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Monday, December 16, 2002 by

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“Common sense tells us that this landfill is polluting the water; common sense tells us this landfill is polluting the air. There are landfills that operate without adverse effects . . . this one does not,” said Lee Leffingwell, chair…

Friday, December 13, 2002 by

The City Council last night approved on second reading an ordinance allowing for amending neighborhood plans, but many questions remain on what the final draft will say.

Before the item came up for discussion on second and third reading, three versions were circulating: the agenda back-up, the latest version of the back-up and the proposal with recommendations from the Real Estate Council of Austin. One of the…

Thursday, December 12, 2002 by

The city’s current cultural arts program should be abandoned and replaced with a private non-profit cultural arts council, consultants told the City Council yesterday.

The city hired Dabney & Associates to evaluate the city’s current cultural arts funding program. A team of consultants, led by Lucille Dabney, told Council members at yesterday’s work session that the current structure for support of the arts in…

Wednesday, December 11, 2002 by

Travis County Commissioners Court was unanimous yesterday in selecting its appointees to the Travis-Williamson County Regional Mobility Authority.

Commissioners chose from among 19 applicants for its three seats on the board. The final choices were businessman Lowell Lebermann, transportation expert and small business owner Johanna Zmud and attorney Henry Gilmore. County commissioners chose to interview eight of the…

Tuesday, December 10, 2002 by

A decision on expanding the boundaries of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization has been put off again, this time until the February meeting of the group’s Policy Advisory Committee.

At the last CAMPO meeting, members of the PAC from Hays County expressed concerns that their high-priority roadways would not be included in the long-range CAMPO plan, which would make them ineligible for outside funding. (See In Fact Daily, Nov.…

Monday, December 9, 2002 by

Organizers of the first-ever regional summit meeting to promote regional cooperation to protect the Barton Springs Zone of the Edwards Aquifer are describing it as a success. The summit, initiated by Austin City Council Member Daryl Slusher and Hays County Judge Jim Powers, saw extensive participation from governmental and non-profit entities from Travis and Hays Counties.

“We have people from all over the Barton Springs Zone and beyond,” said Slusher. “That’s what we need to get a regional plan that’s going to protect the aquifer and help the region be sustainable as it grows. I’m pleased…