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TipSheet: Travis County Commissioners Court, 2.24

Monday, February 23, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

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:

6. Consider and take appropriate action on request for provision of law enforcement services related to need for public safety for the upcoming Austin Urban Music Festival, an African American Quality of Life event. (Commissioner Davis)

Monitor’s Take: This item deals with overtime pay for constables tapped to work security at this year’s Austin Urban Music Festival. Last year, the county ended up spending $11,609.65 to assist APD at the two-day concert on Auditorium Shores. (Backup)

13. Consider and take appropriate action on the discussion of County-owned properties with greater development potential. (Judge Eckhardt)

Monitor’s Take: This item spotlights nine properties across the county. Four are in Downtown Austin, including Block 26 on Lavaca Street just west of the Governor’s Mansion. County staff have recommended applying more scrutiny to the properties in the form of environmental reports and appraisals in order to bolster further discussions about redeveloping or even selling them. (Backup)

15. Consider and take appropriate action regarding a new complex for the Precinct Four South Community Center in Del Valle. (Commissioner Gómez)

Monitor’s Take: This would green-light a new community center facility to replace the aging one at 3518 FM 979. The proposed project would double the size of the existing center, increase parking, and potentially include a clinic operated by Central Health. Construction would start as early as next year and cost an estimated $3.5 million. (Backup)

30. Receive state required Racial Profiling Report for calendar year 2014 from the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. (Judge Eckhardt)

Monitor’s Take: Sheriff Hamilton has prepared his office’s annual racial profiling report which commissioners will vote to receive tomorrow. Anyone in Vegas betting on dramatic bombshells might pay close attention to this line at the end of the sheriff’s report: “The Internal Affairs division of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office reported no complaints of racial profiling in 2014.” (Backup)

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