DeOme wants to get word out on possible Lakeway annexations
Thursday, July 29, 2010 | | 4
Lakeway Mayor Dave DeOme was adamant during a telephone call with the newspaper two weeks ago. He wanted to make certain that all residents that could possibly be affected by the city’s preliminary plans to annex certain areas within its extra territorial jurisdiction were fully informed and that the process would be a model of civic government in action.
As Lakeway has grown, pockets of unincorporated areas — some completely surrounded by its city limits — now exist. For numerous reasons, the city is now considering annexing some of these areas in its ETJ.
The purpose of this editorial is to neither support, nor oppose what the Lakeway City Council and its staff eventually decides to do concerning annexations. Rather, the purpose is to let residents know that Mayor DeOme knows there will be concerns about some of these decisions with residents in the affected areas. He has made it quite clear to the newspaper that he wants the process as public as possible and that the city will work diligently to explain what areas will be annexed and which will not. This process will include opportunities for citizen comment during the associated meetings, which include Lakeway’s Zoning and Planning Commission and City Council meetings.
While the notion of annexation may or may not be popular with some residents, Mayor DeOme’s candor and commitment to making potential annexations a free exchange of ideas with all subsequent decisions made in the appropriate public forum deserves commendation.
— Charles McClure