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New building at market place district
posted by Rick Krivoniak on June 6th, 2014 6:45 AM
It does appear the building is going to be a Neighbors Emergency Center, a 24-hour ER service out of the Houston metro area. Their website shows a current location at Lakeline Mall. Sadly,as for drive-throughs at Mueller… though there were objections to them as the master plan was being developed, they are allowed, as evidenced in all three bank branches at Mueller and HEB's pharmacy.
Local Insurance agent Recm?
posted by Sally Jean Brinker on May 21st, 2014 6:12 AM
Have a great local insurance office / agent? We've used a Houston Allstate agent but he sold his office. Time to go local and compare other insurance companies options.
What do you think of Blanton?
posted by Rick Krivoniak on April 8th, 2014 5:34 PM
I don't really know him, but did meet him when he first came on at Blanton, and was impressed. He's made visible changes that I like - staggering the release times and moving the afternoon pickup area out of traffic! He lived in this part of town many years ago, before moving to Houston, so he's familiar with the area.
WTB: 2 carseats
posted by Laurie Young on December 18th, 2013 9:33 AM
Hello!We have an extra one but are letting some friends borrow it over the holidays. It is an evenflo convertible seat and in good condition. I think my friends will be done with it around the 3rd or 4th. We would ask $65 for it, but it is negotiable. Let me know if you are interested and I can send a picture. The seat is already in Houston with my friends, but they will be in Austin around the 26th and you could come by and see it then if you want.Laurie
Concert tonight at Wildflower
posted by danx111 on August 29th, 2013 4:13 PM
Wildflower House Concert Date: Thursday, August 29th, 2013 Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm Location: Wildflower Terrace Event Type: This is a Public Event Community: Mueller Community Hosted By: Anne Wright City/Town: Austin, Texas Description: 7 PM Byrd & Street 8 PM Judy Painter & Rose Kimball 9 PM Open Jam! Tommy Byrd and Kathy Street’s pasts includes working with Willie Nelson and Geenzinslaw Brothers, awards and notice from Texas Music Awards, The Kerrville Folk Festival, Folk DJ Chart, Texas Roots Chart, KPFT in Houston and Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary). For ten years they’ve been sharing the stage all over the southwest. With harmonies compared to the Everly Brothers, Kathy’s sweet pure voice is a perfect contrast to Tommy’s earthy soulful sound. Playing together since 1990, Rose Kimball and Judy Painter are musical storytellers. Through their original songs and a variety of obscure covers, they take their listeners with them through emotions of love, joy, & heartbreak and real life tales of triumph, loss and just plain fun. Rose plays guitar and bass and Judy plays guitar and mandolin. Both contribute vocally and their great harmonizing and vocal trading off is a mainstay to their sound.
Petanque games at Paggi Square
posted by Andrew Clements on July 14th, 2013 12:28 PM
Thanks to the Heart of Texas Petanque Club for, once again, hosting lessons at Paggi Square yesterday. I, and my brother-in-law visiting from Houston, really enjoyed playing a match; and I enjoy the link the tournament match. I think I'm addicted!
Appliance repair recommendations?
posted by Michelle McGovern on April 1st, 2013 9:31 AM
I have a freestanding oven you can borrow in the meantime, if need be. It's not so good for cookies or anything that takes only a short time, but it's great for roasting. Plus you can put it in the garage so the house doesn't get so hot. [My Houstonian mom's secret to not sweating do death on Thanksgiving!]
HEB, the wing is up
posted by icemonkeyharvest on February 21st, 2013 3:22 PM
Lake|Flato received an Urban Land Institute Development of Distinction Award for their HEB in Houston.
Support Urban Rail in Mueller at the Transit Work Group Mtg 6/22/12
posted by doug on June 22nd, 2012 9:17 PM
Kathy, thanks so much for your analysis of the rail situation. Sometimes I wonder about Austinites ability to agree on anything. All of the great cities in the world have a rail system, even Houston and Dallas. I have always been a rail advocate, but it wasn't until I visited Portland a few years ago, that I discovered why I had been such an advocate. There, I took the rail from the airport to within a block of my hotel. I later took the rail to see the Portland Beavers Minor League Baseball team play ball in their downtown stadium (don't get me started about how Austin voters voted down a potential minor league stadium to be built here in town - likely the same voters who voted down rail 10 or so years ago) In fact the week I was in Portland, I rode in a car just one time. I also took the rail back to the airport. DC really is easy to get around in without a car, too. Kathy, some people will just never get it. They will not vote for it or ride it when its built, but I think there are enough of us here now, that its just a matter of time before we do it. I would just rather it had been sooner than later.
Annoying security system saleman in neighborhood
posted by ret1ree00 on May 5th, 2012 10:07 AM
Here is a post from 2009 regarding security scams. I would recommend reporting aggressive salespersons to the police.Joe"AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas law enforcment officials are warning homeowners to beware of home alarm system scams.The Texas Department of Public Safety says any home-alarm salesperson, company or installer should be licensed by the Private Security Bureau. That means they should be carrying DPS Private Security pocket cards which include their photograph.Alarm companies and installers must be licensed by the state, which does criminal background checks.Officials say they are investigating reports of agressive door-to-door sales by unlicensed salesmen and companies in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin.DPS says anyone selling alarms door-to-door should be asked to show their security pocket card.(Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) "
house diagnosticitian needed
posted by Candyce Byrne on April 26th, 2012 3:21 PM
My husband and I own a garden home that is currently rented out as we still live near Houston. The master suite, which is upstairs, has developed mysterious water damage and plumbing issues that the plumber has not had good answers for. It could be plumbing, it could be roof, it could be chimney, it could be something structurally wrong. Can anyone recommend a highly skilled and trustworthy person who might be able to diagnose what's going on? Many thanks! Candy
Urban Rail
posted by ccosart on March 19th, 2012 12:05 PM
There are few things in life for which I can claim genuine insider info, but this is marginally one of them, and I've been told the trend line on likelihood of urban rail being on the ballot in November is downward and under 50%."Progressive" and "Green" Austin is in danger of falling *decades* behind Dallas and Houston on this issue. Sad.Chris
MS 150 Bike Ride April 22: partial lane closures
posted by Betsy on January 31st, 2012 8:31 PM
The MS 150 bike ride is scheduled for April 21-22. When riders roll in from Houston, they'll come in on FM969/MLK, then cut over to Manor at the intersection with Berkman. From there, they'll ride west on Manor to Dean Keeton and then go through UT to get to the finish downtown. I received a notice from the City that there will be partial lane closures on these routes (MLK, Manor, Dean Keeton). Last year, this ride raised $16.5 MILLION to support research and services for people with multiple sclerosis. We're lucky that we get to walk to the edge of the neighborhood and watch the riders roll by! I'm sure they would appreciate some cheering fans to encourage them through the final miles. If you have further questions about the lane closures, contact Trenton Foster (agent for the ride) at 512-340-2705.
