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TickTock: Austin City Council meeting 12.8.16

Monday, December 12, 2016 by Michael Kanin

TickTock for Monday, December 12, 2016

Participants:

MKanin 115

DanKeshet 1

cubbie9000 1

Thursday, December 08, 2016 9AM

Checking in from #atxcouncil, where we’re set to chat re spay/neuter policies, Library cost overruns, CMgr search, & AISD property #atxgov December 08, 2016 09:56 AM

Thursday, December 08, 2016 10AM

looks like the floodplain variance hearing for 1000 N. Lamar will be ppd until next week #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:03 AM
as @lizpagano notes in her TipSheet, the Library item, the CMgr search, December 08, 2016 10:07 AM
cubbie9000 "@MKanin Any reason?"
@cubbie9000 no reason stated yet December 08, 2016 10:20 AM
DanKeshet "@cubbie9000 @MKanin This is the #TravCo site? Has it already been sold, or sale pending this hearing?"
@DanKeshet @cubbie9000 dont think this is a sale (yet)? Just a floodplain variance hearing December 08, 2016 10:21 AM
#atxcouncil kicks off #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:21 AM
Seems @DGarzaforD2 will try to w.draw the spay/neuter item #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:22 AM
and @d5kitchen will pull 12 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:22 AM
RT @cubbie9000: @MKanin @DanKeshet No, #TravCo sold it last year. Part of larger liquidation of properties to absorb expected courthouse co… December 08, 2016 10:23 AM
#atxcouncil pulls 2, 3, 8, 9, 11, 12 #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:25 AM
Item 49
also, item 49 is withdrawn #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:30 AM
Item 2
and #atxcouncil withdraws item 2 (spay.neuter) as part of its consent agenda #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:33 AM
also: MPT @kathietovo is at an international event and will not be on the dais in #atxcouncil chambers #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:34 AM
Item 17
now onto consent zoning. item 17 will be ppd until 12/15 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:35 AM
Item 18
item 18 will be ppd until 12/15 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:35 AM
Item 19
item 19 will be ppd until 12/15 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:35 AM
Item 20
item 20 will be consent approval on 2 & 3 readings #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:35 AM
Item 21
item 21 will be consent 2 & 3 approval #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:36 AM
Item 22
item 22 will be consent approval on 2 & 3 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:36 AM
Item 23
item 23 will be consent approval on 2 & 3 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:36 AM
Item 24
item 24 is consent approval #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:36 AM
Item 25
item 25 is ppd until 1/26/17 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:37 AM
Item 26
item 26 will be ppd until 1/26.17 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:37 AM
Item 27
item 27 will be ppd until 1/26/17 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:37 AM
Item 28
item 28 will be ppd until 1/26/17 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:38 AM
Item 29
item 29 will be ppd until 1/26/17 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:38 AM
Item 30
item 30 will be ppd until 12/15 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:38 AM
Item 31
item 31 will be ppd until 12/15 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:38 AM
Item 32
item 32 will be ppd until 1/26/17 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:38 AM
Item 33
item 33 will be ppd until 1/26/17 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:39 AM
Item 34
item 34 will be ppd until 1/26 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:39 AM
Item 35
item 35 will be ppd until 12/15 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:39 AM
Item 36
item 36 will be ppd until 1/26/17 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:40 AM
Item 37
item 37 will be consent on all three readings #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:40 AM
Item 39
item 39 will be consent on all 3 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:40 AM
cx: this will be ppd until 1/26 #atxcouncil #atxgov https://t.co/BQRznuZodW December 08, 2016 10:41 AM
Item 40
item 40 will be ppd until 1/26/17 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:41 AM
Item 41
item 41 will be consent all 3 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:41 AM
Item 42
item 42 will be consent on all 3 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:41 AM
Item 43
item 43 will be ppd until 1/26/17 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:42 AM
Item 44
item 44 will be consent on all 3 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:42 AM
Item 46
item 46 will be consent all 3 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:42 AM
Item 47
item 47 will be consent all 3 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:43 AM
Item 48
item 48 will be consent all 3 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:43 AM
with that, we clear the decks on zoning for today #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:43 AM
consent zoning passes, yeas: 10 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:46 AM
Item 2
we move along to item 2. 2 is for $5+ more million for #atxgov’s new central library #atxcouncil December 08, 2016 10:47 AM
more on the library costs items here: https://t.co/bit2pHzxxI #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:48 AM
@DonZimmermanATX notes bond was approved in ’06. wonders why we’re getting new costs now #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:49 AM
@DonZimmermanATX keys in on ’06 bond language. objects to what he casts as misleading idea that library would cost $90m #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:51 AM
staff: budget in ’10 set initial budget at $120m; that means only $6m over original budget #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:51 AM
@DonZimmermanATX objects to idea that $120m is the budget #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:52 AM
@MayorAdler notes that community, “acting through their” reps, wanted additional things in libary #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:53 AM
@DonZimmermanATX continues to hammer away. still hates ’06 bond language #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:54 AM
@DonZimmermanATX also disagrees w idea that vote of #atxcouncil is equivalent to vote of citizens #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:54 AM
still, new library funding passes. yeas: 8 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:55 AM
nays: @EllenforAustin @DonZimmermanATX #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:55 AM
staff reminds #atxcouncil that central library is “trunk” of system that will improve everything, down to neighborhood branches #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:57 AM
Item 8
#atxcouncil moves along to item 8. 8 would look at AISD land to use for affordable housing #atxgov December 08, 2016 10:59 AM

