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Road Bike and Patio Dog Door insert for sale
posted by Cally Martin on May 14th, 2014 10:22 PM
FOR SALE: Specialized Allez Comp, women's 52cm road bike. Shimano wheels. Low miles, great condition. Has not been used for awhile and needing to get a more versatile cruising bike. Asking $350 o.b.o Patio insert dog door:(Fast Fit) brand new, still in box never used or installed. Medium dog size 7" x 11 1/4", silver satin color. $75. Custom wheels w/Cooper tires- 6 lug SUV.- $1500 Please email callyemartin@gmail.com">callyemartin@gmail.com Thank you. Cally
Fast Fit patio pet door, womens size 10 heels, specialized Allez road bike FOR SALE
posted by Cally Martin on March 30th, 2014 5:36 PM
I have a few items that are for sale. Please see photos and descriptions below and PM or email me if interested. callyemartin@gmail.com">callyemartin@gmail.com Women's Specialized Allez road bike- $600.00 low miles and great condition. (needing a more versatile everyday bike and the road bike has been sitting unused for years...) Shimano wheels, click-in pedals (Also have size 9.5 shimano clip-in shoes) 2005 Chevy Tahoe; good condition, 109k, no accidents, no major blemishes interior/exterior, well cared for, has trailer braking control system installed, New brakes/rotors, New tires 1 year ago,20" custom wheels, removable third row, DVD movie screen - $13,000. FastFit patio pet door- brand new still in box, Silver- $100.00 obo Women's size 10, Gianni Bini Pink heels with staps/pointed toe, NEVER BEEN worn- $40 Logitech speakers and subwoofer- $100 obo Thank you.
Important Upcoming Meetings for AISD
posted by JennaMartin on October 21st, 2013 6:13 PM
The Kealing neighborhood program (not magnet) has historically had very low state test scores. However, that program is changing under the leadership of Principal Robin Lowe. I highly recommend you reach out to her to tell her what you want to see in a middle school. Jenna MartinTeacher at Kealing Middle School
Lost Mail
posted by Cally Martin on March 19th, 2013 1:39 PM
I am reaching out to all Mueller neighbors, specifically Camacho St residents. I am missing a piece of mail that was sent from a Salem, Oregon address to Cally Martin, (Camacho St). My mother says she addressed it correctly but it is possible that it got addressed wrong or dropped into a neighbors mail box. It hasn't been returned to sender and I'd think USPS has had ample time to deliver an envelope by now so I am reaching out to y'all to hopefully track it down. If anyone has seen this piece of mail (greeting card sized) that was mistakenly delivered to their address back around February 18th, can you please private message me. Thank you so much! Cally Martin
GRE matierials
posted by Cally Martin on December 31st, 2012 9:59 AM
Happy Holidays! Does anyone have an up to date set of the GRE study guides/review practice tests I could borrow or take off your hands? I have a long while before I need to take the test but I would like to get an ample head start. Please PM me or email me at martin@seton.org">cemartin@seton.org. Thank you! Cally martin@seton.org">cemartin@seton.org
NEW Austin Landscape Conversion Incentive: Lawn Remodel
posted by Rahm McDaniel on September 22nd, 2011 11:44 AM
Hi Joe I'm not finding that in my copy of the covenants, but I don't doubt that it's there, maybe I'm looking at the wrong thing. There are a number of things in our covenants that were simply imported as boilerplate from other neighborhood documents without much thought, and this strikes me as one.Bermuda (and I know I'm preaching to the choir here) is an invasive imported species that is actively damaging the native ecology of Central Texas. While it's probably here to stay, we don't have to chain ourselves to it as the exclusive landscape grass of this neighborhood. ideally, we wouldn't even allow the landscape contractors to install it here, because it's completely inconsistent with the sustainability goals of the neighborhood.Requiring the use of Bermuda to the exclusion of natives like Buffalo grass is roughly akin to not only requiring people to provide nest holes for European starlings but also to chase away purple martins. Now because it's unlikely that anybody would actually complain about a neighbor replacing the Bermuda with a good native grass (particularly when the city is offering incentives to do it) I'm not too concerned about what the covenants say, but nevertheless we should try to move the developer towards a solution that's more consistent with the overall environmental objectives of this project. This POA belongs to us, and Alliance works for us. I think at some point we need to have a thorough scrub of the POA covenants to build a set of covenants that are appropriate to mueller specifically, but in the meantime this should be changed, and future development should encourage native grasses.
Programa de Lenguaje Dual Llegara a Maplewood muy pronto / Dual Language Program Coming Soon to Maplewood
posted by arqui_barr on April 20th, 2011 11:46 PM
Stephen & CaseyYes you will need to apply for the DL program @ Maplewood even though it is your son's home school.An idea opportunity to apply for the DL program is the upcoming Kindergarten roundup on Tuesday, May 3, though you should feel free to go up to Maplewood and sign up in advance. http://www.austinisd.org/articles/aisd-2011-2012-kindergarten-roundup-tuesday-may-3There will be 3 kindergarten classes at Maplewood next year. One of those classes will be the Two-Way Dual Language class. Ideally it will be made up of an equal number of English Language Learners, and Spanish Language Learners, so yes, there are a limited number of spots. If there are more applicants than DL spots, there will be a lottery to select the DL participants. English Language Learners who qualify by examination for bilingual services from AISD will automatically be placed in the DL program.Sincerely,Martin
Traffic safety at 51st/Airport/Clarkson intersections
posted by Betsy on January 15th, 2011 8:54 AM
Our neighbors in Hyde Park are discussing safety concerns at the intersection of 51st St at Airport and at Clarkson with City staff. They've outlined the concerns below and asked that any Mueller residents who have experienced these or other issues at this location call 311. -----------------------The 51st Street lights at Duval and Clarkson were installed to solve safety issues of these intersections. Inadvertently, however, more problems have been created due to the installation. Most of the new problems are safety issues-a few of which are at the intersections targeted. Some of the issues we are working to address with the city:1) Vehicle Accident #1-Clarkson/51st/Airport intersections-Turning westbound onto 51st from Airport-the Clarkson light is not in sync with the Airport lights so that as soon as you turn onto 51st westbound-Clarkson is red unexpectedly in a short area-causing some drivers to stop on the tracks and creating yet another scenario for more potential accidents (rear end accidents, being caught on tracks when train comes). This is because motorists do not expect to stop immediately after being given the signal to turn onto a road. This is a very unusual intersection. 2) Vehicle Accident #2-Clarkson/51st/Airport Intersections-Massive increased traffic volume on 51st since the ONE WAY/DO NOT ENTER signs were placed at the 3 streets prior to 51st on the Southbound I-35 Frontage Road approximately 8 months ago. This is creating a massive backup on 51st westbound at Airport-which has prompted drivers to pull into the LEFT TURN ONLY lane to avoid sitting at that light for 2-4 cycles then speeding straight across the tracks and illegally merging with the westbound traffic-creating a new accident prone situation. 3) Bicyclist Accident on 51st- Drivers frustrated by extensive wait at all 3 lights do not want to wait yet again when someone turns left off of 51st. Instead it seems to have become the norm on 51st between Guadalupe and Airport to drive around the car stopped attempting a left turn. This means drivers are now driving regularly into the bike lane illegally to pass which endangers bicyclists creating another unsafe situation. Since the Clarkson light was installed, the bicycle traffic has drastically decreased due to the increased dangers. This is one of the few East-West routes for bicyclists designated with bike lanes. 4) Pedestrian Accident at SCHOOL crossings on 51st & Caswell- Ridgetop Elementary is at the corner of 51st/Caswell. Children cross 51st & Caswell often without adult supervision at all times of the day/night. Older children get off the city bus stop at this intersection and cross 51st & Caswell on their way home from junior high and high school. In the evenings and weekends children utilize the playground at this school-again crossing these streets unaided by an adult-often in the dark. Most cars never stop for these kids as they wait to cross at the designated crossings. Most drivers speed through the crossings to regain time lost sitting unnecessarily through 2-4 light cycles at each light. 5) Pedestrian Accident at SCHOOL crossings on 51st, Duval, 50th, Evans-The Griffin School will be relocating to 50th Street at Evans next Spring. This is a high school with students who drive, bike and walk to school. Some take city buses then walk the rest of the way to school from the various bus stops. Many of the students/faculty will be trying to cross 51st & Duval in addition to going through the 51st Street intersections at Duval and Clarkson adding to the already congested traffic from these lights. 51st Street and Duval Speeders make these crossings and Left turns unsafe. The traffic congestion backs up on 51st to Evans from both Duval and Clarkson lights -making it difficult to see oncoming cars (esp. speeders) when attempting to turn Left from Evans onto 51st. This is an accident waiting to happen where a 51st Street driver T-bones the Evans driver attempting to get onto 51st. Add new teenage drivers to this unsafe scenario to create even more eventuality of a deadly accident involving not just vehicles but teenage bicyclists and pedestrians. 6) Pedestrian Accident at CHURCH crossings on 51st, Caswell, Eilers & Martin-4 church pedestrian crossings are impacted by speeders cutting thru side streets of 51st...one is on 51st, four are on side streets of 51st within 1 block of 51st -all between Clarkson & Duval. Same scenario here with speeders and frustrated drivers not stopping at designated crossings in an attempt to speed up and regain time stolen from unnecessarily sitting thru multiple cycles at each light. 7) Speeding on 51st & Duval created from drivers racing to make the green light at Duval/51st and Clarkson/51st as they do not want to sit at yet another red light thru what is often 2-3, sometimes 4, cycles -making it difficult for drivers, pedestrians & bicyclists to cross safely 8) Speeding down side streets that intersect 51st between Airport & Rowena due to delays of lights (lack of proper timing) at Clarkson/51st and Duval/51st. These are residential streets in which children play and ride their bikes. Many bicyclists utilize the side streets to go North-South and must now contend with irate speeding drivers blow by them, narrowly missing hitting them. 9) Traffic Congestion on 51st between Duval & Airport - due to TIMING issues between Duval, Clarkson, Airport lights in addition to the increased traffic redirected onto 51st now that the ONE WAY signs are on the 3 roads feeding to the southbound frontage road of I-35. This congestion is creating a massive increase of noise pollution, air pollution and litter due to cars idling unnecessarily for absurd lengths of time while they wait thru multiple light cycles at Duval & Clarkson. 10) Blocked side streets of 51st from Airport to Rowena-Traffic congestion on 51st at Duval/Clarkson/Airport lights is causing drivers to block side streets making it impossible to cross 51st or even join the caravan of traffic on it. It is common to have to wait 5minutes or longer at these intersections before being able to cross or turn onto 51st. 11) Dangerous side street intersections of 51st from Airport to Rowena-on the rare occasion during traffic congestion when a driver does not block the side street access, the small opening to cross 51st or turn Left onto 51st is now a dangerous intersection making it difficult to see oncoming cars when attempting to turn Left onto 51st. This is an accident waiting to happen where a 51st driver T-bones the side street driver attempting to cross or get onto 51st. Add speeding drivers to that to create a deadly accident waiting to happen.
