Possible Annexation of Lake Travis water surface
Next Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm at the Volente Fire Station the Village of Volente council will be holding their second of two public hearings on a topic that they have been working on for approximately four months. Early in 2012 Jonestown and Volente approached the City of Austin to discuss the possibility of Austin releasing from their ETJ the water surface of Lake Travis adjacent to the boundaries of Volente and Jonestown. The purpose of this possible annexation was to bring this area under the standards and ordinances of the two cities so that consistent enforcement of health, public safety and nuisance problems could be more easily and readily addressed. Jonestown moved very quickly and has completed their process. Their city boundary now extends into the middle of Sandy Creek and runs along the lakeshore beyond Devil's Cove and out to and around Starnes Island.
Both Jonestown and Volente are seeking the ability to address extremely loud party boat noise that has recently included vulgarity and profanity. In the past, the Travis County Sheriff's Department has said it cannot enforce anything other than the county noise limit, which is 86 dB. Jonestown successfully reduced noise beyond that point when it annexed Devil's Cove, but an unintended consequence was that many of the party boats moved to Starnes Island and continued with unreasonable noise.
Jonestown has now annexed the area around Starnes Island. Volente took a more deliberate approach and held several discussions in council then moved to hold two public hearings on the proposal. The first occurred Tuesday evening, May 29th, at the fire station.
The annexation of this area would mean that approximately 634 acres of Lake Travis surface area would be added to the boundaries of the Village of Volente. It would mean that the village boundary on land would extend to the 632' level of Lake Travis, and it would mean that the four marinas now operating in Volente would now be within the Village boundaries.
It is very important that the Village council hear direct feedback from our constituency on this issue - both for and against. There are positives that can come from this proposal - consistent application of safety and nuisance ordinances as well as assurance of well-being and enjoyment by our residents, and there are issues to be addressed - how the village will enforce, cost of enforcement, etc.
Please plan to attend the next public hearing next Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm at the fire station.
President, Volente Neighborhood Association