Lowe appointed to WCESD #4 Board

Williamson County ESD#4 Commissioner Kirk Lowe officially joined the board at its meeting Jan. 25. (Christine Bolanos Photo)

Williamson County ESD#4 Commissioner Kirk Lowe officially joined the board at its meeting Jan. 25. (Christine Bolanos Photo)

By Christine Bolaños

Kirk Lowe joined the Williamson County Emergency Services District #4 board as its newest commissioner during Monday night’s meeting.

Locals may recognize Lowe already as he frequents Liberty Hill eateries and other businesses and has lived just outside city limits for more than three years.

“Williamson County is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation and I know we have a lot of challenges before us,” Lowe said. “I think it’s exciting and I also know there’s a new station that’s in talks of being built. Just planning for that, it really kind of fits with my profession as well.”

Lowe, who previously lived in Pflugerville and served on the that city’s Planning and Zoning Commission, has almost 12 years of engineering experience.

He manages the transportation department in Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc.’s Austin office.

“Most of my focus has been designing roadways and hike and bike trails for local municipalities,” Lowe explained. “But I also have a little of site plan experience and pretty much all things related to engineering.”

Giving back to the community has always been a passion of his, and, he said, that is why he approached Commissioner Cynthia Long about coming on board as an ESD commissioner.

He was also encouraged by previous commissioner Todd Jackson, whom he replaced, to get involved.

He was passed over the first time he approached Long, but he said she recalled his enthusiasm and chose to appoint him this time around.

“We live just outside the City of Liberty Hill,” Lowe shared. “I’m not eligible to serve on any city boards or commissions so that’s why I thought this was the perfect opportunity to get involved.”

This will be his first time serving on an ESD board.

But he believes his engineering background will fit in well.

“Being knowledgeable of how (the engineering) process works, I think I can be an asset to the commission,” he said.

Lowe takes his civic duty seriously.

“I’ve got a family so I know how important it is when emergencies happen you want the fire department right there, right way,” he said. “Anyone can relate to that and understand why it’s such an important organization.”

He and his wife Stacey were drawn to Liberty Hill because it reminded him of his old hometown, afforded a quality school district and an affordable living situation.

“I’ve got young kids so really having the chance to kind of have a bigger family lot size, but also there are just great schools over here,” Lowe stated. “My son just started kindergarten this year and my wife has gotten involved with the PTA. It’s been a great community.”

Lowe grew up in the small Texas town of Columbus so he feels at home in Liberty Hill.

“It was what I was looking for,” Lowe said. “That small town feel rather than a bigger city to raise my kids.”

His son, Hayden, started playing tee-ball recently. His daughter, Isabella, practices tumbling at Courage Cheer and Dance United. She attends the local Methodist school.

One-year-old Olivia, who will soon be baptized at Liberty Hill United Methodist Church, stays at home with Stacey.

Though, he admits he is extremely new to the board, he believes he has joined a worthwhile effort.

“It seems like a good organization but at this point I’m still pretty new to it,” Lowe said.