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TipSheet: Travis County Commissioners, March 3.

Tuesday, March 3, 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:

12. Receive update from staff on predevelopment consulting services related to potential new development at North Campus. (Judge Eckhardt)

Monitor’s Take: Facilities Management Department officials will brief commissioners on the North Campus Master Plan, the proposed redevelopment of county property on Airport Blvd. Staff is recommending a mixed-use project with county offices, mixed-income housing, and retail businesses.

13. Consider and take appropriate action on fiscal year 2016 budget issues, including the fiscal year 2016 Budget Guidelines. (Judge Eckhardt)

Monitor’s Take: This is one of the early steps in the long slog to craft next year’s budget. The guidelines give the Planning and Budget Office a set of priority directives for how to allocate resources.

14. Consider and take appropriate action on the Ronnie Earle Office Building and give staff direction on next steps. (Judge Eckhardt)

Monitor’s Take: Commissioners could settle a feud simmering between the Facilities Management Department and the Purchasing Office of the cost of a new office building for the district attorney on W. 11th Street. As reported in the Monitor, commissioners heard from both sides two weeks ago but didn’t take a final vote then due to the absences of Commissioner Davis and Commissioner Daugherty.

17. Approve contract award for Hamilton Pool Road Safety Improvements, RFQ No. Q1306-018-LP, to the most highly qualified firm, Binkley & Barfield, Inc. (Judge Eckhardt)

Monitor’s Take: A big-money contract to start the first phase of making Hamilton Pool Road safer. The $530,480 will cover data collection and evaluation of roadway conditions from the Pedernales River to RM 12.

21. Receive presentation from the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) on the MoPac South Environmental Study. (Commissioner Shea & Commissioner Daugherty)

Monitor’s Take: CTRMA will update commissioners on the progress of the MoPac South Environmental Study. The project was launched in April 2013 and is expected to continue until the fall. It specifically focuses on the southern corridor of MoPac from Cesar Chavez St. down to Slaughter Ln.

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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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