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TickTock: Austin City Council meeting 5.4.2017

Monday, May 8, 2017 by Austin Monitor

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


TickTock for Friday, May 5, 2017


austinmonitor 72

MateoClarke 1

DanKeshet 1

Thursday, May 04, 2017 9AM

All Access Readers! Get a head start on today’s Council meeting w @lizpagano’s TipSheet: #atxgov #atxcouncil May 04, 2017 09:30 AM

Thursday, May 04, 2017 10AM

Good morning! City Council settling in on the dais. Happy Thursday! #atxcouncil May 04, 2017 10:03 AM
Alright! Meeting convened! #atxcouncil May 04, 2017 10:14 AM
Looks like the items pulled are going to be: 6, 8, 12, 17, 18, 27, 28, 42 (to discuss postponement) May 04, 2017 10:18 AM
Item 2
CM Troxclair votes no on Item 2, abstains from 36, 37, 38 and 40 #atxcouncil May 04, 2017 10:26 AM
.@MayorAdler takes a moment to note that with all of the federal and state craziness going on, the city will continue to focus on its work May 04, 2017 10:27 AM
.@DeliaGarza is out today — representing CapMetro May 04, 2017 10:27 AM
Item 12
Item 12 now — this is a parks transfer of funds. About $1 million coming from the Convention Center. May 04, 2017 10:30 AM
Sharon Blythe is talking about cemeteries, as she is wont to do. #atxcouncil May 04, 2017 10:31 AM
.@kathietovo notes that funds come from Hotel Occupancy Taxes, and she approves. Makes a pitch for using HOT taxes in similar ways. May 04, 2017 10:33 AM
Item 17
Item 17 up now — talking bomb robots. Council Member Ora Houston questions what will happen “if one of the little arms blows off.” May 04, 2017 10:36 AM
DanKeshet "@austinmonitor Convention center or ACVB?"
@DanKeshet backup says Convention Center… “Austin Convention Center Department Tourism and Promotion Fund Operati… May 04, 2017 10:37 AM
MateoClarke "@austinmonitor Was this a serious question? Or was she just trollin’?"
@MateoClarke It was serious! More a question about who would pay for damage, but also a cute/tragic image. May 04, 2017 10:40 AM
Item 18
Have been debating Item 18 a bit. This is a CapMetro program that educates the public into not being scared of public transit. May 04, 2017 10:42 AM
.@EllenforAustin makes the point that parts of her district don’t even have the chance to be scared — there are no buses around. May 04, 2017 10:43 AM
Kind of talking about… trickle out transit?… The idea that an increase in central city ridership will benefit all. May 04, 2017 10:47 AM
.@CM_Renteria , who is on the CapMetro Board stresses the importance of increasing ridership. Notes routes cost $1 million a year. May 04, 2017 10:48 AM
.@EllenforAustin making it clear she isn’t only advocating for D8, but points to pattern of underspending on transportation in her district. May 04, 2017 10:51 AM
Item 18
Item 18 passes 8-2, with Houston and Troxclair voting no and Garza absent. May 04, 2017 10:51 AM
Items 27 and 28 up now. A plan to expand the MetroRail station and close area to cars, and make East Fifth two-way to boot. May 04, 2017 10:53 AM
Speakers now talking about the plan — so far two people are against it. May 04, 2017 10:58 AM

Thursday, May 04, 2017 11AM

.@Oraatx1 has questions about the outreach “downtown belongs to more than just downtown stakeholders.” May 04, 2017 11:01 AM
ATD Director Spillar says the money would go, in part, to outreach. May 04, 2017 11:02 AM
Spillar says traffic from “events” of wknd 6th street could be solved by plan “We were surprised, honestly, that it was such a good idea.” May 04, 2017 11:04 AM
.@kathietovo points out that outreach after the decision is ??? also, asks why it wasn’t part of the Downtown Austin Plan. May 04, 2017 11:08 AM
Major shtick on the dais as Adler mistakenly calls Flannigan “Zimmerman” and he pulls out a tiny little yellow fedora. #propcomedy May 04, 2017 11:19 AM
Council right now talking about the cost (which will be over $3M) and how much of that should be borne by the city. May 04, 2017 11:21 AM
Now discussing what happened to the idea of public restrooms — which has been a push in downtown — but not in the current plan. May 04, 2017 11:36 AM
Tovo is, quite reasonably, not buying the argument that if there are public restrooms at this stop “all stops will need them.” May 04, 2017 11:37 AM
Restrooms are still in the plan — kind of — currently unfunded, and if they are built would be at the expense of the city. May 04, 2017 11:44 AM
Council approves the addition of westbound lane to 5th street: Only @EllenforAustin and Ora Houston vote no. #atxcouncil May 04, 2017 11:50 AM
#ATXCouncil approves agreement w/@CapMetroATX for new downtown rail station. @EllenforAustin & Houston vote no. May 04, 2017 11:52 AM
Speaker: black youth = 23% of curfew citations but only 8% of population. Latino youth = 60% citations but only 48% of population. May 04, 2017 11:54 AM
All ears on Red River as noise curfew pilot program kicks off. Read more (via @TheeChad): #atxgov May 04, 2017 11:55 AM
#ATXCouncil considering setting public hearing on review of city’s curfew policy that we recently wrote about: May 04, 2017 11:56 AM
#ATXCouncil only has till June 18th to re-approve curfew ordinance. Looks like it will have public hearing on issue on June 15. May 04, 2017 11:58 AM

