Austin City Council Minutes Archive

Austin has grown and changed so much. It’s fascinating to look back and see how the city developed and grew. For example, a quick glance at the minutes of the meeting of the Austin City Council from December of 1896 shows “aldermen” with names like Zilker and Miller, and Mayor Hancock.

Did you ever think what the City Council did in response to the Whitman Tower shooting? You can read about it here.

Or what business they conducted at the last meeting of the millenium? Check it out.

The city has an online archive of council meeting minutes going back to 1869. You can find it here.

City of Austin Program Allows you to Opt Out of Junk Mail and Phone Books

The City of Austin Resource Recovery Center has a number of programs to help promote wise use of resources. For example, their Re-Blend paint program, which takes unused paint, remixes it and offers it free back to citizens.

Registering via the site allows the city to act as your agent in preventing delivery of certain kinds of junk mail and phone books. More than 1,000 companies have agreed to partipate in the program and honor residents’ request to opt out of receiving these items.

Read more about these programs here:

Walter Benson, Jr.

Walter Benson, Jr. has been a resident of Old Enfield since the 50s. We recently learned he has decided to relocate. Like so many long-time residents, he has an interesting history, including a great golfing career.

We thought you’d like to read a bit about him:

The native austinite graduated from Austin High School and after World War II, completed two degrees at The University of Texas, a Bachelors in Business Administration in 1946 and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering in 1948.

In between high school and graduation from the University, Benson worked in Austin and then served in the United States Army Air Core. He was as an Aviation Cadet from November 1941 to December 1942 then became a training officer in 1943 and moved on to Squadron Communications Officer in the Eighth Air Force in 1943 and achieved the rank of Captain in the United States Army in May of 1944.

Read the complete article on Golf Austin.

Setting Out Your Containers

Hey Austinites – the city needs your help: Residents frequently set their trash and recycling carts too close together, causing operational issues for Austin Resource Recovery collection crews. Carts should be placed five feet apart and away from mailboxes, cars and other objects. Please help us spread the word to your neighbors, friends and family.

Why five feet apart?   The trucks that collect trash and recycling are equipped with automatic arms that pick up the carts. If carts are set too close together or too close to other objects, the drivers have to get out of their trucks to move the carts so the automatic arm can pick up the cart without bumping into or knocking over anything.

The crews can collect materials more safely and efficiently when your recycling cart, trash cart and yard trimmings are placed 5 feet apart from each other and from other objects like parked cars, mailboxes, etc.

What if I don’t have room to set my carts 5 feet apart? We understand that some areas won’t allow for this; simply set the carts as far apart as possible.

Other Important Collection Guidelines:

  • Always place the handle of the cart toward your house.
  • Your trash cart, recycling cart and yard trimmings must be placed at the curb by 6:30 a.m. on your collection day.
  • Do not put recycling or yard trimmings in plastic bags. Plastic bags cannot be recycled in Single Stream Recycling and cannot be composted with yard trimmings.
  • Help prevent litter by bagging your trash and allowing room for the cart lid to close.
  • Extra bags of trash that do not fit in your trash cart with the lid closed must be placed next to the trash cart and tagged with an Extra Trash Sticker, which can be purchased at most local grocery stores ($4 + tax).
  • Extra bags without a sticker will be charged a per-bag fee of $8 + tax.
  • Do not put carts in the path of the mail truck or on top of a water meter.

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