Latest Headlines for Wednesday, June 26

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Commissioner calls modern addition to Masonic Lodge a ‘desecration of an actual landmark’

In a collaborative effort, the Austin-based Mason Chapter of the York Rite began working with the city’s Historic Preservation Office and several local architecture firms to design a structure that would allow the Masons to retain their ancestral lodge on…

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by Andrew Weber

City audit says Austin police could be better about keeping track of body camera footage

The Austin Police Department is still working out the kinks in its body camera program, according to a new city audit.The report released today by the city auditor’s office looked at footage from 151 body cam videos from Aug. 1,…

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

County could save time and money by hiring drainage consultant

The Travis County Public Works Division has devised a way to save from $25,000 to $35,000 on construction projects that are not expected to have an impact on the existing flood plain elevations.Per the county’s regulations, projects must be reviewed…

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Council rezones nine mobile home parks, sometimes defying neighbors

Council passed two resolutions last year directing city staff to identify all mobile home parks or other properties being used for mobile homes but not zoned as such. The next step was to initiate the appropriate zoning so the properties…

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Ford launches mobility challenge to address health in East Austin

Ford Motor Co. initiated an eight-month mobility challenge Monday to identify and fund ideas that could help East Austin residents access the resources necessary for a healthy lifestyle.“We just celebrated as a company our 116th birthday,” said Jeff Jones, vice…

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Planning Commission sees its first development trying to ‘unlock affordability’

Last May, City Council unanimously passed the Affordability Unlocked bonus program, a density program that loosens site restrictions and promotes the construction of more units in affordable and mixed-income housing developments.This month, the first developer came before the Planning Commission to…