Vote for Austin Bartender of the year
posted by Curtis LaFaitte on November 12th, 2011 6:45 AM
Houston-Best Bartender of the year??? I think he is the worst bartender I've ever experienced. I would definitely vote for him as 'worst bartender of the year'.
Vote for Austin Bartender of the year
posted by Curtis LaFaitte on November 12th, 2011 6:45 AM
Houston-Best Bartender of the year??? I think he is the worst bartender I've ever experienced. I would definitely vote for him as 'worst bartender of the year'.
Vote for Austin Bartender of the year
posted by Mike on November 11th, 2011 7:55 AM
Our local neighborhood bartender, Houston Eaves (head bartender at Contigo) has been nominated for bartender of the year. I personally know he knows how to sling a beer, and I've also heard he know how to make a mean hot toddy and mixed drinks. If you have a minute, please go vote for him. Mike http://austin.eater.com/archives/2011/11/10/polls-are-open-who-is-austins-bartender-of-the-year.php
Color Consultation and Cover Plate Painter
posted by Alexa Manza on September 19th, 2011 10:37 AM
I have a friend, who I've hired, to come to my Mueller home from Houston this week to pick out paint colors for all our walls. If you are interested in doing something similar please PM or contact this artist directly. She could do a couple of client home while she's here and she's bringing her paints for anyone wanting blend in those pesky cover plates. She'll color consult one room or a whole house! She currently plans to be here on Wednesday and leave sometime on Thursday, depends on if anyone would like to meet with her. Patty is a talent that does everything from traveling to restore old castles to their original paint or faux stone and cathedral ceilings to canvas paintings she affixes to walls. She's been in business and painting for over 20 years. She is a sought after talent. Her website (linked below) has millions of examples of her work. One of her many specialties is painting cabinetry. It's amazing. I love her taste in color and she can be bold or subtle. Whatever fits your space.

Patty Hoffman - Artistic Paint Solutions
Tele: 281-480-WALL Email: patty@artisticpaintsolutions.com Website Link: http://www.artisticpaintsolutions.com

What do you mean "blend in cover plates"?: Lookie here - http://www.artisticpaintsolutions.com/gallery/categories.php?cat_id=19

Alexa
Allegedly Bad Gasoline Purchased Locally
posted by Alexa Manza on September 10th, 2011 10:06 AM
I purchased at full tank of high test gasoline on Friday morning at almost 11am at the Shell station at 38 1/2 Street and Airport Blvd. At 11:30 my car died and wouldn't restart. We are pretty sure it is bad gasoline. I can't find the telephone number to call to see if they have received any complaints. My card purchase from yesterday has not shown up on my credit card online but a previous purchase from that store shows it's merchant address as Houston. The husband put octane booster in the tank and we left it for several hours at the point where it died. He went back and on the second try it started up. He drove it home. Haven't tried it this morning. Buyer beware at this location. Especially since I can't even contact them to let them know about it. We may try to stop by later this morning but still they should have a telephone somewhere. Alexa
Web Designers, Please
posted by Jan Harrigan on July 19th, 2011 4:00 PM
I'd highly recommend looking at Wordpress. You don't have to use it to blog; you can do anything with it. And it's free. You can spice it up with lots of themes that might take only a little tweaking, if any. Take a look at Thesis or Genesis themes (actually 'frameworks'). They provide lots of built in functionality. Although I've not worked with him, I have heard great things about Bill Erickson at http://www.billerickson.net/. Good luck! Jan PS. Don't let anyone talk you into hosting with Bluehost. I use Hostgator in Houston and they do a good job.
Home Security Salespersons
posted by Larry Plutko on June 21st, 2011 8:27 PM
Even though this news article is dated, we still have salespersons calling door-to-door on Scales Street this evening and the risk remains the same. Caveat emptor. -------------------------------------------------------------------- AUSTIN (July 7, 2009)—The Department of Public Safety is warning Texas consumers about home alarm system scams and aggressive unlicensed salespeople. The DPS says any home-alarm salesperson, company or installer must be licensed by the Private Security Bureau, which means they should be carrying DPS Private Security pocket cards which include their photograph. Alarm companies and installers must be licensed by the state, which does criminal background checks. Officials say they are investigating reports of aggressive door-to-door sales by unlicensed salesmen and companies in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin. The DPS says anyone selling alarms door-to-door should be asked to show a security pocket card. “If someone offering alarm-related services shows up at your door unsolicited, ask them for their DPS Private Security pocket card, which will also have their picture,” said Capt. RenEarl Bowie of the DPS Private Security Bureau. “Do not accept any other form of identification as proof you are dealing with a licensed salesperson or installer.” “Beware of aggressive tactics; someone trying to push you into a decision immediately,” he said. “We also have numerous complaints of substandard work and broken promises in these situations.
Job opportunities for Summer interns/recent grads in IT
posted by Karen_Zab on May 19th, 2011 4:38 PM
In case anyone in the neighborhood knows college students who might be interested, my company is looking for talent in new college grads and interns: HP.com IT leadership seeks to hire software developers with an interest in eCommerce who are willing to learn about and work with the latest web and eCommerce technologies. Now is the time to participate in one of the most exciting eCommerce transformations in history. HP’s eCommerce team seeks to employ 20 computer science or MIS students graduating in May, 2011, as full-time software developers. If you have an endless supply of fresh thoughts and fearless ideas, consider joining this innovative IT team and begin the start of something exceptional. Graduates seeking full-time employment: If you are graduating in May, 2011, and are interested in joining the Austin office of the world’s largest technology company, please apply online, citing job 608658. Students seeking summer internships: Houston and Austin internships for software developers and IT analysts are available this summer. You will receive valuable guidance from various leaders within a growing, global organization. For more details and to submit an application, select job 610345. Additional HP employment resources: Visit HP’s online job site at http://www.hp.com/go/jobs and enter the noted job numbers listed above. For additional questions, please contact me at randy.blaschke@hp.com. Together, let’s do something amazing.
