Council Member Pool was proud to support the citywide expansion of the Curbside Composting Program, which was approved as part of the budget in September. The program currently operates as a pilot program, providing weekly curbside collection of food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yard trimmings to about 14,000 households. The expansion of this important program, expected to be fully rolled out by 2020, will help the city increase the amount of trimmings and food waste kept out of landfills from 27,000 to 79,000 tons per year. Find more information about composting here.
Council Meeting Schedule
2015 is quickly winding down, and Council has only a few meetings left. See below for our meeting schedule through the end of the year: Council picks up again in the new year on Thursday, January 29. Thank you for staying engaged!
Community Events + News
Council Member Pool joined Mayor Steve Adler and other public officials past and present Monday morning outside Barton Springs Pool to formally announce a new partnership between the Barton Springs Conservancy and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department. Pictured: Council Member Pool with Barton Springs Conservancy Executive Director Michael Cannatti.
Business Leaders’ Feedback Needed for Fair Chance Hiring
In May, Council passed a resolution asking for policy options to expand fair chance hiring opportunities for those with previous criminal convictions. Also known as “Ban the Box,” the proposal considers removing a question from job applications that asks if the applicant has a criminal record. As a result of this resolution, the Human Resources Department has gathered information from stakeholders including businesses, labor unions and government agencies. A meeting is scheduled to gain input from business leaders on the stakeholders’ recommendations, set for Tuesday, October 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Asian American Resource Center. For those unable to attend, an online survey is available here until the 27th.
Grand Opening from “Drawing Lines” Artist, Teruko Nimura
We are happy to announce the grand opening of Teruko Nimura’s “Wish Lantern” piece on Thursday, October 29 at 6 p.m. at the Beverly Sheffield Northwest District Park. Teruko is District 7’s artist as part of Drawing Lines, a community-based public project commissioned in response to Austin’s new district-based system. In “Wish Lantern,” Teruko worked with area residents to create origami lanterns with wishes for the city written on the lanterns. These will be used to create an illuminated outdoor installation along the park bridge. Teruko will be performing a short lighting ceremony and viewing, followed by refreshments. We look forward to seeing you there!
Austin Fire Department Outreach Event
Austin Fire Department is putting on a Smoke Alarm Canvassing Event within District 7 on Saturday, November 8 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Members from Battalion 6 and the Community Outreach Division, along with volunteers from the Community Emergency Response Team, will be stopping by about 256 homes near Sidereal Drive and Brown Bark Place south of Parmer Lane to provide resources and materials, including smoke alarm kits and fire safety brochures.
Council Member Pool at the District 7 September Town Hall. Thanks to all who attended and participated!
Participants Needed for SWIM 512 Public Engagement Efforts
The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department is looking for volunteers to participate in their Aquatic Community Focus Groups. The purpose of these focus groups is to have a more intimate conversation with Austinites regarding the City’s municipal and neighborhood pools. Focus groups will be held at various locations throughout Austin during the month of November and will require about one hour of your time. If you are interested in participating in these focus groups, please sign-up here. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Laura J. Cortez at email@example.com.
Ramsey Tree Planting
On Saturday, November 7 between 9 a.m. and noon, the Friends of Ramsey Park Committee invite community members to help Rosedale and the city’s Urban Forestry staff plant 30 new trees at Ramsey Park. Families welcome! At 10:30, breakfast tacos and juice will be provided. Sign up here.
Transportation User Fee Tip
Thanks to some of our District 7 residents for this dollar-saving tip: Those who are 65 and over can call Austin Energy at 512-494-9400, explain they are over 65, and request a waiver for their Transportation User Fee (about $8.25 per month). Those who do not own or drive a vehicle can also request a waiver for this fee.
MoPac South Environmental Study Update
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is currently at work on the MoPac South Environmental Study to allow for additional community input on the proposed Express Lanes Alternative. The Mobility Authority will share these configurations with the community through a series of public outreach events, including an Open House on Tuesday, November 10 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Palmer Events Center, (Meeting Rooms 1 – 5, Level 2). A Virtual Open House will also be available between Wednesday, October 21 and Friday, November 20, 2015 at www.MoPacSouth.com.