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TickTock: Austin City Council Meeting 6.25.15

Monday, June 29, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Tick Tock is the sortable-by-item-number transcript of Monitor publisher Mike Kanin’s Twitter feed from Council day. Simply click on the item number to scroll to the corresponding. Votes are color-coded: Green for yeas, red for nays, et cetera. It’s embedded below.Tick Tock is the sortable-by-item-number transcript of Monitor publisher Mike Kanin’s Twitter feed from Council day. Simply click on the item number to scroll to the corresponding. Votes are color-coded: Green for yeas, red for nays, et cetera. It’s embedded below.

ITEMS

Tick Tock

Participants:

MKanin 149
AKMcGlinchy 2
LillyRockwell 1

Thursday, June 25, 2015 9AM

RT @liz_crampton: SCOTUS rules 5-4 that TX Department of Housing has effectively been reinforcing segregated housing. June 25, 2015 09:06 AM
RT @liz_crampton: SCOTUS rules 5-4 that TX Department of Housing has effectively been reinforcing segregated housing. June 25, 2015 09:06 AM
RT @amanbatheja: #txlege https://t.co/Bg9DCdXOiC June 25, 2015 09:09 AM
RT @KUT: BREAKING: Supreme Court upholds Obamacare subsidies on a 6-3 vote. Subsidies WILL continue. June 25, 2015 09:12 AM
RT @davidjoachim: Burwell decision here: http://t.co/2v5hT3Ly0e June 25, 2015 09:12 AM

Thursday, June 25, 2015 10AM

Checking in from #atxcouncil, where CMs remain in their AE committee (of the whole) meeting. @tylercwhitson is live tweeting this #atxgov June 25, 2015 10:53 AM

Thursday, June 25, 2015 11AM

#atxcouncil still meeting in AE committee. #atxgov June 25, 2015 11:21 AM
#atxcouncil trying to wedge both the two remaining AE committee items and the now-30min late Council meeting into the rest of today #atxgov June 25, 2015 11:28 AM
.@sherigallod10 hints at frustration over scheduling #atxcouncil meetings for AE committee days. #atxgov June 25, 2015 11:31 AM
.@sherigallod10 hints at frustration over scheduling #atxcouncil meetings for AE committee days. #atxgov June 25, 2015 11:31 AM
RT @LillyRockwell: .@SheriGalloD10: We are pressured to delay committee items because we call regular meetings right after AE committees. # June 25, 2015 11:31 AM
so. #atxcouncil will recess AE meeting, handle formal Council business that is easy to dispatch w, return for AE briefings #Atxgov June 25, 2015 11:32 AM
#atxcouncil special called meeting now underway #atxgov June 25, 2015 11:33 AM
Item 18
.@mayorsteveadler clears already approved items. will ppd item 18 (Fun Fun Fun) would be back in August #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 11:34 AM
Item 25
#atxcouncil will also ppd item 25, the red bluff hotel item. looks like thatll go to august. #atxgov June 25, 2015 11:36 AM
AKMcGlinchy "@tylercwhitson hmmm b/c both sides have no solution to present to Council?"
.@AKMcGlinchy seems like that is the case. more to come w FFF… June 25, 2015 11:37 AM
Item 3
#atxcouncil moves along to item 3, a leftover from last week where a bidder not selected by #atxgov protested selection June 25, 2015 11:41 AM
#atxgov staff suggests that protesting bidder was inaccurate in claim that they were not supplied w full info on bid. #atxcouncil June 25, 2015 11:41 AM
#atxgov staff also suggests that protesting bidder did not fully understand solicitation. #atxcouncil June 25, 2015 11:43 AM
AKMcGlinchy "@MKanin interesting. something i didn’t ask Garza was if he has a deadline…will obvi impact planning"
.@AKMcGlinchy id imagine. sounds like a follo is necessary! June 25, 2015 11:44 AM
CM Zim picking on standard employed by #atxgov. suggests they are hard to understand, somewhat vague #atxcouncil #zimcity June 25, 2015 11:45 AM
protesting bidder concedes that they they incorrectly interpreted standard. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 11:46 AM
protesting bidder calls for oversight if more expensive equipment. @MayorSteveAdler asks AE to tell #atxcouncil if that happens #atxgov June 25, 2015 11:47 AM
3 passes yeas: 10 (unanimous) off the dais: 1 (Houston) #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 11:48 AM
Item 7
#atxcouncil moves along to quick adoption of item 7, AFD cadet hiring contract. passes. yeas: 10 (unanimous) #atxgov June 25, 2015 11:48 AM
just after it passes, @SheriGalloD10 wonders if there was a protest on 7 filed. #atxgov says protest was denied (no grounds) #atxcouncil June 25, 2015 11:49 AM
Item 8
#atxcouncil heads to item 8. AE Climate Protection Plan consult contract award. #atxgov June 25, 2015 11:50 AM
.@poolforaustin moves approval of Navigant as contractor #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 11:50 AM
CM Zim wants to know cost for implementing Climate Protection Plan. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity June 25, 2015 11:50 AM
CM Zim wants to know cost for implementing Climate Protection Plan. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity June 25, 2015 11:50 AM
AE staff: study will outline costs of implementing plan, verify AE numbers. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity June 25, 2015 11:51 AM
CM Zim wants to know if AE is okay w all top 3 finishers. #atxgov legal: yup. but legal opinion highlights who #atxcouncil can pick June 25, 2015 11:53 AM
RT @LillyRockwell: They are trying to sort out whether #atxcouncil has authority to pick different bidder. June 25, 2015 11:55 AM
.@sherigallod10 would rather #atxcouncil went w staff recomendation, Pace Global not Navigant. #atxgov June 25, 2015 11:56 AM
still, Nvigant passes yeas: 6 #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 11:56 AM
nays: 4 #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 11:57 AM
Item 15
#atxcouncil moves to item 15 Cmish appointments. @MayorSteveAdler says he wont vote for this item cause no chance to vet candidate #atxgov June 25, 2015 11:58 AM

