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TipSheet: Travis County Commissioners 5.19.15

Tuesday, May 19, 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:

10. Receive briefing on legal and procedural implications of a possible City of Austin property tax appraisal challenge. (This item may be taken into Executive Session under the Consultation with Attorney exception.) (Judge Eckhardt)

Monitor’s Take: This item stems from a resolution passed by Austin City Council last June that commissioned a study of commercial property appraisals. Last week, Council heard a briefing on that study and this item before the Commissioners Court will include an update from county staff on the implications of any future city decisions.

19. Receive presentation from Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro) staff and County board appointment updating the Court on their ongoing projects and planning. (Judge Eckhardt)

Monitor’s Take: The latest in a series of briefings requested by Judge Sarah Eckhardt to get the Commissioners Court up to speed on the goings-on in the County, this presentation will come from Capital Metro and will include, among other things, an update on the status of Project Connect in the wake of last year’s failed urban rail initiative.

31. Approve Modification No. 2 to Contract No. 4400001874, Flintco Constructive Solutions, LLC, Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for the 416 W. 11th Street Office Building and Parking Structure. (Judge Eckhardt)

Monitor’s Take: A modification to Flintco’s contract to build the Ronnie Earle Building that will serve as the future headquarters of the District Attorney’s Office. In March, the commissioners voted to set a guaranteed maximum price of $42 million, down from the original $45 million price offered in October. According to the backup documents, Flintco will make the bulk the savings by leaving two floors unfinished. The new proposed guaranteed maximum price is set at $42,487,620.

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