Tag Archives: City Manager Marc Ott

Thursday, May 14, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City learns how to deal with angry women, men

An ill-advised city training session designed to teach staff how to deal with female City Council members has most of Austin talking, angry and wondering how it happened in the first place. That includes Council members.During the session, which took…

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City, firefighters reach tentative agreement

After years of strife, the City of Austin and the Austin Firefighters Association successfully concluded the collective bargaining process Monday.Last November, City Council agreed to settle a lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Justice over alleged discrimination in the Austin…

Friday, March 27, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City-led Traffic Congestion Action Plan on the way

The Austin Monitor has obtained a memo from City Manager Marc Ott that briefly details plans for Austin’s new Traffic Congestion Action Plan, or “Traffic CAP,” though officials delayed a planned news conference on the topic until today due to…

Friday, March 13, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Ott splits Planning & Development Review Dept.

Like the couple that marries and divorces but marries again only to divorce a few years later, the Planning and Development Review Department is once again being broken into a neighborhood planning department and a development review department.In a memo…

Friday, March 13, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Ott addresses Zucker Report in city memo

The city released a draft copy of the Zucker Report last week amid growing curiosity about what it contained. This week, the aftershocks began.Zucker Systems analyzed the city’s Planning and Development Review Department last year, and in its 700-plus-page report,…

Thursday, February 19, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

For Austin’s City Manager, change is a constant

This week, Marc Ott celebrates his seventh anniversary as Austin’s city manager. The Austin Monitor sat down with him to talk about his tenure, the future and how his office is tackling the myriad changes proposed by the new City…

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by Jo Clifton

McDonald announces retirement from city service

After 31 years of service to the city, Deputy City Manager Michael McDonald has announced that he will retire at the end of December.McDonald, who had a distinguished career in the Austin Police Department and served as the first African-American…

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

City Council closing in on a final budget

City Council didn’t pull any punches at the start of Tuesday’s budget session, setting next year’s tax rate before anyone’s coffee had time to cool.Council members voted unanimously to adopt the tax rate of 48.09 cents per $100 taxable value,…

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by Alex Dropkin

Supporters jam hearing on SH45 SW environmental impact statement

Supporters of the State Highway 45 Southwest toll road project showed up in the of hundreds Tuesday night at a Texas Department of Transportation public hearing on the project’s draft environmental impact statement.While vocal opponents of the project – including…

Monday, July 28, 2014 by Jo Clifton

City asks TxDOT to stop SH45SW environmental impact statement

City Manager Marc Ott has asked the Texas Department of Transportation to withdraw its current draft environmental impact statement of State Highway 45 Southwest and suspend its technical review.In making the request, Ott cited three “pending critical environmental studies,” which…

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Ott pulls Austin Energy building plan from City Council agenda

Austin City Manager Marc Ott plans to remove a controversial item from today’s agenda that would authorize the design of a new Austin Energy headquarters. Speaking from the dais at Council’s regular Tuesday work session, Ott noted the need for…

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Halloween flood report points to shortcomings of emergency response

An after-action report on the City of Austin and Travis County’s response to the Halloween flood released last week said that there were myriad serious problems with the response to the emergency. Chief among them was a lack of ability…

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Council declines to spend FY2013 surplus, debates budget process

Austin City Council members Tuesday continued to wrestle with whether to spend any of the $14.2 million FY2013 budget surplus. In the end, they did not spend any of it and along the way Council Members Laura Morrison and Bill…

Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Council continues to move toward mid-year budget adjustment

City Manager Marc Ott and his budget staff expressed concern about the notion of another mid-year budget adjustment Tuesday even as City Council members moved forward with a process to consider such amendments.   As part of their regular Tuesday…

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by Austin Monitor

Remembering highlights of 2013

As we begin 2014, the Austin Monitor is taking a look back at 2013 in the thoughts and words of City Council members and City Manager Marc Ott. For most of them, 2013 was an important year with many major…

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Ott says 2013 brought both personal, professional accomplishments

City Manager Marc Ott says that, for him, 2013 had a lot of highlights.   Some were personal, like being the recipient of the Mark E. Keane Award for Career Excellence, which he received early in the year. That award…

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Strains show between Council, City Manager over Auditors’ office

Tensions continued to mount Tuesday between City Manager Marc Ott and a number of Austin City Council members. At immediate issue is where to relocate the office of City Auditor Ken Mory as City Hall is reconfigured to make room…

Monday, December 2, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Council, City Manager in tug-of-war over location of Auditor’s office

A debate over where the City Auditor sits after the transition to the 10-1 Council Districts government is pitting City Council members against City Manager Marc Ott. The rising tension over the issue finds some Council members preparing a resolution…

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Local leaders file disaster declarations in hope of federal assistance

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe, and Hays County Judge Bert Cobb have each filed local disaster declarations in the wake of massive flooding that struck Central Texas last week. The move could preface action by Texas…

Friday, August 30, 2013 by Michael Kanin

City Manager’s 2014 compensation becomes issue

Austin City Council Member Bill Spelman took the unusual step of abstaining Thursday on a vote over FY2014 compensation and benefits for City Manager Marc Ott. The move came as tension appears to mount between at least two Council offices…

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