Meadowlakes eyes improvements to city services and amenities

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER

MEADOWLAKES — A bedroom community on Lake Marble Falls might have some big plans for the future, but Meadowlakes city leaders need residents help to find out what steps to take to draft a blueprint for the city.

City of Meadowlakes officials have assembled a committee comprised of community members to create a survey for residents and compile recommendations for possible improvements.

“We have a 15-member committee made up of a wide variety of ages and groups of people,” City Manager Johnnie Thompson said. “They’re looking at what we want Meadowlakes to look like in three, 10, 15 years, looking at what possible capital improvements might be necessary as far as amenities.”

Committee members are chairman David Baker, Ricardo Guillen, Mel Halewood, Charles Henley, Mike Hooker, Bruce Johnson, Tom Labiosa, Priscilla Muse, Amy Reeves, Bill Ramon, Carolyn Richmond, Florence Schulman, Martin Schulman, Wayne Thelen, Harold Vanicek and Jennifer Virdell.

Some considerations include infrastructure and existing amenities.

“There is some water and wastewater distribution and collection improvements, which are needed, the aging facility of the golf course buildings, pro shop, etcetera, looking at maybe some renovations or replacement,” Thompson said.

Among the challenges the city faces is the dispersement of treated effluent onto the Hidden Falls Golf Course, a facility that is one of the few sources of potential revenue for the city.

“Unfortunately, we are mainly a residential community,” Thompson said. “We’re not fortunate enough to have sales-tax income like most communities.”

Meadowlakes faces limited growth as well because of its geographic location.

“We’re landlocked completely,” Thompson said, referring to how the community borders the lake and the city limits of Marble Falls.

“Some of (the discussions are) not really city (services). Some of it is the responsibility of the (Property Owners Association) because they’re responsible for the streets and the parks,” he said. “(Some questions might ask) whether residents want some additional park land, improvements to the existing parks as well as improvements to the city overall.”

The committee will meet April 14 to finalize a brief questionnaire for residents to add to recommendations to be presented to the city council.

City staff is expected to mail out copies of the questionnaire the week after the finalizing meeting and also use an online survey service.

connie@thepicayune.com

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