Thursday, June 25, 2015 12PM

CM Zim moves to divide appointments into those received prior to and after agenda deadline. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 12:00 PM
deadline-okay list passes yeas: 10 (unanimous) #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 12:00 PM
#atxcouncil will now vote on names that missed the deadline. MPT @kathietovo defending approval. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 12:01 PM
MPT @kathietovo were all doing the best we can under a schedule that has been challenging #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 12:01 PM
MPT @kathietovo asks colleagues consideration. also notes many of her candidates have already served on commissions. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 12:02 PM
.@mayorsteveadler encourages late nominees to attend board nominated for, even if they are not approved today #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 12:04 PM
did i just hear that @EllenforAustin appointed former election opponent Ed Scruggs to a commission? #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 12:05 PM
late list passes anyway. yeas: 8 #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 12:06 PM
abstain: 2 (CM Zim, Mayor Adler) #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity June 25, 2015 12:06 PM
Item 19
#atxcouncil moves along to item 19, the WAYA contract extension #atxgov June 25, 2015 12:08 PM
.@mayorsteveadler going over state of negotiations, sounds like maybe some agreement has been reached here? #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 12:09 PM
RT @austintexasgov: #ATXCouncil approves the list of nominations for various boards and commissions. You can view the list here: http://t.c June 25, 2015 12:09 PM
RT @austintexasgov: #ATXCouncil approves the list of nominations for various boards and commissions. You can view the list here: http://t.c June 25, 2015 12:09 PM
#atxcouncil approves WAYA extension yeas: 10 off the dais: 1 (houston) #atxgov June 25, 2015 12:13 PM
Item 21
#atxcouncil tried to move along to item 21, drainage fee. not ready to move on this, itll be later. #atxgov June 25, 2015 12:13 PM
CM Zim has an amendment, proposing tiers here. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity @D5kitchen adds amendments, too June 25, 2015 12:14 PM
Item 22
.@poolforaustin intros item 22, a searchable database of #atxgov campaign finance reports. #atxcouncil June 25, 2015 12:15 PM
.@poolforaustin says new system would be ready for next election cycle. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 12:16 PM
system will cost $8k. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 12:17 PM
@MayorSteveAdler: the best way to do (this), the way the state does it, is cost prohibitive #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 12:18 PM
CM Zim: i would not support (this) with a high price tag #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity June 25, 2015 12:19 PM
to be clear, CM Zim supports this version of the system. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 12:21 PM
#atxgov Clerk: this is not efiling…thats the expensive part #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 12:22 PM
electronic finance stuff passes yeas: 10 (unanimous) #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 12:25 PM
#atxcouncil will come back to do drainage fee and the process for appointing commissioners. will be back at 1 to do AE briefings. #atxgov June 25, 2015 12:26 PM
.@austinmonitor crew heads for burgers! #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 12:26 PM

