Austin City Council actions
At its meeting Thursday, the City Council:
Agreed to buy a Budget Rent A Car service center at AustinBergstrom International Airport for $312,500 to use as a staging area for taxis, limos and other vehicles, and to convert a building there into a climate-controlled waiting area for cab drivers.
Approved an agreement with a consortium of rental car companies to design and plan a new rental car facility for $7 million.
Approved a $250,000 contract with Hensel Phelps Construction to do pre-construction work for a new central library.
Agreed to pay $1.7 million to buy and demolish four properties in the Williamson Creek flood plain.
Approved a $1.4 million contract with Muniz Concrete & Contracting for disabled-accessible sidewalk and ramp improvements citywide.
Approved $61,500 to stabilize the home at 2006 Canterbury St., whose owner excavated a large space beneath the home.
Approved contracts totaling $4 million with three firms to provide engineering services for a new water treatment plant.
Approved a $350,000 contract with Flintco Inc. for design services for an Asian American Resource Center.
Approved a $1.5 million agreement with Pedernales Electric Cooperative to relocate power lines for a new water treatment plant.
Agreed to add $100,000 to contracts with two law firms, for a total of $152,000 each, to provide legal services related to Lions Municipal Golf Course and the University of Texas-owned land known as the Brackenridge tract.
Accepted a $100,000 grant to hire a chief service officer to promote volunteerism.
Approved an agreement with the University of Texas to have nursing students offer free health information at city park facilities.
Approved an $8.6 million contract with the YMCA of Austin to build and run a recreation center on West Rundberg Lane.
Agreed to require worker rest breaks at construction sites.
Agreed to name land in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve the Sam Hamilton Memorial Reserve.
Agreed to extend the time frame that pet owners can retrieve lost animals from the city animal shelter from three days to three business days.
Agreed to write an ordinance to ban the retail sale of cats and dogs at pet stores.