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TickTock: Austin City Council Meeting 3.31.2016

Monday, April 4, 2016 by Michael Kanin

TickTock is the sortable-by-item-number transcript of Austin Monitor publisher Mike Kanin’s Twitter feed from City Council. Click on the item number to scroll to the corresponding tweets.

ITEMS

Tick Tock

Participants:

MKanin 118
lubomudrov 1
cubbie9000 1
LegiSteve 1

Thursday, March 31, 2016 9AM

Checking in from #atxcouncil where we’re hoping for a maybe short-ish meeting? Maybe? #atxgov #nojinx! March 31, 2016 09:49 AM
Checking in from #atxcouncil where we’re hoping for a maybe short-ish meeting? Maybe? #atxgov #nojinx! March 31, 2016 09:49 AM
For All Access readers who missed, (we posted late) here is @lizpagano ‘s TipSheet for today’s #atxcouncil meeting. https://t.co/O3bVIFZOtU March 31, 2016 09:50 AM
LegiSteve "@MKanin Under 7 hours?"
@LegiSteve heres hoping! March 31, 2016 09:54 AM

Thursday, March 31, 2016 10AM

MPT @kathietovo will chair today’s #atxcouncil meeting. and we’re underway #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:02 AM
Item 16
item 16 will be ppd. 16 is the campaign finance reform issue #atxcouncil #atxgov ppd to 4/7 March 31, 2016 10:09 AM
.@MayorAdler requests ppd of #atxgov nomination to Lone Star Rail board #atxcouncil this may be why: https://t.co/7qyxHpayXg March 31, 2016 10:10 AM
#atxcouncil will also ppd items 63, 64, 65 #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:11 AM
pulled items: 4, 11, 13, 19, 20, 21, 44, 51 #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:12 AM
Item 51
item 51 seems headed for a ppd #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:12 AM
Item 55
David King will speak on item 55, an alcohol waiver for a Taco Bell? that is close to a school #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:14 AM
King pushing #atxcouncil to not even set the hearing, or, barring that, set consistent criteria for such waivers #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:14 AM
Item 29
oops add item 29 to the items pulled #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:15 AM
and 51 will be ppd as part of consent (5.9) #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:16 AM
consent passes w many abstentions and nos from CMs. yeas: 10 #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:19 AM
off the dais: @MayorAdler #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:19 AM
#atxcouncil now ppd items 57 and 58. #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:19 AM
Item 4
#atxcouncil moves along to item 4. 4 is wastewater line construction, pulled by @DonZimmermanATX #atxcouncil March 31, 2016 10:20 AM
Item 4
#atxcouncil moves along to item 4. 4 is wastewater line construction, pulled by @DonZimmermanATX #atxcouncil March 31, 2016 10:20 AM
.@DonZimmermanATX couldn’t find agreement that details repayment plan here. calls situation “very unusual” #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:21 AM
.@DonZimmermanATX objects to ARR making payments for cost recovery over 20 years #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:22 AM
staff admits this is abnormal. @DonZimmermanATX casts this as “diverting money” worries about long tail #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:26 AM
4 passes. yeas: 7 #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:26 AM
nays: 2 @DonZimmermanATX @EllenforAustin #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:26 AM
abstain: @Oraatx1 #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:27 AM
Item 11
we move along to item 11. @DonZimmermanATX pulled for concerns over single bid #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:27 AM
staff: reached out to all who received bid docs but didn’t bid. heard from contractors timing, too much work applied #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:28 AM
.@DonZimmermanATX pushing for delay for more bids. #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:29 AM
staff: we’ve extended bidding time. argues that this work is “very…specialized” #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:30 AM
we’re into water capacity, pop growth, as @DonZimmermanATX implies that we should just retire Davis facility. #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:33 AM
staff: we were waiting on the completion of plant 4 to complete repairs on other plants. couldn’t do it w.out new plant #atxcouncol #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:34 AM
11 passes yeas: 9 #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:35 AM
wait. yeas: 8 #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:35 AM
nays: @DonZimmermanATX #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:35 AM
abstain: @EllenforAustin #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:35 AM
Item 13
we’ve moved along to item 13, here at #atxcouncil. 13 is for a tasting kitchen at the Convention Center #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:36 AM
.@Oraatx1 wonders about need. notes $1.5m cost #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:37 AM
staff argues new $1.5m convention center tasting kitchen would pay for itself in added renovation #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:38 AM
staff argues new $1.5m convention center tasting kitchen would pay for itself in added renovation #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:38 AM
staff reminds that #atxcouncil is only oking contracting process, no dollars yet #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:41 AM
.@DonZimmermanATX notes that if #atxcouncil thinks it’s a waste, they shouldnt waste everyone’s time #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:42 AM
.@DonZimmermanATX announces his office is asking for a change in HOT rules that would allow more flexibility in HOT use #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:43 AM
.@EllenforAustin challenges @DonZimmermanATX for right to claim, as he did, most fiscally conservative constituents #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:43 AM
11 passes yeas: 7 #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:46 AM
nays: @DonZimmermanATX @EllenforAustin @Oraatx1 #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:47 AM
Item 19
#atxcouncil moves along to item 19. 19 is a funding increase for a batch of social service programs #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:49 AM
.@DonZimmermanATX trying to figure out what #atxgov is getting here. #atxcouncil March 31, 2016 10:49 AM
staff: this is our procurement process. notes there are metrics associated to look at what #Atxgov is getting #atxcouncil March 31, 2016 10:50 AM
.@DonZimmermanATX wants to stop it all right now. #atxcouncil #atxgov #specificandnot? March 31, 2016 10:50 AM
.@D5Kitchen says @DonZimmermanATX assertion that no accountability here is an overstatement #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:51 AM
as, adds @d5kitchen, is the notion that most tax payers feel the way @DonZimmermanATX does #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:52 AM
MPT @kathietovo agrees #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:52 AM
.@poolforaustin, @DGarzaforD2 also taking turns to thank staff, note importance o program @DonZimmermanATX is looking at #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 10:54 AM

