Stories by Audrey McGlinchy

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Residents confront Parks Board over pool closures

East Austin residents demanded answers from the Parks and Recreation Board during its Tuesday meeting over news that Metz Neighborhood Pool and Mabel Davis Municipal Pool will close this summer for extensive repairs. The item was not on the board’s…

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

CapMetro seeks new Pine Street Station owner

Members of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted Monday to speed up the search for a new owner for Pine Street Station.The board waived the two mandatory 30-day periods during which the agency has to make the item it is…

Friday, April 24, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Adler suggests changes to AE business model

Mayor Steve Adler says City Council members are open to shifting how Austin Energy makes its transfers to the city, a move that may quiet talk in the Texas Legislature of deregulating the municipal energy company.“There is some support of…

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

CTRMA hopes variable tolls change driving habits

An official with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority hopes that variable tolls on proposed express lanes on MoPac Boulevard will serve as an incentive to commuters to change their driving habits.CTRMA’s Rick L’Amie says Capital Metro buses and registered…

Monday, April 20, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Land Committee concerned over Zilker Park lanes

In response to pushback from members of the Land, Facilities and Program Committee last week, engineers said they are open to reconsidering the placement of elevated express toll lanes proposed as part of a MoPac South expansion plan.As the proposed…

Friday, April 17, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Urban Forestry Board critical of USA Cycling report

Members of the Urban Forestry Board are highly critical of the methods used in a report by USA Cycling that claims the city, not the cycling organization, caused most of the damage done to 57 trees in Zilker Park during…

Friday, April 10, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Safety chair questions commitment to Vision Zero

A city planner Monday gave the Public Safety Commission an update on the Vision Zero Task Force work toward devising a traffic safety plan for the city. The task force’s name reflects the blueprint it’s tasked with drafting: a Vision Zero…

Thursday, April 9, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Animal Commission votes to protect circus animals

Before the Austin Animal Advisory Commission endorsed a proposed ordinance Wednesday banning the use of painful devices on circus animals, commissioners deliberated how the city should define a circus animal.Members said the inclusion of lions, tigers and bears, plus other…

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Public Safety urges APD to wait on body cameras

The Public Safety Commission is urging the Austin Police Department to avoid making a hurried decision about when and how officers will wear body cameras. Commissioners said Monday they would consider adding a resolution on body cameras to next month’s…

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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