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TickTock: Austin City Council meeting 1.26.17

Monday, January 30, 2017 by Michael Kanin

TickTock is the sortable transcript of @austinmonitor live Tweets from the most recent Austin City Council meeting.


TickTock for Friday, January 27, 2017


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DanKeshet 1

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Thursday, January 26, 2017 9AM

RT @MKanin: Sadz: No more Kanin live-tweeting #atxcouncil. Gladz: @austinmonitor has you covered. Follow for live updates from today’s meet… January 26, 2017 09:30 AM
All Access Readers! Get a head start on today’s Austin City Council meeting with @JoClifton78704’s TipSheet: #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:45 AM
RT @AustinTechAll: Today’s the first #atxcouncil meeting w/ new Council Members @JimmyFlannigan & @Alison_Alter. Follow @austinmonitor for… January 26, 2017 09:49 AM
Minutes (hopefully) away from the kick off of the first official #ATXCouncil meeting! As per usual, @kathietovo first CM in the chamber. January 26, 2017 09:55 AM
BTW, @JackCraver here, filling in the enormous cowboy boots left by #ATXCouncil tweeter-in-chief @MKanin. Plz, go easy on me. #ATXGov January 26, 2017 09:56 AM
It’s 10 and we got 3 CMs on the dais. Many CMs have voiced hope that meetings this yr will be shorter, faster. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:59 AM

Thursday, January 26, 2017 10AM

Check out our Tip Sheet for what’s going on at the first meeting of the #ATXCouncil: #atxgov January 26, 2017 10:01 AM
Big response to Trump from mayors & law enforcement over threat to deny fed funds to sanctuary cities. In Austin: January 26, 2017 10:07 AM
#ATXCouncil will take up zoning cases at 2 pm today. January 26, 2017 10:11 AM
#ATXCouncil will also be hearing from the Barton Hills Elementary School Choir at 5:30 pm! #atxgov January 26, 2017 10:11 AM
Internet problems…have to rely on my phone! January 26, 2017 10:20 AM
RT @JackCraver: Fitness trainer leading #atxcouncil in morning workout. January 26, 2017 10:20 AM
Items 40, 42 have been pulled. January 26, 2017 10:22 AM
Item 44
Item 44 will be postponed for a week, while they flesh it out a little, says CM Garza. January 26, 2017 10:23 AM
Asst City Manager Mark Washington: 51% of city employees participate in city wellness program #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 10:24 AM
Pulled by public: items 19, 22, 23, 40, 42, 44, 45, 46 January 26, 2017 10:25 AM
Items 18, 24, 25 withdrawn. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 10:26 AM
Item 49
Looks @EllenforAustin is abstaining from items 7, 10 and voting no on item 49, 26, 45. #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 10:28 AM
Now that @DonZimmermanATX & Sheri Gallo are gone, @EllenforAustin only conservative left on dais. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 10:29 AM
Now @EllenforAustin is asking staff over a guitar-shaped bus stop, wondering why “Art in Public Places” $ wasn’t used for it. #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 10:31 AM
City staff says they view guitar-shaped bus stop at airport as “Capital Investment,” not art. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 10:32 AM
CM @EllenforAustin is raising concerns about $546k bus stop at airport shaped like guitar. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 10:33 AM
Item 12
Now @EllenTroxclair concerned about Item 12 … $26 million contract and only one bidder. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 10:34 AM
Item 12
Staff: Seven contractors showed interest in bid on Item 12, but only 1 bid. Many saw project too long, complicated. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 10:35 AM
CM @DGarzaforD2 making statement on #WomensMarch. “I want to thank my colleagues for stepping up” to make it possible. #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 10:38 AM
CM @DGarzaforD2 says “it will be difficult 4 yrs for many of us” and thanks participants of #WomensMarch. Elicits applause. #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 10:39 AM
.@kathietovo recounts getting emails from Austinites who wanted to help re: women’s march. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 10:40 AM
Item 45
Now @EllenforAustin says she has heard from constituents unhappy about Item 45, resolution in support of abortion rights. #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 10:41 AM
CM @LesliePoolATX also celebrates #WomensMarch and says “Women’s Rights are Human Rights.” #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 10:42 AM
.@Oraatx1 says she contributes to @PPGreaterTX & is pro-choice, but has concerns about being “in people’s faces” w/resolution. #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 10:44 AM
.@CM_Renteria says he will support pro-choice resolution, relates story of pregnant granddaughters. Says it is “their decision.” #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 10:45 AM
.@RECA_Austin addressing resolution about impact of demolitions on affordability. More on issue here: #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 10:46 AM
.@RECA_Austin asks #ATXCouncil to consider RECA an ally & resource as it moves toward implementing @ImagineAustin. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 10:48 AM
RT @PointAustin: Houston to abstain from resolution supporting abortion rights, but does not specify amendments she wanted to offer #ATXCou… January 26, 2017 10:49 AM
Gus Pena says #ATXCouncil needs a definition of “affordable housing.” “We have so much hurt out there in community.” #Atxgov January 26, 2017 10:50 AM
Gus Pena: “Mayor, we are not without homeless veterans.” #atxcouncil #atxgov “Do your homework before you demolish anything.” January 26, 2017 10:51 AM
Resolution on demolitions on consent agenda. @kathietovo to include amnt proposed by @GregCasar. More info here: January 26, 2017 10:54 AM
.@GregCasar says “large majority” of #ATXCouncil shares goal to pursue affordable housing, even if they disagree on how sometimes. #atxgov January 26, 2017 10:55 AM
Consent agenda passes unanimously, with @EllenforAustin abstaining & voting no a few items. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 10:56 AM
Item 19
Now Item 19, a pilot program to allow bars on Red River to play live music later into the night. Preview of issue: January 26, 2017 10:57 AM
Mary Ingle says the sound from Red River St music venues “causes suffering” in Waller Creek Basin. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 10:58 AM
She says emails from neighbors complaining about noise should be included in review of music venues. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 10:59 AM