Mortgage shopping
posted by cliffjstx on May 10th, 2011 11:05 AM
I am not very familiar with David Weekly's finance options, but I did refinance with the RBFCU ( Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union ).https://www.rbfcu.org/ Along with their great rates, they have online posted "todays rates", application, and mortgage calculations/estimates. I found their special offer for an unusual 11 year refinance especially attractive.They have been actively recruiting new customers in Austin, as they open new branches in Austin, and spread out away from their San Antonio and Houston roots (from the original military base customers).I have found that they have very competitive rates for savings and checking, and they are also a great place for my banking needs.
Trader Joes coming to Texas....
posted by Rahm McDaniel on May 3rd, 2011 2:47 PM
I wonder if they've reassessed, or if they were just being careful.http://impactnews.com/central-austin/293-recent-news/12512-trader-joes-austin-is-not-in-our-two-year-planThat, combined with her later comments tell me they are focused on larger cities (DFW then Houston) for now.All that being said, we really need a grocery here, or really a small grocery and a supermarket. Obviously that's not a new topic, but "they were supposed to announce something last month/this month/next month" has been the stock answer for a couple of years at least.It's hard to be walkable and transit oriented without places to walk to and transit. Hopefully Catellus can take time from being acquired or otherwise changing hands long enough to close on a grocer and move dirt on Town Center soon. Maybe next month...
Trader Joes coming to Texas....
posted by Ashley on May 3rd, 2011 9:45 AM
The article requires a subscription, so here is the full text. Article:Trader Joe’s has finally set its sights on Texas.The hip grocer, whose nationwide fan base circles its buildings for grand openings and travels to stock up on its private-label groceries, is looking at multiple locations in Dallas, Houston and Austin.The first store is expected to open in Dallas within the year, and the initial rollout will include 10 stores in Texas.“Dallas, and frankly the entire state of Texas, is a place we’ve wanted to be for a long time,” said Trader Joe’s spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki.In recent years, Trader Joe’s aggressive expansion has skipped Texas. It operates more than 350 stores in 29 states from coast to coast. The company has 169 stores in California, where it’s based near Los Angeles in Monrovia.When management decides to enter a market, Trader Joe’s opens several stores. It entered Chicago in 2000 and now has 18 stores there. Atlanta and its suburbs have six, and Charlotte, N.C., has three stores.“We are a company that grows in a very controlled and thoughtful way in order to maintain the Trader Joe’s customer experience,” Mochizuki said.Trader Joe’s is “actively looking for sites, and we’re anxious to identify some great locations and begin hiring,” she said. The chain is looking both within the city limits and at suburban locations.The privately owned company had sales last year of $8.5 billion, ranking it 21st on Supermarket News’ annual list of largest U.S. grocers. About 80 percent of its foods are private-label groceries. It brags that its offerings do not contain artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.Current specials include two 8-ounce frozen “American Style Kobe Beef Burgers” for $5.99 and a 15-ounce package of Trader Jose’s Chicken Asada for $5.99. The witty labeling includes Asian recipes from Trader Ming’s and French offerings from Trader Jacques.One of its best-known offerings is its $2-a-bottle California wines. The first bottles of Charles Shaw wines were sold in Trader Joe’s stores in 2002, and customers nicknamed it “Two Buck Chuck.” The price varies slightly depending on local taxes and transportation costs.The company communicates with its customers with a Fearless Flyer newsletter, and the official employee uniform is a Hawaiian shirt — the louder the better, according to corporate lore.Small stores’ impactAt about 10,000 to 15,000 square feet, Trader Joe’s stores are much smaller than a traditional 50,000-square-foot supermarket.Grocers have stepped up their Dallas-area growth plans. Kroger has a couple of stores under development inside the Dallas city limits. San Antonio-based H-E-B has four Central Market locations in the Dallas area and is looking for more. Whole Foods has opened three stores here in the last three years and now operates eight in the market. Both specialty food stores have more stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth than in any other Texas market.Other grocers have entered the North Texas market in the last few years, including fast-growing independents Sprouts Farmers Market, Natural Grocers and Sunflower Markets.There aren’t a lot of new retail developments in the works, so the expanding retailers are gobbling up space in existing shopping centers.Borders is closing stores as part of its Chapter 11 filing in February. At the time of the announcement, the owner of the Borders bookstore at Preston Road and Royal Lane said interest from grocery retailers was especially high.Different directionTrader Joe’s history has a Dallas twist. It started out in 1958 as a chain of convenience stores called Pronto Markets. By the 1960s, Dallas-based 7-Eleven was growing fast in Southern California and competing with Pronto.Trader Joe’s founder Joe Coloumbe bought the Pronto stores and decided to go in another direction. In 1967, the stores were renamed Trader Joe’s and morphed into a chain of small specialty cheese and wine shops. It later evolved into a neighborhood grocery chain.Trader Joe’s started opening stores outside California in 1993 with a store in Phoenix.There was much speculation when German discount grocer Aldi opened stores in Texas in early 2010 that Trader Joe’s wouldn’t be far behind.The founder of Trader Joe’s sold the company and left in 1987. Mochizuki wouldn’t disclose current ownership, but supermarket trade publications in the U.S. and the business press in Europe have reported that the company is owned by the Albrecht family in Germany.Two brothers of Aldi’s founding Albrecht family split Aldi and the German market in half in 1960 after an argument.Later, Aldi South came to the U.S. with the low-price format from Germany, and Aldi North acquired Trader Joe’s from California.The two companies insist they have separate ownership and don’t share U.S. operations.
New Community Service Idea (stolen from the movie
posted by Winchester3809 on April 9th, 2011 8:57 AM
Our kids are grown and out of the house, but I think this is a great idea. I could have used something like this when my kids were young. It seemed like whenever I grounded them, it was really punishment for me - we had to make arrangements to work around their grounding. My son went to high school at Strake Jesuit in Houston and if one of the boys got into trouble at school, they had to spend their Saturday with Brother Casey at school doing jobs around the school to work off their punishment.
