City to consider $10K for Vision 2020

Published 5:33 pm Saturday, May 19, 2012

From the start, Vision 2020 has encouraged residents to get involved. Now the city of Austin will decide whether to follow suit.

The Austin City Council will vote at a regularly scheduled city council meeting Monday on contributing $10,000 to Vision 2020. The money would come from the city’s general fund and go to the Development Corporation of Austin for use in kick-starting the program.

“We are asking the city, the county, the DCA, Hormel Foods and several other entities to help fund these start-up costs,” wrote Geoff Baker in a letter to City Administrator Jim Hurm. Baker said the city’s contribution would help fund professional services, printing, grant writing and fundraising.

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At a May 7 work session, Baker said other cities including Wichita, Kan., and Evanston, Ill., have had municipalities involved in similar projects.

He could not say whether the $10,000 was all the Vision 2020 group would ask for, or if the group would request more money from the city later.

Mayor Tom Stiehm approved.

“It’s all going to the city of Austin,” he said.

During Monday’s council meeting and work session, the council will also:

—Vote on whether to approve a bid to have Ulland Bros. Inc resurface the Riverside Arena parking lot.

—Decide whether to give an Individual Control Mechanism to L.L. Parks Livestock Inc. so the business can reopen its truck wash in the northeast industrial park. The ICM sets limitations, conditions and requirements for sanitary sewer discharges.

—Choose whether to allow a city property at 1305 Third St. NE — acquired as part of the flood mitigation program — to be auctioned off. Proceeds from the sale would be used for flood mitigation projects.

—Decide whether to allow the Planning and Zoning Department to contract to remove junk and illegally stored vehicles from three Austin properties: 713 Second Ave. NE, 1001 Fourth Ave. NE and 900-1000 14th St. NW.

—Consider a new draft of the policy for travel expenses on city business.

—Resolve whether to accept airport improvement program grants from the Federal Aviation Administration.

—Decide whether to approve Austin firefighters request to participate in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Fill the Boot fundraiser.