Change is coming to what has been an unusually stable board of Central Texas’ toll road agency.
The Williamson County Commissioners Court, which appoints three of the members of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board, will consider appointees Tuesday to replace developer Jim Mills and former Round Rock city manager Robert Bennett.
John Miri, chief administrative officer of the Lower Colorado River Authority, would replace Mills. Amy Ellsworth, a general manager with the Community Impact media company in Pflugerville, is set to take Bennett’s place. Ellsworth lives in Hutto.
Miri and Ellsworth will serve two-year terms.
Mills has been on the mobility authority board since the agency’s creation in late 2002. Bennett came aboard shortly thereafter, in January 2003. When the two joined the nascent organization’s governing board, the agency had no employees, no money and only the potential promise from the Texas Department of Transportation to build the 183-A tollway.
The mobility authority now has the 183-A in operation as well as the U.S. 290 East toll road. It will take over the new Texas 71 toll lanes when TxDOT opens them later this month, and hopes to open the North MoPac Boulevard toll lanes this summer. The agency, which has spent or committed to spend almost $2 billion on its various tollways, has two more under construction: Texas 45 Southwest and U.S. 183 South.
Developer David Singleton, Williamson County’s “junior” appointee on the agency board, joined it just a few months after Bennett. Nikelle Meade, a Travis County appointee, has served for a decade, and board chairman Ray Wilkerson, a gubernatorial appointee, has been on the board since 2009.