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Thursday, June 1, 2000 by

Council backpedaling on drainage fees and groping for equitable solution

Nonresidential customers who knew got refunds, but not everyone knew For years the City of Austin has been overcharging some of its customers by levying drainage fees that are too high. All nonresidential customers pay the same rate, currently $51.12…

Wednesday, May 31, 2000 by

Proponents and opponents of police oversight gear up for council hearing

Briefing and public hearing scheduled for Thursday, June 1 Civilian oversight of the Austin Police Department (APD) is back on the City Council's agenda this week–but only for a briefing and public hearing, and not for action. As reported by…

Tuesday, May 30, 2000 by

Major 1950s type of drought would dry up Barton Springs

Pumping from aquifer would have to stop to maintain flow in the springs If Texas experiences a drought as severe as the drought of the 1950s, Barton Springs could go dry unless pumpage from the Barton Springs portion of the…

Friday, May 26, 2000 by

Hays County Commissioners Court sued again over Open Meetings Act

Hays County Water Planning Partnership claims illegal change to roadway plan The Hays County Water Planning Partnership (HCWPP) for the second time has sued the Hays County Commissioners Court over allegations the court has violated the Texas Open Meetings Act.…

Thursday, May 25, 2000 by

LCRA board gives green light to build water pipeline to Dripping Springs

Environmental groups disappointed but see positive potential The unanimous vote yesterday by the board of the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to approve the expedited extension of water service to existing development in the Dripping Springs area drew cautious responses…

Wednesday, May 24, 2000 by

Planning Commission absenteeism adds red tape and slows process to a crawl

Mayor Pro Tem Goodman examines attendance records When development representatives ask the city's Planning Commission to bless their subdivision or zoning change, those with experience count commissioners before deciding whether to proceed or ask for a postponement. Even if neighborhood…