The Daily Hustle: 8/11/10

Catching up with Cole

The Daily Hustle: 8/11/10
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This week the Hustle caught up with council member Sheryl Cole. As chair of the Audit and Finance Committee, Cole was publicly concerned about the impact of a transportation bond vote this year. Below the fold, learn what let her support the election.

Cole cites the movement on two issues: “being clear that the bond election,” should it pass, “does have long term property tax impact” on citizens, and “being clear that just because we were doing the transportation bond now, were still planning to do a more comprehensive package in 2012.”

Regarding the vote, Cole made an interesting declaration from the dais last week: “I wanted to emphasize that we expect all the money that is currently allocated in the projects to be spent on those projects,” she began. “I have received some special concerns about the Y at Oak Hill. There's no reason to expect that this council expects to do anything different at the Y,” she said, nor with any other project. Asked what that was about, she elaborated that “there was some concern with some of the residents in Oak Hill that we did not follow through with transportation projects for South Austin. So I just wanted to give clear direction that we were going to keep our commitment.”

The Hustle will have more on Oak Hill’s traffic worries in the print column tomorrow.

What the hell else is happening?

On the city calendar: The Council Committee for Emerging Technology and Telecommunications meets in the Boards and Commissions room of City Hall, 301 W. Second, 3pm.

The Public Safety Commission meets in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 4pm.

The Water and Wastewater Commission is happening in room 104 at Waller Creek Center, 625 E. 10th, 6pm.

The Austin Community Technology & Telecommunications Commission meets in the B&C room at 6:30pm.

The Solid Waste Advisory Commission meets in Council Chambers at 6:30pm.

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