Thursday, June 25, 2015 2PM

#atxcouncil remains in its Austin Energy committee meeting. #atxgov June 25, 2015 02:01 PM
#atxcouncil turns back to its special called meeting. #atxgov June 25, 2015 02:10 PM
two items left here. briefing on #atxcouncil appointees is up first. #atxgov June 25, 2015 02:12 PM
.@mayorsteveadler introducing. this is more about the direct reports that #atxcouncil appoints. that is, the CMgr, Auditor, Clerk. #atxgov June 25, 2015 02:13 PM
#atxgov acting ACM Washington (also city HR director) hitting #atxcouncil w background. note this is ACM commenting on CMgr review process. June 25, 2015 02:15 PM
Washington where evals have failed…is that there are not clearly agreed upon goals #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 02:16 PM
Washington where evals have failed…is that there are not clearly agreed upon goals #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 02:16 PM
gotta say: this is a loaded discussion, given past #atxcouncil interactions w CMgr during evals. #atxgov June 25, 2015 02:18 PM
Washington notes 2013 written forms, came from #atxcouncil as CMgr under fire. #atxgov June 25, 2015 02:20 PM
didnt realize this: according to #atxgov staff, #atxcouncil members send their evals of CMgr to HR Director…who reports to CMgr June 25, 2015 02:21 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: Interesting: There are actual scores given to each appointee. #atxcouncil June 25, 2015 02:21 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: City Manager Marc Ott is evaluated w/ 10 categories, 49 subcategories. #atxcouncil June 25, 2015 02:21 PM
.@poolforaustin wonders whether eval should head to Auditor instead of HR command chain. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 02:26 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: .@MayorSteveAdler asks what is 365 review. Answer is: feedback from peers, customers, subordinates, managers. #atxcouncil June 25, 2015 02:29 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: Sounds like the 365 feedback is anonymous. #atxcouncil June 25, 2015 02:29 PM
CM Zim had raised this issue, wondered if #atxgov staff might worry about retaliation w feedback. #atxcouncil #zimcity June 25, 2015 02:30 PM
note: 2013 process, w written forms to #atxgov HR results in #atxcouncil reviews in HR files of employees, incl CMgr, Clerk, Auditor June 25, 2015 02:33 PM
RT @EllenforAustin: @MKanin You did! I reached out to all of the candidates in my race about their interest in serving & helping me to repr June 25, 2015 02:38 PM
.@mayorsteveadler underscores notion that review process discussion is just that…#atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 02:40 PM
CM Zim echoes @PoolforAustin concerns #atxcouncil reviews of 4 direct reports end up back in staff command chain #atxgov #zimcity June 25, 2015 02:42 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: CM Zim likes the idea of having City Auditor oversee eval process for direct appointments. #atxcouncil June 25, 2015 02:43 PM
.@dgarzaford2 notes that Auditor is also an appointee, might have same issue as CMgr staff holding CMgr review. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 02:44 PM
.@sherigallod10 wonders if #atxcouncil has access to previous evals. Staff: not much record, with one acception (last year) #atxgov June 25, 2015 02:45 PM
.@sherigallod10 asks if sessions are taped. they are, it seems. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 02:46 PM
CMgr Ott and city legal huddle for a second. legal: has to check w Cty Attorney to see if they can make tape available #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 02:47 PM
here is @austinmonitor report on last CMgr review, and the one piece of documentation mentioned by staff: http://t.co/JkNq8R3jPy #atxgov June 25, 2015 02:50 PM
here is @austinmonitor report on last CMgr review, and the one piece of documentation mentioned by staff: http://t.co/JkNq8R3jPy #atxgov June 25, 2015 02:50 PM
forgot to put this in the #atxcouncil feed: coverage of the 14 Ott review, where the one piece of doc is: http://t.co/JkNq8R3jPy June 25, 2015 02:53 PM
RT @lizpagano: If y’all are curious about the Ott Evaluation Letter of 2014, we wrote about the drama here: https://t.co/mqgdffNNJ3 #atxcou June 25, 2015 02:54 PM
#atxgov auditor notes that she has not yet seen a process where auditors office is involved in reviews of other appointees #atxcouncil June 25, 2015 02:55 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: City Auditor: Understands concern with using HR dept for evals, but she is not an HR expert. And it distracts from audit June 25, 2015 02:56 PM
#atxgov staff: process is not dissimilar from other processes across country. notes has no influence on outcome of evals #atxcouncil June 25, 2015 02:57 PM
MPT @kathietovo notes that eval forms become public info and thats why she doesnt want to use them. (not appropriate) #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 02:59 PM

