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TipSheet: Travis County 6.9.15

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 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.

Items of interest include:

11. Consider and take appropriate action on Travis County appointee to the City of Austin Animal Advisory Commission. (Judge Eckhardt)

Monitor’s Take: An affirmative vote on this item would endorse Judge Sarah Eckhardt’s proposal to Austin Mayor Steve Adler that would create a new position on the Animal Advisory Commission that would represent a “small municipality, village, or township within Travis County” according to the backup material.

17. Consider and take appropriate action on the proposed Civil and Family Courts Complex project update including: A) Amendment to the AECOM contract to perform valuation services for the south portion of the block; and B) Other financial and legal considerations.

Monitor’s Take: The proposed Civil and Family Courthouse is a $292 million project that will likely take center-stage during the approach to Election Day 2015. Any change in the agreement with the engineering firm AECOM could create a significant civic splash.

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Key Players & Topics In This Article

Animal Advisory Commission: The Animal Advisory Commission advises the Austin City Council and the Travis County Commissioners Court on Texas Health and Safety Code compliance regarding animal shelters and on animal welfare policies.

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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