Latest Headlines for Tuesday, March 28

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by Jack Craver

City utilities devise plan to help with unpaid bills

Austin’s two city-owned utilities are teaming up to help some of the city’s most indebted customers catch up on unpaid bills. Beginning this summer, the joint effort between Austin Energy and Austin Water will target 543 customers who participate in…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Construction of new Central Library overdue, again

City Council members learned last week that the completion of the new downtown public library has been hit with delays, again. “I do think that it is getting very close, but I don’t have a specific date that I can…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

CodeNEXT consultants discuss the fate of conditional overlays and PUDs

Like magicians before a skeptical audience, the CodeNEXT consultants asked the land use commissioners at their March 21 joint meeting to suspend their disbelief and envision an Austin with very few planned unit developments and zero conditional overlays. Since they…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Renteria says no on tough Vinson Oaks case

Although City Council approved a zoning change on second reading last week that would allow for town houses, including two affordable units, in a neighborhood south of Ben White, property owner Antonio Giustino may find himself back at square one…

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Monday, March 27, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Decision on unmarked graves, chapel at Oakwood Cemetery coming in April

Austin officials plan to have an idea next month of how to move forward with construction work on the chapel at Oakwood Cemetery that was halted in November when unrecorded burial sites were discovered under the building. Austin’s Parks and…

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Monday, March 27, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Austin Energy struggles to fill vacancies with outdated hiring process

Facing a wave of retirement over the next three to five years, Austin Energy urgently needs to revamp its hiring approach, staff told the Electric Utility Commission at its March 20 meeting. “We do very passive recruiting here,” said Chief…

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Monday, March 27, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

CodeNEXT tech talk focuses on familiar topics

Planning consultant Peter Park picked an apt way to describe Austin’s current building code while talking to a room full of technology entrepreneurs and stakeholders at Austin’s Capital Factory. “The (operating system) is kind of broken, and to get the…

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Monday, March 27, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Which came first?

Rock ‘n’ roll is here to stay… Don’t expect the early evening musical performances at City Council meetings to go away anytime soon. Asked recently about a city staff recommendation to remove the quickie concerts from the agenda of Council’s…

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Monday, March 27, 2017 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: City Transportation

Austin Monitor freelancer Caleb Pritchard chats with Austin Transportation Department Director Rob Spillar and ‎Transportation Systems Development Division Manager Annick Beaudet. The show is embedded below:

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