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by Christopher Hutchins
Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:46 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Agenda Item 66 for November 3, 2016 Council Meeting
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Views: 2838

Agenda Item 66 for November 3, 2016 Council Meeting

Agenda Item 66 for November 3, 2016 Council Meeting From CM Houston: This item, would allow the City Manager or Chief Animal Services Officer to spay/neuter an animal on 1st impoundment. It is not mandatory. The change would allow professional staff at the Animal Center to decide to spay/neuter an a...
by Christopher Hutchins
Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:12 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: 9.22.2016 Item 65. St. James Missionary Baptist Church
Replies: 0
Views: 2967

9.22.2016 Item 65. St. James Missionary Baptist Church

Council Member Houston wanted to send the message that today when the Council takes up Item 65, she will be asking to amend Part 2A of the draft ordinance that is up for action to raise the cap from 60 to 72 units.
by Christopher Hutchins
Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:11 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Potential Cuts
Replies: 0
Views: 2879

Potential Cuts

From Council Member Houston: POTENTIAL CUTS Revenue AISD Automobiles and other passenger vehicles (16,440.32) Grounds maintenance: mowing, edging, planting (34,270.08) Studio equipment: furnishings, record and tapes (350,000) Cable construction, installation and maintenance (321,318) These items are...
by Christopher Hutchins
Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:40 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: On Budget Concept Menu Item PS1.09
Replies: 0
Views: 2575

On Budget Concept Menu Item PS1.09

From Council Member Houston: The identification, inspection and licensing of residential homes, that house more than 7 unrelated individuals, has been long standing. In 2009, the State passed legislation (HB 216) allowing cities to license and inspect homes and developed ‘model standards’ which coul...
by Christopher Hutchins
Wed Aug 31, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Coordination with Homeless Outreach Street Team
Replies: 1
Views: 3297

Coordination with Homeless Outreach Street Team

As follow up to the discussion at the Work Session on the HOST Pilot Project, regarding the role of the existing partner agencies/organizations, I want to emphasize that viable options for partnering, in safe locations, are available. I have suggested that partner organizations have a presence on Sa...
by Christopher Hutchins
Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:11 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: amendment to bond proposition today
Replies: 0
Views: 3007

amendment to bond proposition today

Council Member Houston will be offering an amendment to the bond proposition to decrease the funding for urban trails by $10,000,00 and increase the funding of substandard streets by $10,000,000.
by Christopher Hutchins
Wed Aug 10, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Whose amended what?
Replies: 0
Views: 2643

Whose amended what?

Council Member Houston would like to suggest that when amended resolutions, ordinances (or literature of any kind that the Council will be taking action on) are distributed to the Council Offices, that there be an indication of the office from which the amendment or alternative document came.
by Christopher Hutchins
Wed May 11, 2016 4:24 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Time Certain 6 pm Items 23 & 24 5.12.2016 Council Agenda
Replies: 0
Views: 2424

Time Certain 6 pm Items 23 & 24 5.12.2016 Council Agenda

Council Member Houston is requesting a time certain of 6:00 p.m. for Items 23 and 24 on tomorrow's agenda.
by Christopher Hutchins
Wed Apr 13, 2016 3:14 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: One Two East, excerpt from the Villager
Replies: 0
Views: 2524

One Two East, excerpt from the Villager

It takes a village... "25 years ago the East 11th Street Village association formed to help protect East Austin, applied for and was granted a new zoning called "Neighborhood Conservation Combining District (NCCD)." This zoning was designed to change some of the development codes in the area while p...
by Christopher Hutchins
Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Time Certain for 6:30 p.m. for Item 16 on 4.14.2016
Replies: 0
Views: 2632

Time Certain for 6:30 p.m. for Item 16 on 4.14.2016

Council Member Houston has confirmed with the neighborhood that they will need a time certain for 6:30 p.m. for item number 16, One Two East. It is her understanding that the staff will present, the applicant will present and then the identified community members from the neighborhood will speak. Th...
by Christopher Hutchins
Wed Apr 06, 2016 3:28 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Items 35 and 36 for Council agenda 4/7/2016
Replies: 0
Views: 2651

Items 35 and 36 for Council agenda 4/7/2016

From Council Member Houston: I’m providing the following information to share my thoughts regarding items 35 and 36. During our discussion tomorrow my comments are in no way meant to focus or reflect on the honorable mission of the non-profit organization. The focus of my comments (and I hope our co...
by Christopher Hutchins
Wed Mar 23, 2016 10:53 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Postponement for Items 28 and 29
Replies: 0
Views: 2427

Postponement for Items 28 and 29

From Council Member Houston:

At the Council Meeting on Thursday, March 24th , I will be making a motion to postpone agenda items #28 and #29 – Boys and Girls Club to April 7th at a time certain of 4:30pm.

