City manager recruiting, affordable housing on AISD land top council agenda

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — With just two full city council meeting to go before the end of the year, here’s a look at some of the items council members are set to consider.

Recruiting services contract for selection of new city manager – DENIED

This contract will provide recruiting services to assist human resources for the new city manager selection. All the work related to the recruitment is expected to be completed within 120 days.

City staff is recommending the firm Ralph Andersen & Associates, saying it “possesses considerable demonstrated applicable experience having conducted several recent city manager and large organizational placements, with significant representation of women and minority hires.”Affordable housing on surplus property owned by AISD – APPROVED

In October, council directed the city manager to look into the economic and legal feasibility of of a joint affordable housing project between the city and AISD. According to the National Housing Conference, in Austin, the annual income needed to purchase a home is $75,966. The average income of an AISD school teacher? Under $55,000. Habitat for Humanity submitted a proposal to AISD for afforable/workforce housing on the surplus vacant land at 5101 E. 51st St., adjacent to the AISD Service Center.

According to a resolution, Foundation Communities also has a conceptual plan, wiith a priority for AISD staff and teachers, to create affordable housing. Under the plan, Foundation Communities would continue the education purpose of AISD’s Allan center and provide aditional services to the surrounding neighborhood, through the existing tenant partnerships and additional services like Foundation Communities’ Financial Center, Fitness Center and Learning Center.Authorize $5.5 million in additional funding for New Central Library Project – APPROVED

The library is asking city council to approve the additional funding to pay for construction. The taxpayer dollars have already been allocated to this project, the library is just wanting to use more of that money that’s been put aside, which needs council approval.

Sterilizing animals at the Austin Animal Shelter – WITHDRAWN

Last month, city council passed a resolution directing the city manger to change a city code related to the sterilization of animals. This calls for changing the timing of spaying or neutering an animal from second visit to the Austin Animal Shelter to the first impoundment.

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