Thursday, January 26, 2017 11AM

Mary Ingle says resolution to allow 85 decibel live music late at night on Red River “rewards bad actors.” #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:00 AM
GM of Hotel Indigo at #ATXCouncil opposed to extended hours of high-volume live music on Red River St. #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:01 AM
Allowing loud music later into night on Red River “would impact my biz tremendously” says GM of Hotel Indigo. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:02 AM
“We are very disappointed that we have not been engaged” by COA over Red River St music pilot program says Hotel Indigo GM. #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 11:03 AM
.@kathietovo notes that Indigo Hotel is paying for a caseworker to deal w/homelessness. #atxgov #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 11:05 AM
.@GregCasar suggests that hotels might be hurt if music venues are shut down. It’s “balance” city must strike. #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 11:06 AM
.@MayorAdler says intent of pilot program is not just to allow more music, but to figure out how to mitigate it w/technology. #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 11:09 AM
.@D5Kitchen concerned the resolution on Red River St pilot program “very broad.” #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:11 AM
.@MayorAdler “Everybody has an incentive” for both residents & music industry to be happy. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:12 AM
.@kathietovo says she will offer amendments to make pilot shorter & require more stakeholder input. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:13 AM
Matthew Stafford of the Hyatt House, hotel to open in April right above Charlie’s House. Not happy about pilot program either. #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 11:15 AM
Hyatt rep says they expect lot of biz from legislators. Do members of #ATXCouncil want legislators to be well-rested? #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:16 AM
David King, prez of Austin Neigh Council, is concerned about “offering carrots first” to music venues. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:17 AM
King: Why don’t we put music mitigation strategies used for ACL etc before allowing extended hrs on Red River. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:18 AM
David King: “What is the measure of success” for the pilot program to allow extended hrs of music on Red River? #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:19 AM
Ross Hamilton of JCI Hospitality –– several hotels –– also at #ATXCouncil w/concerns about pilot allowing more music on Red River. #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:20 AM
Hamilton of JCI Hospitality: Extended live music hrs will have “huge negative impact on our business.” #atxgov #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 11:20 AM
“Our ownership groups have invested close to $100 million” in hotels that will be jeopardized by more noise on Red River. #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 11:22 AM
Ryan Garrett of Stubbs BBQ, at #ATXCouncil in support of Red River extended hours for live music. #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:23 AM
Garrett of Stubbs BBQ: Extending live music hrs on Red River St is great way to create jobs in music industry. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:24 AM
“You’re exposing local musicians to larger audiences,” says Stubbs BBQ GM about pilot for extended live music hrs on Red River. #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 11:25 AM
Stubbs BBQ GM says have essentially eliminated noise complaints after engaging in loan program to implement new sound system. #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 11:27 AM
Neighbor says he deals w/loud music from Stubbs BBQ 20 blocks from site late into the night. #atxgov #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 11:28 AM
Resident says people on 43rd St are affected by noise from Red River St. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:30 AM
Cody Cowan of @mohawkaustin: Extended hours on Red River will create jobs. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:31 AM
Cody Cowan of @mohawkaustin: Additional hours will lead to 8-10% more revenue for music venues on Red River. #atxgov #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 11:31 AM
Cody Cowan of @mohawkaustin says his biz has had 0 noise violations during his 8-yr tenure. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:32 AM
Avowed dog opponent Robert Corbin says young ppl in support of extended music hrs on Red River will be losing their hearing. #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 11:34 AM
Corbin: “When we care so much about health of young ppl, why do we allow them to b exposed to sound that will destroy their hearing?” January 26, 2017 11:35 AM
RT @PointAustin: Houses many blocks north of Red River act as “resonators” for bass sound traveling up Waller Creek; difficult to resolve #… January 26, 2017 11:35 AM
Corbin: Nobody should have right to project sound “beyond their property line” and “terrorize” others. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:36 AM
Red River merchant assoc supports pilot for extended music hrs on Red River. Says will provide econ data to demonstrate positive impact. January 26, 2017 11:39 AM
OK, now #ATXCouncil to debate whether to do 1-yr pilot program to extend live music hrs on Red River St. #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:40 AM
Alex Lopez of Econ Dev Dept says plan is to measure the distance and intensity of sound of music in surrounding area. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:44 AM
Econ Dev Dept: Wants very “granular” analysis of how much $ generated from pilot program goes to local musicians. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:44 AM
Staff: If we see positive econ impacts of extended hrs but also noise complaints, we might recommend more mitigation efforts. #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 11:46 AM
Staff: City will be able to take away extended hrs for venues that are being too loud. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:48 AM
APD has not been asked 4 recommendation on pilot program for extended hours for Red River music venues. That bothers @kathietovo January 26, 2017 11:51 AM
City Manager suggests #ATXCouncil postpone so she can talk w/APD and Econ Dev Dept more on issue. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:52 AM
New CM @Alison_Alter making first comments as CM. Wonders about cost to city of potential increase in public safety issues on Red River. January 26, 2017 11:54 AM
Staff says city can do random, unannounced checks of Red River music venues to make sure they’re abiding by regs. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:54 AM
Staff cites Stubbs as example of how city can gather data & recommend improvements that make things better. #atxgov #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 11:56 AM
Staff: Intent of pilot program is aimed at 5 existing music venues on Red River. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 11:58 AM