Bartholomew District Park Master Plan Public Input Survey
posted by arqui_barr on September 1st, 2010 10:25 PM
Can the multi-use fields in B and C be used for soccer?Only Plan A specifically identifies soccer as a proposed use. Considering the popularity of soccer in the communities surrounding the park, I think it would be a missed opportunity if soccer fields were left out of the proposed park improvements.Martin
Pool considerations for next season - Pool hours
posted by arqui_barr on September 1st, 2010 9:18 PM
Next summer, I'd like to see a schedule that allows for swim lessons and particularly swim team practice to be held at times more convenient for working families, i.e. early evening during the pool break. This year swim team was 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. When asked about the inconvenient schedule, lifeguard4hire deferred to the pool committee. I don't mind the 30 minute break, and I didn't mind the 1 hour break either. In fact, I can see a perfect use for the pool during that 1 hour. If possible, could a 1 hour evening break be placed strategically to close the public Class B pool, and then immediately reopen for 1 hour of private swim team practice, and then close/reopen as a Class C pool.Many Mueller families couldn't make the swim team schedule, so while we had only half a team, the Patterson Park swim team had almost 60 team members, many Muellerites. Our team is just a developmental team, but we need more members and more supporters if we are ever to compete. We have talented instructors, and talented swimmers who could really thrive if just given the opportunity.Thanks,Martin
Homeless RV Park
posted by manijeh Huereca on June 23rd, 2010 3:37 PM
Del Valle needs your support tomorrow!!!!Hi All,Del Valle needs your support tomorrow!!!!The City of Austin will be voting on the Homeless RV Park proposed inDel Valle. This is NOT what Del Valle needs or wants!As listed on Agenda item 83:"Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to work with theCentral Texas Federal Congressional delegation to assess thelikelihood of obtaining FAA approval to release City airport land foruse by the Mobile Loaves and Fishes' Habitat on Wheels program,including the financial impact; to evaluate other City owned propertythat is available and appropriate for use by the Mobile Loaves andFishes Habitat on Wheels program; and to report back to Council withinsixty days. (Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez Mayor Lee Leffingwell CouncilMember Randi Shade)"I urge you to be there for Del Valle Tomorrow. Please raise yourvoice and let Del Valle be heard! This was not good enough for otherareas of Austin where it was proposed and shot down, and now they aretrying to dump this in our laps!Please meet us at 301 W. Second Street, Austin, TXIf you would like to speak you need to register at the kiosk at thelocation listed above before the item is called. If more than 5 of uswill register to speak the council will pull it up for discussionduring the meeting. Please register to speak out on this issue thateffects each and every resident of Del Valle.In line follows the agenda. I will be there tomorrow and I hope youwill too. The citizens of Del Valle can come together on this issueand support one another.9:55 AM -- Invocation Rabbi Neil Blumofe, Congregation Agudas Achim10:00 AM -- City Council ConvenesApproval of Minutes1 . Approve the minutes of the Austin City Council regular meeting ofJune 10, 2010.Backup MaterialAustin Water Utility2 . Authorize negotiation and execution of a two-year InterlocalAgreement between the University of Texas and the City of Austin Texasfor consulting services regarding chemical usage at the City’s watertreatment plants for a total of $128,000. Funding in the amount of$65,000 is available in the Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Operating Budget ofthe Austin Water Utility. Funding for the second year of the agreementis contingent upon available funding in future budgets. Recommended bythe Water and Wastewater Commission.Backup MaterialCity Clerk3 . Authorize the City Clerk to negotiate and execute an InterlocalContract with Travis and Williamson Counties for Election Services.Funding is contingent upon approval of appropriations for the FiscalYear 2010-2011.Backup MaterialContract and Land Management4 . Authorize execution of a contract with JOHN A. WALKER ROOFING CO,INC., Texas City, TX, through the LOCAL GOVERNMENT PURCHASINGCOOPERATIVE for the installation of a single seam roof replacement atthe Old Bakery & Emporium in an amount not to exceed $222,105. Fundingis available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget of the Parksand Recreation Department. Cooperative Purchase through the LOCALPURCHASING COOPERATIVE. John A. Walker Roofing INC., is an approvedcontractor through the competitive procurement process authorized byTexas Statute, Local government Code, Chapter 271, Subchapter F. Thiscontract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9A of the CityCode (Minority Owned and Women Owned Business Enterprise ProcurementProgram). Although this contract is a Cooperative Purchase andexempted under Chapter 791 of the Texas Local Government Code and nogoals were established for this solicitation, 0.84% MBE and 1.26% WBEsubcontractor participation has been met.Backup Material5 . Authorize execution of a construction contract with FACILITIESREHABILITATION, INC. (MBE/MH – 93.18%), Taylor, TX for an AnnualService Agreement for Wastewater Manhole Rehabilitation Rebid –Indefinite Delivery/ Indefinite Quantity in the amount of $989,500 forthe first year with an option for two, one year extensions. The firstyear extension option is in an amount of $1,187,400 and the secondyear extension option in an amount of $1,424,880 for a total contractamount not to exceed $3,601,780. Funding in the amount of $989,500 isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget of the AustinWater Utility. Funding for the extension options are contingent uponavailable funding in future budgets. Lowest bid of six (6) bidsreceived. This contract will be awarded in compliance in Chapter 2-9Aof the City Code (Minority Owned and Women Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program) by meeting the goals with 93.18% MBE Primecontractor and 2.27% MBE and 4.55% WBE subcontractor participation.Recommended by Water and Wastewater Commission.Backup Material6 . Authorize execution of a construction contract with DON KELLYCONSTRUCTION, INC., Bozeman, MT for the South IH-35 Water andWastewater Infrastructure Improvements Program, Onion Creek WastewaterTie-In Line – Phase 1 in the amount of $1,595,614 plus a $79,780.70contingency, for a total contract amount not to exceed $1,675,394.70.Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget ofthe Austin Water Utility. Lowest bid of ten (10) bids received. Thiscontract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9A of the CityCode (Minority Owned and Women Owned Business Enterprise ProcurementProgram) by meeting the goals with 16.96% MBE and 3.93% WBEsubcontractor participation. Reviewed by the Water and WastewaterCommission.Backup Material7 . Authorize execution of Change Order #1 and Change Order #2 to theconstruction contract with AUSTIN ENGINEERING CO, INC, Austin, TX, forthe South IH-35 Water and Wastewater Infrastructure ImprovementsProgram Transmission Main - Segment 4 in the amount of $73,262.75 fora total contract amount not to exceed $878,328.38. Funding isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget of the AustinWater Utility. This contract will be awarded in compliance withChapter 2-9A of the City Code (Minority Owned and Women Owned BusinessEnterprise Procurement Program) with 5.48% MBE and 2.12% WBEsubcontractor participation to date including these change orders.Recommended by the Water and Wastewater Commission.Backup Material8 . Authorize execution of a construction contract with CASHCONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC., Pflugerville, TX, for the South IH-35Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements Program Segment17/18/19 - Slaughter Lane Extension to Thaxton Road, 48-inch WaterMain in the amount of $2,494,275 plus a $124,713.75 contingency, for atotal contract amount not to exceed $2,618,988.75. Funding isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget of the AustinWater Utility. Lowest bid of seven (7) bids received. This contractwill be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9A of the City Code(Minority Owned and Women Owned Business Enterprise ProcurementProgram) through the achievements of Good Faith Efforts with 1.51% MBEand 4.70% WBE subcontractor participation. Reviewed by the Water andWastewater Commission.Backup Material9 . Authorize execution of a construction contract with J.S. ELECTRIC,INC. (WBE/FW - 33.40%), Buda, TX, for the Disaster Recovery System -Waller Creek Generator Replacement project in the amount of $380,500plus a $19,025 contingency, for a total contract amount not to exceed$399,525. Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 CapitalBudget of the Austin Water Utility. Lower of two (2) bids received.This contract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9A of theCity Code (Minority Owned and Women Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program) by meeting the goals with 12.2% MBE subcontractorand 33.4% WBE contractor participation. Recommended by the Water andWastewater Commission.Backup Material10 . Authorize execution of Change Order #4 to the constructioncontract with RANGER EXCAVATING, L.P., Austin, TX, for FM 812 LandfillFinal Closure and Erosion Control Improvements project in the amountof $470,000, for a total contract amount not to exceed $6,197,483.50.Funding in the amount of $470,000 is available in the Fiscal Year2009-2010 Capital Budget of the Solid Waste Services Department. Thiscontract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9A of the CityCode (Minority Owned and Women Owned Business Enterprise ProcurementProgram) with 6.55% MBE and 6.32% WBE subcontractor participation todate including this change order. Recommended by the Solid WasteAdvisory Commission.Backup Material11 . Approve a resolution authorizing the filing of eminent domainproceedings for the Waller Creek Tunnel Project to acquire a 9,771square foot drainage easement and a 5,443 square foot temporaryworkspace easement, out of Lots 2, 3 and 4 and a portion of a 20-foot-wide alley vacated by the City of Austin, Block 37, original City ofAustin, Travis County, Texas, in the amount of $397,554. The owner ofthe property is LION OUTDOOR, LLC The property is located at 706 and708 East 4th Street. Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Capital Budget of the Watershed Protection Department.Backup Material12 . Approve a resolution authorizing the filing of eminent domainproceedings for the Fort Branch WMA Reach 6 & 7 – Truelight Area andEleanor Drive Area Project to acquire a 1,843 square foot permanentdrainage easement out of Lot 16, Block 1, Lincoln Gardens, Section 1 asubdivision in the City of Austin, Travis County, Texas, in the amountof $4,794.00. The owner of the needed property interests is Elton F.Zulauf. The property is located at 1228 Fort Branch Boulevard, Austin,Travis County, Texas. Funding is included in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Capital Budget of the Watershed Protection Department.Backup Material13 . Approve an ordinance vacating a portion of the public access ofthe 20 foot wide alley on Block 18, of the Original City of Austin,Travis County, Texas, according to the Map or Plat thereof, on recordat the General Land Office of the State of Texas, adjoining Lots 1-4,and a portion of Lot 5, and Lots 10, 11, and 12 to FINLEY COMPANY anda portion of Lot 8 and all of Lot 9 to LACK & HURLEY, INC. Recommendedby the Urban Transportation Commission and the Planning Commission.Backup Material14 . Authorize the negotiation and execution of a 120-month lease, tobe effective on or about December 1, 2010, for approximately 2,600square feet of nutritional counseling space for the Women Infants andChildren Program of the Health and Human Services Department, locatedat 6801 South IH-35, Suites 1-I and 1-J, from LX-NORTHBLUFF CENTERL.P., Austin TX, in an amount not to exceed $891,754. Funding in theamount of $320,000 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 OperatingBudget of the Health and Human Services Department. Funding for theremaining lease term period is contingent upon available funding infuture budgets.Backup Material15 . Authorize negotiation and execution of a Design-Build Agreementwith CHASCO CONSTRUCTORS, LTD. L.L.P., Round Rock, TX, for DesignPhase Services in an amount not to exceed $1,000,000. The projectconsists of design, demolition, renovation and construction ofBartholomew Municipal Pool, West Enfield Neighborhood Pool, and DeepEddy Municipal Pool. Funding in the amount of $1,000,000 is availablein the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Amended Capital Budget of the Parks andRecreation Department. Best Value to the City of Austin of ten (10)Request for Qualifications offers received. This contract will beawarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9B of the City Code (MinorityOwned and Women Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program) bymeeting the goals with 33.00% MBE and 37.00% WBE subcontractorparticipation.Backup Material16 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Advance FundingAgreement with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) forconstruction (relocation) of water lines within the State’s contractto widen FM 734 (Parmer Lane) at Amherst Drive in the amount of$148,128.75. Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 CapitalBudget of the Austin Water Utility. Recommended by the Water andWastewater Commission.Backup MaterialEconomic Growth & Redevelopment Services17 . Approve an ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute aMaster Development Agreement with CONSTRUCTIVE VENTURES, INC. and TCAUSTIN DEVELOPMENT, INC. for redevelopment of the property currentlyoccupied by the Austin Energy Control Center; adopting building accessand area of refuge requirements; and approving a managed growthagreement. Related to Item #18.Backup Material18 . Approve an ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 EconomicGrowth and Redevelopment Services Office Capital Budget of OrdinanceNo. 20090914-003 to appropriate $1,350,000 to fund improvements withrevenues related to the Energy Control Center Master Agreement.Funding in the amount of $1,350,000 is available in developercontributions in conjunction with the Energy Control Center MasterAgreement. Related to Item #17.Backup MaterialHealth and Human Services19 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith AUSTIN TRAVIS COUNTY INTEGRAL CARE to assist in the Health andHuman Services Department's Communities Putting Prevention to Workfederal grant initiative to reduce tobacco use and exposure tosecondhand tobacco smoke for a one-year term beginning June 1, 2010,in an amount not to exceed $110,000, with an option to renew for onenine-month renewal term, in an amount not to exceed $80,000 for atotal contract amount not to exceed $190,000. Funding in the amount of$110,000 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating BudgetSpecial Revenue Fund for the Health and Human Services Department. Thegrant period is March 19, 2010 through March 18, 2012. Funding for therenewal option is available through the grant. Recommended by thePublic Health and Human Services CommitteeBackup Material20 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith AUSTIN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, to assist the Health andHuman Services Department fulfill its Communities Putting Preventionto Work federal grant initiative to reduce tobacco use and exposure tosecondhand tobacco smoke, for a one-year term beginning June 1, 2010,in an amount not to exceed $13,000, with an option to renew for onenine-month renewal term, in an amount not to exceed $9,200, for atotal contract amount not to exceed $22,200. Funding in the amount of$13,000 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating BudgetSpecial Revenue Fund for the Health and Human Services Department. Thegrant period is March 19, 2010 through March 18, 2012. Funding for therenewal option is available in the grant. Recommended by the PublicHealth and Human Services Committee.Backup Material21 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith TRAVIS COUNTY HEALTHCARE DISTRICT dba CENTRAL HEALTH, to assistthe Health and Human Services Department fulfill its CommunitiesPutting Prevention to Work federal grant initiative to reduce tobaccouse and exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, for a one-year termbeginning June 1, 2010, in an amount not to exceed $295,000, with anoption to renew for one nine-month renewal term, in an amount not toexceed $225,000, for a total contract amount not to exceed $520,000.Funding in the amount of $295,000 is available in the Fiscal Year2009-2010 Operating Budget Special Revenue Fund for the Health andHuman Services Department. The grant period is March 19, 2010 throughMarch 18, 2012. Funding for the renewal option is available throughthe grant. Recommended by the Public Health and Human ServicesCommittee.Backup Material22 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith TRAVIS COUNTY, to assist the Health and Human Services Departmentfulfill its Communities Putting Prevention to Work federal grantinitiative to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand tobaccosmoke, for a one-year term beginning June 1, 2010, in an amount not toexceed $120,000, with an option to renew for one nine-month renewalterm, in an amount not to exceed $80,000, for a total contract amountnot to exceed $200,000. Funding in the amount of $120,000 is availablein the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget Special Revenue Fund forthe Health and Human Services Department. The grant period is March19, 2010 through March 18, 2012. Funding for the renewal option isavailable in the grant. Recommended by the Public Health and HumanServices Committee.Backup Material23 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT HOUSTON, SCHOOLOF PUBLIC HEALTH AUSTIN REGIONAL CAMPUS, to assist the Health andHuman Services Department fulfill its Communities Putting Preventionto Work federal grant initiative to reduce tobacco use and exposure tosecondhand tobacco smoke for a one-year term beginning June 1, 2010,in an amount not to exceed $50,500, with an option to renew for onenine-month renewal term, in an amount not to exceed $42,080, for atotal contract amount not to exceed $92,580. Funding in the amount of$50,500 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating BudgetSpecial Revenue Fund for the Health and Human Services Department. Thegrant period is March 19, 2010 through March 18, 2012. Funding for therenewal option is available through the grant. Recommended by thePublic Health and Human Services Committee.Backup Material24 . Authorize negotiation and execution of Agreement for SocialServices with YOUTH AND FAMILY ALLIANCE d/b/a LIFEWORKS, Austin, TX,to provide child care voucher services in an amount not to exceed$106,554 for the initial term, July 1-September 30, 2010, with four 12-month renewal options in an amount not to exceed $308,272 per renewalterm, for a total contract amount not to exceed $1,389,642. Funding inthe amount of $89,760 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budget of the Neighborhood Housing and Community ServicesOffice through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and$16,794 is available in the Fiscal Year 2008-2009 Operating Budget ofthe Health and Human Services Department Special Revenue Fund,Certification. The initial period of the contract is July 1 throughSeptember 30, 2010. Funding for the renewal options is contingent uponavailable funding in future budgets.Backup Material25 . Authorize negotiation and execution of Amendment No. 2 to thesocial service contract with CARITAS OF AUSTIN to reallocate theexisting Community Services Block Grant Direct Financial Assistanceservices and increase funding from other contractors not scheduled toexpend entire grant award, up to $294,038 for a total contract amountnot to exceed $776,320 for the period October 1, 2009 throughSeptember 30, 2010. Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2008-2009Operating Budget of the Health and Human Services Department SpecialRevenue Fund, Community Services Block Grant.Backup Material26 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an agreement with SETONFAMILY OF HOSPITALS, Austin, TX, to assist the Health and HumanServices Department fulfill its Communities Putting Prevention to Workfederal grant initiative to reduce tobacco use and exposure tosecondhand tobacco smoke, for a one-year term beginning July 1, 2010,in an amount not to exceed $300,000, with an option to renew for oneeight-month renewal term, in an amount not to exceed $250,000, for atotal contract amount not to exceed $550,000. Funding in the amount of$300,000 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating BudgetSpecial Revenue Fund for the Health and Human Services Department. Thegrant period is March 19, 2010 through March 18, 2012. Funding for therenewal option is available in the grant. Recommended by the PublicHealth and Human Services Committee.Backup Material27 . Approve an ordinance accepting $1,975 in grant funds from theU.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, HEALTH RESOURCES ANDSERVICES ADMINISTRATION, and amending the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Healthand Human Services Department Operating Budget Special Revenue Fund ofOrdinance 20090914-002 to appropriate $1,975 for the Ryan White Part AHIV Emergency Relief Project Grant program. Funding in the amount of$1,975 is available from the U. S. Department of Health and HumanServices Health Resources and Services Administration. The grantperiod is March 1, 2010 to February 28, 2011. No City match isrequired. Approved the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget.September 14, 2009. Related to #28.Backup Material28 . Approve execution of amendments to four contracts to increasefunding for HIV core medical and support services under the Ryan WhiteHIV/AIDS Program Part A grant program: AIDS SERVICES OF AUSTIN, INC.in an amount not to exceed $41,431 for a total 12-month renewal amountnot to exceed $963,574 for March 1, 2010 through February 28, 2011,and a revised total two-year contract amount not to exceed $1,885,716;PROJECT TRANSITIONS, INC. in an amount not to exceed $3,397 for atotal 12-month renewal amount not to exceed $70,000 for March 1, 2010through February 28, 2011, and a revised total two-year contractamount not to exceed $170,000; WATERLOO COUNSELING CENTER, INC. in anamount not to exceed $32,442 for a total 12-month renewal amount notto exceed $102,211 for March 1, 2010 through February 28, 2011, and arevised total two-year contract amount not to exceed $171,980; THEWRIGHT HOUSE WELLNESS CENTER, INC. in an amount not to exceed $7,301for a total 12-month renewal amount not to exceed $136,066 for March1, 2010 through February 28, 2011, and a revised total two-yearcontract amount not to exceed $264,831. Funding in the amount of$84,571 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget ofthe Health and Human Services Department (HHSD) Special Revenue Fund,Ryan White Part A HIV Emergency Relief Project Grant. The grant periodis March 1, 2010 through February 28, 2011. Related to #27.Backup MaterialLaw29 . Authorize negotiation and execution of a professional servicesagreement with Greenberg Traurig, LLP in an amount not to exceed$62,500 for legal services in connection with the negotiation andexecution of a contract for the provision of recycling services.Funding in the amount of $62,500 is available in the Fiscal Year2009-2010 Capital Budget of the Solid Waste Services Department.Related to Items #81 and 86.Backup MaterialNeighborhood Housing and Community Development30 . Approve an ordinance authorizing the City Manager to negotiateand execute refinancing of the balance owed on the Section 108 Loan(B-94-MC-48-0500) for the Millennium Youth Center as part of theUnited States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s July 2010public offering. $639,208 for the August 2010 debt service requirementand $17,075 estimated closing cost is included in the fiscal year2009-2010 budget of the Neighborhood Housing and Community DevelopmentOffice, Community Development Block Grant Fund.Backup MaterialParks and Recreation31 . Approve an ordinance accepting $50,000 in grant funding from theNational Recreation and Parks Association and amending the Fiscal Year2009-2010 Parks and Recreation Department Operating Budget SpecialRevenue Fund of Ordinance No. 20090915-002 to appropriate $50,000 forthe Summer Food Program. Funding the amount of $50,000 is availablefrom the National Recreation and Parks Association. The grant periodis June 1, 2010 through May 31, 2011. No City match is required. TheGeneral Fund will not be required to contribute to this grant.Backup MaterialPlanning and Development Review32 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith the University of Texas School of Architecture to develop a webbased historic resources survey, in the amount of $25,000. Funding inthe amount of $25,000 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budget of the Planning and Development Review Department.Backup Material33 . Approve an ordinance to amend Ordinance No. 040401-Z-2 to correctthe boundaries of the Crestview/Wooten Neighborhood Plan CombiningDistrict.Backup Material34 . Approve an ordinance to amend Ordinance No. 20080807-074 tocorrect the map designating land use in NPA-2008-0001.02 (DawsonNeighborhood Plan).Backup Material35 . Approve an ordinance to amend Ordinance No. 040401-32A to correctthe description of the boundaries of the Wooten Neighborhood PlanCombining District.Backup Material36 . Approve an ordinance authorizing execution of a Managed GrowthAgreement with CRB-Aviara L.P., to extend the expiration date forcompletion of a project known as Aviara Heights and Residences,located at 7308 Old Bee Caves Road, to January 22, 2020.Backup MaterialPolice37 . Authorize application for $457,140 in grant funding from the U.S.Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, for the JusticeAssistance Grant Program (JAG). The City of Austin will receive$342,855 and Travis County will receive $114,285. The City will useits JAG funds to pay for equipment for e-citation implementation.Funding is available from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau ofJustice Assistance, for the Justice Assistance Grant Program, for thegrant period October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2013. A cash match isnot required. Related to Item #38.Backup Material38 . Authorize the negotiation and execution of an InterlocalAgreement between the City of Austin and Travis County to accept andadminister the 2010 Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) on behalfof the City of Austin and the Travis County Sheriffs Office. Fundingin the amount of $457,140 is available from the Department of Justice,Bureau of Justice Assistance for the Justice Assistance Grant Program.Related to Item #37.Backup MaterialPurchasing Office39 . Authorize award and execution of a contract with AUSTIN TRUCK ANDEQUIPMENT LTD., dba FREIGHTLINER OF AUSTIN, Austin, TX for thepurchase of seven truck-mounted aerial devices in an amount not toexceed $1,503,554. Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Capital Budget of Austin Energy. Lowest bid meeting specifications offive bids received. This contract will be awarded in compliance withChapter 2-9D of the City Code (Minority Owned and Women Owned BusinessEnterprise Procurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities wereidentified; therefore, no goals were established for thissolicitation. To be reviewed by the Electric Utility Commission onJune 21, 2010.Backup Material40 . Authorize award and execution of a contract with INSTRUMENTTRANSFORMER EQUIPMENT CORPORATION, Charlotte, NC for the purchase of24 potential transformers for Austin Energy in an amount not to exceed$167,928. Funding is contingent upon approval of the Fiscal Year2010-2011 Operating Budget of Austin Energy. Lowest bid of six bidsreceived. This contract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter2-9D of the City Code (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned BusinessEnterprise Procurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities wereidentified; therefore, no goals were established for thissolicitation. To be reviewed by the Electrical Utility Commission onJune 21, 2010.Backup Material41 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a professionalservices contract with NAVIGANT CONSULTING, INC., Austin, TX, forconsulting services for performing a financial and programmatic reviewof Austin Energy in an amount not to exceed $281,000. Funding isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of AustinEnergy. This professional services contract is exempt from the MBE/WBEOrdinance. This exemption is in compliance with Chapter 2-9B of theCity Code (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this contract. To be reviewedby the Electric Utility Commission on June 21, 2010.Backup Material42 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a contract withTEXAS ENGINEERING EXTENSION SERVICE, College Station, TX for thedevelopment of a National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) IncidentCommand System (ICS) 300 and 400 training course in an amount not toexceed $53,178. Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budget of Austin Energy. Best evaluated proposal of fourproposals received. This contract will be awarded in compliance withChapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned BusinessEnterprise Procurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities wereidentified; therefore, no goals were established for thissolicitation. Recommended by the Electric Utility Commission.Backup Material43 . Authorize award and execution of a 12-month requirements servicecontract with TEXAS CRANE SERVICES, San Antonio, TX for the rental andoperation of hydraulic and lattice boom cranes in an estimated amountnot to exceed $116,915, with three 12-month extension options in anestimated amount not to exceed $116,915, per extension option, for atotal estimated contract amount not to exceed $467,660. Funding in theamount of $29,229 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 OperatingBudget of the Austin Energy. Funding for the remaining nine months ofthe original contract period and extension options is contingent uponavailable funding in future budgets. Lowest bid of two bids received.This contract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9C of theCity Code (Minority Owned and Women Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this solicitation.Recommended by the Electrical Utility Commission.Backup Material44 . Approve the award, negotiation, and execution of a 60-monthrevenue concession agreement with IN-TER-SPACE SERVICES, INC. dbaCLEAR CHANNEL AIRPORTS, Allentown, PA, for advertising services atAustin-Bergstrom International Airport. This contract is projected togenerate $550,000 in revenue to the City in Fiscal Year 2011. Revenueover the life of the initial 60-month term of the contract isestimated to be $2,750,000. Best evaluated proposal of three proposalsreceived. This contract will be awarded in compliance with 49 CFR Part23 of the Federal Regulations (Airport Concession Disadvantaged OwnedBusiness Enterprises Program) by meeting the goal with 6.61% ACDBEsubcontractor participation. Recommended by the Austin AirportAdvisory Commission.Backup Material45 . Authorize award and execution of a 36-month requirements supplycontract with GEXPRO, Austin, TX for programmable logic controllersthe Aviation Department in an estimated amount not to exceed $162,000,with two 12-month extension options in an estimated amount not toexceed $54,000 per extension option, for a total estimated contractamount not to exceed $270,000. Funding in the amount of $13,500 isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of theAviation Department. Funding for the remaining 33 months of theoriginal contract period and extension options is contingent uponavailable funding in future budgets. Lowest bid of two bids received.This contract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9D of theCity Code (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this solicitation.Recommended by the Austin Airport Advisory Commission.Backup Material46 . Approve ratification of payments made to Austin IndependentSchool District (AISD) for operating and maintenance services providedby AISD under an Interlocal Agreement for construction and use of theJ.J. Pickle Elementary School/St. John's Community Center campus, inthe amount of $714,339.16, and authorize negotiation and execution ofan amendment to the agreement for a term of one year, effective onJuly 1, 2010, to reimburse AISD for certain operating and maintenanceservices provided from September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2009, inthe amount of $330,111.54, and to reimburse AISD for the same types ofservices provided from September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2010, inan amount not to exceed $200,000, with an option to renew for one 12-month term in an amount not to exceed $200,000. Funding in the amountof $714,339.16 for payments associated with the ratification wasavailable in Fiscal Year 2002-2003 through Fiscal Year 2008-2009 andis available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budgets of theAustin Police Department, Health & Human Services Department, LibraryDepartment, and Parks and Recreation Department. Funding in the amount$530,111.54 for the contract amendment is available in the Fiscal Year2009-2010 Operating Budgets of the Austin Police Department, Health &Human Services Department, Library Department, and Parks andRecreation Department. Funding for the extension option is contingentupon available funding in future budgets. This Interlocal Agreement isexempt from the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is in compliancewith Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority–Owned and Women-OwnedBusiness Enterprise Procurement Program). No subcontractingopportunities were identified; therefore, no goals were establishedfor this contract.Backup Material47 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith the County Information Resources Agency, an interlocal governmentagency, to allow the City of Austin to become a member of the CountyInformation Resources Agency. There is no cost to become a member ofthis agency. This Interlocal Agreement is exempt from the MBE/WBEOrdinance. This exemption is in compliance with Chapter 2-9C of theCity Code (Minority–Owned and Women-Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this contract. Related to theFusion Project – Austin Regional Intelligence Center (ARIC).Backup Material48 . Authorize negotiation and execution of an Interlocal Agreementwith the County Information Resources Agency, an interlocal governmentagency, to allow the City of Austin to participate in theCountyConnect Cooperative Purchasing Program. Procurements under thisInterlocal Agreement will not be made unless funds are available inappropriate departmental budgets. Purchases over the City Manager’sauthorization (currently $52,000) will be submitted for City Councilapproval. This Interlocal Agreement is exempt from the MBE/WBEOrdinance. This exemption is in compliance with Chapter 2-9C of theCity Code (Minority –Owned and Women-Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this contract. Related to theFusion Project – Austin Regional Intelligence Center (ARIC).Backup Material49 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a 12-monthcontract through the County Information Resources Agency CountyConnectCooperative Purchasing Program with METATOMIX, INC., Dedham, MA, forthe purchase of criminal justice software and maintenance in an amountnot to exceed $126,521.72, with two 12-month extension options in anamount not to exceed $19,299.92 per extension option, for a totalcontract amount not to exceed $165,121.56. Funding in the amount of$126,521.72 is available in the Homeland Security and EmergencyManagement Special Revenue Fund, Urban Area Security Initiative Grant.Funding for the extension options is contingent upon available fundingin future budgets. This Cooperative Purchase is exempt from the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is in compliance with Chapter 2-9C ofthe City Code (Minority–Owned and Women-Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this contract. Urban AreaWorking Group approved acceptance of this grant. Related to the FusionProject – Austin Regional Intelligence Center (ARIC).Backup Material50 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a contract throughthe County Information Resources Agency CountyConnect CooperativePurchasing Program with SIERRA SYSTEMS, INC., Austin, TX, for servicesrelated to the implementation of criminal justice software in anestimated amount not to exceed $234,612. Funding is available in theHomeland Security and Emergency Management Special Revenue Fund, UrbanArea Security Initiative Grant. This Cooperative Purchase is exemptfrom the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is in compliance withChapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority–Owned