes the first step in the redistricting process, a monthly music series begins at the Square, street improvements, and a landmark renovation took center stage in Tuesday night's City Council meeting.


Redistricting Process: To review the results of the 2020 U.S. Census, City Council engaged Bickerstaff, Heath, Delgado & Acosta, LLP of Austin to provide legal services for all aspects associated with the redistricting process. The Lockhart City Charter requires the City to review and redraw voting district boundaries after completion of the Census every ten years. Per Section 3.15 of the City Charter, the boundaries must be consistent with the requirements for equality and equal population in each district:


“In doing so, the council shall retain, as far as practicable, the present district boundaries while remaining consistent with requirements for equality and equal population among each of the districts.”


Bickerstaff, Heath, Delgado & Acosta, LLP assisted the City with redistricting in 2010.


Monthly Music Series at the Square: Lockhart will soon have its own version of “Blues on the Green,” called “Courthouse Nights.” City Council approved Rach & Rhodes Presents’ request for City support to start the free monthly musical event. “Courthouse Nights”’ lineup features bands performing diverse musical genres. Organizers requested “in-kind support” through additional trash receptacles around the courthouse, barricades, and electrical services. “Courthouse Nights” opens May 21st, 7 p.m.- 10 p.m., and will be held every third Friday until October.


Fire Station No. 1 Interior Renovations: Architectural firm, Studio Steinbomer Architects and Interiors presented City Council with recommendations on Fire Station No. 1’s interior renovations. The primary purpose of the Fire Station No.1 Condition report is to document the portions of the existing building, which may need functional updating and with more attention directed to important, life-safety issues for occupants and the better protection of the building. These improvements are intended to not alter the historic aspects of the building. City Council agreed to consider these recommendations and evaluate funding sources during the FY 2021-2022 Budget process.


Street Improvement Plan Update: In the City’s continuous efforts to improve city streets, City Council voted to amend the Capital Street Improvement Plan for FY 2020-2021. In 2019, Council approved a three-year plan to enhance several streets by allocating an additional $400,000 to use for those projects. Consequently, City staff identified that unused funds will be available this year and, with the City Council’s approval, ensured those funds will be used in this year’s street improvement projects.

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