Thursday, January 26, 2017 12PM

CM @Alison_Alter says that extending music hours sounds like departure from “agent of change” principle. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 12:00 PM
.@Alison_Alter says she wants postponement on Red River pilot program, says she believes #ATXCouncil can get to a “win-win” #atxgov January 26, 2017 12:01 PM
What We Woke Up To: January 26, 2017 – January 26, 2017 12:04 PM
Neighbor assocs, other businesses & music venues = stakeholders that city will be engaging w/over Red River pilot. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 12:04 PM
CM @LesliePoolATX wants to make sure Austin Neigh Council, “as voice of the neighborhoods” is included in stakeholders. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 12:05 PM
.@kathietovo wants more “intents” to be specified in Red River pilot program. #atxcouncil #atxgov January 26, 2017 12:09 PM
For historic grants program, use-it-or-lose-it process leaves dollars unspent. Read more (via @TheeChad): #atxgov January 26, 2017 12:10 PM
OK, lunch time! #ATXCouncil will take up Red River pilot program again in the PM! #atxgov January 26, 2017 12:11 PM
Whoops, scratch that…looks like #ATXCouncil will talk briefly about Simply Recyling contract before lunch. #atxgov January 26, 2017 12:13 PM
Our quote of the day for Thursday, January 26, 2017. Read more at #atxgov January 26, 2017 12:30 PM

Thursday, January 26, 2017 1PM

Abbott, Trump sanctuary city threats draw vocal local response. Read more (via @AKMcGlinchy & our p’ship w @KUT): January 26, 2017 01:30 PM
O hai, gang. #ATXcouncil is (presumably) minutes away from kicking off the second half of today’s regular meeting. January 26, 2017 01:59 PM