and Women-Owned BusinessEnterprise Procurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities wereidentified; therefore, no goals were established for this contract.Urban Area Working Group approved acceptance of this grant. Related tothe Fusion Project – Austin Regional Intelligence Center (ARIC).Backup Material51 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a 12-monthrequirements service contract with i2, INC., McLean, VA, for software,implementation services, and software support in an estimated amountnot to exceed $717,994, with four 12-month extension options in anestimated amount not to exceed $56,646 per extension option, for atotal estimated contract amount not to exceed $944,578. Funding in theamount of $717,994 is available in the Homeland Security and EmergencyManagement Special Revenue Fund, Urban Area Security Initiative Grant.Funding for the extension options is contingent upon available fundingin future budgets. Single Source. This contract will be awarded incompliance with Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority Owned andWomen Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this solicitation. Urban Area Working Group approvedacceptance of this grant. Related to the Fusion Project – AustinRegional Intelligence Center (ARIC).Backup Material52 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a 12-monthrequirements service contract through the United States GeneralServices Administration Cooperative Purchasing Program with i2, INC.,McLean, VA, for the purchase of software, software maintenance, andtraining in an estimated amount not to exceed $77,784, with four 12-month extension options in an estimated amount not to exceed $9,237per extension option, for a total estimated contract amount not toexceed $114,732. Funding in the amount of $77,784 is available in theHomeland Security and Emergency Management Special Revenue Fund, UrbanArea Security Initiative Grant. Funding for the extension options iscontingent upon available funding in future budgets. This CooperativePurchase is exempt from the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is incompliance with Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority–Owned andWomen-Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this contract. Urban Area Working Group approvedacceptance of this grant. Related to the Fusion Project – AustinRegional Intelligence Center (ARIC).Backup Material53 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a contract throughthe Texas Multiple Awards Schedule (TXMAS) cooperative purchasingprogram with ROCKFORD BUSINESS INTERIORS, Austin, TX, for the purchaseand installation of modular systems furniture in an amount not toexceed $88,158.10. Funding is available in the Homeland Security andEmergency Management Special Revenue Fund, Urban Area SecurityInitiative Grant. This Cooperative Purchase is exempt from the MBE/WBEOrdinance. This exemption is in compliance with Chapter 2-9C of theCity Code (Minority–Owned and Women-Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this contract. Urban AreaWorking Group approved acceptance of this grant. Related to the FusionProject – Austin Regional Intelligence Center (ARIC).Backup Material54 . Authorize award and execution of a 36-month requirements servicecontract with GMSL CONSULTING LLC DBA CENTEX SHRED, Austin, TX fordocument shredding services in an estimated amount not to exceed$210,000, with three 12-month extension options in an estimatedamounts not to exceed $90,000 for first extension option, $100,000 forsecond extension option, and $110,000 for the third extension option,for a total estimated contract amount not to exceed $510,000. Fundingin the amount $15,000 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budgets of various City departments. Funding for theremaining 33 months of the original contract period and extensionoptions is contingent upon available funding in future budgets. Lowestbid of three bids received. This contract will be awarded incompliance with Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority-Owned andWomen-Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this solicitation.Backup Material55 . Authorize award and execution of a contract with AIR CLEANINGTECHNOLOGIES, INC, Broken Arrow, OK for the purchase and installationof diesel exhaust emission systems for the Austin Fire Department inan amount not to exceed $764,100. Funding in the amount of $611,360 isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009 Federal Emergency Management AgencyAssistance to Firefighters grant. An in-kind match of $152,740 isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of the AustinFire Department. Sole Source. This contract will be awarded incompliance with Chapter 2-9D of the City Code (Minority Owned andWomen Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this solicitation.Backup Material56 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of an 24-monthrequirements service contract with INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATIONALSOLUTIONS, INC, Westchester, IL to provide Civil Service promotionalexamination services in an estimated amount not to exceed $98,000,with two 24-month extension options in an estimated amount not toexceed $98,000 per extension option, for a total estimated contractamount not to exceed $294,000. Funding in the amount of $33,140 isavailable in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of the AustinFire Department. Funding for the remaining 21 months of the originalcontract period and extension options is contingent upon availablefunding in future budgets. Best evaluated proposal of eight proposalsreceived. This contract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter2-9C of the City Code (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned BusinessEnterprise Procurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities wereidentified; therefore, no goals were established for thissolicitation.Backup Material57 . Authorize award and execution of a 14-month requirements servicecontract through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative(BuyBoard) with GOVDEALS, INC., Montgomery, AL for auction services inan estimated amount not to exceed $200,000. Funding in the amount of$30,600 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget ofthe Financial and Administrative Services Department, Fleet Fund.Funding in the amount of $10,625 is available in the Fiscal Year2009-2010 Federal Department of Treasury Asset Forfeiture Fund for theAustin Police Department. Funding in the amount of $1,275 is availablein the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of the Financial andAdministrative Services Department, Materials Management. Funding forthe remaining eleven months of the original contract period iscontingent upon available funding in future budgets. This CooperativePurchase is exempt from the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is incompliance with Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority–Owned andWomen-Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this contract.Backup Material58 . Authorize award and execution of a contract with GRANDE TRUCKCENTER, San Antonio, TX for the purchase of one thermoplastic stripingmachine in an amount not to exceed $468,586. Funding is available inthe Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of the Public WorksDepartment. Sole bid received. This contract will be awarded incompliance with Chapter 2-9D of the City Code (Minority Owned andWomen Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this solicitation.Backup Material59 . Authorize award and execution of a contract with HELLER MOTORSLLP, dba MERCEDES BENZ OF BOERNE, Boerne, TX for the purchase of threeDodge SPRINTER cargo vans in an amount not to exceed $133,620. Fundingis available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Vehicle Acquisition Fund.Lowest bid of two bids received. This contract will be awarded incompliance with Chapter 2-9D of the City Code (Minority Owned andWomen Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this solicitation.Backup Material60 . Authorize award and execution of a 36-month requirements supplycontract with MIDWAY AUTO SUPPLY, INC., Dallas, TX to provideautomotive filters in an estimated amount not to exceed $910,000, withthree 12-month extension options in estimated amounts not to exceed$432,000 for the first extension option, $518,400 for the secondextension option, and $622,080 for the third extension option, for atotal estimated contract amount not to exceed $2,482,480. Funding inthe amount of $62,500 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budget of the Financial and Administrative ServicesDepartment, Fleet Fund. Funding for the remaining 33 months of theoriginal contract period and extension options is contingent uponavailable funding in future budgets. Lowest bid meeting specificationof ten bids received. This contract will be awarded in compliance withChapter 2-9D of the City Code (Minority Owned and Women Owned BusinessEnterprise Procurement Program). No subcontracting opportunities wereidentified; therefore, no goals were established for thissolicitation.Backup Material61 . Authorize award and execution of a contract through the TexasLocal Government Purchasing Cooperative (BuyBoard) with WHEELED COACHINDUSTRIES, Winter Park, FL, for the purchase of one ambulance in anamount not to exceed $161,746.67. Funding is available in the FiscalYear 2009-2010 Vehicle Acquisition Fund. This Cooperative Purchase isexempt from the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is in compliancewith Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority–Owned and Women-OwnedBusiness Enterprise Procurement Program). No subcontractingopportunities were identified; therefore, no goals were establishedfor this contract.Backup Material62 . Authorize award and execution of a 36-month requirements supplycontract with MCKESSON MEDICAL-SURGICAL INC., Richmond, VA to providemedical supplies in an estimated amount not to exceed $782,600, withthree 12-month extension options in estimated amounts not to exceed$371,520 for the first extension option, $445,824 for the secondextension option, and $534,989 for the third extension option, for atotal estimated contract amount not to exceed $2,134,933. Funding inthe amount of $33,333 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budget of the Health and Human Services Department. Fundingin the amount of $2,500 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budget of the Austin Fire Department. Funding for theremaining 34 months of the original contract period and extensionoptions is contingent upon available funding in future budgets. Best-value bid of three bids received. This contract will be awarded incompliance with Chapter 2-9D of the City Code (Minority-Owned andWomen-Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this solicitation.Backup Material63 . Authorize award and execution of a 36-month requirements supplycontract with TOMLINSON’S FEED & PETS, INC., Austin, TX to provide petfood and supplies in an estimated amount not to exceed $528,200, withthree 12-month extension options in estimated amounts not to exceed$260,640 for the first extension option, $312,768 for the secondextension option, and $375,322 for the third extension option, for atotal estimated contract amount not to exceed $1,476,930. Funding inthe amount of $10,833 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010Operating Budget of the Health and Human Services Department. Fundingfor the remaining 35 months of the original contract period andextension options is contingent upon available funding in futurebudgets. Lowest bid meeting specification of five bids received. Thiscontract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9D of the CityCode (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business Enterprise ProcurementProgram). No subcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore,no goals were established for this solicitation.Backup Material64 . Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a 36-monthrequirements service contract with DAVIS VISION, INC., Plainview, NY,for vision insurance coverage services in an estimated amount not toexceed $2,111,000, with two 12-month extension options in amounts notto exceed $925,000 for the first extension option, and $1,063,000 forthe second extension option, for a total estimated contract amount notto exceed $4,099,000. Funding in the amount of $527,750 is included inthe Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Proposed Operating Budget of the EmployeeBenefits Fund of the Human Resources Department. Funding for theremaining 27 months of the original contract period and extensionoptions is contingent upon available funding in future budgets. Visionplan premiums will be paid entirely by employees and retirees. Bestevaluated proposal of ten proposals received. This contract will beawarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Program). Nosubcontracting opportunities were identified; therefore, no goals wereestablished for this solicitation.Backup Material65 . Authorize award and execution of a 12-month professional servicescontract with DIGITAL SANDBOX, INC., McLean, VA for services relatedto the development of a risk and capabilities management program forthe Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in anestimated amount not to exceed $108,792, with one 12-month extensionoption in an estimated amount not to exceed $149,000, for a totalestimated contract amount not to exceed $257,792. Funding in theamount of $27,198 is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Urban AreaSecurity Initiative Grant Program. This professional services contractis exempt from the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is in compliancewith Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority –Owned and Women-OwnedBusiness Enterprise Procurement Program). No subcontractingopportunities were identified; therefore, no goals were establishedfor this contract.Backup Material66 . Authorize award and execution of a contract through the TexasLocal Government Purchasing Cooperative (BuyBoard) with NIECEEQUIPMENT, LP, Del Valle, TX, for the purchase and mounting servicesfor one fuel tank truck-body in an amount not to exceed $69,700.Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget ofthe Solid Waste Services Department. This Cooperative Purchase isexempt from the MBE/WBE Ordinance. This exemption is in compliancewith Chapter 2-9C of the City Code (Minority–Owned and Women-OwnedBusiness Enterprise Procurement Program). No subcontractingopportunities were identified; therefore, no goals were establishedfor this contract.Backup Material67 . Authorize award and execution of an 18-month requirements servicecontract with AUSTIN ARBORIST COMPANY DBA AUSTIN TREE EXPERTS, Austin,TX., for a tree preventative maintenance program as part of the WallerCreek Tunnel Project in an estimated amount not to exceed $233,802.Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget ofthe Watershed Protection Department. Lowest bid of two bids received.This contract will be awarded in compliance with Chapter 2-9C of theCity Code (Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business EnterpriseProcurement Program). No Subcontracting opportunities were identified;therefore, no goals were established for this solicitation.Backup MaterialTransportation68 . Approve an ordinance amending Section 12-4-64(D) of the City Codeto reposition the existing 20 miles per hour school zone on Texas OaksDrive and add a portion of Slaughter Lane to the list of streetshaving a maximum speed limit of 30 miles per hour during certain timesin a school zone for students attending Casey Elementary School; andproviding for emergency passage. Funding in the amount of $27,421.68is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of theChild Safety Fund in the Public Works Department for installation ofnecessary signs and flashers.Backup Material69 . Approve an ordinance amending Section 12-4-64(D) of the City Codeto add a portion of Jacaranda Drive and Tallow Tree Drive to the tableof streets having a maximum speed limit of 20 miles per hour duringcertain times, for students attending Josephine Houston ElementarySchool; and provide emergency passage. $500.00 for the installation ofsigns is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Child Safety Fund ofthe Department of Public Works.Backup Material70 . Approve a resolution authorizing negotiation and execution of anAdvance Funding Agreement (AFA) with the Texas Department ofTransportation (TxDOT) to activate an American Recovery andReinvestment Act (ARRA) project for the installation of approximately200 uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems at intersectionsthroughout the City of Austin; and approve an ordinance accepting$611,419 in grant funds and amending the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 AustinTransportation Department Special Revenue Fund of Ordinance No.20090914-002 and the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Austin TransportationDepartment Capital Budget of Ordinance No. 20090914-003 to transferand appropriate grant funds. The total grant amount not to exceed$1,000,000 will be provided by the Texas Department of Transportation.Funding is available in the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget ofthe Austin Transportation Department to provide the $75,000administrative costs as required by the Texas Department ofTransportation.Backup Material71 . Authorize negotiation and execution of a professional servicesagreement with Public Financial Management (PFM), Austin, for afinancial plan and analysis of financing options for an Urban RailSystem in an amount not to exceed $100,000. Funding is available inthe Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Capital Budget of the TransportationDepartment.Backup Material72 . Approve issuance of a closure permit under City Code Section14-8-3(B)(3) for the Keep Austin Weird-5K event sponsored by BounceMarketing Events, which is to be held on June 26, 2010.Backup MaterialTreasury Office73 . Authorize and direct publication of an Official Notice ofIntention to Issue $22,300,000 City of Austin, Texas, Certificates ofObligation, Series 2010. There is no unanticipated fiscal impact. Afiscal note is not required.Backup MaterialWatershed Protection Department74 . Authorize negotiation and execution of a one year InterlocalAgreement beginning on September 1, 2010 between the City of Austinand THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER AUTHORITY, Austin, Texas, for waterpollutant analyses services with five 12-month extensions for $270,000for the first year and $270,000 per extension for a total amount notto exceed $1,620,000. Funding in the amount of $22,500 is available inthe Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Operating Budget of the Watershed ProtectionDepartment. Funding for the remaining 9 months of the originalcontract period and extension options is contingent upon availablefunding in future budgets.Backup Material75 . Authorize negotiation and execution of a one-year InterlocalAgreement between the City of Austin and the University of Texas atAustin, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (“Wildflower Center”) forservices to study the hydrologic response of green (vegetated) roofsto Austin rainfall events, in the amount not to exceed $10,000.Funding in the amount of $10,000 is available in the CapitalImprovement Project (CIP) budget entitled "Participation WithDevelopers” managed by the Watershed Protection Department.Backup MaterialItem(s) from Council76 . Approve appointments and certain related waivers to citizenboards and commissions, to Council subcommittees and otherintergovenrnmental bodies and removal and replacement of members.Backup Material77 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to review allCity policies, programs and procedures for servicing and supportinglocally-owned businesses and to deliver a report and make policyrecommendations within 120 days to City Council to enhance the City'sefforts to facilitate the growth of locally-owned businesses. (MayorLee Leffingwell Council Member William Spelman Council Member RandiShade)Backup Material78 . Approve a resolution directing the City Clerk to prepare for aNovember 2012 election to submit to the voters a proposed amendment toArticle V, Section 6 of the City Charter relating to the position ofcity attorney. (Mayor Lee Leffingwell Council Member Sheryl Cole )Backup Material79 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to determine thecost to Austin taxpayers of processing plastic bags in the wastestream. (Mayor Lee Leffingwell Council Member Chris Riley Mayor ProTem Mike Martinez)Backup Material80 . Approve a resolution amending Resolution No. 021003-40 to includethe H.E.B. Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks event as anannual City co-sponsored event; and waiving certain fees andrequirements, and authorizing the payment of certain costs for thisyear’s event which is to be held on Sunday, July 4, 2010 at AuditoriumShores. (Mayor Lee Leffingwell Council Member Sheryl Cole )Backup Material81 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to negotiate withboth Texas Disposal Systems, Inc. and Balcones Resources, Inc. for ashort-term and long-term agreement for recycling services. Related toItem #29. (Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez Council Member Laura MorrisonCouncil Member Randi Shade)Backup Material82 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to implementGreen Steps policy for the City of Austin. (Mayor Pro Tem MikeMartinez Council Member Laura Morrison )Backup Material83 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to work with theCentral Texas Federal Congressional delegation to assess thelikelihood of obtaining FAA approval to release City airport land foruse by the Mobile Loaves and Fishes' Habitat on Wheels program,including the financial impact; to evaluate other City owned propertythat is available and appropriate for use by the Mobile Loaves andFishes Habitat on Wheels program; and to report back to Council withinsixty days. (Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez Mayor Lee Leffingwell CouncilMember Randi Shade)Backup Material84 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to establish astakeholder group to develop a workforce development program thatcould incorporate classroom learning and on-the-job training inAustin’s small businesses, and apply for appropriate grants toimplement a pilot program. (Council Member Chris Riley Council MemberWilliam Spelman Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez)Backup Material85 . Approve a resolution endorsing the CreateAustin Cultural MasterPlan and directing the City Manager to implement certainrecommendations from the CreateAustin Community Master Plan. (CouncilMember Laura Morrison Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez )Backup Material86 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to negotiate withBalcones Resources, Inc. to provide the City long-term recyclingservices and to negotiate with Mid-America Recycling, L.L.C., dbaGreenstar, for extension to the current recycling and processingcontract to continue recycling services until a long-term contract isin place. Related to Item # 29. (Council Member William SpelmanCouncil Member Sheryl Cole )Backup Material87 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to develop anordinance requiring rest breaks and the provision of drinking waterfor workers at construction sites within the City . (Council MemberWilliam Spelman Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez Council Member ChrisRiley)Backup Material88 . Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to provide adescription of needs and a financial analysis of a possible November2012 comprehensive bond package. (Council Member Sheryl Cole Mayor LeeLeffingwell Council Member Laura Morrison)Backup Material89 . Authorize the payment of certain costs for the South River CityCitizens 4th of July Parade and Picnic which is to be held on July 4,2010, beginning at St. Edwards University and Eastside Drive andending at Little Stacy Park. (Council Member Laura Morrison Mayor ProTem Mike Martinez Mayor Lee Leffingwell)Backup Material90 . Approve the waiver of certain pool entry fees for the Summer DayCamp sponsored by the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) whichis to be held July 7 and 28, 2010 at Garrison Pool located at 6001Manchaca Rd. (Council Member Randi Shade Council Member Sheryl ColeCouncil Member Chris Riley)Backup MaterialItem(s) to Set Public Hearing(s)91 . Set a public hearing to consider a resolution regarding a requestby Mr. Gatti’s Pizza, located at 3720 Far West Blvd, for a waiver fromSection 4-9-4(A) of the Austin City Code that requires a minimum 300'distance between a business that sells alcoholic beverages and aschool. (Suggested date and time: July 29, 2010, 4:00 p.m. at AustinCity Hall, 301 W. Second Street, Austin, TX).Backup Material92 . Set a public hearing to consider an appeal by Michael McHone on adecision by the Building and Fire Board of Appeals regarding theissuance of a building permit for 1915A David Street. (Suggested dateand time: July 29, 2010, 4:00 p.m. at Austin City Hall, 301 W. SecondStreet, Austin, TX).Backup Material93 . Set a public hearing to consider an appeal by Michael McHone of adecision by the Building and Fire Board of Appeals related to a StopWork Order for 1915B David Street. (Suggested date and time: July 29,2010, 4:00 p.m. at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second Street, Austin,TX).Backup Material94 . Set a public hearing to consider an appeal by Nuria Zaragoza on adecision by the Building and Fire Board of Appeals related to 1915ADavid Street. (Suggested date and time: July 29, 2010, 4:00 p.m. atAustin City Hall, 301 W. Second Street, Austin, TX).Backup Material95 . Set a public hearing for authorization of a Public ImprovementDistrict (PID) for the Indian Hills Area (approximately 240 acres inTravis County west of SH 130 and east of FM 973 at the intersection ofFM 973 and Decker Lake Road). (Suggested date and time: August 5,2010, 4:00 p.m. at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second Street, Austin,TX).Backup Material96 . Set a public hearing for authorization of a Public ImprovementDistrict (PID) for the Whisper Valley Area (approximately 2,066 acresin Travis County east of FM 973 and approximately 782 feet north ofthe intersection of FM 969 and Taylor Lane). (Suggested date and time:August 5, 2010, 4:00 p.m. at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second Street,Austin, TX).Backup Material97 . Set a public hearing to consider an appeal by the ZilkerNeighborhood Association regarding the decision to approve an OutdoorMusic Venue permit for Opa’s, located at 2050 South Lamar Blvd.(Suggested date and time, August 5, 2010 4:00 p.m. at Austin CityHall, 301 W. Second Street, Austin, TX).Backup Material98 . Set a public hearing to consider an appeal by Albert Stowellregarding the decision to renew an Outdoor Music Venue permit for TheAllan House, located at 1104 San Antonio Street. (Suggested date andtime: August 5, 2010, 4:00 p.m., at Austin City Hall, 301 W. SecondStreet, Austin, TX).Backup Material99 . Set a public hearing to consider a resolution authorizing theCity Manager to negotiate and execute a Lease and Parkland ImprovementAgreement Between The City of Austin and the Austin Independent SchoolDistrict for the construction and operation of a parking lot inKennemer Swimmin
Homeless RV Park
posted by Susanna Woody on June 22nd, 2010 2:23 PM
Please join me in strong opposition to the proposed RV Park for the homeless built near our homes by sending an email to Austin City Council members. They will be voting on this proposal Thursday June 24th at 301 City Hall. Please contact all Austin City Council members at http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/council/groupemail.htm and urge them to vote against the proposed idea. I have also attached maps that show the distance from the proposed location to our schools, parks and neighborhoods. Here is an example: Dear City Council Members, I oppose Item No. 83 that will be voted on this Thursday. This resolution supports the use of ABIA land for a RV Park that will house the chronically homeless. I ask that you all vote against this proposal because its proposed location will be within a mile of one of the only parks in the area, within less than 3 miles from 3 DVISD schools and 3 residential neighborhoods. This proposal is not what our community wants. Item(s) from Council ITEM No. 83 RECOMMENDATION FOR COUNCIL ACTION ________________________________________ Subject: Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to work with the Central Texas Federal Congressional delegation to assess the likelihood of obtaining FAA approval to release City airport land for use by the Mobile Loaves and Fishes' Habitat on Wheels program, including the financial impact; to evaluate other City owned property that is available and appropriate for use by the Mobile Loaves and Fishes Habitat on Wheels program; and to report back to Council within sixty days. Sponsor: Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez Co-Sponsor1: Mayor Lee Leffingwell Co-Sponsor2: Council Member Randi Shade Thanks, Your name
Planning and Zoning
posted by Bryan Hodge on April 29th, 2010 10:07 PM
Angela, I meant to get back with you earlier in the week.We have had some interesting developments in the Stoney Ridge Subdivision.Property that was zoned (SFR) on Moores Crossing Road is now being considered for Retail/Commercial Development.Myself and Bryan found out about this after our neighbors received letters from the City of Austin informing them that the development was going up on Moores Crossing Road,which their yards back up to.As these residents are City of Austin utility customers they had to be informed about the developers request for commercial development as they are within the 500 ft radius of the proposed development.There will be a public hearing on this zoning change and myself and other neighbors plan to attend.I believe it is to be held next month,but as I get additional information, i will pass this along.Some good news though, Commissioner Gomez's office has been especially attentive to are concerns when we brought them to her attention.As Bryan and i have canvassed neighborhoods neighbors have brought issues to our attention and Commissioner Gomez's staff have responded in an expedient manner.Note also,that at the Austin City Council Meeting on 03/10/10 Mike Martinez sponsored resolution #20100311-033 which speaks to the issue of Austin working with Travis County in the ETJ areas.Specifically as it relates to the environmental impact on residential areas.You and others can pull up this resolution which is Item #33 on the 03/10/10 agenda at the Austin City Council site.I will continue to do some more research prior to the next Coalition meeting.Maureen
Martin Barrera, Architect
posted by arqui_barr on November 10th, 2009 2:21 PM
Contact Information: Martin Barrera, AIA, LEED AP 4229 Mattie Street Austin, Texas 78723 http://www.mb-architect.com Summary: Martin Barrera, Architect was founded by Martin Barrera, AIA, LEED AP in 2006. A sole practitioner, Martin offers a broad spectrum of architectural services, with a focus on Sustainable Design and Urban Redevelopment. Martin is licensed by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, is a member of the American Institute of Architects, was a founding board member of the United States Green Building Council’s Central Texas Chapter and maintains his USGBC LEED Accredited Professional status. Martin’s core belief is that clients deserve the highest value with regard to creativity and his mission is to develop innovative solutions that are beautiful, durable, and environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. Over the years, many of Martin’s projects have focused on children and education. From his work on an environmental learning center for disadvantaged urban youth, to Escuelita del Alma’s successful relocation, to his role as Co-Vice President of the Maplewood Elementary PTA, Martin’s commitment to children and education is evident. Martin is the past Planning and Zoning Committee Chair of the Cherrywood Neighborhood Association, and frequently participates in design charrettes and competitions that have community impact, such as the Gus Garcia Park Ideas Competition and the Texas Grow Home Competition that generated ideas for dozens of emergency housing designs for future hurricane victims. Specialties: Sustainable Design and Urban Redevelopment
From one who loves your country dearly...
posted by george.washington on March 15th, 2009 1:41 AM
From George Washington To: Americans and citizens of your modern World My my, 'tis evidently not necessary for you moderns to write with the quill pens we used. I rather like this "web blogging". I see the populace has created a "Wikipedia" entry on me: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington I think it does me too proud, but I remain grateful for it, although it makes me blush when Martha is near. Are you brave and virtuous? Do you confront evil when it confronts your land, your countrymen and women? Why, good Tom Payne and others had valuable things to say, and through time my spirit has watched Martin Luther King and others speak out with great eloquence as well, on this very topic of the meaning of real freedom. So many good men died and left widows under the Army I commanded to win Freedom. Freedom! Not a word to let lightly off of one's lips, indeed a word to cherish above all else--is it not? Why, without free will, freedom of action...of what worth is a person in your current United States of America? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morse_Auditorium Rather large hall at Boston University. Coming to a University or other venue near you sometime soon? (I must tell Ben and Thomas and my dear beloved Martha about this wonderful man and his objective of having truth ring throughout the world. Ben and I have been having conversations both about the glorious things that happen now in (your) material world, and also some of the most wicked and vicious of acts that have recently occurred. Why, here I alert you good citizens of one good patriot who is speaking out with strong tongue on one such very ill that plagues you.) Information for you, and then I go back to the spirit world and my dear wife and children. David Ray Griffin Book Tour - 'Time for a Second Look' The Boston University School of Theology and the Boston 9/11 Truth Committee proudly present: "The New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 9/11, the Cover-Up, and the Exposé" A Book and Presentation by Dr. David Ray Griffin April 11, 2009 Boston University - Morse Auditorium, 602 Commonwealth Ave. 7:00-9:00pm [doors open @ 6:30pm] Dr. David Ray Griffin is a prominent theologian and scholar and professor emeritus at the Claremont School of Theology in California, where he taught for over 30 years (retiring in 2004). He has authored or edited over two dozen books including five books that expose the outrageous lies of the U.S. government explanations of the 9/11 attacks. Thanks substantially to his own extraordinary personal dedication to the work of exposing 9/11 truth, Griffin is able to conclude that, "The 9/11 truth movement's exposé of the 9/11 cover-up has shown that virtually every dimension of the official account of 9/11 to be false beyond a reasonable doubt." In the preface to one of his books, "Christian Faith and the Truth behind 9/11" Dr. Griffin explains why it is that he leads the struggle for 9/11 Truth: "One of our main tasks as theologians is to deal with current events in light of the fact that our first allegiance must be to God, who created and loves all people--indeed all forms of life. If we believe that our political and military leaders are acting on the basis of policies that are diametrically opposed to divine purposes, it is incumbent upon us to say so." http://rl911truth.org/index.php http://mujca.com/ http://mp911truth.org/ http://www.ae911truth.org/ http://www.patriotsquestion911.com/
Pie-Off
posted by on March 13th, 2009 2:37 PM
So a good friend of mine, a sort of roving jester/law student is hosting a pie off on Saturday, March 21st at our house-2005 Antone. The rules can be found online but basically you have to bring a homemade pie (crust included) and your pie must be of the fruit variety. See http://pieoff.blogspot.com/ for more information. There will be an oral history (not yet posted) portion to the competition. You may present prose or poety or song relaying a story about the pie's original baker or an event about the pie. Kids are welcome, we will have a moonwalk and mini pies for them to dolly up. Good times- Jenna Martin
New Housing Types
posted by dancer texas on February 17th, 2009 5:10 PM
Wow..had not heard that. Is this legit? I heard some discussion at the last Master Plan overview meeting about the Tower being a " martini bar" but I think that was just wishful thinking from that resident. Although I would be all for the tower converted to some form of restaurant/cafe/lounge. Not specifically the tower structure...too small...but add another building to it's base that works with the current architecture. Of course I would be so spoiled living a 1/2 a block from such a delightful perk. Any more discussions about the tower?But back to your cocktail lounge at the hangar/mueller lounge...Tell me more!
