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Tuesday, November 20, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Ethics Review Commission declines to weigh in on city anti-discrimination and harassment policy

City Council recently asked the Ethics Review Commission to review its proposed amendments to the anti-discrimination/anti-harassment portion of the City Code, which includes language such as “No City official or employee shall engage in conduct or use language that is…

Friday, November 2, 2018 by Jack Craver

At long last, Council approves biosolids contract

On Thursday, City Council put an end to two and a half years of squabbling over a lucrative contract to manage biosolid waste generated by the city water utility.Council voted 10-1 to award the contract to Synagro of Texas-CDR Inc.,…

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council: What to do about boards and commissions?

City Council members seem to all agree that something should be done to make the city’s dozens of citizen boards and commissions more efficient and effective.At a Council work session Tuesday, Council members discussed whether the city should embark on…

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Council plans additional post-mortem review of water crisis

Although last week’s crisis has passed and Austinites once again have clean drinking water in their homes and offices, City Council still has much work to do.In anticipation of the questions that would arrive in the aftermath of the boil…

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Report highlights flaws in city contracting

City auditors found major flaws in how the city manages its contracts, with many of those weaknesses persisting citywide for several years, according to a special report issued this week.Audit Manager Katie Houston told the City Council Audit and Finance…

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

BoA fee adjustments cause high tempers

On Oct. 1 of this year, the Development Services Department enacted a new set of fees for those looking to come before the Board of Adjustment to have the board hear their applications for a code variance.Although increases are to…

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