Thursday, January 26, 2017 2PM

Mild stirring on the ol’ dais here at #atxcouncil. #atxgov January 26, 2017 02:07 PM
Item 19
#atxcouncil resumes its meeting. Before getting back to Item 19 (Red River music), we start with consent zoning items. January 26, 2017 02:09 PM
cityjane "@austinmonitor what was the outcome re: @SimplyRecycling ??"
@cityjane @SimplyRecycling They’ve yet to take it up. Should come after they finish the Red River music action. January 26, 2017 02:14 PM
Still working through the zoning consent items. @MayorAdler now offering folks who want to speak to certain items their chance. #atxgov January 26, 2017 02:25 PM
First speaker to take the opportunity, Michele Hausman representing Plaza Saltillo developers. #atxgov January 26, 2017 02:27 PM
austinmonitor "First speaker to take the opportunity, Michele Hausman representing Plaza Saltillo developers. #atxgov"
*Hassman. January 26, 2017 02:27 PM
Plaza Saltillo zoning will be postponed to Feb 9 meeting. Haussman says it gives concerned parties time to learn n’ about rap plans. #atxgov January 26, 2017 02:28 PM
For your planning purposes: Plaza Saltillo rezoning case will go before #atxgov 1st reading Feb. 9, 2nd reading Feb. 16, 3rd reading March 2 January 26, 2017 02:29 PM
.@d3forpio says he’s happy with Plaza Saltillo schedule. #atxgov January 26, 2017 02:32 PM
.@LesliePoolATX speaks to 1301 W. Koenig rezoning case (former dealership next to Dart Bowl). #atxgov January 26, 2017 02:33 PM
Pool wants staff to look for opportunities to mixed-use, affordable housing, and compatibility. #atxgov January 26, 2017 02:33 PM
Item 76
Barge of state has temporarily grounded on postponement date for Item 76, rezoning from SF3 to SF6 at 4507-11 Vinson Dr. in @D3ATX. #atxgov January 26, 2017 02:42 PM
Item 76
Barge unstuck. Developer and neighborhood group (repped by @eraycollins) reach agreement: Item 76 ppd to Feb. 9. #atxgov January 26, 2017 02:43 PM
Item 19
And we’re back to Item 19, the Red River live music pilot program. #atxgov January 26, 2017 02:44 PM
Chief Manley up now to rap about potential costs to APD. #atxgov January 26, 2017 02:48 PM
Manley: It will have an impact, but gonna need time to figure out how big of an impact. #atxgov January 26, 2017 02:48 PM
Manley requests sound curfew going from 1:30 to 1am, six-month trial period. #atxgov January 26, 2017 02:49 PM
MPT Tovo says current proposal includes automatic six-month review. #atxgov January 26, 2017 02:50 PM
Looks like new staff recommendations incorporate ideas from Tovo and CM Alter. Staff now clarifying the fresh proposals. #atxgov January 26, 2017 02:52 PM
Staff recommends pilot to run May 1 thru Nov 1, with an Oct 19 agenda item to consider extending it another six months. #atxgov January 26, 2017 02:53 PM
CM Troxclair wants to ensure that venue owners were included in lunchtime conversations to polish the recommendations. #atxgov January 26, 2017 02:57 PM
Alter questions whether language regarding longer curfew during spring season should be kept in if it expires in Nov. #atxgov January 26, 2017 02:58 PM
Adler says let’s keep it in there just in case we renew in November and forget to add that language back in. #atxgov January 26, 2017 02:59 PM

