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Council to convene special storm-themed meeting today
Thursday, February 25, 2021 by Elizabeth Pagano
Today, City Council will hold a special called meeting with just eight items on the agenda. Aside from a briefing on Covid-19 and the upcoming vote on the city’s camping ordinance, the meeting will focus on the impact and aftermath of winter storm Uri. Council members will take up items on waiving permitting and development fees related to storm cleanup, and loosen requirements for plumbers. Council will also look at the effect of the storm, power outages and ongoing water supply problems in a resolution that seeks to mitigate the overall impact on residents, including utility bills. (A separate ordinance will, if approved, explicitly waive city utility late fees.) The plan, insofar as these things actually exist, is to take up the briefings in the morning with speakers and the rest of the agenda to follow after lunch. Though the agenda has not yet been posted, Council’s regular meeting next Thursday will likely address most of the items that were on the canceled Feb. 18 agenda.