East Austin's best kept secret: St. George's Episcopal School
posted by keep_it_simple on March 30th, 2011 12:11 PM
Hello Neighbors! If you're in search of an incredible neighborhood preschool for your kids (18 mos. - 5 years) I strongly encourage you to consider St. George's Episcopal School, less than a five minute drive from Mueller. The director of the school asked me to post the following: A few openings remain for the summer program and/or school year enrollment at St. George's Episcopal School! Come join many of your neighbors at a wonderful preschool very close to Mueller. St. George's offers an exceptional early childhood experience for children ages 18 months to 5 years. MWF, TTh, and M - F schedules are available with optional extended day hours. St. George's seeks diversity in its enrollment and welcomes families of all faiths. Contact Laura to set up a tour: laura.stgeorges@gmail.com or (512)452-6063". Now for a personal plug: I always tell people that the best choice we've made for our kids (right after THE best decision of moving back to Austin from Houston) was to send them to St. George's. We have two daughters, ages two and four who have both been at St. George's since they were 18 months old. There are not enough words to express how wonderful our experience has been at the school. Laura will never self promote so I'll do it for her. She's an incredible advocate for our children and brings fabulous professional credentials with her. She's done an exceptional job of retaining senior teachers while nurturing younger teachers with amazing potential. The school is play based but also introduces a meaningful and developmentally appropriate curriculum. Our children have matured in incredible ways and I would highly recommend St. George's to anyone in our community!
Garage Apartment for Rent, Anyone?
posted by Sol Acosta-Houston on March 16th, 2011 3:06 PM
Rebecca,Has your employee found a place yet? My parents just moved out of a beautiful 1/1 garage apartment (wood floors, stainless steel/energy-efficient appliances) but are still paying rent on it so I'd like to find them someone who is willing to sublease or take over with a new lease, etc. If interested, please contact me.Thanks!Sol Houston689-6441
RENTAL?
posted by Sol Acosta-Houston on March 16th, 2011 3:01 PM
Jenna,Has your friend found a place? My parents just moved out of a beautiful 1/1 garage apartment (wood floors, stainless steel/energy-efficient appliances) but are still paying rent on it so I'd like to find them someone who is willing to sublease or take over with a new lease, etc. If interested, please contact me.Thanks!Sol Houston689-6441
Jewelry Show at the MOSAIC Clubhouse this Sunday!!!
posted by annjerome on February 11th, 2011 8:37 AM
JEWELRY SHOW SUN., FEB. 13, 1-3 P.M. MOSAIC APT. CLUBHOUSE 4600 MUELLER BLVD AUSTIN, TX 78723 Roses are Red. Violets are Blue. Valentine Jewelry Show for Women. And, Men, too! (hint, hint) Katie DeVillier, Houston, brings her very popular and affordable “bling” to Austin: • Earrings and necklaces – Swarovski crystals and stones • Watches: Trendy silicone band with crystal accent (all colors) • CASH OR CHECKS ONLY, PLEASE! Come enjoy the show and homemade cookies!
Magazine Salespeople making the rounds in the neighborhood
posted by Sol Acosta-Houston on February 10th, 2011 8:43 AM
If someone comes to your door trying to sell you magazine subscriptions, beware. These scam artists are articulate and they will begin their incessant talk with a very polite demeanor and a sad story about how they are receiving sales training from their company while trying to earn points to win a trip, better themselves after being in trouble in the past, etc. They exercise very high-pressure sales tactics to have you sign up for a magazine subscription and make a payment on the spot claiming that's the only way they earn their points --they'll deny being able to come back at another time, you cannot do it online, etc. They will tell you many of your neighbors have helped them out. They will tell you if you don't want to receive a magazine you can donate the subscription to a hospital or charity. If you decline ( even if you do so politely after giving them a chance to make their pitch) their tone changes immediately, they become irritated, they act offended and they'll pressure you one last time by attempting to give you a guilt trip. My recommendation is: DO NOT EVEN OPEN YOUR DOOR and warn your neighbors to do the same. Even if you do want to subscribe to a magazine they carry, their prizes are ridiculously high and you might be better off contacting the magazine directly. S. Houston
Magazine Salespeople making the rounds at Mueller
posted by Sol Acosta-Houston on February 10th, 2011 8:40 AM
If someone comes to your door trying to sell you magazine subscriptions, beware. These scam artists are articulate and they will begin their incessant talk with a very polite demeanor and a sad story about how they are receiving sales training from their company while trying to earn points to win a trip, better themselves after being in trouble in the past, etc. They exercise very high-pressure sales tactics to have you sign up for a magazine subscription and make a payment on the spot claiming that's the only way they earn their points --they'll deny being able to come back at another time, you cannot do it online, etc. They will tell you many of your neighbors have helped them out. They will tell you if you don't want to receive a magazine you can donate the subscription to a hospital or charity. If you decline ( even if you do so politely after giving them a chance to make their pitch) their tone changes immediately, they become irritated, they act offended and they'll pressure you one last time by attempting to give you a guilt trip. My recommendation is: DO NOT EVEN OPEN YOUR DOOR and warn your neighbors to do the same. Even if you do want to subscribe to a magazine they carry, their prizes are ridiculously high and you might be better off contacting the magazine directly. S. Houston
Boot Camp?
posted by lkwinchester on January 10th, 2011 11:07 AM
Hey Jenna, My name is Kathy Winchester and I live here at Mueller. My daughter Whitney has taken care of your children and as it turns out you are friends with Shiela Ogden who dated my son Michael for several years in Houston. Anyway, Michael now works for Crossfit Central and SicFit here in Austin as a personal trainer. He is interested in speaking with you about your training. He said for me to pass along his info and he can direct you to a boot camp or personal training and give you all the info you need. His contact info is: Michael Winchester michaelwinchester@crossfitcentral.com Hope this helps.
