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TickTock: Austin City Council meeting 6.22.2017

Monday, June 26, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

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

ITEMS

TickTock for Friday, June 23, 2017

Participants:

austinmonitor 120

cubbie9000 2

maguzmanma 1

Aloha_Analytics 1

eraycollins 1

breathesgelatin 1

ChrisBBradford 1

Thursday, June 22, 2017 9AM

CodeNEXT proposes new program to bolster affordable housing. Read More (via @JackCraver): https://t.co/phBHGU42jn June 22, 2017 09:05 AM

Thursday, June 22, 2017 10AM

RT @AJ_Bingham: “Austin’s next mobility challenge: downtown parking” (via @AustinMonitor) https://t.co/464k4lERQS @DowntownATXInfo #parking… June 22, 2017 10:00 AM
Good morning, it’s #atxcouncil’s last meeting before the summer break. We wouldn’t miss it for the world! June 22, 2017 10:01 AM
Now on to the consent agenda — Pulled: Items 3 (for staff presentation) 8, 14, 15, 30, 33, 35, 40, 41, 43. June 22, 2017 10:14 AM
It looks like interim city manager Elaine Hart will be getting a salary of $300,804. June 22, 2017 10:14 AM
Zenobia Joseph now asking about a change that will have Citizen Communication sign up two weeks in advance. June 22, 2017 10:19 AM
CM Pool says that it opens two weeks in advance, but doesn’t close then. Joseph says the backup is confusing (this is totally true!) June 22, 2017 10:21 AM
This is really a result of Council changing their own posting rules. Looks like it will open two weeks before the meeting, but not close. June 22, 2017 10:22 AM
MPT Tovo takes a minute to register her opposition to changing posting rules, thinks it is going to be confusing for everyone. June 22, 2017 10:23 AM
cubbie9000 "@austinmonitor huh?"
@cubbie9000 What kind of question is that? June 22, 2017 10:25 AM
Flannigan no on 38, Houston abstains on 38 June 22, 2017 10:27 AM
CM Troxclair is absent. June 22, 2017 10:27 AM
Item 14
At the request of CM Alter, Item 14, which is the Texas Capitol revamp, will be taken up in executive session before discussion. June 22, 2017 10:28 AM
cubbie9000 "@austinmonitor I hadn’t heard of this strange new #citcomm proposal."
@cubbie9000 Mayor stressed that it is “iterative” (so take-backsies are allowed.) June 22, 2017 10:30 AM
maguzmanma "@austinmonitor I’m curious as to why Item 43 pulled."
@maguzmanma Stay tuned! June 22, 2017 10:33 AM
Item 8
Talking bus stops over here… a new fancy bus stop at the airport, to be precise (Item 8) June 22, 2017 10:35 AM
CM Houston points out that the airport/ transit is for everyone, should talk to community about whether guitar shelter is practical. June 22, 2017 10:36 AM
breathesgelatin "@austinmonitor Would seem to be counter to purpose of CitComm??"
@breathesgelatin That was Joseph’s argument, for sure. Seems to be a necessary result of changing their own posting rules… June 22, 2017 10:38 AM
Item 15
Kind of an interesting discussion around Item 15 — will spend $100,000 to evaluate ISD STEM programs to get a full picture of programs June 22, 2017 10:50 AM
EDD director explains that there are a lot of programs, companies, and non-profits doing things in schools, but its all kind of piecemeal June 22, 2017 10:51 AM
“Right now we are funding things instinctively” he says. June 22, 2017 10:51 AM
CM Garza is not on board with the idea that the city is funding things “instinctively” — there are plenty of metrics. June 22, 2017 10:59 AM
CM Garza thinks that $100,000 is a lot to find data, maybe someone else could fund? June 22, 2017 10:59 AM