Thursday, December 08, 2016 11AM

@SheriGalloD10 worried about having to pay market rates for property in question here, and how that might be funded #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:00 AM
notion of GO bonds floated here #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:00 AM
#atxcouncil doing a bit of dancing around pricing and specific properties. #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:02 AM
@D5Kitchen will support here, but wants to hear from bond committee about using GOs #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:02 AM
that seems it’ll happen #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:03 AM
@SheriGalloD10 now trying to figure out where funding for all this would come from. #atxcouncil still has to be delicate here #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:04 AM
staff: funds could come from GOs, housing trust fund, other sources #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:04 AM
ACM Lumbreras says funding source up to staff, but will go to committee, #atxcouncil for approval #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:05 AM
@SheriGalloD10 worries about execution portion of agreement here, without clarity on funding #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:06 AM
NHCD staff has been involved here, and that seems to reassure @sherig December 08, 2016 11:07 AM
oops that was @SheriGalloD10 https://t.co/KEnNz1jfbT December 08, 2016 11:08 AM
and 8 passes. @DonZimmermanATX votes no, still hates affordable housing #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:08 AM
Item 9
#atxcouncil moves along to item 9. this is the item for the CMgr search #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:08 AM
as @JoClifton78704 first reported, there is some concern about how big 4 search firms left off of CMgr search process #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:09 AM
that story is here: https://t.co/GG8CnlPPJQ #atxcouncil #atxgov https://t.co/RbKmN6d0dQ December 08, 2016 11:10 AM
RT @PointAustin: If we don’t watch out, growth will get out of hand . . . #willcookseysaveaustin #atxcouncil https://t.co/XQxxNsg40Z December 08, 2016 11:12 AM
staff has been working an angle here. seems some questions need to be answered still (says @MayorAdler) #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:14 AM
staff: preferred vendor doesn’t want to try the use the big firm as a subcontractor thing. others probably won’t either #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:18 AM
legal suggests that #atxcouncil might want to w.draw current solicitation so it can move ahead. #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:21 AM
Purchasing also suggests setting CMgr search solicitation aside. #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:22 AM
@EllenforAustin: what are you going to bring back to us? #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:24 AM
staff: we’d gauge interest, bring proposals back to #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:25 AM
and, just in case we’d missed it, staff notes that this whole thing is “pretty uncharted territory” #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:26 AM
@MayorAdler suggests #atxcouncil could hear more about all this at its retreat, in mid-January #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:28 AM
@SheriGalloD10 wants to see “two, to three, to four” of top applicants for CMgr position #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:29 AM
@SheriGalloD10 underscoring critical role of CMgr here #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:29 AM
@MayorAdler was “real impressed” with initial selection of firm here, not after staff about it, looking for more options #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:30 AM
#atxcouncil moves along to #citcom on CMgr search #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:31 AM
rep from firm selected by staff up to try and convince #atxcouncil to move ahead with them #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:31 AM
firm is Ralph Anderson & Assoc. rep notes that #atxgov is a current client (DPW head search) #atxcouncil December 08, 2016 11:32 AM
RA&assoc rep heads to correct what he calls a “misconception,” that they would be limited to public sector search #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:33 AM
@MayorAdler: “have you worked w cities…where applicant does not come from public sector?” #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:35 AM
RA&assoc rep: there are advantages and disadvantages there, would be part of dialogue w #atxgov #atxcouncil December 08, 2016 11:36 AM
@MayorAdler presses. wonders if firm could find #atxgov could find top candidates in both private and public sectors #atxcouncil December 08, 2016 11:37 AM
basic question here: does this firm have the rolodex to do the job. RA&Assoc rep says they could do the job #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:38 AM
@DonZimmermanATX objects to “about us” for RA&assoc he argues would have firm looking out for best interests of #atxgov #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:40 AM
RT @kathietovo: @cubbie9000: actually, it’s fascinating 2 be here to talk about Austin’s work and to learn about open govt efforts around t… December 08, 2016 11:41 AM
Mike Hebert up. Urges #atxcouncil to “follow advice of Adm. Bob Inman,” who argues for big 4 firm #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:42 AM
@MayorAdler wonders whether to reject process or ppd here #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:48 AM
Interim CMgr Elaine Hart prefers that #atxcouncil close RFQ, move ahead in another fashion #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:50 AM
@LesliePoolATX moves close of process #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:51 AM
@DonZimmermanATX: what is the difference btwn close and reject? #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:52 AM
CMgr: RFQ was to identify qualifications, this would close process and begin a new one #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:52 AM
close of this CMgr search process passes. yeas: 10 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:53 AM
and so, #atxcouncil will move in some new TBD direction on CMgr search #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:54 AM
#atxcouncil moves to do commission appointments item, trying to do it quickly #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:54 AM
@MayorAdler adding his nominee as is @EllenforAustin to bond election advisory task force #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:55 AM
appointments pass #atxcouncil #atxgov yeas: 10 December 08, 2016 11:56 AM
@D5Kitchen now into bylaws changes on Env Commission, would add a flood/drainage subcommittee #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:56 AM
that committee would handle flood mitigation task force items #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:57 AM
would also make some flood mitigation task force members nonvoting ex-officio members of subcommittee #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 11:58 AM
RT @austinmonitor: Grove affordable housing plan explained (via @JoClifton78704) #atxgov https://t.co/XiksJopsqT December 08, 2016 11:58 AM

Thursday, December 08, 2016 12PM

Environmental Commission chair Marisa Perales up. Welcomes change pitched by @D5Kitchen #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 12:07 PM
@DonZimmermanATX wonders whether there would be a budget impact here. staff: no. #atxcuncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 12:08 PM
12 passes. yeas: 10 #atxcouncil #atxgov December 08, 2016 12:09 PM
with that, #atxcouncil moves along to #citcom, and yr @austinmonitor team heads lunch. #atxgov December 08, 2016 12:09 PM

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