West Elm and Zgallerie Furniture, moving fire sale!
posted by Donna Yasay on January 3rd, 2011 11:25 AM
Hi Jack, Definitely, please make an appointment with Garreth to walk through, he has the key ; ). I am basically taking 30% off everything since it is all new : (. I am in Vegas this week for CES and won't be back until Jan 8th.BTW, You are too kind : ). I am actually putting my house up for lease versus sale since the market is not so good. I ended up with very bad carpal tunnel syndrome over the holidays because of the pregnancy and my whole right arm and hand, and partial left was immobile : (. It scared me because I thought, what if I drop this baby because of my carpal tunnel, and since I live by myself, the baby will be helpless : (. My mom convinced me to move in with her back in Southern California to help me with the baby, so I would have to sell or store my furniture. The new tenant is just like me, he is the owner of http://www.epcgroup.net, his name is Errin Oconnor and he will be renting it by himself, no pets so far : ), travels a lot for work, has 3 rentals, DC, Austin, and Houston. He will be taking care of the landscape himself too ; )! Hope you had a great New Year's : )!Cheers,Donna
Two free tickets to TX women's basketball Sun Jan 2nd
posted by Beth Johnson on January 2nd, 2011 10:01 AM
Texas plays Sam Houston today (Sunday, Jan 2nd) at 2 pm at the Erwin Center. I have season tickets (excellent seats) but can't make today's game. PM me if you'd like these two tickets.
Gravel Pit Development
posted by Melia O'Dell on November 3rd, 2010 4:39 PM
And now, some ACTION you can take to help fight the TXI Gravel Mining Operation near Dunlap Road and Austin’s Colony. Please attend the following event on November 17th. Our neighbor, Jeanette Kincaid contacted Alliance for a Clean Texas, and they responded: "Jeannette - Our state environmental agency [the Texas Commission on Environment Quality (TCEQ)] is undergoing a once in a decade review by the Sunset Advisory Commission. I strongly urge you and your neighbors to participate. Be ready to explain the flaws in the process and how our state environmental agency is not protecting your health, property and the environment. We are having a Town Hall meeting on this on WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 17 at 6 pm the Bass Lecture Hall at UT's LBJ Public Policy School. There is more about this process at http://www.acttexas.org (The Austin Town Hall isn't listed yet on the website, but it will be soon.) Robin Schneider Texas Campaign for the Environment" From the Texas Campaign for the Environment website: TCEQ In The Hot Seat In Texas, state government agencies must justify their existence every 12 years. It's called "sunset review" and allows legislators and citizens to discuss whether an agency should be reformed or even abolished. This year, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is in the hot seat. Houston residents met recently with the TCEQ's executive director, and KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel listened in. It was billed as an “environmental town hall.” Air Alliance Houston invited TCEQ director Mark Vickery to hear from local citizens about ongoing environmental battles. “I am Dr. Anthony George and what I’m opposed to, along with many of the other individuals here is the dumping of 186 million gallons — the proposed dumping of 186 million gallons of toxic cancer-forming waste into the Woodland region.” George is referring to injection wells — underground storage spaces, usually for wastewater from oil and gas drilling. Ultimately, it’s up to the TCEQ to decide whether the proposed underground storage system is safe and to issue a permit. But George says the agency always seems to side with companies, instead of listening to everyday Texans. “They’re very high handed and cavalier, and their attitude was go away boy, you bother me. The business of Texas is business.” Other speakers had other problems, but most had the same criticism of TCEQ: it favors businesses and downplays potential health and pollution risks. “You write all these rules and regulations that are supposed to be for everybody but don’t enforce any.” That’s Deborah Wilkerson of Acres Homes. She says she has complained in vain to TCEQ about concrete dust from a nearby company blowing onto her property. “I am tired, I am disappointed in the system designed to protect, and I’m really, really angry. It’s affecting my health and my ability to fully enjoy living in my own house.” State Rep. Jessica Farrar participated and joined the crowd in calling for major reforms at TCEQ. “In environmental policy in Texas, there’s a bias towards industry.” Mark Vickery is the executive director. He listened sympathetically to each complaint but also reminded the crowd that he has to follow the regulatory process. He also pointed out the agency’s positive achievements. “I think we’ve seen really good reductions, the air quality in Houston has gotten better. Not to say for one second that we don’t have a lot more work to do.” One reform idea is to increase the agency’s enforcement power. Right now, TCEQ can only fine a company $10,000 per day. Many critics say that’s not enough to deter companies from polluting. Farrar says increasing the fine would be hard. “Because to try to pass legislation to lift that cap would be impossible but if you let your legislators know that this is an important issue, because all we hear about — uh, mostly who we hear from is industry.” While the sunset process might result in some reforms, the future direction of the TCEQ is highly dependent on who prevails in the November race for governor. To comment on the sunset review of TCEQ, view http://www.sunset.state.tx.us/contactus.htm. For additional information concerning the injection wells that Dr. George addressed, visit http://www.stopthetoxicwells.com/.
For Gochman Street: In memory of Arthur Gochman
posted by jen-eric on October 29th, 2010 9:54 PM
Though we're on Threadgill, I wanted to share a short tribute for those who live on Gochman to know more about the Gochman family. Arthur Gochman passed away on Monday and his legacy is more than sporting goods. Arthur was a dear friend of my grandmother's and used to pick me up from dance classes on Saturdays as a kid. He always took me to whole foods for apple juice and a bran muffin and together he and my grandmother talked politics while I listened. Even though I was just a kid, he always asked my opinions onthe political problems of the day. After my grandmother passed away and I was old enough to recognize his wisdom, he still allowed me to join him for the occasional breakfast of political strategy, even when my position and work differed from his on one or another issues. This Houston Chronicle article tells of his admirable work and life. Thanks Arthur for the bran muffins and legislative training, both have served me well. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7265586.html Jennifer Carr Allmon
Mueller Thanksgiving morning run/walk
posted by Alexa Manza on September 30th, 2010 9:14 AM
I was interested in loosely (emphasis on loosely) organizing a Mueller Thanksgiving morning run/walk on the trail or the streets. I've never organized something like this before so I WILL need help from folks who have run these trails and streets more often than I. As a first pass my idea is we could design a logo and then have t-shirts available for sale at http://www.cafepress.com. That way we wouldn't be handling any money or inventory. We'd have the run/walk around 8am and meet at the Ella Wooten park or "The Spider" and it could just be a 2 mile affair. Dogs and strollers welcome (in the back), runners up front, rest of the pack in the middle. No numbers or timing methods but maybe a balloon arch finish line for fun. My husband's family has a tradition to do a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning and the few times we've hosted Tday we've done the official/sanctioned TTrot in Dallas and Houston. This year, because we're in an awesome 'hood, we wanted to share this experience with our neighbors. I'm sure DT Austin has an event and some folks may already have plans to participate. If we decide to organize this then we'll need to get word out ASAP. If you think this is a good idea, have more ideas, would help me (PLEASE!) and/or would like to participate I would love to hear from you. If I get the good stuff back then I'll contact folks via PM and see about having a feasibility meeting at my home to see if we can't get something going. Thanks a lot! Alexa
Snakes on a Plane
posted by doug on August 24th, 2010 9:36 AM
Rod, I wouldn't mind so much being the "whirr-whirr" of activity if these were honey bees, but these are yellow jackets. Actually, years ago, while living in an older duplex in Houston Heights, honey bees had made a nest in the wall - you could hear them if you put your ear to the wall. I sprayed bee spray into their access point from the outside which drove several inside the house. While trying to eliminate those, I was stung. I also have several other "bee encounters" as well as asp stings and a brown spider bite or two. Insects love me!
