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TipSheet: Travis County, 4.10.18

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 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.

5. Consider and take appropriate action on the 2018 Travis County Facilities Master Plan Update. (Commissioner Gómez)

Monitor’s Take: The last time the court approved a countywide facilities master plan was 2015. Several months later, voters upended that document by rejecting a $287 million bond to build a new civil courthouse at 308 Guadalupe St. The updated draft covers the change in strategy since then and also features other developments such as the acquisition of the U.S. courthouse at West Eighth and Lavaca streets.

8. Consider and take appropriate action on the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) 2019–22 Project Call and recommendations. (Judge Eckhardt)

Monitor’s Take: Last week, County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said she would post this item on this week’s agenda in order to discuss the CAMPO meeting scheduled for Monday night. We’re drafting this TipSheet before that meeting, so we can only use our foresight to presume that certain commissioners who also happen to be CAMPO board members will probably raise a fuss over the most recent draft Transportation Improvement Program’s thin count of transit and transportation demand management proposals.

14. Approve contract award for Professional Architectural/Engineering Services for Wells Branch Parkway Traffic and Safety Study, RFQ No. Q1508-009-LP, to the most qualified Firm, SE3, LLC. (Commissioner Daugherty)

Monitor’s Take: The original solicitation for this study of Wells Branch Parkway between Interstate 35 and MoPac Expressway appears to have gone out in 2015. Three years later, the county is on the cusp of giving SE3, LLC $88,950 to figure out effective ways to both get cars moving faster through the corridor while also improving safety.

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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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