Happy Holidays from Council Member Pool and the D7 Team!

Wishing you and your family all the very best this holiday season. See you in the New Year!
Looking Back on 2016

It’s been a busy, eventful year, and thanks to all of you for weighing in on so many important issues that came before the City Council. I’m thrilled to be returning to the dais for another term to continue the work we started. Council took on some heavy lifts this year as well as other meaningful items that may not have been on everyone’s radar. Here are some of the highlights:

  • At our last meeting of the year Council approved the Grove PUD – a tough decision made easier by a mediated agreement between the Bull Creek Road Coalition and the ARG development group. My thanks to everyone who worked so hard on this case.

  • We passed a major mobility bond proposal that voters approved overwhelmingly in November. We’ll spend the new year working on the implementation of mobility projects – including a slate of shovel-ready projects across the city and in District 7.

  • Council created a new Bond Election Advisory Task Force to review and make recommendations for potential proposals to go on the next bond election ballot. I’m so pleased that District 7 resident Dorsey Twidwell has agreed to serve as my appointee on this task force. I believe he’ll provide a strong flood mitigation voice, having successfully served on last year’s task force charged with reviewing and making recommendations for controlling and preventing flooding.

  • We passed a $3.7 billion budget under tighter financial constraints, but still managed to fund some valuable community programs, including the expansion of the healthy foods at corner stores initiative, adding money for sidewalk construction, funding after-school and parent support programs with Austin ISD, and directing dollars toward addressing inequities in the outer edges of East Austin.

  • Council approved a negotiated rate case for Austin Energy that redoubles our City’s efforts toward retiring the coal-powered Fayette Power Plant.

  • We passed a resolution I sponsored at the request of Clean Water Action and the Sierra Club, which supports the Environmental Protection Agency’s work toward finalizing methane pollution standards to curb pollution from new and existing oil and gas operations.

  • We put the final touches on and approved a new lobby reform ordinance that is fair and reasonable and provides greater public transparency. The new ordinance takes effect June 1, 2017.

Council Member Pool joins Council colleagues to receive an appreciation from Austin ISD officials for our joint commitment to do the most good for students and families.

CM Pool and (newly married!) Angela De Hoyos Hart at General Motors’ annual Day of Giving luncheon at River Oaks Elementary School.
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