Thursday, January 26, 2017 3PM

Troxclair invites Hyatt rep to speak just before the vote. He signals continued umbrage. “We firmly object” to later music hours. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:03 PM
Rep is Ross Hamilton of JCI Hospitality. He claims hotels were left out of discussions involving city, venues, residents. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:05 PM
Planning Commission recommends Council negotiate MUD consent agreement. Read more: #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:05 PM
Hamilton says he still opposes the ordinances. MPT Tovo encourages hotel groups to collect data for renewal talks 6 months from now. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:06 PM
CM Flannigan questions whether special complaint hotline created in pilot is duplicative of 311. January 26, 2017 03:08 PM
Flannigan worries that pilot is being set up for failure. Concerns aired today will poison data to be reviewed in October, says he. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:09 PM
CM Garza: I have concerns about pilot programs like this. Says it reminds her of “the TNC thing.” #atgov January 26, 2017 03:11 PM
Garza worries the program will create jobs for six months but complaints will kill it, leaving naught but blame n’ ill feelings for #atxgov. January 26, 2017 03:12 PM
CM Casar says he sees the pilot as a way to explore balance between residents’ quality of life while nurturing live music. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:17 PM
CM Houston: “Didn’t we start short-term rentals as a pilot? Look where that got us!” #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:18 PM
Alter asserts that she will be keeping an eye on pilot’s direct benefit to musicians and other industry workers. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:21 PM
Adler signals voting time, but MPT Tovo sneaks in final comments. Her “uppermost concern” is residents in n’hoods north of downtown. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:22 PM
Item 19
Item 19 passes 9-1-1, Houston opposed, Garza abstaining. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:23 PM
Item 22
Onwards to Item 22: Resolution supporting Austin Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:25 PM
Flyovers on hold after CTRMA, TxDOT spat. Read more (via @cubbie9000): #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:30 PM
Item 22
First speaker on Item 22, avowed dog disapprover Robert ‘Crocodile’ Corbin says he disapproves of dogs. Specifically dogs in parks. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:31 PM
Council unanimously approves Items 22 and 23. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:34 PM
Item 37
Item 37 now, a raft of nominations to boards n’ commissions. CM Pool raises objections to Flannigan’s pick for Enviro Commission. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:38 PM
Pool’s concerns stem from Lawrence Jacobi’s ties to the nuclear industry. Wants to ppd for more information. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:39 PM
Flannigan vigorously defends Jacobi but says he will accede to balance of Council. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:41 PM
Flannigan refuses to withdraw his nomination. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:44 PM
Two speakers, incl. Sierra Club’s Roy Waley asks for rejection of Jacobi. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:44 PM
Pool offers sub motion to pass raft of nominees except Jacobi. Alter seconds. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:45 PM
Clarifying on the dais now that the motion is to approve all other nominees but take no action on (rather than reject) Jacobi. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:47 PM
Kitchen airs concerns but says she’s against ppd on Jacobi. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:48 PM
Flannigan again airs his preference for an up or down vote. Says if there is a ppd, he will withdraw Jacobi’s nomination. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:49 PM
Disco. January 26, 2017 03:50 PM
Troxclair: “Diversity of thought is okay.” She asks Pool whether the D7 rep has spoken to Jacobi. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:51 PM
Pool responds that she just saw his name on the list today and looked at his website: (h/t @DanKeshet). #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:52 PM
Adler says, “This is a hard one.” Harkens back to 10-1’s original dais discussions about nominating theory. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:54 PM
Adler says CMs should have prerogative to request more time to examine each other’s nominees. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:56 PM
CM Renteria: “I don’t think anything good is gonna come out of this delay.” Sides with up-or-down vote. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:57 PM
Casar notes he likely disagrees w/ Jacobi on certain principles, but no info yet that he’s “unfit to serve or antithetical” to job. #atxgov January 26, 2017 03:59 PM

Thursday, January 26, 2017 4PM

CM Houston is uncomfortable talking about Jacobi since he’s not here. Says she puts her trust in Flannigan’s judgment. #atxgov January 26, 2017 04:00 PM
Council votes to postpone Jacobi’s nomination. Unanimously approves the rest of the slate. #atxgov January 26, 2017 04:03 PM
Item 40
Council approves Item 40 (11-0), activating the Music n’ Creative Ecosystem Omnibus. Mas, via @TheeChad: #atxgov January 26, 2017 04:11 PM
Item 42
Council moves to Item 42, textile recycling. According to @JackCraver, it sounds drier than it actually is: #atxgov January 26, 2017 04:13 PM
cityjane "@austinmonitor what was the outcome re: @SimplyRecycling ??"
@cityjane @SimplyRecycling It’s on right now. January 26, 2017 04:14 PM
Rep from Simple Recycling is up now with a Powerpoint presentation. Says he wants city to focus on *all* options for ATX residents. #atxgov January 26, 2017 04:18 PM
Gonna go through other speakers now. First up is a @D10ATX woman who wants to keep contract with Simple Recycling. #atxgov January 26, 2017 04:20 PM
Salvation Army’s Jan Gunter now up. Says there was an apparent agreement to ppd item, but Simple Recycling changed their minds. #atxgov January 26, 2017 04:23 PM
Gunter says Simple Recycling’s curbside pickup of old clothes is cutting in to SA’s operations, hurting local customers. #atxgov January 26, 2017 04:25 PM
HOT dollars in historic grants program go unspent. Read more (via @TheeChad): #atxgov January 26, 2017 04:30 PM
Troxclair asks why we’re talking about this if parties are cool with ppd. Mayor says we already started and now we can’t stop. #atxgov January 26, 2017 04:31 PM
That distant booming you hear from wherever you are is @andrewdobbstx testifying before Council right now. #atxgov January 26, 2017 04:32 PM
.@andrewdobbstx: “The bottom line is… we cannot drive these people (Simple Recycling) out of business.” #atxgov January 26, 2017 04:34 PM
.@andrewdobbstx is also keen on finding a solution that satisfies nonprofits like Salvation Army and Goodwill. #atxgov January 26, 2017 04:35 PM
Speaking of Goodwill, the outfit’s rep now up. She complains of giving a “for-profit company from Ohio” curbside pickup privilege. #atxgov January 26, 2017 04:37 PM
Goodwill rep also says they’ve seen a 1.5% drop in donations in the months since Simple Recycling hit the ground. #atxgov January 26, 2017 04:37 PM
Discussion of textile recycling briefly disrupted by reporter’s ringing cell phone. Scowls across the chambers. Discussion resumes. #atxgov January 26, 2017 04:44 PM
Garza says she wants a compromise to keep SR and please nonprofits. Suggests problem for nonprofits is marketing to public. #atxgov January 26, 2017 04:45 PM
Kathy Hurwitz from the Assistance League up now. She acknowledges her group is the “little dog” among the nonprofits. #atxgov January 26, 2017 04:46 PM
Hurwitz: Our org “lives or dies on donations.” Donations that Simple Recycling is picking up, she adds. #atxgov January 26, 2017 04:47 PM
SomewhereinATX "@austinmonitor"
@SomewhereinATX cc @JeffStensland January 26, 2017 04:48 PM
Goodwill Austin COO takes the lectern. Cites unanimity of opposition among nonprofits against “for-profit co. from Dayton, Ohio.” #atxgov January 26, 2017 04:52 PM
.@muelleratx Simple Recycling. Curbside clothes recyclers. January 26, 2017 04:55 PM
Speakers are done. Adler acknowledges that every speaker asked for a one-week ppd. Gets a motion and a second on that. #atxgov January 26, 2017 04:56 PM