Thursday, May 04, 2017 12PM

.@LesliePoolATX wants Council to take up issue earlier…so they aren’t flirting with deadline…#atxcouncil May 04, 2017 12:00 PM
.@LesliePoolATX’s motion to set public hearing a week earlier doesn’t get a second. #atxcouncil May 04, 2017 12:01 PM
#ATXCouncil votes to take up curfew policy on June 15. Only @LesliePoolATX in dissent. May 04, 2017 12:01 PM
.@kathietovo concerned about how little the city sells alleys for. #atxcouncil May 04, 2017 12:04 PM
City selling alley on Dean Keaton for $67k. David King says “we’re about giving this away.” #atxcouncil May 04, 2017 12:07 PM
Item 8
#ATXCouncil approves item 8 unanimously. And that’s the end of the consent agenda and morning session! May 04, 2017 12:08 PM
What We Woke Up To: May 4, 2017 – May 04, 2017 12:22 PM
Our Quote of the Day for Thursday, May 4, 2017. Read more: #ATXgov May 04, 2017 12:30 PM

Thursday, May 04, 2017 1PM

Council gears up for mobility bond investments. Read more (via @cubbie9000): May 04, 2017 01:00 PM

Thursday, May 04, 2017 2PM

City employee pay raises an open question. Read more (via @JoClifton78704): #atxgov May 04, 2017 02:00 PM

Thursday, May 04, 2017 3PM

12th & Chicon bus stop will showcase East Austin African-American history. Read more (via @kgroetzi & @KUT p’ship): May 04, 2017 03:00 PM
Okay, y’all, #atxcouncil is back. Now taking up zoning. May 04, 2017 03:49 PM
Item 57
Good news – Item 57, which was destined for a 7 pm time certain – may be taken up earlier. May 04, 2017 03:51 PM
On consent, Items 50, 51, 59, 60, 61. Items 52, 53, 54, 55 postponed. 54 & 55 (Autism Center) will be merged and go back through commissions May 04, 2017 03:55 PM
Items 50 and 51 — Council wanted to know whether they could talk about connectivity at time of site plan. Answer: no May 04, 2017 03:56 PM
Item 56
Item 56 up now. Petition against it but not close to the 20 percent required — 0.66 percent signed against. No one present to oppose May 04, 2017 03:57 PM
This is a rezoning at 13007 Canterra Drive — not actually looking for a new zoning, just looking to change the vehicle trip limit. May 04, 2017 03:59 PM

Thursday, May 04, 2017 4PM

All ears on Red River as noise curfew pilot program kicks off. Read more (via @TheeChad): #atxgov May 04, 2017 04:00 PM
As CM Houston points out, this will allow the property to have more gas pumps. May 04, 2017 04:07 PM
CM Houston explains that the property has changed owners a number of times, some neighbors frustrated by continuing requests to the city. May 04, 2017 04:09 PM
Agent Alice Glasco asks for opportunity to withdraw the case if needed. Weirdness: says not enough homes for HOA, so developer is the HOA. May 04, 2017 04:12 PM
Glasco says some neighbors were misled: thought the property might be a dog park, though that was never the plan. May 04, 2017 04:13 PM
CM Houston notes the overlay limiting trips (now up for removal) was only put in place last year. May 04, 2017 04:15 PM
Postponing this one to June 15 May 04, 2017 04:17 PM
Item 58
Item 58 up now 13033 Pond Springs Road. May 04, 2017 04:20 PM
CM Flannigan now ?s about how property originally not part of the city “no rules” Now there are rules. ?s about CodeNEXT, the future. May 04, 2017 04:23 PM
Conditional Overlay conversation now — going to be a big topic in CodeNEXT, a bit of a preview here about retaining them/ trashing them May 04, 2017 04:28 PM
Good news, getting into annexation. May 04, 2017 04:36 PM
Tovo reluctant to approve lifting the part of the CO that would allow outdoor venue use, and a couple other uses. May 04, 2017 04:41 PM
Approved on first and second reading only. Will give more time to look into the Conditional Overlay issue. May 04, 2017 04:46 PM
Item 63
Item 63 up now — affordable housing at Creekview Apartment Homes. City has to sign on for tax credits. May 04, 2017 04:49 PM
CM Houston says she supports the project, but will vote against because of the location. Not within walking distance of a lot of things May 04, 2017 04:58 PM

Thursday, May 04, 2017 5PM

That item passes, vote of 8-2, with Troxclair and Houston voting against. Troxclair has similar concerns as Houston. May 04, 2017 05:01 PM
Today is CM Greg Casar’s 28th birthday! Mayor Adler jokes they should give him a cake with a file in it… May 04, 2017 05:20 PM
#atxcouncil now headed to break, will pick up the last zoning case at 6:15 May 04, 2017 05:21 PM
Whispers: Hyde Park Spanker; more. Read more: #atxgov May 04, 2017 05:50 PM

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