Cedar Park and Leander have sent a wish list of road and parks projects to Williamson County that could become part of a November bond election.
If approved by the county commissioners court, the projects will be put in the hands of voters in November.
Projects submitted by the cities are a mixture of extensions and improvements for both roads and walking trails. The county encouraged cities to submit projects that coincided with county projects and its parks master plan.
The Cedar Park City Council approved submitting five road and two parks projects to the county after hearing presentations from city staff earlier this month. City staff estimated the total cost of the seven projects to be more than $59 million.
Cedar Park Assistant City Manager Sam Roberts said city staff used a scoring matrix to choose projects it sent for consideration. More than 20 different road projects were considered before narrowing the list to five for consideration, he said.
James Hemenes, assistant director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, proposed two hike and bike trail extensions. One of the projects, which would extend a trail through the 112-acre Lakeline Village Community Park, ranked the most important among proposed projects in the city’s 2010 Trails Master Plan.
The Leander City Council approved submitting three road and two parks projects to the county. The most expensive project on the list is extending Hero Way west and east. Leander City Manager Kent Cagle said the estimated $26 million project could be split into two phases. The city is requesting the county pay half the cost.
Cagle said a project that would extend Bagdad Heritage Trail has been submitted for funding to the state, though he did not expect it to receive funding. Instead, he said the county may fund 20 percent of the project.
Jim Bechtol, Leander’s development services director, said a proposed project to create a trail near the Leander Metro Rail station has a good chance for county funding.