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The Daily Hustle: 5/11/10

By Wells Dunbar, May 11, 2010, 10:15am, Newsdesk

City Council meets this Thursday, facing an assortment of intriguing action items including water conservation, urban rail and our potential transportation bond election. TDH has assembled all the agenda highlights below the fold.

Agenda highlights for Thursday, May 13, 2010:

Item 5: Allocating up to $1 million for a BMX/skate park at the House Park center at 12th and Lamar.

Item 21: Increasing a contract with Enviromedia Social Marketing to $224,500 for additional water conservation outreach.

Item 26: Up to $150,000 for Lone Star Rail District to consult on a local urban train.

Item 30: The city's proposed travel ban against Arizona and analysis of severance of AZ business ties.

Item 31: Changing Barton Springs Free Swim Day from the second Saturday in July to the first Saturday in June.

Item 35: Adopting the March recommendations of the Citizens Water Conservation Implementation Task Force, with an eye towards a 10 year conservation plan.

Item 36: Expediting applications and contracts for re-allocation of child care funding, likely in lieu of the Family Connections scandal.

Item 37: Setting the compensation and benefits for City Manager Marc Ott.

Item 40: A representation of concerns about the city's potential November bond election, directing Ott “to recommend options for achieving the City’s regional multi-modal transportation goals being discussed as part of the City’s on-going transportation planning while preserving debt capacity for a general obligation bond election in 2013, adhering to all City financial polices, and maintaining a consistent tax rate.”

10:30am briefings:

Item 44: Mayor's Mental Health Task Force Committee Annual Report
Item 45: Water Conservation Marketing and Outreach Plan
Item 46: Material Recovery Facility (MRF) Short-Listed Proposal Presentations

Items 49-60: Zoning, featuring second and third read of Upper Boggy Creek Neighborhood's VMU zoning opt-in/opt-out process.

Item 62, 6pm: An appeal of Zoning and Platting's denial of a Conditional Use Site Plan application for the proposed Jefferson Rehabilitation Hospital (1600 W. 38th).

What the hell else is happening?

On the city calendar: Council's Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise & Small Business Committee meets in the Board and Commission room at City Hall, 301 W. 2nd. 3pm. They'll discuss minority participation goals for Austin Energy's System Control Center.

The Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Task Force meets at the One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs. 6pm. They're talking vision statements!

The Planning Commission is setting up in Council Chambers at City Hall. 6pm. the Waller Creek District master plan is on the agenda.

The Urban Transportation Commission takes over the B&C room, 6pm. They're slated to make a final reco on the Downtown Bike Boulevard.

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