Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by Austin Monitor

Austin City Council financial reports for June 26, 2014

As we have with Travis County, the Monitor will offer more detail with our weekly city fiscal reports.)

 

The Austin City Council approved the following estimated expenditures June 26, 2014, for an estimated amount of more than $100,000,000.

 

  • $15,000,000 for a 36-month contract to Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline, LLC to provide Austin Energy with continued natural gas transportation and storage services to the Sand Hill Energy Center. A 24-month extension contract option for an estimated amount of $10,000,000 is available.
  • $1,461,230 in performance-based solar energy generation incentives; $359,050 to Ben E. Keith Beverage for its facility at 4101 McKinney Falls Parkway ($35,905 per year for 10 years); $314,950 to Build-A-Sign for its facility at 11550 Stonehollow Drive ($31,495 per year for 10 years); $120,290 to Build-A-Sign for its facility at 11525 Stonehollow Drive Unit #100 ($12,029 per year or 10 years); $68,210 to Esperanza Hospitality for its facility at 2800 Esperanza Crossing ($6,821 per year for 10 years); $183,040 to Goodwill Industries of Central Texas for its facility at 8965 Research Blvd. ($18,304 per year for 10 years); $78,650 to Goodwill Industries of Central Texas for its facility at 9111 S. 1st Street ($7,865 per year for 10 years); and $337,040 to Westminster Manor for its facility at 4100 Jackson Ave. ($33,704 per year for 10 years). In total, the Austin Energy expects an estimated 1,342,958 kWh per year saving – enough to provide electricity to 108 average Austin homes for a year.
  • $1,965,000 for an interlocal agreement with the Upper Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District and Austin Water Utility for the relocation of a 15-inch diameter wastewater line in Williamson County. The pipe must be relocated for City maintenance due to District renovation of the spillway. The District will put out contracts to move the wastewater line.
  • $1,902,753 for a $1,729,775.45 contract, plus a $172,977.55 contingency, to Austin Filter Systems, Inc. for the J.J. Seabrook Stream Restoration, Rain Garden and Urban Trail Project. The project will improve water quality to reduce stormwater pollutants, construct a trail and pedestrian bridge, and relocate public intersections with streets. The contract provides for three years of maintenance.
  • $12,000,000 for a six-year contract, with two one-year extension options, with HDR Engineering Inc. to provide consultant services for Floodplain Evacuation Support Services in the Onion Creek area. The Consultant will provide support services to assist the City with all mitigation activities associated with an anticipated future buyout of 371 properties located outside the current U.S. Army Corps of Engineers buyout project area in the Lower Onion Creek area.
  • $14,327,537 for a $4,544,818 three-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract, with two contract extension options for $4,772,058 and $5,010,661, to Peabody General Contractors, Inc. The Contractors will provide emergency response services and infrastructure improvements to the Austin Water Utility system.
  • $30,794 added to a $1,137,906 March 20, 2014, construction contract with Prism Development, Inc. for construction improvements of Information System Building 7355 Emergency Power Improvements at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The contractor will improve emergency power systems, install a dual-power feed and reduce the chance of a building power outage.
  • $317,837.11 contract with Matoka, Inc. for the landscape services portion of the FM 812 Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Final Closure and Erosion Control Improvements project. The project allows for the continuation of landscaping services to prevent environmental deterioration of the site.
  • $250,000 to fund a 12-month agreement with Huston-Tillotson University to fund an on-campus East Austin Community Health and Wellness Center. The health center is in response to an Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department 2012 Critical Health Indicators Report, which identified disproportionate rates of mortality from diabetes, incidences of HIV and AIDS, and lack of access to prenatal care for the Latino and Black residents in Travis County.
  • $285,000 added to an Oct. 24,2013 contract with  Parker, Hudson, Ranier and Dobbs, LLP, for legal services related to a federal lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice against the Austin Fire Department for 2012 and 2013 alleged racial discrimination in its hiring practices.
  • $90,000 to Husch Blackwell, LLP for legal services regarding Austin-Bergstrom International Airport hotel debt reorganization.
  • $3,100,000 to Raymond Chandler et al., v. City of Austin for a judgement in favor of 30 former Public Safety Emergency Management officers in a disparate impact lawsuit and associated costs in the 353rd Travis County Judicial District, Travis County, Texas.
  • $31,000,000 for a buyout of 140 Onion Creek watershed properties in the Lower Onion Creek area located outside of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers buyout project area that will remain at risk of flooding in the 25-year floodplain within the Onion Creek Forest, Onion Creek Plantations, Yarrabee Bend and Silverstone neighborhoods. The City intends to reimburse itself for these buyouts.
  • $75,000 for a 12-month service contract with Brycomm, LLC for the Austin Bergstrom International Airport’s on-call service and warranty support of the structured cabling system. Four 12-month extension options, for $75,000 per extension option, are available.
  • $3,810,206 through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative for the purchase of the following: 28 light-duty vehicles for $836,241 from Caldwell Country Chevrolet DBA Baby Jack II Automotive, Ltd.; 37 light-duty vehicles for $1,937,453 from Grapevine Dodge Chrysler Jeep, LLC DBA Grapevine DCJ, LLC.; 26 light-duty vehicles for $673,818 fromSilsbee Ford, Inc.; one Prius for $24,122 from Silsbee Toyota, Inc.; four heavy-duty vehicles for $188,722 from Austin Truck & Equipment Inc. Ltd. DBA Freightliner of Austin; and one mobile health van for $338,572 from Farber Specialty Vehicles, Inc.
  • $84,319 for a heavy-duty bus through the Houston-Galveston Area Council Cooperative from National Bus Sales and Leasing, Inc.
