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Jonestown City Council Alderman Place 3

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    Joe Aaron

  • Rod Schaffner

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What strategies will you use to ensure open communication between City Hall and residents?

What are your top environmental and land development concerns and how do you plan to address them?

What is your vision for transportation infrastructure in your community and how will you advance it?

What other critical issue will you address and how?

Background I am a resident of S. Jonestown Hills for 18 years. 5 years on the Board of Directors for North Shore Fire & Rescue and 12 years on City Council.
Education Graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Electrical Engineering Technology
Communications between Jonestown City Hall and its residents is a challenge. The North Shore Log (now cancelled) was a great newspaper to keep Jonestown residents informed. With a population of about 2,000, there are Facebook pages focused on the city, the city website and an electronic bulletin board on Hwy 1431. Ours Police Department regularly post safety notices on Nextdoor. I have encouraged my neighbors and residents to monitor the city website and attend City Council meetings when possible. Jonestown City meeting agendas and meeting minutes are posted to keep residents informed.
All of Jonestown residents and businesses are on individual septic sewer systems (except for a portion of one subdivision). There are a number of home sites available for new homes. The city will see more new subdivision proposals. Jonestown is probably the only city in Austin area that does not have sewer service to support Hwy 1431 businesses. As a result only 4 new businesses have opened in recent years. My goal is to provide a sewer line to the business community with no burden to residents. The city has a agreement with Leander for service connections. The challenge is funding.
Highway 1431 is a feeder through Jonestown for the Austin Metro area. Traffic volume has grown significantly in recent years and will continue to get worse. The city has challenged TXDOT to resolve safety on the highway by widening the road with a continuous turn lane through residential and business areas. Currently, there are few turn lanes for access to residential neighborhoods. I have been active in efforts to maintain and improve city streets. As part of the Public Works Committee, we implemented a continuous road maintenance and upgrade plan based on dedicated budget funding.
The city is proud of our Parks, and our Library. During my time on City Council, we have focused on developing formal plans for improvements to our infrastructure, parks, boating access, sidewalks, and our Library. The City has actively worked to win grants for improvements to these areas. Council has improved our reserves, and is financially sound. My goal to to continue using City Council members to assist city staff through a Committee Process, which I initiated, for key areas such as Public Safety, Development, Parks, Public Works, Library and Technology.
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