BBB: The Economics of Imagine Austin
Panel rescheduled to July 27 at the North Door. Doors at 6:30 p.m.
What makes for sustainable development? How best to build a city that never seems to stop growing? And what is the relationship between city code and Austin's future? Join us for the Austin Monitor's next Beers, Brains, and Betterment event. Panelists include CodeNEXT Code Advisory Group member Jim Duncan, longtime Austin planning watchdog Jeff Jack, AURA's Steven Yarak, and City of Austin CodeNEXT representative Matthew Lewis. As per the usual, Austin Monitor publisher Mike Kanin will moderate.
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Happy Independence Day!
Today, the Austin Monitor will join city of Austin administrative offices and other municipal facilities in observing Independence Day by publishing a lighter edition than usual. At the city, pools will remain open and garbage collection will remain on schedule, but City Council offices, the Small & Minority Business Resources Department's office and Plan Room, the Entrepreneur Center and Business Solutions Center, the Austin History Center, Watershed Protection and Austin Utility Walk-In Payment Centers, all recreation and senior centers, all museums, all cultural arts centers, all nature centers and all botanical gardens will be closed. Additionally, Austin public libraries will be closed today, July 3, and Saturday, July 4. The Austin Animal Center will be closing early on the Fourth of July. Holiday hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, July 4, many downtown roads will be closed for the HEB Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks. To see a complete list of closures for this event and others, visit the city's website.
AISD changes fiscal year
The Austin Independent School District board of trustees decided to follow a suggestion from their chief financial officer at the last regular board meeting on June 22. Nicole Conley, CFO, stated in earlier meetings that changing the start of AISD's fiscal year from Sept. 1 to July 1 would provide a seeming one-time bump in revenue for FY 2016. The bump would occur because the 2015-16 fiscal year will run on a 10-month calendar, but the 2015-16 budget scheduled for board adoption in August 2015 will still be based on 12 months. AISD's new fiscal year schedule will begin July 1, 2016. Conley said that changing the district’s fiscal year from Sept. 1 to July 1 will better align the fiscal year with the academic year. Future budgets will be adopted in June and available for campuses when staff and students return to begin the new school year.
Zilker Disc Golf to reopen today
Today, after about a year of renovation, all 18 holes of the Zilker Park Disc Golf Course will open once again. Visitors to the course will be greeted by new baskets, improved tees and trails, better drainage and vegetation, and erosion controls designed to preserve water quality in Eanes Creek. The renovations were a joint project among the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Watershed Protection Department and Waterloo Disc Golf Club.
Austin watering restrictions remain in Stage 2
Citing concerns that the drought may not be over despite recent rain, City Manager Marc Ott announced Wednesday that Austin will remain in Stage 2 watering restrictions, which limit watering to one day per week. The Austin Water Utility has suggested that it is time to consider adopting one-day-per-week watering permanently. That change would be a big one, and changes to the city code and its Drought Contingency Plan would most likely involve a stakeholder process (and City Council approval).
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