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City Council Recap: June 7, 2022

Non-profit contributions, tax notes, zoning change requests, sidewalks, police body-worn cameras and the N. Blanco St. bridge were discussed in Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.


Annual Non-profit Contributions: City Council heard presentations for financial assistance requests from social service agencies. The item will be taken up again in the next Council meeting, June 21st.


Tax Notes: Councilmembers approved an ordinance authorizing the issuance of the City’s tax notes to Irving-based TIB The Independent Bankersbank, as recommended by the City’s Financial Advisor. The City received ten bids from financial institutions for the short-term tax note to finance approximately $4 million of needed equipment and capital projects; which include:

  • The purchase of a Fire Department ladder truck
  • The replacement of the Electric Department’s high ranger aerial bucket truck
  • Civil engineering and design for future road improvements to Clearfork St. and City Line Rd.
  • Sidewalk construction and rehabilitation
  • A sewer line extension along FM 1322.


Zoning Change Requests:

  • Council approved an ordinance granting Jim Meredith’s request, made on behalf of Masonwood Development Corporation, for a zoning change from Planned Development District to Planned Development District—with a Revised PDD Development Plan—for Kelley Villas Planned Development on 16.31 acres at 1712 W. San Antonio St./SH 142.
  • Council also approved an ordinance granting Daniel Loe’s request, owner of 203 N. Commerce St., along with his request, made on behalf of Mireya Vera, Edgar Llamas, Jiovana Llamas, Robert and Maria Reyna, owners of 115, 117, and 119 E. Walnut St. for a zoning change from Commercial Medium Business to Commercial Central Business on 0.246 acres of their respective properties.
  • Council postponed the following requests:
    • James Travis Krause’s zoning change request, made on behalf of Patton 3, LLC, from Residential Low Density to Planned Development District—which include a PDD Development Plan—for Lockhart Place Townhomes Planned Development on 19.798 acres on 903 State Park Road (FM 20). The request will be taken up on the July 5th City Council meeting.
    • Jim Meredith’s request, made on behalf of Robert A. Schmidt, for a zoning change from Commercial Heavy Business District to Residential High Density District on 14.57 acres at 101 East China St. The request will be considered on the July 19th City Council meeting.
    • Curtis Thigpen of Paravel Capital’s zoning change request from Residential Medium Density to Residential High Density on 19.906 acres at 1900 N. Cesar Chavez Parkway Northbound (SH 130). The request will be considered on the July 19th City Council meeting.
    • Chris Bancroft’s request, made on behalf of Ernest Ewald Jr., for a zoning change from 23.064 acres of Agricultural Open Space to 18.535 acres Residential High Density and 4.529 acres Commercial Medium Business at 1650 N. Colorado St./U.S. 183.
    • Chris Bancroft’s second request, made on behalf of Ernest Ewald Jr., for a zoning change from 15.906 acres Agricultural Open to 12.262 acres Residential High Density and 3.644 acres Commercial Medium.


Lockhart Police Body Cameras: City Council approved the purchase of body-worn cameras for the Lockhart Police Department using the Texas Governor’s grant funds and 25% grant match from the City.


Sidewalks: Councilmembers took no action on the ordinance establishing public sidewalk maintenance responsibilities and cost-sharing programs for sidewalk reconstruction or repairs. Further discussion on this item will be at the Council’s budget workshop next week.


N. Blanco St. Bridge: Councilmembers approved a resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a Local Transportation Project Advance Funding Agreement (AFA) with TxDOT for replacement or rehabilitation of the N. Blanco St. bridge over Town Branch Creek. This agreement requires the City to match 0.5% of the total estimated cost and the remaining 99.5% to be federally funded using the Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program (HBRRP). With this approval, TxDOT will schedule the bridge design and replacement for FY 2026.


City Manager’s Report:

  • Central Texas Refuse’s solid waste service schedule goes into effect on Monday, June 13th. Affected residents have been notified.
  • The first Movies in the Park is on Saturday, June 18th, featuring Disney’s Encanto. Admission is free and the movie starts at 8:30 p.m. Attendees may bring their own blankets, chairs, and snacks.
  • City Park, including City Pool and Splash Pad is closed this week for Chisholm Trail Roundup events. Both aquatic facilities will reopen on Tuesday, the 14th.
  • The next Free Swim Day is Saturday, June 18, in celebration of Juneteenth. Pool admission is free.
  • The CDC has upgraded Caldwell County’s COVID-19 Community Risk Level to Medium for the first time since late-February.
  • The Lockhart Summer Teen Center opens for its second year this week. The program is free to 13-18-year-olds. It will be held Mondays-Fridays from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. from June 6 - July 1 and July 11 - 29. Free lunch is served from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


ATTENTION: This is a recap of the highlights of action taken at the June 7, 2022, meeting. The complete agenda can be found by visiting: City of Lockhart, TX (lockhart-tx.org).

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