AUSTIN -- The Austin City Council will hold its first meeting of the new year Thursday. The council will tackle 99 items on its agenda. Several of them are getting a lot of attention, but one of the most talked about is a resolution for the city manager to look into holding another bond election.
That bond election would support affordable housing. Mayor Pro-Tem Sheryl Cole and council members Bill Spellman and Chris Riley announced their intent to put the resolution on the agenda this past Saturday. Last November the affordable housing bond package was the only one that Austin voters didn't approve.
Transportation issues will also be discussed. The council wants the city manager to analyze the cause of the increase in 2012 traffic fatalities and to develop initiatives to prevent accidents.
Council members are also planning to pass an ordinance requiring pedicabs have third-party inspections, and the council will authorize a contract with a non-profit organization for the Bike Share of Austin Program, which will rent out bikes around town similar to the Car2Go program.
Some other notable items on the agenda include approving a pilot program of 24-hour walk and biking trails at some parks, spending about $723,000 for an Austin 311 mobile app and a resolution directing the city manager to look at creating a park in the Crestview neighborhood on Ryan drive.