Running the Numbers

Council preview 9-23-10

There's no shortage of numbers in any City Council meeting – and with 136 items anticipated in council's Thursday session, there are even more than usual. Below, a numeric look at several of the items on this week's agenda. For more on the meeting, including fresh updates as they happen Thurs­day, visit


The number of water service extension requests to single-family homes in West Lake Hills, with the owners paying the cost of the pipe. (Items 2-5)

0.33%, 0.23%

Minority-owned and women-owned subcontractor participation, respectively, in the $2.8 million Boggy Creek Lift Station improvement project, replacing pipe and adding pumping capacity in the southwest Boggy Creek Watershed. Katy, Texas, builder Pepper-Lawson is the staff-recommended choice. (Item 7)


Number of firms added to the Watershed Flood Hazard Mitigation Engineering Services Rotation List (Espey Consultants, Raymond Chan and Associates, Brown and Gay Engin­eers, Cas Consulting and Services, AECOM Technical Services), with $7.5 million in work to be divided between the firms. (Item 21)


New fee for Fire Department inspection of petroleum-powered cooking setups by mobile food vendors (Item 24), part of a suite of new food truck and trailer regulations. An additional $125 annual applications fee is also proposed. (Items 28, 29. For more, see "City Hall Hustle.")

$4.7 million

A one-year contract with a one-year renewal option for Front Steps to continue operating the Austin Resource Cen­ter for the Homeless Downtown. (Item 30)


Fiscal impact of renaming the Zilker Neighborhood Park on Bluebonnet Lane to Bluebonnet Park. However, replacing the signage costs $350. (Item 37)


Funding for the East Riverside Cor­ridor Regulating Plan to steer development along the populous transit hub. (Item 38)


Funding for the Airport Boule­vard Form-Based Code Initiative, a trial-run for FBC's focus on building style and compatibility in zoning vs. our current system governed by land use. (Item 39. Council is also receiving a 10:30am presentation on the subject.)


Number of items from council. Highlights include a proposal from Laura Morrison that would create a drug "take-back" program to safely dispose of expired medications instead of flushing them (Item 87); a resolution from Bill Spelman requesting that all agenda language allow council the option of selecting a vendor other than the staff-selected pick, as narrow postings have temporarily tied council's hands in the past (Item 88); Sheryl Cole's call for a public-private partnership, à la Chicago's Millennium Park or The Park in Dallas, with the Waller Creek Con­ser­vancy to finance development along soon-to-be-flood-controlled Waller Creek. (Item 90)


Number of zoning cases on the agenda, including second and third readings of Neigh­borhood Planning Area rezonings for the Wind­sor Road and West Austin neighborhoods (Item 103, 104). Also up: the Domain impervious cover swap, likely postponed until Sept. 30 (Item 106); the 909 Congress development's request for height-boosting Central Urban Redevelopment zoning, which will likely result in wrangling over concessions from applicant Dalton Wallace (Item 111); and more.

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