In Peace,
Ora Houston
District #1
Austin City Council
by Christopher Hutchins
Wed Mar 02, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Proposed committee system changes
Replies: 7
Views: 9761

Re: Proposed committee system changes

From Council Member Houston: Many thanks to the members of the Transition Committee for body of work and the ongoing refreshing of the draft ordinance to insure that Chapter 2-5 of the City Code, accurately reflects how the 10-1 Council and Council Committees will include, respond to and manage the ...
by Christopher Hutchins
Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: One Two East: Let's postpone
Replies: 1
Views: 3608

One Two East: Let's postpone

Council Member Houston would like to request a postponement for Item 31 on the February 11th Council Meeting Agenda to the April 14th Council Meeting. Item 31 is the project known as One Two East. The proposed development is located at the southeast corner of the access road on the site of the forme...
by Christopher Hutchins
Wed Nov 18, 2015 10:19 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Request for 2pm Time Certain for Item No. 80 on 11/19/2015
Replies: 1
Views: 3977

Request for 2pm Time Certain for Item No. 80 on 11/19/2015

During the Tuesday Work Session relating to secondary dwelling units (Agenda Item No. 80), it was suggested that 'invited testimony' be heard by Council Member Zimmerman. (The public hearing was held and closed in June 18, 2015) Council Members Pool, Tovo and Houston will be inviting individuals to ...
by Christopher Hutchins
Tue Sep 29, 2015 10:29 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Transportation Needs
Replies: 1
Views: 4130

Re: Transportation Needs (1/4 cent fund?)

Just to clear something up for the public. It has been indicated to me the using the phrase "1/4 cent fund" is actually insider language: In short, the 1/4 cent fund is a fund that was created with Capital Metro a while back, started about 2000 and ended 2004, to generate revenue for transportation ...
by Christopher Hutchins
Fri Sep 25, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Transportation Needs
Replies: 1
Views: 4130

Transportation Needs

Attention Council Offices. I thought I had already submitted something like this an hour ago but it hasn't shown up...so, apologies if this shows up twice. CM Houston requests another 30 days to conduct public outreach regarding the 1/4 cent fund identification of district needs. She feels there has...
by Christopher Hutchins
Fri Sep 04, 2015 6:27 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Council Member Houston's Budget Amendments
Replies: 0
Views: 2925

Council Member Houston's Budget Amendments

These are Council Member Houston's Budget Amendments Increases Budget Amendment for the African American Quality of Life Item 1.12 Arts, Culture and Entertainment $150,000 Specific Cultural Contracts $150,000 KAZI-FM $300,000 African American Cultural Heritage District Sub total $600,000 Item 1.13 B...
by Christopher Hutchins
Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:42 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: where resolutions go to die...
Replies: 4
Views: 6059

Re: where resolutions go to die...

I would like to note that the initial message came directly from Council Member Houston and I neglected to sign out with her designation. To answer your question: I believe they were resolutions or proposals that were in queue to be brought before Council by community members and in some cases by th...
by Christopher Hutchins
Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:19 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: where resolutions go to die...
Replies: 4
Views: 6059

where resolutions go to die...

In recent weeks, my staff or I have met with reps from community based organizations bringing resolutions that were pending in 2014 before the former council. What procedures or processes are in place to monitor such items or do we have a mechanism to determine the number or scope of these pending a...
by Christopher Hutchins
Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:00 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Budget Worksession Meeting Location
Replies: 2
Views: 4272

Re: Budget Worksession Meeting Location

CM Houston says she likes the Boards and Commissions Room because everyone's able to see everyone else when they're talking to each other, but that as it gets bigger it'll be better to move on into the chambers because it'll just get so packed. She also said that overall her feeling is neutral on th...
by Christopher Hutchins
Thu Aug 06, 2015 10:02 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Transportation/ Mobility
Replies: 0
Views: 2772

Transportation/ Mobility

In the area of Transportation if there is a question about a transit issue in the District, I am referred to master plans that were developed and approved during the ‘at large’ system of governance. My questions are: Please give me the Districts represented in all prior and current Bicycle Advisory ...
by Christopher Hutchins
Fri Jun 19, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: 311 Transfers
Replies: 0
Views: 3272

311 Transfers

For any of us here that may transfer calls to toher Council offices coming from 311, let's make a prcatice of transfering to the main office number and not a Council Member's direct line. As well, has any Council office experienced 311 calls going directly to a Council Member before coming through t...
by Christopher Hutchins
Wed May 27, 2015 10:30 am
Forum: City of Austin Council Message Board
Topic: Flood Mitigation Initiative
Replies: 2
Views: 4901

Re: Flood Mitigation Initiative

Council Member Houston would like to suggest that we hold a briefing and assessment of public need relating to flood control/mitigation from the Watershed Department, Public Works and Austin Water Utility at the next or a near future council meeting before forming a Task Force in order to better und...