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Tip Sheet: Austin City Council 9.30 and 10.2
Austin City Council meets for a work session Tuesday at 9 a.m. and then for its regular meeting on Thursday at 10 a.m.
In the interest of space, we’ve decided not to post the entire agenda here. The City Clerk’s office hosts a copy of the full agenda on its website.
These are items listed as part of the draft Council agenda. It is subject to change.
Items of note this week include:
9. Authorize negotiation and execution of an encroachment agreement with the TRAVIS COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT and THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM for the aerial encroachment of right of way by a pedestrian bridge at 601 East 15th Street.
Monitor’s take: The new medical school wants to construct an enclosed skyway over 15th Street at Red River for the new teaching hospital. The idea was endorsed by the Planning Commission over the objections of the city’s Design Commission. Medical school officials say the skyway would convey some 6,000 people a day — ranging from people in wheelchairs to patients, doctors and volunteers — safely over a heavily trafficked roadway. Design Commissioners preferred to keep the crosswalk at ground level.
35 Approve a resolution relating to the evaluation, compensation and benefits of the City Manager.
36. Approve a resolution relating to the evaluation, compensation and benefits of the City Clerk.
37. Approve a resolution relating to the evaluation, compensation and benefits of the City Auditor.
38. Approve an ordinance relating to the evaluation, compensation and benefits for the Municipal Court Clerk.
Monitor’s take: Council Members Bill Spelman and Mike Martinez are sponsoring items to complete annual reviews of the City Manager, City Clerk, City Auditor and Municipal Court Clerk. Earlier this summer, Council members took up evaluations in executive session but took no action at that time.
58. Approve second and third reading of an ordinance defining transportation network companies (TNCs) and directing the City Manager to enter into agreements with TNCs allowing their operation, creating a penalty, and amending City Code Chapter 13-2 to increase certain penalties.
Monitor’s take: Council approved regulations for TNCs such as Uber and Lyft last Thursday on first reading. Look for some amendments and tweaking of the ordinance before a second and possibly a third reading.
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