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TipSheet: Travis County, 11.14.17

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

The Travis County Commissioners Court meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday. In the interest of space, we’ve decided not to post the entire agenda here. The County Clerk’s office hosts a copy at its website.

3. Receive comments regarding a resolution of no objection for Boyce Parmer Apartment Homes, to be located at the intersection of Boyce Lane and East Parmer Lane, Austin, TX 78754. (Action Item 35) (Commissioner Travillion)

35. Consider and take appropriate action on a resolution of no objection for Boyce Parmer Apartment Homes, to be located at the intersection of Boyce Lane and East Parmer Lane, Austin, TX 78754. (Public Hearing 3) (Commissioner Travillion)

Monitor’s Take: Another subsidized housing development needs the Commissioners Court’s clearance to receive its necessary tax credits. We won’t be surprised though if there’s some discussion about its proposed location in what isn’t exactly an area of opportunity equivalent to, say, Tarrytown.

10. Consider and take appropriate action regarding an amendment to the method of distribution for the CDBG Disaster Recovery funds from the Texas General Land Office in response to the May and October 2015 floods, including: a. Draft summary of the amendment to the method of distribution for public comment b. 14-day public comment period beginning November 27, 2017, through December 11, 2017 c. Advertisement in the Austin American-Statesman and Ahora Sí announcing the 14-day public comment period d. Other related items (Commissioners Shea & Gómez)

Monitor’s Take: Two years after a pair of devastating floods, the state General Land Office is adding more than $3 million to the county’s recovery funds, bringing the total to $8,644,235. To get there though, there’s a bureaucratic two-step to dance through, which this particular item appears to kick off.

18. Consider and take appropriate action on the following items related to the FY18 Gault Building Backfill Project: a. Allocation of the Gault Building space at 509 West 11th Street as shown on schematic design drawings: 1) First Floor – 8,324 square feet (SF) to the Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) and 1,307 SF to the Tax Collection Office 2) Second Floor – 7,372 SF to District Clerk’s Office and 4,626 SF to the Adult Probation Pretrial Division 3) Third Floor – 6,348 SF to Criminal Court Administration and 3,311 SF to the District Attorney Grand Jury b. Relocation of Adult Probation Division to the 8th and 9th floors of the Executive Office Building (EOB) at 411 West 13th Street c. Approval of a schematic design for Gault Building Backfill Project d. Reallocation of $71,080 from Gault Building FY18 approved budget to EOB renovation for Community Supervision and Corrections Department (CSCD) Probation Division (Commissioner Gómez)

Monitor’s Take: That sound you hear is the county gearing up for a long-awaited round of musical chairs. Two years after the court approved its construction, the district attorney’s new headquarters is nearing completion. The exodus of DA employees from the Gault Building at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center will create room for a new court space there.

24. Consider and take appropriate action regarding a license agreement with Stalwart Films for use of a portion of Reimers Ranch Park (parcel that was purchased from Eugene Reimers with 2011 Bond funds) as a filming location in Precinct Three. (Commissioner Daugherty)

Monitor’s Take: Dear readers: Pierce Brosnan could soon be filming part of his AMC drama “The Son” on Travis County property. What a time to be alive.

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Travis County Commissioners Court: The legislative body for Travis County. It includes representatives from the four Travis County Precincts, as well as the County Judge. The County Judge serves as the chair of the Court.

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