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Cole enters mayoral race emphasizing solving problems together

Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole launched her campaign Saturday to become Austin’s first African-American woman Mayor before a crowd of enthusiastic supporters in the front yard of a North University home.   In announcing her candidacy, Cole joins fellow City…

Council members angry over lack of notice on salary overpayment

Members of the Council’s Audit and Finance Committee expressed frustration and disapproval Wednesday over the city’s $239,000 overpayment to a city employee and the failure of City Auditor Kenneth Mory to tell them about it.   Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl…

Travis County Commissioners Court spending for May 27, 2014

Here is a detailed look at how much money Travis County Commissioners spent this week:   ·       Approved $7,500.00 for a County Cash Match grant accompanying a $17,000.00 grant awarded to the Travis County Historical Commission by the U.S. Department…

Council reviews Central Corridor Study’s report on Urban Rail

The Austin City Council got a look Thursday at Project Connect’s Central Corridor Study recommendations for the city’s proposed high-capacity transit line, its initial route and its price tag.   Project leader Kyle Keahey told Council members the study team…

Council spending

Here is a detailed look at how much money the Council spent this week:   ·       $4,500,000 to Stanley Consultants Inc. to provide engineering services for Austin Energy’s Electric Service Delivery. ·       $3,111,207 to Clark Equipment Company DBA Bobcat Company,…

Council sends Auditorium Shores renaming to 90-day vetting process

Austin City Council members sent a proposal to rename a section of Auditorium Shores after late civic leader Vic Mathias to a full 90-day vetting process. The move, debated in front of the friends and family of the former Austin…

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Council makes progress on Vested Rights Ordinance, with work to go

City Council members made some progress on the city’s new Vested Rights Ordinance Thursday, though it seems they are not close to completing their work on the full ordinance.   Council members conditionally passed part of the ordinance unanimously in…

Council members concerned about handling of employee overpayment

Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole and Council Member Bill Spelman, who both sit on the Council’s Audit and Finance Committee, as well as a local attorney with expertise in employment law, have expressed concern over the city’s handling of an…

Travis County Commissioners Court spending for May 20, 2014

Here is a detailed look at how much money Commissioners spent this week:   ·       Approved purchase of an Agilent 7697A Headspace Autosampler/7890Bb Gas Chromatograph (HS/GC) System from Agilent Technologies for $64,871.15. ·       Approved change order No. 3 to contract…

Council members set to go forward with Vested Rights Ordinance

Austin City Council members Tuesday indicated their collective intent to move ahead with a second reading of a contentious new set of grandfathering regulations at their Thursday meeting. Their action could include a vote on a set of proposals from…

Council members approve Lake Austin Overlay, shoreline rules

A new set of zoning regulations known as the Lake Austin Overlay got past its first City Council hurdle Thursday night.   Council voted on first reading to adopt the regulations, with two more to go before the overlay is…

Council spending for May 15, 2014

We at the Monitor are excited to introduce a new feature after every City Council Meeting. Often overlooked, expenditures make up an important part of the nuts and bolts of city government.   Here is a detailed look at expenditures…

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