Here’s a quick run-down on the top happenings from the February 21 City Council meeting-

Crime report update

Chief Byron Frankland presented the 2018 City of Hutto Racial Profiling and Uniform Crime Report. The Texas Code of Criminal Procedure requires the annual reporting of data collected on the race and ethnicity of individuals stopped and issued citations or arrested after traffic stops. The data also includes statistics on if those individuals were searched or not.

The Hutto Police Department received no formal complaints of racial profiling against any officer during the time period from January 1 through December 31 of 2018. The Hutto Police Department is in also in full compliance with Texas racial profiling law regarding:

  • Department policy.
  • Employee training.
  • Complaint process and public education.
  • Contact data collection and analysis.
  • Prohibition of racial profiling activities.
  • Reporting of contact data to TCOLE.

Chief Frankland also reported on the overall decrease in crime in 2018. The City had a drop in calls for service by 3% despite the rising population.

New restaurant coming to the City of Hutto

MA Partners, the developer of the new Co-Op District under construction at the historic Gin property on U.S. Highway 79 in Hutto, has added another significant restaurant partner to its highly anticipated 35-acre mixed-use destination, and its one that brings with it worldwide recognition from food and film fans alike.

The Co-Op District now welcomes iconic Top Notch Burgers, a regular on Austin’s “Best of” lists, to Hutto. The restaurant, which anticipates opening its doors in early 2020, is well known for its award-winning, drive-in diner-style cuisine, and equally beloved for its role in the coming-of-age cult hit, “Dazed and Confused.”

Top Notch opened its doors in 1971 and is currently owned by Jay Bunda, Chris Courtney and Kelly Chappell, who also own and operate the highly regarded Galaxy Café and Zocalo Café dining venues. Top Notch incorporates secret family recipes from the burger joint’s original owners into its menu items, including charcoal grilled burgers, fried chicken and hand-battered onion rings.

City and school district enter into construction agreement

The City of Hutto and the Hutto ISD have entered in an interlocal agreement to lay out the development standards and procedures for the construction of the District's educational facilities. The recommendations were approved by the Hutto ISD board at their Feb. 14 meeting. The agreement is to provide predictability and reduced costs while insuring that public health, safety and welfare are protected.

The Hutto City Council passed this recommendation unanimously.