Thursday, January 26, 2017 5PM

Troxclair: “I don’t often speak for everyone on the dais…” But, she says, nonprofits play an irreplaceable role in the community. #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:00 PM
Troxclair said that, as is, she would vote to cancel Simple Recycling’s contract. Wants to see substantial compromise next week. #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:01 PM
MPT Tovo “wants to underscore what CM Troxclair said.” Says it’s hard for her to see herself not cancelling SR’s contract. #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:02 PM
Renteria warns of implications of breaking commitments in contracts. #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:03 PM
No enemy of compromise, Mayor Adler says his preferred option is to preserve contract while keeping nonprofits happy. #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:04 PM
Item 40
Council votes 11-0 to ppd Item 40 for a week. #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:05 PM
Item 50
Moving to Item 50, approval of the Parkland Events Task Force’s 70-page final report. #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:07 PM
Alter: “It’s really important that we as a council recognize enormous amount of work that went into this report.” #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:09 PM
Alter says she’ll bring a resolution next week with directives to staff regarding the report’s recommendations. #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:11 PM
Hey, look! @TheeChad wrote about the Parkland Events Task Force in December: #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:12 PM
On Pool’s motion and Alter’s second, Council votes 11-0 to approve Parkland Events Task Force’s final report. #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:14 PM
Item 51
Adler now seeking ppd of Item 51, an annexation item. 246 acres just south of Wells Branch Pkwy. #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:15 PM
Citing ongoing PID negotiations with developer, Casar says he’s happy to support ppd. #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:17 PM
CM Houston notes that the PID negotiations Casar mention are between the developer and #TravCo, not the city. #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:18 PM
Tovo raises concerns about the PID and possible affordable housing. Points out that AH costs in PIDs are covered by PID residents. #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:23 PM
Whereas, generally AH inside city limits is paid for by city at large. #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:23 PM
Adler reiterates his request to establish a PID policy. Expresses frustration at handling these annexation cases on an ad hoc basis. #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:25 PM
Alter asks about the costs of the potential annexation. Staff says “it’s a revenue neutral analysis.” #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:27 PM
Greg Guernsey points out that the developer will cover cost of infrastructure and that maintenance will be low for first 30 years. #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:27 PM
CM Houston says that annexation “makes for sprawl.” Decries lack of transit on the edge of town. #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:28 PM
Houston, cont’d: Existing infrastructure is failing. Annexations are taking scarce maintenance resources. #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:30 PM
MUD deal coming for Moore’s Crossing? Read more: #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:30 PM
Guernsey says whether the land is annexed or not, they will likely be developed n’ those residents are gonna use city resources. #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:32 PM
Flannigan wants ppd to focus on “comprehensive annexation policy.” #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:33 PM
Guernsey asks Adler to clarify that this was an “indefinite postponement.” #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:34 PM
We now move into the live music section of today’s meeting. Your diligent Moniteers are heading to dinner. Back at 6:45. #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:36 PM
Item 51
CORRECTION: Final vote on Item 51 was 10-1, Tovo the lone no. #atxgov January 26, 2017 05:37 PM
DanKeshet "@austinmonitor Umm.."
@DanKeshet What’s the matter, Daniel? January 26, 2017 05:38 PM