Thursday, March 31, 2016 11AM

Caritas ED Jo Catherine Quinn up. Speaking for One Voice Cent Tx. notes “transparent…thorough” process #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:01 AM
Quinn: “we need to know what we are getting” w #atxgov $s notes her 13agency collab “prevents & ends homelessness” w nat’l model #atxcouncil March 31, 2016 11:03 AM
cubbie9000 "Can’t wait to see the Austin Armadillo’s Major League debut at Facebook Field in Buda."
@cubbie9000 #BREAKING? March 31, 2016 11:06 AM
.@EllenforAustin trying to link %6 increase in funding to an associated increase in metrics. staff confirms #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:08 AM
.@EllenforAustin pushes on increase in perf metrics. staff steps back: not in all cases (some contracts=small $$ more) #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:11 AM
.@EllenforAustin pushes on increase in perf metrics. staff steps back: not in all cases (some contracts=small $$ more) #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:11 AM
.@EllenforAustin does quick math, suggest avg contract increase is $1m #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:13 AM
staff disputes: these just the ones they brought forward, there are some that #atxgov was able to do administratively #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:14 AM
.@EllenforAustin notes that, even w the full 39, the avg is still $300+K #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:14 AM
.@EllenforAustin pushes. notes that #atxcouncil just talking about the big ones (the ones they vote on). #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:16 AM
.@D5Kitchen tries to change conversation. “i trust our staff professionals” orgs “not nonprofits acting on a whim” #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:17 AM
MPT @kathietovo reminds us all of extensive former #atxcouncil work on HHS contracts. notes she trusts that too #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:19 AM
.@DonZimmermanATX now pushes. questions $9m+ going to Caritas. finds subcontractors, worries about that. #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:19 AM
.@DonZimmermanATX continues. says he can’t find “a single sentence” about what #atxgov gets #atxcouncil March 31, 2016 11:21 AM
Caritas’ Quinn returns. offers name subs. @DonZimmermanATX a bit flustered. MPT @kathietovo steps in, allows Quinn room #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:22 AM
Quinn: “this is an incredibly managed…organization” that is “under a microscope” #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:23 AM
MPT @kathietovo: notion of collabs (read: the subs @DonZimmermanATX is concerned about) was suggested by #atxgov. #atxcouncil March 31, 2016 11:24 AM
read: #atxcouncil, #atxgov came up with the design here March 31, 2016 11:26 AM
approval moved. .@sherigallod10 has ?s for staff. #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:27 AM
.@SheriGalloD10 asks if $s here today had been approved as part of annual budget. staff: $760k was in budget #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:30 AM
staff: total of contracts is $80m if all extensions exercised over years #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:31 AM
.@d5kitchen breaks it down: $80m is simply a projection ($ availability contingent) #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:35 AM
we are now neck deep in budget calculations here at #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:37 AM
staff: all this item does is move on the contracting for appropriations already completed #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:40 AM
staff: solicitation was listed for 5 years, thus, the five-year terms #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:40 AM
staff: solicitation was listed for 5 years, thus, the five-year terms #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:40 AM
staff: #atxcouncil can choose to not approve contract extensions #Atxgov March 31, 2016 11:41 AM
.@sherigallod10: yeah but…it’s hard to say no, and unfair to nonprofs #atxcouncil #ATxgov March 31, 2016 11:41 AM
.@D5Kitchen continues to underscore idea that #atxcouncil is not approving multi-year contracts #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:43 AM
.@DonZimmermanATX looking for a second to strike authority to execute contracts #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:44 AM
.@EllenforAustin seconds #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:44 AM
.@GregCasar not interested in @DonZimmermanATX explanation of motion. “we already know why” #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:45 AM
fails. @DonZimmermanATX gets okay to explain his strike #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:46 AM
.@DonZimmermanATX looking for metrics before he gives go-ahead for execution #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:47 AM
fails. yeas: @DonZimmermanATX @EllenforAustin March 31, 2016 11:47 AM
nays: 8 #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:47 AM
we’re back to the main motion #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:47 AM
.@EllenforAustin taking a minute to argue that her intent was (my words) not hostile w her questions #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:48 AM
19 passes. yeas: 8 #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:49 AM
nays: @EllenforAustin @DonZimmermanATX #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:49 AM
.@DGarzaforD2 notes: 19 already gone thru #atxcouncil committee, process. argues her colleagues should have handled ?s before now #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:50 AM
Item 20
#atxcouncil moves along to item 20. 20 community based health prevention and education services. #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:51 AM
#atxcouncil taking first 10 mins of 40 mins of #citcom. i, unfortunately, have to check out for now. be back after lunch! #atxgov March 31, 2016 11:52 AM