Thursday, June 22, 2017 11AM

Johns explains they know how much $ to train people, but this is trying to establish a ROI on students… “empirical data” June 22, 2017 11:01 AM
In the past, this view of social services has been problematic, to say the least. June 22, 2017 11:02 AM
(( In a nutshell, the services that help those with the most challenges tend to not have a great “person ROI” #atxcouncil )) June 22, 2017 11:06 AM
Aloha_Analytics "@austinmonitor @JackCraver Not new just expanding what hasn’t worked."
@Aloha_Analytics @JackCraver Oh, I read this as the meaning of “program” that is more like “agenda” or “scheudle” (… https://t.co/xBS7JnJ10Y June 22, 2017 11:11 AM
Some reluctance on the dais to commit funds out of the budget system. Johns saying that there are companies ready to invest, need data first June 22, 2017 11:14 AM
As city debates how to keep the peace, an expert explains how to keep things quiet. Read More (via @AKMcGlinchy): https://t.co/SHmKTwV2IY June 22, 2017 11:15 AM
Looks like this is going to be on hold until researchers are on hand (this afternoon) June 22, 2017 11:15 AM
eraycollins "@cubbie9000 @austinmonitor Item #20?"
@eraycollins @cubbie9000 Yep! June 22, 2017 11:15 AM
Item 15
Will be back around 2:00 with that study thing (Item 15) June 22, 2017 11:20 AM
Item 35
On to Item 35 — will lead to establishing a Veterans Resource Center June 22, 2017 11:23 AM
Item 35
Item 35 was approved. June 22, 2017 11:35 AM
Item 3
Now on to Item 3, updates to the Resource Generation and Climate Protection Plan — just a staff presentation, will postpone to August June 22, 2017 11:36 AM
In the meantime, you can catch up here: https://t.co/5PN0UXZ2JF June 22, 2017 11:36 AM
Item 40
Now talking Item 40 — which would create a Charter Review Committee — mostly dates at the moment. June 22, 2017 11:51 AM
CM Casar made amendment that would allow for “an expansion of scope” that would need Council approval. June 22, 2017 11:52 AM
So, basically, if they want to take up something not in the resolution, they could ask for a change in scope (or through Council resolution) June 22, 2017 11:53 AM
From Alter: no lobbyists! Whole thing passes unanimously June 22, 2017 11:54 AM
Item 33
On Item 33 now — the “close down Congress Ave” for a Ciclovia party resolution. June 22, 2017 11:55 AM
This resolution, by the way, is just first steps — looking at what it would take to close down the street & have the fest. June 22, 2017 11:57 AM

Thursday, June 22, 2017 12PM

Ci-clovia? Ciclo-via? June 22, 2017 12:01 PM
What We Woke Up To: June 22, 2017 – https://t.co/Bc9kDDQ8sL June 22, 2017 12:02 PM
Everyone is getting excited about the idea of closing down roads for pedestrians (that aren’t stumbling drunk on 6th) every now and again June 22, 2017 12:02 PM
RT @justshady123: @austinmonitor Ci-clo-via June 22, 2017 12:03 PM
Item 33
Item 33 passes unanimously. June 22, 2017 12:03 PM
Council planning to come back at 2:00, go into workforce item, and then organics, probably. #citcomm now. June 22, 2017 12:04 PM
Whispers: Council to vote on new CodeNEXT timeline; more. Read More: https://t.co/2MtFv0Pdp7 June 22, 2017 12:05 PM
Resources! https://t.co/16DBz82EIp June 22, 2017 12:12 PM
Our Quote of the Day for Thursday, June 22, 2017. Read More: https://t.co/WGLbOTlXLY https://t.co/yJD5bV3T0U June 22, 2017 12:30 PM

Thursday, June 22, 2017 2PM

RT @CM_Renteria: Its the last meeting for #atxcouncil before the July recess & @bidibidibanda will be playing! Watch it all live at https:/… June 22, 2017 02:18 PM
⭐️ https://t.co/YjfuJJtAoh June 22, 2017 02:22 PM
#stirringonthedais June 22, 2017 02:35 PM
… and we are back… June 22, 2017 02:58 PM

