AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin's Public Safety Commission is fired up when it comes to preventing the city from burning up. Members say budget planners and the city council have largely ignored their suggestion to fund a new Wildfire Mitigation Division - a group of the Austin Fire Department specifically set aside to battle those blazes.
Proposals show it could cost $2 million dollars. But the council will finalize the budget next week, leaving little room for changes until next year.
"Yeah, but you know what else can come up with the next budget process?" asked Commission Vice Chairman Mike Levy. "A major inferno."
City officials were recently able to tack on a budget amendment that moved money around for the addition of three positions to begin a wildfire division. Though it's a start, the commission said it is still not enough.
Council staffers who spoke with KXAN said they are supportive of these prevention measures, but money is tight citywide. Others are reserving comment until budget talks commence next Monday.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.
The Austin City Council is set to vote Thursday on design changes for the Auditorium Shores Dog Park.
Bryce Petty threw touchdown passes on the first two drives of the second half for No. 9 Baylor and the Bears won their first Big 12 title and a Fiesta Bowl berth with a 30-10 victory over No. 23 Texas on Saturday.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.