Action taken by the City Council during the meeting of: Thursday, May 21, 2015


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Details of Council's votes are not captured below but will be incorporated in the minutes approved by the City Council at a subsequent Council Meeting and posted to the web.

Approval of Minutes
1Approve the minutes of the Austin City Council work session of May 12, 2015, budget work session of May 13, 2015 and regular meeting of May 14, 2015.
 APPROVED ON CONSENT
Budget
2Approve an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 20141120-014 increasing the percentage-based ad valorem (property) tax exemption on the assessed value of residence homesteads.
 POSTPONED TO JUNE 4, 2015
Emergency Medical Services
3Authorize negotiation and execution of an interlocal cooperation agreement between the City and Travis County Emergency Services District (ESD) 5, to allow the Emergency Medical Services Department to locate an ambulance at ESD 5, Station #1.
 APPROVED
4Authorize negotiation and execution of an agreement between the City and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to authorize the Emergency Medical Services Department (EMS) to allow a FBI SWAT employee to temporarily ride out on an EMS ambulance.
 APPROVED
Police
5Approve an ordinance amending City Code Chapter 13-6 to authorize contracting with a private vendor to manage tow truck responses to accident scenes and other police requests for towing, and amending Ordinance No. 20140908-003, relating to nonconsent towing fees. Related to Item #17.
 APPROVED
Purchasing Office
6Authorize award and execution of a 12-month service contract through the STATE OF TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION RESOURCES contract with VERIZON WIRELESS, AT&T MOBILITY, and T-MOBILE USA to provide wireless communication services and equipment in an amount not to exceed $2,500,000 each and combined, with four 12-month extension options in an amount each and combined not to exceed $2,575,000 for the first extension option, $2,652,250 for the second extension option, $2,731,818 for the third extension option, and $2,813,772 for the fourth extension option, for a total contract amount not to exceed $13,272,840 each and combined.
 APPROVED ON CONSENT
7Authorize award and execution of a 36-month service contract with ALLIED FENCE & SECURITY to provide fencing repair and installation in an amount not to exceed $2,831,296, with three 12-month extension options in an amount not to exceed $943,765 per extension option, for a total contract amount not to exceed $5,662,592.
 APPROVED ON CONSENT
8Authorize award and execution of Amendment No. 2 to a service contract with GE PACKAGED POWER INC., TRANSCANADA TURBINES INC., and WOOD GROUP PRATT & WHITNEY, for maintenance and repair services for gas turbines at Decker Creek Power Station and Sand Hill Energy Center, and for the purchase of a standby LM6000 gas turbine for the Sand Hill Energy Center, increasing the contract amount for the current contract period in an amount not to exceed $14,000,000, for a revised total contract amount not to exceed $40,000,000.
 SENT TO AE COMMITTEE ITEM POSTPONED TO THE MAY 28 2015 COUNCIL MEETING
9Authorize award and execution of a 60-month service contract with TEXAS DISPOSAL SYSTEMS, INC., or another qualified offeror to Request for Proposal No. PAX0120, to provide total waste management services for the Aviation Department in an amount not to exceed $6,450,000, with two 36-month extension options in an amount not to exceed $4,200,000 per option, for a total contract amount not to exceed $14,850,000.
 APPROVED ON CONSENT
10Authorize negotiation and execution of a 24-month supply contract with IVES EQUIPMENT CORPORATION to provide valve replacement parts for Welland & Tuxhorn brand valves for Austin Energy, in an amount not to exceed $400,000; with three 12-month extension options, in an amount not to exceed $200,000 per extension option, for a total contract amount not to exceed $1,000,000.
 APPROVED ON CONSENT
11Authorize negotiation and execution of a 24-month supply contract with KOBELCO COMPRESSORS AMERICA, INC. to provide replacement parts for Kobelco brand compressors for Austin Energy in an amount not to exceed $300,000 with three 12-month extension options in an amount not to exceed $150,000 per extension option, for a total contract amount not to exceed $750,000.
 APPROVED ON CONSENT
12Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a contract with COPPER RIVER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LLC to complete the upgrade of the City’s fiber optic networking system including software and hardware in an amount not to exceed $4,331,067.
 APPROVED
13Authorize award and execution of a 36-month contract with ONLINE COMPUTER LIBRARY CENTER, INC., for a subscription to access the database of bibliographic records in Machine Readable Cataloging format at the Austin Public Library in an amount not to exceed $267,276, with three 12-month extension options in an amount not to exceed $89,092 per extension option, for a total contract amount not to exceed $534,552.
 APPROVED ON CONSENT
14Authorize award and execution of a 12-month service contract with PURE TECHNOLOGIES US, INC. for non-destructive leak and condition assessment of large diameter transmission mains for Austin Water in an amount not to exceed $685,508, with two 12-month extension options in an amount not to exceed $685,508 per extension option, for a total contract amount not to exceed $2,056,524.
 APPROVED ON CONSENT
15Authorize negotiation and execution of a 36-month contract with COMVERGE, INC., or one of the other qualified offerors to Request for Proposal No. OPJ0113, for the installation and maintenance of load-control devices in single-family and multi-family residential housing and commercial facilities, in an amount not to exceed $2,574,075, with two 12-month extension options, in an amount not to exceed $858,025 per extension option, for a total contract amount not to exceed $4,290,125.
 APPROVED
16Authorize award and execution of Amendment No. 4 to a contract with LONGHORN CAR-TRUCK RENTALS, INC., to provide vehicle rental services in an amount not to exceed $149,500, for a revised total contract amount not to exceed $1,312,500.
 APPROVED
17Authorize award, negotiation, and execution of a 36-month revenue contract with TEGSO, LLC DBA AUTORETURN, or another qualified offeror to RFP EAD0119REBID, for total management of dispatch, towing, and impound services for the Austin Police Department for estimated revenue of $2,400,000, with three 12-month extension options with an estimated revenue of $800,000 for each extension option, for a total estimated revenue amount of $4,800,000. Related to Item #5.
 APPROVED
Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs
18Approve an ordinance suspending a Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program interim customer surcharge proposed by CenterPoint Energy Resources and requesting reimbursement for expenses to review the rate adjustment.
 APPROVED ON CONSENT
Transportation
19Approve a resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit an application to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery competitive grant program for funding for improvements to North Lamar Boulevard and Burnet Road.
 APPROVED
Watershed Protection Department
20Approve an ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Watershed Protection Department Capital Budget (Ordinance No. 20140908-002) to accept and appropriate $16,300,000 for the implementation of the Onion Creek Forest/Yarrabee Bend Partnership Project with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, including the buyout and demolition of single family houses in the floodplain of Onion Creek near the intersection of South Pleasant Valley Road and East William Cannon Drive, ecosystem restoration, and the creation of recreational facilities.
 APPROVED ON CONSENT
Item(s) from Council
21Approve appointments and certain related waivers to citizen boards and commissions, to Council committees and other intergovernmental bodies and removal and replacement of members.
 APPROVED ON CONSENT
22Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to file a challenge petition with the Appraisal Review Board relating to the level of appraisals of commercial property values in the City by the Travis Central Appraisal District pursuant to Chapter 41 of the Texas Tax Code.
 
23Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to increase the City’s minimum wage for City employees in the FY2015-2016 budget and future budgets.
 APPROVED
24Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to take steps to increase opportunities to let dogs out of their kennels while housed at the Austin Animal Center; and to provide a report on long-term options to improve animal welfare at the Austin Animal Center and to increase the Animal Service Office's online capabilities.
 APPROVED ON CONSENT
25Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to convene a working group to develop recommendations related to the use of conviction history in hiring (fair chance hiring practices) by private employers in the City of Austin.
 APPROVED
26Approve a resolution increasing the number of members on the Land Development Code Advisory Group. Related to Item #40.
 APPROVED
Item(s) to Set Public Hearing(s)
27Set a public hearing to consider a request by Tiny Boxwoods LLC d/b/a Tiny Boxwoods, located at 1503 W. 35th St., for a waiver of the distance requirement of City Code Section 4-9-4(A), which requires a minimum of 300 feet between a business that sells alcoholic beverages and a school.(District 10). (Suggested date and time: June 18, 2015, 4:00 p.m. at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second Street, Austin, TX).
 APPROVED ON CONSENT
28Set a public hearing to receive citizen comments on the City’s draft Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Action Plan as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Community Development 2015-2016 Program as required by Texas Local Government Code Chapter 373. (Suggested date and time: June 11, 2015, 1:00 p.m., at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second Street, Austin, TX).
 APPROVED
Economic Opportunity Committee
29Authorize negotiation and execution of a design and commission agreement with Virginia Fleck in an amount not to exceed $68,000 for artwork for the Women and Children's Shelter Renovations and Expansion Project at 4523 Tannehill Road, Austin, TX (District 1).
 