  • $157,900 to Power Supply Inc. for the purchase of generator circuit breakers for switchgear at Austin Energy’s Mueller Energy Center.
  • $86,676 to Mellow Johnny’s, Llc. to provide mountain bicycles for the Austin Police Department.
  • $22,763 to Waters Technology Corporation for a contract to provide preventative maintenance and repair services for the Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer for the Austin Police Department. Four 12-month extension options $23,446 for the first extension option, $24,149 for the second extension option, $24,874 for the third extension option, and $25,620 for the fourth extension option.
  • $76,671 to Texas Timberjack, Inc. for the purchase of a brush truck body with crane and grapple for the Public works Street & Bridge Department.
  • $270,000 for a 36-month recycling container contract with Busch Systems International, Inc.and IPL, Inc. with three 12-month extension options for $90,000 per extension.
  • $1,190,020 added to a Nov. 19, 2009, contract with N-Line Traffic Maintenance Lp. for the rental of temporary traffic control devices and roadway pavement marking services.
  • $991,110 for a 36-month contract with Excell Environmental, Inc. DBA Excell Fueling Systems for the maintenance and repair of fuel tanks in an amount not to exceed. Three 12-month extension options are available for $330,370 per extension option.
  • $1,912,800 for a 12-month contract with Schneider Electric Buildings Americas, Inc. for the continued maintenance and support of existing safety and security systems in City of Austin facilities, Three 12-month extension options are available: $1,442,500 for the first, $1,415,900 for the second and $1,080,300 for the third.
  • $66,825 for a 36-month contract with Innovyze, Inc. for hydrologic and hydraulic modeling software, training, and maintenance for the Watershed Protection Department.
  • $11,609,400 for a 60-month citywide service contract through the State of Texas Department of Information Resources with Xerox Corporation for the lease, installation and maintenance of multifunctional devices and managed services. One 60-month extension option is available for $12,269,782.
  • $249,500 for Planning and Development Review Department consulting services from Zucker Systems.
  • $78,320 for a contract with Loadometer Corporation for portable wheel load scales.
  • $80,000 for a 12-month contract with GT Distributors, Inc. for the purchase of Whelen Brand Parts and Accessories for mobile lighting and signaling equipment for the City of Austin Wireless Office. Four 12-month extension options for $80,000 each available.
  • $62,265 for a 36-month contract to Karmore Incorporated DBA Meineke Car Care Center for vehicle exhaust system maintenance and repair services in an amount not to exceed. Three 12-month extension options available for $20,755 per extension.
  • $600,000 for a 36-month contract with Leighfisher, Inc. to provide airport financial rates and financial planning services, with Unison Consulting, Inc. to provide airport financial and strategic planning for capital improvement programs, and Ricondo and Associates, Inc. to provide airport consolidated rental car facility and customer facility charges analysis, recommendations and reports. Three 12-month extension options available at $200,000 per extension.
  • $114,358 for three contracts for computer hardware and video equipment: $51,611 through the Department of Information Resources to Apple, Inc.; $44,973 through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative to B&H Foto and Electronics Corp. DBA B&H Photo Video Pro Audio; and $17,774 through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative toSouthern Computer Warehouse, Inc. DBA SCS Southern Computer Supplies, Inc.
  • $1,102,370 for a 24-month supply contract with Beasley Tire Service – Houston, Inc. DBA Beasley Tire Service to provide tire retread and repair services. Four 12-month extension options are available at $551,185 per option.
  • $1,481,700 for an 18-month service contract with Matco Services, Inc. for the purchase of a systemwide distribution pole audit for Austin Energy.
  • $90,000 for a 12-month contract with Cen-Tex Certified Development Corporation, DBA BCL of Texas to provide underwriting services and technical assistance for commercial loan applications to small-business owners for the Economic Development Department. Three 12-available for $90,000 each.
  • $25,000 for a six-month agreement between the City and Movability Austin to expand the City’s involvement in transportation mobility programs.
  • $846,003,93 to Jamail & Smith construction to renovate existing Council Chambers and Executive Sessions Conference Room in anticipation of four new Council Members.

 

The Council accepted the following grant funds June 26, 2014, for an estimated amount of$2,569,521.

  • $2,430,130 from the Texas Department of Public Safety; $1,780,011 to go to the following departments: Aviation Department, Austin Resource Recovery, Financial Services Department, Parks and Recreation Department, Public Works Department and Watershed Protection Department; and $650,119  to go to the following departments: Austin Resource Recovery, Parks and Recreation Department, and Public Works Department. All funds go to repairs to city facilities and replacement of city property damaged or destroyed by the flooding of October 2013.
  • $89,391 in grant funds from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for the delivery of basic needs, case management, employment support and preventive health services to low-income residents.
  • $50,000 in grant funds from the State of Texas, Governor’s Office, Criminal Justice Division, Title V Program to go to the Austin Police Department’s Juvenile Gang Prevention and Intervention Coordination Project.

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Austin City Council: The Austin City Council is the body with legislative purview over the City of Austin. It offers policy direction, while the office of the City Manager implements administrative actions based on those policies. Until 2012, the body contained seven members, including the city's Mayor, all elected at-large. In 2012, City of Austin residents voted to change that system and now 10 members of the Council are elected based on geographic districts. The Mayor continues to be elected at-large.

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