At its meeting on Dec. 15, 2011 the Austin City Council took the following action as part of its agenda:
Approved an extension for the delivery of services for trees and shrubs to enhance the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. This restoration project has been delayed because of the ongoing drought. The proposed date of delivery is now set for May 2012. These new trees and shrubs will help maintain the lives of many endangered species living in the area while contributing to the beauty of Central Texas.
Approved a contract for the purchase of a cleaner fuel burning asphalt distribution truck which lays blacktop. This equipment is used in the daily services performed by the Public Works Department and is in line with the City’s sustainability efforts. The new vehicles are powered with engines capable of burning biodiesel fuel, thus providing approximately a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Approved the process to award the design and construction services for a project that will add a new security checkpoint at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The airport is a stopping point for hundreds of thousands of passengers every year, here to check out the sights and sounds of Austin.
Authorized the services of a professional visual artist to install a work of art for the new Central Library, under construction in the city’s Seaholm District. The goal is for the piece to be a signature work that responds to the library’s programs and architecture while contributing to the contemporary art dialogue. Out of hundreds of artists, Christian Moeller was chosen to commission the art project.
Approved the purchase of 3.5 acres at Parker Lane and Windoak Drive in South Austin for proposed parkland. The Parks and Recreation Department staff believes the property will service an underserved area. There are three large Heritage oak trees to provide shade. The property is surrounded by apartments, homes and several churches and can serve as a gathering place for nearby residents.
This list represents a selected portion of the Council’s agenda for Dec. 15, 2011. The complete City Council agenda can be accessed on the City of Austin website at: www.austintexas.gov/cityclerk/edims/council_meeting_info_center.htm.