Thursday, March 31, 2016 12PM

RT @GregCasar: by killing electeds’ time, those tactics can- considered cumulatively- actually hinder progressive agenda at Council @TumaTi March 31, 2016 12:05 PM
RT @GregCasar: @TumaTime & even worse, makes these advocates 4 health equity stress out about coming to Council meeting, leaving work. @MKa March 31, 2016 12:12 PM
RT @GregCasar: @TumaTime & even worse, makes these advocates 4 health equity stress out about coming to Council meeting, leaving work. @MKa March 31, 2016 12:12 PM

Thursday, March 31, 2016 3PM

#atxcouncil is set to return at 4 for what should be a pretty quiet rest of their day #atxgov March 31, 2016 03:48 PM

Thursday, March 31, 2016 4PM

#atxcouncil is partially back, ready to go #atxgov March 31, 2016 04:02 PM
#atxcouncil is back #atxgov March 31, 2016 04:05 PM
items 63, 64, and 65 are all being postponed #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 04:06 PM
and that leaves us with just items 66 and 67 #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 04:07 PM
Item 66
item 66 is a hearing for the annexation of Parker Creek Ranch #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 04:08 PM
no action today, just public hearing #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 04:08 PM
no speakers for the public hearing, but @DonZimmermanATX has questions about plans for infrastructure, flood plain #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 04:10 PM
those dispatched, #atxcouncil closes hearing and moves along to final item #atxgov March 31, 2016 04:11 PM
Item 67
item 67 is a public hearing and resolution approval for application to Tx Dept of Housing #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 04:12 PM
.@d3forpio wants to be sure that computer lab will be large enough to accommodate all at project #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 04:13 PM
staff says amenities are traditionally able to accommodate all on site #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 04:15 PM
.@Oraatx1 notes project is close to Gus Garcia park, on a bus line, says grocery is further “but available.” supports #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 04:16 PM
.@DonZimmermanATX wants to know whether property will be on rolls. staff believes it will be #atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 04:17 PM
.@DonZimmermanATX wants staff to bring property tax calculations to #atxcouncil when they bring projects #atxgov March 31, 2016 04:19 PM
67 passes. Yeas: 9 #atxcouncil #ATxgov March 31, 2016 04:22 PM
abstain: @DonZimmermanATX #Atxcouncil #atxgov March 31, 2016 04:22 PM
and, with that, #atxcouncil has concluded its business for the day. #atxgov #whatwillidowithmythursday? March 31, 2016 04:23 PM

Thursday, March 31, 2016 5PM

lubomudrov "@MKanin I mean, who could miss a show where the headliner described their opening acts sound as a gorilla on LSD firing a machine gun”"
@lubomudrov word! March 31, 2016 05:01 PM
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