Thursday, June 25, 2015 3PM

RT @LillyRockwell: .@kathietovo says forms did provide “useful guidance.” #atxcouncil June 25, 2015 03:00 PM
Item 21
#atxcouncil closes briefing on four direct report evals. heads along to final item 21, on the drainage fee. #atxgov June 25, 2015 03:01 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: Here is the question: Why would eval forms, notes be publicly available and not tapes? #atxcouncil June 25, 2015 03:01 PM
CM Zim rolling out amendment that would break fee into tiers based, it sounds, on impervious cover. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 03:04 PM
heres @tylercwhitson on the drainage fee from todays @austinmonitor http://t.co/Na6jk2LaPb #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 03:06 PM
.@D5kitchen: important to remember that we are not setting the amount only methodology #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 03:07 PM
#atxgov staff now going over two potential phase-in options for drainage fee changes. no tiered option ready for today #atxcouncil June 25, 2015 03:09 PM
first drainage phase in is an increase that would only result in %50 of real increase in first year. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 03:11 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: Two phase-in options: first one is called “50 percent transition cap.” Chrage could be between $2.78 to $20.67. #atxcoun June 25, 2015 03:12 PM
back to previous ? on direct report reviews for a minute: a source says past CMs did have access to perf review tapes. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 03:14 PM
back to yr regularly scheduled drainage fee discussion, already in progress. June 25, 2015 03:15 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: Parcels w/ most impervious cover will see largest reduction with a 50 percetn cap. Anywinw w/ an increase sees reduction June 25, 2015 03:15 PM
2nd proposed #atxgov transition plan offers a dollar cap ($16) in first year of drainage fee change. #atxcouncil June 25, 2015 03:17 PM
2nd proposed #atxgov transition plan offers a dollar cap ($16) in first year of drainage fee change. #atxcouncil June 25, 2015 03:17 PM
.@d5kitchen moves for first option, the %50 cap in the first year. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 03:18 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: With the $16 cap, on average, most folks would see less than $16, staff says. #atxcouncil June 25, 2015 03:19 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: .@D5Kitchen offers amendment supporting percentage transition cap, but not percentage determined yet. #atxcouncil June 25, 2015 03:20 PM
.@gregoriocasar notes that just 3 (or 6)% of homes will see a major increase w new drainage fee. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 03:27 PM
in other words: @GregorioCasar supports phase-in, but with some hesitation. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 03:28 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: Sorry about the glare but here is amendment they are discussing. #atxcouncil http://t.co/KlOm2NgIM9 June 25, 2015 03:30 PM
.@mayorsteveadler says that new drainage fee approach is measured, in terms of affordablitity. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 03:31 PM
.@mayorsteveadler also appears to note political capital banked by @GregorioCasar with his support of phase in #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 03:31 PM
.@d3forpio supports item noting that drainage fee $$s support buyout efforts in area floodplains #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 03:33 PM
drainage fee amendment passes yeas: 10 (unanimous) Off the dais: 1 (Housto) #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 03:33 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: Renteria: This is a very difficult decision. Big issue for me to always increase drainage fee. #atxcouncil June 25, 2015 03:34 PM
