Bee Cave Schoolhouse fees waived for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts


The Bee Cave City Council waived fees for certain groups when they reserve the Bee Cave Old Schoolhouse and heard a report from Bee Cave Police Chief Gary Miller during the Feb. 13 City Council meeting.

City Manager Travis Askey said that after the city’s facilities reservation policy was changed, the city received feedback, in particular from local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America troops. After discussing the feedback internally, Askey said, the city decided to propose amending the city’s ordinance so that local Scout troops are able to use the Old Bee Cave Schoolhouse off of Texas 71 at no cost and schedule their meetings for no more than two hours per week, but up to six months in advance.

“Having that available and free is very important, because Scout units do not have the budget per se to spend on meeting places,” troop leader Chris Gibson said. “Being able to schedule ahead of time is huge because many families are planning their entire year around these meetings.”

Councilwoman Kara King advocated that more nonprofit organizations, and those associated with the Lake Travis school district, also get fee waivers and be allowed to make reservations up to six months in advance. The City Council approved the ordinance amendment unanimously.

In Miller’s report to the council, he said that the last year has been “challenging” for the police department, not having as much personnel as they’d like.

There’s some competition for the Bee Cave Police Department to keep their officers, and many of them have to drive a considerable distance to come to work every day. And, Miller emphasized, applicants have to be right for the community.

“We’re fairly particular about the people we hire,” Miller said. “It’s important that they fit in the community. This is certainly a small town.”

In terms of traffic stops, citations, warnings motor vehicle crashes and calls for service, the police department has responded to more of each this year than the previous year. Arrests have decreased, from 563 in 2016 to 531 in 2017.

In terms of crime in Lakeway, Miller said much of it was crime of opportunity. This is particularly true with car burglaries.

“Most of those burglaries were fairly easy opportunities where cars were left unlocked with items inside,” Miller said.



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