Thursday, January 26, 2017 6PM

Dinners scarfed, Council resumes. #atxgov January 26, 2017 06:49 PM
First item is 46: Nixing supermajority req. for Historic Landmark Commission to endorse historic zoning over owner’s objection. #atxgov January 26, 2017 06:51 PM
Hey, look! @JoClifton78704 wrote about this very issue! #atxgov January 26, 2017 06:52 PM
Important clarification: The item here would only initiate the process to amend the code to remove the supermajority requirement. #atxgov January 26, 2017 06:53 PM
First speaker, ANC President David King, urges a yes vote here. #atxgov January 26, 2017 06:54 PM
Next speaker is a former leader of Preservation Austin. Says a simple majority at HLC should be needed for Council’s consideration. #atxgov January 26, 2017 06:57 PM
Now Preservation Austin’s executive director Kate Singleton is up. Claims no other city has supermajority requirement for HLCs. #atxgov January 26, 2017 06:58 PM

Thursday, January 26, 2017 7PM

Now up: Glen Coleman, repping the Homebuilders’ Association. Wants a ppd or look at alternative HLC members to help w/ absenteeism. #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:03 PM
Next speaker says he moved to Austin in 1991. Liked the amount of history then. Says there’s less history now. #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:05 PM
Speaker holds a his yellowing copy of Jacobs’ “Death and Life of Great American Cities.” Cites its argument for older housing stock. #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:07 PM
MPT Tovo moves approval. “We ought to have ability to review cases that majority of HLC indicate meet criteria.” #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:09 PM
Tovo says her review found that many cases supported by staff and residents lost zoning recommendation due to one or two HLC members #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:12 PM
Alter distills Tovo: Staff recommends historic zoning, majority of HLC approves, but no supermajority, thus demo w/o Council review. #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:13 PM
Staff points out that if HLC recommends historic zoning over owner’s objection, it still needs 3/4 approval from Council. #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:16 PM
We’re now reviewing slides of recent cases to come out of HLC. Among them, the Montopolis Negro School. #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:19 PM
Tovo invites Historic Preservation Officer Steve Sadowski to comment on these three cases. #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:20 PM
Sadwoski sings of each home’s historic virtues. #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:23 PM
Each of the homes came up short of the necessary 8 votes at HLC by one or two votes. Adler notes that absenteeism was a big culprit. #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:25 PM
CM Houston suggests fee to start historic zoning plus HLC members’ behavior forestalls some preservation. #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:30 PM
Spending time here talking about how to help homeowners initiate historic zoning (this item is about zoning over their objections). #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:33 PM
Back on track now. Flannigan asks about HLC’s volume. Sadowsky, laughs: “It is a very busy commission!” #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:35 PM
Sadowsky says “in the vast majority” of cases, HLC recommends okaying demolition. #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:36 PM
Flannigan: “I’m very hesitant about changing rules on commissions.” Also notes that HLC membership will change soon. #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:36 PM
Further, Flannigan notes we’re on the eve of CodeNEXT. Raises concerns about changing land use rules right now. #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:37 PM
To some chuckles, Tovo says she appreciates that new HLC commissioners are coming. But adds that absences could still be problemo. #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:38 PM
Tovo insists on setting a system in place to make it such that one or two commissioners can’t hijack the process. #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:40 PM
Garza admits to being torn. Wants to protect against one or two rogue HLC cats. But also worries that Sadowski has too much power. #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:44 PM
Before cases go to HLC, they all go before Sadowski. He then picks and chooses which have ‘potential’ for historic zoning. #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:45 PM
Adler says he’s leaning towards voting for initiating code change. Adds that he has no idea how he’ll vote when/if it comes back. #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:51 PM
Alter, a former Parks Commissioner, asks Council to consider commissioners’ perspective. #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:52 PM
Alter says it’s demoralizing to any commissioner who works hard only to see Council ignore recommendations. #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:53 PM
Alter suggests HLC members have it even harder because a majority could support historic zoning and it wouldn’t even get to Council. #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:54 PM
Item 46
And Item 46 passes, 9-2. Troxclair and Garza voting no. #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:56 PM
juliogatx "@austinmonitor What is the total annual HLC case volume? Are we talking about thousands of units demolished that HLC could stop? Or dozens?"
@juliogatx More than 900, including partial demolitions. January 26, 2017 07:57 PM
Item 79
Council now takes up Item 79, rezoning of 7901 FM 2222. Owner wants to build an office. #atxgov January 26, 2017 07:59 PM

Thursday, January 26, 2017 8PM

Or rather, owner wants to put in a music school. #atxgov

(tweets may be spotty for a few moments while we commit… January 26, 2017 08:10 PM