Mobility Committee
30Approve an ordinance on second reading relating to the Austin Cab I, Incorporated d.b.a. Austin Cab taxicab franchise.
 APPROVED ON SECOND READING
31Approve an ordinance on second reading relating to the Greater Austin Transportation Company, d.b.a. Yellow Cab Company taxicab franchise.
 APPROVED ON SECOND READING
32Approve an ordinance on second reading relating to the Lone Star Cab Company taxicab franchise.
 APPROVED ON SECOND READING
33Approve an ordinance amending City Code Chapter 13-2 relating to ground transportation passenger service requirements.
 APPROVED ON FIRST AND SECOND READING
34Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to explore the feasibility of a fourth taxi cab franchise.
 APPROVED ON ALL THREE READINGS
35Authorize negotiation and execution of a professional services agreement with URS CORPORATION (staff recommendation) or one of the other qualified responders to Request for Qualifications Solicitation No. CLMP166, to provide engineering services for the Barton Springs Road Bridge over Barton Creek Project in an amount not to exceed $300,000. Related to Item #36.
 APPROVED
36Authorize negotiation and execution of a professional services agreement with WISS, JANNEY, ELSTNER ASSOCIATES, INC., (staff recommendation) or one of the other qualified responders to Request for Qualifications Solicitation No. CLMP167, to provide engineering services for the peer review of Barton Springs Road Bridge over Barton Creek Project in an amount not to exceed $200,000. Related to Item #35.
 APPROVED
37Authorize negotiation and execution of a professional services agreement with URS CORPORATION (staff recommendation) or one of the other qualified responders to Request for Qualifications Solicitation No. CLMP168, to provide engineering services for the Redbud Trail Bridge over Lady Bird Lake Project in an amount not to exceed $875,000. Related to Item #38.
 APPROVED
38Authorize negotiation and execution of a professional services agreement with CHIANG PATEL & YERBY, INC., (staff recommendation) or one of the other qualified responders to Request for Qualifications Solicitation No. CLMP169, to provide engineering services for the peer review of the Redbud Trail Bridge over Lady Bird Lake Project in an amount not to exceed $258,000. Related to Item #37.
 APPROVED
Open Space, Environment and Sustainability Committee
39Authorize execution of an amendment to the August 2013 Parkland Improvement and Use Agreement with the West Austin Youth Association regarding Lamar Beach and Town Lake Metropolitan Park.
 POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
Planning and Neighborhoods
40Approve a recommendation to expand the CodeNEXT Advisory Group. Related to Item #26.
 APPROVED
Public Utilities Committee
41Authorize execution of an amendment to the cost reimbursement agreement with CENTURY LAND HOLDINGS II, LLC. to increase the City's cost reimbursement in the amount of $646,807.24 for a total contract amount not to exceed $2,778,484.43.
 POSTPONED TO JUNE 4, 2015 PER CHANGES AND CORRECTIONS
Economic Opportunity, Open Space, Environment and Sustainability, and Public Utilities Committees
42Authorize negotiation and execution of a 50-year license agreement with DECKER LAKE GOLF, LLC to provide funding, design, development, management, and maintenance services for a golf course at Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park. (THE PUBLIC COMMENT FOR THIS ITEM WAS HELD AND CLOSED ON NOVEMBER 20, 2014).
 POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
10:00 AM - Zoning Ordinances / Restrictive Covenants (HEARINGS CLOSED)
43C14-2015-0007 - Alice Mae Rezoning - District 5 - Approve second and third readings of an ordinance amending City Code Chapter 25-2 by rezoning property locally known as 9500 Alice Mae Lane (Slaughter Creek Watershed) from community commercial-conditional overlay (GR-CO) combining district zoning to community commercial-mixed use-conditional overlay (GR-MU-CO) combining district zoning. First Reading approved on March 26, 2015. Vote: 11-0. Owner/Applicant: SP Meadows West, Ltd. (David Roche). Agent: Armbrust & Brown, LLC (Richard T. Suttle, Jr.). City Staff: Wendy Rhoades, 512-974-7719.
 APPROVED
10:30 AM - Morning Briefings
44Briefing on the possibility of filing a challenge petition with the Appraisal Review Board for the Travis Central Appraisal District relating to commercial property values in the City set by the Travis Central Appraisal District.
 
Executive Session
45Discuss legal issues related to Open Government matters (Private consultation with legal counsel - Section 551.071 of the Government Code).
 WITHDRAWN
46Discuss matters related to large primary and transmission electric customers (Certain Public Power Utilities: Competitive Matters - Section 551.086 of the Government Code).
 WITHDRAWN
47Discuss legal issues associated with City Council Resolution No. 20140612-065 that directs the City Manager to file a challenge petition with the Travis County Appraisal Review Board relating to commercial property values in the City set by the Travis Central Appraisal District (Private consultation with legal counsel—Section 551.071).
 WITHDRAWN
2:00 PM - Public Hearings and Possible Actions
48Conduct a public hearing and consider an appeal by Daniel Llanes, regarding the Planning Commission's approval of a variance from City Code Section 25-2-721(B)(1), which prohibits the construction of a building or parking area within the primary setback of the Waterfront Overlay in the Red Bluff Subdistrict (District 3).
 POSTPONED TO JUNE 11, 2015
4:00 PM - Public Hearings and Possible Actions
49Conduct a public hearing and consider an ordinance regarding Texas Gas Service's proposal to increase customer rates.
 APPROVED
50Conduct a public hearing and consider an ordinance relating to Atmos Energy Corporation-MidTex Division's proposal to increase customer gas rates.
 APPROVED
51Conduct a public hearing regarding the full purpose annexation of the LES Burleson annexation area (approximately 13.2 acres in southern Travis County south of Burleson Road, approximately 870 feet east of the intersection of Burleson Road and Smith School Road; contiguous to Council District 2).
 PUBLIC HEARING CLOSED
52Conduct a public hearing and consider an ordinance amending City Code Chapters 15-2 and 15-9 relating to the drainage charge.
 APPROVED
53Conduct a public hearing and consider an ordinance on second and third readings amending the electric rate schedules in Ordinance No. 20140908-003 with regard to contract rates for large primary and transmission voltage customers.
 APPROVED

Adjourn

 

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