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Renaissance Market Commission gets Council reprieve
Monday, June 23, 2008 by Austin Monitor
The Austin City Council is giving members of the commission overseeing the Renaissance Market at
The commission so far has failed to adopt the new bylaws standardizing the size of the commission, setting a time limit on the years of service for members, and clarifying the definition of and need for a quorum.
Representatives of the commission told the Council on Thursday they had not realized they were facing a deadline to adopt the new bylaws. “We ask that you reject this bad idea of the abolishment of the commission and allow us to follow the process of getting good and legal bylaws that will allow our commission to function properly and effectively,” said
Some vendors also spoke up for the commission, telling the Council the group did much more than review permits for vendors. “They’ve done a great job for us in protecting and beautifying the market, and they help us resolve any issues we have,” said artist
The Council agreed to postpone action on dissolving the commission, but with a stern warning from the Mayor. “Over the last few months we have slowly been bringing all these boards and commissions into this uniform structure, having the same bylaws for example for all the boards and commissions. A handful of boards and commissions have refused to accept our uniform bylaws,” he said. “If a board or commission refuses to accept our uniform bylaws, we’re going to do away with them. We’re going to make sure that the citizens and this city are not liable for the way boards and commissions operate.”
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