Running the Numbers

Council preview 10-28-10


Number of items on this week's agenda


Total contract amount, after a $36,911 addition, for improvements to Bullick Hollow Road, in order to facilitate construction of Water Treatment Plant No. 4's pump station and plant (Item 7)


Cost of contract to repair four of six clarifier bins at one of Austin's two existing water treatment plants, Ullrich (Item 11)


More deferred maintenance at Ullrich, this time roof improvements (Item 12)

5 years

Per Federal Emergency Management Agency, how often cities must update their Hazard Mitigation Action Plans (a grand in-case-of-emergency document), which this item would do (Item 15)

18 to 22

Age of students with special needs addressed by the Go Project, an Austin Independent School District project designed to facilitate learning after high school. This item offers use of the South Austin Recreation Center for Go Project classes. (Item 17)


Number of annexations on the Planning and Development Review portion of the agenda, including the Springwoods Municipal Utility District (Items 18-29)


Amount in an advance funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation allowing Austin to use Federal Transportation Enhancement funds to build several bike lanes across the city. The city also contributes with matching funds. (Item 32)

$1.5 million

Total cost, including four optional 12-month extensions, of a contract with Creative Consumer Research to conduct marketing research of Austin Energy customers via phone calls, surveys, groups, and more (Item 33)


Number of items repealing and replacing code in the city's Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program (Items 40-43)


Number of relatively sedate items from council. They include a code cleanup so that food vendors at farmers' markets won't need new permits for every weekly market event (Item 46) and an item determining that municipal judges receive the same pay raise as non-public-safety city employees (Item 47).


Time certain for a briefing on green roof policy recommendations (Item 52); see "Raising the (Green) Roof."


Number of items on the zoning agenda, including a staff-opposed zoning upgrade on 38th Street in Hyde Park from single-family to multifamily (Items 56-57) and proposed cocktail lounge zoning for a former auto garage at 1901 S. Lamar, opposed (surprise!) by the Zilker Neighborhood Assoc­ia­tion (Item 61). Nine zoning cases related to the Greenshores subdivision in northwest Austin (near Emma Long Metropolitan Park) appear to be postponed until Nov. 18 (Items 64-72).

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