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Jon Cobb resigns from Bee Cave City Council; seat to remain open until May 2022

Sarah Asch
Austin American-Statesman

Jon Cobb resigned from the Bee Cave City Council on Sept. 19 and the council announced Tuesday night it would not be filling his seat until it comes up for election in May. 

The council discussed the vacant seat in executive session with a lawyer before coming to a decision. Mayor Kara King said that the city’s attorney advised the council not to fill the seat because of the ongoing lawsuit former Council Member Bill Goodwin filed against the council and its members regarding his removal from office in June 2020. 

Cobb has not publicly stated his reason for resigning and did not respond to a request for comment.

Cobb resigned verbally once before, at a meeting in March 2020, but never submitted a formal written resignation and remained in his seat on the council. 

Members of the council did not comment on Cobb’s departure at Tuesday’s meeting when the council accepted his resignation. 

Read more: Bill Goodwin agrees not to act as Bee Cave council member during appeal

King posted about Cobb’s resignation on her mayoral Facebook page on Sept. 20, writing that “one of the things I've always loved about Jon is he does what he thinks is right, regardless of political pressure or influence.”

Jon Cobb resigned from the Bee Cave City Council on Sept. 19 and the council announced Tuesday night that it would not be filling his seat until it comes up for election next May.

“Sometimes people have personal life events that force them to change directions from original plans,” she wrote. “Jon has had a particularly rough time as he has been the recipient of a lot of emails and harassment that is not professional. Please join me in thanking Jon for his service and love for our city.” 

The council also voted to approve an additional $90,000 from the city’s hotel occupancy tax funds to support the arts for the second annual BuzzFest. The light festival, which had its inaugural year last holiday season, is put on by the Bee Cave Art Foundation. 

The council previously pledged $50,000 to the event from the fund, but held off dedicating the remainder of the requested money until city staff had a chance to confirm the fund’s full balance. Council members said Tuesday they were willing to bring the city’s total financial contribution to $140,000 to help BuzzFest become more established so the event can move toward sustaining itself financially, since the city likely will not be able to offer the same level of financial support for the event in future years.

From last year: Bee Cave to launch BuzzFest winter light show at the Galleria

The City Council also voted to approve a resolution designating Bee Cave as a Bee City USA affiliate, which recognizes the city as pollinator-friendly. This designation would include signage and public education about how to ensure the city and its residents support the native bee population.

The Bee Cave City Council voted Tuesday night to take the first steps in bringing workforce housing to the city in response to a labor shortage that is affecting local businesses.

The council also voted to approve a resolution supporting the city’s application to become an international Dark Sky Community. The city’s comprehensive plan promotes the use of dark sky compliant lighting to help reduce light pollution, but the state restricts the city’s ability to regulate outdoor lighting without the dark sky certification. 

City staff have been working on a dark sky application, which requires support from the mayor and the council. If the application is approved, Bee Cave could become the sixth International Dark Sky Community in Texas joining the cities of Dripping Springs, Fredericksburg, Horseshoe Bay, Lakewood Village and Wimberley Valley.