NASA engineer to speak: “What’s Up in Space”,
posted by danx111 on August 16th, 2010 10:39 AM
Outer Space visits the MACC - August 26th “What’s Up in Space”, a fun and informative presentation about life in space will be presented at the Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street on Thursday, August 26 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Michael Lutomski, NASA engineer for the International Space Station is the featured speaker. Attendees at the presentation can have their picture taken and later receive a certificate documenting its ride in space on board the shuttle flight STS-133. Sponsored by the Austin Nature & Science Center, “What’s Up in Space” will provide a taste of activities on recent shuttle flights, and information captured about our planet. Using videos and slides as a backdrop, Mr. Lutomski will share interesting stories about people living on the International Space Station and beautiful satellite images of the earth. Lutomski has spent more than 20 years at NASA, after starting his career as a flight controller working the Mission Control Center in Houston. In the mid-90’s Mr. Lutomski worked in the Mission Control Center in Moscow, supporting early ISS Operations infrastructure development. This presentation paves the way for an exhibit entitled. “View from Space” that will open at the Austin Nature & Science Center on Saturday, October 2, 2010. The exhibit explores the information and images that satellites gather about our planet earth. As part of the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, the Austin Nature & Science Center strives to increase awareness of and appreciation for the natural world. For more information, call the Austin Nature and Science Center at 512-327-8181 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 512-327-8181
Next Phase of Mueller - Affordability
posted by ccosart on July 21st, 2010 10:16 AM
[Responding to Belinda]You make some very good points. "It's hard to make the argument that families and individuals making the median family income need essentially subsides when we are not meeting the housing needs of those making significantly less than 80% MFI."In isolation, I really don't have a good counter argument for this. Looking at the bigger picture though, I think the point is that if we want to curtail sprawl and greenhouse emissions, avoid Houston level air quality, etc. you have to keep the middle income families from all living in Round Rock and Manor since they make up the majority of families. If "green living" is a luxury available only to a handful of the economic elite, it's nice for them but it doesn't actually do much for the public good.Of course "progressive" central Austinites like the Austin Nimby Council helped kill smart growth and light rail, and oppose tall buildings downtown, so I'm highly skeptical of their commitment to being "green".In the big picture, we need to build more and better Muellers and link them with good transit.But back to who should pay for closing the gap? Not to be glib, but not my problem. I didn't make the promises that aren't being kept. As a rule of thumb, I don't make promises I don't intend to keep, and don't say things I don't mean to get my way. Guess I wouldn't make a very good politician or developer.
About Lieutenant Colonel Darrel Vandeveld and his honorable service to the USA--to fellow Texans
posted by Rod on July 18th, 2010 12:16 PM
Neighbors interested in potentially joining me as coauthors for an op-ed piece for the newspapers listed below, please either respond publically or pm me, thanks. Also, as you see in the bullet below, there is a trivial way to privately write to Senators Hutchinson and Cornyn on this topic, which is how my letter reached both of them. Talking points could include, e.g., what is shown below. Rod • Lt. Col Vandeveld, a highly decorated member of the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps who served as both a soldier in combat and a prosecutor for almost 20 years, is in danger of losing his honorable retirement. • Lt. Col. Vandeveld spoke out against the Constitutional abuses that have been occurring at Guantanamo Bay. He was ordered by a judge to testify for the defense in the case of detainee Mohammed Jawad about the abuses that occurred, including abusive interrogations, evidence withheld from the defense, judicial incompetence, and confessions coerced through torture. He was then subpoenaed to testify before Congress regarding the Military Commissions Act of 2009, where he again spoke the truth, stating, "the military commission system is broken beyond repair." • In return for his honesty under oath and the public outrage that followed, Lt. Col. Vandeveld was retaliated against and the military issued him his first ever negative performance evaluation. • Lt. Col. Vandeveld swore to protect and defend the Constitution and he should be rewarded, not punished for doing so. • On June 1, the Army Promotions Board met to decide whether or not to allow Lt. Col. Vandeveld to retire honorably or recommend that he be prematurely discharged from the Army Reserves; their decision has not been issued yet. • The Senate has the power to help Lt. Col. Vandeveld, because they must approve the 2010 US Army Reserve Judge Advocate Colonels Promotion List. • I am pleased that my Senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, responded to my letter on this issue by stating "I appreciate the Lieutenant Colonel's years of military service and believe he should receive the full benefits to which he is entitled." • I hope that Senator Hutchison and/or Senator Cornyn places a hold on the board's promotion list if it does not include Lt. Col. Vandeveld's name because it means he has likely been recommended for early discharge. My fellow Texans should please consider visiting http://www.whistleblowers.org to send a letter and let our Senators know they support this action. Texas Newspapers Austin American-Statesman letters@statesman.com Corpus Christi Caller-Times ctletters@caller.com El Paso Times opinion@elpasotimes.com Houston Chronicle viewpoints@chron.com San Antonio Express-News letters@express-news.com
Formula 1
posted by anna pinales on July 9th, 2010 11:15 AM
Here is some great information directly from formula1 website.... http://formula1.com/news/headlines/2010/5/10824.html Formula One returns to the United States Formula One World Championship Limited and Formula One Administration Limited (together, the F1 Commercial Rights Holder) and Full Throttle Productions, LP, promoter of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™, announce that a historic agreement has been reached for Austin, Texas to serve as the host city of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ for years 2012 through 2021. “We are extremely honoured and proud to reach an agreement with the F1 Commercial Rights Holder. We have been diligently working together for several years to bring this great event to Austin, the State of Texas and back to the United States. All parties involved have a great amount of trust and confidence in each other and are committed to establishing the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ in Austin, Texas as a prestigious global event,” stated Tavo Hellmund, Managing Partner of Full Throttle Productions, LP. Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of the Formula One Group stated: “For the first time in the history of Formula One in the United States, a world-class facility will be purpose-built to host the event. It was thirty years ago that the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ was last held on a purpose-built permanent road course circuit in Watkins Glen, NY (1961-1980), which enjoyed great success. Since then, Formula One has been hosted by Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix all on temporary street circuits. Indianapolis joined the ranks of host cities in 2000 when they added a road course inside the famed oval. Lewis Hamilton won the last Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ in 2007, signalling the end to eight years at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This however, will be the first time a facility is constructed from the ground up specifically for Formula One in the US.” Mr. Hellmund added: “This is a case of the right timing in the right place. As many Americans know, Austin has earned a reputation as one of the ‘it’ cities in the United States. Austin features that rare combination of ideal geographic location and beauty. Its fine dining, world-renowned hospitality and excellent transportation infrastructure make Austin ideally suited to host and manage an event of this magnitude. Few cities if any in America could rival the connectivity of all the key elements needed for hosting a Formula 1 event as well as Austin. Now, many people around the world will have the opportunity to experience a world-class event, facility and city.” “We are pleased Texas has the opportunity to be involved with Formula 1 and that an event of this magnitude is coming to Austin,” said Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. “It has been a pleasure working with Full Throttle Productions, LP and Mr. Hellmund on this project. Their tradition of producing successful major events coupled with a thirty year relationship with Mr. Ecclestone has us looking forward to this worldwide event and the benefits it will bring, including local job creation, increased tourism and a significant economic impact added to our state economy. The visibility and prestige of this event will spotlight our state on an international stage.” Texas Governor Rick Perry conveyed his enthusiasm for the project, explaining “Texas’ relatively strong economy continues to draw both national and international attention and I commend Comptroller Combs for her work in bringing this exciting event to the Lone Star State.” City of Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell continued the positive sentiments, adding "The City of Austin will be proud to host this magnificent event and I look forward to welcoming the participants and fans of Formula One to our City." Full Throttle Productions, LP acknowledges with great appreciation the efforts of all parties involved including Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of the Formula One Group, and the local and state officials of Texas. “It has been a shared vision and monumental task to reach this agreement. We realize that over the last 30 years there have been one or two missing pieces from the previous editions of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™. We have a tremendous opportunity at hand to do it right - to feature Austin as the backdrop and produce the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ as one of the great sporting events in the world,” stated Hellmund. In addition to the State of Texas being the 11th strongest economy in the world, it has more Fortune 500 company headquarters than any other state. Key features of Austin include: - State capital nicknamed ‘Silicon Hills’ for being one of the most important regions in the US for the Technology Industry; - USA’s 15th largest city and is located 145 miles from Houston (4th largest US city), 70 miles from San Antonio (7th largest US city), and 180 miles from Dallas (8th largest US city), population in this triangle is over 22 million; - perfectly located geographically for North, South and Central American visitors; - over 130 daily departing international flights within 180 miles; - over 250,000 hotel rooms within 180 miles; - desirable year-round climate, with an average annual temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius); - geographically located in the Texas Hill Country, easily the most beautiful city in the State, and considered one of the most in the US; - hotels/downtown/Formula 1 circuit/airport located within close proximity of each other, which is nearly impossible for any other large city in the US; - world class night life entertainment along renowned ‘Sixth Street’; and - large film industry presence - many movies filmed in the area. Austin’s National Recognition - Known as “The Live Music Capital of the World” - Voted “Greenest City in America” (MSN) - Voted “Least Stressful Large Metro” in the United States (Forbes) - Voted Top Two “Best Cities” in the United States (Money Magazine) - Voted Top Three “Hippest Cities” in the United States (Forbes) - Voted Top Five “Safest Cities” in the United States (Forbes) - Voted Top Ten “Sports & Fitness Cities” in the USA (Sports Business Journal) Full Throttle Productions, LP is an Austin, Texas, special event and sports production company that provides event conception, event project management, day of event oversight, staffing and volunteer services, venue planning and logistics support. More information on the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ will be forthcoming shortly. In the meantime, all queries should be directed to info@fullthrottleproductionslp.com.
Formula 1
posted by anna pinales on July 9th, 2010 11:15 AM
Here is some great information directly from formula1 website.... http://formula1.com/news/headlines/2010/5/10824.html Formula One returns to the United States Formula One World Championship Limited and Formula One Administration Limited (together, the F1 Commercial Rights Holder) and Full Throttle Productions, LP, promoter of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™, announce that a historic agreement has been reached for Austin, Texas to serve as the host city of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ for years 2012 through 2021. “We are extremely honoured and proud to reach an agreement with the F1 Commercial Rights Holder. We have been diligently working together for several years to bring this great event to Austin, the State of Texas and back to the United States. All parties involved have a great amount of trust and confidence in each other and are committed to establishing the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ in Austin, Texas as a prestigious global event,” stated Tavo Hellmund, Managing Partner of Full Throttle Productions, LP. Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of the Formula One Group stated: “For the first time in the history of Formula One in the United States, a world-class facility will be purpose-built to host the event. It was thirty years ago that the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ was last held on a purpose-built permanent road course circuit in Watkins Glen, NY (1961-1980), which enjoyed great success. Since then, Formula One has been hosted by Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix all on temporary street circuits. Indianapolis joined the ranks of host cities in 2000 when they added a road course inside the famed oval. Lewis Hamilton won the last Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ in 2007, signalling the end to eight years at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This however, will be the first time a facility is constructed from the ground up specifically for Formula One in the US.” Mr. Hellmund added: “This is a case of the right timing in the right place. As many Americans know, Austin has earned a reputation as one of the ‘it’ cities in the United States. Austin features that rare combination of ideal geographic location and beauty. Its fine dining, world-renowned hospitality and excellent transportation infrastructure make Austin ideally suited to host and manage an event of this magnitude. Few cities if any in America could rival the connectivity of all the key elements needed for hosting a Formula 1 event as well as Austin. Now, many people around the world will have the opportunity to experience a world-class event, facility and city.” “We are pleased Texas has the opportunity to be involved with Formula 1 and that an event of this magnitude is