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Thursday, July 20, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

DNA lab concerns test Travillion’s patience

Travis County Commissioner Jeff Travillion put his passion on display Tuesday when he stormed off the dais during a discussion of the Austin Police Department’s shuttered DNA lab. Travillion had attempted to ask a question early on in the briefing…

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners Court closes in on bond proposition

Travis County voters could weigh in on a pair of bond propositions worth a combined $144 million this November. The Citizens Bond Advisory Committee formally floated that recommendation to the Commissioners Court on Tuesday after months spent trimming down a…

Friday, July 14, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

County’s clean air programs in question after Abbott’s vetoes

A pair of Gov. Greg Abbott’s line-item vetoes has Travis County once again scrambling to clean up the aftermath, this time involving two air quality programs. On June 23 12, Abbott blasted out of the state budget bill all future…

Thursday, July 13, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

TxDOT pressures Capital Metro to act fast on I-35 transit

Time is running out for the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority to decide whether it will commit millions toward a vision that could bring dedicated transit infrastructure to I-35. At a board of directors work session on Tuesday, Vice President of…

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Another Montopolis Negro School clash at Travis County

Opponents of a plan to redevelop a chunk of land in Southeast Austin upon which sits a former segregation-era school for African-Americans were handed a pair of setbacks on Tuesday. After a heated discussion, the Travis County Commissioners Court declined…

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Praise pours in for county’s downtown deal

Late Tuesday afternoon, the county formally announced its deal with Lincoln Property Company and Phoenix Property Company to ink a 99-year ground lease at 308 Guadalupe St., the empty block that was once eyed as the site for a brand…

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

County prepares to strike lucrative deal for failed courthouse site

Instead of a new civil courthouse, how about a massive, privately financed mixed-use development that will pour millions of dollars into public coffers? That’s the direction Travis County is close to clinching for its hyper-valuable piece of downtown property at…

Monday, July 10, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro could get into the ‘smart city’ game

Austin’s transit agency is working toward a pilot project that would use wireless technology to complement its bus service and bolster multimodal options in downtown. Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chief Information Officer Joe Iannello confirmed to the Austin Monitor recently…

Friday, July 7, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

District attorney isn’t making a mountain out of some mold here

Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore is downplaying concerns over the hundreds of Austin Police Department rape kits stored inside boxes that were recently found to be covered in apparent mold. Along with representatives from the Austin city manager’s office,…

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Ethics commission slaps CTRMA board member with fine

The Texas Ethics Commission has collected a small fine from one of Travis County’s appointees to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority’s Board of Directors. Charles Heimsath agreed to pay the $300 penalty after consenting to offer no further challenges…

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Eckhardt sends Adler a HOT letter

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt has put Mayor Steve Adler and Interim City Manager Elaine Hart on notice that the county is still keeping alive its interest in levying a tax on tourists. In a letter sent to both city…

Friday, June 30, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Council members walk the walk on new bond-funded project

Mayor Steve Adler and two City Council colleagues celebrated the first sidewalk to be funded by 2016 Mobility Bond money by taking a walk on it Thursday morning. Joined by Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and Council Member Greg Casar,…

Thursday, June 29, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Updated: Plaza Saltillo development finally breaks ground

A giant empty field east of downtown Austin has at long last commenced its transformation into hundreds of apartments and thousands of square feet of office, retail and restaurant space. On Tuesday, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority President and CEO Linda…

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners Court considers controversial variance request

A platoon of concerned residents showed up to Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday to try to put the brakes on a proposed development near their homes. Live Oak Springs would deliver 85 new homes near FM 1826 and Zyle…

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Project Connect advances despite lingering concerns over key details

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Board of Directors on Monday gave its blessing to the handful of staff-curated corridors that will be studied for potential high-capacity transit investments. The 6-0 vote, with Council Member Delia Garza and fellow Board Member…

Friday, June 23, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County looks to get into the transit game

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority could soon expand its transit operations into unincorporated parts of the county thanks to a vote at the Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday. The court’s unanimous decision to begin crafting a transit development plan…

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Austin’s next mobility challenge: downtown parking

Exactly what role City Council will play in an ambitious new framework conceived to tackle downtown parking problems remains to be worked out. On Wednesday afternoon, members of the Mobility Committee became the first among their colleagues to be briefed…

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners Court approves expensive survey of Palm School

Travis County’s cost to determine just how much of its Palm School building is truly historic has reached the six-figure mark. On Tuesday, the Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously approved peeling off $140,964 from a larger earmark in the current…

Thursday, June 15, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Creek project creates long delay for bridge replacement in Southeast Austin

A major piece of cycling and pedestrian infrastructure in Southeast Austin will have been out of commission for nearly five years before it finally reopens, according to the most optimistic plans at the city of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department. The…

Friday, June 9, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Leander ISD continues uphill battle for controversial road project

The Leander Independent School District has taken its quest to build a road across environmentally protected land all the way to the feds. It’s the latest development in the district’s long-running effort to build a second roadway connecting RM 2222…

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