Stories by Charlotte Moore

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 by Charlotte Moore

Travis Commissioners to discuss funding DA’s Public Integrity Unit

Judge Sam Biscoe put the future of the state’s Public Integrity Unit firmly in the hands of the Travis County Commissioners Court last week. In the wake of Gov. Rick Perry’s line-item veto of a $3.5 million appropriation for the…

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by Charlotte Moore

Proposed gate opens disagreement between neighborhood, developers

People who live in one Southwest Austin neighborhood virtually unpaved the way for developers to privatize a few public roads. On Tuesday, Travis County Commissioners Court listened while residents of The Ridge at Thomas Springs voiced their opposition to developers…

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by Charlotte Moore

Travis Commissioners give go-ahead for new Civil and Family Courthouse

Under pressure to act, the Travis County Commissioners Court Tuesday approved a construction method for building a new Civil and Family Courthouse in downtown Austin. The unanimous endorsement came after a lengthy presentation, debate, impassioned argument and a bit of…

Monday, July 22, 2013 by Charlotte Moore

Commissioners move on new space for DA despite Daugherty’s objection

Despite eleventh hour pushback from Pct. 3 Commissioner Gerald Daugherty, the Travis County Commissioners Court is moving ahead with plans to construct a new seven-story, 200,000 square-foot downtown building for the Travis County District Attorney’s office. That a plan that…

Friday, July 19, 2013 by Charlotte Moore

Austin Water Utility could lose revenue over reclaimed water deal

The Austin Water Utility could lose more than $300,000 in revenue due to special reclaimed water rates proposed for the city’s parks system for the next fiscal year. The utility presented its final proposed rates for FY2014 to the budget…

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by Charlotte Moore

Central Health seeks $34 million more for FY2014

Thanks in part to a planned University of Texas medical school and teaching hospital, Travis County Central Health officials say they will need nearly $34 million more in FY2014 than was allotted in their FY2013 budget. The money would come…

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by Charlotte Moore

Commissioners to consider raises for county employees, including themselves

Travis County Commissioners are set today to continue consideration of proposed salaries for classified county employees and set a date for a public hearing. The commissioners themselves are also up for a salary bump. If the increases are approved, retiring…

Friday, July 12, 2013 by Charlotte Moore

City previews plans to move off-leash dog park near Auditorium Shores

Parks officials Wednesday evening hosted a group of roughly fifty people for a tour of proposed changes to a dog park along Lady Bird Lake. Though the city is receiving a large to donation to help complete the work, and…

Monday, July 8, 2013 by Charlotte Moore

Council hires Chicago-based consultant to develop Colony Park

A Northeast Austin neighborhood development project more than 10 years in the making is well underway now that City Council has awarded the contract to a nationally-recognized consultant with expertise in sustainable master planning. On Thursday, City Council unanimously authorized…

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by Charlotte Moore

Public Integrity Unit staffers face layoffs unless someone picks up tab

Layoffs are likely for the 31 employees of Travis County’s Public Integrity Unit, which operates out of the District Attorney’s office. That is, unless a resolution currently before the current Special Session of the Texas Legislature is approved, Travis County…

Monday, June 24, 2013 by Charlotte Moore

Debate over Rainey Street parcel set for Council agenda

After months of fiery and impassioned debate about the city-owned lot at 64 Rainey Street, the fight flared up again online over the weekend. It appears a group of developers could end up owning the land on which they plan…

Friday, June 21, 2013 by Charlotte Moore

Council approves 20-year plan to build out Waller Creek development

City Council approval of a plan to turn the two-mile stretch of Waller Creek into a nature-lover’s utopia was delayed for a time Thursday by a belaboring of the legalese of the multi-phased project. Council Members Laura Morrison and Kathie…

Thursday, June 20, 2013 by Charlotte Moore

Price of reclaimed water going up, but only a little for golf courses

It’s possible some Austin golfers will be paying more in greens fees as the Austin Water Utility prepares to raise the rates for the use of the city’s reclaimed water. The Reclaimed Water Program runs miles of recycled wastewater through…

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 by Charlotte Moore

Lehmberg lays out costs, duties of Public Integrity Unit for Commissioners

In two weeks, Travis County taxpayers could find out if they’ll end up footing the bill for high-dollar, white-collar crime investigations in Texas. Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg appeared before the Travis County Commissioner’s Court Tuesday to lay out…

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 by Charlotte Moore

Architect unveils conservancy’s plans for Waller Creek makeover

Austin leaders want to give one of the city’s underperforming assets – Waller Creek – an extreme makeover. But it’s going to take cooperation from private landowners, and maybe some action from our men and women in blue, to make…

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 by Charlotte Moore

Travis Commissions move forward on widening Hamilton Pool Road

On Tuesday, Travis County Commissioners unanimously agreed that road work on Hamilton Pool Road, previously put on hold, should finally get underway. Steven Manilla of Travis County’s Transportation and Natural Resources Department asked commissioners to allow his department to proceed…

Friday, June 7, 2013 by Charlotte Moore

MACC board resoundingly rejects high-rise proposals for Rainey Street

For nearly two hours Wednesday night, there was a heated, almost uncomfortable, virtually one-sided debate at the Mexican American Cultural Center board meeting. The Rainey Street developer who attended the meeting absorbed a great deal of disdain from East Austin…

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by Charlotte Moore

Big crowd watches Brown kick off campaign for County Judge

Austin Democrat Andy Brown dished up a healthy campaign announcement with a side of GOP hash Tuesday afternoon at Threadgill’s World Headquarters on West Riverside Drive. In front of more than 500 supporters and attendees, Brown jokingly said “I just…

Monday, June 3, 2013 by Charlotte Moore

Proposal for Rainey Street pits developers, MACC members

One of Austin’s latest development debates is centered on one of the hottest little strips in town – Rainey Street. Development is already happening in the historic neighborhood just south of downtown, which has turned into a trendy nocturnal destination…

Friday, May 31, 2013 by Charlotte Moore

Lakeway neighborhood to get lion’s share of county’s HUD funds

More money for better streets is on tap for the Lake Oak Estates neighborhood in the City of Lakeway. If approved, that’s where the largest chunk of Travis County’s dollars from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will…

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