Item 79
Back in action! Item 79 just passed, 7-4. Alter, Tovo, Pool, Kitchen opposed. #atxgov January 26, 2017 08:46 PM
Item 80
Item 80 time. Rezoning of 4714 S. Congress Ave. Owner wants to go from mixed-use to vertical mixed-use. #atxgov January 26, 2017 08:47 PM

P&Z Dir. Guernsey says site can currently take up to 153 housing units. Change would allow 253. #atxgov January 26, 2017 08:48 PM
Applicant’s representative notes that VMU doesn’t increase existing 60′ building height. Only the density increases. #atxgov January 26, 2017 08:49 PM
70mm letterbox look at the current occupant of the property. #atxgov January 26, 2017 08:51 PM
RT @JimmyFlannigan: “Asking for a height variance is a tall order” may be my favorite line of the night #atxcouncil January 26, 2017 08:52 PM
South Congress Combined N’Hood Contact Team Chair Mario Cantu now takes the lectern. #atxgov January 26, 2017 08:55 PM
Cantu starts his six minutes with a slide show illustrating Austin concerns. Homelessness, public safety, flooding, etc. #atxgov January 26, 2017 08:57 PM
Flooding, in fact, proving to be the prevailing theme here. #atxgov January 26, 2017 08:58 PM

Thursday, January 26, 2017 9PM

Cantu also mentioned affordable housing concerns. #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:01 PM
Another resident of the S. Congress combined area now up. Asks for rejection of requested change. #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:03 PM
He says project doesn’t help S. Congress Combined plan’s goal of mixed use on corridor because S. Congress already has mixed use. #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:05 PM
Speaker’s slide suggests extra traffic from development will “pour gasoline on fire.” #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:06 PM
Done with speakers. Applicant’s rep up now for closing remarks. #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:08 PM
Rep says new development will require retention pond that doesn’t currently exist. Also will have fewer car trips. #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:09 PM
Rep also says developer is offering 10% of units at 60% MFI, better than is required. #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:12 PM
Renteria moves approval with affordability and height conditions. Pool seconds. #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:14 PM
Garza addresses traffic concerns. Notes that 801 is on Congress. Says the hope is that residents of corridor VMUs utilize transit. #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:18 PM
Item 80
First reading of Item 80 is approved unanimously. #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:22 PM
Item 82
We’re on the last item of the night, Item 82. Rezoning of 4411 S. Congress Ave. Another request to go from MU to VMU. #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:29 PM
Owner is up now. Says the V can give him an extra ~60 units on top of the ~150 he can build now. 23 would be, he says, “affordable.” #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:30 PM
Says he wants to do 5% of units at 60% MFI and 5% of units at 80%.
January 26, 2017 09:31 PM
Tovo asks owner to explain the numbers. We just got a bunch of math. Everyone at the media table is dizzy. #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:33 PM
Alter asks for more information about what the market rate for housing is in the specific neighborhood. #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:38 PM
Alter wants to know how it compares to 80% of citywide MFI. #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:38 PM
Owner says market rate is $1,400, whereas 80% would be $1,000. #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:39 PM
Cantu of the contact team is back up. Says all parties have to be consistent: City, contact teams, developers. #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:40 PM
Cantu points to project under this item and its differences w/ similar project across the street (discussed in the preceding item) #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:41 PM
Cantu warns of strains new development puts on infrastructure. #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:43 PM
Cantu now links ‘compact and connected’ idea of Imagine Austin to teen suicides, asthma, Houston flooding. #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:44 PM
Last speaker asks Council to at least ask the developer to donate to improvements for area park. #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:46 PM
Garza commiserates with residents who want more affordable housing. Says before she was elected she wanted Council to do more, too. #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:48 PM
Garza concedes now though that Council cannot legally get more than requirements set by law. #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:49 PM
Kitchen requests staff look into and report back on watershed issues on this property and previous item’s before second reading. #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:50 PM
Someone just burped into a microphone. #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:52 PM
RT @TopherJNeely: I can vouch for this. Everyone on the dais oddly played it cool though, didn’t skip a beat #atxcouncil… January 26, 2017 09:54 PM
Item 82
Renteria moves approval of Item 82, with a few conditions re: affordability. Pool offers height amendment (“60′ from ground-up”). #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:55 PM
Item 82
Item 82 is approved on first reading. 8-2, Tov and Alter opposed, Casar of the dais. #atxgov January 26, 2017 09:57 PM

Thursday, January 26, 2017 10PM

And that’s it, gang. Thanks for tuning in. Dig our team’s crack coverage of today’s fun in tomorrow’s #atxgov January 26, 2017 10:00 PM

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