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City Council Recap: July 19, 2022

PHI Air Medical services, city facility expansion and upgrades, a code of ethics policy for City Council members, board/commission members, and City Staff, mural guidelines, zoning changes and a zoning text amendment were discussed in Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.


PHI Cares: PHI Air Medical, a nationwide air ambulance provider, presented the PHI Cares membership program to Council. PHI Cares covers the uninsured or uncovered portion of flight charges incurred by residents of member governmental entities requiring medically necessary emergency air medical transport by a PHI aircraft. If Lockhart enters into a county-wide agreement with Caldwell County for the PHI Cares program, Lockhart residents would receive coverage on the unpaid portion of PHI Air Medical services, unlimited transports, no pre-existing conditions limit, on scene calls and inter-facility transfers, no co-pays, or out-of-pocket expenses.


With the closest PHI Air Medical air base located in Cedar Creek, should Caldwell County residents require air transport while in town or travelling in any adjacent county—which include Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays, Travis, Bastrop, and Fayette Counties—they would be covered by PHI Cares membership benefits. City Staff was authorized to work with the Caldwell County Judge and other cities to consider membership.


City Office Lease: Councilmembers authorized the City Manager to execute a lease agreement for additional office space at 105 S. Colorado St. With this addition, the City can begin renovating and modernizing the 1963 City Hall in order to improve customer and employee spaces, functionality and accessibility.


Mural Guidelines: Council directed Staff to work with the Lockhart Historical Preservation Commission to prepare mural guidelines, particularly for the downtown historic district.


Code of Ethics: After a brief discussion, Council decided to postpone consideration of the proposed Code of Ethics and Anti-Discrimination Policy to allow time for additional Council review. The proposed policy applies to the City Council, Board and Commissions Members, and City employees. The Code of Ethics and Anti-Discrimination Policy will be taken up in a future Council meeting.


Zoning Changes:

  • Council approved Curtis Thigpen of Paravel Capital’s zoning change request from Residential Medium to Residential High Density on 19.906 acres at 1900 N. Cesar Chavez Parkway Northbound (SH-130).
  • Council approved Chris Bancroft’s request, made on behalf of Alma Ewald, for a zoning change from Agricultural Open to 18.535 acres Residential High Density and 4.529 acres Commercial Medium on 23.063 acres at 1650 N. Colorado St. (U.S. 183).
  • Council approved Chris Bancroft’s request, made on behalf of Ernest Ewald Jr. for a zoning change from Agricultural Open to 12.262 acres Residential High Density and 3.644 Commercial Medium on 15.906 acres at 1724 N. Colorado St. (U.S. 183).
  • Council approved Jim Meredith’s zoning change request, made on behalf of Robert A. Schmidt, from Commercial Heavy to Residential High Density on 14.57 acres at 101 E. China St.


Zoning Text Amendment: Council approved a Zoning Text Amendment that modifies covered parking requirements for detached single-family dwellings; extend covered parking standards to include duplexes, two-unit condominiums, and two-unit townhouses; and adds an exemption for dwellings constructed on nonconforming lots less than 50 feet wide that were platted before April 15, 1990.


City Manager’s Report:

  • Movies in the Park: The next Movies in the Park is Saturday, August 6, featuring Disney’s Jungle Cruise. The movie starts at 8:30 p.m. The event is free to the public and attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets, chairs and snacks.
  • Candidate Filing Period: The candidate filing period for the upcoming General Election begins on Saturday, July 23rd. Those interested in running for Councilmember Districts 1, 2, and two at-large Councilmember positions must pick up an application from the City Secretary. They must be submitted by 5 p.m. Monday, August 22. The General Election is Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
  • New Poco Loco: Construction of a 19,080 square foot Poco Loco grocery store has begun. It will be located at 1411 S. Main St. The new store will not have a fueling station.
  • Lions Park Mural: A group of Lockhart High School art students completed a wrap-around mural to beautify the Lions Park restrooms as part of Keep Lockhart Beautiful’s Summer Mural Program. The City’s Parks and Recreation Department covered paint and materials expenses.
  • Assistant City Manager: The City Manager advised Council that the Assistant City manager position is being reestablished and that recruitment for the position will begin immediately. This position will perform a variety of tasks in directing and managing City operations and implementing the City Council’s goals for the community.

ATTENTION: This is a recap of the highlights of action taken at the July 19, 2022, meeting. The complete agenda can be found by visiting: City of Lockhart, TX (lockhart-tx.org).



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