AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Austin City Council had a busy day Thursday. Among the itemspassed, a Federal Legislative Agenda asked for certain grants forthe Austin Police Department, including a mobile training facilityand security cameras in high crime areas.
"We're not actually preventing crime with cameras; we're onlydisplacing it," said Debbie Russell, with the Central TexasChapter of ACLU.
Council Member Mike Martinez said the councilshould have discretion on any money that the Federal governmentgives to the city.
"Just because it's free money, doesn't mean its good policy,"said Martinez.
The federal request also includes a $2 million request tocomplete the trail on the south side of Lady Bird Lake. The trailsees up to 15,000 people per day, and the gap in the trail isdangerous according to the request.
City officials were quick to point out the legislative agendawas not tied to the Federal stimulus package under the Obamaadministration.
The City of Austin took some flack in the national mediarecently for a list of "shovel-ready" stimulus projects like a$886,000 Frisbee golf course.
The request "...has nothing to do with the stimulus package,"according to City of Austin Government Relations Director JohnHrncir.
The council also declined to join the South TexasNuclear Project. Council members and Austin Energy said theproject would be too costly.
The vote on the 320-acre solarpower array in Webberville will not take place until March 5.Martinez said the $250 million project might be too costly at atime when the city is slashing money from the budget.
The judge presiding over the trial to oust District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg ruled Wednesday that she'll stay in office.
Mack Brown’s longtime friend and attorney said Wednesday that the veteran coach of the Longhorns has not yet made a decision on his future, but that it will come soon.
The Austin City Council will take up billing errors and problems with the appeals process at Austin Energy during Thursday's meeting.
Options for high speed Internet in Austin continue to expand. Google Fiber is coming to Austin soon, and now AT&T has announced the city will be the first for its own faster-than-ever Internet speeds.
A 15-year-old girl told police she was abducted from the parking lot at Bastrop High School on Wednesday.
After hundreds of park-goers complained about a lack of off-leash dog space in the new design of Auditorium Shores, the Austin Parks and Recreation Board is hoping a compromise will alleviate any concerns.