Tricycle Chronicles
posted by langhugh on September 10th, 2008 8:33 PM
Thanks for the kind words. My trike is an IZIP Tricruiser. I bought directly from IZIP's online store, which was Amazon.com at the time. They have since raised the price of the trike $300, but there are other authorized online resellers where you can still get a dealon IZIP. IZIP is the signature line of electric hybrid bicycles from Currie Technologies out of California. Currie also makes the Schwinn and Mongoose electric bikes and scooters. IZIP tends to have the cutting edge technology built in to their bikes as the signature line. My trike is old-school technology and has a heavy lead-acid battery, but many of the two-wheeled IZIP bikes have Lithium-Ion batteries, and "automatic" assist, and regenerative-braking. In Austin, there are two authorized resellers of IZIP. Alien Scooters and R Martin bikes. R Martin also makes their own line of electric bikes. It's pretty encouraging to see that there is a local manufacturer of electric bikes. and The city actually offers a pretty sweet rebate if you buy an electric bike from a local retailer. Their rebate info is here: I tried to inquire with both retailers, but I basically suffered the stoner blow-off, and eventually just ordered it direct. If you have patience, I would recommend going through the retailers, unless you want to assemble the bike/scooter yourself as I did. It was no small task.
Re: Baby sitting Co-op Meeting UPDATE
posted by JennaMartin on August 20th, 2008 1:05 AM
MEETING: August 17th, 2005 Antone, Jenna, Tal, Adele and Flora Tversky's houseWelcome to the Mueller Babysitting Co-op. Thanks so much forparticipating. Here are the meeting notes, uh roughly, of things we discussed. Please let me know if I forgot something. Please note, all is subject to change-nothing is fixed! I promise next time to make sure everyone gets to introduce each other-sometimes I am just a bit spacy.HOW DOES IT WORK: Most of us at the meeting have never been in a babysitting co-op, so we are new to the process and thus learning what system will work best for our community. Basically a co-op works by gathering a group of parents together who trade time watching each other's kid(s) and are paid by co-op bucks. We ask that when requesting a babysitter from another parent to always be explicit if you are asking for babysitting or just a simple play date. Babysitting, in general, is a formal request for another parent to watch the kids while the parent(s) go out. GUIDELINE DISCUSSION:1. Babysitting Bucks: Members agree to have 1/2 hour babysittingbucks. Each family will receive 10 bucks per child-i.e. five hours perkid. We thought a 15 minute late window is allowed before another 1/2hour is charged. We are asking a fellow Mueller resident to design thebabysitting bucks which will be laminated with a hole punchedcorner.2. Location/Time: The person asking for the sitter is responsible formaking clear the desired location of babysitting; at child's home, atsitter's home or whatever works best for the sitter. The person askingfor the sitter also should be clear about duration of sitting.3. Expectations: All members are expected to provide behaviorguidelines, emergency numbers, etc., with babysitting parent. MarissaMiller is working on an information sheet for parents to provide thesitter about each child.4. NO.: 'No' is always an acceptable answer to babysitting requests-no excuses ever need to be offered. Requests can be sent to the groupin general via e-mail or can be by phone.We thought one more social event might be in order before the co-opofficially starts. At that event, we will pass out the babysittingbucks (anyone have a better Mueller orientated name for these???) andget to meet more people and kids. Hopefully, we can meet in about 2-3 weeks to get started. Once the co-op starts, a follow up meeting will be scheduled todetermine what modifications need to be made.If you are interested, please e-mail me, Jenna Martin, at martin@yahoo.com">jennafernmartin@yahoo.com. good times-Jenna Martin
Aaron Moved to Mueller, pt 2.
posted by aaron on May 5th, 2008 12:27 PM
Theyve accepted me as one of their own now.Im sure said this at some point, but I couldnt find a verified relevant quote like this. For the past month, I have been living amongst the Mueller pioneers of phase 1. Ive been observing my subjects and their environment with the same aplomb that my contemporary did. Well, not actually, because I go to work during the day and I dont write anything down as far as notes and my subjects arent chimps and I usually make stuff up for the sake of being funny, but nonetheless, I have been observing my subjects (me included). That being said, here are some quick thoughts of the past month of living. -Ive noticed that the construction of the other houses start precisely at 7am, every day. I do mean every day, including holidays. Sundays, not all of the new houses are in play. I also notice that very loud trucks delivering supplies are allowed to deliver before 7, so that at 7 the hammering can begin. The last strip of houses (those that perpendict to the Garden Court) will begin construction in a few weeks with them being done near September, so we only have a few more months of this stuff. The construction does not stop until darn near sunset. This furthers my theory that the more physically harder the job, the less you get paid, taken with the sports professional postulate. This somehow plays into the amount of litter I see floating in the wind gusts. Im sure if I worked my butt off, while being paid low to build a house for someone who sits at a desk all day while they push buttons and eats donuts, that I too, would throw my ice cream wrapper on the ground in hopes that it would blow away. Along with paper plates, chicken bones, soda bottles, insulation, etc. -The parks and trails are nice. Very nice. The pocket park opened up even though the water in the pool is not ready. The swings are a bit low, but then when you are carrying near two Roman Cs for weight, you shouldnt be on a kiddie swing. The trails are almost connecting. The south greenway retention pond was put together extremely well. Instead of the standard water fountain to circulate the water, they put in a pump/waterfall system. Ive heard a rumor that the playscape at Lake Pond is open, so Ill be trespassing on the northern trail to get there soon. For those not there, the northern trail which connects all the phase 1 houses to the Lake Pond and Mueller Central is still under construction, but is mostly done and has been that way for four months. The real gem right now on the trails is the brand new giant spider art. I have internal debates with myself about art. Ive come to the conclusion that when I have internal debates with myself, I usually lose. I like to think of myself as the line of art. If I can make it, its not art. - art, on the ground - not art. However, the giant spider while cool in a horror , at first sounded like a really bad idea. Now it has way surprised me. They put this 30 foot metal sculpture right on the trail so you have to run/bike under it. They also surrounded it by trees so that it doesnt dominate the skyline. If your really expensive house had a southern trail view, you would really have to search to see the giant spider. I have come away with this impressed and consider it art. Im opening up my mind to the future coming giant spore and the solar panel sunflowers. -Its really hard to get stuff done around the house. You run outside for a minute to check on the kids playing in the garden court, when all of the sudden, you run into someone and talk for a few minutes. And then a beer opens up and you have to drink it and then all of the sudden a few more people show up and full discussions about the POA bloom. Finally it dawns on you that its night time and you have to put the kids to bed. Blast those inviting porches and open spaces! Ill never get my socks from the laundry folded and put away. -The landscaping in the GC is hit or miss. The trees that they put in are nice. The oak in front of my house is in full green pageantry. The irrigation system is a complete joke. Each house had to have a separate unit put in for the five feet of private yard. What you have is a GC sprinkler head an inch away from a home sprinkler head. Plus they put the controls in very odd and middle places. The drainage between houses is non-existent. The sidewalk is nice and the grass is ant-less. I get to play barefoot outside all the time now. Its perfect for a croquet game. The gates are not well put together, but the stone wall and iron bars are tastefully done. When they mowed the GC the other day for the first time, they left about a one foot swath of grass uncut in front of each house as this was deemed, personal yard. A quick swoop of the weed wacker took care of this, but I would think it was harder to figure out the property line rather than just cut the extra grass. -Even though every house has at least one big dog in it (so it seems), there is absolutely no random dog poo nuggets. All the dog walkers are carrying blue dog poo picker upper and making swift use of them. Way to go my fellow social experimenters! Im sure there are a lot more observations, but when you dont take notes and/or are lazy, blog posts like this end about here. So far the living at Mueller is just like I imagined it would be. Groups are forming like day play groups and the Moms night out (related? hmmmmm). My genetic carriers are banding up with others to form little kiddie gangs that terrorize sidewalks with their chalk. Phase two will be opening up soon and from the looks from the wildly successful builder open house the other week, it looks like more will come join us. Yet, we still dont have an official moniker. I vote for Muelleriopians. Next time, Ill discuss my plans for a whole army of , I mean, art projects.
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