A Call for Highland Haven Alderman Candidates!

We have 4 of our 5 Board of Alderman (BOA) positions that must be filled by election this year.

Three positions are 2 year terms and one position is limited to one year.  The BOA terms are typically staggered; however, last year one position had to be filled by BOA appointment.  By State Law, an appointment term is limited to the next regular municipal election.

As an incorporated city, we have responsibilities established by the State to manage the governmental activities and services performed by the city to support the citizens of Highland Haven.  As a Type A city, we are required to maintain a full Board of Alderman.

What happens if we don’t fill the positions?

If 2 or more positions are unfilled, a city is required by State law to hold a special municipal election.  Special municipal elections are very expensive and a city bears all of the costs associated with a special election.  Cost estimates for a special municipal election are in the range of $4,000, a cost we need to avoid.

First day to file for a position on the BOA ballot is January 18, 2017 and the last day to file is February 17, 2017.  Election Day is May 6, 2017

BOA applications/information can be picked up at City Hall starting January 3rd.

Who is eligible?  State Law requires the following qualifications.  A candidate must:

  1. Be a United States citizen
  2. Be a resident of Texas for at least 12 months as of the deadline for filing for office
  3. Be a registered voter
  4. Be a resident in Highland Haven for 6 months prior to Election Day.
  5. Be a minimum of 18 years of age upon commencement of term
  6. Not have been convicted of a felony
  7. Not have been deemed mentally incompetent

Most Highland Haven citizens will agree that the primary reason they choose to live here is due to the “quality of life”.  Service to our community is a responsibility of all citizens whether participating as a voting member of the community, a volunteer and/or serving as an elected city official.  It is important that every citizen does their part to preserve the “quality of life” we expect in our community.

Consider volunteering your time and expertise for your city!

If you are interested and want more information please contact

Mayor Olan Kelley, 512-413-9031 or [email protected]


City of Highland Haven Municipal Elections

Elections will be held on May 6, 2017.  We have four Board of Alderman positions to fill.  Residents interested in running for office must register their candidacy at City Hall.  Applications are available at City Hall.  Completed applications must be filed at City Hall between January 18, 2017 and February 17, 2017.  See News & Notices for more details.


City Office Closed for Holiday

City Offices will be closed December 22nd to January 2nd for Christmas and New Year’s.  Have a Happy Holiday Season!


Upcoming Events

>There will not be a Community Potluck Dinner in November.

>Please join the Ladies Club to decorate the Community Center and bridge on December 5th at 1:00 pm.  Meet at the Community Center.

>The Community Christmas Dinner will be December 10th at 6:00 pm Social, 6:30 pm Dinner.

>Judging for Christmas Display Awards will take place on December 15th.  Rules will be posted on the Ladies Club Update page.


Wirtz Dam Road Community Outreach Program

This is a friendly reminder about our public open house meetings. The first meeting is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26 at Quail Point Community Center in Horseshoe Bay. The second meeting is scheduled for the same time on Thursday, November 3 at Lakeside Pavilion in Marble Falls.

The same information will be presented at both meetings so feel free to attend the meeting that’s most convenient for you. There will be a brief presentation at 6 p.m. at both meetings. Please note that this is another opportunity to share your input with the outreach team and to hear about next steps in the community engagement process.

If you haven’t completed a survey, we invite you to do that at this time. The survey closes on Sunday, November 27, 2016.

Take our survey

Send us an email

Visit our webpage

News Updates 

We appreciate continued media coverage of the outreach program. Links to the latest news articles appear below:

Social Media

If you see us on Facebook, please like and share with your family, friends, and neighbors!


LCRA to lower lakes LBJ and Austin for about six weeks beginning January 2, 2017.

LCRA will lower lakes LBJ and Austin for about six weeks beginning Jan. 2, 2017.

Lake LBJ will be lowered about 4 feet, and Lake Austin will be drawn down about 10 feet.

LCRA is lowering the lakes as a service to customers and lakeside property owners. The drawdowns give property owners an opportunity to repair and maintain docks, retaining walls and other shoreline property, as well as to dredge, remove debris and perform other maintenance work. The drawdowns also assist in aquatic vegetation management by exposing plants such as hydrilla and Eurasian watermilfoil to cool, dry winter weather that severely damages the plants by exposing them to air, killing off the leaves and stems.

Lake LBJ: A permit is not needed for dock repairs, but all work must comply with the Safety Standards for Residential Docks on the Highland Lakes.

Residents and property owners wanting to perform dredging, remove debris or work on existing retaining walls during the Lake LBJ drawdown may do so under LCRA’s lakewide permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, providing the work meets the requirements of the permit. This fact sheet has information on activities allowed under the lakewide permit. Anyone wanting to conduct work under the permit must register with LCRA (see form below).

On Lake Austin: The City of Austin has specific permit requirements for work performed on Lake Austin during the drawdown. For more information, see the Oct. 21, 2016, news release or contact the City of Austin Development Assistance Center at One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Road, Austin, or 512-974-6370.

Registration for Dredging and Shoreline Maintenance Work on Lake LBJ

Dredging and shoreline maintenance activities conducted under LCRA’s Lakewide Permit while Lake LBJ is lowered must be registered with LCRA. After registering your project, download the Lakewide Permit and Permit Notice. The permit notice must be posted at the site of any work.

Resources:

Frequently Asked Questions about lake lowerings.

Oct. 21, 2016, news release.

Fact sheet for information about work performed on Lake LBJ during the drawdown.

2017 Lake LBJ Lakewide Permit and Permit Notice

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Check with the City of Highland Haven before starting any dock and/or sea wall repairs.  Building Permits may be required.

 


Monthly Potluck – Oct. 25th

We look forward to seeing you at the monthly potluck on October 25th.  Come at 6:00 to visit and catch up with friends, dinner served at 6:30.

New phone books are available and can be purchased at the Potluck or from City Hall during normal business hours.  Exact change of $4.00 per book is greatly appreciated.

The Ladies Club would also like to remind you to recycle your aluminum soda cans.  There is a collection bin by City Hall.  All proceeds help fund community projects.