Thursday, June 22, 2017 3PM

Item 15
Talking now about Item 15 — $100,000 to study “youth-focused” programs in the city, trying to establish which ones are working June 22, 2017 03:02 PM
CM Pools asks whether they need city involvement or whether the LBJ can finance the study. The answer is no, not this year. June 22, 2017 03:04 PM
austinmonitor "CM Pools asks whether they need city involvement or whether the LBJ can finance the study. The answer is no, not this year."
LBJ *school* June 22, 2017 03:05 PM
By the way, here’s the proposal: https://t.co/8uKvpIROd8 June 22, 2017 03:07 PM
Austin’s next mobility challenge: downtown parking. Read More (via @cubbie9000): https://t.co/4tMlCIe23d June 22, 2017 03:07 PM
Now it sounds like this study will look at one program in detail, was described as a citywide look at all of the STEM programs this morning. June 22, 2017 03:09 PM
Oh, apparently there are two components — the other side of this study would look at all of the programs. June 22, 2017 03:09 PM
CM Garza reiterates a wish to fund actual programs in this tight budget year, rather than studies about programs. #atxcouncil June 22, 2017 03:12 PM
So, the $100,000 is in this year’s budget. $50,000 has been allocated already. But the rest is in the EDD budget. June 22, 2017 03:36 PM
Amendment to negotiate the contract, but bring back before execution. That does not pass. June 22, 2017 03:37 PM
Item 15
Item 15 passes 7-3 with Garza Pool and Tovo voting in opposition. June 22, 2017 03:38 PM
Item 14
Now on to item 14, which will give about $6.9M in fee waivers to the state for phase one of their Capitol master plan. June 22, 2017 03:39 PM
CM Kitchen is voting no, does not think there has been enough time to consider it, or to allow for public input. June 22, 2017 03:40 PM
David King agrees with Kitchen, doesn’t appreciate the rush on these fee waivers for the state #atxcouncil June 22, 2017 03:42 PM
Passes 6-2-2 Kitchen and Houston vote no, Garza and Pool abstain. June 22, 2017 03:44 PM
Kitchen also made the point that the state did not need an answer until August. June 22, 2017 03:45 PM
Ah, an update on recapturing taxes for a historic property that has decided to become unhistoric — can collect three years, as thought. June 22, 2017 03:46 PM
Consent zoning agenda passes. June 22, 2017 03:50 PM
MPT Tovo announces intention to expand the number of years city can collect back taxes when historic zoning is reversed. June 22, 2017 03:51 PM
Item 30
Now on to Item 30: the fighty, fighty composting contract. June 22, 2017 03:55 PM
CM @JimmyFlannigan is ready to move on. June 22, 2017 03:56 PM
So is @Oraatx1 June 22, 2017 03:57 PM

Thursday, June 22, 2017 4PM

.@MayorAdler says he knows exactly as much as he did a month ago, when the working group convened to talk policy. June 22, 2017 04:01 PM
“I feel badly that I brought everyone down again for a reprise of the conversations we’ve had before” #atxcouncil – @MayorAdler June 22, 2017 04:02 PM
ChrisBBradford "Basically, a penalty on an seeking up-zoning. https://t.co/LrOytRcrwH"
@ChrisBBradford Well, the tax exemption *is* for preservation. June 22, 2017 04:02 PM
Basically a work group was convened to discuss the policy behind this contract, sparked by this contract. The work group is not done. June 22, 2017 04:03 PM
So @LesliePoolATX is suggesting the city negotiate the contract, with a plan to execute it at the same time the group report is done? June 22, 2017 04:04 PM
Item 14
RT @jcottingham: Item 14, to negotiate with the state on Capitol Complex Master Plan. https://t.co/lgGzIthg9C June 22, 2017 04:06 PM
Michael Whellan up now with a list of concerns about the proposal from Organics by Gosh. June 22, 2017 04:14 PM
CodeNEXT proposes new program to bolster affordable housing. Read More (@JackCraver): https://t.co/6taOKDodBd June 22, 2017 04:15 PM
Speaker now saying this is a pattern by Texas Disposal Systems, to slow down or stop competitors. June 22, 2017 04:24 PM
Speakers in favor of the “by gosh” contract depict a dispute between a big, bullying company and a small composting business. #atxcouncil June 22, 2017 04:27 PM
Mrs. Gosh says that the accusations against their company just aren’t true, just delaying tactics. June 22, 2017 04:29 PM

