Cedar Park getting feet wet with new stormwater program

Council to review plans to implement program at May 24 council meeting.

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Now that Cedar Park voters have approved Proposition A, which redirects a portion of sales tax revenue from the city’s economic development fund to assist with stormwater drainage and street repair, the city council will review a checklist of things to accomplish for the new program at its upcoming May 24 meeting. 

According to the published agenda, the city has six items to complete prior to the funding starting Oct. 1, including recruiting a department manager and project engineer, preparing a budget for the new stormwater department, expanding office space in the Public Works facility for the new department, submitting a grant application for hazard mitigation/flood mitigation assistance, developing a priority list of stormwater infrastructure projects and compiling existing drainage planning/engineering documents into the city’s Master Plan.

The stormwater program has four components — program management which includes planning, engineering, floodplain administration; capital improvement projects like creek widening, erosion protection and drainage improvements; increased maintenance like pipeline and storm drain debris removal; and state and federal compliance.

The funding approved by voters in the May 5 election will allow the city to hire staff to manage the program as well as provide matching funds that are necessary to apply for grant programs for a number of capital improvement projects.

The council will also review plans for a sidewalk gap plan that aims to fix sidewalk ramps at seven locations and fill in gaps in the sidewalks in a number of other areas around the city. 

A plan to construct a traffic signal at the intersection of North Lakeline and Cougar Country is also on the agenda, as well as an update on the Lakeline Park Master Plan project. 

The Cedar Park City Council meets Thursday at City Hall at 7 p.m.

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