coming to Austin,” said Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. “It has been a pleasure working with Full Throttle Productions, LP and Mr. Hellmund on this project. Their tradition of producing successful major events coupled with a thirty year relationship with Mr. Ecclestone has us looking forward to this worldwide event and the benefits it will bring, including local job creation, increased tourism and a significant economic impact added to our state economy. The visibility and prestige of this event will spotlight our state on an international stage.” Texas Governor Rick Perry conveyed his enthusiasm for the project, explaining “Texas’ relatively strong economy continues to draw both national and international attention and I commend Comptroller Combs for her work in bringing this exciting event to the Lone Star State.” City of Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell continued the positive sentiments, adding "The City of Austin will be proud to host this magnificent event and I look forward to welcoming the participants and fans of Formula One to our City." Full Throttle Productions, LP acknowledges with great appreciation the efforts of all parties involved including Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of the Formula One Group, and the local and state officials of Texas. “It has been a shared vision and monumental task to reach this agreement. We realize that over the last 30 years there have been one or two missing pieces from the previous editions of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™. We have a tremendous opportunity at hand to do it right - to feature Austin as the backdrop and produce the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ as one of the great sporting events in the world,” stated Hellmund. In addition to the State of Texas being the 11th strongest economy in the world, it has more Fortune 500 company headquarters than any other state. Key features of Austin include: - State capital nicknamed ‘Silicon Hills’ for being one of the most important regions in the US for the Technology Industry; - USA’s 15th largest city and is located 145 miles from Houston (4th largest US city), 70 miles from San Antonio (7th largest US city), and 180 miles from Dallas (8th largest US city), population in this triangle is over 22 million; - perfectly located geographically for North, South and Central American visitors; - over 130 daily departing international flights within 180 miles; - over 250,000 hotel rooms within 180 miles; - desirable year-round climate, with an average annual temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius); - geographically located in the Texas Hill Country, easily the most beautiful city in the State, and considered one of the most in the US; - hotels/downtown/Formula 1 circuit/airport located within close proximity of each other, which is nearly impossible for any other large city in the US; - world class night life entertainment along renowned ‘Sixth Street’; and - large film industry presence - many movies filmed in the area. Austin’s National Recognition - Known as “The Live Music Capital of the World” - Voted “Greenest City in America” (MSN) - Voted “Least Stressful Large Metro” in the United States (Forbes) - Voted Top Two “Best Cities” in the United States (Money Magazine) - Voted Top Three “Hippest Cities” in the United States (Forbes) - Voted Top Five “Safest Cities” in the United States (Forbes) - Voted Top Ten “Sports & Fitness Cities” in the USA (Sports Business Journal) Full Throttle Productions, LP is an Austin, Texas, special event and sports production company that provides event conception, event project management, day of event oversight, staffing and volunteer services, venue planning and logistics support. More information on the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ will be forthcoming shortly. In the meantime, all queries should be directed to info@fullthrottleproductionslp.com.
Dual Language Movie Night- AISD- TONIGHT
posted by hectoranddebbie on June 26th, 2010 7:30 AM
Also, you can talk to Hector about dual language and second language learning - he did his dissertation on dual language and was principal of a dual language elementary school in Houston for seven years before we moved to Austin. He is HUGE dual language proponent!
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
Moving Company Recommendations?
posted by lkwinchester on June 23rd, 2010 2:35 PM
3 Men Movers - the one with headquarters in Houston - has moved us many times. Several times in Houston and most recently several weeks ago they moved my husband's office here in Austin - they also have offices in Austin and San Antonio. They show up on time and are very efficient. They charge a one time trip charge - then it is by the hour with, I think, a two hour minimum. This company is owned by a woman and they get really good marks from the Better Business Bureau.
Lack of Jobs
posted by anna pinales on June 21st, 2010 1:55 AM
anyone perhaps looking to go to Houston to work.. well there is a job fair going on... 6/28/2010 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Central Crowne Plaza Houston - River Oaks - Near the Galleria, 2712 Southwest Freeway Houston Texas Meet face-to-face with top employers at the HoustonHires Job Fair! Attendance is free for job seekers! Register at HoustonHires.com" rel="nofollow">http://www.HoustonHires.com and you will receive the company list and our online job fair guide. Free RESUME REVIEWS will be available at the event from our two local career experts. See you at the job fair! Monday, June 28 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM Crowne Plaza Houston - River Oaks - Near the Galleria 2712 Southwest Freeway Houston Price: FREE Phone: (877) 561-5627 Age Suitability: 18 and up HoustonHires.com Peggy Hillman peggy@ncfairs.com houston.localhires.com/job_fairs" rel="nofollow">http://houston.localhires.com/job_fairs
Real Estate Training
posted by Greg Buford on May 27th, 2010 8:26 AM
Dear Community, My father has recently semi-retired to Austin after more than 40 years in the real estate business near Houston. He seeks to remain active by working part-time. My dad is a great teacher and remarkable salesman, and he is looking for someone interested in learning the real estate business whom he can train in everything he knows. If you are a currently a real estate professional who wants to sell more or are interested in getting into this field even part-time, why not give him a call? He really is THAT good. By the way, this is not a pyramid scheme or other type of gimmick! Contact Ron Buford at ronbuford@kw.com or 512-964-0887. PS: He is also looking for clients. Greg Buford
Pool and someone' s music
posted by doug on May 23rd, 2010 7:50 PM
That's funny. It reminds me of my college days in Houston. Was living in apartments in N. Hou. where many flight attendants also lived. The pool was always par-ty central [:tonguerolleye:]
MMMM.... I wonder....
posted by Robyn on May 11th, 2010 3:43 PM
I just googled it...doesn't sound anything like Trader Joe's. -Robyn*****************************************************H-E-B takes value test with Joe V’s conceptH-E-B introduced the Joe V’s Smart Shop concept in Houston to test the market for cash-strapped customers seeking lower prices on groceries in a down economy.Perez says Joe V’s is all about value.“At Joe V’s Smart Shop, the expectation is that price matters most and every penny really does count,” he says. “Prices on everyday items, including the highest-quality perishables and meats, will be significantly lower than the competition.”To keep store costs low, Joe V’s carries a narrow assortment of 9,000 items compared to more than 37,000 items sold in a typical H-E-B store.Departments include meat, produce, bakery, grocery and drug.About 85 employees work at the prototype 50,000-square-foot Joe V’s Houston store.
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