Hill wins Leander mayoral runoff; Fielder to preside over June 21 council meeting


Leander residents have elected a new mayor. Troy Hill, who served one term on the city council before resigning to run for mayor, beat Vic Villarreal in a runoff election held last Saturday.

Hill won both the early voting and the Election Day balloting, garnering 1,577 votes, or 61.89 percent of the ballots cast, according to unofficial results from the Williamson County Election Commission. 

Election results won’t be final until the city council’s special meeting to canvass the final votes and certify the election results. Outstanding overseas ballots are still being accepted through Friday, June 22, so the council will hold its meeting to canvass the vote on Monday, June 25. 

Hill will be sworn in during the council’s regular meeting on July 5. 

The election brings to a close a contentious race to replace outgoing Mayor Chris Fielder, who decided not to run for re-election after serving as Leander’s mayor since 2012. 

Hill joins newly elected council members Christine Sederquist (Place 4) and Marci Cannon (Place 6). Place 2 council member Michelle Stephenson was re-elected during the regular May 5 election. 

Fielder will preside over the regularly scheduled council meeting on June 21, during which the council will receive results of a compensation study from the Austin Peters Group, Inc. The study will detail job evaluations, an analysis of the market and make recommendations for a customized compensation plan. 

The council will hear a second reading of an zoning ordinance related to the Northline Project, a planned mixed use development near the Leander MetroRail station and new ACC campus that could become the city’s largest retail and commercial core. The council approved $15 million in funding for infrastructure related to Phase 1 of the project at its June 7 meeting by a vote of 5-2, with council members Christine Sederquist and Marci Cannon voting against. 

In addition, the council will also decide on approving an award of a construction contract to DIJ Construction, Inc. for the 2018 Leander Roadway Striping Program and discuss and consider an award of a construction contract for the Odor Control Station Rehabilitation Project to Primespec Construction, LLC.

The Leander City Council will meet June 21 at 6 p.m. at Pat Bryson Municipal Hall , 201 N. Brushy St., Leander.