Meet your candidates for Bee Cave City Council in May
Five candidates are vying for three seats on the Bee Cave city council this spring. General council positions represent the entire city, and the first three electors to be elected will serve on the council for two-year terms.
The election will take place on May 1 and early in-person voting will begin on April 19. The last day to register to vote is April 1.
Nominees include incumbents Andrew Clark, Andrea Willott and Kevin Hight, as well as newcomers Andrew Rebber and Joann Taylor.
Clark was first appointed in June 2018, then elected in May 2019 and is currently acting mayor. He said he was running because there were projects he wanted to see through, including the full city code update.
He also wants to continue working on road and mobility projects that will ease traffic and help local communities, such as the Great Divide Drive low level crossing and the connection between Vail Divide Drive and Hamilton Pool Road.
Clark is a lawyer and helps entities of all sizes, including cities, finance bonds. He said that during his time on the board he was very proud of the work he did in conjunction with his position on the board of directors of the Bee Cave Development Corporation to help small businesses through first days of the pandemic.
“We took the position that we were going to do everything in our power to help our small businesses and help them survive, by being more lenient with our ordinances on the signs to ensure that we could make funds available. of these people, ”he said.
Helping businesses get loans through the Development Corporation is also one of the things Willott says she is most proud to accomplish. Willott was first elected in May 2019 and has said she is running again to bring continuity and experience to the board.
She said her priorities were to reduce impact fees to make it easier to open businesses in Bee Cave and to create affordable housing so that nurses, teachers, firefighters and police can live in the community rather than to commute from afar.
Willott is retired, but previously worked as a teacher and in the corporate world, including as a corporate trainer for HEB.
“I’m used to working with groups and coming to the table and making compromises. I do my homework. I am very thorough, I am very analytical, ”she said. “I take it as a job, it’s not a part-time activity for me, it’s full-time.”
Hight was appointed last spring and is running for his first election. He said he wanted to help strike a balance between preserving the community of Bee Cave and making the area suitable for business as it grows.
“We have a number of exciting things happening in our community in the years to come,” he said. “We want to ensure that these exciting aspects are balanced with the needs of the communities surrounding these developments.”
Hight spent six years on the Planning and Zoning Commission before joining the board and worked for over 20 years as a private investor. He said he was committed to working for every neighborhood in the city as well as areas outside the city’s jurisdiction.
Rebber is no stranger to city councils, having served on Cedar Park City Council in the early 2000s. Rebber moved to Bee Cave from Lakeway two years ago and is focused on making good use of parks and open spaces. , as well as on economic development. He wants to attract more businesses to keep property taxes low, he said. He also wants more people to get involved in the affairs of the city.
“We need to have more people in the city involved in boards and commissions,” he said. “When we do things like the charter review that just passed, we need to involve more people and more transparency.”
Rebber is the West Regional Manager of the Verdin Company, which installs and maintains steeples and steeples, and provides advice in public spaces. He worked with the cities on the plans for the parks, he said. He is also a member of the Lakeway Rotary Club and serves on the board of directors of the Bee Cave Friends of the Park Foundation.
Taylor is running because she believes it is important to have representatives from multiple neighborhoods on council, including the Homestead area where she lives. Its priorities include a responsible development policy and ensuring that any road project benefits communities affected by change.
Taylor is the Area 18 CEO of the Texas Center for Educator Excellence, an organization that provides training, coaching, and educational support to teachers. Through her job, she has experience with big budgets, managing people and managing large-scale innovative projects, she said.