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Stories by Jacob Cottingham

Republican Club hosts transportation bond debate

On Tuesday, the Republican Club of Austin hosted a debate between Ed Wendler, Jr. and Ted Siff on the merits of Prop. 1, also known as the Transportation and Mobility Bond. With roughly 60 people in attendance at Green Pastures,…

Travis TNR Director Geiselman handles broad list of responsibilities

Travis County Commissioners get most of the attention when it comes to making decisions for the county’s future, but more often than not the responsibility for carrying out those decisions falls to Transportation and Natural Resources Executive Director Joe Gieselman.…

Council approves measures to drive city’s push for water conservation

Council members pressed forward Thursday with two agenda items designed to ultimately lower the amount of water used throughout the city. Council unanimously approved extending a marketing contract with EnviroMedia for another $175,000 and approved the recommendations from the Water…

Travis pass-through moves forward amidst 45 SW complaints

What could have been a routine item from Travis County commissioners on Tuesday turned into a lengthy discussion about the relative merits of road improvements along Brodie Lane and the future of State Highway 45 SW. Commissioners were set to…

Council discusses transportation plan, approves planning process

Calling traffic congestion one of the Austin’s most pressing problems, Council members instituted a process Thursday to assist city officials in deciding which among the city’s myriad  transportation projects will move to the head of the line when it comes…

Travis County mid-year revenue collections on target

Good news from the Travis County Auditor’s Office: this year’s revenue collections are likely to be very close to, if not in excess of, previous projections. Revenue estimator Blain Keith told commissioners that by the end of March 92.8 percent…

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Council approves Austin Energy’s 2020 Generation Plan

After more than two years of planning, Austin Energy has a Generation Plan for the next decade, approved unanimously by the City Council on Thursday. The new plan builds on the already ambitious mix of renewable energy forecasted for the…

Commissioners approve new hires, land use division

In a split decision, Travis County Commissioners voted 3-2 to spend money from this year’s allocated funds to hire two full-time employees that would head up a new division within the County Attorney’s Office concentrating specifically on county land use…

CAMPO continues debate on toll road funding

Last week Pct. 2 Travis County Commissioner and Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Policy Board Member Sarah Eckhardt sent out a memo to her fellow CAMPO members and commissioners and to CTRMA (Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority) detailing her…

Council splits on decision to hire consultant to recruit firefighters

After a contentious hour-long discussion among Council members, Fire Chief Rhonda Mae Kerr and city staff, Council members approved by a one-vote margin a modified resolution that would allow the fire department to spend $280,000 on a job recruitment specialist…

Council splits on composition of bond review committee

Council members approved a resolution Thursday authorizing a $100 million transportation bond election, but not before some contentious debate over how to name a citizens task force to monitor the process.    The bond, which is not to exceed half…

Travis contemplates state pass-through financing for roads

Travis County Commissioners on Tuesday learned of the latest call from TxDOT for pass-through financing highway projects, setting off debate in the court about the interplay between local and state governments and fiscal responsibility. Pass-through financing plans require public or…

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