The Daily Hustle: 6/22/10

Agenda highlights, lowlights – 'til midnight?

Green (and purple) roof
Green (and purple) roof (Photo courtesy 416Style, Creative Commons)

Loins sufficiently girded, the Hustle is ready to wade into the 151 item agenda before City Council this Thursday, their last meeting before a month long hiatus. Hopefully the meeting – larded with MRFs, green roofs, and more – won't take up all of July.

Agenda highlights for Thursday, June 24

Item 2: $128,000 contract with UT to study chemical usage in Austin’s water supply. Does that include fluoride?  

Item 15: $1 million contract with Chasco Constructors for “design, demolition, renovation and construction of Bartholomew Municipal Pool, West Enfield Neighborhood Pool, and Deep Eddy Municipal Pool,” including bathhouse builds and ADA improvements. 

Items 17 & 18: Contracts to redevelop the Austin Energy Control Center abutting the Seaholm development Downtown.  

Items 19- 28: Health and Human Services items procuring funding for non-profits like Lifeworks (providing child care “voucher” services), allocating more money to Caritas, and funding anti-smoking campaigns. 

Item 29: A notably open law department item to negotiate a contract with whatever recycler the city chooses.  

Item 30: Refinancing the city’s stake in the Millennium Youth Center as part of a federal HUD public offering.  

Item 32: Per the recent historic landmark zoning fracas, a peace offering to Laura Morrison – $25,000 to UT to develop a “web based historic resources survey.”  

Items 39-67: The Purchasing Office buys a whole lot of shit.  

Item 71: $100,000 to Public Financial Management buys “a financial plan and analysis of financing options for an Urban Rail System.”  

Item 75: $10,000 to UT’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to study the “hydrologic response” of green roofs in the rain.  

Items 76-90: The massive, MRF-tastic, small-business boosting, bathroom break-requiring list of items from council.  

Items 103-105: 10:30am morning briefings on the draft of the proposed 2010 transportation bond package, the Downtown Bike Boulevard, and a recommended urban rail system plan (thought to address inter-city travel across Central Texas). 

12pm Citizen Communications includes several speakers from PODER on their fight to relocated Pure Castings from central East Austin.

Items 107-141: The gi-normous zoning agenda, including North Lamar Neighborhood zoning, the 1800 Nueces rezoning, and some six historic cases.

What the hell else is happening?

On the city calendar: Council's Audit and Finance Committee meets in the Board and Commission room at City Hall, 310 W. Second, 10am.

The Employees' Retirement System Board meets in the ERS building board room, 418 E. Highland Mall Blvd., 1:30pm

The Parks and Recreation Board meets in the Board and Commission room at City Hall, 310 W. Second, 6pm.

The Planning Commission meets in City Hall council chambers, 6pm.

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