Thursday, June 22, 2017 5PM

Looks like they are going to vote on a three-year contract for Organics by Gosh. June 22, 2017 05:02 PM
Item 30
Item 30 passes unanimously. #movingon #atxcouncil June 22, 2017 05:05 PM
Item 41
Item 41 approved June 22, 2017 05:11 PM
Item 43
On to Item 43 — this is a CodeNEXT procedure thingie that will include land commission recommendations in upcoming drafts. June 22, 2017 05:12 PM
.@MayorAdler says that it’s “critical” to stay on schedule and meet the April deadline for CodeNEXT. June 22, 2017 05:15 PM
RT @lisa_dreher97: Lots of talk about density bonuses (!!) https://t.co/DbMycm0AXd June 22, 2017 05:15 PM
.@kathietovo says it’s more important “to do it well and do it well” than to meet the April deadline (though that would be nice.) June 22, 2017 05:18 PM
Don’t worry folks, the CodeNEXT Monitor will keep you aprised in the meantime. June 22, 2017 05:18 PM
RT @lisa_dreher97: Wrote a quick Whisper about this for @austinmonitor 🚬🚫 https://t.co/WuwKrBSNQz June 22, 2017 05:23 PM
“There is no evidence ZAP is trying to stall anything” — Commissioner David King. June 22, 2017 05:25 PM
Oh! And David has a suggestion for the two-hour old Charter Commission. #itbegins #atxcouncil June 22, 2017 05:25 PM
Roy Waley stresses the need to have lot of input, and to track the changes. June 22, 2017 05:27 PM
… with a little shade about new public comment rules as a bonus. #thanksroy June 22, 2017 05:27 PM
.@kathietovo wants to know why everyone is suspicious of the Zoning and Platting Commission. June 22, 2017 05:29 PM
.@GregCasar clarifies this is more about notice, rather than changing a process, the Planning Commission (factually) is required to vote June 22, 2017 05:31 PM
Now there’s a bit of an effort to clarify that ZAP can vote if they want to… June 22, 2017 05:32 PM
Item 59
Going to finish this after dinner — Also, Item 59 is going to be postponed. June 22, 2017 05:35 PM
#atxcouncil is in recess, will be back at 6:45 or 7:00 (@bidibidibanda up in the meantime!) June 22, 2017 05:41 PM
As city debates how to keep the peace, an expert explains how to keep things quiet. Read More (@AKMcGlinchy): https://t.co/wlwJA01HdB June 22, 2017 05:55 PM

Thursday, June 22, 2017 6PM

Commissioners Court approves expensive survey of Palm School. Read More (via @cubbie9000): https://t.co/BcVEO1iomo June 22, 2017 06:00 PM

Thursday, June 22, 2017 7PM

Whispers: Council to vote on new CodeNEXT timeline; more. Read More: https://t.co/pPOm82FTr1 June 22, 2017 07:00 PM
Item 43
#atxcouncil is back, with cleaned up language for Item 43 June 22, 2017 07:13 PM
That passes, Council moving on to Items 56 and 57 June 22, 2017 07:16 PM
This is the Pennybacker-Alexander House — up for historic designation. Approved in a vote of 8-2, Flannigan and Casar no June 22, 2017 07:22 PM
Now on to the Carrington Bluff home, also up for historic designation. June 22, 2017 07:23 PM
.@JimmyFlannigan is worried that the bar for historic designation isn’t high enough. June 22, 2017 07:26 PM

Thursday, June 22, 2017 8PM

Item 58
Sorry for the radio silence folks — doing double duty over here. However, #atxcouncil has taken up Item 58 June 22, 2017 08:09 PM
This is the Bowie HS impervious cover deal, that is kind of complicated, but would trade impervious cover, kind of? June 22, 2017 08:10 PM
Looks like this is going to have a public hearing in August, actually June 22, 2017 08:11 PM
August 31, to be precise. June 22, 2017 08:13 PM
#atxcouncil meeeting adjourned. We second @MayorAdler ‘s praise of this year’s reasonable meeting lengths! June 22, 2017 08:15 PM

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