.@D5kitchen has another amendment. technical stuff on annual report and calculation of impervious cover #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 03:35 PM
AAA rep up. hasnt had a chance to look at amends. says %s seem to be in line w previous, will discuss w staff after #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 03:37 PM
RT @juliogatx: Shift in drainage fee distribution for staff proposal; unsure of new distribution given Kitchen’s runoff amnesty. http://t.c June 25, 2015 03:40 PM
LillyRockwell "Gotta be honest, I’m struggling to tweet about drainage fee b/c I haven’t covered this issue before. It’s so technical. #atxcouncil"
i hear ya, @LillyRockwell! June 25, 2015 03:44 PM
#atxcouncil approves second @D5Kitchen amendment yeas: 10 (unanimous) off the dais: 1 (Houston) #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 03:45 PM
CM Zim now offering his amendment. would remove a host of exemptions from drainage fee. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity June 25, 2015 03:46 PM
looks like State of Texas props, county props, #atxgov props could all be non-exempt under CM Zim amend. #atxcouncil #zimcity June 25, 2015 03:48 PM
seems nonprofs would also be non-exempt under CM Zim amendment #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity June 25, 2015 03:48 PM
seems nonprofs would also be non-exempt under CM Zim amendment #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity June 25, 2015 03:48 PM
MPT @kathietovo suggests no properties would be exempt. not quite accurate, says law, but many would lose exemption. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 03:49 PM
.@d5kitchen:CM Zim amend intriguing but not ready for discussion about exemptions yet. wants to send it to…committee #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 03:51 PM
and CM Zim w.draws amendment. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 03:52 PM
MPT @kathietovo calls for major outreach efforts to parties who would lose exemptions. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 03:52 PM
CM Zim has another amend. this is his tiers proposal. #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity June 25, 2015 03:53 PM
CM Zim amend does not specify number, bounds of tiers. would leave to watershed. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 03:54 PM
CM Zim gets a second from @EllenforAustin #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 03:54 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: CM Zim arguing that his amendment is still consistent with Kitchen’s percentage-based methodology. #atxcouncil June 25, 2015 03:56 PM
RT @LillyRockwell: CM Zim says tiers would apply to single-family residential only. #atxcouncil June 25, 2015 03:58 PM
prompted, staff says most impacted by tiers are at the low and high ends. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 03:59 PM

Thursday, June 25, 2015 4PM

.@d5kitchen wonders if phase and tiers could work together. sounds like #atxgov staff thinks they can make it work. #atxcouncil June 25, 2015 04:00 PM
MPT @kathietovo wonders whether staff thinks that tiers are a good way to proceed. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 04:01 PM
Watersheds director says tiers could help w complaints, but could also create more difficult technical issues #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 04:02 PM
bottom line: staff does not recommend tiered approach. #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 04:02 PM
CM Zim amendment fails yeas: 1 (CM Zim) #atxcouncil #atxgov #zimcity June 25, 2015 04:04 PM
nays: 8 off the dais: 2 (Houston, Adler) #atxcouncil #atxgov June 25, 2015 04:04 PM
and with that, #atxcouncil redux of drainage fee passes yeas: 9 (unanimous) off the dais: 2 (Adler, Houston) #atxgov June 25, 2015 04:05 PM
Item 25
#atxcouncil now formally ppds item 25, the red bluff hotel item. #atxgov June 25, 2015 04:05 PM
#atxcouncil adjourns until august. thanks all for following along! #atxgov June 25, 2015 04:06 PM
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