Stories by Audrey McGlinchy

Monday, March 30, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Open Space panel urges better communication

At its first official meeting, the Council Open Space, Environment and Sustainability Committee urged city departments to keep residents better informed of changes to the Walnut Creek Hike and Bike Trail.Parks and Recreation Department project manager Marty Stump gave the…

Friday, March 27, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Parks Board asks for moratorium on naming parks

Without rules, they won’t name.That is what the Parks and Recreation Board decided Tuesday night when members considered an item to rename the Quick Start Tennis Courts on Johnny Morris Road. The board voted not to recommend the item, and…

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council weighs in on Parkland Events Task Force

Some City Council members say the naming of a public parks task force will finally bring action on discussions the city has been having for years about the strain special events place on the city’s parkland.Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo…

Friday, March 20, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Animal Commissioners skeptical of vet legislation

Austin’s Animal Advisory Commission decided Wednesday that City Council should investigate whether two bills filed in the Texas Legislature would affect the city’s no-kill agenda.The bills, one of which opponents say threatens the ability of city shelters to care for…

Friday, March 13, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Animal Advisory Commission wary of animal legislation

Members of Austin’s Animal Advisory Commission requested more time Wednesday night to consider whether to recommend a bill some say would threaten city shelters’ “no-kill” status.The committee considered two bills filed by state representatives concerning veterinarian practice in city shelters,…

Friday, March 6, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council backs application for Obama Promise Zone

The Austin City Council threw its support behind an Obama administration initiative Thursday when it backed the city’s application to have a large tract of East Austin dubbed a “Promise Zone” by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.…

Thursday, February 26, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Plans for Decker golf course divide Parks board

A proposed golf course split Austin’s Parks and Recreation board down the middle Wednesday night when members landed undecided on whether to recommend to City Council a 50-year license with Decker Golf LLC to build a high-end golf complex in…

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Mayor foresees messy, but effective, City Council

Austin Mayor Steve Adler says in the wake of what he hopes will be a more efficient and more inclusive City Council, don’t be surprised if there’s a little mess.“We have conversations that are out for everyone to see. Sometimes…

Friday, February 20, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Board may amend applications to protect city trees

On paper, Austin protects its trees. City code requires people to get approval from the city arborist before damaging or removing a tree. But representatives from the Austin Heritage Tree Foundation told the Environmental Board on Wednesday that these ordinances…

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