Stories by Michael Kanin

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 by Michael Kanin

Opposition continues to stalk progress of WTP4 project’s construction

After decades of debate, work on building Water Treatment Plant 4 for the city of Austin continues to inch forward. The latest progress for the controversial facility came last Thursday when the City Council voted 4-3 to authorize $6 million…

Thursday, February 25, 2010 by Michael Kanin

Council likely to postpone Greenstar vote, opt for executive session

A majority of City Council members tell In Fact Daily they would prefer to postpone today’s scheduled consideration of an extension of the recycling contract with Greenstar (Mid-America Recycling) and discuss the matter in executive session with their attorneys. The…

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 by Michael Kanin

City leaders debate how to spend affordable housing funds

A debate is brewing over what the City of Austin should do with $13 million in funds that are designated “to create or retain affordable housing for low-income (city) residents.” That money is all that remains of a $55 million…

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 by Michael Kanin

City Attorney rejects TDS recycling services proposal

City Attorney David Smith has rejected Texas Disposal Systems’ (TDS) attempt to jump into the bidding to take over city recycling services—even though Smith leaves open the possibility that the city could consider part of TDS’ proposal, which was made…

Thursday, February 18, 2010 by Michael Kanin

Coalition urges support for Austin Energy generation plan

A broad coalition of local businesses, Austinites, and non-profit organizations has announced its support for Austin Energy’s Resource and Climate Protection Plan and the accompanying recommendations made by the Austin Generation Resource Planning Task Force. The group, which united under…

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 by Michael Kanin

Board puts the brakes on Bouldin Creek rental unit

The Board of Adjustment last week denied a Bouldin Creek property owner’s request for a variance that would have allowed him to continue with his plans to construct a dwelling on his lot. With their denial, board members also questioned…

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 by Michael Kanin

Hearings officer gives green light to Greenstar

An independent hearings officer has recommended that the city allow the bid of Greenstar (Mid-America Recycling) to build a new Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) for the city, rejecting the city staff’s contention that Greenstar violated the city’s no lobbying ordinance.…

Thursday, February 11, 2010 by Michael Kanin

TDS pushes city to audit recycling materials handled by Greenstar

Texas Disposal Systems brought its campaign against recycling competitor Greenstar back to the Solid Waste Advisory Commission on Wednesday. This time, the company included a request for the city to audit the composition of the materials that Greenstar has been…

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 by Michael Kanin

TDS tries to unseat rivals with end run around recycling bid process

Texas Disposal Systems has submitted a proposal for the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) after all. Its plan was delivered directly to the Austin City Council and the Solid Waste Advisory Committee just after the deadline for responses to the city’s…

Monday, February 8, 2010 by Michael Kanin

Texas Disposal Systems pulls out of RFP process for recycling plant

As the disqualification of two solid waste service providers stretched into the appeals process Friday, one of the firms facing sanction surprised observers with the announcement that it would not be responding to the request for proposals (RFP) that was…

Thursday, February 4, 2010 by Michael Kanin

City Council to consider memorial to APD officers

The Austin City Council will consider a resolution today allowing the placement of memorials to fallen Austin Police Department (APD) officers, an effort known as the Austin Police Officer Memorial Project, at the site where the officers fell. If Council…

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 by Michael Kanin

County auditor questions proposed changes to courtrooms

The Travis County Commissioners Court could not escape the first phase of its “Strategic Needs Analysis and Facilities Master Plan” without hitting what officials won’t call a hiccup but what could, nonetheless, present an issue for the planned downtown development…

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 by Michael Kanin

Brouhaha over recycling program, allegations continue

Although he was cautious about weighing in on a contract so fraught with controversy, Mayor Lee Leffingwell said Monday that the Purchasing Department’s decision to eliminate two of the most likely bidders to build the proposed city materials recycling facility…

Monday, February 1, 2010 by Michael Kanin

Watson, candidate’s daughter rally University Democrats

It didn’t quite pack the same punch of the State of the Union crowd, but the University of Texas Democrats did get a brush with regional political celebrity as they gathered last week to hear State Senator Kirk Watson and…

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 by Michael Kanin

Travis County Commissioners vote to allow mining project

There were no last-minute reprieves this time for the members of an eastern Travis County community hoping to stall a mining project, as the Travis County Commissioners Court voted 3-2 Tuesday to allow permitting for the project to move forward.…

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 by Michael Kanin

Fish and Wildlife officials nix city’s Barton Springs bypass plan

Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have rejected part of an initiative to repair portions of Barton Springs known as Bypass Option 2b. The plan met with trouble when federal officials realized that by installing limestone blocks to…

Friday, January 22, 2010 by Michael Kanin

Council studies $500,000 in incentives for Hanger Group relocation

Austin’s new, more publicly accessible economic development process was on display Thursday morning as the City Council heard mostly favorable testimony on a proposal that would lead to the incentivized relocation of the headquarters of Hanger Orthopedics Group to a…

Friday, January 22, 2010 by Michael Kanin

Green deconstruction to cost an additional $525,000

Though there is still no official start date for new construction at the Green Water Treatment Plant redevelopment site, developer Perry Lorenz says that the group of investors behind the reworking of the facility is “very close to wrapping up…

Back to Top