City Council Notebook

Libraries, human trafficking and the panhandling ordinance on the agenda for Thursday morning.

Agenda highlights for the Thursday, October 18 council meeting:

Items 9 and 19: Finally getting $2,655,000 to the Library Department Capital Budget for the Twin Oaks Branch Library Replacement project and $3,416,972 for the construction contract with Williams and Thomas L.P.

Items 13-14: More federal funds and overtime payments for the Austin/Travis County Human Trafficking Task Force.

Item 22: Start the negotiations with Jackson and Ryan Architects of Houston for the re-located Town Lake Animal Center. Watch for angry placard-waving.

Item 30: New 36-month contract for Austin Midnight Basketball worth $216,600, with three 12-month extension options in an estimated amount of $72,200 per extension.

Items 50 and 83: Public hearing and private legal consultation over future water supplies from the Lower Colorado River Authority, delayed from last week.

Items 51-52: Private consultations with the city attorney about the search for a new city manager.

Items 61-63: Adopting the North Burnet/Gateway 2035 Master Plan by adding it to the Austin Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan, begin re-zoning for the proposed "Downtown North"and introduce the required use and site development regulations.

Items 85-89: Construction time again. Public hearings on adopting the 2006 Uniform Solar Energy Code, the International Energy Conservation Code and the 2006 International Residential Codes, plus amendments to the city electrical and plumbing codes.

Item 90: The now-infamous roadside panhandling amendment.

But the real fun could come with the citizens communications, including "Austin City Limits & the Criminal Activity Associated with it" (yeah, $2 for a small bottle of water and The Killers sucking was pretty criminal) and "Communist Government Spying on U.T. Campus."

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